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Publication numberUS550456 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateNov 26, 1895
Publication numberUS 550456 A, US 550456A, US-A-550456, US550456 A, US550456A
InventorsLouis H. Nealy
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Picture-wire fastener
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Description  (OCR text may contain errors)

(No Model.)


No. 550,456. Patented Now-26, 1895.

Fl C. I





SPECIFICATION forming part of Letters Patent No. 550,456, dated November 26, 1,895.

Application filed April 5, 1895. Serial No. 544,539. (No model.)

To all whom it may concern.-

Be it known that I, LoUIs H. NEALY, a citizen of the United States, residing at Newark, in the county of Essex and State of New Jersey, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Picture-Wire Fasteners; and I do hereby declare the following to be a full, clear, and exact description of the invention, such as will enable others skilled in the art to which it appertains to make and use the same, reference being bad to the accompanying drawings, and to letters of reference marked thereon, which form a part of this specification.

This invention relates to improvements in picture-wire fasteners, and has for its object to provide a device to be used in connection with the screw-eyes on the back of a picture or other frame, to which the picture-wire can be secured without twisting or tying,as is now the case.

The invention therefore consists in the novel construction of a picture-wire fastener as an article of manufacture, and also in the novel arrangements and combinations of parts to be hereinafter fully described, and finally embodied in the clauses of the claim.

In the accompanying sheet of drawings is illustrated the nature of my invention, which is designed to make a simple, strong, and practical construction for which the fastener is designed.

In the several views, Figure 1 is a view of the back of a frame provided with the ordinary screw-eyes to which the attachments or fasteners embodying the principles of my invention have been secured. Fig. 2 is a top View of the screw-eye and the picture-wire fastener, and Fig. 3 is aback viewof the same. Fig. 4 is a longitudinal vertical section of the screw-eye and attachment, with the end of the picture-wire held in position by said fastener. Fig. 5 is a perspective view of the picture-wire fastener, and Fig. 6 is a plan view of a fastener of a slightly modified form of construction.

Similar letters of reference are employed in each of the above-described views to indicate corresponding parts.

In said drawings, 1) indicates the usual formof screw-eye, which is secured into the back of a picture or otherlikeframe by means of the screw end 6.

My novel form of picture-wire fastener consists, essentially, of a plate a, made of spring eye portion of the screw-eye b,as will be clearly evident from an inspection of Figs. 1 and 4. Said plate is formed with a holding-tongue a struck up therein by means of a suitable die, and is provided with the curved portion a, as clearly shown in Fig. 5. Said tongue extends from side to side of said plate a in a line which is approximately parallel to said lip a, as will be seen from Figs. 2 and 3, and to one side of the plate a, in a straight line with said raised portion a is a perforation or hole a as shown in Fig. 5, or an opening a of the shape illustrated in Fig. 6. The end of said tongue is slightly curved upwardly to form a suitable finger-piece or lift (L as will be clearly evident. In order to applythe fastener to the picture wire to avoid the twisting or tying of the ends, as is now the custom, the end portion 0 of the wire is passed through the ring or eye of the screw-eye b and then through the perforation or hole a or the opening C06 in the plate a and finally between the space formed by the under surface a of the plate a and the raised portion a of the tongue a The weight of the frame will draw the plate a, firmly against the eye or ring of the screweye I), and the wire 0 will be securely held or clamped by the friction between the wire and the parts of the plate and the ring of the screw-eye, through which the wire is passed, as will be evident, without necessitating the twisting or tying of a knot in the wire.

By slightly raising the tongue a by means of its finger-piece or lift a the wire can be readily drawn through the hole a or the opening a in the plate a to adjust the hanging distance of the frame against the wall, and when thus adjusted the tongue a is again made to bind with and against the Wire, thereby safely retaining the frame in its adjusted position against the wall.

By this means it will be seen that I have devised a simple and operative fastener to be used in connection with a screw-eye for readily adjusting the hanging distance of a frame against the wall and at the same time avoiding the twisting or tying of a knot in the wire.

Having thus described-myinvention, what claim is 1. The combination, with a screw-eye having a screw 11, of a picture-wire fastener, consistin g essentially, of a plate at having a lip a and a perforation in said lip, through which said screw 1) is passed, and a spring tongue a on said plate, substantially as and for the purposes set forth.

2. The combination, with a screw-eye having a screw b, of a picture-wire fastener, consisting essentially, of a plate at having a lip a and a perforation in said lip, through which said screw 1) is passed, a spring tongue a and a perforation or other similar opening in the body of said plate, substantially as and for the purposes set forth.

In testimony that I claim the invention set forth above I have hereunto set my hand this 41th day of April, 1895.

LOUIS I-I. NEALY. Witnesses:


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Cooperative ClassificationF16G11/14