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Publication numberUS565884 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateAug 18, 1896
Publication numberUS 565884 A, US 565884A, US-A-565884, US565884 A, US565884A
InventorsWallace B. Emmons
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
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N0.565,884. Patented Aug'. 18, 1896.

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SPECIFICATION forming part of Letters Patent No. 565,884, dated August 18, 1896.

Application filed February 29, 1896. Serial No. 581,384. (No model.)

To all whom t may concern:

Be it known that I, WALLACE B. EMMoNs, a citizen of the United States, residing at Toledo, in the county of Lucas and State of Ohio, have invented a new and useful Hair- Clasp, of which the following is a specification.

This invention relates to hair-clasps, and has for its object to provide an article of the character referred to which may be easily applied to and removed from the hair of girls and young ladies when the hair is plaited or hung loosely down the back, the said clasp being also adaptedeto receive a bow of ribbon or other desired ornament and hold the same out of contact with the hair and rendering it practicable to change the bows or ornaments as frequently as may be desired.

The invention consists in a hair-clasp embodying certain novel features and details of construction, as hereinafter fully described, illustrated in the drawings, and finally pointed out in the claim. r

In the accompanying drawings, Figure 1 is a rear elevation of the improved clasp shown applied to a pendent braid. Fig. 2 is an elevation of the clasp, taken from the opposite side. Fig. 3 is a horizontal sectional view'of the clasp applied. Fig. 4 is a detail perspective view of the clasp. Fig. 5 is a plan view of the blank of which the clasp is formed. Fig. 6 is a vertical section through the center of the clasp.

Similar numerals of reference designate corresponding parts in the several figures of the drawings.

The improved clasp is made from a sheetmetal blank of the form illustrated in Fig. 5. This blank comprises an oblong portion 1, constituting the main body of the clasp. From one side of the portion 1 projects a long strap or band portion 2, and from a point directly opposite projects a short strap or band 3. The bow of ribbon or other ornament to be employed is placed against the main oblong portion 1 of the clasp, and the short strap or band 3 is bent over to engage one end of said bow or ornament, the latter being confined between the strap 3 and the body 1 and thus held securely. The long` strap or band 2 is then bent and extended transversely across the bow or ornament, after which it is again bent and its terminal portion brought to bear against the portion 1, as shown, the bow being thus securely held.

The opposite ends of the oblong portion 1 are recurved to form hooks 4, and in one of said hooks is placed an elastic band or ring 5, the hook4 being thereafter mashed or clenched, so as to retain the elastic permanently in place. The main body portion 1 is also bent in the arc of a circle, as shown, so that it will partially embrace and to some eX- tent conform to the shape of the plait of hair.

In applying the clasp to the hair it is placed against the rear side of the plait, and the elastic band is then carried around the inside of the plait and finally engaged in the opposing hook 4. This prevents the plait from untwisting and at the same time holds the bow in place. Not only this, but the bow is held out of contact with the hair and prevented from becoming soiled and unfit for use. A bow of any shape, size, or pattern may be adjusted to the clasp, and as itis not necessary to form a knot in the ribbon which composee the bow such ribbon may be used repeatedly and kept clean. The clasp may of course be made of any material, such as silver, gold, dre., and be given any ornamental nish, according to the taste of the manufacturer. It is the work of an instant either to apply the clasp to the hair or to remove the same therefrom. Byunbending the straps and bands 2 and 3 of the clasp the bow may be removed and another one substituted therefor.

Changes in the form, proportion, and minor details of construction may be resorted to without departing from the spirit or sacrificing any of the advantages of this invention.

Having thus described the invention, what is claimed as new is- A hair-clasp, comprising a curved oblong body portion having its end portions bent back to form end hooks, and also having intermediate its ends integral straps projecting in opposite direetions therefrom, and an elas- In testimony that I claim the foregoing as tic ring permanently Connected to one of the my own I have hereto affixed my signature in end hooks and adapted to be passed around the presence of two Witnesses.

a plait and to detaohably engage the oppos- VALLACE B. EMMONS. 5 ing hook, said straps being capable of being` fitnessesr bent to embrace a boW or other ornament for THEO. WV. BRAKE,

the hair, substantially as described. O. W. CLARK.

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Cooperative ClassificationA45D8/00