US 569675 A
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P. SEILER. POCKET 00m HOLDER.
' No. 569,675. Patented 001;. 20, 1896.
IVE/752166668 UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE.
PHILIPP SEILER, OF CHICAGO, ILLINOIS.
SPECIFICATION forming part of Letters Patent No. 569,675, dated October 20, 1896.
Application filed June 1, 1896. Serial Nor 593,691. (No model.)
To all whom it may concern.-
Be it known that I, PHILIPP SEILER, a citizen of the United States, and a resident of Chicago, in the county of Cook and State of Illinois, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Pocket Coin-Holders, of which the following is a specification.
My invention relates to a box to be carried in the pocket, and is designed especially for the use of children as a coin-savings receptacle,although it may be used for otherpurposes, as will hereinafter appear.
The invention consists, essentially, in a self-closing box made of sheet metal in two interlocking sections, which are opened by pressing against the rim of the holder and closed by the resiliency of the metal forming thesaid box-sections.
In the accompanying drawings, which illustrate my invention, Figure 1 is a perspective view of the box as held in the hand and pressed together to open it; Fig. 2, an edge elevation of the box with the coin slots closed in its normal position; Fig. 3, a side elevation thereof Fig. l, an edge elevation of the box with its edges pressed together and the coinslots open; Fig. 5, a similar view with the slots presented and closed; Fig. (3, an enlarged sectional fragment of the top of the box with the slots open; Fig. 7, an edge elevation of the box with slots presented and open; and Fig. 8, an enlarged sectional fragment through the side box, showing the interlocking notches.
The box is made of two dial-shaped sections 1 and 2, respectively, having flanges 3 and 4. Each of said flanges has a peripheral notch indentation or depression 5 6 upon the inside of said flanges, bulging outwardly to fit one within the other when the said sections 1 and 2 are pressed together, and each of said sections being furthermore provided, respectively, with slots 7 and 8 near their edges, which pass each other when the sections are pressed together, the solid portion of one flange thus covering the slotted portion of the adjoining flange and closing the box.
When the slots '7 and 8 of the box are to be opened to pass a coin through them, the peripheral edges of the box at the notch projections are pressed together between the thumb and the finger, which causes the dial-shaped sections to bulge outwardly at point opposite the slots and coincidently at diametrically opposite points below, and thus bring the said slots directly opposite each other in position to admit of the passage of the coin through them and into the box.
When a suflicient number of coins have been placed in the box to completely fill it, the weight of the coins within the box, besides the solidity of the mass contained therein, will be sufficient to split or wedge the box open by the mass pressing from within when the box is struck upon one of the side notch projections.
The resiliency of the metal and the retaining capacity of the side notches are predetermined and are adjusted to suit the volume and weight of the coin to be contained within the box.
The box may be perforated at its peripheral flanges as well as slotted to receive pellets, pills, or confections, and the sides of the box may be variously marked for use as a calendar or as a combination pocket-piece.
I claim as my invention and desire to secure by Letters Patent A coin or pocket safe consisting of two sections, each having peripheral overlying flanges, provided with slots and with notch indentations to interlock one with the other, to be held normally closed and to be opened by pressing upon opposite sides of the rim of the box,substantially as shown and described. In testimony that I claim the foregoing as my invention I have signed my name in the presence of two subscribing witnesses PHILIP SEILER. Witnesses:
WM. H. ROWE, FRED. O. SCHNELLE.