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Publication numberUS778386 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateDec 27, 1904
Filing dateAug 1, 1904
Priority dateAug 1, 1904
Publication numberUS 778386 A, US 778386A, US-A-778386, US778386 A, US778386A
InventorsJames F Tenney
Original AssigneeJames F Tenney
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
US 778386 A
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i SIPEOIFICATION forming part of Letters Patent No. 778,386, dated December 27, .1904,

i .Application filed August 1, 1904. Serial No. 219,114..

T @ZZ whom, t may concern:

Be'it'known that I, JAMEs F. TENNEY, 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 rrime-Stamps, of which the following is ay complete and accurate description suiiicient to enable those skilled in the art to which it pertains to understand, make, and use the same.

.This time-stamp relates to the class of rubber stamps which are used for making imy pressions by hand, wherein it is desired that thedate of the making ofthe impression shall appear on the impression made. These stamps are usually employed to stamp theidate of the receipt of articles on which the. impres- A sion is made or the receipt of articles accompanied by a bill of lading or'other writtenv paper, in which case the stamp is madeon such paper; and the object' of this invention is to obtain al time-stamp which can be used by one hand both in making the impression therefrom and in changingthe time of the s tamp as lthe same is used through a given day, so that the time indicatedby the stamp will substantially correspond with the time of day when the impression is made; to make a time-stamp which will not require greatcarel in making the station ary and movable parts of the stamp in order that the same shall correspond in thickness; to obtain a time-stamp which is simple in construction, durable, not' liablel to get out of order, and sightly in appearance.

In the drawings referred to, Figure l is a vertical sectional view vof a time-stamp embodying *thisv invention. Fig. 2 is a bottom plan View of the stamp illustrated in Fig. lsay on linei2 2--viewe'd in the direction indicated by the arrows with rubber stamps not shown in Fig. lv inserted therein. Fig. 3 is a horizontal sectional view on line 3 3 of Fig. 1- viewed in the direction indicated by the ar'- rows. Fig. 4 is a bottom plan view of the inner section or part of the time-stamp embodying ythis invention, such inner section being rigidly attached `to thehandleof the apparatus. Fig. 5 isa side elevation of the part tion of the bottom part of the time-stamp,

and Fig. 7 is a perspective view-of a'spring forming an element in a time-stamp embody- 1 ing this invention.

A reference-letter applied to indicate a given part is used to designate such part throughout the several figures of the drawings` whereever the same appears.

A is the handle of the device and may be 4 constructed of wood, if desired.

B is a ring or ferrule, preferably rigidly provided with the F is a dating-line removably secured in the I cup D.

Cr is a cup provided with an opening 1n the bottom thereof, such opening having a ring g Aextending around it and such ring fitting loosely on thering or ferrule B.

H is a rubber stamp rigidly secured in cup Gr, and /t is a spring interposed. between the bell-shaped lower end C of ring or ferrule C and the cup G. i

I I are recesses on the back of the cup G, adjacent to the periphery thereof.

. J is a slot in the bell-shaped lower end of the ring or ferrule C. Spring L is provided with the bends it', t, and/f", and such spring extends through the slot '.I, so that the loop obtained by such bends is in the slot.

K is the endiof the spring t which extends beyond the periphery of cup G and is pressed down into the recesses I I onthe back of such cup Cr by the resiliency ofthe remaining portion of such spring when the same is interposed, as described, betweensuchcup G and the bell-shaped lower end C of ring or ferillustrated in Fig. 4. Fig. 6 is a side elevaka. watch or clock, and each division represent- IOO ing an hour is subdivided-as, say, into halves and quarters.

When the several parts of this time-stamp are assembled, the arrow-head E in cup D is rigidly secured in place, so as to be properly related to the end K of spring 7L, at which timewhen the end of the spring is in a recess provided with a given mark the arrow-head will be in position to make an impression adjacent to a like mark on the stamp H.

L L are the marks on the back of the cup Gr indicating the position of the end K of spring/z when arrowehead E is adjacent to the hour indicated thereby.

The manner in which I prefer to attach cup D to ring or ferrule B is shown in Figs. l and A, and consists in cutting holes in the back of the cup D and providing corresponding projections I) on the end of the ring or ferrnle B, such projections being inserted in the holes and turned or riveted sufficiently to secure them in place. AWhen the spring /L is placed between the bell-shaped end C of ring or ferrule C and the back of cup G with the loop of such spring extending through the slot J of bell-shaped lower end C, such spring will at all times turn with the turning of the ring or ferrule C, thereby turning the end K of the spring precisely as the cup D, which is attached to the lower end of the ring B, is turned, (because of the rigid attachment of rings B and C described.) It thus occurs that as the handle A is turned, turning the end K of the spring L, the cup D is turned a corresponding amount, and if the rubber stamp H, ar-

. row-head E, and dating-line F are once placed in position so that the number on the stamp H adjacent to which the arrow-head E is placed corresponds with the number of the one of marks L L on the back of cup G, which is adjacent to the end K of spring L, such arrowhead will at all times be adjacent to the mark on stamp H corresponding with the number on the back of cup G, with which end K is adjacent. The user of the stamp can therefore tell the number which will be adjacent to the arrow head when an impression is made by noting the number to which the end K of spring z, is adjacent.

It will be observed by reference to Fig. 1 of the drawings that cup Gr is deeper than is cup D and that spring /L yieldingly maintains the back of the cup D in contact with the bottom of cup Gr. When, however, the handle A is pressed down, the cup D is pressed down a corresponding distance. It also occurs that when stamps, as E and F, with others, are placed in the cupD the handle A can be depressed until the stamps are forced to make an impression. At such time the stamp H will be forced down by the resiliency of the spring L, unless such spring is closed, so that the coils thereof are in contact by the time the stamps E and F are pressed with the desired force on the paper (or other substance) on which an impression is to be made. lf the spring /1/ is suiiiciently strong to give the neeessary impression of stamp H on such paper, (or other substance,) no care need be taken to have the depth of stamps E, F, and H precisely determined relative to each other, and I therefore prefer to make the spring /t of such strength that the pressure of the stamp H is controlled by the resiliency of the spring. Then this is done, much labor is saved the person making the stamp.

In order to make a desired mark on stamp H appear adjacent to the arrow-hezul E when an impression is taken from this stamp, the stamp may be placed on an inkingqiad and the handle A depressed to ink the stamps E F, (which will also ink the stamp Il.) 'lhe handle A is then turned until the mark desired is adjacent to end K of spring 71., and the stamp is then transferred to the thing on which the stamp impression is to be made and the impression secured in the ordinary way.

Having thus described my invention, what I claim as new, and desire to secure by Letters Patent, is-

l. In atime-stamp the combination of a handle, a type-holder attached to the lower end of the handle, an additional type-holder loosely mounted on the handle to eircumserihe the first-named type-holder, a spring abutting against the loosely-mounted type-holder and the handle, marks on the back of the looselymounted type-holder, and means to indicate the one of such marks corresponding with the mark on the loosely-mounted type` holder which is adjacent to a determined mark in the first-named ty pe-holder.

2. In a stamp, the combination of a type holder, a handle to which the type-holder is secured, an additional type-holder loosely mounted on the handle, a spring interposed between the type-holders to yieldingly hold one of the type-holders so that the letters therein are in a different plane from the letters in the other type-holder, the type-holders and spring arranged relatively to each other so that the letters in the type-holders can be forced into the same plane, and means to determine the relative rotatable position of the type-holders: substantially as described.

3. In a time-stamp, the combination of a cup constituting a type-holder, a ring to one end whereofl the cup is attached, an additional cup loosely mounted on the ring to turn thereon and also to move longitudinally along the same, an additional ringl secured on the first-named ring, a spring interposed between the lower end of the last-named ring and the back of the loosely-mounted cup, marks on the back of the loosely-mounted cup, and a pointer attached to the rings to indicate the relative rotatable position f the rings and the loosely-mounted cup: substantially as described.

4. In a time-stamp, the combination of a cup IOO lIO

such enlarged end provided with a slot and such springbent to extend through the slot and to constitute a pointer to indicate a mark on the back of the loosely-mounted cup, such cup provided with aseries of marks substantially as described.

5. In a time-stamp, the combination of a handle, a cup rigidly Secured to the lower end thereon:

of the handle, a second cup loosely mounted to turn and to move longitudinally on the handle, a spring interposed between the looselymounted cup and the handle, a ring rigidly secured to the lower end of the handle, such ring provided with an enlarged end, and such enlarged end provided with a slot therein, an rextended end to the spring, such end passed through the slot, recesses on the back of the loosely-mounted cup adjacent to the periphery thereof, with which recesses the end of the spring engages, and marksto indicate such recesses: substantially as described.


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Cooperative ClassificationB41K1/08