US 785399 A
Description (OCR text may contain errors)
PATENTED MAR. 21 1905.
v E. J. BRANDT. IDENTIFICATION TAG.
APPLICATION E ILED AUG.4,1904.
n I'IIIIIIIII/I/l llivirsn STATES Patented March 21, 1905.
EDWARD J. BRANDT, OF WATERTOVVN, VVIS CONSIN, ASSIGNOR TO BRANDT CASHIER COMPANY, OF CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, A OORPO RATION OF ILLINOIS.
SPECIFICATION forming part of Letters Patent No. 785,399, dated March 21, 1905.
Application filed August 4, 1904. Serial No. 219,464.
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Be it known that I, EDWARD J. BRANDT, a citizen of the United States, residing at VVatertown, in the county of Jefferson and State of I W'iseonsin, have inven ted certain new and useful Improvements in Identification-Tags, of which the following is a specification.
My invention relates to identification tags or markers, and has for its object to provide a simple, safe, and economical device which may easily be attached to and detached from portable articles of personal wear and accompaniment-such as keys, umbrellas, travelingbags, and the like-to indicate the ownership of such articles 01' a person or place to whom or to which they may be returned.
My invention is illustrated in the accompanying drawings, in which Figure 1 is a plan view of the tag, showing the same applied to a bunch of keys. Fig. 2 is an end elevational view of the tag, viewed in the direction indicated by the arrow in Fig. 1. Fig. 3 is a cross-sectional view on theline 3 3 of Fig. 1. Fig. 4 is a perspective view illustrating the application of the device to a hand-bag. Fig. 5 is a view of the reverse side of the tag from that shown in Fig. 1, illustrating the application thereto of identifying matter; and Fig. 6 shows the tag having applied thereto simply the name and address of the owner as a means of identification.
The tag in its preferred form, as herein shown, consists of a flat, comparatively thin, oval-shaped plate of elastic material, prefer.- ably of metal, the body portion of which is indicated by A. This plate is slotted across one end and down one side to thereby create an integral tongue B. That portion of the slot extending down one side of the plate is indicated by C. At the open end of said slot the body A of the plate is cut out or notched, as shown at D, and the end of the tongue B is caused to overlie and close said notch, the tongue extending for some distance past the notch, as shown at B, and between the notch and the edge of the plate being separated from the latter by a narow slit E.
The tag may have stamped or otherwise printed on one side, as indicated in Fig. 5, words or marks of identification, such as a solicitation for the return of the article to which the tag is attached to a general receiving agency, and on the other side a numeral, such as that indicated in Fig. 1, with which the name of the rightful owner of the article is associated on the books of such agency, or in lieu of this system of identification and restoration the tag may, as shown in Fig. 6, simply bear an inscription or writing giving the name and address of the owner.
The device is capable of useful application to a considerable variety of small articles which are usually carried about with or on the person of the owner. such as the keys indicated at F in Fig. 1 or the satchel or handbag indicated at G in Fig. 4:. In the former instance the keys may be strung on a short chain H, the ends of which terminate in rings I, which may be slipped over the end f the tongue B by simply bending said end sulficiently below the plane of the tag to allow the application of the rings thereover. By a similar manipulation the tag may be applied to the rings or staples K by which the handle of a hand-grip is secured to the body of the grip, or to the ribs or braces oi an umbrella, or to other convenient parts of other portable articles which are more or less easily lost by or abstracted from the rightful owner.
I claim 1. An identification-tag comprising a fiat oval plate of elastic material slotted across one end and down one side to thereby form an integral elastic tongue, the plate on the inner side of the slot being also notched opposite the free end portion of the tongue to provide space for the reception of fastening means, and the solid portion of the plate being provided with marks of identification, substantially as described.
2. An identification-tag comprising a fiat ment to an article or articles to be identified plate of elastic material slotted along one side thereby, substantially as described.
and across one end of the plate, said slot terminating in an oblique relatively contracted EDWARD BRANDL 5 portion extending to the opposite side mar- Witnesses:
gin of the plate to thereby form an integral SAMUEL N. POND,
elastiotongue, adapting the tag for attach- FREDERICK (J. GOODWIN.