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Publication numberUS802262 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateOct 17, 1905
Filing dateApr 10, 1905
Priority dateApr 10, 1905
Publication numberUS 802262 A, US 802262A, US-A-802262, US802262 A, US802262A
InventorsAnnie S Brooks
Original AssigneeAnnie S Brooks
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
US 802262 A
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No. 802,262. I PATENTED OUT. 1'7, 1905. A. S. BROOKS.





Specification of Letters Patent.

Patented Oct. 17, 1905.

Application filed April 10. 1905. Serial No, 254,820.

To a, Hill/071% 1 hwy earl/earn.-

Be it known that I, ANNIE .S. BRooKs, of

l/Vashington,District of Columbia, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Paper-Clips; 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.

As heretofore constructed, temporary binders or clips, as they are usually termed, are capable of being placed in engagement with the paper or other article only when presented in one way. This occasions delay and annoyance in that it is frequently necessary to turn the device until the single paper-receiving end is brought into engagement with the paper.

The object of my invention is to provide a clip capable of engaging the paper in two ways-that is to say, from either end; and a further object is to provide means at each end whereby the clip may be suspended from a nail or hook.

The invention will be hereinafter fully set forth, and particularly pointed out in the claims.

In the accompanying drawings, Figures 1 and 2 are face vicws. Figs. 3 and 4 show the clip as used. Fig. 5 is a slight modification.

Referring to the drawings, 1 1 designate two short lingers, 2 a central engaging member extended at one end beyond the outer ends of the lingers, and 3 a second engaging member in the form of a loop extended beyond the other ends of the fingers a distance corresponding or approximately equal to the extension of the central member. In applying the clip, as shown in Figs. 1 and 3, the central member is first placed in engagement with either the back or front of the paper, in which event the lingers will be on the opposite side, while the outer end of member 3 will project beyond the edge of the paper, forming thereby means for manipulating the clip, as well as for suspending it from a nail or hook. As shown in Figs. 2 and 4, the clip may be ap plied by presenting the extended end of the engaging member 3 thereto, the same being passed over either the front or the rear of the paper.

Preferably the device is formed from a single wire, the ends of which may be loose or soldered or otherwise secured together. According to the preferred form the wire is bent or curved to form the member 3 and is carried down to form the outer parallel sides I of fingers 1. It is then bent inwardly on lines paralleling the sides I to form the inner sides of the lingers and thence back upon itself on parallel lines, forming the central member 2, which latter, like the fingers 1, is of approximately U shape. More properly speaking, the central member is formed first, the operation being the reverse of the course suggested. As shown in Fig. 5, instead of forming the engaging member 3 on a curve the wire may be bent at the outer ends of the parallel sides a and carried on straight lines with the ends loosely overlapping or united. In each instance the movement of the clip down over the paper is arrested by either the bends between the fingers and the central member or the bends at the outer ends of the fingers.

The advantages of my invention will be apparent. It will be seen that the clip may be applied to the paper by presenting either end thereto, the extent to which the clip may be shoved down over the paper being limited by the bends of the fingers. It is obvious that either the engaging member 3 or the central engaging member 2 may be at the rear of the paper or at the front, in either case the other member being on the other side. In every instance, no matter which end is applied to the paper, a looped portion extends sulficiently to allow the device to be suspended from a nail or hook, such looped portion being on substantially the same plane as the paper-engaging means.

I claim as my invention 1. A paper-clip of the character herein described reversible end for end having paperengaging means at each end thereof, and a support-engaging loop at each end on substantially the same plane as the paper-engaging means such loops extending corresponding distances beyond the adjacent ends of the paper-engaging means.

2. A paper-clip having two lingers and two paper-engaging portions extended in opposite directions corresponding distances beyond both the inner and outer ends of said lingers.

A paper-clip formed from a single wire bent to provide two U-shaped lingers, a central paper-engaging member extending beyond the outer ends of such lingers and a second engaging member extending beyond the inner ends of such fingers.

4. A paper-clip consisting of a single wire bent into two sets of parallel portions to form specification in the preseiie of two. subscribtwo fingers, a central engaging member eX- ing Witnesses.

tending beyond the outer ends of said fin-'1 T gers, said wire being also bent to form a sec- I Al\N 1E BROOKS Witnesses:


5 0nd engaging member extended beyond the inner ends of said fingers.

In testimony whereof I have signed this

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US2519398 *Jul 31, 1945Aug 22, 1950Carl AnkerWire clothespin
US2938252 *Feb 21, 1958May 31, 1960Emile ScheemaekerPaper clip device
US3064326 *Aug 15, 1960Nov 20, 1962Kyrk Anthony RPaper clip
US4480356 *Oct 11, 1983Nov 6, 1984Martin Donald ADouble-grip clip
Cooperative ClassificationB42F1/08