US 831402 A
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No. 831,402. PATENTED SEPT. 18, 1906.
R. H. AUSTIN. BUCKLE OR FASTENING DEVICE.
APPLICATION FILED 0CT.4, 1905.
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ROBERT HARRISON AUSTIN, or HE ER, CALIFORNIA.
BUCK-LE OR FASTENING, awes.
Specification of Letters Patent.
Patented Sept. 18, 1906.
Application filed October 4, 1905. Serial No. 281.307.
To aZZ whom it may concern;
Be it known that I, ROBERT HARRISON AUSTIN, a citizen of the United States, residing at Heber, in the county of San Diego and State of California, have invented a new and useful Improvement in Buckles or Fastening Devices, of which the following is a specification.
This invention is a novel construction of buckle or fastening device, the object being to provide a novel construction which can be used in the place of the ordinary hook and eye or an ordinary buckle for the purpose of fastening garments, belts, straps, harness, and the like.
Another object of the invention is to provide a buckle or fastening device of cheap and simple construction and one which can be quickly and easily connected and disconnected and one that is not liable to easily or accidentally be disengaged.
With these various objects in view my invention consists in the novel features of construction, combination, and arrangement, all of which will be fully described hereinafafter and pointed out in the claims.
In the drawings forming apart of this specification, Figure 1 is a perspective view of a buckle or fastening device constructed in accordance with my invention. Fig. 2 is a top plan view of one member. Fig. 3 is a top plan view of the other member. Fig. 4 is a ongitudinal sectional view showing the members connected. Fig. 5 is a sectional elevation showing the position the parts assume while being connected or disconnected. Fig. 6 is a detail section on the line 6 6 of Fig. 4;
Inasmuch as my invention is adapted for all uses where an ordinary buckle or hook and eye can be used, it will of course be understood that it can be made in any size desired and from any suitable material, and in the practical embodiment of my invention I employ two members A and B, the member A being essentially in the form of a rectangular frame having a cross-bar A, which carries hooks or fingers A which extend toward each other, as most clearly shown in Figs. 1 and 6, being slightly separated, as shown at A and the inner faces of the hooks are reversely inclined, as shown in Fig. 6. The member B is also essentially rectangular in shape and at one end is formed with a bifurcated extension B, roviding the tongues B and the member B 1s preferably constructed of spring metal, and these tongues B will have a certain amount of elasticity, and intermediate their ends they are given a twist, so that their outer ends are at right angles to the body of the member B. The tongues B are first bent toward each other so as to nearly contact, and are then sprung away from each Fig. 3, and at the points where they meet or nearly meet each one is formed with an outwardly-projecting protuberance B which protuberance may be punched from the tongue or may be molded or soldered thereon, as preferred.
At the end of the frame B which carries the spring-tongues B is a lip B which lip is insert-ed beneath the end member of the frame A,, as shown in Fig. 5, and the converging portions of the spring-tongues are forced through the opening A between the hooks and being of spring metal they bend out sufficiently to engage the said hooks, as most clearly shown in Fig. 6, the twisted portions of the tongues contacting with the oblique faces of the hooks, and the outwardly-projectin protuberance B serves as the stops to hold the said members against longitudinal movement after being once connected, as shown in Figs. 1 and 4. In order to disconnect the members, the spring-tongues are pressed together sufficient to permit them to be withdrawn from the hooks A and then the member B is lifted to the position shown in Fig. 5 and the lip B is then withdrawn from beneath the end portion of the frame A. It will of course be understood that any suitable means of connecting the frames or members to the articles to be fastened can be employed. It will thus be seen that I provide an exceedin ly cheap, simple, and efficient form of buck e or fastening device.
Having thus fully described my invention, what I claim as new, and desire to secure by Letters Patent, is
1. A fastening device comprising the frame havin a cross-bar carrying oppositely-disposefiiooks, and aframe having an inwardlyprojecting lip and a bifurcated extended end portion, the members thereof being twisted, converged intermediate their ends, and curved to diverge at their ends, each member carrying an outwardly-projecting protuberance adapted to serve as a stop in engagement with the hooks, as set forth. 4
2. A buckle comprising a rectangular other, as most clearly shown in,
frame, the side members of said frame being by the said bifurcated end portion adapted connected by a cross-piece adjacent one end, to bear upon the hooks respectively. hook members carried by said cross-piece and arranged at right angles to the frame, ROBERT HARRISON S a second frame having a bifurcated end Witnesses:
portion adapted to rest between the hooks L. A. POTTER,
carried by the cross-piece, and stops carried H. E. ALLATT. f