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Publication numberUS917894 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateApr 13, 1909
Filing dateApr 7, 1908
Priority dateApr 7, 1908
Publication numberUS 917894 A, US 917894A, US-A-917894, US917894 A, US917894A
InventorsAttilio Pusterla
Original AssigneeSamuel Schenkein, Attilio Pusterla
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Bath-house key.
US 917894 A
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\ 917 894; 7 Patented Apr. 13, 1909.

I Elvwentoz atkumug UNITED sTAT E s r i i TENT OFFICE.



Specification of Letters Patent.

Patented April 13, 1909.

To allwhom it may concern:

Be it known that I, ATTILIO PUSTERLA, a citizen of the United States, residing at Bathbeach, Long Island, New York, have in-' vented certain new and useful Improvements in Bath-House Ke s; and I do hereby declare the followin to e a full, clear, and exact description 0 the invention, such as will enable others skilled in the art to which it appertains to make and use the same, reference being had to the accompan ing drawings, and to letters or figures 0 reference marked thereon, which form a part of this specification. i

My invention relates to improvements in keys, and has for its object to rovide a key with a receptacle either rigi ly connected thereto or not, that forms the handle proper of the key, or is otherwise connected to the key.

The main object of my invention is to provide a key adapted to be used as an identification check and given by keepers of bathing establishments at watering places to the bather for the particular booth or bath house intended for 1118 use, and also as a check for the valuables of the bather left with the bath-house keeper.

Referring to the drawings, in which like parts are similarly designatedFigure 1 is an elevation showing one form of my invention in open position. Fig.2 is asection through the receptacle, in closed position;

Fig. 3 is an elevatlon, and Fig. 4 a section of a modification, showing the receptacle and key rigidly connected; Figs. 5, 6 and 7 show further modifications.

In the several constructions shown I provide a receptacle especially for coin, so that when the bather has delivered his valuables to the bathing house kee er for safe kee ing, and receives therefor his ath room key av.-

ing the number of the bath-room thereon, a

small amount ef change may be retained by the bather and placed within the receptacle on the key, and thereby enable him to make small purchases during the time that he is wearing the bathing suit.

I am aware that umbrellas and tools have been made with hollow handles for the reception of various articles, but none of these are adapted to be carried into the water with a bather and serve the unique urpose of my invention, and I believe that? am the first to make a check or key for small change,

In Fig. 1, I have shown a flat check 2, provided with a bath-house apartment or room number, said check, preferably, but not necessarily, having alug, 3, at its edges extending in the plane thereof; the check is also provided preferably, with a rounded projection 4, an eye 5, and a locking member 6. The lockin member in this figure is shown as mounte on the eye 5.

Of similar outline as the check is a concave receptacle 7, provided -with 9. lug 8 capable of registering w1th the lug 3, an eye 9, capable of registering with the eye 5, and rovlded with a locking member 10 capab e of cooperating with the one 6 on the eye 5.

Passing through the registering lugs or projections 3 and 8' is a rivet 11 that also passes through washers 12 and 13 and the ey 14; in other words, the key 14 and the two lugs 3 and 8 are preferably included between the two washers 12 and 13. The rivet 11 thus acts as a pivot for the assembled parts, and the key itself may be turned about this pivot to slide upon the projection 4 and be held thereby in the position shown in dotted lines in Fig. 2. A cord or elastic 15 that goes'around the neck or waist of the bather is passed through the re istering eyes 5 and 6, as shown in Fig. 1. This particular structure as above described will be sufficient for metallic money, but should it be desirable or necessary to carry in the receptacle papter money, or other small articles affected y water, I have provided a rubber or other suitable water-proof bag 16, held within the concave portion 7 by means of a rivet 17. The mouth of this bag may be closed waterti ht by means of a rubber band, 18, or any 0t ier suitable closing means.

In the two figures just described the three movable parts, namely the check 2, the receptacle 7 and the key 14, are mounted to swivel about the rivet 11, but in Fig. 3 I have shown the ordinary key, 14 whose shank is riveted or otherwise rigidly secured to a lug or projection 3 on one member 2 of the receptacle. This member is shown as being concave, instead of flat, and is provided with an eye 5 and a locking member 6, while the cooperating member of the rece tacle 7 is connected to 2 by means of a in e 19 at the bottom thereof, and is also provi ed with hinge 23.

an eye 9 capgble of registering with the eye .have described and illustrated in Figs. 1-4,

the ke is at all times outside of the receptacle, ut in Fi s. 5 and 6 I have shown a form of receptac e composed of two concave members 20 and 21, hinged together. The member 20 is provided with an eye 5, and in Fig. 5 I have shown the key 14 connected thereto by a ivot 11 and the member 21 is provided wit a notch or recess 22, so that when the receptacle is closed the key may project therefrom, the receptacle acting as a andle for the key. The ivot 11 permits the key to turn or swivel t ereabout, so that when not-in use it may be contained within the receptacle; while in Fig. 6 I have shown the key 14 connected to the member 20 by a The short shank 24 of the key rests in a notch 25 in the concave member 20 when the key is projected from the receptacle. The hinge 23 permits the key to be folded over into the receptacle when not in use;

Either of the receptacles shown in Figs. 5

i l and 6 are held closed by any well known form of locket closure, not shown.

, In Fig. 7 I-have shown a bag, 26, of rubber or rubber-coated material having ears or loops 27 through which is assed the cord that goes over the head 0 the bather, or around his waist, as the case may be. Passing through the bag is a nipple 28 held to the bag by a washer 29 The shank of the key,

14 is threaded at its end and is screwed into the end of the nipple rojecting through the bottom of the bag. he bag and key may both be numbered alike to correspond to the bath room number if desired. The bag serves as a handle for the key.

I claim 1. The combination with a key, of a closable receptacle forming the handle thereof.

2. The combination with a key, of a closable receptacle formin the handle thereof and means to pivot the ey to the receptacle.

' 3. The combination with a key and a two part receptacle forming the handle thereof and a pivot connecting the receptacle and key.

the receptacle in closed position.

5. A ey having a two-part hollow receptacle forming the handle thereof and registering eyes on each of the parts of the receptacle.

6. A key having a two-part receptacle formin the handle thereof, an eye on each part 0 the receptacle adapted to register, and means to fasten the receptaclein closed position.

4 A key having a closable receptacle forming the handle thereofand means. to secure 7. The combination with a key; of a reoeptacle forming the handle thereof, an identification check forming the closure of the receptacle and means to pivot the parts I together.

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Cooperative ClassificationY10S206/811, E05B19/04