US 928006 A
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N. L. THOMAS.
APPLIOATION FILED JULY 26, 1906.
Patented July 13, 1909.
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. NICHOLAS L. THOMAS, OF OHATTANOOGA, TENNESSEE.
To cLZZ whom it may concern:
Be it known that I, NICHOLAS L. THOMAS, a citizen of the United States and a resident of Chattanooga, in the State of Tennessee, have invented. certain new and useful Improvements in, Key-Hooks, of which the following is a specification, reference being bad to the accompanying drawings, forming a part hereof.
The invention relates to key hooks and has for its object to provide a device whereby they or a number of keys upon a suitable key ring may be supported on the outside of a garment so as to permit the engagement or disengagement of the keys to the hook to be readily made and thus prevent injury to the-pocket of the garment. I
A further object of the invention is to pro vide a keyhook with means to hold the keys securely against engagement and also with means to fasten the key hook firmly to the garment so as to prevent accidental displacement thereof.
Having these and other objects in view the invention consists in the new and novel features of construction and combinations of parts hereinafter set forth and claimed.
lln the accompanying drawings Figure 1 is a view in perspective of a key hook embodying the invention in position on a garment. Fig/V2 is a view in perspective of a key hook embodying the in'ventlon detached -from.the garment. Fig. 3 is a longitudinal sectional View of the same.
The key hook. comprises a body portion 1 i and a hook portion 2 which may be formed by bending the body portion upon itself. The opposite end 3 of the body portion is bent over to form a clamping member 4; which is provided with a lip 5 that clamps the garment and prevents accidental displacement of the hook. Preferably the body portion and the hook and clamping portions are formed integral. from a sm le piece of spring metal but they may he fern or separate pieces of metal. secured togetl: 1i:
Suitabiy secured to the body portion by rlvets 6 or other suitable means at or near the upper end of the device is a spring 7 which extends within the hook portion of the device and the free end 8 or which rests Specification of Letters Patent.
Application filed July 26, 1906.
Patented i'uly 13, ions.
Serial No. 327,822. 1
against and is movable upon the body portion. Preferably the spring is of the same width as the hook and bears ae'aiust the same. Consequently it is ueeemury to depress the spring in order to attaclrlhe key or the ring 12 lioiding the keysto the hook and after the key or ring has once passed the spring will. expand and engage the hook and. thereby prevent disengagement of the key or ring. The free cud i) of the hook curved laterally as shown in the drawings so as to permit the ready attachment of the key or ring thereto.
In order to attach the device to a garment the clamping lip is sprung outward sufficiently to permit the edge of the garment, such as the waist band ll) of the trousers 11, to be inserted between said lip and the body portion of the device. In case a belt is worn it is obvi us that the device may be attached to the belt or, if preferable, attached both to the belt and the garn'icnt by springing the clamping lip suilirieutly to allow both "the belt and the garment to outer between same and the body portitm of the dcvire. Preferably the clamping lip is arranged. below the center of the device so as to provide a large bearing; surface and also to resist the downward pull. of the keys which may be attached to the hook.
After the device has been attached to the garment the key or the key ring may be inserted between the hook and the spring and forced downward which will depress the spring and permit the key or the ring to enter the book. When it is desired to remove the key or the ring it is held in the hand and an outward pressure is exerted with the thumb against the top of the hook Which will cause same to spring outwardiy, thus releasing the tension of the spring and permitting the key or the ring to be witlh drawn.
I claim as my invention:
A key hook comprising a body portion, a hook portion and a clamping member arranged parallel'with each other said clamping member being provided with a lip arranged at-right angles thereto and adapted to engage the inner side of a garment, a spring formed from a Stipiltlttftfi piece of metal secured by one end to the upper part of the body portion and having its free end name to this specification in the presence of in contfact git}? (imd movable on the 1OW611 two subscribing witnesses part 0 sai 0 Y ortion and its centra part bowed outw ar to engage the upper NICHOLAS T O 5 part of the hook portion, substantially as Witnesses:
described. CHAS. W. BIESE, In testimony whereof, I have signed my W. D. SUTTON.