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Publication numberUSRE15104 E
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateMay 17, 1921
Filing dateMar 31, 1921
Publication numberUS RE15104 E, US RE15104E, US-E-RE15104, USRE15104 E, USRE15104E
InventorsMayer Axelman
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Brief and other carrying cabe
US RE15104 E
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Reissuiad May 17, 1921. APPLICATION FILED mm. 31, I921.

, flu W627!!! M. AND H. W. AXELMAN.


Beis'sued May 17, 1921. 15, 104.

3 SHEEISSHEET 3- tiality which can not be found in similar existing structures.

Other objects of this invention will herefront-wall t to serve as a closure to the case,


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Specification o1 Reissued Letters Patent?" Reissued May 17, 1921- Original No. 1,329,574, dated February a, 1920, Serial 1%. 307,244, filed June 21, 1919; Application for reissue filed March 31,1921. Serial No. 457,492.

To all wlmm. it ma ,coiwern: Y

Be it known tiat we, MAYER Axnmmn and llAuuy- \V. Axnmux, (IUZQHS of the United States, and residents of the city of Chicago, in the county of (ook and State. of Illinois. have invented'certain new and useful lmirovements in Br ef ar d other Carrying rises; and Wade herebydeclare that the following is a full, clear, anihcxact' description of thesame, reference being: had

to the accompanying drawings, and to the numerals of reference marked thereon, which form a part of this specification.

brief 'and othencurrying cases; and it consists, essent al] 'Qinthenovel'zind peculiar combination o parts, and details of con-5 struetion. as hereinafter first fully set forth and described,'dnd then] pointed out; inthe claims.

such as suit fcfisespsatcheis; carrying ends thereof are liable tocatchon-objeets;

the exposed buckles are liable to lnjure'fpercovering of the back'of the U-shaped frame sons coming in contect' t'here wlthf and speaking in general terms,-theyiirea nieces troduction therein of aresilient, preferably metallic frame, to form thece'ntrafportion of the-case, which imparts to"the.whole structure a degree of stiffness and substanina-fter fully appear. A l

"In the drawin; forming. a part of this, specification and which il u'strate the preferred embodiments of our invention- Figure 1 is a front elevation of this carrying case. p e

I Fig. .2 IS an end elevation of the same.

tie-stra' i, its buckle, and a part of the back "of the casing.

othersof the remaining figures being, drawn on an increased scale.

Fig. 5 is-a perspective -\'ie\\ of the metallic frame employed in this case.

.Figfli is aplan i'iew of the case when fully extended,.thetying straps not being 'visiblej This invention-has general reference to Fig. 7 is a transverse sectional elevation of the lower part of the case, on line 7-7 of Fig. 4. the tie-straps and the back pocket.

bein omitted. g. 8 is ajongitudinal Sectional plan of the lower part of the case on line 8- 8 of y v. v- F it B, the tie-straps andpocket' omitted. The: obgect oi .thisiinventionis the. pro i g. 9-1'saiview-similar to Fig. 7, showing :the ,.tie-strap and its buckle when located in the'foompartment 16 instead of the pocket at the ba'clcof the ease. i I

Fig.31fl is'a planview of the case, the flap (ldenin It. is 1151510172.flyil'gfl beihg omitted, the back 13' being ,well-known-"factJthati-n -all 5 and the like, whichare pro'irid tfi lf f p jsecured to the-'ceseythesestr is'rmfobj u-l t-ionable features? The? dang e'eboutfthe" shown iH'SpCtXOIIw v F g; 11 is afs de new of a portion of-the Fig. 12 is e detached, 1 Fig..l3-is aplan'of a blank of which the front elevation of the 'buckle x and the six gussets are integrally partitions in This' carry ing'case is a substantially rectangular structure .'.r'onstructed'of any suituble material, preferably leather,v and it comprises affront wall A, a rear wall B,

which 'lattcr wall is extended beyond the .height of the front wall to afford a flap or fly .C, which is adapted to fold over the there being on this fly suitable snap fastenings D, or other means for-holding the fly to the ease, and aloek- E, for locking the same. These two members A, B, a e placed in spaced-a part relationship, there mine; between these walls,two partitions :2, 1 3, to

divide. the interior of the case into'threc compartments 14, 15, 16.

The medial one, 15, of these compartments is formed b a- Ushaped, preferably metallic, frame 1, shown detached, and without any covering, in Fig. The compartments 14 and 16 are formed by connectingfthe front and rear wulls to the purtitions' l2, 13, by side gussets or accordion plaits 17, 17, 18,- 18, and bottom gussets 19, 20. whereby the case is rendered extensible to a degree limited by the accordion plaits of which there may be any desired number to afford the desiredcarrying capacity of the case.

Inv order to tie thecase, there an: provided ;'a multiplicity of straps, G, preferably underneat leatl1er-, one end of which is pr ferably' j sewed to the inner side of the wall A, near the lower margin thereof, by stitchin 21, and then assed out of the compartment 14 the bottom of the case, and either into the com artment 16 where they may be secured tot e walls thereof or into the pocket formed by the facing 23 o the outer surface of the rear wall B, as ilhistrated in Figs. 2, 3, 4 and 9. I

Upon the back of the member. B of the .case there is locateda pocket H ,which-com- I prises the facing 23, which is turned in-' 1 wardly at its lower margin, as M24 and there stitched to the back 1!. Thisfacmg is connected at its vertical margins to the back B by gussets 25, wherebythe' icket H may beextcndedto the limit of f e gmssetsBfi.

Above them i margin of the pocket fucing 23 there is secured to the back B a fly or flap I, the inner lon 'tudinal margin of which is stitched to the M31: as at 26. This fly I overlies the facing 23 of the pocket,

and has nearXits margins sna '-fasteners or other catches 27. -It is in t is pocket in;

which the ends-of the straps G, and the buckles22 which secure them are located so that when the fly, I is turned down, the

; straps are hidden in the pocket H, but may be manipulated by lifting the fly I and reaching intothafpockot.

It is desirable that m some cases the pocket at the, back of the case be dispensed v with. In this instance, we pass the straps G into the compartment 16,as illustrated in Fig.9 and secure the buckles 22 to the ine straps, in this case are reached by reaching into therpocket or compartment 16.

We have hereinbefore mentioned th'e 1110- tallic u-shaped frame F. This frame is a Hat bar. which is best made of steel to be 00 resilient; and it is covered on itsoutside and inside with any suitable material, such as leathencanvas, cloth, and the like, and it is to this. outside covering that the inner mar-- gins of the gussets are secured, as will hereinafter' appear. Originally, the two limbs- 3U,-31, of the frame F are at an obtuse angle to the base 32 of the/frame, as shown in dotted lines at :28, in Fig. 5, and these limbs are then pulled into parallelism when the partitions l2, 13, are sewed thereto. This places the partitions in tension; butwhen tlu-sc'partitious are being distended or deflected, as illustrated in Fig. 10, the two limbs 30, 31, will be drawn toward each other. as indicated by the dotted lines 29, in Fig. 5, to regain their normal position when the partitions are released. The base of the frame F greatly stili'ens the bottom of the carrying case and prevents its bulging outward y when weight is carried in the case. Buttons 33, Figs. 1, 3, and 6, are placed under the base 32. upon which' the case may rest when placed in ,ertical posi- 1 tion on the floor, table, or other object.

The normally horizontal po'rtion34 of the fly is reinforced by a preferably fiber or veneer strip 35, which is held in position by a leather or other strip 36. sewed along the marginal edges of the said strip as at 37, Fig. 6. This reinforcing of'the fly-G strengthens the carrying case so that when carried by a handle J, suitablysecuredto the fly and its reinforcing strip. this reinforced portion of the case wi l resist upward bending causedby the weight in the case. 1

Attention is now invited to the fact that the outside covering of the U-shaped frame F, and the six gussets or accordion plnits 17. 17, 18,18, 19, and 20, are all formed of a single piece of flexible material,

such as leather. canvas, cloth, and the like, foldi-(l in such manner that the gusscts are integrally mnuected. Thus a strip of this material, slightly wider than the carrying case when in fully-extended conditiomand as long as necessary to go around the botlos tom and two sides of the case, is first folded upon itself ulong the longitudinal margins as indicated by the lines 40, 40, and then angled, triangular creases 45, 46, 47, 48, and

45, 46, 47, and 48, so that when the two end portionsare turned at right angles and the strip refolded, the portions defined by the lines 43, 43, and t e l and 40, formthe two bottom gussets 19, 20, while the remaining portions ofthe strip form the four side gusscts 17, 17, 18, and 18. the middle portion bounded by the ion- 7 gitudinul lines 41, 41. forming the outside covering for the members 30, 31, 32, of the U-shaped' frame F. Tlrlsfoutside" covering lines 40, 41. 41-,

is preferably cemented to the frame members and then the front A and baclcB are sewed -to the margins of the gussets as at 50. 51, in Figs. ,1, 3, 6, 7, and 8, so that there are two thicknesses of the material at the three marginsofthe front A, and also three thicknesses at the margin of the back member of the case. Before the front and the back members of the case are sewn to the;

gussets, the partitions 12, 13, are placed upon the bottom or base member of the frame F, in thefollowing manner:

A strip 52,- of suitable material is placed upon, and preferably cemented to, the inner surface of the base member 32. This strip is wider than the base, as shown best in Fig. 7, its margins 53, 54, being t aed upwardly and cemented, or otherwise secured to the lower edges of the partitions 12, 13. Similar strips 55, Fig. 8', are cemented to the inner surfaces of the limbs 30, 31, of the frame F, and passed around the vertical margins of the partitions 12, 13, as at 56, 57, and cemented or otherwise secured thereto.

We have hereinbefore mentioned that the blank shown in Fig.- 13, has two narrow end portions 42, 42. These end portions are doubled upo i themselves and cemented'together so that the upper edges of the side gussets are formed of two thicknesses of the material of the blanli and thus presentjno raw edges of the material, and at the same time overlap the up er ends of the frame members 30, 31, an the inner linings thereat. Y

In order to strengthen the connection be tween the vertical edges of the partitions 12, 13, and the gussets, there are formed at the upper corners of these partitions short projections 58, as shown in Figs. 6 and 14, which projections are folded upon the inner sides of the gussets and then cross stitched thereat, as at 59, Fig. 6. By this method of forming the gussets and securing them to the U-shaped frame F, and to the front and back members A, B, we produce a carrying ease of superior quality; and in this connection we will here state that all the stitching in this carrying case, instead of being done with cotton or linen thread, may be done with thin, soft, metallic wire, preferably copper or tinned iron, which makes the seams and connections practically indestruc tible. It is a well-known fact thatv the stitching in sample and other carrying cases, when done with cotton, or linen thread, sooner or later gives out, the thread wearing rapidl and rotting by moisture, an-objecticn w ich is entirely obviated by the stitching with metallic thread. which can be successfully used in hand, as well as machine sewing.

\Vhile we prefer to make the blank shown in Fig. 13, of a single piece of material, it may also be formed of two halves stitched or cemented, or both, at adjacent ends, as indicated at 60., and also of three pieces, as indicated at ($1, (l2,'a..matter which will be obvious to persons skilled in the art to which our invention appertains.

lVhile we have hereinbefore describei'l the preferred embodiment of our invention, we desire it to be understood that we are aware that changes in details of construction may be made, and parts omitted withoutdeparting from the scope of our invention as defined in the appended claims.

Having thus fully described this inveution, we claim as new. and desire to secure to ourselves by 'Letters Patent of the United Statesl 1. A carrying case, including, in combination, a front wall, a rear wall in spaced apart relationship to said front wall, said rear wall having a'flexible extension formmg a {la or fly. to cover a portion of the front wal, a pocket on the outer surface of the rear wall, a fly on said rear wall constructed to overlie said' pocket, and tiestraps, said straps being secured at one of their ends to the inside surface of said front ,wall at the lower part thereof, said straps passing underneath the bottom of said case into said pocket, and means in said pocket for retaining the free ends of said straps in adjusted position.

2. In alcarrying case, the combination of a front wall, a rear wall, a compartment on the outer surface of said rear wall, and a scries of tie straps, said tie straps being secured at one of their ends to the inner surface of said front wall, the other ends of said tie straps being sccuredto the other of.

said walls within said compartment, and means for closing said compartment, where by the free ends of said tie straps are locatedin said compartmentand hidden from view when said case is closed. 1

3. In a carrying case, the combination of a front wall, a rear wall, said walls being flexibly connected at their sides and bottom margins to afford a compartment, a pocket at the back of said rear wall, and a multi plicity of tiestraps, said,tie.'straps being secured at one of their ends to the lower margin of the front wall, and with their other ends adjustably secured to the back wall within said pocket.

4. A carrying case, including, in combi nation, a frontwall, a rear wall,-said front and rear walls being flexibly connected at their side and bottom margins to afford a.

compartment in said case, a fly secured to the back wall and constructed to overlie the vfront wall to close said compartment, a

pocket at the back of said rear wall. a .fly constructed to close said pocket, and a. series of tie straps, said tie. straps having one of their ends secured to the inner surface of Said front wall at the lower margin thereof,

flexible connection into sai means in said pocket for admstably securclosed.

said straps passing through said flexible connection at the bottom mar ms under said pocket, and

ing said straps 111 said pockegwhereby the ends of the straps are hidden from view when said compartment and said pocket are 5. A brief case having walls defining. the limits thereof, and'means for adjusting said case comprising a member secured to one wall interiorly thereof and Passing beneath the brief case and rising adpicent the other Wall.

6. A traveling case having adjustable vcompartments, means for adjusting said compartments comprising members secured interior-1v of one outer wall thereof and passing beneath said compartments and extending into said case, and devices interiorly' 20 of said case for holding the same in adjusted position. v

7 A traveling case having a plui'ality of walls defining adjustable compartments, a tie strap secured to' the inners ideoffthe 26 outer wall of one compartment and passin beneath said case, and rising adjacent a wal of another compartment, and means for adjustably securing said tie strap to awall of the last mentioned compartment. a

In testimony whereof we have hereunto subscribed our names in the presence of two subscribing witnesses. i


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