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March 22, 193$.
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2,112,100
TASSEL
Filed April 21, 1957
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CLIFFORD
G. KING
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ATTORNEY
Patented Mar. 22', 1938
2,112,100
UNHTED STATES ‘PATENT OFFICE .
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Application April 12', 1937, Serial No. 136,399 ’
'12 Claims. (Lona-27s)
My invention relates to an improved type of
tassel for use on cord articles, such as picture
frame cords, curtain cords, etc., and is particular
ly adapted for use as a tassel to be attached to
the end of a lady’s shoe lace in accordance with
the
latest
vogue.
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The present invention is an improvement on
the structure shown in my former-application
for patent for Tassel, S. N. 720,123, ?led April
10 11, 1934.
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An object of my invention is to provide a tas
sel within the range of the generic invention
covered by said application, but which comprises
certain speci?c improvements thereover which
15 not only enhance its ornamental appearancabut
also enhance its ease of assembly andjautomati
cally provide a standard tassel despite any ir
regularities which may take place in the thick
embodimentof my invention employing an alter
native type of elastic hoop means.
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Fig. ‘.8 is. a perspective View of said alternative
typelof hoop means. .
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In the ‘drawing, wherein like characters of‘ref
erence indicate like parts throughout, l0 gener
ally indicates an improved type of . tassel con
structed in accordance with my invention.
My improved tassel includes a tuft member 12
of ?exible material, such as leather having a 10
center portion 14 having a hole 16 therein for
stringing on said cord article and spaced integral
tuft forming portions 18 projecting radially out
wardly from said center portion, an inner tubu
lar forming shell 20 adapted to have said tuft 15
member superimposed thereon and a hoop mem
ber or‘means 22 adapted to be superimposed over
said'tuft forming member‘ 12 to’ bend said ra
ness ofthe leather tuftmember which invariably . dial tuft‘stran'dsltl downwardly in tuft forma
tion' over said forming shell substantially nor
the hides employed.’
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mal to the upper end of said shell and clamp 20
20 occur due to varying degrees of thicknesses in
A further object of my invention :is to improve
to provide the top of the tassel withpa graceful
curve and’ vto ,insurerl‘that the hoop-memberyor
them in tuft'formation against said inner form
ing shell 2!]. The tuft forming member ‘l2 may
be suitably stamped or otherwise cut from; any
suitable ornamental flexible material, such as
tuft- despite whatever irregularities may be pres
and maybe suitably stamped or cut from a sheet
of such material intov the flat form shown in
the construction of the inner clamping means
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means vI preferably employ will compressthe tuft
portionsmof the tuft,memberfuniformally into a
leather, rubber, arti?cial leather, fabric, etc. 25
entyin'the thickness of the different tuft 'mem-_ Fig; 3 provided with the center portion 14, the
spaced integral tuft forming portions or arms
‘These. and such. other objects of my invention 18 projecting radially outwardly from said cen-
bers.
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as may hereinafter appear will be best under
stood from a description of the accompanying.
drawing which illustrates an embodiment thereof.
In the drawing, Fig. 1 is a perspective view of
a tassel constructed in accordance with my in
vention,
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Fig. ,2, is a perspective view of the hoop mem
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ber Ilpreferably employ therein.’
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1 Fig; 3 is a perspective View of the ?exible tuft
forming member I preferably employ having the‘
radial strand forming arms.
Fig. 4 is a perspective view of the inner tubu
lar-forming sheet I preferably employ as the low
45 er clamping means of my invention.
through and in my preferred'embodiment, said
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Fig. 5 is a disassembled'perspective view of the
various parts of my invention including ,a tubue,
lar'expanding wedge member in substantially
the vertical alignment ‘they assume‘prior to_as-‘
sembly.
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ter portion 14 and having the central hole I 6
for stringing on said cord article v24.
While any suitable type of an inner tubular
forming shell may be employed, or any suitable
type of means may be provided to function in 35'
combination with the hoop member 22 for clamp
ing the tuft member 12 in tuft formation, I pref
erably construct the inner tubular forming shell
20 of resilient material which may be readily
stamped or otherwise pressure shaped to the de 40
sired shape, such ‘as metal, composition, etc.
Said forming shell 20 is preferably provided with
a hole ‘26 for receiving the cord article 24 there
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hole 26. is provided as the hollow center portion
of a hollowrtubular neck portion 28 of a size
for stringing on said cord article and for re
ceiving the center hole of said tuft member there
through, so that said neck portion 28 may pro
lFig. 6 is a vertical sectional view of ‘the 1m?v ject upwardly through the hole 16 in said tuft
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proved tassel shown in ‘Fig. 1 secured to the end
of a cord article byproviding a knot therein.
member 12. In the preferred embodiment shown,
said forming shell is also provided with an in
Fig. '7 is a perspective viewy‘of an alternative
der portion 30 integrally attached ,to the lower
tegral substantially frustro hemi-spherical shoul-,
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end of said neck portion 28 and I provide an in
tegral tubular skirt portion 32 extending axially
downwardly from the lower end of said shoulder
portion 38. If desired, the periphery of said tu
bular skirt portion 32 may be provided with
spaced prong means 34 projecting outwardly
therefrom at circumferentially spaced distances
thereon which may be made if desired by strik
ing portions of said skirt outwardly from the
skirt body. If desired, to increase the resiliency
of the skirt portion 32 for a purpose to be later
described, said skirt portion 32 may be provided
with the circumferentially spaced channels or
become embedded into‘ the leather. To insure a
tight binding or clamping of the leather strands
l8 against the inner surface of the hoop mem
ber, preferably so that the prong means 34 where
employed will bite into the inner surface of the
leather, I provide the tubular, preferably up
‘wardly tapered expanding wedge member 38
adapted to be inserted within the lower end of
said skirt portion 32 to‘ expand said lower end
sui?ciently, in the embodiment shown, the spaced 10
strip portions 40 forming the skirt body inter
mediate said channels 36 outwardly, to cause said
prong means 34 where employed or said inner
slits 36 formed therein from the lower end there- ‘ ‘forming shell body if not employed tov engage
15 of and extending upwardly a substantial distance
into the skirt body. While these cut away por
tions 36 may comprise slits, they preferably com
prise the cut out channels. shown. ‘Thus it is
obvious that I have provided an inner forming
20 shell which may be readily stamped or pressure
shaped from a sheet of any suitable material or
formed by drawing or spinning from a tube and
in‘ which the hole 26, shoulder 38, channels 36
and prongs 34 may be readily formed thereon
during the course of its manufacture.
As stated, I provide a hoop member 22 pref
erably constructed of suitable ornamental ma
terial and which may if desired be suitably orna
mented in any suitable manner and preferably
of slightly greater circumference than the pe
riphery of the lower end of said shoulder 30
adapted to be superimposed over said tuft form
ing member l2.to bend the radial tuft strands
i8 downwardly in tuft formation over said form
ing shell 28 substantially normal to the upper
end of said shell and clamp them in tuft forma
tion against said inner forming shell 26, the as
sembly thereof being diagrammatically illustrated
by the perspective view shown. in Fig. 5. If de
sired, in place of the rigid hoop member 22 any
suitable type of alternative hoop means may be
employed and I have shown in Figs. '7 and 8 an
alternative type of hoop means 22’ comprising
an elastic coil spring or corrugated hoop member.
If this type of hoop means be employed, it is
apparent that the necessity for the wedge ring
38 for expanding the lower end of said skirt
portion outwards may be dispensed with as the
elastic hoop means will at all times tend to retain
the strand portions l8 of said tuft forming mem
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ber I2 in tuft formation over the inner shell, will
expand when the device is assembled to‘ accom
modate for different thicknesses in the material
of ‘which the tuft forming member l2 may be
constructed, and always tending to return to its
original pre-stretched condition will ?rmly clamp
the strands in tuft formation against said. inner
forming shell in use.
As stated hitherto, the tuft forming member
I2 is preferably constructed of ?exible material
and is preferably out in the flat form shown in
Fig. 3 from a sheet of leather. Great difficulty
was experienced in providing uniform tassels
which would stay together due to differences
in the thickness in the leather employed, and
for this reason, I have constructed my preferred
embodiment as shown to permit the manufacture
of successively assembled tassels of uniform ap
pearance which will stick together and so for
this purpose I have constructed the skirt por
tion 32 of resilient material and provided it with
the channels 36 so that if desired the lower end
thereof may be expanded to accommodate leath
er tassels of different thickness and to insure
75 that the prong members 34 where employed will
the inner surface of said strands l8 to maintain 15
a rigid assembly despite irregularities of thick
ness in said tuft member, although, if desired, as
is apparent, any other suitable types of wedge
means may be employed for this purpose.
While ‘my improved tassel I8 is adapted to vbe 20
sold as a unit, it is obvious that the hoop mem
ber 22 is made hollow, the neck portion 28 is
provided with the hollow central portion 26 and
the skirt portion is made hollow so that the cord
member 28 may be readily threaded through
said holes. My improved tassel ll] may be secured
on the cord article in any suitable manner, such
as by having it abut the upper end of the cylin
drical unraveling member normally employed at
the end of the shoe lace as shown in my copend
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ing application, or by providing the suitable knot
44 in the lower end of'said cord article 24 against
the upper surface of which the under surface of
said shoulder 30 is adapted to rest.
It is apparent therefore that I have provided 35
a novel type of tassel with the advantages ex
plained above.
It is understood that my invention is not lim
ited to the speci?c embodiments shown and that
various deviations may be made therefrom with 40
out departing from the spirit and scope of the
appended claims.
What I claim is:
1. A tassel for use with shoe laces and like cord
articles having a free end comprising a tuft mem 45
ber of flexible material having a center portion
having a hole therein for stringing on said cord
article and spaced integral‘ tuft forming portions
projecting radially outwardly from said center
portion, a resilient inner tubular forming shell 50
adapted to have said tuft member superimposed
thereon having a hollow tubular neck portion
for stringing on said cord article and for receiv
ing the center hole of said tuft member, an inte
gral substantially frustro hemi-spherical shoul
der portion below said neck portion and an inte
gral tubular skirt portion extending axially down
wardly from the lower end of said shoulder por
tion having circumferentially spaced channels
formed therein and prong means projecting out 60
wardly therefrom and a hoop member of slightly
greater circumference than the lower end of said
shoulder adapted to be superimposed over said
tuft forming member to bend said radial tuft
strands downwardly in tuft formation over said 65
forming‘ shell substantially normal to the upper
end of said shell and, clamp them in tuft forma
tion against said inner forming shell and a tubu
lar upwardly tapering expanding wedge member
adapted to be inserted within the lower end of 70
said skirt portion to expand said lower end suffi
ciently to cause said prong means to‘ engage said
strands to maintain a rigid assembly despite ir
regularities in thickness of said tuft member.
2. ‘A tassel for use with shoe laces and like cord
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articles having a free end comprising a tuft mem having a hollow tubular neck portion for string
ber of ?exible material having a center portion ing on said cord article and for receiving the
having a hole therein for stringing on said cord center hole of said tuft member, an integral sub
article and spaced integral tuft forming portions stantially frustro hemi-sphericalshoulder por
projecting radially outwardly from said center tion below said neck portion and an integral
portion, an inner tubular forming shell adapted to tubular skirt portion extending axially down
have said tuft member superimposed thereon, wardly from the lower end of said shoulder por
and hoop means adapted to be superimposed over tion and a hoop member of slightly greater cir
said tuft forming member to bend said radial cumference than the lower end of said shoulder
IO tuft strands downwardly in tuft formation over
said forming shell substantially normal to
upper end of said shell and clamp them in
formation against said inner forming shell.
3. A tassel for use with shoe laces and
cord articles-having a free end comprising a
the
tuft
like
tuft
member of ?exible material having a center
portion having a hole therein for‘ stringing‘ on
said cord article and spaced’ integral tuft form
ing portions projecting radially‘ outwardly from
20 said center portion, an inner tubular forming
shell adapted to have said tuft member superim
posed thereon, and elastic hoop means adapted
to be superimposed over said tuft forming mem
ber to bend said radial tuft strands downwardly
in tuft formation over said forming shell sub
stantially normal to the upper end of said shell
and clamp them in tuft formation against said
inner forming shell.
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4. A tassel foruse with shoe laces and like
cord articles having a free end comprising a tuft
member of ?exible material having a center por
tion having a hole therein for stringing on said
cord article and spaced integral tuft forming
portions projecting radially outwardly from said
35 center portion, a resilient inner tubular forming
shell adapted to have said tuft member super
imposed therein, a hoop member adapted to be
superimposed over said tuft forming member to
bend said radial tuft strands downwardly in tuft
formation over said forming shell substantially
normal to the upper end of said shell and clamp
them in tuft formation against said inner form
ing shell, and a tubular expanding upwardly
tapering wedge member adapted to be inserted
‘- within the lower end of said forming shell to ex
pand said lower end sufficiently to engage said
strands to maintain a rigid assembly despite
irregularities in thickness of said tuft member.
5. A tassel for use with shoe laces and like
cord articles having a free and comprising a
tuft member of ?exible material having a center
portion having a hole therein for stringing on
said cord article and spaced integral tuft forming
portions projecting radially outwardly from said
center portion, a resilient inner tubular forming
shell adapted to have said tuft member super
imposed therein, a hoop member adapted to be
superimposed over said tuft forming member to
bend said radial tuft strands downwardly in tuft
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formation over‘ said forming shell substantially
normal to the upper end of said shell and clamp
them in tuft formation against said inner form
ing shell, and wedge means adapted to- be in
serted within the lower end of said forming shell
65 to expand said lower end su?iciently to engage
said strands to maintain a rigid assembly despite
irregularities in thickness of said tuft member.
6. A tassel for use with shoe laces and like cord
articles having a free end comprising a tuft mem
ber of ?exible material having a center portion
having a hole therein for stringing on said cord
article and spaced integral tuft forming portions
projecting radially outwardly fromv said'center
portion, an inner tubular forming shell adapted
75 to have said tuft member superimposed thereon
adapted to be superimposed over said tuft form 10
ing member to bend said radial tuft strands
downwardly in tuft formation over said forming
shell substantially normal to- the upper end of
said shell and clamp them in tuft formation
against said inner forming shell.
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7. A tassel for use with shoe laces and like
‘cord articles having a free end comprising a
tuft member of ?exible material having a cen
ter portion having a hole therein for stringing on
said cord article and spaced integral tuft form
ing portions projecting radially outwardly from
said center portion, an inner tubular forming
shell adapted to have said tuft member super
imposed thereon having a hollow tubular neck
portion for stringing on said cord article and for 25
receiving the center hole of said, tuft member,
an integral substantially frustro hemi-spherical
shoulder portion below said neck portion and an
integral tubular skirt portion extending axially
downwardly from the lower end of said shoulder 30
portion and elastic hoop means adapted to be
superimposed oversaid tuft forming member to
bend said radial tuft strands downwardly in tuft
formation over said forming shell substantially
normal to the upper end of said shell and clamp ~
them in tuft formation against said inner form
ing shell.
8. A tassel for use with shoe laces and like
articles having a free end comprising a
member of ?exible material having a center
tion having a hole therein for stringing on
cord
tuft
por 40
said
cord article and spaced integral tuft forming
portions projecting radially outwardly from said
center portion, a resilient inner tubular forming
shell adapted to have said tuft member super 45
imposed thereon having a hollow tubular neck
portion for stringing on said cord article and for
receiving the center hole of said tuft member,
an integral substantially frustro herni-spherical
shoulder portion below said neck portion and an
integral tubular skirt portion extending axially
downwardly from the lower end of said shoulder
portion, a hoop member of slightly greater cir
cumference than the lower end of said shoulder
adapted to be superimposed over said tuft form 55
ing member to bend said radial tuft strands down
wardly in tuft formation over said forming shell
substantially normal to the upper end of said
shell and clamp them in tuft formation against
said inner forming shell and a tubular upward 60
ly tapering expanding wedge member adapted
to be inserted within the lower end of said skirt
portion to expand said lower end su?iciently to
maintain a rigid assembly despite irregularities
in thickness of said tuft member.
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9. A tassel for use with shoe laces and like cord
articles having a, free end comprising a tuft mem
ber of ?exible material having a center portion
having a hole therein for stringing on said
cord article and spaced integral tuft forming por
tions projecting radially outwardly from said cen 70
ter portion, a resilient inner tubular forming
shell adapted to have said tuft member super
imposed thereon having a hollow tubular neck
portion for stringing on said cord article and for
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receiving the center hole of said tuft member, an
integral
substantially
frustro
hemi-spherical
shoulder portion below said neck portion and an
integral tubular skirt portion extending axially
downwardly from the lower end. of said shoulder
portion and prong means projecting outwardly
therefrom and a hoop member of slightly greater
circumference than the lower end of said shoulder
adapted to be superimposed over said tuft forming
10 member to bend said radial tuft strands down
wardly in tuft formation over said forming shell
substantially normal to the upper end of said shell
and clamp them in tuft formation against said
inner forming shell.
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10. A tassel for use with shoe laces and like
cord articles having a free end comprising a tuft
member of flexible material having a center por
tion having a hole therein for stringing on said
cord article and spaced integral tuft forming
portions projecting radially outwardly from said
center portion, an inner tubular forming shell
adapted to have said tuft member superimposed
thereon having a hollow tubular neck portion for
stringing on said cord article and for receiving
25 the center hole of said tuft member, an integral
substantially frustro hemi-spherical shoulder por
tion below said neck portion and an integral
tubular skirt portion extending axially down
wardly from the lower end of said shoulder por
tion having circumferentially spaced channels
formed therein and a hoop member of slightly
greater circumference than ‘the lower end of
said shoulder adapted to be superimposed over
said tuft forming member to bend said radial
tuft strands downwardly in tuft formation over
said forming shell substantially normal to the
upper end of said shell and clamp them in tuft
formation against said inner forming shell.
11. A tassel for use with shoe laces and like
cord articles having a free end comprising a tuft
member of ?exible material having a center por
tion having a hole therein for stringing on said
cord article and spaced integral tuft forming
portions projecting radially outwardly from said
center portion, a resilient inner tubular forming
shell adapted to have said tuft member super
imposed thereon having a hollow tubular neck
portion for stringing on said cord article and for
receiving the center hole of said tuft member,
an integral substantially frustro hemi-spherical
shoulder portion below said neck portion and an
integral tubular skirt portion extending axially
downwardly from the lower end of said shoulder
portion having prong means projecting outwardly
therefrom, a hoop member of slightly greater cir
cumference than the lower end of said shoulder
adapted to be superimposed over said tuft form
ing member to bend said radial tuft strands
downwardly in tuft formation over said forming 10
shell substantially normal to the upper end of
said shell and clamp them in tuft formation
against said inner forming shell and a tubular
expanding upwardly tapering wedge member
adapted to be inserted within the lower end of
said skirt portion to expand said lower end suf
?ciently to cause said prong means to engage said
strands to maintain a rigid assembly despite ir
regularities in thickness of said tuft member.
12. A tassel for use with shoe laces and like cord
articles having a free end comprising a tuft mem
ber of flexible material having a center portion
having a hole therein for stringing on said cord
article and spaced integral tuft forming portions
projecting radially outwardly from said center
portion, a resilient inner tubular forming shell
adapted to have said tuft member superimposed
thereon having a hollow tubular neck portion
for stringing on said cord article and for re
ceiving the center hole of said tuft member, an 30
integral
substantially frustro
hemi~spherical
shoulder portion below said neck portion and an
integral tubular skirt portion extending axially
downwardly from the lower end of said shoulder
portion having circumferentially spaced channels
formed therein, a hoop member of slightly greater
circumference than the lower end of said shoulder
adapted to be superimposed over said tuft form
ing member to bend said radial tuft strands
downwardly in tuft formation over said forming
shell substantially normal to the upper end of
said shell and clamp them in tuft formation
against said inner forming shell and a tubular ex
panding upwardly tapering wedge member adapt
ed to be inserted within the lower end of said 45
skirt portion to expand said lower end sufliciently
to maintain a rigid assembly despite irregularities
in thickness of said tuft member.
CLIFFORD G. KING.
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