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Патент USA US2117465

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May 17,1938.‘
Filed Jan. 6, 1957
2,1 1 7,465
Patented May 17, 1938
Francis-W. Tully, Brookline, Mass.
Application January 6, 1937, Serial No. 119,239‘
3 Claims.
This invention relates to‘means for the re
ception' and retention of pens, pencils and the
like, in position in a person’s'l‘pocket and in such
away that they shall not be conspicuous.
Just‘ as the Scrivener of old was immediately
recognizable by his ink horn and quills, which
were frequently slung at the belt,—so today, is
the average of?ce worker signalized by an array
of‘ pens and pencils (often as formidable as an
10 arsenal“ of guns or swords) protruding from his
coat or waistcoat pocket.‘
some pens and pencils are provided with clips
mounted so near to'the endithat when one is
fastened in the pocket just a short portion shows
15 above-it. But even with such arrangements, the
ends occupy the opening. of the pocket, bulge it
outwardly‘ and arestill noticeable to a consid
erable extent.
In both cases, the positioning of the penv or
‘pencil‘depends upon the-edge- of the pocketand
the clip‘ extends over the edge onto‘the outside
of‘ the pocket so that it is more or‘ less con
spicuous at all'times and constitutes a badge-of
one’s trade which is notv pleasing. At the same
25 time ready access to pens‘and pencils isindis
pensable and neither the pockets of garments nor
the pens or pencils themselves; as‘ heretofore
provided, permit of any other recourse than to
clip them over the edge of the pocket or to carry
30 them loose in the bottom1 of. the pocket. which
presents other di?iculties. Furthermore,‘ since
the clip. portion is always exposed on the out
side edge of the pocket, itis subjectto catching
on things and ?icking the pen or pencil out of
35 the pocket accidentally. Such pencil clips also
wear the edge of the pocket.
It is, therefore, an object of, this invention to
provide means for properly holding pens or. pen
cils in position in the pocket and. at the same time
40 completely out of sight. It is an object also to
provide means easily and cheaply attached, in?
conspicuous in itself and without e?ectuponthe
comfort and appearance of the garment. or the
use of the pocket for other things. Other objects
will appear from the following disclosure.
By the present invention, the pocket of the
garment, usually a coat or vest, havinga more
-or less horizontal opening and extending ver
(01. 2—-250),
may be held by the usual stitching along‘ the
margins of the pocket if ‘it is built in when‘ the
pocket is made.
Otherwise, it may be attached
to the inside of the pocket in various ways,‘ as
by a thermoplastic cement.
Both ends of ‘ the
band may be attached to the inside of the front
wall of the pocket or to‘ the inside of‘ the rear
wall of the pocket.
Again, the ends may- be
attached, one to the front wall and’ one to-the
rear wall of the pocket. In any one of these ar l)
rangements, the band may be slightly-shorter
than the' distance between the two points on the
cloth to which it‘ is attached. In this way, the
band tends to be drawn tight and the corre
sponding portion of the cloth ofthepocket to
bepuckered and to \be somewhat loose, in con—
sequence. In this way the vpuckered cloth of the
pocket stands away from the band, leaving a free
opening therebetween to» receive the'clip‘of the
pen or pencil, while the’ band is under‘ tension,
thus holding it straight and resilient against the
thrust of the clip or other fastenerr on the pen
or pencil as it is pushed over'the band’to effect
engagement therewith. And since the band‘; is
below the openingv of' the pocket, when the clip is
thus engaged, the‘pen or'pencil can not" be seen‘,
because the entire‘ pen'v or’ pencil and the clip
also are below the‘ opening and enclosed within
the pocket.
When needed, the pen or pencil is easily‘.
reached and withdrawn, both from. the: pocket
and from its engagement with,.inra= sin
gle movement. At the same time it. does not
catch in things, such as outer garments or'with
articles which one may be carrying, which could 35
entangle the exposed‘ clip devices,-—such as the
strings on bundles, scarves, or armloads of things
whichare held against the body and may disen
gage the‘ friction clips ordinarily relied upon,
and either draw the pen or pencil out of the
pocket or hold onto the object with which it has
become" entangled.
A typical embodiment. of the device and ex
amples of its practical application are shown
in the accompanying drawing in which:
Fig. 1 illustrates a band of material and ther
moplastic adhesive and reinforcing material ap
plied thereto;
Fig. 2 shows the band of Fig. 1- folded and
for application in the pocket, more es 50
50 a band of fairly stout, resilient material, per
haps an inch wide moreor less, which extends pecially for use in‘ a garment already‘made;
Fig. 3 shows the’lband‘. positioned‘ transversely
substantially horizontally along the inside of
the pocket from one side to the other, a short of the’ pocket and lying ?at. against the inside
distance below the opening. This bandmay be of the rear wall. of the pocket, a portion of‘ the
front Wall being broken away;
55 sewn to the inside of the pocket‘at eachend or
tically downward therefrom, is provided with
Fig. 4 is a plan view of the pocket, showing
the band attached so as to pucker the pocket
wall beneath it, to which it is attached;
Fig. 5 is a View similar to Fig. 4 in which both
the band and the wall of the pocket to which
it is attached lie ?at together;
Fig. 6 is a cross-sectional view of the arrange
ments as shown in Fig. 3 (along the line 6-45 in
the direction of the arrows) showing the pen or
10 pencil, as it engages the band and is held in
position thereby and completely within the
, pocket;
Fig. '7 shows a modi?cation at each end of the
pocket, in which the band is short and attached
15 (at one end of the pocket) to the back Wall on
one side and the other side to the front wall of
the pocket, and (at the other end of the pocket)
the band is attached at one end to the back of
the pocket, curved into a U-shape and attached
at the other end of the same side to the front
wall of the pocket;
Fig. 8 shows a modi?ed-form of band in which
the upper edge of the band forms a slight cate
nary curve to prevent the tendency of the edge
to curl over; and
Fig. 9 shows a modi?ed form of band in which
theupper edge is reinforced to prevent curling
and yet thin enough to receive the usual clip
clip portion M of the pen or pencil l5 as it is
thrust into the pocket, as shown in Fig. 6. Ordi
narily such extra space is not required, for when
these parts are assembled ?at as in Fig. 5, there
is sufiicient space for the clip, but the additional ,
tension on the band is effective with some ma
Since the band is positioned a su?icient dis
tance below the opening l6 of the pocket, the
edge of the pocket closes over the top of the pen 10
or pencil, after it is in place (as the garment
is actually worn) not only covering it up but
more securely holding it in the pocket.
In a similar way, one end of the band may be
fastened to the front wall 9 and the other to the
back wall 8, directly or diagonally across the
pocket, as shown in Fig. '7 with a very short band.
This draws the band across the end of the pocket
and is especially convenient if the device is only
called upon to carry a single pen or pencil. Or,
a band may be thus placed in each end of the
pocket, as in Fig. 7—-one to carry a pen and the
other a pencil, thus holding them apart and
making it convenient to position the pen or pen
cil when putting it into or taking it from the
The band 25 may go across the pocket in a
diagonal, as shown, being attached at one end to
Referring to the drawing, the band I may be the front wall and the other to the back wall.
If this is effected by adhesive, the adhesive will
prepared in the form of a strip or ribbon of suit
able material of suf?cient sti?ness or “body”, by be applied to one side'of the band at one end
coating with a thermoplastic composition on 22 and to the other side of the band at the other
end 23. The band, as shown at 24, may be like
one side. From this strip a piece of suitable
length, such as the individual band I, shown in that shown in Fig. 2, having adhesive at both
ends of the same side, 25, 26, one being affixed
Fig. 1, is cut, and corner portions 2, 2 are cut
out. The shorter section 3 is then folded along to the back wall 8 and the other to the front
Wall 9 of the pocket, as shown in Fig. 7.
the line 4 with the thermoplastic coating 5 over
In either of these two modi?cations, it will be
and upon the coating on the larger section 6 and
noted that the tendency of the pocket to taper
40 aflixed thereto by heat and pressure.
A suitable thermoplastic composition for this toward the ends will serve to direct the pen or 1.1.0
pencil as one inserts it into the pocket and
purpose may be made by mixing, in dry pulver
ized condition, approximately equal parts of presses it toward either end of the pocket. The
ethyl cellulose and a synthetic resin of low melt~ same motion tends to expand the pocket and as
the pen or pencil approaches the band, the lat
.45 ing point such as orthopara toluene methylene ter
is drawn across the pocket in front of it and 45
sulfonamid, having a melting point of about 45°
C. This may be dissolved and then diluted to the tighter and tighter and hence ?rmer and ?rmer.
desired consistency with a solvent mixture as When the body of the pen or pencil strikes the
band and is pressed against it, the band will lie
?at against it. The clip l4 will extend over the
Per cent top edge of the band, because one naturally holds
Ethyl acetate ____________________________ __
the clip in the forward position, relative to the
Toluol __________________________________ __ 45
movement with which he thrusts it into his pock
Ethyl alcohol____' ________________________ __ 30
et. Now, in this position (with the thumb usu
Dibutyl phthalate ________________________ __ 20
ally behind) the pen or pencil is thrust down,
This leaves the end portions ‘I, ‘l coated with the spring clip M slipping over the band and
the thermoplastic adhesive and exposed, as shown engaging it in the usual way.
in Fig. 2.
Either the diagonal or U-shaped arrangement
The band is then slipped into the pocket, in of the band may be ?xed in the pocket by sewing
the ends as well as by adhesive. And the U
60 the position in which it is desired to have it
mounted, and ?xed by applying a hot iron, under shaped end may face toward the center of the 60
pressure, against it from the outside. Thus, as pocket or toward the end of the pocket. The
shown in Fig. 3, ‘it may be attached transversely various arrangements thus provided may be
along the inside of the back wall 8 of the pocket found useful in different types of pockets and
65 9, in an approximately horizontal position and with different kinds of materials of which the
?at against the pocket wall.
pockets and garments are made. For example, 65
By making a fold or pleat in the cloth forming the U -shaped band might not be so desirable in
the wall of the pocket and applying the band ’ garments of thin materials, because the fold pre
across this pleated portion and then ?xing it by sents a double thickness in the pocket which
70 heat and pressure as before, the tendency of the might make it noticeable on the outside as a
pocket wall to straighten out holds the band lump or bulge. But ordinarily this would not be
relatively taut, as shown in Fig. 4. At the same so.
time the pocket wall is puckered as at E2 and
Accordingly, when the pen or pencil is put into
stands away from the band somewhat, thus as
the pocket, it may be pressed toward the back
75 suring a free opening 13 for the insertion of the
or front or to one side or the other, with the clip
device freely.
pointing in that direction (corresponding to the
type of arrangement adopted) and then pushed
downwardly, whereupon the clip is certain to
engage and slip over the top edge of the band,
being directed against it by the walls of the
While the thermoplastic material serves to
stiffen and strengthen materials which might be
too soft and fold or roll easily as the clip is thrust
10 over it, it is to be understood that it will not be
necessary with materials of sufficient ?rmness
and body.
As above pointed out, the edge of the band is
drawn taut by the wall or walls of the pocket
to which it is attached. In addition to this, how
ever, it may in some instances be helpful to
have the upper edge of the band follow the lines
of a catenary curve 21 between the points of at
tachment (Fig. 8) so that, as the clip is pushed
over it, the thrust will be transmitted directly
is not the preferred form of the invention,--that
nevertheless, the band may be attached loosely to
the pocket so as to pucker itself slightly and thus
stand away from the wall of the pocket to which
it is attached, It will also be understood that
in the U-shaped modi?cation shown in Fig. 7,
whether the U may bow inwardly of the pocket
or outwardly toward the end of the pocket,-both
arrangements present certain advantages, in
attaching the pen or pencil thereto and in the
security with which the attachment resists the
effects of use and wear.
It is also to be understood that the band may be
made of various materials, within the above de
scription, though in general textiles will be prefer 15
may carry a binding cord or strip of cloth 3!} over
able and the bands of the desired resiliency and
?rmness at the edges to receive the clip, of the
desired “body” to prevent the band from buck
ling or folding over as the clip strikes it and of
suf?cient “give” and roughness to make the clip
bind and cling after it has been thrust into posi
I claim:
1. In combination, a pocket and a holder there~
in to engage the clips of pencils, fountain pens
and the like, comprising a ?rm, resilient non
metallic band, of su?icient width and thickness
which it is folded at 3! and stitched as is shown
at 32 (Fig. 9). A folded edge alone, which is
tached at its ends transversely within the pocket
from this point to the points of attachment 28,
29 along the edge of the band, making the band
resistant to rolling over at the edge and serving
to draw it up under the clip and in ?rm engage
ment therewith.
To further reinforce the edge of the band, it
stitched down or a folded edge reinforced by a
second fold a short space from the edge so as to
provide a wedge-shaped edge may also assist in
both sti?ening the edge of the band and more
positively engaging and securing the clip after it
is in place. If the band is made su?'lciently wide
to receive and engage the clip, the band may- be
sewn to the pocket wall along its bottom edge,
as well as at its ends, to advantage, but this is
not necessary.
The holder as thus arranged permits one to
carry one or more pens or pencils in his pocket,
more securely than heretofore, and yet completely
covered and concealed by the pocket. It thus
avoids the conspicuous array of pens and pencils
which must sometimes be carried by many people
in the course of their daily occupation and which
they would willingly "avoid, especially during those
parts of the day when such instruments are not
needed. It is easily provided in the course of
50 making the pocket or after the garment and
pocket are all ?nished, as above described. It
is simple and yet certain in operation and secure
in retaining pens or pencils within the pocket. It
avoids the use of metals or other stiff materials,
55 and functions without adjustments.
It will be clear from the foregoing that, al
though it is not so illustrated in the drawing and
to receive the clip on the pencil or pen, and at
by a thermoplastic adhesive at a point su?‘iciently 30
below the opening and leaving an unattached por
tion intermediate of the ends, thereby to receive
the pen or pencil and hold it completely within
the pocket and obscured from view.
2. A holder to engage the clips of pencils, foun 35
tain pens and the like, comprising a ?rm, resili
ent, stiffened band of ribbon, of su?icient width
and thickness to receive the clip on the pencil or
pen, and coated on each end with a thermoplastic
adhesive composition, leaving an uncoated space
intermediate of the ends, thereby to provide for
attachment of the band, at its ends, transversely
within the pocket and below the opening thereof
and to leave an unattached portion to receive the
pen or pencil.
3. A holder to engage the clips of pencils, foun
tain pens and the like, comprising a ?rm, resilient
band, composed of a tightly folded strip of ribbon
containing sti?ening material within the fold and
coated on each end with a thermoplastic adhesive 50
composition, leaving an uncoated space inter
mediate of the ends, thereby to render the same
stiifly resilient and provide for attachment at its
ends transversely to the inside of the pocket and
below the opening thereof and to leave an un 65
attached portion to receive the pen or pencil.
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