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May 17,, 1938.
J. MQCRACKEN
TIE HOLDER
Filed Aug. 51, 1956
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Patented May 17, 1938
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UNITED STATES
PATENT OFFICE
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TIE HOLDER
John McOracken, Burgettstown, Pa.
Application August 31, 1936, Serial No. 98,801
9 Claims.
This invention relates to tie holders, and has
for one of its objects the production of a simple
and efficient means for holding the depending end
of a four-in-hand necktie ?at against the center
5 of the shirt and the narrow end of the tie directly
behind the wide end thereof.
A further object of this invention is the pro
duction of a simple and efficient means for hold
ing the ends of a four-in-hand tie in a relatively
ll) inconspicuous manner, and allowing the tie a
free up and down movement While at the same
time- preventing the tie from being blown away
from the front of the shirt.
Another object of this invention is the pro
duction of a tie holder having a shirt-clamping
portion having a plurality of jaws wherein a
. gripping tension is provided through the length
of the jaws, that is to say from end~to-end.
A still further object of this invention is the
production of an e?lcient tie holder having a
shirt-clamping means, the jaws of which may be
opened to provide a wide mouth to facilitate the
engagement of the clamping means with a shirt
and automatically grip the shirt throughout the
.25 length of the jaws as the clamping means is
moved to a clampingposition.
.
Other objects and advantages of this invention
will appear throughout the following speci?cation
and claims.
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In the drawing:
Figure 1 is a front elevation of a portion of a
shirt and collar showing the manner of holding
the depending ends of a four-in-hand tie in the
center of the shirt front through the medium of
.35 my improved tie holder;
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.
Figure 3 is a sectional view taken on line 3—3
of Figure 2;
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prising a pair of parallel spaced ?anges l3 which
are connectedby' a bridgeportion M. A perforated
ear I5 is struck from each end of the bridge por
tion l4 and each ear is bent at right angles there
to projecting in an opposite direction to the
parallel ?anges l3. These perforated ears I5
constitute spaced hinge portions and provide a
pocket in which the narrow end of a four-in- =
hand tie may fit, .as indicated by the numeral C
in Figure 2, the edges of the tie being held against
material lateral shifting by these cars l5.
The secondary jaw 12 is preferably formed from
spring wire and comprises a loop portion I6
which extends in substantially parallel relation
to the primary jaw II, the end projecting’slight
ly beyond the end of the primary jaw, as shown
in the drawing, the loop also being slightly wider
than the primary jaw, the parallel sides of the 20
loop projecting beyond the parallel sides of the
jaw I l in the manner shown in Figure 3, whereby
the edges of the ?anges l3 may provide an eili
cient grip upon the front plait of the shirt. This
action is clearly shown in Figure 3. One end of .25
the loop I6 is overlapped in crossed relation
and the terminals of the wire constituting the
loop 18 are bent backwardly to extend in substan
tially parallel relation to the sides of the loop 16
providing
are inturned
parallel
to provide
arms journal
I’! the terminals
portions l8
of ?tting
which 30
in apertures l9 formed in the ?anges l3. Be
cause of this construction, the secondary jaw 12
may be swung upon the journals 18 with respect
to the primary jaw l l to provide an open mouth, .
Figure 2 is a transverse sectional view‘ taken
on line 2-2 of Figure l;
jaw l2, the primary jaw ll being preferably 7
stamped from a blank sheet of material and com
Figure 4 is an end elevational View of the; tie
holder;
Figure 5 is a side elevational view of the tie
holder with the clamping jaws in an open posi
tion, a portion of the tie-engaging loop being
515 broken away;
Figure 6 is a perspective view of the tie holder;
Figure 7 is a plan view of the inner face of the
holder;
Figure 8 is a perspective view of a modi?ed
50 form of the tie holder.
By referring to the drawing, it will be seen
that A designates the shirt of the conventional
type and B designates a tie of the four-in-hand
type. The tie holder comprises a clamping mem
§5 her It] having a primary jaw H, and a secondary
as shown in Figure 5, when inserting the clamp
I 0 into clamping engagement with the front plait
of the shirt.
A tie-encircling loop 19 is provided having its
ends 2!! projecting beyond the ears l5, one ter
minal of the loop l9 being provided with an eye
2! for engaging one ear l5. The loop [9 is pro
vided with a spaced substantially parallel arm
22 which is. bent to provide an eye 23 intermediate
its end for engaging the opposite ear l5 and ter
minates in an inwardly projecting ?nger 24 ar
ranged in spaced relation to the outside of the
loop iii, the end terminating short of the eye 2|,
as shown in Figure 6.
This will permit the easy
insertion of the narrow end C of the tie behind .
the ?nger 24 and between the ears I5, as shown in
Figure 2, the wide end D of the tie B being held
within the loop l9 as shown in“ Figure 2.
As shown in Figure 5, the corners of the flanges
II are preferably rounded, as indicated at 25, to
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facilitate the sliding of the flanges over the front
plait of the shirt without fear of injuring or tear
ing the shirt.
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In Figure 8 there is shown a modi?ed form of
the invention completely formed of strands of
wire, wherein the device comprises a primary jaw
25 and an auxiliary jaw 21. The primary jaw 26
consists of a pair of spaced parallel wires and one
end of the jaw 26 is bent to provide a right
10 angularly extending eye or loop 28 the opposite
terminals of the wires from the primary jaw 26
being hooked together, as at 29, one terminal be
ing bent to provide an eye 30 extending at right
angles in substantial alignment with the eye 28,
15 in this way providing a pocket in which the nar
row end of the tie is adapted to rest.
The secondary jaw 21 is also» formed from a
second piece of bent wire consisting of a loop 31
which is adapted to extend substantially parallel
20 to the jaw 26, the terminals of the wire being
overlapped and bent backwardly in substantial
parallel relation to the loop 23 for a portion of its
length to provide substantially parallel arms. 32,
the terminals of which are bent laterally in op
25 posite directions to provide journals 23 ?tting in
eyes 34 formed intermediate the ends of the pri'
mary loop 28. A tie-encircling loop !9a is hing
edly connected to the eyes 28 and 30. The struc
ture operates substantially the same as that de
30 scribed with respect to the previously described
form.
The operation of the devices is as follows:»-By
referring to Figures 1 to 7, inclusive, it should be
noted that the secondary jaw i2 is initially swung
35 to the position shown in Figure 5, and the jaw I2
is inserted under the front plait of the shirt caus
ing the edges of the flanges 13 of the primary
jaw H to ride over the front face of the front
plait of the shirt. As the clamp H is moved
40 transversely across the front plait of the shirt, the
secondary jaw 12 will be swung to a position sub
stantially parallel to the primary jaw H, the
edges of the ?anges i3 ?rmly gripping or biting
against the fabric of the front plait of the shirt
45 and wedging the same against the spaced parallel
side wires of the loop E5 of the secondary jaw l2
providing an eflicient clamp for holding the de
vice against accidental displacement or engage~
ment with the shirt. The spring action of the
50 loop l6 due to the fact that the same is formed of
vspring wire, the ends of which are overlapped and
crossed, as illustrated, and at the same time are
pivoted to'the primary jaw, will provide this ef
?cient clamping action. The narrow end C of the
55 tie will fit between the ears l5 and be held against
lateral displacement and prevent the narrow end
of the tie to move from a position which would
not underlie the wide end of the tie. The wide
end of the tie will be retained within the pivoted
60 loop l9, which loop because of its being hinged
in a horizontal position, will through’ gravity hang
the device against the front of the tie tending to
retain the tie in a flat position, at the same time
permitting the loop to freely swing upwardly or
65 downwardly as action may require.
From the foregoing description, it will be seen
that a very simple and e?icient means has been
provided to hold the necktie flat against the
center of the shirt, as well as to hold the narrow
70 end of the tie directly behind the wide end. The
tie holder, while being relatively inconspicuous,
allows the tie to have a free up and down move
to
ment due particularly to the hinge action of the
loop l9, the weight of the loop holding the tie
normally ?at against the front of the shirt, and
at the same time withstanding outward pull of the
tie should the same be caught by the wind. The
device will give equal tension on each end of the
tie and is free to follow the outward and backward
movement of the tie as well as the upward and
downward movement without permitting the tie
to become laterally displaced. Furthermore, the
clamp construction permits the clamp to be
opened wide at its mouth to facilitate the engage
ment with the shirt and while the clamp is being 10
moved across the front plait of the shirt the two
jaws will automatically realign themselves for
clamping action.
Furthermore, the parallel
strands of the spring jaw [6 will pass close to the
side edges of the flanges 13 adjacent the corners 15
thereof to provide an ef?cient clamping or grip
ping action, causing the shirt to be bent abruptly
in the manner as shownin Figure 3 to provide
this e?icient biting and gripping action.
It should be understood that certain detail 20
changes in the mechanical construction may be
employed without departing from the spirit of the
invention, so long as such changes fall within the
scope of the appended claims.
Having described the invention, what is claimed
as new is:-
1. A tie holder of the class describe-d compris
ing a shirt-clamping means having spaced aper
tured ears, a tie-encircling loop having eye por
tions pivotally engaging said ears whereby said 30
loop may have up and down swinging movement,
the weight of the loop causing the loop to hang
flat against the tie and hold the tie ?at against
the shirt, the loop also constituting means for
retaining the free ends of a tie against lateral
displacement, and said loop having a spaced
parallel ?nger spanning the distance between
said ears and adapted to retain the narrow end
of a tie between the ears.
2. A tie holder of the class described compris
ing a shirt-clamping means having spaced aper
tured ears, a tie-encircling loop having eye por
tions pivotally engaging said ears whereby said
loop may have up and down swinging movement,
the weight of the loop causing the loop to hang 45
?at against the tie and hold the tie ?at against
the shirt, the loop also constituting means for
retaining the free'ends of a tie against lateral
displacement, said loop having a spaced parallel
?nger spanning the distance between said ears
and adapted to retain the narrow end of a tie
between the ears, and said ?nger terminating
short of one of said ears to facilitate the placing
of the narrow end of a tie behind the ?nger and
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between the ears.
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3. A tie holder of the'class described compris
ing a tie-retaining means, a shirt-engaging
clamp supporting said tie-retaining means, said
clamp comprising a primary jaw and a secondary
jaw, the secondary jaw being of greater length to
than the primary jaw and being hingedly con
nected to the primary jaw intermediate the length
of the primary jaw, the secondary jaw being
yieldable with respect to‘ the primary jaw and
of greater width than the primary jaw for caus
ing said jaws to frictionally bite into the front
plait of a shirt and provide biting clamping en
gagement therewith to ?rmly hold the clamp in
?xed relation upon the'plait of a shirt.
‘l. A tie holder of the class described compris
ing a tie-retaining means, a shirt-engaging
clamp supporting said tie-retaining means, said
clamp comprising a primary jaw and a secondary
jaw, the secondary jaw being of greater length
than the primary jaw and being hingedly con
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nected to the primary jaw intermediate the
length of the primary jaw, the secondary jaw be
ing yieldable with respect to the primary jaw
and of greater width than the primary jaw for
causing said jaws to frictionally bite into the
front plait of a shirt and provide biting clamping
engagement therewith to ?rmly hold the clamp'
in ?xed relation upon the plait of a shirt, said
secondary jaw being formed of a wire strand and
10 comprising a spring loop, the strands at one end
'7. A tie holder of the class described compris
ing a shirt-clamping means, means formed upon
one face thereof de?ning a pocket to receive the
narrow end of a necktie for holding the same
against lateral movement, and an enlarged tie
encircling means extending laterally of the sides
of said pocket for receiving the wide end of a
necktie, the pocket being located behind the en
larged tie-encircling means and communicating
therewith, whereby separate compartments are 1O
of the loop being crossed and bent backwardly to
provide substantially parallel ?ngers, the termi
provided one for the narrow end of a necktie and
one for the wide end of a necktie.
nals of which are inturned and provide journals
8. A tie holder of the class described compris
ing a shirt-clamping means, means formed upon
one face thereof de?ning a pocket to receive the 15
for engaging the primary jaw.
5. A tie holder of the class described compris
ing a tie-retaining means, a shirt-engaging
clamp comprising a primary jaw and a secondary
jaw, the tie-retaining means being hinged to one
of said jaws for upward and downward swinging
20 movement on a horizontal pivot, the secondary
jaw being of greater length and greater width
than the primary jaw and pivotally connected to
the primary jaw whereby the primary jaw may
swing within the secondary jaw to permit the
jaws to be moved to provide an open mouth for
the clamp when inserting the clamp in engage
ment with a support.
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6. A tie holder of the class described compris
ing a tie retaining means, a shirt-engaging clamp
30 hingedly supporting said tie-engaging means,
said clamp comprising a pair of jaw sections
formed from spring wire strands, one section be
ing of greater size than the other section to per
narrow end of a necktie for holding the same
against lateral movement, an enlarged tie-encir
cling means extending laterally of the sides of‘
said pocket for receiving the wide end of a neck
tie, the pocket being located behind the enlarged 20
tie-encircling means and communicating there
with, and a guard overlying the front of said
pocket for retaining the narrow end of a necktie
against displacement from the front of said
pocket, whereby separate compartments are pro 25
vided one for the narrow end of a necktie and one
for the wide end of a necktie.
9. A tie holder of the class described compris
ing a shirt-clamping means, means formed upon
one face thereof de?ning a pocket to receive the 30
narrow end of a necktie for holding the same
against lateral movement, an enlarged tie-encir
cling loop extending laterally of the sides of said
mit the swinging of one section within the other
pocket for receiving the wide end of a necktie,
section, one section having a pair of intermediate
the pocket being located behind the enlarged tie
transversely aligned eyes and the other section
encircling loop and communicating therewith,
having backwardly bent ?ngers arranged in cross
relation at one end and the terminals bent lat
erally away from each other ?tting in the eyes of
40 the adjoining section to provide journals where
by one section may be swung with respect to the
other section to provide an open mouth for the
clamp when inserting the clamp in engagement
whereby separate compartments are provided
one for the narrow end of a necktie and one for
the Wide end of a necktie, and a guard ?nger
overlying the front of said pocket for retaining
the narrow end of a necktie against displace
ment from the front of said pocket, the ?nger
terminating short of one end of the pocket to
with a front plait of a shirt, the jaws being
facilitate the placing of the narrow end of a neck
adapted to automatically align themselves and
provide spring gripping action between the jaws
tie behind the ?nger.
as the clamp is moved transversely across the
front plait of a shirt to frictionally and ?rmly
hold the clamp in position.
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JOHN MCCRACIQEN.
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