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Патент USA US2123945

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July 19,A 1938.
Filed Feb. 25, 1957
Patented `luly 19, 1938
Albert F. Henderson, Middleton, Mass.
Application February 23, 1937, Serial No. 126,993
2 Claims. (Cl. 223-111)
The subject of the present invention is an The plate and spring clips together form a body
article of manufacture intended and adapted to
be attached temporarily to a necktie and to serve
as a guide or pilot to lead the tie into the space
5 within the fold of a turned down collar. Con
siderable difliculty is found'by the wearers of
turn over collars in adjusting the back band of
the tie beneath the turned down part of the
collar and leaving such part in a smooth condi
tion. This diiiiculty is particularly pronounced
with attached shirt collars when laundered with
starch. If the collar is turned up before the
button at the wearer’s throat is fastened, so as
to facilitate placement of the tie around the
neck and making of the knot, the turning down
of the collar afterwards breaks the smooth laun
dered surface and leaves creases and hollows
provided, which are located parallel to one an
other adjacent to the opposite marginal portions
of the body plate, and the single pilot or tab pro
jection extends oppositely to the clips from be
tween the junctions of the latter with the plate 10
portion, and in the same plane with the plate
portion. The simplest and least expensive mode
of manufacturing this device is to cut or stamp
it in one integral piece from sheet metal with
extensions at either side of the tab portion of 15
suiñcient length to provide the spring clips, and`
then to bend such extensions over against the
Which cannot be obliterated by manipulation and
plate portion so that the clips and plate portion
destroy the desired fresh appearance of a clean
collar. The same difliculty occurs with lightly
form the body of the device, and turn their eX
tremities outward so as to facilitate insertion of 20
starched detachable collars which are not stiiî
enough to grip the band of a tie which has been
inserted into the fold of the collar before at
tachment of the latter to the neck band of the
25 wearer’s shirt.
Having experienced these difficulties, I have
felt the need for a practicable means for adjust
ing a tie Within the fold of such a collar, after
the same has been buttoned around the wearer’s
30 neck, and without causing the collar to be
wrinkled or its starched and laundered outer
surface to be broken or dented. The invention
described in the following speciñcation is my
solution of the problem thus presented.
portion slightly thicker than the tie and the pro
jecting pilot tab is of less thickness than this
body portion for a purpose that will appear more
fully below. Preferably two spring clips arek
In the drawing forming a part of this spec
ification,Fig. 1 is a perspective vieW of one form or em
bodiment of a guide illustrating the invention;
Figs. 2 and 3 are, respectively, a front eleva
40 tion and a side elevation of another form of the
same invention, differing from the one first de
scribed in that it is made of Wire, While the
other is made of sheet metal;
Figs. 4, 5 and 6 are Views of a collar in the
45 shape which it assumes when buttoned around
the back band of the tie between the plate and
the clips.
Any metal may be used which has sufficient
stiiïness, strength and elastic resilience, but the
material should not be so- thick as to make the 25
ñnished article objectionably bulky. Objection
able bulk is that which, when the guide is used
in the manner presently described, would be
liable to distort the collar so sharply and far
as to leave a visible ridge in its outer flap. With 30
out intending to indicate limitations of quality
and dimensions, I would say that the guide shown
in Fig. 1 is made of hard rolled sheet brass
having a thickness of .020”, its body portion is
,1L-ê” long from its junction with the tab por
tion c, and its Width %”; the tab is 1/8” long
in its middle part from its junction with the
body part and M1" wide, and has a rounded end;
and the spring clips are -ä-ë” long from the bends
where they join the plate portion and are each 40
1/4" Wide. However, considerable variations may
be made from the dimensions named. Sheet
steel and other alloys of iron, silver and other
metals and metal alloys may be used, and the
articles, when made of base metals, may be plated 45
the wearer’s neck, showing successive stages in
or lacquered or otherwise ornamented to give
the operation of inserting a necktie into the fold
them a more attractive appearance.
of the collar;
Like reference characters designate the same
50 parts wherever they occur in all the figures.
The embodiment of the invention shown in
Figs. 1, 4, 5 and 6 is made of resilient sheet
metal, or equivalent material, and consists of a
plate portion a having one or more spring clips
55 b, b and a projecting tab or pilot portion c.
It is not necessaryeven that the devices be
made of metal, for they may be of non-metal
lic material, such as Celluloid, hard rubber, bake- .f ‘
lite or other similar synthetic resins, etc., molded
to the desired form. The only limiting factors
are that the material of the body part and clips
have suii‘icient resilient strength to grip the tie
ñrmly enough to be carried along through the
channel in a folded over collar with the tie, and
that these associated members be not too bulky
within the definition of objectionable bulk here
inbefore given. Neither is it essential that the
body, clips and pilot tab be integrally joined to
gether. One or more of these parts may be
made initially separate from the others and con
nected to it; although of course considerations
of economy favor the integral mode of manu
An equivalent guide device may be made of
wire, as illustrated by Figs. 2 and 3. Here a sin
gle length of wire is bent at its middle point
to form a loop d and parallel legs e, at two other
15 points equally distant from the loop d to form
loops f, f and parallel legs y, y extending back
toward the loop d, (all of which legs are in the
same plane or substantially so), and finally again
bent at points h, h so as to form terminal legs
20 i, :i which are parallel to one another but in a
different plane from that of the legs e and y.
The loop d projects beyond the loops h, h and
forms the equivalent of the pilot tab c. The legs
7', j form the equivalent of thel clips b, b of Fig.
1 and cooperate with the legs e, y at each side
oi the median plane of the guide device to» grasp
an inserted necktie. Each pair of legs e, g forms
in eiîect a clamp equivalent to the plate portion
a of Fig. l; and, conversely, the marginal zones
30 of the plate portion a form clamps cooperating
with the clips b, b and equivalent to each pair
of legs e, g of the Wire construction.
In use, the guide device is applied to the neck
tie 7c at a point sufficiently far removed from the
35 narrower end of the _tie to lie in front of one of
the wings, as the wing l, of the collar when the
tie has been passed around the wearer’s neck
and the narrow end brought far enough forward
at one side of the neck to be conveniently grasped
40 by the hand of the wearer at that side. After
the collar has been buttoned at the wearer’s
throat with the flaps turned down, as repre
sented in Figs. 4, 5 and 6, the tie is passed
around the wearer’s neck with the narrow end
brought forward only far enough to be grasped
easily by the hand at the same side. 'The tie
with the attached guide device is passed under
the wing Z of the collar at the other side, as
shown in Fig. 4. If the tie is entered into the
50 collar from right to left, as shown in the draw
ing, the wearer pulls forward on the narrow end
of the tie with his left hand while maintaining
an upward pressure on the guide with his right
hand until the guide has passed well into the
55 collar toward the back of the neck.
continued pulling on the narrow end brings the
guide all the way through the collar channel and
out at its front end provided thewearer with his
right hand keeps the entering part of the tie
60 raised and maintains an upward draft on the
leading part of the tie under the left hand wing
Z’ of the collar.
With very short practice the
user can learn to insert a necktie within the
outer ñap of a turned over collar quickly and
65 easily, after the collar has'been buttoned around
the neck, and without bending or wrinkling the
collar or breaking its smooth laundered finish.
While I have described the operation as being
to draw the tie around the wearer’s neck from
70 the right side lto the left side, it will be under
stood that the same operation may be performed
in the opposite direction with the difference
only that the right hand is used for pulling and
the left hand for directing the guide into the
collar channel at the beginning of the operation.
It will be apparent that the guide may be
caused to grip the tie with any necessary de
gree of firmness by suitably bending the clips or
by making them with offsets toward the com
plemental clamp portions, and the latter with
openings or offsets if desired into which the tie
may be deflected by the clips.
The tab or pilot projection of this device per
forms an important function in that, being of 10
less thickness than the body portion of the de
vice, it enters With a minimum of resistance into
the narrowest part of the collar channel next to
the fold and serves in eiîect as the tip of a wedge,
of which the bends of the clips form the base
portion, in opening a clear passageway for the
tie between‘the flaps of the collar. After emer
gence of the guide from the collar, it may be
removed from the tie, the latter adjusted, and
the knot tied in the ordinary way.
By arranging the pilot tab to project from the
same end of the guide as that to which the clips
are connected, it is possible to push the guide into
the channel of the collar by upward force applied
to the tie. That is, the cooperating clip and 25
clamp members of the guide embrace the upper
edge of the tie, and the junctions between them
rest on such upper edge, while the pilot tab pro
trudes from the same edge. Hence when the tie
is raised into the collar channel the guide is posi 30
tively lifted by it. The tab and clip portions pro
ject oppositely to one another from their respec
tive junctions with the main part of the guide.
Such main part, in the embodiment shown in
Fig. 1, consists of the plate portion a, and in the
alternative form shown in Figs. 2 and 3, consists
of the legs e and y.
A form of the device having a single clip and
a single tab is feasible and operative, however,
I prefer to provide two of one and one of the
other, symmetrically arranged, so that the same
guide may be used with equal facility in leading
a tie into acollar from either the right or the
left side.
What I claim and desire to secure by Letters
Patent is:
1. A collar fold opening device adapted to be
secured to a necktiefor movement with the latter
between the folds of a collar, comprising a
U-shaped body portion of relatively narrow
Width adapted to be clamped upon the necktie,
and having only one upstanding guide means
extending above the bight of the device for en
gaging the apex of the fold, said upstanding
guide means being of less thickness than the
body portion so that movement of the necktie 55
with said device thereon through a collar will
open the fold of the said collar to properly posi
tion the necktie within the fold thereof.
2. The combination of a necktie, a collar, and
a collar fold opening device, said collar fold 60
opening device comprising a U-shaped body
portion of relatively narrow width, said body
portion including a plate portion and resilient
clipmeans, and said device having only one up
standing pilot tab extending above the bight of
the device for engaging the apex of the fold of
the collar, said upstanding tab being of less
thickness than1 the body portion, said device being
adapted to be temporarily attached to the neck
tie by reason of `said clip means and said device 70
being effective to aid in positioning the tie be
tween the folds of the collar.
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