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Патент USA US2128095

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Aug. 23, 1938.
Filed Nov. 23, 1934
Patented Aug. 23, 1938
_ 2,128,095
A. Hoyt Levy, Brooklyn, N. -Y.'
' Application November 23, 1934, Serial No. 754,392
s claims. - Ici. 41-34’)
This invention relates to buttons and particu
larly, to buttons made ‘in more than one color. '
In-the manufactureheretofore of buttons of
more than a single color, it has been customary
5 to paint each button with colors to match the
colors of the article of apparel to which‘the but
ton is to be secured. It has therefore been neces
sary for the button manufacturer or merchant to
make or stock a large assortment of buttons of
l e different color combinations to meet the require
ments of the trade.
' My inventionv contemplates the provision of a
two-part button wherein the main base part is
made of one color and is adapted to receive any
selected one of a large number of inserts of differ
ent colors, shapes and designs so that‘with a lim
ited number of bases, a large variety of color and
design combinations may be made up at or before
the time the button is to be used.
My invention further contemplates the pro
vision of a button molded from a synthetic resin
composition such as Bakelite and adapted to re
ceive any one of a variety of similarly molded cen
ter inserts having different designs and different
colors to match any particular garment, and
which inserts are designed to be quickly and easily
secured in place.
The various objects of my invention will be
clear from the description which follows, and from
the drawing, in which.
Fig. 1 is a vertical section of one form of my
new button, wherein the insert is snapped into
the base.
Fig. 2 is a similar view of a modiñed form of the
35 same, wherein the base is first secured to the
article of apparel and the insert is later assembled
to the base.
Fig. 3 is a top plan view of my new button
' showing the insert molded in a typical design.
Fig. 4 is a similarv view showing another form of
design for the insert.
In the practical embodimentsA of my invention
which I have illustrated by way of example, I
prefer to provide a base of one color and an in
sert of a different color designed to be rapidly and
easily assembled with the base, it being under
stood that a number of inserts may be provided
teriai. In the form shown, the base is provided
with a comparatively'thin annular flange por
tion 9 surrounding the projecting socket .portion
Il. The recess Il in the socket portion is formed
with an inwardly projecting head I2 adjacent the
rim of the recess. The innermost diameter of the
bead is slightly less than the diameter of the re
cess near its bottom as at I3. The socket portion
M extends from the under face I 5 of the base and
terminates in the attaching lug i6. Said lug is
provided with the opening I1 through which the
thread I8 may be passed when the button is sewed
onto the article of apparel I9.
'I'he insert 20 is preferably made of synthetic
resin such as Bakelite or other suitable material
and is provided with a flange or head 2I molded
or otherwise formed in any suitable design. The
stud part 22 extends from the head and has` a
constricted neck 23. It will be understood that
thebase I0 is made sufficiently thin so that it
will yield to' a slight extent to permit the head
2i to be forced past the bead I2 of the socket
in the base. Due to the inherent resiliency of the
base, the bead I2 snaps into `the neck 23 of the
stud part of the insert _after the stud head has'
been forced therepast. The extent of the dif
ference in the diameters of the bead I2 and the
socket‘bottom I3 depends largely `on the resiliency
of the material used for the base' and on the
thickness thereof and as will be obvious, may be 30
such as to permit the stud of the insert to be .
forcibly snapped into the socket but making it
diilicult to then separate the insert from the base.
It will be understood that the insert may be
made in one color, designated in the drawing by 35
the legend “Color A” while the base may be made
of a different color designated “Color B”. It will
further be understood that a large number of in
serts may be made of different colors and provided
with studs adapted to 'enter the socket. When the 40
user desires to match buttons to a garment, he
selects a base of the proper color and then
selects inserts of the proper color to match the
base and the garment and assembles the parts
by merely forcing the insert into the socket of the 45
base. The button may then be readily sewed to
the garment by sewing through the opening I'I,
As shown, for example, in Fig. 1, the base III is
as will be obvious. After the insert and the
base have been thus assembled, the insert is re
tained in its position in the base since it cannot 50
be separated therefrom except by the use of con
preferably made of a suitable synthetic resin com
position such as Bakelite or the like preferably of
a solid color. It may also be made, if desired, of
colored celluloid, metal or other suitable ina
siderable force.
In that form of my invention shown in Fig. 2,
the lug I6 is omitted and instead thereof, the
sewing holes 25 and 2i are made through the 56
of different colors and designs and so formed as
to fit the base with which the insert is to be
thickness of the socket I4. In this case, the
base I0 is rsewed to the article I0 through the
holes 25, 2| before the insert 20 is inserted into
the recess II.
As indicated in Figs. 3 and 4, the inserts may
be made in a variety of designs of different sizes,
shapes and colors. A number of bases being pro
vided of standard or common colors, a selection
may be made from a considerable variety of in
piece, slightly yieldable base provided with a
socket opening constricted to form a bead near
the entrance to the socket. and a molded one
piece, non-metallic insert provided with a stud
similarly constricted to engage the bead and
adapted to be forced into the socket, the walls
of said socket and stud being smooth and unin
terrupted, said base being provided with a sewing
serts to give the proper combination of colors
and designed to match the particular garment to
which the completed button is to be secured. It
therefore becomes unnecessary to carry a large
number or variety oi.' button bases in stock, and
it further becomes possible with a small number
of inserts, to create a large number of buttons
having different color combinations, whereby the
range of button designs and colors is greatly in
creased with a lesser number of completed but
20 tons than has heretofore been possible.
It will be seen that I have provided a simple
and eilìcient multi-color button of two parts de
signed to be easily and rapidly secured together
and made of standard or interchangeable form
whereby a desired color combination in the but
ton can be inexpensivelysecured, and the match
ing of button colors to an article of apparel be
comes easy. It will further be seen that I have
provided a button well adapted to meet the severe
requirements of practical use.
While I have shown and described certain
speciñc embodiments of my invention, I do not
3. In a button, a one-piece molded base pro
vided with a socket opening constricted to form a
bead, and a one-piece molded insert provided
with a stud similarly constricted to engage the
bead and adapted to be forced into the socket
for permanent connection thereto, said base be 15
ing provided with a. laterally extending projec
tion having a. sewing hole therein.
4. In a button consisting solely of two members,
a flanged one-piece molded base member pro
vided with a recess, the wall of said recess having
an inwardly projecting portion thereon, and a
second'one-piece molded insert member, said in
sert member having a head larger than and
closing said recess and adapted to rest on the
ñange of the base member and having a shank
of less diameter than the head projecting there
from and having a constricted portion adapted
to receive the inwardly extending portion of the
recess, one of said members being provided with
a sewing hole therein accessible from that side of 30
the button opposite the head.
5. In a button consisting solely of two mem
desire to be understood as limiting myself there- i bers, a molded non-metallic one-piece base mem
to, but intend to claim my invention as broadly
35 as may be permitted by the state of the prior art
and the terms of the appended claims.
I claim:
ber having a comparatively thin flange and hav
4ing a central recess therein, said recess being pro
vided with an inwardly projecting bead adjacent
the outer face of the base member, and a one
l. In a button, a molded non-n'ietallic` one-A piece non-metallic molded insert member having
piece and slightly yieldable base having a com
40 paratively thin ilange and having a central re
a head and having a stud provided with aneck
of the base, and a one-piece non-metallic molded
insert having a head and having a stud provided
45 with a neck of substantially the internal diameter
of the bead whereby the stud-is adapted to be
forcibly snapped into the recess to hold said base
6. In a button consisting solely of two mem
bers, a one-piece molded base member provided
with a socket opening constricted to form a, bead,
of substantially the internal diameter of the
cess therein, said recess being provided- with an ' bead, and an integral lateral projection on one 40
inwardly projecting bead adjacent the outer face of said members provided with a sewing hole.
and insert> together against separation, and a
lateral projection `on the base provided with a
sewing hole.
2. In a button, a molded, non-metallic, one
and a one-piece insert member >provided with a
Astud similarly constricted to engage the bead, one
of said members being provided with a laterally
extending projection having a sewing hole there
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