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Sept. 13, 1938‘.
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H. G. LEWIS
HANDHOLD
Filed May 12, 1958
2,130,283
Patented Sept. 13, 1938
I 2,130,283
UNITED‘ STATES
PATENT ‘ OFFICE
2,130,283
HANDHOLD
Harry G. Lewis, Philadelphia, Pa., assignor to
Electric Service Supplies Company, Philadel
phia, Pa., a corporation of Pennsylvania
Application May 12, 1938, Serial No. 207,471
5 Claims.
(Cl. 105—354)
parent more fully- hereinafter, it being observed
This invention relates to .an improved con
that the invention consists substantially in the
struction of a hand hold adapted for use as an
combination, construction, location and relative
overhead support for standing passengers in ve
hicles, such as automotive buses, railway cars
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and the like.
‘
'
Among the principal objects of the present in
vention is to provide an overhead support hand
hold of such construction that it is not only clean
and pleasing in appearance but also reduces
pended claims.
.
In the said accompanying drawing:
Figure l is a side elevational view of a hand
maintenance cost thereof at the same time that
hold constructed in accordance with and embody
it improves the interior appearance asa whole
of the vehicle equipped therewith.
A further and important advantage of the
ing the principles of the present invention;
Figure 2 is an edge elevational view thereof;
present invention is to provide a hand hold
wherein the grip is formed of metal and is sup
ported from the conventional overhead bar or
rod by means of a leather-lined metal strap.
Heretofore and prior to this invention, hand
holds have been provided in which the metal grip
2 O thereof has been suspended from its overhead
support by means of a leather strap. In such
constructions of‘ hand hold, the unprotected
leather strap was unable to withstand twisting
of the grip out of its normal plane and such
2 01 constant twisting resulted in premature wear and
stretching of the leather strap with the result
that the hand hold soon became unsafe for use
as an overhead support for standing passengers.
Moreover, this premature stretching and wear of
C1: 0 the leather resulted in such loose ?t of the hand
and
.
3—-3 of Figure 1.
Referring now more particularly to the draw
ing, it will be seen that the hand hold, desig
comprises a grip ll formed of tubular metal
stock bent into the looped shape shown and hav~
ving flattened extremities l2-l2. The hand hold
is adapted to be suspended from the conventional
overhead supporting rod or bar l3 which usually
extends longitudinally of the vehicle.
For suspending the hand hold ill from the bar 25
l3, the grip l I is provided with a metal support
ing strap [4 which is lined with leather l5, the
metal strap l4 and its leather lining l5 being
bent into the form of a loop to provide a sub
stantially circular section “5 which encompasses
the bar l3 and a pair of parallel sections l'l--ll
which are projected between the flattened ex
parts of the vehicle against which the hand hold
The present construction of hand hold elimi
nates all of the foregoing objectionable features
40 of the prior existing hand holds by the provis
ion of a supporting loop for the grip made in the
form of a metal strap lined with leather, the ar
tensions I2—l2 of the grip H, the said exten
sions I2—l2 of the grip and extensions Il-ll of
the supporting leather lined suspension strap be
ing clamped together in the flatwise relation
shown most clearly in Figures 1 and 2 by means
of suitable screw bolts l8, the shanks of which
are projected through suitable registering aper
tures |9--l9 provided in said overlapping exten
sions.
brake to eliminate free swinging of the hand
,hold about the supporting bar therefor, thereby
It will be apparent that in the construction of
hand hold as illustrated and described, the metal
suspension strap [4 serves to constantly maintain
the grip II in its normal plane, that is, in a ver
tical plane extending normally to the axis of the
overhead supporting bar or rod I3. The metal
suspension strap 54 is preferably'of a width sub
stantially equal to that of the flattened extensions
eliminating mechanical rattle and insuring a
more or less stationary position for the hand hold
l2—l2 of the hand hold grip H and moreover
is of such gauge and strength as to adequately
rangement being such that the metal strap not
only prevents twisting of the grip out of its nor
mal plane but also insures against premature
breaking or tearing of the leather, while the
leather lining serves as a friction cushion or
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nated generally by the reference numeral l0,
was free to swing about the rod and become a
source of objectionable noise and rattle as well
was free to swing due to- sway of the vehicle in
motion.
0
Figure 3 is a sectional View taken on the line
hold about its supporting rod that the hand hold
as of damage to the ?nished surface of adjacent
3
arrangement of parts, all as will appear more
fully hereinafter, as shown in the accompanying Oi
drawing and as ?nally pointed out in the ap
withstand twisting of the grip ll relatively to
and out of the-vertical plane of its suspension
strap Hi. The leather-lined suspension strap 14
55 ing from the details of construction will be ap- ' ‘is in practice so looped that the internal diameter 55
whereby it may be reached for and grasped by
the passenger with greater facility and certainty.
Other objects and advantages thereof result
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of the circular portion thereof is of such order
to be clamped between the aforesaid extensions
that the leather lining binds tightly about the ' of said grip, a leather lining for said metal strap
surface of the supporting bar I3 in consequence
shaped in correspondence with and disposed in
of which the leather lining I 5 serves as a fric
teriorly of said metal strap, and removable secur
tional cushion or brake which not only prevents
ing elements projecting commonly through the
overlapping extensions of said grip, metal strap
and leather lining for clamping the same rigidly
together, said metal strap and the leather lining
therefor being coextensive in width with the
Width of said grip extensions.
free swinging of the hand hold as a unit about
the rod l3 but also maintains it in a stationary
position where it may be reached for and grasped
with certainty by any passenger who may desire
to use the hand hold as a support.
What is claimed as new and useful is:
1. In a hand hold of the character described,
in combination, a grip formed of tubular metal
stock bent into looped form and provided with
?attened parallel extremities, a ‘metal strap hav
ing a central portion bent into. circular form to
embrace a supporting rod and parallel extensions
adapted to be clamped between the aforesaid ex
tensions of said grip, and a leather lining‘ for
said metal strap shaped in correspondence with
and disposed interiorly of said metal strap.
2. In a hand hold of the character described,
in combination, a grip formed of tubular metal
stock bent into looped form and provided with
?attened parallel extremities, a metal strap hav
ing a central‘ portion bent into circular form to
embrace a supporting rod and parallel extensions
adapted to be clamped between the aforesaid ex
tensions of said grip, a leather lining for said
metal strap shaped in correspondence with and
disposed interiorly of said metal strap, and re
movable securing elements projecting commonly
through the overlapping extensions of said grip,
metal strap and leather lining for clamping the
same rigidly together.
3. In a hand hold of the character described, in
combination, a grip formed of tubular metal stock
bent into looped form and provided with ?attened
parallel extremities, a metal strap, having a cen
tral portion bent into circular form to embrace a
supporting rod and parallel extensions adapted
4. A hand hold of the character described com
prising, in combination, a grip formed of tubular
stock and a metal supporting strap therefor, said
grip and strap being respectively bent and secured
together to form in side elevation a substantially 15
?gure-8 con?guration, said grip and said strap
being respectively provided with parallel ?attened
extensions adapted to be secured together in
overlapping relation, and a leather cushion or
lining disposed interiorly of said strap with the 20
free extremities thereof clamped between the
aforesaid overlapping extensions of said grip and
strap.
5. A hand hold of the character described com
prising, in combination, a grip formed of tubular 25
stock and a metal supporting strap therefor, said
grip and strap being respectively bent and secured
together to form in side elevation a substan
tially ?gure-8 con?guration, said grip and said
strap being respectively provided with parallel 30
flattened extensions adapted to be secured to
gether in overlapping relation, a leather cushion
or lining disposed interiorly of said strap with
the free'extremities thereof clamped between the
aforesaid overlapping extensions of said grip and
strap, and detachable screw bolts projecting com
monly through said overlapping extensions of the
grip and strap and the extremities of said leather
lining to clamp the same rigidly together.
HARRY G. LEWIS.
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