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Патент USA US2132038

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Oct. 4, 1938.
Filed May 5, 1957
Patented Oct. 4, 1938
.George. A. Mizer, Hinsdale, 111., assignor of one-v
half to Ben V. Zillman, St. Louis, Mo.
Application May 5, 1937, Serial No. 140,799
V 4 Claims.
This invention relates'broadly to safetypins,
and has among its objects the production of such
pins that will be neat and simple in. construction
and operation, economical to make, and other
5 wise satisfactory and e?icient for use wherever
deemed applicable.
The invention has as its principal object, the
production of a safetypin that will not spring its
point outwardly when accidentally released, but
10 upon the contrary, will tend to remain in closed
position regardless of whether or not the point is
Another object of my invention is to so con
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wire with’the bight portion 3.‘ The free end of
one of the legs, as. for example, the leg I, is re
duced in cross-section or sharpened, to provide
the usual point 4.
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It is to be particularly noted at this time, as it
is one of the principal objects ofv my invention,
that the leg portions are initially sprung together
so that when releasedfthe free ends will be closer
together thanv when in their latched position. I
This is exactly the opposite of the usual safetypin,
for in the latter, the point springs away from the
other or unpointed’free end when unlatched.
A guard or head is mounted at- the free ends of
the'pin member, as at 5, said guard being prefer
ably non-rotatably but longitudinally slidable on 15
the free end of the legportion 2, and adapted to
through the goods to’be pinned.
releasably receive thepoint 4 of the pin.
A further object of my invention is to provide
Although the securement of the guard to the leg
means whereby the possibility of the point ac- ' 2 is such that there is a limited longitudinal
20 cidentally becoming released from its guard is movement relatively therebetween, yet the point
minimized, and so that the guard must be given a 4 will constantly be seated within the guard at all
separate movement in order to permit of spread
positions of the latter. Hence, even though the
point may be released, purposely or accidentally,
ing the point away from the guard for any pur
it tends to remain in the guard.
Many other objects and advantages of the con
A more positive locking means may be provided 25
struction herein shown and described, will be to prevent accidental release of the point, as by
obvious to those skilled in the art to which this providing an elongated slot or opening in one of
invention appertains, from the disclosures herein the members being interlocked, as in the guard,
the ends of the opening being indicated at 6 and l,
To this end, my invention consists in the novel and which form limit stops as will be explained
construction, arrangement and combination of in further detail.
struct the safetypin, that its point has to be
15 pressed away from its guard in order to tempo
rarily hold said point away for insertin'gthe same
parts herein shown and described, and the uses
mentioned, as will be more clearly pointed out in
the claims hereunto appended.
In the drawing, wherein like reference char
acters indicate like or corresponding parts
throughout the views,
Figure 1 is a side elevation of the safetypin, in
position to be detached from the material to
40 which it is held;
Figure 2 is an enlarged detail View, showing the
point end of the pin in latched position; and’
Figure 3 is a detail view of some of the parts
shown in Fig. 2, illustrating the manner of main
45 taining the guard in its longitudinally shifted
Referring more particularly to the drawing,
wherein I have shown a preferred embodiment of
my invention, there is shown a safetypin made up
50 of two main members, namely the pin member
and the guard member.
The pin member is preferably formed of the
desired length of spring wire, bent to provide a
pair of substantially parallel leg portions I—-2,
55 joined together intermediate the length of the
Intermediate the ends of the opening there is -
an obstruction 8 to slightly reduce the width of
the slot passage, preferably by pressing portions
of the guard across said slot. A projection 9 is
formed in any desired manner on the adjacent
end of the pin leg 2, as by pressing or crimping
the material thereof, the width of this projection
and its shape being such that it will resiliently
press back the obstruction 8, as it is snapped
longitudinally therepast in either direction of
longitudinal movement, and ride easily in the
normal parts of the opening. Obviously, when
the projection is on the left of the obstruction, 45
as shown, the point 4 will be furthermost within
the guard and accidental release is substantially
_ prevented.
When the guard is shifted to the left, so that
the projection 9 is to the right of the obstruc
tion 8, and within the end ‘I of the opening, the
point may be forced away from the guard to re
lease it from the fabric to which it is pinned. .
Whether accidentally or purposely spread, the
point will be retrieved to its normal position to 55
2 .
ward the cooperating leg 2, as soon as the force '
holding it outwardly is relieved.
Having thus described my invention, it is obvi
ous that various immaterial modi?cations may
be made in the same without departing from the
spirit of my invention; hence I do not wish to be
understood as limiting myself to the exact form,
arrangement, construction and combination of
parts herein shown and described, except as lim
10 ited by the state of the art to which this inven
tion appe'rtains, and the claims hereunto ap
3. A safetypin comprising a pair of leg ele
ments connected together at one end and nor
mally sprung toward one another toward their
other ends to resist spreading of said leg ele
ments, one of said legs being pointed, a guard
element longitudinally mounted on the other leg
element to constantly provide a seat for said
point, and means between said unpointed' leg ele-'
ment and said guard element cooperating to pre
vent accidental longitudinal movement of said
guard element, said means comprising an elon
, gated opening on one of said cooperating elements
' What I claim as new and desire to secure by
Letters Patent is:
with an obstruction intermediate the ends of said
opening, and a projection on the other of said co
1. A safetypin comprising a pair of legs con--.
nected at one end and normally sprung together
to resist spreading of said legs, one of said‘ legs
having a point, a guard longitudinally mounted
on the other leg to constantly provide a seat for
20 said point, and means to prevent accidental 1on4
gitudinal movement of said guard and compris
ing an elongated opening on said guard, an ob
struction intermediate the ends of said opening,
and a projection on the leg of said pin movable
25. in said opening'andrryieldably engaging said ob
operating elements movable in said opening and
yieldably, engaging said obstruction.
4. A safetypin comprising a pair of legs con~
nected together at one end and normally sprung
towardone another toward their other ends to
constantlyresist spreading of said legs, one‘ of
said legs being pointed, a guard element longi
tudinally movably mounted on'the other leg to
releasably receive said pointed end and constantly
provide a seat for the latter, means between
said guard’element and unpointed leg element co
operating to prevent angular displacement there
2. A safetypin comprising a pair of legs con
nected at one end and normally sprung together between and comprising an elongated guideway
to resist spreading of- the same, one of said legs in one of said elements, and a correspondingly
reduced portion on the other element to be longi
provided with a pointedend, arguard longitudi
tudinally movable in said guideway, and means to
nally mounted on the other leg to-releasably- en
gage said pointed end, and means for preventing prevent accidental longitudinal movement be
accidental movement of .said guard, said means tween said guard element and unpointed leg ele
comprising an elongated opening on said guard,
35 a, yieldable obstruction intermediate the ends of
said opening, and a projection carried by the leg
of the pin that is movable in said guard and re
siliently engaging said obstructionwhen pass
ing the latter to either end of said opening.
ment, comprising a part on one of said elements
resiliently, engageable with an obstruction on the’
other element.
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