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Nov. 22, ‘1938.
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P. MANICKAS
BRACELET
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CLASP
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Filed April 14, 1938
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Patented Nov. 22, 1938
{,UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE
2,137,920
BRACELET CLASP
Peter Manickas, Pawtucket, R. 1.
Application April 14, 1938, Serial No. 202,116
2 Claims. 7 (c1. 24_2so)
This invention relates to certain new and use
ful improvements in bracelet clasp of the char
acter disclosed in application for patent ?led by
Peter Manickas for Bracelet on March 24, 1937,
5; Serial Number 132,733.
The primary object of this invention is to pro
vide a novel construction of bracelet clasp where
in the clasp that is anchored to one end of a
bracelet section comprises a plate having a tongue
101 struck out therefrom and of resilient character
with the free end of the tongue bent outwardly
substantially at right angles and intermediate
the ends of the tongue and arched inwardly at
the terminal end to provide a ?nger-operated re
15' lease for the clasp tongue, a lug or abutment
struck out from the tongue cooperating with a
keeper therefor carried by the adjacent end of
the other bracelet section.
With the above and other objects in view that
20 will become apparent as the nature of the inven
tion is better understood, the same consists in
the novel form, combination and arrangement of
parts hereinafter more fully described, shown in
‘ the accompanying drawing and claimed.
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In the drawing:—
Figure l is a fragmentary side elevational view
of a bracelet embodying a clasp constructed in
accordance with the present invention;
Figure 2 is ‘a fragmentary plan view, similar to
30 Figure 1, showing the bracelet sections opened
at their separable connections and further show
tongue that includes a portion 16 bent outwardly
at right angles and an inwardly curved terminal
end 11. A latch lug I8 is struck up from the
tongue ll adjacent the base of the outwardly 10
bent portion 16 of the ?nger piece I5 and has an
abutment shoulder I9 spacing the ?nger piece
!5 as clearly shown in Figures 6 and '7.
The bracelet as illustrated in Figures 1 to 3,
comprises a pair of arcuate ‘sections 20 and 21 15
having an appropriate design 22 upon the outer’
sides thereof, a pair of adjacent ends of the brace
let sections 20 and 2| being hingedly connected
together as at 23 while the other adjacent ends
of the bracelet sections have the clasp plate I0 20
associated therewith.
The bracelet sections are
formed of band material with inwardly directed
side ?anges 24 de?ning opposed channels with
one end of the clasp blank It] received in the
channels or flanges 24 and retained. therein by 25
lugs 25 struck out from the side flanges 24 as
shown in Figure 3, the end of the blank 10 hav~
ing the rounded corners l3 projecting from the
clasp plate carrying bracelet section 2! a length
substantially equal to the length of the resilient 30
tongue II, the clasp end of the bracelet section
2| having a central or cut away portion 26 pro
tion;
viding a clearance for the upstanding portion 16
of the ?nger piece l5. As shown in Figures 1 to 3,
the clasp end of the bracelet section 20 has a 35
keeper lug 21 struck up therefrom de?ning an
abutment shoulder 28 for the reception of the
latch lug IS, the abutment shoulder IQ of the latch
lug 18 being engaged with the abutment wall 28
of the keeper lug 21, the latch lug and keeper 40
lug being so positioned as to be engaged with
each other when the adjacent ends of the bracelet
sections 2'!) and 2| are in abutting engagement
sections in separated position;
4O
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ing the clasp plate carried by the end of one. sec
Figure 3 is a fragmentary plan view of the in
ner faces of the separable ends of the bracelet
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sections with which the same is associated andv
said tongue I l is offset from the blank and open
mg l4 resulting from the struck-out tongue as
shown in Figures 6 and‘ '1. The free end of the
tongue I l adjacent the tapered end 12 is bent to
provide an operating ?nger piece I 5 for the
Figure 4 is a plan view of a clasp blank with
a resilient clasp tongue struck therefrom;
Figure ‘5 is a plan view of the clasp blank with
the tongue bent into clasp formation;
Figure 6 is a side edge elevational view of the
plate clasp; and
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Figure '1 is an enlarged longitudinal sectional
view taken on line 1—1 of Figure 5.
45 The clasp for holding the separable ends of the
bracelet sections together as shown in Figures 4
to 7 detached from the bracelet sections com
prises a substantially rectangular metal plate In
having an elongated tongue ll struck therefrom
with the free ends of the tongue slightly tapering
50 as at 12, the corners of the blank 16‘ spaced from
the free end of the tongue being slightly rounded
' as at l3 for purposes presently to appear.
The
tongue H is resilient, the blank 10 being arched
55 in conformity with the curvature of the bracelet
with each other.
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With the bracelet sections in their closed or 45
clasped positions as shown in Figure 1, the ?nger
piece ll‘: of the resilient tongue ll projects out
wardly of the plane of the bracelet and to release
or open the bracelet sections, it is only necessary
to press inwardly on the ?nger piece 11 to dis 50
engage the latch lug 18 from the keeper lug 21,
the bracelet sections 20 and 2| being then free
to move upon their hingev connection 23. An eye
let 29 is carried by each bracelet section 20 and
21 adjacent the clasped ends thereof for attach
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ment of a chain for limiting opening movement
of the bracelet sections. It will be observed that
lug struck-up from the tongue adjacent the base
of the outwardly bent portion of the ?nger piece,
the clasp plate l0, resilient tongue H and ?nger
a latch keeper socket carried by the other brace
let section adjacent its free end to receive the
piece l5 are struck from a single piece of mate
rial, the free end of the struck out tongue ll be
ing bent to form the operating ?nger piece IS.
The rounded corners I3 of the clasp blank l0
act as a guide in directing the projecting end
of the clasp plate into the bracelet section 20
10 while the cut out portion 26 in the end of the
bracelet section 2| through which the ?nger piece
l5 extends also acts as a guide to cause the latch
lug IE to be engaged with the latch keeper 2].
From the above detailed description of the
15 invention, it is believed that the construction
and operation thereof will at once be apparent,
and while there is herein shown and described
the preferred embodiment of the invention, it is
nevertheless to be understood that minor changes
20 may be made therein without departing from the
spirit and scope of the invention as claimed.
I claim:—
1. In a device of the class described, a separable
latch lug and said last named section having side
guide channels receiving the side edges of the
projecting end of the latch plate with the rounded
corners of the latter guiding the latch plate
into said bracelet section.
2. In a device of the class described, a sep
bracelet sections including a substantially rec
tangular plate anchored to one section and pro
jecting outwardly of the end thereof with the
corners of the projecting end rounded, a resil
ient tongue struck-out from the plate with the
end of the tongue attached to the plate disposed
adjacent the projecing end of the plate, the free
end of the tongue having a portion bent out
wardly substantially at right angles to the tongue 20
and curved inwardly at its outer end to form a
?nger operatingpiece for‘ the tongue, the end of
the bracelet section carrying the latch plate
clasp connection between the ends of bracelet
sections including a substantially rectangular
having an, end cut-away portion providing clear
plate anchored to one section and projecting out
wardly of the end thereof with the corners of
the projecting end rounded, a resilient tongue
struck-out from the plate with the end of the
from the tongue adjacent the outwardly bent
portion of the ?nger piece, the other bracelet
section having a latch keeper socket adjacent
tongue attached to the plate disposed adjacent
the projecting end of the plate, the free end of
the tongue having a portion bent outwardly sub
stantially at right angles to the tongue and curved
laterally and inwardly at its outer end-to form
a ?nger operating piece for the tongue, a latch
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arable clasp connection between the ends of
ance for the ?nger piece, a latch lug struck-up 25
its free end to receive the latch lug and said last
named section having side guide channels re— 30'
ceiving the side edges of the projecting end of the
latch plate with the rounded corners of the latter
guiding the latch plate into said bracelet section.
PETER MANICKAS.
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