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Aug. 6, 1946._
1-1.1. THOMAS
Filed Jan. 16, 1945
Patented Aug. 6, _1 946
Harry 1. Thomas, Hagerstown, Md, assignor to
Hagerstown Leather Company, Hagerstown,
Met, a corporation of Maryland
Application January 16, 1945, Serial No. 573,031
2 Claims. (Cl. 150-35)
This invention relates generally to pocket or
personal articles and pertains particularly to
‘certain improvements in wallets or billfolds.
-The primary object of the present invention
pocket or compartment which is formed by the
back Wall H and the front wall l2, the latter
wallin the present form of wallet being shown
as of less height than the back wall. As is cus
'is to provide in a wallet or billfold, a novel secret 5 tomary this wallet folds transversely at the
pocket or receptacle which is so designed and
center at IS.
constructed in the wallet that casual observation
The numeral hi generally designates the usual
auxiliary pocket or group of pockets located
‘ its presence.
upon the inner side of the inner wall l2. These
A further object of the invention is to provide 10 form no part of the present invention.
in ‘a pocket receptacle or wallet of the character
At the opposite end of the wallet from the
described, a pocket having a fold down cover
group of pockets M, is formed a card pocket IS,
or flap, with a second pocket behind the ?rst
the wall l2 providing the back wall for such
and having the opening or mouth leading there
pocket and the front wall being provided by the
into covered by a portion of the ?ap or cover 15 leather body Hi which is secured to wall I2 along
for the ?rst pocket in such a manner that even
the top and bottom edges and across the outer
when the ?ap of the ?rst pocket is raised for
end edge by the usual line of stitching H, the
access to the ?rst pocket, the opening to and
inner end edge of this wall l6 being free of con
presence of the second or secret pocket will be
nection with the wall I 2 so as to provide an
shielded from detection.
20 opening or mouth l8 leading into the card pocket.
Afurther object of the invention is to provide
The numeral [9 generally designates a change
in a secret pocket construction in association
or coin pocket or purse which is secured against
with an ordinary change pocket, a novel man
the front wall l6 of the card pocket I5.
ner of attaching the ?ap or cover for the change
In accordance with the present invention this
pocket whereby a portion of such ?ap or cover 25 change pocket has a back wall 20 which is of
or examination of the wallet will fail to reveal
will depend into the change pocket and hide
the opening to the secret pocket while appear
ing to be merely excess material of the change
pocket cover flap.
The invention will be best understood from a 30
consideration of the following detailed descrip
tion, taken in connection with the accompany
ing drawing forming a part of the present in
vention, with the understanding, however, that
the same size as and completely covers the wall
l6 of the card pocket, against the face of which
wall Hi the wall 21] lies. The wall 20 of the
change pocket is stitched to the underlying wall
l6 of the card pocket, along all four edges and
the space between these walls I6 and 20, pro
vides the secret pocket which is designated 2|.
The front wall for the change pocket is desig
nated 22 and, as shown, this front wall is of the
minor changes may be made in the invention 35 same length as the wall 20 and has its lower edge
50 long as such changes do not depart mate
parallel with the lower or bottom edges of the
rially from the salient features of the invention
ll, l2, l6 and 20. Such walls are all
as expressed in the appended claims.
stitched together by the bottom line of stitching,
In the drawing:
designated 23 and forming a continuation of the
Figure l, is a view in perspective of a billfold
end line of stitching IT. The front wall 22 of the
constructed in accordance with the present in
change pocket is of less height than the back
wall 20 and adjacent to each of its ends, the wall
Figure 2, is a sectional view taken on the line
2—2 of Figure 1.
22' has a fold 24 formed therein so that it can be
Figure 3, is a view in perspective of one end 45 moved outwardly to a considerable extent away
from the wall 20 to provide an ample pocket
‘of the billfold, showing the open change pocket
and the secret pocket opening, a portion of the
space for coins or other small articles.
cover piece for such opening, being broken away.
The numeral 25 designates the cover or flap
Figure 4 is a sectional view taken substan
for the change pocket. This flap has a maximum
tially on the line 15-4 of Figure 1.
width adjacent to one longitudinal edge, which
Referring now more particularly to the draw
is only slightly less than the over-all Width of
ing, there is shown in Figure 1 an ordinary type
the change pocket at the mouth. The part of
of wallet or billfold such as is commonly carried
the flap 25 which is of maximum width, is desig
by men, this wallet being generally designated B.
nated 26 and this part of the ?ap is disposed just
The numeral [0 designates the usual currency 55 inside the mouth of'the change pocket 22, and is
secured to the back wall 2B of the change pocket
by the row of stitching 21.
As shown the row of stitching 21 is spaced
slightly from the lower longitudinal edge 28 of
the flap and the material of the ?ap, lying be
tween the stitching 21, which passes only through
the flap and the underlying back wall 20 of the
change pocket, and the adjacent lower or inner
edge 28, is free from connection with the wall
a wall of the adjacent receptacle, said ?ap being
secured to said back wall to fold down over the
top edge of the front wall, the said back wall
having a slot cut therethrough below the top edge
of said front wall to give access to the space be
tween said back wall and the wall of the recep
tacle to which the back wall is secured, and a
?exible member lying within the pocket and se
cured along a line lying above the slot to the back
20 and affords a cover piece 29 for the slit or 10 wall of the pocket and normally covering said
‘ slot.
opening 30‘ which is formed through the wall 20
2. In a pocket receptacle such as a. billIold and
just below the stitching line 21. This slit or open
the like, such billfold having a pair of spaced
ing 30 provides the mouth leading into the secret
walls forming a currency pocket, two superim
pocket, This mouth is completely covered by
the cover piece 29 as shown so that any one 15 posed walls of exact con?guration and dimen
opening the ?ap 25 and looking into the change ' sions secured, together throughout their edges and
secured against one of said pair of walls of the
pocket, would merely assume that the cover piece
pocket along three of their four edges,
forms an excess bit of the material of the flap
a change pocket comprising an outer wall se
25 and has no utility.
When the ?ap 25 is closed down over the front 20 cured along bottom and end edges to the outer
most one of the superimposed walls, said outer
side of the wall 22 it may be secured in any suit
most one of the superimposed walls forming a
able manner as, for example, by the use of the
usual snap fastener which is generally designated
From the foregoing, it will be readily apparent ;
that there is provided in the present invention,
a novel form of secret pocket to which access
may be readily had but which is effectively con
cealed from view and discovery by any one who
may examine the billiold and who is not familiar 30
with the location of such pocket.
I claim:
1. In a pocket receptacle such as a billfold and
the like, means forming a pocket having a ?ap
cover, a back wall and a front wall, the back’
wall being secured throughout its perimeter to
back wall for the change pocket, the said outer
wall of the change pocket being of materially
less height than the back wall, a closure ?ap for
the change pocket having a portion extending
into the space between said outer wall and said '
back wall, the closure ?ap being stitched to said
back wall on a line spaced from the lower edge
of the flap, and a slot cut through said back wall
immediately below the stitch line for the flap,
the material of the flap lying below said stitch
line forming a cover piece completely overlying
and shielding said slot, said slot giving access to
the space between the said superimposed walls.
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