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Aug. 27', 1946.
Filed Aug. 31 ,_ 1944
gigiy \MFish,
Patented Aug. 27, 1946
John R. Connelly and Stanley W.'Fish,
Spring?eld, Mass.
Application August 31, 1944, Serial No.'552,114 I
4 Claims. (01. 217459)
(Granted under the act of March 3, 1883, as
amended April 30, 1928; 370 O. G. 757)
The invention described herein may be manu
factured and used by or for the Government for
and wire or strips in place, it isnecessary to break
the wire in order to get into the box wherefor the
governmental purposes without the payment to
usual seal on the wire really becomes a seal'for.
us of any royalty thereon.
the box.
Still another feature of the devices of this in
vention is that the wire or strap is permitted to
This invention relates to improvements in re
inforcing retainers and is directed more partic
ularly to the provision of a novel reinforcing re
engage or bind greater areas of the edge portions
tainer for a wrapping wire or band such as a
of ‘the box than is possible with prior art “cor
ners.” That is to say, if any ordinary clipis used,
strap or strip of metal for boxes or containers.
It is common practice to bind boxes, such as 10: the wire does not touch the edges at all whereas
according to our practice we deliberately provide
are used to contain ri?es, ammunition and other
for the wire or band to “dig in” the wood.
ordnance materiel for example, with one or more
As will be appreciated, the retainer or rein-'
strips or straps consisting of a length or bandof
wire or flat, narrow sheet metal. It has also been
forcement of the invention is simple in form so
known to employ what are commonly called “cor is as to‘ be economical to manufacture and‘ easy to
manipulate, yet it efficiently performs its in
ners” or “clips” which ?t around the, edges of
the'box and over which the strips or straps lie.
tended function;
The speci?c nature of the invention as well
It is a, well-known objection to the common
as other. objects and advantages. thereof will"
methods of banding, however, that if edge-en
clearly appear from a description of a preferred
gaging members are used; at all and the metallic
embodiment as shown in the accompanying draw
straps or wires are tightened’ for the fastening
operation, the said members tend‘ to buckle with
the result that parts of the fastening means pro
ject beyond the planes of the sides of the box
ing in which:
to an objectionable extent. Thatis to say, the 25
view of Fig. 1 taken along the plane 2-2 of Fig. 1.
Fig. 3 is a view showing the blanked-out re
not as convenient as should be the case.
_ tainer lock prior to bending.
no reinforcements are used, is that the boxes, 30'
which are usually made of wood, swell when they
become wet, whereupon the wire or strap is
Fig. 2 is a partial enlarged detail cross sectional‘
“corners” do not remain as ?ush with the‘box as
desired with the result that handling thereof is
Another objection to ordinary practice, where
Fig. 1 is a perspective view of a box showing
the manner utilizing the wrapping wire'retainer
The preferred embodiment of the retainer of
the invention takes the form of a single or uni
tary piece of metal 2 having the general shape
shown and bent transversely approximately mid
is that when the boxes dry out and contract, the ‘ ; way of its opposite ends. This bending is to pro
caused to bite into the wood since, of course, the
metal will not stretch proportionately. The result
wood pulls away from the wire and the strips
become loose and are no longer, of binding value.
This is to be contrasted with our practice of pro
viding reinforcing edge members for retaining
vide a pair of wing or arm members 4 and 4'
which are disposed substantially at right angles
to one another and which preferably have a
somewhat semi-oval shape for purposes of ease
40 in handling, efficiency in supporting and retain
the wires or strips surrounding the box.
ing the wire, as well as appearance.
It is accordingly a principal object of this in
The central portion of device 2 is cut out to
vention to provide a wrapping-wire retainer
provide a central opening or cut-out portion 6
which is so constructed and arranged as to be
which extends across and through the bend in
substantially flush with the sides of the box to
which it is fastened, thereby obviating objection 45 the piece and into the adjacent or connected
‘inner end portions ‘of the wings 4 and 4’. This
able projections both on the part of the retainer
cut-out 5 may obviously vary both in size and
and on the part of the band. As will appear, it
shape but is preferably rectangular in shape for
is'a special characteristic of the novel retainer
.ease in manufacture as will be apparent,
about to be described that it tends to more or less
indent the wood of which the box is made and it 50, As will be appreciated, the removal of the
is so arranged as to cooperate with the wire to
metal from the middle of the clip eliminates the
hold the same in a safe and secure relation.
A further object is to provide a retainer which
tendency towards bulging and creating of unde
sirable protruding of metal. The device of this
invention has relatively smooth surfaces and the
the arrangement is such that with the retainers 55 wire or strap extends through the cut-out and
more or less forms a lock or seal. That is to say,
Fig. 4 is a ‘perspective View of the retainer lock. '
across the edges of the box and does not project.
It will be understood, however, that if desired
the tongues could be mechanically turned in
wardly into the wood prior to the application of
to an objectionable _ degree beyond the plane
At the same time that the cut-out 6 is provided
in the metal piece 2, pairs of spaced parallel slits
8 and 8' may be provided in side parts 4 and ‘4f
that the heads of the'nails utilized ‘(which may
be of any desired and suitable form) not only
the member S.
a It is also an advantageof such an arrangement
That is to say, the press which
forms opening 6 may also provide slits whichi>_ ; vserve to reinforce the fastening but they prevent
the wire or band S ‘from digging too far into the
are coincidental with the sides of, and leadrinto,
opening 6 but which stop short of the outer ex--_';f;l:0' opening 6 of the’ box-material. The result is,
tremities of said side or wing parts as shown.
however, that member S doesactually engage the
portions of the box exposed by cut-outs B.
In this way, each of the arms of the device is l‘ w
provided with a tongue member ID and 10/, re}:
As shown in the drawing, the peripheral edge
portions, of the outer parts at least, of the wings ,
bent relative to their respective arms in'a man- i 15 are somewhat curled or turned inwardly. These
nor tobe described but, it is to be understoodlq edges, too}, may thus more or less indent the wood
remaining integral therewith.
and they thereby still further contribute to a
Adjacent the outer end of each side .or wing '_ smooth‘surfaced, non-projecting assembly and a '
spectively. These tongues or lips are, free to be
‘ member, and substantially centrally thereof,‘ is'a ‘
‘ more secure, reinforced binding.
We claim:
1. A wrapping wirevretainer device of the class
hole l2 and these are for receiving nails or the 20
like to thereby fasten the device to adjacent edge
portions or-sidesof the box prior to the applica- ,
described comprising, a body; member including
a :pair of angularly-dispo-sed wing parts, the ver
'tion of the metal strip. Thatis to say, the oper- ‘
ator may place the fastener around the corner
or edgev of the box and nail it in position prior
tex portion of said body member being provided
with a cut-outwhich extends into each of said
wing parts, each of said wing parts having a pair‘
to‘the winding of the metal band or strip about
the container.
' '
of spaced parallel slits extending thereinto from
the opposite ends of said cut-out thereby'forming
.This is in contrast with prior practice whereby ,
the operator,v must hold. the clip or 'lretainer in ‘
a pair of opposed tongue-like portions, said cut
place with oneyhandwhile attempting to fasten 30 out being arranged to receive a wrapping wire
thereinrin overlying relationshiprto said tongue
the stripin place around the box with the other ,
portions, said tongue-like portions being con
hand. As a'matter of fact, the latter practice
f is almost a physical impossibility for one man to
structed and arranged to permit inward deflec
tions thereof under the force exerted by the said
accomplish, .while with the: retainer here, being
1 described, the operator ?xes thereinfrorcing edge 35
wrapping wire.
‘ members'in place and then has his hands free
, to ‘ef?ciently'manipulat'e the wire all of which
. '
2. The combination. de?ned in claim 1 wherein
the lateral width of’ said tongue-like portions is
substantially equal to the width of said cut-out
and exceeds the diameter of the wrapping Wire.
e As shown, the-retainer may be anchored or 40 3. The combinationde?ned .in claim 1 wherein
‘ fastened in place with the 1arms 4 and 4’ thereof
at least one of said wing parts has a hole therein
- } secured to adjacent edge portions of adjacent ‘
arranged'to receive a .fast'enen'said hole being
1 contributes to ease in handling and greater
located'in ‘alignment with said cut-out, whereby
1 side, top and/or bottom walls of the box, such ,
‘ asjAan‘d B showmand then when the straps
3 is wrapped around the container, it extends 1on 45
1 gitudinally through opening .6’ and overlies
‘ tonguesjt H and7 Hi’.
5 ation, it causes the said ,tongues‘to more or less ‘
‘ indentptherwood, therebyjenhancing the security 50
oft'he binding,
4. The combination de?nedin claim; l/wherein '
said wing partsare provided 'with'einwardly
Then when, the strap S is
tightened for the ?nal fastening or binding oper
the (wrapping. wire overlies the fastener in said
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