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Nov. 12, 1946.
|_. KUHNL
KEY RING AND THE LIKE
Filed Feb. 8, 1945
2,410,951
Patented Nov. 12, 1946
2,410,951
[UNITED STATES PATENT, omen-{5*
KEY RING AND THE LIKE '
’ Leopold Kuhnl, Stratford, Conn; assignor to
American Chain & Cable Company‘,
Bridgeport, Conn., a corporation of New'York
Application February 8, 1945,_Serial No. 576,839
4 Claims.
(Cl. 70—458)
2
1
This invention relates to new and useful im
and I1, which points are slightly below the hori
provements in key rings and the like and has for
zontal center of the ring, are in inclined relation
an object to provide in a key ring including two
to one another and are not normally substang
tially in contact as are the other portions of the
turns of wire or the like, means to facilitate the
starting of a key onto the ring.
A more speci?c object is to prow'de a key ring
When portions ‘I4 and I5 are in spaced rela:
tion as in Figs. 1 and 2 the ends I2 and I3 of the
and the like of the general type indicated and
wire or ring are substantially opposite one an
wherein the ends of the ring may be caused to
other laterally of the ring and are against or
spread apart or outwardly from close relation
with the mid-portion of the ring on the squeezing 10 substantially against the portions of the ring at
the opposite ends of the o?-set II. With the
toward one another of spread portions of the ring
ring ends so positioned it is sometimes di?icult
located at the side of the latter diametrically
to get a key started onto the ring. These rings
opposite said ends.
are of hardened wire and the foregoing is par
Other objects and advantages of the inven
tion will become apparent from a consideration 15 ticularly true when the rings are 'new.
With the present construction where the por
of the following detailed description taken in
tions I4 and I5 of the ring are set in a spread
connection with the accompanying drawing
apart relation such portions are adapted to be
wherein a satisfactory embodiment of the inven
manually pressed or squeezed toward one another
tion is shown. However, it is to be understood
that the invention is not limited to the details 20 to cause the ends I2 and I3 of the ring to spread
or rock outwardly from their normal positions
disclosed but includes all such variations and
against the opposite lateral sides of the ring.
modi?cations as fall within the spirit of the in
This is as suggested in Figs. 4 and 5 and there it is
vention and the scope of the appended claims.
to be noted that by squeezing portions I4 and I5
In the drawing:
'
Fig. 1 is a side elevational view of the key ring 25 together (as between the thumb I8 and the fore
?nger IB) the wire ends I2 and I3 have been
of the invention; ‘
ring.
’
'
rocked or caused to move outwardly providing
entrances or openings 20 and ZI leaving the wire
ends free of the ring body for ease in starting
Fig. 4 is an edge view similar to Fig. 2 but with 30 a key over them and onto the ring. When the
Fig. 2 is an edge view of the same;
Fig. 3 is a plan view looking down onto the
upper edge of the ring as viewed in Fig. 2;
the ends of the ring spread apart to facilitate the
threading of a key onto the ring; and
.
Fig. 5 is a View similar to Fig. 3 but looking
down onto the upper edge of the ring as viewed
in Fig. 4.
Referring in detail to the drawing the key ring
of the invention comprises an annular body and
portions I4 and I5 are again released the ring
portions return to their above described normal
positions.
From the foregoing it will be understood that
while the key ring of the invention is of sub
stantially conventional form or appearance it
possesses the feature that by the squeezing toward
one another of a pair of its portions its ends
is generally designated I0 and includes two sub
are opened or spread apart to provide entrances
stantially complete turns of wire or the like.
to facilitate the threading of a key onto the ring.
The mid portion of the wire involved is designated
This feature is obtained Without the addition of
I I and is slightly oiT-set whereby the end por
any part or of any material to the conventional
tions I 2 and I3 of the wire lie closely adjacent one
ring. The portions I 4 and I 5 may be spread apart
another but at opposite ends of the oiT-set and
at any desired point in the process of manufac
substantially within the planes of the outermost
surfaces of the latter whereby the free ends of 45 ture of the ring as after the ring is formed and
just prior to the hardening thereof.
the wire are not likely to catch into a pocket
While the invention has been described as a
lining or the like.
key ring it will be appreciated that devices of
The above described structure is more or less
the conventional key ring construction are fre
conventional. In the present key ring portions
I4 and I5 01’ the wire, directly or diametrically 50 quently used as clasps or clips to grasp tags,
opposite the wire ends I2 and I3 are set in a
cards, papers, etc., of various kinds. Thus it is
slightly spread relation as seen best in Fig. 2.
not intended that the present invention shall be
limited speci?cally to a ring for holding keys but
The portions I4 and I5 may be spread apart a
is considered to comprehend all possible uses of
distance roughly equal to the thickness of the
wire. These portions from about the points I6 55 the structure hereinafter claimed.
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3
Having thus set forth the nature of my inven
tion, what I claim is:
1. A key ring and the like comprising a. body
including approximately two turns of wire, said
wire having its ends free for the threading of a
key onto the ring and having said ends substan
tially opposite one another laterally of the ring
and normally lying close to the ring body, and said
4 .
3. A key ring and the like comprising a body
including approximately two turns of Wire having
its ends substantially opposite one another lat
erally of the ring. and in close relation to the op
posite lateral sides of the ring, and said ring hav
ing a pair of spaced apart portions adapted when
squeezed toward one another to cause movement
of ‘the ends of the ring outwardly into laterally
spaced relation with the ring body to facilitate
ring having the portions of its turns diametri
cally opposite its free ends spread apart for a 10 the threading of a key onto the ring.
4. A key ring and the like, comprising a body
distance roughly the thickness of said wire where
including approximately two turns of wire, said
by on said portions being squeezed toward one
wire laterally offset in its mid portion and having
another the free ends of the ring are caused to
its ends free for the threading of a key onto the
spread outwardly from the ring. body to facilitate
the threading of a key onto the ring.
15 ring,lsaid wire having its ends disposed at the
2. A key ring or the like comprising a body in
respective ends of said offset portion and nor
mally lying close to the ring body in end-to
cluding approximately two turns of wire having
end relation to said offset portion, and said ring
its ends substantially opposite one another lat
having the portions of its turns spaced from its
erally of the ring and in close relation to the
opposite lateral sides of the ring, and said ring 20 free ends spread apart whereby on said portions
being squeezed toward one another the free ends
having the portions of its turns directly opposite
of the ring are caused to spread outwardly from
its free ends spread apart whereby on said por
the ring body to facilitate the threading of a key
tions being squeezed toward one another the
onto the ring.
free ends of the ring are caused to spread out
LEOPOLD‘KUHNL.
wardly from the ring body to facilitate the 25
threading of a key onto the ring.
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