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Nov. 19,1946.
0. SEELY
.
2,411,168
KEY SELECTOR AND CONTAINER
Filed March 14, 1944
$15.11.20.
Ny
IN VEN TOR‘.
Patented Nov. 19, 1946
2,411,168
‘UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE
2,411,168
KEY SELECTOR AND CONTAINER
Oliver Seely, Long Beach, Calif.
Application March 14, 1944, Serial No. 526,442
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2 Claims.
(01. 70-456)
1
This invention appertains to key holders, and
has among its several objects the provision of a
novel holder, or container, for carrying a num
ber of keys in a convenient, compact, and orderly
arrangement, in combination with a handy means,
which is readily operable in a manner that any
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lower sides of the circular portions I4, of the walls
I3.
The inner ends of the slots I2 are closed
o? by a cylindrical wall portion I8, that is integral
with the walls l3, l1. Thus, with the keys I5 lying
within the slots I2, and their circular outer ends
engaged on the pivot pin It, the bit ends of the
one of the keys can be quickly and easily selected
same rest on the slope of the bottom wall IT at
and placed in a proper position for use, without
the inner ends of the slots.
interference from the other of the keys, or the
Mounted for turning movement on the cylin
usual dii?culty of fumbling in the use of ordinary 10 drical end portion I8, of the body II, is a cylin
types of key holders.
drical knob I9, which has a sleeve 20 extending
With this and other objects and advantages in
view, the invention resides in the certain new and
from its inner side and enclosing the adjacent end
portions of the slots l2 and the side walls t3, thus
useful combination, construction, and arrange
retaining the keys 15 within the slots. The
ment, of parts, as will be hereinafter more fully 15 sleeve 20 is slotted, at one point on its circumfer
described, set forth in the appended claims, and
ence, as at 2 I, so that, when the‘ knob I 9 is turned,
illustrated in the accompanying drawing, in
the slot 2| can be selectively registered with any
which:
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one of the slots I2 for the outward swinging move
Figure 1 is a side elevation of a single unit hold
ment of a key I5 on the pivot pin I6. With the
er, in accordance with the invention.
20 slot 2| in registry with a proper slot I2, and turn
Figure 2 is an end View.
ing the body I! axially one hundred and eighty
Figure 3 is a verticalalongitudinal section, taken
(180) degrees to position, the slots I2 and
through the line 3--3 of Figure 2.
Figure 4 is a top plan view.
Figure 5 is a vertical, transverse section, taken
through the line 5-—5 of Figure 1.
2| in a downward direction, the key will,
of its own accord, swing free of its respec
;_ tive slot on the pivot 55, so that it can be easily
grasped and inserted into a look. When not in
V Figure 6 is an end view of the selector elements
use, the knob 59 is turned to position the slot 2|
out of registry with the several slots I 2.
To retain the knob I9 against accidental turn
30 ing movements, and to otherwise hold it in any,
a modi?ed, or double unit, form of the holder.
Figure 8 is a vertical, transverse section, taken
one of its several set positions, a detent 22, that
through the line 8——8 of Figure 7.
may take the form of a steel ball, is seated in the
Referring to the drawing, wherein like char
open end of a radial bore 23, formed in the cylin
acters of reference denote corresponding parts in
drical end portion I8, of the body I I, and upon the
the several related Views, and more particularly ._ end of a coiled spring 24, housed within the bore,
to Figures 1 through 6, the embodiment of the
which holds it in contact with the inner surface
invention, as it is exempli?ed therein, is com
of the annular wall of the knob and forces it into
prised in an elongated container body I I, formed
engagement successively with a series of seats 25,
of plastic, metal or other suitable material, which
opening through the annular wall‘. These seats
is machined or molded to the general shape of a
25 correspond in number to the number of the
key, in its side elevation. The body II is kerfed
slots I2 and are spaced apart relatively thereto,
longitudinally outward from a point removed
so that the knob I9 is temporarily held against
from its inner end to provide a plurality of parallel
turning movement thereby, whenever the slot 2|
slots I2, that open through its outer end and par
is placed in registry with one of the slots I2. An
tially through its lower side, inwardly from the 45 additional seat 26 is also provided at a distance
per se;
Figure 7 is a side elevation, partly in section, of
outer end. The walls I3, forming the sides of
the slots I2, are made circular in form at their
outer ends, as at I4, to conform to the like ends
from the seats 25 for cooperation with the detent
22 to hold the knob I 9 against accidental turning,
when the slot 2| is displaced from registry with
of keys I5, positioned edgewise within the slots
the slots I2, and the holder is not in use.
In order to assure of ‘free passage of the bit
of a key I5 outwardly and inwardly of the slot
I2; a pivot pin I6 being passed centrally through '
the circular portions I 4 and through the openings
usually present in the like portions of the keys.
The slots I2 are closed at the lower side of the
2|, in the sleeve 28, the inner and outer sides of
the opposed edges of the sleeve, forming the sides
body II, by a bottom wall H, which slopes up
wardly and rearwardly from a point adjacent the
shown in Figure 6; the bevels acting to center
of the slot, are beveled, as at 2|’, and as is best
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a key on the pivot pin I6 and relatively to the
opposed walls of the slot I2, in which the key
is normally housed. The knob I9 is held in place
and minor details of construction to which th
holders are found to be susceptible, may be re
sorted to, without departing from the spirit of
on the cylindrical portion ‘20, of the body II, by
the invention, or its scope as claimed.
What is claimed is:
a screw 28 passed inwardly through an opening
21 in its end wall for threaded engagement in the
end wall of the cylindrical portion 20.
.
1. A key holder comprising a body‘kerfed lon
gitudinally to provide a plurality of equidistantly
spaced parallel walls, the spaces between the par
In the double unit form of the holder, shown in
allel walls each constituting a receiving slot for
Figures 7 and 8, the key receiving slots II2 are
kerfed in the top and bottom sides of a sub 10 a flat key, the slots opening through one end
of the body, a pivot pin passed through the free
stantially triangular shaped body I I I, which sides
ends of the parallel walls and engaged through
convergingly slope inwardly from the outer end
the apertured ends of keys housed within the
of the body and merge into the cylindrical por
receiving slots, the end of the body connecting
tion I20 at the inner end of the body. The cor
ners of the outer end of the body I I I are rounded, . 15 the opposite ends of the parallel walls being cy
lindrical and a cylindrical knob mounted for
as at H4, to give to the side walls II3, separated
turning motion on the cylindrical end of the body
by the slots II2, the general form of the'keys
and ha'ving a cylindrical sleeve encircled about
H5, housed within the slots. A pivot pin H6 is
the connected ends of the parallel walls to en
passed through each rounded corner portion I Id,
at the centers thereof, for engagement through 20 close the bit ends of the keys, the sleeve of the
the openings usually present in the circular ends
of the keys. A cylindrical knob H9 is rotatably
knob being formed with a slot of a width suffi
cient to pass but one key ‘to release the bit end
mounted on the cylindrical portion II8, of the
oi a selected key when the knob is turned to
place the release slot in registry with the receiv
body I I I, and a retaining screw I28 passed cen
trally inward through its end wall and threaded 25 ing slot housing the selected key.
2. A key holder comprising a body made of
' into the opposed end wall of the body portion I I8.
plastic, metal, or other suitable material, kerfed
The knob H9 has its annular side wall provided
longitudinally at one side to provide a plurality
with diametrically opposed sets of apertured seats
of equidistantly spaced parallel walls, the spaces
I25, for the cooperation therewith of the detent
between the parallel walls each constituting a
I22, which is, maintained in contact with the in
receiving slot for a ?at key, the slots opening
ner surface of the sleeve I20‘, extending forwardly
through one end of the body, a pivot pin passed
from the engaged end of the knob H9, by the
through the free ends of the parallel walls and
pressure of the coiled spring I24, housed in the
engaged through the apertured ends of keys
radial bore I23, in the cylindrical end portion
I I8, of the body I I I. Opening through the sleeve
I23, at opposite points on its circumference, and
body connecting the opposite ends of the par
midway between the sets of apertured seats I25,
are like apertured seats I26, to be engaged by
the detent I22, to retain the knob IIS against
allel walls being cylindrical, and a cylindrical
knob mounted for turning motion on the cylin
drical end of the body and having a portion en
accidental rotative motion, when it is positioned
to displace the key releasing slot IZI, formed in
the sleeve I22, out of registry with the several
key receiving slots M2; the slot I2l having its
edges beveled, as at I2I’ to facilitate the passage
of the keys outwardly and inwardly of the slots
H2, as before stated.
From this description, it will be obvious that
the holders have the advantage of housing a
number of keys in a manner that permits of a
housed within the receiving slots, the end of the
circled about the connected, ends of the parallel ‘
Walls to enclose the bit ends of, the keys, the en
circling portion of the knob being slottedto re.
lease the bit end of a selected key when the knob
is turned to place the release slot in registry
with the receiving slot housing the selected key,
with a detent carried by the cylindrical end por
tion of the body for cooperation with a series of
seats formed in the like portion of the knob to
retain the knob in a set position, certain of the
quick selection of one required for immediate ‘
seats corresponding in number to the number of
use and, at the same time, prevents-them from
contacting the walls of a pocket, in which the
the key receiving slots and equally spaced apart
holder is being carried, which contact, permitted
held by the detent against accidental movement
when set to align the key releasing slot with the
receiving slot housing a selected key, another of
the seats being spaced from the ?rst named
seats for its engagement by the detent to hold
the knob stationary when the key releasing slot
is positioned out of line with the receiving slots.
by certain of other types of holders, causes wear
and tear of the pocket walls. Also, the rotative I’
knob,_ with its slotted sleeve, provides a quick
and easily adjustable means for releasing the se
lected key to a position exteriorly of the holder
‘for its ready insertion into a lock.
Having thus fully described my invention, it is 60
to be understood that various changes in design
with respect thereto, so that the knob will be
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