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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 ' 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 2 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: ‘ 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 2,411,168 3 4 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 OLIVER SEELY.