Jan. 7, 1947. è, R, HAWES ' _ 2,414,041 KEY HOLDER SUPPORT Filed oòt. 9, 1945 INVENTOR ' 650/965 if. Han/£6 Patented Jan. 7, 1947 l2,414,041 UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE 2,414,041 KEY HOLDER SUPPORT George It. Hawes, Longmeadow, Mass., assignor to Buxton, Incorporated, Springfield, Mass., a corporation of Massachusetts Application October 9, 1943, Serial No. 505,677 ' 7 Claims. (o1. 70.-456') This invention relates to key cases and more particularly to an improved key holder support i been. somewhat exaggerated in the interest of clearness. by means of which the individual key'holders are Referring to the drawing, a key holder support, releasably attached to the. case and supported therein for swinging movement in andi out of 5 generally indicated at I 0, constructed according to the invention, is shown in Fig. 1 secured in a the case in the use of the> keys. case II which case may bev of any usual or de One object of the invention is to provide a sired form. device of this character which combines light ness and strength with the> needed security in In general the key holder support I0 is made up of an aligned series of cells or chambers I2 the relea'sable.> attachment of `the key holders: to 10 separated from each other by Walls I3 in which chambers the heads I4 of the key holders I5, A further object is the provision of an im later more fully described, are individually and proved key holder and keyv holder support com releasably coniined. The support extends down the support.> bination. Wardly from the chambers I2 in the form of a Another object is to provide a, construction 15 plate> portion I6 by Which the support isv riveted which may be die cast or molded, making avail or otherwise» secured to the case II as at I'I.able various thermo-plastic and heat setting’com The frontY and ceiling walls of the chambers I2 positions, as well as metals and alloys, for its are formed with slots I8 in which the shanks of construction; key holders slide as the holders are swung Other andfurther objects residing in the form 20v the to and from the case. Each chamber is open of the parts andv theA details of construction will at the rear as indicated at. I9, and the slots become apparent from the following specification I8 open at one end to these rear, or exit, open and claims.. ‘ In the accompanying drawing, ings I`9. The walls I3 completely separate the chambers I2 from ea'ch other and segregate the Fig.` 1. is a. front elevation of a key holder sup- 25 heads I‘lI ofthe key holders. port,` embodying my. invention, mounted in» a The width of slots I 8 is less than the trans case,. the latter being open; verse dimensionV of the heads of the keyv holders Fig;y 2 is a sectional View substantially“ on line’ so that the holders` are held on the support at 2-2 of Fig. 1; all points of movement of the holders in their Fig. 3 is a sectional view substantially on linev 30 slots; The dimensions of the exit openings I 9 are such as’ to permit escape of the heads I 4 from Fig. 4 is a sectional view substantially ony line the chambers but such escape is normally pre 4_4 of Fig. 1; vented by shiftable means which in one posi Fig. 5 is a sectional view substantially on line tion obstructs` the openings I9 of each of the 5_5 of Fig. 1; 3-3 of Fig. 1; Fig. 6 is a fragmentary isometric view of the 35 chambers. As shown, the exit obstructing means comprises a cylindrical member 20 extending through the several aligned chambers I2 and Fig. 7 is a sectional View similar to Fig. 2 but journal'ed in the partition walls I3 and the end showing thev parts in releasing position; walls 2|'. Intermediate the portions 22 of' the Fig. 8 is a view similar to Fig. 5 but with parts 40 cylinder ZIJ which engage in the bearing openings broken away to better show the springs; in the chamber walls, the cylinder is cut away Figs. 9 and 10 are fragmentary isometric views as shown atA 23. The diameter of cylindrical similar to Fig. 6, but respectively showing two member 2U and the depth of cuts 23 are such that alternative forms of chambers; when the cylinder is rotated in its bearings to support; Fig. 11 is an isometric view of a key holder 5 position a substantial ory major portion of the construction which has-a; special' utility in com diameter of' the cylinder across the exit openings I2 as in Figs. 2 to 6, the heads of the key holders cannot pass through the exits but when rotated invention, the key holder being shown closed.; and' ` to a position to present the cuts or‘a substantial Fig. 12 is a View of the key holder of Fig. 11 50' portion thereof across the exits as shown in Fig. ’2, the heads may be passed through the exits, opened for the application or removal of a key. as indicated’in thelatter ñgure. It will be understood that the drawing is not The cylindrical retaining’ member 2€]> is' pro-V to. scale and the proportionate thickness of someV ofy thepartsand thawidth of the chambers haver 5,55’ vided at' one` end, outwardlyv of one, of the. end biration with the supporting structure of_ this walls: 2.1 withan operating lever 25. A< suitable 2,414,041 spring 26 is provided to normally hold the mem ber 2D in position to prevent escape of the heads through the exits I9. As shown, the outer face of the end wall 2l adjacent the lever 25 is cut away to form a segmental depression 21, providing shoulders 28 and 29 forming stops engaged by the lever 25 at the extremes of the closed and open positions respectively of the cylinder 20. 4 Figs. l1 and 12. In general the improved key holder comprises a head formed of rigid material, preferably in the shape of a cylinder, to which the ends of a length of flexible material 46 are anchored in close proximity to each other to form an elongated loop 4I. The flexibility of the ma terial of which the loop is formed is such that the loop can be twisted about its major axis ' through an angle of at least 180° relative to the A spring 26 is anchored at one end in the mem head I4, so that when the head is connected to ber 20 as indicated at 3l) in Fig. 8. the other end 10 the support Iû a key carried by the loop may be riding in a generally radial undercut groove 3l turned and manipulated in a lock. The ends of formed in the end wall 2| between the shoulders the length 46 may be anchored to the head by 28 and 29. The undercutting of groove 3| in molding or casting the ends thereof into the ma which the spring engages holds the cylinder 20 terial of the head or in any suitable manner 15 against axial movement. A key may be secured to the holder, when the In Figs. 2 to 6, the cylindrical member 2_0 is latter is removed from the key case support, by shown as having bearings only in the walls I2 passing the end of the loop through the opening and ZI. If desired the member 2E] may be pro in the key and then passing the head I4 through vided with a semi-cylindrical bearing 35 across the extending end of the loop, but preferably the the floors of the chambers I2 as shown in Fig. 9, head I4 is divided into two parts, the ends of the thus providing greater resistance againstoutward length 46 being anchored one to each part so thrust of the key holder heads when the member that the key may be threaded on the loop as 20 is in position to prevent removal of the key shown in Fig. l. As shown in Figs. 11 and 12 the holders. In this arrangement too, the surface head I4 is divided -lengthwise into separable of portions 23 will lie substantially hush with the 25 halves or parts 49 and 56. Each half is provided floor of the chambers I2 when the member 2l] is with a dowel 5I which nts into a corresponding rotated to chamber opening position, thus facili hole 52 in the other half when the halves are tat-ing the removal of the key holders, joined together. The dowels fit suñiciently tight In both forms so far described the ceilings of ly in their holes so that some degree of force is the chambers are thickened slightly adjacent 30 necessary to separate or assemble the halves. the open ends of the slots I8 as at 36, providing The length of the cylinder is preferably only reenforcement at this point and forming arcuate slightly less than the distance between the cham seats as at 3'! in which the heads of the key hold ber forming partitions I3 oi the support I0, the ers tend to seat when the holders are swung out difference being only enough to permit the cyl wardly and upwardly from the case for manipu inder to rotate freely when it is placed in one of lation of the keys in a lock. In both these forms the chambers. Partitions I3 thus serve as means the rear face of the aligned chambers is inclined to keep the shank portion of the loop 4‘I centered away from the case II to provide a space, indi in its slot I8 as it travels therealong when the cated at 38 to facilitate passage of the key holder lead is rotated in swinging the key and loop in heads in removing them from or inserting them 40 wardly and outwardly of the case. Abrasive con in the chambers I2. tact of the shank portion of the loop with the In Fig. 10, another alternative form is shown in edges of the slot is thereby prevented or mini which the rear faces of the chamber partitions mized. and end walls extend flush with the rear surface loop may be made from any material hav of plate portion I6 as at 40 and 4I respectively. 45 ingThe suiiicient flexibility, strength and wear resist The chambers I2 in the form of Fig. 10, are of ance for the purpose. A cord of braided or twist more regular shape and incline slightly upwardly ed “nylon” or similar plastic filament; piano wire from the rear. The key holder heads thus tend or a line, braided wire; a length of raw-hide; or to engage the upper rounded end of the chambers a cotton or linen cord impregnated with a flexible when the key holders are swung from the case in plastic may be used. The head I4 may be made use. The locking cylinder 20 and its associated of the same materials suggested as suitable for parts may be identical with those previously de the support Iû. scribed. 'I‘he form shown in Fig. 10 operates The use of the iiexible loop key holder permits otherwise in the same manner as the forms pre viously described, but the casting dies or molds 65 the keys to adjust themselves more easily in the key case than do the rigid key holders heretofore required in its construction may be somewhat used and their use reduces the bulk of the key simplified. case as a whole. Furthermore, when the key The cellular or chambered form of the support and holder are temporarily detached from the is important. The partition walls not only pre vent interference of the several key holders with 60 case, for separate use of the key, the decreased bulk and flexibility of the holder has obvious each other but provide reenforcement to the parts advantages as when the key and its holder are adjacent the slots which are under strain during placed in a pocket or purse. manipulation of the keys on the holders, thus What I claim is: ' permitting those part-s to be relatively thin even 1. A key supporting device for key cases which when made of thermo or heat setting plastics, or 55 comprises, a key holder having an enlarged when die cast from light metals or alloys. The head and a key carrying loop of flexible mate partitions also make it possible to provide a plu rial extending therefrom, said loop being suf rality of bearing surfaces for the locking member. ficiently iiexible to permit a key carried thereby While thekey supporting structure so far de scribed provides the mentioned advantages when 70 tobe rotatedat least 180° about the majoraxis of the loop, a support for said key holder in which used with any desired or conventional form of said head is rotatably mounted, a slot in the sup headed key holder, further advantageous results port through which said flexible loop extends andY are secured when it is used in combination with along which the shank- of the loop may travel~ the novel key holder one embodiment of which is illustrated in the drawing and best >shown in 75 when the head is rotated in its support, means 5 2,414,041 to maintain the shank of the loop substantially centered in the slot, and means for releasing the head from the support. 2. A key supporting device for key cases which comprises, a plurality of key holders each hav ing an enlarged head and a key carrying loop of ilexible material extending therefrom, said loops being suñciently ilexible to permit a key carried thereby to be rotated at least 180° about the major axis of the loop, a support in which said heads are individually mounted for inde pendent rotation, a plurality of slots in the sup port, one adjacent each head` through which the ilexible loop of the adjacent head extends and along which the shank of said loop may travel when its head is rotated in the support, means 6 ñciently flexible to permit the loop to be twisted about its major axis through an angle of at least 180° relative to the head. 5. A key holder for key cases which comprises a head formed of rigid material, said head being divided into two parts separable from each other, means normally holding said parts in joined rela tion, and a length of flexible material having its end portions rigidly connected in parallel rela tion one to each of said parts, the points of an chorage being closely adjacent, when the said parts are in joined relation, to form said length of material into an elongated loop, the material of the loop being sufficiently ilexible to permit the loop to be twisted about its major axis through an angle 180° relative to the head. to maintain the Shanks of the loops substantially 6. A key holder for key cases which comprises centered in their respective slots and means for a generally cylindrical head formed of rigid ma releasing the heads from the support. terial, said head being divided longitudinally into 3. A key supporting device for key cases which 20 two parts separable from each other, means nor comprises, a plurality of key holders each hav mally holding said parts in joined relation, and ing a substantially cylindrical head and a key a length of ilexible material having its ends an carrying loop of flexible material extending there chored one to each of said parts, the points of from, said loops being sui’liciently flexible to per anchorage being closely adjacent, when the said mit a key carried thereby to be rotated at least parts are in joined relation, to form the said 180° about the major axis of the loop, a support 25 length of material into an elongated loop, the in which said heads are individually mounted for material of the loop being sul'l'ioiently flexible to independent rotation, a plurality of slots in the permit the loop to be twisted about its major support, one adjacent each head, through which axis through an angle of 180° relative to the the flexible loop of the adjacent head extends 30 head. and along which the shank of said loop may travel 7. A key supporting device for key cases which when its head is rotated in the support, means comprises, a plurality of key holders each hav engaging the ends of the several cylindrical heads ing an enlarged head and a key carrying loop to maintain the Shanks of the loops substantially of flexible material extending therefrom, said centered in their respective slots and means for loops being sufficiently iiexible to permit a key releasing the cylindrical heads from the support. 35 carried thereby to be rotated at least 180° about ll. A key holder for key cases which comprises the major axis of the loop, a support to which a head formed of rigid material, and a length of said heads are individually connected for inde flexible material having its end portions rigidly connected to said head in close parallel proximity 40 pendent movement relative to each other, and means for releasing the heads from the support. to each other to form an elongated loop, the material of which the loop is formed being suf GEORGE R. HAWES.