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March 6, 1962
J. M. COMMONS
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3,023,793
CASE FASTENER
Filed Jan. 4, 1960
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United States Patent O
3,023,793
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ICC
Patented Mar. 6, 1952
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FIG. 2 shows how the closing of the case is accom
3,023,793
plished. It is only necessary to simply rotate the cover
7 which permits the flap 17 to be inserted under the
keeper strap 12. This is easily accomplished since the
Wall 5 is of ñexíble material and easily adjusts itself to
the insertion of the ñap 17.
To open the case, it is only necessary to raise the
CASE FASTENER
Joe M. Commons, Glendale, Calif., assignor, by_mesne
assignments, to Joseph K. Seitz, Sunland, Calif.
Filed Jan. 4, 1960, Ser. No. 161
5 Claims. (Cl. 15G-1.6)
outer edge of the cover 7 which removes the flap 17
This invention relates to hand containers and particu
from the keeper strap 12. When the case is closed,
larly to a portfolio or courier case of the general type
shown in U.S. Patent No. 1,984,150, of December 11, 10 neither the flap 17 nor the strap 12 are observable so
that the case provides a particularly neat appearance.
1934, and Reissue Patent No. 19,189, of May 29, 1934.
I claim:
The portfolio or case described in detail hereinafter
is one which is quick closing and quick opening, and
when closed provides a particularly neat and pleasing
exterior appearance.
There are no locks or zippers re
1. A portfolio comprising rectangular front and rear
Walls, interconnecting members between said walls, said
15 front and rear walls being connected to each other at
their edges by said interconnecting members to define an
opening therebetween, a rectangular cover member for
said opening, a comparatively narrow keeper strap on
the outer surface of and attached to said front wall
quired, the case being practically self-closing by a tab
which is insertable under a keeper strap across tbe front
of the bag, neither the tab nor the strap being visible
when the case is closed. The case is also quickly opened
by simply lifting the edge of the cover of the case, which 20 below the opening edge of said front wall and positioned
at the central section of said front wall, and a semi
removes the tab from the keeper strap.
rigid flap member centrally positioned and attached paral
The principal object of the invention, therefore, is to
lel to the edge portion of said cover member and adapted
facilitate the closing and opening of a portfolio or hand
to be inserted under said keeper strap when said port
case.
Another object of the invention is to provide an irn 25 folio is closed, said strap and said ñap member being
hidden when said portfolio is closed to provide a rec
proved closure for a portfolio or hand case which may
tangular appearance to the front of said portfolio.
2. A portfolio in accordance with claim 1 in which
be rapidly closed and opened.
A further object of the invention is to provide an im
proved hand portfolio or courier case which requires no
said front and rear walls and said cover member are
hardware and which is positively closed while being easily 30 of one piece of material.
3. A portfolio in accordance with claim l in which
said flap member is reinforced with a semi-rigid mem
ber and is of a width substantially equal to the distance
opened.
A better understanding of this invention may be had
from the following description when read in connection
with the accompanying drawings, in which:
FIG. 1 is a perspective view of a portfolio or case
from said opening edge of said front wall to the edge
35 of said keeper strap farthest removed from said open
ing edge of said front wall.
4. A portfolio comprising a rectangular front wall, a
FIG. 2 is a partial cross-sectional view taken along the
rectangular
rear Wall, expandable interconnecting mem
line 2-2 of FIG. l;
FIG. 3 is a partial cross-sectional View showing the 40 bers, said front and rear walls being connected to each
other at their edges by said interconnecting members to
case in closed position; and
define an opening therebetween, a rectangular cover at
FIG. 4 is a partial cross-sectional view taken along
tached to said rear wall to close said opening between
the line 4-4 of FIG. 1.
embodying the invention;
said walls, a ñap at the edge of said cover and in a
Referring, now, to the drawings in which the same
numerals indicate the same elements, the case embody 45 plane substantially parallel with the plane of the edge
portion of said cover, said flap having a length of ap
ing the invention has a front wall 5, a rear wall 6, and
proximately one-half the length of said cover, and a com
a cover 7, the walls 5 and 6 being connected by flexible
paratively narrow keeper strap adjacent said opening and
gussets 9 and 10. The front and rear walls 5 and 6
`attached to the outer surface of said front wall and hav
and the cover 7 may be of one piece of ilexible leather,
plastic, orvsimilar material, or may be of separate sec 50 ing a length substantially equal to the length of said
Hap, said ilap being adapted to be positioned between said
tions sewn or otherwise attached to provide the form
strap and said front wall said flap and strap being cov
shown in FIG. 1. To the front wall 5 is attached a
ered by said cover and only the outer surface of said
keeper strap 12 ín any suitable manner such as by rivets
cover being observable when said portfolio is closed.
13 and 14, the ends of the straps passing through slots
5. A portfolio in accordance with claim 4 in which
such as 20 and covered by patches 15 on the inner side 55
said
ñap is reinforced with a semi-rigid member and is
of wall 5.
of a width substantially equal to the distance from said v
Along the outer edge of the cover 7 is attached, such
opening edge of said front wall to the edge of said
as by sewing or other suitable manner, a reinforcing strip
keeper strap farthest removed from said opening edge of
16, at the central edge of which is attached, such as by
sewing, a locking flap 17. If the cover 7 is of suñiciently 60 said front wall.
stiff material, no reinforcing strip is required. The flap
References Cited in the ñle of this patent
17 is normally substantially parallel with the cover 7
UNITED STATES PATENTS
and may be reinforced with a semi-rigid über insert
Re. 19,189
or constructed of a double thickness of stitî leather or
similar material as shown in FIG. 2.
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1,984,150
Ottinger _____________ __ May 29, 1934
Ottinger _____________ __ Dec. 1l, 1934
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