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11, have longitudinal corrugations 23 and 24, respec
tively, for reinforcing the clip.
In the bending operation, the strip is `folded substan
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Patented July 10, 1962
CLIP DEVICE
Kurt W. Mex-feld, Manhasset, N.Y., assignor to Kun
reuther and Merfeld, New York, N.Y., a partnership
Filed Feb. 3, 1961, Ser. No. 87,014
2 Claims. (Cl. 24-87)
tially on the dot-dash lines 25, 26 which form the bends
in the workpiece, as noted in FIG. 3 of the drawing, thus
offsetting inner side portions 27 and 28 of the clip. These
side portions are contracted toward each other and are
joined in a rounded portion Z9, as noted in FIG. 3. The
bending operation is such as to dispose the sides 13, 14 in
This invention relates to clip devices having many
uses, for example, in attachment to garments or other
articles, as well as for attachment of cards or Itags with
wide spaced relationship to each other, as clearly noted
articles for purposes of identification. More particularly,
the invention deals with a device of the character described
fashioned from a single strip of material, with end por
_ u'ons thereof normally in wide spaced relationship with
in FIG. 3, to ’facilitate positioning of an article between
the prongs 15 and 16, preparatory to moving the sides
13 and 14 toward each yother to positively grip and en
respect to each other for attachment to a garment or
substantially into the position as noted in FIG. 1 of the
shoulder portions having outwardly projecting prongs
words, thicker or thinner articles will vary the relation
ship of the sides 14 and 27. In FIG. 1, »a dot-dash line
gage the article or, in otherV words,'in moving the clip
drawing.
other article, the side portions of the clip being moved
fIn the position of the clip `as shown in FIG. 1 of the
toward each other in establishing a vgripping engagement
drawing, it will appear that the sides 14 and 2,7 are
with the article.
brought into substantially parallel relationship to eachY
Still more particularly, the invention deals with a
device of thev character described, wherein end portions 20 other. This relationship will vary slightly depending
upon the texture of the article being engaged. In other
of the. sides of the clip terminate in angularly offset
for engagement with the article in securing the clip against
displacement therefrom.
The novel features of the invention will be best under
stood from the following description, when taken to
25
39 is shown extending through the closed clip. This line
has been illustrated to show substantially the hanging
position of the clip. In other words, the hanger rod or
other means engaging the inner surface of the rounded
gether with the accompanying drawing, in which certain
end portion 29 would support the clip and the article
embodiments of the invention are disclosed and, in which,
hanging therefrom substantially on the line 30, as noted.
the separate parts are designated by suitable reference
In the article engaging position of the clip, it will ap
characters in each of the views and, in which:
30
pear that the prongs 15 and 16 are inclined upwardly
FIG. 1 is an enlarged side view of a clip made accord
with respect Ito the line 30 and are disposed angularly
ing to my invention, diagrammatically illustrating the
with respect to each other, thus providing a positive and
fixed engagement of the clip with the article, preventing
being diagrammatically illustrated by the dot-dash line 35 any possible accidental opening thereof.
The shoulder portions 11 and 12 might well be re
extending vertically through the clip, as shown.
garded as angularly otîset flanges but, by virtue of ar
FIG. 2 is a bottom view of the clip, as shown in FIG. l.
position of the clip when in operative engagement with
an article, the line of hanging of the clip, when so used,
FIG. 3 is a side view of the clip shown in FIG. 1
rangement of the prongs 15 and 16 in the manner illus
trated clearly in FIG. 4, Ithe position of the prongs on
FIG. 4 is an enlarged view of the blanked strip mate 40 the free edges of the portions 11 and 12 form, at both
sides of the prongs, shoulders 31 and 32, respectively.
rial ofthe clip as fashioned preparatory to the folding
These shoulders operate to check movement of the prongs
operations, the center portion of the strip being broken
in its normally open position; and
away.
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into the article engaged by the clip, thus avoiding damage
to the article by minimizing prong engagement therewith.
The invention deals with clips which are manually ap
plied to edge portions of garments or `other articles of any 45 These shoulders also operate to engage the article in
gripping the same to assist in support of the article by
type or kind for hanging the garments or articles in dis
the clip.
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play, storage or the like, for application of tags, or for
The clip is moved from the open position of FIG. 3
any other purpose for which a clip of this type and kind
to the closed position of FIG. l by a thumb and finger
can be used.
For purposes of simplifying this description, the clip 50 pressure upon the sides of the clip in movement of the
will be referred to as an article engaging clip for the
prong ends 15 and 16 toward each other.
By virtue of the angularly offset> relatively narrow
several purposes indicated. Considering FIG. 4 of the
length shoulder portions 11 and 12, the free pronged end `
drawing, it will appear that the clip is fashioned from an
portions of the clip becomes exceedingly strong and ca
elongated strip of material, preferably a non-rust type
of metal, whereby the resulting clip can be manually 55 pable of resisting any stresses or strains which would tend
moved `from the position diagrammatically illustrated in
to open the clip or displace the clip from the article. The
FIG. 3 to the operative position diagrammatically illus
reinforcements, as at 23 and 24, also assist in maintain
trated in FIG. l by simply applying finger pressure to
ing the clip in operative position. However, by simple
lateral movements of the sides one 4with respect to the
the sides of the clip, as later described. The formed
strip is designated by the reference character 10 in FIG. 60 other, the clip can be quickly and easily removed from
4, end portions of the strip being fashioned to form short
the garment or other article.
For purposes of description, the clip may be said to
shoulder portions 11 'and 12 which, in the ñnal bending
of the strip as noted in FIG. 3, extend preferably at right
comprise a long side and -a short side joined by a rounded
angles to adjacent sides 13 and 14, respectively, of the
portion, as at 29. 'I‘he long side comprises the parts 13,
strip or the resulting clip. The shoulder portions 11 and 65 27 and the short side comprises the parts 14, 28 and the
12 have extending outwardly therefrom prongs 15 and
offset shoulders andprongs can be defined as terminal end
16, respectively. The prongs have substantially longi
portions of said sides.
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tudinally alined perpendicular surfaces 17 ‘and 18, respec
Considering FIG. 1 of the drawing and Iviewing the
closed clip with the dot-dash linel 30 in perpendicular _
tively, and angular surfaces 19 -and 20, the rangles 19 and
20 being of a sufficiently sharp inclination to vform sharp 70 position, it will be apparent that the shoulder portions 11 A
contracted pointed ends Z1 and 22. In forming the strip
and 12, as well as the prongs> 15 and 16, are toed inward- ,
ly, in other words, are inclined in the direction of the
10, the end portions, inwardly of the vshoulder portions
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roundedv end 29.N This structural feature makes the clip
safe. in use and `avoids the possibility of injury to the
lingers of the hand in the application of the clip to an
the ñange portions, leaving shoulders Iat terminal ends of
article or otherrsupport.
of the clip is substantially parallel to the bent end portion
of the opposed side of the clip when the clip is in opera
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„,¿ïHaving >fully described 1_ny invention, what I claim as
n new and desire to secure byY Letters Patent is:
H1. A clip ofY the character described comprising an
elongatedthin strip of one width throughout the major
Vportion of its length, said strip having ñared sides joined
by a rounded portion, the flared sides having ends bent 10
angularly to Ysaid sides, said strip having corrugations ex
tending onto the flared sides and said ends in maintain
ing angular relationship of the sides and ends, said ends
terminating in flange portions projecting from and ex
said ñange portions.
tive position.4
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References Cited in the ñle of this patent
UNITED STATES PATENTS
505,726
559,013
Scott ______ __; _______ __Sept. 26, ‘1893
Waterman ___-, _______ _.- Apr. 28, 1896
843,128
Boden __________ _, ____ __ Feb. 5, 1907
1,544,561
2,127,623
Diamond ______________ __ July 7, 1925
Weil ________________ __ Aug. 23, 1938
tending at substantially right angles to inner suriaces of 15
Y2,202,694
said bent ends, and said flange portions extending the
2,740,179
full Width of said strip and terminating in outwardly pro
jecting prongs materially less in Width than the Width of
s
2. A clip as deñned in claim 1, wherein one liared side
Daum _____________ __'__'May 28, l1940
VFlora ' ________________ .__ Apr. 3, 1956
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