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Dec. 25, 1962
3,070,142
w. J. MCGLYNN
KEY CASE WITH REMOVABLE KEY RETAINER
Filed Dec. 24, 1959
FIG. 1
INVEN TOR.
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FIG. 3
WALTER Cl’. McGLYNN
BY
ATTORNEY
United States Patent ()?ice
3,070,142
Patented Dec. 25, 1962
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3 079 142
KEY (IASE ‘WITH RElWUiJABLE KEY RETAINER
Walter J. Met-Glynn, Minneapolis, Minn., assignor to
Standard Packaging Corporation, a corporation of Vir=
ginia
ing the removable key retaining member at the side there
of and the inside panel forming an enclosure for the re
movable key retaining member;
FIG. 4 is an end view of the case showing the pocket
enclosure for the removable key retaining member; and
FIG. 5 is a cross sectional view with the closure ?ap
Filed Dec. 24, 1959, Ser. No. 861,858
6 Ciaims. (Cl. 150-40)
broken away taken along the lines and in the direction
dependent key retaining member separable from the case
Case 10 is die cut from a blank of material such as
of the arrows 5-5 of FIG. 1.
This invention relates to new and useful improvements
With reference now to the drawings and particularly
in key cases and particularly to a key case having an in 10 FIG. 1, there is shown a case generally designated 10.
as well as key retaining means secured directly to the
leather, plastic and the like. The blank is folded to form
three ?aps or panels which make up the structure of the
While there are several variations of key cases on the
case. The panels comprise a rear panel 11 which has a
market, none of the present cases incorporate means for 15 center panel 12 folded along fold 13 substantially co
easily separating one set of keys from the other so that
extensive over panel 11. The free flap of panel 12 is
each set may be used simultaneously at different places.
secured to rear panel 11 by a pair of rivets 14 and 15
It is often necessary to separate some of the keys from
disposed short distance below the upper edge of the case
the case such as, for example, when leaving an automo
in spaced relation from fold 13. Also adjacent the up
bile at a garage for servicing. In conventional key cases 20 per edge of panel v11 is a ‘key hook retaining member
it is necessary to detach the automobile keys from the
comprising a ?at metal plate 16 shown by dotted lines
case and leave the [keys with the car. This necessitates
in FIG. 3 which has an upper convoluted edge to form
the manipulation of the key retaining means, usually snap
a plurality of loops 17. Plate ‘16 is inserted between
rings, hooks or beaded chains, a task that is dif?cult and
panels 12 and 11 shown best in FIG. 5 and is secured in
25 place by rivets 14 and 15 so that back panel 11, plate 16
often damaging to the chain or hook.
The purpose of this invention is to provide a key case
and panel 12 are secured to each other in a composite
having two retaining means, one of them being easily
unit spaced from the top of the case. A plurality of re
separated or removed from the case itself. Thus, when
silient key retaining hooks 18 are swivelly connected be
it is necessary to leave one set of keys such as those for
tween loops 17 in conventional manner to secure key 19,
case.
an automobile at a different place, all that is necessary
is to take the removable retaining means containing the
necessary keys out from the case. Both sets of keys
are then separated, yet each set is securely held together
by its own retaining means. Furthermore, the key case
only one key being shown.
Turning to the construction of panel 12, an arcuate sec
tion 20 is die stamped out of the upper port-ion thereof
to form a pocket opening for keys retained by hooks 18,
best shown in FIGURE 3.
Inasmuch as panel 12 is se
containing the entire unit affords simple construction in 35 cured to panel 11 only at the top of the case by rivets
that it consists of a flap folded over the inside of the
14 and 15, the lower portion of panel 12 below section
back face forming a pocket for the removable member
20 forms a free ?ap or pocket enclosure 21 ‘under which
as well as the keys directly attached to the case.
An en
closure folds over the ?ap and retaining means forming 40
a ?at and conventional appearing case.
It is therefore an object of this invention to provide a
new and useful key case having separable key retaining
means removable as a unit from the case.
key 19 attached to hooks 18 may be retained.
The position of attachment of panel 12 to panel 11
provides a pocket or aperture 22 extending the length
of the case adjacent fold 13, best seen in FIGS. 4 and 5.
The convolution of fold 13 forms one side of the pocket
and the attachment of panel 12 at its upper end to plate
A further object of this invention is to provide a key 45 16 and panel 11 forms the opposite side.
In the device, as‘ shown in the drawings or the modi?
case having pockets therein for enclosing a removable key
cation described above, pocket 22 slidably retains the
retaining means as well as keys attached directly to the
removable key retaining element 23. Element 23 may
case.
be in the form of a pocket knife, ?nger nail file or other
A still further object of this invention is to provide a
key case having a ?rst set of key retaining means attached 50 similar accessory. A bead chain 24 is suitably secured
to one end of the element for retaining keys. Inasmuch
to a member removable from the case and a second set
as pocket 22 extends the length of the case, element 23
of key retaining means secured directly to the case.
may be of any desired length up to the full length of
Other and further objects of the invention are those in
case It). The element 23 is inserted into pocket 22 and
herent and apparent in the apparatus as described, pic
tured and claimed.
55 carried in the case until it is necessary to use the keys
attached to chain 24 separately from those attached to
To the accomplishment of the foregoing and related
hooks 13. The element is then simply removed from
ends this invention comprises the features hereinafter
pocket 22 so that the keys attached thereto or the acces
fully described and particularly pointed out in the claims.
sory may be used apart from the case.
The following description sets forth in detail certain illus
A tongue 25 integrally formed and die cut with the case,
trative embodiments of the invention, however these are 60
extends from panel 12 over pocket 22 for closure of the
only a few of the various ways in which the invention
pocket. When in closed position, it is folded over the
may be used or employed.
top of pocket 22 and secured by clasp 26 positioned on
This invention will be described with reference to the
the end of tongue ‘25 which is snappingly received by
several ?gures of the drawings. Corresponding numerals
65 the mated clasp 27, positioned on panel 11, best shown
refer to the same parts and:
in FIGURE 4.
FIG. 1 is a perspective view of the case in closed po
If desired, tongue 25 can be eliminated and the pocket
sition;
FIG. 2 is a bottom view of the case showing the re
stitched closed at its top. In its place, a rectangular notch
movable key retaining member partially in dotted lines
or cutout may be formed in the upper portion of panel 12
seated in the case and the closure panel for the same is 70 over pocket area 22 adjacent loops 17. Element 23 is
open position;
FIG. 3 is a top view of the case in open position show
then seated in pocket 22 by inserting it through the notch
or cutout. It is also understood that any other suitable
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means for securing the element 23 in the pocket 22 may
be used.
Integral with case 10 and die cut from the blank, is a
closure ?ap 287. Closure ?ap 28 folds over panel 12 along
fold line 29 so as to completely enclose panel 12 and the
opposite the juncture of said back panel with said center
panel and foldable over said rear and center panels for
enclosing the same.
4. A key case having a rear panel, the rear panel hav
ing key retaining means secured to the upper edge thereof;
a front closure panel for enclosing said case; a center
key retaining means therein. Flap 23 is secured in place
panel disposed between said rear panel and front closure
by snap clasps 29’ and 30, shown in FIGURE 3. Since
panel, said center panel being integrally joined to the rear
tongue 25 is secured to panel 11 by clasps 26 and 27 op
panel at one side thereof and folded substantially coexten
pose to the position of the closure ?ap the former may be
opened for removing element v23 without the necessity of 10 sively over the inside face of said rear panel forming an
elongated pocket along the fold, the pocket being formed
detaching flap 28. When it is desired to use key 19
by the convolutions of the fold and the back faces of said
closure ?ap 27 is simply opened by releasing it from its
rear panel and center panel, the free end of said center
clasps 29’ and 30.
panel being joined to said rear panel by shank means ex
It is to be understood that the speci?c embodiments de
scribed above are given by way of example only and the 15 tending through the key retaining means, said center panel
having further an arcuate cut-out portion below its attach
invention is limited only by the scope of the following
ment at the free end with said rear panel for allowing keys
claims.
attached to the key retaining means to enter therethrough
I claim:
and a free ?ap below the cut-out portion movable out
1. A key case formed from a blank and comprising; a
rear panel; key retaining means ?xed to the top of said 20 from the back face of said rear panel for allowing keys
attached to the key retaining means to be positioned be
rear panel; a second panel folded over the back face of
tween the flap and said rear panel; and an elongated key
said rear panel along a fold line at one side of said rear
retaining member for retaining a separate set of keys
panel, the body of said second panel ?xed to said rear
panel in overlapped relation with said key retaining
being removably insertable into said pocket.
means, the lower portion of said second panel forming a
5. A key case comprising; a rear panel; a closure panel
joined to one side of said rear panel and foldable over
said rear panel and having clasp means to removably se
cure it in place; a key retainer having a ?at metal plate
free ?ap for containing the keys retained by said ?xed key
retaining means; a removable key retaining member held
within a pocket, the pocket being formed by the convolu
tion of the fold adjacent the fold line between said rear
panel and second panel, the pocket having means thereon
for restraining said removable key retaining member; and
a closure panel foldable over said second panel along a
and a plurality of loops for holding key hooks disposed
adjacent the top edge of said panel, a center panel inte
grally joined to said rear panel opposite the juncture of
said rear panel with said enclosure panel and foldable to
a position between the same, the convolution of the fold
fold line opposite the fold line between said rear panel
forming a pocket extending the length of the fold, the
and said second panel, said closure panel having means
for removably securing it to said second panel.
35 walls thereof comprising the back faces of said rear panel
and center panel, the body of said center panel secured
2. A key case comprising; a back panel having key re
at the top to the metal plate of said key retainer by a plu
taining means secured to the inside face thereof adjacent
rality of rivets and having an arcuate cut-out portion be
the top edge of said panel; a center panel integrally joined
low said key retainer for allowing keys attached thereto
to said back panel along a fold line at one side of said
back panel; said center panel folded along the fold line 40 to be positioned over the back face of said rear panel and
coextensively over the inside face of said back panel; the
body of said center panel being joined to said back panel
by shank means extending through the key retaining
member, said center panel having an elongated pocket
formed with said back panel by the convolutions of the
fold along the fold line and a free ?ap below the key re
a free ?ap below said cut-out portion for covering the
keys; a foldable closure ?ap over the top of said pocket
having means to secure it in place; and an elongated key
retainer member for insertion in said pocket and secured
therein by said foldable flap.
6. A key case comprising in combination; a base panel;
taining means for retaining keys held thereby; a separate
key retaining member removably secured in the pocket of
said center panel and a closure panel integrally formed
permanent key, retaining means secured adjacent the up
over said rear panel, the upper free end of said center
tion formed therein to allow a set of keys secured to said
key retaining means to extend therethrough and seat over
the inner face of said base panel; and a closure panel inte
per end of said base panel for securing set of keys; an
intermediate panel integrally joined to one side of said
base panel and folded with an extended looped fold co
with said back panel and foldable over said case.
extensively over the inner face of said base panel and key
3. A key case having ‘a rear panel; a key holding mem
retaining means, the extended looped fold forming a
ber secured to the inside face of said rear panel adjacent
pocket along the juncture of said base and intermediate
the top edge thereof having a metal plate with looped
panels for housing a removable key holder, said interme
sections on the upper edge thereof and key retaining
hooks swivelly joined to the looped sections; a center panel 55 diate panel attached at its upper end to said key retaining
means, the lower portion thereof forming a free ?ap over
integrally joined to said rear panel along a fold line at
the inner face of said base panel and having a cut out por
one side thereof, and folded substantially coextensively
panel being joined to said rear panel and key holding
member by rivets extending through the metal plate of
said key holding member, said center panel having an
arcuate cutout portion below said key holding member
grally joined to said base panel opposite said intermediate
panel for folding over and enclosing said case.
for allowing keys secured to the hooks to extend there
References Cited in the ?le of this patent
through and a free ?ap below said cut-out portion for en
closing the keys between the free flap and said rear panel; 65
UNITED STATES PATENTS
a pocket formed by the convolutions of the fold along the
Re. 16,946
Rosenthal _____________ __ May 1, 1928
fold line between the rear panel and center panel and ex
tending the length of the fold line, said pocket having a
closure member at the top thereof; an elongated key re
taining member removably insertable into said pocket 70
and a closure panel integrally joined to the back panel
2,224,972
Long et al ____________ __ Dec. 17, 1940,
2,416,477
2,812,606
Gamache ____________ __ Feb. 25, 1947
Painter _____________ __ Nov. 12, 1957
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