March 7, 1939. Q ARLSON 2,150,020
COLLAR HOLDER Filed Oct. 26, 195'? lil" A?? al? Patented Mar. 7, 1939 F'EENT OFFICE COLLAR, HOLDER Oscar Carlson, East Providence, R. I., assigner to Dolan & Bullock, a corporation of Rhode IS- land Application October 26,
My present invention relates to the manufacture of mens jewelry and has particular reference to the construction of collar holders.
It is the principal object of my invention to 5 provide a collar holder which may be adjusted to accommodate collars having different spacings between the tabs.
It is a further object of my invention to provide a construction for a collar holder which presents a pleasing appearance whether in extended or contracted relation.
With the above and other objects and advantageous features in view, my invention consists of a novel arrangement of parts, more fully disclosed in the detailed description following in conjunction with the accompanying drawing, and more specifically dened in the claims appended thereto.
In the drawing:
Fig. 1 is a view showing the novel collar holder as mounted on the tabs of a collar;
Fig. 2 is an enlarged side elevation thereof;
Fig. 3 is a view similar to Fig. 2, the central body portion being shown in section;
Fig. 4 is a section on the line 4-4 of Fig. 2;
Fig. 5 is a view similar to Fig. 2, partly broken away, showing a modified construction;
Fig. 6 is a sectional View on the line 6 6 of Fig. 5; and 30 Fig. 7 is a view, partly broken away, of a further modied construction.
It has been found desirable to provide a collar holder which may be adjusted in length so as to accommodate different spacings of collar tabs, thus insuring the mounting of the collar holder in ornamental relation to the collar tabs. To this end, I have devised a novel collar holder which includes a central body portion and two tab engaging jaws, the jaws being slidably mounted in the central body portion so as to permit an extension or a contraction of the collar holder; and I have provided a simple construction which utilizes a small number of easily manufactured parts which may be readily assembled together.
Referring to the drawing:
The novel collar holder I includes a central body portion II and two end jaws I2, I3, the central body portion having its ends rolled as indicated at I4, to form a passageway for receiving the lower portions I5 of the jaws I2, I3. The ends of the central body portion II are flanged upwardly as indicated at I6, whereby two slightly bowed springs I'I, see Fig. 3, may be mounted so as to yieldingly engage the lower 1937, Serial No. 171,079
surface portions I5, the springs being of a length to abut and thus be maintained in the central body after assembly. The upper portions I8 of the jaws I2, I3 in the modification shown in Figs.
2 and 3 each include a rolled end I9 which re- 5 siliently engages the enlarged end 20 of the corresponding lower portion I5, the ends 20 being bent downwardly as illustrated to permit ready insertion of the collar tabs .within the jaws.
The use of the spring II which resiliently 10 presses against the lower surface of the portions I5, provides a friction retention means for holding the jaws in extended or contracted relation relative to the central body member, whereby the collar holder may be adjusted to accommodate diiierent widths between collar tabs by merely pulling the jaws outwardly or moving them inwardly against the resilient friction action of the springs.
If desired, a modified construction may be provided to adjustably set the jaws in relation to the central body member, as illustrated in Figs.
5 and 6, in which iigures the central body member 2| has its end rolled portions 22 each provided with a lock notch or groove 23, the lower portions 24 of the tab gripping jaws 25 having corresponding depressions or detents 26, the number of depressions being illustrated as three in number although any number may be used, 3o whereby sliding movement of the jaws with respect to the body member selectively engages a notch 26 with the corresponding detent so as to releasively retain each paw in selected set relation to the body member. Although a particular type of body construction is illustrated in Figs. 2 to 6 inclusive, the novel adjusting and setting arrangement may be adapted for use with other types of jaws, an example of another type of jaw being shown in Fig. '7, in which the body 40 member 2l slidingly accommodates to jaws 28, the upper portion being of a single straight length of wire, and the lower portion being bent or humped upwardly at its end, as indicated at 29, the end 29 being preferably flattened or 45 formed by folding back a length of wire upon itself so as to form a wide area with a central spacing of the type indicated at 20 in Fig. 1, but bent or humped, as illustrated in Fig. 7.
The essential features of the invention as disclosed supra thus include a central body member in which slidable end bodies are mounted, so as to be moved lengthwise in relation to the body member to provide a predetermined total length of collar holder, whereby different types of col 55 lars, having different tab spacings, may be readily accommodated by one and the same collar holder. g
All the parts are preferablymade of stamped metal; but the material used, the size, shape and relative arrangement of the parts, the setting and f holding arrangements for the parts, and 'the means for releasably retaining the parts in ad- J'usted selected length relationship, may be varied to accommodate different designs for collar holders, Without departing from the spirit andthe scope of the invention as defined in the appended claims; Y
1. A collar holder comprising a base, and two' springs for retaining said movable jaw members` in adjusted position.
3. A collar holder comprising a Vbase having detents, andtwo jaw members associated therewith each of said jaw members comprising a .U-
shaped Vframe having one arm slidably secured to said 4base and having notched portions engageable with said detents, said jaw members be- Y ing adjustably movable to vary the length oi the collar holder and means resiliently engaging said members for retaining said notched portions inY engagement with said detents. Y
4. A collar holder comprising a base having detents, and two jaw members associated therewith, each of said'jaw members comprising a U- shaped frame having one arm slidably secured to said base and having notchedV portions engageable with said detents, said jaw members being adjustably movable to vary the length ofv the collar Yholder and spring means resiliently engaging said members for retaining said notchedV portions in engagement with said detents.
5. Acollar holder comprising a base having detents, andV two jaw members associated therewith, each of said jaw members comprising a U s rshaped frame having-one arm slidably secured to said base and having notched portions engageable with said Vdetents, saidk jaw members being adjustably Ymovable to vary the length of y*the collar holder and two I'lat springs resiliently engaging said members' or retaining said notched portions in engagement with said detents.