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P 16, 1941. w. KUEHNER 2,255,999
BRACELET LOCKET Filed Feb. 21, 1941 A TTORNEYS.
Patented Sept. 16, 1941 BRACELET LOCKET Wilhelm Kuehner, Providence, R. L, assignor to Excell Manufacturing Company, a corporation oi Rhode Island Application February 21, 1941, Serial No. 380,019
This invention relates to a locket. Heretofore, it has been usual in the art of lockets to provide some arrangement for suspending the locket at the end of a chain or someflexible member; and while various devices which may carry exposed markings may have been used in a chain or bracelet, such for instance as identification tags, it is sometimes desirable that the marking carried be hidden from view.
One of the objects of this invention is to provide a locket having a cover for the contents which may be mounted in a bracelet whereby the character carried in the locket may be hidden from view until the cover is opened.
Another object of the invention is to provide a simple and inexpensive construction of locket which may be readily mounted in the chain.
A more specific object of the invention is the utilization of one of the walls of the locket for all of the attaching means for connecting the locket to the chain as well as the clasping of a cover which may be a separate piece associated therewith.
Another specific object of the invention is the utilization of the stock of one partof the locket for the provision of a catch and utilization of the stock of the other part of the locket as the cooperating means for clasping with the catch,
and also as a finger piece for the opening of the cover from the body.
With these and other objects in view, the invention consists of certain novel features of construction, as will be more fully described and particularly pointed out in the appended claims.
In the accompanying drawing:
Fig. l is a perspective view illustrating the use of the device on the arm;
Fig. 2 is a perspective view of the locket alone;
Fig. 3 is a perspective view of the locket with the cover raised;
Fig. 4 is a perspective view of the body;
Fig. 5 is a perspective view of the cover;
Fig. 6 is a perspective view of the bezel contained in the body;
Fig. 7 is a perspective view of the identification tag;
Fig. 8 is a central sectional view through the locket and illustrating a chain as attached thereto.
In constructing the locket of this invention, I have utilized the stock of the body for forming the openings to which the chain may be con,- nected, and also I have utilizedthe stock of the body and the stock of the cover for forming a releasable clasp for these parts as well as a fin ger piece for opening them.
More particularly with reference to the drawing, I0 designates the body part, and II, the cover which is hinged thereto. The body has a bottom wall I2 and opposite side walls I3, I3 bent up from the bottom wall. The stock of the bottom wall extends beyond the ends of the side walls I3 and is cut out as at It at one end to provide a bail portion I5, while at the opposite end the stock I6 is slit and bent upwardly to provide an opening I! and attaching bail I8. This portion I6 provides a latch from which there is a detent I9 deflected.
The cover II consists of a sheet of stock which is rolled as at 20 to provide a hinge eye for the reception of a pivot pin 2I therethrough and through the openings 22 in the side walls I3; or
this member may be provided with integral trunnions to pivot in such openings. At the opposite end the cover is rolled at 23 and the stock 24 of this roll is cut and raised to provide a catch portion 25. This catch 25 will snap beneath the detent II] as shown in Fig. 8 so that the cover will be releasably held in closed position while being easily raised by engagement with the finger portion 24.
Connectors 26 having arms 21 may be passed through the openings I4 and I1 and rolled into closed position while at the opposite end of the connectors 26 there are finger portions 28 to flexibly connect to chain 29 which may encircle the wrist as shown in Fig. l.
The walls I3 extend inwardly slightly beyond a perpendicular to the wall I2 and a bezel designated generally 30 may be snapped between these walls to frictionally engage these walls and be retained in position, the side walls 3| of this bezel being tapered outwardly slightly to extend beneath the walls I2 for retaining such engagement. The bezel is cut away as at 32 providing a frame-like portion having side bars 33 and end bars 34 which are flanged to engage the inner surface of the bottom wall I2 and stand upwardly from the wall so as to receive a plate member 35 having some character or identification numher or other marking 36 thereon.
By this arrangement I may insert any member 35 within the locket beneath the bezel which retains it in place while the cover may be opened for exposure of this member or closed as shown in Fig. 2, the outer surface of which cover may have some embellishment or marking thereon if desired or may be left plain. The entire locket may be a link in a bracelet chain to extend about thewristbybeingattachedtotheintegralbails at the opposite ends thereof for use as shown in Fig, 1.
1. A bracelet locket comprising a body having a bottom wall, the bottom wall at its opposite ends being provided with openings to which the ends of abraceletfimay be attached, a cover hinged adjacent one end: of the bottom wall and 9 provided witha catch, the stock of the bottom wall being cut and deflected adjacent the said other end to provide a latch to engage said catch and releasably holdthe cover in closed position and to form one of the said openings.
2. A bracelet locket comprising a body having a bottom wall and side walls extending therefrom, the bottom wall at its opposite ends being provided with openings to which the ends of a bracelet may be attached, a cover hinged to and bee. tween said side walls adjacent one end thereof,
means adjacent the other end of the bottom wall thereof rolled at one end to provide a hinge part and cut and deflected at the other end to provide a catch part, said cover being hinged to and between the side walls adjacent one end of the bottom wall, means adjacent the other end of the bottom wall and formed from the stock thereof to hold the cover in releasable clasped engagement, and a bezel within said body frictionally engaging the said side walls for retaining a separable member. Y
4. A bracelet locket comprising a body having a bottom wall, an opening formed in the bottom wall at one end by cutting and deflecting the stock thereof upwardly to provide a latch, a
' cover hinged adjacent the other end of the body and provided with a catch to engage said latch, and a second opening provided in said bottom wall beyond saidhinge connection of the cover.
- said openings being adapted to have the ends to hold the cover in releasable clasped engagea bracelet attached .thereto.
5. A bracelet locket comprising a body having a bottom wall, an opening formed in the bottom wall at one end by cutting and deflecting the stock thereof upwardly to provide a latch, a cover hinged adjacent the other end of the body and provided with a rolled end from which a portion is cut and raised to provide a finger piece and catch to engage said latch, and a second opening provided in said bottom wall beyond said hinge connection of the cover, said openings being adapted to have the ends of a bracelet attached thereto.