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US3249271A
US3249271A US36696664A US3249271A US 3249271 A US3249271 A US 3249271A US 36696664 A US36696664 A US 36696664A US 3249271 A US3249271 A US 3249271A
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    • FMECHANICAL ENGINEERING; LIGHTING; HEATING; WEAPONS; BLASTING
    • F21LIGHTING
    • F21VFUNCTIONAL FEATURES OR DETAILS OF LIGHTING DEVICES OR SYSTEMS THEREOF; STRUCTURAL COMBINATIONS OF LIGHTING DEVICES WITH OTHER ARTICLES, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR
    • F21V21/00Supporting, suspending, or attaching arrangements for lighting devices; Hand grips
    • F21V21/08Devices for easy attachment to any desired place, e.g. clip, clamp, magnet
    • F21V21/084Head fittings
    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A45HAND OR TRAVELLING ARTICLES
    • A45FTRAVELLING OR CAMP EQUIPMENT: SACKS OR PACKS CARRIED ON THE BODY
    • A45F5/00Holders or carriers for hand articles; Holders or carriers for use while travelling or camping
    • FMECHANICAL ENGINEERING; LIGHTING; HEATING; WEAPONS; BLASTING
    • F21LIGHTING
    • F21LLIGHTING DEVICES OR SYSTEMS THEREOF, BEING PORTABLE OR SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR TRANSPORTATION
    • F21L15/00Details of kinds solely applicable to the devices covered by groups F21L2/00 - F21L14/00
    • F21L15/06Details of kinds solely applicable to the devices covered by groups F21L2/00 - F21L14/00 concerned with the fitting
    • F21L15/08Supporting and suspending elements

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34 ,36 32 w 20 r [SE35 3 y E 26 lA/VENTOR Roy Al/brilfon United States Patent 3,249,271 HOLDER FOR FLASHLIG'HT Roy Allbritton, 4003 6th St, Baltimore, Md. Filed May 13, 1964, Ser. No. 366,966 2 Claims. (Cl. 224-25) This invention relates generally to illumination devices, and more particularly it pertains to a headband supported flashlight holder for supporting a flashlight or equivalent device.

There are many occasions when it is desired to temporarily illuminate an area with a flashlight yet it is desired that both hands be free. If the flashlight is placed on a fixed support, the light so directed is almost immediately required to be pointed at some other angle. Sometimes the flashlight is accidently dislodged from its support to fall into machinery, or the place or area being examined. Consequently, much time is lost in retrieving it or in repositioning the beam angle.

It is an object of this invention, therefore, to provide a body attached holder which will support an ordinary flashlight in the line of sight of the user at all times.

Another object of the invention is to'provide a headband flashlight holder which is secure and comfortable to wear and adjustable in size.

To provide a headband holder capable of being folded to small size, is yet another object of this invention.

Other objects and attendant advantages of this invention will become more readily apparent and understood from the following detailed specification and accompanying drawings in which:

FIG. 1 is a side view depicting the use of the novel flashlight holder incorporating features of this invention;

FIG. 2 is a perspective view of the folded holder of this invention without the flashlight;

FIG. 3 is an enlarged front elevation of the headband flashlight holder;

FIG. 4 is a side elevation thereof; and

FIG. 5 is a fragmentary detail view showing the adjustment feature of the headband.

Referring now to the details of the drawings the invention, generally is designated by reference numeral 10. This headband flashlight holder consists of three commonly articulated flexible straps 12, 14, and 16, preferably made of spring metal or plastic curved in a semicircular shape. If metal straps are used, they may be covered with sleeving of cloth or plastic. The strap 12 is adapted to fit the crown of the head and extend down to the vicinity of the temple of the user where on each end it is pivotally joined to the ends of the other two straps 14 and 16 by means of a rivet 18.

The front. straps 14 of the headband assembly 10 is continuous and worn across the forehead. The rear strap 16, however, is made in two halves 28 and 30 which overlap for a portion of their lengths. The half 28 has a longitudinal slot 32 provided near its end which receives a threaded stud 34 which is secured near the end of the other half strap 30. Thus, the rear strap 16 can be adjusted in length against the back of the head so as to tension with the front strap 14 for a secure comfortable fit of the headband 10. This adjustment is secured by means of a wing nut 36 on the stud 34, and once fitted to an individual needs no further manipulation.

The head band 10 is folded for storage by simply swing ing up the front and rear straps 14 and 16 in conformity with the top strap 12 as shown in FIG. 2. The flashlight F may be unclipped for use elsewhere.

It will be noted from the foregoing that the headband assembly 10 as described has accomplished the objects set forth. With this arrangement it is no more diflEicult to wear a flashlight on the head than to carry a pencil behind the ear.

Obviously many modifications and variations of the present invention are possible in light of the above teachings. It is, therefore, to be understood that within the scope of the appended claims the invention may be practiced otherwise than as specifically described.

What is claimed is:

1. A device for supporting a flashlight from the head of a wearer, comprising a headband for the head of said wearer, said headband including a front strap, a top strap, and a rear strap, with each said strap passing over the head of said wearer, said front strap and said rear strap being pivotally articulated about spaced common points to said top strap so as to be conformable therewith for storage, securing means including a spacing strip mounted to said headband and a pair of spaced spring strips mounted to said spacing strip for embracing and securing said flashlight to said headband, said top strap being provided with an extension beyond the pivotal articulation thereof with said front and rear straps with said securing means being mounted on said extension.

2. The device as recited in claim 1, wherein said rear strap is in two sections which are slidable with respect to References (Zited by the Examiner UNITED STATES PATENTS 1,540,372 6/1925 Sears 2245.9 1,868,718 7/1932 Norton 224-5.9 2,263,577 11/1941 Griner 24052.5 2,535,269 12/1950 Coie l79-156 2,765,398 10/1956 Mays 240-525 GERALD M. FORLENZA, Primary Examiner.

HUGO O. SCHULZ, Examiner.

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1. A DEVICE FOR SUPPORTING A FLASHLIGHT FROM THE HEAD OF A WEARER, COMPRISING A HEADBAND FOR THE HEAD OF SAID WEARER, SAID HEADBAND INCLUDING A FRONT STRAP, A TOP STRAP, AND A WEAR STRAP, WITH EACH SAID STRAP PASSING OVER THE HEAD OF SAID WEARER, SAID FRONT STRAP AND SAID REAR STRAP BEING PIVOTALLY ARTICULATED ABOUT SPACED COMMON POINTS TO SAID TOP STRAP SO AS TO BE CONFORMABLE THEREWITH FOR STORAGE, SECURING MEANS INCLUDING A SPACING STRIP MOUNTED TO SAID HEADBAND AND A PAIR OF SPACED SPRING STRIPS MOUNTED TO SAID SPACING STRIP FOR EMBRACING AND SECURING SAID FLASHLIGHT TO SAID HEADBAND, SAID TOP STRAP BEING PROVIDED WITH AN EXTENSION BEYOND THE PIVOTAL ARTICULATION THEREOF WITH SAID FRONT AND REAR STRAPS WITH SAID SECURING MEANS BEING MOUNTED ON SAID EXTENSION.
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US3418461A (en) * 1966-10-10 1968-12-24 Stephen P. Sedlock Flashlight with supporting clamp
US3769663A (en) * 1972-05-04 1973-11-06 T Perl Flashlight attachment clip for spectacles
US4462064A (en) * 1980-12-01 1984-07-24 Schweitzer Robert B Compact battery-powered headlamp
US4495663A (en) * 1982-08-20 1985-01-29 Steve Shieh Strap for use with diving goggles
US4500007A (en) * 1975-11-25 1985-02-19 Owens-Illinois, Inc. Parrot-beakable freestanding plastic drum assemblage for handling heavy materials
US4753378A (en) * 1985-12-12 1988-06-28 Varo, Inc. Night vision goggle headgear
US4953766A (en) * 1989-10-31 1990-09-04 Cruickshank Thomas R Headgear camera mount
US4970631A (en) * 1990-04-02 1990-11-13 Marshall Timothy E Headband device for holding flashlight
US5386592A (en) * 1993-09-07 1995-02-07 Checkeroski; Mark Headband and flashlight holding construction
US5438494A (en) * 1993-09-29 1995-08-01 Harlan; Benjamin L. Light holder for head gear
US5608919A (en) * 1993-03-16 1997-03-11 Case; Richard N. Helmet flashlight retainer
US20060169615A1 (en) * 2005-01-28 2006-08-03 Kesan James R Light bulb changing tool
US20080272161A1 (en) * 2004-07-02 2008-11-06 Glenn Roche Supporting Means
US20110007495A1 (en) * 2009-07-12 2011-01-13 Chong-Jiang Lin Ear Hook Device with Illumination Function
US20120293986A1 (en) * 2010-02-06 2012-11-22 Gichun Kim Head lamp comprising arch-shaped head band located on sagittal suture plane
US20150122849A1 (en) * 2013-11-02 2015-05-07 Russell Jones Aquatic equipment-mounting headgear

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US1540372A (en) * 1922-10-28 1925-06-02 Clarence M Sears Flash-light holder
US1868718A (en) * 1931-02-28 1932-07-26 William F Hollingsworth Adjustable fastener
US2263577A (en) * 1939-11-06 1941-11-25 Edward H Griner Pocket flashlight
US2535269A (en) * 1946-09-13 1950-12-26 Coie William Roy Head support for telephones
US2765398A (en) * 1954-04-16 1956-10-02 Mays Wilburt Weldon Flashlight supporting headgear

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US1540372A (en) * 1922-10-28 1925-06-02 Clarence M Sears Flash-light holder
US1868718A (en) * 1931-02-28 1932-07-26 William F Hollingsworth Adjustable fastener
US2263577A (en) * 1939-11-06 1941-11-25 Edward H Griner Pocket flashlight
US2535269A (en) * 1946-09-13 1950-12-26 Coie William Roy Head support for telephones
US2765398A (en) * 1954-04-16 1956-10-02 Mays Wilburt Weldon Flashlight supporting headgear

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Publication number Priority date Publication date Assignee Title
US3418461A (en) * 1966-10-10 1968-12-24 Stephen P. Sedlock Flashlight with supporting clamp
US3769663A (en) * 1972-05-04 1973-11-06 T Perl Flashlight attachment clip for spectacles
US4500007A (en) * 1975-11-25 1985-02-19 Owens-Illinois, Inc. Parrot-beakable freestanding plastic drum assemblage for handling heavy materials
US4462064A (en) * 1980-12-01 1984-07-24 Schweitzer Robert B Compact battery-powered headlamp
US4495663A (en) * 1982-08-20 1985-01-29 Steve Shieh Strap for use with diving goggles
US4753378A (en) * 1985-12-12 1988-06-28 Varo, Inc. Night vision goggle headgear
US4953766A (en) * 1989-10-31 1990-09-04 Cruickshank Thomas R Headgear camera mount
US4970631A (en) * 1990-04-02 1990-11-13 Marshall Timothy E Headband device for holding flashlight
US5608919A (en) * 1993-03-16 1997-03-11 Case; Richard N. Helmet flashlight retainer
US5386592A (en) * 1993-09-07 1995-02-07 Checkeroski; Mark Headband and flashlight holding construction
US5438494A (en) * 1993-09-29 1995-08-01 Harlan; Benjamin L. Light holder for head gear
US20080272161A1 (en) * 2004-07-02 2008-11-06 Glenn Roche Supporting Means
US20060169615A1 (en) * 2005-01-28 2006-08-03 Kesan James R Light bulb changing tool
US8556142B2 (en) * 2005-01-28 2013-10-15 James Kesan Light bulb changing tool
US20110007495A1 (en) * 2009-07-12 2011-01-13 Chong-Jiang Lin Ear Hook Device with Illumination Function
US8147084B2 (en) * 2009-07-12 2012-04-03 Sunny Wheel Industrial Co., Ltd. Ear hook device with illumination function
US20120293986A1 (en) * 2010-02-06 2012-11-22 Gichun Kim Head lamp comprising arch-shaped head band located on sagittal suture plane
US20150122849A1 (en) * 2013-11-02 2015-05-07 Russell Jones Aquatic equipment-mounting headgear
US9126663B2 (en) * 2013-11-02 2015-09-08 Russell Jones Aquatic equipment-mounting headgear

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