US3779053A - Means for detachable support of keys within a pocket of an article of clothing - Google Patents

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    • 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
    • A45F5/02Fastening articles to the garment
    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A45HAND OR TRAVELLING ARTICLES
    • A45FTRAVELLING OR CAMP EQUIPMENT: SACKS OR PACKS CARRIED ON THE BODY
    • A45F2200/00Details not otherwise provided for in A45F
    • A45F2200/05Holder or carrier for specific articles
    • A45F2200/0558Keys
    • YGENERAL TAGGING OF NEW TECHNOLOGICAL DEVELOPMENTS; GENERAL TAGGING OF CROSS-SECTIONAL TECHNOLOGIES SPANNING OVER SEVERAL SECTIONS OF THE IPC; TECHNICAL SUBJECTS COVERED BY FORMER USPC CROSS-REFERENCE ART COLLECTIONS [XRACs] AND DIGESTS
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    • Y10TTECHNICAL SUBJECTS COVERED BY FORMER US CLASSIFICATION
    • Y10T70/00Locks
    • Y10T70/80Parts, attachments, accessories and adjuncts
    • Y10T70/8432For key-operated mechanism
    • Y10T70/8676Key holders
    • YGENERAL TAGGING OF NEW TECHNOLOGICAL DEVELOPMENTS; GENERAL TAGGING OF CROSS-SECTIONAL TECHNOLOGIES SPANNING OVER SEVERAL SECTIONS OF THE IPC; TECHNICAL SUBJECTS COVERED BY FORMER USPC CROSS-REFERENCE ART COLLECTIONS [XRACs] AND DIGESTS
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A key chain in which a key ring is attached to a clip adapted for detachable engagement with the material of a pocket of an article of clothing such that the ring and keys thereon are suspended within the pocket. Pivotably attached to the clip at an end thereof remote from the key ring is a manually engageable element which can be inserted into the pocket when the key chain is mounted in the worn position, the manually engageable element being removed from the pocket and employed to detach the clip from the pocket.

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United States Patent [191 Langwell MEANS FOR DETACHABLE SUPPORT OF KEYS WITHIN A POCKET OF AN ARTICLE OF CLOTHING [76] Inventor: John D. Langwell, 28 Branch Ave.,
Freeport, NY. U520 [22] Filed: May 22, 1972 [21] Appl. No.: 255,783
[52] US. Cl. 70/456 R, 70/457 [51] Int. Cl A44b 15/00 [58] Field of Search ..70/456-459;
224/4 A, 5 R, 26 152 1731, "5 H, 3 J, 3 K, 73 GS, 49 c, 73 BC, 73 c [56] References Cited UNITED STATES PATENTS 3,659,759 5/1972 Walton .Q 224/5 R 2,777,l80 1/1957 Keating 24/73 [4 1 Dec. 18, 1973 9/l9l4 Boye 70/45 H 7/1941 Daniels 24/3 K Primary Examiner-Robert L. Wolfe Atlorney-Alan K. Roberts et al.
[ ABSTRACT A key chain in which a key ring is attached to a clip 7 14 Claims, 6 Drawing Figures BACKGROUND pended within the pocket.
b. Prior Art There are innumeral devices known in the art for the support of keys within the pocket of an article of cloth- The most common device is a case which is loosely carried in the pocket and which has no physical connection to the material of the pocket. Such cases are thereby easily lost. Moreover, they are generally bulky and cumbersome and are uncomfortable to carry. Furthermore, because their weight is borne by the material of the pocket, they tend to tear the pocket and produce holes therein. The keys are generally concealed in such cases and therefore each time the keys are used or stored the case must be opened and closed.
Also known are key chain devices in which the keys are carried loosely on a ring or in a case and attached via a long chain to a clip which attaches to a belt or a trouser loop. The chain must be of sufficient length to enable the keys to be utilized in their normal operation, since the clip remains in place during use of the keys. The keys thereby never become physically separated from the person of the wearer and this minimizes loss. However, the keys are loose within the pocket despite its attachment to the chain and this results in discomfort to the wearer.
SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION An object of the invention is to provide apparatus for detachably supporting keys within a pocket of an artiole of clothing which avoids the disadvantages associated with the prior art devices. The key support apparatus will hereafter be referred to by the simple generic term key chain."
A more specific object of the invention is to provide a key chain by which the keys can be carried comfortably within a pocket and offer little likelihood of damaging the same.
The invention takes advantage of the cleft of a pocket in which to suspend the keys on a key chain. By
the cleft" of the pocket is meant the region immediately bordering the side edges of a pocket where the material is stitched together. This region is generally not utilized in carrying articles in the pocket and it has been surprisingly discovered that keys can be readily accommodated in the cleft and offer little interference to access to the pocket. Moreover, the keys are carried comfortably and their presence to the wearer is almost nil. Furthermore, the keys become relatively confined between the material of the cleft and thereby tightly retained so as not to jingle without restriction as in loosely carried keys on a ring. Additionally, because the keys are confined within the cleft in the interior of the pocket, they do not produce unsightly bulges at the front of the pocket.
In accordance with the invention, the key chain comprises a ring on which the keys aresecured in detachable manner, and attached to the ring is a clip which is adapted for being detachably engaged with thematerial of a pocket such that the ring and keys are suspended within the cleft of the pocket.
The clip is formed with two opposed portions between which the material at the front of the pocket can be engaged. Hence, one of the opposed portions is positioned outside the pocket and this portion can be finished in decorative manner. The other portion lies within the pocket and supports the ring and keys.
In further accordance with the invention, there is attached to the clip at an ,end thereof remote from the ring and keys, a manually engageable member which facilitates handling of the key chain, and particularly, removal of the clip and keys from the pocket and reapplication thereto.
It is advantageous if the manually engageable member is formed as a key support means for support of separate keys such as for the house, the car etc.
The manually engageable member serves as a counter-balance means for the clip in the sense that it permits easy manual engagement and. removal of the clip from the pocket.
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWING FIG. 1 is a top plan view of the key chain according to the invention;
FIG. 2 is a side elevation view of the key chain according to the invention;
FIG. 3 is a cross-sectional taken on line 3 3 in FIG.
FIG. 4 shows the key chain in wearing position in the front pocket of a pair of trousers.
FIG. 5 is a top plan view of another embodiment of the snap of the key chain; and
FIG. 6 is an end view of the snap of FIG. 5.
DETAILED DESCRIPTION Referring to the drawing, FIGS. 1 and 2 shows a key chain 1 which essentially comprises a ring 2 for carrying keys 3, a clip 4 connected to ring 2, and a key support member in the form of a snap 5 connected to clip 4 at an end thereof remote from the end at which ring 2 is connected to the clip. The snap 5 carries keys 6.
The key chain is intended to be detachably carried in a pocket of an article of clothing, and as seen in FIG. 4, the key chain is worn in the front pocket 7 of a pair of trousers 8.
The pockets of clothing possess cllefts 9 at the side regions where the pocket material is sewed together, and it has been discovered that these clefts can be utilized for accommodating keys in suspended fashion above the bottom of the pocket and provide great convenience and comfort in the storage of keys.
In order to secure the key chain in the position in which it is worn by the user,the keys 3 on ring 2 are slid into the pocket until a ring 14 and section 18 of the clip are resting against the inside of front 10 of the pocket material, with clip 4 facing toward the outside of the pocket. Pressure is lightly applied to clip 4 to slighly open the clip and the clip is then pushed downward until the material of the front 10 of the pocket extends full depth into the clip as seen in FIG. 4. A front curved portion 14a of ring 14 prevents the clip from slipping out of position when the material of the pocket rests against section 18 during insertion. The keys 3 on ring 2 are suspended from the clip 4 within the pocket,
and are positioned in the cleft at the rear of pocket 7 in spaced relation above the bottom of the pocket. The snap and keys 6 are also disposed in the same cleft at the rear of pocket 7 and overlie the ring 2 and keys 3 at a higher location in the pocket.
ln such configuration, the keys are comfortably carried in the pocket and tend to be held in the cleft in the pocket by the material thereof. There is virtually no bulge produced at the front of the pocket and the key chain lies smoothly along the side of the leg of the wearer.
In order to remove the key chain from the pocket, the snap 5 and key 6 are manually grasped and removed from the pocket and these are pulled in a direction away from the pocket to slidably disengage the clip 4 from the pocket and remove the ring 2 and keys 3 therefrom.
The snap 5 and keys 6 serve as a counterbalance means in the sense that they are manually engageable to promote removal of the key chain from the pocket. Taking advantage of the elongated shape of snap 5, it is readily distinguishable by feel fron ring 2 when manually engaged in the pocket, both by virtue of its different shape and its higher suspended position in the pocket from the top of the clip 4. Although the counterbalance means has been shown in the form ofa snap with keys thereon, it is also possible for the counterbalance means to be a circular key ring, or to be constructed as a solid pendant without keys which, for example, can be connected by means ofa chain to clip 4, and even worn outside the pocket, if desired. However, the use of snap 5 enables one to separate keys on this snap from keys on ring 2. Hence, keys which are used with greater or lesser frequency, can be separated from the rest of the keys and placed on snap 5. By way of example, house keys or car keys can be replaced on snap 5.
The snap 5 is constructed of resilient material with overlapped edges serving as a quick release means, so that the keys thereon are readily removable by squeezing the snap to open a space between the edges. The ready removability of the keys on snap 5 may be of advantage if the snap carries car keys and these are to be left in the car while the remainder of the keys are to be carried by the wearer. The form of the snap 5 is immaterial and it can be made in any manner in which key removal is simple. It is significant however, that the snap 5 be freely pivotably mounted on clip 4, as the snap must be manually engageable and shifted in various directions to remove the clip 4 from the pocket.
Snap 5 is shown in smaller than ring 2 to facilitate engagement in the pocket. If it should be desired to expand the key carrying capability of snap 5, an additional ring can be added thereto.
The ring 2 has been illustrated as a conventional splitring but may be of any suitable construction to permit addition and removal of keys therefrom as desired.
The clip 4 is made of a single length of resilient wire bent to operative shape. The clip 4 is provided with two opposed sections 11 and 12, between which the material of the pocket is inserted, such that section 11 is outside the pocket while section 12 and ring 2 with the keys 3 thereon are suspended inside the pocket. The section 12 is formed with a bent tongue 13 which serves to hold the material in resiliently clamped relation be- .tween sections 11 and 12. The section 11 is formed as an elongated loop with opposed arms between which fits the tongue 13. At the free end of section 12, the clip is formed with a loop 14 which slidably engages the ring 2.
The clip 4 is formed by bending loop 14 at one end ofa length of wire and a loop 15 at the other end of the wire. A coil 16 of two turns is then wound at an intermediate location in the wire and a bend 17, tongue 13 and straight section 18 are formed in succession. Thereafter the elongated loop 11 is formed by bending the wire so that loop 15 is brought into a coaxial position with coil 16.
A loop connector 19 extends through loop 15 and coil 16 and is freely pivotable therein and the snap 5 is connected to the loop connector 19. Optionally, if desired, a small chain of links or the like may be interposed between snap 5 and connector 19.
An eyelet 20 can be advantageously fixedly inserted in loop 15 and the coaxial coil 16 and receive loop connector 19.
The connector 19 is initially in the form of a spread open U, with divergent legs provided with inwardly bent ends at degrees facing each other. The connector 19 is secured in the eyelet by deforming the legs into eyelet 20 where they are brought together in permanently clamped relation'in the eyelet in the manner diagramatically illustrated in FIG. 1.
It is important to note, that the spring pressure of the clip 4 can be increased or decreased at the bend 17, by bending the resilient wire in the proper direction. An increase of pressure, which would also increase the holding power of the clip might be advantageous, if the wearer would be involved in extra heavy physical activities. In addition, the tongue 13 can be bent to protrude deeper into the elongated loop 11, which will even further increase the holding capacity of the clip and be an added protection against loss. Under normal conditions however, both changes, which can easily be accomplished either by the user or at the time of manufacture, are superfluous. I
FIG. 5 shows another embodiment of the snap designated by numeral 5a. The snap 5a is preferred over the simple resilient band snap 5, in that snap 5a is bent to shape from a single length of the same wire from which the clip 4 is made.
The snap 5a is of generally elongated form with a loop 30 at one end for engaging connector 19, and at the other end, the snap 5a has overlapped edge portions 31 which are of V-shape in plan view and constitute the quick release means for removable attachment of keys or a key ring. The snap 5a is formed with opposed V-shaped shoulders 32. In order to open snap 5a to remove either keys or a key ring therefrom, the shoulders 32 are engaged by a key or the ring and the latter is twisted to move the shoulders away from one another in a direction to cause the edge portions 31 to become spaced apart and permit removal of the keys or ring. To replace the keys or ring on snap 5a, the keys or ring are forceably inserted between the overlapped edge portions 31 to cause the same to resiliently yield and permit placement of the keys or ring on the snap whereafter the edge portions resiliently return to their original overlapped positions. To facilitate entry of the keys and ring between the overlapped edge portions 31, the user can apply lateral pressure to the opposite legs 33 of the snap to cause the shoulders 32 to move transversely towards one another, this producing opening of the space between the edge portions 31.
In the course of use of the key chain, the snap 5a greatly resists longitudinal forces applied to the snap at the apex of the V due to the provision of the overlapped edges. The snap 5 constructed of a resilient band, is somewhat less effective in this respect since longitudinal forces applied to the band tend to deform the same and open the closure.
Although the invention has been described with reference to an exemplary embodiment thereof, numerous variations and modifications will become evident to those skilled in the art without departing from the scope and spirit of the invention as defined in the appended claims.
What is claimed is:
1. A key chain adapted for being detachably carried within a pocket of an article of clothing, said key chain comprising a ring for support of a key, clip means for detachable support on the material of a pocket of an article of clothing, said clip means having opposite ends, said ring being connected to one of the ends of the clip means such that the ring and key are suspended within a cleft of the pocket when the clip means is operatively engaged with the material of said pocket, engageable counterbalance means for enabling removal of the clip means and the ring from said pocket, and
means connecting the counterbalance means to the clip means at the other of said ends thereof for free pivotal movement, said counterbalance means also being suspendable within the pocket when the clip means is operatively engaged with the material of said pocket.
2. A key chain as claimed in claim 1 wherein said counterbalance means includes a quick release means comprising a connector including a length of wire forming a closed loop at one end and a pair of branches with overlapped edge portions at an opposite end.
3. A key chain as claimed in claim 2 wherein said branches are disposed in a common plane and said overlapped edges include V-shaped portions which are bent out of plane, said branches including respective V-shaped shoulders in opposition to one another which are movable relative to one another to open the over- 6 lapped edge portions of the connector for release purposes.
4. A key chain as claimed in claim 1 wherein said counterbalance means comprises a key support means connected to the clip'means.
5. A key chain as claimed in claim 4 wherein at least said key support means includes quick release means for removable attachment of a key thereto.
6. A key chain as claimed in claim 4 wherein the key support means has a form to distinguish the same by feel from said ring.
7. A key chain as claimed in claim 4 wherein said clip means is constituted of a deformed length of wire including opposed portions between which the material of the pocket can be engaged.
8. A key chain as claimed in claim 7 wherein said length of wire includes at one end a loop engaging the said key ring.
9. A key chain as claimed in claim 7 wherein one of said opposed portions comprises an elongated loop with a pair of opposite arms, the other of said opposed portions comprising a short length of said wire disposed between said arms of the loop to define a clip therewith.
10. A key chain as claimed in claim 9 wherein said short length of wire includes a bent portion therein.
11. A key chain as claimed in claim 10 wherein said length of wire of the clip means is continuous and resilrent.
12. A key chain as claimed in claim 11 wherein the means connecting the counterbalance means and the clip means comprises at least one connector between the key support means and the clip means.
13. A key chain as claimed in claim 12 wherein said arms of the loop and said short length of wire respectively include a bent loop and a spring coil, which are coaxial and define a common opening therethrough, said connector being engaged in said common opening.
14. A key chain as claimed in claim 13 wherein, said length of wire of the clip means includes means for adjusting the clamping force of the clip means against said material.

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1. A key chain adapted for being detachably carried within a pocket of an article of clothing, said key chain comprising a ring for support of a key, clip means for detachable support on the material of a pocket of an article of clothing, said clip means having opposite ends, said ring being connected to one of the ends of the clip means such that the ring and key are suspended within a cleft of the pocket when the clip means is operatively engaged with the material of said pocket, engageable counterbalance means for enabling removal of the clip means and the ring from said pocket, and means connecting the counterbalance means to the clip means at the other of said ends thereof for free pivotal movement, said counterbalance means also being suspendable within the pocket when the clip means is operatively engaged with the material of said pocket.
2. A key chain as claimed in claim 1 wherein said counterbalance means includes a quick release means comprising a connector including a length of wire forming a closed loop at one end and a pair Of branches with overlapped edge portions at an opposite end.
3. A key chain as claimed in claim 2 wherein said branches are disposed in a common plane and said overlapped edges include V-shaped portions which are bent out of plane, said branches including respective V-shaped shoulders in opposition to one another which are movable relative to one another to open the overlapped edge portions of the connector for release purposes.
4. A key chain as claimed in claim 1 wherein said counterbalance means comprises a key support means connected to the clip means.
5. A key chain as claimed in claim 4 wherein at least said key support means includes quick release means for removable attachment of a key thereto.
6. A key chain as claimed in claim 4 wherein the key support means has a form to distinguish the same by feel from said ring.
7. A key chain as claimed in claim 4 wherein said clip means is constituted of a deformed length of wire including opposed portions between which the material of the pocket can be engaged.
8. A key chain as claimed in claim 7 wherein said length of wire includes at one end a loop engaging the said key ring.
9. A key chain as claimed in claim 7 wherein one of said opposed portions comprises an elongated loop with a pair of opposite arms, the other of said opposed portions comprising a short length of said wire disposed between said arms of the loop to define a clip therewith.
10. A key chain as claimed in claim 9 wherein said short length of wire includes a bent portion therein.
11. A key chain as claimed in claim 10 wherein said length of wire of the clip means is continuous and resilient.
12. A key chain as claimed in claim 11 wherein the means connecting the counterbalance means and the clip means comprises at least one connector between the key support means and the clip means.
13. A key chain as claimed in claim 12 wherein said arms of the loop and said short length of wire respectively include a bent loop and a spring coil, which are coaxial and define a common opening therethrough, said connector being engaged in said common opening.
14. A key chain as claimed in claim 13 wherein, said length of wire of the clip means includes means for adjusting the clamping force of the clip means against said material.
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