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Title:
Stitchless combined billfold and coin purse
United States Patent 2455527
Abstract:
This invention relates to stitchless billfolds and an object of this invention is to provide in combination with the billfold a coin purse made of the same flexible piece of material from which the billfold proper is made. Another object of this invention is to secure the coin purse to the...


Inventors:
Louis, Seamon
Publication Date:
12/07/1948
Assignee:
A & L SEAMON
Primary Class:
Other Classes:
150/143, 383/86
International Classes:
A45C1/08
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US Patent References:
Foreign References:
SE24733A
Description:

This invention relates to stitchless billfolds and an object of this invention is to provide in combination with the billfold a coin purse made of the same flexible piece of material from which the billfold proper is made.

Another object of this invention is to secure the coin purse to the front wall of the billfold, there being only partial attachment of the rear wall of the coin purse to the billfold body so that when pressure is directed against two side edges of the coin purse it will cause enlargement of the cross-sectional area of the coin purse and simulate a bellows effect.

Another object of this invention is to provide a billfold having a coin purse member which is contractible in length and extensible in thickness, whereby enlargement is made in cross-sectional area so as to provide greater accessibility when placing coins in the coin purse.

Another object of this invention resides in combination with a billfold pocket and a continuation of the pocket material at one end, the said continuation providing a front wall for a coin purse and the front wall having an integral and rearwardly foldable portion of a size providing an entire back wall for the coin purse, the back wall having a continuation forming a flap closure and the coin purse being attached to the billfold pocket material solely at the mid-portion of the back wall of the coin purse and leaving considerable side portions of the coin purse unattached and movable toward each other when pressed toward each other by the fingers of the user.

With the above and other objects in view, the invention will be hereinafter more particularly described, and the combination and arrangement of parts will be shown in the accompanying drawings and pointed out in the claims which form part of this specification.

Reference will now be had to the drawings, wherein like numerals of reference designate corresponding parts throughout the several views, in which: Figure 1 is a plan view showing the billfold coin purse combination in open position.

Figure 2 is a cross-sectional view of the device, the section being taken as on line 2-2 in Figure 1.

Figure 3 is a longitudinal top edge view of the device, partly in cross-section, the section being taken as on line 3-3 in Figure 1, the upper portion of the figure showing an external view of the device.

Figure 4 is a view showing a development of the billfold and coin purse material, Figure 5 is a plan view of a modified form of billfold and coin-purse combination with the coinpurse lying transversely of the longitudinal extent of the billfold in open position.

Figure 6 is a longitudinal top edge view of the billfold and coin-purse shown in Figure 5, the coin-purse being shown in open position.

Figure 7 is a plan view of a modified form of billfold and coin-purse combination with the coinpurse lying transversely of the longitudinal extent of the billfold in open position, the coin purse flap being positioned in diagonal relation with the body thereof.

Figure 8 is a longitudinal top edge view of the billfold and coin purse shown in Figure 7, the coin purse being shown in open position.

Figure 9 is a plan view of a modified form of billfold and coin-purse combination with the coinpurse lying transversely of the longitudinal extent of the billfold in open position, the coin-purse flap being separate from the coin-purse but adapted to function as a flap when in assembled relation with the coin-purse.

Figure 10 is a longitudinal top edge view of the billfold and coin-purse shown in Figure 9, the coin-purse being shown in open position.

Figure 11 is a cross-sectional view of the billfold shown in Figures 9 and 10, the section being taken as on line 1 I-11 in Figure 9.

Figure 12 is a fragmentary perspective view of a modified billfold, with the flap in open position and the coin purse in closed position, the billfold being the same as that shown in Figures 7 and 8.

Figure 13 is a fragmentary perspective view of the billfold shown in Figure 12, with the flap in open position and showing the application of pressure from opposite sides to the coin purse to open the coin purse.

In the illustrated embodiment of the invention, the numeral 10 indicates a stitchless billfold and coin purse combination made of the same flexible leather goods or similar material 11. The lower portion of the billfold coin purse combination 10 comprises a pocket 12, the flexible material being creased at its lower end 13 and extending forwardly as a continuation 14 of the billfold material. The continuation 14 is of a size providing a front wall 15 for a coin purse 16.

As best shown in Figure 2, the front wall 15 is creased at one side edge I7 to provide an integral rearwardly foldable portion 18 of a size forming part of a back wall for the coin purse 18.

The other side edge 19 of the front wall has a narrow strip 20 which is rearwardly foldable into lapped relation about a vertical edge of the back wall 18, to complete the back wall.

In practice, U-shaped wire staples 21 are driven into and through the back wall 18 of the coin purse 16 and through the narrow strip 20 and through the front wall 22 of the pocket I2. The arms of the staple 21 are clinched into parallel relation with the bar connecting the two arms of the staple.

As shown in Figures 1 and 3, an extension flap 23 of the back wall 18 has one member 24 of a ball and socket fastener, the other member 25 is secured to the front wall 15 of the coin purse 16. By bringing the flap 23, down, the complementary snap fastener members are snapped into locked position to form a top closure for the coin purse 16.

It is to be noted that the invention is directed mainly to the combination of the lower billfold portion and coin purse made of a single piece of material.

The coin purse is so-constructed as to be distensible. and of greater utility in that it is formed without the necessity of stitching the side walls and bottom thereof and thereby providing longer life to the article because the stitching is the weakest part of a billfold.

The production of coin purses on billfolds heretofore involved the operations of cutting a separate purse, cutting a separate flap and then pasting and setting these parts on, the billfold proper before the stitching operations commenced. : In the: disclosure herewith, all these operations are eliminated and the construction. results in a simplified low cost article whichl is thereby made available to the vast majority of users.

As shown in Figure 2, it will be seen that the wall. 1.8 is only partially, secured to, the front wall 22, thereby permitting, contraction in width and enlargement of the cross-sectional area of the coin-purse when the unsecured portions are pressed, inwardly of the coin-purse, thus enabling the user to instantly, glimpse the contents of the coin-purse and to readily remove desired coins therefrom.

-Figures 5 and 6 show a modified form of billfold and coin-purse.combination 35 having a coinpurse' 36 lying transversely of the length of the billfold, and in open position.

The billfold and coin-purse combination a5 comprises a pocket 31, the flexible material being creased at one of its side edges 38 and extends as a continuation - 39 of the billfold material. The continuation 39.is of: a size.providing a front wall 40 for the coin-pursa 36.

-Similar to the embodiment shown in. Figure 1, the front wall 40 is creased at one side edge 41 to provide, an integral- rearwardly foldable portion 42 of a size forming an entire, back wall for the coin-purse 36. The other side edge 43.of the front wall has a narrow-strip 44 which is rearwardly foldable, in lapped relation about a vertical edge of the back wall 42.

A ,U-shaped wire- staple 45 is driven, into. and through the back wall 42 of the coin-purse 36 and. through the narrow-strip. 44 and through the front wall 46 of the pocket 37. The arms of the f staple 45;are clinched into parallel relation with the bar connecting the.two arms of the staple.

'As-shown in:Figure 5, an extension flap 47 of the back wall 42.has one member.48 of a ball and socket fastener. The other fastener member 49 7 is secured to the front wall 40 of the coin-purse 36; By folding the flap 47 over the frontwall 40, the- snap fastener members are snapped into locked- position to form a top closure for the coinpurse 36, 7 The billfold 35 comprises a main wall 50, which is foldable at its mid-portion so that the upper portion 51 may be folded downwardly into overlapping relation with the lower portion 52. Similar to the structure shown in Figures 1 to 4, inclusive, it is to be noted that in the open position of the coin-purse 36, when side pressure is applied against the side edges 41 and 43, substantial enlargement of the coin-purse is caused to such a degree that the coins therein become clearly visible and their selection is facilitated when looking into the coin-purse from its open upper edge.

Figures 7 and 8 show a modified form of billfold and coin-purse combination 55 having a coinpurse 56 lying transversely of the length of the billfold, and in open position.

The billfold and coin-purse combination 55 has its flexible material creased at one of its end walls 58, the material extending forwardly as a continuation 59 of the billfold material. The continuation 59 is of a size providing a front wall 60 for the coin-purse 56.

Similar to the embodiment shown in Figure 1, the front wall 60 is creased at one side edge 61 to provide an integral rearwardly foldable portion.

The folded material, provides a narrow vertical strip 62. The strip 62 is rearwardly foldable in lapped. relation about a front wall: 65 of a billfold pocket 66. The front wall 60 is also creased at its lower edge 63 and folded rearwardly. This folded material is of a size forming an entire back wall 64 for the coin-purse 50, U-shaped wire staples; 7 are driven into and through the back wall 64 of the coin-purse 56 and: through the strip 62 and through the front wall 5. of the pocket 68. The arms of the staples 67 are clinched into parallel relation with the bar connecting the two arms.of the staples.

As. shown, in Figure 7, an, extension flap 68, of the back wall; 64 has one member 69.of a ball and socket: fastener. The other fastener member 70 is: secured- to the. front wall. 60 of the coin-purse 58. By.folding the flap 68 over the front wall 60, the snap fastener members are snapped into locked position to form a top closure for the coinpurse 58.

Similar to the structure shown in Figures 1 to 6, inclusive, it is to be noted that in the open position of:the. coin-purse 56, when side pressure is applied, against the. side edges .58. and 61, substantial, enlargement of the. coin-purse is caused to such a degree.that: the.coins therein become clearly visible and. their, selection is facilitated when looking into the coin-purse from its open upper, edge.

.Figures 9 to.11 inclusive show a modified form of billfold and coin-purse.combination 75 having a coin-purse 76 lying transversely of the length of )0 the billfold, and in open position.

The billfold and coin-purse combination 75 has its. flexible material creased at one of its edges 78, the material extending forwardly as a continuation which is of. a size.providing a front wall 5 80 for the coin-purse 76.

Similar to the embodiment shown in Figure 1, the front wall 80:is creased at one side edge 81 to provide an integral rearwardly foldable portion. The foldedmaterial provides a narrow ver0 tical strip 82. The strip 82 is rearwardly foldable in lapped relation about a front wall 85 of a billfold pocket 86. The front wall.80 is also creased at its lower edge 78. and folded rearwardly. This folded material is of a size form5 ing. an entire back wall-88 for the coin-purse 76.

U-shaped wire staples 90 are driven into and through the back wall 88 of the coin-purse 76 and through the strip 82 and through the front wall 85 of the pocket 86. The arms of the staples 90 are clinched into parallel relation with the bar connecting the two arms of the staples.

As shown in Figures 9 to 11 inclusive, the modified billfold and coin-purse combination 15 comprises a single layer of material folded to provide a card carrier 92.

The carrier 92 passes through an opening 93 formed between the rear wall 88 of the coinpurse and the front wall 85 of the pocket 86.

One portion 94 of the carrier 92 is folded forwardly about the front wall 80 of the coinpurse 76. The opposite end portion of the carrier 92 is foldable on top of the portion 94 and forms a flap 95 for the coin-purse 76.

The front wall 80 of the coin-purse 16 is creased at one of its end walls 97 and forms a continuation of the outer wall 96 of the billfold and coinpurse combination 75.

As shown in Figure 9, the extension flap 95 has one member 98 of a ball and socket fastener. The other member 99 is secured to the portion 94 of the carrier 92. By folding the flap 95 over the portion 94, the snap fastener members are snapped into locked position to form a top closure for the coin-purse 76.

Similar to tthe structures shown in Figures 1 to 8, inclusive, it is to be noted that in the open position of the coin-purse 16, when side pressure is applied against the side edges 81 and 97, substantial enlargement of the coin-purse is caused to such a degree that the coins therein become clearly visible and their selection is facilitated when looking into the coin-purse from its open upper edge.

Figures 12 and 13 show fragmentary perspective views of the billfold and coin-purse combination 55 shown in plan view in Figure 7 and in top edge view in Figure 8.

Figure 12 shows the extension flap 68 in open position and the front wall 60 of the coin-purse 56 lying in non-contracted position.

Figure 13 shows the end walls or side edges 58 and 61 of the coin-purse 56 in contracted position to simulate a bellows effect.

In accordance with the patent statutes I have described and illustrated the preferred embodiments of my invention, but it will be understood that various changes and modifications can be made therein without departing from the spirit of the invention as defined by the appended claim.

I claim: In a stitchless combined billfold and coin purse, said coin purse having its inner and outer walls lying flat against said billfold, a billfold body having a pocket and a continuation of the billfold material providing a front wall for said coin purse, said front wall having a crease defining a rearwardly foldable portion at one side edge thereof, said foldable portion being of a size providing an entire back wall for said coin purse, the other side edge of said front wall having a crease defining a strip rearwardly foldable into lapped relation about a side edge of said back wall, means passing through said back wall and said strip and through said billfold pocket material securing the central portion of said back wall to said pocket Smaterial, substantial side edge portions of said coin purse being unsecured to said billfold pocket material, said back wall having a continuation, said strip being positioned at the rear of said back wall to permit said continuation to form a flap closure for said coin purse coextensive with the width of said back wall, said unsecured side edge portions being foldable inwardly of said coin purse up to said points of securement to open said coin purse, thereby simulating a bellows effect, permitting entrance to the full cross-sectional area of said coin purse.

LOUIS SEAMON.

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