Ornamental And/or Object Supported Patents (Class 24/163K)
  • Patent number: 6145169
    Abstract: A belt clip for supporting an object on a user's belt includes an inward portion for insertion between the user's belt and body, having a first hinge portion on one edge thereof and including a pair of spaced-apart, flexible wings located at the other edge thereof, wherein each wing has a first locking structure thereon; an outward portion for attaching an object thereto, having a second hinge portion thereon and having a second locking structure thereon; and a hinge pin for joining said first hinge portion and said second hinge portion together in a moveable condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2000
    Assignee: Wegner Design and Development, LLC
    Inventors: Robert G. Terzuola, Timothy B. Wegner
  • Patent number: 6108276
    Abstract: A belt buckle includes a buckle body having a center opening, a bottom notch and an elongated top slot, a watch pivoted to the bottom notch of the buckle body and turned in and out of the center opening of the buckle body, a torsional spring connected between the buckle body and the watch to force the watch out of the center opening of the buckle body, and a locking lever turned about a pivot in the elongated top slot of the buckle body and forced by a spring in the elongated top slot into engagement with a locating groove at the top side of the watch to hold the watch in the center opening of the buckle body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2000
    Inventor: Chien-Fang Chen
  • Patent number: 6098252
    Abstract: A belt buckle used for advertising and novelty purposes includes a base frame which houses an electronic circuit for backlighting replaceable face plates that contain logos, slogans, or novelty designs, the electronic circuit provides an optional strobe effect, flashing the backlighting at an intermittent rate that draws attention to the logo, slogan, or design on the faceplate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2000
    Assignee: Victor M. Garcia
    Inventor: Don E. Woerth, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5920964
    Abstract: An adjustable belt loop which is easily removable and made of flexible material which enables one to secure the free end of a belt to the main portion of the belt which thereby prevents the sagging or protruding of a garment or accessory belt end. The adjustable belt loop comprises a strip of material, and optionally a display member, and is extended and folded over and onto the free belt end and the main portion of the belt. The first and second ends of the flexible strip overlap and are securably closed by the attachment means. Alternatively, the first end of the flexible strip may be removably attached to the second end of the flexible strip by attachment means without overlap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 13, 1999
    Inventor: Karen L. Malzahn
  • Patent number: 5873151
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a decorative belt loop pin for the decorating of an article of clothing and for the securement of a belt to an article of clothing. The belt loop pin comprises a rectangularly shaped frame having a central internal opening of rectangular shape. A front member is arranged to receive a decorative panel thereon. A rear member has an upper end and a lower end, the upper end having an upper standoff thereon, the lower end having a lower standoff thereon. The upper standoff has an elongated securement pin hingedly attached thereto. The lower standoff has a securement grasping member thereon. The internal opening of the rectangular frame crtically has a minimum length of about one inch, and a minimum width of about at least three-eighths of an inch, to permit a belt to be readily passed therethrough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 23, 1999
    Inventor: Kathryn C. Sood
  • Patent number: 5871129
    Abstract: The buckle (1) comprises a compartment (11) that cannot be seen from the outside, for holding small objects, the compartment being easily accessible to the user who is wearing the buckle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 16, 1999
    Assignee: O.B.I. Officina Bigiotterie Italiana S.p.A.
    Inventor: Giancarlo Boncompagni
  • Patent number: 5768915
    Abstract: An artifact retaining device for holding a coin or the like in a display structure such as a belt buckle. A bezel with a detent is retained on the outside front surface of the display structure and is held in place by a detent on a retaining member that is inserted through an opening of the belt buckle and engages the detent on the bezel. The bezel and retaining member have display windows through which the front and rear face of the coin can be viewed. The bezel, coin, and retaining member are removable from the buckle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 1996
    Date of Patent: June 23, 1998
    Assignee: Crumrine Manufacturing Jewelers, Inc.
    Inventors: David Crumrine, Daniel J. Mitchell, Matthew A. Taber
  • Patent number: 5735023
    Abstract: A clamping buckle for a belt comprising a horizontally extending vertical buckle plate having a convex front surface, a concave rear surface, upper and lower horizontally extending integral flanges extending rearwardly from the buckle plate, the flanges having upper and lower surfaces, a first horizontal pivot plate attached to the upper surface of the lower flange, a second horizontal pivot plate attached to the lower surface of the upper flange, each pivot plate having a pair of horizontally spaced pivot holes, first and second vertical leaf members each having an inner vertical edge located adjacent and parallel to the rear surface of the buckle plate, each leaf member being formed with a vertical slot therein, each leaf member having lugs at upper and lower ends of the vertical edge thereof, the lugs of the first leaf member being received in a first pair of opposed pivot holes in the upper and lower pivot plates, the lugs of the second leaf member being received in a second pair of opposed pivot holes in
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 1997
    Date of Patent: April 7, 1998
    Inventor: Warner M. Smith
  • Patent number: 5669117
    Abstract: A belt buckle for use in line dancing that includes a body section having thumb grips located on the top edge of the body section and finger grips located on the bottom edge thereof. The grips are provided with contoured seats so that the thumb and forefinger on each of the wearers hands can close over the buckle to firmly grasp the buckle while performing a line dance routine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 23, 1997
    Inventor: Louis V. Spina
  • Patent number: 5642556
    Abstract: A decorative concho that can be attached to the belt loops of a person's pants to provide a different "look". It consists of a decorative buckle which has three bars attached to the back of the buckle. Two of the bars are attached at the ends of the buckle and at one side of the buckle. The other end of the two bars are free. The third bar is attached between the first two bars and is permanently attached at one end to the buckle. The end that is permanently attached is adjacent the free ends of the other two bars to provide a serpentine path between the bars. The concho can be attached to the belt loops by slipping one bar at a time on the belt loop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 1996
    Date of Patent: July 1, 1997
    Inventor: Steve Alexander
  • Patent number: 5609280
    Abstract: A belt buckle is provided that is uniquely designed for securely holding a plier-like tool, such that a wearer has ready access to the tool when needed. The belt buckle is particularly designed for use with a tool of the type exemplified by a handtool commercially available under the name VISE GRIPS, which is characterized by jaws operated by a pair of bi-stable arms. The belt buckle utilizes the jaws and the arms of the tool to secure the tool to the buckle in a manner that exploits the ability of such a tool to grip an object without slipping.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 1995
    Date of Patent: March 11, 1997
    Inventor: Robert D. Smith
  • Patent number: 5604958
    Abstract: An attachment system for coupling an object such as a small pouch or case or a tool or flashlight to a belt, backpack, knapsack, vest or the like. The attachment system includes a tab which is sewn to the belt, backpack or etc. . . and which has an elevated region defining a key-like opening. The system also includes a coupling member having a key-like structure which may be inserted into the opening in the tab member, and which may be rotated between a position wherein the coupling member is secured to the tab member and a second position wherein the coupling member may be detached from the tab member. The coupling member may be attached to a pouch or small case. In another embodiment, the coupling member can releasably attach the shaft of a tool or flashlight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 1995
    Date of Patent: February 25, 1997
    Assignee: National Molding Corp.
    Inventor: Joseph Anscher
  • Patent number: 5410780
    Abstract: A belt buckle which screws down to engage a belt end necessarily requiring two degrees of movement, namely rotation and vertical descent, in which the belt-engaging member is confined to just the vertical descent incident to engagement of the belt surface being engaged so that this surface is not abraded or marred.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 1994
    Date of Patent: May 2, 1995
    Inventor: Howard Silagy
  • Patent number: 5379493
    Abstract: A belt buckle includes a base frame for joining the ends of a belt which comprises a rectangular top recess on a top wall thereof, two parallel sliding grooves transversely disposed at two opposite sides by said rectangular top recess, two pairs of holes respectively made on two opposite ends of either sliding groove, the sliding grooves having a respective front end opened and a respective rear end closed, each hole receiving a spring and a steel ball supported on the spring, the steel ball in either hole partially projecting into either sliding groove; and an ornamental face plate mounted on the rectangular top recess on the base frame and having two guide rails respectively inserted into the sliding grooves on the base frame, the guide rails having a respective pair of recessed portions at the bottom into which the steel balls in the holes of the base frame engage respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 1993
    Date of Patent: January 10, 1995
    Inventor: Ji-Won Wu
  • Patent number: 5357638
    Abstract: A belt buckle has a storage space dimensioned to receive a condom. There is a cover for the storage space, and a latch which releasibly engages the cover over the storage space. The latch is releasible only when the belt buckle is unbuckled. The cover may be hingedly connected to the body and may have a boss which passes through an aperture in the body to engage an aperture in the belt when the belt buckle is buckled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 1994
    Date of Patent: October 25, 1994
    Inventor: John A. Mayzel
  • Patent number: 5310101
    Abstract: Disclosed is a plate-like belt buckle for storing a spare key for an automobile, comprising a groove diagonally formed in the rear side of said belt buckle for receiving said spare key; and a plurality of holding lugs for enclosing and holding said spare key received in said groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 1992
    Date of Patent: May 10, 1994
    Assignee: Bae-Wook Park
    Inventors: Bae-Wook Park, Seong-Yeo Kim
  • Patent number: 5307966
    Abstract: A strapping structure for an optical instrument such as a camera, a video camera, a binocular and so on, which is capable of performing as more than two straps having different functions such as a grip strap and a shoulder strap. The strapping structure comprises a loop-shaped strap which is installed on the camera body, and a stopper provided on an intermediate portion of the loop-shaped strap. The stopper is shiftable along a longitudinal direction of the strap, and forms a large loop-shaped first strap serving for example as a shoulder strap and a small loop-shaped second strap serving for example as a grip strap. The loop-shaped strap, which is positioned adjacent to the camera body, is provided with a pad. This pad can be used as a pad receiving a back of hand or a shoulder pad.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 1992
    Date of Patent: May 3, 1994
    Assignee: Asahi Kogaku Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Toshiya Inaba, Masahiro Koinuma
  • Patent number: 5282297
    Abstract: A belt buckle for selectively displaying an ornamental member. An ornamental member is attached to the front face of the belt buckle plate utilizing a screw insertable through an aperture extending through the belt buckle plate. The ornamental member includes an ornamental plate having a threaded socket. The screw is inserted through the aperture and into the threaded socket so that an ornamental member may be attached to the belt buckle plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 1992
    Date of Patent: February 1, 1994
    Assignee: Midas Leathercraft Tool Company, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark J. Angus
  • Patent number: 5195220
    Abstract: Rib and groove snap-type action securing elements are formed respectively on buckle bases and caps so that a number of different buckle caps can be disposed for co-action with a single base to fabricate a number of different buckle assemblies. In one embodimenmt the rib is carried by a depending circumferential wall of the cap for co-action with a circumferential groove formed in the base, while in another embodiment the rib is carried by an upstanding circumferential wall of the base for co-action with a groove disposed peripherally about the cap. In other embodiments a disk-like intermediate cap is disposed between a base and a top cap formed with a surrounding depending wall with a bead along its lower edge for co-action with the lower edge of the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 1992
    Date of Patent: March 23, 1993
    Assignee: Herman Pearl Button Co., Inc.
    Inventor: Michael Herman
  • Patent number: 5179766
    Abstract: A belt buckle having a decorative face is described and is formed of a molded plastic material in which the decorative face is integral with the remainder of the buckle body. A rigid frame member is encased within the plastic material and includes a loop formed at one end thereof extending from the inside face of the belt buckle to receive one end of a belt. The frame member includes a hook in an opposite end thereof connected to the loop by an intermediate portion; the hook extends outwardly from the rear face of the buckle to permit the hook to be inserted into holes provided therefor in the belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 1991
    Date of Patent: January 19, 1993
    Inventor: Ronald C. Matusek
  • Patent number: 5106004
    Abstract: A combination watch/waist belt capable of use with interchangeable faceplates, each containing a housing and watch, and having a watch releasable and removable from its housing (case) yet attached thereto wherein the watch housing is readily detachable from an adjacent pair of buckle members attached to front portions of the waist belt in a quickly releasable manner. The wearer removes the watch from its housing by depressing a retainer to observe the time when desired. The watch is connected to its housing by a retainer cord or chain, which is inserted into a rear space in the watch housing upon placement of the watch back into its housing. The watch is retained, viz., held in position, by a clip in the upper central portion of its housing and a locator member in a recess in the bottom central portion of the housing. The watch is mounted on the central portion of the belt at the front of the wearer's waist.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 1991
    Date of Patent: April 21, 1992
    Inventor: Tuan D. Nguyen
  • Patent number: 5105511
    Abstract: A belt buckle having a body with a top and a bottom with a transverse bar at one end for attachment of a belt and defining a belt axis, and inlet and outlet slots for the belt with the slots spaced from each other and defining a belt path oblique to the belt axis so that a belt inserted through the inlet and outlet slots will be at an oblique angle to the fixed end of the belt at the attachment member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 1991
    Date of Patent: April 21, 1992
    Inventors: Thomas J. Shahin, Laraine E. Shahin
  • Patent number: 5102023
    Abstract: A combination watch/waist belt capable of use with interchangeable faceplates and watches having an upside down, flip-up watch face spring hinged in its watch housing for the wearer's release to a time determining position at the wearer's will wherein the watch face can be read right side up by merely a downward glance by the wearer while the watch face is hingedly retained in a position normal to viz., approximatley 90.degree. to, that of its housing. The watch is mounted on the central portion of the belt at the front of the wearer's waist. A quick release device located adjacent the watch housing, permits easy disengagement of a given faceplate and replacement with another thus offering the fashion conscious wearer a variety of belt/watch ensembles for fashion coordination. The present watch/waist belt can be worn by both sexes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 1991
    Date of Patent: April 7, 1992
    Inventor: Tuan D. Nguyen
  • Patent number: 5097997
    Abstract: A bi-directional clip. The clip includes a generally planar member having an edge and fastener for securing the planar member to a portable wearing device. An elongated slot extends through the planar member from the edge to form a pair of clip members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 1989
    Date of Patent: March 24, 1992
    Assignee: Empi, Inc.
    Inventors: Alexander Kipnis, Zosim Ioffe
  • Patent number: 5077866
    Abstract: A belt strap is provided having a non-circular opening formed through one end portion thereof and a plurality of apertures formed through and spaced along the other end portion thereof. A belt fastener is provided including an adornment assembly for mounting from the outer side of the belt strap about the opening therethrough and a belt length adjusting assembly for mounting on the inner side of the belt strap about the opening formed therethrough. One of the assemblies includes a projection snugly received through the opening and the other assembly includes a threaded shank threadedly engaged in a threaded bore formed in the projection and the two assemblies define abutment surfaces between which portions of the belt strap disposed about the opening are received.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 1990
    Date of Patent: January 7, 1992
    Inventor: Yuh L. Tsai
  • Patent number: 5063615
    Abstract: A finished belt simulating a leather belt has in combination a finished belt strap and a finished buckle. The finished belt strap includes an unfinished molded plastic strap having a thin plastic front layer of light color and a continuous relatively thick plastic back layer of relatively dark color, and a film of finish disposed on the exposed surface of the strap front layer. The finished belt buckle includes an unfinished coextruded molded plastic buckle having a thick flexible plastic front layer of light color and a relatively thin rigid plastic back layer of relatively dark color, and a fiom of finish disposed on the exposed surface of the buckle front layer. The finished belt has in combination the finished belt strap and the finished belt buckle with the light colors being the same, the dark colors being the same, and the finish colors being the same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 1990
    Date of Patent: November 12, 1991
    Assignee: Fashion Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Chernuchin, Richard Satin
  • Patent number: 5046197
    Abstract: A belt designed to simulate the appearance of an expensive leather belt comprises a belt strap to form exclusively of molded plastic and having its front face and edge substantially uniformly machine finished. A fastener is secured to the belt strap adjacent one end thereof for operatively fastening the one strap end to the other strap end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 1990
    Date of Patent: September 10, 1991
    Assignee: Fashion Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Chernuchin, Richard Satin
  • Patent number: 4972557
    Abstract: A coin holder for a belt buckle or the like for mounting a coin within a belt buckle in which the coin can be easily removed and/or replaced by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 1990
    Date of Patent: November 27, 1990
    Assignee: Montana Silversmiths
    Inventor: Kent B. Williams
  • Patent number: 4905878
    Abstract: A U-shaped belt buckle is pivotally connected to a buckle tongue and key retainer which includes an elongated tongue body terminating at one end in a tongue tip, the other end of the tongue body forming a part of the key retainer. The key retainer includes an elongated hollow housing being open at opposite ends to form a sleeve through which a key may extend in the direction of the tongue tip. Shoulder wall portions at the key receiving end of the hollow housing serve to abut with the head of the key for positioning the key in the housing. The belt has an opening adapted to receive the elongated tongue body and hollow housing, with belt fastener snap buttons positioned on the belt to also function to retain the key by abutting with the head of the key. When the key is needed, the wearer simply opens the snap buttons and removes the key from the key retainer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 1989
    Date of Patent: March 6, 1990
    Inventors: William Lovinger, Harry Sielmann
  • Patent number: 4901547
    Abstract: A spare car key comprising a metal core defined by a grip portion and by an active portion designed to cooperate with a respective lock, and housed in removable manner in the center portion of a plate to which it is secured by means of a flexible appendix on the plate itself.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 1988
    Date of Patent: February 20, 1990
    Assignee: Fabbrica Italiana Serrature Torino Fist S.p.A.
    Inventor: Attilio Dal Palu'
  • Patent number: 4870771
    Abstract: A revolver holder for revolvers of the type having a cylinder retention pin which includes a spring biased keeper. The holder includes a plate member defining a recess for placement of the cylinder; a first stud operable to engage the back of the hammer; a second stud operable to engage the frame; and a third stud provided with an aperture for receiving the keeper. A keeper engagement pin reciprocally movable within the aperture is pushed to dislodge the spring biased keeper from the aperture for removal of the revolver from the holder. The third stud also may include a stud placement adjustment for adapting to revolvers having slightly different dimensions. The first and second studs may be provided with shoulders to prevent contact between the frame, cylinder, and barrel of the revolver with the holder. Proper spacing of the studs prevents mounting of the revolver onto the holder when the hammer chamber of the cylinder contains a cartridge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 1989
    Date of Patent: October 3, 1989
    Inventor: Gary C. McClellan
  • Patent number: 4753377
    Abstract: A survival belt buckle is provided with a compartment for retaining a multiplicity of items for aiding in the survival of the user in wilderness areas and the like. A knife blade is dimensionally sized to fit within the compartment and is releasably attachable to a portion of the survival belt buckle to permit the buckle to act as a handle therefor. The survival belt buckle includes indicia associated therewith providing a basic description of survival techniques and skills allowing the buckle to be used with maximum efficiency by inexperienced persons.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 1987
    Date of Patent: June 28, 1988
    Inventor: John J. Poluhowich
  • Patent number: 4715839
    Abstract: A novelty item comprising a combination belt and toy. The belt comprises a band, such as formed of an elastic material and having a pair of ends. The belt includes a buckle having a first member secured to one end of the band and a second member secured to the other end of the band. One of the members includes a magnet for releasable securement to the other of the members. One of the members also includes an outer surface to which one component of a Velcro.RTM. fastening system is fixedly secured. A toy, such as a wheeled motor vehicle, having the second component of the Velcro.RTM. fastening system fixedly secured thereto is arranged to be releasably secured onto the buckle so as to form decorative ornamentation for the buckle when it is in place. The toy can be removed by disconnecting the two Velcro.RTM. components so that the toy can function as a conventional amusement or toy device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 1986
    Date of Patent: December 29, 1987
    Assignee: Reborn Products Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Allan L. Ford, Jay H. Baronoff
  • Patent number: 4688303
    Abstract: A decorative belt buckle is provided and consists of an arrowhead shaped base plate which is adapted for mounting an empty rifle cartridge thereto, wherein the rifle cartridge is at least part of the ornamentation for the buckle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 1986
    Date of Patent: August 25, 1987
    Inventors: Larry B. Williams, George Spector
  • Patent number: 4674158
    Abstract: An adjustable buckle system that includes an outer plate member secured to the inner surface of the outer flap of a pair of pants and an inner plate member secured to the outer surface of the inner flap. The outer plate has a pair of opposed gripping channels adapted to slidingly receive the inner plate. A plate spring secured to the inner plate is also positioned in the channels and biases the inner plate against the outer plate. The outer plate has a plurality of spaced stop elements that can be slidingly engaged with a single stop element on the inner plate so that the two plates are locked into a lateral engaged mode at a selected lateral position. The inner plate can be pulled from the outer plate so as to disengage the engaged stop elements so as to allow lateral movement of the two plates to either a new lateral engaged position or to disengagement of the two plates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 1986
    Date of Patent: June 23, 1987
    Inventor: Wah Lau
  • Patent number: 4665591
    Abstract: A buckle comprising a decorative outer frame having a circumferential top wall and opposed depending side walls extending rearwardly of the top wall. A channel is defined between the depending side walls under the top wall. A casted back member is provided with a projection portion which is configured to be received in the channel. The outer frame is retained on the casted back member by bending the outer one of the side walls under the projection portion which is received at least in part in the channel. The casted back may have a variety of designs and attachments all formed in a single casting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 1986
    Date of Patent: May 19, 1987
    Assignee: Century Products, Ltd.
    Inventor: Willy Servay
  • Patent number: 4627132
    Abstract: A belt clasp for holding a loose belt end in place including a first leg and a second leg, where spring pressure holds the belt end in place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 1984
    Date of Patent: December 9, 1986
    Inventor: Vivian C. Markham
  • Patent number: 4619125
    Abstract: A key holder having a main body portion with an eyelet-like extension extending from one end thereof through which a chain or other element can be inserted to support one or more objects such as keys and the like and wherein an elongated channel is provided in the body portion extending along a substantial length of the body but terminating from the edge thereof adjacent the eyelet portion in which channel a plurality of individual indicia bearing slide elements may be selectively received and locked therein by means of an adjustable locking member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 1984
    Date of Patent: October 28, 1986
    Inventor: Won H. Choi
  • Patent number: 4616383
    Abstract: A belt buckle plate having a rear face formed with a pair of axis-defining pivots one of which is a radially closed eye and the other of which has a radially open slot. A loop adapted to engage through the end of a belt has a short pintle and a long pintle extending in the same direction from the loop in line with one another. The short pintle normally extends on the axis through the eye pivot and the long pintle normally extends in a fully engaged position on the axis through and at least a predetermined axial distance in one axial direction past the slotted pivot. A retainer formation is provided on the rear face spaced axially less than the predetermined distance in the one direction from the slotted pivot and normally bearing radially on the long pintle in the fully engaged position thereof to hold it in the slotted pivot. A radial projection is provided on the long pintle axially offset in the one axial direction in the fully engaged position thereof from the slotted pivot by the predetermined distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 1985
    Date of Patent: October 14, 1986
    Inventor: Gunter H. Rohm
  • Patent number: 4581791
    Abstract: The invention relates to a buckle having a connecting part for connection to the free end of a belt, the connecting part having a face aperture in which is rotatable, about a longitudinal axis, a badge holder, on the opposite faces of which different badges, i.e. motifs or other indicia can be displayed. The connecting part is additionally rotatable relatively to an attachment part fixed to the other end of the belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 1982
    Date of Patent: April 15, 1986
    Inventor: Swee L. M. Ong
  • Patent number: 4570308
    Abstract: A belt buckle employing a front plate with a window and a removable rear covering which allows for the insertion of an item for its display in the window by the wearer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 1984
    Date of Patent: February 18, 1986
    Inventor: Robert G. Weisgerber
  • Patent number: 4566158
    Abstract: An adjustable buckle having elements for fixing to respective opposed flaps of a garment with a cover formed to engage one element and in pulling the respective flap of the one element over the respective of the second element to engage the second element in a plurality of positions so that the flaps are secured and the garment buckled in a plurality of positions so as to adjust the garment on the body of the wearer. The buckle is particularly suited for closing pants, and eliminating the top button closure on the pants over the fly. The buckle eliminates the need for belts and provides a flat, contoured appearance to the pants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 1984
    Date of Patent: January 28, 1986
    Inventor: Wah Lau
  • Patent number: 4562620
    Abstract: The specification discloses a belt buckle for holding a can of smokeless tobacco which includes a plate for attachment to a belt and a clasp to join the ends of the belt. A cylindrically-shaped recess is formed in the plate which has a diameter slightly larger than the can of smokeless tobacco, and three lugs are mounted on the plate adjacent to the recess adjacent the lower 180.degree. portion of the recess. The can is inserted in a downward direction into the recess between the recess and the lugs. The recess and the lugs act cooperatively to compress and flex the can of smokeless tobacco during insertion and a locking action is effected on the can of smokeless tobacco when the can returns to its original configuration when disposed within the recess.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 1983
    Date of Patent: January 7, 1986
    Inventor: W. Wayne Oliver, Jr.
  • Patent number: 4543692
    Abstract: A clasp for an ornament including a clasp body connected to one end of the ornament, and an engaging member connected to the other end of the ornament. The engaging member is adapted to be lockingly secured in the clasp body. The clasp body is divided into a housing and a cover having an ornamental portion such as a letter, mark and pattern, for ease of replacement of the cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 1983
    Date of Patent: October 1, 1985
    Assignee: Citizen Watch Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Sadao Ode, Toshikazu Hatsuse, Hiroshi Shiina
  • Patent number: 4534087
    Abstract: An adjustable buckle having elements for fixing to respective opposed flaps of a garment with a cover formed to engage one element and in pulling the respective flap of the one element over the respective flap of the second element to engage the second element in a plurality of positions so that the flaps are secured and the garment buckled in a plurality of positions. The buckle is particularly suited for closing pants, and eliminating the top button closure on the pants over the fly. The buckle eliminates the need for belts and provides a flat, contoured appearance to the pants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 1983
    Date of Patent: August 13, 1985
    Inventor: Wah Lau
  • Patent number: 4529111
    Abstract: Described is a belt buckle to which may be attached a tool in the form of a flat plate. The buckle body is formed by a fitting case and a base plate mounted to the rear surface of the fitting case. A leaf spring is mounted in the buckle body for pressingly holding the tool in the housed state. The plate spring has a pair of short strips for acting on the central part of the tool and a long strip for acting on the inner end of the tool. The upper and lower sides of the foremost portions of the fitting case are bent back to provide an engaging portion for preventing inadvertent withdrawal of the tool from the buckle body. When withdrawing the tool housed in the buckle body, it is only necessary to apply finger pressure on the end of the tool exposed through the central end notch of the fitting case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 1982
    Date of Patent: July 16, 1985
    Assignee: Hayakawa Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shinichi Hayakawa
  • Patent number: 4521939
    Abstract: This belt buckle is characterized by having its belt-catching finger, or pin, arranged to also be used as a key or the like. A rigid flat sleeve has a dependent leg pivotally mounted on the transverse pin of the buckle to which one end of the belt is attached. The sleeve overlies the buckle. The flat head of the key is adjustably fixed within the sleeve. Keys, of various shapes, sizes and thicknesses, can be used. The belt-catching finger comprises a key-like main portion removably mounted within a T-shape casing, which is itself pivotally mounted on the frame of a belt buckle for its removal to cut key notches in a portion thereof, or to be replaced whenever desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 1983
    Date of Patent: June 11, 1985
    Inventors: Carol Chabot, Ovila Chabot
  • Patent number: 4514883
    Abstract: A belt buckle comprising a body adapted to be connected to a belt for wearing on a user and having a structure which simulates a known object having a movable component, for example an automobile, bell, or animal such as a bird. An element is movably connected to the body and located so as to be exposed to view when the buckle is worn on the user, and the element has a structure which simulates the movable component of the object, for example the automobile hood, bell striker or bird beak. An operator member is movably carried by the body and responsive to manual operation, and a motion transmission mechanism carried by the body and operatively connected to the element and to the operator member converts movement of the operator member in response to manual operation into movement of the element relative to the body. As a result, activity of the known object is simulated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 1983
    Date of Patent: May 7, 1985
    Assignee: John J. Barbieri
    Inventors: John J. Barbieri, Ross C. Oar
  • Patent number: 4502188
    Abstract: Belt buckle for selective use with any of a plurality of variously decorated insert panels. Each of the inserts has an outer surface which includes decorative indicia, such as sports emblems, insignias, initials, etc. The buckle includes an outer portion which is in the form of a channel open at its opposite ends to slidingly receive therein a selected one of said decorative panels. The buckle channel is defined by a recessed outer surface or well portion and upwardly extending side walls and inwardly extending flanges. The insert panels are of generally rigid construction and each includes side edges dimensioned to fit in sliding engagement within the side edge channels of the buckle. The undersurface of the panel insert and the recessed outer surface of the buckle have interengageable detent elements for releasably retaining the insert panel within the channel with the end surfaces of the panel generally aligned with the corresponding end surface of the buckle channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 1983
    Date of Patent: March 5, 1985
    Assignee: Buxton, Inc.
    Inventor: Jerry L. Kohli
  • Patent number: D374327
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 1995
    Date of Patent: October 8, 1996
    Assignee: Impex SA
    Inventor: Patrick Marguerie