Buckles Patents (Class 24/163R)
  • Patent number: 6148485
    Abstract: A buckle for a belt includes a frame having two opposite sides formed with two upwardly extending lugs each having a through hole, two arms each extending outwardly from a respective one of the lugs, and a shoulder bridging another sides of the lugs, and a retainer generally including a tubular member, a shaft, and a spring, the tubular member having an elongated opening having an edge formed at an intermediate portion thereof with a hook, each end of the tubular member having a longitudinally and outwardly extending rod member, another edge of the elongated opening having a radial groove close to an end of the tubular member, an L-shaped handle close to the radial groove, the shaft extending longitudinally through both ends of the retainer and supported by the lugs at two ends thereof, the shaft having an intermediate portion formed with a through hole, the spring having a first end engaged with the through hole of the shaft and a second end fitted in the groove, whereby the belt can be easily fastened and r
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2000
    Inventor: Chuan-Lin Wu
  • 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: 5984358
    Abstract: An improved seat belt latchplate having a plurality or ribs in a web-guiding slot for resisting, roping and twisting of a seat belt webbing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 16, 1999
    Assignee: Chrysler Corporation
    Inventors: William Mar, Fred Daris, Gary Bityk, Randall J. Ryszewski
  • Patent number: 5957354
    Abstract: A backsack (48) comprises a bag (51 ), a strap (30), a pair of robust ring spring clips (38, 66) and generally four pellets (26, 28). The bag is folded and glued of a single sheet of printable paper-like, yet high-strength material to have side gussets (55) and a flat bottom (52). The flat bottom (52) comprises folded and glued flaps (21, 23) which advantageously form corner pockets (22). The top of the bag is turned (87), with reinforcements affixed under the cuff. Two holes (88) are punched through all four layers of the collapsed bag resulting in eight holes (88) when the bag is open. With the bag still collapsed, the strap (30) is threaded through one of the two holes, back through the other, and serves as a closure at the top, leach of the two equal length portions of the strap (30) emerges from its hole and loops down to form shoulder loops. A pellet (28) is placed into each bottom corner pocket (22). The coils of the pair of ring spring clips (40, 42 and 68, 70) are pried apart with a tool (34).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 28, 1999
    Inventor: Robert Mentken
  • Patent number: 5933925
    Abstract: A strap divider for diverging a pair of straps which are disposed one on top of the other into a Y configuration which may be used for the chin straps of a bicycle helmet. The strap divider includes a main body which receives the pair of straps therethrough, and a rotatable clamping member which can be rotated from a position where the straps are clamped in place to an open position where the straps may be adjusted. In one embodiment, the rotatable member includes a cam around its circumference which cooperates with a projection in the main body for adjusting the clamping member between the open position and the locked position as the clamping member is rotated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 10, 1999
    Assignee: National Molding Corporation
    Inventors: Joseph Anscher, Gary Fraze
  • Patent number: 5864927
    Abstract: A buckle for a dog leash includes a base frame defining a recessed flat receiving space for receiving a leash, a cover frame having a fixed end pivotally connected to one end of the base frame, and a free end detachably secured to an opposite end of the base frame. A lock screw member fixes the free end of the cover frame to the base frame to permit the dog leash to be firmly retained between the base frame and the cover frame. Holding down screws threaded into screw holes in the base frame clamp the leash in the buckle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 2, 1999
    Assignee: Kim Ging Hui Enterprise Limited
    Inventor: Chun Chien Liu
  • Patent number: 5839170
    Abstract: Disclosed is a belt buckle including a main body having a belt end fixing means for firmly holding an end of a belt, a passage for another end of the belt to thread through, and a chamber formed behind the passage for receiving a ratchet wheel, a brake member, a push plate, a push button, and springs therein. The chamber is openably closed with a back cover. The ratchet wheel has teeth projected into the passage to press against and rotate in the same direction as the moving belt. One of the springs is positioned behind the brake member to press the latter against the ratchet wheel, so that the ratchet wheel can only rotate in one direction and therefore stops the belt from moving backward. The push button can be depressed to push the push plate backward and therefore causes the brake member to disengage from the ratchet wheel, allowing the ratchet wheel to rotate in a reverse direction to loosen the belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 24, 1998
    Inventor: Hua-Jen Cho
  • Patent number: 5839171
    Abstract: An anchor for attaching a strap or belt to a panel is a one piece structure having a web attached to two flanges such that the flanges extend parallel to one another and spaced apart by a distance greater than the panel thickness. Each flange has a free end with a transverse aperture forming a loop to receive the strap therethrough. The panel has an arcuate slot near the edge. The free end of one of the flanges is passed through the slot to mount the anchor on the panel with the web within the slot and the loops beyond the edge of the panel to receive the belt in a fixed belt loop or an adjustable snubbing arrangement. The web has a curved inner margin to permit limited swivelling motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 24, 1998
    Inventors: Anthony C. Tyrrell, Todd A. Tyrrell
  • Patent number: 5816889
    Abstract: A brassiere has a pair of fabric brassiere cups each provided with respective underwire cups extending through a fabric channel beneath the respective cup. The two cups are interconnected at the front of the brassiere by a decorative link composed of a molded synthetic resin and having a pair of sewing flanges each stitched through to the fabric of the cup. The underwires terminate at the respective sewing flanges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 6, 1998
    Inventor: Gerhard Fildan
  • Patent number: 5666700
    Abstract: A strap divider for diverging a pair of straps which are disposed one on top of the other into a Y configuration which may be used for the chin straps of a bicycle helmet. The strap divider includes a main body which receives the pair of straps therethrough, and a rotatable clamping member which can be rotated from a position where the straps are clamped in place to an open position where the straps may be adjusted. In one embodiment, the rotatable member includes a cam around its circumference which cooperates with a projection in the main body for adjusting the clamping member between the open position and the locked position as the clamping member is rotated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 1995
    Date of Patent: September 16, 1997
    Assignee: National Molding Corporation
    Inventors: Joseph Anscher, Gary Fraze
  • Patent number: 5600875
    Abstract: A buckle device for tightening a strap includes an opening formed in the middle portion for threading the strap. Two beams each includes two hooks engaged with the buckle device so as to be secured to the buckle device. The strap may be engaged through the buckle device and engaged with the beams before the beams are secured to the buckle device, such that the strap may be easily engaged through the buckle device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 1995
    Date of Patent: February 11, 1997
    Inventor: Chung-Hsin Chang
  • Patent number: 5444896
    Abstract: A molded metal member has an opening to receive the end of a leather belt. The front face may be embossed or engraved decoratively, and the rear face is formed with a V-shaped slot oriented to achieve a locking action with the leather belt when upset inwardly at assembly with the belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 1993
    Date of Patent: August 29, 1995
    Assignee: Waterbury Style, Inc.
    Inventor: John Bourget
  • 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: 5257820
    Abstract: A slip anchor for a seat belt has a guide hole which slidably guides the webbing in a longitudinal direction. An escape portion is formed at least on one end of the guide hole, and a projection is provided on the connecting section between the escape portion and the guide hole. Accordingly, the webbing is guided by the projection, and this perfectly prevents the inversion of the webbing. Further, the escape portion can be formed relatively large, and the end of the escape portion to be contacted by a lateral portion of the webbing can be eliminated. As a result, this prevents tearing of the webbing and also prevents twisting of webbing due to inversion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 1993
    Date of Patent: November 2, 1993
    Assignee: Takata Corporation
    Inventor: Noriyuki Kosugi
  • Patent number: 5205021
    Abstract: A quick-release buckle assembly including an engaging member that is adap to receive a strap, and a receiving member defining a recess for removably receiving the engaging member in a buckle-engaged position. The engaging member in the buckle-engaged position is substantially completely within the peripheral bounds of the recess to prevent inadvertent disengagement of the engaging member from the receiving member. The assembly further includes a flexible tongue protruding from the engaging member to allow the engaging member to be pulled out of the recess to disengage the buckle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 1992
    Date of Patent: April 27, 1993
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventor: Philip E. Durand
  • 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: 5189763
    Abstract: The clasp includes a first part composed of a base plate surmounted by at least one stud, the first part being inserted in one or more holes of two superimposed lengths of a watch strap, and a second part surrounding the two lengths of watch strap. The top portion of the second part is provided with a longitudinal slot extending to at least one edge of the top portion in which a notch is intended to receive the end of a stud. This clasp simplifies the manufacture of the watch strap and avoids any wear and tear on the watch strap during use thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 1991
    Date of Patent: March 2, 1993
    Assignee: Isafrance
    Inventor: Bertrand P. Voumard
  • Patent number: 5158450
    Abstract: A buckle assembly is disclosed for use in fastening opposite ends of a strap, belt, suspender and the like, which buckle assembly comprises a plug member, a socket member engageable therewith and a tension control means adapted to reciprocate the plug member back and forth through the socket member for a predetermined distance in response to tensile forces applied to the straps. A tension adjusting means is further provided to adjust the compressive tension of the tension control means to a desired extent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 1991
    Date of Patent: October 27, 1992
    Assignee: Yoshida Kogyo K.K.
    Inventors: Yoshiyuki Horita, Shunji Akashi
  • Patent number: 5052084
    Abstract: A respirator harness of polymeric components and elastic straps can be made in a 2-part injection mold in a single step. The elastic straps can have superior resistance to pull-out when secured to each polymeric component by a cage that is intergral with the polymeric component, and the cage has at least one transverse rib that is fused to the elastic strap and around which the strap is stretched.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 1989
    Date of Patent: October 1, 1991
    Assignee: Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company
    Inventor: David L. Braun
  • Patent number: 5007141
    Abstract: A strap retainer including a base plate and a disk ring, having a central aperture, joined together at their sides by two parts, and an elastic band circumscribing the posts so as to form a pair of passageways, one on each side of the elastic band, through which each strap of a pair of straps may be respectively passed. The embodiment further includes an identification cap which is mated with the aperture of the disk ring and may be readily replaced by similar disks of different colors or designs. When both straps are simultaneously pulled in the same direction the straps engage and stretch the elastic band causing the band to initially resist displacement of the straps with respect to the retainer and causing the straps and band to be drawn against the base plate and disk ring so as to further resist the displacement of the straps, but when only one strap is pulled, the elastic band is not so engaged and the strap is allowed to freely pass through its respective passageway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 1989
    Date of Patent: April 16, 1991
    Assignee: Giro Sport Design
    Inventor: James J. Gentes
  • 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: 4963410
    Abstract: The invention is an apparatus for securing together segments of an elongated member such as an extension cord. The apparatus includes means for engaging at least one segment of the elongated member and a band member for wrapping around additional segments of the elongated member and having surfaces that releasably adhere to maintain the segments of the elongated members in a bundle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 1988
    Date of Patent: October 16, 1990
    Inventor: Judson D. Bryant
  • Patent number: 4888858
    Abstract: A buckle comprises a male member having a tongue-shaped presser having on its bottom side a pair of engaging legs each having on its inner side a stepped portion and a female member in the form of a case having in its top wall a central aperture, the female member having a pair of resilient arms, one mounted on each side thereof, each resilient arm extending from one end of the female member and terminating in a free end portion for resilient angular movement about its proximal end, each free end portion having on its inner side a hook-shaped engaging means adapted for engagement with the stepped portion of the corresponding engaging leg when the engaging legs are forced into the central aperture. The tongue-shaped presser further has on its bottom side a pair of resilient pieces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 1989
    Date of Patent: December 26, 1989
    Assignee: Yoshida Kogyo K.K.
    Inventor: Kazumi Kasai
  • Patent number: 4672720
    Abstract: A fastener for bi-valve casts splints and other devices is disclosed which permits ease of use, change-ability of straps, reliability, convenience and detachability, that is, which permits repetitive attachment, removal and re-attachment. The fastener includes a base, attached to the device, a buckle universal mounted and detachably connected to the base, and a strap coupled to the buckle at one end and adapted to wrap the device and engage the buckle at its other end to secure the devices while preventing migration and rotation of the device from the original intended position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 1986
    Date of Patent: June 16, 1987
    Assignee: Corflex, Inc.
    Inventor: Theodore V. Lorenzetti
  • Patent number: 4642853
    Abstract: A seat belt guide loop is comprised of a stamped metal bracket having an aperture adapted to receive a bolt for pivotally mounting the guide loop on a vehicle body pillar. The stamped metal bracket has a belt slot therein of a width somewhat greater than the width of the belt and a height greater than the thickness of the belt. A molded plastic cover is molded in situ upon the stamped metal bracket and overlies the lower wall of the belt slot to define a low friction wall over which the belt is slidable. This plastic cover has a clearance slot which underlies the low friction wall and cooperates therewith to define a plastic bridge integral with and supporting the low friction wall. The clearance slot is of a width somewhat less than the width of the belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 1986
    Date of Patent: February 17, 1987
    Assignee: General Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Edward J. Plesniarski, Richard D. Loose, Juan M. Capo
  • 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: 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: 4498612
    Abstract: A belt buckle adapted for use also as a cartridge and shotgun shell holder. The buckle has attached to its front side three parallel rows of spring clips arranged to hold up to three conventional cartridges or shotgun shells horizontally across the buckle. The buckle also has a shield to protect the cartridge and shotgun shell primers. The shield also provides a brace and pivot point for removal of the cartridges. The forward end of the buckle is bent backwards so that a hunter's fingers can easily slip beneath the heads of the cartridges or shotgun shells.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 1984
    Date of Patent: February 12, 1985
    Inventor: James A. Geekie, Jr.
  • Patent number: 4488333
    Abstract: A lash device constructed according to the present invention includes a stiff flexible plate adapted to be attached to a substrate in overlying engagement therewith. The plate has a strap restraining device, in the form of a cross bar, on the upper face thereof, and has an outwardly flared peripheral wiper edge defining a recessed surface area on the underside of the plate. An attaching area on the plate is adapted to be fixed to the substrate to attach the plate thereto with the recessed surface area disposed in overlying engagement with the substrate, thereby flexing the plate to press the wiper edge firmly against the substrate along a continuous line of engagement therewith.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 1982
    Date of Patent: December 18, 1984
    Inventor: Richard J. Tracy
  • Patent number: 4470176
    Abstract: A pair of identical fastener elements are arranged in superposed, face-to-face relation to cooperatively define a plurality of elongated, peripherally enclosed channels for passage of end portions of strips of material which are thereby joined by the fastening arrangement. Each element has a plurality of arms extending from a connection at one end with a central body portion to a free end, with opposing, spaced edges of the arms and body portions forming slots closed at one end and open at the other. Placing two of the elements in face-to-face, superposed relation with the arms of each element overlying the opposite end of the arms of the other element provides the peripherally enclosed channels. The fastening elements are disclosed in a number of configurations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 1982
    Date of Patent: September 11, 1984
    Assignee: Thomas G. Vermeulen
    Inventors: Thomas G. Vermeulen, Roy E. Mullen
  • Patent number: 4417372
    Abstract: An adjustable buckle construction for detachably interconnecting first and second strap end portions is disclosed. A base member of the buckle is connected to the first end portion and includes first and second spaced transverse cross elements and a pair of spaced side walls which interconnect the cross elements. The second strap end portion is adjustably received on a clasp member of the buckle. The clasp member is receivable in locking relation on the base member by inserting it through an open area in the base member from the underside thereof and thereafter pressing it downwardly onto the base member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 1982
    Date of Patent: November 29, 1983
    Assignee: F. Ronci Company, Inc.
    Inventor: Fernando M. Ronci
  • Patent number: 4389059
    Abstract: A seat belt webbing guide (100) for directing seat belt webbing material (120) from a retractor to a shoulder belt (130) includes a one-piece cover and housing (10) in which a lightweight load bearing wire loop (60) is disposed in a substantially triangular shaped configuration. The bottom portion of the wire loop is maintained straight by a tubular element (75) and an idler roller (80) surrounding the tubular element (75) enables the webbing material to extend partially around the roller (80) through the loop opening with a low friction rolling engagement. The roller (80) is mounted in a recessed area (86) of the housing (10) between two upright end flanges (90) which laterally retain the webbing. The ends (62, 64) of the wire loop (60) opposite the roller (80) are introduced from opposite directions into a length of wall tubing (70) and arranged to overlap each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 1980
    Date of Patent: June 21, 1983
    Assignee: Allied Corporation
    Inventor: Robert L. Stephenson
  • Patent number: 4384390
    Abstract: A belt buckle to which a plate-like tool can be attached. The belt buckle is constructed of a base plate and a fitting case covering the front side of the base plate so that a fitting space for fitting the tool therein is formed inbetween. In the fitting space, on the other hand, there is mounted a locking plate for holding the tool under its fitted condition. This locking plate is constructed of a retaining portion, which is made engageable with the engagement opening of the tool, and a pressure portion for pushing the back of the tool under its engaging condition to the front. When the tool is to be taken out of the fitting space, a finger is inserted through the aperture of the fitting case thereby to inwardly push the retaining portion of the locking plate so that the tool is extracted under the condition in which the retaining portion is disengaged to the back from the engagement opening of the tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 1980
    Date of Patent: May 24, 1983
    Assignee: Hayakawa Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shinichi Hayakawa
  • Patent number: 4378947
    Abstract: Deflection fitting for a safety belt of a restraining system having a fitting plate with guide slot and cross bar. A sleeve-like deflection element has a longitudinal slit to permit sliding onto the cross bar. The element may then be rotated 180.degree.. Plug-like locking part has a longitudinal slot fitting the cross bar on one side and a key which fits into the longitudinal slit of the deflection on the other side. Pressing the plug-like locking part into the sleeve opening of the deflection element locks the deflection element to the cross bar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 1980
    Date of Patent: April 5, 1983
    Assignee: Repa Feinstanzwerk GmbH
    Inventor: Artur Fohl
  • Patent number: 4377249
    Abstract: A belt buckle adapted to be used as a holder to retain a gun within the buckle. A cover which is attached to the buckle helps hold the gun in place and is released when the gun is to be withdrawn from its retained position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 1981
    Date of Patent: March 22, 1983
    Assignee: Michael A. Greenberg
    Inventor: Brian D. Bockoven
  • Patent number: 4315350
    Abstract: A buckle of the type used to connect belts used for tying down cargo in vehicles. The buckle is formed of flat plate stock and has a structure adapted to withstand high compressive forces such as are applied to it when it is run over by loaded vehicles. The buckle operates on an overcenter principle, so that once it is locked further tension on the belts tends to keep the buckle locked. In using the buckle, initially the free end of one belt is threaded through the buckle and pulled to take up slack. The free end is jammed between the standing end of the belt and a portion of the buckle, preventing slippage. Next, the handle of the buckle is rotated approximately 180 degrees, which causes the standing part of the belt to be wound around the buckle, thereby placing the belt in tension. Towards the end of its throw, the handle of the buckle passes to an overcenter position, in which further tension in the belt locks the buckle more securely.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 1979
    Date of Patent: February 16, 1982
    Assignee: Satron, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Looker, Richard E. McLennan
  • Patent number: 4167144
    Abstract: There is disclosed herein a buckle support system for use with a curtain-style lading-restraining device of the type which is suspended from an overhead support and includes a plurality of vertically-spaced and laterally-extending restraining belts, each of which includes a buckle for tightening the belt. A cable system is provided which is secured at its uppermost end to the overhead support and which connects to each buckle. Stop sleeves are secured or crimped to the cable at positions to engage and support each buckle so that the weight of the buckle is carried by the overhead support through the cable system. This system, in addition to supporting the weight of the buckles, deters buckle theft or removal, since in order to obtain the buckle, the belts and the cable must be severed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 1977
    Date of Patent: September 11, 1979
    Assignee: Unarco Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Leslie W. Martin, Richard A. LeBeau
  • Patent number: 4142274
    Abstract: A guide installation for a belt-band adapted to be wound-on and wound-off a magazine roll of a safety belt system which is arranged within the area of an after-connected deflection fitting; the guide installation is claw-shaped and thereby surrounds the deflection web of the deflection fitting with a spacing for passage of the belt-band over a portion of the circumference of the deflection web, whereby the spacing is smaller than twice the thickness of the belt band; at least the inlet portion of the guide installation pointing in the direction toward the magazine roll also includes a section that extends essentially parallel to the extension direction of the associated belt-band.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 1977
    Date of Patent: March 6, 1979
    Assignee: Daimler-Benz Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Hansjurgen Scholz, Walter Jahn, Jurgen Gimbel
  • Patent number: 4118837
    Abstract: A buckle for a belt or the like has two buckle members detachably connectable with each other and each adapted to retain a respective end portion of the belt. Each of the buckle members include a first portion detachably connectable with a first portion of the other buckle member, and a second portion adapted to confine the end portion of the belt therein. The second portion of the buckle member has at least two sections movable relative to each other between a first position in which the end portion of the belt is firmly retained in the second portion of the buckle member, and a second position in which the end portion of the buckle is released so as to be removable from the buckle member. Means are provided for arresting the sections of the second portion in the first position. The arresting means include a pivotable arresting element operative for urging the sections of the second portion into said first position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 1977
    Date of Patent: October 10, 1978
    Assignee: Gutos Metallschliessenfabrik Bader & Hoch KG
    Inventor: Fritz Hoch
  • Patent number: 4110940
    Abstract: An anchoring system for use in anchoring structures such as mobile homes to the ground by use of elongated flexible belts. The belt is wound so as to be firmly clamped by its own tension.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 1977
    Date of Patent: September 5, 1978
    Inventor: Donald Vanderlyn
  • Patent number: 4108340
    Abstract: An improved construction in the assembly of a containing case or housing compartments for the common watch and or the mini computer or calculator wherein the case or compartment or container is fastened to the wrist as the common watch wherein the case will revolve so as to contain or house a watch on the one side and also house a mini computer or calculator on the other side, thus the two in one assembly.This invention does not involve the mechanism of the watch, computer or calculator, just the wrist band and housing case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 1975
    Date of Patent: August 22, 1978
    Inventor: John L. Conn
  • Patent number: 4101060
    Abstract: An improved front opening holster including depending enclosed spring members extending along the edges of the front opening. The spring members have free ends and are operatively secured together by a retainer in the completed holster but relatively movable during manufacture to facilitate production.The body includes an elongated stiffening member providing attachment point for a belt loop and defines a cylinder cup shape as well.The belt loop includes a stiffening member and a distortable spacer and tightening means to expand and contract the spacer to selectively engage or release the belt to afford both free movement and fixed engagement with the wearer's belt.The hammer of a handgun positioned in the holster is covered by an overlying strap. A thumb strap with a selective direction release fastener engages the overlying strap in a recess between the handgun and the belt loop.A novel method for producing a spring closed holster, particularly the spring assembly, is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 1976
    Date of Patent: July 18, 1978
    Inventors: John E. Bianchi, Richard D. E. Nichols
  • Patent number: 4077091
    Abstract: A strap adjusting device comprising a clasp and two strap parts being passed in opposite directions into the clasp, a first strap part being in non-adjustable relationship with the clasp, and having a tab with greater width than the strap end; and a second strap part being in adjustable relationship with the clasp and being passed over the first strap. The device is especially useful in hand straps for ski poles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 1976
    Date of Patent: March 7, 1978
    Assignee: Trygve Liljedahl Skistavfabrikk A/S
    Inventor: Trygve Liljedahl
  • Patent number: 4053966
    Abstract: The specification discloses a combination decorative belt buckle and instrument housing adapted to hold and display a watch, compass or other instrument on the belt of a user. The buckle and instrument housing combination includes a base member having means on one side formed as a conventional buckle including means for securing the ends of a belt about the waist of the user. A decorative portion on the face of the buckle has an instrument receiving chamber formed therein to receive and secure the instrument. In one embodiment, the base and the decorative portion are integrally formed of the same material. In another embodiment, the base is formed of metal and decorative portion is formed of nonmetallic material as wood or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 1976
    Date of Patent: October 18, 1977
    Inventor: Lawrence A. Dieleman
  • Patent number: 4023826
    Abstract: A tongue plate slidably fitted on a safety seat belt which comprises a continuous webbing which consists of a lap belt and a shoulder belt. A projection or a plurality of projections are provided in a slotted opening formed in the tongue plate, which opening provides for the passage of webbing therethrough whereby abrasion or frictional resistance of the lap belt is to be reduced when the lap belt is moved only in the direction of the shoulder belt. Suitable slack of the shoulder belt can be achieved by making the slack of the lap belt considerably smaller than that of the shoulder belt by means of said reduced frictional resistance of the lap belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 1975
    Date of Patent: May 17, 1977
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Tokai Rika Denki Seisakusho
    Inventors: Yukio Kokubo, Mitsuo Inukai
  • Patent number: 4005904
    Abstract: This invention concerns a metal guide for safety belts for vehicles, especially cars, consisting of a lashing to be fastened to the automobile body and a ring held by the lashing with an opening through which the belt runs. The lashing has detents for expanding movement and the ring has guide surfaces to reduce friction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 1975
    Date of Patent: February 1, 1977
    Assignee: Sigmatex, A.G.
    Inventors: Per Olof Weman, Harald Martin Schmelow
  • Patent number: 3986233
    Abstract: A buckle adjustable for belts of different widths includes a flat rectangular housing open at its top and bottom and a pair of guide members including outer channel shaped tracks and vertical front plates extending through and slidably engaging the housing openings and retained in preselected positions by bowed leaf springs entrapped between the housing front wall and respective slide plates. Belt anchoring vertical tongues project inwardly from the outer trailing ends of the guide members and are rearwardly offset from the tracks and a curved belt eyelet engaging tongue is mounted on the housing rear wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 1975
    Date of Patent: October 19, 1976
    Assignee: Swank, Inc.
    Inventor: Samuel M. Stone, Jr.
  • Patent number: 3981052
    Abstract: An integrally formed low friction anchor ring guide having a flat anchor tab upper end portion with an anchor bolt opening therethrough, a transversely bent central portion having a seat belt webbing slot with curved end portions, and a lower rolled end portion aligned with the webbing slot so that tangential entrainment of seat belt webbing occurs over the rolled portion as the webbing passes through the webbing slot. A tension stop lock-out block may be pivotally secured to the rolled end portion of the ring guide. The tension stop block includes a central jaw portion provided with gripping teeth adapted to lockably engage the webbing upon selective rotation of the lock-out block.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 1975
    Date of Patent: September 21, 1976
    Assignee: The Firestone Tire & Rubber Company
    Inventor: Regis Victor Pilarski
  • Patent number: 3977049
    Abstract: Detachable slotted outer and inner hooking buckle members are mounted on opposite ends of a belt for hooking the belt ends together. One side of each slot is manually settably adjustable to vary the width of the slots of the outer member to accommodate belts of various thicknesses passing through the slots while at the same time providing frictional engagement between sides of the slot and the belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 1973
    Date of Patent: August 31, 1976
    Inventors: Eugene Mezereny, Ilona C. Mezereny