i3, '595i R. M. HEALEY NosEPIEcE SPACER Filed sept. 5o, 1948 Patented Feb. 13, 1951 ysimas se tram Fisici:
, ..2 claims.
This inventionelateszto a nosepiecerspacer commonlyfused 1n eyeglass cases to supporta pair-=of glasses rand maintain 'the .saine in .spaced relation Sto the bottom fof the :eyeglass case.'
One object of anyinven'tion is the provision of a novel inosepiece spacer of simple construction which is .capable :of easy :attachment to `a Awall iof thefglasses case..
A,Another .object of my invention 'is :the Aprovision of ya nosepiece .spacer having an vattaching .element vcooperating with :a snap fastener .element in a way .to .secure the parts onfo-pposedsides of a glasses case Wall.
Other :objects of `:my .invention stood from inspection of the drawings and specification hereiribelow set forth. f
.Referring to the drawing.:
Fig. 1 is a plan view of the rear lwalief an .eye-
e glass case partly broken away to illustrate the construction land purpose Aof the invention;
Fig. 12 iis a frontplan view of an eyeglass ncase with glasses assembled therewith, the flap .o \.the n case being in opened position;
Fig. 3 is a section taken along the line 3-3 of Fig. 1;
Fig. 4 is a top View of my improved nosepiece spacer per se; j l
Fig. 5 is a front View of the nosepiece spacer;
Fig. 6 is a rear View of the nosepiece spacer;
Fig. '7 is a side view of the spacer; and
Fig. 8 is a section taken along the line 8--8 of Fig. 3.
Referring to Figs. 1, 2 and 3 of the drawing, I have illustrated a preferred assembly embodying my improved nosepiece spacer which includes an eyeglass case I having a rear wall 2 and a front wall 3. The walls 2 and 3 may be stitched together at the lower side of the case to form a bottom wall 4. A metal stiffening member 5 may be positioned adjacent the bottom wall 4 to give rigidity and shape to the glasses case. A ap 6 extends from the upper edge of the rear wall 2 which overlaps the outer surface 'l of the front wall 3 and is secured to the same by means of a socket snap fastener element 8 which is engaged with a stud snap fastener member 9 projecting from the front wall 3. My improved nosepiece spacer I is secured to the inner surface II of the front wall 3 preferably in position between the top edge I2 of the front wall and the bottom 4 of the case. A pair of eyeglasses I 3 is preferably positioned within the case in such a way that the side elements I4 of its bridge portion I5 are supported by the nosepiece spacer Illso as to` maintain the eyeglasses in fixed spaced position relawill be underu tive to the bottom 4 of the case. When rtheieyeglasses lare .arranged in this position, the bows I6 of theglasses @may -iextend :outside th'e outer sur- .face "l Aof :the wall `3 of ithe .case .as y.most .clearly `shown in` Fig. 2.
Y.lzeerring .specifically to .the construction `of mynosepiece .spacer flic, have .illustrated Figs. 4 Eto?? ia lpreferreddevice. the spacer, 'which is preferably made from one y.piece of sheet 4metal,
is of .generally :triangular .form fand provides )la bac-k :portion IFI. .A ttibular attaching element '.Iz :preferably id-rawn from the mate-rial of "the hacking .portion extends .'foutwardly 'from ones'ide thereof als vmost I.clearly shown `'in Figs. f6 and "7. Whig-:shaped supporting .elements I9 SeX-tend 'from opposed side edges fo'f 'the 'back-portion |11 in substantially .normal relation to the pla-ne ef 'the bac-k .portion "in afdfirection opposite to that .tak-en by .the attaching :element ifs. 'The :outer edges vof the wing elements 119 lhave inward-ly turned portions .'20 iat .substantially fthe'ir l-entii'e lengths `to effect ca. broad surface fat the veX-tremiti'es of the wings fIf9.. In fof Tthe iiact that the fba-'c'k portion I'I is formed to have a substantially triangular shape, the wing elements I9 integrally joined to the marginal edges thereof diverge from points adjacent the top or Vertex 2| of the back portion I'l toward the bottom or base 22 of the back portion. As a result 0f this construction the wing portions i9 will conveniently engage and support the side elements I4 of the bridge I5 of the eyeglasses as illustrated in Fig. l. In order that the wing elements I9 may provide a smooth broad surface at the top of the spacer, the outer ends 23 of the wing elements adjacent the top of the spacer are turned inwardly as shown in Figs. 5 and 6 to form a generally rounded or arcuate top supporting element 24.
Attachment of the spacer Ill to the inner surface I l of the front `wall 3 is eiected through engagement of the tubular attaching element I8 and the stud snap fastener element 9. The element 9 which is .of well-known construction provides a headed hollow portion 25 and a flange or base element 26 at one end of the element 25 adapted to lie adjacent the outer surface 'I of the Wall 3 in secured position. In attachment of the parts, the back portion Il of the spacer I0, is disposed adjacent the inner surface I I of the wall 3 with the attaching element I8 extending through an K' opening 2'! of the wall 3 into the hollow headed portion 25 of the studmember. Thereafter, by a suitable tool the attaching element I8 is collapsed within the headed element 25, as most clearly shown in Fig. 8, to secure the spacer to the wall 3 on the inner side thereof, at the same time securing the stud member to the outer surface 1 of the Wall 3. It will be understood that the opening 2 of the front cover 3 through which the attaching element extends is located in predetermined position to position correctly not only the spacer Hl on the inside of the wall 3 but also the stud element 9 on the outer side of the wall 3 for cooperating snap fastener engagement with the socket member 8.
Thus, by my invention I have provided an efficient nosepiece spacer of simple construction which operates efficiently to carry out the objects hereinabove described.
Although I have illustrated and described a preferred embodiment of my invention,-I do not wish to be limited thereby because the scope of my invention thereof is best dened by the following claims.
I claim: Y
1. A spectacle case nose block comprising a one-piece sheet material polygonal body having a flat mounting plate portion with opposing sides tapering toward a rounded end opposite a substantially straight third side, an integral drawn stud extending substantially normal one face of the plate portion adapted for insertion through an aperture of a wall of a spectacle case and for being secured within a hollow stud member on a face of such wall opposite that engaged by said plate portion, integral side anges extending from said opposing sides of said plate portion substantially normal thereto in a direction opposite to said stud, said side flanges having arcuate side extensions projecting beyond the ends of said plate portion sides at the rounded end of said plate portion into spaced abutting relationship and having straight side extensions projecting beyond the opposite ends of said plate portion sides, said side flanges having inwardly extending opposing end flanges opposite said plate portion, and an integral side ange extending 4 I angularly from the side of said plate portion opposite said rounded end away from said stud, the outer edges of said plate portion at the junctions with'said side flanges and the outer edges of the opposing side flanges at the junction with said inturned nanges-being rounded and smooth, said plate portion and said inturned end anges providing opposed surfaces for engaging and spacing opposed walls o-f a spectacle case, and said opposed side i-langes providing sloping surfaces for receiving the nosepiece of a pair of spectacles when the nose block is mounted in a spectacle case.
2. A spectacle case nose block comprising a one-piece sheet material body of substantially triangular shape having a flat mounting plate portion, an integral drawn hollow stud portion extending substantially Vnormal one face of said plate portion adapted for insertion through an aperture of a wall of a spectacle case and for secured engagement within a hollow stud member on a face of such wall opposite said plate portion, separate flanges extending integrally from two sides of said mounting lportion substantially normal thereto opposite said stud and having their ends opposite said plate portion turned inwardly toward each other substantially normal said flanges, said inturned ends and said plate portions providing surfaces for engaging the opposed faces of opposite walls of a spectacle case, and said flanges providing sloping surfaces for receiving the nosepiece of a pair of spectacles when the nose block is mounted in a spectacle case.
ROBERT M. HEALEY.
REFERENCES CITED UNrrED STATES PATENTS Name Date Pearlstein Mar. 8, 1949 Number