Improvement in Bale-Ties.

Improvement in Bale-Ties.

Date: February 15, 1876
Creator: Davis, Waters S.
Description: Patent for improvement in bale-ties by using a “divided metallic band or hoop encircling the package or bale, and the ends whereof are joined by a fastening at the one end of said band, arranged to interlock with an one of a series of mortises in the other end of the band for the purpose of binding or holding the bale together.” (Lines [11-17]) Illustration is included.
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Strap and Buckle Shield.

Strap and Buckle Shield.

Date: February 24, 1891
Creator: Nicholls, George H.
Description: Patent for an improvement in strap and buckle shields by having a flat elongated plate which has a longitudinally slot in the center. This shield can be movebly secured on to the strap to admit the tongue of a buckle thus the cross-bar of the buckle will rest upon the shield. By having this shield, the strap is protected from wear that would result from a direct contact with the buckle. Illustration is included.
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Snap-Hook.

Snap-Hook.

Date: April 28, 1891
Creator: Stukes, John Marion
Description: Patent for improvements in snap-hooks by using just one “single piece of wire, having a stationary arm that bent to form an inwardly-extending shank with its extremity bent in a reverse direction upon itself to form a bearing; the spring-arm and the spring-loop formed by coiling the wire upon itself and crossing, and extending outward at an angle to form shoulders to strengthen the hook immediately in front of the spring-loop.” (Lines 61-70) Illustration is included.
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Letter Tie.

Letter Tie.

Date: May 3, 1881
Creator: Price, James N.
Description: Patent for a new and improved clasp for letters. This design calls for wire or sheet metal to be shaped into a suitable size and shape for letters, including tabs on the ends to snap together to fasten the letters. This eliminates the need for twine or string, which reduces the flammability of the packages.
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Baggage Check and Clasp.

Baggage Check and Clasp.

Date: August 1, 1882
Creator: McLeary, James Harvey
Description: Patent for a new and improved baggage check and clasp. This design "consists in a novel construction and arrangement of a check, a direction-plate, and a clasp for securing said parts to an article of baggage" (lines 18-21).
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Improvement in Securing Iron Bands on Cotton-Bales.

Improvement in Securing Iron Bands on Cotton-Bales.

Date: September 27, 1859
Creator: Pyle, C. W.
Description: Patent for the improvement of cotton-bale fastenings by using a metal plate and a flange to fasten and unfasten the bale without any other tools and with ease. Including illustration.
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Clasp.

Clasp.

Date: March 27, 1888
Creator: Lewis, Annie
Description: Patent for a new and improved clasp. This design "consist[s] of the front plate formed with the integral strap loop or slot at its upper end, the teeth at its lower end, and the opening above said teeth, the rear plate formed with integral teeth at its lower end, side ears at its upper end, and the lugs below said ears and projecting beyond the outer face of the plate, the spindle passing through the ears and provided with a spring throwing the plates apart, and the locking-plate pivoted at its upper end to the lugs and having a [different] lug projecting inward from said upper end" (lines 83-96).
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Clasp.

Clasp.

Date: December 3, 1889
Creator: Waters, Richard H.
Description: Patent for a new and improved clasp. This design "is to make a fastener for pieces of leather by which bridles and other parts of harness may be made with less stitching and riveting, thereby lessening the labor and cost of manufacture" (lines 15-20). To this end, it consists in "two plates, [one] having key-hole slots with beveled side walls, and the [other] carrying studs undercut . . . and provided with top pin, in combination with the spring-plate perforated . . . to receive [the] pin to form the leather clasp or fastening described" (lines 77-83).
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Bale-Tie.

Bale-Tie.

Date: August 30, 1898
Creator: Campbell, Douglas M.
Description: Patent for a bale-fastening device that "may be applied with facility to a cotton-bale or to an equivalent package." (lines 9-11) including instructions and illustrations. The tie comprises "a band, a key engaged with the band and rotatable to coil the same therearound, and a lock fitted upon the band and engaged with the key to prevent reverse rotation thereof" (lines 105-109).
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Anderson, H. C.

Anderson, H. C.

Date: November 11, 1890
Creator: Anderson, Henry C.
Description: Patent for a new and improved clasp. This design "compris[es] a base and a reversely bent or inclined retaining or clamping arm formed of a single continuous wire with an eye at one end thereof and a bend or enlargement at the other end thereof, the frame or base being substantially rectangular, and the upward bent arm extending through the eye at one end of the base and having the bend or enlargement at the other end arranged near or against the end bar at the opposite end of the frame" (lines 66-76).
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