Bracelet fastening device

  • US 5,709,327 A
  • Filed: 08/29/1996
  • Issued: 01/20/1998
  • Est. Priority Date: 06/22/1994
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. A bracelet fastening device for use by a person to assist in fastening a bracelet having releasable interlocking members, the bracelet fastening device comprising:

  • a handle;

    means for releasably clamping a portion of a bracelet, said clamping means operably attached to said handle and comprising;

    a fixed first clamping jaw coupled to said handle;

    a movable second clamping jaw;

    a generally U-shaped resilient support having a central base member and a pair of spaced-apart legs extending outwardly from opposite ends of said base member, said pair of legs including a bottom leg mounted adjacent to said fixed first clamping jaw and a top leg having a free end;

    said movable clamping jaw being coupled to said central base member and extending in a direction generally opposite to said free end of said top leg, such that, in the normal position thereof, it clampingly engages said fixed clamping jaw;

    said free end of said top leg being resiliently movable in a pivot-like manner toward said bottom leg whereby said movable second clamping jaw is thereby resiliently moved in a pivot-like manner away from said fixed clamping jaw into said open position;

    wherein said fixed first clamping jaw includes a cutout, said bottom leg of said generally U-shaped resilient support includes a tab, and wherein said tab is receivable in said cutout in a snap-fit manner to retain said generally U-shaped resilient support to said fixed first clamping jaw;

    said handle sized and configured to be held in a hand of a person so that said clamping means is positionable proximate to a wrist adjoining the hand holding said handle; and

    whereby a person using said bracelet fastening device can hold and position with one hand at least one portion of the bracelet on the adjoining wrist while using the other free hand to fasten the interlocking members of the bracelet therewith to secure the bracelet around the wrist.

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