This class provides for buckles, buttons, clasps, cord andrope holders, pins, separable fasteners, etc., which have becomeso varied in use and so allied in structure as to belong to no specificart, but are novel only as to their structures. There are, however,several types of fastenings included where the devices are but slightly identifiedwith the art and are closely analogous to the main titles abovecited. Such patents are retained under more or less art titles.Devices which embrace fastenings as above, but also include elementswhich connect them with various specific arts, have been excludedas far as practicable.
The fastenings have been classified structurally as far as possible,and where two or more simple fastenings are contained in one structure,it is found in subclasses indicating the kinds of fastenings socombined. This scheme is followed also through out those art subclasseswhich have been retained, where possible.
Many of the securing means placed within subclass 287 claimwith the means an amount of structure-to-be-secured* necessaryfor either (a) completing the securing operation, (b) connectingcomponents of the securing means together, (c) linking distinctsecuring means together, or (d) mounting the securing means. Themere naming of or recitation of the above (i.e., a-d) limited amountof structure-to-be-secured* will not exclude classificationfrom Class 24, unless this subject matter is provided for elsewhere.Specific details or specificity of the structure-to-be-secured* goingbeyond this amount are excluded for this class and are placed inthe particular class providing for that type of structure-to-be-secured*,combination, or mounting.
(1)Note. A securing means claimed in combination with a toolfor operating it is classified in the appropriate class for thetool when a specific detail of the tool is claimed.