US 1001076 A
Description (OCR text may contain errors)
J. G. REDFORD.
UMBRELLA. APPLIOATIION IILED our; 20, 1910.
1,001,076. Patented Aug. 22, 191 1.
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JOHN CHARLES REDFORD, or SOUTH NORWALK, CONNECTICUT.
Application filed October 20, 1910.
Specification of Letters Patent.
Patented Au. 22, 1911.
Serial No. 588,125.
To all whom it may concern:
Be it known that 1, JOHN C. Rnnronn, a citizen of the United States, residing at South Norwalk, in the county of Fairfield and State of Connecticut, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Umbrellas; and I do declare the following to be a full, clear, and exact description of the invention, such as will enable others skilled in the art to which it appertains to make and use the same.
This invention relates to improvements in umbrellas.
One object of the invention is to provide an umbrella having an improved form of rib attaching bracket and an improved connecting device for attaching the ribs to the bracket and the lower end of the braces to the runner.
Another object is to provide an improved construction of connecting device by means of which broken ribs or braces may be quickly and easily repaired and connected to the bracket and runner of the umbrella without disturbing any of the other ribs or braces.
With the above and other objects in view the invention consists of certain novel features of construction, combination and arrangement of parts as will be fully described and particularly pointed out in the appended claim.
In the accompanying drawings: Figure 1 is a side view of a portion of an umbrella rod and one rib or brace showing the application of the invention. Fig. 2 is a vertical longitudinal section of the inner end of one of the ribs and one of my improved attaching devices applied thereto. Fig. 3 is a cross sectional view on the line 3-3 of Fig. 2. Fig. l is a detail perspective view of the rib attaching device showing the rib engaged therewith and in cross section. Fig. 5 is a horizontal sectional view through the upper end of the umbrella rod showing a plan view of an ordinary bracket and the end of one of the ribs having my improved attaching device applied thereto for connecting the same with the bracket. Fig. 6 is a perspective view of the upper end of an umbrella rod showing my improved bracket, and the inner end of one rib attached thereto by my improved attaching device. Fig. 7 is a perspective view of one of the rib attalqhing devices before being applied to the r1 Referring more particularly to the drawings 1 denotes my improved rib attaching device which comprises a body portion 2 in the form of an inverted U-shaped plate on one edge of which, midway between its ends, is formed an attaching tongue 8 which is adapted to be engaged with the bracket or runner of the umbrella for attaching the ribs or braces as will be hereinafter more fully described.
In applying the attaching device to the end of a broken rib or brace, the U shaped plate 2 is engaged with the outer rounded or curved surface of the rib A or brace B after which the tongue 3 is bent into the form of a loop 4 to engage with the wire 5 of the bracket 6 or runner 7 of the umbrella after which said tongue is bent back into the end of the rib A which is usually semicylindrical in cross section as shown. After the tongue has thus been bent back the legs or side members of the plate 2 are bent inwardly around the edges of the rib or brace and up into engagement with the inwardly bent end of the tongue as shown at 8 in Figs. 2, 3 and 4: of the drawings, after which the projecting end or extremity of the tongue is bent back upon the engaged ends of the sides of the plate 2 as shown at 9 in Figs. 3 and 4 of the drawings.
By means of an attaching device constructed in accordance with my invention, it will be readily seen that the same may be quickly and easily applied to the inner end of a broken rib or brace and said end quickly attached to the bracket or to the runner, thus efl'ectually repairing the unr brella without disturbing any of the other ribs or braces or releasing the'wire holding the inner ends of said ribs or braces to the bracket or runner of the umbrella.
In Fig. 6 of the drawings is shown my improved bracket 10 which is especially designed for use in connection with my improved rib attaching device whereby the ribs may be independently attached to the rod, said bracket comprising an annular disk provided with an annular series of slots 11 with which are adapted to be engaged the tongues 3 of the rib attaching devices whereby the ribs may be secured to the rod.
From the foregoing description taken in connection with the accompanying drawlngs, the construction and operation of the invention will be readily understood without requiring a more detail explanation.
Various changes in the form, proportion and minor details of construction may be resorted to without departing from the spirit or sacrificing any of the advantages of the invention as defined in the appended claim.
What is claimed is:
An umbrella rib or brace attaching device comprising an inverted U -shaped plate adapted to be engaged with the inner end of a rib or brace, said plate having a tongue extending longitudinally from its intermediate portion and bent into the form of a loop to be engaged with a bracket or runner, said tongue having its free end eX- tended forwardly in parallel relation to the inner face of said intermediate portion and spaced therefrom to form a receiving socket for the end of the rib or brace to be connected, the legs or side membersof said in verted U-shaped plate being bent inwardly and engaged with said rib and tongue, the terminal of said tongue being extended beyond the outer or front edge of the plate and bent downwardly and inwardly to engage the bent free ends of the legs of said plate. 7
In testimony whereof I have hereunto. set my hand in presence of two subscribing witnesses.
JOHN CHARLES REDFORD.
JAMES L. HoYT, D. BURR BEACH.
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