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Publication numberUS1108535 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateAug 25, 1914
Filing dateOct 20, 1911
Priority dateOct 20, 1911
Publication numberUS 1108535 A, US 1108535A, US-A-1108535, US1108535 A, US1108535A
InventorsCharles Jacob Westphall, Joseph Booth Skiff
Original AssigneeCharles Jacob Westphall, Joseph Booth Skiff
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
US 1108535 A
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APPLICATION FILED 0011220, 1911.

Patented Aug. 25, 1914.

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. Specification of Letterslatent. Application filed October 20,

1911. Serial No. 655,707.

To all whom it may concern:

Be it known that we, OriAnLns J. When rnALL, of Portland, in the county oft lt [ultno- Elmer, of Clinton, in the county of Clinton and State oi Iowa, have invented a new and useful Improvement in Fence-Posts, of which the following is a specification.

This invention relates generally to fence posts and more particularly to a metallic ience post the object of the invention being to provide an exceedingly cheap and simple post, the lower end of which shall be so shaped that the base oi. the post can be quickly and easily set in the post hole and then spread or expanded so as to force the base of the post into solid earth, thereby more securely anchoring the post in the earth.

Another object of the invention is to provide a post and base of such construction that said base can be inserted in the hole in contracted term and then spread late ally for the purpose of securely anchoring the base within the earth.

The invention consists in certain features of construction hereinafter fully described. and pointed out inthe claim.

Figure l is a detail perspective view showingthe position of the various parts when the post and base are first inserted in the post hole. Fig. 2 is a similar view showing the positions the parts assume when the post is arranged ready for use. Fig. 3 is a detail sectional view on the line 3-3 of Fig. 1. Fig. elis a similar section on the line sirl of Fig. 2. Fig. 5 is a plan view of the blank from which the combined post and base is formed.

In carrying out our invention we employ a sheet metal blank A, which as shown tapers slightly toward the upper end. At the lower end this blank is bifurcated or cut away upon an angle as shown at B. y

C indicates avertical longitudinal center on the blank along which the blank is bent, and 1) indicates the line of juncture between the post proper and the base, the bifurcated end of the blank being bent upwardly along this line as more fully explained hereinafter. Th0 side edges oil the blank may be constructed in any suitable manner for the purpose of receiving and fastening; the wire strands which will constitute a portion oi the fence. In shaping the fence furcated base is bent upwardly at each side providing laterally shaped base portions E, said base portions resting in a horizontal plane asmost clearly shown. The post is bent along the central line C, and when the post is to be inserted in the ground, the lower end much. possible in order to provide as small a base as possible. Any suitable tool may be employed for contracting the post as Patented Aug. 25, 1914.

post the biis contracted projecting triangular i shown, and when so contracted it is set into the post hole which may be triangular as shown. XV hen the post is set so that it rests firmly upon the bottom of the post hole, the lower end thereof is released and the inherent elasticity of the metal blank will tend to spread the post to its normal position shown in Figs. 2 and 4, and in so doingthe pointed ends of the base portions will. be forced into solid earth thereby providing a secure anchorage, but in. C-t se the expansion of the blank is not suliicient for this purpose any suitable spreading ployed and this spreading operation is con tinned until the post has been spread to the position shown in Figs. 2 and 4, and it will be noted that the laterally projecting wings earth a distance equal to the height of the triangle oi said base portions. The post hole then filled with earth and the sheet metal post will be maintained in a thoroughly upright position and all danger of working loose is avoided inasmuch as the laterally projecting base wings are firmly seated or means may be em or base portions will be forced into the solid spring into open position and force said extensions horizontally into the earth.

CHARLES JACOB WVESTPHALL. JOSEPH BOOTH SKIFF. Witnesses as to the signature of Charles J. Vestphall:

CARL B. MILLER, FRANK A. Fox. it-messes as to the signature of Joseph B. Skiff:


Copies of this patent may be obtained for five cents each, by addressing the Commissioner of Patents,

Washington, D. 0.

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U.S. Classification52/159
Cooperative ClassificationE02D5/803