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Publication numberUS1251778 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateJan 1, 1918
Filing dateMar 28, 1917
Priority dateMar 28, 1917
Publication numberUS 1251778 A, US 1251778A, US-A-1251778, US1251778 A, US1251778A
InventorsCharles B Humble
Original AssigneeCharles B Humble
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Clothes-line fastener.
US 1251778 A
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Description  (OCR text may contain errors)




1 525 1 ,778. Patented Jan. 1, 1%8.



Specification of Letters Patent.

Application filed March 28, 1917. Serial No. 158,034.

To. all whom it may concern: I

Be it known that I, CHARLES HUMBLE, a citizen of the United States, residing at Erie, in the county of Erie and State of Pennsylvania, have invented certain useful Improvements in Clothes-Line Fasteners, of which the following is a specification, refer ence being had therein to the. accompanying drawing.

The present invention has reference generally to improvements in that class of inventions known as buckles, buttons and clasps and more particularly relates to improved clothes line fasteners.

As the primary aim and object this invention contemplates the provision of a novel grip on the main base for frictionally receiving a clothes line or other rope subse quent to engaging the clothes line in one of the cooperating hooks also on the base plate.

It is an equally important object of the present invention to so construct the clothes line fastener that the gripping means is arranged between the engaging hooks so that a clothes line may be engaged in one of the hooks in the gripping means and finally in the other hook so that the parts thus cooperate in effectively fastening the clothes line.

Among the other aims and objects this invention contemplates the provision of a device of the character mentioned with a view to compactness, and in which the number of parts are few, the construction simple, the plosiil of production low and the efficiency Other objects as well as the nature, characteristic features and scope of this invention will be. more readily apparent from the following description taken in connection with the accompanying drawings and pointed out in the claim, forming a part of this specification.

In the accompanying drawings:

Figure l is a perspective of improved clothes line fastener showing a portion of the clothes line mounted therein.

Fig. 2 is a front elevation of the invention.

Fig. 3 is a top plan thereof, and

Fig. 4 is an end elevation.

Similar characters of reference are employed in all of the above described views, to indicate corresponding parts.

Referring now, more particularly, to the accompanying drawings I provide a substantially rectangular base plate 1 having fastening devlce receiv ng openings 2 formed in the respective corners thereof for facilitating the attaching of the device to a suitable support.

Extending outwardly from the front face of the plate adjacent-the respective ends thereof are hooks 3 and 4 the outer terminals of the hooks projecting in oppositedi rections to each other and terminating be yond the respective ends of the plate and are engaged by a clothes line or other rope 5 in a manner that will presently be described.

ith a view toward providing my improved gripping means I have formed on the outer face of the plate 1 approximately midway the hooks 3 and l, a grip which in the present instance consists of a substantially rectangular body 6. As illustrated, the body is approximately rectangular in cross section and is integral with the plate being arranged at right angles to the plate. The side faces however are arranged at an in clination to the ends of the plate while the upper and lower edges are arranged at an inclination to the side edges of the base plate. The body is provided on its outer edge with a transverse V-shaped slot 7 and owing to the inclination of the body the walls of the slot are correspondingly inclined. It will be observed upon reference to Fig. i that the inner end of the slot is arranged in substantial alinement with the bend of the hooks 3 and A while the slot is incidentally arranged in substantially the same plane as the hooks though as stated the walls of the slot are inclined. Such would be the case even if the body of the grip was of a difierent configuration.

In applying the clothes line 5 or other rope to the fastener it will be assumed that a nortion of the rope is extended at an inclination to the hook 3 and is engaged thereon as indicated in Fig. 1 and is extended in the direction of the opposite hook A being wedged in the slot 7 and wrapped about the body and again engaged in the slot whereupon it is extended to the other hook 4 and thence if desired it may be connected to a similar fastener, (not shown) which may be situated a suitable distance therefrom. As is apparent by providing a plurality of these devices and arranging them longitudinally on opposite sides of a suitable inclosure Patented. Jan. 1, 1 918.

the clothes line may be effectively mounted and when desired can be readily taken down so as to occupy only a small amount of space. It is thought from the foregoing description that a further description of the invention is unnecessary and likewise it is believed that the advantages of the invention will be readily apparent.

It will be understood that the above description and accompanying drawings comprehend only the general and preferred embodiment of my invention and that various minor changes in detail of construction, proportion and arrangement of the parts may be made within the scope of the appended claim and without sacrificing any of the advantages of my invention.

.Having thus fully described my invention,

what I claim as new and desire to secure by Letters-Patent, is

A clothes line fastener including an attachment plate, hooks extending outwardly from the front face of the plate adjacent the respective ends and projecting in opposite directions to each other, and a grip consisting of a body integral with the front face of the plate intermediate the hooks and eX- tending from the plate and having a V- shaped slot in the outer edge and extending therethrough at an inclination so as to frictionally receive a clothes line subsequent to engaging the clothes line on one of the hooks and preparatory to engaging it on the opposite hook.

In testimony whereof I affix my signature.


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

Washington, D. C.

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U.S. Classification24/130
Cooperative ClassificationF16G11/10