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A. W. RALSTON.
METALLIC CLOTHES PIN.
APPLICATION FILED SEPT.25. I916.
Patented May 2 8 l9l 8.
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ARTHUR W. RALSTON, OF SHERIDAN, MISSOURI.
Specification of Letters Patent.
Patented May 28, 1918.
Application filed September 25, 1916. Serial No. 122,029.
To all whom it may concern:
Be it known that I, ARTHUR W. Rsnsrox, a citizen of the United States, residing at Sheridan, in the county of Worth, State of Missouri, have invented certain new and useful Improvements and I do hereby 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.
The present invention is directed to improvements in metallic clothes pins, and has for its object to provide an article of this character that the same can be easily and quickly engaged or disengaged from the clothes line, and when in place on the line will hold the articles firmly engaged thereon.
A further object of the invention is to provide a clothes pin formed from a single length of resilient wire, and constructed in such manner that the spreading action of the jaws will be limited.
lVith these and other objects in View, this invent-ion resides in the novel features of construction, combination, formation and arrangements of parts to be hereinafter more fully described, claimed and illustrated in the accompanying drawing, in which Figure 1 is a front view of the device.
Fig. 2 is a perspective view of the device, showing the same in the position assumed when engaged on the line.
Fig. 3 is a sectional view on line 3-3 of Fig. 1.
Fig. 4 is asectional view on line 4-4 of Fig. 2.
The device is formed from a single length of resilient wire and consists of concentric registering coils 1 and 2, the coil 1 terminating in a jaw 3, said jaw comprislng vertical arms 1 and 5, the arm 4 being a continuation of the coil 1.
The upper end of the arm 5 1s bent outwardly, as at 6. The terminal of the co1l 2 terminates in a jaw 7 which also consists of vertically arranged arms 8 and 9, the former in Metallic Clothes-Pins;
being provided with an offset 10 which is engaged in the loop 11 which is formed between the coil 2 and jaw 7 and it is in this loop that the terminal of the coil 1 operates.
The coil 1 is further provided with a shoulder 12 which is disposed transversely above the loop 11 and is adapted to engage a part of the coil 1 when the jaws 4 and 7 are spread, so as to limit the spreading movement of said jaws, thereby preventing disrupting of the coils, occasioned by undue expansion of said jaws.
The jaws are flared outwardly, as at 22, so as to provide an entrance mouth 23 so as to facilitate the engagement of the device on a clothes line.
What is claimed is 1. A clothes pin consisting of a length of wire formed to produce concentric registering coils, terminating each in a jaw, a
loop formed between one of the jaws and its coil and embracing the other jaw, andea shoulder formed in the wire and extending across the loop to form a stop.
2. A clothes pin consisting of a length of wire formed to produce coils, the wheat the terminal of one of the coils being formed to produce an elongated loop lying outwardly of the coils and being formed beyond the loop to produce a jaw consisting of a doubled portion of the wire, one of said doubled portions having the free extremity lying within the loop, the other coil having its terminal portion engaged through the loop and formed therebeyond-to produce a. jaw for cooperation with the first jaw, the wire at the ,union of the two coils being formed to