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Publication numberUS1272819 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateJul 16, 1918
Filing dateJun 19, 1916
Priority dateJun 19, 1916
Publication numberUS 1272819 A, US 1272819A, US-A-1272819, US1272819 A, US1272819A
InventorsEdgar B Linnett
Original AssigneeSearls Mfg Company
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Wardrobe-trunk clothes-carrier.
US 1272819 A
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Description  (OCR text may contain errors)




Application led J une 19, 1916. Serial No. 104,396.

To all 'whom 'it 'may concern ^Be it known that I, EDGAR B. LINNE'r'r, a citizen of the United States, residing in the city of Newark, in the county of Essex and State of New Jersey, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Wardrobe- Trunk Clothes-Carriers, of which the following is a full, clear, and exact description, such as will enable others skilled in the art to which it pertains to make, construct, and use the same, reference being had to the accompanying drawings, and to characters of reference marked thereon, forming a part of this specification.

This invention relates to clothes carriers primarily designed to be combined with known in the art as wardrobe trunks.

The object of the invention is to' provide a simple, strong, inexpensive and thoroughly efficient clothes carrier which is preferably combined with a wardrobe trunk, but which can be combined with any suitable support, such as for instance, a wallor closet, and which consists of a pair of lazy-tongs provided with receiving means to receive the ends ofthe clothes hangers, said receiving means forming open jaws to readily and convenien-tly vreceive the ends of the clothes hangers when the lazy tongs are in extended position, and to form closed jaws to firmly secure and lock the ends of -said clothes hangerswhen thelazy tongs are in closed or contracted position, to prevent accidental displacement of said clothes hangers.

The construction and arrangement of the various parts of my improved device adapt the same to receive a large number of garments or other articles when in extended position and to fold the same into compact form without lcreasing them'when in contracted position. l

Other objects'of this invention, not at this time enumerated, will appear as the description proceeds.

Theinvention resides in the various arrangements and combinations of parts, as well as in the details of construction of the same, all of which will be hereinafter more fully described and then embodied in the clauses of the claim, it being `\understood that changes in the precise embodiment of invention herein disclosed, can be made within the scope` Q f the following claims,

without departing from the spirit of the invention or sacrificin an of its advantages. The invention isc early illustrated in the accompanying drawings, 1n which- Figure 1 represents a perspective view of a preferred form of my improved device, showing the same in partly extended posit10n, thus illustrating the crossed-levers of the lazy ton s forming receiving means in the preferre form, in thenature of open Jaws, to readily and conveniently receive the ends of the clothes hangers, and from which they ca-n be readily removed.y

Fig. 2 represents a front elevation of the same with hangers in place; and

Fig 3 represents an enlarged fragmentary view of the crossed-levers of the lazy tongs in their closed or contracted osition, illustratmg the receiving means c osed, in order to provide closed jaws to prevent accidental displacement of the clothes hangers.

Similar numerals of reference refer to like parts throughout the specification andsdrawings.

In the said drawings, the reference characters 1-1 represent lazy tongs, the outer ends of these tongs being connected to a handle bar 2, in any desired or convenient manner, but preferably by means of small angle brackets 3-3, by means of which the lazy tongs may be drawn outward into extended position or pushed inward to closed position, and which forms a further means of support, as will be presently described.

Specification of Letters lTratent. Patented July 16, j gjl,

Suitably lazy-tongs supporting brackets 4.--4 designed to support the lazy tongs 1-1 are located in the top of the trunk asclearly indicated in Figs. l and 2 of the drawings. The lower ends of said brackets are conveniently secured in any desired manner, to the sides 5-5 of the trunk or the like, and the upper ends 6-6 of which, are preferably secured to a cleat 7 located in close proximity to the top of the trunki' The upper inner ends of the lazy tongsl 1-1 are pivotally attached to the supporting brackets 1r-4, near 'the upper end thereof, in any well-known manner, as by means of rivets or the like, and the lower inn r ends of the lazy tongs are slidably mounted on said supporting brackets, also by means of rivets or the like, which have sliding engagement with elongated slots 12-12 formed in Isaid brackets, the upper end of 40 ,the crossed-levers of the said slots limiting the outward movement of the lazy tongs, and the lower end limiting the inward movement thereof, together with ,a pair of stops or brackets 8-8, secured 1n 5 close proximity to the front of the sides of the trunk, said brackets 8 8 consisting of a single piece of suitable metal, the front edges of which are cut out to form convenient receiving and supporting means for the 10 ends of the handle bar 2.

The inner edges-of the crossed-levers 13 of the lazy tongs 1--1, above the center and top pivots thereof, are each provided with notched portions l9, which form receiving means when the lazy tongs are in an extended position, as l clearly indicated in Fig. 1` of the drawings, said receiving means being in the .nature of open jaws, designed to readily and conveniently receive the cylin- 2O` drical ends 10 of the clothes hangers 11, and

to provideclosed 'j-aws, as clearly indicated 'in Fig. 3 of the drawings, to rmly secure 'and lock the ends 10 of said hangers 11, when the tongs are in their closed or contracted position, to prevent accidental'displacement of said -clothes hangers 11.

' It will thusl 'be noticed that I have produced a device of the class described, comprising a minimum number of parts, which are made preferably from ordinary sheet metal, the shapes of which are such as to lend themselves readily'to manufacture by the use of ordinary punches and dies. Furthermore, the construction' of the device,

when in extended position, enablesy the user 4 thereof to easily remove from the open jaws of the carrier a hanger, and to replace the same, andl which when in a contracted position, prevents the removal of said han er, lazy tongs forming closed jaws.

Experience has demonstrated that the organization above described is a highly eficient one, and while the device described i is the preferred embodiment of my `present invention, I do not care to restrict myself to the exact details of construction, combivnation and arrangement herein setl forth, it

being obvious that minor-variations thereof,

not involving the exercise of invention, may be made by any skilled mechanic, and such departures from. what'is herein described and claimed, I consider within the scope and terms of my claims. ,l

H'avingthus described my invention, what I ldesire to claim and secure by Letters Patent is zl 1. In a clothes carrier, the combination with a ,suitable support, of a pair of lazytong. supporting brackets secured thereon',

f palr of lazy tongs operatively connected to said supporting brackets, the cro eldlev'e'rs of the lazy'tongs abovethe centi-r fl ytop pivots vthereof each provided with t recelving means 'for recelving andr perm.- ting the ready removal -of clothes hangers when the lazy tongs are in extended position, said open receiving means forming closures or locking means for locking the said) clothes hangers when the device is in contracted position.

2. In a clothes carrier, the combination with a suitable support, of a pair of lazy crossed-levers of the lazy tongs abovethe center vand top pivots thereof, each proclothes hangers.

This specification signed and witnessed this 16th day ofJune, 1916. j

. EDGAR B. LINNETT. Witnesses:


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U.S. Classification211/105, 312/334.3, 190/13.00R
Cooperative ClassificationA47G25/746