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KLAMROTH. ANTIFOULING DEVICE FOR FLAGS AND THE LlKE.
APPLlCATlON FILED NOV. 29,19I 8 1,306,915.
Patented June 17, 1919.
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ANTIFOULING DEVICE FOR FLAGS AND THE LIKE.
APPLICAT'ION FILED NOV 29-11918.
Patented June 17, 1919.
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ANTIFOULING- DEVICE FOR FLAGS AND THE LIKE.
Application filed November 29, 1918.
To all whom it may concern:
Be it known that I, OTTO KLAMROTI-I, a citizen of the United States, and a resident of Liberty, in the county of Sullivan and State of New York, have invented new and useful Improvements in .Antifouling Devices for Flags and the like, of which the following is a specification.
The objects of this invention are to provide means for supporting or mounting a flag upon a fiagstaif or thelike, so that it may be moved longitudinally of the same by means of halyards and will not become fouled, that is to say, tangled or twisted around the pole or the like, or the halyards; to provide for this purpose sheaves or the like which loosely surround the flag pole or similar support and are'carried bythe halyards; to enable said sheaves to be spaced as desired and secured to the halyards; to provide for said sheaves circular straps which fit rotatably upon the sheaves and carry the flag or the like; to thus enable the flag to turn completely around the halyards and flagpole or other similar support; to provide rods for connecting the straps or rings and holding them and the sheaves in parallel relation at right angles to the pole; to make said rods collapsible so that the sheaves can approach each other when the flag is taken in, and to obtain other advantages and re sults as may be brought out in the following description.
Referring to the accompanying drawing, in whichlike numerals of reference indicate the same parts throughout the several views, I
Figure 1 is a side view of a flagstaff carrying a flag mounted by my improved antifouling device;
Fig. 2 is a face view of one of thesheaves with its rotary strap or ring thereon;
Fig. 3 shows a section of the flagstaff with a sheave and strap in cross-section as on line 33, Fig. 2;
Fig. 4 is a perspective view of a flagstafi" equipped with my improved device but without any flag thereon, and
Fig. 5 is a side view of my device showing telescopically collapsible rods for holding the sheaves and their straps in parallel relation and at right angles to the flagstaff or the like.
In the specific embodiment of the invention set forth in said drawings, 1 indicates a Specification of Letters Patent.
Patented June 17, 1919.
Serial No. 264,698.
flag stalf, although it will be understood that my invention could be applied to a stretched rope, cable or any other similar support. 2- indicates the halyards running over a pulley 3 at the end of the fiagstafl', as is common, and to illustrate my invention I have shown upon the staff parallel sheaves 4:, l, each with a strap or ring 5 thereon. It will be understood thatthese sheaves are spaced properly for attachment to the gromets of a flag 6, which is shown as having two gromets near its upper and lower edges, although enough sheaves could be employed and properly spaced for attachment to any number of gromets in a flag. The sheaves and their straps or rings are alike, and therefore a description of one will suffice for both.
Each sheave 4: comprises a disk 7 having through itself an opening 8 which loosely receives the flagstaff 1 as shown, and pref erably I make this opening eccentric so as to provide more space at one side thereof for attachment of the halyards, which I have shown done by means of holes 9, 10, 11 and 12 in the disk. The halyard rope 2 runs up through one of the end holes as 12, and then returning from above goes down through the middle hole of the other three, as 10, comes up again through the neXt adjacent intermediate hole 11, and then passes downthrough the other end hole 9, so that the sheave is made fast to that bight of the halyards or portion between the opposite ends of the flag pole and will travel with it as the halyards are pulled. This is the means of attachment which I prefer, although doubtless other forms could be employed.
The peripheral edge of the disk 7 provides a track for the strap or ring 5, which track I have shown formed by grooving the periphery of the disk, as at 13, to receive balls 14, which also lie in a corresponding groove 15 in the strap or ring. It will be understood that the strap or ring is made in halves diametrically, which can be secured together by screws 16, see Fig. 2 especially, so that it can be removed and replaced, and preferably a snap ring 17 or the like is provided at one of the points of connection of the two halves of the strap for .detachably entering a gromet of the flag. Any suita- 'ble means may be used for this purpose, and located at any point on the strap.
It will thus be seen that as the flag blows in the wind, the straps 5, 5 rotate easily upon the sheaves t, 4, without disturbing either the halyards or the flagstafl', and if necessary the flag can swingentirely around the pole. There is thus no way for the flag to become entangled with the pole or halyards or twisted or wrapped therearound, but it will at all times float freely and display itself. The pulley 3 for the halyards at the end of the pole is of course fixed with respect to the pole, and the halyards at their other ends are secured to the pole in any usual manner, as by means of a cleat (not shown), so that the halyards are nonrotatable with respect to the pole or other support.
I have illustrated in Figs. 1-4: connecting rods 18 extending from one strap or ring 5 to the other so as to hold the same in parallel relation and at right angles to the flagstafl, and I prefer to use these connecting rods in order to insure free sliding of the sheaves on the flagstafl or other support, without sticking or jammin These connecting rods also insure simultaneous turning of the straps or rings and thus prevent any twisting of the flag out of parallel relation to the staff. If it is desired to have the sheaves drawn together as the flag is taken in, the connecting rods may be telescopic, as shown in Fig. 5, where 19 indicates a section of a little more than half the length to which the sheaves are spaced adapted to slide into a tubular section 20 of substantially the .same length. Thus when the sheaves are separated to fly the flag, these sections draw nearly apart and yet engage-suilicientto hold them in alinement, whereas when the flag is pulled in the section 19 passes entirely into the section 20.
Various modifications may be made in the manufacture of my invention, by those skilled in the art, to adapt it to different uses and purposes, as I realize that it can be employed for other things than flags, and I do not wish to be understood as restricting myself except as required by the following claims when construed in the light of the prior art.
Having thus described the invention, what I claim is 1. In an anti-fouling device, the combination with halyards, of a sheave fixed to .said halyards, a strap rotatable on said sheave, and means for attachment to said strap of an object to be carried thereby.
2. In an anti-fouling device, the combination of a sheave apertured to receive a staff, halyards comprising means preventing rotation with respect to said staff and holding said sheave against rotation, a strap rotatable on said sheave, and means for attachment to said strap of an object to be carried thereby.
3. In an anti-fouling device, the combination of a sheave having an aperture for a support and other apertures for halyards to hold the sheave from rotating on the support, a strap rotatable on said sheave, and means for attachment to said strap of an object to be carried thereby.
l. In an anti-fouling device, the 'combi nation of a sheave having an eccentric aperture to receive a support and a series of holes at one side of said aperture to receive halyards and hold the sheave against turning on the support, a strap rotatable on said sheave, and means for attachment to said strap of an object to be carried therebyc 5. The combination with a support and halyards comprising means preventing rotation with respect to the support, of a sheave slidable on the support and attached to the halyards, a strap rotatable on said sheave, and means for attachment to said strap of an object to' be carried thereby.
6. In an anti-fouling device for flags, the combination of a staff, halyards, sheaves secured to said halyards in spaced relation to each other, straps rotatable upon said sheaves around the halyards and stafi', and means on said straps for attaching a flag.
7. In an anti-fouling device, the combination of sheaves apertured to receive a support, halyardsfastened to said sheaves and comprising means for preventing rotation with respect to the support, straps rotatable one on each of said sheaves, and means connecting said straps so as to cause them to turn substantially in unison.
8. In an anti-fouling device, the combination of sheaves apertured to receive a support, halyards fastened to said sheaves and comprising means for preventing rotation with respect to the support, straps rotatable one on each of said sheaves, and connecting rods extending from one strap to the other to cause them to turn in unison.
9-. In an anti-fouling device, the combination of sheaves apertured to receive a support and means for holding said sheaves against rotation, straps rotatable one on each of said sheaves, and connecting rods extending from one strap to the other to cause them to turn in unison, said connecting rods being in telescoplc sectlons.
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