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Publication numberUS1324180 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateDec 9, 1919
Filing dateFeb 15, 1919
Publication numberUS 1324180 A, US 1324180A, US-A-1324180, US1324180 A, US1324180A
InventorsClarence C. Shupp
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Locking device for robes and the like
US 1324180 A
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Patented Dec. 9, 1919.




Application filed February 15, 1919.

To all whom it may concern Be it known that I, CLARENCE C. SHUPP, a citizen of the United States of America, residingat Muskegon Heights, in the county of Muskegon and State of Michigan, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Looking Devices for Robes and the like; 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 usethe same.

The present invention relates to devices for use in looking robes or other articles against removal, the device in question being particularly adapted for use in automobiles in which robes, garments, and the like are left and which, without some means of securing them against removal are liable to theft. It is an object and purpose of the invention to produce a novel attachment in the form of a robe rail and designed for attachment to the back of the front seat of an automobile, and apply a novel form of retaining bar to said robe rail, mounting it for easy and ready adjustment toward or away from the rail and at the same time provide means whereby one end of the retaining bar may be locked in any one of a large number of positions, while the other end is also held against movement when said first end is locked. Further objects and purposes of the invention are to construct the device in the simplest and most economical manner, the same being formed from sheet metal and flat bar metal, all of which is easily formed and cut to desired shapes and at comparatively low cost. Many other objects and purposes than those particularly stated will appear as understanding of the invention is had from the following description taken in connection with the accompanying drawing, in which,

Figure 1 is an elevation of the complete locking device.

Fig. 2 is a perspective view of the retaining bar.

Fig. 3 is an end view looking against the left end of the construction shown in Fig. 1, and

Fig. 4 is a section taken on the line 4-4 of Fig. l and looking in the direction indicated by the arrows, both Figs. 8 and 4 being drawn to enlarged scales.

Like reference characters refer to like parts in the different views of the drawings.

Specification of Letters Patent.

tween any two Patented Dec. 9, 1919. Serial No. 27?,320.

In construction, a bar 1 of flat metal is bent to form two arms 2 and 3 one at each end of the bar 1. The arm 2 is turned to lie in a plane at right angles to the length of bar 1 while the arm 3 is twisted or turned so that for the greater portion of its length it is positioned in a plane paralleling the length of the bar 1, as shown in Figs. 1 and 4. The arms 2 and 3 are pivotally connected at their free ends to outstanding ears 4 on brackets 4 which may be of any suitable form or design and adapted to be attached to the back of an automobile seat. In practice a screw having a head 5 may pass through the end of each of the arms 2 and 3 and thread through the associated ears 4, receiving a suitable nut 6 which serves to conceal the end of the screw and also look it against undesired movement.

One edge of the arm 2 is formed with a plurality of equally spaced projections 7, all of which projections are of equal lengths. The opposite arm has a plurality of holes or openings 8 therethrough, one for each proj ection 7 and one for each of the shallow recesses between projections. The bar 1 has a bar 9 of flat metal attached thereto, lengthwise thereof and disposed at right angles so that the two bars 1 and 9 make a T section. In practice I prefer to secure bar 9 to bar 1 by using projecting pins 10 from the bar 9, passing them through the bar 1 and heading over the same. I also prefer to make the free edge of the bar 9 with a consecutive series of shallow recesses whereby a roughened edge is produced with which a robe, garment or the like when on' e engaged and pressed thereagainst will not freely disengage. -A robe, garment or the like may be placed over the bars 1 and 9 and supported thereby in the same fashion as in other types of robe rails for automobiles, as is obvious.

Associated with the robe rail thus formed is a retaining bar 11 also formed from flat metal and bent at one end to make a loop 12 which passes around the arm 2. This loop has a slot 13 cut in one side of a width to freely receive a projection 7 and the width of the bar 11 and the height of the loop is such that it may also just pass freely beconsecutive projections. When the bar 11 is swung outwardly and away from the arm 3, it may be turned far enough to entirely disengage from the projections 7 and may then be adjusted to any other or desired position in the length of the arm 2. This retaining bar is also formed on its under edge with a plurality of shallow recesses similar to those in the bar 9 and at its free end has an opening 14; which may be brought into conjunction with the various openings 8 in the arm 3 whereby the hasp or loop of alock of the pad-lock type, as shown at 15, may be passed therethrough, locking the retaining bar against mvement.

By reason of the pivotal connection of the robe rail to the brackets 4, it may be turned to horizontal position, and the retaining bar 11 may then be turned upwardly, after which the robe, blankets, garments or the like to be held on the rail are laid over the bars 1 and 9. The retaining bar 11 is then moved into close engagement with said articles and its free end locked to the arm 3. It is practically impossible to remove any of the articles from between the bars 9 and 11 until the retaining bar is released and there is practical assurance of the safety of the articles thus left.

This construction of locking device for robes and similar articles is very simple in structure but also very efi'ective for the purposes for which it is designed. Many variations in structural detail may be resorted to without departing from the invention and I consider myself entitled to all such modifications as fall within the scope of the appended claims defining the invention.

I claim:

1. In combination, a bar of flatmetal having an arm turned at one end to lie in a plane substantially at right angles to the length of the bar, and a second arm at the other end twisted to lie in a plane parallel to the length of the bar, said second arm having a plurality of openings in its length, means for pivotally mounting said arms, a retaining bar pivotally and adjustably mounted on the first arm and movable lengthwise thereof, means to hold said bar in any one of a number of positions in the length of the arm, said retaining bar having an opening at one end adapted to come in conjunction with the openings in the second arm, and a lock passed through said opening in the retaining bar and an opening in said second, arm, substantially as described. V j

2. In combination, a bar of flat metal having an arm turned from each end thereof, means for pivotally mounting said arms, one of said arms having a plurality of equally spaced projections formed at one edge thereof, a retaining bar of flat metal formed at one end with a closed loop passing around said arm having said projections, said loop being of a height slightly less than the distancebetween consecutive projections, and also being provided in one side with a slot adapted to freely receive a projection, and means for detachably securing the opposite end of the retaining bar to the other arm at any one of a number of positions in the length thereof, substantially as described.

3. In combination, a bar of fiat metal having an arm turned from each end thereof, means for pivotally mounting said arms, a second bar disposed between the arms and lying against and'connected to the first bar, being disposed in a plane at right angles to the width of the first bar and having its free edge formed with a plurality of recesses, a retaining bar adjustably mounted at one end on one of said arms, said retaining bar having its edge nearest the second bar similarly formed with a plurality of recesses, and means for detachably securing the opposite end of the retaining bar to the other arm at any one of a plurality of different positions in the length of the arm, substantially as described.

In testimony whereof I atlix my signature.


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US3581905 *Apr 21, 1969Jun 1, 1971Bond Stores IncGarment display case
US4760929 *Jan 20, 1987Aug 2, 1988Fedorchak James JSpacer for garment hanger or the like
US8720705 *Sep 23, 2013May 13, 2014Laura J. MerbethRibbon rack
U.S. Classification211/7, 70/60
Cooperative ClassificationE05B69/006