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Publication numberUS1335331 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateMar 30, 1920
Filing dateSep 20, 1918
Priority dateSep 20, 1918
Publication numberUS 1335331 A, US 1335331A, US-A-1335331, US1335331 A, US1335331A
InventorsGunderson John E
Original AssigneeGunderson John E
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
US 1335331 A
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APPLICATION man SEPT-20, 191a.

' Patented Mar. 30, 1920.

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Application filed September 20, 1918.

To all whom it may concern:

Be it known that 1, JOHN E. GUND RsoN, a citizen of the United States, residing at Foxboro, in the county of Douglas, State of \Visconsin, have invented certain new an useful Improvements in Clothespins; 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 itv appertains .to make and use the same.

This invention is an improvement infasteners and has particular reference to a clothes pin.

An object of the invention is the prov'ision of a novel spring or resilient connection between the clamping members of the pin which will resilientlymaintain the jaw-ends thereof in operative position to eifectively retain clothes upon the line. 7

Another object is the provision of a clothes pin of this character, which is simple in construction, easy to manufacture and effective in carrying out the purpose for which it is designed. l

The inventive idea involved is capable of receiving a variety of mechanical expressions-one of which, for the purpose of illustrating the invention, is shown in the accompanying drawing wherein I Figure 1 is a side elevation of the pin in use.

Fig. 2 is a perspective view of the metal portion.

Fig. 3 is a longitudinal section through the pin.

Fig. 4 is a cross section thereof.

The clothes pin is illustrated in What is now believed to be its preferred form and comprises a pair of co-acting-clam'ping members 5 similarly constructed and each formed of any suitable material such as wood-.. Each member 5 has its greatest thickness at a point intermediate the ends thereof and is directions from such point tapered in both to produce a jaw end and a handle end; The jaw ends have inner opposed gripping or clamping surfaces 6 corrugated or grooved transversely as indicated at 7 so as to aid in maintaining the pin in engagement with the clothes fastened upon'the line thereby. The

outer extremities of the jaws are outwardly beveled as indicated at 8 to form a flared entrance for the clothes line when the pin Specification of Letters Patent.

' use and, to this, end, one of Patented Mar.30, 1920.

Serial No. 254,891.

is being positioned thereon. The opposite or handle ends 9 of the members 5 form finger grips whereby the clamping or jaw ends of the pin may be spread apart when attaching phe pin to and removing the same from the i The coacting clamping members 5 are held in operative position with respect to each other by a connecting element prefer ably formed of resilient sheet metal having thefend sections 10 lying against the inner faces of the handle ends 9 of the members 5. To hold it there the section 10 is 'a plate provided upon its longitudinal edges with the wings or flanges 11 adapted 'to be bent around the side edges of the handle 9 while the outer end of said plate is also provided with a wing or flange 12 which is bent over the outer extremity of said handle and down on to the outer surface thereof similarly to the wings 11. By so bending the wings 11 and 12 of the end sections it will be apparent that the connecting element is securely fas tened to the members 5 and provides pockets for receiving their handle ends 9. The intermediate portion 13 of the connecting element is bent or rolled to form a resilient pivot which extends transversely of the clamping members 5 and engages in trans- ,verse grooves l l formed therein and by reason of the resiliency of this pivot portion it will be apparent that the handle ends 9 of the clamping members will be normally forced apart and the opposite or jaw ends toward each other to grip the clothes upon. the line.

It is desired to attach the clothes pin to the line 15 so that the same may remain permanently thereon and always be ready for the clamping members 5 isprovided with an eye 16 to which is connected one end of a link 17 the other end of which is connected to another link 18, the latter being provided with a loop 19 at one end to receive the line 15 and said links 17 and ,18 are formed of wire or the like. It will be apparent from this construction that the clothes pin may be permanently suspended from the line and moved along the same to any desired position previous to being utilized for securing clothes on the line. a

It will be noted that at the corners of the wings 11, there are provided inwardly LO midlength fitting in said grooves and pockets directed tangs 20 that bite into the material of the clothes pin and serve to hold the metal casing in plac I What is claimed is 1. A clothes pin comprising two members having coacting jaw ends, divergent handle ends, and confronting grooves between their said ends; and a connecting element of-resilient metal having a transverse roll at its at its ends, each embracing the handle of one of said members. Y

2. A clothes pin comprising two members having coacting jaw endsydivergent handle ends, and confronting grooves between their said ends; and a connecting element of resilient metal having a transverse roll at its midlength fitting in said grooves and a plate at each end lying against the inner face of the handle of one of said members, the

plate having peripheral wings bent over the edges and outer end of said handle and onto its back. I

3. A clothes pin comprising two wooden members having coacting jaw ends, divergent handle ends, and confronting grooves between their said ends; and a connecting element of resilient metal having a transverse roll at its midlength fitting in said grooves I and a plate at each end lying against the inner face of the handle of one of'said members, bent over its edges, and provided with tangs entering its back.

In testimony whereof I affix my signature in the presence of two witnesses.




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US2582178 *Jun 10, 1946Jan 8, 1952Thompson Hugh LGarment conveyer
US2922209 *Mar 14, 1957Jan 26, 1960John B LonghiWeighted plastic clothespin
US2999290 *Jul 9, 1957Sep 12, 1961Giles Benjamin FClamping device
US4395799 *Jun 25, 1981Aug 2, 1983John Thomas Batts, Inc.Spring biased plastic article clamp
US6454109 *Dec 1, 1997Sep 24, 2002Productions Rexford-Doyle Inc.Clothesline system with a support system and improved clothespins
U.S. Classification24/565, 211/119.13
International ClassificationD06F55/00
Cooperative ClassificationD06F55/00
European ClassificationD06F55/00