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Publication numberUS1367290 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateFeb 1, 1921
Filing dateJun 3, 1920
Priority dateJun 3, 1920
Publication numberUS 1367290 A, US 1367290A, US-A-1367290, US1367290 A, US1367290A
InventorsWilliams James E
Original AssigneeWilliams James E
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
US 1367290 A
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APPLICATION FILED, JUNE 3, I920- '1,367,290. Patented Feb. I, 1921.


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Specification. Letters Patent.

tf'atented Feb, it, 1on1.

Application filed June 3, 1920. Serial No. 386,266.

To all, whom it may concern:

Be it known that l, Janna E. WILL-mars, a citizen of the United States, residing at Philadelphia, in the county of Philadeb phia and Eitate of Pennsylvanrmhave 1nvented certain new and useful improve ments in Towel-Racks, of which the following is a specification, reference being had to the accompanying drawings.

This invention relates to a towel rack and particularly to a towel rack for attachment to abath tub. 1

An obiect of the invention is to provlde an attachment of this character capable of being readily applied to the tub without the use of fastening means such as screws, bolts, etc.

Another object is to provide a clamp of this character that can. be positioned at any point on the rim of the bath tub according to the length and form of the rods support ing; the towels.

A. still further object 1s toprovlde an attachment of this character including clamps adapted to engage the rolled run at the bath tab. the standards at the towel rack being disposed to one side of the transverse center of the clamp to retain the clamp in engagement with the rim otthe tub by weight of the rods.

A. still further object of the invention is to provide a towel rack of this character wherein one end of the clamn is provided with the right angular end adapted to engage the edge of the rim. said clamp be ins. readily removable when necessary.

With these and other objects in view, the invention consists in the improved construction and arrangement of parts to be h reinafter more narticularlv described, tullv claimed and illustrated in the accompanvinadrawings. in which: t

Figure 1 is a side elevation SllO'WlDQ'f the invention aonlied, the bath tub beingshown in dotted lines, a

Fig. 2 is an enlarged vertical elevation,

Fitz. 3 is an end elevation.

Referring to the drawinrzs, B designates a conventional form oi bath tub including the usual rolled rim C. In order to supnort towels and the like in the vicinity ot the bath tub wi hout a taching hooks and like devices to the wall adiacent the tub,

face 6 is concave to conform to the contour of the upper surface of the rolled rim The end 7 of the clamp is extended in wardly toward the end 8 in right angular relation to the clamp to provide a retaining toot. fl he clamp is intended to snugly engage the rolled rim of the bath tub, and prevented from disengagement from the rim by means of the retaining foot. Each clamp is provided with a socket 9 which extends vertically from the upper or con vex surface of the clamp adjacent the end 8. This socket is internally threaded and adapted to receive a standard 10, the end 11 of the standard being threaded for engagement with the threads of the socket 9 while the end. 12 is provided with a bearing 13 adapted to receive one end of a rod 14:, the other end of the rod being engaged in the adjacent standard. Knobs or like ornamentations are threaded on the ends of the rod to prevent disengaorement of the rod from the s andards. The rod is in tended to be used for sunnorting towels, garments and the like and in View of the novel arrangement of the clamps is capable of sustaining any weight.

An imoortant feature of this towel rack is that the sockets and s andards are dis nosed closely adiacent the end 8 of the clemns or in other words. to one side of the transverse center of the clamns. and as the standards and rod are vertically d sposed by means of the socket 9. the weight of the s andards, rod and articles sunnorted bv the rod serve to draw the retaining foot in encasement with the edge of the rim C. In view of this. fastening means such as scre s. clamns. bolts. etc. are not necessary as the coiineration of the weioht of the standards and the retaininor foot nositively prevents disengagement o the clamns from the rolled r m of the bath tub. In addition to this. it permits the device to be m nufactured fr m a small amount of material. It mav also be moved alone: the rim of the tub when desired withoutadiusting or loosening any nart bv simnlv tiltino the standards toward the edo'e of the rim so as to oartiallv disen age the foot. and then slide t e ent re rack to the position desired. The rod 14.. can be made in var ous len rths, either short to sunoort a sinole towel. or to corre oond to t e len th of the tub. as the length oi the rod does not interfere in any nianner with the standards and the clamps.

From the foregoing it will be readily seen that this invention provides a novel attachment that may be instantly applied to a bath tub by anyone and properly positioned at the place desired, and the danger of the clamps being pulled from their position, such as is common with the form of towel rack secured to a Wall, is eliminated as no screws, or like movable and separate fastening'means are used.

What is claimed is 1. An attachment for bath tubs comprising a plurality of clamps, each clamp exconnecting the upper ends of said standards to each other, the weight of said standards and rod preventing disengagement of the foot from the edge of the rim.

2. An attachment for bath tubs comprising clamps constructed to conform to the contour of the rolled rim of a bath tub, one end portion of each clamp being engaged with the lower surface of the rim the other end portion of the clamp extending inwardly of the tub, a standard projecting vertically from each clamp adjacent the second mentioned end portion thereof, and a rod extending transversely of the length of said clamps and parallel to the rim of the tub, said rod connecting the upper ends of the standards to each other.

In testimony whereof I hereunto afiix my signature.


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U.S. Classification211/105.1, 248/213.2, 4/559
International ClassificationA47K10/00, A47K10/08
Cooperative ClassificationA47K10/08
European ClassificationA47K10/08