US 1398411 A
Description (OCR text may contain errors)
J. B. AKERS.
APPLICATION men JULY 17, 1920.
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JOSEPH BRADLEY AKERS, OFNEW YORK, 1v. Y.
Application filed July 17,
T 0 all whom it may concern Be it known that l, JosnPH BRADLEY AKnRs, a citizen of the United States, and a resident of New York, in the county of llew York and State of New York, have lnvented certain new and useful Improvements in Curtain-Rods, of which the following is a specification.
This invention relates to improvements in curtain rods adapted to support curtains lnjuxtaposition to the window at the inside of the same and being so mounted as to permit it to swing at right angles or clear of the window in order to afford maximum ventilation and light ingress and which is adjustable to windows of various widths or sizes, in addition tobeing easily moved into position to afford a shield against the vision of passersby as well as a decoration for the room when swung at right angles or inwardly, to permit more convenient washing or cleaning of the window anes. j
A further object of the invention is to provide a novel form of support or an adjustable armforming the rod, in order that the arm may be held in position adjacent to or parallel with the window frame, or in angular relation in respect thereto and will not be blown by the wind to a different position, the device also being easily mounted in position for use and'so constructed as to permit economical production and furnish the necessary requisite for durability and efiiciency in use.
Other and further objects of my invention will become readily apparent to persons skilled in the art, from a consideration of the following description when taken in conjunction with the accompanying drawings, wherein a Figure 1 is a perspective view showing the improved curtain rod supported in position for use,
Fig, 2 is an enlarged fragmentary plan Fig; 3 is a fragmentary side elevation of the device as shown in Fig. 2, j Fig. 4 is a sectional view taken on the line 4-4 of Fig. 2, and
Fig. 5 is a sectional view taken on the line 5-5 of Fig. 3, omitting the spring.
' Referring to the drawings in detail, in which ,like reference characters designate corresponding parts throughout the several views, my improved curtain'rod or support Specification of Letters Patent.
Patented Nov. 29, 1921.
1920. Serial NO. 396,997. I
is shown as comprising a bracket in the form of a plate 6 which is T-shaped or rela tively flat and provided with a base or cross-piece 6 apertured as shown at 7 for receiving fastening screws or the like 8 in order that the device may be attached to a window frame or the like 9, forming a vertical support or upright, the device beingattached at one side of the frame, as clearly shown in Figs. 1 and 2 of the drawings, so as to extend out from the inside face of the frame.
As illustrated, the V outer end of the bracket or plate is disposed against the inner side of the frame and the inner end thereof projects and is slotted or bifurcated as indicated at 10 to provide spaced upper and lower jaws 11 which are vertically apertured' as indicated at 12, the apertures being in alinement. Secured to thecasing in conjunction with the plate isa relatively stiff spring 12' which'is'.disposed between the plate and the casing, being likewise apertured to receive securing means 8 at the outer end. The inner end of the spring is curved laterally or outwardly at an acute angle with respect to the outer face of the plate, as indicated at 13, and is then extended in parallel relation with respect thereto, as indicated at 14, while the free end of the spring is bent inwardly substantially at right anglesadjacent to the end of the plate 6 as indicated at 15, thus forming a limiting shoulder or stop for the arm or support 16.
This arm may be of relatively fiat tubular metal or otherwise, and extends into the recess or bifurcation 10, being mounted on the pivot 17 extended through the apertures 1.2 and through vertically alined or registering apertures or an opening extending edgewise through the arm, the ends of the pivot being headed or upset, in order that the device may be reversed in position so as be disposed in parallel relation to the inner face of the frame or in angularrelation at right angles to the plate 6 as shown in solid lines in Fig. 2 of the drawings, when the projecting inner end of the arm will force the spring 12 outwardly and ride the por- .tions 13 and 14 until it abuts the shoulder or stop 15, when it will be held from further movement, and will be held with certain friction or tension to maintain t in this position. However, the arm may beswung from the position in'angular relation or atof the drawing, to the dotted line position in alinement with the attaching bracket or plate 6 and at right angles thereto or other angular relation tothe base 6 and frame 9, and the projecting end will engage the spring 12 which is disposed fiat against the plate, and thus secure the arm against movement in a position in angular relation or at right angles to the inner face of the frame at the top, as distinguished from the operative position adjacent to or parallel and against the inner face of the frame. The arm is also preferably made in two sections, which are made to telescope one within the other, the outer section 18 fitting within the inner section and being adapted to be held in adjusted position so as to vary the length of the arm in accordance with the width of the frame or the size of the article to be-supported thereby, as by means of a set screw 19, which is engaged through a threaded aperture in the inner section and frictionally engages one side of the outer section.
(It will thus be seen that a curtain rod constructed in accordance with the invention .will be adjustable in length, and may be disarranging the curtain or curtains, thus 'glVlIlg the 7 window maximum ventilatlon and opening. It Wlll also facilitate cleaning of the windows, and if necessary, for extra large windows, two of the devices may be provided, one extending inwardly from each side, thus obviating the necessity of supporting undue weight thereon. The device may also be used to suspend rugs or curtains in a salesor show room, maps in a schoolroom, or otherwise, and may be used in connection with a windowframe or door frame. The device is simple in construc tion, can be economically produced, and readily attached in condition for use by screws or nails without serious or noticeable injury or mutilation of the support. Obviously, the curtains or other paraphernalia supported thereby are hemmed or otherwise made to slip over the rod formed by the adjustable arm. V
In view of the foregoing, it is, thought that theoperation of the device will be readlly understood and in view of the simplicity and practical value'that it will commend itself to those skilledin the art.
Having thus described my invention, wha
i 1 claim is:- v
I 1. A curtain rod comprising an arm having a flattened side, an attaching bracket having a base portion and a vertical plate portion extending outwardly at right angles thereto, the free end of said plate portion being bifurcated and having said arm pivoted vertically for horizontal swinging movement therein near one end to provide a short projecting portion at theadjacent end'of the arm, and a spring strip secured to the outside of the vertical plate portion and curved laterally and away from the same, then parallel thereto and having its free end bent inwardly substantially at right angles to form a stop to engage the short projecting end of thearm and hold the same at right angles to the plate limited against further movement in that direction but adapted to extend outwardly in alinement with the plate and held by the springadjacent to the curved portion thereof.
2. A curtainrod comprising an arm adjustable in length and having opposed flat faces, a T-shaped attaching bracket having an apertured base and a vertical plate portion extending at right angles thereto to which said arm is pivoted at oneend and a spring strip carried by the plate and extending along said right angularly extended portion and provided with a shoulder to engage the adjacent end of the arm whereby to hold the arm in alinement with or at right angles to the plate. p
3. The combination with an upright support or the like; of a T-shaped bracket plate having a bifurcation at one end and a pivot extending across the latter, an arm having an opening alining with said pivot "for swinging movement thereon and havin a projecting portion extending into the bi rcations and a spring attached to the plate at one side and provided with a laterally ofiset portion formed with a shoulder adapted by engagement with-the side and free end of said projecting portion tolimit the swing of the arm at right angles to theplate in one direction only, said arm when alined with the plate being engaged by the spring and held against movement. v r
4, A supporting rod of the class described comprising a bracket plate apertured for mounting the same against an uprightfsupport-or window frame, aspring disposed against the outer face of the plate and having a laterally bent curved portion formed with an inwardly projecting end constitut-- ing a stop and its [intermediate portion parallel to the plate,said plate being slotted at its free end, an arm pivoted vertically for hori'zontally'swinging movement in said slot, the adjacent end of the arm projecting beyond the outer face of the plate when disposed at right angles thereto and seated in theparallel portion and against the inwardly projecting endsto frictionally and positively hold the same in position and age nstmovement toward the upright support or Window frame, said projecting portion when disposed in the slot being held by the spring adjacent the laterally bent curved portion.
5. A supporting rod of the class described comprising a bracket plate apertured for mounting the same against an upright support or Window frame, a spring disposed against the outer face of the plate and having a laterally bent curved portion formed with an inwardly projecting end constituting a stop and its intermediate portion parallel to the plate, said plate being slotted tom portions of the plate and rod at the top with the end of the rod projecting into the slot and held by the spring adjacent the curved portion and shoulder in positions in alinement with and at right angles to the plates, respectively.
JOSEPH BRADLEY AKERS.