US 1580847 A
Description (OCR text may contain errors)
April 13 1926.
H. E. MOINEAU WIRE RECEPTACLE Filed Nov. 4. 922
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- Nrrn Sm HECTOR E. MDINEAU, OF MARLBORO, MASSACHUSETTS.
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Application filed November To all whom mdy concern:
Be it known that I, Hncron E. Morsnao, a citizen of the United States, residing at Marlboro, county of lvliddlcsex, and State of Massachusetts, have invented a certain new and useful Wire Receptacle, o'fwhich the following is aspecification.
This invention is a wire receptacle and while anydesired form of wire receptacle may be made under the present invention, the invention is particularly directed to soap dishes, tumbler holders and wire bathroom fixtures, generally, as well as dish drainers, soap shakers and other wire kitchen utensils.
It has been the practice in making wire receptacles to cut Wires into suitable lengths, and after bending them into the desired shapes to weld or solder the opposite ends of each wire to some adjacent wire. In all of the prior devices so far as I am aware, I the free ends of the ma orit y of the wires of the construction are secured to some other wire of the construction, usually by cross welding, so that sharp jagged ends are left, which are apt to cut the fingers i1"? the-article is handle carelessly. These ends are frequently more or less protected by dipping the articles in enamel, so that when the enamel is hardened the whole structure will be encased within an envelope of enamel. I have found, however, that after a relatively short time the enamel checks ofi of the sharp edges of the wire ends and not only produces a unsightly appearance but exposes the sharp ends in such manner as to cause injury to a person handling the article.
\Vith the foregoing considerations in mind, the object of the present invention is to provide a wire receptacle constructed from closed wire loops. In other words, a receptacle wherein each component element is in the form of a closed wire loop so that there are absolutely no free wire ends, proecting at any point. I obtain not only a more att active construction, but I am enabled by welding the loops to other adjacentloops to obtain a much stronger weld than :ould possibly be obtained by welding awire end to another wire. Accordingly, the structure of the present invention is not only more pleasing in appearance than prior articles, but is more durable and of stronger construction.
' The nres'ent receptacle re uires no more wire than prior receptacles intended for the same By this construction 4, 1922. Serial No. 599,115.
uses, is equally economically manufactured and is a highly superior article.
Another object of the invention is'to pro vide a method whereby the art' al of this invention may be manufactured in practical, economical, efiicient and rapid inanner.
Features of the invention, other than those specified, will be apparent from the'hereinafter detailed description and claims, when read in conjunction with the accompanying drawings.
The accompanying drawings illustrate one practical en'ibodime'nt of the invention, but the construction therein showh is to be un derstood as illustrative, only, and not as delining the limits of the invention.
Figure 1 is a perspective view showing a soap dish embodying the present invention.
Figure 2 shows alength of ordinary wire.
Figure 3 shows a wire of Figure 2 bent pinto the form of a loop and showing the first step in forming one of the transverse members of the dish shown in Figure 2., Figure 4 shows a larger open loop which is the first step of forming the longitudinal stay member; and, v Figure 5 shows a larger open loop which Willform the frame of the dish. The method of this invention may be practiced to make widely different forms of wire receptacles and the steps of the method will necessarily be varied somewhat in accordance with the particular article to be made. However, the underlying principle the same for all articles. As the first step of the method, wires are cut to suitable lengths. Thereafter each wire is bent into the form of a loop so that its opposite ends are brought into end abutting relation. whereupon said ends are secured firmly together preferably by welding. When this operation-has been completed, all of the elements to form the receptacle will be in the form of closed wire loops which will, of course, vary in shape in accordance with the particular receptacle to be formed. These loops may be shaped into their finished configurations or certain of them may be "assembled prior to final shaping. The latter course is preferred in many instances. In accordance with the latter procedure. certain of the loops are welded to certain other loops and thereafter the loops thus assembled are pressed into their finished i l shape and are thereupon permanently securedto a rigid frame which serves to main tain the entire structure in rigid, permanent configuration.
lily way of example, the method of manufacturing the soap dish shown. in Figure 1 will be described in detail.
I first cut from a piece of wire a number of wire rods of a suitable length for forming the transverse elements 1. If all of these transverse elements are the same the length of wire will be the same. It will be noted however that two end transverse elements are provided with legs 2 and the wires forming these two elements will necessarily be cut a little longer. A length of wire suitable for forming the elements 1 as shown in Figure 2 will also be cut. Afte these wires have been cut, they are next bent into the form of a loop 3, as shown in Figure 3, after which the ends of the wire forming the loop are welded together as to produce a closed loop. For the making of the soap dish shown in Figure 1, four of such loops are made. Two other loops are made in substantially the same manner for the two end t ansverse elements and this extra length is to provide material for the formation of the'legs 2, which are preferably formed into; the loop at the time of forming and closing said loop. When these operations are concluded, all of the transverse elements will have been completed. They may be left in the form of flat loops or their ends may be bent up to form the sides of the receptacles. I prefer however to leave them fiat and bend them up by a subsequent'operatioii I next form a loop 5 shown in Figure 4 and weld the ends of this loop to ether as at 6. This loop 5 is to constitute t e longitudinal stay element 7 and-is preferably leit' flat until its ends are bent up by a. sub
sequent operation. As seen in Figures 1, 2, 3 and 5, the loops are of elongated form and may be of greater or less width between the parallel members thereof.
To commence the assembly of the parts, all of the transverse elements are laid face downward on the male element of a die in desired spaced parallel relation from one another and the longitudinal stay element 7 is superimposed on the thus positioned transverse elements so as to extend across all of them, and thereupon said stayelement is welded to each transverse element at its point of crossing therewith.
fit the conclusion of the welding operation, all of the elements are next simultaneously operated upon by the female member of a die and all simultaneously bent into dish shape. In this way, I obtain uniformity of configuration.
The receptacle as thus far described is now in condition to'receive the frame. loop as at 4:, so-
which as shown in Figure 5 is preferably formed from somewhat heavier wire and with its free ends welded together as at 8. The frame loop is so proportioned that it may be associated with the dish form described, so that the opposite ends of all the transverse elements, as well as the op posite ends of the longitudinal stay element will simultaneously engage with the under side of the frame loop ,which in Figure l is designated by the reference character 9 and to this loop the upturned ends of. all
of the transverse elements and the stay ele ment are welded in such manner that the ends of all of the loops will underlie the frame loop and will in nowise project beyond the outer contour of the latter.
It will he noted that the transverse loop as well as the stayloop will present a curved surface to the frame loop at the points of contact therewith and thus produce an ideal condition for welding since small fillets may be incorporated at this point and a very strong and rigid construction will result.
If the receptacle is to be supported on a flat surface, the legs 2 provide convenient means for supporting it above said surface, but if it is desired to suspend the receptacle it may be provided with suitable suspension means. The receptacle shown in Figure 1 is illustrated as provided with a suspension hook 10 in the form of a closed loop welded at 11 to the frame loop 9 and bent so as to be readily hooked over the side of a bath tub.
It will be understood that if the dish is to be hung from a nail or cylinder support.
, one or more small rings may be employed ceptacle there is no wire end whatsoever.-
The ends of the wire of each element are united and every part of the construction is formed of endless curves. Accordingly, it
necessarily follows that there could be no rough places, sharp ends or other unevenness which would be unsightly and would be apt to injure the hands of a user. In contradistinction, the receptacle is of an unusually neat, pleasing and finished appearance and is strong,rigid 'and durable.
' It will be apparent from the foregoing detailed description of the invention that many different articles may be efliciently and economically manufactured in accordance with this invention and that accordingly I;
do not limit myself to the specific structure what I claim as new and desire to secure by Letters Patent is:
l. A wire receptacle comprising a body portion in the form of a closed frame, and a plurality of loops closed at both ends, opposite ends of the loops being upturned and weldedto said body portion.
A. wire receptacle embodying a closed frame loop and a plurality of independently formed elongated loops closed at both ends and extending transversely of the frame loop and welded to the opposite sides thereof.
A wire receptacle embodying a closed frame loop, a plurality of independently formed elongated loops closed at both ends extending transversely of the frame loop and welded to the opposite sides thereof, and a loop of elongated form closed at both ends and extending longitudinally of the frame loop and welded thereto.
4. A wire receptacle embodying a closed frame loop, a plurality of independently formed elongated loops closed at both ends extending transversely of the frame loop and welded to the opposite sides thereof, and a loop of elongated form closed at both ends extending longitudinally of the frame loop and welded thereto and to each of the transverse loops.
5. A wire receptacle comprising a wire frame loop and a plurality of loops formed independently of each other and of the frame loop with their ends upturned and welded to the frame loop to form a depressed body portion, and wires disposed transversely to said loops and secured thereto to brace the same.
6. A wire receptacle embodying a plurality of independently formed loops closed at both ends and welded together, portions of which loops are adapted to form the bottom of the receptacle and other portions of the loops are bent upwardly to form the sides of the receptacle.
7. A wire receptacle embodying a plurality of independently formed loops closed at both ends and welded together, portions of which loops are adapted to form the bottom of the receptacle and other portions of the loops are bent upwardly to form the sides of the receptacle, and a frame loop closed at both ends and welded to the upturned portions of the other loops.
8. A wire receptacle embodying a frame, and a body portion formed of closed loops, each having an upstanding end welded to the frame, said loops constituting the bottom'and side walls of the receptacle.
9. A soap dish embodying a wire rod bent to form a frame, means associated with said frame formonnting it on a firm support, and a plurality of independently formed elongated loops closed at both ends and extending transversely of the frame and welded to the o posite sides thereof, said loops being bent downwardly between opposite sidesof the frame to form a depressed body.
10. A soap dish embodying a wire rod bent to form a frame, means associated with said frame for mounting it on a firm support, and a plurality of independently formed elongated loops closed at both ends and extending transversely of the frame and welded to the opposite sides thereof,
said loops being bent downwardly between said sides of the frame to form the bottom and side walls of a depressed body, and means associated with the ends of the frame and depending therefrom to form the end walls of said depressed body.
In testimony whereof I have signed the foregoing specification.
HECTOR E. MOINEAU.