US 1777884 A
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Oct. 7,;1930. c. HORIX 1.
SECURING DEVICE Filed April 20. 1928 3 Sheets-Sheet l 1522622 Z22? @AK fina- Oct. 7, 1930. I c. HORIX 4.
sEcURiNG DEVICE v Filed April 20, 1928 3 Sheets-Shut 2 x wz' M /V m Oct. 7, 1930. I c. HORIX 1,777,384
sncunme DEVICE Filed April 20, 1928 3 Sheets-Shoot 3 Mil wm v vwl Patented Oct. 7, i i
' eren'ce to asecuring means comprising com cARI. noiarx, or CI-IIGAGQ, rumors hppl ication filed April 20,
This invention relates to a securing device and has special reference to an adjustable means for securing a display device. or other objects to supports of various sizes. r v More particularly, this invention has refplementarymembers having means therebe tween for engagmgsupports ofvarlous sizes, and lingers adyustably secured to one of the s complementary members for gripping a dis play device or other object of any slze, shape or mass and holding the same in a fixed relation with the support.
The present invention will hereinafter be described in association withan automobile,
the device being adapted to secure an, emblem, a license plate or other displaydevice theretoL However, it will b'e'understood that although the deviceillustratedher-ein isparticularly adapted to be employed in the above indicated capacity, it isnevertheless adaptable for use wherein an object is to be secured to a support.
It is usual forautomobile clubs to provide the members thereof with name plates ems' blematic of their membership in the club. These plates are generally fastened to the front of the radiator and in direct physical contact therewith by means of small wires.
-"" This fastening means impedes the travel of iii air around the coilsof the radiator and. of course, retards the cooling of the water circulating therethroughwhich is very objectionable. Again these emblems are ofttimes secured by means of a bolt and nut to the lower or upper corner of the license plate which location makes an unsymmetrical appearance and is quite objectionable from an artistic point of view.
The present invention'has for one of-its objects the securing of a display device such as has beenreferred to in a manner such as will be attractive and symmetricalin appearance, and moreover, such as will be so positioned as to permit ofa free access to the parts adjacent the support therefor.
Inasmuch as the display emblems indicated" above are of various contours and masses it is another object of this invention to provide means which are adiustablethererious sizes and shapes of supports.
shown in Fig. 1;
1925. ser l a -1,45; p to for holding such display devices inla fixed relation with a support. i 7
Another object ofthis invention is to provide a securing means having a wide range' of adj ustability in order-to accommodate va- Further objects and advantages will be apparent vfrom the description and drawings forming a part of this specification, to which reference may now be hadjforia more complete understanding of the characteristic features of this invention, in which drawings: 8 p a p Figurelis a front'elevational view of the securing means "as embodied inthis application; ma 5 a t p Plan Fig. 3 is a side elevational viewof Wlth a port on thereof in SQCtIODS a Fig. 4" 1s a cross SQCtIOIIELl VIGW taken on the the line ofFiggl and Fig. 5 is a perspective view ofone of the complementary members forming a partiof this invention. I d Fig. 6 is a front elevational view of a modified form of securing means.
is a top plan view of the structure shown in Fig. ,6.
Fig. 8 is a side elevational view of the device shownin Fig. \vitha portion thereof in section. V V i Flg. 9 1s a perspective VIEW of one of thecomplementary members of the moollfied form shown in Figures 6 to 8.
Fig. 10 is a front elevational view of a further modified form of a securing device. FigL-ll is a top plan view of the device shown in Fig. 10. a a v Fig. 12 is a perspective viewof one of the complementary members of the structure shown in Fig; 10. i
Fig. 13 isa side elevational view ofa securing device as mounted on a radiator cap ofanautomobile' Fig. 14 is a top plan view of the device shown inFig. 1'3; and r i Fig. 15is a top planview device for a license plate. l g
Refer-lung now to the drawings, a two of afsecnring "view or; the device part body portion is shown comprising a pair of complementary members 10 and 11 preferably cup-shaped and having flanges 12 and 13, respectively, preferably annular and integrally formed with the base portions thereof. Each of the cup-shaped mem' bers in this instance is formed from a single sheet of material although it is to be understood that these members may be forged, cast or otherwise formed from any suitable material.
The flanges 12 and 13 are each provided with a diametrically opposed pair of coacting recessed portions 14: and 15, the recessed portions being provided with teeth or knurled ec ges for gripping a support. A second pair of diametrically opposed r cessed portions 16 and 17 is provided in the flanges 12 and 13 in a plane at right angles to the plane of the diametrically opposed recessed portions 1 1 and 15. This second pair of recessed portions is also knurled or provided with teeth to alford a gripping medium by whichto securely engage a support. Both pairs of recessed portions just described are preferably arcuatein their peripheries, the portions 1 1 and 15 preferably having the same radii and the portions 16 and 17 likewise preferably having the same radii. However, in order to snugly engage supports of various sizes, the radii of the recessed portions 14 and 15 are substantially greater than the radii ofthe recessed'portions 16 and 17 The cup shaped member 11 is preferably formed of a smaller diameter than the cupshaped member 10, in order that the one member may nest within the other. As a means for securing the'compleinentary merc bers in a secure relation with a support, a plurality of nuts 18 of a non-circular contour are disposed in recesses 19 which latter are of a size and shape to snugly engage said nuts. The nuts are provided with internally threaded shanir portions 20 which extend through apertures 21 in the bottoms of the recesses 19. A plurality of bolts extending through the cup-shaped member 11 engage the internally threaded portions of the shanks 20, the head portions of the bolts bearing against the bottom surfaces of the member 11.
Then it is desired. to secure the complementary members to a support, if the latter should be of a comparatively great diameter, the diametrically opposed pair of coacting recessed portions 14 and 15 are placed in engagement therewith. The nuts 22 next inserted through the apertures in the member 13 and into the internally threaded shank portions 20 whereafter the dportion of the bolt is turned. The nuts 18, being of a non-circular contour and engaging the recesses 19 of a like contour, are held against rotation thereby permitting the bolt 22 to draw the complementary members 12 and 13 together to any desired degree. If, however, the support is of a comparatively small diameter, the diametrically opposed. pair of co-acting recessed portions 16 and 1'? are placed in engagement therewith. The support has been indicated by dotted lines as'lO and, in the particular construction herein shown, is a rod which ordinarily extends across the front of the automobile between the headlights thereof.
A plurality of radially extending recessed portions23, 2 1', 25 and 26 are provided on the face surface of the complementary member 12 to receive a plurality of gripping fingers 27. As shown in the drawings, recess 23 is coextensive with recess 21, and recess 25 is coextensive with 26; However, it is to be understood that this construction is not to be limited to but four recess portions as any number thereof that may be desired may be employed. Further, these recesses need not be arranged in coextensive pairs as shown in the drawings. These fingers 27 a re provided with elongated slots 28 for receiving screws 29 extending therethrough and through an aperture 26 in the recesses. The screws 29 are provided with nuts 30 which latter are non-circular and of a size to snugly engage the side walls of the recesses 23, 24, 25 and 26, the recessed portions being deeper than the thickness of the material of the lingers 27 to permit of such an engagement. This, of course, is for the purpose of preventing rotation of the nuts 30 when the screws 29 are tightened.
. It will be apparent that the fingers 27 may be of any length and shape. For the purpose of holding the emblem 31, the fingers 27 may all be'of the same length and may all be provided with hook-shaped portions 32 formed integrally therewith to snugly engage and to grip the periphery of the emblem. 31. However, if instead of being round, the device should be rectangular, as a license plate, one set of diametrically opposed fingers 2'? would naturally be of a greater length than the other set of diametrically opposed fingers 2?. Fun
ther, instead of being a plate of a convexconcavo shape, should the emblem or other obj cct be of a substantial mass, the outer hookshaped portions may be designed to suit the particular contour desired. The foregoing may be shaped at the time the device manufactured and by the manufacturer or it may be shaped by the ultimate consumer on the object.
As a result. of this invention, an adjustability of a considerable degree is obtained by disposing a pair of diametr' 'ally opposed co-acting recessed portions of comparatively great size'at right angles to a pair of diametrically opposed recessed portions of comparatively small size. This adjustabil-ity, of course, is further enhanced because of the ordinary holding tool, such as pliers, the nuts having been novelly disposed in recessed portions providedtherefor in :order to facilitate a the assembly of the structure.
R-eferringnow more particularly to Figures 6 to 9, inclusive, the two part body portion comprises a pair of complementary members 10 and 11, themembers in this nstance having a square periphery as contrasted with.
the previously described members, which latter have an annular'periphery'. These fcomplementary members are provided with coactlng recessed portions 1l.1;5 and .16-'1't,
as are similarly provided in the preceding figures, the recessedp'ortions engaging a support and being held n a secure relation there-- with by means of the internally threaded shank portions extending from one ofjthe complementary members andhaving' a bolt 22 extending fromthe otherofthe comple .mentaryrmembers' to .threadedly fen e internallythreaded shank portion. 9
The fingers 27 for grippingthe display device 31 engagerecessedportions in arms 33, the latter being channel-shaped on. their upper horizontally extending portions. The central portions of the arms 33 are depressed at 34, the lower surface thereof engaging the face surfaceof the complementary memy ber 10 and beingsecured thereto by means of bolt and nut.35.
Thus we have an intermediate supporting member betweenthe gripping fingers 27 and thecomplementary mem .ber 10, which in the previously described figures has been omitted in lieu of the. re-
cessed portions formed in the face plate of r the complementary member itself. The gripping fingers 27 are adjustably secured in the arms 33 by means of the slots 28 having the bolts 29 extending therethrough'and through the gripping fingers.
The structure as illustrated in Figures 10 to y 12, inclusive, is similar to that described in Figures 6 to 9, inclusive, having the intermediate supportlng members 33 between the complementary member 10 and the gripping fingers 27. However, in this instance, the complementary members 10 and 11 are annularly. shaped and'conform to the structure shown in Figures 1 t0 41:, inclusive.
It may be desirable to dispose the display device adjacent the top of the radiator of an automobile'and in lieu of the complementary members 10 and 11 as described in the fore going figures, a bracket is provided, into which the supporting arms 34 may be bolted.
- The bracket 35 is of any usual height, havsupports ofvarioussizes. 1 .4
ing a two part clamping member at theupper end thereof for engaging the radiatorcap, the two part member being suitably hold in a fixed relationtherewith by means of bolts and nuts as desired. it i H As has been previously recited, the gripping; fingers 27 may beof various lengths in order to accomplish different display devices.
Referring now. to Fig. 15, the horizontally" extending fingers 27ers elongated to accoinmodate a license plate 36 of an. automobile.
This figure is merely illustrativeoftheuse for which the fingers27 are provided, itbeingap parent that the fingers may be shaped in any 7 desired manner. to! accommodate various shapes ofjdisplay devices. While but a single embodiment of this in vention is herein shown and described it is to be understood that various modifications may be apparentt'o one skilled in the art without departing from the spiritandscope ofthis invention and,therefore, the same is to be limited only bythe scope of themap pended claimsand the priora'rt.) H
1 [I claim:
gaging a support, and gripping means adjustably secured to said members for holding adisplayjdevice in a fixed relation therewith.
2. a devicelof the character described,
complementary cup-shaped. members: having a plurality; of diametrically opposed it pairs of coacting recessed portions inathe flanges thereoffofr engaging a support, and gripping means adj ustably secured to said members for 9.0 1; In a device of thechara'cter, described, complementary;cupsshaped members for en-'* holdingadisplay. device in a fixedrelation therewith, said pairs ofcoact-ing recessedportions being of different sizesv to engage 3.In a device of the character described, complementary cup-shaped members having a plurality of pairs ofcoacting recessedportions in the flanges 'thereof forengaging, a
support, and gripping meansadjustably se cured to said members forholding a display device in a fixed relation therewith, said pairs of coacting recessed portionsbemg of different slzes to engagesupports ofvarious sizes.
complementary cup shaped members having diametrically opposed means on thefianges thereof for engaging a support, and gripping 4. In a device of the characterdescribed,
means adjustably secured to said members for holding a displaydevice in a fixed relaf tion therewith.
5. In a. device of the characterdescribed,
complementarycup shaped members capable offresting one withintheother and having meanson the flanges thereof for engaging a support, said means being adapted to accoms modate supports of various"sizes, clamping means associated with and. for holding said members in a fixed relation with said sup-t port, and gripping means .adjustably secured in-s,
to said members for holding a display device in a fixed relation therewith.
6. In a device of the character described, complementary cup-shaped members having means therebetween for engaging supports of various sizes, nuts held against rotation with and having elongated internally threaded shank portions extending through one of said members, bolts extending through another of said members and engaging the internally threaded portions of said nuts and shank portions, said bolts and nuts holding said members in a fixed relation with said support, and gripping means adjustably secured to said members for holding a display device in a fixed relation therewith.
7 In a device of the character described, complementary cup-shaped members havin means therebetween for engaging supports or various sizes, one of said members having non-circular depressions therein, nuts in engagement with said non-circular depressions and having elongated internally threaded shank portions extending through said member, bolts extending through another of said members and engaging the internally threaded portion of said nuts and shank portions, said bolts and nuts holding said members in a fixed relation with said support, and gripping means adjustably secured to said members for holding a display device in a fixed relation therewith.
8. In a device of the character described, complementary body portions for engagement with a support, one of said body portions having depressions, and gripping means for adj ustably seating Within said depressions and for holding a display device in a fixed relation with said support, said depressions acting as guides for said gripping means.
9. In a device of the character described, complementary cup-shaped members having means therebetween for engaging supports of various sizes, each of said members being formed from a single sheet of material, and gripping means for adjustably engaging said members for holding a display'device in a fixed relation with said support.
10. In a device of the character described, complementary cup-shaped members having means therebetween for engaging supports of various sizes, each of said members being formed from a single sheet of material, one of said members having depressions formed thereon, gripping fingers for adjustably engaging said depressions for holding a display device in a fixed relation with said support.
11. In a device of'the'character described, complementary cup-shaped members having means therebetween for engaging supports of various sizes, one of said members having depressions formed thereon, gripping fingers comprising a strip of. material having a hook shaped end. foradjustably engaging said depressions for holding a display device in a fixed relation with said support.
12. In a device of the character described, complementary cup-shaped members having means therebetween for engaging supports of various sizes, one of said members hav ing depressions formed thereon, gripping fingers for holding a display device adjustably engagin said depressions, means for securing said gripping fingers in said depressions, said depressions being of a greater depth than said gripping fingers to receive and to prevent said securing means from becoming loosened.
13. In a device of the character described, complementary cup-shaped members having means therebetween for engaging supports of various sizes, one of said members having depressions formed thereon, ripping fingers for holding a display device engaging said depressions and having an aperture therein for receiving a bolt, said depressions having an elongated slot for receiving said bolt and being of a greater depth than said gripping fingers to receive a nut for said bolt whereby said nut is held against rotation, said bolt andnut securing said gripping fingers in various positions of adjustment.
1%. In a device of the character described, complementary cup-shaped members having means therebetween for engagin supports of various sizes, eachof said members being formed from a single sheet of material, one of said members having radially extending depressions on the surface thereof, and radial ly extending gripping fingers adjustably engaging said depressions for holding a display device in a fixed relation with said support.
In witness whereof, I have hereunto subscribed my name.