US 1831717 A
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Nov. 10, 1931. L. MUNIENTE CLOTHESLINE SUPPORT Filed March 4, 1931 Zaazls W21 v and Patented Nov. 10, 1931 UNITED STATES LOUIS MUNIENTE, OF -ROME, NEW YORK CLOTHESLINE SUPPORT Application filed March 4,
My present invention has reference to an attachment for a clothesline and is directed to a device for supporting the lower lead of an endless clothesline from the upper lead thereof when the clothes are in place so as to prevent undue sagging of the lower lead from the weight of the clothes.
The primary object of the invention is the provision of a device for this purpose which is formed from a single piece of flat rustproof metal, bent and shaped to provide an upper rounded portion to be freely arranged over and to contact with the upper lead of the clothesline and a lower round portion to re ceive therein and to frictionally contact with the lower lead of the clothesline, the open side of the metal plate comprising the improvement being further bent and shaped so as to provide a restricted and spring entrance mouth for both leads of the line, guard means for preventing either of the leads of the line from free passage of the leads through the entrance mouth and a guard element for preventing the upward movement of the lower lead line in the direction of the mouth.
To the attainment of the foregoing the invention consists in the improvement hereinafter described and definitely claimed.
In the drawings:
Figure 1 is a perspective View of the improvement in applied position.
Figure 2 is a side elevation thereof.
F gure 3 is an end view thereof.
Figure 4 is a sectional view approximately on the line 4-4 of Figure 2.
In the drawings the numeral 1 designates the upper lead and 2 the lower lead of an endless clothesline. The lower lead 2 of the clothesline is designed to have pinned thereon the clothes to be dried and my improvement is arranged on both leads of the line at determined spaced intervals, such intervals v being sufficient to prevent the downward or undue sagging of the line incident to the weight of the clothes thereon. Also it will be noted as the description progresses that the improvement not only frictionally engages with the lower lead of the clothesline but is in close proximity to clothes on the lower lead 2 1931. Serial N0. 520,141.
so that the improvement will travel with the lead, while the upper lead 1 will be guided through the top of the improvement.
The improvement is of an extremely simple construction, being formed of a fiat spring plate which is treated to render the same rust-proof. The straight side 1 of the plate has its ends rounded toward the open side of the plate, indicated by the numerals 2 and 3. The rounded portion 2is struck at a greater circle than the lower rounded portion 3. The rounded portion 3 has its end merging into an upwardly directed inwardly arched arm at which is of a length approximately equaling one-half of the straight portion 1. The arched portion 1 is rounded upon itself, as at 5, and from thence extended downwardly toward the rounded end 3. This extension is in the nature of a straight arm 6 that is arranged parallel with the.
straight portion 1, and ali'ords therebetween a passage 7 of a less width than the thickness of the lower lead 2 of the clothesline. The
rounded or curved upper end 2 of the plate r the upper rounded end of the spring arm6 and from the inwardly rounded portion 9 the arm 8 is extended and arranged at a curvatureto provide a portion or arm 10 that is approximately of the same shape as the upper portion of the arched spring arm 4ibut which arm extension 10 is arra'uiged closer to-the arched upper end of the arm t than is the distances between the arm 6 and the straight plate or arm 1 of the device. The end of the arm 10 nuerges into a rounded beak 11, disposed directly opposite and slightly above the round comiecting wall 5 between the arms at and 6.
Both leads 1 and 2 of the endless clothesline are inserted through the passage provided by the spring arms 10 and at that afford the entrance mouth to the improvement, the upper lead being received in the rounded portion 2 of the improven'ient and free from frictional engagement therewith. The device is thus hung from the upper clothesline lead 1.
The lower lead 2 is directed by the lip over the curved connecting wall 5 between the spring arms 4: and 6 and is from thence directed downwardly through the passage 7 and received in the lower rounded or U-shaped portion 3 01": the improvement. The lower lead is frictionally received in the rounded portion 3 so that the device will travel with the lower lead when the endless clothesline is moved and will slide over the upper lead 1.
Any desired number or" the holding or supporting elements may be provided to accord with the length of the endless clothesline and the weight of the clothes to be arranged upon the lower lead 2 and with the employment of the improvement it will be apparent that the lower lead 2 will be effectively prevented from sagging under the weight of the clothes to any perceptible degree.
It is believed the construction and advantages of the improvement will be apparent by those skilled in the art to which such invention relates so that further detailed description will not he required.
Having described the invention, I claim:
A device for supporting the lower lead of an endless clothes line from the upper lead thereof, constructed from a fiat spring plate of weather proof material, said plate having rounded ends, the upper rounded end merging into an outwardly arched and from thence inwardly directed spring arm whose lower end is rounded and extended at an inward arch and merging into a lip, the lower rounded portion merging into an outwardly arched spring arm whose lower portion is spaced from the straight plate a less distance than the upper arm, said last mentioned arched arm having its end rounded and from thence extended downwardly in a straight line toward and approximately in the center with the lower rounded portion but terminating away therefrom, the curved connection between the arched and straight arm being disposed in close proximity to the inner arched portion of the first named arm and the lip thereon and the space between the said lip, arm and the last mentioned arched arm being less than the distance between the straight depending arm and the straight body of the plate, which latter is less than the thickness of either the upper and lower lead of the clothesline and the upper rounded portion of the device designed to freely rest upon the upper lead of the clothesline and the lower portion thereof designed to receive therein and to frictionally engage with the lower lead of the clothesline.
In testimony whereof I afiix my signature.