US 1857293 A
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May 10, 1932. R. o. w; VROOM CURTAIN HOOK Filed Jan. 9, 1931 INVEN' I'OR .w/U
1 moved for laundering, and such removal and Patented May 10, 1932 ROBERT n. w. VRQOM, or wALLi eFonn, CONNECTICUT, AssreNoR To H. i... won COMPANY, INC., on NEW YORK, N. Y., A CORPORATION OF DELAWARE CURTAIN HOOK Application filed January 9, 1931. Serial No. 507,598.
Curtain hooks for use in a system of the above type should not only be relatively silent in operation, but must be sturdy, to withstand hard usage and even abuse. Curtains used in hospitals must frequently be resubsequent rehanging must be rendered relatively easy, and yet the curtains must be so secured that, with rough handling, such as jerking of the curtain with posible turning 15 of the hooks upside down, thecurtain will not readily become disengaged. It is the general object of the present invention to provide an improved curtain hook, whlch will be of sturdy, servlceable construcac tion, not likely to become disengaged from 25 will become apparent.
so in place on a the track and from which a curtain is not likely to become accidentally disengaged.
Other minor objects and features of the invention will be hereinafter pointed out or In the drawings which show, for illustrative purposes only, a preferred form of the invention- 7 Fig. 1 is a side view of'an improved hook tubular track and showing a curtain hanging therefrom in normal position;
Fig. 2 is a View in elevation of parts shown in Fig. 1, but viewed at right angles thereto;
Fig. 3 is is a View similar to Fig.1, but illustrating a hook turned upside down with the curtain hanging from the right side Fig. 4c is a view similar to Fig. 3, but illustrating a curtainhanging from the left side of the hook. V
In said drawings, 5 indicates a track which, in the form shown, is a tubular rod. The traveler illustrated is a hook in the form of a single piece of wire bent into an upper hook portion to embrace the track 5 and into an open eye portion at the bottom. The hook is preferably of such a size that the opening, as from the free end 6 to the curved part 7, is slightly less than the diameter of the track 5, so that, in order to put the hook on, the
wire must be sprung. The hook is thus prevented from becoming accidentally disengaged from the track;
"In the preferred form the, hook carries a pair of rollers 88,'which may be formed of non-metallic material, such as felt, when it is desired to have a quiet running hook. The wire preferably has straight-portions forming an axle 9 for each roller, so that the same mayrun true and freely. The rollers may be held. on in any suitablemanner, as by stamping the metal at 10-10 at opposite sides of the roller, so as to form enlargements act ing as abu'tmentsfor the rollers. As shown, the rollers extend at an angle to each other, so as to have a substantially flat bearing on the track5. l
The wire beyond the rollers extends downwardly, as indicated at 11, and is then curved at the back of the hook, as indicated at 12, andthen extends downwardly and forwardly about to the point 7.
The open eye at thebottom of the hook is formed by bending the wire downwardly and rearwardly at 13, then downwardly and forwardly at 14, and then generally upwardly and rearwardly, as indicated at 15, leaving an open space 16 sufficient to .permit the insertion of the grommet 17, carried by the curtain 18. Thepart of the eye is preferably so bent that a line drawn from the eye to the forward-part of the hook, as the end 6, will extend the part:15, so that, if'the hook should be turned upside down, as indicated in Fig. 3,
at substantially right angles .to'
the curtain 18 will rest against the end 6 v of the hook and thereis no tendency for the grommet 17 to slide along the portion 15 of be on the left of the hook and the latter turned upside down, as indicated inFig. 1,
therejwillbe no-tendency for the grommet 17'to. slidealong theback of'the hook and possibly'jam next to the track. The parts 13 and 15 may be'bent' even more than as shown,
so as to prevent accidental disengagement of i 13, so that, if the curtain should I may the grommet, but having those parts extend- 7 ing at substantially right angles to lines from the eye to both the. front and back of the hook will serve to prevent accidental disengagement.
When it is desired to take the curtain down from the hooks, it is a. simple matter to push the curtain between the eye and the end 6 with the fingers, was to cause the grommet to slip off the end 15 of the eye.
It will be seen that I have provided a hook of very simple construction, which may be cheaply manufactured and which will be sturdy and serviceable in use. Thehook part may be proportioned for any specific track, so that it is not likelyto become accidentally disengaged, since it must be sprung in order to be put on. Due to the peculiar configuration of the eye for the curtain grommet, the hooks may even be turned upside down without any substantial tendency for the grommets to become disengaged, and yet the grommets may. be consciously disengaged very readily when it is desired to take down the curtains for laundering, for example. 7
While the particular shape of the hook may be changed and the eye, for example, be turned oppositely to the position shown, I have found the hook of the particular configuration shown to be highly satisfactory in use. The non metallic rollers are of great service in insuring quiet operation.
Various minor changes and modifications may be made within the scope of the invention as defined invthe appended claims. 7
1. A curtain hook for use on a curtain rod, said hook comprising a single piece of wire formed into a hook portion at the top and anopen eye portion at the bottom, theopening of said hook. portion being slightly smaller than the" diameter of the r0d,whereby said hook portion may be sprung over said trod, said hook portion having a pair of spaced apart straight axle portions, rollers on said axle portions, the wire adjacent said 7 'axl-e port-ions being deformed to produce abutments for holding said rollers in place,
said open eye below said hook portion having at substantially right sides respectively angles to lines drawn from said eye portion tothe free end of said hook and to the back of said hook, for'the' purpose described.
2. In a suspension traveler for curtains,
said traveler comprising a single piece of wire to extend about a track and having spaced'apart rollers extending at an angle to each other, said wire being formed into an open eye at the lower end for receiving a curtain grommet, said eye having sides at substantially right angles to lines drawn from said eye to the outer front and rear surfaces scribed.
of said hook portion, forthe purpose de- 3. A curtain hook, comprising a single piece of wire bent into a hook part to extend about a track member, said hook part having two spaced apart substantially straight axle portions extending at an angle to each other, a non-metallic roller on each said straight axle portion, and an open eye below said hook portion, comprising part of said wire bent rearwardly and downwardly, then downwardly and forwardly, and then upwardly and rearwardly, said upwardly and rearwardly extending part and said downwardly and rearwardly extending part extending at angles soas. to prevent a curtain grommet from becoming disengaged from said eye when said hook is turned upside down.
4:. A curtain hook, comprising a single piece of wire having a pair of angularly bent portions at the top forming straight axle portions, felt rollers on said axle portions, said wire being bent angularly downwardly and then angularly forwardly, and then having an open eye at the bottom thereof formed by again bending the wire downwardly and rearwardly, then downwardly and forwardly, and then upwardly and rearwardly, said eye being formed to prevent accidental disengagement of a curtain grommet when said hook is turned upside down.
'5. A curtain hook, comprising a single piece of wire bent into a hook portion to extend about a track and having an eye at the bottom,"said'eye beingopen tov permit ready attachment of a curtain grommet and having portions at substantially right angles to lines drawn from said eye to the outer front and rear surfaces of said hook portion so as to prevent accidental disengagement of said grommet when said hook is turned upside down.
6. A curtain hook, comprising a hook portion to embrace a rod and having an open side smaller than the rod so as to prevent disengagement of the hook therefrom, and an open eye on said hook to receive a grommet, said open eye having a part adjacent the open side of said eye substantially normal to a line extending from said part to the adjacent side of said hook, whereby a grommet will be held in said eye when the hook is turned upside down.
7. A suspension traveler for curtains, comprising a member havinga part to embrace a rod,-and an open eye to receive a grommet,
said open eye having a part adjacent the