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' June 23, 1936- H. T. JOHNSON SELF SUPPORTING BAG FOR GOLF STICKS AND OTHER .STICK LIKE ARTICLES Filed Feb. 24, 19:55 2 Sheis-Sheec 1 r HENRY T/IEWH/LUJ JOHNSDA' DEC EA 6 E D B HENRY A n mu)? JOHA/JOA/ ETHEL MARY WERE/1V6 fXftl/TQAJ ATTORNEYS June 23,-1936. H. T. JOHNSON SELF SUPPORTING BAG FOR GOLF STICKS AND OTHER STICK LIKE ARTICLES 2 Sheets-Sheet 2 Filed Feb 24, 1953 ETHEL MARY lfF/FMG EXECl/TUKJ %vm amwxwuw *TTORNM Patented June 23, 1936 UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE SELF SUPPORTING BAG FOR GOLF-STICKS AND OTHER STICK-LIKE. ARTICLES England; executors Application February 24, 1933, SeriaPNo; 658,402- In Great Britain February 29, 193-2 2 Claims. .(Cl. 1501-5).'
The present invention relates to-improvements in and relating to golf-bags and receptacles for stick like articles and comprehen'dscertainimprovements in or modifications of the invention thesubject of the prior Letters Patent No. 1 ,826,216.
In the specificationof the aforesaid Letters Patent a= spikingdevice-is described by-which the bag could be-spiked'into uprightsupporting-re1ationship' with the-groundi the spike normally being' spring retracted in a sheath or casing within the bag and being operated by a hand grip providing'a divider across the mouth ofthe bag, such devicebeingembodiedinthe-bag in the original manufacture thereof or moreparticularly being adapted for practically universal application to existing bags.
It is an aim of the present improvementsso to simplify' or'modify the construction of the device as toenableit tobe' applied with t-he greatest ease to all kinds of existing bags; withoutrthe complication of multiple additionalcomponents or loose parts which besides adding to the cost of manufactureare generally objectionabl'e'asbeing troublesome-to assemble and liable to work loose during the usageof' the bag:
One feature of these improvements'whi'ch is especially applicable to: longitudinally stiffened bags; and. is particularlyintended forad'apting the spiking device to existing bags, consists'in the. provision of a member; preferably a fiexiblestrap, adapted to be secured across the mouth of the bag toprovide a club separatoror'separators and to serve as'or co-operate in formingguiding or steadying means-for the upper end of the spiking rod;
A further feature of these improvements consists'in adapting the spiking device to stiffened.
or stayed bags of the type already providedwith a club divider or separator, such as aflexible strap or straps. or. other flexible or rigid division across the. mouth of the bag or extending wholly or partially down the inside of the bag, andto this end. is provided a guiding or stea'dying member. for the upper end of the spiking rod; such guide member being attachable to the divider or separator and when attached serving. to guide and steady' the upper end of; the rod and render unnecessary any other mounting connection between that end of the rod and the bag.
The presentimprovements further include certain modifications in the construction ofthe device which more particularly aim at simplifying the manufacture thereoff Other features of these improvements will be discussed in the description which follows of the appended drawings, which serveto-illustrate how' the improvements can be carried into effect.
In the drawings Fig. 1' is-an explodedview of a spiking device 5 incorporating many of the present improvements; Fig. 2 shows" the lower part of the spiking device in'se'cticn; and attached toabag bottom.
Fig; 3 -is aview of the mouth of a bag pre-formed' with-a separator strap; showing how the'spiking 10 device may be adapted theretobythe-provision of anattachable ring or loop or the like; 7
Figs. 4- and 5-show amodified form of adaptor ring or loop.
Fig; G'is a planview-"of the mouth of" an oval 15 bag pre-formed with two-separatorstraps; showing how the spiking device" may beadapted thereto:
Fig; 7-is a sectional view of part oftherod and sheath; and Fig. 8 an-enlarged sectional view of, 20
the mounting connection at the bottom of the bag:
Fig: 9is aview of'an inverted bagbottomshowing an aligning'stick-by which the assemblageo'f the-components at thebottom of thebag can be facilitated.
Figs. 10 and 11 show an improved power-multiplyingtoolhereinafter referred to;
In the drawings I indicatesthe' spiked" rod and? 2 a sheath within whichthe spiked end is normally retracted by'means of' a spring" 3 while'4. and i'indicat'e ahandle'fortherod;
Golf" bags arenow'often manufactured with a club separator extendingacross the mouth of the bag and/or wholly. or partially down'the inside of i the bag.
Butthe spiking device. can.be.readily adapted. to such bags, as for. example inthe manner indi-' cated: in Figs. 3- to 5,. 'Ihus ll is:a. flexible club separator strap already provided in the'bag,.and It a looped clip a which can be readily slid: along,. and if desired, clampedonto thestrapv toprovide; a guiding, and steadying loop l3 for. the upper:
endof; the sliding. rod. To allow a standard the rods in standard form. The hand-grip may be suitably padded if desired.
Figs. 4 and 5 show a form of adaptor ring or loop applicable when the width of the club separator strap II is horizontally disposed instead of vertically as in Fig. 3.
Where two separator straps are already secured across the mouth of the bag, as for example, in the oval-mouthed bag depicted in Fig. 6, a guiding or steadying ring or like l6 may be secured medially between them.
In the previous Patent No. 1,826,216, there is provided the spiked rod with a collar which engaged an abutment formed by screwing a stop member in the top end of the sheath.
It is now possible to dispense with this member and form the abutment as indicated by the numeral IT, in Fig. 7, by spinning over the end of the sheath. The collar is indicated by numeral l8, and is preferably sweated on the rod.
It is found that when the collar abuts directly against the abutment, the sudden retraction of the spike sets up a hammering action between the collar and the abutment, and this action is especially objectionable when the abutment is formed by spinning over the end of the sheath, as the tendency is to hammer out the abutment. To overcome this objection, there is provided between the collar and the abutment ll, a spring [9, or alternatively an india-rubber bufier or equivalent means to cushion the rebound blow. With endwise stiffened bags such cushioning means, particularly when a fairly long coil spring is used in a comparatively long bag, afiords the additional advantage of lessening the extent of initial retraction of the spike within the sheath, and the consequent downward movement necessary is less before the spike engages the turf.
The present improvements further deal with a more effective way of strongly securing the spiking device to the bottom of the bag as shown by Fig. 8. For this purpose there is provided a pair of centrally apertured domed spring discs or washers 20, 2|, which are arranged one on either side of the bottom 22 of the bag with their concave surfaces directed towards each other. On the disc 20 on the inside of the bag, which is preferably the larger of the pair, rests the open bottom end of the sheath or casing 2 which is internally screw threaded or has sweated therein a liner 23 in which the thread is cut. Into such threaded end of the sheath is screwed from the outside of the bag through the holes in the discs and a hole previously made in the bottom of the bag an externally threaded flanged ferrule 24 which is preferably diametrically grooved on the face of its flange at 25 to receive a special tool or lever e. g., as shown in Figs. 10 and 11 hereinafter described, or spanner by which the ferrule may be threaded tightly into the end of the sheath. By this method a comparatively long threaded ferrule may be used which in being screwed into the sheath flattens the domed spring discs 20, 2| such that these ofier considerable resistance to any tendency of the ferrule accidentally to work loose, and thereby a notably strong and secure bottom mounting of the device is realized. The apertures in the discs and the bag bottom and the bore in the ferrule are of a size which permits the spiked rod to pass readily therethrough, the aperture in the outside disc conveniently being shaped to receive the ferrule flange so that this lies flush with the disc when the ferrule is screwed in to its limit.
The flange end of the ferrule may be internally threaded to receive a screw closure plug 26 which when inserted prevents the spike from being unintentionally protruded.
When a liner 23 is sweated into the end of the sheath and threaded, and this is a very convenient method of forming the screw thread in a comparatively thin metal sheath, the inner or upper end 240. of the liner may serve as an abutment for the lower end of the spring 3 after the latter has been pushed past the liner into the sheath, the lowest coil of the spring conveniently being expanded and flattened to bear against the liner.
It is explained in detail in the prior specification how simply the device may be attached to existing bags. It is found that the attachment of the components at the bottom of the bag can be still further facilitated by the provision of a small aligning rod or stick 29, see Fig. 9. In attaching the device the sheath 2 is inverted and a drilled end of the aligning stick is intruded into the end thereof and centered and held in position by the spike tip. The inside domed disc 20 is passed convex face forward over the stick so as to rest on the open end of the sheath. The bag with a hole 28 made in the bottom is then passed over the projecting end of the stick, next the outside disc 2|, concave face forward, is passed over the stick, and finally the screwed ferrule 24 is dropped over the stick and screwed into the threaded end of the sheath. The stick is then removed and the ferrule tightened up with the tool e. g., lever 29a or spanner provided for that purpose. This tool conveniently consists of a strip of metal, Figs. 10 and 11, having one end 30 bent over to fit the groove 25 in the ferrule flange. Considerable leverage is afforded by such a tool and a very tight union between the screwed ferrule 24 and the sheath 2 may be effected thereby.
Suit-able punches can be provided with the spiking device outfit by which without difficulty the hole in the bottom of the bag, and the holes at the top of the bag which receive the flexible separator or hand-grip connection, may be made, or in the case of a metal bottom and/or rim a suitable bit applicable to a common hand brace may be provided with the outfit.
Wherever possible it is preferable to punch any holes such as those by which in unstiifened bags the handle connection is made with the body of the bag in reinforced parts of the bag material.
The present improvements also include a spiked rod made in one-piece with the handle.
In addition to the advantages hereinbefore enumerated, the present improvements conduce to a notable lessening of the weight of the device, while conserving the ease with which it is handled and operated.
What is claimed is:-
1. In combination with a spiking device comprising a spring-retracted sliding spiked spindle and detachable fastening means for securing the device to an ordinary or standard golf bag or like receptacle, means adapted to be attached to a club separator or separators incorporated in the bag to serve as a guide for the upper end of the sliding spiked spindle, said means comprising a clip portion for attachment to the separator and a loop portion serving as the said guide.
2. A spiking device adapted to be detachably secured to an ordinary or standard golf bag or like receptacle, comprising a spiked spindle, a sheath in which said spindle slides, the lower end of said sheath being screw-threaded, a. spring housed in said sheath serving normally to keep the spiked end of said spindle retracted within the sheath, a pair of thrust plates adapted to be secured on the inside and outside respectively of the bottom of the bag, a screw-threaded nut for engaging said sheath and means adapted to be attached to a flexible club separator or separators across the mouth of the bag to serve as a guide for the upper end of the spiked spindle, said means comprising a clip portion for attachment to the separator and a loop portion serving as the said guide.
HENRY ARTHUR JOHNSON, ETHEL MARY PERRING, Executm's of Henry T. Johnson, Deceased.