US 2063924 A
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Dec. 15, 1936. w, HANKQ 2,063,924
LAMP SOCKET HOLDER Filed May 8, 1935 Patented Dec. 15, 1936 UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE A LAMP SOCKET HOLDER V William B. Hanko, Cleveland, Ohio Application May 8, 1935, Serial No. 20,495
2 Claims. (01. 24-81) The invention aims to provide an exceptionally simple and inexpensive, yet an effective, easily applied and durable device for holding the sockets of electric Christmas tree lights in selected positions, regardless of the directions taken by the tree branches which must be utilized in supporting them. Thus, the lights may be much more uniformly arranged and held in proper position, greatly enhancing the appearance of the tree.
With the foregoing in view, the invention resides in the novel subject matter hereinafter described and claimed, description being accomplished by reference to the accompanying drawing.
Fig. 1 is a perspective view showing the holder clipped onto a branch in readiness for holding a light socket and illustrating the bulb and socket in dotted lines.
Fig. 2 is a sectional view substantially on line 2-2 of Fig. 1.
Fig. 3 is a sectional view on line 3-3 of Fig. 2.
A preferred construction has been shown for illustrative purposes, but it is to be understood that within the scope of the invention as claimed, variations may be made.
An elongated supporting clip 5 is provided, said clip having jaws 6 (preferably toothed) to engage a tree branch. A light-holding clip I is positioned transversely of the clip 5 and is provided with curved jaws 8 (preferably equipped with elastic pads 9) to engage a light socket. One of the clips (preferably the clip 5) is provided with a short lateral lug III in a planetransverse to its length. The other clip (preferably clip- 1) is formed with a short lateral lug H in a plane extending longitudinally thereof, the two lugs being directly connected with each other by a bolt, rivet or other pivot l2 so that the twoclips may be relatively swung into the most advantageous relation with each other. The contacting sides of the lugs HI and II are preferably roughened somewhat as by slightly corrugating them to assist in holding the clips in relatively adjusted positions. corrugations l3 are indicated in Fig. 1 and if desired, a spring washer I may be provided on the pivot ii to yieldably hold said corrugations engaged with each other, the washer being shown in Figs. 2 and 3.
The clip 5 embodies two levers i5 and I6 fulcrumed together at [1 between their ends, and a suitable spring l8 for swinging said levers. to close the jaws 6. These levers may well be stamped from sheet metal of longitudinally channeled form, and the lug I0 is preferably stamped from the back of the lever 16.
The clip 1 embodies two levers l9 and 20 which, like the levers l5 and I6, are disposed in opposed relation and arefulcrumed together between their ends, the fulcrum being shown at 2i. An appropriate spring 22 is provided to swing the levers l9 and 20 to close the jaws 8. A stamped metal construction is preferably employed for the levers l9 and 20 and the lug ll may well be integral with one longitudinal edge of one of said levers. e front ends of these levers are longitudinally channeled by providing their longitudinal like flanges edges of the pads 9 and hold said pads securely in position.
It will be seen from the foregoing and the accompanying drawing that a novel device has been provided for attaining the desired ends. While the specific construction disclosed may well be followed, attention is again-invited to the possibility of making variations within the scope of the invention as claimed.
1. In a lamp socket holder, an elongated supporting clip comprising two opposed levers fulcrumed together between their ends and having jaws at one end to grip a support, and a spring for swinging said levers to close said jaws, one of said levers being provided with a short lateral lug integral therewith; an elongated light-holding clip transverse to said supporting clip and comprising two opposed levers fulcrumed together between their ends and having curved jaws to grip a lamp socket, and a spring for swinging these levers to close their jaws, one of said levers of said light-holding clip being provided with a dges with inwardly turned hookshort' lateral lug integral therewith; and a pivot directly connecting the two lugs with each other and allowing relative angling of the two clips, one of said lugs being disposed in a plane transverse 3 which engage the longitudinal.
said lugs being in a plane extending longitudinalcomprising two opposed levers fulcrumed together between their ends and having curved jaws to grip a lamp socket, and a spring for swinging these levers to close their jaws, one of said levers of said light-holding clip being pro vided with a short lateral lug integral therewith and disposed in a plane extending longitudinally of its length; and a pivot directly connecting the two lugs with each other and allowing relative angling of the two clips.
WILLIAM B. HANKO.
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