US 2064591 A
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Dec. 15, 1936. I T. DAVID NONBREAKABLE CLOTHESPIN Filed Feb: '24, 1956" INVENTCB 76mg par/1d REY f Patented Dec. 15 .1936
UNI-TED STATES PATENT OFFICE NONBREAKABLE cno'rnnsrm, Toney David, Winfield, N. Y. Application February 24, 1936, Serial No. 155,354
' 4 Claims. (01.24-137) continuing from the other end of said central portion and extending along the other side thereof and also directed inwards. I A further object of the invention is to ex- 15 tend the central and end portions to form handies, and to arrange bulged portions between the handleportions and the other portions by which it may be mounted on a clothes line. Still further the invention contemplates an o arrangement whereby the several portions of the clothes pin may be latched together when desired to prevent its coming off a clothes line and to prevent clothes from disengaging from it.
Another object is the construction of a device as mentioned which is simple and durable. and
which may be manufactured and sold at a reasonable cost.
For further comprehension of the invention,
and of the objects and advantages thereof, ref- 3o erence will be had to the following description clothes pin constructed according tothis invention and shown applied on a clothes line.
Fig. 2 is a transverse vertical sectional view 40 taken on the line 2-2 of Fig. 1.
Fig. 3 is a fragmentary enlarged elevational view looking in the direction of the line 3-3 of Fig. 2.
Fig. 4 is a perspective view of a non-breakable clothes pin constructed according to a modification of the invention.
Fig. 5 is another perspective view of a nonbreakable clothes pin .embodying a further modifled form.
50 Fig. 6 is a perspective view of still another form of non-breakable clothes pin constructed according to a modification of the invention.
- The non-breakable clothes pin, according to this invention, comprises an integral strip of 55 metal having a central portion In, an end por- Fig. 1 is a perspective view of a non-breakable tion ll continuing from one end of the central portion and extending along one side of the central portion and directed inwards, and another end portion l2 connecting with the other end of said central portion and extending along the 5 other side of the central portion and also di-- rected inwards. The end portions are connected with the centralportion by bent portions [3. The extremities of the end portions have small curled portions 10 M. The upper portion of the central portion III is opposed to the end portion ii and permits the device to be engaged upona clothes line, and which is indicated by the reference numeral I5.
The lower portion of the central portion I0 is 5 opposed to the end portion I2 and forms a hook or clamp in which the strips or edges of clothes may be engaged.
An arrangement is also provided whereby the extremities of the end portions may be. latched 2 to the central portion when desired to prevent the accidental disengagement of the clothes pin from a. clothes line, and also the accidental disengagement of clothing straps and other similar parts from the clothes pin.
This means comprises a headed prong i6, preferably of T-shape, stamped from the material of each end portion and adapted to be forced into engagement with correspondingly shaped slots in the central portion. In Figs. 2 and 3 the headed prongs l6 normally are in a position so that they cannot engage into the receiving openings H. In order to cause the engagement it is necessary that the end portions be forced toward the central portion in and away from the bent portions i3 so that the heads of the prongs l6 pass through I the large parts of the openings l1. When pressure is released the heads .of the prongs will engage behind the material of the clothes pin to either side of the vertical stem of the T-shape i1, and thus the end portions are latched to the central portion.
In Fig. 5 a modified form of the invention has been shown in which the clothes pin is provided with handles by which it may be easily manipulated. According to this form of the invention it comprises a central portion lll'which is connected by bends l3 to end portions II' and I2, respectively. Intermediate of the ends of the end portions H and [2' there are bulged por- 5 The extremities of the end portions are also provided with headed prongs engageable with receiving openings in the central portion as previously described.
In Fig. 6 another modified form of the invention is disclosed in which the clothes pin comprises an integral strip having a side portion 2| connected by a bent portion 22 with another side portion 23. The free ends of the side portions 2! and 23 are finished by curled portions 24. One of the side portions is formed with a headed prong engageable in a receiving opening H in the side portion similar to the arrangement as previously described. It is thus possible to interengage the headed prong within the opening by suitable relative pressure between the end portions so as to lock the end portions together.
While I have illustrated and described the pre-- States Letters Patent is:
1. A non-breakable metallic clothes pin, comprising an integral strip having a central portion formed with received openings, an end portion continuing from one end of said central portion and extending along one side of said central portion and directed inwards, and another end portion continuing from the other end of said central portion and extending along the other side and also directed inwards, and headed prongs stamped from. the end portions and engageable into said receiving openings for latching the end portions to the central portion.
one ot which has receiving openings and bein v connected with a bent portion for engaging on a line, and cooperating elements for holding the opposed portions together, said cooperating elements comprising said headed prong from one of the portions engageable into a receiving opening,
4. In a non-breakable metallic clothes pin, comprising a central portion having receiving openings, a bent portion continuing from one end of said central portion, an end portion continuing from said bent portion and extending along one side of said central portion, a headed prong engageable in one of said receiving openings for latching said end portion to the central portion, a second bent portion continuing from the other end of said central portion, a second end portion continuing from said second bent portion, and extending along the other side oi! said central portion, a second headed prong engageable in the other of said receiving openings for latching said second end portion to said central portion.