US 2149518 A
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March 7, 1939. T. FRANK, SR 2,149,518
LINE HOLDING DEVICE Filed May 25, 193'? Patented Mar. 7, 1939 s PArNr OFFICE 2,149518 LINE HOLDING DEVICE Thomas Frank,.Sr., Charlotte, N. 0. Application May 25, 1937, Serial No. 144,700 2 Claims. (01. 24 115 This invention relates to an anchoring mechanumerals I and II indicate suitable posts to nism and more especially to one which is capable 'which are secured anchors l2 and I2 between of clamping a cable, rope or other flexible memwhich a line I3 is disposed. The anchoring ber therein for securely holding it in position mechanisms I2 and I2 are identical in all re- 5 without injuring the same. In anchoring mechspects except that they are opposite hand, there- 5 anisms which have been previously designed for fore, like reference characters will be given simiaccomplishing this purpose, great difficulty has lar parts in both brackets. been encountered in threading or placing the The anchor I2 comprises an L-shaped bracket rope in clamped position. which has a short leg I4 and a long leg I5. The
It is therefore, an object of this invention to short leg has suitable holes I6 punched therein 10 provide an anchoring device of the class deinto which suitable nails or screws ll are placed scribed which comprises a bracket having a staso that the bracket may be secured to a post l0 tionary jaw and a resiliently mounted jaw beor other stationary objects. Secured to the short tween which a rope is adapted to be clamped, leg intermediate the holes I6 is a flexible leaf both of said jaws having their ends beveled at spring I8 which has on the free end thereof a 16 their outer end so as to form a converging vjaw I9. Normally when the anchor is in inshaped notch into which the cable is inserted operative position, this jaw is disposed opposite prior to being clamped. I and in alinement with a fixed jaw 20 which jaw It is a further object of this invention to prois secured in the extreme right-hand end of the 20 vide an anchoring mechanism for holding a long leg I5. It should be noted that there is a 20 flexible member in place comprising a bracket slight clearance 2I between the jaws I9 and 20. having a stationary jaw and a flexible jaw, said so as to allow the jaw I9 to be pushed above or flexible jaw being resiliently mounted and capable below the fixed jaw, depending upon the manner a of clamping the taut end of a rope in position on in which the rope I3 is inserted between them.
either side of said fixed jaw. By providing such It should also be noted that the jaws I9 and 25 a flexible jaw it is evident that a rope may be 20 have outwardly flared ends l9a and 20a re threaded in position with the loose end thereof spectively, thereby forming a converging V- emerging from either above or below both of said shaped notch so that the end of the rope I3 may jaws. In other words, my anchoring device is be easily inserted between these members. Figcapable-of receiving the rope or line two ways ure 2 shows the rope inserted between the jaws I9 '30 thereby making the, article more useful under and 2B in one manner. Here, the jaw I9 is shown many conditions. My structure also permits indisp s slightly below the ta ionary jaw 20 and. sertion of the cord or cable with one hand or by the taut end of the rope I3 is disposed above the two hands engaging the cord, and not requirin stationary jaw. If it should be desired to reverse manual opening of the anchor as the pressing of the position of the rope, that is, place the taut 35 the rope, cord or cable into the open end of the end of the rope below the stationary jaw 2|], then uuiro s'm jaws will serve to open the jaws. the rope will be inserted between the jaws I9 Some of the objects of the invention havin and Zn in the manner shown in Figure been stated, other objects will appear as the de- The thickness of the rope throws the jaw I9 scription proceeds'when taken in connection with off-center and thus the spring l8 and the pull 40 the accompanying drawing, in which:-- on the rope serve to cause the jaws I9 and 20 Figure 1 is an isometric view showing a pair to increase their bite on the ropein direct proof my improved anchors secured to suitable D t0 the P1111011 the'ropeposts with a line clamped therebetween; It is therefore seen that I have provided an Figure 2 is an elevation of the anchor shown anchoring mechanism, which is p e n COn- 45' in the left-hand portion of Figure 1; t uc C p to u acture, easy to as- Figure 3 is a top plan view of Figure 2; semble, and efficient in operation. Furthermore,
Figure 4 is an elevation similar to Figure 2 the rope or line which is inserted therein may be but showing the position occupied by the moveasily and automatically threaded with the taut able or flexibly mounted jaw after the line has end of the rope either above or below the sta- 50 been removed therefrom; tionary jaw.
Figure 5 is a view similar to Figure 2 but show- In the drawing a d specification there has, ing the line inserted in the anchor in a different been set forth a preferred embodiment of the manner from that shown in Figure 2. invention, and although specific terms are em- Referring more specifically to the drawing, the ployed, they are used in a generic and descrip- 55 tive sense only, and not for purposes of limitation, the scope of the invention being set forth in the appended claims.
1. A clothes line anchor comprising a bracket having a base provided with means for securing one end of the same'to a post, a laterally projecting bill disposed at its other end and having its surface which is disposed next to the post beveled and having its outer end tapered away from said post, a spring leaf member having one end secured to the said base and having a laterally projecting member on its other end also provided with a beveled edge which is disposed next to the beveled edge of said bill, the outer end of said laterally projecting member on said spring being sloped away from said bill, whereby a cable, rope and the like under lateral pressure will move said spring and its laterally projecting member to allow the cable, rope and the like to be inserted and be clampingly held between the bill and said laterally projecting member on the spring.
2. A rope holding device comprising a body portion having a base provided with an arm extending therefrom, and a spaced laterally projecting portion beveled at its edge disposed next to the base, and disposed at right angles to said arm, a spring member rigidly connected at one end to the base and having a laterally projecting portion at its other end in close proximity to the first laterally projecting portion, the outer ends of said projecting portions being tapered from each other to receive the rope, the two projecting portions normally occupying the same plane in the absence of a rope therebetween, but the spring supported portion being displaced laterally by the presence of a rope between the portions to thereby cause the spring-supported portion to bite the rope with an increasing degree in proportion to the pull exerted on the supported rope.
THOMAS FRANK, SB.