US 2161855 A
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June 13, 1939. D K CQPELL 2,161,855
SUPPORT Filed April 16, 19:57
INVENTOR Jgy/fe/ ff fave/Z M q? mafia? ATTORNEY Patented June 13, 1939 UNITED STATE surron'r Daniel x. Copell, new York, N. r. Application April 1c, 1937, Serial No. 137,162
omma (01. 248309) This invention relates to a structurally and functionally improved support and in its more specific aspects aims to provide a support which may be utilized for general purposes, but which is 5 primarily intended to be employed in connection with display work.
An object of the invention is that of furnishing a support with which articles may readily be associated and from which these articles may be removed with facility when it becomes desirable to effect such removal. l
A further object is that of providing a support which, after an article has been .associated with it, will, under all reasonable conditions, retain such article against accidental displacement and which, moreover, will attractively support the article during this period.
A still further object is that of constructing an element of this nature with which articles having extremely critical finishes may be associated without there being any danger of the finish being marred or otherwise affected by contact with the upp rt.
Another object is that of furnishing a support which will be of extremely simple construction and which may readily be associated with any type of mounting member and which, when so associated, will remain operative for indefinite periods of time.
With these and other objects in mind, reference is had to the attached sheet of drawing, illustrating practical embodiments of the invention, and in which:
Fig. 1 is a plan view of one form of support;
Fig. 2 is a sectional view taken along the line 2-2 and in the direction of the arrows of Fig. 1;
Fig. 3 is a plan of a second form of support; Fig. 4 is a sectional side view taken along the lines 4-4 and in the direction of the arrows indicated in Fig. 3;
Fig. 5 is a perspective view of a mounting member, showing a number of supports in association therewith;
Fig. 6 is a fragmentary transverse sectional view taken along the line 6-6 and in the direction of the arrows as indicated in Fig. 5, and
Fig. '7 is a fragmentary perspective view of a still further form of support, as constructed in accordance with the teachings of the present invention.
Viewed in one of its more simple forms, a support constructed in accordance with the present invention may include, as shown in Figs. 1 to 5, a body ill, preferably of rubber or similar material, as and formed with an opening which may be located on center. This opening II, as viewed in Figs. 1 and 2, may be substantially circular, or as viewed at I 2, in Figs. 3 and 4, may be circular with recesses It at diametrically opposite points in its edge portion.
A support of this type may be utilized for. the mounting of any number of articles. To mention a few of the same, one only has to consider pipes, tooth brushes, toilet appliances and similar elements involving a body capable of being accommodated within openings l I and II. It is found that to all practical purposes a circular opening such as H, usually sufiices to accommodate the article but in specialized circumstances (particularly where the article is somewhat oval in cross- 5 section) a suitable number of indentations or notches l3 are desirable. It will be apparent in connection with these that the article, if of the outline described, may be inserted with its edge portions extending at right angles to the so notches l3 and after the article is otherwise properly positioned it may be turned to have its edge portions extend within the recesses or indentations. In this manner the mounting member or support will be maintained substantially free. 25
from distortion and will accordingly not present arrunsightly appearance. a New with a view to permitting of a ready association of articles with these supports as well as a ready removal of such articles therefrom, it 30 will be seen that in accordance with the teachings of the present invention the body it has been slitted, as indicated at M. Thisline of severance extends from the outer edge of the body to the opening formed therethrough and due to the 35 elastic and resilient nature of the body, it is apparent that if an operator brings the surface of an article to be supported into firm contact, with the body and in line with this slit, the edge portions defining the openlngwlll separate, allowing 40 the article to readily shift into the opening or bore H. In fact, as indicated inF lgs. 3 and}, the portions of the slit adjacent the outer edge of the body may extend angularly with respect to each other, .so as to furnish a tapered slot ll aer v- 45 ing to guide the article into the slit It so that it may enter the opening l2. As a consequence of this construction, it will be understood that the operator does not have to grip or otherwise manipulate the body ",presundngthatthe same 50 is p p rly supported. but by simply shitting an article to be supported relatively to this-mounting member, the article may be properly associated therewith.
Inordertomountthesupportingmemberor l6 unit II, the latter may be formed with a iurther opening to the rear of openings ii and it. Through this further opening there is threaded a strip of metal It which, as shown in Figs. 1 and 2, may have blunt end portions. Such a strip is obviously desirable for application through a mounting card or similar element. As shown at II in Figs. 3 and i, the strip may have its body bent inwardly with its end portions in face to I iace contact and the endsoi these end portions maybepointed. Inthismannera'spike-like element is iurnished which may be embedded in a mounting suriace and incident to the face to face oontaotoitheendsofthestriptherewouldbe littleifanydanserofthispartbucklingasitis driven home in a supporting body, Oi course, if a body is of relatively soft material, it may not be necessary or desirable to have the ends of the strip in contact with each other, this being obviousiy a matter oi discretion according to the particular association with which the support istobeemployed.
As viewed in Pig. 5, supports oi this nature may be associated with a mounting member presenting a suitable'number oi recesses ll. While these recenesmaybeoianareaequalto therearportion or end of the support, they may equally well be slightly smaller than the adjacent edge oi the body ll. Inthismannersuchbodywillbepiaced under slight compression. Accordingly. the edge portions, as deilned by the slit, will be pressed into intimate contact with each other and what might be termed the arms oi the body will grip with even greater firmness the shank oi an article to be mounted. Also, where a mounting member such as that illustrated is employed, its body may be iormed with openings ll intersecting the recesses II and in line with the strip accommodating opening oi body II when the latter is projected into the recess. Accordingly, a strip a may be threaded through opening is and as shown in Figs. 5 and 6 may have its body. extending throughthe opening in body I. to lock the latter against displacement with respect to V mounting member 2 I.
- openings 24 oi any proper configuration, these openings communicating with the outer edge of the body by means oi slits 25 which may have 'their outer surfaces flared. In this manner a as shown, have its body curved or be of any other desired configuration.
From the foregoing it will be appreciated that in all the several forms of the invention an article may readily be-appiled to or removedirom the support. When so applied the arms oi themounting will be separated to a greater or lesser extent depending largely upon the diameter of the article which is being supported. However,
regardless of the degree oi such separation, it is to be understood that the arms will constantly tend to move inwardly, so that the suriace oi the article will be frictionally gripped and the latter will be properly supported. Such support is particularly eiiective, due to the relatively reduced edge portions-where notches II or their equivalents are employed, inthat the inherent resiliency or thearmswill'tendtowardproperandintimate contact oi the edge portion thereof with the article. After the article has been removed iron:
, the support, the arms will, of course,
to their initial position so that ringlike body is again presented, as the left-hand side of Hg. 5.
Thus, among others. the several dileets oi the invention as aiore noted are achieved. .It will be obvious that numerous 'in' andrearrangemantsoi thepartsr'aaybe to' without departing from the in- Vellum! deiined by the claims. 1':
Ha thus'deseribedtbeinv ,,I 1. A supp rt includins a relativ s? thin 3g; body formed with an article within aperture by ar ticle to anoint adie nt ndorsement and pressing the same inwardly of said aperture while. wiping said i e slam the edge oi said body whereby arm portions will be flexed out oi'their normal plane-to widen the gap provided by said slit to an sifcli that the article-maybe received within said aperture, the resilience of the rubber suilioient to firmly grip against displacement an article disposedwithinsaidape'rture." r
body formed with an'alnr il e to-reeeva an e longated article having a diameter greater than that of the aperture, said being siit ed l om its outer edge through to said am'r ii 'e to provide a pair of arm portions to each side oi gaid siitfsaid" slit aiiording a passage for of the article within the aperture by bringin lfld article to a point adjacent the outer'end r said slit and pressing the same inwardly towads the axis oi said apeture while wipingsaid article along the edge of said body whereby portions will be flexed out of their normal plane te -widen the gap'provided by said slit to an- I that the article may be received wi hlnmfi rture, the resilience of the rubber W to firmly grip against disniacementi'an article disposed within said aperture' -and said body 'being formed in its .Ontu edge with mutually converging surfaces .to either side eij-said slit to furnish a guide for the article as it is being placed in association with the body.
3. A support including a relatively thin rubber body formed with an aperture to receivean elongated article having a diameter greater than that oi the aperture, said bod slitted irom'its outer edge through to said aperture to provide a pair of arm portions to'each side of said slit, said slit aiiording a passage ior the insertion oi the article within the aperture by bringing said article to a point adjacent the outer and of said slit and pressing thesame inwardly towards the axis of said aperture while wiping 314' ar icle along the edge of said body whereby said-arm portions will be nexedrout of their normal'piape to widen the gap provided by said'fslit to' an extent .1, a such that the article may be received within said aperture, the resilience oi the rubber sullcient to firmly grip against displacement-Zaharticledisposed within said aperture, and said body .16
being formed with recesses in the edge of the aperture and to either side of said slit whereby to enhance the flexibility of said arm portions.
4. A support including a relatively thin rubber body formed with an aperture to receive an elongated article having a diameter greater than that of the aperture, said body being slitted from its outer edge through to said aperture to provide a pair of arm portions to each side of said slit, said slit affording a passage for the insertion of the article within the aperture by bringing said article to a point adjacent the outer end of said slit and pressing the same inwardly towards the axis of said aperture while wiping said article along the edge of said body whereby said arm portions will be flexed out of their normal plane to widen the gap provided by said slit to an extent such that the article may be received within said aperture, the resilience of the rubber being suflicient to firmly grip against displacement an article disposed within said aperture, and the aperture through said body being eccentrically disposed with reference to the outer edges of said body, the maximum width of said body, between its aperture and outer edge, being substantially diametrically opposite said slit.
5. A support including a relatively thin rubber body formed with an aperture to receive an clongated article having a diameter greater than that of the aperture, said body being slitted from its outer edge through to said aperture to provide a pair of arm portions to each size of said slit, said slit affording a passage for the insertion of the article within the aperture by bringing said article to a point adjacent the outer end of said slit' and pressing the same inwardly towards the axis of said aperture while wiping said article along the edge of said body whereby said arm portions will be flexed out of their normal plane to widen the gap provided by said slit to an extent such that the article may be received within said aperture, the resilience of the rubber being suflicient to firmly grip against displacement an article disposed within said aperture, the aperture through said body being eccentrically disposed with reference to the outer edges of said body, the maximum width of said body, between its aperture and outer edge, being substantially diametrically opposite said slit, a support formed with a recess of a height substantially equal to that of said body, that portion of the disk which presents maximum width being disposed within said recess, and means for securing such portion of the body within said recess with the aperture and arm portions of the body disposed beyond said support.
DANIEL K. COPELL.