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Aug. 8, 1939 G. E. LOWE WINDOW SHADE AND CURTAIN SUPPORT Filed April 9, 1938 2 Sheets-Sheet 1 fm/enior George A. Lowe fliiorneys Aug. 8, 1939 e. E. LOWE WINDOW SHADE AND CURTAIN SUPPORT Filed April 9, 1938 2 Sheets-Sheet 2 [271 677 for Geor e E Lon c Ham I diiorncys Patented Aug. 8, 1939 UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE 3 Claims.
This invention relates to means for supporting window shades, curtains and draperies and has for a primary object the incorporation within a single simple hanger means for receiving and supporting a window shade roller adjacent the window casing and also for securing and supporting one or more curtain or drapery hangers.
It is a further object of my invention to provide a simple bracket of the metal indicated which may be attached to the window casing without having to employ screws or nails so that there is no damaging or marring of the woodwork whatsoever.
Further objects and advantages of the invention such as the extreme simplicity, low cost of production, ease of installation, and the like, including the novelty of structure as set forth by the appended claims will become apparent to those versed in the artin the following description of one particular form of the invention as illustrated in the accompanying. drawings wherein Fig. 1 is a top plan view of a structure embodying the invention;
Fig. 2, a front elevation of a bracket;
Fig. 3, a vertical transverse section on the line 3-3inFig.1;
Fig. 4, a top plan view of a modified form; and
Fig. 5, an end elevation of the modified form of the right hand bracket.
0 Like characters of reference indicate like parts throughout the several views in the drawings.
A bracket is formed to have two pieces, a right and left hand piece. A right hand bracket piece is made to have a tongue l0 engageable behind the window frame or casing H, and, therefore, is preferably made out of rather thin material. The piece is bent from the tongue to have a portion l2 engage the edge of the casing II and from the outer end of this portion l2 the metal is bent around over the face of the casing member II to have the portion l3 bear against the front or face side of the casing II. This portion l3 extends to substantially the center of the casing H and then is carried outwardly at right angles to the casing to form a shank portion l4. From the outer end of this shank [4 the metal is then bent to the right to form a short leg l5, from the outer end of which the metal is again bent outwardly at right angles to the face of the casing l I to form a ourtain or drapery hanger engaging tongue IS.
The left hand piece of the bracket is formed in similar fashion to have the tongue I! engaging the back side of the casing II; the edge part 18; the front portion IS; the outwardly extending shank 20; the leg 2| bent in the opposite direction from the leg l5 but in the same plane therewith; and the terminating outwardly extending curtain or drapery engaging tongue 22. Both portions of the bracket are made to be of the same thickness and height of metal and are detachably engaged 5 one with the other through their shank portions [4 and 20, the means herein shown being spaced apart bolts 23 and 24 extending through both shanks and secured by nuts.
One such bracket is provided for each side of 10 the window. In attaching the bracket to the win dow casing II, the bracket is first disassembled and each individual part thereof has its respective tongues l0 and I! inserted behind the casing and the two parts of the bracket drawn together 16 to bring the shanks l4 and 20 adjacent'one another so as to permit insertion therethrough of the bolts 23 and 24. The shanks are normally spaced a slight distance apart so that the bolts may be utilized in drawing them together as a 20- means for forcing the tongues I0 and I! behind the casing H sufficiently far so as to causethe parts I2 and I8 of the bracket portions to contact the casing.
Each bracket has its adjacent shanks l4 and 25 20 formed to have a notch 25 cut from like edges, Fig. 3, into which the rectangular end '26 of. a shade roller 21 may be received and held against turning. Also both shanks have a hole 28 therethrough spaced a slight distance back from the 30 other edges and in registration one with theother as indicated in Fig. 3. In other words, the bracket is provided so that by merely turning one side up, the shank portions will receive the rectangular end 26 in the open slot 25 and by registering the 35 bracket on the other side when attached to the casing 29, the pin 30 of the roller 21 may be inserted through the holes 28 presented by that other bracket toward its upper edge.
Preferably the bolts 23 and 24 pass loosely 40 through the two shanks l4 and 20 so that there may be a slight relative motion up and down between the two bracket portions. This would permit a tendency for the slot in one bracket portion to be shifted out of register with the slot in 45 the other bracket portion. This movement is desired in order to permit a gripping action on the end 21 after it is inserted across the two shanks by shifting one member up or down in relation to the other and tightening the nuts on the bolts 23 5 and 24 as a means for tending to prevent accidental displacement of the shank roller fromthe brackets. The relative movement is, of course, very slight so that other parts are not thrown out of alignment. 55
Referring to the tongues l6 and 22, these parts are identical in that they are tapered in relation to their top and bottom edges to facilitate insertion within the usual fiat tubular hangers 3| and 32 from their ends. These hangers are made in the usual manner to have holes 33 and 34 in their top sides adjacent their open ends. Each tongue I6 and 22 is provided with a tooth 35 formed to enter the respective hole in the hanger from the inside thereof. In the form shown in Fig. 3, the tooth 35 is formed by notching out the tongue immediately therebehind so as to permit the hanger then to drop down over the tooth.
As indicated in the drawings, by reason of the two tongues presented by each bracket, two hangers 3| and 32 may be employed, one shorter than the other as in the usual practice so as to provide for hanging both curtains and draperies at the same window. Downward pull on the brackets by reason of the weights of the shade, curtains and draperies supported thereby tends to cause the bracket in each case to rock on the respective casing members and thereby bring the lower edges of the bracket portions into firm and gripping contact with the casing members so as to prevent slipping downwardly therealong. This action is in addition to the operative action exercised by the bolts 23 and 24 to draw the casing edge gripping parts l2 and I8 against the casing members.
In the form of the invention as shown in Figs. 4 and 5, each bracket is formed in two pieces as in the first form, and the distinction lies in the means for engagement with the hangers 3| and 32. In the one bracket piece, the shank 20 is extended outwardly to terminate in a tongue 36 which is bent or curved to the left slightly from the plane of the shank. The tongue 36 is shaped to receive thereover the open end of the hanger 3| and has a tooth 31 which may enter the hole in the top of the hanger in the usual manner to retain the hanger in position.
The shank I4 is extended outwardly to terminate in a tongue 38, the outer end of which is positioned beyond the end of the tongue 36. This tongue 38 is curved around to the right somewhat, or at least bent to be spaced from the tongue end 36, whereby the open end of the hanger 32 may be engaged over the tongue 38 and have the tongue tooth 39 enter the hole in the top of the hanger 32 as in the usual manner to retain the hanger 32 in position thereon. By forming the bracket pieces to have the tongues as indicated, a saving in cost and material is eifected as compared to the form shown in Figs. 1 to 3, where the bends l5 and 2| are employed While I have herein shown and described my invention in the best form as now known to me, it is obvious that structural changes may be employed without departing from the spirit of, the invention, and I therefore do not desire to be limited to that precise form beyond the limita tions as may be imposed by the following claims.
1. A bracket having support engaging means, and a pair of side by side outwardly extending tongues, one terminating forwardly of the other and one carried laterally out of alignment with the other, each of said tongues having means to receive thereover and retain curtain or drapery hangers.
2. A bracket having support engaging means, and a pair of side by side outwardly extending tongues, one terminating forwardly of the other and one carried laterally out of alignment with the other, each of said tongues having means to receive thereover and retain curtain or drapery hangers, said bracket being in two parts with one of said tongues extending from one part and the other tongue from the other part, and means drawing said parts one towardthe other.
.3. A bracket having support engaging means, and a pair of side by side outwardly extending tongues, one terminating forwardly of the other and one carried laterally out of alignment with the other, each of said tongues having means to receive thereover and retain curtain or drapery hangers, said bracket being in two parts with one of said tongues extending from one part and the other tongue from the other part, and means drawing said parts one toward the other, said support engaging means comprising opposing tongues, one on each of said parts.
GEORGE E. LOWE.