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April 23, 1940. G. E. BROWN LANDING NET 2 Sheets-Sheet: 1
Filed June 7, 1939 Inventor G. Erm yf Brow I Attorneys April 23, 1940.
E. BROWN ,197,921 I NNNNNNNNN ET UNITED STATES PATENT I OFFICE LANDING NET George Ernest Brown, Roanoke, Va., assignor of one-fourth to Coleman H. Nelson, Roanoke,
Application June 7,1939, Serial No. 277,896
The present invention relates to new and useful improvements in landing nets for fishermen and has for its primary object to provide, in a manner as hereinafter set forth, a device of this character which is adapted to be expeditiously folded or collapsed in a manner to require a minimum of space, thus greatly facilitating transporting of the device.
Another very important object of the invention is to provide a landing net of the aforementioned character comprising novel means for releasably securing the device in folded or collapsed position.
Other objects of the invention are to provide a fishermans landing net which will be comparatively simple in construction, strong, durable, highly efficient and reliable in use, light in weight and which may be manufactured at low cost.
All of the foregoing and still further objects and advantages of the invention will become apparent from a study of the following specification, taken in connection with the accompanying drawings wherein like characters of reference designate corresponding parts throughout the several views, and wherein:
Figure 1 is a view in side elevation of a landing net constructed in accordance with the present invention.
Figure 2 is a top plan view thereof with the cover plate removed from the case to reveal the interior thereof.
Figure 3 is a view substantially similar to Fig. 2 but showing the net in extended position and ready for use.
Figure 4 is a perspective view of an end portion of the resilient net hoop.
Referring now to the drawings in detail, it will be seen that the embodiment of the invention which has been illustrated comprises an elongated case I which may be of any suitable material. handle. Further, the case I is substantially flat and includes a flared forward end portion 2. Removably mounted on the case I is a cover plate 3. Screws 4 secure the cover plate 3 in position. The forward end of the case I is substantially V-shaped and has formed in the side portions thereof openings 5.
The reference numeral 6 designates a collapsible hoop which is mounted on the case I and slidable thereinto. The hoop 6 is formed from a strip of suitable resilient metal having its end portions extending slidably into the case I through the openings 5 and hingedly connected, as at I. The reference numeral 8 designates a The case I is formed to provide a net which is mounted on the hoop 6 through the medium of rings or loops 9 which are slidable on said hoop. The net 8 is secured to the forward end of the case I, as at Ill.
Mounted in the case I on one side thereof is a stationary locking pin II which is engageable in an opening I2 (see Fig. 4) provided therefor in the hoop 6 for securing said hoop in retracted position. Slidably mounted in the case I adjacent the pin I I is a manually operable plunger I3 which is engageable with the hoop 6 for disengaging said hoop from the pin II. The other side of the hoop 6 rides on a lug I4 in the case I which reduces friction and thereby facilitates the sliding movement of said hoop. I
It is thought that the manner in which the device is used will be readily apparent from a consideration of the foregoing. With the hoop 6 in retracted position in the case I, as seen in Fig. 2 of the drawings, the side portions of said hoop are under tension. Thus, when the plunger I3 is pressed inwardly for disengaging and releasing the hoop from the pin II, said hoop, by reasonof its resiliency, moves outwardlyto operative position, as seen in Fig. 3 of the drawings. As the net 8 is anchored at III to the case I said net is opened on the hoop 6 as said hoop moves outwardly and expands. To retract the hoop 6, the side portions thereof are squeezed toward each other and said hoop is at the same time pushed longitudinally into the case I. When this is done the rings or loops 9 gather 'on the hoop 6. When the hoop 6 reaches its retracted or collapsed position, it is immediately locked by the engagement of the pin II in the opening I2. Of course, access may readily be had to the case I by simply removing the cover 3.
It is believed that the many advantages of a landing net constructed in accordance with the present invention will be readily understood and although a preferred embodiment of the device is as illustrated and described, it is to be understood that changes in the details of construction and in the combination and arrangement of parts may be resorted to which will fall within the scope of the invention as claimed.
What is claimed is:
l. A landing net of the character described comprising an elongated case, a hoop mounted on said .case and comprising a resilient strip of metal having its end portions extending slidably into the case and hingedly connected together, a net mounted on the hoop, said hoop having an opening therein, a stationary pin in the case engageable in the opening for releasably securing the hoop in retracted position, and a manually operable plunger slidably mounted in the case and engageable with the hoop for disengaging said hoop from the pin.
2. A landing net comprising a case, a resilient hoop slidably mounted in said case, means in the case engageable with the hoop for releasably securing said hoop against sliding movement in said case, and a plunger slidably mounted in the case and engageable with the hoop for disengaging said hoop from said means.
GEORGE ERNEST BROWN.