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Dec. 17, 1940- F. EINERMANN 2,225,103
. FLAG HOLDER Filed June 25, 1940 2 Sheets-Sheet l INVENTOR F RE DE RICK E/NERMANM A TTORNEV Dec.17,1940. F. EINERMANN I r Y 2,225,103
FLAG HOLDER Filed June 25, 1940 2 SheetS -Sheet 2 INVENTOR F; jg FREDER/OK E/NER MA IYN/ BYWIMV A ORN Y Patented Dec. 17, 1940 UNITED STATES FLAG HOLDER Frederick Einermann, Ramsey, N. J.
Application June 25, 1940, Serial No. 342,329
This invention relates to flag holders and has for its object the providing of means for retain,- ing the flag in an extended position. By keeping the flag in an extended position regardless of whether a breeze is blowing or not, the insignia can always be observed.
A further object of this invention is to provide a flag holder which will allow the flag to be raised on a flag stafi without the flag touching the stall. Another object of the device is to prevent a flag from wrapping around the staff as usually occurs when a change in direction of wind takes place. Still another feature is to provide a device of this character which will hold the flag in an extended horizontal position even though the tension of the halyards slackens. The invention provides adjustable means whereby the device may be adapted, within limitations, for retaining the flag holding arm in a horizontal position, regardless'of the size'or taper of the stafi. Means are also provided for keeping and retaining a tight relationship between the device and the staff for preventing rattling and wear, and yet permit the flag and holder to rotate freely about the staff when the wind changes direction.
Other objects and advantages of my invention will be pointed out in the detailed description below when read in conjunction with the drawings wherein: 1
Fig. 1 is a front elevational view of a flag suspended froma staff by means of the proposed invention.
Fig. 2 is a sectional'view on 22, Fig. 1.
Figs. 3 and 4 are front andside elevational views of the angle bracket arm assembled on the body. 1
Fig. 5 is a front elevation of the extension arm and Fig. 6 is a section on 6-6, Fig. 5.
Fig. 7 is a front elevational view in section of the adjustable coupling between the angle bracket arm and the extension.
Fig. 8 is a front elevational View of the supporting roller assembly showing its adjustable feature.
Fig. 9 is a front elevational view of the tension roller assembly.
Fig. 10 is a side elevational view of the staff locking bar. Figs. 7 to 10 are enlarged views of the elements shown in Fig. 1.
In detail the device comprises a U shaped body I provided with angular slots 4| in the top and bottom horizontal arms of said U shaped body I I, through which the staff 40 normally passes. On either side of slots 4| rollers l2 and I1, and 2| and 22 respectively are located. The faces of said construction than the tension rollers l1 and '22.
This is necessary since the Weight of the flag arm and flag is carried by the staff '40 through the supporting rollers (upper left and lower right rollers as illustrated in Fig. 1). In'order to maintain the angle bracket arm 29 and the extension 30lhorizontal the supporting rollers |2 and 2| must be fixed at the proper position in relation to the staff. However, if the size of the staff is smaller or the taper greater the arm 29 would drop to a slanting position. To overcome this the supporting rollers l2 and 2| have been provided with means for adjusting their position as illustrated in Fig. 8. The roller l2 Fig. 2 (similar in construction to roller 2|) is journalled on shaft I6 which in turn is supported by frame |3 fastened to body H by means of bolts |4 passing through slots If: in frame I3. By means of bolts and the slotted connection the supporting rollers I2 and 2| may be adjusted to the correct position, depending upon the diameter of the stafi 40, for maintaining the flag holding arm horizontal.
Rollers l1 and 22 are tension rollers and supported on a bracket l8. A part of said bracket is formed into coil springs l9 and beyond the springs the bracket is formed into loops through which bolts 20 may be inserted for fastening the bracket to the body The general purpose of these tension rollers is tohold the supporting rollers I2 and 2| against the staff 40 by means of the tension on springs l9 and yet permit the device to roll freely along the stafi or rotate about the stafi when a change in wind shifts the direction of the flag. Due to the tension of springs IS the rollers H and 22 are normally held in the lower position shown in Fig. 9 when the device is free from a flag staff. When the device is employed on a flag staff the roller is moved as indicated in Fig. 9 by the broken lines.
The supporting arm for the flag consists of two parts, the angle bracket arm 29, and its extension 30. The body is provided with a slot 34 in the vertical base of the U shaped body (Figs. 3 and 4) through which the one leg 3| of the angle bracket arm 29 may pass when the device is being assembled. The lower end or tip of the leg 3| is held in slot 35 located in the bottom horizontal arm of the U shaped body The arm 29 has a channel cross section and at its outer end is provided with a coupling pin 32 extending across the channel. The extension arm 30 also has a channel section (Fig. 6). A plurality of coupling notches 33 are provided and adapted to mesh with and be held by coupling pin 32 when the extension 30 is telescoped into arm 29 as illustrated in Fig. 7. The purpose of this coupling is to provide means for adjusting the length of the flag supporting arm so as to adapt it for use with various sizes of flags. Additional extension arms may be employed when provided with similar coupling means (Fig. 7) at each end. The additional extensions would be positioned between the angle arm 29 and extension arm 30 whereby the flag holding arm may be increased to any desired size.
The halyards 23 extend as usual from the ground to the top of the staff where they run over pulley 24. The slots 25 and 26 in the bottom and top respectively of the body are provided for the halyards. Two clamps 21 and 28 are fastened to the operating halyard. To attach the halyard to the body I the halyard is merely slipped into both slots 25 and 26, so that the clamp 28 is adjacent the bottom of frame H and the clamp 21 adjacent the top. Therefore any pull on the halyard'is transmitted through the clamps to the body H for raising or lowering the flag. Locking bars 45 (similar to 42 Fig. 10) may be closed across'the slots 25 and 26 for preventing the halyards from coming out of their slots.
Across the open end of slots 4| in body through which the staff passes, a locking bar 42 is provided to prevent the body II from being wrenched free of the stafi. The bar 42 is pivoted to the body II at 43 and engages with pin 44 of the body (Fig. 10). For the same purpose I prefer to cut the slot 4| at an angle as illustrated in Fig. 2. When the wind velocity is high the frictional pull on the flag (to the right in Fig. 2) tends to force the staff 48 deeper into the slot 4| which assist in preventing the body II from being separated from the staff 40.
Flag 36 is provided with a tubular hem 39 along its upper right hand edge (Fig. 1). To fasten the flag 36 to the holder the hem 39 is first pulled over the extension arm 30. The eyelet in the upper left hand corner of the flag 36 is looped over the arrow shaped peg 38 located on the top of the body The purpose of the shape of the peg 38 is to provide an enlarged head portion for preventing the flag eyelet from being accidentally detached from the peg. I anticipate making the body of a metal stamping in which case the peg 38 may be formed from the stock pressed out in forming slot 34 which would be cut out on three sides, shaped, and bent upward to the position of peg 38 in Fig. 3. The eyelet in the lower left hand corner of the flag is next fastened to the halyard at 37 (Fig. 1). The final step is to adjust the position of the extension 30 or additional extension arms with reference to angle arm 29 in accordance with the size of the flag employed.
1. A device of the type described including a U shaped body member, an angular slot in each arm of said body member, a supporting roller in combination with a tension roller fastened to each arm of said body member. on opposite sides of said slot, a flag staff extending through said slots and positioned between the supporting and tension rollers, a flag provided with a tubular hem along its top right hand edge, an angular bracket arm one leg of which is adapted to pass through a slot in the vertical base of said body member and be held at its tip in a slot in the lower horizontal arm of said member body for supporting the other leg of the angle bracket arm in a horizontal position, an adjustable extension arm detachably fastened to said angular bracket arm and adapted to enter the tubular hem in said flag for holding the flag in an extended position, and means for raising and lowering said body member and flag holding arm on said flag stafi.
2. A device of the type described including a U shaped body member, an angular slot in each arm ofv said body member, a supporting roller in combination with a tension roller fastened to each arm of said body member on opposite sides of said slot, a flagstaff extending through said slots and positioned between the supporting and tension rollers, a flag holding arm fastened to said body member for supporting a flag in an extended position, and means for raising and lowering said body member and flag holding arm on said flag staff I 3. A device of the type described including a U shaped body member provided with rollers for positioning said body member on a flag staff, a flag provided with a tubular hem along its top right hand edge, an angular bracket arm one leg of which is adapted to pass through a slot in the vertical base of said body member and be held at its tip in a slot in the lower horizontal arm of said body member for supporting the other leg of the angle bracket arm in a horizontal position, an adjustable extension arm detachably fastened to said angular bracket arm and adapted to enter the tubular hem in said flag for holding the flag in an extended position, and means for raising and lowering said body member and flag holding arm on said flag stafi.