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May 20, 1941` Y' f G. T.`DEvoR 2,242,992 y wINDsHIELD CLEANER k n Y Filed Dec. 4, 1940v ATTRNEYS.
Patented May 20, 1941 UNITED STATES PATENT1OFFICE:-Z'
v2,242,992 wrNDsmELD CLEANER,
` George T. Devor, Cleveland, Ollio 'Application December 4, 1940, serial No. 368,543 I 3v claims. (ci. 3o1s9 This invention aimsto provide a simple but eiiicient tool for scraping snow or sleet from the windshieldA of a motory car, and for wiping the windshield, the device being small, portableand cheap, many parts having more than one, function.
improve generally and to enhance the utility of devices of that type to which the present invention appertains.
With the above and other objects in view, which will appear as the description proceeds, the invention resides in the combination and arrangementof parts and in the details of construction hereinafter described and claimed, it being understood that changes in the precise embodiment of the invention herein disclosed, may be made within the scope of what is claimed, without departing from the spirit of the invention.
In the accompanying drawing:
Fig. 1 shows, in side elevation, a device constructed in accordance with the invention, the scraper blade being folded;
Fig. 2 is a view similar to Fig. 1, the scraper blade being in working position;
Fig. 3 is an elevation similar to Fig. 1. one of the side plates oi the handle having been removed;
Fig. 4 is a perspective view showing the device in the condition depicted in Fig. 2;
Fig. 5 is a plan showing a blank out of which one side member of the handle is made;
Fig. 6 is a longitudinal section on the line 6- of Fig. 2;
Fig. '1 is a transverse section on the l-ine 'I-T of Fig. 2.
In carrying out the invention, there is provided a handle designated generally by the letter H, and the handle may be made of metal. The handle H includes, as side members, a nrst .ob-
long plate I and a second o long plate 2', disposed in parallel relation. The plates I and 2 are of the same outline, aside from the fact that the plate I (Fig. 5) has a side tongue 3 on one longif tudinal edge l, a side tongue 5 on the opposite longitudinal edge 6, and an end tongue 1 on one transverse edge 8, the opposite transverse edge being marked by the `numeral 9.
The tongues 3, 5 and I are turned inwardly, to overlap they inner surface of the side plate I. Thus the tongue 5 becomes a plate spacer, blade stop and wiper abutment I0; the tongue 'I becomes a plate spacer and wiper support II: and
the tongue 3 becomes a. plate spacer I2. In the interest of strength, the outer end of the spacer I2 abuts against the inneredge ofthe spacer II (Fig. 3) to forman L- shaped spacing and rein?" forcing means at one corner of the handle H.
The spacer I0 is set in vsomewhat with respect to the transverse edge Slof the plate I, so that, un-
der circumstances to b pointed, out hereinafter, a pivoted blade may enter between the plates I and 2. The spacer II terminates short of the'A longitudinal edge 6 of the plate I, to leave room for the introduction of a wiper, as will be explained hereinafter.
Securing devices I4, which may be rivets, pass through the plates I and 2, and, respectively, through the spacers I0, II and I2, and hold the handle H rigidly assembled.
Near one corner of the 'handle H, the plates I and 2 carry a pivot element I5. A scraper blade I6, of approximately rectangular outline, is disposed between the handle plates i and 2 and is mounted to swing on the pivot element I5. The scraper blade I6 is made of metal which is soft enough so that it will not scratch glass, and the blade preferably is not sharpened.
A wiper I'I, made of rubber or the like, extends between the handle plates I and 2, and extends out of the handle a little way, as shown in Fig. 4. The inner end of the wiper I1 abuts against the spacer I0. The outer end of the wiper Il has a recess I8 (Fig. 3) receiving one end of the spacer I I. The wiper, thus, is properly located between the plates I and 2, and after having been so located, the wiper is held in place by securing elements I9, such as rivets, engaging the wiper and the handle plates I and 2.
'Ihe blade I6 may be folded into the handle H, as in Fig. 1. Under such circumstances, the wiper II forms a stop for the blade, as Fig. 3 shows. When in working position, the scraper blade I6 extends crosswise of the handle, at one end thereof, as shown in Fig. 2, and iinds an abutment against the spacer I0.
Referring to Fig. 2, when the scraper blade I6 is disposed transversely of the handle, an operator may use one end edge 20 for scraping purposes, if he desires. In order that such an operation can be carried out conveniently, the scraper blade I6 is long enough so that, when in the position of Fig. 2, it will extend outwardly beyond the working edge of the wiper I 1. In addition to the function which its name implies, the wiper II serves as a resilient cushion, adapted to engage the palm of the hand of thel user, whilst the scraping operation is being carried on at the working edge 2| of the scraper bla'de I6.
Figure 1 'shows that the tool may be folded into smallvcompass, lto be carried in the pocket or to be put away in some minor space in an autol mobile.
Having thus ydescribed the invention, what is claimed is:
l. In a windshield cleaner, a handle comprising side members, a spacer between the side. l members, a hand cushion extended between the l side members and abutting against one edge of i the spacer, a scraper pivoted between the sidev members, for opening and closing movement, the cushion forming a stop for the scraper, when the scraper is in closed position, the spacer being 1 t set inwardly far enough from one end of the handle so that the scraper can be opened through an are of more than 180, to a position-crosswise ,l
3 of the handle, the opposite edge of the spacer then forming a stop for the scraper.
, 2. In a windshield cleaner, a handle compris- 1 j ing side members, a i'lrst spacerjbetween the side ,members a second spacer` between the' side members,a hand cushion extended between the i side members, and a scraper pivotally mounted between the side members, the cushion forming a stop for the scraper when vthe scraper is closed,
the 'rst spacer being located far enough from one end of the handle so that the scraper can be opened through an arc of more than 1805, to a position crosswise of the handle, the outer edge,
of the rst spacer then forming a stop for the scraper, the inner edge of the first-spacer engaging the cushion to prevent it from moving lengthwise of the handle, the second spacer engaging the cushion to prevent'it from moving transversely of the handle and parallel to the plane in which the scraper moves as it is opened and closed. Y v
3. In a windshield cleaner, a handle comprising side members, a spacer between the side members, a hand cushion extended between the side members, and a scraper pivotally mounted between the side members, the cushion forming a stop -for the scraper when the scraper is closed, the spacer being located far enough from one end of the handle so that the scraper can be opened through an arc of more than to a position crosswise of the handle, the spacer then forming a stop for the scraper, the scraper being long enough lso that when it is 'opened tothe k positiony specied, one endedge of the scraper will extend outwardly farther than `does the cushion, thereby enablingy said end edge -to be used as a. scraping edge. v n v f "GEORGE T. DEVOR.