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Publication numberUS2317406 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateApr 27, 1943
Filing dateFeb 23, 1940
Priority dateFeb 23, 1940
Publication numberUS 2317406 A, US 2317406A, US-A-2317406, US2317406 A, US2317406A
InventorsRyan William H
Original AssigneeRyan William H
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Pants presser
US 2317406 A
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April 27, 1943, w RYAN 2,317,406

PANTS PRES SER Filed Feb. 23, .1940 2 Sheets-Sheet l April 27, 1943. W, H RYAN 2337 406 PANTS PRESSER Filed Feb. 23, 1940 2 Sheets-Sheet 2 50 52 2g ,4 28 A A, if AM M WW .0/ 49 9 45w .5? 45 50 J I 5%: x

Patented Apr. 27, 1943 UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE PANTS PRESSER William H. Ryan, River Forest, 111.

Application February 23, 1940, Serial No. 320,224

4 Claims.

This invention relates to pants pressers and more particularly to pressers for cufi'ed pants.

It is an object of my invention to provide a pants presser which provides clearance for the cuffs.

It is another object of my invention to provide a pants presser which is adapted to accommodate and properly press cuffs of diiierent thicknesses.

It is a further object of my invention to provide a pants presser which is self-adjusted to accommodate and properly press cufis of different thicknesses.

An additional object resides in the provision of an improved clamping mechanism whereby the pressing sections are resiliently urged toward each other enabling the same to accommodate trousers irrespective of the thickness of the cloth thereof.

Further objects and advantages of my invention will appear as the description proceeds.

The invention will be better understood upon reference to the following description and the accompanying drawings, in which:

Fig. l is a perspective view of my appliance with the sections thereof open, a pair of trousers being shown in dotted lines in position to be pressed.

Fig. 2 is an enlarged view, partly in section and partly in elevation, of the outer side of one of the sections.

Fig. 3 is an enlarged sectional view taken as indicated by the line 33 in Fig. 2.

Fig. 4 is an enlarged fragmentary sectional view taken substantially as indicated by the line 44 in Fig. 5.

Fig. 5 is a sectional view taken as indicated by the line 5-5 in Fig. 4, showing the adjustment of the cud pressing portion when not in use.

Fig. 6 is a view similar to Fig. 5 but also showing the cooperating cuff pressing portion and a pair of cuffs clamped therebetween.

Fig. 7 is an enlarged fragmentary elevation taken as indicated by the line l-'! in Fig. 6, the cover being removed.

Referring now more particularly to the drawings, there is showngenerally at I a pants presser comprising cooperating sections II and [2 which are essentially identical so that a description of one will suffice for both. The sections are hinged together as at M by means of preferably metal straps I secured as at I! to the outer faces IQ of the sections, said hinge being substantially spaced from the sections andsaid straps being resiliently yieldable for a purpose which will appear. The sections may be clamped together and,

to this end, I provide opposite the hinges [4 other pairs of straps 2i and 22 supported as at 24 by the sections and extending laterally therebeyond, the portions so extending being resiliently yieldable toward and away from each other for said purpose to be described. A bail 25 carried by the strap 22 is adapted to be retained by the hook portion 26 of the strap 2!.

Each section comprises a wooden or other plate 28 to which is glued or otherwise suitably secured adjacent the longitudinal edges thereof strips .29 and 30, spaced apart to accommodate insulation 32 and electric heat wiring 33. Similar insulation and wiring may be provided at the inner edges of the strips 39. The wiring of each section is connected to that of the other as at 34, one of the sections being provided with an electrical connection afiording contacts 36 (Fig. 2) adapted to receive a socket (not shown) from the house current. A sheet metal or other shell 38 receives the plate 28 and associated strips, wiring and insulation, and is secured in place as at 39.

The shell 38 extends from the wide end 4| to a point 42 (Fig. 1) spaced from the small end 44 a distance sufficiently great to accommodate trouser cufis of various widths and lengths. The plate 28 extends throughout the entire section, and the strips 29 and 3.0 and associated insulation are substantially coterminous with the shell 38. Within the space aforesaid, I provide strips 45 of wood or other suitable material, glued or otherwise suitably secured to the plate 28, of substantially less depth than the previously described strips, and, between strips of each pair I provide suitable insulation 46 and continuations of the wiring 33. These and the small end portion of the plate .28 I enclose in a shell or plate 41 which may simulate the previously mentioned shell 38 but has a pin and slot connection generally indicated at A9 with the plate 28 or strips connected thereto, so that the shell 4 is capable of movement transversely of the plate 28 within the limits determined by said connections. Springs 56 are disposed between said plate and the shell so as to constantly urge the shell away from the plate.

Asuitable cloth covering 52 is secured as at 5! to each section, said covering extending over the relatively short shell 4,? as well as the shell 38. The intermediate portion of the shell 41 is depressed as at 53 for a purpose which will appear, and the covering 52 is sufiiciently yieldable to lie flat over the entire shell 4'! regardless of the adjustment of this shell and notwithstanding said depression.

When a pair of trousers is to be pressed, one of the sections, such as the section l2, is placed on a table or other support, and the trousers 54 are placed substantially as shown in Fig. 1, with the cuffs 55 clear of the shell 38 and disposed entirely over the shell 41, and the seamed portions 56 of the cuffs arranged so that they extend in and between the depressed portions 53 as shown in Fig. 6. Thereupon the other section II is swung down flat over the trousers 54 and the bails 25 connected with the hooks 26 as shown in Fig. 3. The arrangement of the parts in Fig. 3 will occur when the trousers between the sections are of a thickness corresponding to the clearance 69 appearing in that figure between said sections. trousers is relatively greater than that indicated by the clearance shown, the resilience of the portions of the straps l5, 2| and 22 extending beyond the sections comes into play, so that it is possible to secure an effective clamping action upon the full length of the interposed trousers irrespective of the thickness of the cloth of which the same are made. Thus these straps, with a substantially thicker pair of trousers, might occupy the posi tions shown in dotted lines in Fig. 3.

The portions of the sections at which the shells 41 are located are recessed to enable said shells to be separated a much greater distance than the shells 38, since the portions of the trouser legs beyond the cuffs and longitudinal seams involve only four layers of cloth and, at the longitudinal seams, involve only eight layers of cloth, whereas the corresponding portions of the cuffs involve eight and sixteen layers, respectively, as is evident from Fig. 6. The relative adjustability of the shells 41 and the depressed portions 53 enables said shells to accommodate all of these thicknesses and to accommodate cuffs of different overall thicknesses, as may result by the employment of thinner or thicker material. When the trousers are clamped between the sections the heating may be commenced by connecting the house current socket to the contacts 36.

It will be seen from the foregoing that I have provided a pants presser of simple, durable and inexpensive construction, involving parts which are readily assembled and enabling the cuffs as well as the remainder of the pants to receive proper pressing and heating, with the pressure distributed uniformly over the pressed surfaces. Devices heretofore in use have either made no provision whatever for the cuffs, thereby affording an improper distribution of pressure, or have provided cuff recesses of fixed depth, failing to take into consideration cuffs of different thicknesses. Moreover, prior devices have been unsatisfactory in failing to provide for the seams in the cuffs. With my construction these disadvantages are overcome and in addition my device automatically adjusts itself to accommodate thick cuifs as well as thin ones.

It will be appreciated that while the device is primarily adapted for pressing pants it is not limited to such articles of clothing, but rather is capable of use in pressing coats, vests and other garments.

Various modifications may suggest themselves to those skilled in the art without departing from the spirit of my invention, and, hence, I do not wish to be restricted to the specific form shown or uses mentioned, except to the extent indicated in the appended claims, which are to be interpreted as broadly as the state of the art will permit.

If the thickness of the Y I claim:

1. A pants presser comprising a pair of complemental sections wired for electric heat and between which a pair of trousers is adapted to be pressed, cloth covers extending over substantially the entire juxtaposed faces of said sections, cuff-pressing means adjacent an end of each of said sections and disposed adjacent and overlying a portion of the wiring and shielded by the associated cover, said cuff-pressing means being disposed to press said covers against the opposite sides of the assembled cuffs of the trousers, means resiliently mounting said cuff-pressing means to accommodate cuffs of different thicknesses, and insulation between said portion of said wiring and said cover and normally substantially spaced from said cover when said presser is not in use. whereby said insulation will not interfere with substantial yield of said cuff-pressing means to accommodate cuffs of different thicknesses.

2. A pants presser comprising a pair of complemental sections wired for electric heat and between which a pair of trousers is adapted to be pressed, cloth covers extending over substantially the entire juxtaposed faces of said sections, cuff-pressing means adjacent an end of each of said sections and disposed adjacent and overlying a portion of the wiring and shielded by the associated cover, said cuff-pressing means being disposed to press said covers against the opposite sides of the assembled cuffs of the trousers, means resiliently mounting said cuff-pressing means'to accommodate cuffs of different thicknesses, and insulation between said portion of said wiring and said cover and normally substantially spaced from said cover when said presser is not in use, whereby said insulation will not interfere with substantial yield of said cuff-pressing means to accommodate cuffs of different thicknesses, said cuff-pressing means comprising .plates having depressions which are juxtaposed to each other when the sections are in pressing assembly whereby the seams of the cuffs may be accommodated in the space between said depressions.

3. A pants presser comprising a pair of complemental sections wired for electric heat and between which a pair of trousers is adapted to be pressed, cloth covers extending over substantially the entire juxtaposed faces of said sections, cuff-pressing means adjacent an end of each of said sections and disposed adjacent and overlying a portion of the wiring and shielded by thev associated cover, said cuff-pressing means being disposed to press said covers against the opposite sides of the assembled cuffs of the trousers, means resiliently mounting said cuff-pressing means to accommodate cuffs of different thicknesses, and insulation between said portion of said wiring and said cover and normally substantially spaced from said cover when said presser is not in use,

' whereby said insulation will not interfere with substantial yield of said cuff-pressing means to accommodate cuffs of different thicknesses, each section beyond said cuff-pressing means being relatively rigid for pressing the remainder of the pair of trousers, and means for holding said sections in operative engagement with the trousers, said holding means being resiliently yieldable to enable said sections to press trousers of different thicknesses.

4. A pants presser comprising a pair of complemental sections wired for electric heat and between which a pair of trousers is adapted to be pressed, cloth covers extending over substantially the entire juxtaposed faces ofsaid sections, cuff-pressing means adjacent an end of each of said sections and disposed adjacent and overlying a portion of the wiring and shielded by the associated cover, said cuff-pressing means being disposed to press said covers against the opposite sides of the assembled cufis of the trousers, means resiliently mounting said cuffpressing means to accommodate cuffs of difierent thicknesses, and insulation between said portion of said wiring and said cover and normally substantially spaced from said cover when said presser is not in use, whereby said insulation will not interfere with substantial yield of said cuffpressing means to accommodate cufis of different thicknesses, said cuff-pressing means c mprising plates having depressions which are juxtaposed to each other when the sections are in pressing assembly whereby the seams of the cuffs may be accommodated in the space between said depressions, each section beyond said cuff-pressing means being relatively rigid for pressing the remainder of the pair of trousers, and means for holding said sections in operative engagement with the trousers, said holding means being resiliently yieldable to enable said sections to press trousers of different thicknesses.

WILLIAM H. RYAN.

Referenced by
Citing PatentFiling datePublication dateApplicantTitle
US3290807 *Sep 24, 1963Dec 13, 1966Matsushita Electric Ind Co LtdLaundry presses
US4163896 *Jun 29, 1977Aug 7, 1979The Kendall CompanyWet dressing heating system
US4219724 *Aug 8, 1977Aug 26, 1980Bertil AllvinThermostatically controlled electrically heated hand tool for pressing garments
Classifications
U.S. Classification38/71
International ClassificationA47G25/72, A47G25/00
Cooperative ClassificationA47G25/72
European ClassificationA47G25/72