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Publication numberUS2327147 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateAug 17, 1943
Filing dateJul 9, 1942
Priority dateJul 9, 1942
Publication numberUS 2327147 A, US 2327147A, US-A-2327147, US2327147 A, US2327147A
InventorsThomas David T, Worthington George Y
Original AssigneeThomas David T, Worthington George Y
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Anchoring device for awnings
US 2327147 A
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7, 1943. G. Y. WORTHINGTON, 3D., ET AL 2,327,147

ANCHORING DEVICE FOR AWNINGS Filed July 9, 1942 a a I a I 5 Patented Aug. 17, 1943 ANCHORING navrcis FQR AWNINGS George YJWorthington, III, Washington, D. o,

' and David '1. Thomas, Takoma Park, Md.

Application July 9, 1942, Serial No."{i 50,332

. 19 Claims;

The present invention relates generally to awnings, and more particularly it has reference to means whereby'the awning will be maintained in its proper position on the supporting frame.

It. is well known that the Miami, or. .Sideless type of awning has a tendency to slide off the front bar of the frame onto the side bars which is, of course, highly undesirable. While attempts have been made to overcome this objectionable feature, they have not been entirely satisfactory from either'the economic or utilitarian standpoint. With regard to awnings having side walls, it has been difiicult to prevent these side Walls from creeping forward on the side bars of the frame, Attachments have been proposed to prevent this forward creeping movement but they have necessitated providing reinforced apertures or the like in the body of the awning, and in addition to increasing the cost of making the awnings; this type of construction often tears or otherwise injures the awning material. V

By virtu of the attachments herein shown and described, we have provided devices which will successfully prevent the Miami typeof awning from sliding from the front bar onto the side bars and which will prohibit positively the forward creeping of the side walls. Each attach v movement of the awning with respect to the front bar.

Yet another object is to provide" an attachment for awnings of the Miami type which is adapted to prevent the awning from sliding from the front bar onto the side bars.

In the drawing, wherein the samenumerals indicate the same or similar parts:

Figure 1 is a View in perspective illustrating our invention used in connection with .an awning of the so-ca1ledMiami or sideless type. V

Figure 2 is a transverse sectional vies/taken along the line 22 of Figure 1, looking in the direction of the arrows.

Figure 3 is aview in perspective of our novel anchor device. e

Figure 4 is a view in perspective of an awning of the type having side walls or flaps embodying our attachment for preventing the forward creeping of the side Walls.

Figure 5 is a view in side elevation of the attachment shown g'enerally'in Figure 4.

Another object of the present invention is to provide an attachment or anchorto be used with awnings of the type having side walls which will prevent the forward creeping of the side walls on Figure 6 is a view taken alongthe'line 51-6 of Figure 5, looking in the direction of the arrows. Figure 7 is a view in perspective of the anchor unit shown in Figures 4,130 6, inclusive.

Referring to Figure 1, we have shown a window frame ,or the like I, having a bracket 2 removably secured to each of the vertical frame members.. An awning supporting frame indicated generally 3 comprises a front bar 4 and a pair of side bars 5, integrally formed therewith. The free or inner end of each side bar .5 threadedly engages an eye socket 6 which is pivoted to the bracket 2 as shown at 1. While the front bar 4 and the side bars 5 are shown as being an integral entity, it is, of course. obvious that the front bar can be a separate member suitably connected to each side bar 5. V

An awning designated 8 is formed adjacent its upper free edge with a plurality of grommets 9 that are adaptedto receive hooks or the like [0 provided at spaced intervals along the horizontal member of the frame I. The opposite or free endof the awning 8 is formed with the usual depending flap ll having'a Scalloped edge 12.

In order to securethe awning 8 to the front bar i, it will be noted that a strip of fabric 13 extends the full width of the awning adjacent the l flap l l and is attached thereto by rows vQtstitcheS I4, thus forming a band. As previcuslyindic'ated, there is a tendency for the awning to slide from the front bar 4 onto either of th side bars ,5. To prevent this movement, we provide an an? 'choring device which is shown generally loy the numeral I5, and attention is called to Figure 3.

h memb r 5 s blyb et metal a d though it is obvious that other shapes can be employed. Extending from the upper and lower edges of the body [E are a plurality of prongs or gripping means i! which are provided at spaced intervals for a purpose to be more fully explained hereinafter.

In operation, an anchor member 15 i positioned at each right angle formed by the front bar A and the side bars 5 (Figure 2). When the anchor is thus disposed, the prongs I! are extended through the band 13 of the awning and are then bent to grasp firmly the awning material. By having the prongs ii at spaced or staggered locations, it is apparent that a much larger gripping area can be accomplished. Clearly, when the anchor member I5 is in posi tion at the angle, it is not possible for the awning to slide on either of the side bars since it is attached to the anchor by reason of the prongs ll. Hence, We have provided a very simple construction which will ofiset this undesirable feature of Miami type awnings which has heretofore confronted the trade.

To remove the anchor, it is merely necessary to bend the prongs i'i'back to substantially their original shape and the anchor can b readily removed from the angle.

The awning shown in Figure i differs from that illustrated in Figure 1 since it is provided with side walls 2%. As is well recognized, the side walls 28 tend to creep forward on the side bar 5 during use. To prevent this, we have devised an anchor 2| which is adapted to fit onto the eye socket fl which is pivoted to the wall bracket 2. This anchor 2| comprises a hemispherical body portion 22 having a pair of prongs 23 extending laterally from each side. A prong 24 projects from the rear edge of the bodyand a plurality of prongs 25 extend from the front ed -e. As clearly shown inFigures 5. and 6, the body 21 i adapted to be placed on the socket E, andiit will be noted that the prong 2% lies 'adjacent'the body of the socket to prevent its forward displacement, and the prongs 2S encircle the socket and overlap each other. The prongs 2% at the forward end are bent over to engage th material of the side wall 25, thus preventing the. wall from creeping or moving forwardly on each side bar 5.

As was the case of the anchor shown in Figures 1 and 3, this particular unit i very simple in r construction and'it can be readily secured to or removed from the awning with a minimum of ease and effort. The device will definitely prevent any forward ino-vementio f the wall and it will not injure materially the awning.

While we have shown and described the preferred embodiment of our invention, we wish it to I of angular longitudinal section having upper and lower edges, and a plurality of gripping means extending from said edges at spaced intervals 3. An anchor for awnings comprising a body of angular longitudinal section having upper and lower edges, and a plurality of prongs extending from said edges.

4. An anchor for awnings comprising a body of angular longitudinal section having upper and lower edges, and a plurality of prongs extending from said edges at spaced intervals.

5. An anchor for awnings comprising a body portion of angular configuration having a substantially semi-cylindrical cross section, and a plurality of prongs extending from the edges of the body portion at spaced intervals.

6. In an awning assembly of the open side" type, a supporting frame having side bars and a front bar joining the side bars, means to attach the lower end of the awning to the front bar, an angular anchor disposed at the angle formed by the juncture of the side bar with the front bar, and gripping means provided on the angularanchor for gripping the awning to prevent its displacement from the front bar.

7. In an awning'assembly of the open side type, a supporting frame having side bars and a front bar joining the side bars, means to at tach the lower end of the awning to the front bar, an angular anchor disposed at each angle formed by the juncture of each side bar with the front bar, and prongs extending from the anchor at spaced intervals for gripping the awning to prevent its displacement from the front bar.

8. In an awning of the open side type, a supporting frame having side bars and a front bar, means to secure the lower end of the awning to the front bar, an anchor member of angular longitudinal section adapted to be disposed against the frame at the angle formed by the juncture of the side bar with the front bar, and prongs extending from the upper and lower edges of the anchor for fitting around the frame and gripping the awning to maintain it in position on the front bar.

9. In an awning of the type havin'. a top and side walls, a frame having side bars pivoted at oneend to a supporting structure, a front bar joining the free of the side bars; a band extending around the side walls front of the awning to secur the awning to the front and side bars, an anchor member romovably supported by the pivot of each side bar, and gripping means on the anchor member to grip each side Wall of the awning to prohibit forward movement on the side bars.

10. In an, awning of the type havinga top and side walls, a frame havine sidebars pivoted at one end to a supporting structure, a front bar joining the free ends of the sidebars, a band extending around the side walls and front of the awning to secure the awning to the front and side bars, an anchor member removably supported by the pivot of each side bar, and gripping means on each anchor member to grip each side wall of the awning to prohibit forward movement on the side bars, and a plurality of prongs extending from the anchormembers for gripping the respective'side walls of the awning to prohibit forward movement on the side bars, Q Q

. GEORGE Y. wonrnme'ron, 11f.

DAVID T. THOMAS,

Referenced by
Citing PatentFiling datePublication dateApplicantTitle
US2583701 *Feb 6, 1950Jan 29, 1952Mcdaniel William FAwning structure
US4764142 *Jun 8, 1987Aug 16, 1988Griffith Marlene JPortable stage structure and kit
Classifications
U.S. Classification160/81, 160/387, 160/404, 24/703.5, 24/265.00A
International ClassificationE04F10/02, E04F10/00
Cooperative ClassificationE04F10/02
European ClassificationE04F10/02