US 2329546 A
Description (OCR text may contain errors)
G MEANS V. 5. LEE
Sept. 14, 1943.
COMBINED VALANCE AND DRAPERY AND CURTAIN SUPPORTIN Filed "March 22. 1943 V/RG/N/A 5. LEE;
Patented Sept. 14, 1943 l mammal) I; I
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This inventions-emcee; amsataas psi-mama's llslby wmen as aim is divided l and drapery and means; and into a plurality of separable: sections. Additional its primary object is toprovideva combination stitching ic defines the outlines .'of the-several of this nature which maybe :einbodl:ed'instantiat sections and'prevent-s the cutting. ortn'e stitching t'iveiy light weight, slmpleland inexpensive con 5 I I frombringing aboutun'due separation. :of the structiion. will be sufficiently stlff m -stand. Iup I plies'bilthevalance; 1,
and maintain itsfnmi andlishape, while being Ifo-providecmeans for. supporting; drapes or sumcientiy flexible to ummer-its :bendingz to curtains or drapes. and curtainsifromth'e valance fit I different sized Windows and will *ccmpm'seiia so that?) single rcdimaysupport-alllief these, I plurality of easily separable sections so that-its 10 stitch to the r earJfaceoftfthe-ipocket H a "web'iB effective length be readily-varied to cause of relatively heavy :canvasethe lower edge" of it to fit windows of varying widths. It is aimed which depends for a considerable distance below to embody all of the foregoing features in a conthe pocket and which web is provided along its struction by means of which a single curtain rod lower edge with a row of openings I]. The openmay be caused to support both valance and ings are of a nature to receive the hooks i8 01' drapes or valance, drapes and curtains. drapes [9 or the hooks of curtains 2|.
Further objects and advantages of the inven- The manner of stitching a relatively stiff cantion will be set forth in the detailed description vas web to the back of the pocket II, as dewhich follows. scribed, has the following important functional In the accompanying drawing: 20 advantages: first, it offsets the web [6 from the Fig. 1 is a view, partly in section and partly rear face of the valance enough to facilitate the in perspective, illustrating the device of my inengagement of the hooks 18 and/or 20 with the vention. openings 11; and, second, since the entire weight Fig. 2 is a horizontal sectional view through of drapes and curtains is suspended from the one end of the curtain rod and associated parts. canvas web, and since this weight tends to main- Fig. 3 is a fragmentary vertical sectional view, tain said web in a flat vertical plane, it follows illustrating the manner of supporting both that the canvas web resists any tendency of the drapes and curtains from a'single valance carpocket H to twist. Therefore, additional rigidity ried fabric web. I Y is imparted to the pocket to cause it to aid the Like numerals designate corresponding parts '3 valance in maintaining its upright form despite in all of thefigures of the drawing. the fact that it is composed so largely of non- In carrying out the invention I provide a rigid materials, and despite the fact that it is valance V, comprising two or more plies 5 and crossed by a plurality of vertical weakening lines 6 of buckram or like strong, stifi material that of perforations. These weakening lines may be is flexible enough to permitthe valance to be caused to include the pocket II or not. It is bent at its ends as hereinafter described, but preferred to leave the pocket free of such perfostout enough, when reinforced by the pocket rations, since a woman with a carving knife can hereinafter described, to stand up and maintain readily cut across the width of the pocket when its form when supported upon the single curtain erecting the valance. This preserves the rod 1. This curtain rod is of the conventional 40 strength and rigidity of the pocket throughout flat telescopic form now so widely employed and normal conditions of use of the valance.
which comprises inturned ends 8 (only one of After the valance is cut oil to the approximate which is shown) engageable with conventional Width of the window its ends are bent inwardly brackets 9 onthewindow frame Ill. The inner to house and conceal the inturned ends of the ply 6 of buckram is shaped to provide the afore- 5 rod and the brackets and said ends are tacked to said pocket ll into which the sections of the the window frame as indicated at 22.
curtain rod are slipped from the opposite ends I am aware of the fact that it has heretofore of the pocket. The valance is completed by an been proposed to support drapes from the valouter facing l2 of ornamental fabric and an in ances. However, the devices of this natu e ith ner lining or backing l3, the whole being suitably which I am familiar are cumbersome and expenstiched together at appropriate points by stitchsive. I know of no prior article having the many ing [4, advantages of my construction as outlined above.
To make it possible to readily adjust the struc- Therefore, it is to be understood that the inventure to fit windows of varying widths the valance tion is not restricted to the precise construction is weakened by a plurality of vertical weakening 5 illustrated, but that it n des within its purview whatever changes fairly come within either the terms or the spirit of the appended claims.
Having thus described my invention, what I claim is:
1. In an article of the character described, the combination with a valance made of a material flexible enough to be bent at its ends to conform to a rod having inturned ends, the material of the valance being shaped to form an integral pocket extending the full length of the valance and outstanding beyond the rear wall of the valance, a web of relatively heavy woven fabric,
such as canvas, stitched to the rear face of the pocket at at least two vertically separatedpoints in the width of the pocket and depending'materially below said pocket, and means; disposed along the lower edge of said web to receive the suspending hooks of drapes or curtains o'r bothfi- 2. In an article of the character described, the.
combination with a valance made of a material valance, a web of relatively heavy vwoven fabric,
such as canvasstitched to the rear face" of .the pocket at at least two vertically/separated points in the width of the pocket. and depending mate.-
rially below said pocket, saidweb being provided with a row of openings 'salong its lower edge through which the suspending hooks of drapes or curtains may be passed in either direction.
3. In an article of the character described, a valence comprising a facing of ornamental fabric, at least two plies of relatively heavy and stiff but bendable material, such as buckram, one of which at least is shaped to form a pocket for the reception of a flat rod, the rear face of said pocket outstanding beyond the rear face of the valance and presenting asub sjtantially plane rear face, a web of materialsecur'ed to'the rear face of the pocket and depending therebelow, said web having a row of openings along its lower yedge throu gh which the suspending hooks of drapes and curtains may be passed, the weight of said drapes and curtains then tending to maintain the web in a vertical plane and to maintain the .pocket against tipping forward under the weight of the valance.
4.A structure as recited in claim 1 wherein the .valance is provided with a plurality of, weakening perforations extending; vertically rrthereof at spaced intervals t-therealong the areas-being defined by rows of stitching through the :valance so that each such area,is1independentlystitched. 5. A structure as 'reciteddn-claim' 3;wherein the valance is provided with a" plurality of vertical lines. of weakening perforations disposed. at spaced intervals therealong, which lines skip; the pocket. e v V '.%..r.-: I, ",iJI/
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