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Publication numberUS2357056 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateAug 29, 1944
Filing dateApr 16, 1943
Priority dateApr 16, 1943
Publication numberUS 2357056 A, US 2357056A, US-A-2357056, US2357056 A, US2357056A
InventorsVirginia P Nelson
Original AssigneeVirginia P Nelson
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Attaching bracket for canopy supports and canopies
US 2357056 A
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29, 1944; v.'P. NELSON ATTACHING' BRACKET FOR CANOPY SUPPORTS AND CANOPIES Filed April 16, 1943 l lze/lvm P/Vezsazg,

awe mug Patented Aug. 29, 1944 OFFICE ATTACK-[IN G BRACKET FOR CANOPY SUPPORTS AND CANOPIES Virginia P. Nelson, New York, N. Y.

Application April 16, 1943, Serial No. 483,311

6 Claims.

This invention relates to improvements in attaching brackets for canopy supports and canopies, for use in attaching canopy supports and canopies to bed or cot frames. More particularly the invention relates to brackets for attaching the lower ends or legs of such supports to the side rails of bed or cot frames, and which also serve as means for the attachment thereto of amosquito net or other type of canopy, whereby the canopy may also be fastened in position.

An object of the invention is to provide a imple, effective and inexpensive construction of bracket for the purposes set forth, which may be readily applied to and removed from a bed or cot frame and which, when in use, will securely hold the canopy support in position and against casual displacement.

.Another object of the invention is to provide a bracket of this character which embodies a clip' to engag a cot or a bed rail, a socket to receive the lower end or leg of a, canopy support, and means, such as a retaining hook or the like, to

receive a link or other engaging element on the and canopy applied to a cot or bed frame and heldin position by brackets of the type embodying the invention, 7

Fig. 2 is a cross section through one of the side rails of the bed or cot frame, showing a portion of a canopy support and a canopy attached to the rail by one of the brackets.

Fig. 3 is a perspective view showing the'embodiment of the invention in a bracket made of' metal.

Fig. 4 is a perspective View of partssimilar to Fig. 2 Showing a form of bracket adapted to be,

made of non-metal, plastic or composite materials.

Referring now more particularly to Figs. 1 to 3, inclusive, of the drawing, l designates the frame of a out or other bedstead including the side rails 2, 3 a plurality of canopy supports, and 4 a canopy of suitable type and construction mounted on the supports so as to overlie and enclose the frame, and. which may be in practice a mosquito netting or other kind of canopy.

Any number of the supports 3 may be used and spaced a desired distance apart and they may be of collapsible or non-collapsible type and made of rust-proof metal or other material. Each support, as shown, isof inverted U-form and has free ends or leg portions 5 suitably spaced for attachment to the side rails 2 of the bed frame. The canopy 4 may, if desired, be provided with transverse strengthening bands or tapes 6 at the points where it rests on or engages the supports.

A bracket 1 is employed to connect the leg portion 5 of each support with a bed rail 2 and for attaching an adjacent portion of the canopy thereto. This bracket may be formed of a plurality of pieces of metal or it may be formed as a unitary structure of metal. In the construction shown in Figs. 1, 2 and 3 the bracket 1 comprises a U-shaped spring metal clip 8 formed of a vertically disposed bodyp0rtion'9 and a pair of jaws i0 and II extending in the same direction, or inwardly, from the body portions. These jaws are adapted to be forced inwardly from the outer side of a rail 2 to grip the rail, as shown in Fig. 3. In the form disclosed the lower jaw I0 is flat while the upper jaw II is curved, as at I2, 50 as to be placed under tension to increase its clamping effect and to adapt the curved portion to serve as a resilient hinge allowing the jaw to be sprung upward for a releasing action and by reaction to exert a clamping'pressure-and draw the coacting jaw l0 tightly into engagement with the bed rail. The free end of the jaw II is preferably rolled upon itself to form an upwardly and backwardly turned bead I3 under which one or more fingers may be inserted to exert pressure to lift the jaw and free the clip for disengagement from the rail, when desired, without injury to the hand of-the operator.

The body portion 9 is provided on its outer side with a keeper socket I4 to receive a leg portion 5 of a support 3 and with a bottom wall or stopportion on which the end of the leg portion may bear. The socket I 4 is shown as comprising two angularly bent uprights or ,side members l5 formed ;by slitting the metal or the wall 9 and nding p rti ns o e a ut a d ye bracketsemployedare equalinmlmberto t e l gs of the supports andfire engaged with the opposite rails at proper points to receive the le portions of the supports and to hold the jsuDpOrtsfirmly, but "detachably, in engagement with the 'bed frame. vArequired number of thesebrackets may be easily and quickly applied to the support and, canopy to be set up for use and whenever desired the canopy and supports may be readily taken down by releasing the legs from the brackets. Asthe brackets have a secure gripping action and as the supports tend to hold the brackets against outward displacement, a simple, and yet strong and stable, support for the canopy will be provided which will stand considerable pressure without liability of displacement at any supported point.

As stated, the socket is provided with a bottom wall or stop portion on which the lower end of the support leg may rest. This bottom wall or stop portion is shown as being formed at I6 by metal strips l1 doubled or folded at their inner ends upon themselves to provide said portions l6 and bent at their face ends to form keeper hooks l8. These hooks l8 are designed for engagement by loops or other engaging members I9 applied to the canopy 4 adjacent its side edges, by means of which the canopy may in a simple manner be fastened to the brackets. The canopy may thus be held in place and closely against the bedding so as to prevent the entrance of insects, while at the same time allowing a side portion of the canopy to be released to permit entrance and exit of a person to and from the bed. The strips I1 may be formed by slitting portions of the jaw l and bending such portions outward with the portions l when the latter are formed as will be readily understood;

The character of the supports 3 and construction of the brackets 8 employed permits the canopy to be readily applied to any cot or bed in a ready and convenient manner and to be as readily removed when desired and the mode of attachment of the canopy to the brackets ensures a close connection to prevent any gaps allowing the entrance of insects.

In Fig. 4 a modified form of bracket 8 is shown which adapts the bracket to be made of plywood, plastic or composite materials. In this form of the invention the clip portion of the bracket is of the same shape as the clip portion of the bracket shown in Fig. 2 and the corresponding parts thereof are designated by the same reference characters. The socket portion I4 however, in this modified construction comprises a plate having an offset socket, forming portion lfi and the socket base and retaining hooks are shown as comprising a plate Hi having an outward extension ll terminating in a hook portion [8 These respective parts of the bracket are separately formed and united by preferred fastening means or by a suitable cementitious material.

It is to be understood, of course, that while the bracket constructions shown herein for purposes of exemplification are preferred, such changes in the form, arrangement and proportions of the parts may be made, within the scope of the appended claims, without departing from the spirit or sacrificing any of the advantages of the invention.

Having thus described my invention, I claim:

1. A socket and loop for canopies having bows and comprising a vertical portion having a pair of clip arms extending in vertically spaced relation from said vertical portion in one direction, angled socket portions extending vertically of said vertical portion and having their proximal edges spaced, said socket portions being adapted to receive the bottom end of a bow, stop means extending inwardly of the angled portion to limit downward movement of the bow, inwardly opening hook means extending outwardly from the lower ends of the angled portions, and a loop securable to a canopy web and engageable in said hook means.

2. A socket and loop for canopies having bows and comprising a vertical portion having a pair of'clip arms extending in vertically spaced relation from said vertical portion in one direction, angled socket portions extending vertically of said vertical portion and having their proximal edges spaced, said socket portions being adapted to receive the bottom end of a bow, stop means extending inwardly of the angled portion to limit downward movement of the bow, inwardly opening hook means extending outwardly from the lower ends of the angled portions, and a loop securable to a canopy web and engageable in said hook means, said p having an upwardly extending end adapted to lie in the space between the edges of said angled portions.

3. A socket and loop for canopies having bows and comprising a vertical portion bent at its top and bottom edges to extend inwardly and form a pair of clip jaws, said vertical portion being slitted vertically and laterally and having the portions defined by the slits bent outwardly and then toward each other to provide a pair of spaced angles for engagement of the lower end portion of a canopy bow, and stop means extending inwardly from the bottom edges of the spaced angles.

4, A socket and loop for canopies having bows and comprising a vertical portion bent at its top and bottom edges to extend inwardly and form a pair of clip jaws, said vertical portion being slitted vertically and laterally and having the portions defined by the slits bent outwardly and then toward each other to provide a pair of spaced angles for engagement of the lower end portion of a canopy bow, stop means extending inwardly from the bottom edges of the spaced angles, hook means extending outwardly from the lower ends of the spaced angles, and a loop detachably engaged in said hook means and adapted to have a canopy portion secured thereto.

5. A socket and loop for canopies having bows and comprising a vertical portion bent at its top and bottom edges to extend inwardly and form" a pair of clip jaws, said vertical portion being slitted vertically and laterally and. having the portions defined by the slits bent outwardly and then toward each other to provide a pair of spaced angles for engagement of the lower end portion of a canopy bow, stop means extending inwardly from the bottom edges of the spaced angles, hook means extending outwardly from the lower ends of the spaced angles, and a loop detachably engaged in said hook means and adapted to have a canopy portion secured thereto, said loop having an upwardly extending end adapted to lie in the spacebetween proximal edges of said spaced angles.

6. In a device of the kind described, a U-shaped clip having a vertical portion and vertically spaced clip jaws, a pair of spaced plates secured to said vertical portion and having bow end engaging angles extending outwardly from their proximal edges, stop means fixed to the bottom edges of said angles and extending outwardly and so bent'to form a loop engaging hook, and a loop detachably engaged in said loop and adapted to be secured to a canopy fabric, said loop having upwardly'extending ends and adapted to lie between the proximal edges of said angles.

VIRGINIA P. NELSON.

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Classifications
U.S. Classification135/137, 5/113, 135/913, 135/96, 135/125, 135/906
International ClassificationA47C29/00
Cooperative ClassificationY10S135/913, Y10S135/906, A47C29/006
European ClassificationA47C29/00D