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June 15, 1948' W. SUGG GATE HOLDER Filed Dec. 5, 1944 Patented June 15, 1948 UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE GATE HOLDER Wiley Sugg, Greenville, Ill. Application December 5, 1944, Serial No. 566,670
1 Claim. 1
The device forming the subject matter of this application is a holder, adapted to be mounted on a gate supported hingedly for horizontal movement, the device comprising a substantially vertical tubular member and a ground-engaging stop mounted for reciprocation in the tubular member.
One object of the invention is the provision of means for fastening the tubular member to a gate without resorting to the use of laterallyprojecting anges on the tubular member, metal being saved, especially at a time when metal is subject to the strict rationing of warfare.
Another object of the invention is the provision of a device of the class described wherein the vertically slidable stop forms means for preventing the accidental backing-out of the securing elements which fasten the tubular member to the gate, the securing elements nevertheless being accessible to an operator, access being furnished by openings which have functions other than aiiording access.
A further object of the invention is so to construct the tubular member and the stop that the stop may be threaded downwardly through the tubular member, without the use of tools, and even though the stop is supplied at its lower end with a laterally deected, ground-engaging spur.
Other objects will appear as the description proceeds.
A mechanic who abides by what is claimed, may make such changes as his skill may direct, without departing from the spirit of the invention.
In the drawings:
Figure 1 is a perspective view showing the device forming the subject matter of this application applied to a gate;
Figure 2 is a front elevation;
Figure 3 is a vertical section on the line 3 3 of Figure 2, parts remaining in elevation.
The numeral I designates a gate, preferably a farm gate, mounted hingedly by any common means (not shown) for horizontal swinging movement. The gate holder forming the subject matter of this application ordinarily is mounted on the lower, free corner of the gate, but it might be placed elsewhere.
The numeral 2 marks a tubular member, provided directly in its rear wall 3 with an upper opening 4 and a lower opening 5 constituting means for the reception, respectively, of an upper securing element 6 and a lower securing element 'I. The securing elements 5 and 'I attach the tubular member 2 to the gate I. One will note that, because the openings 4 and 5 are located directly in the rear wall 3 of the tubular member 2, metal is saved, since it is unnecessary to supply the tubular member with lateral flanges through which the securing elements 6 and 1 must pass.
A rigid stop 8 is mounted for reciprocation and for rotation in the tubular member Z. The stop 8 includes a laterally extended upper handle 9, and a laterally-deflected, lower, ground engaging spur I0.
The outer wall I I of the tubular member 2 has a substantially vertical slot I2, which opens through the upper edge of the tubular member. The handle 9 is adapted to enter the slot I2, to permit the stop 8 to move downwardly, and to prevent the stop from rotating and disposing the laterally-deflected spur Ill in such posit-ion that it will not dig into the ground when the gate tends to close.
The lower end of the tubular member 2 is cut away, as indicated at I4, to expose the lower Opening 5, so that the lower securing element 'I may be mounted in place, and to shorten the front wall I l of the tubular member 2 sufliciently so that the laterally-deflected spur I0 of the stop 8 may be threaded downwardly through the tubular member 2, by way of slot I2, without the use of tools, the handle 9 being engageable with the upper portion of the tubular member 2, to maintain the stop B in the elevated and inoperative position shown in dotted lines in Figure 2.
It is to be noted that the stop then extends across both of the openings 4 and 5 to prevent the securing elements 6 and 'I from backing out. The stop 8 at all times prevents the lower securing element 'I from backing out.
The gate holder is characterized further by the fact that the cutting away of the tubular member 2, shown at I4, occurs at a downward and backward slant, to enhance the strength of the tubular member. The side wall of the tubular member 2 is provided in its upper end with a notch I5 which receives the handle 9 when the stop 8 is elevated to inoperative position, thereby to maintain the laterally-deiiected spur I0 in parallelism to the gate I whereon the holder is mounted, the spur and the handle preferably `being located in a common place.
tending thereinto from one end, there being a notch in the end Wall of the member at said end, the other end of the tubular member being beveled, there being fastener receiving openings in y the tubular member one of which is exposed stop positioned to slide within the slot and to beV seated in the notch, the other end of the stop being oiset along curved lines and proportioned for downward insertion through the slot and that portion of the tubular member between theV slot and the tapered end, said offset being in such a direction that when the stop is in its lowermost position,y said offset end will be extended in the direction of movement of the holder when the gate is pressed away from its shut position.
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