US 2476221 A
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July 12, 1949. ORENNEKER -2,475,221
SHOULDER HOOK CRADLE FOR TELEPHONE HANDSETS Filed June 9, 1945 V INVENTOR. H6776 Hfie/weA er ATTORNEY.
Patented July 12, 1949 UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE SHQU DER 11 v C E O TE E HON HANDS Herman H. Renneker, San Diego, Calif. l lll afifl un a 1 s ria o. 18.104.22.1683 1 Claim. (01. 1 79-15?) My invention relates to a shoulder hook cradle for a el ph n hand s t an th Qb e o m invention are:
First, to provide a device for holding a telephone hand set upon the shoulder of the telephone user so that the proper portions thereof are held in correct operative positions relative to the ear and mouth of the user without manual support;
Second, to provide such a device with means rendering the device easily adjustable to the individual needs of a particular user, this adjustment means allowing the adjustment of the hand set on the cradle so that the hand set will naturally assume a position allowing the normal use thereof, with the head pf the use held Wmfortably erect;
Third, to provide such a device in an aesthetically designed form, extremely light in weight, not bulky or cumbersome, and comfortable to use;
Fourth, to provide such a device which may be easily attached to a hand set and used or not used as desired, the attached device entailing no inconvenience in using the hand set without employing the shoulder hook.
Fifth, to provide such a device in a form which is inexpensive and practicable to manufacture, convenient and simple to use, and sturdy and enduring in service.
With these and other objects in view as will appear hereinafter, my invention consists of certain novel features of construction, combination and arrangement of parts and portions as will be hereinafter larly set forth in the appended claim, reference being had to the accompanying drawings and to the characters of reference thereon which form a part of this application in which:
Figure 1 is a top plan view of my invention; Fig. 2 is a side elevational view of my invention; Fig. 3 is a fragmentary cross sectional view taken on a line 33 in Fig. 1 to show the means for making the device adjustable and generally to facilitate the illustration.
Similar characters of reference refer to similar or identical parts and portions throughout the views of the drawings.
The body'portion I, hook portion 2, pad 3, cradle 4, and cradle securing screw 5 constitute the principal parts and portions of my invention.
My invention is designed for combination with a standard hand set telephone and adapted for adjustable securement to the tubular spacer member of the set between the mouthpiece and described in detail and particu- 2 the earpiece which spacer member is usually of reasonably constant cross section over a COIlSid'. able ngt h r of- The y rtio s a apted to be p a ed top of the shoulder of the telephone user and. a be er ly rec ng lar in shape w h a longitudin y disp sed t ou h. it on the up e fac cf the od po tion.- Qn the und rside of e b d n iqn l prov d d oneitud nal channe l x end n thro gh u th maj r portion o he body port n and, communit n w t th t o h a th ough a o is of a len th. ne rly equa to the channel lb.
ne end o he h tly nQ tinn tap s into an int era u v d de end ng hee s p rtion 2 and. the nsid o th s hook Port on a pad 3 9 sponge rubber, felt or other material is provided to improve the gripping action of the hook on the clothing of the user of the telephone.
The cradle 4 is of curved U-shape with a part thereof shaped to conform with and fit into the trough Ia on the upper surface of the body portion I. The inner concave surface of the cradle is shaped to conform with the tubular spacer member between the mouthpiece and the earpiece of a hand set which is placed therein. The hand set is secured to the cradle by the strap yoke 4a which is removably' attached to the yoke by means of screws 4?) and 40. This yoke la holds said tubular member rigidly within the cradle.
The set screw 5 is threaded into the cradle 4 through the slot le in the said body portion and the head of the screw 5 contacts the body portion within the channel I a, thus allowing the longitudinal adjustment of the cradle 4 relative to the body portion l' and firmly attaching the cradle in a predetermined position adapted to the particular needs of the user, the cradle being disposed at an angle relative to the body portion so that the hand set is inclined towards the head of the user,
In using my invention, the hand set with the device attached thereto is placed so that the undersurface of the body portion l rests on top of the shoulder, near the neck, of the user with the hook portion 2 depending behind the shoulder. The pad 3 helps to prevent the device from slipping and mouthpiece and earpiece of the hand set will be held in proper position to allow normal use of the telephone without manual support, the hands of the user being left free for other work.
It will be seen that a shoulder-supported cradle structure embodying the present invention can be used easily and conveniently for supporting a standard telephone hand set adjacent either the left or right side of the users head. In order to adapt the structure for use at either the right or left side of the users head, the screw may be removed or loosened and the cradle 4 reversed or turned through 180 with respect to the body portion I. In either of its selected positions, the cradle structure is in a plane substantially transverse to the body portion, and a line bisecting the angle between the legs of the U of the seat in the cradle portion is at such an inclination to the vertical that the hand set positioned in the seat is inclined upwardly and inwardly from the users shoulder toward the users head with the ends of the hand set being disposed respectively adjacent the users mouth and ear.
Though I have shown and described a particular construction, combination and arrangement of parts and portions, I do not wish to be limited to this particular construction, combination and arrangement but desire to include in the scope of my invention the construction, combination and arrangement substantially as set forth in the appended claim.
Having thus described my invention, what I claim as new and desire to secure by Letters Patent is:
A shoulder-supported cradle structure for standard telephone hand sets, comprising a onepiece shoulder-engaging rest member having a substantially fiat cradle supporting portion, the
underside ofwhich is adapted to rest upon and extend crosswise with respect to the crest of the shoulder of a user, said flat portion terminating at one end in an integral, downwardly curved hook portion, adapted to embrace an area of a users shoulder adjacent the crest, a cradle member mounted on the upper face of said flat portion for receiving a telephone hand set, said cradle member having a, generally U-shaped seat in a plane substantially transverse to said fiat portion so that a standard hand set positioned in said seat will also extend generally crosswise with respect to the users shoulder, a line bisecting the angle between the legs of the U of said seat being at an inclination to the vertical and to the horizontal when said structure is in use, whereby the seat holds the hand set inclined upwardly and inwardly from the shoulder toward the head of the user with the ends of the hand set disposed respectively adjacent the users mouth and ear, and means for adjustably mounting said cradle member on said flat portion comprising a longitudinally extending guide trough in the upper face of said fiat portion, a projecting shoulder on said cradle member adapted to slidably engage said trough, a longitudinally extending slot in the base of said trough and an adjustable stud adapted to be inserted into said cradle through said slot for retaining said cradle in adjusted position with respect to said flat portion.
HERMAN H. RENNEKER.
REFERENCES CITED The following references are of record in the file of this patent:
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