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Nov. 29, 1949 B. MARcoux 2,489,580
PINCERS Filed Aug. 8, 1946 lkw/#aff y 4?# www Patented Nov. 29, 1949 UNITED STATES 'PAT-ENT OFFICE PINCERS Bertrand Marcoux, Ste-Marie, Quebec, Canadal Application August 8, 1946, Serial No. 689,258
The present invention pertains to a novel pair of pincers or tongs designed particularly for holding hot objects, such as dishes and plates, portions of food, cleaning cloths immersed or to fbe immersed in hot water, and the like.
The principal object of the invention is to provide an extremely inexpensive Iand simple device of this character, preferably vone made of Wire. Another object of theinvention is to provide such a device that is readily manipulated and opened and closed with one hand.
In the accomplishment of these objects, the device comprises a pair of handle members each of which is formed at one end with a holding jaw. Each such unit consists of a length of wire bent upon itself to form a .pair of strands, and the outer ends of the strands are bent divergently .to for-m a pair of arms. The arms are .preferably braced and joined by suitable .cross members to form 'a jaw. The handles are pivotally attached t one another adjacent to their respective jaws, so that the jaws become complementary to one another as a holding device.
A novel structure is employed in pivotally holding the handles or units together. One of the pairs of strands is coiled adjacent to the correspending jaw on an axis perpendicular to the strands. The remaining handle or .pair of strands is Apivotally held in this coil preferably by being crossed or intersected through .the coil. Further, one of the handles is longer than the other and carries a loose ring adapted to be passed over the shorter handle to hold the device in the closed or resting position.
The invention is fully disclosed lby yway of eX- ample in the following description and in the accompanying drawings in which- Figure 1 is a perspective view of the device;
Figure 2 is a side elevation of the device in open position; and
Figure 3 is a side elevation of the device in closed and holding position.
Reference to these views will now be made by use of like characters Which are employed to designate corresponding .parts throughout.
In Figure 1 the device is shown to include a wire bent upon itself to form two strands I and 2 engaging each other lengthwise for a portion of their length. In the bend of the wire there is preferably formed a Icoil 3 in order to space the adjacent portions 4 and 5 of the strands to form a handle. Where .the strands come into engagement with each other, they are preferably bound by a thin wire coil 6 in order to maintain the desired configuration. A ring 1 loosely surrounds contacting parts of the strands for a pur-pose that will presently be described.
At a substantial distance from the coil 6, the contacting parts of the strands are coiled at 8 and 9, respectively, on a common axis, per-pendicular to the strands. From the ends of the coils, the strands are continued respectively as diverging arms I0, having upwardly extending lingers I I. The arms III are joined by cross members I2, which are preferably inthe form of wire lengths welded to the arms. The arms Ill lie substantially in the .plane of the spaced portions 4, 5 of the strands, as may be seen in Figures 2 and 3.
The part of the device thus far described con sititutes a handle and one jaw of a pair of pincers or tongs. The remaining jaw yand handle is comprised of another length of wire bent upon itself to form strands I4 and I5, engaging each -other lengthwise for a. portion of their length, directly adjacent to the bend I6 thereof. Beyond the contacting portions I4, I5 the strands are bowed outwardly at II and I8 'and are then crossed or intersected at I9 through the coils 8, 9. The strands are continued from their intersections as spaced arms 20, similar to the arms IIl and bent at their extremities to form fingers 2|, directed towards the fingers II. The arms 20, like the arms I0, are joined by cross members 22, which are preferably in the form of wire lengths, having their ends welded to the arms 20. The structure 20-22 forms a jaw -which is complementary to the jaw Ill-I2.
As already in-dicated, the device is designed particularly for holding and carrying small heated objects such as hot dishes, portions of food, cleaning cloths soaked in hot Water, and the like. Figure 3 illustrates the use of the `device in holding such an object represented by an egg 23. The handle portion I4, I5 has been moved away from the handle .portion 4, 5 to spread the jaws and enable the lower jaw to pick up the object. The handle portions are then brought together and retained in this -position by slipping the ring 1 over the handle portions I4, I5. The jaws are spread apart to release the object 23 by a reverse operation. The ring I is slipped off the handle portion I4, I5, which is then moved away from the strands I, 2 :by a movement of the :linger of the hand that holds the handle 4, 5 `which for this .purpose extends beyond the handle I4, I5. Both handle portions may be enclosed in wood handle bars, if desire-d.
Although a specic embodiment of the invention has been illustrated and described it will ibe understood that various alterations in the details of construction may fbe made without departing from the scope of the invention as 1ndicated by the appended claim.
What I claim yas my invention is:
A pincers comprising a length of wire bent upon itself to form two strands, said strands :being rbent and spaced apart at their free ends yto form a pair of spaced arms, another length of wire bent upon itsel-f gto form two strands, `the last-named strands being bentan-d 'spaced apart at their free ends to form a pair of spaced arms. one of said pairs of strands .being coiled adjacent to the corresponding arms :and on an axis v perpendicular to said strands, the remaining strands intersecting each other -in'the coiledportion.
BERTRAD MARCOUX. v
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