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PORTABLE HAT HOLDER Filed Oct. 12, 1946 2 Sheets-Sheet l Jan. w, 1950 E. w. PFEIL PORTABLE HAT HOLDER 2 Sheets-Sheet 2 Filed Oct. 12, 1946 Patented Jan. 10, 1950 U N I T ED" STATES "O FF ICE.
FORTABLE HAT- HOLDER Ernest .William- PfeiL'Milwaukee, Wis. Application October" 12, 1946, Serial" No. 702,935
1 Claim; 1
This invention. appertains to holders or supports for hats and moreparticularlyv toya 'collapsible or foldingholder adapted to be secured to a wall, closet, door or the like forrsupporting mens and womens hats.
One of. the primary objects of myinvention is to provide a portable hatholderformed. from a single sheet of cardboard.
Another salient object of my invention is to provide a hat holder including afront panel-for face plate adapted to besuspended-fromahook or the like having struck out therefrom and-hingedly connected therewith a supporting. frame, bracket or shelf for receiving the hat.
Another important 'object'of my invention is to provide novel. means for'forming. the bracket orframe whereby a'mans hatcan be conveniently held and supported without injury thereto.
A further important object of my invention is to provide means for associating an additional cardboard sheet with the bracket or frame, so as to form a shelf for receiving womens hats or other articles.
A further object of my inventionis .to provide a hat holder in which the front panel is particularly adapted for receiving advertising or display material and which'advertising or display. material is brought to View upon. the removal of the hat from the holder.
A further object of my invention is toprovide means whereby a single holder-can be-used or whereby a series of holders can berused andconnected and suspended one from the othen.
A still further object of my invention is. to provide a hat holder of the above character, which will be durable and eflicient in use, one that will be simple and easy to manufacture and one which can be placed upon the market at a low cost.
With these and other objects in view the invention consists in the novel construction, arrangement and formation of parts, as will be hereinafter more specifically described, claimed and illustrated in the accompanying drawing, in which drawing Figure 1 is a front elevational view of the hat holder showing the same struck from a single blank of sheet material.
Figure 2 is a view similar to Figure 1 but showing the cords attached to the blank and the front frame swung outwardly for supporting a mans hat.
Figure 3 is a horizontal sectional view taken substantially on the line 33 of Figure 2 but showing the hat removed.
Figure 4 :is'a vertical sectional view taken substantially on theline=l-4- of Figure 2 Iookinginthedirection-of the arrows showingth e hat in dotted lines supported by the-holder- Figu're S is afront elevationalview showing a series of the liol ders 'conne'cted together.
Figure :6 is a front elevational view illustrating a series of the'holders connected together, certain of the holders being treated "to form shelves for supporting womens hats or other articles and another of said holders being provided forisupporting mens hats.
Figure 7 is ac'eritralvertical sectional view taken-substantially on the "line ?'-i of Figure 6 looking in the direction of the arrows showing hats of different characters, in dotted lines, supported by the holders.
Figure 8 is a horizontal "sectionalview taken substantially-on theli'ne 8+8 of Figure filooking in the direction or the arrows illustrating the supp'ortin'g sh'elf.
'Fi'gure is a fragmentary detail vertical sectional view illustrating a slight further modified form of my i-nventi on -Referring to the drawing in detail, -wherein similar reference characters designate corresponding-parts throughout-the several views the letter generally indicates my improved hat holder.
' The hat holder -I-1 is adapted to be struck from avsingle sheet of material such 'as cardboard or the like and the same includes: a front panelor face plate 6. The panel or face plate '5 can have. its periphery shaped in any desired way so as to-present an-ornamental and attractive appearance.
Struck out of the panel 6 is a front supporting frame or bracket i. This frame or bracket I is of a U-shape in front elevation. As clearly shown in Figures 1 to 4 inclusive, the frame or bracket 1 is cut from the panel 6 and is free from said panel at all points with the exception of the extreme lower edge thereof so as to provide a hinge 8. If preferred the sheet material from which the holder is made can be weakened to form the hinge 8. By having the bracket or frame hingedly connected to the panel, the same can be swung outwardly away from the panel 6 as shown in Figures 3 and 4. To limit the outward swinging movement of the frame or bracket 1 the frame adjacent its upper end can be connected to the panel by side flexible cords 9. As illustrated the panel and the outer edges of the frame are notched or slit as at In to receive the cords.
The upper end of the panel 6 can also be provided with openings H for the reception of a suspension cord 12 whereby the complete holder can be hung on a hook, nail, tack or the like.
Particular attention is called to the U shape of the frame 1 as this U shape provides a yoke for receiving the crown 13 of a hat I4. The brim l 5 of a hat is adapted to be inserted within the holder and in rear of the frame. The material left in the panel 6 by the forming of the U-shaped yoke or frame I defines a depending portion 16 for receiving advertising matter and the like. This advertising matter is covered when a hat is positioned in the holder and consequently each time a hat is placed in or removed from the holder the attention of the user will be attracted to the advertising appearing on this portion.
Particular attention is also directed to depending tab or tongue I! formed on the advertising portion It. This tab is located centrally of the front panel and acts as a guard to prevent the hat from catching under the advertising body portion [6 of the panel.
A single holder can be used as shown in Figures 1 to 4 inclusive or if preferred a plurality of holders H can be connected together as shown in Figure 5. The holders can be connected in any preferred way, to provide the series, but as illustrated I connect the individual holders together by cords l8.
From the foregoing description it can be seen that I have provided a novel and simple form of hat holder which can be stamped or cut from a single blank of sheet material.
In Figures 6 to 8 inclusive I have illustrated another form of means for associating a series of the holders H together and means whereby the holders can be employed for supporting women's hats and other articles.
All of the holders H shown in these figures are of the same form and construction as the holders shown in Figures 1 to 5 inclusive.
In order to form a shelf, I can associate with the U-shaped frames '1 a sheet of imperforate cardboard IS. The sheets of cardboard 19 can be connected with the inner face of the frame I of my holder. In the drawings I have shown the sheet of cardboard 19 associated with the two lowermost holders H. The sheets can be secured to the frame in any desired way, such as by gluing or by the use of adhesive strips (not shown). As illustrated, the side edges of the cardboard sheets 19 are slit as at 20 and these slits are adapted to register with the slits ID in the U-shaped frame or yoke 1. When the sheets of cardboard 19 are associated with the frame 1 longer lengths of flexible cords 2! are utilized for connecting the upper ends of the frames with the front face plate 6. The cords are passed through the registering slits Ill and 20 and the cords tend to hold the cardboard shelf l9 and the frame I together. Where the cardboard sheet or shelf 19 is utilized, the frame is swung outwardly with the sheet ill to a position substantially at right angles to the face plate 6 and consequently the device can be used for supportin women's hats or other articles.
As shown in Figures 6 and 7 the various holders can be interconnected and secured to a wall or a door by thumb tacks 22. By this arrangement the lowermost holders can be raised or lowered relative to one another, by positioning the tacks 22 in different places, so that hats of different heights can be accommodated.
As illustrated in Figure 9 the hinge 8 can be provided with an offset 22' for the bracket or frame I. This offset will protect the lower edge of the rim of a mans hat.
Changes in details may be made without departing from the spirit or the scope of my invention but what I claim as new is: l
A hat holder formed from a single sheet of material comprisin an upright panel having a substantially U-shaped opening therein defining a rim and a central display portion, a U-shaped yoke struck out from said opening and integrally and hingedly connected at its lower edge to the rim only, movable into said opening within the plane of the opposite faces of said panel when the yoke is in its collapsed position, and means for limiting the outward swinging movement of the yoke.
ERNEST WILLIAM PFEIL.
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