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Jan. 2, 1951 F. u. woLFE A2,536,407
CHRISTMAS STOCKING HANGER Filed Nov. 25, 1945 Patented Jan. 2, 1951 UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE` 2,536,407 CHRISTMAS STOCKINGHYANGER Fred U. Wolfe, North, S. C.
Application November 23, 1945, Serial No. 630,502
This invention relates to ornamental supports, and more particularly to an ornamental support designed for holding stockings suspended from a mantelpiece to be lled by Santa Claus on Christmas Eve.
It is an object of the invention to provide a simple, inexpensive, ornamental, support or holder capable of being easily instantly applied for holding a Christmas stocking from a mantelpiece.
Further objects and advantages of the invention will be apparent from the following description taken in conjunction with the drawings, wherein:
Fig. l is a perspective of a chimney having a fireplace and a mantelpiece with stockings sup ported by one embodiment of the invention;
Fig. 2, a side elevation illustrating the invention applied and in use on a shelf-type mantelpiece;
Fig. 3, a rear elevation of the ornamental support;
Fig. 4, a side elevation illustrating the invention applied to the corner of another type of mantelpiece; and
Fig. 5, a top plan view of the ornamental support.
Referring to the drawings the support cornprises a body i!! having a long arm H at its upper end and a short arm I2 at its lower end. Beneath the long arm is a triangular plate i3 and on the remote side of this triangular plate is attached by adhesive or other means a layer of soft .surfacing material I4 of felt or the like. The plate I3 is preferably triangular in shape, as shown particularly in Fig. 5 to provide substantial bearing surface beyond the thickness of the arm il, thereby forming a relatively large, sub stantial, supporting portion when placed and allowed to rest upon the upper horizontal surface of a support, such as a mantelpiece of the shelf or other type.
rlhe felt is also applied to the complete rear surface of the body and the top and rear extremity of the arm l2, which like the felt beneath ,ie triangular portion i3 is employed to prevent the bracket from scratching the mantelpiece, or other body on which the support is mounted.
The ornamental support is in effect a bracket formed of a body with arms extending at right angles one at cach end thereto and adapted to serve several functions. The upper arrn is adapted to rest upon a horizontal supporting surface, and the short lower arm is adapted to have attached thereto a screw -hcok supporting member i5 on which a stocking or other object may be hung, and due to the fact that the screw hook is spaced from the main portion of the body l0, the proper balance is obtained.
In order to conceal the bracket or ornamental support a plate or front portion is applied to the front face of the bracket or support, and as shown in the present instance this plate is of a conguration and representation of the traditional Santa Claus in a sleigh, with a cord I8 in his hand to the end of which is attached an address card IS. The address card in the present instance is adhesively secured to the front of the member I6.
It will be readily understood that the bracket or ornamental support is adapted to be applied and lit upon a horizontal support, and as illustrated in Figs. 2 and 4 this horizontal support may be either of a relatively thin horizontal ledge 2i), as shown in Fig. 2, or it may be a mantelpiece 2i having an intersecting vertical and horizontal surface, as shown in Fig. 4. When applied to a mantel 2Q, such as shown in Fig. 2, as previously indicated a screw hook is so placed in the short arm i2 that it is inwardly of the edge of the mantelpiece to cause the entire supporting surface to beafr substantially uniformly on the upper surface of the mantelpiece. However, when applied to a mantelpiece as illustrated in Fig. 4 the rear felted surface of the arm lZ rests against the face of the supporting structure. In either case the parts are so proportioned that the weight of the stocking will cause the balancing or snug engagement of the bracket on its support.
lf desired the arm l l may be weighted, i. e., it may have weight beyond that of the remainder of the iixture, and this may be accomplished by making the arm of heavier material than the remainder of the fixture. When this arrn is heavier the device will remain in upright position before the weight of the stocking is applied.
It will be obvious to those skilled in the art that various changes may he made in the invention without departing from the spirit and scope .thereof and therefore the invention is not limited by that which is shown in the drawing and described in the specification, but only as indcated in the appended claim.
What is claimed is:
An ornamental support designed for quick application to and removal from a horizontal supporting surface comprising a supporting bodi7 havingA spaced arms, one of which is longer than the other and has a fiat under-surface for rest ing upon a horizontal support, and the lower of which is provided with a depending supporting 10 member for engaging an article to be supported, said supporting member being spaced rearwardly of the longitudinal axis of said body so that the weight upon the supporting member will promote the stabilityzaof ;theesupport onthe surface,` the rear surfaceilof the short arm-xibeing designed to engage the front upright surface of a supporting body.
FRED U. WOLFE.
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