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Feb. 27, 1951 J. J. RICK 2,543,508
Filed April 25, 1949 38 FIG. 5 50* l8 INVENTOR. W John J. Rick ATTORNEYS.
Patented Feb. 27, 1951 STATES PATENT OFFICE 3 Claims.
This invention relates to supports, and more particularly to hook-like supports. An example of such a hook-like support is one constructed and arranged to be attached to an object, such as the dropboard of a table, and to have suspended therefrom hand bags, umbrellas and the like.
An important object of the invention is to provide a one-piece, rigid hook, free of sharp edges which sharp edges would be apt to tear clothing or cause personal injury.
Another important object is to provide such a hook in which there is an elongated bill portion associated with a relatively short base portion. in substantial parallelism, and a minor bight portion connecting the other two portions, whereby the bill portion is spaced a relatively short distance from a support, such as the bottom edge of a table dropboard, so that there is a small clearance between the two, yet the hook will support an object having a strap portion looped over the bill.
Still another object is to provide a hook from which an object may be readily detached when desired by a person to the right of the hook yet the object cannot readily become otherwise readily detached.
Other objects and advantages of the invention will be apparent during the course of the following detailed description of the invention, taken in connection with the accompanying drawing, and in which drawing:
Figure 1 is a perspective view of the new hook.
Figure 2 is a top plan thereof.
Figure 3 is a bottom plan thereof.
Figure 4 is an elevation of a support for the new hook (shown in side elevation and attached thereto).
Figure 5 is a transverse section of the bill portion of the new hook, substantially on the line 55 of Figure 5.
In the drawing, wherein for the purpose of illustration is shown a preferred embodiment of the invention and wherein similar reference characters designate corresponding parts throughout the several views, the letter A designates a support, and the letter B, the new hook.
The support A is shown as a table having a top it and dropboard H attached thereto and extending downwardly therefrom and provided with a substantially horizontal lower edge i2. There is also shown a fragment of a conventional table leg !3 joining the top 50 and dropboard H, with its longitudinal axis normal to the longitudi- 2 nal axis of the dropboard. The leg I3 has a face It merging into the edge l2.
As for the hook B, it comprises a base portion l5, bight portion It, bill portion ll and enlargement I 8 at the free end of the bill portion.
The base portion I5 is relatively short, as compared with the elongated bill portion ll, but wider than the latter, so that the bight portion it may connect therewithand with the base portion l5 to position the greater part of the bill portion to one side of the longitudinal medial line of the base portion, as is clear in Figures 2 and 3. The vertical plane of the front edge or face 28 of the base portion is in substantially the same vertical plane as the front-facing edge of face 35 of the bill portion, also as may be seen in Figures 2 and 3, while the vertical plane of the opposite or rear edge or face 2| of the base portion is spaced outwardly of the vertical plane of the rear facing edge or face 36 of the bill portion l1. Preferably the edges 28 and 2| are joined by a curved forward edge 22 and it is preferred that the upper or support-attaching face 23 of the base portion be roughened as by serrations. The opposite or lower face 2 5 is preferably smooth. A fasteneraccommodating perforation 25 extends from face 23 to face 2d at adjacent the edge 2|. It will be noted in Figures 2 and 3 that the plane of this perforation clears the bill portion ll. Preferably the face 2 is bevelled surrounding the perforation 25 so that it may accommodate the head of a conventional screw with the shank thereof extending through the perforation and into the dropboard II, when the hook B is positioned as in Fig. 4. The face 26 of the base portion I5 joining the faces 28, 23 and 2 3 is flat.
The bight portion [6 includes a fiat, table legcontacting face 36 whereby the one fastening means (as a screw) will be sufficient to attach the hook B to the support A if this face 30 contacts the face I4 in face-to-face relationship or, in most cases, when the roughened face 23 frictionally engages the edge I2. The opposite face 3| of the bight portion I6 is bowed as at 3|, merging into the face 24 of the base portion. The relative portion of the base, bight and bill portions are such that the bill portion is offset from the longitudinal medial line of the base portion.
The elongated bill portion ll extends from the lower extremity of the bight portion l6 and has a front edge or face 35, an opposite rear edge or face 36 and an upper face 3? opposite the face 24 of the base portion l5. Preferably the transverse cross section of the bill portion discloses 3 an oval, as shown in Figure 5. It will be noted that the upper face 31 slopes very slightly upwardly from the bight end of the bill portion I'l toward the enlargement 18.
Referring mainly to Figures 1, 2 and 4, the enlargement I8 is a rounded knob with a smooth surface, extending from the free end of the bill portion l1 and projecting upwardly and outwardly.
The bill portion 11 offset with respect to the base portion I5, with the vertical plane of the edge 20 of the latter in substantially the same plane as the vertical plane of the edge 35 of the bill portion l1, permits ready attachment of the hook B to the support A, since the bill portion is not in the way when using a screwdriver or the like, and the bill portion is disposed well to the front when the hook is attached to the support, whereby it is easier for one to use the hook.
From Figure 4, it is apparent that the hook B is positioned so that the enlargement I8 is nearest a person seated at the table to the right of the leg l3, and the flat face 38 makes provision for this when affixing the hook. Consequently, an unauthorized person, when attempting to remove an article suspended from the hook would need to move the article toward the seated person. This would be both clumsy in execution as Well as apt to attract the attention of the seated person. In the event a plurality of the hooks are disposed in spaced-apart relationship along a support, it is intended that all the bill portions point to the right.
The enlargement [8, together with the sloping upper face 31, aids in retaining an object looped over the hook, yet does not interfere with the ready removal of the article by a person disposed to the right of the hook.
What is claimed is:
1. In a hook, a substantially horizontally-disposed base portion having a left-hand substantially straight edge, an opposite free substantially vertical edge, a front edge, a rear edge and a perforation extending through the base portion ad- J'acent said rear edge and with its axis substantially paralleling the straight and free edges and adjacent said straight edge, said front and rear edges joining said straight edge, a bill portion having a front edge and of a transverse cross section less in width than the width of the transverse cross section of said base portion, and means adjacent said straight edge connecting said base portion and bill portion with the bill portion extending horizontally below the base portion, said bill portion having a front edge with the vertical planes of said front edges coincident.
2. In a hook, a base portion having an upper horizontal support-contacting face provided with serrations, a lower face and a fastening means accommodating opening extending from one face to the other face and to said serrations, a bill portion, and means connecting said base and bill portions at an end of each, with said bill portion offset with respect to the longitudinal medial line of said base portion and outwardly of the plane of said opening.
3. In a horizontally-disposed hook, a substantially horizontally-disposed base portion having front and rear edges, an elongated bill portion carried by said base portion below the horizontal plane of the base portion and having front and rear longitudinal edges of substantially the same length, one of said longitudinal edges being nearer the medial axis of said base portion paralleling said front and rear edges of said base portion, than is the other longitudinal edge, whereby said bill portion is offset with respect to the base portion, and means to attach said base portion to a support below said support.
JOHN J. RICK.
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