US 2587707 A
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March 4, 1952 F, 1 DEVER 2,587,707
ELECTRIC CORD SLACK STORAGE DEVICE Filed March 10 1950 ya IN VEN TOR. Lm FQANKLIN J. DEVEQ f 77 BY 77Z-27Z'mdzfM/zm Man/m AT'roaNr-:Ys
Patented Mar. 4, K1952 UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE 3 Claims.
This invention relates to a storage device for concealing and storing the slack of an electric plug-in cord.
The object of this invention is to provide a storage device for concealing and storing the slack of an electric plug-in cord, which, when applied to said cord,A presents a neat and ornamental appearance.
A further object of this invention is to provide a storage device for concealing and storing the slack of an electric plug-in cord which may be utilized to take up the slack in said cord at any point intermediate its ends.
A further object of this invention is to provide a storage device for concealing and storing the slack of an electric plug-incord which is simple in structure and cheap to manufacture.
Other objects of this invention will become apparent upon consulting the drawings in conjunction with the following specification.
In the drawings:
Figure l is a perspective view of the storage device of the present invention as assembled and applied to an electric plug-in cord;
Figure 2 is a perspective view of the device shown in Figure l when partially disassembled;
Figure 3 is an end elevational view of the storage device of the present invention viewed from the left of Figure l;
Figure 4 is a sectional view taken along the line 4-4 of Figure 3;
Figure 5 is a perspective view of a modified form of the storage spool of the storage device of the present invention;
Figure 6 is a sectional view taken along the line 6 6 of Figure 5.
Referring now more particularly to the drawings, wherein like reference numerals have been used throughout the several views to designate like parts, there is shown the storage device of the present invention, generally designated by the numeral I0, which includes a storage spool II for the reception of the slack I2 of an electric cord I3 and a shell I4 adapted to be supported on the spool II in surrounding relation with respect to the slack I2 of the cord I3.
The storage spool II comprises an elongated, hollow, cylindrical core I5 which supports the slack I2 of the electric plug-in cord I3 in a plurality Aci" turns disposed in side-by-side, abutting relation, as clearly indicated in Figure 2 of the drawings. Positioned adjacent one end of the core I5 and secured thereto is a rst rim I6, said rim being provided with an arcuate slot Il extending inwardly from the periphery thereof and terminating at a point adjacent the core I5. Se-
cured adjacent the other end of the core I5 in spaced, opposed relation with respect to the first rim I5 is a second rim I8 which is similarly provided with an arcuate slot I9 extending inwardiy from the periphery thereof. As clearly shown in Figure 2, the cord I3 may be inserted through the slot I9 of the second rim I8, the slack I2 wound about the core I5 in a plurality of side-by-side turns, and the cord I3 withdrawn through the slot Il in the first rim I6.
The shell Ill consists of an elongated, hollow, open-ended, cylindrical body 20, the internal diameter of which is slightly larger than the external diameter of the opposed rims I5, I8 of the storage spool Il. The body 2Q of the shell is provided with a longitudinally extending slot 2l through which the electric plug-in cord I3 may be inserted and withdrawn. Accordingly, after the slack I2 of the electric cord I3 has been wound upon the spool Il, the shell I4 is brought into alignment with the spool I I, whereupon the shell I I can be brought into surrounding and embracing relation with respect to the spool I I and the stored slack I2 of the electric cord I3.
If desired, a storage spool of the type shown in Figures 5 and 6 may be employed in place of the spool II, as previously described. The modified form of the spool Il of the device of the present invention is particularly adapted to receive the slack I2 of the electric cord I3 in a double-layer winding, and includes a core 25 and a pair of opposed rims 26', 2'I secured to the ends of the-core 25. In the modification, the core 25 is fabricated of a solid cylindrical stock and is provided with a longitudinally extending channelway 28 for the reception of a part of the slack I2 of the electric cord I3. The rims 25, 2i are each provided with inwardly extending, arcuate slots 29, 30, each of the slots 29, 3@ having its inner end in communication with the channelway 28. Accordingly, a part of the slack I2 of the cord I3 may be disposed within the channelway 28, and the remainder of the slack I2 may be wound about the core 25 of the modied spool from one rim to the other and then back upon itself from the last-named rim to the rstnamed rim. It is to be noted that the storage spool II shown in Figures 1 to 4, inclusive, can also accommodate a double-layer winding, but
the resulting conguration of the slack I2 wouldV not be substantially cylindrical, whereby the shell I4 might be impeded when it is being brought into surrounding and embracing relation with the spool II.
It is apparent to one skilled in the art that the shell I4 may be fabricated without the longitudnally extending slot 2I. In this modification, it is merely necessary to insert the cord I3 through one of the open ends of the shell I4 and Withdraw it through the other open end, Whereupon the shell I4 may be brought into embracing relation with the spool I I.
Numerous other modifications of the invention may be made without departing from the spirit of the invention as set forth in 'the appended claims.
What I `elaim'is:
1. In a device for storing the slack of an electric plug-in cord, a storage spool including a core for the winding thereon of the slack -of said cord and a rim positioned adjacent each of the ends of said core and secured thereto, said 'rims each being provided with a -slot extending inwardly from the periphery thereof and terminating adjacent said core for the reception therethrough of the adjacent portions of the slack cf 'said cord, and a cylindrical shell releasably circumposed about the slacker said cord Wound upon said-core andengageable about the periphery of each of the rims, said shell having a longitudinally extending slet formed therein extending through its opposing ends through which the cord can bevvithdrawn vand the Spool rotated Within the shell.
2. In a device for-storing the slack. of an electric plug-in cord, a Storage spool including a core for the Winding thereon of the slack of said cord Yand a rim positioned adjacent each of the ends of said'core and secured thereto, said rims each being provided with a slot extending inwardly from the periphery thereof and terminating adjacent 'said core for the reception "tric plug-in cord, a spoolincluding a 'solid core for'the Winding thereon of a-double layer of the slack of said cord and a rim positioned adjacent each of the ends of said solid core and secured thereto, said core 4being provided with a longitudinally extending channelway for the reception of a portion of the slack of said cord, there being -a slot provided in each of said rims extending inwardly from'the periphery thereof and teryminating in communication With said channel- Way, and a shell adapted to be circumposed about the slack of said cord Wound upon said core and movable into and-,out-of embracing relation with respect to said spool, said shell having a longitudinallyv extending-slot formed. thereinfand extending throughitsopposingends for the passage therethrough of the .cord -as vthe cord is rotated-Within the shell.
FRANKLIN `J BEVER.
REFERENCES CITED The following references are of record inthe iile of this patent:
UNITED "STATES PATENTS Name Date Knott May.24,.1938