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C. C. WlLM POT HOLDER June 16, 1953 Filed July 22, 195g NVENTOR CUI C. WIm
A1TORNEY Patented June 16, 1953 `UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE Por HOLDER Carl C. Wihn, Denver, Colo., assignor to Magnex, Inc., Denver, Colo., a corporation of Colorado Application July 22, 1952, Serial N o. 300,135
The present invention relates to improvements in pot holders, hot pads and the like.
In pot holders, hot pads and similar articles of the prior art7 various means have been provided in order that the holder or pad could be held on a hook or other suitable support. Usually, one Icorner of the holder or pad was provided with a small loop of the same material from which the pad is made or possibly from a piece of some other material. In other types of holders or pads no means whatever is provided for supporting the holder or pad and such holders or pads must be positioned on any supporting surface such as is available in a kitchen, including a stove top or a sink counter.
Various objections and difficulties arise with regard to pot holders and hot pads such as have been described hereinbefore. For example, where a loop has been provided as a means for engagement on a hook or the like, the loop has been too small for easy engagement on a hook and it usually requires both hands, one to hold the holder and the other to open the loop which when made of fabric is usually clos-ed, in order to engage the holder or pad on a hook. A further difficulty arises with regard to the holders or pads employing loops and that is that the loops are frst'to become worn or ripped, thereby affording no means by which the holder or pad can be engaged on a hook. In those forms where no Vloop has been provided or the loop has ripped apart, the holder or pad is cmitinually positioned on the stove top Vor sink counter between uses and is, therefore, subject to being stained such as by grease on the stove top or any food particles that may be collected on the sink counter while cooking. Naturally, the life of such holders or pads is substantially shortened and their desirability for the purpose intended thereby reduced.
It is, therefore, a primary object of the present invention to provide an improved pot holder or hot pad which will not have the objections o f the prior art holders and pads, improved means being provided for supporting the holder on any suitable metallic surface available in a kitchen or wherever the holder is being employed.
It is another object of the present invention to provide an improved means whereby a pot holder or hot pad can be held between uses and v wherein the means will have a life at least equal to that of the holder proper.
A further object of the present invention is to provide an improved pot holder supporting means which is inconspicuous in use and yet which does not interfere with the practicability of the holder for its intended purpose nor unduly increase the weight of the holder.
Still another object of the present invention is to provide an improved pot holder and supporting means incorporated therein which does not require any tedious manipulation to leave the same supported for subsequent use. V
In accordance with the objects of my invention I have provided in a pot holder a small oblong magnet whereby the pot holder can be held by any suitable metallic surface available in a kitchen, such as, for example, the stove front or the doors of metal kitchen cabinets andthe like. In the quilted form of pot holder, the magnet is embedded in the cotton batting between the stitchings joining the cloth facings together and adjacent one edge or corner of the pot holder. The corner near which the magnet is disposed is formed with the side edges joining at right angles whereas all of the other edges are distinguished by rounded corners so that when it is desired that the pot holder be held by a metallic surface, 'the holder can be casually projected against and held by the surface if the holder is manipulated so that the portion near the sharp corn-er strikes the supporting surface.
In the accompanying drawings is shown a preferred embodiment of my invention, wherein:
Figure 1 is a top plan view of a quilted pot holder showing the disposition of the magnet therein;
Figure 2 is a vertical sectional view taken sub1 stantially along the plane of line 2-2 of Figure l;
Figure 3 is a diagrammatic showing of the manner in which a pot holder can be manually projected toward a supporting metallic surface and held thereby; and
Figure 4 is an enlarged detail perspective view of a pair of the oblong magnets, one of which is employed with each holder.
Having reference to Figures l and 2 of the drawings, the details of construction of the pot holder designated generally by the numeral Hl will now be described. The pot holder l0 includes front and rear cloth or fabric panels i2 and I4, respectively, of substantially rectangular shape but having rounded corners at I8, |8and 2i) and a sharp corner at 22. Inserted between the cloth panels I2 and I4 is a suitable `amount of cotton batting 24 or any other material suitable for` insulating in pot holders. Of course, the panels l2 and I4 also may be made from aeamee other sheet material formed from a suitable plastic, could be employed. The pair of panels i2 and i4 with the cotton batting therebetween has a plurality of crossed lines of stitching 2d and 26 joining the same so as to provide `a quilted effect.
The periphery of the holder is provided with an inner'binding strip 23 which is secured in enveloping relation to the edges of the front and rear panels by a line of stitching 35i. An outer binding strip 32 envelopes the inner binding strip,v
28 and is secured to the inner binding strip and the front and rear panels by a line of stitching 34. Each of the binding strips is madef from` a single elongated and foldedv piece o'fmaterial, preferably cloth, provided with suitable coloring or design for contrast or harmony with the design or coloring that may be provided on either of the panels l2 and I4.
Looking now at Figure il, the form of the magnetsf`36'will/be seen to bel generally rectangular cross section and oblong. The magnets Yare formed preferably by casting Va plurality of elements at a single pouring, the individual magnet elel'r'e'ntsv 35 being connected by frangible` joints, a"s"at" 38'. As required, the individual magnets are broken from each other so as to provide a rough face d@ atfeach fracture. The upper and lower'f'fa'ce's 42 and te, respectively,`of the'magrets'ii 'are substantially smooth.
"'When the lmagnets are individually cast or otherwise formed, one or more of the faces thereof should beroughened as the face 4Q for a pilirp'eser tobe described more fully hereinafter. In actually manufacturing pot holders of the presentl type, large sheets'of the quilted material are'formed and then cut to the shape as shown in' Figure Il. 'At this point in the manufacture itis' ldesirable to incorporate a single magnet, each magnet being suliciently powerful to hold a fs'ingleholder on a vertical metallic surface whether, projected or positioned thereagainst, intoth' holder. ln cutting the quilted material a'c'z'oe'ss` intdthe enclosed areas or pockets formed bjfth'e lines of stitching 2d and 2e at the edge portions of "the holder is obtained, as at @e into th"rni"ror""en'close'd' area 48. A single magnet 36 is inserted through the access opening at 46 andpositioned-fin va pocket in the padding so as to haveits vlongitl'idinal axis parallel to the adjacent'edge 5D." Thel binding strips may then be" stitchedtothe periphery of the holder 'ID in the manner above described.
vie'v'vpf the nature of cotton batting and y the"`fac`t that each magnet has at least one roughened face 20, the magnet will effectively b'el'held inposition as a result Vof the interlocking of'the'b'ers' of the batting 2li with the projections of the roughened face 49. Furthermore, the lines of stitching 2li and 26 retain the magnet in" `the'pocket"in the padding and in the desired relation to the holder. Other modes of securing materials other than cloth. Oil cloth, or any As shown by Figure 3, after using the pot holder Iii, it can be projected, as seen in dotted lines, so that the sharp corner portion 22 is disposed upwardly whereby upon contact with the metallic surface 52 it is retained thereagainst by the magnetic attraction between the magnet 36 and the surface 52 and will be held from swinging movement by the friction between the holder and` the surface, which friction is, of course, dependent upon the strength of the magnet 36.
I prefer to have the front cloth panel l2 provided with a suitable appealing and decorative design and to have the rear panel of a solid color so as to be indicative of the back side adjacent which the magnet isdisposed, as shown best in Eig. 2. By locating the magnet in conj tact with the rear panel i4 and projecting the the magnet in position will suggest themselves to' one" skilled in the art.
holder so that the panel I4 will strike the surface 52, the greatest effective use of the magnet can invariably be obtained. It will thus be seen that by means of the present invention the pot holders can be held on metal kitchen' cabinet doors and the like for convenience and yet will add decoration, by their design or variable arrangement on the doors. If desired, the front panel can havel designs of appeal to children so as to aiordr amusement to them when playing with the holders.
It is desirable that the magnet be rust proof and relatively powerful forits size and, therefore, Alnico magnets are particularly suitable. The magnetv actually used is approximately 3A" in length, C78 in width and. l/w" in thickness.
Of course, variations in the size and shapeoi" the magnet can be made.
I claim: l. Apot holder comprising sheetsof fabricwith fibrous padding therebetween secured together and quilted` to provide a minor enclosed.y area,- substantially lled with padding, said padding`I inlthat area providing a pocket in one corner of the holder, and a magnet. positioned in said pocket and retained against displacement therein b y the, padding betweenthe sheets.
2. A pot holder according to claim l, wherein the: pot holder has asingle sharp corner and the.d magnet is placed in` an enclosed area adjacent said corner andthe other corner being rounded so as to indicate the location of the magnet.
3. Apot holder according to claim 1, wherein thegmagnet has at least one rough face whereby. the fibrous padding will become interlccked with,
the projections of the rough face.
CARL vrC. WILM,
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