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July 14, 1953 w. M. GAUTHIER 2,645,439
ANGLE CONTROL FOR FISH POLE HOLDERS Filed Sept. 28, 1948 July 14, 1953 w. M. GAUTHIER 2,645,439
ANGLE CONTROL FOR FISH POLE HOLDERS Filed Sept. 28, 1948 2 Shee ts-Sheet 2 relation. of the pole Patented July 124, 1953 UNITE-o ls .i.'..'1'r.s, Vrn'rleivr OFFICE Y ANGLE CONTROL FOR FIsH POLE HOLDERS 'William M.` Gauthier, Brimley, Mich.
` Application september es, 194s, serial No. 51,536
, 1 My invention relates to holders for elongated articles such as poles whereby the article or pole is supported in proper angular relation` relative to a baseY and maintained so supported' without the use` of clamps` or` the like.l The holder is particularly adapted to holding 'iishing poles, flag staffs andthe like.
Devices such as these are very useful when one fisherman utilizes a plurality of poles at the. same time and is unable, therefore, to havehishand on more than one of them ata time. Likewise, such holders are very useful in a boat when the boat is being moved to and from the fishing grounds whereby to support the poles out' of the Y way ofthe Oarsrnan and at the Same timer in` a position safe against' being knocked. overboard and lost.
`With the foregoingV in view, it is` an object of my invention to provide an improvedspolestaii g or rod holder. .Y I
A further object `is to provide an improved holder which includes means'whereby the angular to a supportmaybe readily varied as desired.
A further object is to provide in a holder such y as that last-described, sensitive iingerl tip control means for adjusting the angle of the pole holder the following specication, wherein the invention is shown, described and claimed.
In the drawing: s
Fig. 1 is a perspective view of theholder` according to the invention showingthe same applied to the seat of a boat;
Fig. 2 is an elevation of the` holder of Fig. 1,
the boat seat being shown in vertical section;
Fig. 3 is` a fragmentary vertical sectional View through the boat seat showing the holder according to the invention in `end elevation lookand/or the pole supported thereby relative tothe body of the holder and/or the support.,
A further object is to provide an improved iish pole holder wherein a relatively stationary portion of the holder hasmounted thereonfapair of vertically spaced and laterally offset pivotproviding means upon one of which is pivoted a movable fish pole holder and on the other of which is slidably and pivotally mounted means providing a wedge surface, said last namedmeans being engageable with the movable iish pole holder and adjusting the pivoted angle thereof 40 relative to thestationary portion of the holder upon sliding of the wedge-providing portion in Y opposite directions.
A further object is to provide in a device such a C-clamp generally indicated at I3 which comprises a lower leg I4 provided with a` threadedY vaperture for threaded reception therein of any as that last described, means for locking the slidable and pivotal wedge-providing member inV a slidable and pivoting adjusted position.
Other objects `and advantages reside in the particular structure'ofthe invention, combination and arrangement ofthe several parts thereof, and/or in the particular method or mode of operation, all of which will be readily understood by those skilled inl the art upon reference tothe accompanying `drawing in connection with 4-4 of Fig. 2;
ing from the right of Fig. 2;
Fig. 4. isa substantially horizontal sectional View taken substantially on theplane of the line Fig. 5 4is a horizontal; sectional lview taken substantially on the plane of the line 5-5401" Fig. 2;
Fig. 5 isan elevational view on a slightly enlarged scale and in fragment, similar to Fig. 2 but showing the parts in a slightly diierent position; and
Fig. '7 Ais a view like Fig. 6 but showing the parts'in a still further position.
Referringv specically to the drawing, wherein like reference characters have been used throughout the several views` to designate `like parts,`
I0 designates generally any suitableboat such as a rowboat including a gunwale II- and any suitable horizontally disposed seat I2;
The device according to the invention comprises suitable clamping Vscrew I5.. The clamp includes an oppositely disposed leg I6` which is preferably slightly longer than the leg I4 and formed with a pair 'of longitudinally spaced 'threaded apertures I'I therethrough, `the purpose of which will be apparent later.
The legs I6 and I4' are connected together by j a web 20 which is likewise provided with a pair of longitudinally spaced threaded vapertures I8 therethrough. Suitable screwsv I9 are adapted to be threadedly `engagedjin either the apertures of the ears around one of the apertures.
33 between the arms 23.
`the thumb screw 25 loose, kthe stem is freely rotatable on the cylindrical upper endl 2i or the stud, but the stem may be locked against sliding andfpivotal movement relative to the stud by two poles at the same time when the same are being transported to and from the nshing ground, or the device may be positioned on either side of vthe boat with a single pole positionedon the outboard side of the device irrespective of which side of the boat the holder is mounted.
As aforesaid, the holder mounting plate 3i is pivoted on the pivot 30 for vertical `pivotal movement. In all forms of fishing from a boat, it is frequently. desirable that the pole .extend from the boat at a suitable vertical angle.
it is frequently necessary during the actual fishn ing to vary the angle slightlyfrorn time to time tightening the thumb screw 25 in a well-known manner.
The upper end of the stem is flat and longitudinally split to provide a pair of laterally spaced ears 23. Such ears are provided with a pair of laterally aligned apertures therethrough and a boss 21 is formed on the outer surface Yof one Such boss 2l is `provided with an internally threaded bore for threadedly receiving the threaded stem 23 of a thumb screw 29, the head cf which bears against the outer surface of the opposite` ear 26. Thus, by tightening the thumb screw 29 the ears may be clamped together as desired. In this f connection, it should be Vnoted that the thumb screw 29 may be dispensed with and the ears spanned by any suitable pin, as it willV be apand/or to move the pole up and down to impart movement to the bait. Toso control the angle 'of the holder-providing plate 3| I have provided an angle control plate V40 having a straight upper edge 4| which slidably engages the straight under edge 32 of the plate 3|. A portion of the under edge of the control plate 40 is provided with an inclined edge 42 providing a wedge'surface dening the upper edge of a wedge slot 6.3. Such wedge slot-is best seen in Figs. 6 and 7 and is slide able and? pivotal onthe pin 29. The lower end of the wedge slot is open, as shown, but the angle control rplate 40 cannot escape from its position between the holder-providing plate 3l and the pin 29 because of the Yparticular spacing of the parts. Obviously, the closed upper end of the slot parentvsoon that'the clamping feature is auxpin 23, but it isto be understood that under cere Y tain circumstances the pin' 33 might be down#- wardly of the pin 23.
It is, however, essential Vthat* the pin 23 and the pivot 33 be vertically spaced and laterally off? set for proper functioning of the parts.
A nat pole holder 3l Vis pivoted on the pivot plate-likematerial and substantially U #shaped in elevation. A central portion of the under edge thereof is straight as at 32 as best seen in Figs. 5 and 7, for a purpose to be described later.
A pair of substantially identical pole holders 33 and 34 are'xed to the upper free'ends of the plate 3| in any suitable manner as by being welded thereto. Each of the pole holders 33 and 34 is identical except that one is inverted relative to the other. Y v
Each holder 33 or 34 includes a bifurcated stem 33 straddling a free end of the holding plate 3|, and each stem 35 is closed at one end to provide a blight and the opposite ends yare diverged to form a pair of laterally oppositely directed hooks 33 for engaging a sh pole.
In the case of the rear pole holder 33, the hooks 36 are downwardly directed, while the hooks 36,
of the forward holder 34 are upwardly directed. Thus, the holder according to the invention supports the under side of a pole bythe upwardly directed forward hooks 33, whilethe downwardly directed rear hooks 33 rest atop the rear portion or butt of the pole to prevent same from being dislodged in an upward direction upon a pullof the sh upon the sh line in a well-known manner.
By providing a pair of hooks 36 on each holder 33 or 34, the device is enabled to receive either The holder 3| is of.
extend forwardly and rearwardly respectively of the ears 26 to provide ing the device. Y
As noted before, the angle control plate 4i! is slidable and pivotable on the pin23. At the same time, the flat upper edge'lll is in constant engage,d
finger grips for manipulat- Ament with the flatunder edge 32 of the holder 3|, while the wedge surface 42 is in constant engagement vwith the 'pin 29. Thus, when the rear finger-grip 45 is engaged and the control plate 43 is pressed forwardly from the Fig. 'tto the Fig. 6V` position, the weight ofthe fish pole 5l?y loads the holder 3| for pivotal movement in a clockwise direction, Figs. 1, 2, 6- and '7. t
At the same time, by reason of the fact that the pin 23 is vapproaching the upper end of the slot Y 43, the control plate 45 is permitted to pivot in a clockwise 'direction likewise. However, as soon as forwardl pressure is released on thecontrol plate 45 the clockwise movement of -the parts will cease and the holder 3| will be maintained in the desired angular position by virtue of 'the' lateral offsetting of the pivot 30 and the pin 29.
In reverse, when the forward end 34 of the Acontrol plate 40 is engaged by a linger and the plate forced rearwardly, the wedge surface rides upwardly to elevate the control plate 43 and cause the same to slide rearwardly andat the same time pivot `in a counterclockwise directionV the control plate will prevent further movement of Vthe lparts and maintain the holder 3| in the selected angular position.
It is important'to note in this connection, that the pin 29 `as solfar` described need not be a thumb screw as shown. This is because the oifset position ofthe pivot and pinis suicient to maintain the holder `3I in a properly adjusted position without it being necessary to clamp the Years 26 together onto the control plate 40.
However, it is desirable to form the Fin'29 in thefoim of a thumbscrew sothat when the pole 50 `is not being used iorshing, as when the boat is being moved tof'and from theishing grounds, and/or in the case of an inexperienced fisherman who is quite likely to get the holder 3| at an incorrect angle, the thumb screw 29 is tightened so as to clamp the ears Eil-into clamping engagement with the control plate 4U and prestem providing Aa pair of laterally spaced ilexivent accidental orintentional longitudinal movementof the same whereby to vary the angle of the holder 3|. 1
Thus,4 it is useful tofliave the pin 29 in the form of a clamping thumb screw, but it is not necessaryfor the proper operation of the parts.
While I` have shown a particular C-clamp, stud 2| and stem mounting the parts, it is to be understood that the same may be changed as these devices are well-known and there are a wide Variety of equivalent structures. Likewise, it is to be understood that the particular mounting for the control plate 4|] may be varied from the precise structure shown and described. 1 Also, although the holder of the invention has been shown as a fishing pole holder, it'is obvious that the same is equally useful for holding flag staffs, rods or Vany other elongated articles. Moreover, the angle adjusting means may be utilized wherever a support is pivotally connected to a base `for angular adjustment relative thereto and is not limited to any specificV support, pivot or base. Thus, while I have shown and described what is now thought to be a preferred embodiment and use of the invention, it is to be understood that the same is susceptible of other forms, expressionsY and uses. Consequently, I do not limit myself to the precise structure and use shown and described'hereinabove except as hereinafter claimed.
l. A iish pole holdercomprising a bifurcated stem providing a pair of laterally spaced flexible ears, a pin connecting said ears, a pivot connecting said ears in vertically spaced laterally offset relation to said pin, a yoke including a web pivoted on said pivot between said ears, said yoke including fish pole holding means, a pole angle control plate between said ears between said web and said pin, said plate being formed ible ears, a pin connecting said ears, a :pivot connecting said ears in vertically spaced laterally oiset relation to said pin, a yoke including a ,web
pivoted on said pivot between said ears, said yoke including oppositely directed front and rear arms including free ends, a pair of substantially identical pole holders each including a pair of laterally oppositely disposed pole-engaging hooks and bifurcated stems straddling said free ends of said arms, said hooks on said front arm being upwardly directed, and said hooks on said rear arm ble ears, a pin connecting said ears, a pivot connecting said ears in vertically spaced laterally oisetrelation to said pin, a yoke including a web pivoted on said pivot between said ears, said yoke including sh pole holding means, a pole angle control plate. between said ears between said web and said pin, said plate being formed with a forwardlyv and diagonally downwardly directed cam slot including a closed upper end andan'open lower end, said slot slidably and pivotally mounting said plate on said pin, said plate and yoke including slidably abutting straight edges, said plate comprising means maintaining said yoke y against pivotal movement, said plate being operative upon sliding movement on said pin in opposite directions to tiltably adjust said yoke in oppoo site directions, said plate having front and rear ends extending respectively forwardly and rearwardly of said ears to provide finger grips, said pivot being upwardly of said Lpin, and said abutting straight edges of said plate and web comprising a lower edge of said Web and an upper edge of said plate.
4. In a device of the class described a base, a support, a Support pivot which pivotally secures said support to said base,-a 4wedge action mem-- ber carriedby said base and engaging said support to hold the latter in a selected tilted position relatively of said base, cooperating pivot and cam-way means provided by said wedge action member and base and mounting said wedge action member for both sliding and pivotal movement relatively of said support pivot, .the last mentioned pivot means being disposed in subjacent offset parallelism with respect to the axis of said support pivot, a lineal portion of said wedge action member making constantcontact with a lineal portion of said support, said camway means extending lineally of said contacting portions of the wedge action member and support, whereby said wedge action member is operable upon sliding movement in opposite directions to tilt and to tiltsaid 1support in corresponding directions, and said wedge action member including means limiting the sliding movement thereof in both directions.
5. A iish pole holder comprising a bifurcated stem providing a pair of laterally spaced ilexible ears, a pin connecting said ears, a pivot connecting said ears in vertically spaced laterally offset relation to said pin, a yoke including a` web pivoted on said pivot between said ears, said yoke including fish pole holding means, a pole angle control plate between said ears between saidv web and said pin, said plate being formed with a cam slot slidable and pivotable on said pin, said plate and yoke including slidably abutting straight edges, said plate comprising means maintaining said yoke against pivotal movement, said plate being operative upon sliding movement on said pin in opposite directions to tiltably adjust said yoke in opposite directions, said pivot being upwardly of said pin, and said abutting straight edges of said plate and web comprising a lower edge of said web, and an upper edge of said plate.
6. In a sh pole holder having a support including pivot means mounting said holder forV tilting movement relatively of said support, a wedge-providing member carried by said support and having a lineal edge portion making constant engagement with a lineal edge portion oi said holder, pivot-incorporating means mounting said wedge-providing member for sliding and pivotal movement, the pivot of said pivot incorporating means being disposed in subjacent offset parallelism to the axis of the holder-mounting pivot means, and said wedge-providing member being operable upon sliding movement in opposite directions to tilt itself and tilt said holder incorresponding directions. a
7. The combination set forth in claim 6, and
' support carried means acting upon said wedgeproviding member to retain the latter in a fixed position.
8. The combination set forth in claim 6, and support carried means acting upon said wedgeprcviding member to retain the latter in a xed position, and said wedgeeproviding member having at least one exposed nger piece providing terminal.
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