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Publication numberUS2653011 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateSep 22, 1953
Filing dateOct 26, 1951
Priority dateOct 26, 1951
Publication numberUS 2653011 A, US 2653011A, US-A-2653011, US2653011 A, US2653011A
InventorsStancliff Edwin O
Original AssigneeStancliff Edwin O
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Playpen
US 2653011 A
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Sept, 22, 1953' E. o. STANCLIFF PLAYPEN Filed Oct. 26, 1951 'INVENTOR. EDWIN O. STANCLJFF BY ATTORN EYS Patented Sept. 22, 1953 UNITED STATES ATENT OFFICE The present invention relates to improvements in a play pen. It consist of the combinations, constructions, and arrangement of parts, as hereinafter described and claimed.

An object of my invention is to provide a play pen affording a confining space for an infant, or youngster, the pen being fashioned without a bottom so as to conserve material. The lower edge of the pen. is adapted to rest directly on the floor, or the like.

It is. particularly proposed in this invention to fashion a play pen from sheet metal and tubing, thus permitting the several parts to be welded into a unitary and durable structure. Thus, the Den may be subjected. to considerable abuse, and still it is sufficiently light in weight to permit it to be transported from place to place with facility and, case.

Other objects and advantages will appear as the specification, continues. The novel features will be set forth, in the claims hereunto appended.

Drawin For a better understanding of the invention, reference should be had to the accompanying drawing, forming part of this application, in which:

Figure 1 is a horizontal sectional View taken through my play pen, along the plane II of Figure 3;

Figure 2. is an enlargement of the butt joint indicated at in Figure 1;

Figure 3 is a; side elevational view of the play pen, both sides being identical with one another;

Figures 4 and 5 are enlarged vertical sectional views taken along the. planes IV--IV and V-V, respectively, of Figure 3.

While I have shown only the preferred. form of my invention, it should be understood that various changes, or modifications, may be made within. the scope of the annexed claims Without departing from the spirit there-oi.

Detaile descript on In carrying my invention into practice, I provide a looped band of sheet metal, which is indicated generallyat A. This band defines an upright wall having rolled lower and upper edges it and M, respectively, these rolls projecting toward the outside of the loop.

The lower edge ill is adapted to rest directly on a floor :2, or the like, and this eliminates the requirement of providing a bottom for the play pen. As shown in Figure 3, the upper edge H is spaced at a desired distance above the floor.

The confines of the loop band provides a playin area it in which an infant or youngster may be restricted. Inasmuch as the looped band A is made from sheet metal, cross-drafts will be prevented from striking the child while sleepin or crawling below the upper edge I I. Also, the solid wall will preclude toys from being thrown or pushed therethrough.

Referring now to Figures 1 and 2, I have shown the looped band A as being made up of two sheets of material designated at Al and A2. The end sections of these sheets are butteol together to define seams I5. Upright strips it are secured by welding, or other suitable fastening means, to the interior of the loop to overlie and conceal these seams.

As shown in Figure 2, the strips I 6 are curved on their innermost faces, and have opposing upright edges ltd merging into the end sections of the band without interruption. Figure 3 illustrates the strips 15 as having a length to extend between the lower and upper edges id and I l, respectively, of the looped band.

Moreover, the play pen includes a plurality of upright tubular standards 11, which are welded, or otherwise secured, to the exterior of the looped band to extend thereabove. The lower ends Ila of these standards are arranged to rest on the floor E2, or the like, so as to obtain additional firm support for the standards.

For the purpose of increasing the. overall height of the confining area, a pair of spaced-apart looped tubularrails it are welded or secured horizontally on the standards ll above the upper edge i l of the band, A. These rails provide handgrasps, which may be utilized for movin the play pen from place to place. Also, they may be gripped by the child when the latter begins to stand upright.

In order to providea strong joint at the seams i5, I have shown two of the standards I! as being arranged in overlapping relation with the butted end sections of the sheets Al and A2. These two standards on the exterior of the loop, and the pair of upright strips IS on the interior thereof, coact to form a particularly strong joint at the seams.

The entire interior of the play pen has been fashioned without projections that would serve to injure a youngster. In this connection, the following structural facts are pointed out: the rolled edges ifill project toward the exterior of the looped band; the strips to merge into the sheets A! and A2 without interruption; and the 3 standards H are disposed exteriorly of the looped band A and the rails l8.

Thus a relatively light-weight play pen has been provided, which is sturdy in construction, and easily moved from place to place.

I claim:

1. In a play pen of the character described: an open-bottom loop-shaped band of imperforate sheet metal defining an upright solid-face enclosing wall; the confines of this wall providing a playing area; the band having an unobstructed lower edge adapted to rest flush with and directly on a floor, or the like, and further having an upper edge spaced above the fioor; a plurality of upright standards disposed entirely outside of the playing area and being secured to the exterior of the loop band to extend thereabove; the standards abutting directly against the band to reinforce the latter; and at least one loop-shaped rail supported horizontally on the standards above the upper edge of the loop bands to increase the overall height of the confining area.

2. In a play pen of the character described: an open-bottom loop-shaped band of imperforate sheet metal defining an upright solid-face enclosing wall; the confines of this wall providing a playing area; the band having an unobstructed lower edge adapted to rest flush with and directly on a floor, or the like, and further having an upper edge spaced above the floor; a plurality of upright standards disposed entirely outside of the playing area and being secured to the exterior of the loop band to extend thereabove; and at least one loop-shaped rail supported horizontally on the standards above the upper edge of the loop band to increase the overall height of the confining area; the standards abutting directly against the exterior surface of the loop band to reinforce the latter, with the bottom ends of these standards terminating fiush with the lower edge of the band and arranged to rest directly on the fioor to give firm support to the standards.

3. In a play pen of the character described: a loop-shaped band of imperforate sheet metal defining an upright solid-face enclosing wall; the confines of this wall providing a playing area; the band having an unobstructed lower edge adapted to rest flush with and directly on a floor, or the like, and further having an upper edge spaced above the floor; the band defining at least one upright butt seam; and an upright strip abutting directly against and being secured to the interior of the band, and overlying the seam to reinforce and conceal the latter; this strip defining a horizontal curvature throughout its entire height on its innermost face, and having opposing upright edges merging into the interior face of the band without interruption to provide a continuous surface therewith.

4. In a play pen of the character described: a loop-shaped band of imperforate sheet metal defining an upright solid-face enclosing wall; the confines of this wall providing a playing area; the band having an unobstructed lower edge adapted to rest fiush with and directly on a floor, or the like, and further having an upper edge spaced above the floor; the band defining at least one upright butt seam; an upright strip abutting directly against and being secured to the interior of the band, and overlying the seam to reinforce and conceal the latter; this strip defining a horizontal curvature throughout its entire height on its innermost face, and having opposing upright edges merging into the interior face of the band without interruption to provide a continuous surface therewith; and an upright standard secured to the exterior of the band in overlapping relation with the butt seam of the band to reinforce and conceal this scam.

5. In a play pen of the character described: a loop-shaped band of imperforate sheet metal defining an upright solid-face enclosing wall; the confines of this wall providing a playing area; the band having an unobstructed lower edge adapted to rest fiush with and directly on a floor, or the like, and further having an upper edge spaced above the floor, the band defining at least one upright butt seam; an upright strip abutting directly against and being secured to the interior of the band, and overlying the seam to reinforce and conceal the latter; this strip defining a horizontal curvature throughout its entire height on its innermost face, and having opposing upright edges merging into the interior face of the band without interruption to provide a continuous surface therewith; and an upright standard secured to the exterior of the band in overlapping relation with the butt seam of the band to reinforce and conceal this seam; the bottom ends of the standard and strip terminating flush with the lower edge of the band so as to rest directly on the fioor to give firm support for the standard and strip.

6. In a play pen of the character described: a loop-shaped band of imperforate sheet metal defining an upright solid-face enclosing wall; the confines of this wall providing a playing area; the band having an unobstructed lower edge adapted to rest fiush with and directly on a floor, or the like, and further having an upper edge spaced above the floor; a plurality of upright reinforcing standards disposed entirely outside of the playing area and being butted directly against and secured to the exterior of the loop band to reinforce the latter; the upper and lower edges of the band having reinforcing rolls thereon projecting outwardly of the band and disposed entirely exteriorly of the playing area, with these rolls extending between and abutting adjacent standards.

EDWIN O. STAN CLIFF.

References Cited in the file of this patent UNITED STATES PATENTS Number Name Date 485,896 Sterry, Jr. Nov. 8, 1892 1,006,796 Ruff Oct. 24, 1911 1,010,379 King Nov. 28, 1911 1,260,886 Eberle Mar. 26, 1918 1,753,328 Barnes Apr, 8, 1930 2,041,509 OByrne May 19, 1936

Patent Citations
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US485896 *Apr 15, 1892Nov 8, 1892 George e
US1006796 *Jul 24, 1911Oct 24, 1911Julius RuppSnow-fence.
US1010379 *Nov 3, 1910Nov 28, 1911William Joseph Harding KingPortable barrier.
US1260886 *Jul 21, 1917Mar 26, 1918John A EberleBaby-pen.
US1753328 *Feb 15, 1929Apr 8, 1930Lew BarnesKnockdown fight ring
US2041509 *Jun 10, 1935May 19, 1936Nathan W O'byrnePlay pen
Referenced by
Citing PatentFiling datePublication dateApplicantTitle
US6871614 *Sep 16, 2002Mar 29, 2005North American Outdoor Products, LlcFreestanding enclosure for large animals
Classifications
U.S. Classification256/25, 119/502
International ClassificationA47D13/00, A47D13/06
Cooperative ClassificationA47D13/065
European ClassificationA47D13/06B4