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Publication numberUS2672241 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateMar 16, 1954
Filing dateSep 5, 1952
Priority dateSep 5, 1952
Publication numberUS 2672241 A, US 2672241A, US-A-2672241, US2672241 A, US2672241A
InventorsCohen Selma L, Orlewitz Felix A
Original AssigneeCohen Selma L, Orlewitz Felix A
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Garment hanger support
US 2672241 A
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16, 1954 s. COHEN El'AL GARMENT HANGER SUPPORT Filed Sept. 5, 1952 INVENTOR. SELMA L. COHEN FELIX A. ORLEWITZ Patented Mar. 16, 1954 UNITED PATENT OFFICE GARMENT HANGER SUPPQRT Selma L. Cohen and Felix A. Orlewitz, New York, N. Y.

3 Claims.

This invention relates to improvements in col lapsible supports for garment hangers.

A primary object of the invention is the pro vision of a collapsible support which may conveniently mounted, on the inner side of the door of a closet or other compartment and which is designed and constructed in such a manner as to assure maximum utilization of a limited amount of storage space.

Another object of the invention is the provision of a device of the character indicated wherein the garment supporting element is pivotally attached to a base supporting element and may be swung to an inclined operative position or alternatively may be collapsed to a compact condition substantially parallel to the base element, thereby occupying a minimum of space.

A further object of the invention is the provision of a device of the character indicated having a novel and durable arrangement for limiting the movement of the garment supporting element between its incli ed operative posh tion and its retracted or collapsed position.

An additional object of the invention is the provision of a device of the character described having a simple and positive latching means arranged to substantially automatically loci: tr e garment supporting element in vertical retracted position by the action of gravity and which need only be raised slightly to allow the garment sup porting element to be swung to operative positlon.

Another object of the invention is the provision of a device of the character described which is lightweight and durable and which may be fabricated simply, rapidly and inexpensively.

The foregoing objects as well as additional objects and advantages of the invention will be readily apparent in the course of the following detailed description taken in connection with the accompanying drawing which illustrates a preferred embodiment of the invention, and wherein:

Fig. 1 is a perspective view of the collapsible support with the garment supporting element shown in open or inclined operative position;

Fig. 2 is a front elevational view of the device in collapsed condition;

Fig. 3 is a side view of the device in open p-= erative condition together with an enlarged detail view of the manner of connecting the tie or strap member to the garment supporting element;

Fig. 3a is a showing on an enlarged scale of the portion of the structure of Fig. 3 the arm it with its pivotal connection to member i2.

Fig. 4 is an enlarged detailed perspective view of the lower portion of the device;

Fig. 5 is an enlarged detail view of the upper portion of the device and illustrates the interrelationship of the base supporting element, the garment supporting element and the latching member; and

Fig. 6 is a sectional view similar to Fig. 5 but 2 illustrating the operation of the latching member.

Referring now to the drawing in greater detall, the collapsible support includes the base member or mounting element It which is preferably flat and elongated and which may be formed, if desired, from synthetic plastic material or the like, as may the other component elements of the device. Adjacent its upper and lower ends respectively, and intermediate thereoi, base member is is provided with the mounting apertures II for the reception of screws or other fastening elements so that the base member may be readily secured in substantially vertical position to the wall or the inside of the door of a closet or other storage compartment.

Adjacent the lower end of base member l0, an elongated bar or garment supporting member 12 is swingably mounted as by means of the hinge or pivotal connection l3. In order to prevent torsional distortion of the supporting member if: under load, base member IQ is proed adjacent its lower end with a pair of ierably integral guiding members or tongues i rich extend within a pair of slots l5 formed in supporting member [2, as best shown in Fig. .4.

t will also be noted that supporting member i2 is preferably channel-shaped for maximum strength and that the side flanges lieu thereof over the sides of base member iii in the collapsed condition or" the device, as shown in Fig. 5.

An important feature of the invention resides in the manner of interconnecting supporting more er for the swingable extension or" said supporting member in its operative inclined position of Fig. 3 and, alternatively, to provide for its retraction into substantially vertical inoperative position Figs. 2 and 5). For this purpose a slidable, rigid tie member or arm it is hingedly connected at its outer end as at ill to supporting member l2. As best seen in the enlarged detail view as shown in Fig. 3a of the pivotal connection of arm it to member it of Fig. 3, hinge connection ll preferably comprises the hinge bracket it which may be secured to supporting member I2 in any suitable manner, as for example, screw is or a rivet. Since supporting :ember l2 may be formed of synthetic plastic material, hinge bracket it may be secured thereto by heat sealing means such as a plastic rivet in lieu of screw IS.

The front face of base member i0 is provided with a rectangular recess 26 for the reception of slidable arm 16 in the collapsed condition of the device. In the lower portion of recess 29, base member is is formed with a slot 2! for slidable reception of the lower end of tie member 16. this purpose tie member it is formed adjacent its lower end with a pair of inwardly extending slots 22 (see Fig. i) and a terminal locking protuberance or enlargement 23. It will of course be understood that the rear surface of base memher it will also be recessed, as at 3% (Fig. 4)., in the area of slot 2| in order to provide for sliding 5'2 with base member It so as to provide 3 clearance of the terminal enlargement 23 of tie member l6 when the device is mounted on a supporting surface.

By reason of the described arrangement it will be seen that slot 21 serves together with slidable tie member IE to limit the outward swingable extension of supporting member I2 to the position illustrated in Fig. 3, the angle of inclination of said supporting member with respect to base member I depending upon the height of the slot 2|.

In order to provide for releasably retaining supporting member in collapsed vertical position, a slidable latching member 24 is provided at the upper end of base member ID. Accordingly, base member 10 is provided at its upper end with an inwardly extending recess 25 (see Figs. 5 and 6) and the latching member 24 is formed adjacent its rear lower edge with a pair of inwardly extending lateral lugs 26 which are slidably received within recess '25 for slidable inter-engagement between said latching member and base member iii. The extreme upper end of supporting member 12 defines a projecting tongue 2'1 beveled as at 28 (see Fig. 6) which will be retained by the lower end of front wall 24a of latching member 24 in the collapsed condition of the device. In order to release supporting member l2, it is only necessary to lift slidable latching member 2 sufficiently to clear the projecting tongue 27 of supporting member i2, whereupon said supporting member may be readily swung or lowered to its operative inclined position illustrated in Fig. 3.

As illustrated in the drawings, supporting member I2 is provided on its front surface with a plurality of studs or protuberances 25 each of which defines a notch 30 for the reception of the hook portion of a garment hanger or the like.

By reason of the novel construction and arrange- -lment of the present invention the device may be employed for supporting an unusually large number of garments within a relatively restricted space or enclosure. The swingable connection between supporting member 12 and base member I0 together with the limiting movement imposed upon said supporting member by the slidable tie member I6 and the presence of the latching member 24 combine to allow the device to be readily collapsed into relative compacted condition, thereby greatly conserving valuable space, and alternatively the arrangement described allows swingable extension of the garment supporting member I? to open operative position for easy hanging or removal of garments therefrom.

Since certain modifications may be made in the device of the present invention without departing from the scope thereof, it is intended that all matter contained in the foregoing specification and shown in the accompanying drawing be interpreted merely as illustrative and not in a limiting sense; and, accordingly, that the appended claims are to be construed as defining the invention within the full spirit and scope thereof.

What is claimed is:

1. A collapsible device for supporting garments and the like comprising a base member adapted to be mounted in substantially vertical position on a supporting surface, a garment supporting member swingably attached to said base member adjacent the lower end thereof, a tie member interconnecting said base member and said supporting member, said tie member being dimensioned to retain said supporting member in operative inclined limiting position with respect to said base member at a predetermined angle of inclination, said base member being formed with a pair of integral guiding tongues adjacent the lower end thereof, said supporting member being formed with a pair of complementary slots for the reception of said guiding tongues in order to prevent torsional distortion of said supporting member under load, and latching means carried by said base member for releasably retaining said supporting member in substantially vertical collapsed condition.

2. A collapsible device for supporting garments and the like comprising a base member adapted to be mounted in substantially vertical position on a supporting surface, a garment supporting member swingably attached to said base member adjacent the lower end thereof, a tie member pivotally connected at its lower end to said base member to define an operative inclined limiting position for said supporting member and slidably connected at its lower end to said base member to define an operative inclined limiting position for said supporting member at a predetermined angle of inclination with respect to said base member, said base member being formed with a pair of integral guiding tongues adjacent the lower end thereof, said supporting member being formed with a pair of complementary slots for the reception of said guiding tongues in order to prevent torsional distortion of said supporting member under load, and latching means carried by said base member for releasably retaining said supporting member in substantially vertical collapsed condition.

3. A collapsible device for supporting garments and the like comprising a base member adapted to be mounted in substantially vertical position on a supporting surface, a garment supporting member swingably attached to said base member adjacent the lower end thereof, a tie member pivotally connected at its upper end to said supporting member, said base member having in the lower portion thereof a longitudinal slot for slidable engagement of the lower end of said tie member, said slot being dimensioned to define an operative inclined limiting position for said supporting member at a predetermined angle of inclination with respect to said base member, said base member being formed with a pair of integral guiding tongues adjacent the lower end thereof, said supporting member being formed with a pair of complementary slots for the reception of said guiding tongues in order to prevent torsional distortion of said supporting member under load, and latching means carried by said base member for releasably retaining said supporting member in substantially vertical collapsed condition.

SELMA L. COHEN. FELIX A. ORLEWITZ.

References Cited in the file of this patent UNITED STATES PATENTS Number Name Date 882,277 Teipel Mar. 17, 1908 1,318,257 Blaustein Oct. 7, 1919 1,430,755 Roberson Oct 3, 1922 1,522,873 Doering Jan. 13, 1925 1,842,991 Maclntosh Jan. 26, 1932 1,896,654 Weaton Feb. 7, 1933 1,995,980 I-Iaymcnd Mar. 26, 1935 I 2,508,871 Stein May 23, 1950

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US3285423 *Apr 2, 1965Nov 15, 1966Yissum Res Dev CoCollapsible wall bracket for hanging clothes
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Classifications
U.S. Classification211/100, 211/104
International ClassificationA47G25/00, A47G25/06
Cooperative ClassificationA47G25/0685
European ClassificationA47G25/06H