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Publication numberUS2718414 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateSep 20, 1955
Filing dateJun 20, 1952
Priority dateJun 20, 1952
Publication numberUS 2718414 A, US 2718414A, US-A-2718414, US2718414 A, US2718414A
InventorsKnox Richard M, Miller Fred E
Original AssigneeMiller
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Hat hanger for vehicles
US 2718414 A
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Sept. 20, 1955 R. M. KNOX ET AL HAT HANGER FOR VEHICLES Filed June 20, 1952 Richard M. Knox Fred E. Miller INVENTORS United States PatentO HAT HANGER FOR VEHICLES Richard M. Knox and Fred E. Miller, Enid, Okla; said Knox assignor to said Miller Application June 20, 1952, Serial No. 294,544

1 Claim. (Cl. 287-205) This invention relates in general to hat hangers, and more particularly to a hat hanger attachment for vehicles.

The primary object of this invention is to provide an improved hat hanger attachment for vehicles, said hat hanger attachment being adapted to firmly secure a hat in place and out of the way of the occupants of the vehicle.

Another object of this invention is to provide an improved hat hanger attachment for vehicles which is of a relatively simple construction and formed of readily attainable materials whereby the same is economically feasible.

Another object of this invention is to provide an improved hat hanger which is of a relatively simple construction and having fastening means of a nature whereby the same may be quickly attached in place on conventional vehicles.

A further object of this invention is to provide an improved fastening construction for attaching hat hangers or the like to molding strips in the interior of vehicles, said fastening means including hook-shaped clamping elements which are adapted to engage behind said molding strip for clamping the same in between the two hookshaped elements.

With these objects definitely in view, this invention resides in certain novel features of construction, combination and arrangement of elements and portions as will be hereinafter described in detail in the specification, particularly pointed out in the appended claim, and illustrated in the accompanying drawings which form a material part of this specification, and in which:

Figure 1 is a perspective view of the interior of the front portion of a conventional vehicle and shows mounted therein the hat hanger attachment which is the subject of this invention, a hat being illustrated by dotted lines positioned within the hat hanger;

Figure 2 is an enlarged top plan view of the hat hanger of Figure 1 and shows the general outline thereof; and,

Figure 3 is an enlarged fragmentary transverse vertical sectional view taken substantially upon the plane indicated by the section line 3-3 of Figure 1 and shows the manner in which the hat hanger is attached to a molding strip about the windshield of the vehicle of Figure 1.

Similar characters of reference designate similar or identical elements and portions throughout the specification and throughout the dilferent views of the drawings.

Referring now to the drawings in detail, it will be seen that there is illustrated in Figure 2 the hat hanger attachment, which is the subject of this invention, the hat hanger attachment being referred to in general by the reference numeral 10. The hat hanger attachment includes a generally Y-shaped hat engageable member, which is referred to in general by the reference numeral 12, the hat engageable member being formed of a single strip of material. The Y-shaped hat engageable member 12 includes a generally U-shaped hat receiving portion 14 having legs 16 which are integral with rearwardly extending outer legs 18, the legs 16 of the U-shaped portion 14 being conice nected to the outer legs 18 by curved end portions 20. The outer legs 18 extend rearwardly and curve inwardly towardeach other adjacent the base of the U-shaped portion 14. Extending between the outer legs 18 and connecting the same together is a longitudinally curved con necting member 22, the connecting member 22 havingend portions 24 thereof rolled around the outer legs.18. The outer legs 18 extend rearwardly from'the connecting member 22 in spaced parallel relation and form the stem of the Y-shaped hat engageable member 12.

Referring now to Figure 3 in particular, it will beseen that each of the outer legs 18 is provided at its free end with a terminal hook portion 26, the terminal hook portion being flattened to have a pointed end 28 which is engageable behind a substantially horizontal molding strip 30. Cooperating with the terminal hook 26 is an adjustable hook member, which is referred to in general by the reference numeral 32.

The adjustable hook member 32 includes a tubular portion 34 having a hook portion 36 extending from one end thereof, the hook portion 36 having a pointed end 38 adapted to engage behind the molding strip 30 in the same manner as does the pointed end 28 of the terminal hook 26. In order that the molding strip 30 may be clamped between the terminal hooks 26 and the hook portion 36, the tubular portion 34 of the adjustable hook member 32 is provided with a transversely extending bore 40 therethrough in which is received an intermediate portion of one of the outer legs 18. The end of the tubular portion 34 opposite from the hook portion 36 is provided with internal threads 42 with which is engaged a locking screw 44. It will be seen that the adjustable hook member 32 may beretained in an adjusted position on its associated outer leg 18 by tightening down the locking screw 44 to clamp the outer leg 18 within the transverse bore 40.

The molding strip 30 is a portion of a conventional vehicle, which is referred to in general by the reference numeral 46 and extends around an upper portion of a windshield 48. As is best illustrated in Figure 3, the windshield 48 is set in a recess 50 formed in the front portion of a roof 52 of the vehicle 46, the windshield 48 being provided with a resilient Weatherstrip element 54. The molding strip 30 is utilized for both retaining the windshield 48 in position and also concealing a joint between an interlining 56 of the vehicle 46 and the inner end of the top 52. The molding strip 30 is secured to the inner end of the top 52 by a plurality of conventional fasteners 58.

While the hat hanger attachment 10 has been illustrated and described as being secured to a molding strip 30 which is positioned adjacent the top edge of a windshield of a vehicle, it will be understood that the hat hanger attachment 10 may be secured to other suitable molding strips within the interior of a vehicle. The hat hanger attachment 10 is secured in place by first engaging the terminal hooks 26 of the outer legs 18 behind a molding strip, such as the molding strip 30, and then moving the adjustable hook members 32 into position. By holding the adjustable hook members 32 in position, the set screws 44 are tightened down in order to lock the adjustable hook members 32 in clamping relation with respect to the terminal hooks 26 and the molding strip clamped therebetween.

Referring now to Figure l in particular, it will be seen that the U-shaped portion 14 is adapted to receive a crown 60 of a hat and underlie a portion of a brim 62 thereof. It will be understood that the hat, which is referred to in general by the reference numeral 64 will be held in an inverted position adjacent the inner lining 56 of the vehicle 46. If desired, the U-shaped portion 14 may be twisted out of alignment with the other portions of the hat 64 closely adjacent the inner liner 56.

The operation of this device will be understood from the foregoing descriptionof the details thereof, taken in connection with the above recited objects and drawings. Further, description would appear to be unnecessary.

Minor modifications of the device, varying in minor details from the embodiment of the device illustrated and described here, may be resorted to without departure from the spirit and scope of this invention, as defined in the appended claim.

Having thus described the invention, what is claimed as'new is:

An adjustable fastener for rod members having a stem portion terminating in a reversely curved hook, said fastener comprising a tubular member having an integral pointed. hook portion extending transversely thereof at one end towards the reversely curved book, a transverse bore intermediate its ends adjustably receiving the stem portion, said tubular member being internally threaded at the other end thereof, a locking screw positioned within said tubular member at said other end coaxial therewith and locking the rod member against movement Within said bore.

References Cited in the file of this patent UNITED STATES PATENTS 462,319 Loehner Nov. 3, 1891 567,169 Rohr Sept. 8, 1896 711,622 Ferguson Oct. 21, 1902 1,564,703 Nichols Dec. 8, 1925 1,824,710 De Carlo Sept. 22, 1931 2,415,286 Hyde Feb. 4, 1947 2,464,672 Clapp Mar. 15, 1949 2,538,237 Efner Jan. 16, 1951 2,540,023 Ackerman Jan. 30, 1951 2,551,146 Marincic May 1 1951 2,649,142 New Aug. 18, 1953

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Referenced by
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US5074508 *Nov 26, 1990Dec 24, 1991Powers Harold CCap supporting clip
US6059246 *Jul 14, 1997May 9, 2000Robbins; Eber DewayneHat holder
Classifications
U.S. Classification403/230, 24/265.00H, 211/31
International ClassificationB60R7/00, B60R7/10
Cooperative ClassificationB60R7/10
European ClassificationB60R7/10