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Publication numberUS2818624 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateJan 7, 1958
Filing dateFeb 3, 1953
Priority dateFeb 3, 1953
Publication numberUS 2818624 A, US 2818624A, US-A-2818624, US2818624 A, US2818624A
InventorsAndre Fanteux Henri
Original AssigneeAndre Fanteux Henri
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
US 2818624 A
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Inventor HENRI ANDRE FAUTEUX Attorney 2,818,624 Patented Jan. 7, 1958 United States PatentOfiiCe Henri n n u iawkssburysfln ari lc a Ap lieationzEebruaryrii; 1955;.Serial-No; 334,913

3 Claims, (Cl-.lAelfl) thetashof hanging out the wash in freezing and inclement weather,. and eliminating the danger, ,of damaging a frail articlesby removing them from directiapplicationrto.the line,when frozen.

A still further object of theinvention is to-.-p novi,del a clothes pin of the nature andfor ,the,p,l rpose described thanis characterized by structural simplicity,durability, eff ciency andlow cost of manufacture,whereby itheesarne is rendered commercially desirable.

To the accomplishment of these,an,d related-..,obj.ects

as shall become apparent as the description proceeds,-; the

invention resides in the construction; cornbinationrand arrangementof parts as shall benhereiuafter moreefully described, illustrated in the accompanying drawingssam pointed out in the claims hereunto appended.

The invention will be best understood and can be more clearly described when reference is had to the drawings forming a part of this disclosure wherein like characters indicate like parts throughout the several views.

In the drawings:

Figure 1 is an elevation of a simple, preferred form of the clothes pin;

Figure 2 is a plan view thereof;

Figure 3 is a vertical section through the pin as taken on line 3-3 of Figure 1;

Figure 4 is an elevation of the upper hook portion of a slightly modified form;

Figure 5 is a vertical section on line 55 of Figure 4;

Figure 6 is a side elevation, half in section, of a further modification of the hanger embodying a plurality of gripping members; and

Figure 7 is a bottom plan view of this modification.

Most clothes pins are of bifurcated form with a spaced pair of legs straddling the clothes line or consist of a pair of spring connected jaws that grippingly close on the line. In either case, a portion of the garment is usually doubled over the line and compressed on it by opposite parts of the pin. In very cold weather the clothes secured by such pins frequently freeze to the line or pins or both so that their removal can cause trouble and discomfort and in being removed in frozen condition the garments themselves are subject to damage.

In my present clothes pin, the garment is secured by the pin or hanger quite independently of the hook part that engages the lines so that the pins may be applied to and -removedfr'om the -washindoors andthus connected to the clothes may i be "easily I and 'quicklyhooked" on or unhooked' f'r'om' th'e line-outside; completely avoiding possible damage to the fabri'csw Furthermore, in this invention -the 'cloth is-gripped in a novelway by the spring act-iom-ofa hinged or displaceable leaf so thatheavy'garments or clothes fiappingina strongg-windtenddo"tighten the hanger s' grip instead of falling oil? or blowing-g away, care-bei-ng also tak'emto-avoid"injury-to"thefabric by rounding the confronting and clotlres engaging edges-of thepi-n; p

Referring v particularly to' the drawings; the preferred form shown in Figures li, 2 and-l3 is-- made of flexible non-rustable 'metal i or treated to prevent corrosion such as=galva'nized or"coa ted' spring -steel? It 'consists of 'a relatively thin wide flat strip or body portion*1=witlr a short arm Z roll'ed i-nto a hook atthewtop'with"aflaring end- 3 10 provide an open mouth -to" facilitatehbokingdt on'the'clothes-liner Th'e h'oolt' 2""is made with atr'ans- {verse =arc or curve --4,- wh'ien extending"longitudinally of the clothe-s line designated-ht 5tends"- to bind: thereon and prevent thei creeping of' th'e clothes ,pin' thereal'ong; In Figures 4 and 5, the similarly'hook'edend of a'clothes pin composed of-pl'astieis sh'o'Wnand tizrstrengthen :the hook and reinforce it fwlierevit straddles thedi'ne"; a sh'a'llOWt recess or" seat- 6 1 provided in 5 the inside" of the roundedho'ok end thereof, mid way of" the "sidesf and an inverted-2Upimped-spring metalmernber Tinserted'therein, hOIdiIlgfliZS position againstacciden-tal,displacement'by the *out-Ward pressure of t hei'arms of th'e' inverted'U.

Of whatevermaterial this h'ooked" pin is "made, the lower orsrispenddreach of the"body' portiomlcontains a-long'narrow depending tongne'siconnecting'with th'e bodyby its upper end Wbut "severed" from; though* sur= rounded by; the body'aroundits-opposite side's 10 and11 and the bottom 12. To increase the v flexibility ofthe tongue; it is narrowed approximately midwaypf'its-height by; formingthe sides -10 "and l-l with g=inwardly';exte'ndin'g arcs as -shbwne- The bottom 12. or middl'e' one'of theth'tee'fre'ersidesof the tongue is" -cut on anwangl'e 'to provide a'bevell'e'dend 13 sloping downwardly to the back so that the tongue may hinge rearwardly but not come through forwardly. Front and rear edges of this bevelled end are preferably rounded to prevent cutting the clothes but this will be adequately cared for in the coatings of those made of ferrous metal. Beyond the bottom end 12 of the oneway hinging tongue 8, the marginal part of the body portion is formed in a transverse roll 14 on its forward side, terminating with its upper side flush with forward side of the bevelled bottom edge of the tongue. In use, the garment or piece of fabric is pressed against the front of the tongue 8 displacing it rearwardly and a part of the fabric caused to hang momentarily over the marginal roll 14 then the tongue or leaf is released to swing back to engage the fabric and clamp it between the bevelled end 13 of the tongue and the marginal part of the body portion 1, the weight of the fabric or garment being borne by the roll 14 and the tug of it causing the tightening of the clamping grip of the pin thereon. A hanger having a hinged spring tongue struck out from a relatively flat portion of its body, free along three sides and displaceable only in one direction from its normal coplanar position, as here shown and described is capable of assuming many different shapes and forms such as the modification shown in Figures 6 and 7. In this modified form, with a plurality of gripping members, the body 15 is of hollow, semi-spherical form, with its open mouth 16 directed downwardly and finished with an outwardly turned roll edge 17. Extending upwardly toward the top of the dome of the body from this I011 edge are a plurality of circumferentially spaced spring fingers or tongues 18, free along their bottom edge 19 and opposite inwardly curved sides 20 and 21. As in the preferred form, the bottom edge of the leaf or tongue tapers inwardly and downwardly from the level of the top of the roll rim 17. A hook 22 for suspending the hanger rises from the top of the semi-spherical body and may be stamped out of or otherwise formed integral with the dome but is here shown as an individual part, secured by a nut and bolt assembly 23 which depending through the vertical axis serves also to unite a handle grip 24 by which the dome-like hanger may be held or steadied when clothes are being applied to or removed from it. When made of plastic, I provide an underlying reinforcing spider 25 with radial arms 26 equal in number to the hangers or spring leaves 18, with one arm underlying each leaf. The spider conforms generally to the shape and inside dimensions of the dome-like body portion.

In use, this multiple gripper hanger is very similar to the simple preferred form, except that many garments or pieces of apparel may be applied to it, preferably in circumferentially spaced or balanced arrangement if it is not completely loaded, and the handle grip will be found convenient both in loading it and in raising it to pass the hook 22 over the line.

From the foregoing description taken in connection with the accompanying drawings, it will be manifest that a hanger is provided that will fulfill all the necessary requirements of such a device, but as many changes could be made in the above description and many apparently widely different embodiments of the invention may be constructed within the scope of the appended claims, without departing from the spirit or scope thereof, it is intended that all matters contained in the said accompanying specification and drawings shall be interpreted as illustrative and not in a limitative or restrictive sense.

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

1. A hanger for suspending articles of apparel and the like comprising a body portion formed of relatively thin flexible material having a depending tongue lying within and surrounded by said body portion and free from said body portion on its opposite sides and bottom edge, the bottom edge of said tongue having a downwards and rearwardly sloping bevel that reaches below the confronting and correspondingly bevelled marginal edge of the body portion whereby the tongue is hingeable rearwardly but is precluded from swinging forwardly through the body portion and serves to clampingly grip an inserted portion of a garment or the like through the body portion between the bevelled end of the tongue and the confronting edge of the body portion and a hook at the top for supporting said body and having transversely curved portions on opposite sides tending to bind on a line to prevent the creeping of the hanger suspended from the line.

2. A hanger as set forth in claim 1, wherein the body portion lying below the bottom of the tongue has a transversely extended roll on its forward side, the upper surface of which roll lies substantially flush with the forward side of the bevelled bottom of said tongue and provides a smooth rounded support for a garment or the like suspended in the hanger.

3. A hanger as set forth in claim 1, wherein the bevelled bottom of the tongue has the front and rear edges of the bevel rounded to prevent damage to a suspended garment.

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U.S. Classification24/561, 24/344, 248/301, 211/113, 24/565, 24/129.00R, 211/89.1
International ClassificationD06F55/00
Cooperative ClassificationD06F55/00
European ClassificationD06F55/00