US 2838058 A
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June 10, 1958 A. FOLTIS ETAL DRIP RETAINING ATTACHMENT FOR AN UMBRELLA 2 Sheets-Sheet 1 Filed May 9, 1955 'INVENTORS. Anesjls Folhs Thimp I tfl Attorney June 10, 1958 A. FOLTIS ETAL 2,833,058
DRIP RETAINING ATTACHMENT FOR AN UMBRELLA Filed may 9, 1955 I 2 Sheets-Sheet 2 IN V EN TORS ANESTIS FOLTIS PHILLIP KATES flm QWM I, ATTORNEY DRIP RETAINING ATTACHMENT FOR AN UMBRELLA Anestis Foltis and Phillip Kates, Jackson Heights, N. Y.
7 Application May 9, 1955, Serial No. 506,734
2 Claims. (Cl. 135-48) Our invention is an improved accessory for umbrellas; especially a drip retaining attachment for a closed umbrella that has been wetted by exposure to rain, to prevent the water on the cloth cover from running down the end of the central rod and collecting in a small puddle on the floor.
An important object of my invention is to provide a drip catching accessory that can easily be put on the end of the rod to which the flexible ribs are pivotally secured; and will not detract from the appearance of even the most expensive umbrella; but on the contrary will make the article whether closed or expanded, look even more finished.
A further object is to provide a drip retaining attachment for an umbrella so designed that it will cooperate with the ribs when the umbrella is raised, to strengthen the umbrella and brace it against blowing out of the ribs and tearing of the cover inhigh winds.
An additional object is to provide a drip-catching accessory that can be slidably mounted on the central rod of the umbrella, and is designed to engage the'cover and be actuated by the inner ends of the ribs of the framework of the umbrella so as to move along the rod when the cover is distended and folded; and thus kept in required position.
Yet a further'object is to provide a drip retaining attachment shaped to fit the umbrella so that the conventional ferrule near the outer end of the rod can be entirely discarded.
Another object is to provide an accessory that will catch water from a closed umbrella, that will be durable in use, and that can be readily put on and slipped ofl at will.
The advantages of our invention are fully set forth in the ensuing description and the characteristics are defined in the appended claims. The drawings illustrate several embodiments of the device, but still other forms may contain the invention, with changes in structural details, according to the general principle to which the invention conforms.
On said drawings:
Figure 1 is a perspective view showing an umbrella with the attachment thereon in operative position.
Figure 2 is a sectional view of the attachment enlarged and partly in section, on the rod of an umbrella.
Figure 3 shows the umbrella with the cover raised and the attachment in place to strengthen the ribs.
Figures 4, 5 and 6 are sectional views each showing a different embodiment of my invention.
I show on Figure 1 an umbrella of the usual construction having a central stem or rod 1 with ribs 2 pivotally connected in the usual way to one end of the rod; and over the ribs is a cover of sheet material 3. The one end of the rod beyond the cover, indicated at 4, has a drip retaining attachment which is slipped on the end 4. The attachment or accessory has a cup-shaped body with a curved convex exterior and a beaded rim 7a, and is of greater diameter than the thickness of the rod and the itcd States Patent 2 junction of the ribs with the rod'l. The other end of the rod 1 has a handle 8 which has a ring 9, for example, so
that it can be hung from a hook 10 on a wall or other supipclarzt 11. The neck 6 is of course hollow with a beaded en The accessory as shown in Figure 4 has the cup-shaped body 7 aflixed to a funnel-shaped tubular member with a flaring portion 68 within the body 7. The neck 69 of said member projects through a central opening in the body and has indented portions 70 which grip the rod and hold said member in fixed position thereon adjacent one end of said rod. On the neck 69 is an outside circumferential bead or projection 71 and the body 7 is held in place tightly in the space or groove between the flaring portion 68 and said bead. The cup and flaring portion are of course presented to the cloth cover 3, and the rod 1 is surrounded by an annular member 72 adjacent the rim of the flaring portion 68. The ribs 2 are pivotally attached to the member 72, in the same way as shown in Figure 6. When the ribs are distended the cover 3 is spread as indicated by the curved dash lines 3 and the edge of the portion 68 then abuts the, cover and the ribs and resists deformation of the umbrella in storms and high winds, the entire member 70 being rigid for this purpose.
In Figure 5 the accessory is illustrated with the funnel shaped tubular member having a flared portion 63a in the cup as before, but this portion is conical, and does not have a spherical contour as in Figure 4. The outer extremity of the neck 69a of the tubular member is closed, as indicated at 73.
In Figure 6 the cup-shaped body 7 and the annular member 72, to which the ribs 2 are pivotally attached are separated by a greater distance, and the body 7 is afiixed with the edge of its central opening in an annular groove 74 of a tubular member 75. This member projects within the body 7 and has an annular outside groove 76 in which the central part of the cloth cover is secured. The member is widened or flared adjacent the groove and the inside bead formed by the groove is spaced from the rod 1. Surrounding the rod is a spiral spring 77 seating against the member 72 and the inner end of the member 75, which is slidably mounted on the rod 1. When the ribs 2 are distended the cover 3 is spread and assumes a shape approximately as indicated by the broken line 78. The part of the cover between the members 72 and 75 resembles a peak as indicated at 79. The spring 77 is now compressed; the member 72 is moved towards the body 7 and the member 75 and body 7 are pushed towards the adjacent end of the rod, and the member 75 slides along the rod for a short distance. When the ribs are lowered, the cover 3 pulls the body 7 and member 75 back and the spring 77 returns the member 72 to its original position on the rod 1.
Having described my invention, what I believe to be new is:
l. A drip retaining device for an umbrella having a central rod with handle at one end, expansible ribs attached at one extremity to said rod at the opposite end portion thereof, and a cover on said ribs, said device having an open hollow cup-shaped body concave on one side with a rim of greater diameter than the rod, said body being disposed between the ribs and cover and the opposite end of the rod, with its concave side and rim presented to. the ribs and cover, to collect water when the cover is wet and the said opposite end is'lower-most, said body having a central opening through which the rod projects, an annular member in said opening surrounding said rod and having an exterior annular groove receiving the edge of the opening in the body, said member having a rim of relatively small diameter within said body and encircled by the rim of said body.
2. The retaining device according to claim 1, wherein said rim of the member in the body is spaced from the rod and the rim of the body, the cover being secured to said member, the rod having a slidable ring thereon within the cover, the ribs being joined to said ring, and a coiled spring on the rod between said ring and said member.
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