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9 v w. H. MEEKER EVTAL 2,855,132
DISPLAY HOLDER -FOR BELTS 2 Sheets-Sheet 1 Filed April 10, 1957 FIG.4
INVENTORS William H. Meeker y Douglas RSolter M r 771W Arm Oct. 7, 1958 Filed April 10, 1957 l7 l i 1 w. H. MEEKER ETAL 2,855,132
DISPLAY HOLDER FOR'BELTS 2 Sheets-Sheet 2 INVENTORJ' William H. Meeker BY Douglas R.Salrer ATTVJ United States Patent DISPLAY HOLDER FOR BELTS William H. Meeker and Douglas R. Salter, Rochester, N. Y., assignors to Hickok Manufacturing Co. Inc., Rochester, N. Y., a corporation of New York Application April 10, 1957, Serial No. 652,060
4 Claims. (Cl. 223-85) This invention relates generally to display devices and pertains more particularly to a display assembly incorporating a belt and a combined holder and support therefor to be utilized in conjunction with a display rack.
Belts, particularly mens belts, are usually displayed in one of two ways, either in boxes or they are some times hung by the buckle end from a horizontal support rod. Both have disadvantages, both from the standpoint of the customer and from the standpoint of the salesman. Boxes, although they are very neat appearing and serve in general to enhance the sales appeal of the belts, nevertheless require a great deal of space if many different types of belts are to be displayed and it is not an infrequent occurrence that sufiicient display space is not available to adequately display all of the different types of belts which may be in stock in this form. Belts suspended by their buckle ends from a horizontal support, on the other hand, do not lend a particularly sightly appearance inasmuch as the belts hang freely and if a number of beltsare hung side by side on such a support, although a great many are represented in the display, it is unquestionable whether the large amount of belts thus displayed offsets the unsightly appearance of such a display.
It is, therefore, a primary object of this invention to provide a display assembly for belts wherein two results are simultaneously accomplished, namely, a great number and variety of belts are displayed and they are maintained in a neat appearing and compact condition while on display.
It is another object of this invention to provide an improved display assembly for belts incorporating a combined hanger and form for a belt so that the belt, when associated therewith, not only is displayed to full advantage but is also provided with convenient means for suspending the same in displayed relationship.
Still another object of this invention resides in the provision of an improved display assembly of the character described wherein the hanger or form for the belt is constructed of a single length of generally rod-like material having opposite end portions thereof bent and deformed in such a manner as to securely hold a belt in place and wherein the greater intermediate portion of the holder is completely hidden from view by the belt engaged thereon so that the hanger, while it forms a form or support for the belt, is at the same time, substantially hidden from view and does not form an unsightly or distracting display.
Still another object of this invention is to provide a display holder for belts which requires a minimum amount of space both in display and in shipping due to the fact that the belt when engaged upon the holder is in substantially flat, doubled-over condition.
A further object of this invention is to provide a novel display holder for belts constructed of a single length of rod-like material wherein each end portion is bent so as to provide a pair of spaced bars over which a belt may be looped for holding the same in place on the holder and 7 2,855,132 Patented Oct. 7, 1958 "ice tion consists in the construction and novel combination and arrangement of parts hereinafter fully described, illustrated in the accompanying drawings and pointed out in the claims hereto appended, it being understood that various changes in the form, proportions, and minor details of construction, within the scope of the claims, may be resorted to without departing from the spirit or sacrificing any of the advantages of the invention.
In the drawings:
Fig. l is a perspective view illustrating the manner in which the present invention is utilized;
Fig. 2 is a perspective view showing one of the belt display holders having a belt operatively associated therewith;
Fig. 3 is an elevational view showing details of the display holder per se; and
Fig. 4 is an enlarged view showing the intermediate portion of a modified form of display holder.
Referring at this time more particularly to Fig. 1, the reference numeral 10 indicates in general a more or less conventional form of display rack including a center post portion 11 having either its base resting upon the floor or being provided with feet such as those indicated by the reference character 12 for supporting the same in upright position. The main body portion 11 is provided adjacent the upper end thereof with a plurality of support rods 13 which extend generally radially therefrom and which may or may not be provided with pivoted inner end portions 14 so that they may be swung relative to the center post 11. Display racks of this general character are more or less conventional in the art and are utilized for many purposes, among others, to suspend a plurality of belts from each of the arms 13 and in this respect, such belts are usually slipped over the individual arms through their buckles and are free to dangle or suspend themselves from the arms in more or less indiscriminate manner. The net effect of this results in a rather unsightly display and, although a great number of belts and varieties thereof may be displayed in this manner, and within a relatively small space, in many cases the large quantity of belts displayed is more than offset by the unsightliness of the display. Fig. 1, however, serves to illustrate the manner in which display racks of the general character described can also be utilized to advantage with the instant invention while still retaining a very neat appearing display, Fig. 1 showing one of the arms 13 provided with a series of display belts 15 suspended therefrom.
In Fig. 2, one of the individual display packages is shown, the belt being indicated generally by the reference character 16 and the holder or hanger being indicated generally by the reference character 17. From this figure, it will be apparent that, although the hanger 17 serves to maintain the belt 16 in doubledover flattened condition, and thus display the entire belt, rather than just a portion thereof, the greatest portion of the holder is completely hidden from view inasmuch as it is disposed between the doubled-over portions of the belt. The belt itself is, of course, displayed in a natural appearing manner since the free end and the buckle are secured together in the conventional manner and, as a matter of fact, the display itself generally approximates the appearance of a belt when actually worn.
The belt may be provided in the usual manner with a style and price tag 18 and, additionally, adjacent end portions of the displayed belt may be held together by means of suitable bands 19 and 20 so as to, in general,
maintain a neat appearance to the assembly. As shown in Fig. 2, the belt is substantially wholly exposed except in those portions thereof covered by the bands 19 and 20 but it will be appreciated that theentirebody portion of the belt may be covered with a cellophane wrapper or the like leaving just the upper or book end portion of the hanger exposed for engagement with a suitable support such as the arms 13 of the display rack as showninFig. 1.
The hanger itself, as is shown most clearly in Fig. 3, preferably incorporates a single length of-rod-like material having an elongate intermediate or central body portion 21 and deformedOPPosite end portions 22 and 23 serving with transversely extending means as support means ,for the opposite end loops of the belt 16 as shown in Fig. 2 and with one end 22 being provided with a hooklike portion 24 for supporting the assembly from a rod or the like.
The end portion 23 is preferably formed by an obliquely directed leg portion 25 extending from the central portion 21 and merging with the generally U-shaped ear portion 26 and thence connected to a bar or transversely extending belt loop engaging means or portion 27 which is disposed substantially at right angles to the main body portion 21. Continuing from the bar portion27, another ear portion 28 is provided which is generally of U-shaped configuration and which has a leg extension portion 29 extending angularly back toward the main body portion to terminate in an end 30 positioned generally adjacent the juncture between the aforementioned leg 25 and the main body portion 21.
The bar .27 and the ear portions 26 and 28 disposed on opposite sides thereof are so associated as to provide a saddle to receive and retain one looped end portion of the belt which is engaged thereover.
The oppositeend 22 is formed with a leg portion 31 extending obliquely from the main body portion 21 and having a generally U-shaped ear portion 32 formed therewith remote from the main body portion 21 and thence extending generally transversely to themain body portion in the transversely extending belt loop engaging means or bar 33, whereafter the material is bent acutely to present the neck portion 34 which terminates in theaforementioned hook 24. Thus, the bar 33 is bounded on one side by the ear portion 32 and on the opposite side by the neck portion 34 so that it too, like the bar 27, presents a saddle-like support for its associated looped end of the belt.
Preferably, the bars 27 and 33 are so situated with respect to the main body-portion 21 that extensions of the same bisect the bar portions 27 and 33 and his also preferred thatthe eye portion 35 of the hook 24 is in alignment with the axis of the main body portion 21. ,The hangermay be made of any suitable material, such as plastic, metallic wire or the like, but it is preferred that the same be relatively resilient particularly as this permits the same to provide a goo-d stretching action on the belt mounted thereon. For example, if a leather belt is displayed, it is possible to buckle the same so that the opposite ends of the loops are spaced apart slightly less than the bars 27 and 33 so that the intermediate main body portion 21 may be flexed slightly to accommodate for this disparity in length and thereafter hold the belt in tension and properly flattened on opposite sides of the hanger. The main body portion 21 constitutes a means for effecting a predetermined spacing apart of-the transversely extending, substantially aligned belt loop engaging means 27 and 33.
.As a modification, to accommodate for belts of various lengths and also to pretension that type of belt such as a leather belt which is not inherently elastic, a modified construction such as that shown in Fig. 4 may be employed. Fig. 4 illustrates a modified main body portion corresponding to the main body portion 21 in Fig. 3 and disclosessuch portionto be construced of two rod- .4 like members 36 and 37 having overlapping portions 38 and 39 each terminating in a looped end portion 40 and 41 embracing the other member, substantially as shown.
, A tension spring 42 is disposed about the overlapped portions 38 and 39 of the members and is attached at opposite ends to these members by suitable means such as the looped portions 40 and 41 thereof so that when the entire assembly is compressed so as to bring the bar portions thereof closer together, the spring 42 is tensioned to urge the bar portions apart when released, thus exerting a pretensioning effect on the belt displayed on the assembly.
The hanger is not only useful for display purposes, but it is also, in itself, a sales feature since it presents a convenient and neat means for the buyer to store his belt when not in use. Principally, however, the assembly is most useful for display purposes and as a means for atmee i the t nti n F -Q F an nd him to purchase one of the displayed belts. In respect, it can be seen that a greatnumber of belts may be simultaneously displayed within arelativ'ely small space and in full viewand sight of a customer, the belts at the same time, being neat and natural appearing and offering a most pleasingdisplay thereof.
Apparel belts 'ofvarious characteristics and sizes may readily be carried by and displayed on the holder. For instance, if a relatively non-resilient leather belt is mounted on the display holder, such belts, be they of the tongue-buckle type, have a series of openings at the end fofthe belt opposite the buckle and thus the sizes of the belt are determined by the opening in which the tongue of the buckle is placed and therefore it will be seen that diflferent sizes of leather belts may well be carried on the holder such as shown in Fig. 3 as well as in the modification of the holder as in Fig. 4. Then, too, there are other types of buckles such as the cam type andthis provides for an adjustment of the sizes of the belt and consequently the same holders, be they as in Figs. 2 and 3, would therefore accommodate belts of various sizes. As to thedilferent characteristics of belts, there is also the elastic or resilient type belt and, further, the typeof buckle that is resilient, and with these belts, the same are readily adaptable for carrying and displaying on the present holder and obviously, therefore, different sizes of such belts are adaptable to be held and displayed on the holders, both the main type as in Fig. 3 or the adjustable type as in Fig. ,4.
By referring to the belt being flattened and slightly tightened when on the holder or the belt being flattened and slightly tensioned when on the holder, what is actually meant is that the belt, if it is of leather, is buckled on the holder so that when looped thereabout, it will not unintentionally be disengaged from the holder and the same situation applies when the resilient or elastic type of belts are displayed'on the holder. The purpose of the lde i who e t be t thet nfa .di rla r t r pyr q e i We claim:
1- Aidiplay h ld -M91" a a pa e be s ho er comprising anelongated member adapted to be positioned :betweenlooped end portions of a folded belt having its terminals connected together, the member having generally aligned parallel end portions for an engagement in said looped belt portions' across the width of the belt whereby the folded belt may be maintained in a long flat loop, and suspending meansjoined to one of theend portions and adapted to extendthereabove, said means having a portion for engaging a supporting means and coinciding with a line bisecting the end portions, the upper and lower portions of the elongate member being symmetrically arranged with respect to the said bisecting ne whereby i s ener .o st v t wi in de w t t saidbisecting line. Y i I 2. Adisplay holder for apparel belts 9f various characteristics and sizes adapted individually to have their terminals connected so as to form a loop, the holder including an elongated body member with spaced apart substantially aligned transversely extending belt loop engaging means, at least a portion of the body member being between the transverse means and constituting a means for effecting a predetermined spacing apart of the transverse means, the amount of spacing of the transverse means being substantially equal to the length of the loop when in substantially flattened and slightly tightened condition about the transverse means so that the said belt may be maintained on and held in its substantially flattened condition relative to the holder, and means carried by and extending beyond an end portion of the holder for engagement with a supporting means.
3. A display holder for apparel belts as defined in and by claim 2 wherein the body of the holder between the transverse means includes spring means whereby the belt when on the holder is under slight tension.
4. A wire display holder for apparel belts of various characteristics and sizes adapted individually to have their terminals connected so as to form a loop, the holder including an elongated wire body having spaced apart substantially aligned transversely extending belt loop engaging portions integral with the wire body, the wire body being between the transverse means and constituting a means for effecting a predetermined spacing apart of the transverse means, the amount of spacing of the transverse means being substantially equal to the length of the loop when in substantially flattened and slightly tensioned condition about the transverse means so that the said belt may be maintained on and held in its substantially flattened condition relative to the holder, and hook means integral with and extending from and beyond a portion of one of the transverse means for engagement with a supporting means.
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