US 2864113 A
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Dec. W, W53 c. F. CHRISTIE MOP STRUCTURE Filed Feb. 6, 1956 Clam/e F. Chn'siie IN V EN TOR.
United States Patent MOP STRUCTURE Cleve F. Christie, Knoxville, Tenn., assignor of twentyfive percent to Dovie A. Harrison, Knoxville, Tenn.
Application February 6, 1956, Serial No. 563,536
2 Claims. (Cl. 15-229) An object of this invention is to provide a mop of the flexible strand type which is so constructed that almost every inch of strand is usable by virtue of the way that the strands are attached to the handle.
A further object of the invention is to provide a mop of this type wherein the means for attaching the strands to the handle are completely protected from contact with the floor or other surface on which the mop is used and yet, the means holding the strands on the mop handle are of the simplest type and are extremely inexpensive.
Another object of the invention is to provide a mop head and handle construction wherein the strands of the mop head are held in place by a wire which is looped in a particular manner to the handle and over the intermediate parts of the strands, the ends of the wire being attached respectively to a pair of anchors, for example nails, that are passed through the handle at approximately right angles to each other and near one end of it.
These together with other objects and advantages which will become subsequently apparent reside in the details of construction and operation as more fully hereinafter described and claimed, reference being had to the accompanying drawing forming a part hereof, wherein like numerals refer to like parts throughout, and in which:
Figure 1 is a fragmentary perspective view of the handle showing the wire attachment to it and the two nails which function as anchors for the wire;
Figure 2 is an elevational view of the completed mop, portions being broken away in section to illustrate internal detail;
Figure 3 is an elevational view of the mop with the strands parted to show the attachment of the mop head to the handle as it would appear when the outer layer of the strands are parted;
Figure 4 is an end view of the handle with the wire and strands of the head removed and showing the placement of the two nail anchors in the handle; and
Figure 5 is a fragmentary perspective view of the mop in the completed form.
The mop which has been made in accordance with the principles of the invention, consists of a handle 12 together with a head 14. Handle 12 may be made of any of the usual material, for the manufacture of mops, for example wood or metal. Head 14 comprises a plurality of flexible strands 16, the strands being made of cotton, nylon, or any other flexible material from which mops may be practically constructed. Means holding the strands onto the hand of handle 12 are maintained inexpensive and simple in construction. They consist of a lower anchor 18 having terminals 20 and 22. Anchor 18 is preferably a nail with the head 20 being one terminal and the point 22 being the opposite terminal. The nail extends through the lower end of the handle 12 approximately one-quarter of an inch from the extremity thereof. Wire 24 has an eye 26 formed at one end, this eye being connected to the anchor 18 at terminal "ice 20 by being wrapped under the head of the nail. Wire 24 is looped as at 28 around the handle 12 below anchor 18 and has loops 30 and 32 around handle 12 above anchor 18. After so applying wire 24 to the handle 12 the strands 16 are placed over the loops 28, 30 and 32 with approximately the midportion of each laying over these loops. Then at least one strand 34 and preferably a number of them are taken and wrapped around the lower parts 36 of strands 16 immediately below the lower terminal of handle 12 to form a central core for the mop head. This strand 34 is then brought up and wrapped together with the end of Wire 24 around the strands at 38 on the handle 12 above loops 28, 30 and 32. By Wrapping it this Way the Wire is formed with loops 40 and 42 with the terminal part of wire 24 having an eye 44 formed in it. This eye is located below the head of nail 46, the latter constituting the second anchor and being passed through a passageway in handle 12 between loops 28, 30 and 32 and loops 42 and 40. The point of nail 46 constitutes terminal 50, while the head 52 of nail 46 constitutes the other terminal. Eye 44 is located under terminal 52. If the strands at 38 are parted when the nail 46 is driven into handle 10, after attachment of eye 44 beneath head 52 of nail 46, the strands will return in order to cover and conceal terminal 52. The terminals 22 and 50 do not protrude through the intermediate parts of strands 16 and are used to hold the loops of the wire from shifting on the handle 12. For example, the loop 32 is under terminal 50 (Figure 2), preventing it from moving on handle 12.
As seen best in Figure 3 the inner portions 36 of strands 16 and all of the means for attaching the strands to the mop handle 12 are covered by the outer portions of strands 16.
The mop may be used as any other mop, however, the inherent advantages of economy in expense and materials is realized in the construction of the mop. Moreover all of the fastening devices for holding the strands on the end of the handle are concealed and are prevented from making contact with the floor surface.
The foregoing is considered as illustrative only of the principles of the invention. Further, since numerous modifications and changes will readily occur to those skilled in the art, it is not desired to limit the invention to the exact construction and operation shown and described, and accordingly, all suitable modifications and equivalents may be resorted to, falling within the scope of the invention as claimed. With this construction the mop is made so that it can fit into places smaller than those reached by a conventional mop.
What is claimed as new is as follows:
1. A mop, said mop comprising an elongated handle having an upper end and a lower end, a mop head on said lower end of said handle, said head constructed of a single group of strands, means for fastening said strands to said lower end of said handle and including a first anchor attached to said handle near said lower end thereof, a wire secured at one end to said first anchor and having a plurality of loops extending around said handle and in contact with the surface of said handle, said strands having intermediate parts disposed on said loops, said wire having a securing loop which extends around said intermediate parts of said strands above the first mentioned loops and pressing said strands against said handle at a point spaced from the extreme lower end of said handle, a second anchor in said handle adjacent to the lower end thereof and located between said first anchor and said securing loop, said second anchor securing the free end of the wire to the handle, each anchor and said securing loop covered by the outer parts of all of said strands which hang over the inner parts of all of said strands, there being only one group of References Cited in the file of this patent UNITED STATES PATENTS 933,477 Long Sept. 7, 1909 15 4 Nelson Aug. 24, Courtney May 1, Tucker Feb.- 14, Engendahl et a1. Jan. 11, Olsen May 22, Lower et a1. Mar. 16,
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