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Feb. 10, 1959 S. PERLMUTTER DRAPERY HOOK SUPPORT Filed Oct. 1'7. 1956 IN VEN TOR.
United t s ateht 1' DRAPERY HOOK SUPPORT Samuel Perlmutter, Newton, Mass. Application October 17, 1956, Serial Dim-616,492 3 Claims. (Cl. 16-87.4)
The present invention relates to an improved struc-' ture for supporting drapery hooks and draperies from securing the hooks in such a manner as to insure that they will always remain in an upright positionand thereby support the top of the draperies, also in an upright position. This difficulty is due in part to the fact that of necessity, the drapery hooks are usually top heavy and when engaged at the hook section at their lower edge into the slideable member, they will normally'have a tendency to flop over. Because of this difiiculty of securing the hooks to the slideable members,- the upper pleated edges of the draperies are often bent forward somewhat, exposing the traverse rod itself to view. Furthermore, because of the tendencies of these hooks to flop over there is a great likelihood that they will actually fall from the larly when the drapery is being moved longitudinally along the traverse rod.
- It is an object, therefore, of the present invention'to provide a structure which operates ideally to secure the drapery hook, and consequently, the drapery itself to the traverse rod in a normal upright position. It is also an object of the present invention to provide a structure which is inexpensive to manufacture, which is easilyassembled by a home-maker and-which is adapted for use with a large variety of drapery hooks.
To obtain these previously-enumerated objects, as well as others, the present invention provides in one embodiment in essence a slideable member which is readily in serted at any point into the usual traverse rod and which is provided with integral means for securing a drapery hook in a normal upright position. This slideable member provides elements which engage the hook portion of the, drapery hook in such a'manner as to normally hold it in its desired position without any additional support of the treverse rod. This structure is designed for easy insertion into the rod and attachment of the hook. It furthermore provides a structure which is readily manufactured at a minimum expense.
A modification of the present invention contemplates a structure in which the supporting members are provided to support drapery books from telescopic rods and/or:
rods which are secured to the ceiling and provide means for hanging drapes from the ceiling downwardly. Inthis particular. modification, it should be noted that supporting members of the types previously considered and as illustrated in the other modifications of the present invention cannot readily be used with telescopic traverse rods. The conventional traverse rod, which is C-shaped in cross section, is provided with two sections telescoping one into the other to adjust it for various lengths. In the use of supporting members illustrated in the accompanying drawings in Figures 1 and 2, the supporting member will ordinarily jam against the joint of the telescopic section and prevent eliective sliding of the drape by conventional means. In the modification however, illustrated in Figures 3 to 7, means are provided by which no jamming whatsoever occurs and thedrapes may readily slide from open to closed positions or vice versa. The particular modifications as illustrated in Figures 5 to 7 also provide means'by which these supports may be secured to ceiling traverse rods if desired with these supporting members being interchangeably usable with traverse rods spaced from the ceiling and having their normal longitudinally extending slots facing parallel to the wall or window.
These and other objects of the present invention will be understood when considered in connection with the accompanying drawings in which:
Figure 1 shows a partially cross-sectional side view of p a preferred form of the invention in a conventional traverse rod and supporting a drapery hook and drapery,
Figure 2 showsa front elevation of the modification shown in Figure 1,
Figure 3 illustrates a modification of the invention par ticularly adapted to be used in connection with traverse rods which are telescopic, theview illustrated being a slideable members, particufront elevation, Figure 4 is a 7 side elevation of the modification shownin Figure 3,
Figure 5 is a modification of the present invention showing in a front elevation a supporting member adapted to be used with telescopic traverse rods,
Figure 6 is a sideelevation of the modification shown in Figure 5, and
Figure 7 is a top plan view of the modification shown in Figure 5.
Referring specifically to the drawings, and in particular to the preferred form illustrated in Figure 1, there is shown an end cross-sectional view of a conventional traverse rod 1 which supports, through operation of the present invention, the drapery 2. This drapery 2 is provided with arear buckram lining 3 conventionally divided.
into a plurality of horizontally adjacentpockets with the drapery hook 4 of'conventional design being positioned with its upright arms 5 within the pocket formed by the buckram back. Ordinarily, a pair of arms 5 are provided with one arm in each of two adjacent pockets. This hook 4 has ahook section 6 extending upwardly from its lower end and usually in a plane normal to the arms 5. Conventionally, the hook 4 is provided with a hook arm section 7 downwardly inclined at the rear of the hook section; 6.
The supporting slideable member 50 is formed of a somewhat flexible plastic material, suchas polyethylene or nylon and has two integral legs 51 and 52 continuous with one another and extending in directions substan-.
tially normal to one another. The arm 51 has a traverse rod engaging head 53 formed at its end. This engaging head 53 preferably comprises two parallel flat enlarged members 54 and 55 transversely across the forward edge. An opening '59 extends through this hook-engaging section 57. The opening 59 is preferably rectangular in cross section at its extending normal to the arm 51 and spaced from one another. The members 54 and 55 are, interconnected with one another by a transverse inter upper end 60 and has its rear edge 61 angularly inclined towards the rear of the member 50. The forward edge of the opening 59 may extend vertically through the hook engaging section.
In this structure the head 53 may readily be engaged in a traverse rod 1, with the members 55 and 56 positioned respectively on the inside and outside of the traverse rod 1, with the segment 56 positioned in the opening 19. In this arrangement the member 50 may be inserted without twisting by merely slipping the member 55 under the upper edge of the longitudinal slot formed in the traverse rod, then sliding the entire member 50 upwardly and finally allowing the lower portion of the head 53 to engage the slot in the traverse rod. The hook 4 engages the hook engaging section 57 with the hook arm section 7 positioned within the opening 59. It should be noted in this arrangement that the member 50 is curved around the traverse rod 1 conforming to its curved outer surface. Further, the opening 59 is so constructed as to permit a more ready securing of the hook 4 without the likelihood of the hook twisting. This is partially provided for by the'depending outer portions 70 and 71 which abut either side of the opening 59. It should also be observed that the angle at which the rear edge 61 of this opening is formed is such as to insure that the upright arm of the hook 4 is inclined slightly rearwardly of a normal vertical position. This is provided so that when drapery is applied to the hook 4, the weight of the drapery will cause the hook to bend only to a perfectly upright position, thus providing a perfectly hung drapery arrangement.
In the modifications illustrated in Figures 3 and 4, there is shown a supporting member having a transversely extending head 82a. An arm 83 is formed integral with the head 82a and is located at the center of this head with the arm 83 extending downwardly and normal to it. The lowermost portion of the arm 83 is bent angularly as illustrated at 84 and terminates in a hook engaging section 85 having an opening 86 similar to that described in connection with the modification shown in Figure 1. The arm 83 and extension 84 and hook engaging section 85 thus are bent angularly with respect to the head 82a and are adapted to curve under the traverse rod when this supporting member is positioned on the rod. The head 82:: has projecting from it two supporting pins 87 positioned close to either end of the head 82a. These supporting pins are formed integrally and interconnect the buttons 81, 82 and the head 82a. The buttons 81, 82 are positioned parallel to the head82a and are formed preferably with bevelled edges facing the head. A groove 88 extends downwardly and transversely across the pins 87 adjacent the head 82a.
This supporting member is adapted to be positioned in n traverse rod of the type generally shown in Figure 1 with the exception that the traverse rod with which this support may be used can be of a telescopic variety. The buttons 81, 82 fit within the C-shaped cross section of the traverse rod and are longitudinally slideable therein. The slot 88 is provided for easy insertion of this support into the rod without the requirement of insertion of the supports from the ends. The particular feature of this modification is that the elongated head 82a and the use of twin pins 87 positioned at the ends of this head permit the ready movement of the supporting member along a traverse rod and over the junctions of the telescope sections of the rod. In the type of supporting members illustrated in Figures 1 and 2, the supporting member will ordinarily jam at the junction of two telescopic sections of the rod. In the present modification, however, the supporting members will slide quite freely back and forth over this junction and will not bind in any manner.
In the modification shown in Figures 5, 6 and 7, there is provided an elongated head 90 and a downwardly extending arm 91 terminating in a section 92 substantially normal with the upper portion of the arm 91. A hook supporting section 93 with an opening 94 is provided at the end of the section 92 in a manner substantially similar to that illustrated in the modification shown in Figure 4. The arm 91 is positioned normal to the head 90 and at a position substantially mid-way between the ends of this head. Positioned parallel with the head 90 and substantially co-extensive with it longitudinally is an elongated button 98 which is interconnected and held in a plane parallel to the head 90 by the integral neck 99. An elongated channel or groove 102 extends downwardly from the upper surface of the neck 99 along a line adjacent the head 90. A pair of parallel channels 100 and 101 are located respectively on the outer faces of the button 98 and head 90. These channels 100 and 101 extend the entire length of the respective members in which they are located. In this particular modification, a structure is provided which may readily be molded by conventional molding processes from suitable material, such as nylon. The supporting members may readily be inserted on the traverse rods of the telescopic variety at any position on the rod and are freely slidable over junctions of the telescopic sections. The particular modification shown here is also adapted to be used in conjunction with traverse rods which are fixed to the ceiling with their open longitudinal groove facing downward. When these supporting members are used in conjunction with traverse rods of this nature, the facing edges of the rod, which form the opposite edges of the opening, are located respectively in the channels and 101; thus supporting the member from the ceiling with the member being suspended in a vertical position and with the hook supporting section 93 being maintained in a selected horizontal position. When the supporting member is used with either a telescopic traverse rod supported from a wall or one supported from a ceiling, the draperies which are interconnected with it and supported therefrom by means of a hook will always be maintained in the normal perpendicular position and further the supporting members will readily slide over the inter-engaged sections of the telescopic rod.
Having now described my invention, I claim:
1. A slide support adapted to support a drapery hook in a telescopically formed channel type traverse rod having a C-shaped cross-section and opening either rearwardly towards its supporting wall or downwardly, comprising a body having a horizontal and a vertical arm integrally joined at the bottom of the vertical arm and the rear of the horizontal arm, a horizontally elongated head formed at the top of thevertical arm, a horizontally elongated button spaced from and parallel to the head and of substantially the same height and width as the head, a horizontally elongated neck interconnecting the button and the head, beveled edges formed in the button and the head and forming surfaces which curve rearwardly and forwardly from the neck causing the head and the button to slide smoothly over the rod and the telescopic joints of the rod when the button is disposed within the channel and the channel opens rearwardly towards its supporting wall, horizontal grooves formed in the rear surface of the button and the front surface of the head and adapted to receive the edges of the opening of the channel when supported on the channel which opens downwardly, and an opening extending downwardly through the forward end of the horizontal arm of the body for receiving one end of the drapery book.
2. In combination with a telescopically formed channel type traverse rod having a C-shaped cross-section opening rearwardly towards its supporting wall; a slide support for a drapery hook comprising a body having a horizontal and a vertical arm joined at the bottom of-the vertical arm and the rear of the horizontal arm, a horizontally elongated headformed at the top of the vertical armand running along theioutside of the rear of the channel rod, a horizontally elongated button spaced from and parallel to the head and of substantially the same height and width as the head, said button fitting within the channel rod, a horizontally elongated neck interconnecting the button and the head and extending through the opening in the rod, and a mass formed at the forward end of said horizontal arm having an open ing extending therethrough with said opening being wider at the bottom than at the top, said opening also being formed with diverging front and rear walls with said front wall being substantially vertical whereby angular sections of hook members may be readily passed through said opening.
3. In combination for use on a channel type traverse rod having a C-shaped cross section opening rearwardly toward-its supporting wall comprising a drapery hook having means for engagingly supporting a drapery and a hook member of wire having an angular section near its free end, in combination with a slide support comprising a body having a horizontal and a vertical arm joined at the bottom of the vertical arm and the rear of the horizontal arm, a head formed at the top of the vertical arm and adapted to be positioned outside of the rear of the channel rod, a horizontal elongated button spaced from and parallel to the head adapted to fit within the channel rod, a neck interconnecting the button and head and adapted to extend through the opening in the rod, a mass formed at the forward end of said horizontal arm having an opening extending therethrough with said opening being wider at the bottom than at the top, said opening also being formed with diverging front and rear walls with said front wall being substantially vertical and with said hook member positioned Within said opening and engaging said rear wall at a portion of said angular section remote from said free end.
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