US 2954954 A
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Oct. 4, 1960 c. 0. LARSON 2,954,954
CLOTHES HANGER Filed Sept. 2, 195a INVENTOR. CHARLES 0. LARSON States Fatent 295495 1 enemies C a es 9- Ee' soe: e'x l li gs m- I naease r. 2, 195a, Sena-No. asaaso 4 (cut r-121 3.
door so that the :clothes hanger will :not be knocked from thefioor the clothes support israccidentalzly struck by the user. v 6
Another important object of the invention to prohidei'acdlthestlmn'gerd the typeset forth which is, particularly adapted to support heavyzclothing without marning the lusrface .of'theidoorion which his supponted.
Yet another object-of the invention is tbs-provide "an impnbved. :clothes *hangerof type set forth in which ithe pivoted clothes supportihas hearing members to "ride upionrthe support bracket. whereby tofacilitatemovement therebetween. w
Still another object of the invention is to provide a clothes hangerptthe type set forth "folds flat against the door when not in use.
These and other objectsahdadvantages of the invention will xbetbetter understood from the'following descripsfien when-taken in conjunction with "the aceornpanging drawing. In the drawing wherein like reference numerals have been utilized to designate like parts throughout:
Figure 1 is a perspective view of the clothes hanger made in accordance with and embodying the principles of the present invention, the clothes hanger being shown installed upon a door;
Figure 2 is a front elevational view of the clothes hanger of Figure 1, with certain parts broken away and with the clothes support and the support plate being shown in the folded position, and
Figure 3 is an enlarged view in vertical section throughout the clothes hanger of Figure 1 substantially as seen in the direction of the arrows along the lines 3-3 thereof.
Referring first to Figure 1 of the drawings there is shown a clothes hanger generally designated by the numeral 10 made in accordance with and embodying the principles of the present invention. The clothes hanger 10 is adapted to be supported by any convenient upstanding member such as a door 12 having a horizontally disposed upper surface '14, and a pair of parallel vertical surfaces 16 and 18.
The clothes bracket 10 includes three principal parts, a support bracket generally designated by the numeral 20, a swingable support plate 22 and a movable clothes support 24. The support bracket 20 is generally U-shaped in cross section as may be best seen in Figure 3 of the drawings and includes a main plate 26 adapted to be disposed along the surface 16 of the door 12, a rear plate 28 being adapted to be disposed along the surface 18 of the door 12 and a top plate 30 interconnecting the upper edges of the main plate 26 and the rear plate 28 and 4 2,954,954 iaten' ed Get-4,1 50
2 ad pt d to he di neses hi -19 i the ppe ed e 1 o the :dool' 2- he lewere see he ma n plate 26 is e ni ed as M132 a d is n ev d adjac nt to h lowe pe phery thereof with a plurali y o hea ng mem rs .3 in the --fo o d pr si ns :dime -q humps h mes e e ro ?and extending toward the rear plate The hearing memb rs :34 psev d h arin esu a es w ic s a ains th surfa e .16 r the h m e e-hr t speee i p t-ten o he main p a 25 then e en P se r ins e mar-n ne er the 5 9 hh' 'teee- ,Five o the shea ing memh s as are p ided i lust ated i Eig f the .drawina. i i e ear g e 2 is r ii i e s ila er s f .l p eseiens gyvl h pr vide h mp e h ri s lf ee .36 he eh: Three o t ee 'ih m mher 1.3 a e nee ed nhe zeh s h h t s e p ate 28 and a e -e lepted t he ag i st es faee 18 :of t d r 1. 2-
ea r s emb s 34 an peh i easy moun -ins er th s ppe raek 'lfl p the d e 112 wi i u ma i e eee ngt e shrfeeee 1' e 8 0f the de :11-
P vo -al y mounted n an e t 2 i th supp t p ate 'Theup q pl te n y e taneu e shape and s aere ded w e d endis 38- A- nei of eerrhs t en o rib 4 is Pro ide on t e sur- Ipert pla e 2 ediee n e -the ed th he sum ser ous 4 e tend s a-me d y tower-i1 the a n plate the per ih aehe :2 when th t a e i a sembled position to form a bearing contact therewith as thehes i e nfi om Figure 3 o e dr wing- M a is rovide n yetal y ei tereen eet :the main late 2.6 shdhhe i PP-Nh plat 2. eth s nd, he ain p ate 26 v 62 e eu a d y ex e h s mehape ne eaifill whi h e elsh e t r c e t e et i o s a thr a ed 4- BIW ded; at one end he eof R heed adap ed te h i nf-th d pr ssi 1pma'lie sl by iie m hs th e eme heredper eh 4. Th sha k-fines e th ehsh an en h hrei the ehm lemehy feenesl deme-e pedspoeti a 48' e t e suppor slat A: hsteh-e seeeethe eu rehh 9f he a na shank 44 to hold the parts in assembledrelationship.
The clothes support 24 is pivotally mounted on the support plate 22 by means of a bracket member 52. The bracket member 52 has a substantially rectangularly shaped plate 54 provided at one end with a forwardly directed flange 56 and at the other end with a forwardly directed flange 58. Each of the flanges 56 and 58 is apertured for a purpose which will be more fully understood hereinafter. The flange 58 is also provided with a forwardly directed bifurcated portion 60. The flanges 56 and 58 of the bracket member 52 extend through slots formed in the support plate 22 whereby to assemble the bracket member 52 thereon. The thickness of the plate 54 is less than the distance which the corrugations 40 extend behind the support plate 22 whereby the corrugations 40 provide the only bearing contact with the main plate 26.
Referring to Figure 1 of the drawings it will be seen that the clothes support 24 is formed from a rod which is shaped to provide an upper arm 62 and a lower arm 64 joined at the outer ends by a curved portion 66, the arm 62 having a bend 68 therein. The arms 62 and 64 at the other ends are provided with oppositely directed bearing members 70 and 72, respectively, which extend through the apertures in the flanges 56 and 58, respectively, of the bracket member 52. The clothes support 22 can be maintained in a position substantially normal to the plane of the support plate 22 by engaging the lower arm 64 in the slot 74 formed in the bifurcated end 60 of the bracket member 52. The clothes support is resilient whereby the arm 64 can be dislodged from the slot '74 and the clothes support swung to a folded position so 3 that it lies in'a plane substantially parallel to the plane of the door 12.
It has been found that by providing the bearing surfaces formed by the depressions 34 and 36, the support bracket .20 will not mar the associated surface ofthe 'door 12 even when heavy loads of clothing are placed upon the clothes support 24.- Accidental contact of passersby, with clothing on the support 24 tends to move the clothing and the associated support. In prior constructions wherein the clothes support'24 was formed rigid with the support'bracket 20,such contact often served to dislodge the support bracket 20 from the associated door. By providing a pivotal connection between the support plate 22 and the support bracket 20, it has been found that the force of'contact with the clothing simply serves to pivot the support plate 22 about the threaded shank 44 and there is little or no tendency to dislodge the support bracket'Zll-from the top of-the associated door. The easy swinging movement of the support plate 22 with respect to the main plate '26 is fa cilitated by the presence of the corrugations 40'which provide a limited bearing surface between these members.
It will be seen that there'has been provided a clothes hanger which fulfills all of the objects and advantages set forth above. Although one preferred embodiment of the invention has been described and shown in the drawings for purposes of illustration, it is to be under stood that various changes and modifications can be made therein without departing from the spiritand scope of the invention. Accordingly, the invention is to be limited only as set forth in the following claims.
. nected-to said main plate, said support plate having elongated corrugations formed therein and extending toward a said main plate to provide'bearing areas of limited ex- 1. A clothes hanger adapted to be used on the top of p a door and the like, comprising a support bracket including a main plate and a rear plate disposed substantially parallel to each other and a top platel'interconnecting said rear and main plates, said main plate having a first set of depressions formed therein and said rear plate having a second set of depressions formed therein, said sets of depressions extending toward each other and having rounded surfaces for engaging a door disposed therebetween without maming the surface thereof, a support plate disposed substantially parallel to said main tent therebetween, and a clothes support pivotally mounted on said support plate at a point below the pivotal connection between said main plate and said support plate, said clothes support being movable to a support position substantially perpendicular to said support plate and being movable to-a second position substantially parallel to theplane of said supportplate.
2. A clothes hanger as set forth in claim 1, wherein the depressions in the second set are arranged substantially in a semi-circle and are disposed below the pivotal connection between the main plate and the support plate.
3. A clothes hanger as set forth in claim 1, wherein the clothes support is mounted on the support plate by means of a bracket member including a bracket plate disposed between s-aid supportplate and the main plate and having a thickness less than the depth of the corrugations so, that said bracket plate is spaced from said main plate, said support plate havingapair of spaced apart apertures therein, saidbracket platehaving a pair of flanges extending through said apertures and having openings formed therein to receive said clothes support, and a bifurcated portion formed on the end of one of said flanges to engage said clothes support and to hold said clothes support substantially perpendicular to the. plane of said support plate. 4. A clothes hanger as set forth in claim 3, wherein the pivotal connection between the main plate and the support plate includes a pair of complementarydomeshaped portions formed in said main plate and said support plate and having aligned apertures therethrough, and
a bolt passing through said aligned apertures in said.
plates and having a. nut thereon to hold said main plate and said support plate in cooperating relationship.
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