US 2972419 A
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Feb. 21, 1961 y EZELEN ETAL 2,972,419
CLOTHES VALET b Filed Febo 25, 1960 n 2 Sheets-Sheet 1 J4 3 i y@ .75
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Filed Feb. z5, 1960, ser. No. 10,930 f z claims. (ci. 211-86) The present invention relates to a clothes valet, and more particularly to a valet for mens clothing which can be hung on a door.
Although a hanger can support the coat and trousers of a mans suit, it cannot in addition readily support other accessories of wearing apparel, such as ties, jewelry, wallet, etc. Also, the normal hanger supports the trousers beneath the coat. trousers from a hanger, the coat must either be removed from the hanger or the coat is wrinkled during the removal of the trousers. n
It is an object of the present invention to provide a novel clothes valet.
lIt is another object of the present invention to provide arclothes valet which can readily support many accessories of mens wearing apparel in addition to a m-ans suit.
vIt is still another object of the present invention to provide a valet for mens clothing which supports the trousers of a suit outside of the coat so that the trousers can be easilyy removed. Y l
It is a further object of the present invention to provide acceptance of clothing in the order of undressing.
It is a further object of the present invention to provide a valet for mens clothing which hangs on a door.
It is a still further object of the present invention to provide a valet for mens clothing which can be compactly folded to permit ease of carrying the valet.
Other objects will appear hereinafter.
For the purpose of illustrating the invention there is shown in the drawings a form which is presently preferred; it being understood, however, that this invention is not limited to the precise arrangements and instrumentalities shown.
Figure 1 is a front elevational view of the clothes valet of the present invention.
Figure 2 is a perspective view of a supporting bracket for the clothes valet of the present invention.
Figure 3 is a sectional view taken lalong line 3-3 of Figure l.
Figure 4 is a sectional view taken along line 4-4 of Figure 3.
Figure 5 -is a sectional view taken -along line 5--5 of Figure 1.
Referring initially to Figure l, the clothes valet of the present invention is generally designated as 10.
Clothes valet comprises a coat hanger 12. Coat hanger 12 comprises a central portion 14, and a pair of curved arms 16 which extend in opposite directions from the central portion 14. The arms 16 of the coat hanger 12 are curved to fit inside the shoulder portions of a coat. A pair of parallel mounting pins 18 are secured to and project upwardly from the top of the central portion 14 of the hanger 12.
A trouser bar 20 extends along the top of the coat hanger 12, and is secured to the mounting pins 18. The
trouser bar 20 is of a' length substantially the same as the length of the coat hanger 12. A strip 22 of rubber Thus, in order to remove the.'
or a similar non-slipmaten'al extends along and is secured to the top of the trouser bar 20. 4Trouser bar 20 has a transverse hole 24 extending across each end thereof (see Figure 4). Each of the holes 24 has a counterbore 2,6 atth'e bottom end thereof.
A separate rope 28 extends through each of the holes 24 in the trouserhar 20. As shown in Figure 4, each of the ropes 28 has a knot 30 at its end. The knots 30 are small enough to lit into the counterbores 26 of the holes 24, but are larger than the holes 24. Thus, the trouser bar 20 and the coat hanger 12 are supported on the ends of the ropes 28. As illustrated in the drawing, each -of the ropes 28 comprises two intertwined cords. However, the ropes 28 may be a single cord, or may be made up of more than two cords.
The top end ofeach of the ropes 28 is secured to a separate supporting bracket 34. Each of the brackets 34 comprisesY a door mounting hook 36 and a cord support 38. The door mounting hook 36 comprises a base 40 having a pair of iianges 42 and 44 extending downwardly from its'ends. The base 40 is of a length equal to the thickness of a normal door, and the ilange 42 is longer than the-flange 44. Thus, the door hookv 36 is'sUpported on a door with the base 40 extending over the top edge of the door, and the flanges 42 and 44 extending downwardly along the sides .of the door. The longer flange 42 has a substantially-U-shaped projection 46 punched therefrom with the sides of the projection 46 remaining integral with the ange 42. The projection 46 forms a socket with the ilange 42, 4which socket extends longitudinally above the ange 42.
The cord support 3 8 comprises a base arm 48, an
a-rcuate arm 50 extending downwardly and outwardly from the top end of the `base arm 48, and a flange 52 extending from the end of the arcuate arm 50 toward the base arm 48. The liange 52 has a hole 54 therethrough. The cord support 38 is mounted on the door mounting hook 36 with the base arm 48 extending through the socket formed between the projection 46 and the ange 42. The projection 46 has an inwardly extending dimple 56 which lits into a hole, not shown, in the base arm 48 to lock the base arm 48 in the socket between the projection 46 and the ange 42. The ropes 28 extend through the holes 54 in the flanges S2 of the cord supports 38, and each of the ropes 28 has a knot 58 in its top end. The knots 58 are larger than the holes 54 so that the ropes 28 are supported from the brackets 34.
A tie bar 60 extends between `and is supported on the ropes 28 above the trouser bar 20. Tie bar 60 has a transverse hole 62 through each end thereof, and each of the holes 62 has a counterbore 64 in its bottom end. The ropes 28 extend through the holes 62, and each of the ropes 28 has a knot 66 therein which ts into the counterbore 64. The knots 66 are larger than the holes 62 so that the tie bar 60 is supported on the knots 66. By moving the position of the knots 66 along the ropes 28, the tie bar 60 can be positioned at any desired height over the trouser bar .20. A strip 68 of rubber or similar non-slip material extends along and is secu-red to the top of the tie bar 60.
A pair of spaced, parallel supporting rods 70 are secured to and extend downwardly from the tie bar 60. A tray 72 extends beneath the tie bar 68, and is secured to the bottom ends of the supporting rods 70. Thus, the tray 72 is supported from the tie bar 60. The tray 72 has a cavity 74 in its top surface.
The coat hanger 12, trouser bar 20, tie bar 60, and tray 72 of the valet 10 may be made of wood, metal or plastic. The ropes 28 may be made of any strong material, and may be colored to improve the appear- 3 ance of the valet 10. The` brackets 34 are preferably made of metal.
, In the use of the valet 1Q of the vpresent invention, the door mounting hooks 36 of the brackets 34 are placed over the topedge of a door. The co-rd `supports 38 of the bracket 34 space the ropes 28 from the door so that the coat hanger 12, trouser bar 20, and tie bar 60 will hang away from the door.
68 on the trouser bar 20 and tie b-ar 60 provide suilicient friction so that the trousers hung over the trouser bar 20, and the ties hung over the tie bar 60 will not slip from the bars. The tray 72 is adapted to hold jewelry such astie clips, cuit links, etc., and Vsuch other accesseries as Wallets, handkerchiefs, etc. Since the trouser bar 20 and the tie bar 60 are supported at both ends by the ropes 28, any unbalance of the weight on the bars 20 and 60 will not cause tipping of the bars. Thus, the ropes 28 support the bars 20 and 60 so that none of the articles supported on the valet will slide the-refrom. Also, clip-on bow ties may be clipped onto the ropes 28.
Since the bars 20 and 60 are Vconnected 'and supported by the exible `ropes Z8, the valet 10 of the present invention can be folded into Va compact form for Iease of portability. Thus, when traveling, the tie bar 60 and tray 72 can be folded over the trouser ba-r 20 and hanger 12 so that the Valet 10 cany be placed in asuitcase or the like. Thus, the clothes valet 10 of the present invention can ybe carried about on a trip for use at'any stop lalong the trip.
The present invention may be embodied in other specic forms without departing from the spirit or essential attributes thereof and, accordingly, reference should be made to the appended claims, rather than to the foregoing speciiication as indicating the scope of theinvention.
The strips 22 and- We claim: Y
1. A clothes valet comprising a trouser bar, a coat hanger secured to said trouser bar, a tie bar, a pair of spaced parallel ropes, said trouser bar being secured between the bottom ends of the ropes, said tie'bar being secured between said ropes in spaced relation with said trouser bar above said trouser ba-r, a tray extending beneath the tie bar, means supporting said tray in spaced relation from said tie bar, and means on one end of each of said ropes for supporting said ropes from the top of a door.
2. A clothes valet comprising a trouser bar, a coat hanger secured to said trouser bar, a tie bar, a pair of spaced parallel ropes, said trouser bar and said tie bar being secured in spaced relation between said ropes, and means on one end of each of said yropes for supporting said ropes from the top of a door, said means comprising a pair of hook-shaped brackets which are vadapted to t over the top edge of a door, an arcuate arm secured at one end to its respective bracket and extending downwardly away from said bracket, a ange on the other end of said arm, said flange having a hole therethrough through which the vrope extends, and a knot on theend of the rope which seats on said ange.
References Cited in the Atile of this patent UNITED STATES PATENTS France Mar. 19, 1956