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Oct. 3, 1961 R. P. GERSIN ETAL DISPLAY CLIP 2 Sheets-Sheet l Iwezzorfs: oezd I? www, Eloleiidge Wurlaaod, ay MM-f c/aaueuyls Filed April 2, 1959 Oct. 3, 1951 R, P. GERslN ET AL 3,002,629
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United States Patent Conn.
Filed Apr. 2, 1959, Ser. No. 803,688 4 Claims. (Cl. 211--35) This invention relates to hangers or detachable supporting devices such as clips or holders for use with apertured boards for various display purposes, as for example, shoes. More particularly, the present invention is concerned with a hanger or shoe clip having two vertically and two horizontally spaced wires with points of support, termed pins herein, arranged to cooperate with similarly spaced apertures in a back apertured board. The Wires may be made of metal of about s to 1A inch thickness, slightly flexible to be secured into said apertures. Attached to these spaced wires is a plate, right angled spaced wires extending from the sides of which are spaced downwardly converging, outward extensions into which the article, such as a shoe, is secured.
Heretofore, apertured boards have been commonly used as a means for attaching holding devicesfor many purposes whereby conservation of storage space and ease of display of various articles of manufacture are involved. The apertured boards consist of closely spaced apertures into which points of support, termed pins herein, of Vertically extending holders are inserted so that Various articles, such as tools, kitchen and garden utensils, etc. may be mounted thereon for storage and/ or display purposes. 'I'hese articles become conveniently accessible and visible, as Well as quickly found when desired. However, certain disadvantages were evident in that it was necessary to carefully judge the positioning of the supported articles to prevent slipping, falling, rotating, etc. of the same thereon. Very often a forwardly horizontally extending rod from the vertically positioned holder was necessary in order to store or suspend the articles thereon. In such cases the articles stored or displayed were insecure and often dropped or slipped therefrom by brushing, strong drafts, etc. The clips of the present invention overcome and obviate all the disadvantages of the noted known holders wherein the articles displayed or stored become secure, convenient to locate and examine, improved in appearance, economical in space requirement, etc.
An object of the present invention is ease of placement or removal of the article Within the clip and positioning the clip itself on an apertured board. Another object is secureness of the article preventing slipping or dropping. Another object is to automatically channel and position the article in the clip. Still another object is rapid placement of the article in the clip for maximum display purposes. Many other advantages of the present clip over the known holders will appear evident from the following detailed description of the same. Such advantages include economy of space perpendicular to the background support, positioning of the article pointing up or down thus affording more display variety, permitting adjustments of the angle of display, permitting economy of manufacture, adjustments to size of article displayed, etc. The following description is directed to the display of shoes which are particularly adapted for the present invention although it is clear that other uses of the inventive clip are contemplated.
In accordance with the present invention, the preferred supporting holder or clip has two upright wires having upper and lower spaced ends or pins adapted to be inserted into correspondingly spaced apertures of a back apertured board. The clips have side-extending, downwardly converging, projections gripping the articles stored fice or displayed, thus preventing undesired movement in any direction of the article within the clip. The placement of the clip allows for ease of insertion or removal from the apertured board with complete secureness of the article as Well as the clip itself. The removal of the clip itself from the apertured board is also eifected with ease.
The structure by means of which the above and other advantages of the invention are attained will be described in the following disclosure, taken in conjunction with the accompanying drawings showing several preferred illustrative forms of supporting clips embodying the invention in which:
FIGURE 1 is a side View of the assembly of a clip in a back apertured board with a shoe secured by the clip to said apertured board.
FIG. 2 is a perspective view of the apertured board having attached thereto two clips, one with a slightly extending lip and the other without such a lip.
FIG. 3 is a perspective View of a clip wherein the entire clip is of one stamped and bended piece.
PIG. 4 shows a variation of the clip of FIG. 2 wherein the clip is of two telescoping pieces for adjusting the opening to t mens or ladies shoes.
FIG. 5 is another variation of the clip showing a composite two-piece bent wire holder.
l FIG. 6 shows a further variation wherein the base of the clip is a one-piece block having spaced side extending and downwardly converging bent wires inserted therein.
FIG. 7 illustrates another variation of a. clip wherein the shoe securing means is adjustable at various desired tilting angles.
In the drawings, the reference numeral l indicates a conventional apertured board which may be made of plywood, metal, synthetic, plastics, etc. Board 1 is provided with a plurality of uniformly spaced apertures 2, said board being of convenient size and secured to a wall or other back supporting means (not shown). It is clear that a plurality of clips may be, and are usually, mounted on said board.
Referring to FIG. l, a shoe A is shown in position as secured to the clip generally indicated as B, which in turn is secured to apertured board 1. Depending upon the height of the clip on the apertured board, the shoe may be placed toe downward, as shown in FIG. l, or may be reversed as toe upward. This is eective to better view the displayed article, such as a shoe, from the level of the eyes viewing the same.
FIG. 2 shows two attached clips, alike in all respects except one clip has a slightly forwardly extending lip 10 often found desirable to press the sole of a shoe outward from the apertured board and thus cause the heel of the shoe to fit tight against the background apertured board. Otherwise the clips are shown to be comprised entirely of bent wires of about 1/16 to la diameter, but obviously the size may vary. The clip comprises two spaced single length wires 3-3 having at their upper ends bent retaining sections, termed pins 4, and bent pins 8 at the bottom ends of the same; off sets 5, and shoe supporting section (gripper section) C at approximately right angle thereto. The shoe supporting section or gripper may be similarly made of bent wire 6 of similar thickness having two parallel spaced members with side outwardly extending, downwardly converging sections 7-7 for gripping a shoe placed therein. Such a clip may be made entirely of bent wire or metal stamping wherein wire members 6 6 of the supporting section C (gripper) may be spot welded as at 17, 18, 19, and 20 to upright Wires 3-3 at the contacts of the supporting section wires 6 to upright wires 3 3, thus forming a single, iirm, simple, and easily handled clip. It will be noted that the clips of FIG. 2 are open from all sides and allow clear and `full views of shoes displayed therein. It will be apparent that the entire clip or any part thereof can similarly be made of other materials than metal, such as plastics, etc., so long as such materials are of sufficient strength to support the shoe or article displayed.
FIG. 3 shows the clip B as made of one piece. This resultcould be effected by molding, stamping and bending thin gauge metal, plastics, etc.
FIG. 4 shows a variation of the clip of FIG. 2 wherein clip B is made of two separate sections D and E. Section D consists of upright wire 11 spot welded at 17 and 18to spaced wire members 15 and 16, respectively of section D o-f the gripper; and the other section E consists of spaced upright wire 12, spot welded at 19 and 20 to wire members 13 and 14 of section E of said gripper. The wire members and 16 are hollowed to form tubes to allow thinner wire sections 13 and 14 of section E to telescope into wire tubes 15 and 16, as shown. This arrangement allows for widening or narrowing of the gripping section of the holder to accommodate the size of the shoe to be displayed. As is well known, mens shoes are considerably wider than ladies shoes and even in each class, styles and sizes of individuals are involved. It will be apparent that the widening or narrowing of the gripping section must conform to the spacing of the apertured board apertures, but the apertures may be properly spaced initially to accommodate the expected width of shoes to be displayed. In addition, it will be apparent that when a shoe is to be displayed heel downward or upward the width of the gripper section may very well vary and widening or narrowing of the same may become necessary. The variation of FIG. 4 is extremely advantageous for such accommodations.
FIG. 5 illustrates the clip of the present invention in a further variation wherein said clip is made of two separately bent wires X, Y in accordance with the ultimate characteristics of the holders of FIG. 2. These two separately bent wires may be spot welded together at points of contact, such as 30 and 31.
FIG. 6 illustrates a further Variation wherein the base E of clip B is a solid block, for example of plywood, plastic, etc.; and apertured board Wires 3-3 and wires 7 7 of the gripper are inserted therein by means well known per se. The bottom pins are omitted in this variation since very often the weight of the shoe or article displayed is sufficient to satisfactorily retain the clip at its bottom end to the apertured board 1. Such a construction is extremely simple and economical but still allows for the advantageous improvement of the invention of the present case.
FIG. 7 shows an additional variation of clip B having Va strap 21 secured, for example, by welding to wires 3-3. The strap 21 is provided with a tapered screw hole for set screw 22 whereby gripper section C, with a corresponding screw hole therein, may be tilted at any angle for enhanced or desired display purposes.
It will be apparent that converging wire members 7-7 of the clip of the present invention may be short or long, deep or narrow, in accordance with the size and shape of the shoe, or other type articles to be displayed therein.
While we have described a few embodiments of our invention in detail, it will be understood that the description thereof is intended to be illustrative and that various changers in size, shape and arrangement of parts and compositions thereof may be resorted to without departing from the spirit or scope of the invention as covered in the appended claims.
Having thus described our invention, what we claim as new and desire to secure by Letters Patent is:
1. A support clip adapted to be mounted on an apertured board having vertically and horizontally spaced apertures, said clip having vertically disposed support ele'- ments, said elements being provided with rearwardly extending pins adapted to be received in said apertures for securing said clip flat against said board, a horizontally disposed support element in substantially the same plane as said vertically disposed support elements, said horizontally disposed support element being provided contiguous thereto with two forwardly extending elements one at each side edge of said horizontally disposed support element, said forwardly extending elements converging downwardly as gripping means for securing therebetween an article to be displayed in substantially upright position between said gripping means and against said board.
2. A support clip adapted to be mounted on an apertured board having vertically and horizontally spaced apertures, said clip having vertically disposed support elements, said elements being provided with rearwardly extending pins adapted to be received in said apertures for securing said clip flat against said board, a horizontally disposed support element in substantially the same plane as said vertically disposed support element, said horizontally disposed support element being provided contiguous thereto with two forwardly extending elements one at each side edge of said horizontally disposed support element, said forwardly extending` elements converging downwardly as gripping means for securing therebetween an article to be displayed in substantially upright position between said gripping means, said horizontally disposed `support element being provided at its lower section with a raised lip to project slightly forwardly one end of said article whereby the other end of the same is pressed against said board.
3. The clip of claim 2 wherein the entire clip consists of wire members whereby said clip affords a substantially complete open view of the article to be displayed therein.
4. The clip of claim 3 wherein said downwardly converging gripping means is provided with horizontally telescoping wire sections allowing for adjustment of widths for securing different size articles Without the necessity of removing the clip from said apertured board.
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