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Jan. 16, 1962 P. M. ALBERT ETAL 3,017,036
MAGNETIC SUPPORT Filed Dec. 10, 1958 2 Sheets-Sheet 1 INVENTORS Raw/NE ALBERT HARRY W U/LE'S ATTU RN EYS Jan. 16, 1962 P. M. ALBERT ETAL 3,017,036
MAGNETIC SUPPORT Filed Dec. 10, 1958 2 Sheets-Sheet 2 INVENTORS Hum/v5 ALBERT ATTD RNEYS Unite 3,017,036 Patented Jan. 16, 1962 Greg.
Filed Dec. 10, 1958, Ser. No. 779,415 1 Claim. (Cl. 2111-87) This invention relates to a supporting structure, and more particularly to a supporting structure which utilizes magnetic holding means.
The object of the invention is to provide a supporting device which is provided with at least one magnet Whereby the supporting device can be readily held stationary against a suitable surface such as a metal object or surface in a home or the like.
Another object of the invention is to provide a magnetic support which can be used for supporting various types of articles or objects such as articles of clothing, and wherein the completed article is highly attractive in appearance and efiicient to use.
A further object of the invention is to provide a magnetic support which is extremely simple and inexpensive to manufacture.
Other objects and advantages will be apparent during the course of the following description.
In the accompanying drawings, forming a part of this application, and in which like numerals are used to designate like parts throughout the same.
FIGURE 1 is a perspective view illustrating one form of the magnetic support of the present invention.
FIGURE 2 is a sectional view taken on the line 2-2 of FIGURE 1.
FIGURE 3 is a fragmentary perspective view illustrating certain constructional details of the device of FIG- URES 1 and 2.
FIGURE 4 is an elevational view illustrating a modification.
FIGURE 5 is a sectional view taken on the line 55 of FIGURE 4.
FIGURE 6 is a fragmentary perspective view, with parts broken away and in section, showing another modification.
FIGURE 7 is an elevational view of a further modification.
FIGURE 8 is a view taken at right angles to the view shown in FIGURE 7.
FIGURE 9 is a perspective view of a further modification.
Referring in detail to the drawings, and more particularly to FIGURES 1, 2 and 3 of the drawings, the numeral 141 indicates a magnetic support which includes a pair of spaced parallel bars 11, and extending between the bars 11 and secured thereto or formed integral therewith is a plurality of spaced parallel crosspieces 12. Spaced parallel arms 13 extend from each bar 11, and end pieces 14 also extend from the bars 11.
The numeral 16 indicates magnets which are arranged contiguous to the ends of the pieces 14. As shown in FIGURE 3 the end pieces 14 are provided with threaded openings 15, and the magnets 16 are provided with apertures 17 which are adapted to register with the openings 15. Countersunk recesses 18 communicate with the apertures 17, and securing elements such as bolts or screws 19 are adapted to extend through the apertures 17 and engage the openings for maintaining the magnets 16 connected to the end pieces 14. The securing elements 19 are provided with heads 20 which are adapted to seat in the countersunk recesses 18. As shown in FIGURE 2, the arms 13 are slightly longer than the end pieces 14 so that with the magnets 16 attached to the end pieces 14, the magnets as well as the ends of the arms 13 will abut a surface such as the surface 21 whereby when this surface is made of metal, the magnets 16 will retain the device 10 attached to the wall 21. The parts such as the crosspieces 12 and arms 13 can be used for supporting various articles of clothing, neckties or the like.
Referring now to FIGURES 4 and 5 of the drawings, there is shown a modified magnetic support which is indicated generally by the numeral 22, and the support 22 includes a body member 23 which has an inner recess 24, and a magnet 25 is mounted in the recess 24. A lug 26 extends outwardly from the body member 23, and a ring 27 is supported by the lug 26. The magnet 25 provides a means whereby the device 22 can be readily held against a wall such as the wall or surface 28. The ring 27 can be used for supporting any desired article such as a towel, rag or the like.
Referring now to FIGURE 6 of the drawings, there is illustrated a further modified magnetic support which is indicated generally by the numeral 29, and the support 29 includes a body member 311 which is provided with an inner recess or cutout 31, and a magnet 32 is mounted within the recess 31 whereby the device 29 can be conveniently held against a metal wall or the like. Extending outwardly from the member 30 is a plurality of hooks 33 which can be used for supporting any desired type of article such as a necktie, towel or the like.
In FIGURES 7 and 8 there is illustrated a further modification which is indicated generally by the numeral 34, and it will be seen in FIGURES 7 and 8 that there is provided a pair of separate magnets 35 and 36, there being a hook 37 extending from one of the magnets 35. Triangular brackets 38 are secured to the magnets 35 and 36, and the brackets 38 are provided with cross pieces 39. The brackets 33 can be used for supporting any desired type of suitable article, and the hook 37 can also be used as a supporting means for the device 34, since the hook 37 can engage various objects or articles while the magnets 35 and 36 can be arranged in engagement with a metal wall or surface so as to provide a convenient means of holding the device in a desired position.
Referring now to FIGURE 9 of the drawings, there is shown a further modified support member which is indicated generally by the numeral 40, and the support member 40 includes a substantially rectangular frame 41 that embodies spaced parallel vertically disposed posts 42. The frame 41 further includes horizontally disposed top and bottom pieces 43 and 44, and wheels or casters 45 may be mounted contiguous to the lower end of the frame 41 if desired. There is further provided a plurality of spaced parallel horizontally disposed supporting elements 46 which can be used for supporting various types of articles such as articles of clothing or the like, and magnets 47 are secured to the frame 41 in any suitable manner so that when desired, the magnets 47 provide a means for maintaining the device 40 immobile against a metal surface, wall or the like.
From the foregoing, it is apparent that there has been provided a magnetic support which can be used for holding or supporting various types of articles or members. When using the device indicated by the numeral 10 in FIGURES l, 2 and 3, the magnets 16 are adapted to be secured to the end pieces 14 by means of the bolts or screws 19 and it will be seen that with the magnets attached to the end pieces 14, the outer surfaces of the magnets 16 will be in the same plane as the outer ends of the members 13 so that the device 10 will fit snugly against a wall such as the wall 21. The magnets 16 will thus serve to hold the device against the wall whereby the parts 12 and 13 can be used as convenient supports for articles of clothing, towels, neckties, belts or any other articles which are to be supported.
In FIGURES 4 and 5 the device 22 includes the member 23'which' has the magnet 25 mounted therein whereby the device 22 can be conveniently held against a wall such as the wall 28. The ring 27 can be used for supporting any desired type of article.
In the arrangement shown in FIGURE 6 the magnet 32 positioned in the recess 31 of the member provides a means for holding the device against a wall or other surface, and the hooks 33 provide a convenient support for various types of articles.
In the device 34 shown in FIGURES 7 and 8, the magnetic attraction between the magnets 35 and 36 can be used to provide a gripping means for articles held between the brackets 38 and the magnets can also be used for maintaining the device against a wall or other surface.
In FIGURE 9 the provision of the wheels 45 permits the device 40 to be readily shifted from place to place as desired, and in certain instances the magnets 47 which are aflixed to the frame 41, can be used for retaining the device 40 snugly against a wall, and the elements 4-6 provide a convenient support for articles of clothing or the like.
The parts can be made of any suitable material and in diflerent shapes or sizes.
If desired, the parts can be made of wood, plastic, aluminum or other suitable material.
The various devices can be used as a towel rack, shelf rack or the like. The ring 273s Well as the member 23 may be made of a suitable plastic, and the ring 27 provides a convenient towel rack. In certain instances the rollers or wheels of FIGURE 9 may be omitted. In FIGURES 7 and 8 the members 38 constitute grips for holding articles of clothing or the like The magnets will serve to hold the device against any suitable metal surface and one or more supporting bars or elements can be provided so that various types of objects such as shelves, books or the like can be conveniently supported. If desired the lower end of the device 10 may rest on the floor.
Minor changes in shape, size and rearrangement of details coming within the field of invention claimed may be resorted to in actual practice, if desired.
A magnetic support comprising a pair of vertically disposed bars arranged in spaced parallel relation with respect to each other, the lower ends of the bars adapted to engage a supporting surface such as a floor, a plurality of spaced parallel crosspieces extending between said bars, spaced parallel arms extending from said bars, end pieces extending from ends of said bars, there being threaded openings in said end pieces, magnets arranged contiguous to said end pieces and said magnets being provided with apertures therein registering with the openings in said end pieces, and securing elements extending through said apertures and engaging said openings, said arms being slightly longer than the end pieces so that with the magnets attached to the end pieces, the outer surfaces of the magnets Will be in the same plane as the outer ends of the arms so that the device will fit snugly against the wall, and the magnets as Well as the ends of the arms will abut a vertically disposed wall surface.
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