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JACOB ROSEN ATmP/VW Dec. 8, 1964 SELF-CONTAINED LIFTING MEANS FOR CURTAINS Filed Nov. 21, 1962 M g M Dec. 8, 1964 J. ROSEN SELF-CONTAINED LIFTING MEANS FOR CURTAINS 2 Sheets-Sheet 2 Filed NOV. 21, 1962 IN VENTOR.
JACOB ROSEN United States Patent 3,166,202 SELF-CONTAINED LKFTTNG MEANS FOR CURTATPJS Jacob Rosen, 2699 Barnes Ave, Bronx 62, N.Y. Filed Nov. 21, 1962, Ser. No. 239,263 1 Claim. ((31. 160-344) This invention relates to window curtains, and more particularly to new and useful improvements in a draw curtain for a window. The invention is an improvement over that described in my prior Patent 2,910,120.
A principal object of the invention is to provide a window curtain with ruffles or folds foldable in simulation to the louvers of a Venetian blind.
Another object is to provide a rufiied window curtain with drawstrings in its upper ends and along its side edges and along lines intermediate said side edges adapted to coact with sections of the lower edge of the curtain to fold the rufiies or folds in a manner similar to the folding of the louvers of a Venetian blind.
A further object'is to provide such a window curtain which can be adjusted to fit windows of different heights.
Still another objectis to provide a window curtain as described with an improved drawstring adjusting arrangement.
Another object is to provide a window curtain as described which can be hung on an ordinary window curtain rod and which needs no special tools for mounting the same.
For further comprehension of the invention, and of the objects and advantages thereof, reference will be had to the following description and accompanying drawings, and to the appended claims in which the various novel features of the invention are more particularly set forth.
In the accompanying drawings forrnin' a material part of this disclosure:
FIG. 1 is a front elevational View of a window curtain embodying the invention applied to a window and shown in extended position.
FIG. 2 is a front elevational view of the curtain in a drawn contracted position.
FIG. 3 and FIG. 4 are sectional views on enlarged scales taken on lines 33 and 4-4, respectively, of FIG. 1.
FIG. 5 is a rear view on an enlarged scale of the curtain, parts being broken away.
FIG. 6 is a perspective view of parts of a curtain rod and associated eye hooks employed in mounting the curtain.
Referring to the drawings, a window curtain 10 made in accordance with the invention is shown in FIGS. 1-4. The curtain is shown applied to a window frame F at an opening in a wall W. The curtain is formed from a generally rectangular piece of woven fabric 12 having a scalloped lower end 14 to which is sewn by stitching 16 a tape 18 having cord tassels or fringes 20 depending freely therefrom. The material of the curtain is shirred along four horizontally spaced lines 25 defined by vertical lines of stitching 21. The shirring is located at the outer vertical edges or margins of th curtain and along two intermediate lines to define three panel-s 26-28. When the curtain is suspended from a curtain rod 3%) the material of the panel falls naturally into transverse folds 32. The upper edge of the fabric 12 has shining 19.
At the rear of the curtain along its upper edge is secured at band 35 of cloth folded over at its upper edge 36 to provide two layers 35*, 35 secured by stitching 38 to the upper folded edge of the fabric 12. The band is further attached to the fabric 12 by a transverse line of stitching 40 spaced from the lower edge 41 of the band. This arrangement of stitching defines a tube T between layers 35 35 and a lower free margin 42 extending I Four cords 70-73 extend through tubes ,T'.
- 3,159,202 Patented Dec. 8, 1964 transversely of the curtain. Curtain rod 30 extends horizontally and longitudinally through the tube T. The ends 31 of the curtain rod are removably engaged on hooks 33 of conventional type, best shown in FIG. 6. The books are secured by nails 37 to frame F.
Four tapes 50-53 are secured to the read side of the fabric 12 by the stitching 21. The stitching attaches only the long side edges of the tapes tothe fabric 12 to define four vertical tubes T between the front fabric 12 and the rear tapes; see FIG. 4. Two tapes 50, 53 are located at the lateral margins of the fabric and two tapes 51, 52 are at two intermediate locations spaced equally from the margins of the fabric and from each other.
Four eyelets 55-58 are secured to the free margin 42 in alignment with the upper ends of tapes 50-53. Four holes 54 are formed in the tapes just below the eyelets. The cords are secured to bottom end of the curtain by stitching 16. The upper ends of the cords pass out of holes 54 and through the respective eyelets 55-58. A ring 59 is secured to the center of margin 42 between eyelets 56 and 57. A hook 67 is secured to window frame F; see FIG. 1.
Two eye books 60, 62 are provided for the curtain. These eye hooks have hooked or bight portions 61 61 which engage over the ends 31 of the curtain rod as best shown in FIG. 6. The eye portions 63*, 63 of the hooks receive the cords in an arrangement best shown in FIG. 5. Cord 7% at the left margin of the curtain, as viewed in FIG. 5, passes upwardly out of eyelet 55 and through eye portion 63 of eye hook 643. This cord is tied to another ring 75 and then its free end is attached to a knob 76. Cord 71 to the right of cord and located in front of tape 51 passes upwardly out of eyelet 56 and is also tied to ring 75. Its free end is attached to knob 76. Cord 72 passes through eyelet 57, then transversely of the curtain through the eye portion 63 of eye book 62. The cord reverses direction and passes transversely through ring 59 and eye portion 63* of eye hook 60. The cord thus passes downwardly to and is secured to ring and its free end is attached to knob 7e. Cord 73 passes through eyelet 58, then transversely of the curtain to eye 63*. The cord reverses direction at eye 63 and passes transversely of the curtain through hook 75 and eye 63* and is secured to ring 75. The free end of the cord is secured to knob 7 6.
From the arrangement as clearly shown in FIG. 5 it will be apparent that when the knob 76 is pulled downwardly while the hook portions 61 61 of the eye hooks are engaged on the opposite ends of the curtain rod, that the cords 76-73 will be drawn upwardly in tubes T and through the eyelets to contract the curtain upwardly as shown in FIG. 2. Cords 72 and 73 will be drawn through eye 63 and eye 63*. Cords 70, 71 will be drawn only through eye 63*. All the cords will be drawn together so that both lateral edges of the curtain will rise simultaneously the same amount. The lower edge of the curtain will remain horizontal as the curtain contracts. Ring 75 can be engaged upon hook 67 to hold the curtain in contracted position. Release of the ring '75 from hook 67 will permit the curtain to extend by its own weight to restore the cords to the tubes T.
It will be apparent that there has thus been provided an improved drawstring arrangement for a curtain which is contracted by pulling a single set of strings passing through an eye hook at one side of the curtain. This constitutes an improvement over that disclosed in my priorpatent wherein two sets of drawstrings must be manipulated simultaneously or in sequence to level the lower edge of the curtain. In the present invention the tapes 50, 53 are all at the rear of the curtain and are not visible.
Also the cords are wholly concealed at the rear of the curtain and only appear at one side of the curtain as a single array of drawstrings, as shown in FIGS. 1, 2 and 5. The curtain thus presents a neat, simple and attractive appearance.
While I have illustrated and described the preferred embodiment of my invention, it is to be understood that I do not limit myself to the precise construction herein disclosed and that various changes and modifications may be made within the scope of the invention as defined in the apended claim. 7
Having thus described my invention, what I claim as new, and desire to secure by United States Letters Patent A draw curtain comprising a generally rectangular body of fabric, said body having on one side thereof a plurality of lines of shirring spaced from from each other transversely of the body between lateral edges thereof,
said shirring being formed by lines of stitching extending from end to end of the body parallel to said edges, said shirring dividing the body into a plurality of panels with transverse folds therein from end to end of the body, a plurality of tapes secured to the other side of the body by said stitching engaging lateral edges of the tapes so that a plurality of longitudinally extending tubes are defined between the tapes and the body, a band secured to one end of the fabric at the other side thereof and formed to define a passage thereat for receiving a curtain rod, a cord in each tube secured at one end to the lower end of the body, said cords passing through upper 4 ends of the tubes at the other side of the body, guide means for said cords, said cords passing through the guide means to one lateral edge of the body so that all the cords are retracted simultaneously when pulled together at said one lateral edge of the body, said guide means including a ring secured to said band near the center thereof, eyelets carried by the band at the top of each tube, eye hooks at opposite lateral edges of the body engageable on opposite ends of the curtain rod, each cord passing through its respective eyelet, the cords on one side of the body passing through the eye on one eye hook, being reverted, and passing through the ring and the eye of the other eye hook, and the cords on the other side of said body extending from their respective eyelets directly through the eye of said other eye hook, all of said cords depending from said other eye hook along said lateral edge, and connecting means secured to the free 7 ends of the cords for pulling all the cords simultaneously.
References Cited by the Examiner I UNITED STATES PATENTS 978,220 12/10 Sarkisaan 348 X 1,321,800 11/19 Andress et a1. 16084 1,549,535 8/25 Gray 160344 X 1,663,819 3/28 Snaft 160 84 2,012,097 8/35 Goodman 160-424 X 2,276,897 3/42 Walker 160-168 2,910,120 10/59 Rosen 160-344 HARRISON R. MOSELEY, Primary Examiner.