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A ttorney United States Patent 3,184,294 SUSPENSION DEVICE Hugo Dachinger, 56B Belsize Park Gardens, London, England Filed Jan. 29, 1964, Ser. No. 340,871 Claims priority, application Great Britain, June 21, 1963, 24,849/ 63 Claims. (Cl. 248-323) This invention relates to suspension devices, particularly devices for use in suspending garments from clothes lines, rails and the like.
It is a common practice nowadays when hanging up garments made of so-called drip-dry materials to dispense with the use of clothes pegs and instead to place each garment on a hanger and then suspend the hangers from a clothes line, rail or the like. Many drip-dry garments are in fact sold with a hanger especially for this purpose.
When a garment is suspended in this way, for example over a bath, it is frequently not possible to fix the line level and in such case the hanger tends to slide along the line and if several garments are hung up at once they become bunched together and the drying is slowed up. There is also the possibility of colours running from one garment to another.
When a garment is suspended from an outside washing line, if the wind blows again there is a tendency for the hanger with the garment thereon to slide bodily along the line with resultant bunching. If the wind is very boisterous or gusty a hanger with a garment thereon can be thrown off a washing line on to the ground with obvious unfortunate results. Moreover, at all times, there is a tendency for a hanger with a garment thereon to swing or turn about the washing line through an angle of about 180". Because of this possibility it is desirable to space hangers along a washing line, rail or the like so that garments will not come into contact.
For convenience reference will hereinafter be made to a washing line, but it is to be understood that it is intended to include within the scope of this term alternatives such as rails, rods and the like which are also used for the hanging up of clothes, especially in bathrooms, kitchens and other indoor spaces.
According to this invention there is provided a suspension device primarily though not exclusively for hanging a garment from a washing line, such device comprising a flexible element having an elongated slot so that the element can be positioned with its slot over the line and parts of the element at either side of the slot pulled downwardly below the line at either side of the latter, the said parts having apertures so that the hook of a garment hanger can pass through them. The weight of the garment and its hanger will maintain the said parts in a vertical position with a resultant flexing of the element which, in turn, will pinch the ends of the slot against the line to hold the element captive.
As such a device is captive on the line the disadvantageous sliding referred to previously does not occur.
In order that the invention and further features thereof may be more fully understood, an embodiment of it will now be described by way of example and with reference to the accompanying drawings wherein:
FIGURE 1 shows in plan view a device in accordance with the invention;
FIGURE 2 is a perspective view showing the device in a functional position on a washing line.
The device illustrated comprises a flat element having four parts or projections 1, 2, 3 and 4 extending at 0, 90, 180 and 270 degrees. One opposed pair of projections 1 and 3 have holes 11 linked by an elongated slot 5. Each hole 11 is in two parts a generally broad circular inner part 6 and a narrower outer part 7. This is to allow lines of different diameters to be accommodated. The slot 5 is wider at its centre than at its extremities. The other pair of projections 2 and 4 also have holes 8 of rather similar configuration to holes 11, the varying diameter of these holes 8 being to allow coat hanger hooks such as 9 of varying diameters to be accommodated in the functional position illustrated in FIGURE 2. The shoulders 10 or" holes 8 are inwardly extended as pips 12 to lock a hanger hook in its functional position.
The device is conveniently formed as a moulding or pressing of a synthetic resin or other flexible material.
In use the device is laid over a line 13 with its slot 5 registering with the latter. The projections 2 and 4 are then pulled downwardly to the position illustrated in FIGURE 2 of the drawings and garment hanger engaged with the slots 4 in the manner illustrated. The flexing of the device causes the line to be pinched at the outer ends of the holes 11. In the arrangement shown the line 8 is thin enough to engage the extremity of the outer parts 7 of the holes 11. A thicker line could, for example, be held captive at the shoulders between the outer 7 and the inner parts while a still thicker line would stretch the slot or holes and be jammed therein. The devices of the invention can thus be used with lines of widely varying thickness. The slot 5 is wider at its centre to allow greater movement of the projections 2 and 4 and hence a stronger pinching effect.
It will be appreciated that the device in the position illustrated in FIGURE 2 is captive on the line and cannot slide or twist thereon. Instead of the hanger 9 a further clothes line may be supported and thus a network of lines can be built up.
The invention has been described with particular reference to garment hangers and clothes lines and is expected to find its main application in this field. However the device of this invention may be used to suspend any member transversely of another line member.
1. A suspension device for hanging a garment from a washing line, said device comprising an elongated normally flat element of flexible sheet material formed with a generally rectilinear slot therethrough of appreciable width extending parallel to the length of said element, said slot terminating adjacent and substantially equidistantly from the opposite longitudinal extremities of said element, said element having integral portions between the respective ends of said slot and the longitudinal extrernities of said element, interconnecting the portions of said element on opposite sides of the slot for movement toward each other in the plane of said flexible sheet material, said element including parts projecting transversely outwardly from the opposite sides of said slot, said parts being located medially of the length of the slot and spaced from the ends of the slot, said parts being formed with apertures spaced from and relatively symmetrical to said slot for reception of a garment hanger hook, whereby a garment hanger supported in said apertures will urge the opposite side edges of said slot toward each other.
2. The device specified in claim 1, wherein the element is formed to define holes at either end of the slot, each hole having regions of different widths to accommodate lines of different diameters.
3. The device specified in claim 1, wherein the apertures for receiving a garment hanger hook have regions of different widths to receive hooks of diiferent thicknesses.
4. The device specified in claim 1, wherein the slot is wider in its central region than at its ends.
5. In combination with a generally horizontal washing line, a suspension device for hanging a garment from a washing line, said device comprising an elongated normally flat element of flexible sheet material formed with a generally rectilinear slot therethrough of appreciable width extending lengthwise of the element, said slot terminating adjacent and substantially equidistantly from V the opposite longitudinal extremities of said element, said element being disposed on and supported by said line, with the opposite ends of said slot receiving relatively spaced portions-of said line, the remainder of said slot being in a common vertical plane with the line, saidielement having integral portions between the respective ends of said slot and the longitudinal extremities of said ele weight of a garment supported from said hanger will tend to how the mid-portion of the element downwardly below the line and to urge the opposite slot side edges toward each other and into gripping engagement with the line adjacent the opposite ends of theslot.
References Cited by the Examiner UNITED STATES PATENTS 656,431 8/00 Stewart 24130 1,642,707 9/27, Wichert -a 24115 2,583,530 *1/52 Hasselbohm 33995 2,753,143 7/53 'Berlt 248-317 FOREIGN PATENTS 859,485 '1/61 Great Britain..
CLAUDE A. LE ROY, Primary Exizminer.