US 3244334 A
Description (OCR text may contain errors)
April 5, 1966 R. H. MARLAR 3,244,334
GARMENT HANGER ATTACHMENT Filed sept.v 2s. 196s Zig-Z-if fa. //7 7i-7.2
INV ENTOR RHA/APL A/P ATTORNEY United States Patent Office 3,244,334 `,Patented Apr. 5, 1966 3,244,334 GARMENT HANGER ATTACHMENT Robert H. Marlar, 713 S. Main, Lovington, N. Mex.
` Filed-Sept. 23, -`1196-3, Ser. No. 310,693
1 Claim. V(Cl. 223-91) This invention relates to a novel attachment for a conventional wire garment hanger and Vwhich may be effectively utilized for supporting various small items such as belts of various types, neckties and the like in asafe andconvenient manner.
Dry cleaning` establishments encounter considerable diculty in connection with the safe delivery of belts, neckties and the like to their customers. These items which are usually delivered with garments such as suits, dresses, trousers and skirts on conventional wire coat hangers are frequently lost. Additionally, belts of dresses having fabric covered buckles are frequently damaged when'thebuckle is'hungoverthe garment hanger hook, either due to metal stains `from pipes or tubes of garment racks onwhich the hangers are supported or from a 4lubricant applied to Igarment hanger supporting rails to facilitate sliding movement of the hangers on the rail.
The present 4invention `provi-des an extremely inexpensive'item which vmaybereadily attached to a conventional wire garment nhanger and which will effectively support the aforementioned item without risk ofdarnage thereto or lost thereof.
Various other objects and advantages of the invention` ment, looking from right to left of FIGURE 2, with the garment hanger omitted;
FIGURE 4 is a vertical sectional view of the attachment, taken substantially along a plane as indicated by the line 4 4 of FIGURE 1, and showing another type of garment item supported by the atta-chment;
FIGURE 5 is a horizontal sectional view of the attachment, taken substantially along a plane as indicated by the line 5 5 of FIGURE 2;
FIGURE 6 is a fragmentary rear elevational view of the attachment `and showin-g another form of garment item supported thereby, and n FIGURE 7 is a fragmentary horizontal sectional view taken substantially along the line 7--7 of FIGURE 1, including a showing of a part of the garment hanger.
Referring more specifically to the drawing, the garment hanger attachment in its entirety and comprising the invention is designated generally 10 and includes an elongated vertically disposed bar 11 having a front side 12 and a rear side 13. The bar or shank 11 terminates at its lower end in a hook 14 including a ibase portion 15 which is disposed at approximately a right angle to the plane of the shank 11 and which extends from the forward side 12 thereof, and a bill portion 16 which extends upwardly and inwardly from the outer end o-f the ybase portion 15. The bill portion 16 in addition to being inclined inwardly and toward the shank 11, as illustrated in FIGURES 3, 4 and 5, tapers in thickness toward its upper end, as seen in FIGURES 3 and 4, and the upper portion thereof is preferably reduced in width, as seen in FIGURE 2.
The shank 11 has a flange 17 extendingfrom its upper end in a direction outwardly from its rear side 13, and which is preferably disposed at approximately a right angle to the plane of `said shank. Asbest seen in FIG- URES 1 and 2, the flange 17 is of a length substantially greater than the width of the shank 11 so as to extend outwardly beyond the side edges thereof. As best seen in FIGURE 1, the flange 17 has an elongated opening 18 which is disposed lengthwise thereof and which includes an enlarged intermediate .portion 19 and corresponding .end lportions 20 which are restricted in width relative to said intermediate portion.
An elongated plate 21 has `an intermediate portion thereof disposedagainst the forward side 12 of the shank 11 and which is permanently secured thereto inany conventional manner. The bot-tom `edge-of lthe plate 21 is disposed above the level vof the hook 14 and the upper edge offsaid plate is disposed `below thelevel of the flange 1'7. The plate 21 extends outwardly a substantial distance from both side edges of the shank 11 and is vpreferably provided with tapered and rounded ends, as clearly illustrated in FIGURE 2.
Ashort arcuately curved rod 22 is permanently secured at one end thereof to a long straight rod 23, near to but spaced from an end 24 of said rod 23. The other end of the arcuately bowed rod 22 is permanently secured in any conventional manner to the rear face ofthe plate 21 near vone end thereof. The other longer end portion 25 of the rod '23 extends longitudinally of the rear side of the plate 21 to near the other end of said plate, and across the rear side 13 of the shank 11. As seen in FIG- URES l and 5, the short rod 22 is bowed in a direc-tion toward the rod end 24 and away from the rod portion 25.
A part of a conventional wire garment hanger, designated genera-lly 26, is illustrated in FIGURE 2, including a twisted neck portion 27 partly formed by one end of the wire strand from which the garment hanger 26 is constructed. The other end of the Wire strand extends from an upper end of the twisted neck, not shown, and is turned back to form a downwardly opening supporting hook of the hanger 26. The two end portions of the strand of the garment hanger 26 extend downwardly in diverging relation to one another from the twisted neck 27 and thence downwardly as spaced apart substantially parallel legs 28, the lower ends of which are curved outwardly away from one another and extended outwardly and downwardly to form the conventional garment shou-lder engaging portions 29.
In applying the attachment 10 to the garment hanger 26, the garment hang-er hook, not shown, is passed through any part of the opening 18. The enlarged intermediate portion 19 of said opening is of sufficient size so that the twisted neck 27 can be passed upwardly therethrough, and the end portions 20 of the opening are of a width slightly greater than the diameter of the strand of the garment hanger to receive the legs 28 when the flange 17 is displaced downwardly from the twisted neck 27. The length of the opening 18- is such that the ends thereof will bind against the legs 28 where said legs commence to bend outwardly to merge with the portions 29, for supporting the attachment 10 detachably on the garment hanger 26 and with the `shank 11 extending downwardly from the flange 1'7, as clearly illustrated in FIGURE 2.
The plate 21 is disposed below and between the hanger portions 29. A buckle 30 of a belt, not shown, may engage the hook 14 `for suspending the belt from the attachment 1d, and the inwardly sloping disposition of the bill portion 16 will prevent accidental disengagement of the buckle from said attachment. The hook 14 is relatively narrow so that it will accommodate narrow buckles as are frequently utilized on belts of dresses.
The rod 22 is somewhat resilient and the rod 23 may also possess some resiliency, so that said parts 22 and 23 combine with the plate 21 to form a resilient clasp. By gripping and applying pressure to the rod end 24 and the end of the plate 21 disposed adjacent thereto, the ro-d portion 25 can be sprung away from the plate 21 and the shank 11 to facilitate applying garment items to said rod portion 2S and which will be yieldably gripped between said rod portionZS and the shank 11 when the rod end 24 is released. In FIGURE 3 a part of a gripper belt, button belt, or hard-back belt 31 is shown releasably held by said spring clip between the rod portion 25 and shank 11. A portion of a rope-type belt 32 is shown in FIGURE 4 looped over the rod portion 25 and releasably gripped between said rod portion and the shank 11. A necktie or soft belt 33 is shown partially in FIGURE 6 looped over the r-od portion 25 and also gripped between said rod portion and the shank 11.
The attachment 10 may be for-med of various materials but is preferably formed of a plastic in order to enable said attachment to be most economically manufactured and to insure that any item supported thereby will not be damaged due to metal stains. The front side of the plate 21 may bear an advertisement of the cleaning establishment which utilizes the attachment.
Various modications and changes are contemplated and may obviously be resorted to, without departing from the funfction or scope of the invention as hereinafter dened by the appended claim.
I claim as my invention:
An attachment for a conventional wire gar-ment hanger comprising an elongated bar having an outwardly and upwardly turned back lower end defining an upwardly opening article supporting hook, a flange extending at an angle from the upper end of said bar and provided with an opening adapted to engage an upper portion of `a conventional wire garment hanger for suspending the attachment therefrom, said opening being elongated with its longitudinal axis disposed substantially parallel to the plane of :said bar, said opening having end portions adapted to grip transversely spaced garment hanger strand portions for supporting the attachment substantially irnmovable relative to the garment hanger, said opening ineluding an enlarged intermediate portion adapted to per- =rnit passage of a twisted neck portion of the garment hanger therethrough, an elongated plate secured to and disposed crosswise of one side of the bar, an elongated rod disposed crosswise of the other side of the bar, and means yieldably connecting the rod near one end thereof to the plate for yieldably urging the rod against the bar for clamping an article supported by the rod between the bar and rod.
References Cited by the Examiner UNITED STATES PATENTS 1,070,239 8/1913 Ferguson 211-113 X 1,087,067 2/1914 Loudenslager 211-1'19 X 1,754,940 4/1930 Freeman 211-113 X 1,760,290 5/1930 Tammarazzo 223-88 X 2,594,228 4/1952 Smith 223-88 X 2,626,713 1/1953 Peacock 211-113 X 2,753,143 7/1956 Berlt 223-88 X 2,973,887 3/1961 Bonaldi 223-88 3,033,430 5/1962 Zintel 223-98 JORDAN FRANKLIN, Primary Examiner.