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May 24, 1966 H 3,252,636
CLOTHES HANGERS Filed Sept. 21, 1.964 2 Sheets-Sheet l May 24, 1966 R. KAHN 3,252,636
CLOTHES HANGERS Filed Sept. 21, 1964 2 SheetsSheet 2 FIG. 5
United States Patent 3,252,636 CLOTHES HANGERS Roger Kahn, 324 Rue Saint Martin, Paris, France Filed Sept. 21, 1964, Ser. No. 397,762 Claims priority, application France, Sept. 20, 1963,
' 948,099; Mar. 14, 1964, 967,436
3 Claims. (Cl. 223-95) The invention relates to a clothes-hanger which can be converted to different shapes to accommodate skirts, dresses or trousers of different sizes.
The clothes-hanger according to the invention comprises two similar arms connected symmetrically by a pin round which the arms can pivot and which carries a hook, said arms being urged apart by resilient means. A clothes-hanger of this kind can support articles of clothing either by suspension thereof through their shoulders, shoulder straps or the like, or by engagement wtih the inside of garments at waist level.-
According to another feature of the invention, the outline of each arm includes an upper incurved section, a rounded end, a downwardly sloping section and a lower projection registering with the incurved section. The upper curve is intended to give the clothes-hanger the shape required to support a garment by the shoulders; the rounded end and the downwardly sloping part are intended to prevent any deformation-of the waist of garments by bearing against the inside thereof; and the lower projection enables the clothes-hanger to be used with the arms and the hook turned upside down so that it can support a garment through its shoulder straps or the like, each of which is held over the corresponding projection.
According to a further embodiment, the elastic or resilient means are constituted by a spring inserted in corresponding recesses formed in the arms of the clotheshanger near the pivot connecting said arms, whereby said spring is concealed to view.
According to a further feature, each spring is constituted by a wire forming at least two convolutions and carries at its ends securing studs. Stops limit the relative outward movement of the two arms.
According to a still further feature, the terminal downwardly sloping section of each arm is serrated so as to improve the adherence of the clothes when resting on the projections upon turning of the arms upside down.
The clothes-hanger according to the invention will now be described in greater detail, reference being made to the acompanying drawings wherein:
FIG. 1 diagrammatically shows the clothes hanger with the two arms hold at a maximum spacing by resilient means;
FIG. 2 shows the position of the clothes-hanger arms when used to support a garment by its waist,
FIG. 3 shows the clothes-hanger after it has been turned upsidedown to support garments through their shoulder straps or the like,
FIG. 4 is a diagrammatic illustration bodiment of the clothes-hanger,
FIG. 5 illustrates the arrangement of the spring with reference to the pivot in said further embodiment.
According to the invention, the clothes-hanger shown in the drawing comprises two similar arms 1 connected symmetrically by means of a pivot pin 2. A hook 3 enables the hanger to he hung to a support. The arms can pivot round the pivot pin 2 but they are urged into the position shown in FIG. 1 by two resilient means 4, say rubber rings, which are held in upper and lower notches 5 provided near the pivot pin 2 on each of the two arms.
Each of the arms 1 is defined by an upper curve 6, a
of a further em rounded end 7, a downwardly sloping section of its outline 7 8 and a lower downwardly facing projection 9 registering 3,252,636 Patented May 24, 1966 with the upper curve 6. The arms may be made of any material having a sufficient rigidity to support the weight of a garment.
The clothes-hanger described hereinabove is simple as to manufacture and can be used for garments of any size, since it can be angularly folded according to requirements.
Turning to FIGS. 4 and 5, the clothes-hanger illustrated shows in each arm a recess 11 extending coaxially with reference to the bore 10 provided for the pivot 8, said recess opening into a small notch 12. The cooperating recesses house a spring 13 incorporating at least two convolutions and terminating with a stud 14 at each end, each stud engaging the corresponding notch 12. Upon angular shifting of the arms, the latter assume the relative spaced position illustrated in FIG. 4 under the action of the spring 13. A stop 15 provided on each arm and cooperating with a projection 16 on the other arm limits the action of the spring 13 and ensures the stability of the arms in their relative position for which they are spaced at a maximum.
Serrations 17 are provided along the outer downwardly sloping edge 8 of each arm. This arrangement prevents the clothes from slipping away from the arms when the latter are angularly shifted as illustrated in FIG. 2.
The embodiments described hereinabove aregiven solely by way of example and can be modified in various ways without departing from the scope of the invention as defined in the accompanying claims.
What I claim is:
1. A clothes hanger comprising:
(a) two arms each provided with a bore near one end and with a recess surrounding said bore at a small distance thereof, said recess opening into a notch;
said recesses forming a housing upon securing of said arms;
(b) pivot means in said bores pivotably securing said arms;
(c) a spring in said housing, said spring having at least two convolutions and a stud at each end engaging respectively said notches in said arms for urging said arms angularly apart to assume selectively upwardly and downwardly facing positions; and
(d) a hook carried by said pivot means.
2. A clothes hanger according to claim 1, wherein said arms have an outer downwardly sloping edge provided with serrations to prevent clothes from slipping from said arms when said arms are upwardly displaced.
3. A clothes hanger according to claim I, wherein each of said arms is provided near said bore with a projection and a stop, a projection on one arm cooperating with a stop on the other arm to limit the action of said spring for defining the outermost relative position of the. two arms.
References Cited by the Examiner UNITED STATES PATENTS 725,082 4/ 1903 Hinchcliff 223-94 2,488,072 11/ 1949 Stewart 223-95 2,999,619 9/ 1961 Thorne 22395 X FOREIGN lATENTS 513,644 11/ 1920 France.
783,806 4/1935 France.
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JORDAN FRANKLIN, Primary Examiner. FRANK I. COHEN, Examiner.
G. H. KRI ZMANICH, Assistant Examiner.