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Oct. 10, 1967 J, CLOPTON 3,346,150
SKI 'PANTS HANGER Filed Sept. 8, 1964 INVENTOR JAMES w. CLOPTON BY SVKM ATTORNEY United States Patent 3,346,150 SKI PANTS HANGER James W. Clopton, P.0. Box 8061, Salt Lake City, Utah 84108 Filed Sept. 8, 1964, Ser. No. 394,711 1 Claim. (Cl. 223-95) This invention relates to a ski pants hanger which holds such trousers securely in convenient fashion, may be made compact in size, lightweight and portable.
Many dilterent types of clothes hangers have been proposed in the prior art, some relatively simple, some rather complex, and they have been suggested as made from various materials such as wood, solid metal, bent wire, and what not. The number of hangers designed for trousers are legion. But none have met the problems presented by ski trousers or pants providing simple structures for free hanging trouser legs avoiding wrinkling due to hanging and close crowding to prevent drying.
Among the objects of this invention is the production of a simple ski pants holder that permits hanging without wrinkling, and open to permit drying, that is small and compact, lightweight and portable, that may be used for mens or womens ski trousers, and that supplies other advantages and utilities.
Other and further objects and advantages will appear from the more detailed description set forth below for illustration, but not by way of limitation, since various changes therein may be made within the scope of the claim, without departing from the invention.
In connection with that more detailed description, the drawing shows in FIGURE 1, a perspective view of the complete ski pants hanger in actual use; FIGURE 2 is a top plan view thereof; FIGURE 3 is a side elevation of the hanger, and FIGURE 4 a side elevation.
The ski pants hanger of this invention may be generally described as consisting essentially of two substantially parallel, elongated, relatively thin, substantially separate, spaced-apart rigid supporting members each permanently open at one end to receive one instep of a leg of ski trousers. From the supporting members the hanger extends upwardly and inwardly toward each other until they meet, and are then joined together to form a joint, rigid supporting member for the hanger.
Thus the trouser legs hanging in inverse position, fall freely and with the supporting members separated sufficiently, the garment will dry readily, the structure being rigid and strong enough for the heaviest garments.
As illustrated specifically in the drawing, supporting members 1, 2 are substantially parallel and elongated sufficiently amply to receive and support instep portions 3, 4 of legs 5 and 6 of the ski trousers. These supporting members through relatively thin, because of their structure have sufiicient strength to hold securely the heaviest of garments. Members 1 and 2 are separate and spaced apart sufliciently with one end open so that the garment may be placed on them and removed readily, and while in position may fall freely and be openly exposed to dry quickly from a wet condition.
The other end of each supporting member extends upwardly as at 7, 8, curving inwardly toward each other as at 9, 10 until they meet at 11 and are joined into a supporting end such as hook 12, enabling hanging of the hanger as from closet rod 13. The ends may be joined at 14. Each outer end 15, 16 of supporting members 1,
2 may be angularly upturned to provide a stop to prevent the garment instep members from sliding off of the hanger.
A simple way of producing such a hanger is to use a single length of substantially rigid wire which may be bent into the form described above. Since practically all ski trousers are styled at the ankles on the same order, the hanger of this invention is convenient for both mens and womens ski pants.
The device may be made relatively small and very compact and need not be larger than about three inches by three inches in its principal dimensions or as small as a mans bow tie. The stock from which it is made may be a heavy gauge wire of round or other cross section or other materials mentioned herein may be used. Such structures are lightweight and portable.
In view of the compact size of the ski pants hanger of this invention, it may desirably be packaged for sale in a sealed envelope desirably of decorated plastic, although any other packaging material may be used. In such package, any desirable skiing adjuvant may be included, such as ski Wax.
Having thus set forth my invention, I claim:
A ski pants hanger consistin of a single elongated piece of rigid relatively thin wire, said wire being centrally folded upon itself, a C-shaped hook member formed at the folded end of said wire, the lower portion of said hook member having gradually diverging portions terminating in spaced apart, horizontally disposed and paral lel supporting members, each of said supporting members being provided with angularly upturned ends and extending on the opposite sides of the hook member so that a plane which bisects the hook member bisects spacing between said supporting members, said supporting members being of a length such that a vertical line extending through the center of said supporting members bisects the center of said supporting hook with the lateral extent of said supporting members being substantially the same as the lateral extent of the hook member.
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JORDAN FRANKLIN, Primary Examiner.
G. H. KRIZMANICH, Assistant Examiner.