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March 18, 1969.' A. MIELE 3,433,397
CLOTHES HANGERS Filed March 24, 1966 Figl. I
United States Patent 3 Claims ABSTRACT OF THE DISCLOSURE Clothes hangers of triangular configuration having resilient end portions and a fixed crossbar with a slide bar releasably engaging the resilient end portions to secure a garment placed over the fixed cross bar.
The invention relates to the improvement in clothes hangers and more particularly, to the purpose of supporting trousers in a more secured hanging position.
While various types of clothes hangers have been devised from time to time to assist the tailor, the clothier and the public in supporting their trousers in a retained hanging position, none to my knowledge until this instant have been developed that will allow the trousers to be draped over the fixed crossbar of the hanger and not the slide bar itself whenever a slide bar is employed, thereby, the slide bar free from the weight of the trousers will allow the user to perform the proportional function of the hanger in a more simplified and assured manner.
It is accordingly a further object of the invention to provide a locking provision for positively retaining the trousers in a secured hanging position by employing a slide bar that does not remain in a suspended or raised position when fastened or locked, thereby, eliminating the cumbersome troubles and inconveniences caused by the trousers and the weight of the trousers when draped over the slide bar, and the slide bar then locked in a raised or suspended position.
A still further object of the invention is that in order to assure a smooth gliding, non jamming operation of the slide bar when either moved to or from a locked position, no tubes or any other types material of any other shape are used in its fabrication other than the same gauge wire stock used in the construction of the remaining portion of the hanger, this will also reduce cost, simplify and expedite production.
The device is not limited to trousers use alone, it is obvious to note that its outer frame can accommodate a jacket or coat.
The novel features which are considered as characteristic for the invention are set forth in particular in the appended claims. The additional objects; the advantages; the construction and the method of operation thereof will be more clearly understood from the attached and more detailed description and when read together with the accompanying drawing.
Referring to the drawing:
FIGURE 1 is a side view of the hanger showing the slide bar in a locked position and in an elevated position preparatory to hanging a pair of trousers thereon.
FIGURE 2 is a sectional view on an enlarged scale as observed in the plain of line 1111 on FIG. 1.
FIGURE 3 is a side view illustrating the use of the trousers hanger clearly showing the trousers draped over the fixed crossbar with the slide bar in a locked position, the trousers not to be construed as part of the invention.
Referring to FIGS. 1 and 3 of the drawing in detail, the improved hanger will be seen to comprise a frame 1 herein regarded as the entire hanger assemblage insofar as its direct support of the trousers 12 is concerned. The
frame 1 preferably an elongated wire is bent upon itself at a place midway to compose a hook 10.
The wire stock of frame 1 is further bent to form an indentation 9 seen when viewing FIGS. 1 and 3 and more clearly seen in FIG. 2.. Another bend is made to compose the corner or end of hanger 2 and then continued with an upwardly and outwardly bend designated as lip 3 which is to constitute a significant portion of the improvement of the hanger or more particularly the trousers locking provision. Still referring to FIG. 2 the wire stock is then bent from lip 3 inwardly and vertically downward to define a vertical bar 5 spaced inwardly of lip 3.
Again referring to FIGS. 1 and 3 another bend is continued from the vertical bar 5 in a horizontal position, its length considerably longer herein known as the bottom member of the frame or preferably the fixed crossbar 8.
The open end of crossbar -8 is bent to form an identical vertical bar 5, an identical lip 3, an identical end of hanger 2, and an identical indentation 9 as its opposite end and finally terminated and twisted around hook 10.
A slide bar 7 composed of a separate length of the same wire stock with an eyelet 6 at each and encompasses the two vertical bars 5, thereby, providing a smooth up and down action of the slide bar 7 shown in FIG. 1. The length of slide bar 7 is greater than the distance between the lips 3 at either end wherein the outer end extremities of the eyelets 6 are held firmly against the resiliency of lips 3 to releasably lock the slide bar in its lowermost position to secure a garment placed over fixed crossbar 8.
Two small links 4 also fabricated from the same wire stock are connected to the junction of lip 3 and vertical bar 5 and then to the indentation '9 at the top of frame 1 shown in FIGS. 1 and 3 and more clearly seen in FIG. 2.
Utilizing the locking provision provided in the device, the slide bar 7 is lifted and a pair of trousers 12 are draped over the crossbar 8, the slide bar 7 is allowed to gently drop and rest atop the trousers 12 and then glided further down until the outer rim of the two eyelets 6 are firmly held against the two lips 3, the trousers 12 are then held in a positive and secured manner, the slide bar 7 when locked remains in a non-raised or non-suspended position as shown in FIGS. 1, 2 and 3.
Since no tubes or any other types material of any other shape are used to fabricate the slide bar 7 other than the same preferable wire stock used in the construction of frame 1, the need for the tube or slide bar to pass through one or two ogee bends made on the sides of the hanger is eliminated, thereby assuring smooth gliding and non-jamming movement when either locking or unlocking slide bar 7.
The tedious and awkward task of having to maneuver the tube or slide bar into a locked position with the trousers draped over it, is eliminated, the precarious risk and fear of the weight of the trousers forcing the tube or slide bar and the trousers 12 to drop down is also eliminated had the device employed a tube or slide bar that remained in a raised or suspended position when locked and was so designed as to allow the trousers 12 to be draped over the tube or slide bar rather than the fixed crossbar 8 as in my invention.
An additional object of the improved hanger is, should a pair of trousers 12 be forced to slide down on the hanger, the trousers cuffs will be too thick to pass through between the slide bar 7 and the fixed crossbar 8 and thereby prevent them from falling to the ground.
Having thus described the invention, what I claim is:
1. An improvement in clothes hangers comprising a generally triangular-shaped wire frame having a central hook, downwardly and outwardly sloping shoulder portions with upwardly open arcuate indentations at the ends thereof, said shoulder portions having end extremities bent downwardly and horizontally inward defining corners, the ends of said horizontally inward portions being bent upwardly and outwardly defining lips and then bent inwardly and vertically downward defining vertical bars, and a slide bar having eyelets at the ends slidea-ble on a fixed crossbar connecting the ends of the vertical bars, said vertical bars, the length of said slide bar being greater than the distance between the lips at the ends of said horizontally inward portions, whereby downward movement of slide bar will lock the eyelets thereof against the resilient 'bias of said lips to firmly secure a garment placed over said fixed crossbar.
2. An improvement in clothes hangers as defined in claim 1, including means securing the arcuate portions and said vertical bars together.
3. An improvement in clothes hangers as defined in claim 1, wherein said hook, shoulders, corners, lips, vertical bars, and fixed cross bar comprise an integral onepiece construction.
References Cited UNITED STATES PATENTS 670,397 3/1901 Cross. 737,252 8/ 1903 Leirnberger 22391 0 2,300,797 11/1942 McOsker 22396 2,827,212 3/1958 Deck 223-96 PATRICK D. LAWSON, Primary Examiner.
15 G. H. KRIZMANICH, Assistant Examiner.
UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE CERTIFICATE OF CORRECTION Patent No. 3,433,397 March 18, 1969 Anthony Miele It is certified that error appears in the above identified patent and that said Letters Patent are hereby corrected as shown below:
Column 2, line 22, "and" should read end Column 3, lines 5 to 7, cancel "and a slide bar having eyelets at the ends slideable on a fixed cross connecting the ends of the vertical bars, said vertical bars the length of se slide bar being greater" and insert a fixed crossbar connecting the ends of the vertical bars, and a slide bar having eyelets at the ends slideable on said vertical bars, the length of the slide bar being greater Signed and sealed this 31st day of March 1970.
Edward M. Fletcher, Jr. WILLIAM E. SCHUYLER, JR.
Attesting Officer Commissioner of Patents