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Publication numberUS3453682 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateJul 8, 1969
Filing dateOct 24, 1967
Priority dateOct 24, 1967
Publication numberUS 3453682 A, US 3453682A, US-A-3453682, US3453682 A, US3453682A
InventorsSalzmann Ferdinand F
Original AssigneeGraber Mfg Co Inc
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Drapery rod fixture with carrier gate
US 3453682 A
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July 8, 1969 4 F. SALZMANN 3,

I DRAPERY ROD FIXTURE WITH CARRIER GATE Filed on. 24, 1967 71115;, i W4: W4

United States Patent DRAPERY RQD FIXTURE WITH CARRIER GATE Ferdinand F. Salzmann, Madison, Wis., assignor to Graher Manufacturing Company, Inc., Middleton, Wls., a corporation of Wisconsin Filed Oct. 24, 1967, Ser. No. 677,550

Int. Cl. A47h 15/02 US. Cl. 1687.4 12 Claims ABSTRACT OF THE DISCLOSURE A drapery rod and a plurality of carriers supported on the rod. An end fixture mounted on a wall and supporting an end of the rod. A carrier gate carried by the fixture and vertically slidable between an upper position for insertion and removal of the carriers from the rod, and a gravity-urged lower position blocking the end of the rod.

Background This invention pertains generally to drapery supports including drapery rods and fixtures therefor.

In the prior art, carriers have been inserted into trackways through rearwardly facing openings and the opening provided with a gate arranged for lateral movement to permit insertion or removal of carriers. Such an arrangement is shown in Patent No. 3,333,622. Other arrangements have included downwardly facing openings with removably mounted gates which are held in position by a spring or screw. These require complete removal of the gate for insertion or removal of the carriers; sometimes requiring use of a tool, and endangering loss of the gate.

Summary The present invention relates generally to improvements in supports for draperies and the like, and more particularly to such a support including a drapery rod with an improved carrier gate mounted, for example, on a drapery rod fixture.

For convenience, the improved support of the present invention may be referred to as a drapery support; however, this is done by way of illustration, and it should be understood that the term drapery includes curtains, tapestries, or other similar flexible hangings.

It is a general object of this invention to provide a drapery support having a carrier gate that is gravity-urged to closed position.

Still another object of this invention is to provide a drapery support with a carrier gate that is easily opened by movement of a carrier upwardly against the gate.

'Another object is to provide a drapery support with a carrier gate which is substantially concealed in the closed position.

Yet another object of this invention is to provide a drapery support including a fixture for mounting on a supporting surface, which fixture is adapted for supporting either end of a rod.

Still another object is to provide a drapery support including a fixture for supporting an end of the rod and having a carrier gate for blocking the end of the rod.

These, and other objects and advantages of the present invention, will become apparent as the same becomes better understood from the following detailed description when taken in conjunction with the accompanying drawings.

Drawing FIGURE 1 is a full-scale front elevational view of an embodiment of the present invention with a portion broken away for better illustration of the parts;

3,453,682 Patented July 8, 1969 "ice Description Reference is now made more particularly to the draw ings which illustrate the best presently known mode of carrying out the invention and wherein similar reference characters indicate the same parts throughout the several views.

The embodiment illustrated in FIGS. 1-6 includes an elongate drapery rod, generally designated 10, and an end fixture, generally designated 12, supporting one end of the rod. A plurality of carriers, generally designated 14, are carried by the rod. A carrier gate, generally designated 16, is slidably mounted on the fixture 12 for movement between an upper position permitting insertion and removal of the carriers 14 and a lower position (see FIG. 1) for blocking the end of the rod and retaining the carriers thereon.

The carriers are herein illustrated as a roller-type; however, it is contemplated that carriers of the type known as slides may be utilized in the present invention. The carriers illustrated are of the same construction as those illustrated and described in detail in Patent No. 3,345,676, issued to Joseph V. Graber and Ferdinand F. Salzmann, and reference is made thereto for a more complete description. In general, the carrier 14 includes a head portion and a body portion. The body portion includes an axle or shaft 21 and a depending member 23 attached adjacent the rear end of the axle. The head portion is: in the form of a wheel 24 rotatably mounted adjacent the front of the axle as by a plurality of ball bearings 25. The depending member 23 has an opening 28 for attachment to a drapery as by a hook or other convenient means.

Elongate rod 10 includes a generally upright front wall 31, a top wall 32, and a bottom wall 34. A rear Wall extends between the top and bottom walls and includes a top portion 36 attached to the top wall 32 and a bottom portion 38 attached to the bottom wall 34. Portions 36 and 38 have their adjacent edges 36a and 38a spaced from each other to define a rearwardly opening slot which extends generally the full length of the rod. As best seen in FIG. 2, top wall 32 extends rearwardly of portion 36, and a second rear wall 39 depends from the rear edge thereof to a level adjacent the bottom of bottom wall 34. It can be seen that rear wall 39 generally blocks the view of the rearwardly opening slot from the back side and thereby provides an attractive rod from both the front and back sides.

Front wall 31, top Wall 32, bottom wall 34, and rear wall portions 36 and 38 define a passageway in which the head of the carriers may be disposed. The aforementioned slot between edges 36a and 38a provides access to the passageway. The relative size of the head of each carrier and that of the slot is slected to that the head portion is normally retained in the passageway. In the embodiment illustrated, wheel 24 is supported on the upper surface of bottom wall 34 and is adapted to roll therealong. Wheel 24 has a diameter of sutficient size so that its upper portion is disposed above the lower surface of edge 36a as best seen in FIGS. 2-4. As can be seen in the drawing, the body portion of the carrier extends through the slot and conveniently depends to a point below the rod.

The fixture 12 has a top wall 41 with a front wall 42 and a rear wall 43 depending therefrom, as best seen in FIG. 2. At the bottom of the fixture are bottom wall portions 44 and 45 attached to the walls 42 and 43, respectively. The portions 44 and 45 are spaced apart for a purpose which will hereinafter become apparent. The fixture has an end wall 46 which conveniently has a generally flat surface for engaging a mounting surface such as wall 9. End wall 46 is provided with an opening 46a for passage of a fastener 8 to secure the fixteure to wall 9. End wall 46 is also formed with a recess as at 46b to accommodate the head of fastener 8 so that the carrier gate 16 may pass thereby. A plurality of projections 48 are provided on the outer surface of end wall 46 for engaging wall 9 when the fastener 8 is tightened to retain the fixture in place. The aforementioned walls 41-46 define a cavity into which the rod 10 may be inserted through the open end of the fixture. As best seen in FIG. 6, front wall 42 and rear wall 43 are provided with internal shoulders 42a, 43a, respectively, for engaging the end of the rod 10 to limit the insertion thereof at a point slightly spaced from the carrier gate 16. Bottom wall portions 44 and 45 respectively underlie the bottom wall 34 and the lower end of the back wall 39 of the rod 10. A fastener 51 extends through a threaded opening 52 in the top wall 41 to engage the top wall 32 of rod 10 and hold the rod in place. The fixture 12 is preferably symmetrical about a vertical longitudinal plane so that the fixture can receive the opposite end of rod 10, if desired. In practice, a fixture 12 may be utilized at both ends of the rod.

With the rod 10 held in place on the fixture 12, the aforementioned passageway communicates with the cavity defined by the walls 41-46 of the fixture. As best seen in FIG. 6, bottom wall portions 44 and 45 terminates adjacent the shoulders 42a and 43a, thereby defining an opening 55 at the bottom of the fixture. In general, opening 55 has a size sutficient for insertion of the head of the carrier into the cavity and thence into the passageway. For this purpose, the opening 55 has a length and width larger than the head portion 24. When inserted into the passageway, the body portion extends through the slot and depends below the rod, as described above. The bottom wall portions 44 and 45 are spaced apart to accommodate the passage of the body portion from the slot 52 into the passageway of the rod 10.

As stated above, carrier gate 16 is slidably mounted on fixture 12 for movement between an upper position to enable insertion and removal of the carriers 14 through the bottom opening 55 and a gravity-urged lower position to prevent removal of the carriers. In the embodiment illustrated in FIGS. l6, the carrier gate generally U- shaped construction, including a bottom leg 61, a first upright leg 62 adjacent the end'of the rod, and a second upright leg 63. Legs 62 and 63 preferably lie in parallel planes extending crosswise of rod 10. Intermediate the legs 62 and 63 is a generally cylindrical upright leg 64 which, in the embodiment shown, is a rivet attached to bottom leg 61. As shown, leg or rivet 61 is preferably parallel to legs 62 and 63. The top wall 41 of the fixture has an opening for the passage of each of the legs 62-64. As shown, top wall 41 has elongate openings in the form of crosswise slots 66 and 67 to accommodate legs 62 and 63, respectively, and a circular opening 68 to accommodate rivet 64. The openings 66-68 preferably provide clearance around the legs so the legs easily slide therethrough. Leg 64 is provided with a head 65 defining a shoulder 65a for engaging the upper surface of top wall 41 and positioning the carrier gate at the closed or lower position shown in FIG. 1. As best seen in FIG. 5, leg 62 extends generally crosswise of the cavity at the end of the rod and thereby completely blocks the pasageway when the carrier gate is in the lower position. Legs 61 and 63 are conveniently of the same width as leg 62, and leg 61 presents a generally that surface disposed in the opening 55 and substantially filling the same when the slide gate is in its lower position.

Leg 61 may be engaged by a carrier 14, and the entire slide gate moved upwardly, as shown in FIG. 3, when the carrier 14 is moved in the direction of arrow '71. Since the legs 62-64 are slidably mounted in the openings in the top wall, the carrier gate easily slides to an upper position when pushed by the carrier 14, thereby allowing easy insertion of the carriers into the passageway. When the carrier is moved to a position in the passageway, the slide gate is returned to its lower position by means of gravity. The slide gate 16 may also be forced to its upper position by swinging the carrier 14 in a direction indicated by arrow 72 in FIG. 4 and causing the body portion 23 to engage the slide gate 16 at the juncture of legs 61 and 62. This provides a convenient method of removing the carriers from the passageway.

Another embodiment is illustrated in FIG. 7. The rod 10 is the same as illustrated in FIGS. 16. The fixture and carrier gate are slightly modified, and similar parts are indicated by the same numeral followed by the postscript prime As shown, fixture 12 is generally of the same configuration as fixture 12 except that it has only openings 66' and 68' in the top wall 41'. Carrier gate 16' is a generally Z-shaped construction, including a bottom leg 61' and an upright leg 62' adjacent the end of the rod 10. A second leg 83 lies in a plane parallel to leg '62, but depends from the opposite end of bottom leg 61. In this manner, no opening is required to accommodate leg 83. Rivet 64' is preferably midway between legs 62' and 83 so that it is about at the center of gravity of the carrier gate 16'. Second leg 83 has an opening 84 adjacent the lower end thereof for attachment to a drapery in any convenient manner. In this manner, the weight of the drapery further anchors the carrier gate 16' in its lower position, and the carrier gate provides an end anchor for the drapery.

It is now deemed obvious that the present invention provides a drapery support which includes a drapery rod, a plurality of carriers mounted on the rod, and a slide gate operable for insertion or removal of the carriers in one position and for blocking removal of the carriers in another position. The carrier gate is urged to its blocking position by force of gravity and may be mounted on a fixture which supports the end of the rod and properly positions the rod with respect to the carrier gate. The fixture may also be utilized for mounting on a supporting surface, if desired.

What is claimed is:

1. In a drapery support including an elongate rod having lengthwise extending wall portions defining a passageway and with adjacent edges spaced apart to define a slot providing access to said passageway, a plurality of carriers supported on the rod and each including a head portion in the passageway and a body portion extending through the slot, each carrier so constructed and arranged that the head portion is normally retained in the passageway, and each body portion having means outside the rod for attaching a drapery thereto, the improvement comprising:

a fixture having a top and bottom and mounted on the rod at one end thereof, said fixture having means defining a cavity communicating with said passageway and an opening in the bottom, the bottom opening having a length and width larger than the head portion and a size sufficient for insertion of the head portion into the passageway and with the body portion extending through the slot, said fixture having at least one opening in the top; and

a carrier gate slidably mounted on the fixture for movement between an upper position to enable insertion and removal of carriers through the bottom opening and a gravity-urged lower position to prevent removal of the carriers, the carrier gate having means defining a surface disposed in the bottom opening for engagement by a carrier to move the carrier gate to said upper position, the carrier gate also including a portion extending through said top opening and having means thereon for engaging the top of the fixture to position the carrier gate at the lower position, and said portion being shaped for movement through the top opening when the carrier gate is moved to its upper position.

2. The combination of claim 1 wherein the fixture has a second opening in the top; and wherein the carrier gate has means defining a surface at said one end of the rod for blocking at least a portion of the passageway when the carrier gate is in said lower position to retain the carriers in the passageway, said last-mentioned means being movable through the second top opening as the carrier gate is moved to its upper position.

3. The combination of claim 2 wherein means defining a surface in the bottom opening has a first end adjacent said one end of the rod and a second end longitudinally spaced therefrom; wherein the last-mentioned means comprises a flat leg attached at said first end and lying in an upright plane crosswise of the rod; and including a second flat leg attached at the second end and lying in a plane generally parallel to the plane of the first leg.

4. The combination of claim 3 wherein the second leg extends downwardly from said second end to a depending end below the rod; said second leg having means adjacent said depending end for attaching a drapery thereto and thereby anchoring the slide gate in the lower position.

'5. The combination of claim 3 wherein the second leg extends upwardly from said second end, the fixture has a third opening in the top thereof and having a size sufiicient for passage of the second leg therethrough when the carrier gate is moved to the upper position, and the portion extending through the top opening is located intermediate the first and second legs at about the center of gravity of the carrier gate.

6. In a drapery support including an elongate rod having lengthwise extending wall portions defining a passageway and with adjacent edges spaced apart to define a slot providing access to said passageway, a plurality of carriers supported on the rod and each including a head portion in the passageway and a body portion extending through the slot, each carrier so constructed and arranged that the head portion is normally retained in the passageway, and each body portion having means outside the rod for attaching a drapery thereto, the improvement comprising:

a fixture having a top and bottom and mounted on the rod at one end thereof, said fixture having means defining a cavity communicating with said passageway and an opening in the bottom, the bottom opening having a size sufiicient for insertion of the head portion into the passageway and with the body portion extending through the slot, said fixture having at least one opening in the top; and

a carrier gate slidably mounted on the fixture for movement between an upper position to enable insertion and removal of carriers through the downwardly facing opening and a gravity-urged lower position to prevent removal of the carriers, the carrier gate having a first leg in the bottom opening in the lower position for engagement by a carrier to move the carrier gate to the upper position as the carrier is moved into said cavity, the carrier gate also including a second leg attached to the first leg and at an angle thereto, the second leg blocking at least a portion of the passageway at the end of the rod when the carrier gate is in the lower position to retain the head portions in the passageway, the second leg being generally upright and having at least a portion disposed in said top opening, and means on the carrier gate defining a surface for engaging the fixture in the lower position to hold the carrier gate at the lower position.

7. The combination of claim 6 wherein the fixture includes an end cap logitudinally spaced from said one end of the rod and having a generally fiat surface for engaging an upright mounting surface, the end cap having an opening therein communicating with the cavity for passage of a fastener to secure the fixture to said mounting surface.

8. The combination of claim 6 wherein the wall portions of the rod include top, bottom, and front Walls; a rear wall having top and bottom portions attached to the top and bottom walls, respectively, and spaced apart to define said slot; said top wall extending rearwardly of the top portion; and a second rear wall depending from adjacent the rear of the top wall to a level approximating the level of the bottom wall and spaced rearwardly therefrom; and wherein the fixture has front and rear walls attached to the top and bottom and therewith defining said cavity; the fixture being shaped for longitudinal insertion of the one end of the rod into a portion of the cavity; internal shoulder means on the inside of each of said front and rear walls of the fixture to engage the one end of the rod and limit the insertion thereof; and said fixture being symmetrical about a vertical longitudinal plane for selective insertion of the opposite end of the rod.

9. A drapery support including means defining longitudinally extending top, bottom, and front walls; a rear wall having top and bottom portions attached to the top and bottom walls, respectively, and spaced apart to define a rearwardly opening slot; a plurality of carriers supported on one of said walls and each including a head portion disposed in the area surrounded by the walls and normally retained therein; each carrier also including a body portion extending through the slot and having means outside the slot for attaching a drapery thereto; the bottom wall having a downwardly facing opening therein having a length and width larger than the head portion for insertion of the head portion into said area; at least the bottom portion of the rear wall terminating adjacent the downwardly facing opening to permit the body portion to move to a position extending through the slot when the head portion is inserted; the top Wall having at least one upwardly facing opening therethrough directly above the downwardly facing opening; and a carrier gate including: upright leg means slidably mounted in the upwardly facing opening for movement between an upper position to enable insertion and removal of carriers and a gravity-urged lower position to prevent removal of carriers, a generally horizontal leg attached to the upright leg means and disposed crosswise of said downwardly facing opening when the leg means are in lower position, said generally horizontal leg being engageable by a carrier to move the leg upwardly and the leg means to said upper position, and means on the leg means for engaging the top wall when the leg means are in the lower position to' hold the same thereat.

10. A drapery support as set forth in claim 9 wherein the top wall has a second upwardly facing opeing spaced from said one upwardly facing opening; and wherein the upright leg means includes one upright leg passing through said one upwardly facing opening and having a head thereon for engaging the top of the fixture; and the upright leg means also includes a second upright leg passing through said second upwardly facing opening and blocking the passageway when the carrier gate is in the lower position.

11. A drapery support including means defining longitudinally extending top, bottom, and front walls; a rear wall having top and bottom portions attached to the top and bottom walls, respectively, and spaced apart to define a rearwardly opening slot; a plurality of carriers supported on one of said walls for movement therealong and each including a head portion disposed in the area surrounded by the walls and normally retained therein;

'2 each carrier also including a body portion having a first part attached to the head portion and extending rearwardly therefrom through the slot and a second part depending from the first part to a point spaced below the bottom wall; said second part movable in a path spaced from the walls as the carrier is moved; the bottom wall having a downwardly facing opening therein having a length and width larger than the head portion for insertion of the head portion into said area; at least the bottom portion of the rear wall terminating adjacent the downwardly facing opening to permit the body portion to move to a position extending through the slot When the head portion is inserted; a carrier gate movable vertically between an upper position to enable insertion and removal of carriers and a lower position to prevent removal of carriers; means for stopping the vertical movement of the carrier gate at said lower position; means for guiding the carrier gate during movement between said positions; the carrier gate including a generally horizontal leg disposed in said downwardly facing opening when the carrier gate is in said lower position and extending rearwardly into said path of movement of the second part of the body portion; and said carriers being pivotal about a lateral axis for engaging the second part of the body portion against the carrier gate as the carrier is pivoted to move the carrier gate upwardly to the upper position.

12. A drapery support as set forth in claim 11 wherein the second part of the body portion of the carriers is as wide as the head portion.

References Cited UNITED STATES PATENTS 3,345,676 10/1967 Graber et al. 1687.6

FOREIGN PATENTS 608,938 11/1960 Canada.

DONALD A. GRIFFIN, Primary Examiner.

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Classifications
U.S. Classification16/87.40R
International ClassificationA47H1/00, A47H1/102
Cooperative ClassificationA47H1/102
European ClassificationA47H1/102