US 3615046 A
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Oct. 26, 1971 J, BASHARA 3,615,046
WIG STAND Filed June 5, 1970 20' Christine JBashara v INVENTOR'.
' ATTORNEY United States Patent O 7 Claims ABSTRACT OF THE DISCLOSURE A wig stand in the form of a support for a head form for a wig which stand is formed with a base having a planar portion to rest upon a fiat supporting surface and arm portions parallel to and spaced from said planar portion and having end portions positioned to serve as handles for holding the stand or which may be inserted into an opening in a head form to support the head form on the stand. Either of said end portions may be used to support a head form while the other is used as a handle. One of the arm portions is positioned over the base in spaced relation thereto to form with the base a clamp by which the stand may be supported on a shelf or the like or on a vertically disposed flat object such as the front wall of an open drawer.
BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION In the care and maintenance of wigs, it is customary to place the same on head for-ms when they are not being worn, whereby the wigs are kept in good condition and by which they may be readily carried about and stored.
Such head forms are usually made of foamed plastic or the like and because of their lightness do not have sulficient stability to stand upright to hold a wig while it is being combed or brushed or otherwise groomed. Moreover, such forms are bulky and do not lend themselves well to use for the carrying of wigs from place to place.
Wig head forms of this kind are sometimes furnished with a stand in the form of a flat base of wood or the like having a central, upright, tapered stem or plug adapted to be inserted into an opening in the bottom of the form to hold the form upright on the base. Such stands are not provided with handles, are not easily carried about with the headforms in position thereon, and do not provide enough stability to allow grooming of the wig without separately holding the stand.
SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION Briefly described the wig stand of the present invention comprises a base or frame having a planar portion adapted to rest upon a fiat supporting surface and provided with arm portions disposed in parallel spaced relation to said planar portion and formed with end portions which may serve as handles or upon which head forms may be supported. One of the arm portions extends over the planar portion in spaced relation thereto to form a clamp means positioned to coact with the planar portion to hold the stand on a shelf or on a vertical wall or flat boardlike structure, such as the front wall of an open drawer to position the stand to hold a head form on each of the end portions of the arms, whereby a plurality of wigs may be displayed or stored on each wig stand. By placing a head form on the end portion of either of the arms, the end portion of the other arm may be used as a convenient handle to carry the same about.
The base of the stand may be formed of wire, metal rod, or the like to provide a frame for use as a picture frame or to hold a mirror to be displayed by resting the stand on a support in an upwardly extending angular position or by holding in the hand.
'ice' BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE VEINS OF THE DRAWINGS FIG. 1 is a perspective view illustrating a preferred embodiment of the invention of one-piece construction;
FIG. 2 is a side elevation view, on a reduced scale, of the invention as illustrated in FIG. 1 showing one way in which the device may be used;
FIG. 3 is a view, similar to that of FIG. 2 illustrating a somewhat modified form of the invention and showing another way in which the same is adapted to be used;
FIG. 4 is a perspective view of the form of the invention illustrated in FIG. 3, adapted for additional use as a mirror or picture support, and showing the same in position to display the mirror or picture thereof; and
FIG. 5 is a side elevational view of the invention as illustated in FIG. 4.
DETAILED DESCRIPTION :OF PARTICULAR EMBODIMENTS OF THE INVENTION The wig stand of the invention may take the form of a one-piece structure formed of wire or metal rod, as illustrated in FIG. 1, having a generally rectangular base 10 providing a portion disposed in a plane to rest upon a flat supporting surface.
At one side of the base the wire is formed with upturned portions 12 and 14 located midway of the length of the side and extending substantially at right angles to the plane of the base. The upturned portions 12 and 14 may be welded or otherwise secured together if desired. At its upper end, the upturned portion 12 is bent to form an arm 16 extending inwardly across the base in parallel spaced relation thereto, and whose free end is formed into a tapered spiral 18 Whose axis extends away from the plane of the base to form a handle or plug for the reception of a wig head form.
The upturned portion 14 is also bent at its upper end to form an arm 20 extending outwardly from the base in parallel relation to the arm 16 and whose free end is formed into a tapered spiral 22 similar to the spiral 18 whose axis may be parallel to the arm 16 to form a handle or plug upon which a wig head form may be supported.
It will be appreciated that the base 10 may be of other shapes than that shown, such :as round, oval, of polygonalshape or otherwise, and that the base may not be of open construction, but may be a flat plate having the arms 16 and 20 suitably attached thereto or formed thereon, and that the stand may be made of other materials than metal, such as molded plastic, or the like.
In making use of the wig stand, constructed as described above, a wig head form, such as shown at H in dashed lines in FIG. 2, may be positioned on either of the spirals 18 or 22, while the other spiral serves as a handle by which the stand may be carried about.
The arm 16 is of a length and position to form with the base 10 a clamp which may be positioned on a shelf, such as the shelf S shown in FIG. 2 to clampingly hold the stand on the shelf with the spiral 18 positioned to hold the form H in an upright position above the shelf while the spiral 22 extends horizontally beyond the edge of the shelf to serve as a handle or to support another head form thereon whereby two head forms may be displayed on one stand.
As shown in FIGS. 3, 4 and 5, the arms 16' and 20' may be left without the spiral end portions 18 and 22 and may be provided instead with suitable handle elements 18 and 22' in the form of wooden plugs or knobs serving the same purpose. In other respects, the form of the wig stand illustrated in FIGS. 3, 4 and 5 is similar to that Of FIGS. 1 and 2 and is similarly used.
H In FIGS. 4 and 5, the base of the stand is shown provided with a mirror'or picture M held Within the frame thereof, so that the stand may be positioned as shown in FIG 5 in an upwardly extending angular position on a table or other support to conveniently display the mirror or picture. In this position of the stand, One side of the base rests .upon the table and the handle 18' engages the table to hold the stand in an upwardly inclined position, while the handle 22 extends upwardly beyond the base. Thus, the mirror may be used as an ordinary hand mirror or may stand up on a table. 7
As seen in FIG. 3, the wig stand may be supported with the base in an upright position on a vertical wall such as the front wall W of an open drawer in position to support head forms on the handles or plugs 18' and 22'.
Having thus clearly shown and described the invention, what is claimed as new and desired to secure by Letters Patents is:
1. A wig stand comprising: a base adapted to rest upon a flat surface,
a first support-arm on the base extending above and partly across the base in upwardly spaced relation thereto,
a second support arm on the base in upwardly spaced 2. The wig stand as claimedin claim 1 said first support arm is positioned for coaction with said base to clampingly engage a wall-like support extended between said base and said first support arm.
3. The wig stand as claimed in claim 1 wherein said base, support arms and handle means are formed in one plece.
4. The wig stand as claimed in claim 1 wherein said base is planar.
5. The wig stand as claimed in claim 1 wherein said base is of open, frame-like construction.
6. The wig stand as claimed in claim 1 wherein said base and support arms are formed in one piece of metal wire, said base being of open, frame-like construction and said one of said handle means is positioned for engagement with said fiat surface to support the stand in an upwardly inclined position thereon.
7. The wig stand as claimed in claim 6 wherein said base is of rectangular shape having one side positioned for engagement with said flat surface for coaction with said one handle means to hold said stand in said upwardly inclined position.
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