|Publication number||US3800365 A|
|Publication date||Apr 2, 1974|
|Filing date||Feb 22, 1973|
|Priority date||Feb 22, 1973|
|Publication number||US 3800365 A, US 3800365A, US-A-3800365, US3800365 A, US3800365A|
|Original Assignee||Bruggert P|
|Export Citation||BiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan|
|Patent Citations (5), Referenced by (11), Classifications (5), Legal Events (2)|
|External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet|
United States Patent [1 1 Bruggert 1 1 CLIP FOR ATTACIIING STALKS TO A WIRE OR OTHER LIKE ELONGATED SUPPORTED MEMBER  Inventor: Paul Bruggert, Junghaltz Thurenbach-St. 19, Haut-Rhin, France  Filed: Feb. 22, 1973 21 Appl. No.: 334,973
 11.5. CI 24/73 HL, 47/47  Int. Cl. A44b 21/00, AOlg 17/14  Field of Search 24/261 PT, 73 C, 73 HH,
 References Cited UNITED STATES PATENTS Derby 24/261 PT UX Miller 24/73 C UX I 3,800,365 14 1 Apr. 2, 1,974
3,169,750 2/1965 Weed 256/57 FOREIGN PATENTS OR APPLICATIONS 1,005,821 1/1952 France 47/47 319,144 3/1957 Switzerland 47/47 Primary ExaminerDonald A. Griffin Attorney, Agent, or Firm-Maurice E. Gauthier  ABSTRACT A clip for attaching a stalk to a wire, rope or other like elongated support member. The clip consists of a resilient wire bent to form a wall surrounding an enclosure. The wall has a mouth formed between two abutting shoulders. The ends of the wire are bent rearwardly at the aforesaid shoulders to form legs which terminate in hooks adapted to engage the support member. a
2 Claims, 4 Drawing Figures 1 CLIP FOR ATTACI-IING STALKS TO A WIRE OR OTHER LIKE ELONGATED SUPPORTED MEMBER DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION This invention relates generally to fasteners, and in particular to a novel and improved clip for attaching branches, vines, shoots and the like (hereinafter collectively referred to as stalks) to a wire, rope or other like elongated support member.
The clip of the present invention is comprised of a metal wire, preferably although not necessarily of steel, which is suitably bent to form a wall defining an enclosure. The wall has a mouth formed between two abut-' ting shoulders which can be resiliently spread apart to permit introduction into the enclosure of a stalk. The ends of the Wire are bent back upon themselves at the aforesaid shoulders to form legs which terminate in hooks suitably adapted to engage the supporting wire or rope. With the hooks thus engaged, the mouth of the clip is opened by pushing a stalk between the shoulders. As the stalk enters the enclosure, the shoulders close resiliently and the stalk is thereafter held tightly within the enclosure-against the supporting wire or rope. Preferably, the lengths of the legs are such that the hooks are aligned generally with the center of the enclosure, thereby insuring that the clip will be usable on a wide range of stalk diameters.
Among the primary objects of the present invention isthe provision of a clip which may be quickly and easily applied, which is capable of resiliently holding a stalk against a support wire or rope in a manner which safeguards the bark of the stalk against chaffing or peeling, and which is reusable time after time.
These and other objects and advantages of the present invention will become more apparent as the description proceeds with the aid of the accompanying drawings wherein:
H6. 1 is a view in perspective showing a clip in accordance with the present invention mounted on a support wire;
FIG. 2 is a generally schematic view in plan showing the mouth of the clip being spread apart by the insertion of a stalk;
FIG. 3 is a view similar to FIG. 2 showing the stalk pushed further into the clip enclosure; and,
FIG. 4 is a view in perspective showing the clip in its fully operative position holding a stalk against the support wire.
Referring now to the drawings wherein the same reference numerals designate like parts throughout the several views, there is generally indicated at a clip embodying the concepts of the present invention. The clip is constructed from a single length of resilient wire, for example steel, which is bent to form a generally circular wall 12 which defines an enclosure 14. The circular wall 12 has a mouth 16 formed between two abutting shoulders 18. The wire is bent back upon itself at shoulders 18 to form a pair of rearwardly extending legs 20, the ends of which terminate in hooks 22. The lengths of the legs 20 are preferably selected such that the hooks 22 are aligned generally with the center of the enclosure 14.
The clip 10 is employed in conjunction with a support wire or rope 24 in the following manner: the clip is mounted initially by engaging the hooks 22 with the wire 24 as shown in FIG. 1. At this point, it will be understood that the ends of the hooks 22 can point downwardly as shown, or alternately the hooks can point upwardly. Likewise, the clip may be constructed slightly differently with one hook pointing downwardly and the other pointing upwardly.
Once the clip has been mounted on the wire, as shown in FIG. 1, a stalk 26 is then pushed between the shoulders 18 through the mouth 16 and into the enclosure-14 (see FIGS. 2 and 3). This causes the shoulders 18 to be resiliently spread apart until the major diameter of the stalk has passed through the mouth. Thereafter, as the stalk 26 enters the enclosure 14, the shoulders l8 resiliently close around the stalk, thereby pushing the stalk against the wire 24. This in effect resiliently holds the stalk 26 against the wire 24 as shown in FIG. 4.
Thus it will be seen that once the stalk 26 has been urged into the enclosure 14, it will thereafter be resiliently held between the wire 24 and the inside surfaces of the wall 12 which are located adjacent to the mouth 16. By virtue of the fact that the lengths of the legs 20 are such that the hooks 22 are in general alignment with the center of the enclosure 14, the clip has a relatively wide range of applicability to various stalk diameters. The stalk is tightly held against the wire 24 and accordingly, its bark will not be chaffed or skinned by rubbing during windy conditions. The clip 10 is inexpensive to manufacture, easy to apply, and reusable time and time again.
It is my intention to cover all changes and modifications of the embodiment herein chosen for purposes of disclosure which do not depart from the spirit and scope of the invention.
1. For use in attaching a stalk to a support wire, rope or other like elongated support member, a clip comprising: a resilient elongated element suitably shaped to form a wall surrounding an enclosure, the said wallhaving opposed shoulders which define a mouth communieating with said enclosure, the ends of said element extending rearwardly from said shoulders to form legs which terminate in hooks adapted for engagement with the support member, whereupon following engagement of said hooks with the support member, said shoulders may be resiliently spread apart by inserting a stalk through said mouthinto said enclosure, the said stalk being thereafter resiliently held between the support member and the interior surface of said wall.
2. The clip as defined in claim 1 wherein the lengths of said legs are such that said hooks are aligned generally with the center of said enclosure.
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|International Classification||F16B2/24, F16B2/20|
|Mar 21, 1988||AS04||License|
Owner name: CAPITAL CASTINGS ACQUISITION, INC.,
Effective date: 19870331
Owner name: FL AEROSPACE CORP.,
|Mar 21, 1988||AS||Assignment|
Owner name: CAPITAL CASTINGS ACQUISITION, INC.,
Free format text: LICENSE;ASSIGNOR:FL AEROSPACE CORP.,;REEL/FRAME:004840/0688
Effective date: 19870331
Owner name: CAPITAL CASTINGS ACQUISITION, INC.,STATELESS