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Publication numberUS416685 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateDec 3, 1889
Filing dateDec 28, 1888
Publication numberUS 416685 A, US 416685A, US-A-416685, US416685 A, US416685A
InventorsFrederic A. Nichols
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
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110.416.685. Patented Dec. 3 1889.

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SPECIFICATION forming part of Letters Patent No. 416,685, dated December 3, 1889.

Application filed December 28, 1888.

To all whom it may concern.-

Be it known that LFREDERIC A. NICHOLS,

a citizen of the United States, residing at Oambridgeborough, in the county of Crawford and State of Pennsylvania, have invented new and useful Improvements in I Folding Clothes-Frames, of which the following is a specification.

My invention relates to an improvement in clothes-racks; and it consists in the construction and arrangement of parts hereinafter described and claimed.

The object of my invention is to provide a convenient, cheap, and durable rack for clothes, it being so arranged that its members will not warp or be disarranged. I attain this object by the construction illustrated in the accompanying drawings, wherein like letters of reference indicate corresponding parts in both views, and in which Figure 1 is an elevation showing part of the arms in and part out, and Fig. 2 is a top view showing the arms extended in both directions.

In the drawings, A represents a' substantially rectangular frame having end bars a and side bars a. Vertical rods 0. are ex,- tended through the end bars to add strength and rigidity to the same. Y

B represents the clamping or supporting hooks or attaching devices by which the rack is secured to the wall or other suitable place, those 011 the end being so arranged that the rack will stand at right angles and those on the top so as to place it parallel with the wall.

0 represents a series of longitudinal cross strips arranged at an equidistance apart between the side bars, their ends extending out to and forminga part of the end bars. These strips are made with fiat upper and under faces.

Pivotally secured between the strips 0 are a series of swinging arms D and D, the former being secured in place by a vertical rod F, which extends through the side bars and strips and the ends of the arms, it being provided with suitable nuts f on its upper end, admitting of the adjustment thereof. These arms are made with flat upper and under faces, and closely fit between the strips O, they tapering gradually to their outer end, which is rounded off. The arms D are constructed in a manner somewhat similar to those of arms D, but are shorter. They are secured in a similar manner in the opposite side of the frame. The outer ends of these arms are cut away or curved, as at d,

to alford a grasping-point for extending the same. They extend to a point a short dis- 6o tance from the inner ends of arms D, while the latter extend beyond the ends or pivotal point of the arms D. By this arrangement it will be seen that the arms D can be swung in one direction only, while the arms D may be extended on either side of the frame. The shaping of the arms is such that when they are all closed in the frame their outer faces come flush with the edges of the strips. By this construction it will be seen that a 7o strong well-braced rack is formed, the close fitting of the arms between the strips preventing their warping, and thus retains them in shape, the strips also adding to the rigidity of the entire structure.

I am aware that it is not new to form a clothes-rack with arms pivoted at each end thereof which are adapted to be folded alternately between each other.

Having thus described my invention, what I claim as new is In a clothes-frame, the combination, with the parallel sides and ends, of the longitudinal cross-pieces 0, formed with fiat upper and lower faces and arranged parallel with the sides and secured to and forming part of the ends, the swinging arms D and D, pivoted between the cross-pieces a short distance from the ends in the opposite ends of the frame,

respectively, said arms having flat upper and 0 lower faces, and the former being shorter than the latter, the rods F, passing through the sides, cross-pieces, and arms and having nuts on their ends, the rods a passing through the ends, and the clamps B on the sides, substantially as described.

In testimony whereof I affix my signature in presence of two witnesses.



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Cooperative ClassificationA47G25/0685