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B.. .DRE'YPUS. ROPE PORTIERE.
Patented Dec. .12, 1893.
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UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE.
BERNHARD DREYFUS, OF NEWV YORK, N. Y.
SPECIFICATION forming part of Letters Patent No. 510,590, dated December 12, 1893.
Application filed September 29, 1893. Serial No. 486,766. (No model.)
To all whom it may concern:
Be it known that I, BERNHARD DREYFUS, a citizen of the United States, residing in the city of New York, in the county and State of New York, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Rope Portires, of which the following is a specification.
Rope portieres have heretofore been made of fancy rope provided with tufts or wooden molds, and have also been made of strings of bamboo pieces or beads strung on cords, the several strands hanging vertically side by side from a suitable supporting bar. When the opening is closed by the portires the ropes s hang vertically and can be pushed aside in case a person desires to pass. portieres can also be draped by grasping the several strands and fastening them by means of a curtain-holder to a hook at the side of the opening.
The object of my invention is to provide a new and improved rope portiere which can readily and easily be draped in various manners, so as to present a handsome appearance when opened and to produce various ornamental eifects.
The invention consists in the combination with a rope portiere formed of a series of suspended strands, of a cord attached to several of the strands and passing upward to a guideloop or eye at the top of the outermost strand and then extending downward, so thatby pulling on said cord, more or less of'the strands are raised a greater or less height so as to drape the portiere in a manner that will be fully described hereinafter and finally set forth in the claims.
In the accompanying drawings, Figure 1 is an elevation of my improved rope portiere, closed. Fig. 2 is a similar elevation, having one side opened and draped, and Fig. 3 is a similar view, showing both sides opened and draped.
Similar letters of reference indicate corresponding parts.
The portiere is composed of a series of rope strands A suspended to hang vertically from a curtain-rod B or other suitable support, the several rope strands being ornamented by means of tufts A or equivalent ornamentations, such as molds, or the strands may be These rope left plain, if desired. The portiere in this case consists of a right-hand half and a lefthand half, or virtually of two portires for one opening. A cord at has one end fastened to the innermost strands of each portiere at or near the center of the height of the same. The said cord is attached to the adjacent rope a short distance above its point of connection with the first rope and with the adjacent two or three strands at points still higher than the preceding ones, as shown at a, a a and a. The cord is not attached to the three or four outer end strands, but passes loosely over the same. The cord passes through an eye or loop 0 at the top of the outermost strand and then hangs downward, and is provided with a tassel D or equivalent ornament. When the portiere is closed, as shown in Fig. 1 and in the left hand side of Fig. 2, the rope strands hang vertically and the cord a crosses the said strands diagonally. To open and drape the porti're the tassel end of the cord a is pulled downward more or less. Thereby the strands connected with the cord a are raised at their point of connection with said cord in the manner shown in Figs. 2 and 3 and form loops of greater or less length, according to the point at which the strands are connected with the cord a, that strand having its point of connection with the cord at nearest the floor forming the longest loop and the other loops decreasing in size according to the distance that their point of connection with the cord at is above the floor. By simply pulling the cords a one or both sides of a portiere can be draped and an opening of greater or less size as may be desired, formed in the portiere.
The portiere may be composed of a greater or less number of rope strands and a greater or less number of these strands can be connected with the cord at according to the size of the opening or the efiect to be produced.
Having thus described my invention, I claim as new and desire to secure by Letters Patent 1. The combination, with a rope portiere formed of a series of vertically suspended rope strands, of a lifting cord connected with a sesies of strands of the portiere and a guide eye for said lifting cord at the upper part of the portiere, substantially as set forth.
2. The combination with a rope portiere formed of a series of vertically suspended rope strands, of a lifting cord connected with a se ries of successive strands at points gradually increasing-in distance from the bottom of the portiere, and a guide-eye for said cord at the upper part of the outermost strand, substantially as set forth.
3. The combination with a portiere, composed of rope strands having tuft ornaments at intervals, of a cord secured to successive strands at the tufts of said strands, the points of connection between the cord and the rope strands being successively at points greater distances from the bottom of the portiere and a guide-eye or loop at the top part of the out ermost strand, through which guide or loop the cord connected with the several strands passes, substantially as set forth.
In testimony that I claim the foregoing as my invention I have signed my name in presence of two subscribing witnesses.
OSCAR F. GUNZ, CHARLES SCHROEDER.