US 709300 A
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- No.17o9,30o. Patented Sept. l6, I902. J. BUCHTEL.
(Application filed Apr. 17, 1901.)
WITNESSES A TTOHNEYS fied form of standard hereinafter referred to.
. and Improved Fence-Post, of which the folthe blank stamped out by dies to the shape NITED STATES LATENT rrrcn.
JOSEPH BUOHTEL, OF PORTLAND, OREGON.
SPECIFICATION forming part of Letters Patent N 0. 709,300, dated September 16, 1902.
Application filed April 17, 1901. Serial No. 56,254.. (No model.)
To ail whom it may concern.-
Be it known that I, JOSEPH BUCHTEL, residing at Portland, in the county of Multnomah and. Stateof Oregon, have invented a new lowing is a specification.
My invention is in the nature of an improved fence-post, especially for barbed or plain wire strands, and com prehends a novel construction of anchor member and a cooperating standard or post member detachably supported in and held interlocked with the anchor member.
In its more complete nature my improved postcomprises an anchor member made of a single piece of malleable sheet steel or iron stamped or cut to form and bent up to receive a standard provided with suitably-arranged wire-strand-receiving notches.
Subordinately,my invention consists in certain details of construction and arrangement of parts, all of which willhereinafter be fully described, and pointed out in the claims, reference being hadto the accompanying drawings, in which I Figure 1 is a perspective view of my inn-J proved fence-post. "Fig. 2 is avertical section of the same. Fig. 3 is a-diagrammatic plan view illustrating the blank from which the anchor members are formed. Fig. 4 is adetail view of one of the anchors. Fig. 5is a cross-section of the same on the line 5 5 of Fig. 4. Fig. 6 is a similar View of the anchor and post members connected. Fig. 7 is a detail view of one of the wire-strand holders or posts. Fig. 8 is a view of a slightly-modi- In the practical construction of my improved fence-post the anchor member A is made from malleable sheet steel or iron and shown in Fig. 3, by reference to which it will be noticed the blank consists of a central square portion 1 and oppositely-extending ta pering portions 2 2, that terminate in pointed ends 2 to form penetrating members, for the purpose presentlyv explained. The portion 1 is extended transversely at each side to form flanges 3 3, and centrally the body 1 is punched with a series of prongs 4 4, the reason for which will presently appear. Each member 2 is slitted longitudinally, as at 2 about half-way the length thereof, and each slit 2 terminates near the central part 1, where it merges with a transverse slit 2 that extends partly across, and the said cross-slits area distance away from the central part 1 equal that of the length of flanges 3 3, whereby to form solid pendent portions :1: at the opposite ends of the part 1 equal that of the pendent flanges y en the opposite sides of the part 1, as clearly shown in Fig. 2, from which it will be seen the two pendent portions :1; and y act as earth-penetrating parts to produce, as it were, a firm anchorage for the top plate. The blank after being cut as described has its ends 2 bent down at right angles. The parts adjacent the slits 2 are bent outward to produce anchor-ribs c 0.
So far as described it will be readily ap parent that for soft ground the anchor can be readily forced down until its top plate 1 is sunk flush with the earth surface, and when very soft the earth surrounding the anchor may be tamped. For very hard ground a dummypost or tool of solid non-flexible metal is first used to produce the opening into which my anchor member is forced after the dummy is withdrawn. After the anchor portion is fixed the standard or post proper, B, is setin place by pushing its lower end I) through the punched and spurred opening in the part 1 of anchor A, the spurs or prongs serving to grip the shank b and also form astay therefor. It will thus be apparent that the member A when fixed in the ground is braced in every direction by the flanges 3 3 and by reason of said flanges tapering down from the top toward the bottom they form no obstruction when pushing the anchor member A down. The standard or post B, which may be of any approved shape, is preferably of case the flange t has the wire-slots and closure members b From the foregoing, taken in connection with the accompanying drawings, it is thought the advantages and the manner in which my post can be formed and put up will be readily understood.
The anchor member while of a simple form has the elements of durability and strength, and by reason of its peculiarly-constructed brace portions it becomes firmly anchored either in soft or hard ground and acts as a firm base for the posts B, which by reason of the firmness of the earth around their shank or penetrating portions require no further bracing means than that effected by the anchor A and the wire strands.
Having thus described my invention, what I claim, and desire to secure by Letters Patent, is-
1. A fence-post, consisting in combination, a post or standard, having means for receiving and holding the wire strands, and having a circular shank, an anchor member having a top portion, provided with a central aperture, the edges, of which have downwardlybent clam ping-pron gs. to engage the shank of the post, said anchor member having short pendent flanges on two of its opposite sides, and long penetrating members at the two other sides, said members having outwardlybent anchoring-ribs, substantially as shown and described.
2. As an article of manufacture, an anchor member for fence-posts, consisting of a top portion having acentral aperture, the edges of which have downwardly-bent clampingprongs to engage the post; said anchor member having downwardly-bent flanges on two of its opposite sides and long downwardly-extending penetrating members on the two other sides, said penetrating members having outwardly-bent anchoring-ribs, as shown and 40 described.
A. T. LEWIS, W. H. COURTNEY.