US 723114 A
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' No, 723,114. PATENTED MAR; 1 1903.
P. F. WITT.-
- CLOTHES RACK. APPLICATION 111mm JAN. 18, 1902.
; '67 I awanl oz Ea KI UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE.
FRANUKF. 'WITT, or ELYR'IaoI IIoQ CLOTHES-RACK.
srncrrrcnrron formingpart of Letters Patent No. 723,114, dated March 17, 1903.
t Application filed January 18, 1902. Serial No. 90,347. (No model.)
. To all whom, it may concern:
Be it known'that I, FRANK F.'WITT, a citizen of the UnitedStates, residing at Elyria,
in the county of Lorain and State ofOhio,
have invented new and useful Improvements n Clothes-Racks, ofwhich the following is a specification. r
reduced in compact form.
This invention relates to clothes-racks for holding anddrying clothes and the like; and
asimple and effective device of this class of astrong and durable construction and which can be compactly reduced when not in use and when arranged for the support of clothes has a great hanging capacity, the plurality of devices upon which the clothes are hung being disposed in such vertical arrangement :thatthe articles on an upper one of such de- Cvices will not interfere with a similar device next below the same.
The invention consists in the construction and arrangement of the several parts, which will be more fully hereinafter described and claimed. l
In the drawings, Figure 1 is a perspective view of the improved jrack. shown arranged for use. Fig.2 isa similar view of the rack Fig. 3 is a trans verse vertical section through the lower portion of the rack. Fig. 4c is a horizontal section through the rack-standard, showing one of the supporting-disks and'portions of the germs therein.
Similar numerals of reference are employed to indicate corresponding parts in the several @views.
. The numeral 1 designates a standard which is preferably cylindrical in form and of any suitable length. "The standard 1 is secured inthecenter 'of a lower horizontally-disposed basedisk or head 2, and at regular intervals above the said disk or head 2 other similar disks 3 are secured to the standard, the uppermost disk being adjacent to the upper te'r- .minal of the said standard. The disks 2 and 3 are secured to the standard by U-shaped staples 4, applied inwardly 'thereover in radial planes and driven into the said standard,
as clearly shown by Fig.4, and between the planes of the legs of the staples vertical ap ertures 5 are bored or otherwise formed in said disks. Extending radially inwardly from the periphery of the disks to oneside of the plane of the vertical apertures 5 are sockets 6, those in the lower disk 2 being disposed at an upward angle of inclination. The vertical apertures 5 in the successive disks are in staggered relation that is, the apertures in one disk are out of alinement with the apertures in the disk next above-this disposition of. the apertures in the several disks being in regular alternation. Moreover, the sockets 6 are formed in different positions in relation to the said apertures 5. For instance, those in the disk 2 are on the left of said apertures, those in the disk 3 next above on the right of the apertures.
A plurality of arms 7 are employedin connection with the disks or heads 3. These arms, as shown, are angular in cross-section, but may be-cylindrical or round, and have tenons 8 at their inner ends to removably fit in either the apertures 5 or sockets 6. The arms 7, which are inserted in the sockets 6in the lower disk or head 2, are given an outward and downward incline and provide an extended stable base-rest for the entire rack. The arms, which are inserted in the disks 3, are horizontally straight, and in view of the alternate disposition of the sockets 6, as heretofore explained, the arms of one disk or head will be alined with the centers of the spaces between thearms of the disk or head next above, and by this means clothing or other articles disposed or placed on the arms will not touch or interfere with those onthe arms next below. The arms are readily removable from. the disks or heads, andwhen it is desired to reducethe rack tocompact form the several arms are withdrawn from the sock.-
ets 6 and are arranged in upright position in the apertures 5, as clearly shown by Fig. 2. When the rack is arranged as shown by Fig. 2, it maybe stored within a comparatively small space, and all the parts pertaining thereto will be held in engagement therewith and ready for quick assemblage to change the purposes, and to suit different uses changes in the form, proportions, size, and minor details may be resorted to without departing from the principle of the invention.
i Having thus fully described the invention, what is claimed as new is- A clothes-rack comprising a standard havinga series of horizontally-disposed disks centrally secured thereto at regular intervals, the disks being fastened to the standard by staples driven radially thereover, the legs of the said staples closely embracing the upper and lower sides of the disks and having regularly-defined spaces, each of the disks between the contiguous staples having vertical openings therethrough close to said legs, and
sockets projecting into the same adjacent to the heads of the staples and to one side of the openings, and a series of arms freely removable in relation to the openings or the sockets and capable of being arranged parallel with the standard when in the openings or in radial relation to the disks when in the sockets, said arms extending outwardly an equal distance from the disks and completely. surrounding the latter, the lower disk and its arms forming a base-rest for the rack.
In testimony whereof I affix'my signature in presence of two witnesses.
FRANK F. WITT.
E. O. MANTER, A. L. AGATE.