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Publication numberUS744819 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateNov 24, 1903
Filing dateJun 1, 1903
Priority dateJun 1, 1903
Publication numberUS 744819 A, US 744819A, US-A-744819, US744819 A, US744819A
InventorsMary L Thomas
Original AssigneeMary L Thomas
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
US 744819 A
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UNTTED STATES Patented November 24-, 1903.



SPECIFICATION forming part of Letters Patent No. 744,819, dated November 24, 1903. Application filed June 1,1903. Serial No- 159.548. (N0 model.)

To to whom it may concern:

Be it known that I, MARY L. THOMAS, a citizen of the United States, residing at Eagle, in

the county of Cass, State of Nebraska, have invented certain new and useful Improvementsin Curtain-Fasteners; and I do hereby declare the following to be a full, clear, and exact'description of the invention, such as will enable others skilled in the art to which it appertains to make and use the same.

This invention relates to curtain fasteners or hangers, and more particularly to that class wherein the curtain is hung from a pole, the object of the invention being to provide a simple means by which the curtain will be held securely to the pole in such manner as to permit of easy application and removal when desired, an additional object of the invention being to provide means for holding the top portions of the curtains to permit them to be caught up in festoons or for holding additional draperies at the tops of the curtains.

In the drawings forming a portion of this specification, and in which like numerals of reference indicate similar parts in the several views, Figure 1 is an elevation showing a window provided with a curtain-fastener embodying the present invention. Fig. 2 is a perspective view of the curtain-pole with one curtain disposed thereover ready to receive the clamping-plate, said clamping-plate being shown in raised position. Fig. 3 is a transverse section taken vertically through the pole and clamping-plate and illustrating the use of the supplemental spring clamping-fingers. Fig. 4: is a view similar to Fig. 3 with the clamping-plate raised. Fig. 5 is a view-partly in section and partly in elevation and showing the use of a clamping-finger when a curtain is to be draped.

Referring now to the drawings, there is shown a window-frame 5 of usual construction to which the present curtain-fastening means is attached. The curtain supporting and fastening means comprises a pole 6 of usual cylindrical form, which is engaged in and supported by the brackets 7, which are attached in any suitable manner to the window-head, so as to hold the curtain-pole substantially horizontal and spaced outwardly from the window frame. The curtains securely, in either position.

(shown at 8) are hung over the pole in the usual manner and after being properly positioned thereon are held in place by means of a clamping-plate 9, which is arc-shaped in crosssection, so as to fit partly around the pole and hold the curtains securely. To hold the clamping-plate in place, arms 9 are attached to the end portions thereof and project at right angles therefrom, said arms having each their end portions oifset laterally with respect to each other, and these arms are pivoted against the inner faces of the brackets at their opposite ends from'their clampingplates, the pivots being so located that when the arms are swung thereon the clampingplate will be moved into and out of position to clamp the curtains against the pole. To hold the clamping-plate yieldablyin either its active oritsinactive position, helical springs 10 are attached to the arms adjacent to theclamping-plate and to the brackets at the opposite sides of the pivots, so that when the clampingplate is raised to its limit from its activeposition the points of attachmentof the springs to the arms pass vertically over the pivots of the arms, andin such movement the tensions of the springs change, the tensions being such that the clam ping-plate is held yieldably, but

When the curtain is to be clamped, the clamping-plate is lowered to rest thereon, and when the curtain is to be removed the clamping-plate is raised. To permit of draping the tops of the curtain, supplemental clamping-fingers are provided and consist of spring-fingers, (shown at 12,) each of the fingers consisting of a U shaped spring-wire having its end portions wrapped about the pins or rods 13, mounted upon the clamping-plate, the extreme ends of the wires resting against the'ornamental heading 14, which is carried by the clamping-plate, so as to hold the spring-wire of the fingers under such tension as will hold the lower ends of the fingers yieldably against the front edge of the clamping-plate.

When the curtains are to be draped, the lower ends of the spring clamping-fingers are drawn outwardly, and the curtain is engaged under the spring-finger and is clamped thereby against that portion of the curtain which is disposed over the curtain-pole. The ends of the spring clamping-fingers extend or depend below the clamping-plate, so that they may also exert a clamping action against the curtain-pole. When the arc-shaped clamping-plate is swung upwardly, any material that is clamped between it and the pole or between the spring-fingers and the pole will be released, while any material that may be clamped between the spring-fingers and the clamping-plate will be held to the clampingplate and raised therewith.

It will be understood that the clampingplate may be ornamented in any suitable manner, so that it will have, in effect, the appearance of a cornice, and that modifications may be made and any suitable materials and proportions used for the various parts without departing from the spirit of the invention.

What isclaimed is 1. A device of the class described comprising brackets, a curtain-pole mounted in the brackets, a single clamping-plate having supporting-arms pivoted to the brackets for movement of the clamping-plate into and out of position against the pole, and springs connected to the brackets and arms and arranged to hold the arms with the clamping-plate in active or inactive positions.

2. A device of the class described comprising a pole, a clamping-plate mounted for movement into and out of position against the pole, and spring clamping-fingers mounted upon the clamping-plate to exert clamp; ing action thereagainst, said fingers being movable with theelamping-plate into and out of clamping relation to the pole.

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




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Cooperative ClassificationA47H13/00