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Publication numberUS775184 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateNov 15, 1904
Filing dateFeb 4, 1903
Priority dateFeb 4, 1903
Publication numberUS 775184 A, US 775184A, US-A-775184, US775184 A, US775184A
InventorsHenry P Kochsmeier
Original AssigneeHenry P Kochsmeier
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
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PATBNTED NOV. l5, 1904.

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Patented November 15, 1904.



SPECIFICATION forming part of Letters Patent No. 775,184, dated November l5, 1904.

Application iiled February 4. 1903. Serial No. 141,874. (No mcdeh Be it known that I, HENRY P. KooHsMnInR, a citizen otl the United States, resid ing at Freeport, in the county of Stephenson and State ot' Illinois, have invented new and useful Improvements in Towel-Racks, of which the following is a specification.

My invention relates to towel-racks; and the object ot' the same is to construct a stationary device of this character which will be simple in construction and whereby the supportingarms thereof may be adjusted to stand at any height.

rl`he novel construction employed by me in carrying out my invention is fully described and claimed in this specification and illustrated in the accompanying drawings, forming a part thereof, in which- Figure 1 is a perspective of my rack, together with the guide member. Fig. 2 is a vertical transverse section or' the same.

Like numerals of reference designate like parts in both views of the drawings.

The numeral 1 designates a vertical guide member rigidly secured to a support 2, such as a wall, and having undercut or grooved edges I3, which form parallel guides. A. semicircular. bracket l is adjustably mounted on the guide member 1 and has two upwardlycurved arms thereon, which bear inwardlyextending oppositely-disposed lugs e, which engage the rear of the grooved edges 3 ot' the guide member l. The body of the bracket 4f bears at S ou the outer face ot' the guide member 3 below the point where the lugs 6 engage the guides thereon, and thereby bite and clamp the bracket against downward movement. A down wardl y-extending handle 9 lits an aperture 10 in the bracket 4 and normally extends substantially parallel to the member 1, with a slight space intervening to enable the handle to be easily grasped.

In order to accommodate supporting-arms 11 for towels, Sac., the bracket 4 is provided with radial sockets 12, notched or cut away, as at 13, in their upper surfaces. The supporting or carrying arms 11 engage at their inner ends the sockets 12 and are provided with cross-pins 11, whose projecting end portions extend through the openings produced by the notching of said sockets, said projecting portions resting upon the bottom edges ot' said openings or notches to prevent the withdrawal of said arm and yet permit a limited movement ot` the last-named to allow their inner ends to come within the plane of said notches, whereby said arms may drop or hang vertically suspended by said pins.

IV hen my rack is in use, the arms 11 extend horizontally and radially from the bracket 4 and serve to support towels. When one ot' the arms is not in use, it can be withdrawn until the end clears the inner end ot' the arm 12, when it is released and will hang vertically. In adjusting the bracket 4 to stand at the height desired the lower end ot' the handle 9 is grasped and pulled away from the guide 1, which action will break the bite ot' the bracket on the guides 3 and the bracket may be moved to the point desired, after which the handle is released to swingl down and permit the bracket to bite the guides 3 and once more clamp itself in position.

I do not wish to be limited as to details of construction, as these may be modilied in many particulars without departing lroiu the spirit or' my invention,

Having thus described my invention, what I claim as new, and desire to secu re b v Letters Patent, is-

1. In a towel-rack, the combination ot' a member having parallel guides Vformed thereon, a bracket having two upwardly-curved arms bearing lugs located to engage the rear ot' said guides, the body of said bracket being constructed to bear on the t'ront ot' said guides below the points ot' engagement ot.' said arms 1 with said guides to clamp and securely hold said bracket in position, and a downwardlyextending handle litting an aperture in said bracket, and designed to be displaced outwardly from said guides to release the grip of said bracket on said guides, substantially as described.

2. In a device of the character described, the combination ot' a vertical guide member having parallel guide-flanges thereon, a bracket bearing radial sockets having notches in their y upper surfaces, said bracket also having' two l upward-curved hangers or arms provided with IOO opposite lugs arranged to engage the rear surfaces of said guide-flanges, and supportingarms engaging said socketsy and having transverse pins resting in said notches, said bracket bearing bodily upon the front surface of said guide member below the points of engagement of said lugs with said guide to clamp and effectively hold said bracket in position, and a pendent handle fitting a socket lin said bracket, whereby the rack may be released by moving said handle away from saidguide member.

3. In a towel-rack the combination of a bracket having radial sockets cut away or notched in their upper sides and undercut at my hand in presence of two subscribing witnesses.




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