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v UNITED STATES PATENT OFFIOE.
ARTHUR E. MORRIS AND JOHN W. BAKER, OF ADRIAN, MICHIGAN.
' Specification of Letters Patent.
Patented Sept. 18, 1906.
Application filed December 12, 1905. Serial No. 291,481.
To all whom, it may concern:
Be it known that we, ARTHUR E. MoRRis and JOHN W. BAKER, citizens of the United States, residing at Adrian, in the county of Lenawee and State of Michigan, have invented a new and useful Clothes-Holder, of which the following is a specification.
This invention relates to improvements in devices for suspending garments, more par ticularly when drying, and serving the same purpose as ordinary clothes-pins, and has for its object to improve and simplify the construction and increase the efficiency of devices of this character.
With these and other objects in view, which will appear as the nature of the invention is better understood, the invention consists in certain novel features of construction, as hereinafter fully described and claimed.
In the accompanying drawings, forming a part of this specification, and in which corresponding parts are denoted by like designating characters, is illustrated the preferred form of the embodiment of the invention capable of carrying the same into practical operation, it being understood that various changes in the form, proportion, and minor details ofconstruction may be resorted to within the scope of the appended claims without departing from the principle or sacrificing any of the advantages of this invention.
In the drawings, Figure 1 represents a per spective view of the improved device. Fig. 2 is a side elevation of the same. Fig.8 is a sided elevation of the improved device aplie p The improved device comprises a frame of resilient wire bearing over the clothes-line and compressing the garments thereon and supporting a pair of rollers coacting with the frame to support the garments in position.
The frame is constructed from a single piece of wire of sufficient size to offer the requisite resistance when bent into shape and the rollers applied and is formed with oblong loops 10 11 at the ends to receive rollers 17 18, the terminals of the wire coiled around the body of same at 12 13.
The wire frame is formed with a center eye 14., and the portions between the eye and the coils 12 13 converging to cause the contiguous bends of the coils to yieldably contact at 20 and also to cause the rollers to yieldably contact, as shown in Fig. 2.
The sides of the body portion of the wire frame also converge to a point near the loops 10 11 and contact at 21 near the contactpoint 20 of the loops, so that pressure is imparted to the garments over which the device is disposed at three points and the grip thus materially increased without increasing the weight of the device or the eX pense of manufacture.
The eye 1 4 serves two important purposes first, as a means for increasing the springiness or resiliency of the frame, and thus correspondingly increase the force of the grip of the rollers and coils upon the garments disposed between them, but also as a means for suspending the device movably upon the line indicated at 19.
The device is simple in construction, can be inexpensively manufactured, and will firmly hold the garments and without injuring the most delicate fabric.
Having thus described the invention, what is claimed is 1. As an improved article, aclothes-holder consisting of a frame of resilient wire having loops at the ends and bent centrally into an eye, the sides of the wire converging and in yieldable contact adjacent to said loops and with the inner portions of the loops likewise in yieldable cont act, and rollers rotatively disposed on the outer portions of the loops and with their contiguous faces yieldably in contact.
2. As an improved article, a clothes-holder consisting of a frame of resilient wire having loops at the ends and bent centrally into an eye, and rollers mounted for rotation upon the outer portions of the loops and maintained in yieldable engagement by the resiliency of the wire, the portions of the frame adjacent to the loops, converging to cause the converged portions of the frame to contact with the garments disposed between the rollers.
In testimony that we claim theforegoing as our own we have hereto afliXed our signatures in the presence of witnesses.
' ARTHUR E. MORRIS.
JOHN W. BAKER.
Witnesses as to signature of Arthur E. Morris:
F. H. PETTINGER, O. H. WrLooX.
Witnesses as to signature of John W. Baker:
LEwIs T. LooHNER, FRED B. STEBBINs.