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Jan. 25, 1938.
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G. E. ALPHIN
WINDOW FIXTURE
Filed Jan. 14, 1957
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Patented Jan. 25, 1938
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UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE
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WINDOW FIXTURE
Gilbert E. Alphin, Mount Olive, N. C.
Application January 14, 1937, Serial No. 120,604
9 Claims. (Cl. 248-252)
The invention relates to window fixtures of
the general type disclosed in my U. S. Patent No.
1,345,340 of July 6, 1920, for Supporting shade
rollers, curtain rods and drapery rods, and one
5 object of the invention is to generally improve
upon and simplify the prior construction, pro
viding a superior article at less cost.
Another object is to provide certain standard
end and intermediate units of novel construc
10 tion which may be easily related with each other
in such manner as to readily adapt the fixture
for use on single, twin, triple, and double-twin
windows. For a single window, two end units
are employed, both held in engagement with
15 the window frame by ai? single tension spring.
For twin, triple or double-twin windows, one or
more intermediate units are used between two of
the end units, and two or more tension springs
are employed to connect the units with each
20 other. Each intermediate unit is att-ached to
the frame by a single fastener and the pull of
the tension springs prevents it from turning
about said fastener.
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Each end unit and each intermediate unit in
25 cludes a horizontally elongated strip and a brack
et slidably adjustable on said strip, and a fur
ther object is to provide a novel construction
whereby the bracket and the means for mount
ing it on the strip, are held in properly assembled
30 relation without the use of rivets, welding or the
like.
For a twin, triple or double-twin window, it is
often desirable to make use of one long drapery
supporting rod instead of using a plurality of
35 short rods, and a still further object of the in
vention is to provide novel spring arms on each
intermediate unit for effectively supporting the
adjacent portion of said long rod. In carrying
out this end, yet another aim is to provide a
40 novel structure in which the single fastener used
for -attaching the intermediate unit to the frame
also secures the aforesaid spring arms in proper
position.
With the foregoing and minor objects in view,
45 the invention resides in the novel subject matter
hereinafter described and claimed, description
being accomplished by reference to the accom
panying drawing.
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Fig. l is a horizontal sectional view through a
50 twin window showing the invention attached
thereto.
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Fig. 2 is a face view of the parts shown in Fig. l.
Fig. 3 is an enlarged horizontal sectional view
partly in elevation showing the intermediate unit
55 illustrated in Figs. 1 and 2.
Fig. 4 is a detail sectional view on line 4_4
of Fig. 2 showing the manner in which the spring »
arms are engaged with the usual inturned iianges
of a conventional channeled rod.
Fig. 5 is a perspective view showing the spring ' 5
,arms and their attaching plate, and a portion of
the rod engaged with said arms.
Fig. 6 is a detail sectional view on line 6_6
of Fig. 2 showing the construction of one of .
the slidably adjustable brackets with which the `l0
end and intermediate units are provided.
Fig. '7 is a View similar to Fig. 3 but showing
one of the end units.
Fig. 8 is »a perspective view of one of the slid-.m
ably adjustable brackets.
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Fig. 9 is a perspective view showing the outer
end of the horizontal strip of one of the end units.
Fig. 10 is a view similar to Fig. 1 but showing
the invention upon a triple window.
Fig. 11 is a view similar to Fig. 1 but showing 20
the invention upon a single window.
'Fig l2 is a detail horizontal sectional view
showing the manner in which the strips of the
end units may be engaged with driven fasteners
instead of hooked into the edges of the window- 25
frame.
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The end units above referred to are indicated
at E, and the intermediate units at I. Two of
the end units E are always used and if the inven
tion is to be engaged with a single window as 30
shown in Fig. 11, no intermediate unit is em
ployed. For a twin window, one intermediate
unit I is used as shown in Figs. 1 and 2; for a
triple window, two of said units I are employed,
and it will be obvious that three of them will 35
be required for a double-twin window. Regard
less of the units which may be employed, they
are connected by spring means which exerts an
inward pull to hold the end sections E engaged
with the frame, said spring means also serving, >40
if one or more intermediate units I be employed,
to hold the same against tilting upon the fas
tener I3.
Each end unit E includes one bracket B for
supporting one end of a shade roller R, one end 45
of a curtain rod C and one end of a conventional
channeled drapery rod D. Each intermediate
unit I includes two brackets B which are identical
with those ñrst mentioned, and associated also
with each intermediate section I, are two arms -50
i4 to engage an intermediate portion of the
drapery rod D, as seen most clearly in Figs. 4
and 5.
Each end unit E includes a flat horizontal strip
l5 cut and bent at its outer end to providevtwo`> 55
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sharp hooks I6 to hook into the edge of the win
dow frame as shown in Figs. 1, '1, 10 and 11, and a
notch I1 between said hooks to hook over the head
of a screw or other fastener I8 (Fig. _12) if it be
preferable to provide the frame with such fasten
ers instead of having the hooks I6 penetrate the
edges of said frame. The inner end of each strip
I5 is given a return bend I9 so positioned that it
cannot injure the rolled window shade, said re
10 turn bend being formed with an opening. 20
through which one of the springs 2|, used in
connecting the units of the device, passes. The
strip I5 is provided also with suitable openings 22
into any of which the end of the spring 2| may be
15 hooked as seen in Fig. ’7, according to _the >width
of the window and the required spring tension.
Each intermediate unit I includes a flat hori
zontal strip 23 having acentral opening _through
which the screw or other fastener I3 passes, the
20 end portions of said strip 23 being formed with
suitable openings 24 into which the inner ends of
the springs 2| may be hooked, as seen in Fig. 3.
It will thus be seen that the tension of the springs
holds the strips I5 of the end units E engaged with
25 the frame and also holds the strip 23 of each
intermediate unit I, against tilting upon the fas
tener I3.
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Each of the brackets B comprises a long arm
25, a short arm 26, and a flat vertical supporting
30 plate 21 integral with said arms, said plate and
arms being formed by suitably bending a suitable
strip of metal. The long arms 25 are appropriate
ly apertured to support the shade roller R and the
curtain rod C. The short arms 26 of the brackets
of the end units E are readily engageable with the
usual curved ends of the drapery rod D, and if a
plurality of short rods be preferred instead of one
long rod, the inner ends of said rods may be en
' gaged with the short arms 26 of the brackets B in
cluded inthe intermediate unit or units I.
A flat attaching sleeve 28 is provided for mount
ing the bracket B upon the strip I5 or 23, said
sleevebeing provided with one vertical side wall
29 extending between the arms 25 and 26 and ly
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ing against the plate 21, being provided with an
other vertical side wall 30 which lies against the
strip I5 or 23, and being provided with upper and
lower edge walls 3| and 32 which engage the upper
and lower edges respectively of the plate 21 and
the strip (I5 or 23). By associating the sleeve 28
with the plate 21 and arms 25, 26 in the manner
shown, the parts will remain in properly assem
bled relation prior to mounting the sleeve 28 upon
its carrying strip or if said sleeve should be re
moved, for instance, accidentally when adjusting
the device to the window.
The spring arms I4 are connected with and
carried by a vertical plate 33 having an opening 34
through which the fastener I3 passes, the same
60 fastener therefore serving to mount said arms I4
and the strip 23. The opening 34 is preferably in
the form of a notch as shown in Fig. 5 to facilitate
application and removal of the plate 33 and arms
I4. The strip 23 passes between these arms I4
and lies against the plate 33, the edges of said strip
23 being in contact with said arms I4. Thus, since
the springs hold the strip 23 against tilting upon
the fastener I3, the arms I4 will also be held
against such tilting. The outer ends of these arms
From the foregoing, taken in connection with
the accompanying drawing, it will be seen that a
simple, inexpensive and advantageous construc
tion has been provided for carrying out the objects
of the invention, and while preferred details have Cl
been shown, attention is invited to the fact that
numerous variations may be made within the
scope of the invention as claimed.
I claim:
1. A window fixture comprising a horizontally
elongated bracket-carrying strip having a central
opening, a plate lying'against the central portion
_of said strip and having an opening alined with
the aforesaid opening, one screw or nail driven
through both of said openings into a window
frame Vand constituting the sole means for at
taching'both said strip and said plate to said win
dow frame, and an _arm projecting from said plate
to support an intermediate portion of a rod.
2'. A window fixture comprising a vertical plate,
upper and lower spring arms projecting in the
same direction from said platel to engage an in
termediate portion of a rod, and a horizontally
elongated bracket-carrying strip extending be
tween said arms and contacting with said plate,
said strip and plate having alined openings, and
one nail or screw driven through said alined open
ings into a window frame and constituting the
sole means for securing both the strip and the
plate to said window frame.
3. A structure asspeoiñed in claim 2; the end
portions of said strip having openings for en
gagement with stabilizing means to prevent
turning of said strip upon said screw or nail, said
upper and lower arms being in contact with the
upper and lower edges of said strip respectively
to hold said arms and said `plate against turning
with respect to said strip.
4. A window fixture comprising a member for
attachment to a window frame, upper and lower »
spring arms projecting in the same direction from
said member, the free ends lof 4said upper and
lower arms having hooks projecting upwardly
and _downwardly respectively, and a flat curtain
rod at the outer ends of said arms, said rod hav
ing a downwardly bent flange at its upper edge
and an ,upwardly bent flange at its lower edge,
said flanges being substantially parallel with the
body portion of said rod, said upwardly and down
wardly projecting hooks being disposed between
said body portion of said rod and said downward
ly and upwardly bent flanges.
5. A window fixture comprising a member for
attachment to a window frame, upper and lower
spring arms of flat form projecting in the same -.
direction from said member, the free ends of
said upper and lower flat arms being bent up
wardly and downwardly respectively on straight
transverse lines to provide an upwardly and a
downwardly projecting hook in substantially ver k60
tical planes, and a flat curtain rod at the outer
ends of said arms, said rod having a downwardly
bent flange at its upper edge and an upwardly
bent flange at its lower edge, said flanges being
substantially parallel with the body portion of
said rod, said upwardly and downwardly pro
jecting hooks being disposed between said body
portion of said rod and said downwardly and up
wardly bent flanges.
ventional channeled rod D, as shown most clearly
in Figs. 4 and 5, the hooks 35 being preferably
6. A window ñxture comprising a single iiat 70
strip of metal bent upon transverse lines to pro
vide a central vertical plate and upper and lower
fiat spring arms projecting in the same direction
.farmed bv simply bending the ends of the arms
from said plate, said plate having a fastener-re
70 are provided with oppositely projecting hooks 35
to engage the usual inturned iianges of the con
I4.
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ceiving opening, the frlìeendspfA said upper and
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lower arx'ns being bent upwardly and downwardly
respectively on straight transverse lines to pro
vide an upwardly and a downwardly projecting
hook in substantial vertical planes, and a flat our
tain rod at the outer ends of said arms, said rod
having a downwardly bent ñange at its upper
edge and an upwardly bent ñange at its lower
edge, said flanges being substantially parallel
with the body portion of said rod, said upwardly
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and downwardly projecting hooks being disposed
between said body portion of said rod and said
downwardly and upwardly bent flanges.
7. A window ñxture comprising a horizontal
strip for attachment to a window frame, a bracket
having a plate lying against said strip, said strip
and plate being of the same vertical width, said
plate having horizontally spaced arms projecting
in the saine direction therefrom, and a flat sleeve
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embracing said plate and strip and mounting the
former slidably upon the latter, said sleeve hav
ing side walls lying against said plate and strip
respectively and upper and lower edge walls abut
ting the upper and lower edges respectively of
said plate and strip.
8. A window fixture comprising a ñat horizon
tal strip for attachment to a window frame, a flat
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vertical plate lying against one side of said ilat
strip, said strip and plate being of the same ver
tical width, ñat horizontally spaced parallel arms
projecting in the same direction from said plate,
and a flat sleeve embracing said plate and said 5
strip to slidably mount the former on the latter,
said sleeve having one vertical side wall lying
against said plate between said arms and abutting
said arms, a second vertical side wall lying
against said strip», and upper and lower edge 10
walls abutting the upper and lower edges re
spectively of said strip and plate.
9. In a window iixture, an attaching bracket
including a ílat metal strip having a row of open
ings into any one of which a coil spring may be 15
hooked, one end of said strip being bent at right
angles and formed with an opening through
which to pass> said spring, said bent end having its
extremity bent at right angles toward the other
end of the strip and disposed parallel with the 20
plane of the body of the strip to prevent it from
injuring an adjacent window shade, and hook
means at the other end of the strip for engaging
a window frame.
GILBERT E. ALPHIN.
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