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Патент USA US2109023

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Feb. 22, 1938.v
4 2,109,023
Filed March 4, 1937
$72545 bm
Patented Feb. 22, 1938
Daniel W. Hilderbrant, Farmersville, Calif.
Application March 4, 1937, Serial No. 129,039
1 Claim. (Cl. 24-1319)
This invention relates to improvements in
metal clothespins.
An object of the invention is to provide a
clothespin composed of a single strand of wire,
5 that can be economically made and which will
function more satisfactory than clothespins now
in commercial use.
A further object of the invention is to provide
a device that can be quickly and easily attached
10 or removed from the line without being friction
ally engaged or disengaged.
Other objects and advantages of the invention
will become apparent from the description and
drawing, wherein:
Figure 1 is a front elevational view of the
device applied to a clothesline;
Figure 2 is a view similar to Figure 1, except
that the legs have been compressed to permit
the clothesline being engaged or disengaged.
Figure 3 is an edge view in elevation;
Figure 4 is a sectional view taken on the line
4—4 of Figure 1, and
Figure 5 is a fragmentary sectional view taken
on the line 5-5 of Figure 1.
Referring more particularly to the drawing
wherein like reference characters designate like
or corresponding parts in the different views, In
designates a strand of wire which is shaped to
form the clothespin. The strand I0 is provided
with a plurality of loops intermediate of the
ends forming coils H and 12. The end portions
l3 and ill extend tangentially from the ends of
coils H and I2 and incline slightly toward each
other. The portion l3 is bent at I5 and ex
tended towards and beyond the end portion 14
and there bent at l5a to form a loop having
parallel sides H5 and I1 providing a guide loop
for end portion l4 as best shown in Figure 4.
The side portion l? is then bent towards side
portion l6 and downwardly as shown at H“, then
under portion [6 at Ill’ and upwardly at ll, then
bent into a hook, l8‘5L having its terminal ending
adjacent side I‘! providing a guide loop as best
shown in Figure 5.
The member l4 extends up between the sides
l6 and ll and is then bent approximately at
right angles at [9 to form the portion 20 which
extends through and is guided by the loop l8,
l88L as also best shown in Figure 5. The portion
20 is bent downwardly and inwardly at ill and
the end is returned on itself and formed into a
notch portion 22 which normally rests close to
the member l3.
Members [3 and M are squeezed toward one
another against the resilience of spring coils H
and I2.
The member M will slide in the guide
way formed by the portions l6 and I1 and this
movement will cause part 22 to move away from 10
part l3 sufficiently to allow a clothesline 23 to
pass between parts l3 and 22, as seen in Figure 2.
The parts l3 and 14 are then released and the
device assumes its normal position with the
clothesline resting in the recess between part 15
2! and part l5, as seen in Figure 1.
The material to be suspended can either be
engaged between the coils II and I2 or be hung
over the line 23 and will be securely held in either
position. To disengage the device, members l3 20
and M are pushed together and the device lifted
off of line 23.
It is to be understood that only the preferred
embodiment of the invention has been illustrated,
the right being reserved to make such changes
and modi?cations as will not depart from the
spirit and scope of the invention.
I claim as my invention:In a clothespin formed of a single strand of
resilient wire, a coil intermediate the ends there- 30
of, two substantially parallel legs extending from
opposite ends of said coil, a substantially right
angled portion extending from the end of one
leg toward and beyond the other leg, said sub
stantially right angled portion having at its end 35
a return bend extending toward the coil forming
a hook element, said second mentioned leg hav
ing at its end a guide comp-rising two loops, one
enclosing and normal to the ?rst mentioned leg,
the other enclosing and normal to the substan- 40
tially right angled portion, said hook element
and said second leg cooperating to form a recess
whereby a clothesline and clothes suspended
thereon may be secured and retained, the clothes
normally extending downward in a direction 45
parallel to said second leg.
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