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Патент USA US2112158

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March 22, 1938.
I Filed March‘8, 1935
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Patented Mar. 22,‘ 1938
Ralph F. Henn, Geneva; Ohio
Applicatioh March 8, 1935‘; Serial No. 10,084‘
5 Claims;
(01. 15-147)
This invention relates to mops, particularly
_ _In the preferred embodiment of the invention
dustv mops‘, and among other objects aims to pro-
the‘ wire‘ forming the resilient tapered neck [6 is
vide an improved mop- having a swab which may
continued to form the swab frame I2 which is
be easily. removed and‘ having a swab ‘carrier or
nothing‘ more than a wire'loop. Obviously, man
‘ ’ frame“ which is ?exibly‘ mounted on the‘handle
ufacturing economies are realized by making the
so asto permit'movement thereof in many di- wire frame integral with the connector; how
"-"rfections, thus permitting the mop to bend'or ' ever, it is within the'scope of the present inven~
.twist relative to the handle to conform to the
varying angles of surfaces'being cleaned by the
10" r'nop. The invention has other objects which
will be pointed out in‘ the following description
of a preferred embodiment thereof.
tion to make the wire frame a separate piece
and‘ unite it to the connector. In the preferred
embodiment, a single'piece of wire is bent ihter- in}
mediate its ends and then two of its lengths are
In the: accompany drawi‘ng.'-—'
Fig. 1 is aplan view of the‘mop, the yarn thereT3 of being indicated more or less diagrammaticals
1y,tne larger portion‘ of the‘ handle being’ omit-
end of__ the wire extension which forms the swab
frame‘ 12 is provided with an eye as ‘which is
Fig. 2 is a‘ plan view on an enlarged scale showN
i'ng'the swab frame and the handle connector or
socket member and omitting the swab; . ‘
Fig. 3 is a view similar to Fig. 2 but showing
adapted to engage ‘the hook H to close the loop.
Instead of a hook and eye connection, two hooks
or any other simple means may be used for con-. 20
necting the ends of ‘the frame together; a hook
one end' of the swab‘frame‘disconnected from ‘the
handle cohn‘ector to facilitate placing or removal
arid‘ eye Connection is preferred because of its
eXtreme simplicity and ease of manufacture.
of a, swab; ‘
When desired the loop may be opened by merely
.F'ig. 4' is a fragmentary View showing the constru‘chon’cr the swab; and
Fig. 5 is an, enlarged detail showing the hook
for” d-‘eta'ch‘amy holding the end of the Swab
twisted spirally to form the handle socket‘ and
one end of said wireterminates at the end of the
tapered neck It; said end being formed into ‘a
hook. l'i Which lies in the plane of the 100D- The :15
disengaging the eye from the‘ heck, whereupon 2~
the swab frame will have the form shown in
Fig- 3; Withthef?‘ee end ready for insertion in
the core of the swab. Obviously, the eye I 8 should
be of su?iciently small'diameterv to pass freely
Referring particularly to the drawing, there is
shown a mop comprising a handle i0, handle conhector or socket member H, a swab frame 12 and
through the Wire Core iii of the swab, Which is 30
inserted 1110011 its frame by a Pushing metien. If
the Wire is bent so that When the 100D is Opened,
3. swab l3, The swab comprises a, coiled wire
forming a core M on which cotton yarn I5 is
the wire naturally assumes a curvilinear form
With a narrow gap between the free endcf the
:5 secured prior to the coiling operation by the
process disclosed in the patent to Carter No.
1,209,639, the result being that, the yarn completely covers the coiled wire and extends out-
100D and the socket, as shown, Closing of the 35
1001;) after the Swab isin place Will‘ be greatly
facilitated and opening of the loop will also be
made easier, as the Wire Will hot spring Open
wardly from the wire core in all directions. as
.11) disdosed in my patent No. 1,936,509 dated N0_
vember 21, 1933.
The handle connector or socket member ll
is preferably formed of heavy nickel-plated wire
coiled in a double spiral coil, with a tapered neck
47' It at one end. Thediameterof the spiral coils
With great force; and Of Course insertion and re
moval of the swab will also be easier if the wire 40
loop is easy to control. However, it is within the
scope Of the invention to employ a Wire frame
With I10 natural tendency to form a 100p
As stated above, the swab is mounted on a
spiral wire core which has a normal length 45
is such that, the end of the handle ill is easily
received within the coils, particularly if the handie is introduced with a slight twisting motion.
greater than the perimeter of the sWab- frame '2,
that is to say, the swab, when in repose. has a
total over all length preferably several inches
A reverse twist of the handle will, however, cause
so the coils to tighten and'grip the handle very se-
in excess Of the length of the Wire frame It‘. The
result is that when the swab is inserted on its
curely so that removal is impossible. The tapered
frame, it must be compressed longitudinally to
neck It serves as a stop to the handle and pro-
permit the eye “3 to engage With the hook I‘!
vides a resilient connecting means between the
socket member I | and theswab frame l2, as will
and hence the swab is permanently pressed at
both ends against the end of the connector so that
the yarn of the swab completely hides the con- 55
be described.
nection between the swab frame and the handle
socket member. The yarn may also be long
enough to normally close the space in the inte
rior of the swab frame, although this is not neces
in the form of a loop, one end of which is perma
When the user of one of these mops desires to
remove the swab, this is easily done by merely
disengaging the eye I‘! from its hook, whereupon
the loop more or less straightens out and the de
10 tached swab is then easily pushed off of its frame.
The swab may be put in a washing machine and
and has its free end detachably engaged with
said hook.
2. A mop frame comprising, in combination, a
handle-receiving socket; a ?exible wire frame
and may even be wrung through a
wringer, before replacing it upon the swab frame.
The ends of the wire of the core M are turned
inwardly so that they will not catch on any
thing or scratch furniture. A further and very
important advantage of the mop is the extreme
?exibility of the connection between the handle
and the mop frame. This connection may be
bent in all directions radially relative to the han
dle, the result being that the mop frame may
swing in any direction with respect to the handle,
thus permitting the swab to conform to surfaces
at various inclinations relative to the handle axis.
25 Furthermore, the connection is unbreakable, the
resiliency of the wire being ‘such that it will yield
without ever breaking. Moreover, the wire loop
itself is ?exible, permitting a slight yielding
thereof to blows. The swab frame is always pro
30 tected by the yarn of the swab and can never be
nently secured to the socket and the other end
of which is adapted to be threaded into a swab
and is detachably secured to the socket; the wire
of said frame being so bent that when the de
tachable end is freed from the socket, the loop 10
opens to provide a relatively narrow gap which is
permanently maintained narrow by the resilience
of the wire, said gap facilitating insertion and
removal of a swab and connecting and discon
necting the detachable end.
3. A mop frame comprising, in combination, a
handle-receiving socket; said socket having a
?exible neck made of coiled wire; said wire ex
tending beyond one end of the neck and bent
around to form a loop; a hook projecting from 20
the aforesaid end of said neck substantially in the
plane of said loop; the free end of said wire being
detachably connected to the hook.
4. A mop comprising, in combination, a re~
silient elongated member formed into a loop with 25
its ends separably united to form a swab frame
which is adapted to be mounted on one end of a
handle; and a swab supported on the swab frame
and having an internal expansile coil spring of
such length that it is compressed when on the 30
exposed unless the user forcibly pulls apart the
frame, thereby normally completely covering the
two juxtaposed ends of the swab which are nor
5. A mop frame comprising, in combination, a
mally substantially in contact adjacent the hook
and eye connection. The described mop is ex
35 tremely inexpensive to manufacture and has
many advantages over mops heretofore known.
Obviously, the present invention may be em
bodied in many forms neither shown nor de
scribed but within the scope of the appended
Having described one embodiment of my in
vention, what I claim as new and desire to secure
by Letters Patent is:—
1. A mop frame comprising, in combination, a
handle-receiving socket made of a resilient wire
wrapped in a spiral coil; a hook on said socket,
and a swab holder formed from an integral ex
tension of said socket, which extension is bent
around in a substantially circular ?exible loop
handle-receiving socket made from a piece of re
silient wire doubled and bent to form a double 35
spiral coil; one end of said wire terminating near
the end of the socket opposite to the end which
receives the handle and having a hook formed at
its extremity; the other end portion of the wire
projecting a sufficient distance beyond the hook
to provide a swab~holding loop; the extremity of
said other end portion having a hook thereon to
engage the ?rst named hook; the resilience of
said wire resisting engagement of the hooks so
that when said hooks are disengaged the loop 45
will open and remain open until deliberately
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