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Патент USA US2117162

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May 10, 1938.
Filed May 19, 1936
Fez/L011 11/. Harwi',
Patented May 10, 1933
Ralph W. ?arrisyl’equannock, N. J.
Application May 19, 1936,‘Serial No. 80,504
1 Claim.“ (Cl~.“24-'-262)
This invention relates to implements for clamp; ‘ ‘here actually lapping each other; and the‘other
" ing ?exible and usually symmetrically formed “two legs of the‘members, designated la and 2a,
articles, such as towels and other folded fabric‘ “ ‘stand ‘in planes‘ substantially parallel with each
‘other and project in‘the same direction. The two
5,‘, The object ofthe invention is to provide an iml" lapping legs'are con?ned to slide in this example 5
“*p‘lement ‘of this. class which will securely clamp
or grip the articles but which may be easily
applied thereto and permit their easy removal
one or a few at a time while the clamp retains its
10 e?ective grip on the remainder; which shall also
have a decorative appearance so that when the
package formed or a number of them are placed
on shelves, as in a closet, an attractive display
shall be presented; and which may be menu
15 factured at a minimum of cost.
The implement in its best form comprises a
clamp formed generally U-shaped and normally
having the extremities of its U urged together by
elastic means and an elongated tubular envelope
20 of flexible material, as of fabric, in which the
clamp stands sheathed from the free end of one
to the free end of the other extremity thereof,
and the length of which is at least such as to
permit the clamp to be extended to its full
25 capacity, wherefore at least when the implement
is more or less contracted the envelope will be
correspondingly shirred, the envelope being pref
erably so connected with the clamp that such
shirring will necessarily exist in coincidence with
30 that portion of the clamp which connects its said
two extremities. The clamp comprises two gen
erally L-shaped ?at metal members each having
one leg thereof lapping a leg of the other, said
legs being con?ned together so as only to slide on
35 each other longitudinally, and a spring which
connects the two members and serves to urge
their other legs (forming said extremities) to
In the drawing,
Fig. 1 is a side elevation, partly broken away,
of a package formed according to the invention
and comprising a pile of, say, towels and said
implement, more or less collapsed, the envelope
appearing in longitudinal section;
Figs. 2 and 3 are sections on lines 2-2 and
3-3, respectively, Fig. l; and
'on' each‘ other lengthwise by the metal clips or
straps 3 and 4 and the strap 3 outwardly traverses
and is there riveted to the free end of the lapping
extremity of the member I and has its ends bent
around or so as inwardly to lap the lapping ex- 10
tremity of member 2; the strap 4 outwardly
traverses the lapping extremity of member I and
has its ends bent around or so as to inwardly lap
the free end of the lapping extremity of member
2 and is there riveted to member 2. Integral 15
hooks 5 may be provided on the members at the
re-entrant sides of and near their angles, and
for normally urging the extremities la and. 2a
toward each other these hooks are connected by
the tension spring 6. For the sake of compactmess the lapping extremity of member 2 (such
being the inner one of the two lapping ex
tremities) may be formed with a longitudinal
slot 7 in which the spring is partially received.
The mentioned tubular and ?exible envelope,
preferably of some decorative fabric, is indicated
at 8. Its width may be throughout slightly
greater than that of the clamp members and
its length is such as to be adapted at least com
pletely to sheath the clamp when the latter is
fully extended. One end, thereof, as 8a may be
permanently closed, as by stitching; the other end
is temporarily closed by a snap-fastener 9.
The implement, so formed, may be extended by
drawing the members of the clamp part against
the tension of the spring, whereupon, a pile of
towels a or the like being made to be received
between the extremities la and 2a, upon release
of the members the implement will grip the
towels, as shown. The towels may be removed 40
one or a few at a time, leaving the clamp to
remain gripping the remainder.
When the clamp is not loaded to full capacity
there will of course be fulness in the envelope,
and to con?ne this as much as possible to that 45
portion of the implement which coincides with
the lapping legs of. the members I and 2 and
give it a decorative shirred effect I provide snap
fasteners, the studs I!) of which may be secured
to the members at or adjacent their angles and 50
form a right-angular bend in each on a line par- - the grommets. l I of which may be attached to the
allel with one broad face thereof. One leg or a
envelope at such a distance from its ends that
portion of each strip is arranged with its broad as to the portions of the envelope containing ex
faces parallel to the same plane as the broad tremities l a and 2a there will be little departure
55 faces of the other such leg or portion, the same from the ?at state, as shown.
Fig. 4 is a perspective view of said package.
To form the mentioned members I and 2 of the
clamp I provide two ?at steel or other metal strips
50 of approximately the same length ‘and width and
order to obtain an effective gripping on the
pile of towels or the like each extremity la, and
“Zia is near the mentioned angle of the corre
sponding member bent toward the other, as at
i i, then extending straight and parallel with the
other extremity. And it is preferably stiffened
by a longitudinally extending bend I3.
Of course the mere deflection of the envelope
from the lapping portion of. the members so as to
a shirred ribbon, viewing the implement from
the left in Fig. 1.
Having thus fully described my invention what
I claim is:
In combination, a clamp including a pair of
elongated substantially counterpart members
each consisting of a stiff ?at striprhaving its end
portions in substantially right-angular relation
to each other, one end portion of each member
receive their extremities lat-2a is a factor in projecting reversely to and lapping and being
inducing the shirring when the: clamp‘ is 001- ' con?ned to an end portion of the other member
lapsed; but it is preferable to resort to some such but slidable lengthwise of such end portion of the
other member to extend or collapse the clamp‘,
_ detachable connection as lEI-H.
By the expression in the appended claims
15 “direct sheathing” relation to a given portion of
the clamp, I mean to express that the envelope
has such transverse dimension as more or less
snugly to contain said portion or substantially
as shown in Fig. 3.
In View of this and since the
20 envelope is flat it is not disposed to skew or
undergo torsional displacement with respect to
the clamp and therefore the shirring will develop
beside the flat faces of the legs I and 2 rather
than beside their edges so that the margins of
25 the envelope remain more or less parallel to each
other, giving the shapely and decorative effect of.
and said lapping end portions of the members
presenting ?at faces to each other, and an elon
gated ?at ?exible envelope of sheet material
arranged in direct sheathing relation to the lap
ping end portions and being attached to the other
end portions of such members, said envelope
having its longitudinal dimension as great as the
distance between said other end portions when
the clamp is substantially fully extended and
‘being free of said members between the points
of attachment to said other end portions.
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