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Патент USA US2120661

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June '14, 1938.
Filed Dec. 8, 1936
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Patented June 14, 1938
Harold Gleitsman, Cedarhurst, N. Y.
Application December 8, 1936, Serial No. 114,736
(Cl. 217—65)
This invention relates to new and improved The braid forming the upper ornamental edge of
the hamper was usually twisted and brought down,
clothes hampers and the like.
An object of the invention is to provide a clothes over the seam formed by the two out edges of the
wall enclosing mesh material, and fastened to that
hamper which may be readily and cheaply manu
rear supporting element or dowel to which the
5 factured, which is durable, and which comprises
novel structural features of pleasing appearance. wall material was itself a?ixed.
2 Claims.
Such a structure possesses certain disadvan¢
A further object of the invention is to provide '
a clothes hamper and more speci?cally a clothes tages. For economical manufacture with such a
hamper the side walls of which are made of woven structure only a single type of wall closure material is employed. The cost of bringing down the 10
10 or mesh ?ber or the like wherein the front panel braid from the upper edge of the hamper to cover
of the hamper may comprise a body structure of
different appearance set off from the body mate
rial used throughout the remainder of the hamper
by a pair of ornamental structural supporting ele
15 ments.
A still further object‘ of the invention is‘ to pro
vide a clothes hamper of the character described
wherein a plurality, as for example the two front
upright elements which support the top frame and
20 cover of the hamper, function also as ornamental
covering members for joints or seams in~the outer,
body covering of the hamper.
A still further object of the invention is to pro
vide a hamper of the character described wherein
, all joints or seams in the material forming the side
walls of the hamper are covered by ornamental
structural elements.
Other objects of the invention will in part be
obvious and will in part appear hereinafter.
The invention accordingly comprises an article
.30 of manufacture possessing the features, proper
ties, and the relation of elements which will be
exempli?ed in the article hereinafter described
and the scope of the application of which will be
indicated in the claims.
For a fuller understanding of the nature and
objects of the invention reference should be had
to the following detailed description taken in
connection with the accompanying drawing, in
Fig. 1 represents a view in perspective of a
clothes hamper embodying the invention; and
Fig. 2 represents a horizontal sectional view
along the line 2-2 of Fig. l.
Heretofore in the manufacture of clothes ham
pers, and more speci?cally in the manufacture
of clothes hampers employing as a side wall clo
sure material a woven or mesh material, as for‘
the seam between the two edges of the wall ma
terial is considerable, and this‘ is the most difficult
process in the assembly of the hamper. Further
more, the single strip of ornamental braid extend 15
ing from the top to the bottom of the hamper is
at best unsightly and hence is invariably placed
at the rear of the hamper.’ This results in a rough
or uneven surface. It is desirable that the rear
of the hamper be smooth and that any ornamen 20
tation be applied to the front surface, where it
may be appreciated. It is furthermore desirable
in many instances that a section of relatively ex
pensive or high grade ?brous body material be
employed in the front ofthe hamper in conjunc 25
tion with a relatively cheap wall material for the
side and rear walls.
This invention contemplates a hamper con
struction wherein the di?iculties of the standard
type of structure are'eliminated, and wherein a 30
more sightly and artistic hamper is produced
without added cost, and in fact at considerably
less labor.
In Fig. 1 there is shown in perspective a ham
per embodying the present invention. This may 35
comprise‘ a top frame ll provided with handles
l2 and a cover l3 which may be either detachable
as shown, or hinged in the usual manner. The
body of the hamper may comprise a front panel
M and side and rear panels l5. The side and rear 40
panels as shown may comprise a single piece
of material, as for example a single piece of
woven or mesh fibrous material, such as is usually
employed in the manufacture of hampers. This
material may be formed in any design to impart
a sightly appearance to the ?nished hamper. The
front panel l4 may, if desired, be of a different
design and may comprise a section of a different
example a woven or mesh ?brous material, the , type of material, as for example a more costly
common method of manufacture was to form a weave.
frame comprising the bottom of the hamper, an
open top, and four upright supporting elements or
dowels. The wall closure material, in the form of
a sheet of woven ?ber, for example, was then
55 wrapped around the frame and tacked at its cut
edges to one of the rear supporting elements or
dowels. A strip of so-called braid or other orna
The hamper of the present invention is pro
vided with a plurality of the usual vertical sup
porting elements or dowels H5 at the rear there
of, and these may be mounted in the usual man
ner in the base i‘! and top frame ll. They act
to support the upper frame of the hamper and
V to resist distortion in the shape of the wall-form
The vertical supports at the
, mental material was then employed as an edging ' ing element 85.
about the top and the, bottom of the hamper to
60' cover the edge of the woven or mesh wall material.
front of the hamper are, however, considerably
modi?ed. They'may comprise strips 20 grooved 60
be fastened, as for example by ‘the staples or nails
23, to the back portion 24 of the elements 20.
1. e., a dowel with a protruding end of much
smaller diameterwhich was adapted to be insert
ed in a hole drilled in the bottom closely adjacent
the edge. At times the dowel which was not
tenoned was inserted in a hole drilled at the edge
of the bottom. This structure tended to develop
This back portion 24 may act as support for the
ends of the elements l4 and I5, and may also
act as the principal structural element in- sup
splitting of the bottom piece, and also resulted in
uneven edges. With the present invention a
lighter weight dowel, as for example a one-half
as at 2| with outer ornamented sections 22 ex
tending laterally so as to act as covers for the
edges of the elements I 4 and I5 which may be
inserted in the grooves 2|. These elements may
10 porting the upper frame H and in giving rigidity
to the front portion of the hamper. The elements
20 thus provide a pair of ornamental panels ex
tending vertically on the front of the hamper,
and they provide also supports for the ends of
15 the wall closure elements It and I5 and struc
tural supports for the hamper itself, i. e., they
comprise a portion of the frame of the hamper.
The usual braid 25 may be around the upper and
lower edges of the wall closure elements I! and-I5
20 and may be fastened, as for example, by tacking,
to the frame II and the bottom l'l. With the
structure of the present invention it is not neces
sary, however, to cover the cut edges of the wall
closure elements with a strip of braid, as these
25 edges are covered and hidden from view by the
scrolled or otherwise ornamented outer faces 22
of the elements 24.
It will be understood that the elements 24 may
be positioned wherever desired, but a preferred
30 positioning is one wherein the elements are so
spaced as to render proper structural support for
the upper frame of the hamper and to impart
suitable rigidity to the body itself.
The structure of the present invention may be
35 employed in the production of artistic hampers
at little or no increase in cost over former con
structions. The saving in the cost of the braid
employed usually to cover the seam between the
cut ends of the wall closure element and the sav
40 ing in the elimination of the two uprights or
dowels from the front portion of the hamper,
while offset in part by the provision of a pair of
ornamented molding strips as supporting ele
ments in the front portion of the hamper, may
45 under certain circumstances justify the use of a
more expensive material in the center panel M
of the front wall of the hamper without added
cost in the manufacture of the ?nished article.
Furthermore, at small added expense very pleas
50 ing designs and a very pleasing appearance may
be obtained by employing artistically molded ele
ments, as at 20, and by employing a high grade
material for the front panel [4. Where the same
materials are employed throughout the hamper of
55 the present invention as are employed in the or
dinary hamper at the present time, the effect se
cured is more pleasing if the present invention is
employed, and the hamper may be produced at
less cost because the dif?cult labor operation of
60 covering the seams of the cut edges of the wall
closure element with braid is omitted.
There is furthermore another advantage with
the construction of the present invention. Here
tofore, it has been necessary to place the vertical
65 dowels or molding at the rear of the hamper close
1y adjacent the edge, so that the twisted braid
used as a covering for the cut edges of the wall
closure element ‘might be properly a?ixed there
With such a structure it was necessary to
70 employ a relatively heavy dowel, as for example
a dowel seven-eighths of an inch in diameter,
and more speci?cally a so-called tenoned dowel,
inch dowel, the ends of which are not tenoned, 10
can be employed and can be inserted in a hole
drilled in the bottom section away from the edge
thereof, as it is no longer necessary that the
dowel or upright supporting member be closely
adjacent the bottom edge. As a result there is 15
an increased saving in the cost of the dowels
employed and a saving in breakage of the bot
tom element, together with a more sightly ap
pearance of the ?nished hamper.
Since certain changes may be made in the 20
above product and different embodiments of the
invention could be made without departing from
the scope thereof, it is intended that all matter
contained in the above description or shown in
the accompanying drawing shall be interpreted 25
as illustrative and not in a limiting sense.
It is also to be understood that the following
claims are intended to cover all the generic and
speci?c features of the invention herein de
scribed, and all statements of the scope of the 30
invention which, as a matter of language, might
be said to fall therebetween.
Having described my invention, what I claim
as new and desire to secure by Letters Patent is:
1. A clothes hamper comprising, in combina 35
tion, a bottom element, a plurality of vertical
supporting elements a?'lxed thereto, a top element
supported by said vertical elements, a plurality
of wall closure elements, one of said wall closure
elements forming the rear wall and the side walls 40
of said hamper, the other of said wall closure
elements forming a portion at least of the front
wall of said hamper, a plurality at least of said
vertical supporting elements comprising grooved
elements, said plurality being positioned in the 45
front wall of said hamper and spaced from the
ends of said wall whereby said wall is divided into
a plurality of vertical panel portions, each of
said wall closure elements being seated in one of
said grooves and a?ixed to one of said grooved 60
elements, said grooved elements comprising ex
terior portions overlying and hiding from view _
the edges of said wall closure elements seated in
said grooves.
2. In a hamper of the character described, in 55
combination with bottom and top elements, a
plurality of vertical, supporting, frame elements,
at least two of said frame elements comprising
grooved members, wall closure elements seated
in the grooves of said grooved members and af
?xed thereto, one of said wall closure elements
forming a panel for the front of said hamper,
the other of said wall closure elements forming
the rear and side walls and portions of the front
wall of said hamper, portions of said grooved
members extending outwardly beyond said wall
closure elements and acting to frame said ?rst
mentioned wall closure element, the ungrooved
vertical frame elements being positioned com
pletely within said wall closure elements.
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