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Aug. 9, 1938. A. P. WILLIAMS ' 2,126,073. CLOTHESLINE SHEATH Filed Dec. 7, 1935 ’ 2 Sheets—Sheet 1 IN VEN TOR. Am V. 0/. mw mummy WA Aug. 9, 1938. 2,126,073 A. P. WILLIAMS CLOTHESLINE SHEATH Filed Dgc. '7, 1935 ‘ 2 Sheets-Sheei 2 INVENTOR. By 140/) P WILL/ANS ATTORNEY Main“, 1938 2,126,073 UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE - 2,126,073 ‘ I ~ CIDTHESLINE SHEATH Ada P. Williams, Oakland, Calif. Application December 7, 1935,v Serial No. 53,328 6 Claims. (01. 211_119.1s) ' ' The invention relates to a means for tempo-' . may comprise‘a strip of any suitablewear-resist rarily covering a clothesline to prevent the direct contact of cloth articles (mounted thereon ing and flexible‘material, and is preferably‘thick enedyat its opposite side edges to provide thick with the line,‘ whereby to protect the articles _ ened rim portions to which the rows of members - 5 from rust and/or dust on the line. a ' I! may be directly and permanently secured. As? A general object of the invention is to provide a sheath which forms a‘ closed tube illustrated, the tape H comprisesa strip of woven“ about the fabric. clothesline portion therein. Another object is to provide a sheath of the ' > . i >_ ‘ " ' " - The members ' l2 comprise‘generally U-shaped . elements which span the‘ tape edges and are .7 ‘ l no class described which permits the application of usual clothes pins thereto for securing the ar- clinched to said‘ edges in evenly spaced relation. 10 ' At their cross portions, the members: 12 are ticles in place on the clothesline. shaped to provide rearwardly projecting and A further object is to provide a sheath which utilizes a slide fastener device for effecting its tapered points and forwardly opening ‘ sockets which are complementary to the points. 'The 15 closure and opening, whereby to provide for a members l2 of a row are so spaced that when 15 particularly ready‘ mountingrand' dismounting of the sheath. a adjacent said members are mutually parallel; » _. they may receive and retain the cross portion of a An added object is "to provide a means for member of the other row between them; and, with automatically effecting the progressive mounting - theepoint of the latter member engaging in the . 20 and dismounting of the sheath'with respect to a - socket of the front member of the pair while ‘20 pulley clothesline. , . a _ v its socket ‘receives the point of the rear member The invention possesses other objects and fea- of the pair for securing the engaged members tures of advantage, some of whichrwith the fore- against separation. going, will be set forthvor lie-apparentv in the following description of a typical embodiment The engagement and disengagement of the ‘members 12 of the two rows are arranged to be 25 ' thereof, and in the accompanying drawings. in ,' effected by the useof a sliding runner or lockingwhich, ~ _ _v - _ ' ' member l5 which is operative for simultaneously Figure 1 is an elevation"showing sheaths em- ‘ engaging the two rows of members to spread ad bodying my invention mounted \‘on a continuous jacent; members of a row out of parallelism and ' 30‘ pulley line. p e _ V- _ - s'o permit the engagement between them of a30 Figure 2 is a fragmentary'exterioryiew of a sheath in open and ?at condition. member from the other row. The movement of .. I the runner I5 along the rows from or to the for Figure 3 is a fragmentary underneath view of a partly closed sheath von‘a clothesline. ' 35 " ward tape end is arranged to progressively inter ' lock or disengage the members of the ‘two rows Figure 4 is ‘a side view of; the partly-mounted in accordance with the direction of motion of the 35 sheath, a runner for the slide fasteners thereof being shown as attached to a. fixed-element. runner along the- rows. It is noted "that slide ' ’ ‘_ controlled fasteners of the type now. described, Figure 5 is‘ an enlarged section ati'fH in Figure 4. '40 ' ' ' arev now in common use, and that the speci?c ‘ forms of, the fastening members l2 and of the - Figure 6 ,is‘ an enlarged» sectional :view at 6—6_ portionsvorthe runners [5 which receive them 40 in Figurel. - - _ are’ generally immaterial to the present ‘inven-‘ Figure 'ljis an ,enlarged.elevationi_ofiaportion tion; of the showing of Figure l at a sheath-mounting _ 45 p _ a . Figure 8, is ajsectio'nat 8-98 in Figure 7.. Y _ Figure 9sis aiplanvlew of the showing'of'Fige ure 7. - 1' ' ' ‘ l ‘ ' r _. ' ‘ ’ e V a ’_ - The locking runner I5 is of a usual one-piece V e y ' structure wherein outer and inner plate portions ' ~ “and I‘! are mutually parallel and are mutually 45 connected-solelyat one end by 'ajnarrowed'plate " portionla which is arranged to engage between ' - Essentially, the sheath of my‘invention.1com—_ V the rows of members l2?to be connected‘ while prises a length of tape ll having complementary said‘ rows of- members extend longitudinally 50 rows oflike members ‘I! ?xed directly to its oppo- therethrough in guideways‘ at the opposite run-r 50 r site edges and arranged forinterlcckln'g to secure ‘ nerisi'des and in converging lines in such a man-* the tape edges togetherthereat when the tape is ner, that the ,two rows ‘of members meet for‘ formed into a tube: and the members l2 of the their interlocking within the runner.- A handle ' two ‘rows are engaged vin mutually» staggered 55 and generally coplanar relation. The'tape l I or pull tab l9 is-provided in the runner portion" ; IQ for use in e?fecting the sliding of the runner 55 2,198,078 7, along the rows of fasteners l2 to engage or dis having transverse base extensions 31 whereby it ' engage the latter. As shown, the pull tab Is ‘may be mounted on the ?xed support 38 which is hingedly secured to the plate i8 and is pro ‘carries a pulley hook 33 and in parallel relation vided with an opening 28 adjacent its free end.‘ to the pulley 32 thereat. The extensions 31 may Since it will usually be desirable to completely be provided with bayonet slot openings 38 for remove a sheath from about a clothesline, partic receiving the shanks of headed screws 48 engaged ularly if the latter is out of doors, or to mount in the support 38; in this manner, the unit is a sheath on a line without dismounting the same arranged for removable mounting in its opera ‘ from its supports, means are preferably provided tive position. Upper and lower stub shafts 42 and 43 extend l0 for the detachable engagement of at least one row of fastening members with the runner I5, transversely from the plate 36 adjacent its outer such a means being illustrated in Figures 2 and 3. end and in a common plane which is generally ‘ As shown, a special one-piece member 22 is upright. The shaft 42 is rotatably ?xed to the ?xed to an edge of the tape at its forward end extremity of an arm 44 which is pivoted to the 15 portion, said member providing a terminal stop plate 38 and is urged downwardly through the 23 and a U-shaped guide-way 24, both extend action of a leaf spring 45 which is coactive be ing in the plane of the tape portion thereat. tween it and a lug 48 extending from the upper 25 30 35 40 45 50 55 ' 60 65 70 ‘ The opposite tape edge portion is provided with plate edge. The shaft 43 is non-rotatably ?xed a bead member 25 for sliding engagement in the guideway 24. When the runner I5 is mounted on the tape edge at the member 22 and is dis in the plate 36,.a-nd the shafts 42 and 43 respec tively-carry rollers 41 and 48 for free rotation 20 posed against the member, the head 25 may be inserted therethrough andin the guideway .24 to engage the stop 23, after which the runner ‘portion of the sheath between them in the man thereabout and for mutually engaging a ?attened ner illustrated. - -~Preferably, the plate 35 is so disposed that the may be moved along the row of hooks | 2 to en-- - centers of the rollers 41 and 48 lie in the plane 25 gage them in the described manner to provide a of the adjacent line- pulley 32 and so of the tubular sheath. The member 22 and the bead‘ clothesline portion thereat whereby the sheath member 25 may be formed of sheet metal and may strip portion between the runner i5 and the roll be clinched or riveted to the tape in their re- ' ers may be symmetrically opposite the underly spective positions, it being understood that said ing line portion. The roller treads are so formed 30 members cooperate to insure a proper starting that they are arranged to bear solely on the in for the closing of the tape to provide a sheath. terior portion of the tape and do not engage the Stops 25 may be provided at the rear tape end fastening members at the tape edges. The roll to prevent a detachment of the runner l5 thereat. er 48 is shown as provided with radial end ?anges It will now be noted that a strip of the tape forguiding the open and ?attened sheath be 35 carrying the described fastening assembly may tween them. A knob 48 is mounted at the free be mounted on a clothesline by laying the strip end of the shaft 42 for use in lifting the roller upon the line, engaging the bead 25 in the mem 41 clear of the roller 48 for the insertion or ber 22 in the described manner and while the removal of the sheath strip at the rollers. runner is disposed immediately adjacent the A suitable guide member 5| is mounted on the 40 member 22, and then effecting a relative move plate 35 rearwardly of the rollers 41 and 48, and ment of the runner and tape longitudinally of extends downwardly below and 'to one side of the the tape. With the fasteners of the mounted lower clothesline strand on which the sheath is sheath at its lower side, the clothing thereon does to be mounted. The member 5| provides a not contact the fasteners and the placement oi.’ guideway trough which receives the tape to hold 45 clothes pins over the cloth articles and sheath it clear of the clothesline while guiding the is facilitated. It will be understood that the tape sheath strip to or from therollers, it being noted may be held ?xed and the runner l5 moved that the unmounted sheath portion below the therealong, or the runner may be held ?xed while member 5| may extend from a container 52 or a the tape is'moved longitudinally of itself. The reel or even from the ?oor at the base of the 50 ~ _ former method would be used in mounting the support 38. present sheath on a ?xed line, while the latter An arm 53 extends forwardly from the bottom method is particularly useful when the line 3| is of the plate 38 to a point below the clothesline continuous and extends between pulleys 32 in a 3| at the runner i5, and is provided with means usual manner, said pulleys extending from ?xed to engage and hold the tab IQ of the runner. 55 As shown in Figure 4, the arm 53 is provided with hooks 33. In Figure l, a sheath 2'!» embodying the present an upright opening 54 which receives the tab l9, invention is shown as being fully mounted on the and a slide bolt 55 on its upper side is engageable line 3|, while a second and similar sheath 28 is within the tab opening 20 when the tab is dis shown as only partly mounted on the line and posed in the ‘opening 54. In this manner, the 60 as'being engaged with a sheath-mounting unit runner is held against movement while the lower 35 for facilitating the mounting of the sheath line strand is moved in or out to dismount or on the pulley line. The unit 35 essentially pro mount a sheath thereon. _ ' With the present arrangement, the sheath 28 vides a means to dispose the sheath in overly ing relation to the line and clear of the line at would be disposed for installation on the lower its unmounted portion, and secures the runner line strand by looping the front sheath end about i5 against movement whereby the travel of the the line, interengaging the bead 25 with the run lower line portion and the sheath thereon from ner I 5 and the member 22 in the described man the unit 35*is arranged to progressively form ner, effecting a slight rearward movement of the the closed sheath about the line, the forward runner l5, applying a clothes pin 29 on the for 70 sheath end being ?xed to the line as by means of ward sheath portion, attaching the runner to the theapplication of a clothes pin 29 over its for arm 53 by engaging its tab IS with the bolt 55, and placing the ?attened open sheath portion ward end In its present embodiment, the unit 35 com adjacent its forward end between the rollers 41 prises a frame member 38v in .the form of a plate and 48 and in the guideway 5|. _It is noted that 3 2,120,073 all of the‘ foregoing steps have been taken in the showing of Figure 1. An advancement of the lower line strand will now cause a secured closure of the sheath about the line, and the sheathed line may have the cloth'articles mounted there on as it is advanced. A reverse movement of the sheathed line por tion will progressively open the sheath, the clothes being removed as they approach the run ner l5, or before, and the sheath being manually disengaged from the line and unit 35 when the runner reaches the forward sheath end. To avoid any slack in the sheath portion between the runner and the rollers 41 and 48, a crank arm 56 may be mounted on the outer end of the roller 48, the outer end of said arm carrying a knob 51 for manual operation to effect a pulling in of the sheath and line. When the sheath is being installed, the rollers would su?iciently resist the operation to keep the sheath portion between the rollers and runner in taut condition. It will be understood that the present sheath structure comprises a new and unitary article of manufacture, may be produced in any desired lengths, and isapplicable to elongated articles generally. And it will be further understood that the present sheath may be mounted on a clothes line without the provision and use of a runner holding means, as may be most desirable. From the foregoing description taken in con nection with the accompanying drawings, the advantages of the construction and method of operation of the present device will be readily understood by those skilled in the art to which the invention appertains. While I have described the features and the application of the device in' what I now consider to be a generally preferred embodiment thereof, I desire to have it under stood that the showing is primarily illustrative, 40 and that such changes may be made as fall with in the scope of the following claims. ' I claim: 1. In a clothesline sheath for mounting on a longitudinally movable clothesline, a strip of 45 ?exible material of uniform width for wrapped disposal about the line, rows of mutually com plementary fastening members provided at and along the side edges of the strip and arranged for mutuallyinterlocked engagement when the 50 strip is formed ‘into a closed tube with the mem bers of the two rows disposed in alignment, a into a laterally closed tube, a locking runner simultaneously engaging the fastening members of the two rows for engaging or disengaging said rows of fastening members, means securing the runner against movement whereby a longitudinal movement of the sheath is arranged to render the runner operative to open or close the sheath, rollers frictionally engaging an open sheath por tion between them, and means to actuate a said ' roller to effect a longitudinal movement of the 10 closed sheath portion toward the runner. 3. In combination with a longitudinally mov able clothesline, a strip of flexible material for wrapped disposal about the line to provide a sheath therefor, rows of mutually complementary‘ 15 fastening members mounted at and along the side edges of the strip and arranged for mutually interlocked engagement when the strip is formed into a closed tube with the members of the two rows disposed in alignment, and an automatically 20 operative locking runner simultaneously‘ engag ing the fastening members of the two rows and arranged to be held against movement whereby a longitudinal movement of the line and sheath together is arranged to operate the locking mechanism of the runner to progressively close the sheath as the forward sheath end moves away from the runner and to progressively open the sheath as the forward sheath end moves to ward said runner. simultaneously engaging the fastening members of the two rows for engaging or disengaging said rows of fastening members, means securing the 40 runner against movement whereby a longitudinal movement of the sheath is arranged ‘to render the runner operative to open or close the sheath. and means operative upon the sheath to effect a longitudinal movement thereof. 5. A structure in accordance. with claim 4 wherein the last means progressively engages the open sheath portion at a fixed distance from the runner to e?ect a longitudinal movement of the closed sheath portion toward the runner to pro gressively open said portion at the runner. locking runner simultaneously engaging the fas . tening members of the two rows for engaging or able cloth'esline, a strip of ?exible material adapted for forming into a tubular sheath about the line, rows of mutually complementary fasten ing members mounted at the side edges of the strip and arranged for‘mutually interlocked en disengaging said rows of fastening members as 55 the strip and runner are relatively moved in the line of members, and means securing the runner against movement whereby a longitudinal move ment of the line and sheath together is arranged to progressively close the sheath as the forward sheathv end moves away from the runner and to progressively open the sheath as the forward sheath end moves toward the runner. 2. In a clothesline cover for mounting on a longitudinally movable clothesline, a strip of ?ex'i le material for shaping into a tubular‘ shea enclosing the line, rows of mutually com plementary fastening member fixed at the side edges of the strip and arranged for mutually in terlocked engagement when .the strip is formed 80 4. In combination with a clothesline, a strip of ?exible material for shaping into a tubular sheath enclosing the line, rows of mutually com plementary fastening members mounted at the side edges of the strip and arranged for mutually interlocked engagement when the strip is formed into a laterally_closed sheath, a locking runner 6. In combination with a longitudinally mov gagement when the strip is formed into a sheath, a locking runner simultaneously engaging the fastening members of the two rows thereof, ' means securing the strip to the clothesline at -a closed point of the strip, and means securing the ‘runner/against movement whereby a longitudi nal movement of the line to move the closed portion. of the strip away from the runner is arranged to progressively effect a ‘closing of the sheath. - ADA P. WILLIAMS.