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Aug. 30, 1938. _
2,128,703 ‘
Filed March 19, 1957‘
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Patented Aug. 30, 1938
‘ 2,128,703‘
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Walter J. Grandman, New York, N. Y.
Application March 19, 1937, Serial No. 131,854
1 Claim. (Cl. 248--30)
One object of this invention is the provision of
a device adapted to suspend an ornamental plate
or any other suitable article from a hook, the
device being so designed and constructed as to
5 provide a secure and safe retension of the plate
against inadvertent release as a result of vibra
tion or accidental brushing contact against the
Another object of the invention is the provision
of such a device which is simple in construction
and operation, and which may be manufactured
at a minimum cost.
The above and other objects will become appar
ent in the description below, in which characters
of reference refer to like-named parts in the
accompanying drawing.
Referring brie?y to the drawing, Figure 1 is a
front view of a plate retained in the .device.
Figure 2 is a fragmentary rear view of Figure 1,
showing the device.
Figure 3 is a side view of Figure 2, with parts
broken away.
Referring in detail to the drawing, the numeral
I0 represents a plate, although any other article
25 may be substituted for the plate with suitable
modi?cations in the detailed con?rmation of the
?nger members of the device about to be de
The device comprises a pair of oppositely ex
30 tending substantially U-shaped frames II and I2
juxtaposed one above the other. The frame II
comprises the lower member or yoke I3 bent at
each end into a loop III and extended beyond
the loops I4 in the form of arms I5 extending
' upwardly at right angles to the ‘yoke I3. The
frame I2 comprises a yoke I6 bent into a loop II
at each end and extended downward beyond the
loops I? in the form of arms I8 at right angles
to the yoke I6. The arms I5 of the frame II
40 pass slidably through the loops I‘! of the arm I2,
and the arms I8 of the frame I2 pass slidably
through the loops I4 of the frame II. Coiled
springs I9 surround the arms I5 between the loops
I4 and IT on each side, and normally urge the
45 upper loops I'I away from the lower loops M,
i. e., normally urge the yokes I3 and I6 apart.
The arms I5 are bent at substantially right
angles (outward toward the observer, in a plane
at right angles to the paper, Figure'2) beyond
50 the loops I‘! to form limit stops 20. From the
bends 20, the arms are again bent at substantially
right angles (in a plane parallel with the paper,
Figure 2) to provide short sections 2I which di
verge from each other and obviously lie at a
55 distance rearward (of the plate, Figure 1; to the
right, Figure 3).
From the sections 2| the arms
I5 are extended in an angularly divergent up
ward direction to form ?ngers 22 whose extremi
ties are bent into substantially S-shaped grips 23
having hooks 24 on their ends. The extremities
23 extend at an angle to the extensions 22, as
shown in Figure 3, to provide a recess 25 between
these parts. All plates are provided with periph
eral bases 26, as shown in Figure 3. Ample space
is provided between the base 26 of the plate I0, 10
and the ?ngers 22. In some cases, however, the
base 26 of the plate occurs closer to the outer
periphery of the plate, for which reason the ?nger
22 is kept at a distance (to the right, Figure 3)
from the extremity 23 so that such plates may
be accommodated by the device. In the extreme
case of the latter form of plates, the base 26 will
register in or closely adjacent to the recess 25.
The arms I8 of the frame I2 are formed sub
stantially similarly, but complementarily to the
arms I5 above described, with the exception that
the angle of the ?ngers 2'! of the arms I8 with
respect to the vertical (Figure 3) is more obtuse.
The ?ngers 21 are similarly provided with sub
stantially S-shaped extremities 28 and hooks 29,
but the section 3Il forming the lower portion of
the extremity 28 of each ?nger 21 is at a more
acute angle with respect to the vertical (Figure 3)
so as to provide a suitable niche in which the
lower edge of the plate seats. The yoke I6 of “
the frame I2 has a loop 3| formed intermediate
its length by means of which the frame may be
suspended from a hook.
To apply the device to a plate, the opposite
yokes I3 and I6 are ?rst drawn together between 35
the ?ngers of the user’s hand, which operation
causes the hooks 24 to separate from the hooks 29.
With a plate set within the extended hooks,
pressure on the yokes I3 and I6 is released, where
upon the springs I9 draw the hooks toward each
other until they contact with the periphery of
the plate. In case the plate should have a wavy
periphery, the hooks 24 may be caused to register
in the depressions of such a periphery by simply
bending the ?ngers 22 toward or away from each ‘to
other, and doing the same with the ?ngers 21.
Thus, a device has been provided which may
be quickly applied to or removed from a plate -
for the purpose of suspending the plate from a
The same device may be utilized to sus
pend articles or merchandise for display by sim
ply bending the ?ngers 22 and 21 to more closely
approximate the contour of the article, and arti
cles so suspended will remain safe from being
inadvertently turned over as is the case when 55
such articles are mounted on a standard or other
device such as those in common use for display
ing merchandise.
Obviously, modi?cations in form and structure
may be made without departing from the spirit
and scope of the invention.
I claim:
A device of the class described comprising a
pair of oppositely disposed substantially U-shaped
10 frames juxtaposed one against the other with the
arms of said frames extending in opposite direc
tions, loops formed on the ends of the yokes of
said frames, said yokes and said arms forming
a rectangular enclosure having said arms on
opposite sides and said yokes at respectively the
top and bottom, the top yoke of said yokes having
an eyelet formed intermediate its width for sus
pending the device from a support, the arms of
each of said frames passing slidably through said
loops of the other of said frames, coiled com
pression springs surrounding said arms between
said yokes, all of said arms extending beyond
said loops to form ?ngers, said ?ngers of each
of said frames extending angularly divergently
with respect to each other, hooks on the ends of
said ?ngers, said arms of said yokes being bent 10
at right angles at their extensions beyond said
loops to form limit stops, said ?ngers being bent
outward near their extremities to form recesses
at the outer ends of said ?ngers.
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