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Sept. 24, 1946.
W. L. GOULD
2,408,209
ELECTRIC I_RON
Filed April 15, 1944
2 Sheets-Sheet 1
Inventor
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sePt- 24, 1946.
WJL. GOULD
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ELECTRIC IRON
Filed April 15, 1944
2 Sheets~Sheet 2
MLLYIAM L. GouLo,
Patented Sept. 24, 1946
2,408,209
UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE
2,408,209
ELECTRIC IRON
William L. Gould, Albany, N. Y.
? Application April 15, 1944, Serial No. 531,250
6 Claims.
1
(Cl. 219-25)
This invention relates to electric irons of that
type embodying a, plurality of sections which may
be used together or separately to provide irons of
different Weights and sizes.
The primary object of the present invention is
to provide an electric iron of the above kind in
which each iron section has a permanent handle
member, an electrical heating element and a plug
for reception of the socket of an attachment cord
whereby the heating element may be connected 10
with a source of electricity, each iron section hav
ing an ironing surface, mechanical means being
provided to rigidly connect the iron sections to
gether to form a continuous ironing surface, and
2
,
Figure 7 is a top plan view of a modi?ed form
of the invention.
Figure 8 is an enlarged transverse section taken
on the line 8-8 of Figure '7.
Figure 9 is a side elevational view, partly broken
away and in section, of the iron shown in Figure '7.
Figure 10 is a bottom plan view, partly broken
away and in section, of a further modification of
the present invention.
Referring in detail to the drawings, and par
ticularly to the embodiment of the invention
shown in Figures 1 to 6, inclusive, the iron in
cludes two sections 5 and 5a, each having an iron
ing surface 6 and Ba and provided with a perma
means including the attachment plug of one sec 15 nent handle member 1 and ?la. Also, in this em
tion and an electrical connector socket carried
bodiment, each iron section has a pointed front
by the other iron section being provided to inter
end 8 and 8a. The upper surface of the pointed
connect the heating elements of the sections
forward end of each section is preferably rounded
when they are mechanically secured together.
and inclined to the ironing surface. Accordingly,
Another object of the present invention is to 20 the front section 5 is provided in its rear end and
provide an electric iron of the above kind wherein
under side with a cavity or recess 9 to receive the
each iron section has a handle member, an elec
forward end of the rear section 5a and to so locate
trical heating element, and an attachment plug
the sections with respect to each other, when said
for reception of the socket of an attachment cord
sections are joined together, that the surfaces 6
whereby the electrical heating element of each 25 and 6a. will present a continuous ironing surface.
iron section may be connected with a source of
Any suitable means may be provided to mechani
electricity, mechanical means being provided to
cally connect the sections together, such as
connect the iron sections together, and the handle
aligned ears l0 and l l on opposite sides of the
members of the sections being constructed and
iron sections, which ears are adapted to receive
arranged to coact when the iron sections are as 30 bolts l2 having nuts l 3 threaded thereon to tightly
sembled to form a most satisfactory handle for
draw the iron sections together. The handle
the heavier iron presented by the assembled iron
members ?I and ?la are preferably so formed and
sections.
arranged that they will align with each other at
With the above objects in view, and others that
their adjacent ends and coact to form a most
will become apparent as the nature of the inven 35 desirable large handle for the heavy il?On pre
tion is better understood, the present invention
sented when the iron sections are joined together.
consists in the novel form, combination and ar
However, it will be apparent that when the iron
rangement of parts hereinafter more fully de
scribed, shown in the accompanying drawings
and claimed.
In the drawings, wherein like reference char
acters indicate corresponding parts throughout
the several views:
Figure 1 is a side elevational view of an electric
iron constructed in accordance with the present
invention.
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Figure 2 is a front elevational view thereof.
Figure 3 is a bottom plan view of the same.
Figure 4 is an enlarged fragmentary longitudi
nal section taken on the plane of line 4-4 of ~
sections are separated, each of them will have a
permanent handle member so that either one may
be independently used with respect to the other.
In order to make this completely possible, each
iron section is provided at the rear thereof with
an attachment plug M or Ma adapted to receive
the socket of an attachment cord, each iron sec
tion having its own independent heating element.
As shown in Figure 6, the section 5 has a heating
element l5 electrically connected to the plug l4,
while the section 5a has a heating element I5a
electrically connected to the plug Ha. I
Provided at the front of the rear iron section
5a is an electrical socket l6 adapted to receive
Figure 5 is a developed bottom plan View show
the contact pins of the plug I4 of the front sec
ing the sections of the iron of Figure 1 separated.
tion 5a when the iron sections are mechanically
Figure 6 is an enlarged transverse section taken
joined together, the contacts of the socket It?
on line 6?6 of Figure 1.
55 being connected to the plug Ma of the iron sec_
Figure 3.
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tion 5a. Thus, when the iron sections are joined
together, their heating elements are automatically
connector plug I8 may be left in either the socket
electrically connected together in parallel by con
necting the corresponding terminals of plugs M
separated, whereby either desired iron section
and Na in series so that both ironing surfaces
6 and ?6a will be heated. In this event, the
socket of the attachment cord will of course be
applied to the exposed plug Ma of the rear iron
section 5a.
In the embodiment of Figures 7 to 9, inclusive, 10
the iron is composed of a main larger lower iron
section 5? and an upper smaller iron section 5a?
adapted to be centrally disposed upon the section
5' and mechanically secured thereon by means
of screws l2? passing through marginal recessed
portions of the upper section 5a? and threaded
into the lower section 5'. When the sections are
used together, only the ironing surface 6' of
the lower section 5? is used. However, the upper
section 5a? has a bottom ironing surface 6a?
which is used when the upper iron section is
employed by itself upon being detached from
I62) or the socket I60 when the iron sections are
may be employed by itself. For instance, if the
connector plug I8 is left engaged in the socket
I 62) of the iron section 5b, one set of contact
pins of the connector plug [8 will project from
said section 5b for reception in the socket of an
attachment cord.
In a like manner, if the con
nector plug I8 is left engaged in the socket 160
of the section ?50, a set of contact pins of the
connector plug I8 will project from said section
50 for reception in the socket of the attachment
cord. It will thus be apparent that either iron
section may be employed alone and connected
with a source of electricity for heating its iron
ing surface. Any suitable means may be pro
vided?for releasably securing the connector plug
I8 to the particular iron section in which it is
allowed to remain engaged. Obviously, when
the iron sections are separated, each will have
its own handle-member.
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An advantage of the construction shown in
Figures 7 to 9, inclusive, is that it presents an
respectively have heating elements l5? and lint?,
the former being connected with an attachment 25 unbroken ironing surface when the iron sections
are joined together. However, this is not a
plug l4? and the latter being connected with an
serious objection with the other forms of the
attachment plug Ma?. The plugs I4? and Ma?
invention if they are accurately aligned and
are respectively located at the rear ends of the
carefully constructed so that the ironing surfaces
sections 5? and 5a?, as shown in Figure '7.
Section 5? has a handle member I?, while 30 of the iron sections will be exactly flush when the
iron sections are secured together. This re
section So? has a handle member ?la?. These
quires some precision in manufacture so as to
handle members are used and they coact the
afford no shoulder or break at the joint between
same as the handle sections 1 and la of the
the sections of the iron.
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iron shown in Figure 1, except that the smaller
From the foregoing description, it is believed
upper iron section 511? has an opening I?! there~
that the construction and operation, as well as
through upwardly through which the handle
the advantages of the present invention, will be
member 1' of the iron section 5? projects. This
readily apparent to those skilled in the art. The
permits the handle member I? to pass down
invention is susceptible of other modi?cations
wardly through the opening i?! when the iron
sections are separated. In other words, it per 40 and changes in details of construction such as
fairly fall within the spirit and scope of th
mits separation of the iron sections even though
invention as claimed.
each has its own permanent handle member.
What I claim is:
Obviously, either iron section may be used alone,
1. An electric iron comprising a plurality of
or they may be used in assembled relation, de
pending upon the size and weight of iron which 45 at least two iron sections, each having a pointed
front end and an ironing surface and each pro;
it is desired to use.
vided with a separate permanent handle member,
In the embodiment of Figure 10, the iron sec
a heating element for each iron section, means
tions 5b and 5c are mechanically joined in end
at one end of each iron section to facilitate elec
to-end relation by means of bolts lib passing
trical connection of its heating element with a
through lugs Nib and lib on the adjacent flat
source of electricity, and mechanical means for
rear ends of the sections, a nut [3b being threaded
rigidly securing said iron sections together.
on each bolt so that the sections may be tightly
2. An electric iron comprising a plurality of
drawn and secured together. A main distinc
at least two iron sections, each having a pointed
tion between this form of the invention and that
shown in Figure l is that the iron sections point 55 front end and an ironing surface and each pro-v
vided with a separate permanent handle member,
away from each other instead of in the same
a heating element for each iron section, means
direction. The iron section 511 has a handle
at one end of each iron section to facilitate
member lb, and the iron section 50 has a handle
electrical connection of its heating element with
member 'Ic respectively corresponding to the
a source of electricity, and mechanical means for
handle members 1 and la of Figure 1. Also, each
rigidly securing said iron sections together, the
iron section 5?) and 50 has its own electrical
handle members of the sections being so formed
heating element and is provided with a ?at bot
and arranged that they will align and coast
tom ironing surface 62) and 6c. The surfaces
to form an enlarged handle for the heavier iron
61) and 60 form a continuous ironing surface when
the sections 5?) and 5c are secured together. In 65 provided by the assembled iron sections.?
3. An electric iron comprising a plurality of
this embodiment, the flat rear ends of the sec
at least two iron sections, each having a pointed
tions have electric sockets I51) and H50, while a
?front end and an ironing surface and each pro
double connector plug I8 is provided to simul
vided with a separate handle member and an
taneously engage both of the sockets [6b and
I60 for electrically connecting the heating ele 70 electrical heating element, means to mechanically
secure said iron sections together in abutting
ments of the two iron sections in parallel with
relation so that their ironing surfaces form a
each other as in the form of Figures 1 to 6, in
continuous ironing surface, means to facilitate
clusive when said iron sections are joined to
electrical connection of the heating element of
gether. Either iron section may have an ad
the lower section 5?.
The sections 5? and 511?
ditional plug corresponding to plug Ma. The
one iron section with a source of electricity, and
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means to automatically connect the heating ele
a double-ended connector plug separable from
ments of the other section to said second-named
either iron section and adapted to connect the
means when said sections are joined together.
connector sockets of the iron sections when said
4. An electric iron comprising a plurality of at
iron sections are joined together and to provide
least two iro-n sections, each having an ironing 5 means for electrically connecting the heating
surface and an electrical heating element, means
element of either iron section with a source of
to mechanically secure said iron sections together
electricity when the iron sections are separated.
in abutting relation so that their ironing sur
6. An electric iron comp-rising a relatively large
faces form a continuous ironing surface, means
lower iron section having a pointed front end
to facilitate electrical connection of the heating
and an ironing surface and provided with a
element of one iron section with a source of
electricity, and means to automatically connect
the heating element of the other section to said
handle member, an upper smaller iron section
superposed upon the ?rst-named iron section and
detachably rigidly secured thereon, said smaller
second-named means when said sections are
iron section having a pointed front end and an
joined together, one section having a cavity at 15 ironing surface, a handle member permanently
its read end, both of said sections having a
carried by the second iron section, each iron
rounded pointed forward end, the forward end of
section having an electrical heating element, and
the other section being adapted to snugly ?t in
said cavity.
5. An electric iron comprising a plurality of
two iron sections each having a ?at rear end
and a pointed front end, mechanical means to
secure the sections together with their ?at rear
ends in abutting relation, said sections having
ironing surfaces adapted to form a continuous
ironing surface when the sections are joined
together, a separate handle member permanent
with each iron section, an electrical connector
socket at the rear end of each iron section, and
an attachment plug on the rear end of each iron
section for facilitating connection thereof with
a source of electricity, the smaller upper iron
section having an opening permitting the pas
sage of the handle member of the lower iron
section upwardly therethrough when the iron
sections are assembled, said handle members be
ing so formed and arranged that they will align
and coact to form an enlarged handle for the
heavier iron provided by the assembled iron
sections.
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WILLIAM L. GOULD.
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