2,409,379 Patented ocr. 1'5, _1946 UNITED STATES PATENT A(HTFICE . ` " „ ' 2,409,379'-r ` ‘y ~ ’ CLOTHESPIN . ‘l 'F.arl Mosaly, Eagle Rock, Calif.VA i v'Application Nòvember 4, 1944,"seria1Na'5c1Qa45 1 Claim. ('Cl. 24-137) 1 2 This invention relates to a clothes pin. The general object of the invention is to pro vide a simple and effective clothes pin which can be economically manufactured of material such The outer surface of each arm is slightly arcu ate as at I8. On the inside each arm includes a straight 'forward portion I9 and a straight rear ward portion 20 which are arranged at an obtuse as plastic. angle as shown in the drawing. Each arm. near the gripping portion has an A more specific object of the invention is t0 elongated recess 2| in the inner face thereof. At provide a clothes pin comprising a pair of mem the inner end the recess 2| terminates in a sub bers which may be molded 0r otherwise made stantially semi-cylindrical shaped groove 22. At and which are joined by a spring member which provides the double function of providing a pivot 10 the forward end the body includes an overhang ing portion 23 which overhangs the front portion support and also urging the two arms of the clothes pin together. of each recess 2| to form a shoulder. A more specific object of the invention is to provide a clothes pin including a pair of molded To pivot the arms and also to give them the desired resilient gripping action, I provide a spring 23’ which includes a substantially cylin drical portion 24. The portion 24 is arranged in members having spring receiving cavities therein. An additional object of the invention is to provide an improved spring construction for urg ing the arms of the clothes pin towards each the recesses 22 of a pair of the arms. The por tion 24 includes a pair of legs 25 which are sub stantially parallel when the clothes pin arms are . An additional obj ect of the invention is to pro 20 closed. The portions 25 extend forwardly and their free ends 26 are arranged beneath the shoul vide a clothes pin including arms having aligned ders 23. Thus the spring serves as a pivot for holes in the gripping portion to facilitate drying the arms which turn about the cylindrical portion clothes which engage the clothesline. 24 and also serve to press the arms together due Other objects and advantages of my invention will be apparent from the following description 25 to the engagement of the free end of the springs with the shoulder 23. taken in connection with the accompanying draw In assembly one leg 25 of the spring is ar ing, wherein: ranged beneath the shoulder 23 on one arm and Fig. 1 is a side elevation showing my improved other. the cylindrical portion of the spring is arranged clothes pin; Fig. 2 is a top plan view of the clothes pin; 30 in the recess 22 of the arm. VThereafter the other arm is arranged adjacent to the first arm and the Fig. 3 is a sectional view of the clothes pin free end of the other leg of the spring is moved taken on line 3-3, Fig. 2; into the groove 2| and beneath the shoulder 23 Fig. 4 is a transverse section taken on line 4_4, Fig 3; Fig. 5 is a side elevation showing a modified spring, and ’ Fig. 6 is a top plan View of the modiñed spring. of the other arm, whereupon the recess 22 in the other arm engages the cylindrical portion 24 of the spring to hold the parts in assembled posi tion. i Referring to the drawing by reference char In the gripping portion I3 I provide a recess 21 acters, I have shown my invention as embodied which extends from the semi-cylindrical recess 22 in a clothes pin which is indicated generally at 40 rearwardly. This recess provides a stiiîening il). As shown the clothes pin includes a pair of iiange 28 which provides ample strength for the arms I| which are identical. The arms II are preferably made of plastic material although they may be made of any other material having the operation of the clothesÄ pin. In Fig. 5 I show a modified spring member 3U. The spring member 24 is preferably a leaf spring desired properties. ' 45 While the spring 3U shown in Fig. 5 consists of a Each arm includes a body I I' having a gripping wire having several turns 3| which form a cylin portion I2 at the front end and having an op drical portion. From the portion 3| two legs 32 erating portion I3 at the rear end. Each arm in and 33 extend. The legs 32 and 33 have inwardly the gripping portion is provided with a notch I4. The notches are aligned to provide a recess 50 extending ends 34 and 35 respectively which eX tend beneath the shoulders 23. The spring 30 I5 through which the clothes line passes. Each is inserted in the same manner as that described of the arms has a hole I6 therethrough in align ment with the notches I4. `The holes I6 provide From the foregoing description it will be ap ventilation and cause quicker` drying of the por tion of the clothes which engage the clothes line. 55 parent that I have invented a novel clothes pin above. ` , 3 2,409,37'9 4 which can be readily manufactured and. which is highly eiîlcient for its intended purpose. Having thus described my invention, I claim: A clothes pin comprising a pair of arms, said drical intermediate portion, the cylindrical shaped intermediate portion of the spring being seated arms being identical, each arm including a body having a gripping portion and an operating por tion, each arm gripping portion having an elon ing the walls of the grooves, the legs of the spring in the grooves of said arms, the entire outer pe riphery of the spring cylindrical portion contact extending along the gripping portion and being arranged in said recesses, the length of the spring gated recess extending along the inne1I face there legs being substantially equal to the length of of, each recess terminating near the free end of the recesses, the resiliency of the spring being the associated gripping portion, each body ad 10 such that the legs of said springs are normally jacent to the free end of the gripping portion urged towards each other, the free ends of said including a portion overhanging one end of the spring legs being disposed beneath the shoulders, recess to provide a shoulder, the end of each said arms in the gripping portions having op recess remote from the shoulder having a sub posed notches therein, the notches being aligned stantially semicylindrical groove therein, the 15 to receive a clothes line and said arms having grooves being complemental and a spring includ holes therethrough aligned with the notches. ing a pair of legs joined by a substantially cylin- ' EARL IVL MOSALY.