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Nov. 19, 1946.
Filed May 24, 1944
Ralph Kobey
Patented Nov. 19, 1946
Ralph Robey, New York, N. Y.
Application May 24, 1944, Serial No. 537,112
5 Claims. (01. 223-95‘)
vItis among the objects of the present invention
to provide a lady’s skirt hanger of simple, rugged
and inexpensive construction devoid of hinging
or clamping elements, but of universal applica
tion for hanging skirts of various sizes evenly,
securely and without slippage, yet without pos
sibility of mutilating the skirt fabric.
In the accompanying drawing in which are
shown one or more of various possible embodi
lugs l2 and I3 into the skirt band S so that the
sharply curved and stressed spring metal strip
it] causes the lugs to stretch or tense the skirt
band, securely and resiliently to hold the skirt
in place.
The rigid lugs l2 and i3 ?rmly anchor the '
embedded extremities and stiffen the end'portions
of the strip that are exposed beyond the lugs.
Accordingly, the lengths of strip l? near the lugs
I2 and I3 are bent but slightly even under rela
tively sharp bowing of the strip It]. By reason of
such stiffening of the end portions of strip iii,
15 the lugs l2 and i3 cannot toe inward under the
metal strip and out of engagement with the skirt
band but will be sprung almost directly apart,
properly to stretch the skirt band accommodated
thereon. Likewise, by reason of the symmetry of
20 the construction, the midsection of the strip it
is not deformed materially under the stress im
posed upon the strip Iii in use, so that there is
ments of the several features of the invention,
Fig. 1 is a perspective view of one embodiment
of the invention, shown in normal position and
also indicating in dot and dash lines the relation
of the parts when introduced into a skirt band,
Fig. 2 is a longitudinal sectional view of one
end of the hanger taken on line 2-—2 of Fig. 1,
Fig. 3 is a perspective view of an alternative
embodiment of skirt hanger,
As will be apparent from Fig. l the skirt hanger
strip is readily ?exed by hand to introduce its
Fig. 4 is a side elevation of said skirt hanger
when in use,
Fig. 5 is a detail View in longitudinal cross
section on line 5-—5 of Fig. 3., and
Fig. 6 is a view similar to Fig. 5 of a modi?ca
no tendency to loosen or break off the hook I I as
might occur were the strip sharply bent at its
hook mounting middle. The main ?exure in
Referring now to Fig. l of the drawing, the 25 stressing the strip for insertion thereof into a skirt
hanger comprises a strip In of spring metal, de
band is thus at the regions between sections A and
sirably of spring steel, which may be of relatively
B as indicated in the dot and dash line position
thin band stock of width in the order of 3/5 inch
in Fig. 1.
and which, as shown in Fig. 1, has a normal set
The skirt band is stretched effectively between
on a single continuous arc of large radius.
the curved portions of the two lugs 12 and i3 and
Rigidly secured to the midsection of the strip,
there is therefore avoided the undesired wrinkling
desirably by welding or riveting, is the hanger
of the skirt band that is frequently incurred
hook H. To the ends of the spring metal strip
where the latter is hung under compression.
ID are rigidly secured rigid lugs l2 and I3, de
corrugations l5 eifectively engage and stretch
sirably of wood, which serve to engage and hold 35 the skirt band into which they are introduced, so
the skirt band. The attachment of the spring
that a very substantial tug 0n the skirt would
metal strip to the lugs may be by any suitable
be required to pull it off the hanger. Shoulders
means, but preferably the ends of. the strip are
20 on flange l9 serve as stops for horizontally
?rmly and frictionally embedded in said lugs as
and evenly positioning the skirt band and avoid
shown at M in Fig. 2, and they may alternatively 40 ing any skew or oblique stress thereon.
or in addition to such friction bond be secured
In the use of the embodiment just described,
by one or more cross-pins shown in full lines
were the skirt, especially one of small waist band,
at M’.
to be pulled off the hanger and the stress upon
The lugs present a curved surface at the outer‘
45 the spring metal strip l0 thus suddenly released,
or convex side of the strip by which the skirt
the hanger might snap out of control and startle
band is engaged and stretched. To enhance the
the user. To guard against this contingency and
holding effectiveness of its curved surface the
for other advantages to be pointed out below, the
lug is transversely corrugated at I5‘ as shown.
embodiment of Figs. 3 and 4 has been devised.
The ribs or corrugations desirably present rela
Here loops or cross-pins 2| rigid with and desir
tively sharp upper edges it, each rib being cylin
ably countersunk each in a well 22 in. the desir
drical as at I‘! adjacent said edge and tapering
ably ?at inner face 23 of the corresponding lug
inward as at I8 to the next rib, as shown. De
[2’, I3’ serve as anchors for a tensioning binder,
sirably, also, each lug has a ?ange 19 at the upper
desirably in the form of a ?exible band or belt
or inner end thereof affording a stop shoulder
55 24 connecting and extending about the loops or
20 for the upper edge of the skirt band.
pins 2| on the lugs l2’ and I 3'. Band 24 main
tains the spring metal strip H1’ in a limiting po
sition of stress as shown in Fig. 3, so that the
lugs l2’ and I3’ are maintained spaced by a max
imum distance but little larger than half the
in the above description or shown in the accom
panying drawing shall be interpreted as illus
trative and not in a limiting sense.
Having thus described my invention, what I
claim as new and desire to secure by Letters Pat
waist band length of the largest size of skirt to
ent of the United States is:
be hung thereon. The same tension would thus
1. A lady’s skirt hanger comprising a strip of
be applied to the skirt band as in the embodi
spring metal set to extend normally in a single
ment of Fig. 1, but if. the skirt should be force
fully pulled off a hanger equipped with such band, 10 continuous arc of large radius, rigid lugs extend
ing in the direction of the ends of said strip and
the same will expand at most but slightly and
will not snap out of control. ‘
?xedly embedding a substantial length of the
same to form a unitary structure stiffened at its
In a preferred embodiment the belt or band
ends and a hanger hook mounted at the mid point
24 is made adjustable as, for instance, by resort
of said strip.
to a slide buckle 25. In addition, the band, 15
2. A lady’s skirt hanger comprising an elon
which is preferably in the form of a tape, has
gated strip of spring metal set to extend nor
scale markings 26 thereon, by resort to which
mally in a continuous arc of large radius, lugs
the buckle, which is mounted at the beginning
embedding the extremities of said strip rigid
of the scale may be releasably set opposite that
and stiffening the same, each of said
scale marking corresponding to the waist line 20
lugs presenting a relatively flat surface at the'
measure of the skirt to be hung thereon. It is
concave side of said strip, and a curved‘surface
understood, of course, that each scale measure
at the convex side thereof, said latter-surface
would correspond to the circumference of the skirt
constituting the skirt band engaging portion! and
band to be accommodated and not necessarily to
having a series of transverse corrugations for
the length of the tensioning binder, belt or band 24.
The latter may not be exactly equal in length to 25 added frictional engagement with the skirt band.
3. A lady’s skirt hanger comprising a strip of
' the skirt band, as the tape is relaxed under the
spring metal set to extend normally in a con
' added stress imposed upon the hanger when sup
tinuous arc of large radius, rigid lugs rigidly af
porting a skirt, as suggested in Fig. 4. When
the tensioning binder, band or belt 24 is prop 30 fixed to the extremities of said strip and impart
ing stiffness to the end portions of said strip, and
erly set for the size of skirt band to be carried,
a tensiom'ng binder connecting said lugs and
the hanger as above noted, will not snap out of
maintaining said strip tensed under sharper cur
control if the skirt should be forcefully pulled off.
vature, but yielding to permit further stressing
The lugs in either embodiment may be of plas
tic, if desired, which may be mounted by molding 35
4. The combination recited in claim 3 inwhich
the same about the extremities of the strip I 0.
the lugs present cross-pins for mounting the ten
The latter may be perforated as at 21 in Fig. 6,
so that the molded plastic bridges 28 therethrough
. aiford a secure keying and stiffening bond between
sioning binder and the latter is adjustable in
length to permit variation in the size of the hang- '
er for adaptation to various sizes of skirt band.
the spring metal strip and the lug.
5. A lady’s skirt hanger comprising a spring
The skirt hanger, it will be seen, is devoid of
metal strip, rigid lugs rigidly af?xed to the ends
any hinging elements or of clamps or clips to
thereof, each of said lugs having a convex outer
compress the skirt band, or of pivoting pieces
skirt engaging portion and having rigid there
or of helical hinge springs apt to come loose or
distorted in operation or of grappling hooks likely 45 with a cross-pin, a ?exible band connecting said
cross-pins and having a scale along the length
to penetrate or injure the fabric of the skirt.
thereof and an adjustment buckle to set the
As many changes could be made in the above
length of said band for maintaining the spring
construction and many apparently widely dif
strip under limiting tension adapted to the
ferent embodiments of this invention could be
skirt band to be carried thereby. I
made without departing from the scope of the 50
claims, it is intended that all matter contained
RALPH ‘Ronny. ,
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