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Dec. '17, 1946.
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N. VAN TILBURG
BOOT‘ HANGER
Filed Aug. 31, 1945
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Patented Dec. 17, 1946
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UNITED “ sTATEs PATENT OFFICE 1
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YBoo'rHAnGER
' ‘ - Noel Van‘Tilburg, Minneapolis, Minn.
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‘Application August 31, 1945‘, Serial No. 613,881
1 claim. (01. air-35)
My invention provides an extremely simple;
low-cost and highly efficient boot hanger, the
word “boot” being used .in a liberal sense to in
H clude what is sometimes called F‘shoes,” but is
particularly designed as a convenient andei?w
cient device for ‘hanging boots, such as hunters’
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form loops at I5 and I6 which loosely encompass
. ‘the intermediate leg 6 of normally‘vertical frame
i,.Wh8I'eby‘t0 provide pivots. A pair of laterally
‘ spaced diagonal supporting arms I‘! and I8 have
their upper ends loosely looped over upper leg‘
and lumberman’s boots and rubber‘boots‘in posi
tion for drying and if exceedingly wet, for'drain
ing. The improved ,device, as preferably de
signed, is of wire construction throughout and
comprises normally vertical and horizontal sec 10
tions which may be folded into a ?at position
against a wall or the like when not in use, or for
shipment and storage.
The invention in its preferred form is illus
trated in the accompanying drawing wherein like
characters indicate like parts throughout the
several views:
Referring to the drawing:
Fig. 1 is a side elevation of my novel device,
the dotted line position indicating the folded
position thereof; and
Fig. 2 is a perspective view.
The device consists of a normally vertical
frame section I which is, preferably and as
shown, rectangular in shape and made up of
laterally spaced substantially parallel upper and
lower legs or members 2 and 3, respectively, end
members 4 and 5, and an intermediate member
6, having its extremities connected to end mem
bers 4 and 5 and being substantially parallel to
the upper and lower legs or members 2 and 3.
The primary function of the lower leg member
3 is to add stability and rigidity to the normally
vertical frame member I and in practice this
leg 3 could be omitted, thereby leaving only the
rectangular frame consisting of the upper and
lower substantially parallel legs 2 and 6 and side
legs or members 4 and 5.
Frame member I is adapted to be secured to a
wall, or the like A, and for this purpose I pref
erably provide a reinforcing strut ‘l which con
nects the upper and lower legs or members 2 and
member 2 of ‘ normally vertical frame section -I
at [9 and 20, respectively, to permit pivotal
movements thereof on a horizontal axis.
The
lower ends of supporting arms I'l'and | 8 are
loosely looped at 2| and 22, respectively, around
the guide arms H and I2 and are slidable there
on.
It will be observed that fork I3 is made up of
laterally spaced tines 23 and 24. Likewise, fork
I4 is made up of laterally spaced tines 25 and 26. ‘
A reinforcing strut 21 is rigidly connected to
guide arm H and tine 23 of fork I3. Likewise,
a reinforcing strut 28 is rigidly connected to
guide arm 12 and tine 26 of fork l4. Reinforcing
20 struts 2‘! and 28 are so spaced on guide arms
H and 12, respectively, so as to provide stops
for the sliding looped ends 2| and 22 of sup
porting arms I‘! and I8, thus preventing frame
section l0 from dropping further after it has
reached an approximately horizontal position.
For the purpose of providing greater stability
and reinforcement to the outwardly extended
inner tines 24 and 25 of forks l3 and I4, I pro
vide a normally horizontal reinforcing arm 29
30 having its inner end pivoted at 30 to the approxi
mate center of intermediate leg 6 of normally
vertical frame section I in alignment with the
pivotal connections of guide arms II and I2
therewith, and having its outer end extending
35 outwardly between said tines 24 and 25.
Laterally spaced cross members 3| and 32 have
their ends rigidly connected to tines 24 and 25
and have their centers ‘rigidly connected. to rein
forcing arm 29.
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From the above it will be obvious that when
my novel boot hanger is connected to a wall or
other supporting structure, as illustrated in Fig.
l, the normally horizontal frame section II] will,
3 substantially at their medial portions and has
under the action of gravity, fall to the position
its upper and lower ends bent to form outwardly 45 indicated by full lines, where its downward
projecting U-shaped anchoring eyes 8 and 9‘,
motion will be checked by the looped lower ends
through which head screws 9a or the like are
2! and 22 of supporting arms I‘! and I8 abutting
adapted to pass.
against the transverse reinforcing struts 21 and
Cooperating with frame section l is a normally
28. However, if it is desired to collapse the
horizontal frame section I ll preferably formed of 50 structure or fold the same against the wall, it is
a single piece of wire and comprising laterally
only necessary to push upward on the outer end
spaced guide arms II and I2, having a pair of
of the normally horizontal frame section It), so
laterally spaced boot receiving apertures in the
that the looped ends I5 and iii of guide arms H
form of forks l3 and I4 therebetween. The
and I2 pivot on intermediate leg ‘6 of frame sec
inner ends of guide arms H and [2 are bent to 55 tion I. Simultaneously, the looped ends 2| and
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What I claim is:
In a device of the class described, a normally
vertical frame section having, spaced upper, in
22 of supporting arms I‘! and 18 will slide out
wardly and upwardly on guide arms H and I2
until the structure reaches the position as' indi
cated by dotted lines in Fig. 1. The structure
may be so arranged that when in this position
there is adequate frictional engagement between
the guide arms II and I2 and the looped ends
2| and 22 of supporting arms I‘! and I8 to retain
termediate, and lower membersfand spaced-end
legs, and adapted to be secured to a wall‘, a
normally horizontal frame section horizontallyv
pivoted to the intermediate member of said\
normally vertical frame section, said normally
1 horizontal‘ I. frame section ecomp‘rising laterally
.If desired,:an:elongated metallplate or the‘like, 10 spaced guide arms projecting outwaridly from the
it in its. folded. position.
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ivot axis and being provided between said guide’ V
arms with a pair of outwardly opening boot re
such as indicated at B, and which may be used
for advertising or the like, maybe secured ‘to
the spaced side legs 4 and 5 of the normally ver-‘
tical frame section, at but slight additionalscost
and without in any manner interfering with the
action of the boot hanger.
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In practice, it is desirablezto‘,insertsaxbOOtsOr
ceiving forks, a pair of diagonal supporting arms,
"253,611 pivoted at one end to the upper member
_o;t1sa,id-norma11y vertical frame section and at its
' other end loosely embracing and being slidable on
‘itheaguid-e:arm-smfLthe normally horizontal frame
vwhereby to permit the normally vertical and
the like, such as indicated at C, heel ?rst. intothe
normally horizontal sections to be collapsed in
U-shaped boot receiving forks I3 and H5. ‘The
spread of each of saidforks is such as it will en~ 20 side-by-side relationship, stop means on said
~gage 'jthe inverted ' boots ‘ with considerable ‘ fric
"guide arms jpreventing ‘downward - movement of
*sai'dmormally‘ horizontal frame 'secti'on' beyond a
r-'substantiallyihorizontal'position,‘and' a' reen'forc
ffboots'?rmly in'thebest'kind of’ positionrfor dry
25 lingi‘armpivotedat itsrear 'endgtoe the medial por
‘ing “and “maintaining good form.
tion of the intermediate member of: the ‘normally
While I ‘have 'describeda commercial form of
jtion ~iustlbelow‘the soles and thereby hold the
' myjinvention'itishould be'obvious'that the-same i
‘.is subject to slight changes and modi?cations
without 'departing‘from'the spirit of he inven
' tion, as Jde?ned‘ in‘ ‘the :appended :claim.
vertical. frame‘ section and'rigidly connected. at its
‘front end 'to the outwardly; projecting ‘end per
"tions ;of,said‘ boot'receiving forks.
"NOEL‘VAN TILBURJG.
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