‘Jan. 7, '1947. I J. H. NORMAN ' CLOTHES STICK Filed Sept‘. 9, 1944 2,413,776 2,413,776 Patented Jan. 7, 1947 UNITED STATES ~ PATENT 2,413,776 OFFICE , , ' CLOTHES STICK John H. Norman, Ehnhurst, 111. Application September 9, 1944, Serial No. 553,303v 5 Claims. , 1 (01. 2944-235) 2 . My invention relates to a clothes stick and has for its primary object the provision of a stick that is adapted for use particularly in home laundry operations where articles of clothing are picked up from hot suds in a washing machine or tub and fed into a wring'er to remove the ma jor part of the water therefrom, or for the han dling of clothes from one tub to another or the like. , Another object of my invention is the provision of aclothes stick which is positive in its opera tion and which is so constructed that it can not be drawn between the rolls'of the wringer, but through the use of which the articles of clothing can easily be fed into'the 'wringer between the rolls without danger of the stick being‘drawu between the rolls and which will easily release the clothes from the endof the stick as they are fed into a wringer; \ in which like reference characters refer to like parts throughout, atbody member I 0 is shown having peripheral grooves ll formed on one end thereof to provide an easy-grip for the stick, while at the opposite end a shank portion I2 is provid ed which is- reduced. in size and cylindrical in form so that a circumferentially extending shoul der i3 is formed at the base of the shank portion l2 and over which a frusto-conical member i4 is ?tted. The member M has a cylindrical bore l5 longitudinally thereof with the free end of the member M being recessed with an outwardly ?aring wall portion It terminating in a blunt edge portion ll formed by the inwardly turned surface It‘ on the outer periphery of the end of the member it, A circumferentially extending shoulder is is formed at the base of the recessed outer end of themember l4 and within which a fastening member 2a is seated, this fastening Another and further object of my invention is 20 member being of slightly less diameter than the diameter of the recessed end. A screw 2| is pro the provision of a clothes stick having a head vided which extends through the fastening mem constructed in such form that the water draining ber 20 and into the end'of the shank portion l5 from the clothing picked up by the stick will not of the body member In so that the frusto-conical run along the handle onto the hands of the user of the stick but will drain from the end of the 25 member M is held in position on the shank l2 but is freely rotatable thereon with suf?cient space stick or through the bore of the head construc being provided around the fastening member 23 tion so that the danger of scalding the operator’s to allow for the passage of air out of the re hands from the hot water is materially reduced. cessed end of the member l4 and out through the Another and further object of my invention is the provision of a clothes stick having a head 30 bore 15. Because of the frusto-conical shape of the member Ill the hot water which drains from construction of'such manner. that a partial vac the clothes will not ?ow back on the surface, but uum can be formed by the action of the wet because of the constantly decreasing diameter of clothes over the end of the stick so the clothing the head member M will be inclined to drop from will not readily fall from the end of the stick or slide away from it in thehandlin-g of the cloths 35 the surface of the head l4 without adhering to the head throughout its entire length or running onto the body member over the joint between the Another and further ‘object of my invention is head and the body member. the provision of a clothes stick having a freely mg. revoluble frusto-conical head thereon which will In operation of the device the sticks are used sticks having comparatively sharp ends, when clothes into hot water as well as lifting them out not tear or damage clothing, as is the case with 40 for various stirring operations and for pushing used for the purpose of handling clothes from of the water, and in this respect the round end hot water. of the member It forms a useful function in en ‘ abling the operator to push the clothing into the These and other objects of my invention will be more fully and better understood by reference 45 water, allowing the air to pass from- the vcloth ' ing- so that the clothing is immersed in the water to the accompanying drawing, and in which— without danger of tearing or injuring the gar Figure 1 is a side elevational view of my im ments as might happen with the ordinary clothes proved clothes stick ;" stick having a pointed end. ' ‘ Figure 2 is an enlarged View of the head of the When' it' is desired to lift the clothing from the stick which is shown inv section to illustrate its 50 water and place it in the wringer the stick is structure; and ' turned at a slight angle so as to press the edge Figure 3 is an end view of the stick showing means employed for securing the head to the ' ' of the head I4 between the rolls, thereby enabling the wringer rolls to easily pick the clothing from body portion of the stick. Referring now particularly to the drawing and 55 the end of the stick and draw the clothing be 2,418,776 3 4 tween the wringer rolls without danger of drawing adjacent the shank portion, a frusto-conical member having a longitudinal bore ?tted on the shank portion and rotatably mounted thereon with one end in abutting engagement with the said shoulder and having a recessed end with outwardly ?aring wall portions with an oifset por the end of the stick between the rolls and yet readily releasing the clothing therefrom. The member I4 is freely rotatable at the end of the clothes stick and prevents damage or tearing to the clothing as is common with clothes sticks having sharp points which ofttimes pass into the button holes of garments, resulting in the tearing out of the button holes and otherwise. injuring tion at the base of the recess, a retaining mem ber for said frusto-conical member, and a fasten ing member extending through the said retain the garments during the handling of them with 10 ing member and into the shank portion of the body member. the clothes stick. 4. A clothes stick comprising in combination While I have described more or less precisely a' body member having a shank portion at one the details of construction, I do not wish to be understood as limiting myself thereto, as I con- ' ' of its ends with a shoulder portion formed therein template changes in form and the proportion of ‘15. adjacent the shank portion, a frusto-conical member having a longitudinal bore ?tted on the parts and the substitution of equivalents as cir— shank portion and rotatably mounted thereon cumstances may suggest or render expedient with one end inabutting engagement with the without departing from the spirit or scope of my ' said shoulder and having a recessed end with invention. outwardly flaring wall portions with an offset I claim: portion at the base of the recess and an inwardly 1. A clothes stick comprising in combination a body member having a shank portion at one of its ends, a frusto-conical member having a recessed end rotatably mounted on the shank curved external wall surface adjacent the re cessed end thereof, a retaining member for said frusto-conical member, and a fastening member portion of the body member, a retaining member 25 extending through the said retaining member and into the shank portion of the body member. in said recess and means whereby the said retain 5. A clothes stick comprising in combination ing member is secured to the body member. a stick member having a shank portion at one 2. A clothes stick comprising in combination of its ends, a frusto-conical head having a longi a body member having a shank portion at one of its ends, a frusto-conical member having a 80 tudinal bore therein rotatably mounted on the said shank portion, the said head having a recessed end and a central bore extending longi tudinally thereof and rotatably mounted on the recess therein, and a fastening member posi~ tioned in said recess and against the end of the shank portion of the body member, a retaining shank portion of the stick and secured thereto, member in said recess and means whereby the said retaining member is secured to the body 35 the forward edge ‘of the head extending beyond member. ' 3. A clothes stick comprising in combination a. body member having a shank portion at one of its ends with a shoulder portion formed therein the fastening member, thesaid head being only slightly movable relative to the shank portion in a longitudinal direction. JOHN H. NORMAN.