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April 24, 1962
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s. LIFFNER
3,031,114
GARMENT HANGER
Filed Aug. 24, 1959
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Patented Apr. 24, 1962
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end of the spring supporting member is preferably bent
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into a loop or coil 14 and a hook 115 may have its lower
GARMENT HANGER
end passing through this coil or loop 14 for supporting
the hanger.
Stare lli?ner, 234 Barrows St, Eanisstown, NY.
Filed Aug. 24, 1959, Ser. No. 835,479
1 (Ilaim. ('Cl. 223-95)
It will be noted that the two arms 5 are identical
with each other and are merely reversed end to end, so
that only a single mold is required to form these arms.
Furthermore the arms are preferably reinforced at the
slotted portions thereof by means of ?anges or beads 17.
This invention relates to garment hangers of the type
which have spring pressed parts urged outwardly away
from each other to grip parts of a garment such as the
cuffs of trousers or the waistband of a skirt.
10 The gripping members 8 preferably have integrally
One of the objects of this invention is to provide a
formed diagonally extending reinforcing webs or brace
garment ‘hanger of this type of improved and simpli?ed
members 18. The opposite ends of the arms have hori
construction which is e?icient in operation and economi
cal to produce.
In the accompanying drawings:
zontally extending webs 20 which connect the gripping
members 8 and the brace members 18. The structure of
the arms is consequently sut?ciently rugged to enable
FIG. 1 is a side elevation of a garment hanger embody
them to stand the strains to which they are subjected
ing this invention.
in ordinary usage.
FIG. 2 is a side elevation thereof.
In the use of this device it will be obvious that when
the gripping members are to be applied to the garment
FIG. 3 is a sectional View thereof on line 3——3,
20 the two legs of the V-shape supporting member 10 are
FIG. 1.
PEG. 4 is a bottom plan view thereof.
pressed toward each other thus causing the arms to slide
My improved garment hanger includes two arms which
lengthwise relatively to each other so that the gripping
are slidably connected with each other so that no inter
members may be applied to the garment and when pres
mediate body or supporting member is required. For
sure on the spring member 10 is released the arms 5 will
move outwardly relatively to each other thus causing
this purpose the two arms have ?at or plate-like arms 5,
the gripping members to frictionally engage the interiors
each of which has a flat face, the two ?at faces of the
arms being arranged in contact with each other to form
of the trouser cu?s.
It is, of course, also possible to apply my improved
garment hanger to a skirt or other garment. By applying
vided with fastening means which extend through the
the waistband of the skirt ?rst to one of the gripping
slots of the two arms so as to guide the arms in their
members 2} and then passing the waistband around both
movement relatively to each other. These fastening or
gripping members of the other arm and then back to
connecting means may be of any suitable or desired
the other gripping member of the ?rst mentioned arm.
type, and in the construction illustrated they are in the
It will be understood that various changes in the de
form of rivets 7. Each of these rivets is secured to one
tails, materials and arrangements of parts, which have
of the arms and extends through the slot of the other
been herein described and illustrated in order to explain
arm, thus forming two pin and slot connections which
the nature of the invention, may be made by those skilled
guide the arms in their movement relatively to each other.
in the art, within the principle and scope of the inven
Each rivet has a head on one end thereof which is
tion, as expressed in the appended claim.
larger than the width of the slot and the other end of 40
I claim:
the rivet may be secured to an arm after passing through
A garment hanger having a pair of arms of molded
a slot so that these rivets prevent separation of the arms
plastic material, each having a flat face, the ?at face of
from each other. The travel of one arm relatively to the
one arm bearing against the ?at face of the other arm,
other is limited by the length of the slots, since the
pin and slot connections which hold said arms with their
rivets contacting with the ends of the slot act as stops
?at faces in contact with each other and which guide said
to limit further movement of the arms.
arms for movement lengthwise of each other, each of
The arms are provided at their ends with downwardly
said arms having a pair of gripping members formed in
extending gripping or engaging members 8 which are
tegral therewith and extending downwardly from the
preferably formed integral with the arms and which may
outer end thereof and spaced side by side, said gripping
a slidable connection between the two arms. The arms
are each provided with a slot 6 and each arm is pro
have notches or serrations 9 formed on their outer edges
to engage the garment. Preferably two of these grip
ping members are provided at one end of each arm so
that one oppositely arranged pair of gripping members
may be inserted into the cuff of one trouser leg while
the other pair is inserted into the other cuff and when
the two arms are urged outwardly from each other, the
gripping members will securely grip the trouser cu?is.
Any suitable means may be employed for moving the
members having brace portions extending downwardly
from said arms, an arched spring member having legs
biased to move outwardly from each other, one of said
legs being connected to one of said arms and the other
leg being connected to the other arm and urging said
arms to slide outwardly relatively to each other, and a
laterally extending reinforcing ?ange on each arm extend
ing along the arm below the slot and having its lower
side in the same plane as the lower edge of the arm
arms outwardly from each other to yieldingly press the
for reinforcing the slotted part of the arm, said ?ange
gripping members into the interiors of the trouser cuffs, 00 being integral with said brace portion and said arm
and in the construction shown for this purpose a spring
and reinforcing said brace portion at its connection with
member 10 of approximately inverted V-shape is shown
which serves the dual purpose of urging the arms out
wardly and also acting as a hanger for the garment
holder. This member 10 is made of spring wire and 65
arranged so that the lower ends of the legs tend to move
outwardly from each other. These lower ends of the
legs may be passed through holes or openings 11 formed
on the arms 5, and for this purpose the lower ends of
the spring supporting member after being passed through 70
the holes are bent to form loops 12 which form hinged
connections with the arms of the holder. The upper
said arm.
References ‘Cited in the ?le of this patent
UNITED STATES PATENTS
1,329,877
1,331,419
2,169,538
2,420,440
2,843,298
2,940,649
Barclay _______________ __ Feb. 3,
Dahlgren ____________ __. Feb. 17,
Rowan ______________ __ Aug. 15,
Nelson ______________ __ May 13,
Jagr ________________ __ July 15,
Zeuthen _____________ __ June 14,
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