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Патент USA US3031169

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April 24, 1962
,Filed March 30, 1960
Arf/zz/r Wa//er
United States PatétitO
Patented Apr. 24, 1962
This will usually be at the approximate midpoint between
Arthur Waller, Highland Park, Ill., assignor to Bull Dog
the sides and offset upwardly a short distance from the
center although other locations for suspension may be
Lock Company, Chicago, 11]., a corporation of Illinois
Filed Mar. 30, 1960, Ser. No. 18,552
1 Claim. (Cl. 248-28)
The bracket comprises an elongate strip 20 of a rela
tively rigid material, such as may be formed of sheet
This invention relates to a method and means for
22 offset outwardly from‘ the end sections 24 to provide
an elongate slot 26 between the body portion 22 and the
metal, plastic and the like, having a central body portion
hanging a ?xture, such as a picture, mirror, trophy or the
like, upon a wall, door or other vertically disposed sur 10 back side of the ?xture 12 when the ends 24 are secured
to the ?xture. The end sections are provided with means
face and it relates more particularly to a bracket and
for attachment to the back side of the ?xture, such means
means for employing same for the proper positioning
being represented by openings 28 through which screws
of a ?xture on a supporting surface.
30 may be inserted for threading into the back side of the
At the present time, when hanging a ?xture in the form
of a picture or the like on a vertically disposed wall, di?i 15 ?xture 12. Instead of screws 30, use can be made of nails
culties are often encountered properly to locate the sus
or other equivalent securing means.
pension means for positioning the picture in the desired
ranged to extend horizontally when attached to the ?xture.
The bracket is ar
The body portion 22 of the bracket is formed with a
location on such vertically disposed wall. In picture
series of recesses 32 in its lower edge portion arranged
hanging, for example, measurements are carefully made
on the wall and on the picture frame in the attempt 20 to extend substantially crosswise through the length there
properly to locate the fastener or bracket on which the
of. Spaced upwardly from the grooved bottom edge of
picture is to be suspended properly to position the picture
the body portion are one or more rearwardly offset por
in the desired location on the wall. Even though such
measurements are carefully made, the majority of times
base of the recesses 32 midway between the ends of the
tions 34 in the form of peaks aligned vertically with the
the picture does not hang in the desired position by 25 body portion. When two such offset points are employed,
as in FIG. 4, the points are adapted to be vertically
reason of the inability exactly to determine the position
aligned with the recesses adjacent the recess in the center
of engagement when suspended by picture wire or the
of the body portion. When only one such point is em~
like. As a result, it often becomes necessary to withdraw
played, as in FIG. 6, it is preferred to align the single
the hanger bracket from the wall for displacement a
short distance to one side or the other or above or 30 point vertically with the center recess.
When it is desired to hang the ?xture, the bracket 14
is secured in the desired position on the back side of the
?xture. The ?xture is then held in the position that it
ings left in the places from which the bracket has been
is desired to be located on the wall. When the exact posi
removed. In many instances, it becomes necessary even
after a number of trials and errors, to settle for a posi 35 tion has been determined, the ?xture is pressed onto the
wall and the points 34 extending rearwardly from the
tion other than the desired location, otherwise repairs
offset body portion 20 of the bracket pierce or otherwise
would be required to conceal the damage to the support~
ing wall.
mark the wall, as indicated by the two points 36 shown
in FIG. 3. Thereafter, the ?xture is removed and a nail
It is an object of this invention to alleviate the prob
lems of hanging ?xtures and to eliminate the trial and 40 36, screw or the like is driven into the wall in relation
to the location of the marks.
error method in proper location of the supporting bracket
If the ?xture is to be supported on two such screws or
used in positioning such ?xtures on the supporting wall.
nails, as illustrated in FIG. 4, then each nail or screw is
Another object is to provide a method and means
driven into the wall at the two points indicated or im
whereby the proper position for a mixture or the like
mediately below so that the shank of the nail or screw
can be accurately determined in a simple and e?icient
manner to position the ?xture or picture in the desired 45 will be received in perfectly ?tting relationship into the
base of the recesses underlying the points on the bracket.
location on the wall or supporting surface, without trial
below the original setting with the result that the wall
may become marred by the excessive number of open
If, on the other hand, only one nail or screw is to be used
and error.
These and other objects and advantages of this inven—
in the mounting of the ?xture, as illustrated in FIG. 3,
then the nail or screw may be driven into the wall at a
tion will hereinafter appear and for purposes of illustra
tion, but not of limitation, an embodiment of the inven
point midway between the marks 36.
tion is shown in the accompanying drawing, in which:
of the nail or screw will be received in the base of the
FIG. 1 is an elevational view of the back side of a
center recesses perfectly to position the ?xture in the
desired location on the wall without the necessity for
making measurements and without trial and error.
picture frame embodying the features of this invention;
FIG. 2 is a sectional elevational view of a hanging
picture embodying the features of this invention;
FIG. 3 is a sectional view taken along the line 3—-3
of FIG. 2;
FIG. 4 is an elevational view of the back side of a
. bracket shown on the frame of FIG. 1;
FIG. 5 is a sectional view taken along the line 5—-5 60
of FIG. 4, and
FIG. 6 is an elevational view of a modi?ed form of
Thus the shank
When only one nail or screw is to be employed, it will
be su?icient to make use of the bracket with but a single
point, as illustrated in FIG. 6, to place but a single mark
on the wall for indicating the proper place for the inser
tion of the screw or nail.
It will be apparent that the device described will pro
vide a simple ‘and et?cient means for accurately marking
the places on the wall where nails or screws are to be
provided accurately to locate the ?xture in the desired
In the drawing, the numeral 10‘ identi?es the wall or
position on the wall and it will be apparent further that
other vertically disposed structure on which the picture 65 the device described will function as a simple and inex
12 or other frame or ?xture, such as a mirror, trophy or
pensive bracket for securely and properly mounting the
the like (hereinafter generally referred to as a ?xture)
?xture upon the supporting surface.
It will be apparent that the device described will pro~
is adapted to be supported. .
In mounting the ?xture on the supporting wall, a
the details of construction, arrangement and operation
bracket 14 is secured to the back side in the approximate 70 without departing from the spirit of the invention,
especially as de?ned in the following claim.
location from which it is desired to suspend the ?xture.
I claim:
A ?xture for 'mounting'a bracket upon a verticalsup
porting surface comprising an elongate strip of a rela
spaced upwardly from the recesses and in vertical align
tively rigid and structurally strong material which is sub
divided into a central elongate body portion and end
portions o?fset upwardly from the ends of the body por
tion, means in the end portions ‘for attachment-to the back
side of the ?xture in a manner to position the bracket
horizontally on the ?xture with a spaced relationship
between the body portion and the back side of the?xture,
more than two and up to several V-shaped recesses ar
ranged in uniformly spacedapart relation across the lower
edge of the body portion with the apexes of the V-‘shap'ed
recesses uppermost in the body portion, 4a pair of later
ment ‘with‘the apexes of the recesses on each side of the
centermost recess to mark a vertical ?xture supporting
surface for positioning a pair of hanger elements to be
received in seated relationship in the corresponding apex
portions ‘of any ‘pair of alternate recesses in the bracket
thereby'to enable the position of the ?xture to be adjusted
laterally relative to the support while enabling stable
support of the ?xture in the adjusted position on the
10 two spaced apart points.
References-Cited in the ?le ‘of this patent
ally spaced apart dimpled portions in the 'body portion 15
and'positioned to extend rearwardly from the body portion
Goble ______________ __ Dec. 13, 1921
Baalsrudvet al.. ________ __ Sept. 21, 1926
Krogh ______________ __ June 9, 1953
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