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Патент USA US3044679

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July 17, 1962
Filed Sept. 10, 1959
United States Patent O??ce
Patented July 17, 1962
Sleeves 11 and 12 join the arms 9 and 10‘ together ‘and
these, while slidable along the arms, are preferably fric
George A. Pinkham, 213 Coyle St., Portland, Maine
Filed Sept. 10, 1959, Ser. No. 839,231
1 (Claim. (Cl. 223-91)
movement relative to the hanger arms. The sleeves may
be made of any material and cardboard‘ sleeves have
The present invention relates to garment hangers of the
type provided with means for positively attaching trousers,
skirts, or other garments thereto.
is free when the sleeve 12 is slid into its dotted line posi
tion. This result is effected as by providing that the
tionally engaged and held thereby against accidental
proved most satisfactory. In practice, the sleeve 11 can
not be slid to free the end of the arm 9 while the arm 10
The usual coat hanger has a cross bar ‘or arm over 10 sleeves are of the same length and the arm 9 longer than
which a pair of trousers or a skirt is hung and it is a
the arm 10‘.
common experience to have the trousers or the skirt slip
from the hanger and become so wrinkled, soiled or both
"as to require that it be again pressed, Such an accident
When the arm 10 is free, a garment 13 may be easily
introduced between it and the arm 9. After the arm 10
is particularly objectionable to garment cleaners, because
15 on the garment may be increased by sliding either or
it usually occurs during delivery so that the delivery to the
customer is delayed and the expense of processing the
garment reincurred.
As this problem has long been recognized, a number of
both sleeves towards each other as required to ensure
is again caught by the sleeve 12, the tension of the arms
that the garment is securely gripped.
In FIG. 3, a hanger is shown that consists of a pair of
book portions 14 and 15 each of whose ends is so bent
attempts have been made to ensure that garments such as 20 and disposed as to establish a pair of close, parallel, over
lapping supporting arms 16 and 17 slidably joined together
skirts or trousers can be securely attached to their hangers.
by slidable sleeves 18 and 19 that preferably are friction
These have not been well accepted as either they have
al-ly engaged by the supporting arms, The sleeve 18 can
proved to be too costly to manufacture or they have not
not be positioned to free the arm .17 while the arm 16
met such requirements as security or ease of use.
The principal objective of the present invention is to 25 can be freed by sliding the sleeve 19' into its dotted line
position to enable a garment to be introduced between
provide garment hangers with attaching means for skirts
and trousers that meet the above indicated standards. In
accordance with the invention, this objective is attained
by providing 2a garment hanger with ?rst and second por
tions including ends disposed towards each other as close
parallel and overlapping ?rst and second arms which are
held together by ?rst and second slidable sleeves. The
it and the arm 17. When the arm 16 is again caught by
the sleeve 19, the interposed garment can be securely
locked in place by increasing the tension on the support
ing arms by sliding either one or both of the sleeves
towards each other. The garment hanger just described
is primarily intended for support by cross arm or arms,
such as the arms 9 and 10, of a coat hanger in accordance
?rst arm and the ?rst sleeve are dimensioned relative to
with the invention.
one another to enable the ?rst sleeve to be slid into a
I claim:
position freeing the ?rst arm to enable a garment to be 35
A garment hanger comprising a hook, ‘arms extending
easily introduced between it ‘and the second arm and to
be securely gripped therebetween by again catching the
downwardly and outwardly from the hook, a stretch
extending inwardly from the lower end of each arm,
the stretches being parallel to each other and each
under suitable garment gripping tension.
stretch having a free end, ?rst and second stretch tension
In the accompanying drawings there are shown illus
ing slidable sleeves joining said stretches, the distance
?rst arm with the ?rst sleeve and then advancing either
one or both sleeves towards the other to place the ‘arms
trative embodiments of the invention from which these
from the free end of one stretch to the junction of the
‘and other of its objectives, novel features and advantages
other stretch and its related arm being less than the length
will be readily apparent.
45 of the sleeve adjacent thereto, the distance from the free
In the drawings:
end of the other stretch to the junction of the one stretch
FIG. 1 is a perspective view of a coat hanger in accord
and its related arm being greater than the length of the
ance with the invention,
adjacent sleeve to enable said ‘adjacent sleeve to be slid
FIG. '2 is ‘a section on an increased ‘scale, along the
‘a position freeing the end of said other stretch
generally indicated lines 2-2 of FIG. 1, and
FIG, 3 is a perspective View of another garment hanger 50 thereby to enable a garment to be introduced between
said stretches.
in accordance with the invention.
In FIGS. 1 and 2, there is shown a coat hanger consist~
ing of a length of wire stock twisted together as at 5 to
provide a central loop shaped to establish a supporting
hook 6 and a pair of oppositely disposed portions 7 and 55
8 appopriately shaped for the support of such a garment
as a coat and having their ends bent and disposed towards
each other to provide close parallel and overlapping sup
porting arms 9 and 10, respectively.
References Cited in the file of this patent
Henry ______________ __ Feb. 10, 1931
Olson _______________ _... Feb. 10, 1931
Roberti ________ .._‘___.__ Nov. 8, 1938
Blades ______________ __ Apr. 29, 1947
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