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Nov. 13, 1962
F. s. sLlcK
3,063,406
MEANS FOR DISPLAYING A FLAG
Filed Aug. l5, 1961
2 Sheets-Sheet 1
INVENTOR.
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Nov. 13, 1962
F. s. sLlcK
3,063,406
MEANS FOR DISPLAYING A FLAG
Filed Aug. l5, 1961
2 Sheets-Sheet 2
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3,063,406
Patented Nov. 13., 1962
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instance is displayed on a stati or support 12 which is
mounted in a conventional socket; the latter may be
secured to a building or other structure. The socket is
not shown or need be further described as it is not a part
MEANS FOR DISPLAYING A FLAG
Fred S. Slick, 37 Briar Lane, Rockford, Ill.
Filed Aug. 15, 1961, Ser. No. 131,513
5 Claims. (Cl. 116-173)
of this invention.
Flag 10 has a reinforcing webbing 14 which is secured
This invention relates to a means of displaying a ñag,
to the edge of the flag adjacent to the staff 12. A pair
and especially to la method of securing the flag to a staff
of grommets or eyelets 16 and 18 having openings, are
or support.
provided, one in each end of webbing 14 and near the
»A conventional method of displaying -a flag is to place 10 corners of the flag 1t).
the stati or support in a socket which has been attached
.Staff or support 12 comprises a pair of snugly-tele
to a structure so that the statt` extends outwardly and the
scoping tubes of metal or other suitable material con
sisting of upper tube 20 and lower tube 22. Upper tube
The edge of the flag adjacent to the staff is held at one
2t) is telescoped into lower tube 22 a distance suñîcient
of its ends to the outer end of the staff in a well-known 15 to assure rigidity when the stalf is assembled. Tubes 20
manner, such as lby a cord passing through a grommet
and 22 are of a length to permit convenient telescoping
or eyelet in the corner of the flag, and then through
when the staff is disassembled for storage. Tube 20 has
flag hangs downwardly in `a substantiallywertical position.
a means of fastening on the staff.
The other corner of
a ball 24 or other ornament of metal or suitable material,
the ñag is also provided with a grommet in which a
afñxed to the upper end of the tube, as shown in FIGS.
cord is secured. The end of this cord is fastened to the 20 1, 2 and 7.
_
staff by appropriate means.
An upper »fiag-anchor 26 is provided in tube 20 ad
This manner of displaying a iiag does not provide satis
jacent to the ball 24, and a lower flag-anchor means 28
factory means for maintaining the flag taut and snug
is provided in tube 22 at a position to suitably hold a
with the staff but permits the edge of the flag to sag away
ñag when the staff has been assembled. Upper flag an
from the staff, presenting an unattractive appearance un~ 25 chor 26 is of spring wire formed into a helix or spring
less frequently adjusted, especially if the iiag should be
`as shown in FIGS. 1 and 2 the axis of which helix extends
come wet because of rain. The conventional method of
outwardly from the periphery of tube 22. Initially, an
mounting a flag also permits the latter to lose its rec
chor 26 is wound with close coils as shown by dotted
tangular shape and to assume an uneven appearance at
lines in FIG. 2, and of a length suitable for the purpose.
30 Anchor 26 terminates at the exposed end thereof in a
the free end thereof.
yAn object therefore of this invention is to provide a
hook or Hag-engaging hook portion 30 that engages the
dag-display means that automatically maintains the edge
opening in grommet or eyelet 16. A hole 32 is provided
of the flag in a taut condition land closely-adjacent to the
in one side of the periphery of tube 20 adjacent to the
staff or support.
.
ball 24 as shown in FIGS. 2 and 4, yand of a diameter
Another object is to provide a means of displaying a 35 substantially larger than the Wire from which anchor
flag so that the latter will maintain a neat ñat appearance
26 is made, but smaller than the outer diameter of the
`and present a reasonably-straight edge at the lower free
helix and indicated as 27 in FIG. 2. Anchor 26 ter
end of the flag.
minates in an end 34, and is assembled in tube 2i) in
Another object is to provide a means of displaying a
the following manner:
ñag that also permits compact and protective storage 40 End 34 is separated from the adjoining coil of the
when the iiag is not in use.
helix 27 an amount sufíicient to permit the end to enter
Further objects and advantages of the invention will
hole 32 so that the wall of tube 2t) at the periphery of
become apparent from a consideration of the following
the hole is embraced between the end 34 and the ad
detailed description taken in connection with the accom
joining coil of the helix. Anchor 26 is then rotated
45
panying drawings wherein embodiments of the invention
about its axis: clockwise if the anchor helix is Wound in
are shown. However, it is to be understood that the
a right-hand direction, and counterclockwise if the helix
invention is not to be limited to the details disclosed but
is wound in a left-hand direction: In effect, anchor 26
includes «all such lvariations and` modifications as fall
With be “threaded” into hole 32 as sho-wn in FIG.V2.
within the spirit of the invention. It is also within the
This “threading” operation is continued until end 34 con
purvew of this invention to mount the stalf or support 50 tacts to opposite wall of the bore 36 of tube 20. In
in a vertical position.
order to prevent anchor 26 from becoming loose, it is
Referring to the drawings:
given slight additional rotation after end 34 has con
FIG. 1 shows a typical embodiment of the invention
tacted the wall opposite to hole 32, thus expanding bore
in a means for displaying a flag;
36 and providing pressure on the helix to prevent rotation
FIG. 2 is an enlarged fragmentary view showing a 55 of the anchor.
portion of FIG. 1; specifically the means of anchoring
Lower flag«anchor 28 is identical with anchor 26 and
one corner of the upper edge of a flag;
has a hook or dag-engaging portion 29 and therefore
IFIG. 3 is an enlarged fragmentary View showing a
need not .be further described in detail. Referring to
portion of FIG. l; specifically the means of anchoring
FIG. 3, a hole 3S is provided in one side of tube 22,
60 of a size indicated with respect to hole 32. Lower flag
the other corner of the upper edge of a flag;
FIG. 4 is a fragmentary View taken in the direction of
anchor 28 is likewise assembled in tube 22 by the same
4_4 of FIG. 2;
method followed with respect to anchor 26 in tube 20.
FIG. 5 shows the upper flag-mounting means applied to
Anchor 28 has an additional function which is to serve
a Solid wood staff, being an alternate construction to that
as a stop for the end 42 of tube 20 when the latter is
65 inserted into the bore of tube 22. Anchor 28 is located
shown in FIG. 2;
FIG. 6 shows a modiñcation of the lower anchor means
axially from end 40 a distance that will assure sufficient
shown in FIGS. 1, 3 and 7; and
lateral support Ifor tube 20 when inserted in tube 22.
FIG. 7 shows the flag-display means disassembled and
The distance between anchors 26 and 28, when the staff
with the staff members telescoped for storage, and with
12 has been assembled as shown in FIG. 1, should be
70 such that the anchors will require tensioning when a iiag
the flag in position to be wrapped around the staff.
The invention will now be described in detail:
has been mounted. See also FIGS. 2 and 3.
Flag [10 can be of the conventional type and in this
When mounting a flag for display, tube :20 is inserted
3,063,406
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tion a helical resilient fiag anchor having a helix of an
outer diameter in excess of the diameter of said aperture
and comprising wire of a diameter less than that of said
into end 40 of tube 22 until the end 42 abuts the helix
27 of anchor 28, as shown in FIG. 3. Anchors 26 and
28 will then have the proper spacing to suitably hold the
ñag under tension. Grommet or eyelet 16 of flag 10
is then placed on hook 30. Grommet 18 is then placed
on hook 29, thus tensioning anchors 26 and 28. Webbing
14 will now be taut as shown in FIGS. 1, 2 and 3.
aperture, said helix being spirally threaded through said
aperture normal to said bore by rotation thereof about
the aXis of Said helix so as to contact the wall of said bore
opposite to said aperture, said helix being of a length
The
to extend outwardly beyond the periphery of said support,
tension stored in- anchors 26 and 28 will maintain this
and terminating in a flag-engaging portion.
taut condition of flag 10 and also secure end 42 of tube
»3. A means for displaying a flag having spaced mount
20 in positive engagement with the helix 27 of anchor 28. l()
ing apertures, comprising a support, and a ñrst and sec
When it is desired to store the flag and staff, it is only
necessary to remove the fiag 10 from hooks 29 and 30.
ond flag anchor, said support comprising a first tubular
portion and a second tubular portion, said first tubular
Tube 20 can then be removed from the bore of tube
portion telescoping within said second tubular portion,
22. Tube 22 is then turned end-for-end, and end 42 of
said first flag anchor comprising a flexible helical portion
tube 20 is inserted into end 44 of tube 22 until the end
integral with said first tubular portion and extending out
42 abuts the helix 27 of anchor 28 as shown in FIG. 7.
wardly therefrom and terminating in a first flag-engaging
The anchors 26 and 28 will now be approximately the
same distance apart as when the ñag was being displayed.
portion, said second ñag anchor spaced from said first
Grommets 16 and 18 of fiag 10 are again placed on the
anchor and comprising a hook and a second flag-engag
22 together as a unit. To complete the storage it is
ing portion, said second tubular portion provided with a
peripheral opening, said hook inserted in said opening
merely necessary to wrap flag 10 about vtube 22, starting
as shown in FIG. 7. When completely wrapped, a plas
to limit the extent of entrance of Said first tubular por
tion within said second tubular portion, one of said
hooks 30 and 29 respectively, thus holding tubes 2i) and
mounting apertures engaged with each of said first and
tic tube or envelope can be placed about the fiag and
tubes to protect them from dust and injury.
While the above-described preferred embodiment is
satisfactory, alternate constructions will now be described.
Referring to FIG. 5, staff 46 is of wood for reasons of
second flag-engaging portions.
4. A means for displaying a flag as described in claim 3,
in which the second flag anchor comprises a helical ten
sion portion positioned lengthwise of said second tubular
economy. A hole 48 is drilled of a size slightly smaller
portion intermediate said hook and said second flag
than the diameter of the helix 27 of anchor 26. The 30 engaging portion.
latter is then pressed into hole 48, and a retaining means
‘5. A means for displaying a ñag having spaced mount
such as a nail 49 is driven through staff 46 and between
ing apertures, comprising a support, and a first and a
the convolutions of helix 27 to secure `anchor 26 in
second ñag anchor, said support comprising a ñrst tubular
place.
portion and a second tubular portion, said first tubular
FIG. 6 shows a modification of the lower anchor indi 35 portion telescoped within said second tubular portion,
cated as 28 of FIG. 3. This modification shows an
said first flag anchor comprising a flexible helical portion
anchor 50 comprising a helical portion provided with a
integral with said first tubular portion and extending
hook 52 to engage grommet 18. The other end of an
therefrom and terminating in a first flag-engaging portion,
chor 50 is provided with a mounting hook 54 which is
said second fiag anchor spaced from said first anchor and
inserted into hole 38 and extends axially along the bore 40 comprising a flexible helical portion integral 'with said
of tube 22, to form an abutment for tube 20 in a manner
second tubular portion and Aextending outwardly there
similar to that performed by anchor 28, and shown in
FIG. 3.
v from and terminating in a second iiag-engaging portion,
` Having now described my invention and in what man
ner the same may be used, what I claim `as new and
desire to protect by Letters Patent of the United States is:
one of said mounting apertures engaged with each of said
first and second Hag-engaging portions, and means to
limit the extent of telescoping of said first tubular por
tion within said second tubular portion.
1. A means for displaying a flag, comprising, in com
bination a longitudinal support provided with an aperture
References Cited in the file of this patent
normal thereto, a flag anchor means of ywire comprising
a helix portion, said helix portion being of a diameter 50
UNITED STATES PATENTS
corresponding to the diameter of said aperture, secured
579,770
Prahm ______________ __ Mar. 30, 1897
support having a bore axially therein and provided with a 55
1,413,267
2,284,209
2,336,927
Fitz Gerald __________ _.. Apr. 18, 1922
Holm ______________ __ May 26, 1942
Cross _______________ _.. Dec. 14, 1943
peripheral aperture opening into said bore, in combina
2,428,423
Hurban ______________ __ Oct. 7, 1947
in said aperture and extending outwardly from said sup
port and terminating in a flag-engaging portion.
2. A means for displaying a flag, comprising a tubular
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