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Jan. 1, 1963
w. F. TUFTS
3,071,298
TROUSER GUARD FOR COAT HANGERS
Filed March 21, 1957
IN VEN TOR.
United States Patent 0 "ice
3,071,298
Patented Jan. 1, 1963
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?ap 9, which overlaps the slit, forms an effective obstruc
tion against disengagement of the guard from a hanger.
Reference is made above, in describing FIGURE 3, to
3,071,298
TROUSER GUARD FOR COAT HANGERS
William F. Tufts, 2116 Peachtree Road NW.,
the laminating material 12 and also to moisture resistance
as an objective to the invention. In FIGURE 6, which is
the section 15-15 through the guard structure of FIG
Atlanta 9, Ga.
Filed Mar. 21, 1957, Ser. No. 647,643
2 Claims. (Cl. 223-98)
URE 3, the ply sheets 13 and 14 and the laminate material
This invention relates to garment supports and has as its
object to provide an improved trouser guard for use with
12 are shown formed together into the proper cross-sec
guard strip from the hanger. Another problem fre
quently encountered with the subject article is its sensitiv
guard of such structure is highly elfective in retaining its
shape under the most adverse humidity and load condi
tional shape. Such formation is done while the laminate
10 material 12 is still in a plastic state with setting occurring
wire hangers.
after the desired shape is accomplished, thus resulting in a
In general use with wire hangers, and particularly in the
?xed
or shear relationship between the two ply strips 13
cleaning industry, is a guard strip employed across the
and 14. In order for such a structure to change its shape
horizontal bar portion of the hanger.
a sliding or shearing motion must occur between the two
Inherent in the use of such article is the problem, among
strips.
With a moisture resistant laminating agent 12, a
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others, of preventing unwanted disengagement of the
ity to moisture. Being generally made of paper, in ex
cessive humid conditions the guard becomes soft and
thereby loses its e?ectiveness as a trouser support.
tions. By the proper choice of resins as the laminating
agent the structure has been found to be so strong that a
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considerable cost saving has been found possible by the
reduction of paper thickness'and over-all width of the
The chief object, therefore, of this invention is to pro
guard strip.
vide an improved trouser guard having superior strength
The above description is not intended to include every
and possessing means for locking to the wire hanger and
possible detail and variation of this invention, but rather is
being practical and economical to produce.
In describing the details of this invention general refer 25 meant to be exemplary of the spirit thereof.
What I claim is:
ence is ?rst made to the ?gures as follows:
1. A garment hanger guard comprising two elongated
FIGURE 1 shows a wire hanger equipped with a trou
strips
of sheet material bonded together by an adhesive
ser guard of this invention.
material,
each of said strips respectively having an aper
FIGURE 2 shows the locking feature in greater detail.
FIGURE 3 shows the construction of the locking fea 30 ture at each of its end portions, each of said strips respec
tively having a slit extending from the periphery of each
ture as well as that of the guard.
of its end portions intersecting each of said apertures with
FIGURE 4 shows engagement of the guard of this
the slits of the opposed end portions of said strips being
invention with a wire hanger.
offset with respect to each other, and an area on each
FIGURE 5 shows a variation of the structure of FIG
35 strip adjacent each of said slits, at one side of said slits,
URE 3.
FIGURE 6 shows a section 15-—15 through the guard
devoid of adhesive material, said area on one strip being
placed in registry with the corresponding area on the
strip of FIGURE 3 after forming into the inverted
other strip to form substantially resilient free locking
?aps
at the end of each of said strips.
Referring now to the ?gures separately, the features of
2. A clothes hanger trouser guard comprised of elon
40
the invention will be described in detail.
gated superposed strips of substantially resilient material,
The guard 1 of FIGURE 1 is equipped at its ends 2
each strip having a pair of apertures therein spaced from
with the locking feature of this invention by which it is
the ends and aligned along the centerline thereof, respec
secured to the hanger 3.
The details of the locking feature are shown in enlarged 45 tively, each end of each strip having a slit formed therein
offset from the centerline thereof and extending to said
view in FIGURE 2. Here the wire slot 4 is gained access
apertures, respectively, with the slits being on opposite
to by the wire through the slits 5 and 6 of the laminated
channel shape.
sides of the common centerline, and means uniting the
This is more evident in FIGURE 3 where the guard
strips into an integral unit.
structure is shown as being laminated from 2 strips of 50
guard.
References Cited in the ?le of this patent
UNITED STATES PATENTS
material. The laminating material 12 is shown omitted
from the flap area 7 so the two free ?aps 7 and 8 result
when the laminate structure is completed.
FIGURE 4 shows the function of the ?aps 7 and 8 to
allow entry of the wire hanger 3.
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It is thus evident that once the engagement is com
pleted disengagement of the guard from the hanger is
very di?icult, regardless of from which edge a disengaging
force is applied.
FIGURE 5 shows a variation of the structure of FIG-' 60
URE 2. Here a ?ap 9 is applied to the guard 10 having
an ordinary wire-receiving slit 11. It is evident that the
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Lapsley et a1 _________ .._'_ Nov. 16, 1897
Reed ________________ __ Apr. 25, 1933
Johnson ______________ __ Feb. 1,
Youngblood __________ __ Feb. 12,
Tufts ________________ __ Mar. 25,
Emmerling __________ .._ Mar. 26,
1938
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1952
1957
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Tillery _______________ __ July 15, 1958
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Tufts _______________ __ Nov. 11, 1958
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