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Jan. 22, 1963
3,074,680
R. H. STEWART
COMBINATION PICTURE FRAME STAND AND HANGER
Filed Sept. 7, 1960
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COMBINATI‘ON PICTURE FRAME ‘STAND AND HANGER
Filed Sept. '7, 1960
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INVENTOR.
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United States Patent 0
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3,074,680
COMBINATIGN PICTURE FRAME STAND
AND HANGER
Ralph H. Stewart, 7135 N. Swift Blvd., Portland, Oreg.
Filed Sept. 7, 1960, Ser. No. 54,463
2 Claims. (Ci. 243-224)
This invention relates to a novel combination stand
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amass
Patented Jan. 22, 1963
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The hanger bracket 22 is preferably formed from a
single blank B of rigid sheet metal or plastic having
limited resilience. The blank B has a vertically elon
gated parallel sided main portion 26, whose ends are
preferably rounded, and whereat centered nail holes 28
are provided. Extending from the side edges 30 of the
main portion 26 are centered wings 32, which have
horizontal lower edges 34, parallel vertical outer free
edges 36, and downwardly and laterally inwardly angled
and hanger assembly for picture frames.
The primary object of the invention is the provision 10 upper edges 38. The meetings of the upper edges 38
with the side edges 30 of the main portion 26 de?ne
of a practical and efficient assembly of the kind indicated,
notches 40, when bent forwardly and inwardly, for re
which provides for hanging of picture frames on walls
ceiving picture frame hanging wire 41, as shown in FIG
and other vertical supports, and for propping the frames
URE 13, for hanging a picture frame not equipped with
at angles on horizontal supports.
Another object of the invention is the provision of a 15 a stand strip 24.
As shown in FIGURES 4, 5 and 6, the wings 32 are
simple and inexpensive assembly of the character indi
bent forwardly, relative to the main portion 26, along
cated above which is composed of a wall-mounted hanger
vertical lines 42 coinciding with its side edges 30, and
bracket, and a stand strip, adapted to be secured to a
bent laterally inwardly along vertical lines 44, which
picture frame, which is slidably, frictionally, and sup
portably engaged with the bracket for hanging the frame 20 are parallel to the lines 42, so that there are produced
spacer portions 46 which extend forwardly from the
for vertical adjustment of the picture frame on the wall, '
main portion, and ears 48 which are parallel to and
and which, when disengaged from the bracket, serves
spaced forwardly from the main portion. The free edges
as a prop ‘for the picture frame on a horizontal support.
36 of the ears 48 are spaced from each other at a sub
A further object of the invention is to provide a hanger
bracket of the character indicated above which has pro 25 stantial distance transversely of the main portion 26.
The hanger bracket 22 further comprises a pendant
vision for the wire hanging of picture frames, with the
tongue 50 which is formed centrally in the main por
stand strip removed.
tion 26, midway between and exposed between the ears
Other important objects and advantageous features of
48. The tongue 50‘ is formed by a cut 52 in the blank
the invention will be apparent from the following de
scription and the accompanying drawings, wherein, for 30 B, and is bent forwardly out of the plane of the blank
on an upper horizontal line 54, and downwardly on a
purposes of illustration only, a speci?c form of the in
vention is set forth in detail.
In the drawings:
FIGURE 1 is an exploded perspective view of a com
bination stand and hanger of the present invention;
FIGURE 2 is a perspective view showing a picture
frame hung on a wall by means of said assembly, verti~
lower line 56, into parallel forwardly spaced relation to
the main portion 26, as shown in FIGURE 6, and in
rearwardly spaced relation to the ears 48. The tongue
35 50 is given these relationships so as to serve to space
a stand strip forwardly from the main portion, so that
the stand‘ strip cannot make undesirable contact with
the heads 58 of nails 60 down through the holes 28 and
into a wall W for supporting the hanger bracket on
phantom lines;
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the wall, as shown in FIGURE 7. The spacing of the
FIGURE 3 is a rear perspective view of a picture
‘ tongue 50 from the rear sides of the cars 48 provides
frame, showing the same propped on a horizontal sup
a vertical slideway which is calculated to produce a
port by means of the stand strip component of the as—
frictional and sliding ?t on a stand strip 24.
sembly;
The stand strip 24 is an elongated ?at relatively thin
FIGURE 4 is an enlarged plan view of the blank from 45
parallel sided bar of metal or plastic, having limited
which the hanger bracket is formed;
resilience, and has a bowed or concavo-convex cross
FIGURE 5 is a front elevation of the formed hanger
section, as shown in FIGURE 8, for added rigidity and
bracket;
for endowing the strip with greater spring tension rela
FIGURE 6 is a further enlarged vertical transverse
section taken on the line 6—6 of FIGURE 5;
50 tive to the tongue 50 and the cars 48, when the strip 24
is inserted downwardly therebetween, as shown in FIG
FIGURE 7 is a still further enlarged and contracted
URES 7 and 8. When so inserted, the convex rear side
vertical transverse section taken on the line 7—7 of
cal adjustments of the frame being shown in full and in
FIGURE 2;
62 of the strip bears forcibly and frictionally against
the front side of the tongue, and the side edges 64
FIGURE 8 is a fragmentary horizontal section taken
on the line 8—8 of FIGURE 7;
55 of the strip have similar supporting engagement with
the rear sides of the cars 48, so that the strip 24 is held
FIGURE 9 is a rear perspective view of a picture
in a desired vertically adjusted position in the hanger
frame equipped with a modi?ed form of stand strip;
bracket 22, for supporting a picture frame 66 at a de
FIGURE 10 is an enlarged fragmentary vertical trans
sired level on the Wall 25.
verse section showing in detail securement of the stand
The picture frame 66, shown in FIGURES 2, 3 and
strip of FIGURE 9;
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7, is of the tall or vertically elongated type and has
FIGURES 11 and 12 are views like FIGURE 10,
an upper horizontal cross member 68, to which the stand
showing alternative securements of stand strips to pic~
strip 24 is secured. The form of stand strip shown in
FIGURES 1 to 8 has, for this purpose a lateral right
in use vfor hanging a picture frame by means of a wire 65 angled ?at lug 70, formed on its upper end and pro
vided with a slot 72 extending toward the full end 74
hanger on the frame.
of the one lug. The lug 70 is loosely engaged over the
Referring in detail to the drawings, wherein like and
ture frames; and
FIGURE 13 is a front elevation of the hanger bracket
designated 20, consists of a hanger bracket 22, and a
middle of the upper surface 76 of the frame cross
member 68, and a screw-eye 78 is engaged through the
slot 72 and threaded into the cross member, with the
eye 80 of the screw-eye spaced above the lug, so that
stand strip 24.
the stand strip 24, when disengaged from the hanger
related numerals designate like and related parts through
out the several views, and ?rst to FIGURES 1 through 3,
the illustrated stand and hanger combination, generally
3,074,680
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bracket 22, can be angled rearwardly relative to the
back of the picture frame 66, as shown in FIGURE 3,
for propping the frame at an angle on a horizontal
support S. If desired, the stand strip 24 can be sub
stantially shorter than the picture frame and shorter than
the length shown, with a correspondingly smaller range
Although there have been shown and described herein
preferred for-ms of the invention, it is to be understood
that the invention is not necessarily con?ned thereto, and
that any change or changes in the structure of and in
the relative arrangement of components thereof are con
templated as being within the scope of the invention as
of vertical adjustment relative to the hanger bracket 22.
The stand strip, as shown in FIGURE 7, is slightly for
de?ned by the claims appended hereto.
What is claimed is:
wardly bowed, so that when the same is engaged in the
1. A hanger bracket comprising a slideway adapted
hanger bracket 22, the upper ‘and lower ends of the 10 to be ?xed to a vertical support, a vertically elongated
strip bear against the wall 25 land preclude rocking of
the picture frame 66 relative to the wall 25.
_ The form of stand strip shown in FIGURES 9 and
resilient strip slidably and frictionally engaged in the
slideway, said strip being forwardly bowed between its
ends, said strip having upper and lower ends located
10, ‘and designated 24%, is especially but not exclusively,
above and below the slideway adapted to bear against
adapted for a short or horizontally elongated picture 15 the support, and means on the strip above the slideway
frame 66*‘. The lug 70“, instead of being rigid with
for connection to an object to be supported by the
the upper end of the strip 24a, is horizontally hinged
bracket.
2. A hanger bracket comprising a slideway adapted
thereon, as indicated at 32, with the pin 84 of the hinge
located above the lug 70a. The lug 70a is secured to
to be ?xed to a vertical support, a vertically elongated
the underside of the frame cross member 68a and is 20 resilient strip slidably and frictionally engaged in the
?xed in place by means of a nail 86 extending ‘upwardly
slideway, said strip being forwardly bowed between its
through a hole 88 ‘provided-in the lug, in a position
ends, said strip having upper and lower ends located
above and below the slideway adapted to bear vagainst
the support, and means on the strip above the slideway
so that the hinge 82 is at the rear side of the cross
member, as shown in FIGURE 10. The stand strip
24a is preferably of a length such that the same can
fold into the recess 90 in the back of the picture frame
66*‘.
The stand strip 24b of FIGURE 11, is similar to the
foi- connection to an object to be supported by the
bracket, said slideway comprising .a main portion hav
ing means for securement to a support, a pair of laterally
spaced elements on said main portion having laterally
stand strip 243 of FIGURES 9 and 10, but is secured
inwardly extending ears spaced outwardly from said
upon the upper surface 76b of the "picture frame cross 30 main portion, an outwardly projecting tongue on said
member 68!‘.
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main portion reaching at least part way to the ears, said
The stand strip 24° of FIGURE 12 is similar to those
strip being engaged between the tongue and the inner
surfaces of the ‘ears.
of FIGURES 9 to 11, but its lug 700 is secured to the
rear side 92 of the cross member 68° of the picture
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References Cited in the ‘?le of this patent
frame 66°.
With any of the stand strips engaged downwardly in
the hanger bracket 22, ‘the desired height of 7a picture
frame secured to the strip is obtained simply by forcing
the picture frame upwardly or downwardly, so as to
overcome the ‘frictional engagement of the strip‘ in the 40
UNITED STATES PATENTS
274,774
1,185,298
Hu-feland ___________ .._-__ Mar. 27, 1883
Everett »__.._- __________ __ May 30, 1916
1,638,672
Walsh ____ -2. _________ __ Aug. 9, 1917
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Wake?eld '__'.--a _________ __ July 9, 1929
2,016,942
2,103,106
Horwitt et va1. ;_._'_; ____ __ Oct. 18, 1935
Yurkovitch __________ __ Dec. 21, 1937
While mounting of the hanger bracket 22 on the wall 45 2,294,076‘
2,450,465
W and the stand strip lugs on picture frame cross mem
2,530,892
bers has been shown herein as by means of nails, any
Deuter ________ __'_-____'_ Aug. 25, 1942
hanger bracket. Upon release of such_'force the fric
tional engagement of the strip and bracket is sufficient
to hold the adjustment.
I
other suitable means can be'employed, such as contact
cement backings, or the use of adhesive tape.
2,559,099
Bratburd _____ __-___-_'___ Oct. 5, 1948
Mayo ____ __'_-__; ____ -13- Nov. 21, 1950
West ________________ __ July 3, 1951
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