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Патент USA US3091055

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May 28, 1963
Filed March 21, 1962
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Patented May 28, 1963
series of eyes 14, which are secured to adjusting bolts 15,
which in turn are held in position by locking or adjusting
Tom G. De Vilbiss, Box 1026-3202 28th Ave.
nuts 15. The eyes 14 on the opposite gate posts 13 are
Pear-sail, Tex.
Filed Mar. 21, 1962, Ser. No. 181,257
4 Claims. (Cl. 39—-74)
barbed wire 17, or ‘similar material, which in turn are
aligned and have extending therebetween strands of
intersected by vertical wire stays 18 at predetermined
desired intervals. The eyes 14 are adjustable by means
This invention relates to an adjustable wire gate, and
has as its primary object the provision of a gate which
of the nuts 16 and bolts 15 to permit tensioning of the
wires as desired.
may be opened either partially or fully to provide three 10
Each fence post 11 is secured to its associated fence
different and distinct widths of openings.
post 12 by means of bolts 20* or the like, which may be
An additional object of the invention is the provision of
provided with attaching eyes, if desired, and each fence
such a gate whereby a portion thereof may be opened to
post 11 terminates above the level of the ground a desired
distance, and is provided with a strap portion 21, which
allow the passage of a. single individual, for example, and
is provided with a pair of parallel inwardly extending
then reclosed, a second and wider portion may be opened
plates 22, each of which has a series of bolt holes 2-3
to permit the passage of a horse and rider, for example,
therein. A bolt 24, is passed through the series of aligned
or the entire gate may be fully opened to permit the pas
sage of a vehicle, all with a minimum of effort and
bolt holes 23, the bolts 24- serving as a stop means for a
transversely offset vertical metal lug or ?nger 25 secured
An additional object of the invention is the provision 20 to the lower end of each of the gate end members or posts
13. The lugs or ?ngers 25 are preferably of tapering con
of an improved fastening means for securing the gate in
?guration whereby insertion of the same between any pair
closed position, there being identical fastening means pro
of bolts 24 will provide for progressively increasing abut
vided on either side thereof.
ting engagement with each bolt 24 of a particular pair.
A further object of the invention is the provision of an
auxiliary securing means whereby the gate will be retained 25 This arrangement obviously and inherently makes taut
those portions of the gate 1% on either side of a vertical
in closed position in the event of an accidental displace
rod 5%} during closing of the gate. The degree of tautness
ment or dislodgement of the primary fastener.
can further be varied by adjusting the ?ngers 25 to posi
A further object of the invention is the provision of a
tions between various pairs of bolts 24.
gate of this character provided with means whereby indi
The fastening elements for the upper ends of the gate
vidual strands of wire may be tightened as required.
comprise 1a pair of oppositely disposed generally s-shaped
Still another object of the invention is the provision of a
bars or straps 39. Each strap 30 has a reverted end por
device of this character which may be readily attached to
tion 31 which terminates in an oppositely reverted book
existing fence posts, thus permitting its installation by
32. The book 32 is engageable with an eye or a loop 33
farmers, ranchers, or other persons employing gates of
this character without the necessity of professional assist 35 at the upper end of its associated end post 13 as an
auxiliary fastening, the main fastening being comprised
of the engagement of the major loop 31 between a pair
of bolts 34 carried by a U-shaped strap or stirrup 35 which
is positioned around the upper end of the adjacent gate
post 11.
The end of member 30 extending over the gate is elon
gated as at 36 and has at its extremity an opening through
which extends a hook 37, the hook 37 being adapted to
engage beneath the topmost strand of wire 17.
Still another object of the invention is the provision of
In the use and operation of the device the hook 37 of
a gate of this character which is sturdy and durable in 45
either element 36 is released from its engagement with
construction, reliable and e?icient in operation, and rela
wire 17, and the assembly or strap 30 is rotated between
tively simple to manufacture, assemble and utilize.
the bolts 34 to a substantially vertical position, this move
Other objects reside in the combination of elements,
ment disengaging the end 32 with the loop 33, and the
arrangements of parts, and features of construction, all as
hook 37, which has an extending portion 38 on the op
will be more fully pointed out hereinafter and disclosed
posite side of member 30 precluding the member 38 from
in the accompanying drawings wherein there is shown a
falling through the space or opening formed by the bolts
preferred embodiment of this inventive concept.
34 and the legs of strap or stirrup 35. Reconnection is
In the drawings:
A still further object of the invention is the provision of
a gate of this character which may be readily opened in
inclement weather and under such conditions as icing,
snowfall, or wind without detracting from its effectiveness,
and without the necessity of either the purposeful or
accident-a1 opening of the gate to any width greater than
obviously effected by moving the parts to the position
FIGURE 1 is a front elevational view of one form of
gate embodying the instant inventive concept shown in 55 shown in FIGURE 1 and re-engaging end 32 with loop 33,
and engaging hook 37 under the topmost strand 17 of the
fully closed position.
wire gate.
FIGURE 2 is an enlarged sectional view taken substan
An upright rod 50 extends above the top of the gate,
tially along the line 2-—2 of FIGURE 1 as viewed in the
and a substantial distance below and terminates in an end
direction indicated by the arrows; and
FIGURE 3 is an enlarged sectional view taken substan 60 portion 51 which may carry a ring 52, the end portion
being adapted to seat in a socket 53 embedded in the
tially along the line 3--3 of FIGURE 1 as viewed in the
ground, if desired, although alternatively, the socket 53
direction indicated by the arrows.
and the ring 52 may be omitted in the end of the post 50
Similar reference characters refer to similar parts
embedded directly into the ground. Post St} is provided
throughout the several views of the drawing.
Having reference now to the drawings in detail, the gate 65 with a plurality of spaced cotter pins 54 extending there
through, which are hooked over or otherwise engaged
of the instant invention is generally indicated at It), and
with each adjacent wire strand.
is adapted to be secured between two fence posts 1'11 which
It is to be noted that the post 50 is positioned oif center
in turn are secured to opposed fence posts 12. Since the
relative to the gate, so that the portions of the gate on the
opposite ends of the gate and their associated fence posts
left hand side serve to close a relatively narrow opening,
are substantially identical, only one side will be described
while the portions of the gate on the right side serve to
in detail. The gate per se is comprised of a pair of op
close a wider opening, the arrangement being such that
posed end gate posts 13, each of which is provided with a
provide a narrow opening for an individual, or a some
2. In the assembly as de?ned in claim 1,‘ wherein each
of said spaced straps comprise a band encircling an ad
jacent and cooperating fence post, a pair 'of inwardly
what wider opening for a horse and rider.
When it is desired vfully to open the gate, obviously,
having rows of apertures therein and extending there
by release of either of the latch members 3:} the adjacent
end member may be turned back about the post 5%‘ to
extending plate-like members integral with said band and
through, the apertures of the opposite plate-like members
being aligned, a bolt selectively passed through said pairs
of aligned openings for engagement by said lug, each of
said lugs being of tapering con?guration and rendering the
the end 51 of post 50‘ is raised to release it from its associ
ated socket 53 or its embedment in the ground, and the
full width of the gate may be opened by operation of the
fastening member 35 and disconnection of its associated
strap 38 at either end of the device.
10 portions of said gate on each and either side of said
vertical rod taut as the lugs positioned upon each of said
gate ends are disposed between said plate-like members
From the foregoing it will now be seen that there is
herein provided an improved wire gate construction which
accomplishes all the objects of this invention, and others,
and into progressively increasing abutting engagement
with the bolts extending through said pairs of aligned
including many advantages of great practical utility and
commercial importance.
As many embodiments may be made in this inventive
concept, and as many modi?cations may be made in the
embodiment hereinbefore shown and described, it is to be
understood that all matter herein is to be interpreted
3. In the assembly as de?ned in claim 2, wherein each
of said lugs comprises a finger positioned upon and
depending from the lower end of each of said gate posts
and being o'n’set transversely therefrom, said ?ngers being
merely as illustrative, and not in a limiting sense.
20 dimensioned to ?t between said plate-like members and
retained against transverse displacement of ‘the progres
I claim:
sively increasing abutting engagement of the ?ngers with
1. In (a wire gaterconstruction, the combination of a
the bolts extending through said pairs of aligned openings.
pair of aligned fence posts, a ?exible wire gate, said wire
4. In the assembly as de?ned inrclaim 3, wherein’ said
gate comprising a gate post positioned on each side of the
gate, a plurality of strands of wire extending transversely 25 latch means comprises a U-shaped strap surrounding the
upper end of each of said fence posts, said straps having a
between said gate posts, each gate post having a tensioning
pair of opposed legs and a pair of bolts extending trans
bolt comprising an eye therein for each strand, lugs posi~
versely between said legs de?ning an opening, a generally
tioned upon the lower end of each gate post, spaced straps
S-shaped hook having a major band extending through
positioned on the lower end of each of said fence posts,
said straps being engageable by said lugs, a vertical rod 30 said opening and a reversely bent end, a loop carried by
each of said gate posts and being engageable only by said
secured with and extending the full height of the gate and
reversely bent ends, an elongated bar portion at the op- having one end particularly adapted to be removably in
posite end of said major band, a hook carried at the end
serted in the ground, said vertical rod being positioned
of said bar portion engageable with the top strand of’
medially of'said gate posts and disposed closer to one of
said gate posts than the other to provide a plurality of 35 said gate, said latch means being pivotable to an unlatched ~
position releasing said gate posts in which said latch means
possible openings through said gate, each of said plurality
is completely removed from said gate and is positioned
of openings being of a di?erent size than the remainder
upon and disposed with respect to only said fence posts,
‘ thereof, and latch means positioned substantially adjacent
the top of each fence post, said latch means being engage
said hook portion having an extension on the opposite side
able with an adjacent cooperating gate post, whereby that 40 of said bar portion precluding the bar from falling through '
portion of said gate positioned and disposed on each side
said opening when said latch means has been pivoted to
of said vertical rod is releasable from the latch means
an unlatched position.
positioned on each of said fence posts to provide at least
two of said different size plurality of openings and, upon
References Cited in the ?le of this patent '
removal of said vertical rod from its disposition with the 46
ground, the gate in toto may be released at each of said
Clow _'_ ______________ __ May 20, 1884
gate ends from the latch means positioned upon each of
said gate posts to provide another of said different size
Kidder ______________ __ Mar. 24, 1998
plurality of openings, which other opening extends com
pletely transversely of said gate posts and completely 50
Great Britain _________ __ Dec. 17, 1943
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