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June 18, 1940. G. GUNDERSON CORD HOLDER FOR ELECTRIC IRONS Filed Dec. 5, 1958 2 Sheets-Sheet 2 IN V EN TOR.
Patented June 18, 1940 UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE 2 Claims.
This invention relates to a cord holder designed primarily for use in connection with electric irons, one of the objects being to provide means which willoperate efficiently to support the cord in an elevated position adjacent to but at one side of the iron, said supporting means being so constructed as to flex readily backwardly and forwardly so as to offer practically no resistance to the movement of the iron.
A further object is to so locate the support that it will not interfere with standing the iron on its heel or back end when not in use.
A still further object is to provide a cord holder which is simple and efiicient in construction and can be applied readily to electric irons already in use.
With the foregoing and other objects in view which will appear as the description proceeds, the invention consists of certain novel details of construction and combinations of parts hereinafter more fully described and pointed out in the claims, it being understood that changes may be made in the construction and arrangement of parts without departing from the spirit of the invention as claimed.
In the accompanying drawings the preferred forms of the invention have been shown.
In said drawings Figure l is a rear elevation of an iron equipped with the present improvements.
Figure 2 is a top plan view thereof.
Figure 3 is an enlarged section on line 33, Figure 1.
Figure 4 is an enlarged section on Figure 1.
Figure 5 is an enlarged section on line 5-5, Figure 1.
Figure 6 is an elevation of a modified form of attaching means for the support.
Figure 7 is a section on line 1-1, Figure 6.
Referring to the figures by characters of reference A designates an electric iron of the usual or any preferred construction the same being provided with a heel B which can be in the form of a separate plate suitably secured in position or can be an integral extension of the body of the iron. Adjacent to this heel there is located a socket C for receiving the plug D at one end of the cord E.
The present invention includes an ear I which can be made integral with the heel B and extended upwardly therefrom at one side of the socket C and this ear can be pivotally connected by a clamping screw 2, to a wing 3 extending at an angle from one end of a tongue 4 which proline 4-4,
jects laterally beyond the iron. The upper and lower edge portions of this tongue are bent toward each other to provide flanges 5, thus forming a socket in which is clamped one end of a resilient supporting strip 6 formed preferably of thin sheet metal the faces of which are normally disposed in vertical planes so that while the strip is free to flex forwardly and backwardly, it will rigidly support aweight placed thereon.
The outer or free end of the resilient strip 6 is clamped within a metal yoke 1 having opposed free ends 8 forming a clip for engagement with a portion of the cord E.
The clip 8 is located any desired distance beyond the side of the iron, this distance being dependent upon the length of the supporting strip 6. The strip is obliquely disposed so that the clip will be located forwardly of the heel portion of the iron but rearwardly of the point thereof.
Obviously by forming the strip 6 of a highly resilient material and positioning it with its faces in substantially vertical planes, a cord E, extended laterally from the iron, and engaged by the clip 8, will be supported against sagging adjacent to thearm. However the flexibility of the supporting strip results in practically no resistance to the back and forth movement of the iron while in use. Instead this strip will flex as readily as will the cord sothat the operation of ironing will not be interfered with to the slightest degree.
An advantage in extending the supporting strip laterally is found in the fact that it thus is possible to stand the iron on its heel or back end when not in use and the strip 6 will oifer no interference.
Under some conditions it might be found desirable to connect the supporting strip to the iron without attaching it to the heel plate. Under these conditions a clamp such as shown in Figures 6 and 7 could be employed. This includes a longitudinally slotted plate having a pivoted jaw 9 at one end. This plate, which has been indicated at ID, has a slide ll mounted thereon, the said slide carrying a movable jaw l2 which is pivotally held thereto by a rivet l3 or the like slidable within the slot M in the plate.
An adjusting screw I5 is swiveled at one end in the slide II as shown at l6 and engages in a feed nut l1 secured to one end of the plate. An ear l8 corresponding with the ear I is extended from this plate for engagement by the ear 3 joined to supporting strip 6.
By providing a clamp such as herein described, the jaws 9 and I2 can be placed at opposite sides of the heel member B by means of the screw !5. These jaws can be clamped tightly on said heel so as thus to hold the ear I!) rigidly connected to the arm.
It will be noted that in every case the connection between the ear on the iron and the supporting strip can be adjusted about the axis of the clamping screw 2 so as thus to insure sup port of strip 6 with its faces in substantially vertical planes. This connection also provides means whereby strip 6 can be detached from the iron for convenience in packing and storing.
What is claimed is:
1. A cord support for use with an electric iron, including a flat flexible supporting strip, means for detachably and adjustably connecting one end of said strip to the iron adjacent to the heel thereof, said strip, when in operative position, having its flat faces substantially vertical throughout the length of the strip thereby to resist up and down flexing without interfering with forward and backward flexing of the strip while the iron is in use, and means on the strip for engaging and holding a cord leading to the mom.
2. A cord support for use with an electric iron, including an ear for attachment to the iron adjacent to the heel thereof, a connecting member adjustably and detachably joined to the ear, an elongated fiat strip of flexible material secured at one end to said connecting means for extending laterally beyond the iron, said strip having straight upper and lower edges extending from end to end of the strip and being positioned with its flat faces substantially vertical throughout the length of the strip to resist downward pressure and support the weight of a cord thereon, but being free to flex readily back and forth at all points between its end relative to the iron, and means 011 the outer end of the strip for engaging and holding a cord leading to the iron.