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July 11, 1950
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vA. w. FRY
Filed Oct. 4, 1946
ANNA W.|"_R'.Y
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Patented July 11, 1950
Anna W. Fry, St._ Louis, Mo., assignor to Itsa
Manufacturing Co., a corporation of Missouri
Application October 4, 1946, Serial No. 701,179
3 Claims. (01. 15—146)
This invention relates generally to a brush
holder, but is directed primarily to a means for
attachment to a scrubbing brush and whereby
the latter may be manipulated without the neces
sity of getting down on one’s knees in so doing.
One of the objects of this invention is to so
construct an attachment for a scrubbing brush
that it will be adjustable to accommodate the
wide range of sizes and shapes of those brushes
tion of parts herein shown and described, and the
uses mentioned, as will be more clearly pointed.
out in the following speci?cations.
[In the drawings, wherein like reference char
acters indicate like or corresponding
throughout the views,
Figure 1 is a perspective view of the device as
applied to a scrubbing brush, '
Figure 2 is a transverse cross-sectional view
normally current in use, and so that the same 10 through the same, with the brush shown in ele
attachment will be serviceable over many years
vation; and.
Figure 3 is a top plan view of the pair of mating
and may be used with successive brushes in turn
members in approximately their operative posi
throughout that period.
tion, with the handle and clamping means, and
Another object of the invention is to so con
struct a device of the kind described, to receive 15 the brush omitted for the sake of clearness.
Referring more particularly to the drawings,
the usual elongated cylindrical handle, and
wherein I have illustrated a preferred embodi
ment of my invention, there is indicated a scrub
brush so that the handle adjusts itself to accom
bing brush that may be of usual or special con
modate the many different angles with respect
20 struction, and‘in general the same consists of the
to the brush and the surfaces being scrubbed.
back element I, generally of wood or the like, to
A further object of my invention is to so con
the under side of which groups of tufts or bristles
struct said attachment so that it will be rigid
2 are inserted and. held in any well-known man-'
and be able to withstand the rough use that such
a device might receive in service, and without
These brushes have a tendency to warp after
danger of bending and otherwise distorting the 25
they have become wet and have dried, the backs
device out of shape or interfering with ready
of such brushes becoming set and distorted so as
operation of the same.
to assume the concave shape or contour indicated
An added object of my invention is to so con
by the full lines in the drawings, the dotted lines
struct said brush holder that the mating parts
indicating the true horizontal plane at right
of the same will have tongue and groove means
angles to the true vertical side edges of such .a
interlocking with one another to thereby prevent
brush back, the top surface of the back being
undesired displacement of one of said mating
indicated at 3.
members relatively of the other during use.
Although not all brushes are provided with
A still further object of the invention is to so
?nger grooves 4 extending along the sides of the
construct such a brush holder that its parts will
back of the brush, such grooves are indicated in
remain in their desired relationship and position,
the embodiment of brush shown, inasmuch as
even though the brush itself has been warped and
the grooved brushes are in the predominant ma
has become concave on its upper or top face,
wherein said handle is pivotally attached to the
jority in use.
the attachment extending a greater distance
downwardly adjacent its innermost terminal edge 40 In order to use such a brush without stoop
ing or kneeling, I have devised an attachment
than at those portions toward the outermost
whereby the brush may be manipulated with a
edges of the same.
long handle which is self-adjustable to the dif
The invention has among its other objects, to
ferent angles necessary with respect to the brush
produce a device of the kind described, that .wlll
be relatively simple in construction and opera 45 and the ?oor or other surfaces being cleaned. ,
A pair of clamping members 5 and 6 are pro
tion, have a minimum number of parts, and
vided to grip the back element l of the brush,
which will be otherwise satisfactory and e?icient
being adjustably held together by means to be
for use wherever deemed applicable.
hereinafter described, said means also provid
Many other objects and advantages of the con
struction herein shown and described will be .
obvious to those skilled in the art to which this
invention appertains, as will be apparent from
the disclosures herein given.
' To-this end, my invention consists in the novel
‘construction, form, arrangement, and combina
ing a pivotal axis for the handle as will be seen.
Each clamping member is made vrigid, as by
casting or the like, as it has been found that‘
sheet metal or the like is too ?exible to stand up
under the strain normally incident to useoi
55 such a device, and will cause distortion‘ of the
2,514, 571'
sleeve or ferrule N3, of su?icient rigidity to with
stand compression between the pair of aligned
?anges I0—l0 is bored to receive the securing
bolt l3, the adjacent end of the handle I‘! be
clamping‘ means and binding of the handle as
a result thereof.
To obviate such an objection
able defect, the members 5 and 6 are made rigid,
as previously mentioned, and each member is
formed with a pair of angularly disposed leg ele
ments, one of said legs 1 extending downwardly
to overlie; the side of the back of the brush, and
the other leg element 8 being approximately
planar and extending transversely across the top
of the brushback somewhat as shown.
ing shouldered to be received within said sleeve
and being correspondingly bored in registry with
the bores through the ?anges and through the
The handle thus mounted, carries the brush
10 and may assume any angle relatively thereto as
leg at approximately the depth required for en
may occur during the scrubbing of the various
surfaces that may be encountered in service.
The device is very durable, and its strength and
rigidity will enable it 'to render long years of
service vwithout becoming bent and distorted
out of snaps,
‘Having thus described my invention, it is ob
vious that ‘various immaterial modi?cations may
try into the ?nger groove 4.
be made in the same without departing from
The device as shown, is mounted onvabout the
narrowest of brushes normally found orips'a'le,
and for wider brushes, the members 5 and 6 will
be spaced further apart, as will be readily un
The leg ‘I may be provided with an inwardly
directed rib or projection 9 to extend along said
A ?ange l0 extends ‘upwardly and along the 20 my invention; hence I do not wish to be under
stood‘ as limiting myself to the exact form, ar
leg 80f each clamp member,v being spaced inter
rangement, construction and ‘compination of
mediate the terminal edge H of said ‘leg and its
parts herein shown and‘ described, or the uses
outer edge, said ?anges ‘Ill-=16 being apertured
mentionedexce-pt as limited by the art to which
at Hto receive apin or fastening-bolt l3 there
through-and whereby the pair of clamp members - this» invention appertains, and the claims, here
are adjustably mounted on the brush back. The
unto appended.
What I claim as new and desire to secure by
bolt- may be‘of square- cross-section, adjacent its
head, with the aperture l2, of one' ?ange corre
Letters’ Patent‘is :_ '
1. In an- attachment for a brush, a pair 6f
bolt relatively ofv the saidimembers, A wing nut 30 clamp members: to be mounted on the back’ ‘of
said brush, each rnembervcomprising, a pair 6f
IE or the like may be threaded onto the shank of
angularly disposed legs, the first of these legs
said belt for manual adjustment in the well‘ known
spondingly squared, to prevent rotation-of the
adapted to extend downwardly along the side’ or
said mounted brush back and the secendiieg ex‘
The placing of the flange 10 spaced from the
tending transversely to overlie the top of
mountedbru-sh- backgthe under face only of said
second leg extending vdewnward'l'y' farthes't'along
its inner terminal edge, and an upright ?ange
extending from‘ and along said second leg and
spaced from said terminal‘ edge, interenga'geable
inner‘ or terminal edge ll of the member from i
which ittext‘e'nds is ‘not mere design and is for
the-purpose of providing strength and reinforce~
ment-to resist/bending of said ?ange due‘ to‘ pull
on, the latter by the adjusting bolt. Obviously,
such adjusting pull. tends to- bend the ?ange i
about its lower edge, and by providing the leg
material bearing'on' the brush back b'etweensaid
flange and said inner or terminal‘ edge of the
leg, such pressure will be absorbed by such. leg
tongue and groove means formed at‘the opposed
terminal edges of! said. second‘ legs of the pair
01"- members, and. means for adjiistably inter‘
connecting- said ?anges together to clamp the
members togetheronto the brushran'di' for‘ receiv
ing a manipulating handle for‘ the briish'.
2. In an attachment for a brush, a pair‘ of
clamp members» to be mounted on a' brush back
to receive a- handle for actuating the brush, ‘each
In order to maintain- the pinsinv its normal opi
erative‘ position; without danger‘ of bending it
out: o?' true; or» of shearing it, the pair of_ mem
bers '5 and it are provided with cooperating
of said members comprising, asubstarit'i'all‘y ver
tongue‘: and grooveelements- H's-46, so' that any ,
tical: leg portion ‘adapted to extend ddwnwamiy
longitudinal displac'ement'of one of said niem~
hers‘: relative‘t'cv the other will be prevented.
oi the mounted brush and a substantially hori
zontal plananportion to extend transversely to
’ Scrubbing brushes tend to warp, in serv-ic‘eysuch
warping. being indicated: in the‘ deviation from
the d'ottedlines representing a flat plane across
the‘ top surface of." the brush. back‘, and recoge
nizing this tendency, and that the‘ leg 8' of the
clamp‘ member ‘should: be made? to correspond to
such contour, I have made the under 'face'of- said
said ?rst leg- tooverlie the saidb-ack, arilupr'ight
3 ?ange extending along and positioned inter
_ leg inclined or tapered‘, with the inner edge por
tion'. extending downwardly a greater‘ distance
than at" places. outwardly of said terminal edge
(toward the outer‘ edge of saidrleg). Thus, said
clamp members‘ will‘ be maintained‘ good and
tight"- against the top‘ surface of the ‘brush back, V5
even thoughthe latter has become‘ warped. Fur
ther, such construction prevents; rocking about
the corners of the brush, and also prevents
squeezing: or wedging of the" operating handle be
tween the pair of ?anges I0-l 0, and which might
interfere'with easy operation of the device;
Inasmuch as‘ most handles are cylindrical
‘throughout their length, as indicated at IT, this
shape“ is, taken, into- consideration in- providing
any attachment therefor, and to; this end, a
mediate the ends ‘oi-w eachof said horizontal legs
so that» each of the‘ latter extends in opposite
directions from‘ the ?ange thereon, meansv for
adjusta-bly interconnecting said ?anges together
to1 clamp- said'members tog-ether onto-the brush
for receiving the manipulating handle, and
mutually interengageable tongue and, groove
means formed on said planar leg portions and
adjustably movable, while: so, interengaged, to
limit longitudinal‘ displacement between. said
pair oi-clamping members..
3. In an attachment for a brush,_ a pair of
clamp members-to, be mounted‘ on" the back, of
av brush, each- member comprising a pair of an‘
gularly disposedlegs, the ?rst leg of each pair
of legs adapted to extend downwardly along the
mounted brush and, the second‘ leg to extend
substantially in a, plane horizontally across the
back of _ the mounted brush, an: upright'?ange
on each member extending: from and along, said
second leg and spaced from the terminal end
The following references are of record in the
?le of this ‘patent:
of the same, a tongue on the second leg of one
of said members, a pair of tongues spaced apart
on the second leg of the other member to slid
ably receive said ?rst tongue therebetween to
limit longitudinal displacement between said
pair of members, the tongues projecting toward
one another in substantially horizontal planes,
and means for adjustably interconnecting said
?anges to clamp the members onto said brush
and receive a manipulating handle for the brush.
Wool ____________ __ Oct. 30, 1894
Bosler __________ __ Aug. 9, 1932
Friend __________ __ Mar. 25, 1941
Switzerland ____ __ Sept. 17, 1923
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