Invention Spring-Clamp for Clothes-Lines
Filed Tuesday, 25th October 1853
Published Tuesday, 25th October 1853
Inventor David M. Smith
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To all whom it may concern:
Be it known that I, David M. Smith, of Springfield, in the county of Windsor and State of Vermont, have invented a new and useful or Improved Clothes-Pin; and I do hereby declare that the same is fully described and represented in the following specification and the accompanying drawings, letters, figures, and references thereof.
Of the said drawings,
In the said drawings
The flaring mouth made by the planes
This instrument unlike the common wooden clothes pin in common use does not strain the clothes or injure them when it is used as does such common wooden clothes pin. By pushing the two superior legs together the inferior ones are opened apart so that the instrument can be safely placed on the article of clothing hanging on the line. This done the pressure of the fingers is to be removed so as to permit the reaction of the spring
Another advantage and a very important one too my improved clothes pin possesses over the common pin is that it cannot be detached from the clothes by the wind as is the case with the common pin and which is a serious evil to washerwomen.
I do not claim a mere clasp composed of two levers hinged together between their respective ends and having a spring placed between their two adjacent arms; but
What I claim as my invention is—
The above described improved clothes pin that is to say I claim the arrangement of the line opening
In testimony whereof I have hereto set my signature, this seventh day of February A. D. 1852.
David M. Smith.
W. W. Ladd.