Hat Type Patents (Class 211/30)
  • Patent number: 10849448
    Abstract: The rack for hats and eyeglasses comprises a plurality of hat clips, a plurality of eyewear holders, a support frame, and a base. The rack for hats and eyeglasses may be a display stand and organizer for one or more pairs of eyeglasses and one or more hats. The plurality of hat clips and the plurality of eyewear holders may be elevated above the base such that the one or more pairs of eyeglasses and the one or more hats may be displayed for selection. The rack for hats and eyeglasses may reduce a footprint required to store the one or more pairs of eyeglasses and the one or more hats when compared to the footprint that would be required to place the one or more pairs of eyeglasses and the one or more hats on a counter top or another horizontal surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Inventor: Meledey Bland
  • Patent number: 10837460
    Abstract: The present invention is related to anAn improved fan design with an impact absorbing structure is disclosed. In one example embodiment, the improved fan design may include a lower fan assembly connected to an upper fan assembly using a mounting bracket. The lower fan assembly may include a fan base having multiple supporting legs which are rotatably connected to the lower fan assembly. The upper fan assembly may include a fan motor and fan blades enclosed within a protective structure. In one embodiment, the protective structure of the present invention may include an outer fan cover, a fan grille, an external cage, and a perimeter shock absorbing ring extending around the the outer fan cover. According to another aspect, the perimeter shock absorbing ring may include an inner surface, an inner absorption layer, and an outer surface. The inner absorption layer may optionally include one or more flexible ribs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: Vornado Air, LLC
    Inventors: Glen W. Ediger, Brian M. Cartwright, Gary Israel, Gregory Pease, Cooper Phillips
  • Patent number: 10479606
    Abstract: A storage system (10) for storing an elongated object (26) in a substantially vertical orientation relative to a ground surface (13), the storage system including a rack (11), the rack (11) including a supporting structure (30), a first member (14) supported by the supporting structure (30) above the ground surface (13) and a second member (12) supported by the supporting structure (30) above the ground surface (13) higher than the first member (14); a first mounting element (22) securable to both the elongated object (26) and to the first member (14) together to mount the elongated object (26) to the first member (12); and a second mounting element (20) securable to both the first mounting element (22) and to the second member (12) together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Inventor: Andre Pare
  • Patent number: 10182604
    Abstract: A protector for a cap having a crown and a bill, the crown comprising a front part and a rear part defining an interior cavity for the head of a wearer, the protector comprising a substantially rigid body having a front half-domed surface shaped to follow contours of the front part of the crown, a retaining element configured to extend from a first connection on a left side portion of the body around an outer front surface of the front part of the crown above the bill to a second connection on a right side portion of the body, the body and retaining element configured so the front surface of the body engages the outer rear surface of the rear part of the crown when the rear part is folded into the front part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: New Era Cap Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Joshua Cherin, Karl Burns, Douglas Davidson
  • Patent number: 9756966
    Abstract: The invention disclosed herein provides a device and method of storing shoes that allows for immediate accessibility, ready visibility and reduction of clutter. Shoes can be organized, categorized, accessed and stored for instant use. Also, the device and method presented allow for commercial display of shoes in shops, stores or outlets that offer shoes for sale. Balls bearing user-selected and positioned designs or indicia at the end of hangars allow the user to readily change, replace, expand, and reposition shoes for visually appealing inspection easily and instantly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Inventor: Roy Kenneth Weltmeyer
  • Patent number: 9402471
    Abstract: A transportable boot storage hanger designed for space-efficient and low-wear storage of multiple boots may have: a) a topmost support engaging element; b) a first vertical support rod having a top end engaged with the topmost support element and a lower portion of the first vertical support rod engaged with a hanger connecting element; c) the hanger engaging element having an opening into which a multiple boot hanging frame is removably inserted or permanently attached; d) the multiple boot hanging frame having at least two major outward arms extending away from the opening; e) each of the at least two major arms having a vertical arm and a sole support element angle upwardly away from the first vertical support rod; and f) the sole support element having a top toe support stem and a lower heel support stem.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Inventor: Rebeca Aimee Gonzalez Ruiz
  • Patent number: 9381891
    Abstract: The present invention provides a stand that sits on or about the windshield, underneath a windshield wiper arm, that is capable of supporting it so that the windshield wiper blade is raised off of the windshield. By doing so, the wiper blade is protected from freezing to the windshield, simplifying the act of snow and ice removal and protecting the wiper blade from damage that might otherwise ensue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Inventor: Dino Petrovic
  • Patent number: 9182074
    Abstract: The cap holder with magnet according to the present invention includes a base that serves to place caps, hats, visors, or articles having similar characteristics for their care, display, storage, or to keep them in order. A magnet is attached to the base or bottom section of the base. A protrusion is formed on the back section of the base. Inward curves are formed on the back section of the base. A hook may also be attached to the back section of the base to allow to vertically use the cap holder with magnet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Inventor: Jose Alfredo Vargas Duenas
  • Patent number: 9131789
    Abstract: The present invention consists of an elongate jewelry holder having a thick central column on which may be disposed a plurality of capped pegs for holding a wide variety of jewelry. On two adjacent elongated sides are studded diagonally alternating long and short cylindrical pegs for the storage of large pieces of jewelry. On one of these adjacent elongated sides, there may be provided in the center a rectangular peg studded on each of its sides with diagonally alternating short pegs for the storage of small pieces of jewelry. On either small end of this rectangular rack are mounted planar endcaps which allow the jewelry holder to stand upright on either end or it may be mounted against a wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Inventor: Corvet Williams
  • Patent number: 9125487
    Abstract: A transportable boot storage hanger designed for space-efficient and low-wear storage of multiple boots may have: a) a topmost support engaging element; b) a first vertical support rod having a top end engaged with the topmost support element and a lower portion of the first vertical support rod engaged with a hanger connecting element; c) the hanger engaging element having an opening into which a multiple boot hanging frame is removably inserted; d) the multiple boot hanging frame having at least two major outward arms extending away from the opening; e) each of the at least two major arms having a vertical arm and a sole support element angle upwardly away from the first vertical support rod; and f) the sole support element having a top toe support stem and a lower heel support stem.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Inventor: Rebeca Aimee Gonzalez Ruiz
  • Publication number: 20150053630
    Abstract: A structure is generally described which may be effective to store and/or display a product. The structure may include a top, a bottom, a left side, a right side and a back. The top and bottom may be the same dimensions. The left side and right side may be the same dimensions and a shorter length than the top and bottom. The left side, right side, and back may be secured to the bottom and to the top so as to form a structure with edges from the top, the bottom, the left side and the right side aligned with the back. The structure may define a storage area within the space enclosed by the top, the bottom, the left side, the right side and the back. The structure may define a display area between the top and the bottom that extends past the left side and the right side.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2014
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventors: JOHN PATRICK WINBERRY, JEFF RAMIREZ, ADAM WANASELJA
  • Publication number: 20140263110
    Abstract: Disclosed is a collapsible hat rack for efficiently and neatly storing a plurality of hats. In particular, the collapsible hat rack may be made up of a base unit, a pivotable arm, a plurality of rungs, and a stopping mechanism. More specifically, the base unit may be mounted on a surface such as a wall or door; and a pivotable frame may be hingedly mounted to a bottom portion of the base unit. Hats may be clamped between pivotable clamping mechanisms that are attached to each of a plurality of rungs disposed between side portions of the pivotable frame. When a top portion of the pivotable frame is rotated away from the top portion of the base unit, the pivotable frame is rotated about an axis at the bottom of the base unit until a stopping mechanism suspends the pivotable frame at a predetermined angle from the base unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventor: Dennis Erickson
  • Patent number: 8727143
    Abstract: Providing for a sports equipment organizer that can support, store, display and provide ventilation for a helmet and/or other sports equipment is described herein. By way of example, the sports equipment organizer can comprise a mounting device that can be secured to a surface and to a first end of an extension arm, the extension arm having a second end that can be secured to a mounting arm having a mounting surface, upon which at least one head-ware device can be supported. In various embodiments, disclosed hangers or hanging racks can be suspended or secured to the extension arm to support additional sporting apparel or equipment. Particular embodiments facilitate pumped ventilation of the mounting surface, and rotating or folding the mounting arm or extension arm for compact deployment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Inventor: Brent D Flickinger
  • Patent number: 8020712
    Abstract: A device and associated methods for storing, displaying, and shaping apparel items, linens, and the like. The device includes a plurality of suspended bands, each suspended band being suspended vertically and having a front portion and a rear portion, the front portion and the rear portion being attached one to another at a plurality of predetermined connection points, thereby providing a plurality of loops in each suspended band, wherein the plurality of loops is configured to store, display, and shape a plurality of articles, each of the plurality of articles placed in one of the plurality of loops.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2011
    Inventors: Kenneth B. Kopp, James T. Kopp, Sr.
  • Patent number: 7959018
    Abstract: Providing for a sports equipment organizer that can support, store, display and provide ventilation for a helmet and/or other sports apparel such as gloves, a jacket, eyewear, clothing and so on is described herein. By way of example, a mounting device can be attached to a portion of an extension arm and facilitate securing the extension arm to a mounting surface. The extension arm can extend substantially perpendicular out from the mounting surface. Additionally, a mounting arm can be attached to and supported by the extension arm, and can securely support at least one head-ware device. Furthermore the mounting arm can be of sufficient length to hold the head-ware just off of the extension arm. In accordance with particular embodiments, the mounting arm can be substantially smaller volume than an interior of the head-ware to facilitate adequate airflow and ventilation to the head-ware in between use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2011
    Inventor: Brent D Flickinger
  • Patent number: 7950532
    Abstract: A mounting bracket configuration with two lower mounting locations and an optional upper mount and a flexibly resilient securement strap attachable thereto to securely retain a helmet such as those used by firefighters securely in place against a mounting surface such as the interior of the passenger compartment of an emergency vehicle, such as a fire truck. The present apparatus also includes a bumper construction for protecting a user from being injured by the protruding upper hook while also preventing damaging of the helmet itself during mounting or removal. A release lanyard provided for easy release and engagement. The upper hook can attach to a fire helmet directly and/or to the securement strap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2011
    Inventors: Michael P. Ziaylek, W. Brian McGinty
  • Patent number: 7828254
    Abstract: A hair accessory organizer for holding many different types of hair accessories. The hair accessory organizer is magnetized to hold hair accessories either wholly or partially made of metal. In addition, the hair accessory organizer holds non-metal hair bands and hair accessories. The hair accessory organizer is capable of resting on a countertop, in a drawer or hung on a wall or door. The hair accessory organizer has a curved top member that holds substantially ā€œUā€ shaped hair bands both on its top surface, and on its bottom surface. Two rings allow for attachment sites of hair clips and hooks. The hooks provide attachment sites for elastic hair bands and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2010
    Inventor: Stephanie K. Stephens-De Alanis
  • Publication number: 20100224579
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a hat storage system comprising: a cord; a plurality of receivers attached to the cord, where the plurality of receivers provide a means to store a hat; an anchor end, where the anchor end attaches to one of end of the cord; and a retriever end where said retriever end provides a means to retract the cord for storage thereon. The cord may hang horizontally when extended from the retriever and the anchor is fixedly attached to a wall. The plurality of receivers may include either a group of hook receivers or a group of clip receivers or both.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 6, 2009
    Publication date: September 9, 2010
    Inventor: Timothy Locklear
  • Publication number: 20090283485
    Abstract: A retail device for displaying headwear in close proximity to wearing apparel. The retail device comprises a wall mount portion attachable to a wall or other structure. Extending from the wall mount portion is a wearing apparel rack operative to display at least one, and preferably a plurality of like items of wearing apparel. At the distal most end of the wearing apparel rack may be provided a member for receiving indicia or other types of information relative to the garment displayed on the rack, such as pricing and the like. Extending from the wearing apparel display rack is a headwear display device operative to display a specific item of headwear, which can include hats, knit caps and protective headwear, such as motorcycle helmets. The headwear display device preferably displays the headwear in close proximity to the wearing apparel displayed by the wearing apparel display rack so as to give the consumer a visual impression of how the items would appear if worn in combination.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 16, 2008
    Publication date: November 19, 2009
    Inventor: ERIC ANDERSON
  • Patent number: 7481322
    Abstract: A hat rack for a vehicle includes a basic member. The basic member consists of at least one dimensionally stable support, which has mountings for a variety of functional parts. The dimensionally stable support advantageously can be bolted to the body of the vehicle and thereby impart great strength, in particular great torsional strength, to the body in the installation region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2009
    Assignee: Marlok Automotive GmbH
    Inventor: Andreas Heim
  • Publication number: 20080296240
    Abstract: An apparatus; banner or plaque that is designed for holding and displaying Sports Caps, Photographs, Awards or other collectibles on a vertical plane. The apparatus includes tabs on top at either side to secure apparatus to a vertical plane. The soft display frame is produced by a transparent material in shape and size desired, that has been edged with a flexible material and permanently secured by the edges to the base of banner on 3(three) sides. This opening allows entry for items desired to be inserted securely. An attachment mechanism for the cap is a single strap, which is secured at both sides to base. Strap is connected at such points; as to allow the remainder of the strap to fall loosely to form a U shape. To secure the cap it is needed to fold the cap in half, from back to front; so that the back of the cap is nestling within the front of the cap and brim, and inserting the cap between base of banner and strap.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 29, 2008
    Publication date: December 4, 2008
    Inventor: Ethel Geraldine Napier
  • Patent number: 7147112
    Abstract: Stackable hat storage unit has frame defining a rectangular opening and comprising top, bottom, left and right side panels, parallel horizontal strings that traverse the opening attached to the left and right side panels, the strings spaced so that a folded cap on the string conceals a portion of a similarly folded cap on an adjacent string, the top panel including a vertical notch to receive a hanger-type hook for mounting the frame onto a crossbar and two vertical wall notches to receive screws projecting from a wall, the top panel of the frame curving forward and projecting downwardly to form a top panel lip covering part of the top panel's height, a top portion of the top panel having an upside down ā€œUā€ cross-section, the top panel lip fitting over a top edge of the bottom panel of a second frame to form a plurality of frames that function together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2006
    Inventor: Alphonia Penson
  • Patent number: 6892894
    Abstract: A cap rack is designed for storing and/or displaying baseball style caps in either a horizontal or vertical orientation on a vertical surface or a horizontal surface. The cap rack is designed to have a channel which extends through the length of the base, a channel retainer for attachment of a cap support unit to the base, a cap support unit comprising a hemispherically-shaped cap support section continuous with a rod section, and optionally, a pedestal unit for mounting the cap rack base in either a vertical or horizontal orientation on a horizontal surface. A plurality of cap racks can be interconnected in a vertical and/or horizontal orientation using a 4-way connector, a 90 degree connector, or a 2-way connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2005
    Inventor: Scott M. Aiken
  • Patent number: 6863196
    Abstract: An apparatus (10) for hanging hats (11) comprises a hanger (12) that has a longitudinal axis. The hanger (12) includes a frame (16), across member (18) suspended from the frame and a hook (20) attached to the frame. A plurality of fasteners (14) mounts to the cross member (18) for sliding movement between a forward position and a rearward position along the longitudinal axis. Each of the fasteners (14) includes a pair of clasping members (40, 42)having a pair of clasping surfaces (49, 50) closeable upon one another for holding objects in planes extending generally transverse to the longitudinal axis. The fasteners (14) may be slid forwardly or rearwardly for sorting hats attached to the fasteners using an ergonomically advantageous motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2005
    Inventors: David W. Carter, Beth E. Wingo-Carter
  • Publication number: 20040251221
    Abstract: A cap rack is designed for storing and/or displaying baseball style caps in either a horizontal or vertical orientation on a vertical surface or a horizontal surface. The cap rack is designed to have a channel which extends through the length of the base, a channel retainer for attachment of a cap support unit to the base, a cap support unit comprising a hemispherically-shaped cap support section continuous with a rod section, and optionally, a pedestal unit for mounting the cap rack base in either a vertical or horizontal orientation on a horizontal surface. A plurality of cap racks can be interconnected in a vertical and/or horizontal orientation using a 4-way connector, a 90 degree connector, or a 2-way connector.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 10, 2003
    Publication date: December 16, 2004
    Inventor: Scott M. Aiken
  • Publication number: 20040007543
    Abstract: A hat rack for holding a brimmed hat includes a pair of base rods arranged in a spaced apart parallel configuration. A first support rod is coupled to respective first ends of the pair of base rods and a second support rod is coupled to respective second ends of the pair of base rods. Both support rods have a substantially similar configuration, namely, a pair of upstanding support arms connected by a top segment. Each pair of support arms are inclined toward one another as they extend from the base rods to a corresponding top segment. Further, the support rods proper are inclined toward one another. A hat of the type having a crown and brim, such as a western hat, may be supported upon the top segments. Another embodiment includes a similarly configured support rod pivotally coupled to a wall or door mountable base.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 9, 2002
    Publication date: January 15, 2004
    Inventor: Timothy A. Schneider
  • Patent number: 6311879
    Abstract: A cap storage and bill shape maintenance device (10) is adapted to receive the bills of a plurality of baseball or similar type caps, and to maintain the curvature of the bills of those caps. A main body (20) is formed of substantially mirror image front and back halves (30), (50) connected by a plurality of peg and socket or similar fastening structures. A plurality of generally horseshoe-shaped bill slots is defined in the main body. Two feet (70), (80) are attachable to the lower edge to support the main body in a vertical orientation. A hanger (90) attaches to a upper edge of the main body, and allows the device to be supported by the upper edge of a door, a rod in a closet, or other supporting structure. In use, by curving the bill of a cap, such as a baseball cap, the bill may be inserted into the bill slot. Time spent by the bill of the cap in the bill slot tends to overcome the resilience of the bill, allowing it to retain the rounded shape for hours.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2001
    Inventors: Jerry H. Rigler, Brenda J. Rigler
  • Patent number: 6273274
    Abstract: A cap holder for holding a plurality of folded nested caps having a bill and a foldable crown. The cap holder comprises a frame, a crown support mounted to the frame for holding the nested, folded crowns, and a bill support mounted on the frame which forms an open pocket to receive the cap bills. The crown support comprises a vertical, curved and outwardly projecting column on the frame to fit in the hollow of a folded cap crown and the bill support comprises a band of material with an arcuate mouth portion spaced from the column to define an open mouth to receive cap the bill.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2001
    Inventor: Anthony Lyles
  • Patent number: 6223910
    Abstract: A device for displaying and storing baseball-style caps includes a spine-like support to which one or more individual cap supports can be detachably connected and adjusted as to position. The cap supports can be detachably connected and adjusted without requiring detachment or adjustment in the position of other cap holders on the spine. The cap holders support the cap to avoid the distortion of the shape of the cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2001
    Assignee: Perfect Curve, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregg M. Levin, Benjamin J. Beck, Glen V. Walter, Ulrike A. Graf, Jeffrey A. Michael, Samuel B. Breneman, David G. Harting, Douglas A. Marsden
  • Patent number: 6170185
    Abstract: A display device including a plaque, a hanger secured to a rear face of the plaque for hanging the plaque on a vertical surface such that the rear face of the plaque is substantially parallel with the vertical surface, a support assembly secured to a front face of the plaque, and memorabilia held by the support assembly, wherein the support is adapted to hold the memorabilia in an upright position with respect to the vertical surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2001
    Inventor: Nicholas Donofrio, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6112909
    Abstract: A rack (10) for storing and displaying a plurality of caps, and particularly sport caps (150). The rack (10) consists of three elements: a base (12), a cap support (40) and a base/cap support attachment rod (60). The base (12) can be attached to a substantially flat surface (152) in either a vertical or a horizontal orientation by screws (30) or an adhesive (32) and preferably has a length to accommodate six sport caps. The cap support (40) has a hemispheric shape which is sized to securely hold and display the cap(s) (150). The base/cap support attachment rod (60), which can be made from a tubular or a solid rod includes a base end (62) and a cap end (84). The base end (62) terminates with a structure (90) which allows the base end (62) to be attached and secured to the base (12) in either a vertical or a horizontal orientation. The cap end (84) is dimensioned to be attached and secured to the cap support (40).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2000
    Inventor: Randall C. Moseley
  • Patent number: 5921403
    Abstract: A rack system for the removable storage and display of baseball-style caps is provided. The rack system includes an elongated support member which is adapted to be mounted on a wall or similar structure through suitable fasteners. A series of spaced retainers are preferably integrally formed on the elongated support member and extend forwardly therefrom in either spaced vertical or horizontal arrangement. The retainers each include a slot which extends rearwardly through the retainer a predetermined depth toward the elongated support member. A series of cap mounts are provided which are preferably configured to support a front portion of a baseball-style cap and to receive a rear portion of the cap within the cap mount. The cap mounts are removably engagable with the slots in the retainers to store and display the baseball-style caps in either of the spaced vertical or horizontal arrangements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 13, 1999
    Inventor: Ronald Coffaro
  • Patent number: 5772049
    Abstract: A collapsible hat support device adapted to support a hat having a crown and brim on a support surface. The support device comprises a base adapted for stable support on a substantially flat support surface and a continuous, elongated hat support arm pivotally connected to the base. The support arm is movable between a lowered storage position adjacent the base and a raised hat support position. The support arm is adapted to be received within and engage the interior portion of the hat crown for support of the hat with the brim in spaced relation from the support surface. A means for releasably securing the hat support arm in at least the raised hat support position is included. This securement means may be flexible wire connectors used to connect the arm to the base. At least one hook support member is operatively connected to the base for supporting the base from a nail, door top or other horizontal surface and against an upright surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 1995
    Date of Patent: June 30, 1998
    Inventor: Mark J. Randone
  • Patent number: 5762206
    Abstract: A cap rack hangs a plurality of caps by their respective bands. The cap rack comprises a base and a plurality of substantially flat hook members which are each vertically arranged along the base and which extend horizontally only from that base. A portion of each hook member extends towards a further adjacent hook member and terminates with a hook member end to define a) an insertion opening between the hook member and the further hook member through which the cap band is inserted and b) a retaining opening adjacent to the insertion opening in which the cap band is hung. The retaining opening extends below the hook member end a greater distance than the hook member end is spaced apart from the adjacent hook member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 9, 1998
    Inventor: Henry S. Leichter
  • Patent number: 5758779
    Abstract: The cap holder has a back which can be hung on a vertical surface, has a lip protruding downward and away from the back, and has apertures in the lip for holding a cap, with the cap crown mainly open so that the cap can air out, with markings on the cap crown in a display position, and with the cap brim in a rolled configuration so that the cap brim will be formed into a rolled state which is set and persists when the cap is worn. Pegs for holding garments are also attached to the back.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 2, 1998
    Inventor: Charlie C. Atkins
  • Patent number: 5727694
    Abstract: A stand for supporting a conventional baseball-style cap consisting of a hole in the stand. The hole is circular in shape, with linear horizontal extensions. A plurality of the holes can be set in a self-supporting stand, thereby allowing caps to be stored or displayed in the stands.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 17, 1998
    Inventor: James Duane Larson
  • Patent number: 5685465
    Abstract: The present invention features a brim-shaping device for a baseball-type cap, a device that helps create and maintain the desired curvature of the cap brim. The shaping device is a mold that has a substantially hollow, curved body, and a curved, shaping slot for insertion of the cap brim into the hollow, curved body. The mold may have a number of slots running along the sides of it to allow for aeration of the cap when it is wet, so that the cap will dry more easily after washing. The hollow mold is shaped to present the cap at a given angle, so that the cap portion is displayed above the brim as it rests in the shaping slot. The given angle, usually approximately thirty degrees, presents a good angle for a viewing display. This angle also allows a washed baseball cap to drain of water. The mold itself is attachable to a display rack, so that the shaping device can also double as a merchandising tool during the sale of the cap. That is, both the cap and the shaping tool can be sold together as a single unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 11, 1997
    Inventor: Luke J. Berardis
  • Patent number: 5683002
    Abstract: An improved hat holder is disclosed wherein a body comprises a plurality of slots based upon by a distance equal to a width of a hat brim. A plurality of hats are conveniently stored by inserting the brim into the slot, and folding down the portion of the hat that sits on top of user's head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 4, 1997
    Inventor: Robert Rayside
  • Patent number: 5624041
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a display for billed caps which functions to suspend a cap either above a counter top via a cross-shaped base or via a string in order to rotate while operating to display a cap. The display includes first and second paperboard members which are interlocked via slots to form a skeleton crown supporting frame disposed interiorly of the cap and a suspension system located exteriorly above or below the cap to be displayed. The skeleton crown supporting frame functions to maintain the crown of the cap to be displayed in an appealing expanded state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 1994
    Date of Patent: April 29, 1997
    Assignee: Cornerstone Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Albert F. Van Druff, Jr., Richard M. Fossum, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5553719
    Abstract: A device for supporting a plurality of hats relative to a vertical support structure. The inventive device includes a mounting assembly for securing to a wall or door. A flexible receiving assembly depends from the mounting assembly to receive a plurality of hats to be stored.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 1994
    Date of Patent: September 10, 1996
    Inventor: Rosita Campbell
  • Patent number: 5515978
    Abstract: A device for supporting objects in an organized manner comprising a vertical post formed of a rigid material having an upper end, a lower end, and a common cross-sectional configuration therebetween, the cross-sectional configuration including one flat extent along at least a portion of the circumference of the post; an upper end cap secured to the upper end of the support rod; a hook having a curved upper end positionable over a bar of a closet or other support such as a wall mounted hook and having a lower end formed with threads, the threads being threadably positioned into the upper end of the support bar; a plurality of clips, each clip being secured at spaced locations along the length of the post for supporting individual objects being formed with a pair of similarly shaped components, each component having an exterior flat section and angled interior sections to allow the pivoting thereof at an intermediate point to open and close the fingers of the clip, each clip also having a coil spring coupled be
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 1994
    Date of Patent: May 14, 1996
    Inventor: James E. Moran
  • Patent number: 5480073
    Abstract: A cap holder apparatus includes a base assembly adapted to be attached to a support surface. A plurality of clamp members project from the top surface of the base assembly. Each of the clamp members includes a round contour adapted to contact a round contour on a head covering such as a cap or hat. The clamp members are arrayed on the base assembly such that free ends of the clamp members are parallel to each other. Fasteners or an adhesive are provided for attaching the base assembly to a support surface. The clamp members are in a form of portions of walls of a cylinder, and the clamp members are concentric to each other. Apertures may be provided in the base assembly to receive screws for attaching the base assembly to a support surface. If an adhesive layer, located on the bottom surface of the base assembly, is employed, a non-adhesive barrier layer is placed upon the layer of adhesive material until the adhesive layer is ready for use, upon which time the barrier layer is removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 1994
    Date of Patent: January 2, 1996
    Inventor: Frank A. LaManna
  • Patent number: 5450967
    Abstract: Collapsible hat display stand which is easy to package, easy to carry and easy to assemble, made of a durable and light-weight sheet material, die cut with a preset pattern. Each die cut forms at least one or a series of cross-bars horizontally across the sheet, with an M-shaped peak formed on top of each cross-bar. When the stand is fully deployed, each cross-bar forms a hat pedestal. In a multi-hat embodiment, the sheet is scored along vertical scoring axes to form four vertical panels. The sheet is folded along a central scoring to provide a flat, collapsed workpiece for compact storage and shipping. The stand is assembled from the packaged sheet by rotating out the central panels on either side of the central scoring to subtend therebetween an acute angle while overlapping the end panels which are mated. During this assembly process, each of the cross-bars is automatically folded and bowed along the central scoring for forming the hat pedestals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 1994
    Date of Patent: September 19, 1995
    Inventor: Ralph Mallory
  • Patent number: 5411144
    Abstract: A cap rack in the form of an elongated bar. The elongated bar is placed in a substantially vertical orientation and includes a laterally central portion which extends forward with respect to the lateral side edges. A laterally extending slot extends through the rack for each cap to be retained therein, with each of the slots including an enlarged portion at one end thereof. When the body of the baseball type cap is folded such that the rear portion is reversed and retained within the front portion, a substantially planar fold line is formed. This fold line is received within the slot in the rack. Where the cap is of the type having a central upper button or peen, this peen may be inserted through the enlarged portion in the slot. As such, the peen will be retained behind the laterally central portion of the rack to maintain the cap in place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 1992
    Date of Patent: May 2, 1995
    Inventor: David W. Deupree
  • Patent number: 5396994
    Abstract: A device for displaying one or more caps thereon. The combination of a slot and recess, for example a hole, accommodate an upper portion of a cap provided with a button and with the rear half of the cap folded into the front half of the cap when mounted on the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 1992
    Date of Patent: March 14, 1995
    Inventor: Robert C. Fitzgerald
  • Patent number: 5348166
    Abstract: Ball cap storage rack comprising a wire or rod stock frame including a plurality of rods configured to form an elongated, generally rectangular-shaped back with side capture bars and a pair of hooks at one end. The back has a width slightly narrower than the width of a typical baseball cap visor and is adapted to have its length running vertically when in normal use. Two additional sets of rods are arrayed along opposite sides of the back to form side capture rails, and define visor edge receiving openings. The upper ends of the rails are deformed to provide a closet pole hanger at the upper end of the rack, and the lower ends are deformed to form the capture fingers at a lower portion of the device. To store a plurality of baseball caps in the rack, the caps are placed with their visors flat against the back with the soft cap portion collapsed forwardly and the bill of each successive cap slipped behind the preceding one and the folded cap nested against the same part of the preceding cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 1993
    Date of Patent: September 20, 1994
    Inventor: Greg Lema
  • Patent number: 5303829
    Abstract: A cap support having a mounting member which can be affixed to a generally vertical mounting surface, such as a wall, and at least one cap support member which extends outwardly from spaced apart locations on the mounting member towards a common apex spaced from the mounting surface. The cap support further has a securing feature which secures the cap to the support. The cap support can also be configured to retain and position multiple caps in a side-by-side series.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 1993
    Date of Patent: April 19, 1994
    Inventor: Susan B. Kennedy
  • Patent number: 5295588
    Abstract: A display type rack for mounting a number of baseball or sport-type caps in such a manner to display any frontal ornamentation appearing on the cap while supporting the cap in a conventional position effectively at right angles to a supporting wall or similar structure. The rack is expandable and may consist of two or more horizontal bases each equipped with cap body supporting pairs of vertical members and horizontal visor support members perpendicular to the vertical members. A number of base units equipped with horizontal and vertical support members may be assembled together and held in place by associated vertical supports.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 1993
    Date of Patent: March 22, 1994
    Inventor: Thomas R. Neirinckx
  • Patent number: 5265737
    Abstract: A cap rack for storage or display of caps having a bill or visor, such as baseball caps, tennis visors or golf hats, comprises a longitudinal member having a vertical axis and including a plurality of slots formed into the member at a specified angle to the horizontal. A cap can be retained in each slot by the bill of the cap. A hook at the top of the cap rack allows the rack to be suspended from any convenient place. The hook is fixed to the cap rack by a blind swivel connection, allowing the cap rack to be rotated to gain easy access to any single cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 1992
    Date of Patent: November 30, 1993
    Inventor: John J. Freeby
  • Patent number: 5240123
    Abstract: Three preferred embodiments of a baseball cap holder are disclosed. Each embodiment includes a chamfered button ring for retaining a cap by the button typically found at the top of the crown of the cap. All three embodiments in a preferred method of manufacturing are die cut and crease scored from a single sheet of material, such as polypropene plastic. The first embodiment mounts and displays a single baseball cap and comprises a vertical base mounted on a wall, a horizontal cap shape holder and a parallel and spaced chamfered button ring for slidably receiving the cap button. The second embodiment is a cap holder strip, which utilizes a plurality of similar button rings aligned along an elongated axis. The third embodiment comprises a circular pattern having a base for vertical mounting on a wall or the like, a horizontal cap supporting member and above and parallel to the cap supporting member, a button ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 1992
    Date of Patent: August 31, 1993
    Inventor: Gary D. Hawk