United States Patent 3743083

The invention teaches a device for carrying in an over-the-shoulder fashion a conventional garment bag and hanger combination. One end of the device includes a looped portion for coacting with the hanger whereby the hanger is secured to the device. An intermediate portion of the device fits over the shoulder. The other extremity of the device includes a metallic clasp for coacting with one of the legs of the hanger. The intermediate portion of the device joining the looped end and the clasp is adjustable. In operation, the looped portion is connected to the hanger with the intermediate portion extending upwardly over the shoulder and downwardly to permit the clasp to engage one leg of the hanger. Thereby, the garment bag is dependent from the device and positioned below the wearer's arm socket and between the wearer's arm and side. Thereby, the wearer may support a garment bag without requiring the use of his hands and permits the wearer to use his hands for carrying additional packages and suitcases.

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Other Classes:
224/604, 224/605, 224/616, 224/621, 224/927, 294/142
International Classes:
A47G25/14; A45F3/02; (IPC1-7): A45C7/00
Field of Search:
224/45T,.5,1R,1A,5M,5MA,5P,5B,5E,5A,5S,5V,5H,5Q,5N 206
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US Patent References:
3129863Shoulder strap for musical instruments1964-04-21Haugen
2186209Garment bag1940-01-09Roth
1384666Catch device for adjusting straps for length1921-07-12Lamont

Primary Examiner:
Forlenza, Gerald M.
Assistant Examiner:
Abraham, George F.
I claim

1. An over-the-shoulder garment carrier for transporting hanger-mounted garments comprising:

2. The garment carrier as set forth in claim 1, wherein said second engaging means comprises an adjustable loop at the other extremity of said carrier, whereby said shoulder-supported hanger and garments may be adjustable in height with respect to the shoulder.

The present invention relates to a class of devices useful in carrying a plurality of hangered garments.

Prior art devices, designed to permit a person to carry a plurality of hangered garments, differed somewhat in design and implementation. However, each of these had one common thread. In every instance, the wearer had to use at least one hand to either support or hold in position the carrying device. In one of the more sophisticated prior art devices, the supporting member was designed to fit upon the shoulder of the person and thus the shoulder provided the major support for the hangered garments. This device, though suitable and practical in many instances, still required the wearer to employ one hand to maintain the device on the shoulder in a carrying position. Unless the person did hold onto the device, his normal movements in walking would immediately dislodge the device from his shoulder and thereby defeat the purpose of the invention.

It is therefore a primary object of the present invention to provide a garment carrier without requiring manual support.

Another object of the present invention is to provide a garment bag and hanger support structure that may be mounted on the shoulder of a person.

Another object of the present invention is to provide a garment bag and hanger support to alleviate the discomfort and fatigue attendant with carrying hangered garments over the shoulder by holding onto the hangers with one hand.

Another object of the present invention is to provide a shoulder-mounted garment bag and hanger support.

These and other objects of the present invention will become apparent to those skilled in the art as the description thereof proceeds.

The sole FIGURE illustrates a device constructed in accordance with the teachings of the present invention.

Referring to the FIGURE, there is shown a garment bag 1 of the type commonly found on the market place. These garment bags are generally vinyl or plastic impregnated fabric and have a zipper extending along one side wherethrough hanger-mounted garments may be inserted within the garment bag 1. An aperture disposed on the top edge of the garment bag permits the hook portion of hanger 2 to extend outside the garment bag. In this manner, the hangered garments, protected by the garment bag 1, may be supported and transported simply by grasping the hooked portion of hanger 2.

The device as taught in the present invention is that of a means for supporting the hangered garments within the garment bag 1 which does not require the use of the hands of a person carrying the garment bag. In its simplest form, the invention is that of providing a strap 3 having a loop formed at one extremity. This loop 4 is of sufficient size to permit one or more hanger hooks to fit therethrough and be supported thereby. An intermediate portion of the strap 3 extends over the shoulder of the person carrying the bag. The other extremity of the strap includes an adjustable loop portion 6. A metallic or plastic clasp 5 is threaded onto loop 6 and extends therefrom. The clasp, when opened, may be fitted about one of the arms of hanger 2. In this manner, by supporting strap 3, the garment bag and its contents will also be supported. By providing a dual point of attachment through loop 4 and clasp 5, rotation of the garment bag is prevented, provided the points of attachment to hanger 2 are physically removed from each other by a discrete distance.

In operation, a person about to carry a filled garment bag would attach the loop 4 to the hooks of hangers 2, extend the loop over his shoulder and hook clasp 5 to one of the arms of hanger 2. The garment would thereby be supported by the person's shoulder and extend below his arm socket between his side and his arm. The proximity of the hooked portion of hanger 2 to his arm socket would be controlled by several factors. One of these factors would be that of the number of garments the person were wearing at the time, i.e., if the person were wearing a suit and an overcoat, the hooked portion of the hanger 2 would necessarily have to be lower than if he were wearing fewer clothes to prevent the hooked portion of hanger 2 from interfering with the armpit of his clothing. By means of the adjustable rigging lock 7, the loop 5 may be enlarged or diminished, depending on the previously discussed requirements. In addition, the wearer may wish to raise or lower the supported garment bag 1 for reasons of comfort or convenience.