Fortney, John David
Fortney, John David
|1.||A ball cap washing device comprising : a male top frame aεεembly having a top crown portion, said top crown portion having a front end, a rear end, a left side and a right side, said top crown portion having a base and an apex; a top brim portion extending forwardly only from the front end of said top crown portion, said top brim portion having a front end; a female bottom frame assembly having a bottom crown portion, said bottom crown portion having a front end, a rear end, a left side and a right side, εaid bottom crown portion having a base and an apex; a bottom brim portion extending forwardly only from the front end of εaid crown portion, said bottom brim portion having a front end; means for pivotally securing the front end of said top brim portion to the front end of said bottom brim portion; a predetermined εpace between εaid male top frame aεεembly and εaid female bottom frame assembly when they are nested together for receiving a ball cap to be washed in a diεhwaεher; and meanε for detachably securing the rear end of said top crown portion to the rear end of said bottom crown portion.|
|2.||A ball cap waεhing device aε recited in claim 1 wherein the bottom surface of said male top frame assembly is εpaced a predetermined diεtance Dl from the top surface of said female bottom frame aεεemhly when they are secured to each other εo tha t a ball cap placed between them iε not wedged therein hut free to move about.|
|3.||A ball cap waεhing device aε reci ted in claim 1 wherein said male top frame assembly and female bottom frame aεεemhl y are each integrally formed members .|
|4.||A ball cap waεhing device as reci ted in claim 3 wherein εaid male top frame assembl y and εaid female bottom frame assembly are each made of molded plastic material .|
|5.||A ball cap washing device aε recited in claim 1 wherein the top crown portionε of εaid male top frame aεεemhly and said female bottom frame aεεembly are formed wi th onl y a front arc portion .|
|6.||A ball cap washing device as recited in claim 1 wherein εaid male top frame aεεembly and εaid female bottom frame assembly are each formed wi th a latticetype framework .|
|7.||A ball cap washing device comprising: a top ball cap brim frame aεεembl y having a front end, a rear end, a left εide and a right εide; a bottom ball cap brim frame aεεembly having a front end, a rear end, a left εide and a right side; means for pivotally securing the front ends of said top and bottom ball cap brim frame assemblieε together; and εaid top and bottom ball cap brim frame aεεemblieε each being integrall y formed members of molded plastic material and they each have a latticetype framework .|
The invention relates to hall caps and more specifically to a novel ball cap washing device within which a hall cap is placed . The ball cap washing device is then placed inside a conventional dishwasher and the machine is run through a washing cycle.
In todays society the wearing of the ball cap style of cap is very popular. Some caps have emblems of baseball teams, logos of companys, tourist areas, etc. on the crown of the ha t. Many people find that they have a favorite ball cap and after it gets dirty and stained there iε not a convenient me thod of washing the hall caps . Trying to wash a cap in a clothes washer is not a successful method of cleaning them. Most people do not take their dirty hall cap to a commercial dry cleaning store to have them cleaned.
Most of the structures that have been invented in the past that relate to cleaning hats are utilized only after the hat haε been cleaned. The Sawyer U. S. patent 1 , 128 , 530 is directed to an adjuεtable hat block to maintain the shape of the ha t . The Wolkenhauer U.S. patent 2, 038 , 698 iε directed to a hat cleaning device that iε again used after the hat haε been cleaned and for the purpose of forming the hat to its proper εhape.
Other devices have been invented for drying ball caps. The Smith U.S. patent 2, 704,176 is directed to such a device. It has a frame work that is inserted into the interior of the crown portion of the ball cap to stretch it tight. The Payne et al U.S. patent 4 ,491 ,256 is directed to a ball cap drying insert for ball caps. The Grommes U.S. patent 4 , 708 ,271 is directed to a hat drying form. The Thomas et al U. S. patent 4, 941, 601 iε directed to a cap dryer and εhaper.
None of the prior art deviceε have been deεigned to be placed into a dishwashing machine for the purpose of washing a ball cap captured within the device.
It is an object of the invention to provide a novel ball cap washing device into which a hall cap may he placed and then put into the interior of a conventional dishwasher for the purpose of washing the same.
It is another object of the invention to provide a novel ball cap washing device that is economical to manufacture and market.
It is also an object of the invention to provide a novel ball cap washing device that is made of material that will not rust or corrode .
It is an additional object of the invention to provide a novel ball cap washing device that can be easily used by either a child or adult.
DISCLOSURE OF THE INVENTION
The novel ball cap washing device iε formed from two main member ε. They are the male top frame assembly and the female bottom frame assembly. These memherε are pivotally secured to each other at their front end which allows accesε to their interior merely by releasing the latching structure formed at their rear ends. This allows a ball cap to be placed in the space between the two members. The εpacing ( 1/4"- 3/8") between the two memberε is such that the ball cap is not wedged between them but is free to move about. An important factor in the washing process of the ball cap is to have the brim and crown of the ball cap move freely about so that all its surfaces are exposed to the washing proceεε. When the ball cap iε gripped firmly in place during the waεhing process a εoil line iε left where the device holds it. The two frame members are each integrally formed of molded plastic material that does not rust or corrode.
The ball cap washing device in its preferred form has a full crown on both the male top frame assembly and the female bottom assembly. An alternative embodiment would only have a forward half crown portion on each of these members. A εecond alternative embodiment could be formed using only a top ball cap hrim frame assembly and a bottom ball cap brim frame assembly that would be pivotally secured to each other at their front end.
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS
Figure 1 is a front perspective view illuεtra ting the novel hall cap washing device;
Figure 2 is a partial bottom view of the front cross member of the male top frame asεmebly;
Figure 3 iε a cross sectional view taken along lines 3-3 of Figure 2;
Figure 4 is a first alternative embodiment of the ball cap washing device; and
Figure 5 is a second alternative embodiment of the ball cap waεhing device.
BEST MODE FOR CARRYING OUT THE INVENTION The novel ball cap washing device will now be described by referring to Figures 1-5 of the drawings . The ball cap washing device iε generally designated numeral 10. It has a male top frame assembly 12 and a female bottom frame asεemhly 14.
Male top frame assembly 12 has a crown portion 16 and a hrim portion 18. Crown portion 16 has a circular crown base rib 20 , a circular intermediate horizontal rib 22 , an apex web joint 24 and a plurality of upright ribs 26. Brim portion 18 has a left side longitudinal rib 28 , a right εide longitudinal rib 29 , a plurality of intermediate longitudinal ribε 30 , and an intermediate transverse rib 31. A front cross member 32 has two sets of downwardly extending resilient fingers 34 and 35 that form front snap aεεemblieε 36.
Female bottom frame assembly 14 is εubεtantially identical to male top frame assembly 12 except that i t does not have the same structure of front cross member 32 but instead has a front transverse rib member 38 that snapε into the receεεeε formed by resilient fingers 34 and 35 (see Fig. 3) . Also a rear snap assembly 40 (see Fig. 4) illustrateε the structure for capturing the reεpective circular crown base ribs 20 and 20 ' togethe . The female bottom frame assembly has prime ( ' ) notations with their numbers to identify them and their structure that iε identical to that of the male top frame assembly.
A first alternative embodiment of the ball cap washing device is illustrated in Fig. 5 and i t iε generally designated numeral 50. Its structural members are substantially identical to the structure of hall cap washing device 10, but it only has a forward half crown for the respective male top frame assembly 12 and female bottom frame assembly 14. It has a pair of laterally spaced side snap assemblies 52 and 53 that engage the respective left and right εide longi tudinal ribs 28 ' and 29 ' .
A second alternative embodiment of the ball cap washing device is illustrated in Figure 6 and it is designated numeral 60. It haε only the brim portionε 18 and 18 ' that are pivotall y secured at their front ends. A pair of εnap aεεemblieε 62 and 63 are formed on the reεpective left εide and right εide longitudinal ribs 28 and 29.
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