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1. (WO1986003104) TROLLEY DE BLOCAGE POUR CINTRES
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WHAT IS CLAIMED IS:
1. A trolley for suspending hooked ends of hangers in a selectively retained condition within the interior of a garment bag, comprising:
a C-shaped frame member of substantially rigid configuration having an upper horizontal portion, a back vertical portion extending downward from the rear of the upper horizontal portion, and a lower horizontal portion extending forward from the lower end of the back vertical portion, the upper and lower horizontal portions being vertically separated by a space which is open at the front end of the C-shaped frame and which is closed at the rear end of the C-shaped frame by the back vertical portion;
a jaw member operatively connected to the frame member and extending generally forward through the space defined by the C-shaped frame member;
a gripping structure connected to the jaw member and facing the lower horizontal portion of the frame member;
a gripping structure connected to the lower portion of the frame member and facing the jaw member;
the gripping structures adapted to contact and grip the hooked ends of hangers when the gripping structures are placed in operative adjacency with one another ;
. means connecting the jaw member to the frame member and operative for moving the jaw member toward the lower horizontal portion of the frame member to position the gripping structures in operative hanger-end gripping adjacency with one another; and
means for connecting the frame member within the interior of the garment bag.

2. A trolley as defined in claim 1 further comprising:
. means at the forward end of at least one gripping structure for obstructing movement of a hanger from between the forward ends of the gripping structures when they are in operative hanger-end gripping adjacency.
3. A. trolley as defined in claim 2 wherein said means for obstructing movement comprises:
lip means extending above and at the forward end of the gripping structure connected to the lower horizontal portion of the frame member.
4. A trolley as defined in claim 3 wherein:
said lower gripping structure comprises a gripping pad of resilient compressible material, and
said lip means comprises a lip portion of the resilient- compressible material of the lower gripping pad.
5. A trolley as defined in claim 1 wherein the gripping structures are resilently compressible to deflect around the hooked ends of hangers.
6. A trolley as defined in claim 5 further comprising structural means of at least one resiliently compressible gripping structure for increasing the compressibility of the gripping structure over that compressibility created by the inherent flexibility of the resiliency of the gripping structure itself.
7. A trolley as defined in claim 6 wherein the structural means includes holes formed transversely through the gripping structure.
8. A locking trolley as defined in claim 6 wherein the structural means includes a web portion of the gripping structure of transverse width less than the transverse width of a portion of the gripping structure which contacts the hooked ends of hangers.
9. A trolley as defined in claim 1 further comprising means operatively connected between the jaw member and the frame member for biasing the jaw member away from the lower horizontal portion of the frame member .
10. A trolley as defined in claims 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 or 9, further comprising:
locking means operatively connected between the jaw member and the C-shaped frame member for selectively maintaining the jaw member in the operative position in which the gripping structures are in hanger-end gripping adjacency with one another.
11. A locking trolley as defined in claim 10 wherein said locking means further comprises:
a locking lever connected to the jaw member, the locking lever having an end,
a locking structure formed on the end of the locking lever;
a complementary locking structure formed on the frame member;
the locking structure on the end of the locking lever and the complementary locking structure on the the frame member operatively contacting one another when the jaw member is selectively maintained in the operative position with the gripping structures in hanger-end gripping adjacency.
12. A trolley as defined in claim 10 wherein said locking means further comprises:
a locking lever pivotably connected to the forward end of the jaw member, the locking lever having an end, the portion of the locking lever between the end and the pivotable connection to the jaw member pivotably moving rearwardly into the space between the jaw member and the upper horizontal portion of the frame member; and
means connected to the locking lever for pivoting the locking lever about the end of the jaw member.
13. A trolley as defined in claim 12 wherein the end of the locking lever includes a cam surface portion which is adapted to slide along the inner surface of the upper horizontal portion when the locking lever is pivoted into the locked position.
14. A trolley as defined in claim 10 wherein said locking means comprises:
a locking lever pivotably connected to the forward end of the jaw member, the locking lever having a lower end and an upper end extending in respectively opposite directions from the location at which the locking lever is pivotably connected to the jaw member;
a locking structure at the upper end of the locking lever;
a complementary locking structure at the forward end of the upper portion of the frame member; and the locking structure of the locking lever and the complementary locking structure of the upper portion of the frame member operatively contacting one another when the jaw member is moved into the locked position in which the gripping structures are in hanger-end gripping adjacency.
15. A trolley as defined in claim 14 wherein:
the lower end of the locking lever extends below the lower horizontal portion of the frame member* when the locking lever is in the locked position, and
the lower portion of the locking lever includes a portion adapted to be grasped.

16. A trolley as defined in claim 14 wherein:
the locking structure on the upper end of the locking lever is an edge which faces rearward,
the complementary locking structure on the forward end of the upper horizontal portion is a shoulder which faces forward, and
the locking edge abuts the front of the shoulder when the locking lever is in the locked position.
17. A trolley as defined in claim 14 wherein the upper end of the locking lever includes a cam surface portion which is adapted to slide along the inner surface of the upper horizontal portion of the frame member when the locking lever is pivoted into the locked position.
18. A trolley as defined in claim 14 further comprising:
spring means operative between the jaw member and the frame member for biasing the jaw member away from the lower horizontal portion of the frame member.

19. A trolley as defined in claim 18 wherein the spring means is a spring strip having a configuration in which a leg portion extends into contact with one horizontal portion of the frame member and in which another leg portion extends into contact with the jaw member.
20. A trolley as defined in claim 19 wherein the spring strip is of a U-shaped configuration, and one leg portion thereof extends along the jaw member and another leg portion thereof extends along the lower horizontal portion of the frame member, and a curved portion connects the two straight leg portions and is located adjacent to the vertical portion of the frame member .

21. A trolley as defined in claim 20 wherein the gripping structures each comprise elongated gripping pads of resilent compressible material extending along the jaw member and the lower horizontal portion of the frame member, the elongated gripping pads contacting one another when the locking lever is in the locked position.
22. A trolley as defined in claim 21 wherein the jaw member and the lower portion of the frame member are both channel shaped in cross sectional configuration to thereby define channels extending therealong, and the gripping pads are received within the channels.

23. A trolley as defined in claim 22 wherein each leg portion of the spring strip is located within one of the channels.
24. A trolley as defined in claim 23 further comprising means for retaining the leg portions of the spring strip and the gripping pads in the channels.
25. A trolley as defined in claims 1, 2, 3 or 4 wherein the gripping structures are resilently
compressible to deflect around the hooked ends of hangers.
26. A trolley as defined in claim 25 further comprising structural means of at least one resiliently compressible gripping structure for increasing the compressibility of the gripping structure over that compressibility created by the inherent flexibility of the resiliency of the gripping structure itself.
27. A trolley as defined in claim 26 wherein the structural means includes holes formed transversely through the gripping structures.
28. A trolley as defined in claim 27 wherein the structural means includes a web portion of the gripping structure of transverse width less than the transverse width of a portion of the gripping structure which contacts the hooked ends of hangers.