At this point, one might ask, "Why not use this tool
in the patent section in a future newsletter?" The simple
fact is that no patent was ever issued for the King carpet
stretcher. A similar version appears, which is named the Star
(possibly a company name?), and the numerous other approaches
that used a rotating eccentric wheel are not the same as the
model shown. The application for a patent does not guarantee
an issuance. In fact, this subject was discussed in a
previous article. Perhaps this version was too close to a competitor's
model and the application was rejected.
So, the next time one of these shows up in the attic, flea
market or at the local auction barn, after you wow the crowd
by identifying the tool with ease, feel free to talk about
the variations that were manufactured and distributed.