What’s a Tra­verse Rod?

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In­vented by Charles Kirsch in 1928, the ad­justable tra­verse rod moves drap­ery pan­els me­chan­i­cally to “tra­verse” a win­dow us­ing a pul­ley cord, in­stead of by hand. A spe­cial pin is hooked into the top seam of each drap­ery pleat, and the pin slips into a small eye car­rier that slides the length of the tra­verse rod’s metal track. Cot­ton cord­ing runs through the length of the track and is wound around a pul­ley mech­a­nism on one end, which opens and closes the cur­tains.

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