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Publication numberUS1003982 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateSep 26, 1911
Filing dateMar 10, 1911
Publication numberUS 1003982 A, US 1003982A, US-A-1003982, US1003982 A, US1003982A
InventorsE. Butler
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Adjustable pillow-support.
US 1003982 A
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APPLICATION mum nun. 10. 1911.

1,003,982. Patented Sept. 26,1911.

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Specification of Letters Patent.


Patented Sept. 26, 1911..

Application filed March 10. 1911. Serial No. 613.527.

To all whom "it may concern:

Be it known that I, Ilnnnr E. Burma, a citizen of the United States, residing at Schenectady, New York, have invented certain new and useful. Improvements in Adjustable Pillow-Supports, of which the foliowing is a specification.

The present invention relates toiadjust able supports for pillows and equivalent devices, and has for its object to improve ,and simplity their construction.

In the accon'ipauyiug drawing which illustrates one embodiment of my invention, Figure 1 is a side elevation of the support, and Fig. 2 is a plan view thereof.

The support comprises three principal elements, a base portion adapted to rest. on a mattress or the like, a pillow supporting member, and a prop or means for holding the said member at any desired angle.

The base portion is made of a single piece of heavy wire and comprises two side pieces 1 and Qand a front: piece 3. The rear end of each side piece. is turned downwardly as at 4 which part is intended to extend between the mattress and the head of the bed turned under as at;- 5 to form an additional securing means. Each side portion of the base is provided with a series of notches 0 made by bending the wire of which it is composed. These notches are suitably spaced apart and are adapted to receive and r0 tain the prop which holds the pillow supporting memben' At or about the point wherethe side pieces 1 and 2 unite with the front piece 3, loops 7 are provided which receive the lower ends of the side bars of the pillow supporting member and prevent them from slipping sidewisc along said piece 3.

The pillow supporting membercomprises two side bars 8 and t) and a rear connecting bar 10, all made of one piece of heavy wire. The lower end of each side bar is provided with an eye 11 through which the portion forming the loop 7 in the base extends. The shapes of the loop and eye are such that they form a hinge, the parts of which are ,free to turn one on the other but cannot slip sidewise.

In each side bar ata point about midway of its length is an eye 12 occupying a plane perpendicular to that of the mattress. These eyes are arranged to receive the eyes formed on the supporting means or Pre The sup iorting means or prop is made of heavy wire and coin n-isos two side portions 1'3 and I l and a connecting portion 15 which is adapted to engage the notches (i in the base portion. The ends of the side portions and M are provided with eyes 16 that pass through the eyes 12 in the pillow supporting member. The plane of these eyes is at right angles to those in said member. Sullicient play is permitted so that the parts will freely turn one with respect to the other.

It will be seen that the pillow supporting member is of the same general shape as the prop or supporting means but somewhatsmaller in size so that when the prop is moved out of engagement with the notches t3 the whole will lie perfectly flat on the mattress. The advantage of this resides in the fact that the pillow can bem'ranged pertlectly flat on the mattress when desired and this without removing the sup 'iort. In other words, the construction of the support is such that the pillow can be raised and lowered asudcsircd without inconvenience to the user, and without removing the support. \Vhen thcpillow supporting member is down the structure as a whole occupies so little space not to interfere in any way with the comfort of the user.

It will also he noted that my improved dcvice is thoroughlysanitary, being made of metal, preferably of some non-rusting character. It may be made of iron or steel if preferred and coated with some good hard form of enamel, preterably white for appearance sake. By obviating all spaces or recesses in which dirt and germs may collect, I obviate the danger due to the transmission of disease from one patient to another. Since the support as 'a whole is made entirely of metal and can be folded into a relatively small and compact space, the structure may be readily immersed in some antiseptic fluid for the purpose of cleaning, and this without in any way injuring it.

The support is particularly suited for hospitals but it'will also be found to be of great utility in homes.

\Vhat I claim as new and desire to secure by Letters Patent ot' the United States, is

1. In a device o) the character described, the combination of a wire base portion comprising two side pieces, each of which is provided with bent wire notches, and a front connecting portion, the said sides and front and aprop that is hinged to the said niemher and is arranged-to fit into said notches.

2. In a device: of the character described A l l i t l the combination of a wire base comprising i two side pieces and a connecting front per 3 V ranged to enter said notches.

t-ion inte 'ral therewith each of said side pieces being provided with notches, a. pillow l supporting member also made of w1re and comprising two side pieces and a connecting portion located at the top, each of the side 1 pieces having a bent lower end forming an integral eye and through which the connecting pottlon of the base extends, and also a bend located between its ends torming a second eye, and'a prop also nmde of wire and eomprises'two side pieces and a conneeting" portion located at th. top. each of 3 said pieces having a bend at its upper end forming an e \"e which passes through the second eye in the side piece of. said member. the connecting portion ot the prop being a r- In witness whereof, I have hereunto et my hand this 8th day of March, 1911.


\Vitnesses Gnxnvmvn I'IAYNES, RICHARD Gr. POVEY.

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US2650372 *Aug 9, 1948Sep 1, 1953Lowe Richard JPillow adjuster for automobile mechanic's creeper
US3274618 *Oct 24, 1963Sep 27, 1966Mary KahlloBody supporting apparatus
US3720965 *Jul 23, 1971Mar 20, 1973Wright HBack support
US7478445 *Sep 5, 2007Jan 20, 2009Sinmed Holding International B.V.Reclining table with an adjustable back rest
U.S. Classification5/634
Cooperative ClassificationA47C20/027
European ClassificationA47C20/02L