US 1045132 A
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S. W. DORSEY.
I APPLICATION FILED JULY 3,1911, y 1,045,132. Batented Nov. 26, 1912.
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EEST VILBLE COPY SAMUEL W. DORSEY, OF DES MOINES, IOWA.
Specification of Lettelrs Patent.
Patented Nov. 26. 11112.
. Application yfiled .Tiily 3, 1911. ySerial No. 636.723.
"To all 'whom it may concern; 1
yBe it known thatl I. SAMUEL W. Doiisnr.
, a citizen ofthe United 'States,'residing in Des Moinesvin the county of Polk and State 5 of Iowznhzive invented -a certain new and useful Improvement :in Tents, Vof which the followingr ,is a speciication.
The object of my invention is to provide a tent having windows formed 1n the. sides 10 thereof, by cutting iaps integral with the tent'walls; A further objectis to provide such a tent with windows, and flapsformed between the seams ofthe tent sides, and provided with` meansl for securing flaps lin their closed positions, whiclimeans are secured tothe flaps, and to the tent wall on the seam, in such a way, that the formation ofthe windows does not in any way weaken the tent walls.
A further Objectis to provide detachable, flexible screens for the windows 'in said tent, with means whereby said screens may be readilyl secured in position.
My invention consists in certain details in the construction, arrangement and combination of the various parts of the device, whereby the objects -contemplated are attained, as hereinafter more fully set forth, pointed out in my claim and illustrated in the accompanying drawings, in which- Figure 1 shows a perspective' view of a tent embodying my invention, and equipped with my improved tentl screens. Fig. 2 shows a detail view of the means for fastening the flaps in their closed position. Fig. 3 shows a detail, sectional viewlof the means `for reinforcing the tent fabric around the window openings. Fig. 4:, shows a detail, perspective view, enlarged of one of my 1mproved tent screens, and Fig. 5 shows a detail, sectional View of a portion of the frame ofthe screen, shown in Fig. 1.
In the accompanying drawings, I have used the reference numeral 10, to indicate a wall tent. My improved screens and flaps may be used with any tent, but are preferably used with a wall, or an A tent, coinposed of strips of material 11 connected by I the flexible screen.
seams 12. In the sides of the tent, I cut an im opening of any desired shape, thereby form ing a flap 13, the upper end of .which is in tgrally connected with the .tent wall. The window opening just described, is preferably formed between two seams, and extends approximately from one seam to the next ernment seam. As many window openings close the window opening. The ilap 13 ma)v .be rolled up. andI providey tivo cords or strings 14 adjacent to each end of the upper portion of the flap 13. for tying said flap when it is rolled up. At each lower corner of the flap 13. is secured a leather loop 15 in which is secured an ordiiiar)7 snap catch 1G. A. leather loop 17' is secured to a seam and aring 18 is mounted therein in proper position to be engaged by the snaps 16, se
cured to the flaps on each side of the seam. It will thus be seen that the seam 12 which receives the strain when the tent is pitched,
. may be cut as desired. The iiap 13,l b v its' yown weight, hangs normally in position to is not weakened by cuttingY the flap 13 in 'the'itent wall, and that the i'aps are cut at such points inthe wall, and the fastening devices thereon, are so arranged, that the' flaps are fastened down by securing them to the seam, thus-retainingl all the strength of the tent wall. Around the edge of the opening formed when the flap 13 is cut. in the tent wall, I bind a reinforcing folded strip 'of canvas 191 as shown in Fig.` 5 with the edges of the tent wall adjacent'to the opening received within the'fold ofthe strip 19. Thefolded strip 19 around the edge of the window opening, thus `forms a window frame.`
My improved screen comprises a frame 2O of flexible material, preferably heavy canvas, whichis of proper shape to cover the window openings in the sides of the tent. In the frame Q0 is secured a suitable 'fine mesh net-ting 21. My screen is preferably made by using a folded strip o f canvas for the frame 20, and securing the netting 21 to the frame 2O within the fold thereby. as clearly shown in Fig. 3.
My improved tent screens may be secured to the windows in any suitable way. For obvious reasons, they are preferably fastened to the tent wall. In the drawings, I have shown ordinary clasp buttons secured to the folded'strip 19`around the winl dow opening, which buttons are received in the coacting members in t-lie frame Q0 of l't will be seen that many changes may be made in details of construction of the parts of my improvement in tents without departing from its important features. The form and material of the loops 15 and 17, and the fastening devices thereon, are not material. It is however important that the fastening devices should be secured at proper places,.- so th'at the iaps'may be` secured t'o the seams ofthe tent. The material and construction .of the flexible screens may b e variedl in many ways, .so long as the screens may be readily folded, and may be easily and quiclly attaphed to the frame-of the Window opening. 4 I
-In the practical construction and uselof my improvement in tents, the flaps 4lpare `cut from the -t-nt wall, leaving them integral withl said Wall at their upper ends.
The cords 14 which may be of'any suitable `material, as leather, metal or cloth, are then secured near the'upper ends ofthe flap 13. The folded strip 19'isfthen sewedvv or otherwise secured around the window opening, thus formed, making a ,frame theiefor.'
- Thescreens may be made in many ways.'V butas shown 1n the drawingsare made by folding a strip of'canvas double and making a 'rectangular or other shaped frame 20, and securing Within the fold of the Aframe, a
suitable screen or netting 21. Any suitable as shown in -lFig. 2, lor. may be rolled up, as
shown in Fig. 1 A portion of thescreen, may be unbuttoned andthe ilap 13 may be manipulated from the inside of the-tent.
An important advantage of theform and location of my flap 13, is found in the fact that the window7 opening is cut between the seams, of the tent wall, which receive the .strain when the tent is pitched, and the tent .wall isnot materially weakened. The aps' arefastened' atfth'eir lower ends on the seam',
thus avoiding any- 'tearingof the'tent fabricor weakening thel'tent` wall "oy securingA fastening devices thereto in the weaker parts thereof." Another special advantage is found, in 'the' construction' ofv the flexible screen, which;l may Abe folded and packedf 3 `n ito ajsmall s 'a'ce forstorage orltransportation, which-is quickly and easily attached t0,-
or detached from the tent window, Aand'is and at the same time may loe-'foldedl and partially detached-from the, window -to 'per- Init the manipulationof thel flap 13 on the inside, during rain storms. or'cold weather.
'I claim as my invention:
. In' a device of the class described, a tent readily repaired. The flexible frame 2Q fur- A vnishes a s trongisupport forthe ,netting 2,1
walL'foi-med, of a number of lvertically ar' ranged strips of material connected by seams, a'numher of thev strips being formed withl an opening, a` reinforclng strip surrounding sald open1ng,`fas ten1ng` members .on the mterlor lof isuch reinforcing strip,
screens of flexible material, eachV lprovided with a-flexible reinforcing fra'rne and with v coacting fastening members atits top, sides and bottom, -fo-r :detachably securing the screens to theinher surfaces of the strips of material, whereby theoperator may, byy de- -taching the upper, fastening members, ob-
'tain access to', the outside iap and 'the/fastening'members above the openingen the outside, and whereby the screen, when in position, will s upportj the wallagainst move- 'for mentten'dingto stretch the sides dr-the 'top and bottom of` theopenings apart, `the fas-r ftening members for securingthe flap on the outside in its closed position, being, de-
signed to' reinforce 'and ,support 'the wall against' upward-'and downward stretching.
-Des Moi-nes,.Io wa '-June 21, 1911.
lSAMUEL W. DORSEY.
Vitnesses M. WALLACE,