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A. E. HUBBELL.
' COMBINED BLOTTER HOLDER AND HAND DEST. APPLICATION FILED 00T. 1s. 1913.
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IIIIIII`IIII|I|IIVIIII'IIIIII1|||||III-'IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIiIIIIIIIIII-IIII'IIIIIIIIIIII'AIIIIII'IVIIIIIIIII TTUHNEYS nnirn cierren ALEXANDER EDWIN IIUBBELL, 0F MILFORD, MICHIGAN.
COMBINED BLTTER-IIOLDER AND HAND-REST.
Specification of Letters Patent.
Application filed. October 18, 1913. Serial No. 795,882.
To all whom t may concern Be it known that I, ALEXANDER EDWIN IIUBBnLLa citizen of the United States, and a resident of Milford, in the county of Oakland and State of Michigan, have invented a Combined Blotter-Holder and I-Iand-Itest, of which the following is a specification.
My invention is a hand-rest provided with means for holding an ordinary blotter and particularly adapted for use of bookkeepers but also serviceable for general use of writers.
The invention is embodied in the construction, arrangement, and combination of parts hereinafter described, and illustrated in the accompanying drawing, in which- Figure 1 is a plan or top view of the device. Fig. 2 is a bottom view, including a portion of a blotter or blotting sheet. Figs. 3 and 4 are cross sections on the lines 3-3 and 4-4, respectively, of Fig. 1. Fig. 5 is a cross section on the line 5-5 of Fig. 2.
The numerall indicates the body of the device which is a flat, thin, oblong plate, preferably constructed of Celluloid and having its edge beveled on the upper side.. One of the longer bevels is graduated in inches to adapt measure. The plate 1 is provided on the under side with corner pockets 2 adapted to receive the corners of a blotter or blotting-sheet 3, and in the middle of the length of the plate 1 the latter is provided with ribs 4- extending lengthwise of the plate. The pockets 2v are formed by means of ribs 5 arranged at a right angle-see Fig. 2 and a thin triangular sheet of celluloid or some equivalent material, which is secured to the y'ribs by glue or some other suitable adhesive substance. The sides of the ribs which are adjacent to the longer sides of the plate 1 are in alinement with vthe intermediate or mid-length ribs 4 and the three are located a short distance from the side edges of the plate 1.
The ribs 4 and the pockets 5 serve to support the plate 1 above the surface of a ledger or other book which requires to be ruled, and they also serve as stops which come in contact with the bottom edges of a book when the hand-rest is applied thereto to form an extension of the page or writing surface. In other words, when the device is so applied, its edge overlies the edge of the sheet to be ruled, and the ribs 4 and 5 come in contact with the lower edge of the sheet.
the device to serve as a rule or.k
It will be seen that, in order to apply the blotter or blotting-sheet 3 to the plate 1, as indicated in several ligures, it is bowed lengthwise and its corners then inserted in the pockets 2. rIhe distance between the middle ribs 4 is exactly the sanie as the width of the blotter 3, and, in order to adapt the ribs to engage the side edges of the blotter and thus hold its middle portipn flat on the plate 1, I provide the inner sides of the ribs with longitudinal grooves, as will be understood by reference to Fig. 5. In other words, by the construction specified, the ribs 4 engage with, or bite, the side edges of the blotter, so that it is not liable to bend or bow at the middle of its length. f
It will be further seen that, by the construction and combination of parts described, I produce a device which is partie ularly adapted to serve as a hand-rest for bookkeepers as well as for writers in general and at the same time adapted to serve most efficiently as a holder for a blotter which may be very conveniently used. The device is also adapted to serve as a ruler, by reason of the fact that the parts or devices which hold the blotter in place serve also as means for supporting the plate with its edge above the surface to be ruled and also as means for keeping the plate in due position when it is applied as an extension of a ledger or other book in which writing is to be done.
It will be perceived that by providing the plate l with a series of ribs spaced widely apart longitudinally of the plate, the elasticity of the latter is not impaired, as would be the case to a considerable degree if the ribs were continuous or extended the whole length of the plate.
The ruler possesses the desired flexibility to permit its bending in its use for blotting purposes.
'Ilie availability of the device for advertising purposes also increases its value.y
From the drawing and the foregoing description, it will be noticed that I present a very useful device wherein the elements by their action upon one another perform additional functions and accomplish additional effects.
What I claim is:
1. A. combined hand-rest and blotterholder consisting of a thin elastic plate having its underside provided with corner pockets for receiving a blotter and with Patented oet. 27, i914..
lengthwise ribs arranged intermediately of secured upon said ribs, and a second set of the pockets and adjacent tothe side edges of ribs arranged interinediatelyl of the pockets the plate, the inner sides ofsuch ribs being and adjacent to the side edges of the plate provided With grooves. for engaging the to serveV as side guards for a blotter, as de- 5 edges of a lootte', 2? described. ab scriloed.` v
2. A com ine and-rest and lotteri holder consisting of a. thin elastic plate -ALEXANDER EDWIN HUBBELL having its underside provided with cornerv 'Vl/vitnesses:hv pockets formed of ribs arranged at rightV `JAs. W. CARROLL, 10 angles to each other anda thin cap or sheet v RUTH FRANKLIN.
Copies of this patent may be obtained for Vfive cents, each, by addressing theV Commissi'onerof Patents, Washington, D. C. Y