US 1159507 A
Description (OCR text may contain errors)
A. E. LANG.
SHOWER BATH CURTAIN.
APPLICATION FILED IuIIE 10. I9I5.
Patented Nov. 9, 1915.
ANTHONY EDWARD LANG, OF BUFFALO, NEW YORK.
Application led June 10, 1915.
To all 'whom it may concern.'
Be it known that I, ANTHONY E. LANG, a citizen of the United States, and resident of Buffalo, county of Erie, State of New York, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Shower- Bath Curtains; and I do hereby declare the following to be a full, clear, and exact description of the invention, such as will enable others skilled in the art to which it appertains to make and use the same. e
The invention relates to curtain attachments for bath tubs and the like, and has for its object to provide a simple, cheap and efficient device of the character described, adapted to be supported on the rim of a bath tub or Vother receptacle capable of use in connection with a shower, needle, spray, or other similar character of bathing apparatus, said curtain serving to prevent the water being splashed or diverted outside of the confines of the tub. To this end, the invention comprises a series of upright standards, provided with means for slidably supporting the same on the rim of the tub or other receptacle, said means preferably taking the form of spring clips which hold the standards in upright position, and a curtain provided with means, preferably in the form of exterior pockets, in which the standards engage to suspend the curtain about the tub,
so that its lower edge lies within the walls of the tub, the standards and the curtain adapted to be disposed in circumferential relation about the tub, when in use, and to be slid along the edge of the tub and assembled along the rear wall or other out of the way portion of the tub when not in use.
The invention is illustrated in the accompanying drawings, in which,
Figure 1 is a perspective view of a bath tub having the curtain applied thereto in position for use, a section of the curtain being broken away to show certain interior arrangements. Fig. 2 is a vertical transverse section through the tub and curtain.
Referring to the drawings, 1 indicates a bath tub of standard type, which is provided with the usual rim about its upper edge. Slidably supported on the rim of the tub is a series of vertical standards 2, each of which is preferably formed of a metal strip or rod extending for a considerable height above the rim and also for a relatively short distance below the rim and provided at its lower end with a bend or fold parallel with Specification of Letters Patent.
Patented N ov. 9, 1915. serial No. 33,285.
the body portion and terminating in a spring clip 3, which hugs the rim of the tub and rests against the outside wall of the tub. The spring clip 3 associated with the lower end of the body portion of the standard 2, therefore, serves to hold the standard in vertical position on the tub rim and admits of the several staves being slidably adjusted about the rim in spaced relation, or to be moved along said rim to some desired location where the standards will be collected and retained without interfering with the normal use of the tub. Removably supported by the standards 2 1s a curtain 4, which is adapted to be extended about the rim of the tub, in the manner illustrated in Fig. l, with its lower edge lying within and against the inner walls of the tub so as to prevent any water splashing from the tub or from the space defined by the curtain and the tub. A convenient means for supporting the curtain on the standards 2 comprises pockets 5, formed by stitching strips of fabric on the exterior of the curtain, each of said pockets 5 having a length substantially equal to the portion of the standard 2 which projects above the tub rim. The curtain is formed of a length of fabric having a substantial hem at its top edgev and the pockets formed as described at intervals about its exterior surface, one vertical edge of the curtain having a pocket formed therein and the other vertical edge having a pocket formed a short distance to one side of the edge to permit the vertical edges of the curtain to overlap, when the curtain is drawn around the tub, as shown in Fig. l. The overlapping edges may be secured temporarily together by any appropriate means sothat the opening between said edges is effectively closed when the curtain is in use. In order to adapt the curtain for use with a tub" having accessories attached thereto, such as a seat for the bather, and a soap or sponge receptacle, the.. lower edges of the curtain are slitted vertically to form iiaps 7 which overlie the adjacent portions of the seat and the receptacle, as illustrated in Fig.
,1, which nevertheless effectively prevent any water splashing outside of the apparatus.
It will be apparent that the apparatus as described may be used with an overhead shower or spray, or with a spray device connected with the usual water supply faucet by means of a flexible pipe, held by the bather, or by any of the ordinary types of spray bath devices. When the curtain is toA be used by a bather, it is drawn out about the rim of the tub, by sliding the standards 2 and the springclips thereoil about the rim, until the vertical edges of the curtain approach each other.` rIhe bather then enters the tub and draws the said vertical edges into overlapping relation shown in Fig. l and secures the overlapping edges together by a pin or other fastener, and the device is then in proper relation to permit the bather to employ any of the well known types of spraying devices, Without danger of the water either from the spraying device or from the tub splashing on the walls or floor of the apartment. When the bather desires to leave the tub, the overlapping vertical edges of the curtain are disconnected and separated and the curtain may be left in its extended relation to dry. In order to permit the tub to be used for an ordinary bath, not involving the use of the spray and to dispose the curtain so that it will not interere with the bather, the supporting standards and the curtain may be moved along the rim of the tub until the device is disposed in closely compacted relation at the rear side of the tub or at one end thereof. The sliding movement of the curtain and its supporting standards, and the closing of the vertical edges or iaps of the curtain may be readily effected by means of straps or the like 8, which are attached to each of the vertical edges and permit the parts to be drawn along the supporting tub rim in either direction, as will be apparent.
It will be noted that the curtain is loosely supported on the standards by the pockets 5 into which the standards it, so that the curtain may be readily removed for washing or repair, by merely lifting the same oft of the standards, and likewise the curtain may be as readily reapplied to the tub by engaging the pockets successively with the corresponding standards. Obviously, the curtain may be made of any desired height and of any appropriate material. rIhe standards also will be made of suitable material, capable of being formed with the rim-engaging clips and will have a vertical height "suiiicient to accommodate the predetermined 2. A device of the character described,
comprising a series of upright standards having spring clips adaptedy to-engage the rim of the tub, and a curtain provided withV pockets to receive the standards and sup-V port the curtain so that its lower edge lies within the walls oi. the tub.
3. A device of the character described,V comprising a series of separateA upright standards, each provided at its lower end with means clamping it in sliding relation to the-rim of the tub, and a curtain provided with means engaging said separate standards to suspend the curtain in either eX- tended or collapsible relation within the walls of the tub. i Y. A
4. A device of the character described, comprising la series Vof upright standards having spring clips adapted to engage the rim of the tub, and a curtain provided with exterior pockets to receive the standards and support the curtain so that its lower edge lies within the walls of the tub.
5. A device of the character described, comprising a series of upright standards having spring clips adapted to engage the rim of the tub, and a curtain providedl with means engaging said standards to suspend the curtain so that its lower edgelies within the walls of the tub, said curtainV having s in cisions normal to its edge to provide openings and aps adjacent to accessories on the tub walls. Y Y
, In testimony whereof I afx my signature.
ANTHONY EDWARD LANG.
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