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Publication numberUS1201903 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateOct 17, 1916
Filing dateMar 10, 1916
Priority dateMar 10, 1916
Publication numberUS 1201903 A, US 1201903A, US-A-1201903, US1201903 A, US1201903A
InventorsWilbert W Wiley
Original AssigneeWilbert W Wiley
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Article of furniture.
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Specification of Letters Patent.

Patented Oct. 17, 1916.

Application filed March 10, 1916. Serial N 0. 83,331. v

To all whom it may concern: Be it known that I, WILBERrW. VVILEY, a citizen of the United States, residing at Elmira, in the county of Chemung and State of New York, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Artlcles of Furn1- ture, of which the following is a specification.

My invention relates to an improved article of furniture, namely a washstand, and the object is to provide a folding, portable washstand, which can be placed in a trunk, if need be, and carried about. And a further object is to provide an ornamental article of furniture, which may not only be used for a washstand, but also as a seat or settee, it being made uniform so that it is an ornamental piece of furniture, not even suggesting from its appearance its primary purpose.

lVith these objects in view, this invention consists in a stationary top having a recess to receive a removable basin, withdepending sides which conceal and house the basin from the sides, a removable cover, hinged legs, and a hinged door or bottom which substantially closes the lower side, and when the legs are folded outward for the support of the article it serves as a means of bracing with a wedging action against them to hold them firmly in place, to give rigidity to the device, and prevent its wabbling or collapsing under ones weight.

It further consists in certain other details of construction, which will be hereinafter more fully described and set forth in the claims.

In the accompanying drawings:-Figure 1 is a top plan View; Fig. 2 is a bottom plan view, Fig. 3 is a side view when folded; Fig. 4 is a vertical longitudinal section; Fig. 5 is a horizontal sectional view looking upward; and Figs. 6 and 7 are sectional details.

A, is the top having a countersunk opening 1 formed therein of a size and shape to receive the removable wash-basin 2, the flange 3 of which rests in the countersink of the opening 1, and recesses 4, 4, are formed preferably at the ends of'the opening 1 to receive the fingers whereby the washbasin is removed.

A removable cover 5 is adapted to fit over the stationary top 1, entirely covering and concealing the basin, it preferably having spring-friction-catches 6 at the edges, or

ends, or both, which enter slots 7 in the stationary top'to hold the removable cover removably in place. I

Depending for several inches from the lower surface of the stationary top is the rectangular frame 8, which forms a housing for the support of the folding legs 9, 9, the hinged door or bottom 10, and the other parts, thereby forming a housing for concealing the basin, anda means of cooperating with the other partsmentioned and to a be mentioned, for not only supporting and concealing but also bracing the folding hinged legs which are nested therein when folded against the lower surface of the sta tionary top, which are supported and braced with thercooperation of the hinged bottom or'door when the legs are projected or folded outwardly for the support of the device.

The legs 9, four in number, are hinged or pivoted at opposite ends, either between the sides of the depending frame and blocks 11, 11, or between blocks 11 and 12 on rods 13, which extend across from side to side of the frame, and through the block and legs, thus having the double function of holding the sides of the frame rigidly together, assisting in holding the blocks in place, and also forming means for hinging the legs in place. The legs are preferably square in cross-section, and of uniform dimensions for a distance substantially corresponding to the width of the frame 8, and thence taper slightly to their extreme ends for several a reasons :first, to give them a better appearance; second, to make them nest together more perfectly when folded; and third. and above all, to facilitate the closing of the hinged bottom or door 10, which in that way is provided more clearance between the legs when closed, and by crowding against the thicker portions of the legs when closed having a wedging and bracing effect, thus forcing them outwardly against the frame A, and holding them against side swing or vibration. A spring-catch 14 holds this hinged door or bottom in position when closed, and when thus closed and the legs are folded, it forms a flat article of furniture, folded in compact space, which may be packed in a trunk or stored elsewhere, on a shelf, or limited space. This hinged door bottom conceals the parts therebeneath, and more particularly the removable basin.

Thus when in use, with the removable cover in place, and the hinged bottom or door closed, the device presents an attractive article of furniture, and may be utilized as a seat, settee, table, flower-stand, or what not.

The device is simple and of few parts, and can be made at a comparatively small initial cost. It is light and attractive in appearance, and can be utilized for various purposes, as has been specified, as well as manyv other purposes/too numerous to mention. r i

I claim: a p

1. A folding portable article of furniture comprising a stationary top having an opening therein, a basin removably secured in the opening, a removable cover, a frame depending from the lower. surface of the top, spaced blocks secured vertically in the frame, rods extending through the blocks and sides of the frame for holding the latter rigidly together, legs pivoted or hinged on tion.

2. The combination with a top, a depending frame secured thereto, and tapering hinged folding legs, of a bottom orrdoor hinged to the frame, and of dimensions to easily swinginto the wider clearance provided at the outer ends of the legs by reason of their taper, and adapted to crowd with a wedging action against the legs as the bottom or door is closed, whereby to form a rigid lateral inside support for the legs.

In testimony whereof I affix my signature.


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U.S. Classification4/638, 108/129, 108/25, 4/631
Cooperative ClassificationE03C1/18