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Publication numberUS1212572 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateJan 16, 1917
Filing dateJun 5, 1914
Priority dateJun 5, 1914
Publication numberUS 1212572 A, US 1212572A, US-A-1212572, US1212572 A, US1212572A
InventorsPhilip H Sheridan
Original AssigneePhilip H Sheridan
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
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Patented Jan. 16, 1917.



Specification of Letters Patent.

Patented J an. 16, 1917.

Application filed June 5, 1914. Serial No. 843,197.

To all whom it may concern:

Be it known that I, PHILIP H. SHERIDAN, a citizen of the United States, residing at Fort Myer, in the county of Alexandria and State of Virginia, have Invented certain new and useful Improvements in Foot-Scrapers; 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.

My invention relates to foot scrapers. Its object is to provide a disappearing foot scraper which shall be simple in construction and certain in operation; and especially adapted for automobiles or other vehicles.

To this end it comprises the combinations of parts recited in the appended claims.

In the drawings :Figure 1 represents a side elevation of the foot scraper ready for use, and applied to the running board of an automobile; Fig. 2 a sectional view, and Fig. 3 a detail sectional view.

In the drawings 1 represents the bottom of a running board of an automobile, 2 represents a hinged strap, and 3 is a knuckle or shouldered hinge.

4 is a foot scraper, here shown as preferabl in the form of a skeleton D-frame with a s arpened bottom scraper iece, as shown at 5. The foot scraper has ormed integral with it or secured to it on the center top bar a projecting part 6, and a catch-piece 7.

8 represents a flat spring secured to the bottom of the running board and notched at the outer end, as indicated at 9.

It will be observed that the scra er lies horizontally but does not touch t e running board. It is, therefore, ready for instant use but in any event does not rattle because of the tension of the spring and its position.

Ordinarily the foot scraper will lie as shown in dotted lines in Fig. 2 with the projection 6 lying in the notch of the spring 8, so that the scraper is thus held up close to the bottom of the running board and out of the way. When it is desired to use the scraper the end of the spring 8 is pressed down by the foot, whereupon the scraper drops into position, as shown in Figs. 1 and 2, the head of the scraper being held in a right-angle relation by the shoulder on the hinge, as best illustrated in Fig. 3. The spring 8 catches on the catch-piece 7 on the upper bar of the frame, holding the scraper in place for use.

I claim,

1. Ina foot scraper, the combination of a spring secured to the bottom of a support and having a latch formation at the free end, a scraper frame hinged to the support and having a catch piece to engage the spring in one position anda pro'ection to engage it in a position at rig t angles thereto.

2. In a foot scraper, the combination of a scraper-piece with arms at each side joined by a bar hinged to a support, a projection on the bar, a flat spring whose free end is engaged by the bar or by the projection, depending upon the position of the scraper.

3. In a foot scraper, the combination of a substantially D-shaped frame hinged to a substantially horizontal support by its straight top part, an outwardly projecting part at the top of the D-frame, a catch piece also secured to the to of the D-frame, a flat spring having a note at the outer end and working in conjunction with the D-frame, so that when the frame is released and dropped the catch piece will engage the notch in the spring, and when the D-frame is turned up out of the way the projection will engage the notch in the flat spring so as to lock out of position the scraper until released for operation.

In testimony whereof I have hereunto signed my name inthe presence of two subscribing witnesses.




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U.S. Classification15/237, 280/164.2
Cooperative ClassificationA47L23/22