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Publication numberUS1289123 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateDec 31, 1918
Filing dateJul 12, 1918
Priority dateJul 12, 1918
Publication numberUS 1289123 A, US 1289123A, US-A-1289123, US1289123 A, US1289123A
InventorsJohn Decowski
Original AssigneeJohn Decowski
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Life-saving device.
US 1289123 A
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1 ,289, 1 23, Patented Dec: 31,1918.

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Specification of Letters Patent.

Patented Dec. 31, 1918.

Application filed July 12, 1918. Serial No. 244,578.

To all whom it may concern:

Be it known that 1, JOHN DnoowsK'I, a subject of the Emperor of Austria, residing at McKees Rocks, in the county of Allegheny and State of Pennsylvania, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Life-Saving Devices, of which the following is a specification.

The primary object of the invention is the provision of a life saver that is easy and inexpensive to manufacture and adapted for ready attachment upon a person for maintaining the person in a floating position for readily swimming through the water.

A further object of the invention is to provide life-preserving floats connected to the body for readily changing their position when desired and adapted for moving rearwardly of the body when in the water, leaving the arms unobstructed by the device for service in swimming.

Nith these general objects in view, the invention consists of the novel combination and arrangement of parts hereinafter described and illustrated in the accompanying drawing in which like reference characters designate corresponding parts throughout the several views.

in the drawing,

Figure 1 is a perspective view of the device attached in its operated position to a person partially illustrated by dotted lines;

Fig. 2 is a top plan view of the device de tached and illustrating by' dotted lines the normal position of the floats when in use;

Fig. 3 is a sectional view through one of the attaching rings; and

Fig. i is an elevational view thereof.

Referring more in detail to the drawing. my invention consists of two rings 10 through which the arms 11 of a person such as 12 are adapted to be positioned for mounting the device upon the body while a strap 13 connects the inner lower sides of the ring 10 together and is adapted to be secured encircling the body beneath the arms with a securing buckle 14 of the strap positioned upon the chest of the wearer.

Suitable rods 15 are swiveled to the bottoms of the rings 10 by means of rivets 16 while a spherical hollow float 17 preferably Copies of this patent may be obtained for formed of rubber is attached to the free end of each of the rods 15. An inflating valve 18 is provided for each float 17 and when the floats are properly inflated and the device is secured to the body 12, as illustrated in Fig. 1 of the drawing, the rods 15 are swung rearwardly positioning the floats 17 rearwardly of the body substantially over the shoulder-blades of the wearer when positioned for swimming through the water.

The device is simple in construction and is readily attached to the body and when worn by a person, the device will prevent the person from drowning in whatever position the rods 15 may be located while the said rods and floats 17 are readily pushed rearwardly so as to permit the person to swim forwardly in the usual manner when desired. WVhen the person is floating upon the back, the float 17 may be swung forwardly of the body for floating upon the water substantially. above the chest of the wearer, while it will be obvious that the float 17 may be positioned laterally of the body with the rods 15 outstretched for maintaining the person upright and at which times the hands 19 of the person may rest upon the float 17.

What I claim as new is 1. A device of the class described comprising a pair of arm rings, a securing strap connecting said ring a pair of rigid rods, each having one end journaled to the bottom of one of said rings for forward and rearward swinging movement, and floats attached to the outer free ends of said rods.

2. In combination with an attaching strap adapted to encircle a human body beneath the arms thereof, oppositely positioned arm rings attached to said strap adapted for the reception of the arms of the wearer therethrough, a pair of rigid rods, each having one end swiveled to the bottom of one of said rings for forward and rearward swinging movement, and inflatable floats upon the outer free ends of said rods adapted for floating upon the water in adjusted positions adjacent the body of the wearer.

In testimony whereof I aflix my signature.


five cents each. by addressing the Commissioner of Patents,

Washington, D. 0.

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U.S. Classification441/106
Cooperative ClassificationB63C9/115