US 1304753 A
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L. E. DWYER.
APPLICATION FILED APR-1l 191R.
Patented May 27, 1919.
LEO E. DWYER, OF COLUMBUS, OHIO.
Application filed April 1, 1918. Serial No. 225,853.
To all whom it may concern:
Be it known that I, Lno E. DWYER, a citizen of the United States, residing at Columbus, inthe county of Franklin and State of Ohio, have invented certain new, and useful Improvements in Chair-Covers, of whlch the following is a specification.
This invention relates to chair covers, and has particular reference to an improved cover for use in protecting auditorium chairs from the effects of general wear, and to improve and enhance the general condition of such chairs so that the latter will present an attractive and inviting appearance.
Certain of the main objects of the invention are to produce an improved chair cover possessing features of design for construction which will permit the same to be readily and conveniently attached to a chair structure, to be securely fastened in an applied position, and to be capable'of being manufactured at a moderate cost.
\Vith these and other objects in view" as.
will appear as the description proceeds, the invention accordingly consists in the novel features of construction, combination of elements and arrangement of parts hereinafter fully described and set forth with particularity in the appended claims.
In the drawing:
Figure 1 isa rear elevation of the, chair cover comprising the, present invention, and illustrating its application to an auditorium chair.
Fig. 2 is a vertical sectional view, taken through the cover.
Fig. 3 is a horizontal sectional view-taken along the line 3.3 of Fig. 1.
Fig. 4 is a detailsectional viewv of the manner of reinforcing. the seams of the cover, v Fig. 5 is-a front elevation of a slightly modified form of cover, showing the same in an applied position, and
Fig. 6 is a plan view of the modified form of cover.
Similar characters of reference denote corresponding parts throughout the several views of the drawing,
Referring more particularly to the drawing, the numeral 1 represents a conventional form' of theater or auditorium chair, in which is-provided a supporting frame 2 and a back 3, the latter being either upholstered or plain as conditions may require. In order Specification of Letters Patent.
Patented May 2'7, 1919.
to cover said chair back, so as to improve the appearance thereof and also its sanitary condition, the present invention contemplates the provision of a fabric chair cover 4, which is designed to embrace the back 3.
(and with slight modifications, the seat of' the chair) whereby a cool, sanitary and pleasing appearance will be imparted to the chair, so that the theater furniture will be preventedfrom being marred or scratched by being directly subjected to the effects of general wear.
To accomplish these ends, and others, in a simple, economical and practicable manner, the cover 4 is so constructed as to present back and front fabric sections 5 and 6 respectively, which in this instance are cut from similar patterns and closely follow the general lines or contour of the back 3. The upper meeting edges of the sections 5 and 6 are sewed together, as indicated at 7, and
also the upper half of the side edges are similarly joined, as indicated at 8; this construction results in providing an envelop simulating structure wherein the lower half thereof is substantially open, so that the cover as a whole may be readily slipped over .the back of the chair by drawing the same downwardly uponsaid back, as will be clearly understood. The lower ends of the sections may be equipped with strings 9, or other equivalent fastening means, which are adapted to be secured to the frame 2 of the chair so as to retain the cover in a closely drawn or taut position upon said back.
Thus it will be manifest that there is provided an improved cover which may be conveniently and securely associated with the chair back to improve the esthetic appearance of a theater and, also, the sanitary condition of the chairs will be correspondingly improved. It is manifest that the covers may be laundried from time to time and thus maintained in a cleanly and presentable condition. 7
It is not essential to the invention that the back section 6 thereof should extend the full length or match exactly the front section 5, as under certain circumstances, the
rear section may simply partially overlap the upper edge and sides of the chair back so as to form a substantially shallow back receiving pocket, this latter cover being simply designed to protect the front side only of the chair back, and owing, to the relaouter pockets.
tended to provide tying extremities.
tively small amount of material employed, the cost of producing this latter cover will be substantially less than the preferred form of the invention.
The back section 5 is provided with a plurality of outer and inner strips 10 and 11 respectively, which in conjunction with the back section, define a plurality of inner and The strip 10 is sewed to the back 5 along its lower and vertical side edges, so that the inner pocket will be accessible from the top only. This inner pocket is to receive printed matter, such as programs or other literature which is adapted to be distributed to the theater patrons, and owing to the location of said pocket, the programs may be conveniently obtained. The outer strip is sewed along its upper, lower and one of its side edges to the inner strip 10 or the back 5 so as to render the pocket accessible from the side, and this. latter pocket is employed to receive advertising cards 12, such as may indicate coming or current attractions or other advertising indicia. An opening 13 is formed on the outer strip so that the card 12 therein may be readily viewed from an opposite seat. It will be appreciated that the outer pocket is left open at its side so that the insertion or removal of "the cards relative thereto will be facilitated.
From. the foregoing, it will be manifest that there is provided a seat cover possessing features of construction which permit the same to be readily and securely associated with the theater chair and whereby through its application, the chair has imparted thereto a cool, sanitary and attractive appearance, and inaddition serves'to amply protect a chair from the effects of constant service. The cover further embodies means for receiving programs and advertising literature, and Which is so situated and constructed as to provide an effective and efiicient method of acquainting the theater patrons with information concerning playing and following attractions.
It will be noted upon reference to the drawing that the strings or fastening elements 9 are sewed or otherwise secured to the inner faces of the cover 4 and are arranged in parallel relationextending from the tops of said covers, down through the length of the latter, and have their lower edges ex- Thus when the tying cords are secured about the lower edge of the back 3, the cover is drawn taut from all pointsthroughout its length and thus maintained in a smooth and unaeoavoa vided with inwardly extending portion-s which are again united along the line 14, the space between the stitches 7 and 14 serving to receive a reinforcing cord 1%, which when the cover is drawn into firm engagement with the back 3, will receive the full strain imparted to the meeting edges of said cover, and will prevent the stitches of the latter from separating or parting.
In Figs. 5 and 6 of the drawings there has been illustrated a slightly modified form of chair cover 15 which is adapted to be associated with theater or auditorium chairs 16, which have the backs thereof adjoined in such way that it would be impossible to slip the envelop cover, such as is shown in the preferred form thereon. This -co"er 15 is formed from a flat section of fabric material and does not have the edges thereof sewed and connected together. This is done in order that the cover 15 may be readily passed over the backs of the chairs 16, so that the medial portions of said cover 15 will extend adjacent to the top edges of the chair backs. The cover 15 is prevented from slipping upon the chair backs by providing the longitudinal edges thereof with a plurality of securing cords 17, which cords extend through overlapped edges 18 formed upon the longitudinal sides of the cover 15, and the lower extremities of said cords are extended in order to permit the cords to be tied about the lower extremities of the chair backs, substantially in the manner shown. The medial portions of these securing cords are formed to extend exteriorly of the overlapped edges of said covers in order that these medial portions may set within recesses 18 formed in the chair backs, this permits the cords to be securely settled within said recesses so that when they are drawn taut the slipping of said covers upon said chair backs will be effectively prevented. This form of cover is inexpensive to manufacture and is particularly adapted for the form of auditorium chair disclosed.
What is claimed as patentable is:
1. A chair cover comprising a body of double thickness to form front and back sections connected at their tops but separated at their bottoms to permit the cover to be slipped over and be positioned uponsaid tapes being situated, when tied, to, en-
gage the lower edge of the chair back whereby the cover will be drawn tightly down upon the chair back and maintained in such position. 7
2. A chair cover comprising a body of double thickness to form front and back sections connected at their tops but separated at their bottoms to permit the cover to be slipped over and be positioned upon the back of a chair, said sections being of a size to terminate slightly above the lower edge of a chair back, and parallel rows of securing tapes stretched in connection with said front and back sections respectively, the lower free ends of said tapes being situated, when tied, to engage the lower edge of the chair back whereby the cover will be drawn tightly down upon the chair back and maintained in such condition.
3. A chair cover comprising a body of double thickness to form front and back sec-- tions connected at their tops but separated at their bottoms to permit the cover to he slipped over and be positioned upon the back of a chair, and tapes secured in connection with the Vertical edges of said secs tions, the lower free ends of said tapes being situated, when tied, to engage the lower edge of the chair back whereby the cover will be drawn tightly down upon the chair back and maintained in such condition.
4. A chair cover comprising a. body of double thickness to form front and back sections connected at their tops but separated at their bottoms to permit the cover to be slipped over and positionedupon the back of a chair, and tapes secured in connection with the vertical edges of said sections, the middle portions of said tapes adapted to be located at the top edge of the chair back being located exteriorly of the cover to engage the chair back corners, the lower free ends of said tapes being situated, when tied, to engage the lower edge of the chair back whereby the cover will be drawntightly down uponthe chair back and maintained in such condition.
In testimony whereof I aflix my signature.
.' LEO E. DVVYER.