US 1470432 A
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Oct. 9 1923.
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Pat'ented Oct. 9, 1923.
UNITED STATES-PATENT orrl WILLIAM T. EVANS, OF MITCHELL, NEBRASKA.
Application filed May 15, 1922. Serial No. 581,000.
To all whom it may concern:
Be it known that I, WILLIAM T. EVANS, a citizen of the United States, residing at State of Nebraska, have invented new and useful Improvements in. Lanterns, of which the following is a specification.
This invention relates toa lantern, the principal object of the invention being to provide means for supporting an electric lamp and a battery for supplying current to the samev and providing the supporting means with straps so. that the device can be attached to the person. thus leaving both hands free and to provide the device with legs so that it can be placed in upright position, the same as an ordinary lantern.
Another object of the invention is to provide means for adjusting the lamp in the support so that the rays can be cast in different directions and to provide an easily operable switch, for controlling the flow of current to the lamp. 3
. -This invention also consists in certain other features of construction and in the combination and arrangement of the several parts, to be hereinafter fully described,
illustrated in the accompanying drawings and specifically pointed claims.
In describing my invention in detail, reference will be had to the accompanying drawings wherein like characters denote like or corresponding parts throughout the several'views, and in which Figure 1 is aview showing the invention strapped to a person. 1
out in the appended itself;
Figure 3 is a rear view. Figure 4 is a section on line 4-4 of Figure 3. r
Figures 5, 6, 7,8,9 and 10 are detail views.
In, these views 1 indicates a casing'which has its front sloping upwardly and outwardly, as shown at 2, to a point adjacent the top where the front slopes inwardly to the top, as shown at 3. An opening4 is made 1n the center of the front, the walls of which being-pressed inwardly to form an annular depression 5 around the'opening.
One end of the casing is provided with a hinged door 6 and with a slide 7 the slide controlling communication to the bottom part of the casing while the door controls Figure 2 is a side viewof the device communication to the top of the casing.
Supports 8 are arranged in the casing, the
said supports being arranged to receive a battery 9 which is located in the upper part of the (-asing'and is adapted to be inserted through the door; Spring means 10 are arranged to hold the battery firmly in posi- 1 tion and thus prevent rattling-of the parts. A lamp llis arranged in the, opening 4, said lamp includinga body 12 which has a flaring portion to engage the depression 5 and the front of which is closed by a lens 13 The rear part of the lamp carries ablock 14, theinner face of which is provided with a socket 15 to receive an ordinary electric bulb 16', the contacts 17 for the bulb passing through the block, the projectingends being suitably formed to receive the ends of the conductors 18. These conductors are connected with the battery and with a switch 19. The bod of the lamp is covered with suitable flexi le material 20, portions of which engage the depressed walls' around the opening and thus make a noiseless connection between the lamp and said walls. The block 14 carries the spring clamp 21 slot 24. is-
handle in the slot the switch will be operated to open or close the circuit from the lamp to the battery. The conductors are made long enough so that the lamp can be removed from the casing. by pulling the clamp from the cranked rod. This will permit a new bulb to be inserted or inspection of the lamp. Vertically extending projections 26 are secured to the back of the casing at the sidesthereof and a cross bar'is secured to the back with its ends projecting from the sides of the casing. Buttons 28 are carried by these projecting ends for receiving the eyes formed in straps 29 which are adapted to be passed around the body of a person, as shown in Figure 1, to secure the device on the persons chest, Legs -30 are placed on the top of the casing so that the casing can be reversed with the legs engaging a surface to holdthe device in upright position. The projections 26 act to space the device from the person and thus reduce movement of the same due to the movement of the body. The peculiar'formation of the front of the casing will prevent the light from entering, the eyes of the user and thus blinding him.
From theabove it will be seen that when the device is strapped to the body of a person the eyes will be shaded from the lighil and the current to the lamp can be easily turned on or off by the switch at the front of the casing. The rays of light can be directed downwardly or upwardly as well as horizontally by means of the cranked rod and the lamp can be removed from the easing when desired. The switch parts can be inspected through the opening closed by the slide and the battery can be inserted and removed through the opening closed by the door.
A handle 31 is placed on the top of the casing, the handle engaging its supporting brackets so that it will be held in any position by friction. I may also place a receiver 32 in the device for holding an extra supply of lamp bulbs.
It i thought from the foregoing description that the advantages and novel features of my invention will be readily apparent.
I desire it to be'understood that I may make changesin the construction and in the combination and arrangement of the several parts, provided that such changes fall within the scope of the appended claims.
What I claim is 1. A device of the class described compris ing a casing having an'opening in its front face, a lam body located in said opening, a cranked rod passing through the casing and having a handle on its projecting end, a
spring clamp on the lamp body engaging the crank of said rod so that the lamp body can be tilted in the opening, a battery in the casing, a circuit from the battery to the 'lamp, a switch in the circuit, the switch hancan be tilted in the opening, a battery in the casing, av circuit from the battery to the lamp, a switch in the circuit, the switch handle projecting from the front of the casing, doors for permitting access to the casing and a harness for connecting the device to the body of the person. I
3. A device of the class described comprising a casing, having an upwardly and outwardly sloping front, said front having an o enin therein a lam bod located in the P s a l 3 opening, means manually operated for tilting the body in the opening, a battery in the casing, a clrcui-t connecting the same with the lamp and switch means for controlling the circuit.
, In testimony whereof I afiix my signature.
\VILLIAM T. EVANS.-