US 1563236 A
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Nov. 24, 1925. 1,563,236
L. F SMITH PORTABLE TOILET saw Filed Feb. 19, 1925 Patented Nov, E i, i250 rape r i a i al i. it.
LAYTON IE. SMITH, F PHILADELIFHIA, PENNSYLVANIA.
EORTABLE TOILET SEAT.
Application filed February 19, 1925.
if a novel construction of seat and support whereby the same may readily be set up or collapsed, and. which, when collapsed, may he packed in a small space and readily carried from place to place, for example by the tourist or camper.
The invention is illustrated in the accompanying drawing, wherein,
1 shows the cor l to device in the collapsed or folded cond ..on and placed in a receptacle in which it is carried,-a portion of the receptacle being broken away to show the device therein. I
Fig. 2 illustrates the device in side elevation set up and in readiness for use.
Fig. 3 shows an inverted or bottom View of the seat with, the legs at one side thereof spread and held in the spread condition.
Fig. 4 illustrates a similar inverted view of the device, and Fig. shows an enlarged vertical sectional detail through a portion of the seat taken on a vertical line between two of its supports with the latter locked in the un folded or upright position.
iteterring to the drawing the numeral 7 designates the toilet seat, which may be of any 01 the well-known constructions, and to which I an l my novel construction of support.
To the under surface of the seat, I attach my improved supporting means which lat ter are formed of two rods or bars 8 and 9, each having a construction like the other so that a description of one will apply with equal force to the other. I
Each support is formed from a single metal rod or bar and comprises an intermediate portion, which I term a stop and brace port-ion, 10, and diverging legs 11 and 12 respectively which legs diverge and spread outwardly as they extend from the opposite ends of the said intermediate portion.
Each diverging leg, in this instance has its extreme end bent into the term of a coil U ground as will presently more ttully appear. Between each end of the intermediate portion 10, and the diverging 11 or 12, each support has an oii'set bearing portion 1 l-l5 which oiliset portions extend through and are engaged by spaced-apart bearingbracketsib that are secured against the bottom suri'ace and on opposite sides of the seat adjacent to the opening therein which bearings provide pivots for the barsupports.
The entire supporting structure therefore is pivoted intermediate its ends to the under surface of the seat by means oi? the two spaced bearing irackets' 16.
It is to be particularly noted that the intermediate portions 10 of: each support are bent at an acute angle with respect to the diverging legs 1i--12 so that when said legs are swung downwardly below and away from the seat, to the inclined position shown in Figs. 2, gando of the drawing, the said in termediate portion 10, between the bearing brackets, will extend horizontally beneath the seat and term a crosswise bottom brace at the under side of said seat which brace crosses a line extending centrally in a di rection fore and ai't with respect to the seat and its opening.
When these supports 8 or 9 are swung down until the intermediate or brace portion strikes the under side of the seat, said brace or intermediate portion willprevent a further fore and aftspreading movement of said legs and at this time the legs will have a downwardly and outwardly inclined position beneath the seat, as clearly shown in Fig. 2.
By again referring to FigsQ and 3 of the drawing. it will beseen that the support 9 at the rear oi the seat will have its legs 1112 inclining downwardly and rearwardly from the seat as well as diverging as they extend down, while the support 8 at the front of theseat will have its legs 11-12 inclining downwardly and forwardly from the front of the seat as well as diverging in an outwardly direction. V i
It is well-known to observers that the" weakest point in regulation toilet seats is on a fore and aft center line through the tion 10, the greater the weight placed upon the seat the ifrenter will he the bracing-force ot the stopport on it) bet-arise any ti:i..lciicy of the legs to spread tore and ait wiil cause the stop-portion to press upwardly under the seat with greater force.
Between the two hearing-brackets 1e, 1 secure pivoted locking-catches i? to the under side of the seat :2 both the hunt and rear. These catches are PlV-Otttl at 18 and have an arm 19, that may he swung; under the stop-portions the latter up .0, to press against the under side of the seat so that. the entire seat and its spread supports may he bodily liited Wi'tlimit the legs swinging}; during such lifting operation.
The arms 19 of the lockin witches may have their npper contact i'ac hereled as at 20 in l? 4:. whereby to term a cam-like face which will more firmly engage the :'-:top portions 10. i
It isalso to he noted by reference to Fig. 2, that the legs 11 and 12 of the rear frame 5) are shorter than those of the front frame 8. whereby to sustain the seat 7 in a slightly inclined position with the rear end oi the seat somewhat lower than the front end thereot'. T his is done for comfort.
The structure is such that the two supporting frames 8 and 9 may readily be folded under the seat. and the entire device may then be placed in a telescoping receptacle 21 in which it may readily be stored or carried.
In case it is desired to sustain a receptacle beneath the seat 7. I provide the latter with means by which a receptacle may be engaged. In this instance simple hooks 22 are shown for this purpose.
In many instances a camper will merely dig a hole in the ground nnd place the scat over that hole in which case a. receptacle such as 21 will be unnecessary, and by reason oi. the forwardl; and IQll'XYidYllY-lflclined legs, ample space will be provided hetween the lower ends of the legs For a hole in the ground of sutlicicnt size.
Having described in) invention I claim,
A portable toilet seat having an opening therein and provided with SpfiCQ-C hearings on the under surface and at opposite sides of the seat adjacent to said opening, in cornliination with supportstor the opposite ends oi said seat each comprising a bar having" an intermediate portion which extends cross *ise beneath and in close proximity to the under side oi the sent between certain of said bearings, said bar at the opposite ends of l intermediate portion having oli-s l intern'iediate portion which arc eli ited by two oi said spaced bezu- Enos. and extend thcrethrougli to provide pivots for the bar; the free ends of said ott- C diverging; and. spread apart to form which extend awry from the said hearings, said legs being bent at an angle with respect to the portion that lies between 5: 'd hearings. so that when said free ends or the bar are sowing outwardly away from the under side of the seat to operative position below the seat. when forming a support for the latter, the position of the interi'nediate portion of the bar between the spaced hearings wi ll form a crosswise botton'i brace against the under side oithe seat between said hearings, where/h to brace the seat at its under side adjacent said opening.
In testimony whereof he atiixes his signature.
LAYTON F. SMITH.