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.1. PASSIS Nov. l1, 1930.
CHAIR Filed Feb. 27, 1929 2 Sheets-Sheet l d), jj@
Nov. "11, 1930. J. PAssls 1,780,938
CHAIR Filed Feb. 2v, 1929 2 sheets-sheet 2 Patented Nov. 11, 1930 UNITED 4STA*FEIS JOSEPH PAssIs, oF cmcaeo, ILLINOIS Y l f 1,780,938l I -I CHAIR i Appncatidn med February 27,1929. serial No. 342,974.
The main object of this invention is to proy, vide an arm chair. of the character described,4
which will bey of the usual construction but will have associated. therewith a plurality of compartments, which are normally held in closed position, but which may be readily and easily moved to open position by the pressing of a button, or the like. l y
Another object of this invention is to provide an arm chair ofthe character described, which will be of the usual construction but will have associated therewith, at one side.
thereof, a normally concealed mirror, or the like, which may be moved to operttive position by the pressing of a button, or the like, provided adjacent to said mirror.
A further object of this invention is to provide an arm chair of the character described,
having the rear corner posts thereof hollow and in which are `positioned illuminatingV means normally concealed from view, butv which may be moved to exposed position when the chair is occupied, but will be again moved to concealed position upon the chair becoming unoccupied.
A still further object of this invention is to provide an arm chair of the character described having a foot-stool' operatively asso- 40 ciated therewith, which may be moved to a plurality of positions relative to the said chair. f Y A still further object of this invention is to provide an improved arm chair of the character described which will be neat in appearance, compact, durable, economical in manufacture, andhighly efficient in carrying out the purposes for which it is designed.
With the foregoing and other objects in 5*? view, which will appear as the description proceeds, the invention consists in certain novel andimproved features' of construction, arrangements, and combination of parts, hereinafter more fully described, illustrated in theaccompanying drawings, and particularly pointed out in the appended claims, it being understood thatvarious changes in the form, and minor details of the structure, may be made without departing yfrom the spirit or sacrificingv any of the advantages of the invention.
Stated generally, the invention comprises f anarm chair of customary design, having a4 frame structure, including a base, aside rest, a back portion, and sidev arms, all of which may be suitably connected together in the usual and well known manner. There is provided at the lower forward portion of the chair a foot-stool of usual construction, saidA foot-stool beingpivoted at the sides thereof to the forwardends of horizontally disposed rods, which rods are"V adapted for telescoping movement within a pair of hollow tubes dis'- posed within the body of the chair. The foot-stoolis thus adapted to be pushed backwardly up against the front edge of the chair when in an inoperative position, and maybe pulled out to its operative position when it is desired to'use the same..
The forward sides of said chair are provided with a plurality of compartments which are normally held in closed or inoperative position, but which may be moved to` open position by pressing a button, or the like, provided in the front part of the chair. Said compartments are adapted for holding cigarettes, ash-trays, or the like, aswell as toilet articles, such as powder,rouge, powderpuffs, etc.v On one side of the chairvis provided another compartment which maybe opened from the side thereof, said compartment being normally closed, but may bem moved to open position by the pressing of a button provided adjacent the topthereof.l In the opposite side of the said chair is provided a suitable space for receiving, in concealed position, a mirror, or the like, said mirror being `adapted to be moved into exposed posi- Y tion above the arm of the chairI upon the 10U actuation of la'releasing means lmounted ad# j acentthereto. 4
The rear corner posts of the chair are hollow, and'adaptedY to receive therein for slid-l ing movement vertically' disposed tubular members, through which is adapted to extend suitable electricity conducting-A wires, which lead to suitable Vsockets provided at 'the tops l of saidtubes,fwhi`ch sockets are adapted for receiving suitable electric light bulbsyth'e lowermost'p'ortion ofv saidtubes are p ivotally l secured to one end of a roclrer'arm which is y 'W'iththe springspositioned in theseat yof the theV rocker arm will be actuated to raise' the rear portion thereof, carrying with it the chair. Upon pressure being "applied v,to the seat, that is,4 upon the chair being occupied,
tubular members and bulbs,-whereby thev said bulbs will be movedv to exposed position, at
. normally closed by a member, having a hingedV y"reiiector which is adapted to be moved'upf l Wardlyto a substantially vertical positionbfy;
theftop of the cornerv posts of said chair.v
The upper portions Vof said corner posts are thejengagement thereof by the-light bulbs. -Amember 'is also providedat one side ofthe chair,`which"may be actuated to prevent the operation of the rocker arm-upon pressure being applied to the seat of the chair. For the purpose of' facilitating an yunderstanding of my invention, Ihave illustrated inthe accompanyingdrawings,` a perfectedV embodiment thereof, from an inspection of which, when considered in connection with thek following description, my invention, its `mode of construction, assembly, operation,
and many of its advantages should be readily understood and appreciated.
LReferring to the drawings', in which lsimi- Ylar charactersof reference areemployed tol indicate` corresponding or similar parts throughout the several figures in the drawingsi-v AFigure 1 is a view in perspectiveof an'arm Ychair embodying the invention;
' Figure 2 ista cross sectional view of the saine; and
Figure' is a fragmentary view-of av detail" of construction.
Referringto the drawings more specificalfV Said foot-stool is providedat the sides there# ly,'the reference character 10, designates an arinfchair ofcustomary design, the frame structure of'which includes a base 11, a seat` rest 12, side arm portions'l and 14, back 15,
"and corner posts 16 andz17, all of said parts beingupholstered and finished off in the usualY Y and well known-manner so as to givek a neat Les,
appearance `thereoij'Mountedglin thel sideV4 arms 13 and v111,1`in their forward. portions thereof, are compartments or casings 18p'and.
19, said compartments being `adapted to be concealed from view in their normal position,
but may be released and moved to open position by the action of a spring 22, which spring acts against the back of the casing, anda fixed portion 23, provided in the arm of the vcha-ir. Suitable latches vor but-tons20 or 21, 'arefdisposed adjacent the top 'edge'of said caSingS, and are adapted 'for' normallyholding the' 'same in closed position against the action of said springs 23. Upon theactuation of said latches the springs23, will force the Y y said casings to open position. The said compartmentslS and19, are adapted for holding l Y cigarettes', ash-trays, toil-et articles, or the like. Another compartment y24 is also provided in Y the side of the arinchairlQfSaid com-rr partmentl is ladaptedto be normally closed,
and `ishe'ld in saidv closed position by means of thef'clasp or latch 25, engaging'qthedoor26 Y of said compartment. 'A spring means desig-` nated at 27,v is adapted 'to' ricorcethe door 262 toV open position when the said latch 25,1is f moved so as to disengaged'from the'door 26, f The compartment is adaptedk forfvarious uses and may contain cigarettes", cigars,` o r" vother articles that'maybeound desirable/to'k store tliere'inf l y i TheY Sideopposiiha which @mais the" compartment y221, is provided with a space 2 8,
in which isadapted to be received fthe suit-V able mirror 29,r or the like, -saidf mirror being mounted in a suitablef'rame 30,'the-.vertical sides of which frame are hollow, and are adapted to slide over apair'of vertically dis- 'posed rods 31, which rrods aresecured to the.,
lower wall of the space 28.r Surrounding the,
lower-most portions ofea'ch of the said rods 31, isa spiral springi32, Whichisadapted tobear against the. upper surface'of-thelower wall of lthe space 28, and the under surface of the vertical side member 3() ofthe frame. i When the mirror ispushed downto the posi! tion shown .inV Figure 2 of the drawings, the
springs 32 are compressed, and the `saidin'irroris held in said position by means of ya latch 83, lor the like,'which engages a.por,v tion of the frame, and holds the 'same incon-vv cealed lview inthe seat'of thefchair; Upon l releasing the. latchv 33, the springs v32 will force the mirror upwardly, said mirror asf ure 1 o'f the drawings. l
a. Vfoot-.stool 35, having a pair of frontfeet 36.
` suming the dotted line position shown in of, as shown at 37, to the forward vends of ai I pair of rods 38, said rods beingmounted for body of the chair. The ends of the rods 3,8 are providedwitha flange40,orengagingthe rear end' of the tubularmembers tolprevent' the` disengagement of the rods 'from the tu iafiV bular members. It will be noted that normally, when the foot-stool 35, is not in use, it may be pushed backwardly against the base 11 of the chair, and then turned about its pivots 37, the feet 36 being moved and disposed in the position shown in dotted lines in Figure 2 of the drawings under the chair. Ob viously, some other form of construction may be employed for permitting the withdiawal and projection of the foot-stool to operative and inoperative positions.' y
Mounted upon the base 11 of the chair are a plurality of coil springs 41, upon which springs is mounted the seat rest 12, in the usual and well known manner. Interposed between the said springs 41, is a transverse horizontally disposed plate member 42, the ends of which plate member are off-set, as shown at43, said portions `being provided at the lower portion thereof, with right angle portions 44, which are secured to one end of a rocker arm 45, said arm being pivoted intermediate its ends, as shown at 46, to abracket 47, secured to the body of the chair. The other end of the rocker arm 45 extends to-y wards the rear of the chair to a point within the hollow corner post 17. A cup shaped member 48 has the lower portion thereof pivotally secured to the rear end of the said rocker arm, as shown at 49, said member 48 having the lower portion of a hollow tubular member 50, threaded therein, said tubular member extending through the hollow post up to a point adjacent the top thereof. Suitable guide rings 51, are provided in said hollow corner posts for guiding the tubular members 50 in their up and down movement.
The upper portion of the tubular member 50 is provided with a suitable socket, in which is adapted to be received an electric light bulb 52, of usual construction. Electric conductors 53 are adapted to pass through the cup shaped member 48. and through the tubular members 50 for conduct-ing electricity to the light bulbs 52, from any suitable source. The tops of said hollow corner posts 17 and 18 are closed by members 54, said members having hinged thereto, at the rear edge thereof, suitable reflecting members 55, which are normally held in closed or lowered position against the members 54, but which are adapted to be moved to upward or open position by the upward movement of the tubular members 50, said reflecting members 55 being held in said upward position, as long as the bulbs 52 remain in exposed position.
Normally, when the chair is unoccupied the tubular members 50l will be disposed in their withdrawn or concealed position, as shown in full lines in Figure 2 of t-he drawings. When the chair is occupied, t-he member 42 will be pressed down, due to the weight of the person occupying the said chair,'causing the downward` movement of the forward end of the rocker arm 45, which, in turn, will cause the rear end of the rockerl Varm to move wardly, carrying with it the tubular members 50. These tubular memberswill remain in their upward or pro] ected position' until such time as when the chair is again unoccupied.
A guide me-mber56, is provided on the chair body for guiding the upand down movement' of the'rear of the rocker'arm 45. The upper portions of thejhollow posts 17 and 18, are provided with transverse tubes 5 7, said tubes having the forward wallthereof closedby vpiece ofcolored glass 58, or the like, whereby the jsame may act as an indicating 'means forvv indicating whether the lights l52iare on or off.
AIn order to prevent the actuation ofthe rocker arin 45, when it is desired to occupy the chair, without turning on the lights, la
sliding arm 59, is provided at one side of the chair, said arm being mounted in a bracket.
60, secured to the bodyof the chair, and is provided withV an elongated slot 61, in which is received a pin 62, which pinis secured to the body of the chair. An upstanding portion @Sis provided at the forward end ofthe arm, whereby the Asame may be operated. By sliding thelv rod 59frearwardly, the rear'end thereofmay be operated to engage under thel extension 44 of the member 42 to prevent the` downward movement thereof, therebyypre#v venting the actuation of the rocker arm and the upward movement of the lights 52.
From the foregoing description, it will be obvious that lthe invention provides an arm" chair which may be conveniently used in small apartments wherethe rooms are small and space for various articles of furniture is` very limited. This chair combines in one' article of furniturethe convenience of several pieces of furniture. When not in' use, the chair does not occupy anymore space, nor does it make any dii'erence in appearance, than any other arm chair of similar design.
It is believed that my invention, its mode of construction, and many of its advantages, should be readily understood from the foregoing, without further description, and should be also manifest that while a perfect embodiment of the invention has been shown ich and described for illustrative purposes, the
structural details are, nevertheless, capable of wide variation within the purview of my in vention as defined in the appended claims.
What I claim Vand desire to secure by Letters Patent of the United States is y iis of said tubular member pivotallyy secured to one end thereof, theother end of said rocker arm being secured to the seat rest and adapted Vto be actuated thereby. I a Y 'j Q 'jln fan larm chair of the character deL 'i scribed, comprising a frame structure formed to provide abase, a seat rest, side arms, and
` a back portion, a vertically disposed compartj ment in said` back portion, illuminating means mounted Yin Vsaid compartment, and means connected tothebody of the chair adapted to j cause avvithdravval of the illuminating means within the compartment when thechair is un- Y, occupied, andto cause the said illuminating I means to move to exposed position above the said back portion When the chair is.occupied.-
V3. 'In an armchair of the character de-` scribed, comprismga frame structure formed to provide al base, a seat rest, side arms,'and a back portion, a vertically disposed compartment formed in said back portion, illuminatf ing means mounted in said compartment, means for normally closing the top of said compartment,a rocker arm for actuating the illuminating means to move the ysame to either exposed or Withdrawny positions, and means carried by said frame struct-ure for preventing `the movement ofsaid illuminatingmeans to exposedV position yin ,saidfcompartment i i 4' In im ami Chair ofthe Character de?,
soribed,comp`rising av frame structure formed to provide a base,a seat rest, side arms,and a back portion, a plurality ofvertica-lly disr posed compartments'provided in 'said back portion, illuminating means disposed YWithin, said compartments, said llluminatmg:means` beind normall Concealed from, View and o, when the said ohairis occupied. L
means for moving said illuminating means to exposed-position above the said back portion In testimony whereof I alix my signature.
c i v JOSEPH PASSIS.