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Publication numberUS1910119 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateMay 23, 1933
Filing dateMay 23, 1932
Priority dateMay 23, 1932
Publication numberUS 1910119 A, US 1910119A, US-A-1910119, US1910119 A, US1910119A
InventorsMoats De Witt T
Original AssigneeMoats De Witt T
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Automobile rear view reflector
US 1910119 A
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May 23, 1933. DE WlTT T. MOATS 1,910,119

AUTOMOBILE REAR VIEW REFLECTOR Filed May 23, 1932 08 m T. Moafs ATTOR N EY Patented May 23, 1933 PATENT OFFICE DE WITT T. MOATS, OF COLUMBUS, OHIO AUTOMOBILE BEAR VIEW REFLECTOR Application filed May 23, 1932. Serial No. 613,067.

This invention relates to rear view reflectors and has for the primary object, the provision of a device of the above stated character having a reflecting surface capable of flexation and means for varying the amount the reflecting surface may be flexed so that smaller and greater areas may be reflected. by the device.

Another object of this invention is the provision of a reflecting device of the above stated character which is practical and indestruct-ible and having means for permitting adjustment of the device relative to its support which also permits the device to be easily and quickly mounted and demounted when desired.

With these and other objects in view, this invention consists in certain novel features of construction, combination and arrangement of parts tobe hereinafter more fully described and claimed.

For a complete understanding of my invention, reference is to be had to the following description and accompanying drawing, in which Figure 1 is a front elevation illustrating a rear view reflector constructed in accordance with myinvention.

Figure 2 is a top plan view partly in sec tion illustrating the same.

Figure 3 is a sectional view taken on the line 3-8 of Figure 2.

Referring in detail to the drawing, the numeral 1 indicates a reflecting plate, one face of which is highly polished so as to readily reflect. A marginal beading 2 is provided for the plate by crimping said plate at the edges thereof. The plate 1 is curved longitudinally and transversely to provide its reflecting surface of convex formation both transversely and longitudinally thereof.

Attaching arms 3 are formed integrally with the upper and lower edges of the plate 1 and extend rearwardly from the reflecting face or surface thereof. The arms 3 include an larly related portions 4, 5 and 6, the portions 6 being concave to cooperate with each other in receiving a ball or sphere 7 formed on an attaching bracket 8. One

of the portions 5 is apertured to receive a headed bolt 9 which is threaded through. an enlarged apertured portion 10 formed on the other portion 5 so as to bring about a frictional gripping of the portions 6 to the ball or sphere 7, consequently permitting the plate 1 to be adjusted at Various angles relaaperture within the ear 13 and provided with a finger piece 19 to facilitate the rotation thereof. An internally screw threaded enlargement or bearing 20 is formed on the aperturedear 17 and has the adjusting bolt 18 threaded thereto so that the curvature of the plate 1 longitudinally thereof may be increased and decreased as desired which permits orcauses the reflecting surface or face of the plate to reflect smaller or greater areas, as desired. a

A reflector constructed in accordance with the foregoing description and as shown in the drawing and due to the material from which it is made will to a great extent retard the condensing of moisture or frosting thereon and will be economical to manufacture and assemble, and further will be light in weight which will materialy reduce vibration, frequently occurring in conventional types of reflectors that employ heavy plate glass mirrors.

While I have shown and described the preferred embodiment of my invention, it will be understood that minor changes in construction, combination and arrangement of parts may be made without departing from the spirit and scope of my invention, as claimed.

Having thus described my invention, what I claim is 1 1. A rear view reflector comprising a flexible plate havin a reflecting surface and transversely and longitudinally curved to form said reflecting surface of convex formation, ears on said plate, a rod connected to one of said ears, and an adjusting rod carried by the other ear and adjustably connected to said rod for flexing the plate to vary the curvature of the reflecting surface.

2. A rear View reflector comprising a flexible plate having a reflecting surface and transversely and longitudinally curved to form said reflecting surface of convex formation, ears on said plate, a rod connected to one of said ears, an adjusting rod carried by the other car and adjustably connected to said rod for flexing the plate to vary the curvature of the reflecting surface, arms on said plate and having concave portions, a sphere received by said portions, an attaching bracket for the sphere, and an adjustable means between said arms.

' 3. A rear View reflector comprising a flexible plate having a reflecting surface and transversely and longitudinally curved to form said reflecting surface of convex formation, ears on said plate, a rod connected to one of said ears, an adjusting rod carried by the other ear and adjustably connected to said rod for flexing the plate to vary the curvature of the reflecting surface, arms on said plate and having concave portions, a. sphere received by said portions, an attaching bracket for the sphere, and a headed bolt extending through one of the arms and threaded to the other arm.

In testimony whereof I affix my signature.

DE WITT T. MOATS.

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Classifications
U.S. Classification359/847, D12/187, 33/9.00R
International ClassificationB60R1/08
Cooperative ClassificationB60R1/082
European ClassificationB60R1/08D2