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Publication numberUS208564 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateOct 1, 1878
Filing dateMay 9, 1878
Publication numberUS 208564 A, US 208564A, US-A-208564, US208564 A, US208564A
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Improvement in adjustable vehicle-tops
US 208564 A
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. A. BOWERS. Adjustable Vehicle-Top.

No. 208,564. Patented Oct. 1, I878.




Specification forming part of Letters Patent No. 208,564, dated October 1, 1878 application filed May 9, 1878.

To all whom it may concern:

Be it known that I, ALEXANDER BOW'ERS, of Dubuque, in the county of Dubuque and State of Iowa, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Adjustable Seat-Awnings or Buggy-Tops; and 1 do hereby declare that the following is a full, clear, and exact description thereof, which will enable others skilled in the art to which it pertains to make and use the same, reference being had to the accompanying drawings, and to the letters of reference ma ked thereon, which form a part of this specification, and in which- Figure 1 represents a perspective view of my invention; Fig. 2, a vertical section thereof; and Figs. 3 and 4, detail views.

Similar letters of reference occurring on the several figures indicate corresponding parts.

My invention relates to improvements in adjustable seat-awnings or bu ggy-tops and it consists of an improved means for attaching and holdin the awning or top to the seat of the vehicle, as also for setting said awning or top to any desired angle.

It further consists in the attachment of auxiliary joint-braces to the frames or standards, all as will be hereinafter more fully described, and pointed out in the claims.

Referring to the drawings, A represents the seat of the vehicle, to the sides of which the awning or top B is secured. 0 represents a vertical metallic arm or standard, attached to the upper part,- a, of the semicircular flanged plate D, which rests upon the inner part and top edges of the sides of the vehicle-seat A, said plate being secured in place upon the seat by means of a bolt, b, passing through the seat and through a lug or projection on the bottom of the plate, where it is provided with a nut, c, as shown. The vertical arm 0, which stands at right angles from the part a of the plate D, has a downwardly-projectin g arm, 0, which may stand at any angle less than a rlght angle to the seat, and which is provided on the lower end with a thumb-screw, d, which works in a swivel-plate, E, and which, being screwed inwardly, clamps the said swivel-plate against the side of the seat, to firmly hold and secure the plate D and arm 0, in connection with the bolt b, upon the seat A. To the upper part of the arm or standard 0 is pivoted a circular plate, F, provided with a toothed segment, 6, which is adapted for operation in connection with the segmental hinge f, which is clamped to the lower part of the arm 0 by a thumb-screw, g, to hold the top or awning at any desied angle, a spiral or other suitable spring, h, being arranged between the said hinge f and arm 0, to readily release the clutch of the hinge upon the segment e when the thumb-screw is rotated outwardly. The plate F is also provided on its outer surface with a stop or projecting pin, 1', which strikes against the standard 0, to prevent the top or awning from going too far forward.

To the upper central part of the plate F is rigidly attached the lower ends of the main frame or bow Gr, while the lower ends of the front and rear frames or bows, H IJ, are hinged or pivoted to the plate, as shown. The front bow, J, is provided on each side of the vehicle with a joint-brace, 7:, pivoted to the front and main bow, G, so as to enable the front bow to be folded back, to allow more space for easy ingress and egress to and from the vehicle. A joint-brace, l, is also provided on the same line as that of the brace It, being pivoted to and connecting the rear bow, H, and main bow G, to permit of the bows folding up close when the top is let down, and holding the bows open when the top is raised.

To the rear of the sides of the seat A is fitted an overlappingclamp, K, which is adjusted and held in place by means of the thumb screw m, workin gin the swivel-plate E, which presses against the side of the seat. A joint-brace, L, is pivoted to this clamp K and to the lower part of the rear bow, H, to assist in holding the top or awning in place upon the seat, as well as to strengthen said top when in a raised position.

The curtains may be secured to the frames or bows by means of ordinary fastenings.

It will be observed that by means of my improvements I am enabled to produce a buggy top or awning capable of being adjusted and held at suitable angles, and combining strength and durability with a ready adaptation to the purpose contemplated.

Having thus described my invention, what I claim as new and useful is- 1. The top or awning 13, consisting of the frames (l H I J, attached to the eircularplate with joint-braces k, l, and L, the latter being F, having segment e, and pivoted to standard pivoted at the lower end to clamp K, having C, attached to the flanged plate I), in combithumb-screw m and swivel-plate E, in combination with the seat A, the several parts being nation with the seat A, substantially as and constructed, arranged, and combined to operfor the purpose specified. ate substantially as and for the purpose speei- 4. The clamp K, provided with thumb-screw fied. I m and swivel-plate E, and having joint-brace 2. The flanged circular plate 1), having arm I L, in combination with the frame H of the top or standard 0, downward] v-prqjeeting arm 0, B, substantially as and for the purpose speciprovided with thumb-serewdand swivel-plate j fied. E, hinged segment f, spring 11, andthumh-serew In testimony that I claim the foregoing as g, in combination with the circular plate F, earmy own invention I atfix my signature in presrying the frames or bows, and provided with enee of two witnesses.

segment 6 and st0p-pin 1', substantially as and ALEXANDER BOW'ERS. for the purpose specified. Witnesses:

3. The frames or bows II, I, J, and G, ati I). E. LYON,

tached to the circular plate F, and provided W. C. WOOD.

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Cooperative ClassificationB62B9/14