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Publication numberUS2173624 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateSep 19, 1939
Filing dateJul 9, 1938
Priority dateJul 9, 1938
Publication numberUS 2173624 A, US 2173624A, US-A-2173624, US2173624 A, US2173624A
InventorsDyer George
Original AssigneeDyer George
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Illuminated cane
US 2173624 A
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Sept. 19, 1939. G. DYER 2,173,624

" ILLUMINATED GANE Filed July 9, 193s @607:78 Eger 4 UNTD-.STT

Patented Sept. 179, 1939 s ILLUMINATEDVCANE u Geom Dyer, Clie'yenneywyo. 1 L-'mlietien' July` V9.1938, sermijrm-r 218,416

new and-improved illuminated cane which'may bepefiectively used to flight the users way at night.

With the foregoing in view, the invention resides in the novel 'subject matter 4hereinafter described and claimed, thefdescriptionj being accomplished by. reference to drawing. y

Fig. 1 is a side elevation of a `cane constructed the accompanying `in accordance with theinventiom .the understanding, however., that'variationsmay claimed..

The cane is formed from upper and lower sections-U and L respectively,-.of wood; light `metal alloy or any desired composition, and while a cane has been shown with a curved handle H, itis to be understood that the invention embe made within the 'scope offthe .invention as bodied in a cane having merely aknob. l

Threaded collars .5 and,` 6 are secured respectively tothe sections U` and L` andA are linterengaged *with each other to hold saidsections connected, the collar 6 being preferably so iinished as' to constitute an attractive band or ferrule. The upper section U is formed with a central vertical recess 3 and the lower section L is provided With.a similar recess 1, the two recesses being in communication to enclose a bulb 9 and a battery I 0, said upper section being equipped with a plurality of circumferentially spaced lenses II for theemission oi' light rays from said bulb 9.

The lenses II are held by rectangular metal frames I2 fitting snugly into circumferentially spaced openings I3 which extend from the exterior to the interior of the upper cane. section U, each opening I3 being provided with ilat vertical side walls against which the side walls I4 of the frame I2 abut. The o'uter edges of these side walls I I are bentto provide inwardly projecting iianges I5 abutting the lens I I, and

. outwardly projecting flanges I6 abutting the outer side of the section U. The inner'edges of the walls I4 are bent to provide hooked'flanges I1 extending longitudinally thereof. While these anges I1 project outwardly somewhat from the with the inner electricallyconnected at `33 with the i (Q2u-6.42) l The invention aimsto pzovidea walls" I4,.they dofnot Vinteri'k'e're with inward in- Il, leaving the inner .portionsof thelatter-free to spring. inwardly. towardly each other` as the frames. are being inserted into. the openings.

Reectors nI9' formed from sheet metal plates are disposedzatthe wall of the recessf8.. between4 the frames I2, saldi reflectors having vertical edges'provided with hooked ilanges20 which ensection of theuvarious'frames into`v the openings i I 3; vfor the upper and lower end' members I8 oi' ieachfi'rame are of less width than the sidewalls gage the hooked iianges I1 of said frames, the

reflectors and frames being thus effectively tied together.` If desired, the' lower end of each reflector I9 mayabe prvided with'v a` lug f2I'to aid in `sliding itinto'place andto permitiremovalfo'r polishing if desired. Filler strips 22 of paper or the like may be employed between' the reflectors yI9 and the wall of the recess 8. e 1

The Vlenses I8 abut thefiianges I5` and arelseycuredin placeby upwardly'bent lugs-23 integral edges of the 4frame Aend members I8.. A metal sleeve-24 is received vpartially -inthe recess 1 anti partially-inftherecess 8,thev upper end of said sleeve being'provided with an integral inwardly projecting iiange` 'torwhich a metal V socket 26 is suitably `secured, v'said'` socket being lfopen at both itsuppr and lower'ends to receive .the threadedshell'. 21 of they bulb 3... The usu'al central contact 28 of the bulb contacts with the central terminal l230i the batteryIll and the latter is held upwardly by means of the conventional coil spring 3B which is in electrical contact with'the lower end of said battery, whether the latter consist of one cell or several cells. A suitable conductor 3| is carried by the lower-,section L and is electrically connected at 32 with the spring 30, the upper end of said conductor being collar 6. Another conductor 34 ls carried by the upper section U and is electrically connected at 35 with the collar 5, said` conductor 34 extending into a suitable switch casing 36 and being cooperable with a movable switch member 31,` said switch member having aY iingereactuated control member 38. Also extending intothev casing 36 for coaction with the switch member 31, is a conductor 39, the lower end oi' which projects inwardly from the wall o f the bore 8 as` shown at 4l) and constitutes a fixed contact whichabuts the upper sideof the iiange 25, limiting the upward movement of the sleeve 24- as well as vconstituting part of the current-conducting means for the lbulb 9.

When the switch member $1 bridges the normal gap between the two conductors N and I9, current ilows from the terminal 29 -of the battery III through the central contact 28 of the bulb- 9, through the illament of this bulb to the shell 21 thereof, from this shell through the socket 26, iiange 25, contact 40 and conductor 3l to the switch memberv 31, through the conductor I4, and the'collars l and i to the conductor 3|, and from this conductor back to the battery through the spring 30, thereby eiecting illumination of said bulb 9. bulb through the lenses l I and the light is, of course, intensiiied by the reilectors i9. When the ringer-piece I8 is operated to move the switch member 31 to switch-open position, the current'- for the bulb is, o! course, broken,

Whenever it is necessary to install a new bulb.

Aupon the sleeve.24,-socket 2U and bulb rmay be removed from the upper section and the battery I0 may be removed from the lower section.

It will be seen from the foregoing that novel and advantageous provision has-been made for carrying out the objectso! the invention, and while preferred details have been shown, variations maybe made within the scope, ofthe invention as claimedpr I claim: J- l 1. An illuminated cane having a central vertical recess and circumferentially spaced openings !rom its exterior to said recess, said openings having -vertical side walls, lens-carrying frames -tting within said openings. and having side walls lying against said side walls of said openings, the inner edges of said frame side walls being provided with` hooked flanges extending longitudinally thereof, jvertical reiiectors at the side wall o! said recess between said openings, said reiiectors having vertical edges provided with hooked flangesengaged withthe aforesaid hooked flanges of said frame side walls, means for mounting a bulb in said recess, and currentconducting means ior saldbulb. l .f 2. A structure as specied in ,claim l, said frames having upper and lower end members of less width than said trame side walls leaving the flanged inner edge portions of the latterfree to Rays are emitted from this spring inwardly toward each other when inserting the frames from the exterior of the cane. 3. An illuminated cane comprising upper and lower sections and means detachably connecting the upper end of said sleeve being provided withan inwardly projecting metal flange, a metal bulb socket secured to the inner edge of said lange and open at both its upper and lower ends, a bulb threaded downwardly through said socket, a battery in the recess of the lower canel section, a spring lunder. and contacting with said e batteryvto. hold the latter upwardly against the usual central contact of said bulb, and currentconducting means for said bulb includingva fixed contact projecting inwardly from said upper section' and abutting frames against inward movement from 'said' openings.`VV

5. An illuminated cane having a c'entral ver- Atical recessy and circumferentlallyspaced openings from its exterior'to said recess, said open- I the upper vside of' thefafore. vsaidilangel i ings having verticalfside walls,- lens-carryingY kframes iitting within said openings and having side walls lying against said side Walls of said openings, the inner edges of said frame side walls being' provided withhooked flanges extending longitudinally' thereof, vertical plates at vthe sidewall of said recess between said open'- ings, said plates having!V vertical edges provided with hooked flange'sengaged with the aforesaid hooked flanges o1' said frame side lwalls, means i'or mounting a bulb in said recess, and currentconductingimeans for said bulb.

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U.S. Classification362/102, 135/910, 362/311.6
International ClassificationA45B3/04
Cooperative ClassificationY10S135/91, A45B3/04
European ClassificationA45B3/04