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Publication numberUS2311875 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateFeb 23, 1943
Filing dateAug 3, 1942
Priority dateAug 3, 1942
Publication numberUS 2311875 A, US 2311875A, US-A-2311875, US2311875 A, US2311875A
InventorsSchaaf Albert M
Original AssigneeNew Indiana Chair Company
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Swivel chair action
US 2311875 A
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Description  (OCR text may contain errors)

Feb. 23, 1943.

Filed Aug. 3, 1942 Patented Feb. 23, 1943 SWIVEL CHAIR ACTION Albert M. Schaaf, Jasper, Ind., assignor to New Indiana Chair Company, a corporation of Indiana Application August 3, 1942, Serial No. 453,351

1 Claim.

This invention relates to tilting swivel chair actions, and more particularly to a chair action which does not require the use of a spring.

The primary object of the invention is to provide a simple, comfortable and inexpensive action for a swivel chair which will permit the seat and back portion to be tilted backwardly at will without danger of upsetting.

Most of the tilting swivel chair actions now in use are made of steel and iron and employ strong tension springs to oppose the backward tilting movement. It is difficult to avoid noisy squeaks when the chair is operated and occasionally an extended spring will snap and throw a piece of metal away from the chair in a way that may injure the user. In the present invention, the transverse pivot is so disposed that no springs are necessary and this danger is eliminated.

Another object of the invention is to provide a smooth pivot post which has a simple vertically adjustable thrust bearing and does not require screw threads for its adjustment.

The invention is illustrated in a preferred embodiment in the accompanying drawing, in which- Figure 1 is an elevational view of a complete chair embodying the invention; Figure 2, a sectional view of the bottom of the chair, taken as indicated at line 2 of Figure l; and Figure 3, a fragmentary sectional view, taken as indicated at line 3 of Figure 2.

In the embodiment illustrated, the chair has the usual supporting base 4 which may be mounted on casters 5, and by means of the improved action, supports the chair seat 6 provided with a back rest l. The base has a hollow vertically extending bore, preferably provided at its top with a bearing washer 8.

A pivot post 9 may be made of Wood or other suitable material and is provided with Several holes IIJ adapted to be impaled by a bolt II to make a collar shaped thrust bearing I2 vertically adjustable. Preferably, the underside of the thrust bearing is provided with anti-friction domes I3.

A supporting block I4 is rigidly 'secured to the top of the post and has a top, forwardly extending, flat, horizontal face I5 adapted to engage the bottom of the chair seat 6 when the chair is in normal upright position. The block also has a rearwardly inclined face I6 adapted to engage the rear portion of the chair seat when it is tilted backwardly. The chair seat is provided with a pair of downwardly extending bars I'I which iiank the supporting block I4 and are pivotally connected thereto by means of a transverse pivot I8. It will be noted that the pivot I8 is disposed well back of the pivot post 9 and slightly in rear of the center of gravity of the chair seat and back rest.

The horizontal face I5 and the inclined face I6 meet at a line above and slightly in rear of the center of the pivot I8. This arrangement will cause the chair normally to assume the upright position. However, when a person is seated in the chair, it may readily be tilted backwardly to a desired position, limited by the inclined face I 6. The rearwardly inclined position of the chair seat and back is indicated by dotted lines in Figure 3.

The foregoing detailed description has been given for clearness of understanding only, and no unnecessary limitations should be understood therefrom for some modifications will be obvious to those skilled in the art.

I claim:

In a swivel chair having a base, seat and back rest, a tilting action comprising: a vertical pivot post journalled in the base and provided at its top with a rigidly mounted supporting block; and a. transverse pivot between the supporting block and chair seat disposed back of the center of gravity of the seat and back rest so that the chair will normally assume an upright position without the aid of springs, said supporting block having a. top front portion extending in front of the pivot post to engage the bottom face of the chair seat, when the chair is in its normal upright position, and having a depressed rear portion, back of the transverse pivot, to engage the bottom face of the chair seat and limit its backward tilting movement.


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U.S. Classification297/327
International ClassificationA47C3/02, A47C3/026
Cooperative ClassificationA47C3/026
European ClassificationA47C3/026