Combined foot-rest and boot-jack
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L. G. BOYINGTON. Combined Foot Rest and Boot Jack.
No. 231,529. Patented Aug. 24,1880.
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LEVI G. BOYINGTON, OF CHICAGO, ILLINOIS.
COMBINED FOOT- REST AND BOOT-JACK.
SPECIFICATION formingpart of Letters Patent No. 231,529, dated August 24, 1880. Application filed July 13, 1880. (No model.)
To all whom it may concern:
Be it known that I, LEVI (J. BOYINGTON, a citizen of the United States, residing at Ohicago, in the county of Cook and State of Illinois, have invented new and useful Improvements in Combined Foot-Rest and BootJack, of which the following is a specification.
This invention relates to a combined folding foot-rest and boot-jack.
The object of my invention is to provide a handy household implement, which may be readily connected to a chair as a foot-rest, or used detached as a boot-jack, and which may be folded into a smooth, compact, symmetrical form without projections, and stowed away in a small space.
Devices of this nature have heretofore been made of two pieces or parts hinged together at one end, the free end of one part being provided with hooks projecting from the end of one of the parts, by means of which it may be temporarily secured to the rounds of a chair to form a foot rest, the other part of said device being arranged to form a support for the end of said foot-rest, and being formed with a crotch at its free end and a folding prop near its hinged end, whereby the parts may be brought in position toserve as a boot-jack; but in such the projecting hooks are inconvenient in packing the article for transportation or for storing the article away when not desired for use, and serve no other oftice than means for connecting with the rounds of a chair, whereas in my invention the means for connecting with the rounds of a chair are but simple staples, and are housed within recesses in one of the parts composing the article when it is folded for packing, for transportation, or for storing away, and as the same are housed the article is brought into a compact body, and is neat and attractive in appearance, and there is no liability ofthe staples catching or tearing material with which they are brought in contact.
My improvement consists in a combined folding foot-rest and boot-jack constructed in two parts pivoted at ends to fold flatly together, one of said parts being provided with an adjustable support to hold it in an inclined position with respect to the other, and havinga crotch formed in its free end, the prongs of said crotch being provided with holes therein, and the other of said parts having two pairs of projecting pins, which fit in said holes when the parts are folded together, but serve as a means of attachment to a chair-round when said parts are opened for use as a foot-rest, all as more fully hereinafter described.
In the accompanying drawings, Figure 1 is a perspective view of my invention connected to a chair as a foot-rest. Fig. 2 is a perspective view of the implement arranged as a bootjack. Fig. 3 is a similar view of the same folded together for stowing away when not in use.
The letter A designates an oblong piece of board of convenient size to form the direct support of the foot. The precise material and shape, however, are not essential, and B is a board of similar size and external shape, forming the boot-jack and the support of one end of the board A when the other end of the latter is connected to the round of a chair. In the opposite ends of the board B are formed crotches or recesses G G, the former or forward crotch, 0, serving to receive the heel portion of the boot when the implement is arranged as a boot-jack. Within this crotch O, at its inner end, is pivoted, by means of a pin, 0, a block, D, of similar shape to and nearly the same size as the crotch, which it fills when the implement is folded together, as shown in Fig. 3, but which is swung down to a vertical position and serves to support the board B in an inclined position, as shown in Fig.2, when it is used as a boot-jack. The crotch C, at the opposite end of the board B, fits over or around a similarlyshaped block, D, which is secured flatly to the surface of board A, and the prongs c c are pivoted to the opposite edges of said block D by means of pins f, so that the two boards A and B may be folded with their surfaces snugly together, as shown in Fig. 3, in which case the block D snugly fills the crotch G, and the block D similarly fills the crotch C.
From points near the opposite edges of one end of the board A project firmly-secured pins G, arranged in pairs, as shown, the pins of each pair being set at a proper distance apart to embrace an ordinary chair-round for the purpose of holding the board A thereto. In the prongs c c of the crotch C are formed holes h h h h,iu such position that they will fit over the pins G when the two boards are folded together, and the said boards are thus prevented from moving laterally, the pins are protected and do not form inconvenient projections which are liable to catch and tear clothing, and the pivot-pins fare prevented from being strained. The pins Gare preferably the prongs of staples, the connecting-bars of which lie against the 10 outer surface of the board, thus giving great strength to the pins.
What I claim is-- The herein-described combined folding foot rest and boot-jack, made of two parts hinged together, one of said parts being recessed at each end for carrying the pivoted block and witnesses.
LEVI G. BOYINGTON. Witnesses:
RICHARD B. TWIss, WILLARD A. MORRISON.