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April I6, 1946. A, G, ME ERS 2,398,384
NURSERY CHAIR 'SWING Filed Jan. 21', 1944 3. Sheets-Sheet 1 Inventor- Arthur "George Me er;
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N RSERY CHAIR SWING- Filed'Jan. 21, 1944 3 Sheets-Sheet s Inventor Arthur Ge'qr 12ers Attorrgs Patented Apr. 16, 1946 UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE NURSERY CHAIR SWING Arthur George Meyers, Minneapolis, Minn.
Application January 21, 1944, Serial No. 519,148
3 Claims. (Cl. 155-458) My invention relates to improvements in nurs ery chair swings and has for an object thereof to provide a simple, durable, and attractive article of such character adapted to be readily folded into compact form for convenient storage, when not in use, and readily unfolded into operative form for use.
Another object of the invention is to provide an article of the instant nature, wherein the chair consists of a framework and a sling or body of fabric or the like carried by said framework for supporting the occupant, and wherein such sling or body is readily attachable to and detachable from said framework.
A further object of the invention is to provide an article of the present character embodying a detachable tray in conjunction with the chair and in which the framework of the chair serves to support the tray and the tray, in turn, serves to hold the framework of the chair together. 3
' A still further feature of the invention resides in providing the detachable occupant-supporting sling and the detachable tray of launderable material enabling the same readily to be kept in sanitary condition.
Other objects of the invention reside in the novel combination and arrangement of parts and in the details of construction hereinafter illustrated and/or described.
In the accompanying drawings, Fig, 1 is a perspective view of a nursery chair swing constructed in embodiment of my present invention, the same being shown unfolded in extended form for use;
Fig. 2 is a plan view of the extended structure shown in Fig. ,1; Fig. 3 is a side elevational View of the extended structure shown in Figs. 1 and'2; Fig. 4 is a front elevational view of said structure in folded form of disuse; Fig. 5 is a sectional View taken as on the line 5-5 of Fig. 4, and Fig. 5 is a detail sectional view taken as on the line 6-6 of Fig. 2.
Reference being had to the drawings, wherein similar parts are designated by similar reference characters throughout the several 'views,it will be seen that the illustrated form of my invention embodies a foldable or collapsible chair designed to be suspended from an overhead support-and adapted to provide a comfortable and sanitary swinging seat for an infant.
The chair A comprises a. framework including;
a back frame a and a front frame a. The back frame a consists of stiles I ll joined oneto the other by an upper rung fl and a lower rung l2- The front frame a consists of side links 13 pivoted on the lower rung I2 ofthe back frame 1 1 inside of the stiles I 0. Carried by said side links i3 is a cross-bar M, the end portions of which are reduced to form round studs IS with shoulders !6, as shown in Fig. 6. These studs l5 are removably fitted in bores If! formed in the links l3, the inner faces of said links being adapted to abutagainst said shoulders [6 on said cross-bar l4, said studs l5 being longer than the thickness of the links I3 and adapted to extend outwardly beyond the same. Further included in the front frame a are arm-pieces I8 which have bores l9 therein intermediately thereof. These arm-pieces M are fitted on the terminal portions of the studs l5 extending outwardly from the sides of the links I3, said bores l9 receiving said studs loosely to enable the arm-pieces Hi to pivot there- 0n.- Each arm-piece I8 is equipped with a dowel '2!) projecting from the rear end thereof and each dowel 20 is removably received in a bore or socket 21 formed in the forward edge of the stile :0 at the corresponding side of the chair. A pair of front hangers 22 and a pair of rear hangers 23 suspend the framework of the chair from an overhead support, as at 24, thelower portions of the front hangers 22 being passed through holes l8 in the forward portions of the arm-pieces l8 and tied, while the lower portions of the rear hangers 23 are passed through holes ID in the upper portions of the stiles l0 and knotted at their ends. The front hangers 22 are flexible and each front hanger 22 and its companion rear hanger 23 may consist of a single length of cord, rope, chain or the like, clipped together, as by a clip 21, to maintain the proper lengths in the respective hangers.
With the framework of the suspended chair unfolded in extended form (Figs. 1, 2 and 3), the rear ends of the arm-pieces l8 tend to swing downward, but this tendency of said arm-pieces to pivot is met by the dowel-and-socket connections between the ends of the arm-pieces l8 and the stiles [0 of the rear frame a.
To support the occupant of the chair, I provide a sling B of duck or other suitable launderable fabric; which includes a seat I) intermediately thereof, a back rest b and a front apron b the latter having leg openings 28 therein. The extremity of the back portion 2) of said sling B is turned upon itself and side-seamed, as at 29, to,
back rest I) of the sling B and the back frame a is a slip-on connection between the front apron b and the cross-bar I5 of the front frame a In providing for said latter connection, a hem 3i is formed at the upper extremity of the apron 12 This hem 3| threadedly receives the cross-bar l4, andto permit said hem to be threaded over said cross-bar from either end thereof, the arm-pieces I8 and links l3 are removable from the studs I5 of said cross-bar M. In thesling B, I employ side pieces 32 which are seamed to the apron b seat I) and back rest 12*.
To fold and collapse the chair A, the armpieces l8 thereof are first pulled forwardly to dislodge the dowels 20 from their sockets 2! in the stiles Ill. Then, said arm-pieces l8 and the links [3 are folded upon themselves, the folded front frame a. being then folded back against the back frame a, as shown in Figs. 4 and 5. In this process, the front hangers 22 are slackened and the weight ofithe front frame a as well as that of the back frame a, is sustained entirely by'the rear hangers 23. It will be seen, of course, that the sling B readily folds and unfolds with the folding and unfolding of the chair framework.
Removablycarried by the forward portions of the arm-pieces 18 is a tray 33 for articles positioned within easy reach of the occupant of the chair. Said tray 33 has fastener members 36 at the ends thereof which loop over the arm-pieces i8 and resolve the tray into a tie interposed between the arms-pieces I8 normally to keep said arm-pieces and the links 13 in place on the studs [5 of the cross-bar I4. Preferably, said tray will be of duck or other suitable launderable fabric to enable the same to be laundered and rendered sanitary like the sling B. Upon employing fabric in the construction of the tray 33, the fastener members 34 will consist of hems which threadedly receive the forward'portions of the arm-pieces l8. These hems or fastener members 34 will occupy positions on the arm-pieces l8 rearwardly of the holes l8 wherein the front hangers 22 are tied. Thus, said front hangers 22 serve as front stops normally to keep the tray 33 in place upon said arm-pieces l8.
Inv combination with the chair, I preferably employ a folding stand C equipped with a transom bar constituting the support 24 from which the hangers 22, 23 are suspended. This stand C comprises a pair of complemental props 0, 0 each consisting of a pair of legs 25 joined at their bases by means of a tie piece 25. The prop c is slightly narrower than the prop c and the ends of the transom bar 24 pass through the legs 25 of said prop c and into the legs 25 of the other prop c spacing washers 25 being applied to said transom bar24 between the corresponding legs 25 of said props c','c Preferably, the legs 25 of the wider prop 0 will betacked, as at 28, to the transom bar 24 to keep them in place on the ends thereof and the'legs 25 of the narrower prop 0' will be loose on the transom bar 24 so that it may pivot thereon and fold within the wider prop 0?. Stop ties 35 in the form of chains, or other suitable construction, are interposed be tween corresponding legs 25 of the props c, c to limit the spreading of said props when the stand C is unfolded into extended operative form.
The hangers 22, 23 being fastened to the tran som bar 24 of the stand C, the folded chair A will be suspended by the folded stand substantially within the confines of the latter, as shown in Fig. 5. Thus, the folded article assumes compact form and will stand against a wall occupying a relatively small amount of floor space.
From the foregoing, it will be seen that I have provided a relatively simple, durable and inexpensive swinging chair which is easily folded together with its supporting stand, into compact form, and easily unfolded, together with said stand, into extended form for safe use. Being easily slipped on and off of the framework of the chair, the sling B and tray 33 may be readily cleansed and kept in sanitary condition and, too, may be readily replaced, when desired.
Changes in the specific form of my invention, as herein described, may be made within the scope of what is claimed without departing from the spirit of my invention.
Having described my invention, what I claim as new and desire to protect by Letters Patent 1. In a suspension chair, a framework comprising a back frame consisting of stiles and rungs joining said stiles, a front frame consisting of links pivoted to the back frame, a cross-bar mounted at its ends on said links, and arm-pieces intermediately pivoted on the ends of said crossbar, each arm-piece at the rear end thereof having a detachable connection with its corresponding stile of the back frame, a sling adapted to support the occupant of the chair, said sling being attached at one extremity thereof to the upper portion of the back frame and at its opposite extremity to the cross-bar of the front frame, hanger means for suspending the sling-carrying framework from an overhead support, said means including rear hangers connected with the upper portion of the back frame and front hangers connected with the forward ends of said arm-pieces, said parts of said front frame cooperating with each other and with the back frame to maintain the connection between said arm-pieces and stiles and hold the suspended framework unfolded in extended form with the sling disposed for occupancy, said parts of said front frame being foldable relative to each other and to the back frame upon the disconnection of said arm-pieces from said stiles to enable the chair to be folded into compact form of disuse.
2. In a suspension chair, a framework comprising a back frame and a front frame, the front frame including a cross-bar and arm-pieces mounted on the opposite ends of said cross-bar, hanger means for suspending the framework from an overhead support, a sling of launderable fabric having an intermediate seat portion, a rear back-supporting portion and a front apron portion with leg openings therein, said back-supporting portion of said sling being removably attached to the back frame and said apron portion thereof being formed with an attaching hem threadedly accommodating said cross-bar, one of said armpieces being removable from the cross-bar endwise thereof to enable said attaching hem of said sling to be withdrawn from said cross-bar, and a tray of launderable fabric formed with an attaching hem at each end thereof, the two hems threadedly accommodating said arm-pieces, said tray serving as a tie between said arm-pieces releasably holding said removably mounted armpiece against removal from said cross-bar.
3. In a suspension chair, a framework comprising a back frame and a front frame, the front frame including a cross-bar and arm-pieces mounted on the opposite ends of said cross-bar, hanger means for suspending the framework from an overhead support, a sling having an intermediate seat portion, a rear back-supporting portion and a front apron portion with leg openings therein, said back supporting portion of said sling being removably attached to the back frame and said apron portion thereof being formed with an attaching hem threadedly accommodating said cross-bar, one of said arm-pieces being removable from the cross-bar endwise thereof to enable said attaching hem of said sling to be withdrawn from said cross-bar, and a re- 10 movable tray formed with fastener members at the ends thereof slidably fitting said arm-pieces, said tray serving as a tie between the arm-pieces releasably holding said removably mounted armpiece against removal from said cross-bar, said hanger means including hangers attached to the forward ends of said arm-pieces in advance of said fastener members and serving normally as forward stops therefor.
ARTHUR GEORGE MEYERS.