Search Images Maps Play YouTube News Gmail Drive More »
Sign in
Screen reader users: click this link for accessible mode. Accessible mode has the same essential features but works better with your reader.


  1. Advanced Patent Search
Publication numberUS244172 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateJul 12, 1881
Filing dateApr 11, 1881
Publication numberUS 244172 A, US 244172A, US-A-244172, US244172 A, US244172A
InventorsLeonabd M. Beebe
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Hand-guide for writing
US 244172 A
Abstract  available in
Previous page
Next page
Claims  available in
Description  (OCR text may contain errors)


(No Model.)

No. 244,172. Patented July 12,1881.

N, PETERS. Pholml lhognphur. Washington. a. c.




SPECIFICATION forming part of Letters Patent No. 244,172, dated July 12, 1881.

Application filed April 11, 1881. (No model.)

To all whom it may concern:

Be it known that I, L. M. BEEBE, a citizen of the United States, residing at Beaverton, in the county of Boone and State of Illinois, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Hand-Guides for Writing; and I do hereby declare thefollowing to be afull, clear, and exact description of the invention, such as will enable others skilled in the art to which it appertains to make and use the same, reference being had to the accompanying drawings, and to letters or figures of reference marked thereon, which form a part of this specification.

This invention relates to a simple and improved construction of hand-rests or guides for penmen and it consists of an adjustable wire frame arranged and adapted for use in teaching penmanship, as hereinafter more fully described and claimed.

In the annexed drawings, which fully illustrate my invention, Figure 1 is aplan view of the device; and Figs. 2 and 3 show its application to the hand of the penman.

Like letters indicate like parts.

The object of the invention is to provide a simple device for the use of penmen, and especiallyfor beginners, that will insure an easy and correct position of the hand while writmg.

The device consists of a nickel-plated wire frame having two loops and a projecting rest or arm, the loops being connected by a brace that lies beneath the third and fourth fingers. The large loop A, which is oblong in form to correspond with the shape and breadth of the hand, is placed, when in use, immediately back of the knuckles. Its lower free portion slides in a ring or guide-loop, a, that is secured to the loop A, at or near the point where it is bent to form the brace B, and thus readily adjusts itself to the size of the hand. The lower portion of the wire brace B is bent into a small loop, G, for the reception of the penmans third and fourth fingers, and the continuation of the wire after making the latter loop forms a projecting arm or rest, D, that extends to the right when the device is in use.

By referring to Figs. 2 and 3 it will be seen that the guide or hand rest is applied by placing the loop A on the hand back of the v knuckles and passing the third and fourth fingers through the loop 0, so as to bring the brace B beneath, with the arm D projecting to the right. If the pen is now grasped by the thumb and first two fingers, while the third and fourth fingers are turned under the upper or inner side of the loop (J, the hand will be readily brought into proper position for writing.

The rest D is bent in such a manner that it will not obstruct the free use of the hand so long as a correct position is maintained, but as soon as the hand is turned too much to the rightits end, striking upon the table or paper, attracts the attention of the penman and reminds him that an improper position has been assumed. All tendency to carelessness on the part of the pupil is thus gradually corrected.

It will be readily seen that the device not only adjusts itself perfectly to the shape and size of the writers hand, but while confining the third and fourth lingers in a set position permits the free use of the thumb and first and second fingers.

Having thus described my invention, what I claim as new, and desire to secure by Letters Patent, is-

Inapenmans guide orrest, the combination of the adjustable hand-loop A, having ring or guide-loop the brace B, finger-loop G, and projecting arm D, substantially as shown and described.

In testimony whereof I affix my name in the presence of two witnesses.




Referenced by
Citing PatentFiling datePublication dateApplicantTitle
US7780886Mar 4, 2004Aug 24, 2010Certainteed CorporationInsulation product having directional facing layer thereon and method of making the same
US20050081482 *Mar 4, 2004Apr 21, 2005Lembo Michael J.Insulation product having directional facing layer thereon and method of making the same
US20110217680 *Sep 8, 2011Zubin ShirodkarWriting instrument gripping aid
Cooperative ClassificationG09B11/02