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P. J. VEHLEN. HARNESS SADDLE.
No. 255,218. Patented Mar. 21.1882,
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UNITED STATES PATENT OEEicE.
PETER J. VEHLEN, OF MICHIGAN CITY, INDIANA.
SPECIFICATION forming part of Letters Patent No. 255,218, dated March 21, 1882.
Application filed January 18, 1882.
. ings, and to the letters of reference marked thereon, which form a part of this specification.
This invention relates to the construction of harness-saddles, and more particularly to devices for stiffening the saddle-flaps, so as to retain their desired shape, and to make the pads bear uniformly upon the sides of the horses back.
The invention consists in stiff iron plates of such shape as the saddle-flaps are to have, and which are secured under the skirting above and inside of the pads by the terret and end screws, the nuts for which are placed in recesses formed in said plates for that purpose.
In the accompanying drawings,Figure 1 rep resents a sectional view of a harness-saddle having my improvements; Fig. 2, a plan View of myiinproved saddle-plate, and Fig.3 a longitudinal section through the center ot'the same.
Like letters designate corresponding parts in all the figures.
A denotes the plates, preferably made of cast, or malleable iron. These plates are formed to have a curved shape, as shown on the drawings, are about of equal thickness, with their edges chamfered, and each has a hole, a, with an oblong socket, into which the terret-nut b is inserted and secured by rivets,and a square hole, 0, with an oblong socket for inserting the screw-nut d. Besides, several holes, 0, are provided for sewing or riveting said plate A to the skirting B.
C are the pads that are formed to the skirtin g below the plates A, and conceal said plates entirely.
D D are the saddle-flaps. I is the saddlestrap.
E is the check-rein hook, secured upon the hip portion of the saddle in the usual manner.
F F are the tenets, the screw-shanks of which are passed through holes in the saddle-flap and skirting and entering the nuts b; and G G are screws that are also passed through punchholes in the saddle-flap and enter nuts 01. To the ends of the saddle-strap I loops h are formed in the usual manner, which hold rings for connecting the traces.
As will be noticed, a harnesssaddle thus constructed-that is, stifl'ened under the flaps and elastic in the middle-will accommodate itself to the back of any horse, will clear the hip of the horses back, and will bring the pressure or weight where the horse can best bear it.
For gig-saddlesI intend to use similar plates, A, each having aloop formed in its end for connecting the girth.
What I claim is In a harness-saddle that is flexible over the back of the horse, the stiff iron plates A, having socketed holes a and c for the terret and screw nuts, and being secured under the skirting B of flaps D of the saddle, as and for the purpose set forth.
In testimony that I claim the foregoing as my invention I affix my signature in' presence of two witnesses.
PETER J. VEHLEN.
F. W. KASEHAGEN, E. H. FROMMANN.