Clothes de iee
US 257765 A
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' T-. ROWE.
No. 257.765. Patnted May 9, 1882.
WITNESSES INVENTOR ivJ razwmym fig ATTORNEYS UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE.
THOMAS EoWE, OF NEW YORK, N. Y.
SPECIFICATION forming part of Letters Patent No. 257,765, dated May 9, 1882.
Application filed anuary 31, 1882. (ModeL) To all whom it may concern Be it known that I, THOMAS ROWE, a citizen of the United States, resident of New York, in the county of New York and State of New York, have invented a new and valuable Improvement in Clothes-Briers; and I do hereby declare that the following is a full, clear, and
exact description of the construction and operation of the same, reference being had to the annexed drawings, making a part of this specification, and to the letters and figures of reference marked thereon.
' Figure 1 of the drawings is a representation of a perspective view. Fig. 2 is a section. Fig. 3 is a detail.
This invention has relation to clothes-driers; and it consists in the construction and novel arrangement, in connection with the uprights of the frame, of the metallic elliptical springbands, embracing two adjacent posts or up- 1i ghts, and designed to hinge and connect said posts or uprights together, all as hereinafter set forth, and especially pointed out in the claim appended.
In the accompanying drawings, the letters a a. designate the uprights or posts of a clothesdrying frame having the ordinary cross-bars, b b. The clothes-drier consists usually of several sectional frames, each of which consists of two uprights, a, and connecting cross-bars b. In order that these sectional frames may be connected so as to open and close at any desired angle, hinges of various kinds have been employed.
The present invention involves the employment ofellipt-ical spring-metal bands 0 c,which embrace the two uprights to be connected, holdin g them together with a firm andelasticpressure, which closely follows up any wearing or shrinkage of the posts and prevents them from shaking or becoming loose, at the same time allowing the posts to rotate smoothly in the bands during the folding or unfolding of the frames. These spring-band connections are adjusted to the posts with great facility. A moderate pressure on the sides of the band will serve to elongate its greatest diameter suffiof two witnesses.
ciently to freely permit the introduction together of two of the uprights. The pressure having then been withdrawn from the spring, its resilience will cause it to clasp the two uprights firmly and closely, heepingthem, as well any other ordinary and suitable manner. The
bands may be polished or varnished to obviate rusting, and are designed to impart to the drierframe security and stability, strength and durability.
It will be observed that in folding or unfolding the drier the posts roll upon each other in frictional contact, being compressed against each other by the bands, and that at the same time their bearings at c 0 move with facility against the smooth inner surfaces of the bands, so that there is no reaction after adjustment, the sections of the drier taking their new position at once and holding it by virtue of the frictional pressure between the posts.
I am aware that bands of india-rubber have been used to connect theposts of clothes-driers, and I do not'claim such devices.
I am also aware that cast-m e'tal socket-hinges, made in the form of the figure 8, and twisted Wire hinges representing two united figures of the same character, have been used in the construction of clothesdriers, none of which are my invention.
What I claim, and desire to secure by Letters Patent, is v- In combination with the uprights a a of a folding cloth es-drier, the elliptical spring-metal bands 0, embracing said uprights to connect and hinge them together, as specified.
In testimony that I claim the above I have hereunto subscribed my name in the presence THOMAS ROWE.
ROBERT W. TODD, J OHN M. ELLISON.-