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March 18, 1952 J, a. w. STUITS CANE TIP Filed July 13, 1949 '4 lflllllllllllfl v INVENTOR. rJZahnny G. W. Studs Patented Mar. 18, 1952 CANE TIP Johnny G. W. Stuits, Austin, Tex.; W. W. Patterson administrator of said Johnny G. W. Stuits, deceased, also known as J. G. Stuits Application July 13, 1949, Serial No. 104,491
1 Claim. 1
This invention relates to canes and more particularly a new and novel cane tip.
One of the objects of this invention resides in providing a cane with an anti-friction and yielding tip so the cane can be easily manipulated over the ground by blind and other individuals using the same.
With this and other objects in view, this invention resides in certain novel features of construction and arrangement of elements to be hereinafter more particularly set forth in the specification, illustrated in the accompanying drawing and pointed out in the appended claim and, although this disclosure depicts my present conception of the invention, the right is reserved to resort to such departures therefrom as come within the scope of the claim.
In the accompanying drawing forming a part of this application:
Fig. 1 is a side view partly in section of the lower end of a cane.
Fig. 2 is a similar view of a modified form of the cane tip.
In the present illustration of this invention, the numeral 5 designates the lower portion of a cane which is preferably but not necessarily formed from tubular aluminum into the lower end of which is secured an elongated tubular cage 6 having its lower end expanded to form a socket I for reception of a steel ball 8 held therein with a portion thereof projecting therefrom by an inturned annular flange 9 formed on the lower end of the socket.
Slldably disposed in the socket and resting on the upper portion of said ball is a bronze or other suitable bearing washer I0 having a centrally disposed hole ll therein to reduce friction In the modified form of the tip as shown in Fig. 2 of the drawing a disc-shaped cap C having a rounded edge D is secured to the lower end of the cane by resilient fingers E.
With this invention fully set forth, it is manifest that a tip for canes is provided which will easily glide over the ground and cushion impact thereagainst and through the simplicity of construction thereof, the cost of manufacture of the same will be sufliciently reasonable to permit it to be marketed at a reasonable price.
Having thus described my invention, what I claim and desire to protect by Letters Patent is:
The combination with a cane having a tubular lower end, a tubular cage having an elongated bore secured in the lower end of the cane, an enlarged socket formed on the lower end of the cage with its outer wall aligned with the outer side of the cane, a steel ball disposed in the socket with a portion thereof projecting from the lower end thereof, a washer of greater diameter than the bore in the cage and having a centrally disposed hole therein resting on the upper portion of the ball in opposed relation to the reduced upper end of the socket, an inturned flange formed on the lower end of the socket and retaining the ball therein, an inturned flange formed on the upper end of the cage, and an expansion coil spring disposed in the cage between the flange thereof and washer.
JOHNNY G. W. STUITS.
REFERENCES CITED The following references are of record in the file of this patent:
UNITED STATES PATENTS Number Name Date 555,578 Marden Mar. 3, 1896 1,500,199 Overmyer July 8, 1924 1,542,231 Garfield June 16, 1925 1,548,889 King Aug. 11, 1925 2,488,849 Churchill Nov. 22. 1949