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Publication numberUS259390 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateJun 13, 1882
Filing dateMar 1, 1882
Publication numberUS 259390 A, US 259390A, US-A-259390, US259390 A, US259390A
InventorsGeoege W. Hensley
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Writer s hand-support
US 259390 A
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(No Model.)



Patented June 13, 1882..

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SPECIFICATION formingpart of Letters Patent No. 259,390, dated June 13, 1882.

Application filed March 7, 1882. (No model.)

To all whom it may concern:

Be it known that I, GEORGE W. HENSLEY, of the town of Lawrence, county of Marion, and State of Indiana, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in WritersHand- Supports, of which the following is a specification.

My said invention consists of a leaf to be attached to writing desks or tables, having a recess into which the writing paper or book will slide as the writing progresses, the writers hand meanwhile resting on top of the upper portion, and being prevented thereby from coming in contact with said paper or other material upon which the writing is being inscribed.

For the purpose of giving a clear idea of the manner in which I prefer to use this invention, I have shown in the drawings and will hereinafter describe a peculiarly-constructed hinge which I have devised for use in connection therewith. Such hinge, however, is not intended to be included in this application for Letters Patent, but is reserved as the subject matter of another application which I intend to make.

Referring to the accompanying drawings, which are made a part hereof, and on which similar letters of reference indicate similar parts, Figure 1 is a longitudinal vertical section of a leaf and hinge embodying my said invention, said leaf being up in position for use; Fig. 2, a similar view, the leaf being folded down out of the way; Fig. 3, a front elevation of the hinge, one of its swinging portions being removed, and Fig. 4a perspective view of a portion of the hinge.

In said drawings, the portions marked A represent the desk or tableto whichthe handrest is attached; B, the lower portion of said hand-rest; O, the upper portion thereof; D, the swinging portions of the hinge by which the hand-rest is connected to the desk or table, and E the portion of the hinge connected directly to said desk or table.

The table A is or may be any ordinary desk or table which is suitable for the use of a penman, and is adapted to have secured to its edge, by means of a hinge or otherwise, my

improved rest.

The hand-rest'is composed of two parts, B U, as shown, between which the paper will slide as the writing progresses, while thehand is one which I have constructed especiallyfor the purpose, and is composed of three parts, two, D, being ordinary-shaped hinge parts, except that the eyes are not round, but are formed to fit upon and be held in position by a portion of the hinge'pintles, while they will turn upon other portions. The third portion, E, is fastened rigidly to the table, and is formed with two pintles for the accommodation of the two hinge parts D. Each of these pintles has a square or other shaped portion, 6, upon which the corresponding part, D, will fit and will not turn, and a round portion, 0, upon which said part will turn freely. A head, 0 is also preferably provided to prevent the parts D from slipping 01f atinopportune times.

When it is desired to use the hand-rest itis raised up from the position shown in Fig. 2 to that shown in Fig. l and moved sidewise until the'hinge parts D are upon the pintle por tions 0 and are held thereby. The paper or other material upon which the writing is to be inscribed is placed in the rest, between the two portions B 0 thereof, the top'portion projecting just far enough to accommodate the writer, whose hand rests on top ofthetop portion 0. As the writing progresses the paper is gradually slid out, while the writers hand is not only enabled to remain in the same position, (which, as will be readily understood, is a great advantage,) but is kept from contact with the paper, thus avoiding any danger of soiling the same by perspiration or otherwise. When the writing is concluded the rest is moved sidewise in the reverse direction to that in which it was moved while putting in position for use, until the hinge parts D rest upon the pintle portions 6, when it will drop down out of the way into the position shown in Fig. 2.

Instead of the improved hinge shown and described, common hinges might be employed, with a brace upon the under side of the rest to hold it in position, without otherwise deother writing material may be inserted, and from which it will slide as the writing pro- 1 5 gresses, while the writers hand rests upon the top of the top part of the rest, substantially as set forth.

In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal, at Indianapolis, Indiana, this 20 4th day of March, A. D. 1882.


In presence of G. BRADFORD, CHAS. L. THURBER.

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Cooperative ClassificationA47B21/0371