US 262311 A
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u Mel" E ORTLBPP REGLINING GHAIR.
UNITED STATES ERNEST ORTLEPP, OF NEV YORK, N. Y.
SPECIFICATION lforming part of Letters Patent No. 262,311, dated August 8, 1882.
Application led August Il, 1881. (No model.)
To all whom it may'concern:
Be it known that I, ERNEST ORTLEPP, of the city, county, and State of New York, have invented a new and Improved Reclining-Chair; and I do hereby declare that the following is a full, clear, and exact description of the same, reference being had to the accompanyingdrawings, making part of this specification.
This invention is in the nature of auimprovement in reclining-chairs; and the invention consists in a reclining-chair composed of three sections of substantially the same size, removably united together by bolt-rods and nuts, in combination with adjustable legs, ratchets, and pivoted arms, as is more particularly hereinafter described.
In the accompanying sheetof drawings, Figure 1 represents a side view of my invention when used as a reclining-chair 5 Fig. 2, a side view of same when used as a couch; Fig. 3, a plan or top view of the chair when employed as acouch; Fg.4, a side view of the chair when` taken apart and packed for shipment, and Fig. 5 a view of bolt-rod for connecting the sections of chair.
Similar letters of reference indicate like parts in the several figures.
One of the chief obstacles to the 'sale of reelining-chairs in quantities or to the trade has been their bulk, which adds materially to their cost of transportation.
The purpose of this invention is mainly to effect theeasy transportation of reclinir.l g-chai rs by constructing them so that when ready for transportation they will occupy but a coniparatively small space.
To this end I construct my chair in three secti0ns,A,B, and G,each of which is of precisely the same size and shape and thickness. The sections A and C are formed with lugs a in continuation of their sides, and the section B is constructed with recesses b to receive these lugs. The sectionsA and G are secured to the section B by bolt-rods D, which pass through the lugs a and through the portion c of the ends of the section B. These bolts are loosely fitted, being provided with a head at one end and a screw-nut on the other, so that they may be readily Withdrawn.
Between the lugs a of the sections A and C of which is fitted a spiral spring, e, and through both of which pass screws f. One end of' these pawls is beveled in the usual manner to lit the ratchet, and the other end is provided with a catch or projection, g, by means of which the pawls may be operated.
The section A may have fixed to it a headrest, I, with supports K secured thereto, and the section C may have pivoted to it a foot-rest, L.
To the under side of the section B are pivoted catches t', which lock into the legs E.
Now, my chair, constructed substantially as hereinbefore described, is operated by bringing the legs E down at right angles to the section B, and locking them in that position by the catches fi, adjusting the section A to any desired angle that will form a comfortable support for the back, and adjusting the section C to a position that will support the legs of the occupant. As thesectonsA'and C are adjusted to the required positions, the ratchets G will freely pass the inclined ends of the pawls AH, the pawls yielding by reason of their springs e and the slots d formed therein until the desired positions of the sections are attained,when the pawls at once engage in the ratchets and hold the sections in such positions. The sections A and C may in this way be placed at any desired angle, or they may with the same facility be placed in a horizontal position in continuation of the section B, forming in this position (see Fig. 2) a couch.
By the proper adjustment of the armsF either section A or C may be used indfferently for the back or leg-rest, and one of these sections, as A, may be provided with a pivoted head-rest, I, and with supports K to support the section A when it is extended in a horizontal position.
The foot-rest L is constructed to turn down substantially parallel with the surface of the section C.
When it is desired to ship this chair or transport it, it is simply necessary to Withdraw the andthe ends c of section B are placed or fitted bolts D by unscrewing the nut from one end ICO thereof, when at once the sections become detached from each other and the legs become detached also by this operation and also by disengaging the catches fi, in which position one section may be laid on top ofthe other section. @ne end of each arm being unbolted enables the arms to fold parallel with the section B. The foot-rest Lis folded down parallel with the section C and the legs placed Within the toprnost section, which is turned upside down for that purpose, when the entire chair will occupy a space of no greater length or Width than a single section and of a thickness equal only to about three times the thickness ot' one section. In this way the chair is transformed readily into a k11ockdown-el1air,and they may be closely packed by the dozen in a case of moderately small dimensions.
Having thus described my invention, what l claim as new, and desire to secure by Letters Patent, is-
1. The combination ofthe separable sectionsv a convertible knockdown rcclining-chair,snb 35 stantially as specified.
(lr. M. PLYMPTON, Il. L. VVA'LTENBERG.