US 2665742 A
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Jan. 12, 1954 c. s'rARYsKY 2,665,742
COMBINATION BABY WALKER AND HIGH CHAIR Filed Nov. 10, 1950 INVENTOR Charles Slarysky.
ATTORNEY Patented Jan. 12, 1954 UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE COMBINATION BABY WALKER AND HIGH CHAIR Charlesrstarysky, Sheridan, Mont.
Application November 10, 1950, Serial No. 195,018
r 3T Claims. Y l
My present invention relates to a combination supporting device for young children.
It isA an object oi my invention to provide a devicewhich. may be converted to` many purposes such as, ,a, walker, a chair, an` amusement unit, andV a stroller.
With the many uses of my invention, any mothers care and duties are minimized. For example, when a` baby too young to walk alone is placed inv the seat ofthe unit, he. or she is protected from injuryand may move around the home. at will. Or, if the baby desires to be amused the seat is so. mounted as to be rotatable like a merry-go-round. This rotatable feature also assists the` baby in` turning` and moving in different directions. to improve leg` muscles and encourage use. of thefeet.
If it is the babys feeding time the unit is readilyV convertibleinto a high chair with feeding tray and foot rest attachments. Or, if desired, after the baby has` been fed, the device may be converted into a stroller for a walk outside the house.
Other objects, uses andA advantages will become apparent as the invention is more fully described hereinafter in connection with the ac companying drawings.
In the drawings, wherein like symbolsrefer to like parts throughout the several views:
Figure l is a perspective View of my invention with the-feed tray pulled apart for the sake of clarity;
Figure 2 is a cross section view taken alongthe section line 2--2 of Figure l, but with the feed tray in mounted position.
Figure is an'enlarged cross section view of the mounting for the top rotatable ring which supports the seat portion of theunit.
Figure 4 is a fragmentary view in elevation of the unit vshowing a high chair leg attached, there preferably being three such legs used.
Figure 5 isa cross section view of a bushing connected to the inner surface ofthe lower edge of the arm rest ring, said .bushingbeingformed with a bearing ila-nge and a knee guard ring or ange. f
Referring in detail to the drawing and first with particular reference to Figures 1- and 2, there is shown a frame work made of a plurality of superimposed vertically spaced ilat surfaced rings, namely, IIJ, II and I2. Each ring is of a different size, that is, ring I0 at the base of the unit is the largest, ring II is the middle ring and is of smaller size than said ring IIJ and` ring I2 istthe top ring and of .the smallest size of all three said rings.
f flat undersidewith. sockets for the reception of the Shanks of casters Ill. The casters il are interchangeable with larger sized casters, not shown, for outdoor use, that is, when the unit is to serve as a babystroller. Also, the base ring il) is projected. through at spaced intervals by rivets, such as I 8 for telescopic insertion into the open end of tubular legs I9, see Figure Ll. Thus, when a leg is engaged over" the end of a rivet I8 projecting from .the lower dat surface or the base ring II), there is provided a high chair.`
The middle ring` II may serve as a climbing rung for the baby to get into the seat I9. The seat is mounted for rotation with an arm rest ring 20, providedwith an annular slotted metal bushing '2l formed with a bearing ilange 22 and a` knee guard 32. The bushing is secured to the lower portion of the interior surface of the lower part ofthe ringA 20. Seat I9 issecured by an elongated bolt 23 and a sheet metal back rest 24 to the lower edge and inner surface, respective- 1y, of the. ring 29.
The arm rest ring 20 is formed with an. annular top flange 25 around its top edge overlapping the inner peripheral surface of the top frame ring I2 in which the rest ring 20 is concentrically positioned. The upper side of ange 22 ci" bushing 2l extends outwardly under theV edge of the ring 20. The underside of the ilange 22 serves as a bearing surface adapted to turn or rotate on resiliently` yieldably mounted ball bearings 26. as shown, these ball bearings 26 are yieldably and adjustably mounted in cups 30 mounted on brackets 2l, which brackets are of resiliently yieldable metal, see Figure 3. These brackets are angle brackets and are secured to the upper inner sides of the angular brace bars I3 by suitable means such as screws 28. Thus, as theflange 25 of the arm rest ring 20 is slightly elevated or .spaced from the surface of the top ring and the seat It is secured to ring 20 which carries bushing 2! and flange 22, it followsthat the weight of an occupant of the seat forces the bearing flange 22 downward tightly against the spring-mounted ball bearings 26, which yield in their respective cup mountings and brackets to cushion the seat for vertical movements. Also each end of each ball bearing bracket 21 is formed with a threaded aperture for the threaded shank 29 of the ball bearing socket or cup 3i). Thus turning of the shank 29 serves to adjust the vertical position of the bearing cups 30. A nut 3l threads over the shank 29 and holds the same in adjusted position, see Figure 3.
The occupants knees must be protected from the bearing brackets 21 and accordingly, the flat guard ring or ilange 32 forming a part of the bushing 2l extends across and below the brackets for this purpose. Y
Obviously, when a child is seated in the unit, the waist and upper part of the body below the shoulders are belou7 the top ring I2 and arm rest ring 2U and it is preferable to provide an adjustable body coniorming elastic belt or strap 33 to give the child a feeling of a greater security when using the same and center the child in the frame structure. For example, such strap 33 may be separable by a snap fastener 34, see Figure l, and formed with intermediate adjustable loops 35 looped over hooked ended bolts 35 depending from the rotatable arm rest ring 2ten the inside of bushing 2i opposite the slots therein. The several loops 35 of the strap are adjustable for length and extend through the slots formed in the bushing 2i and similar slots formed in a rubn ber liner or skirt 3l also secured to the rotatable arm rest ring 28 by screws 38 or the like. Thus, a child in the seat is protected against possible injury from any part of the unit,
The arm rest ring 2@ besides mounting the seat I9 mounts a feed tray 453, see Figures 1 and 2. The tray is formed with an arcuate edge lil to conform to the interior bore of the ring 2t, and the flange 25 has its rim formed with a socket 42 to receive a pin 43 extending from a block 44 with an arcuate edge adapted to conform to the exterior curve of the ange rim 25.
When the feed tray is to be used, it is preferable to lock the seat against turning. Accordingly, means are provided for this purpose. Such means consists of a lock pin i5 adapted to project through aligned openings in the rotatable Bange 25 and the relatively xed top ring i2'. The lock pin 45 may be tethered to the unit by a chain 45 or the like. Usually when feeding the child it will be best accomplished by attaching the high chair legs |90; to their respective rivets i8 as shown in Figure 4. Also a foot rest panel 41 may be mounted on the base ring Iii by securing it with means 48. The foot rest is preferably sectorshaped and nts around the base o one of the angle braces I3. Further means in the form of nuts and bolts 48 are provided for tightly securing the foot rest in place.
The unit may be made in attractive colors and the headed bolts 59 around the exterior peripheral rim of top ring E2 serve to hang a skirt or curtain l with hanger rings 52.
Without further description, it is believed that the foregoing amply describes the present novel arrangement and combination o parts which make up the structure of the present invention, and it is to be expressly understood that various changes now likely to occur to others may be made Without departing from the scope of this invention. Reference should be had to the appended claims to determine the scope of my invention.
v 1. A device for children, comprising a pyramidal frame formed of vertically spaced apart rings, said rings including a large size base ring, a middle size middle ring and small size top ring, angular vertically extending brace bars connecting the rings together, an arm rest ring concentrically supported within said top ring, a bearing ila-nge carried by the arm rest ring, a seat rigidly suspended from said flange, angular vertically adjustable bearing brackets secured to the inner top sides of each of said brace bars, a bearing mounted in each of said brackets supporting the arm rest ring by engagement with the underside of said bearing ange, a guard member secured to the seat mounting below the bearing brackets, a protective tubular lining secured to the inner bore of the arm rest ring extending toward the said seat, an adjustable elastic body strap for centering an undersize child in the center or the arm rest, and caster supporting means for said pyramidal frame with respect to the floor or the like. 'f
2. A device for teaching children to walk comprising a frame of vertically spaced rings, said rings including a base ring and a relatively smaller top ring, angularly extending brace bars connecting the rings together to form a rigid pyramidal structure, a anged annular assembly concentrically within the top ring and held in suspension by inverted ball bearing supports, said supports being angularly vertically adjustable with the ball bearings thereof in contact with a anged part cfsaid annular assembly, a seat rigidly connected to said annular assembly, to thereby be turnable therewith in said top ring, a lock pin engageable through a part of said annular assembly and said top ring to thereby x said seat against rotation for eeding a child in the seat, and supplementary legs for raising the height of the seat during such feeding.
3. A frame of pyramidal form, comprising, a plurality of vertically spaced apart rings of progressively smaller sizes, brace bars secured to the rings to hold the same together, a seat, said seat having an annular rotatable arm rest positioned concentrically in the top ring of the trarne, an annular rotatable part connected to said annular arm rest, an exterior annular flange carried by said rotatable part and positioned below the plane of said arm rest, said arm rest being connected as a unit to said rotatable part with said exterior flange, rigid connecting rods having an end connected to said seat and their respective opposite ends anchored to and depending with the seat from said exterior flange, and bearingrunits xed to the frame brace bars and supporting the said annular part and the said seat by contact with the underside of said ange.
' CHARLES STARYSKY.
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