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A. W. GRAY.
ELECTRIC CLOCK ESGAPBMENT. No. 274,445. Patented Mar.20, 1883.
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ADELBERT W. GRAY, OF NEW YORK, N. Y., ASSIGNOR, BY MESNE ASSIGN- MENTS, TO THE TIME TELEGRAPH COMPANY, OF SAME PLACE.
SPECIFICATION forming part of Letters Patent No. 274,445, dated March 20, 1883,
Application filed January 2, 1883. (No model.)
T all whom it mag concern:
Be it known that I, ADELBERT XV. GRAY, a citizen of the United States, and a resident of New York city, in the county of New York and State of New York, haveinvented certain new and useful Improvements in Electro-Magnetic Escapements for Clocks and other Purposes, of which the following is a specification.
My invention relates to the actuating or propelling mechanism, whereby an intermittent progressive movement isim parted by the armature of an electro-magnet to a toothed wheel as, for example, in the case of electric timepieces which are operated by means of successive electrical impulses transmitted at regular intervals through an electric circuit in which the time-piece is included-by means of circuit closing or breaking mechanism governed by a standard time-piece, or regulator, or other suitable means.
The object of my invention is to provide a method of propelling an electric timepiece or other like mechanism by a comparatively small expenditure of electro-magnetic power, and
2 also to insure the accurate working of said mechanism.
My invention consists in the construction and arrangement of a pawl for propelling a ratchet-wheel by the action of an electro-mag- 0 net and armature, or by other suitable means, hereinafter more particularly described, and
' claimed at the end of this specification.
In the accompanying drawings, Figure 1 is a view in elevation of my invention as applied to an electric clock, the armature being drawn away from the electro-magnet; and Fig. 2 is a similar view, showing the armature when attracted by said electro-magnet.
In the figures, A is a supporting frame or 40 plate, having posts a a a a for connecting it with a similar plate in front of the electromagnet, the latter plate not being shown in the drawings.
E is an electro-magnet, secured to the plate 5 A by means of the angular metallic piece 0,
preferably of non-magnetic metal. A soft-iron armature, B, is carried upon a lever B, pivoted at b to the su pporting-frame A. The movement of this lever away from the electro-magnet E is limited by an adjustable screw. S,
mounted upon one of the posts, a. The armature-lever B, is slotted or forked at its free end, and within or between the two prongs thus formed is loosely pivoted an L-shaped lever, P. One arnnp, of this lever extends into proximity to the periphery of a toothed wheel, \V, and constitutes a pawl adapted to engage the same, when carried forward in a radial direction with reference to the wheel, under the influencev of the attraction exerted by the elec tro-magnet E upon the armature B. The remaining arm 1), of the lever P normally extends in a direction approximately parallel with the armature-lever B, being held in that position through the influence of a counter, poise or extension, 12 for which a spring may be substituted, if preferred. When, however, the arm is carried forward by the movement of the lever, it impinges upon the adjustable stop 8, carried in a support, G, extending from the frame A. A further movement of the armature-lever B toward the poles of the magnets will thereupon cause the extremity of the arm or pawl 19 to be carried downward in a direction tangential to the wheel W, and at right angles to its original direction. For the purpose of limiting the movements of the L-shaped lever P the lower extremity of the arm 1), is provided with two fingers or prongs, f and f, between which extends a stop, d, rigidly atiixed to the armature-leve B.
When the electro-magnet E is not vitalized the armature B is held away from its poles by means of a suitable retractile spring, (not shown,) or by gravity, as indicated in Fig. 1. The weight 10 at the same time causes the prong j" to rest against the detent d, thereby maintainingthe arm or pawl 19 in its upward position. When, however, an electric current or impulse is transmitted through the electromagnet E, the armature B will be attracted toward the poles of the electro-magnet, causing the armature-lever B to advance and the extremity of the pawl 19 to enter in a radial direction one of the spaces betweenthe teeth of 5 the wheel W, as shown in Fig. 2. In the course of the forward movement of the armature-lever B, and immediately after the pawl has entered one of the spaces in the periphery of the wheel, the arm 19 is brought into contact with the end of the screw 3. The extremity of the pawl pis thereupon forced downward in a tangential direction in the manner already described, thereby causiu g the wheel W to be advanced through the space occupied by one tooth. hen the armature is released at the termination of the impulse the armature-lever B and the L-shaped lever P will resume their normal positions but the wheel W will be retained in its new position by means of a suitable dog or click, T, adapted to engage its successive teeth in a well-known manner.
It will be evident from the foregoing description that by transmitting a series of successive impulses through the electro-magnet E at proper intervals an intermittent advance movement may be imparted to the wheel V, and by means of a proper system of timedistributing wheels-such as shown in dotted lines in the drawings-the hands of a timepiece maybe moved in front of a dial and the correct time indicated in the usual manner.
It will be obvious that the electro-magnct may, if desired, be situated upon the opposite side of the armature from that shown in the drawings, the armature being so mounted as to bedrawn away from thepolesoftheelectro-magnet when the latter is not vitalized by means of gravity or other retracting force, and thereby causing the extremity of the pawl to normally rest within one of the indentations between the teeth of the wheel. By this reverse arrangement of the electro-magnet and armature the latter withdraws the pawl from the toothed wheel when attracted by the electromagnet, and the successive engagements of the pawl with the toothed wheel is caused by a series of interruptions in the current.
I do not desire to limit myself to the employment of my invention in connection with a time-piece merely, as it is evident thatit may be adapted to many other devices in which a ratchet-wheel propelled by a pawl is employed, especially when the power is derived from an electro-magnet.
I claim as my invention- 1. The combination, substantially as hereinbefore set forth, of a toothed wheel, a pawl for propelling said wheel, and mechanism, sub stantially such as described, for first moving said pawl in a radial direction into engagement with the teeth of said wheel, and thereafter in a tangential direction to impart to said wheel progressive movement upon its axis.
2. The combination,substantially as hcreinbefore set forth, with atoothed wheel, of an armature, an electro-magnet for moving said armature, a pa wl pivoted to said armature, and constructed to engage the successive teeth of said wheel when said lever is actuated in one direction, an arm connected with said pawl, and a contact against which said arm is caused to impinge when said pawl has engaged said teeth, thereby causing said pawl to turn upon its pivot during the further advance of said lever and to actuate said wheel.
3. The combination, substantially as hereinbetore set forth, of a toothed wheel, an armature, an electro-magnet for moving said armature, a pawl pivoted to said armature, an arm attached to said pa wl, means, substantially such as described, for turning said pawl upon its pivot by means of said arm, and a stop for limiting the movements of said arm with reference to said armature-lever.
4. The combination, substantially as hereinbefore set forth, with a toothed wheel, of a pivoted pawl, means for causing said pawl to engage the successive teeth of said wheel, an arm attached to said pawl, a stop against which said arm is caused to impinge when said pawl engages any one of said teeth, thereby communicating a rotary movement to said wheel through said pawl, and a counterpoise normally opposing said arm to said stop.
In testimony whereof I have hereunto subscribed my name this 30th day of December, A. I). 1882.
ADELBEHT W. GRAY.
DANIEL W. Enenoowrs, MILLER (J. EARL.