Search Images Maps Play YouTube News Gmail Drive More »
Sign in
Screen reader users: click this link for accessible mode. Accessible mode has the same essential features but works better with your reader.


  1. Advanced Patent Search
Publication numberUS292148 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateJan 15, 1884
Filing dateMar 26, 1883
Publication numberUS 292148 A, US 292148A, US-A-292148, US292148 A, US292148A
InventorsAnd Casper H. Stibolt
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
US 292148 A
Abstract  available in
Previous page
Next page
Claims  available in
Description  (OCR text may contain errors)

(No Model.)



'PIRE IEISGAPBIv Patented Jan'. 15,1884.

. oHAELEs M. TnAvis AND cAsrEE H. sriBoLr, oE enAwEoEDsviLLE,IND.,v

' l NirED STATES *PATENT omer.;



sPEcIrrcATroN forming part of Letters Patent No. 292,148, dated January 15, 185'4.

Application flied March 26, 1883. (No model.)

To @ZZ whomz may concrn:

Be it known that we, OHAs. M. TRAVIS and C. H. STIBOLT, of Crawfordsville, in the county of Montgomery, State of Indiana, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Fire-Escapes; and we do hereby declare that the following is a full, clear, and exact description thereof, reference being had to the accompanying drawings, in which- Figure l shows a view in elevation of a portion of our nre-escape rope at the upper or attaching end thereof with the friction-sleeve in `place ready for use; Fig. 2, a detail perspective view of the friction-sleeve, and Fig. 3 a longitudinal central section of the same applied to the rope as shown in Fig. 1.

rlhe4 object of my invention is to provide an improvement in friction fireescapes; and to this end it consists, principally, in the combination of a rope, formed with a series of swells or enlarged portionsJwit-h tapering ends, with a yielding and pliable sleeve, as hereinafter set forth.

It alsoconsists in the construction, combination, and arrangement of parts, as hereinaf` ter described, and specifcallypointed out in the claims.

In the drawings, A designates the rope formed with a loop, B, at its upper or attaching end, and with a series of swells, C O, at equal distances from each other. lThese swells are formed in the rope during the process of .y manufacture of the same.

The sleeve D is mafie `of flexible or pliable material, being preferably a soft-rubber tube.

Its internal bore is of a size to readily pass .over the rope as constructed.

Its lower end is provided with a hard ring, E, of hard rubber, wood, metal, or other desired material. This ring flares out from the tube, as shown, and its bore also iiares from that of the tube, yso that the sleeve can pass down over the rope without the possibility of the end of the tube being turned inward by frictional contact with the rope. The sleeve is of sufficient length to afford room for the grasp of both hands of the one .using the escape. Its interior is roughened to increase its frictional hold upon the rope when the sides are pressed in by the grasp of the hands upon the sleeve. The rope is to be made of silk, hemp, cotton, or other suitable material interwoven with fine metallic wire7 vantage.-

and strong enough to bear the Weight of the l heaviest person. The wire interwoven ortwisted in with the fibers forming the rope not only serves to strengthen said rope, but also to give itsolidity and hardness enough to stand great wear and preserve its peculiar shape even during long continued use.

A. rope formed in the manner and of the 6o materials set forth can be made quite small and light in weight, while still having sufficient strength. The loop at the end furnishes ready means for attaching the escape to any articles of furniture in the room, orto a chim- 6 5 loop, and the noose so formed can be placed over 7o or around the object.

rIhe operation of our invention is as follows: lIhe upper or loop end is attached to any fixed object, the rest of the rope being thrown out of the window. The user then grasps the sleeve 7 5 with both hands and slides down the rope, supporting himself from the sleeve and regulating the speed of his descent by increasing or lessening the pressure. of his hands upon the yielding sides of the said sleeve, and so increas- 8O ing or diminishing the amount of friction between its inner roughened surface and the rope., As is obvious, the swells, shaped as shown, enable this friction to be applied to the best ad- Having thus fully set forth the nature of oui invention, what we claim as new isl. In combination with the ropeprovided with a series of enlarged portions at intervals of its length, the sleeve formed of pliable ma- Vterial surrounding and adapted to slide upon the rope, substantially as and for the purpose set forth.

2. In combination with the rope provided with a lseries of enlarged portions or swells, the 9S sleeve adapted to slide upon said rope, and formed of pliable material with a rigid enlarged portion at its lower end, substantially as and for the purpose set forth.

3. In combination with the rope formed of a IOOf :t series of enlarged portions or swells, the plil 6. The lire-escape rope for use with a fricable sleeve formed with interior roughened tional sleeve, made of suitable fibers intersurface, and provided at its lower end with ai woven or twisted with iner metal wires, and 15 hard ring haring outward and downward from formed with a series of enlargements or swell- 5 the sleeve, substantially as shown and deings along its length, substantially as shown scribed. and described.

5. The rope formed with a series of enlarwed portions or swells, in combination with lthe soft-rubber sleeve roughened on its interior :o surface, and provided with u hard ila-ring lower Attest:

end` substantially as and for the purpose set EDGAR XV. STRAIGHT, forth. DAVID A. Rollen.

Referenced by
Citing PatentFiling datePublication dateApplicantTitle
US2632219 *Apr 22, 1950Mar 24, 1953Massey Stanley SElastic fastener for cord, fabric, and the like
US2662569 *Jun 7, 1950Dec 15, 1953Jr Joseph E SwalinkavichHandle for hack saw blades
US4757578 *Dec 19, 1986Jul 19, 1988Robert LambFlexible member for attaching articles to a dishwasher rack
US4869375 *Apr 25, 1988Sep 26, 1989Lamb Robert EFlexible member for attaching articles to a dishwasher rack
US5090691 *Aug 6, 1990Feb 25, 1992Pollock Todd EActive and passive handle for exercise device
US6471268 *Apr 18, 2000Oct 29, 2002Peter John StenstromDevice for displacing a pipe etc
Cooperative ClassificationA62B35/04