US 3044828 A
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July 17, 1962 R. J. FOWLER 3,044,828
BARBER CHAIR ATTACHMENT Filed Oct. 4, 1960 3 Sheets-Sheet 1 Fly.
Reid Jay Fowler INVENTOR.
BY 2mm July 17, 1962 R. J. FOWLER BARBER CHAIR ATTACHMENT 3 Sheets-Sheet 2 Filed Oct. 4. 1960 Fig.5
Reid Jay Fowler INVENTOR.
9 BY HM all Filed Oct. 4, 1960, Ser. No. 60,418 3 Claims. (Cl. 297-191) This invention relates to anovel and useful barber chair attachment and more particularly to a barber chair attachment specifically adapted for removable securement to the back of a barber chair and to support a plurality of barber accessories thereon including various dilferent types of accessories.
Although barber chair attachments for supporting a plurality of barber accessories have been heretofore devised, a means has not been previously provided for supporting electrical accessories as well as non-electrical accessories. In order that electrical barber accessories may be supported by an attachment carried by the back of a barber chair, while not absolutely necessary, it is desirable to also be provided with means on the barber chair for supplying a source of electricity to the electrical barber accessories supported on the back of the barber chair. To this end, the barber chair attachment of the instant invention is provided with a multiple socket receptacle strip including a plurality of electrical sockets with the strip also including an electrical circuit connecting the sockets in parallel relation. One of the sockets on the multiple socket receptacle strip is to be engaged by a conventional type of plug on one end of an extension cord whose other end is connected to a convenient source of electricity at a point remote from the barber chair. Inasmuch as the plurality of sockets in the socket receptacle strip are connected together by a parallel circuit, each of the sockets in the socket receptacle strip is also connected to the source of electricity by means of the extension cord. The electrical barber accessories being supported by the back of the barber chair may then have the plugs on their electrical cords engaged with the sockets in the socket receptacle strips whereby each of the electrical attachments is simultaneously connected with a source of electricity. Inasmuch as the electrical barber accessories may be connected with a source of electricity on the back of the barber chair, the electrical cord of the electrical barber accessories may be shortened considerably as the electrical cords Will not have to extend a great distance such as when the electrical accessories are plugged into a wall socket or the like and therefore the electrical cords on the electrical accessories are less likely to become entangled.
Ever since electrical accessories such as clippers have been used in barber shops, the electric cord of these accessories has been a constant nuisance to barbers as the movement of the barber around his customer in the process of clipping his hair with the clippers is impaired if the electrical cord for the clippers is plugged into a wall socket. Further, by enabling the electrical cords of the electrical accessories to be shortened considerably, the Weight of the cord is reduced appreciably and enables the barber to make use of the electrical accessories with considerably less effort.
The main object of this-invention is to provide a barber chair attachment for securement to the back of a barber chair'and provided with means thereon for removably supporting electrical barber accessories and means thereon including a socket receptacle strip having a plurality of sockets into which the plugs on the ends of the electrical cords of the electrical accessories may be plugged and an extension cord connected with one of the sockets and adapted for connection with a suitable source of electricity whereby electrical outlets may be provided on the barber chair for supplying a source of electricity for the electrical barber accessories supported by the attachment.
A further object of this invention, in accordance with 1 United States Patent 3,044,828 Patented July 17, 1962 the immediately preceding object is to provide a means for removably mounting the barber chair attachment on substantially all types of barber chairs. I
Still another object of this invention is to provide a barber chair attachment having means for supporting numerous other types of barber accessories such as liquid receptacles for combs and shears, towels and barber clothes.
A final object to be specifically enumerated herein is to provide a barber chair attachment which will conform to conventional forms of manufacture, be of simple construction and capable of supporting substantially all of the barber accessories needed during shaving and hair cutting operations, which will be economically feasible, long lasting and one which will enable a barber to perform shaving and hair cutting operations with all of the necessary barber accessories being used for these operations within easy reach.
These together with other objects and advantages which Will become subsequently apparent reside in the details of construction and operation as more fully hereinafter described and claimed, reference being had to the accompanying drawings forming a part hereof, wherein like numerals refer to like parts throughout, and in which:
FIGURE 1 is a rear elevational view of a barber chair shown with one form of the present invention secured thereto;
FIGURE 2 is a rear elevational view of the barber chair attachment illustrated in FIGURE 1 on somewhat of an enlarged scale;
FIGURE 3 is a side elevational view of the barber chair attachment as seen from the left side of FIGURE 2;
FIGURE 4 is a top plan view of the barber chair attachment illustrated in FIGURE 2;
FIGURE 5 is an enlarged fragmentary sectional view taken through a lower corner portion of the mounting panel of the barber chair attachment showing the details of the construction of the multiple socket receptacle strip;
FIGURE 6 is a perspective view of a modified form of barber chair attachment, parts thereof being broken away;
FIGURE 7 is a perspective view of a liquid receptacle to be used in conjunction with the modified form of the attachment illustrated in FIGURE 6;
FiGURE 8 is a still further modification of the barber chair attachment;
FIGURE 9 is a top plan view of the barber chair attachment illustrated in FIGURE 8;
FIGURE 10 is a vertical sectional view taken substantially upon the plane indicated by the section line Ill-10 of FIGURE 8; and
FIGURE 11 is a rear elevational view of a still further modification of the barber chair attachment.
Referring now more specifically to the drawings and first to FIGURES 1 through 5, it will be seen that the barber chair attachment disclosed therein is generally designated by the reference numeral 10. The attachment 10 is shown mounted to the upper end portion of the back 12 of a barber chair generally designated by the reference numeral 14. The barber chair 14.includes the conventional base 16 and chair seat 18. The barber chair 14' is further provided with a barbers stool generally designated by the reference numeral 20 which includes a seat 22 and L-shaped mounting arm 23 whose free end remote from the seat 22 is provided with a right angulated portion 24 which i journalled in a socket 26 carried by the base 16 for rotation about a vertical axis. It may thus be readily appreciated that the stool 20 may be used by a barber in order to remain in a seated position while cutting a customers hair with the barber stool providing a means by which the barber may move from one side of the chair 14 to the other while remaining seated.
The attachment constitutes an article rack and includes a mounting panel 28 which is generally arcuate in cross section to conform to the back 12 of the chair 14 as can best be seen in FIGURE 4 of the drawings. Although the mounting panel 28 may be constructed of any desirable material, it has been found that plastic and other non-conductors of electricity are most desirable in order that barbers handling electrical accessories supported by the attachment will not receive electrical shocks as a result of not fully grounded electrical accessories.
The mounting panel 23 is provided with a plurality of supporting means or brackets 30 thereon for supporting electrical barber attachments and each of the supporting means 30 includes a substantially horizontal base member 32 and a plurality of upwardly and rearwardly inclined arms 34 which are generally parallel. The base members 32 may be fixedly secured to the mounting panel 28 in any convenient manner such as by fasteners 36.
The mounting panel 28 is provided with means generally designated by the reference numeral 38 for mounting the panel 28 on the rear of the back 12. The means 38 includes an elongated mounting strip 49. The mounting strip may be constructed of a metal such as aluminum or other materials which may be readily bent and the upper end of the strip 46 is bent back upon itself as at 42 to provide a portion which may readily be inserted in the conventional socket found on substantially all types of barber chairs for the reception of the mounting shank of a barber chair head rest. The back turned portion 42 is inserted in the head rest socket (not shown) of the chair 14 and in this manner the mounting panel 28 is securely supported on the back 12. The mounting panel 23 is provided with a pair of hanger members 42' which include an eye portion for removable securement to the panel 28 by means of suitable fasteners 46 and a substantially horizontally disposed ring portion for embracingly supporting an open top receptacle 50. The open top receptacles 50 are adapted to contain various types of antiseptic liquid and a pair of shears 52, see FIGURE 1, or combs may be placed within the receptacles 50 after being used in order that the possibility of transferring germs from one customers head to anothers will be greatly reduced. The panel 28 also includes a pair of L-shaped hooks 54 for supporting hand towels and the like and also a pair of upstanding pegs or pins 56 which may be utilized to conveniently support barber cloth clips (not shown) and also to support the portion of the barber cloth disposed at the back of the neck of a customer in an elevated position above the arms 34 of the support means 30 in order that electrical clippers such as that designated as at 58, see FIGURE 1, may be readily removed from and replaced upon the attachment 10 without interference from the barber cloth. The elongated mounting strip 40 is provided with a plurality of apertures (not shown) through which fasteners 60 extend and are threadedly engaged in suitable threaded bores (not shown) formed in the mounting panel 28. In. this manner, the mounting panel 28 is fixedly secured to the mounting strip 49. The mounting panel 28 may also be provided with a sleeve member 62 for receiving the mounting shank of a barber chair headrest in the event the opening for the headrest in the chair 14 is being utilized to support the panel 28 thereby requiring that other means be provided for supporting a headrest. The sleeve 62 is provided with a plurality of setscrews 64 for engagement with the mounting shank of a barber chair headrest slidingly disposed therethrough.
Carried by the bottom of the mounting panel 28 is a multiple socket receptacle strip generally designated by the reference numeral 66 which includes a plurality of sockets 68 mounted within a recess 71 see FIGURE 5, formed in the lower edge of the mounting panel 28 by means of suitable fasteners 72. An electrical circuit generally referred to by the reference numeral 74 electrically connects the sockets 68 in parallel relation and one end of an extension cord 74 is provided with a conventional plug 76 for engagement with one of the sockets 63, see FIG- URE 1, while the other end of the extension cord 74 may be provided with any convenient type of plug (not shown) for engagement with a wall socket whereby the socket receptacle strip 66 may have each of its sockets 68 connected to a suitable source of electricity. With each of the sockets 68 connected to a suitable source of electricity, the plug 78 of the electrical cord 80 connected to the clipper attachment 58 may be plugged in one of the sockets 68 in order to connect the clipper 58 to a source of electricity on the barber chair 14.
The mounting panel 28 and the mounting strip 41} constitute a hanger assembly comprising the attachment 10 which may be readily used to support a plurality of barber attachments within easy reach of a barber attending to a customer in chair 14.
With attention now directed more particularly to FIG- URES 6 and 7 of the drawings there will be seen a modified form of the attachment generally designated by the reference numeral 110. The attachment includes a mounting strip 112 similar to and serving the same purpose as the mounting strip 46. However, the attachment 110 includes an upper horizontal elongated bar 114 which serves as the equivalent of the upper portion of the mounting panel 28 and has mounted thereon pins or pegs 116 identical with pegs 56 and support means generally designated by the reference numeral 118 identical to support means 30. The bar 114 includes a pair of hanger members 120 similar to hanger members 42' which may be secured to the bar 114 in any convenient manner and which are adapted to support liquid containers 122 which are provided with outwardly projecting collars 124 for engagement with the upper surfaces of the rings 126 of the hangers 120.
The mounting strip 112 is secured to the horizontal bar 114 in a manner similar to that by which the mounting strip 40 is secured to the mounting panel 28 by means of fasteners 128. Carried by the lower end of the mounting strip 112 is a lower horizontal mounting member 130 on which there is secured suitable L-shaped hooks 132 corresponding to L-shaped hooks 54. The lower horizontal mounting bar 130 also includes a socket receptacle strip generally designated by the reference numeral 134 corresponding to the socket receptacle strip 66 and including a plurality of sockets 136 corresponding to the sockets 68.
With attention now directed to FIGURES 8 through 10 of the drawings there will be seen a further modification of the attachment generally designated by the reference numeral 140 which is similar in substantially all respects to the attachment 110 with the exception that the upper and lower horizontal mounting bars 114 and 130 are interconnected at corresponding ends by means of integral end members 131. In addition, the fasteners 128 are engaged with both the upper and lower mounting members 114 and 130 and the hanger members 120 merely constitute ring-like members secured at one point of their periphery to the integral end members 131 in any convenient manner.
With attention now directed to FIGURE 11 of the drawings, there will be seen still another modification of the attachment generally designated by the reference numeral 159 which includes a horizontal mounting bar 152 similar to horizontal mounting bar 114. The horizontal mounting bar 152 has a pair of hanger members 154 secured to opposite ends thereof which are substantially the equivalent to hanger members 120 and a plurality of support means generally designated by the reference numeral 156 are also provided which correspond to support means 30 and 118.
The attachment includes a mounting strip 158 which is shorter than but similar to the mounting strip 122 and is secured to the horizontal mounting bar 152 by means erally designated by the reference numeral 162 and a plurality of pegs or pins 164 which correspond to strips 66 and 134 and to pegs 6 and 116, respectively.
The foregoing is considered as illustrative only of the principles of the invention. Further, since numerous modifications and changes will readily occur to those skilled in the art, it is not desired to limit the invention to the exact construction and operation shown and described, and accordingly all suitable modifications and equivalents may be resorted to, falling withinthe scope of the invention as claimed.
What is claimed as new is as follows:
1. For use on a barber chair including a back having a headrest bar socket in its top portion, an article rack comprising, in combination, a vertical panel, a vertical bar mounted centrally on the back of said panel and extending upwardly therefrom, said bar including a forwardly and then reversely bent upper end portion terminating adjacent the front of the panel and engageable in the socket for removably hanging the panel on the back in opposed relation to the rear thereof, a series of electrical receptacles recessed into the lower end of the panel, a conductor cord electrically connected to said receptacles for connecting same to a source of electric current, and means for removably mounting a plurality of power hair clippers, to be electrically connected to the receptacles, on the upper portion of the panel.
2. For use on a barber chair including a back having a headrest bar socket in its top portion, an article rack comprising, in combination, a vertical panel, a vertical bar mounted centrally on the back of said panel and extending upwardly therefrom, said bar including a forwardly and then reversely bent upper end portion terminating adjacent the front of the panel and engageable in the socket for removably hanging the panel on the back in opposed relation to the rear thereof, a series of electrical receptacles recessed into the lower end of the panel, a conductor cord electrically connected to said 1 receptacles for connecting same to a source of electric current, and means for removably mounting a plurality of power hair clippers, to be electrically connected to the receptacles, on the upper portion of the panel, the last-- named means including brackets afiixed to the upper portion of the panel on opposite sides of the bar, said brackets comprising a plurality of spaced, parallel, upwardly and rearwardly inclined arms for receiving and retaining the clippers by gravity therebetween.
3. An article rack in accordance with claim 2, together with a sleeve affixed to the panel and slidably receiving the bar therebetween, said sleeve for slidably adjustably receiving a headrest bar for removably mounting a head-. rest on the panel, and setscrews threadly mounted in the sleeve and engageable with the headrest bar for frictionally securing same in adjusted position in. the sleeve.
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