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Publication numberUS328739 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateOct 20, 1885
Filing dateJan 15, 1885
Publication numberUS 328739 A, US 328739A, US-A-328739, US328739 A, US328739A
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Petee wiedebee
US 328739 A
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INVENTOR Patented Oct. 20, 1885.

No. 328,739. 4f-.

WITNESSES ATTORNEYS N. PETERS, PhaloLllhographer. Wnlhlngmn, D. C.




PECIFCATION forming part of Letters Patent No. 328,739, dated October 20, 1885.

Application filed January 15, 1885. Serial No. 152,956. (No model.)

To aZZ whom t may concern.-

Beit known that I, PETER WIEDERER, of the city, county, and State of New York, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Hand-Mirrors, of which the following is a specification.

This invention has reference to an improved hand-mirror of that class that is provided with a hinged handle that can be changed into a supporting-stand for the mirror, said mirror being capable of adjustment in any direction on the handle or stand; and the invention consists of a hand-mirror to the back of which is connected by afriction-hingea handle-rod that is supported in a spring-socket at the upper part of the handle. The shank of the springsocket is pivoted to the handle, which is formed of an open main section and of pivoted fingers folding into line with the body of the handle. The upper ends of the handle and fingers are connected by pivot-links with the shank of the spring socket. The springfingers are locked to the main section of the handle by means of grooved terminals.

In the accompanying drawings, Figures l and 2represent side views of my improved hand-mirror, showing the handle of the same, respectively, in folded position and in position as a stand. Fig. 3 is a rear View of Fig. 1. Figs. et and 5 show side and end views of the upper portion of the folding handle,drawn on a larger scale; and Figs. 6 and 7 show the hand-mirror supported by the handle in the nature of a brace and as hung up on the wall.

Similar letters of reference indicate corresponding parts.

Referring to the drawings, A represents a hand-mirror, picture, or other like article, and B represents a handle that is hinged by its forked or split upper end of a handle-rod, B, to a iianged plate, a, at the back of themirrorframe, and retained in any suitable position to the mirror-frame by means of a clamp-screw, a', that exerts the required degree of friction on the split end of the handle-rod B. When the friction gradually diminishes by the use of the hand-mirror, the clamp-screw a is tightened again, so as to restore the required friction between the handle, clamp-screw, and plate.

The upper part of the handle B is made in the shape of a socket, b, which has a double- T-shaped slit, so as to exert the required degree of friction on the handle-rod B when itis inserted in the socket b. The lower part of the socket b is made fork-shaped and pivoted at its lower end to fulcrum d of the folding sections ef of the handle B. The handleB is formed of an open main section, e, that is preferably bent of wire of suitable thickness, and of two fingers, ff, which are fulcrumed to the upper contracted part of the main section e of the handle, and connected above the fulcrum by a pivot-link, d, with a pivot-pin, d2, sliding in slots of the forked lower part of the socket b, while the upper ends of the main section e are connected by two pivot-links, dx, with the pivot d2, as shown in Figs. 4 and 5. The iingers f are preferably made of spring-plates, and provided at their lower ends with ballshaped terminals f', which have grooves f2 at that side facing the handle, so as to engage the main section e when the spring-fingers f are folded into line with the same, as shown in Fig. 3. By releasing the fingers f f from the main section e and spreading them apart as far as the pivot-links d dx will permit asupportingstandard for a mirror orl other article is obtained, as shown in Fig. 2.

The pivoted links d dX form, with the main section e, lingers ff, and forked lower end of the socket b, a lazy-tongs connection, which can be folded together or spread apart, so that the socket b may be placed either in line with the handle-sections when folded together, as shown in Figs. 1 and 3, or placed at an obtuse angle thereto midway between the handlesections, as shown in Fig. 2. The mirror or other article is thereby supported in such a manner that the center of gravity of the same does not fal-l outside of the supporting-stand formed by the handle-sections, so that the tilting of the mirror is prevented and a reliable support furnished for the same.

My improved hand-mirror has the advantage that the folding handle can be detached from the hinged handle-rod B and packed conveniently alongside of the mirror. It has the further advantage that the mirror can be turned axially on the handle or the stand formed thereby into any desired position thereto owing to the socket-connection with the handlerod. By the friction-hinge of the handle with the mirror the handle can also be used as a IOO brace for the mirror, as shownin Fig. 6, or as a suspension device for the same, asshown in Fig. 7, in which latter case the open main section of the handle is hung to a suitable hook on the Wall. l

In my application No. 156,031, filed February 16, 1885, and in my application No. 156,653, filed February 24, 1885, I have described and claimed further improvements in hand-mirrors.

Havingtlius described my invention, I claim as new and desire to secure by Letters Patent- 1. The combination of a mirror, picture, or similar article, a supporting rodprovided with a vertical slot, a folding main section hinged below its upper end to said rod, afolding finger also hinged below its upper end to said rod, a sliding pivot-pin within said slot,

and pivot-links connecting the upper ends ofr said section and finger with said pivot-pin,A

substantiallyV as set forth.

2. The combination of a mirror, picture, or similar article, a handle-rod to which said mirror is' pivoted, a detachable supporting socket for said rod provided with a vertical slot below the socket proper, a folding main section hinged below its upper end to said socket'belowsaid slot, a folding finger also hinged below its upper end to said socket below said slot, a sliding pivot-pin within said slot, and

pivot-links connectingthe upper ends-of said section and said nger with said sliding pivotpin, substantially as set forth.

3. A convertible handle and standard for hand-mirrors, consisting of a supporting rod or socket provided with avertical slot, folding sections hinged belowthei'r upper ends to said supporting-rod, a sliding pin within said slot, and pivot-links connecting the upper ends of said folding sections with said pin, substantially as set forth.

4. A handle for mirrors andother articles, consisting of an open main section and folding spring-fingers pivoted within the main section7 said fingers being provided with grooved balls for engaging the main section'to lock the parts in line when folded, substantially as set forth.

5. A handle for mirrors and Iother1articles, consisting of a main section andfolding spring. lingers pivoted to the main sectionl-and provided `with grooved terminals, so as to lock the fingers to the handle,substantiallyasfset forth.

In testimony that I claim the foregoing as my invention I have signed my name in pres encey of two subscribing Witnesses.

. v PETER -WIEDERER Witnesses:


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