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Publication numberUS329140 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateOct 27, 1885
Filing dateNov 14, 1884
Publication numberUS 329140 A, US 329140A, US-A-329140, US329140 A, US329140A
InventorsJoseph H. Clarke
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Arm-rest for embalming-tables
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ARM BEST FOR .EMBALMING TABLES. No. 329,140. Patented Oct. 27, 1885.


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SPECIFICATION forming part of Letters Patent No. 329,140, dated October 27, 1885.

Application filed November 14, 1884. Serial No. 147,958. (No model.)

T0 on whom it may concern:

Be it known that I, J OSEPH H. CLARKE, of the city of Springfield, county of Clark, and State of Ohio, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Arm-Rests for Embalming-Tables, of which the following is a specification.

This invention relates to arm-rests for embalming-tables and other similar apparatus, the object of the invention being to provide an arm-rest which shall be cheap and simple in construction, and one which maybe used with any embalming table or cooling board, the said arm-rest being removable and adapted to be adjusted to different angles to suit the body or subject upon the table. This is of great advantage, as it permits the arm-rest to be adj usted to the desired position with relation to the subject without disturbing the subject, and affords an effectual armrest for the same, which is very desirable when an operation is to be performed.

My invention consists in an arm-rest for embalming-tables and other similar apparatus constructed in hinged sections, whereby different inclinations may be readily had, said arm-rest being provided withabrace or braces to support the parts in adjusted position, as hereinafter described.

It also consists in an arm-rest composed of sections hinged together, the said sections be ing adapted to be adjusted at an inclination with relation to each other, in combination with mechanism to retain the said sections in adjusted position, substantially as hereinafter described.

It also consists in an arm-rest having'abase adapted to be extended under a body resting upon an embalming-table or similar apparatus, the said arm-rest being made in sections and hinged together, one of said sections being provided, as shown, with a concaved armsupport and a strap or equivalent to encircle the arm as it is resting upon the support, in combination with a rack connected thereto and a brace or equivalent adapted to engage the said rack or its teeth to support the parts in any adjusted position, substantially as hereinafter described.

It also consists in certain details of construction hereinafter described.

it different-sized arms.

Figure 1 represents in perspective view an arm-rest for embalmingtables constructed in accordance with my invention; and Fig. 2, a perspective View of the same, showing the arm-rest as folded up. Fig. 3 is a modification showing the arm-supporting section and arm-support as connected together by means of a ball-and-socket connection.

The frame-work of the armrest consists of the arm-supporting section A, the middle or intermediate section, B, and the end section, C, all of which are hinged together by means of the hinges a a, which are and may be of ordinary marketable pattern. The sections A B 0 will preferably be of wood, the one A being provided at its free end with a concaved.

armsupport, D, the concavity corresponding to the shape of the arm to be held in position upon the armsupport, a flexible arm-holding strap, E, being'connected at the end of the support D and adapted to extend over the arm when in place, and connected to the opposite end of the arm-support Dto hold the arm in place. As will be noticed in the drawings,

the holding-strap E, which will preferably be of rubber, is provided with rings E at its either end, adapted to engage with pins E at the ends of the concaved arm-support. The strap E will preferably be firmly secured at one end to one end of the arm-support, and have the opposite end free to be adjusted to This device for holding the arm in place maybe constructed in different ways to accomplish the same purpose. Therefore I do not desire to limit myself to the special construction herein shown, as, for instance, a strap might be used connected rigidly to both ends of the arm-sup port and the adjustment secured by means of buckles or slides. Secured to the outer face of the supportingsection A is an open rack, F, having a series of teeth, f,'adapted to be engaged by a brace, Gr, pivoted to the intermediate section, B, the said brace being so shaped by bending as to engage both sides of the intermediate section and hook over the teeth of the rack F. By this construction it will be readily seen that the supporting-section A may be adjusted to different inclinations with relation to the sections B (J, and by having sections B G of the desired length that ICO the said sections, or one of them, may be extended under body'lying upon the embalming-table or similar apparatus, and be held in place without being secured to the said table. If desired, a ball-and-socket connection might be used between the sections A B instead of the hinge shown, which would permit lateral as well as longitudinal adjustment, in which case the rack and brace could be done away with and a clamp used at the ball-and-sooket connection. This, however, would be much more expensive to construct and therefore less desirable. The end section, 0, will preferably be slightly tapered to permit it to be more readily placed in position under the body.

By my construction of the arm-rest it will be noticed that the same may beplaced in position to support the arm of the subject and the desired adjustment secured without moving the subject, and that the armrest may be effectually used if the subject should be lying upon a common table, as is often the case; also, that by hinging the sections together, as shown, the arm-rest may be folded up into a small compass for transportation,

which is of great convenience.

In Fig. 3 of the drawings it will be noticed that arm-supporting section A and concaved arm-support D are connected together by means of ball H, having a plate, H, by which it is connected to the arm-support D, and a socket, I, having plates 1, by which it is secured to the arm-supportingsection A, the

' said socket having a long shank and being to the desired angle with relation to the other sections and be retained in position, substantially as described, and for the purpose set forth.

2. An armrest composed of flat wooden sections hinged together, substantially as shown and described, one of saidsections being provided with an arm-support having an adj ustable strip to support the arm and a rack and brace to adjust and hold the sections in the desired position relative to one another, one or more of said sections being adapted to extend under the body of the person upon the table and be held thereby, all substantially as described.

3. An arm-rest composed of the arm-supporting section A, provided with the concaved arm-support D, having the adjustable armholding strap E, the intermediate section, B, and the inclined end section, 0, the section A being provided with a toothed rack adapted to be engaged by a brace pivoted to the intermediate section, whereby the said sections may be adjusted at different angles and retained in position, the sections A, B, and O being all hinged together and adapted to be folded one upon the other, substantially as shown anddescribed.

In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal, at Springfield, Ohio, this 10th day of October, A. D. 188;.


In presence of- COLLIN FORD, J r., OHAsE STEWART.

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US2809417 *Mar 26, 1956Oct 15, 1957Ronald B KeoughArm rest for use by embalmers
US5797655 *Jul 9, 1997Aug 25, 1998Miles; RalphAttachable arm rest for chairs
US6276646 *Oct 13, 2000Aug 21, 2001Albert M. GabaSupport assembly
US6457685 *Aug 23, 2000Oct 1, 2002John F. TaylorPortable bow and long gun holder
Cooperative ClassificationA01N1/02