Handle for furniture
US 337889 A
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W. R. TAYLOR.
HANDLE FOR FURNITURE. No. 337,889. Patented Mar. 16, 1886.
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HANDLE FOR FURNITURE.
SPECIFICATION forming part of Letters Patent No. 337,889, dated March 16, 1886.
To aZZ whom it may concern.-
Be it known that I, WILLIAM R. TAYLOR, a citizen of the United States, residing at Bridgeport, in the county of Fairfield and State of Connecticut, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Flush Handles; and I do hereby declare the following to be a full, clear, and exact description of the invention, such as will enable others skilled in the art to which it appertains to make and use the same.
My invention relates to handles in general, but more especially to the class of handles used upon heavy chests, packing-trunks, &c., and has for its object to provide a simple,durable, and inexpensive device of this class, in which the loop or hand-piece will be always held in its socket, no matter in what position the chest or trunk may be placed.
It will of course be underst( 0d that the principle of my invention is equally applicable to furniture-handlesas, for example, upon bureau and other drawers, wherever, in fact, a spring flush handle may be desirable. With this end in view I have devised the simple and novel construction of which the following description, in connection with the accompanying drawings, is a specification,.
numbers being used to indicate the several parts in the drawings Figure 1 is a rear elevation of the handle detached; and Fig. 2 is a section on the line 00 00, the loop or hand-piece being shown in elevation.
1 is the plate or bed-piece of the handle, which is provided with a recess or socket, 2, to receive the loop or hand-piece. Upon the back of the plate, above the recess or socket, a series of brackets, 3, having holes through them, is provided. I have shown four of these brackets in the drawings, and preferably use that number.
4 is the loop or hand-piece, provided at its upper end with lugs 5, which extend through apertures6in the top of the socket and through apertures 7 in the plate, and are pivoted between the brackets.
In practice I provide the brackets with round holes 8, (see dotted lines in Fig. 2,) and provide the lugs with angular holes.
9 is an angular or square shaft or pintle, which is driven through the holes in the brack- I preferably make the pintle to fit tightly in the holes through the lugs, so that when the handle is lifted the shaft is turned with it, the holes through the brackets being large enough to permit the shaft to turn freely. It will be noticed in Fig. 2 that in the act of lifting the lower sides of the lugs at their ends rest upon the top of the socket and the upper sides of the lugs rest against the plate, so that in fact all strain is removed from the pintle or shaft and comes directly upon the handle, socket, and plate.
10 is a spring coiled loosely about the pintle, one end of which rests against the back of the socket, or is secured thereto in any suitable manner, the other end being rigidly secured to the shaft or pintle. The action of this spring is to hold the loop or hand-piece within the socket, so that in the act of lifting, as in Fig. 2, the handle is lifted to the horizontal position against the power of this spring, and as soon as released the loop is instantly thrown back into the socket by said spring. This is a very important feature of construction, as it insures that when in use the handpiece or loop will be held in the socket, no matter in what position the chest or trunk may be placed.
Heretofore in this class of handles, especially those used upon very heavy chests and trunks, it has been a serious objection that when the chests or trunks upon which they were used were thrown out of their normal position the handles would drop out of the sockets and would get broken off in the rough handling to which they were subjected in transportation. This objection is wholly overcome by my improvement, which renders it practically impossible for the loops or handpieces to get broken off, as the springs will act to throw them back into the sockets the instant they are released after the act of lifting, and will hold them there, no matter how much the chest or trunk may be tumbled about.
It will of course be understood that the details of construction are not essential features of my invention, and may be Varied within reasonable limits without departing from the spirit thereof.
Having thus described my invention, I claim-- 1. In a flush handle, the plate having a ICO socket for the loop or hand-piece, and brackets 3, in combination with lugs 5 upon the hand-piece, shaft or pintle 9, and a spring coiled about said shaft or pintle, one end being attached thereto and the other to the plate, whereby the hand-piece is held in the socket.
2. The plate having apertures 7, bracket-s 3, and socket 2, with apertures 6, in combination with the loop or hand-piece having lugs 5,
10 which project through said apertures, and are pivoted between the brackets by pintle 9 and.
coil-spring 10, one end of which is held by the plate, the other by the pintle, whereby in 1ift-.
ing the strain is entirely upon the plate and top of socket, and when released the hand-piece 1 5 is returned to the socket and held there.
In testimony whereof I affix my signature in presence of two witnesses.
WILLIAM R. TAYLOR. Witnesses:
A. M. WoosTER, E. D. HOWELL.