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Publication numberUS345741 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateJul 20, 1886
Filing dateFeb 4, 1885
Publication numberUS 345741 A, US 345741A, US-A-345741, US345741 A, US345741A
InventorsWilliam H. Thurston
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
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(No Model.) 2 Sheets-Sheet 1.



No. 345,741. Patented July zo, 1886.

(No Model.) 2 Sheets-Sheet 2.



Patented July 20, 1886.

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SPECIFICATION forming part of Letters Patent No. K3,745,741', dated July 20, 1886.

Application filed February 4, 1885. Serial No. 154,903. (No model.)

To all whom, it may concern,.-

Beit known that I, WILLIAM H. THURs'roN, a citizen of the United States, residing at Duke Centre, in the countyof McKean and State of Pennsylvania, have invented a new and useful Improvement in OlothesRacks, of which the following is a specification.

This invention relates to an improvement in that class of clothes-racks which consist of a supporting-stand and folding arms supported in said stand.

The object of myinvention is to construct a clothes-rack of this kind in such manner that the folding arms can be withdrawn into the supportingstand when the device is not required for use as a clothes rack, leavingthe top of the supporting-stand unobstructed, so that a table-top can be placed on the same, thereby enabling the device to be used as a table or as a clothes-rack, as desired.

My invention consists, to theseends, in the improvements in the constructionof the device, as will be hereinafter fully set forth, and pointed out in the claims.

In the accompanying drawings,- consisting of two sheets, Figure l is a perspective view of the rack with the arms unfolded.V Fig. 2 is a sectional elevation, showing the arms withdrawn into the supporting-stand and the table-top supported in the same. Fig. 3 is a perspective view with the clothesrack in the same condition. Fig. 4. is a horizontal section in line x, Fig. 2. Figi 5 is a fragmentary vertical section, on an enlarged scale, of the folding arms and supporting parts.

Like letters of reference refer to like parts in the several figures.

A represents the supportingstand, composed offffour upright posts, a, connected at their lower ends, and provided with feet c', and secured withtheir upper ends to the top a2, having a central opening, a3.

B B' represent .two sets of` folding arms arranged one above the other and attached to an extensible standard, C, which is arranged vertically in the supporting stand A. The standard C consists of a lower part, c, to which the lower set of arms, B, is connected, and an upper part, c', to which lthe upper arms, B', are connected. The lower part, e, of the standard is composed of four upright bars, d, which are secured with their lower ends to a head or follower, D. The latter slides between the posts a of the supporting stand, and serves to retain the standard in an upright position.

E is a ring or collar, which surrounds the bars d of the lower part of the standard, andslides vertically on the same.

This ring Eis provided on its outer side with sockets e, in which the lower arms, B, are pivoted. The upper ends of the bars d are secured to a block,

f, arranged on the inner sides of these bars.

The upper portion, c', of the standard C is composed of four upright bars, g, which slide in the spaces between the bars d of the lower part, c, the bars d and g forming together a hollow tubular standard, as represented in lFigs. 1 and 4. The ring E is secured tothe. lower ends of the bars g, and takes part in the sliding movement of the latter.

E is a similar ring surrounding the bars g, and sliding vertically on the same. The ring E is provided with sockets e', in which the upper arms, B', are pivoted, and which are arranged between the sockets e of the lower ring, E, so that the arms of one set can swing outward and fold together between the arms of. the other set. The sockets e e are provided on their lower sides with rests e2, on which the arms restwith their; lower sides, and at their upper sides with shoulders or flanges e3, against which the inner ends of the arms bear 'with their upper sides when the arms are unfolded, as represented in the upper portion of Fig. 5, and also when the arms are folded or placed in a vertical position, as represented in the lower portion of Fig. 5, thus providing two bearings for each arm, in addition to the pivot whereby the arms are held in position, and whereby the pivots are substantially relieved from strain when the arms are unfolded.

H represents a cap, which is secured to the upper ends ofthe bars g,and whereby the latter are held in their proper relative position.

h is a sliding catch or bolt attached to the cap H, and adapted to engage in au opening inv the ring E when the latter rests against the under side of the cap H, as represented in Fig. 5.

I represents a table-top, which is adapted IOO to be placed upon the top a2 of the stand A, and provided on its under side with turn-buttons i, or other suitable fastening devices, whereby it can be secured to the top a2.

j represents stops secured to the under side of the posts fz, for limiting the upward Inovement of the head D and the lower part ot the standard secured to the same. Vhen the arms B Bare folded together, the head D rests upon the base of' the standard A, the ring E rests upon the head D and the ring E upon the ring E, and the arms B B stand in an upright posit-ion between the posts a and around the tubular standard C, their upper ends being confined by t-he top a2, as represented in Fig. 2. In this position of the arms the top a is unobstructed, and the table-top I can be secured to the same by means of the turnbut tons z'.

\Vhen it is desired to use the arms for the purpose of a clothes-rack, the tabletop I is removed, when one or both sets of the arms can be raised out of the stand A and lie-unfolded above the top a2. It' it is desired to usel but one set ot' arms, the telescopic standard C is extended by taking hold ofthe cap H and raising it until the upper ring, E, is raised above the top a2, when the arms B' will fold outward and rest on the top a2, and thereby support the ring E in this elevated position. In thus extending the standard C the upper bars, g, draw out trom between the lower bars, d, after the head D has come in contact with the stopsj. After the arms B have been unfolded the upper part of the standard is lowered until the cap H rests upon the ring E'. When both sets of arms B B are required to be used, the standard Gis extended and raised until the lower ring, E, is elevated above the top a2, when the lower arms, B, will fold ontwardly and rest 011 the top a2. Theupper ring` E', is then elevated on the standard and locked against the under side of the cap H by the catch h, the lower ring, E, supporting the upper portion of thc standard in this elevated position, as represented in Fig. 1. XVhen the arms are required to be folded together, the upper ring, E', is disconnected from the cap H, and the standard is pushed down until the standard and arms are confined within the stand A, as represented in Fig. 2.

The table-top I is not only useful when the device is used as a table, but also serves to confine and protect thearms and the supportingrst-andard of the clothes-rack.

I claim as my invention- 1. The combination, with the stand A, of a telescopic standard, C, composed ot' a lower portion, c, and an upper portion, c', a ring, E, secured to the lower end of the upper portion, c. and provided with folding arms B, a ring, E', mounted loosely on the upper portion, c', and provided with folding arms B', and a catch whereby the ring E can be secured in an elevated position upon the upper portion, c', of the standard, substantially as set forth.

2. rIhe combination, with the stand A, provided with stops j, of a telescopic standard, C, composed of two parts, c c', each consisting of upright bars which fit between the bars of the other part, a head, D, secured to the lower end of the lower part, c, a cap, II, secured to the upper end of the upper part, c', and rings E E', provided with folding arms B B', substantially as set forth.



A. H. Low, G. F. BARTON.

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