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Publication numberUS368896 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateAug 23, 1887
Filing dateJun 14, 1887
Publication numberUS 368896 A, US 368896A, US-A-368896, US368896 A, US368896A
InventorsAlexander H. Nicholas
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
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SPECIFICATION forming part of Letters Patent No. 368,896, dated August 23, 1887.

Application filed June 14, 1887. Serial No. 241,300. (No model.) Y

-ing drawings, and to letters or figures of reference marked thereon, which form a part of this specification.

Figure l of the drawings is a front View of my improved wagon-step. Fig. 2 is an end view of same. Fig. 3 is an end View with step closed up and fastened by button I; Figs. 4^

and 5, detail views of rods F and G.

The invention relates to improvements in steps for wagons and other vehicles, being especially adapted for farm-wagons. It is made preferably of metal; and it consists in the construction and novel combination of parts, as hereinafter set forth.

Referring to the drawings by letter, A designates a wagon-body, having secured to its sides, between the wheels, the journalbars B B. The said bars have their upright portions secured by bolts or otherwise to the wagon-body and their arms b b, which stand outward at a suitable angle from the wagonbody, provided at their ends with bearings c c for the pivotal shaft C.

D and E are the upper and lower steps, respectively, which steps are connected by the side rods, F F. 4The said rods have their lower ends bent at right angles under the side edges of the lower step, E, and riveted or otherwise secured thereto. The upper ends of the rods F are bent around the shaft C and continued beyond, to aidin forming the braceframe D.

G is a bar-rod, having its lower end secured to the under surface of the lower step, E, the rod lying against the step from front to rear between `the points of the rods F F, and rising from the rear edge of the lower step to the front edge of theupper step, under which it runs centrally to the pivotal 5o shaft C. The rod G then bends around said shaft and forms the central rod of the brace frame D. l

.The rods F and vG by being bent have formed upon them the bearings f and g for 55 the pivotal shaft O, and when the device is turned downward the squared end ofthe braceframe D bears against the plate H, secured to the under surface of the door of the vehicle.

The lower step, E, has its front edge, e, turned downward, forming a flange, which, when the device is turned, is engaged by the pivoted button I, attached to the side of the Wagon, the edge of said step resting against 65 the said side.

K is a chain or strong cord having one end secured to a suitable point on the side of the wagon, and the other end attached to a ring,

k, secured to the lower seat near its outer edge. 73 A personin the wagon can easily raise the device by means of said chain or cord.

When the device is turned down, the braceframe D rests against the plate H and the rods F stand downwardly and outwardly at 75 such an angle that the lower step is held sufficiently outward from the upper step to make the ascent into the wagon easy and convenient.

' When thedevice is turned up, it is held out 8o of the way by the button I.

The device is cheap, strong, and can be easily attached and detached, and willbe a great convenience to those who travel in wagons. 8 5 Having described my invention, I claim l. The combination of the angular journalbars secured to the side of the wagon, the

shaft having its ends journaled in the lower and outer ends thereof, the upper and lower 9o steps, the side rods, F, the rear rod, G, and the brace-frame D', formed by the united ends of said rods, and impinging against the lower surface of the wagon-Hoor when the device is turned down, substantially as speci- 9 5 ed.

2. The Combination of the angular journalturneddown part e ofthe Step E, substantially bars secured to the Wagon, the shaft having as speeied. its ends jonrnaled in said bars, the upper and In testimony whereof I aix my signature in lower steps, the lower step being provided presence of two witnesses.

. 5 with the downturned front edge, the side rods, ALEX. H. NICHOLAS.

F, the rear rod, G, the brace-frame D, inr- Witnesses: pinging on the plate H when the machine is S. O. R. HARRIS,

turned down, and the button I, to engage the H. L. IIELMAN.

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Cooperative ClassificationE06C9/08