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Publication numberUS390951 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateOct 9, 1888
Publication numberUS 390951 A, US 390951A, US-A-390951, US390951 A, US390951A
InventorsLorenzo Dow
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External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
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Description  (OCR text may contain errors)

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N0. 390,951. Patented Oct. 9, 1888,.

Unirse Srares Farrar aries,



SPECIFICATION forming part of Letters Patent No. 390,951, dated October 9, 1888.

Application tiled January 14, 1888. Serial No. 260,738. (No model.)

To all whom may concern:

Be it known that I, LORENZO Dow, a citizen of the United States, residing at Boston, in the county of Suolk and State of Massachusetts, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in HitchingPosts; and l 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.

Figure lis a side elevation of my post as in readiness for use. Fig. 2 representsin perspective views the several parts of which this post is composed detached, and indicates very plainly how they are to be put together in the completed device. Figs. 3, a, and 5 are respectively sections of the post to represent the relative position of the longitudinal parts of the post when the device is ready for use, the internal and external parts at the head being removed.

This device belongs to that class of posts which come under the subdivision of bitchingposts; and the novelty consists in the construction of the several parts of which the post is composed and in their combination together, all as will now be more fully set out and explained,refereuce being had to the accom panying drawings.

In the drawings',A represents this bitchingpost as a complete structure and ready for use. The entire body of this post is composed of two parts,a and a. These longitudinal pieces are made of metal and bent or curved so as to be more than a semicircle in shape in cross-section, preferably as is indicated, rcspectively, in Figs. 2 and 5. In these figures the curve is a little more than a half-circle. This shape produces the best results, as thereby when the two parts are united the outer along its entire length overlaps on each side the inner part,and this has a gripping or binding hold on both sides of it. The shape and the radius of the bend of the part a is preferably exactly the same as that of the bend of the p art a. Therefore when the two parts are united by placing the edges of the part c within those of the part a, which can be very easily done either by sliding the two parts together `or by slightly springing the edges 0f the part a away from each other, the part a will be very securely and rmly held at its edges within the edges of the part a. This union has in practice been found to be sufficiently secure for all purposes of ordinary use.

The head B, which can be made of any ornamental shape desired,and preferably of cast metal, has a hollow shank, b, which is of sufficient internal diameter to tit snugly upon the upper ends of the parts c and a when they have been united,as has been'above described, and as is now shown in Fig. l. This head is securely lixed in position at this point by means of the eyebolt G, which is threaded at one end and is passed through the perforations b in the head and ai in both parts ot' the body of the post. It is there retained in position by means of the nut c, placed upon its threaded end. In the eye ofthe bolt C is thehitchingring D, or any other usual or equivalent means for attaching the rein or strap, as is usual in bitching-posts.

While it is not absolutely necessary, yet I have found it convenient to place within the hollow upper end of the parts a and a', when united as above described and before placing the head thereon,the block or tube E, made of metal, wood, or any suitable material, and to secure it in position the bolt C passes through its perforation e. This block E will tend to hold the parts rigidly in position.

The lower ends, a, of each of the parts of the post are usually pointed, so that the post can be very easily driven into the ground. The overlapping edge of the outer or larger part of the body will be easily seen, and constitutes an ornamental finish for the device. If preferred, however, these edges could be flattened down, so as to make nearly asmooth inish. In the usual form of constructing this post it is designed to have itsmaller at the top than the bottom-that is, the two parts a and c will flare outwardly a little at the base; but it is not absolutely necessary that this form of construction should be used,although for most purposes, and commonly, it is preferred.

This construction,it will be noted, is so sim- 'ple l'hatit can be very easily and cheaply made;

but at the same time the parts which compose it are so firmly secured together that it will be an exceedingly permanent structure and very durable..

Having now described my invention, Whatl consider new, and desire to secure by Letters Patent, is-

1. Ahitching-postthe body of which is com- 5 posed of two longitudinal purtsaeh more than a semioircle in cross-section, the radius of the bend in each part being the same, and secured together along their entire length by springpressure,conbined with a. hollow head seen red 1o upon the ends by a bolt and nut.

2. A metallic hitohingpost composed of the parts L and a', perforated at their upper ends and made as described, and secured together along their entire length by the spring-press- 15 nre ofthe outer upon the inner part, the hollow and perforated head B, the bolt C, the nut LORENZO DOW.



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Cooperative ClassificationY10S256/05, A01K1/04