US 391247 A
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G. H. HAYES & H. K. NASH.
FOLDING WASH BENCH.
No. 391,247. Patented Oct. 16, 1888.
iiNrrsn STATES PATENT FFICE.
GEORGE H. HAYES AND HENRY K. NASH, OF DE RUYTER, NEV YORK.
SPECFICATION forming part of Letters Patent No. 391,247, dated October 16, 1888.
Application filed March 30, 1888. Serial No. 268,951.
To all whom it may concern:
Beit known that we, GEORGE H. HAYES and HENRY K. NASH, respectively, of De Ruyter, county of Madison, in the State of New York, and citizens of the United States, have in- Vented certain new and useful Improvements in Folding Vash-Benchesof which the following is a specification, reference being had to the accompanying drawings, in which- Figure l is a central vertical longitudinal sectionin unfolded position; Fig. 2, a top plan and partly sectional View, unfolded position, taken on line xm, Fig. l; and Fig. 3, a side elevation, the parts being folded.
Similar letters of reference indicate corresponding parts throughout the several Views.
rlhe object of our invention is to produce a folding wash-bench of simple and cheap, yet strong, construction, that may be easily and expeditiouslyfolded or unfolded and which will fully and completely meet all requirements, for the reason that when unfolded it serves as an excellent wash-bench and can quickly be folded together into a very small compass and is therefore invaluable in households.
It consists in the several novel features of constructionhereinafterdescribed,and specific ally enumerated in the claim hereto annexed. It is constructed as follows:
A A are upright standards rigidly connected together by the dat cross-piece c and rounds b b and c. At the upper portion of the respective standards A we form parallel vertical slotways B B, substantially as shown, to which we both movably and pivotally connect the bracing and supporting legs C C by their pivots d d, which project through the slotways and are provided with heads e e to retain the upper portion of the legs at the slotways, and the rounds K serve to brace the legs at their lower extremity.
D D are the tub supporting platforms, consisting of the longitudinal strips ff, having transverse rounds connecting them together. Each of said platforms D is pivotal] y connected to the standards A by pivots g g,formed at the ends of the rounds b b and inserted in said standards, and the platforms are pivotally connected to the supportingflegsby pivots h h, formed at the end portions ofthe rounds (No model.)
t' i' and passing loosely through the strips ff and inserted in the supporting-legs.
The cross-piece a, in conjunction with the inclined strips c at either side thereof, is designed as a support fora wringer, the wringer being clamped to the fiat cross piece, and when in use the water expressed from clothing by the wringer will drop onto theinclined strips and thence fall into the tubs. The strips having a corresponding inclination on their lower as well as upper face, it is obvious that all drippings must drop directly into the tubs.
Either one or both the platforms may be unfolded for service, as is deemed desirable. In either case strength and stability of the bench are assured.
To fold the parts together, the platforms are swung upward on their pivots, whereupon the upper portion of the supporting legs or braces pass upward in line with the slotways, while the lower extremities move both upward and incliningly inward toward the standards, all as clearly indicated by arrows in Fig. l of the drawings.
It will be observed that, aside from the fact that either one single platform', or both coul jointly, of our device may be unfolded for service, the parallel slotways being formed at the top portion of the standards, instead of at the bottom, all liability of weakening the base portions (as would be the case were the slotways placed there) is entirely obviated; furthermore, that the lower extremities of the supporting and bracing legs, during either the operation o f folding or unfolding the bench parts, do not drag nor scrape upon the floor, but only come in direct contact therewith when the bench is in position Vfor usage, also that in the operation of folding the various parts together the standards are not raised up off from the floor, but, on the contrary, rest firmly thereon and thus support the entire weight of the connected parts when folded.
Having described our invention, what we claim as new, and desire to secure by Letters Patent, is-
In a folding wash-bench, the combination, with vertical supporting-standards provided, respectively, with a pair of parallel vertical slotways at their top portion, of a pair of supporting legs or braces, each pivotally and lnovably connected at its upperend to the op- In witness whereof We have hereunto set our posite slotways at one side of the respective hands this 6th dav of March, 1888. standards, and a similar pair of supporting legs or braces correspondinglyconnected toop- GEORGE H. HAYES. [L s] 5 posite slotways at the other side of said stand- HENRY K. NASH. [L s] ards, said respective pairs being pivotally connected part Way their length to supporting- In presence ofp'latforms, which are respectively pivotally RICHARD DRAPER,
secured to rigid bearings in the supporting- VFRANK D. SIMoNs.
1o standards, substantially as described.