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Publication numberUS465839 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateDec 29, 1891
Filing dateMar 31, 1891
Publication numberUS 465839 A, US 465839A, US-A-465839, US465839 A, US465839A
InventorsGilbert K. Dearborn
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Lever-support for water-closet tanks
US 465839 A
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(No Model.)


No. 465,839. Patented Dec. 29, 1891.





SPECIFICATION forming part of Letters Patent No. 465,839, dated December 29, 1891. Application filed March 31, 1891. Serial No. 387,141. (No model.)

To all whom it may concern,-

Beit known that I, GILBERT K. DE RBORN,

of Somerville, in the county of Middlesex and State of Massachusetts, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Lever- Supports for ater-Closet Tanks, of which the following is a specification.

My invention has relation to devices employed in and upon water-closet tanks; and to it has for its object the provision of improved means for supporting and adjusting the valveoperating lever, as also improved means for securing the lever-supporting bracket to the tank.

Myinvention consists of theimprovements hereinafter particularly described, and pointed out in the appended claims, reference being had to the annexed. drawings, and the letters marked thereon, forming a part of this specification, the same letters designating the same parts or features, as the case may be, wherever they occur.

Of the said drawings, Figure 1 is a perspective View of my invention represented as ap- 2 5 plied to the side of a tank, a portion of the lever being shown as broken off. Fig. 2 is an end view of the same. Fig. 3 is a side view of the same. Fig. 4: is a sectional view taken on the line 4 i of Fig. 3. Fig. 5 is a trans- 0 verse sectional view taken on the line 5 5 of Fig. 3. Fig. 6 is a perspective view of the lever-supporting shoe. Fig. 7 is a perspective view of the top of the standard upon which the shoe is directly supported and upon which 5 it is adapted to turn and rock. Fig. 8 is a top plan View of the shoe and supporting standard.

In the production of my invention I con struct a bracket adapted at one end or point to rest upon the upper edge of the tank, and having a leg or part a, constructed and arranged to extend down outside of the tank, and being by preference provided on its lower end with an inwardly-extending prod or sharp toe Z), adapted to sink into the side of the tank. A leg or part 0 extends down from the bracket on the inside of the tank, and is provided on its inner side or face with a suitable bearing cl for one side of a wedge e, which may be driven through an aperture f, formed in the bracket for the purpose of wedgingand holding the latter upon the edge or side of the tank, as is clearly shown in Figs. 1 and 2. The side of the wedge opposite thatresting against the bearing cl will 5 5 bear against the inner side of the tank. The inner end of the bracket is provided with a standard g, on the upper end of which is a stud it, having an elongated head i. The standard g, at its point of juncture with the stud h, is provided with a rounded shoulder j,

so that the shoe It, provided at a central point with an elongated aperture Zfor the reception of the stud, and its head, when resting upon the said shoulder, may have a limited rock ing motion thereon. The shoe 71: is provided on its ends with bifurcated studs or standards m, in which the valve-operating lever n is adapted to rest, one member of one of the standards being grooved on its inner face for receiving and guiding one edge of a key or wedge 0, the other edge of the key resting in a groove 19, formed in the side of the lever 11.

In the use of my invention the bracket may be secured to the tank at any desired point 75 by means of the wedge e and leg at and its toe b. The head of the stud it will be passed through the aperture Z of the shoe 7c, and the latter will be turned so as to button, as it were, the shoe upon the rounded shoulder of the standard g, as is most clearly shown in Fig. 8. The lever n will then be keyed in the bifurcated projections of the shoe by means of the key 0.

Bydispensing with screws in securing the bracket to the tank a material saving of expense is effected, and besides this the device can be securely affixed in position with the utmost expedition.

The means whereby the lever is rendered o adjustable with respect to its fulcrum is also an important feature of the invention, since this adjustment can be made with the greatest nicety, and so adapt the contrivance to varying circumstances and varying positions of valves.

It is obvious that changes may be made in the form and arrangement of parts comprising my improvements without departing from the nature or spirit of the invention.

Having thus explained the nature of my invention and described a way of construct- IOO ing and using the same, though without attempting to describe all the forms in which it may be made or all of its modes of use, I declare that what I claim is 1. A support for valve-operating levers for water-closet tanks, consisting of a bracket having a leg a, extending down on the outside of the tank, and a leg 0, provided with a bearing d, the bracket having a Wedge-receiving aperture f adjacent to the leg 0, and a leversupport, as set forth.

2. A support for valve-operating levers for Water-closet tanks, consisting of a bracket adapted to be secured to the tank and provided Witha standard g, having a stud h and I head i, and rounded shoulderj, combined with a lever-supporting shoe is, provided with an aperture Z for the reception of said head and stud, arranged to rest upon the said shoulder, as set forth.

3. The combination, with the lever-supporting bracket, of the shoe 7c, loosely connected with the said bracket and having a limited rocking movement thereon, the said shoe being provided with bifurcated studs or standards m, the lever 01, arranged in the said bifurcations, and the Wedge 0 for securing the said lever in place on the shoe, as set forth.

In testimonywhereof I have signed my name to this specification, in the presence of two subscribing Witnesses, this 28th day of March, A. D. 1891. GILBERT K. DEARBORN.




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Cooperative ClassificationE03D5/092