US 487580 A
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G. W. NEULS.
' GURRYGOMB. No. 487,580. Patented 1390.6, 1892.
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GEORGE W. NEULS, OF KANE, PENNSYLVANIA.
SPECIFICATION forming part of Letters Patent No. 487,580, dated December 6, 1892.
Application filed March 8, 1892. Serial No. 4%.148. (No model.)
To all whom it may concern.-
Be it known that I, GEORGE W. News, of Kane, in the county of McKean and State of Pennsylvania, have invented a new and useful Improvementin Currycombs, of which the iollowing is a full, clear, and exact descripion.
My invention relates to an improvement in currycombs, and has forits object to construct a currycomb the body and teeth of which will be made entirely of wood and to so cut and form the teeth that the grain of the wood will run longitudinally thereof.
Another object of the invention is to taper the teeth in such a manner that they will thoroughly clean a substance with which they contact without producing undue irritation, and also without tearing or cutting the hair.
A further object of the invention is to construct the comb in an exceedingly simple, durable, and economic manner and to provide a means of attaching the handle to the body, which will render the two essentially-integral parts.
The invention consists in the novel construction and combination of the several parts, as will be hereinafter fully set forth, and pointed out in the claim.
Reference is to be had to the accompanying drawings, forming a part of this specification, in which similar figures and letters of reference indicate corresponding parts in all the views.
Figure l is a perspective view of a currycomb constructed in accordance with my i11- vention. Fig. 2 is a section through a portion of the handle, the said section being taken through the comb from front to rear; and Fig. 3 is a section through the comb, taken at a right angle to the section shown in Fig. 2 and showing the teeth in side elevation.
In carrying out the invention the body A of the comb and the teeth B are integral. A series of teeth is formed by cutting transverse grooves or channels in the bottom of the body, rectangular in cross-section, producing thereby a series of lengthy parallel ribs 10, and said ribs for a portion of their width have cuts made therein, the material between the cuts constituting the teeth of the comb. The teeth at their lower ends are beveled upon all four sides in direction of the center, and the wood comprising the body and the teeth is so cut that the grain of the wood will run longitudinally of the teeth. The large tooth at each end of each series of teeth is curved downward and inward upon the outer edge to meet its straight inner edge at the bottom, and the side edges of these end teeth at their bottoms are beveled in direction of their center. The series of teeth extend downward perpendicularly of the body and comprise, virtually, a series of parallel combs.
At each side of the body buffers 11 are located in any suitable or approved manner, the buffers preferably consisting of metal blocks, which blocks are attached to or form integral portions of the extremities of a rod 12, the said rod extending through the body of the comb from side to side near the front. By this construction it will be observed that no matter how hard the buffers or fenders 11 may be struck in order to remove any foreign matter from the teeth of the comb undue strain will not be exerted upon the body of the comb, as the shock will be sustained solely by the connected fenders.
In the upper central portion of the body a dovetailed channel or recess 13 is formed, which channel extends from the inner edge of the body some distance in direction of the front, and the forward wall of this groove or channel is preferably made semicircular.
The handle 14 terminates in a foot 14, the handle proper standing at an angle to the body of the comb. The foot is grooved upon opposite sides and at its outer end in such a manner as to produce at its bottom a dovetailed rib, as is best shown in cross-section in Fig. 3. The dovetailed rib of the foot of the handle isintroduced into the dovetailed recess or channel in the body, into which channel it snugly fits, the upper shoulder of the foot of the handle extending over the upper face of the body of the comb at the margins of the channel, as is likewise best shown in Fig. 3. The foot may be glued, cemented, or otherwise fastened within the channelas, for instance, a pin 15 may be employed, as shown in Fig. 2.
It will be observed thata comb constructed as above set forth is exceedingly strong and that it is very economic; also, that it is very simple and capable of doing efiective service, as the teeth, being of wood and pointed in the manner above described, will effectually remove all dust and other foreign matter from the skin or coat of an animal Without causing undue irritation and without breaking or otherwise injuring the hair. Furthermore, the comb is exceedingly light and when applied to the tail and mane Will not in the least destroy them. Again, the currycomb will not wear out a brush in the manner that a metal one does; but it will at the same time clean a brush when drawn over its bristles much more efiectively than will a metal comb. The comb is also exceedingly effective in cleaning and combing out soiled and dirty robes and will GEORGE W. NEULS.
W. H. DAVIS, JAMES CAMPBELL.