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Publication numberUS49234 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateAug 8, 1865
Publication numberUS 49234 A, US 49234A, US-A-49234, US49234 A, US49234A
InventorsJesse Coombs
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Improvement in artificial limbs
US 49234 A
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Specification forming part of Letters Patent No. 49,234, dated August 8, 1865.-

To all @chum it may concern:

Be itknown that I, JEssE CooMns,ot' Greenield, Franklin county, State of Massachusetts, have invented certain new and useful Improvementsin Artilicial Limbs, as Arms, Legs, Feet, &c.; and I do hereby declare that the following description and accompanying drawings are sufficient to enable any person skilled in the art or science to which it most nearly appertains to make and use my said invention or improvements without further invention or experiment.

The nature of my invention and improvements consists in making artificial limbs of strips of sheet metal, wood, or other material woven spirally7 and riveted, or arranged spirally and riveted, to make a very light strong leg, and in arranging an angular spring at the ankle, with one arm working in the leg and the other in the foot; also, in arranging air or water cushions under thefoot or feet, inside ofthe shoe or boot, to enable the wearer to Walk without or with far less jar to his system when he steps than he could do without the cushion; also, in making two or more cylindrical air or water cushions, with a vacuum or suction-space between them, around the stump of the natural limb, to holdthe artiiieial limb onto the natural limb.

In the accompanying drawings, Figure l is an elevation ofa leg andioot with my improvements. Fig. 2 is a section showing it cnt perpendicularly and centrally. Fig. 3 shows the cushion for the sole, with its leather covering.

In these drawings, A is the top and B the bottom rim of the leg. These rims A and B are connected by strips of sheet metalor sprin gsteel C G, arranged spirally in opposite directions, and woven or interlaced, as shownin the drawings, being riveted at the crossings, and their ends riveted to the rims A and B and to the inside circles, D and E, to stitfen it where it is joined to the stump of the-natural limb. The lower rim, B, of the leg, by which itis `connected to the foot, is made to fold over at the joint, as shown in sectiomFig. 2, so that` the upper rim, G, of the foot comes between the folded part of the rim B, where the -fulcrum-pin F connects the two together, so that as the ankle-joint is worked the rear of the rim B works outside of the rim G and the front of G works outside of B, as shownu in Fig. 2. The ears of the rim B are countersunk for the head and nut of the fulcrum-pin F, so as not to make an unnatural projection at the ankle-joint.

The rim G has an a rm, H, opposite the l'nlcrnm-pin, projecting down and brazed or fast-- ened to the. sole-rim 1, which extends around the heel and forward on each side to the toe-` joint J. i 1

IThe foot, from the heel to the toe-joint, is all made together, as shown in the drawings, with a curved plate,K, over the toe-joint, anda plate, L, on the top of the instep,connectingthe front ot' thc rim Gr tothe plate K, and all,the space between the rim G, the sole-rim `,I and plate K is lilled with a lattice-work ofstrit fspring-` steel crossing nach and riveted, shown in the drawings, and woven or otherwise, with their ends fastened to the rims and plate.

The sole-rim l, plate K, toe-rim M, and toeplate N, working under the plate K, are all hinged together on the screws l), which form the toe-joint. The plateNand rim M are connected by the top plate, Q, and all the space between them is covered with lattice-work, as shown in the drawings. The sole of the foot is formed of a lattice of strips R R put across, with their ends turned down and riveted to the inside of the sole-rims, and with one or more pieces, S, put lengthwise and interwoven with the strips R.

The toe-spring T is fastened to the under side" of the plate L, and is provided with a roller working on the bracket U, fastenedintheplate Q, so as to draw or press the toe down after it is bent up. The armsVV of the ankle-spring arenearly at a right angle to each other,'with its fulerum on the pin F, and the friction-roller in the arm V works under the bracket W, fastened on the inside ofthe lattice-work of the leg, while the friction-roller in the arm V works in the bracket X, fastened under the plate L. i This ankle-spring holdsnp the instep of the foot.

The lattice-work of theleg may be arranged spirally and riveted at the crossings without being woven or in terlaced if preferred that way.

There is a recessin the sole ofthe foot for an air-cushion, a portion of which is shown in section in Fig. 2 and in plan inFig. 3. This cushion consists of a bag, a, made of india-rubber cloth, with a tube, b, by which it may be blown up and the tube tied to confine theair. Itmay be used with or without the leather covering c; or a covering of cloth may be substituted for the leather covering, which is provided with a laced slit to putin the bag a.

To connect the stump of the natural limb with the artificial limb, I first line the lattice of the latter with apiece ot' calf-skin or other leather, l, and then make a circular air-cushion or sleeve. (Shown in section, Ifig. 2.) This aircushion is made cylindrical, with acircular airspace, e, in each end of the'sleeve, and a space, f, between them, as shown in the drawings. Each ofthe spaces e, which i'orm the air-cushions, isprovided with anintlating-tube,g, which projects throughthe leather and lattice, so as to blow vup the cushions after they are inserted in the leg. The spacefbetween the cushions is provided with an exhausting-tube, h, so that after the stump ot the'limb has been inserted the air-space under the rubber, between the cushions, may be exhausted by sucking out the air so as to form a vacuum under the rubber, between the cushions, with sufficient suction to hold the artificial limb onto the stump of the natural limb without the aid ofstraps or other fastenings.

In case the stump ofthe natural limb is too short below the knee or otherjoint to receive the two cylindric air-cushions and the suction-space between them, I make a long sleeve with three cylindri'c air-cushions in it-to wit, the lower cylindric cushion to go in the top ot' the artificial limb and support the stump ot' the natural limb.

The space in the sleeve between the lower cushion and the one next aboveit I make long enough to reach above the knee, and a little more than one-halfof the circumference of this part of the sleeve, in front ot' the knee, I make of shirred rubber cloth to allow the knee to bend freely and naturallywhen required. rThe two air-cushions above the knee and the suction-space between themI makejust like those first described for holding the artificial limb to the natural limb, as they are for that purpose.

I contemplate that my improved limbs may be made with elbow or knee joints and latticework above them to connect to the stump of the natural limb.

IIaving,` described my improvements, lwill state my claims as follows, to wit:

l. Making artificial limbs of strips of metal, wood, or other material woven spirally and riveted, or arranged spirally and riveted, substantially as described.

2. ThespringVVsrcured atthe ankle-joint, with one arm working in the leg,` and the other inthe foot, substantially as described.

3, An air or water cushion for the sole or under the sole of the foot, inside of the boot or shoe, to enable the wearer to walk without or with far less jar to his system when he steps than he could do without the cushion.

4. Making two or more cylindric air or water cushions, or cushions of other materials, with a vacuum or suction space between them, around the stump of the natural limb,substan tially as described, to hold the artificial limb onto the natura-l limb.

- JESSE GOOMBS. Witnesses:


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