Improvement in swings
US 49465 A
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UNITED STATES r. n. woLEiNGEE, or VERMONT, ItLrNoIs.
IMPROVEMENT IN SWINGS.
Specification forming part of Letters Patent No. 49,465, dated August 15, 1865.
To all 'whom it may concern:
Be it known that I, F. R. WoLFINGER,'of Vermont, in the county of Fulton and State of Illinois, have invented a new and useful Improvement in Swings; and I do 'hereby declare that the following is a full, clear, and exact description thereof, which will enable those skilled in the art to make and use the same, reference being had to the accompanyingdrawings, forming part of this specification, in which- Figure l is an elevation, as seen in front view, of a swing made according to my invention. Fig.2 is avertical section taken on the line m of Fig. 1.
Similar letters of reference indicate conresponding parts.
The object of this invention is to produce a swing for infants to take the place of acradle. Its motion is forward and backward instead of in lateral directions, as in the motions of a cradle. The back and thefoot-board are hinged to the seat, so that they can be raised and lowered, and they are, moreover, connected by cords which cause their motions to be cornmunicated to each other.
A is a frame with a broad platform resting on the door.
The platform may be fixed, if desired, or it may be loose from the floor, so as to be portable.
From the top crosspiece, which connects the sides ofthe frame, hangs a swing, B, the seat of which may be cushioned and provided with arms of open work, or they may be solid.
The seat is provided with a back, H., which is hinged thereto, and with a foot-board, I, which hangs down from a hinge on the front edge of the sea-t. The hinged back and the foot-board are connected to eachother by cords J, which pass through openings in the sides of theframe of the swing. Pulleys may be placed in the said openings for the cords to run on.
When the back is pushed downward the footboard is raised, and when itis brought up toward a vertical line-0r, in other words, into a position at right angles with the `seatthe foot-board is thereby lowered, as is seen in `black outline in Fig. 2.
crank-pin on the side of a grooved pulley, E,
about which is wound a cord, G, Whose ends are made fast to the end ofthe horizontal bar F, fixed to the adjacent side of the frame of the swing. Wheninotion is given to the pulley E by means of the connecting-rod D the bar F is drawn to and fro, and the swing towhich it is fixed is carried along with it.
This apparatus has an advantage over a cradle in being moved backward and forward instead of sidewise. An infant can be placed inthe seat as upon a couch and gently rocked to sleep,and children several years of age can be secured upon the seat and amused and quieted by the swinging motion of the apparains. It will therefore be useful as a babytender as well as a new description of cradle.
I claim as new and desire to secure by Let` ters Patentf An automatic domestic swing for infants, constructed and arranged, substantially' as above described, so that the seat and back move in correspondence with each other.
F. R. WOLFINGER. Witnesses:
J AMES A. RUSSELL, WM. M. DURELL.