Search Images Maps Play YouTube News Gmail Drive More »
Sign in
Screen reader users: click this link for accessible mode. Accessible mode has the same essential features but works better with your reader.


  1. Advanced Patent Search
Publication numberUS505745 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateSep 26, 1893
Filing dateApr 29, 1893
Publication numberUS 505745 A, US 505745A, US-A-505745, US505745 A, US505745A
InventorsRobert Barclay
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Wrist and finger exercising apparatus
US 505745 A
Abstract  available in
Previous page
Next page
Claims  available in
Description  (OCR text may contain errors)

(No Model R. BARCLAY.


Patented Sept. 26, 1893.

Imn/ior fifiozertflarckg, 4 y A w UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE.



SPECIFICATION forming part of Letters Patent No. 505,745, dated September 26, 1893.

Application filed April 29, 1893.

To all whom it may concern.-

Beit known that I, ROBERT BARCLAY, a citizen of the United States, residing at Fort Howard, in the county of Brown and State of Wisconsin, have invented new and useful Improvements in Finger and Wrist Exercising Appliances, of which the following is a specification.

This invention has for its object to provide a new and improved exercising appliance, particularly designed to encircle the wrist and be operated by the fingers and thu mb for exercising the wrist and fingers to remove stiifness therefrom, cure cramps, such as are incident to telegraphers, penmen, and others; and to generally act as a remedy for weak wrists and fingers to strengthen the same, and in many cases render them susceptible of use without undue fatigue.

To accomplish this object my invention consists essentially in an exercising appliance composed of a hollow band adapted to encircle the wrist, or other part of the body, such as the arm, a hand-pump adapted to be grasped by the hand, and a tubular connection between the hand-pump and the hollow band, whereby the pump may be operated by the hand to force air into the hollow band.

The invention is illustrated by the accompanying drawings, in which- Figure 1 is a perspective view, showing my invention applied to the wrist and hand of a person, and Fig. 2 is a detail transverse sectional view of the hollow band.

In order to enable those skilled in the art to make and use my invention I will now describe the same in detail,referring to the drawings wherein the numeral 1 indicates a hollow band of any material which is flexible and adapted to be passed around the Wrist or arm, and secured in position thereupon. The band is preferably flattened and about one inch in width; but the dimensions may be increased or diminished as desired.

The band is provided at one end with a strap 2, and at the opposite end with a buckle 3 for adjusting and tightening or loosening the band on the wrist, as will be obvious. The interior of the band communicates with a hand-pump 4 through the medium of a tube or tubular connection 5, which is flexible and preferably composed of rubber integral with the wrist-band at itsjunction therewith. The

Serial No. 472,417. (No model.)

extremity 6 of the tube detachably connects with the nipple or mouth 7 of the hand-pump, which latter is composed of an ordinary elastic bulb of that well known type which, when compressed, will force air therefrom. The bulb constituting the hand-pump is so shaped or formed as to be grasped in the hand with the fingers and thumb resting thereupon in such manner that when thefingers and thumb are moved as in opening and closing them air will be forced through the tubular connection into the hollow wrist-baud. The hollow band is provided with a perforation 8, such as a needle hole which permits the escape of sufficient air to prevent the band bursting.

The appliance described and shown provides a very simple, efficient, and economical means for exercising the wrist and fingers, and it serves not only to exercise these parts to remove stiffness therefrom and make them supple and elastic, but is also a remedy for cramps, such as are common to telegraphers, penmen, and others.

The device is particularly useful for weak wrists and fingers, and serves to strengthen them, and thus render the same susceptible of prolonged use without undue fatigue.

By detachably connecting the extremity 6 of the tube 5 with the nipple or mouth piece 7 of the hand-pump or bulb 4, the latter can be readily removed and replaced so that a new bulb can be applied if occasion demands.

While I have illustrated the hollow band applied to the wrist, I do not confine myself thereto, as it can be applied to some other part of the body, for instance a sprained ankle or the arm, where it will have a soothing effect on the pain and reduce swellings.

Having thus described my invention, what I claim is The combination of a hollow wrist-band adapted to encircle the wrist, or other part of the body, ahand-pump adapted to'be grasped in the hand, and a tubular connection between the hollow band and the hand-pump, substantially as described.

In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand in presence of two subscribing witnesses.



Referenced by
Citing PatentFiling datePublication dateApplicantTitle
US2664289 *Mar 13, 1952Dec 29, 1953William NittskoffExercising device
US3482564 *Mar 2, 1967Dec 9, 1969Hoffmann La RocheDiagnostic device
US3658326 *Mar 11, 1968Apr 25, 1972Fawick Thomas LTwo-bulb, fluid filled hand exercising device
US3670723 *Oct 8, 1970Jun 20, 1972Luther G SimjianMassaging device driven by exercise apparatus
US3724314 *May 18, 1972Apr 3, 1973Columbo CFinger training device for stringed musical instruments
US3910572 *Nov 29, 1973Oct 7, 1975Grip It IncHand exerciser with adjustable valve
US3976056 *Jan 20, 1975Aug 24, 1976Peter Nelson BrawnIntermittent pressure pneumatic stocking
US4337780 *May 9, 1980Jul 6, 1982Metrick Glen FMuscle testing apparatus
US5005824 *Jun 21, 1990Apr 9, 1991Eichel Herman JMethod of avoiding a continuous clench position of the hand and fingers
US5297541 *Nov 14, 1989Mar 29, 1994Franz HenseyAthletic therapeutic glove
US8002673 *May 19, 2010Aug 23, 2011Perfect Pecs, LlcHand, wrist and forearm exercise device
US20100298100 *May 19, 2010Nov 25, 2010Perfects Pecs LlcHand, wrist and forearm exercise device
Cooperative ClassificationA63B23/16