US 655087 A
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Patented July 3|, |900. P. JONES.
(Applcatn led Dec. 80, 1897.)
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NIT-n- STATES PATENT .Frites PETER JONES, OF LONDON, ENGLAND.
sPEeIFIoATIoN forming part of Letters Patent No. 555,087, dated July 31, 1900.
Application filed December-3Q, 1897. 'S'erial'Na 664,757; (No model.) f
.To a/ZZ whom it may concern:
Beit known that I, PETER JONES, a subject of the Queen of Great Britain and Ireland, residing at Richmond, London, in the county of Surrey, England, have invented an Improved Pillow, of which the following is a specification.
This inventioinhas reference to an improved pillow designed to obviate inconveniences incidental to the use of pillows asordinarily made. According thereto I provide one or each-of the long borders or edges of an ordinary pillow or the central portion Vof a pillow, between the top and bottom borders or edges, with a tubular part or chamber of 'suitable iuid-tight material capable of being iniiated or filled out with air or water and of then forming a flexible or yielding more or less cylindrical body adapted asvpart of the pillow to accommodate itself to and be a rest for the neck of the personusing the pillow and to iill the space or cavity that is with ordinary pillowsus'ually leftbetween the users shoulder and head, so relieving the latter from undue pressure on the pillow, and thereby inducingsleep.
Figure 1 of the accompanying drawings is a plan, and Fig. 2 a cross-section on the line a b of Fig. l, showing one construction of pillow according to my invention. Figs. 3 and 4, Figs. 5 and 6, and Figs. 7 and 8 are similar views to Figs. l and 2, respectively, illustrating modified constructions of the pillow.
The pillow shown in Figs. 1 and 2 comprises an ordinary case l, of suitable material, such as ticking, and of approximately-rectangular shape in plan, such case being stuiied, as usual, with a filling of suitable soft material, such as feathers, down, wool, iiock, or the like. Near to one ot' the long borders or edges of the case and within the latter is secured a longitudinally-extending s tripv or diaphragm la, of ticking or equivalent material, so as to form at that border or edge of the pillow a tubular chamber or receptacle 1', into which there is inserted a tube 3, that is formed of suitable elastic or flexible and Huid-tight material, such as india-rubber, and closed at its ends, one of such ends being provided with means, such as a valve 3?, which may be of the kind usually'e'mployed with pneumatic tires, whereby the tube 3 can be suitably iniiated with air. The ends of the tubular chamber or receptacle lb may be either open or closed, as desired. In the latter arrangement the pillow-case may extend over the ends ofthe tubular portion where it is slit, the sides of the slit portions of the case being provided-with buttons and buttonholes, tapes, or
lequivalent means that can be readily unfastened when it is desired to insert or remove the tube 3, orone only of the ends of the tubular chamber or receptacle 1b may be formed, as described. As will be obvious, the tube 3 can be inflated to any desired extent within the limit allowed by the tubular portion of the ticking. Usually, however, it will only need to be partially inflated and to no greater degree than can be easily done by a person blowing into the tube by means of his or h`er mouth, so that the infiated tube will be soft and enable the border or edge of the pillow containing it to readily adapt itself to the neck ofthe person whose head is lying on the stuffed portion 2 of the pillow. Instead of initiating the tube 3 with air, it may be filled or partially filled with liquid, such as wat-er, a suitable valve or `closure beingY provided to en- .able this to be done.
Figs. 3 and 4. show a pillow like that illustrated in Figs. l and 2, except that each of its long borders or edges is provided with a tubularchamber or receptacle 1h, containing an inliatable tube 3, so that either of the iniiated borders or edges of the pillow is available for supporting the neck of the user,wl1ose head is resting on the intermediate stuffed portion of the pillow.
Figs. 5 and 6 show a pillow of approximatelyoval form in plan and provided all around its peripheral edge with a tubular chamber or receptacle 1b, into which is inserted an inflatable tube 3 of the kind hereinbefore described, such tube being passed through a suitable hole in the edge portion of the pillow-case and arranged to extend all around and within the said chamber or receptacle, as shown, the sides of the hole being provided with any suitable fastening means, such as those hereinbefore mentioned. With this construction any portion of the iniiated border or edgeof the pillow can be used to support the neck of the person whose head is resting upon the stuffed. portion of the pillow.
Figs. 7 and 8 show a pillow provided with a chamber or receptacle lb, with inflatable tube 3 extending longitudinally midway between its long borders or edges, such chamber or receptacle being formed by and between the upper Aand lower portions of the' pillow-casev l and two strips or diaphragms la, of ticking or like material, the interior of the case l at each side of the chamber or compartment 1b being stued with a filling 2 of the kind hereinbefore described. With this construction when the pillow is in use the iniiated portion will serve, as in the other constructions, to
support the neck ofthe user, whose head rests upon one of the stuffed portions of the pillow, the other stuffed portion being below the shoulders and upper portion of the back of the user, to which it accommodates itself.
By making or lining the chamber or receptacle 1 of the pillow with fluid-tight material and closing its ends, so as to make it fluidtight, the separate air-tube 3 might be dispensedwith, or the partition or partitions la mightibe dispensed'with by provid in g the'tube 3 and the pillow-case with suitable fastening devices for securing the tube 8 in position along the edge or central portion of and within the pillow-case.
I amV aware that it has heretofore been proposed to construct a pillow with an inner iniiatable core or body, also to construct a pillow with air-cells and adapt it to be used for life-saving purposes; but such constructions which do not come within the scope of Vmy invention are entirely different from pillows constructed as hereinbefore described, inasmuch as they are not capable of and were not `designed to support the neck of a person whose head is resting upon the stuffed portion of the pillow and ll up the cavity usually left between the users shoulders and head, so as to relieve the latter from undue.
pressure, and thereby induce sleep.
What I claim is- 1. A pillow-'case provided with separate compartments or receptacles one tocontain filling material such as feathers, down or the like and the other to contain fluid whereby it can be inHated, the latter compartment or receptacle being arranged to support, when inflated, the neck of a person using such pillow, substantially as described.
2. A pillow consisting of a case stuffed with feathers vor other suitable' filling material and provided with an iniiat-able tubular portion adaptedvwhen iniiated to support the neck of a person whose head is resting on the stuffed portion of the pillow, substantially as herein vdescribed for the purpose specified.
3. A pillow comprising a case'divided internally by a web or partition into separate and parallel chambers or receptacles one of which is of less cross-sectional area than the other-and is located at the border or edge of the pillow', iilling material of the kind herein described located in the larger of said chambers or receptacles, and an inflat-able tube located in the smaller of said chambers, or receptacles, substantially as herein described for the purpose specified; a
4. A stuffed pillow having a long narrow expansible duid-tight body arranged longitudinally therein 'andarranged to form a yielding support for the neck while the head rests Aon the stuffed portion or main-part of the pillow.