US 678284 A
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warrantedv July 9, Ism.
(Appligcion led Jam. 17, 1901.\
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, UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE.
JAKOB SCHAFFER, OF NEW YORK, N. Y.
SPECIFICATION forming part of Letters Patent No. 678,284, dated July 9, 1901.
Application filed January 17. 1901. Serial No. 43,657. (No model.) 1 I To all whom t may concern:
Be it known that I, JAKOB SOHAFFER, a sub;
` ject of the Emperor of AustriaHungary, residfication.
This'invention relates to a medicine-chest specially adapted for home or household use and Which enables the requisites for a sickroom to be readily stored or kept at hand and by which those requisites specially in use at any given time can be kept within easy reach either of a patient or an attendant, while directions or required memoranda can be kept exposed to View.
This invention is set forth in the following specification and claims and illustrated in the annexeddrawings, in which- Figure lis a view of the chest opened, showing the inside of the top cover or lid. Fig. 2 is a sectional view of the chest, the covers or lids supporting each other at a suitable angle or exposure.
The chest A is divided into three compartments, indicated at 1, 2, and 3, the latter containing, for example, bottles 4, and the other compartments canv hold powder or like boxes or also cotton, plaster, and other sundries, or ice, if required, for keeping a remedy cool. A suitable opening or drainage for emptying or to allow the melted ice to run od can be provided.
The chest is provided with two lids or covers, the inner lid 5 and the outer lid 6, hinged, respectively, at the front and rear of the chest or box A. The outer lid has the loop or hasp 7 ,which when the chest is closed engages with a similar fastening or staple 7' at the front of the chest, so that the latter can be locked, as Well known. When, however, bot-h lids are opened,'asto the position shown in Fig. 2, the loop 7 of outer lid 6 engages the hook or attachment 5 on the inner lid, so that the latter is held at a suitable angle or exposure, and its articles and writing can thus be'readily grasped and seen. On such inner lid can be placed, for example, a watch at the hook 8,
and in connection therewith the dial 9 is provided, its hands 9' being set by the attendant or user,the interval,as one and one-half hours, being determined by the instruction on the slate or writing-face 10 in connection with the time indicated by the watch or by a suitable striking or bell mechanism indicating the time for taking medicine. Another tablet or slate, as ll, states the nature of the treatment-Las, for instance, medicine whichds to be administered in amounts indicated by slate l2, for example one teaspoonful.
The several instructions given can of course be of adifferent nature-as, forinstance, slate ll may direct that pills be given, poultices applied, injections performed, dac. Likewise on slates 10 and 12 can be written diverse remarks or instructions, for which purpose the pencil 13 is provided. The lid also contains holders for bottles 14 and for spoons l5. The outer lid is also provided at its inside with holders, as 16, for syringes and with crossstrips'or holders 17, the latter forming a compartment for containing various kinds of sur gical instruments, as breast-pumps, scissors, and the like. The inner cover 5 when closed is supported by the ledges 18, secured at the two rear corners of the chest. serves as a base or support for the lids 5 and 6, so that these lids can be conveniently set on v a table or transported to any point required.
What I claim as new, and desire to secure by Letters Patent, is-
l. In a medicine-chest, a case having a plurality of compartments, an inner lid hinged at one edge inside the case at one side thereof, an outer lid hinged to said case at the opposite side thereof and having a loop or staple, a staple on the case to be engaged by said loop The chest A or staple when the outer lid is down, and a Y hook on the free edge of the inner lid'to be engaged by said staple when the outer lid is raised to thereby maintain both lids at anangle to each other.
2. In a medicine-chest, a case having a plurality of compartments, an inner lid hinged at one edge inside the case at one side thereof, an outer lid hinged to said case at the opposite side thereof,'and having a loop or staple,
a staple on the case to be engaged by said loop or staple when the outer lid is down, a hook ou the free edge of the inner lid to be engaged by said staple when the outer lid is raised to thereby maintain both lids at au angle to each other, and erasive tablets and time-indicating means on one of the lids.
In testimony whereof I have hereunto set; my hand in the presence of two subscribing Witnesses.
W. C. HAUFF, E. F. KASTENHUBER.