US 767918 A
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No. 767,918. PATENTED AUG. 16,1904. R. N. THOMAS.
APPLIOATION IiLED JULY 22, 1901.
UNITED STATES- ratentea August 16,1904. j
ISPECIFIG ATION fOrming' part of, Letters Patent No. '767 ,918, dated August 16, 1904.
3 Application filed July 22, 1901.
To all whom it may concern:
Be it known that I, ROBERT N. THo As, a
citizen of the United States, and a resident of Shenandoah, in the county of Pageandlstate' of lowa have invented certain new and useful Improvements irrCorn-Huskers, of which.
the followingis a full, clear, and exact specitication. v I v The object of my invention is to provide a twin-spurred shield conforming in shape to and adapted to beworn over the heel of the hand in such manner that the upper portion ofthe v hand is left free to grasp and assist in manipulating the ear of corn after it is stripped of I5 ;the grain to break the shank'off.
4o over the heel of the palm of the hand.
A further object of the invention is to so construct said shield that the twin spurs thereof may be readily adjustable thereon either by being set nearer together and parallel ori at an angle to each other or reversed, so as to adapt it to the peculiarities of the shape of the hand and movements of the operator; and yet another object is to prevent the husks-and kernels of corni'rom getting lodged under the spursand interfering Withithe perfect operation of the same and so construct said spursthat the ear meets. with no obstruction as it is moved over the shield until it engagessaid spurs. This I accomplish by the means'hereinafter .fully described and as particularly pointed out in the claims.
In the drawings, Figure 1 illustrates a human ihand, showing my invention: applied thereto. Fig.2 is a side edge view of the spurred shield thereof. Fig. 3 isa lower edge View of the same. Fig. 4 is a section taken on dotted line 4 4, Fig. 1, looking in the direction'indicated by the arrows.
The principal feature of my invention is the peculiar spurred shield, which is worn This shield A is preferably of an oblong shape and has thrce of its corners rounded just sufficiently to avoid sharp angles and has the corner nearest the little finger rounded to a much greater extent, so asnot to interfere with the movements of the little finger when inuse. This shield is about the relative dimensions shown in the drawings, and is bent'ordished so to fit over the heel 'or lower portion of located between said spurs.
Serial No, 69,231. (No 'model.)
"the palm of the handin such position that both the thumb and fingers are free, and it is mounted upon an L-shaped .strip of leather or.other suitable material which constitutes a mitt B, whose horizontal portion is secured to the wrist by'means of the straps b b and Whose vertical portion is secured in front of the palm of the hand by the straps c, that buckle together back of the hand, as shown in.the drawings. I -do not, however, desire to be confined to the use of a mitt B, such'as here-- in shown and described. Any glove or mitt could be made to answer-the purpose. The shield A 'is preferably secured to mitt B by rivets extended through suitable openings therein located at or near its corners and has removabl-y'secured to its outer exposed surface two spurs G C. These spurs are preferably made of cast-steel or stamped steel and are so made that the spurs proper are inverted- "L-shaped extensions of one'endof a screwplate d d, that is rigidly secured to the shield- Idy means of screws e e, which. are. inserted through holes therein and tapped into but preferably-not through said scr ew' plate. The holes through which these screws pass are part of several series of holes made in series and inserting themthrough another series and screwing them into the screw-plate of the spurs. In the drawings I have shown the shield as provided withbut four of these series of holes, in-two series of which the spurs C are shown secured-to the shield, while the two remaining series lb and Z: are It is obvious there maybe any number of these series of holes and'they may be vlocated anywhere therein and at such distances apart and at such angle to each other as may be desired. By my improvements one or .more of: said spurs may benuse'd, and, ifpreferred, they.
may be arranged in the reverse position'to said shield at suitable distances apart and a f in planes arranged atldifierent angles to each lother, and it is an important feature of my invention that the spurs can be removed from lone part of the shield'and secured thereto at another point and at'a different angle from that which it' previously occupied by simply removing the screwseefrom the holes of one experienced which oftentimes that shown in the drawings." One peculiarity of these spurs is that though made of a separate piece of metal from the shield the'por tions thereof secured to said shield present no obstruction to'the moven ent of the ear of corn as it isadvanced toward the point of the spurs. This prevents the niching or abrasion of the surface of the kernels and insures a saving of grain and a higher grade of corn than would otherwise be the case.- The-micesides, by rounding the. ends of the screwplates from which the spurs project-in other words, the crotch of the spurs ljprevent the husks and kernels from'crowding and lodging under said spurs. This is a difficulty now prevents the spurs from'doing effective work until after the space under the spurs has been forcibly cleared out. This'i'eature is a valuable aid to the effective operation of said spurs.
What I claim as new is 1. A corn-husker comprising ashield having several series of holes therein, several res movable spurs; and means adapted to be passed through the holes of anyof said series and secure said spurs to the exterior of said shield in planes longitudinal with or transverse to the longest diameter of said shield.
52. A corn-husker comprising a shield, and a spur consisting of an inverted-L-hapiad eX- tension of the rounded end of a screw-plate that is removahly secured to the exterior of said shield.
3. A corn-husker comprising a shield hav ing several series of holes therein, and a spur consisting of an inverted-L-shaped extension of a screw-plate, and means for removably securing said spur to the exterior of saidshield' in planes-intersecting the holes of any of said series:
14. A corn-husker comprising-a shield hav ing several series of holes, a spur consisting of an inverted-L shaped extension'of the rounded end of a screw-plate and means for removably and adjustably. securing said spurs to the exterior of said shield in planes interseating 'the'holes of any of said series respectively.
- 5. A corn husker, comprising a dished. 'shleldhavin'g one of its corners more rounded than the others and having several series of holesthereim several spurs each consisting of aninverted-L-shaped extension of the rounded end of a screw-plate, and means for removably and adjustably securing said spurs to the exterior of said shield in planes intersecting' the holes of any of said series, re-
' ROBERT N. THOMAS. Witnesses:
M FRIEL, FRANK ID. THOMASONLI