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Publication numberUS833527 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateOct 16, 1906
Filing dateJul 27, 1905
Priority dateJul 27, 1905
Publication numberUS 833527 A, US 833527A, US-A-833527, US833527 A, US833527A
InventorsSamuel J Jackson
Original AssigneeSamuel J Jackson
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Needle-bath apparatus.
US 833527 A
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No. 833,527. EATENTEE OCT. 16 1906.





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Specification of Letters Patent.

Patented Oct. 16, 1906.

Application-filed July 27, 1995. Serial No. 271,528.

To all whom it may concern:

Be it known-that I, SAMUEL J JACKSON, a citizenv of the United States, residing at New York, in the county of New York and State of New York, have invented new and useful Improvements in Needle Bath Apparatus, of which the following is a specification.

My invention has relation to new and useful improvements in needle-bathapparatus ofthe general type embodied inthe structure shown in the Letters Patent of the United States granted to me on the 7th day of No vember, 1905, No. 803,598.

The primary object of the present invention is to provide an apparatus of the character mentioned which will be simple in construction, inexpensive to manufacture, and comparatively of light weight to render it readily and conveniently portable.

Other objects and advantages derived from :the construction of the improvements will be made apparent from the detailed description of theinvention which follows.

The invention consists in providing in a needle-bath apparatus a plurality of independently-movable spraying-arms, each ha ving spraying-apertures throughout substantially its entire length, said arms being arranged one above the other andprojecting in opposite directions and mounted to swing independently of each other to provide a cage-like structure to receive the body of the bather and to be swung backout of the way when not in use. I

The invention further consists in providing aplurality of horizontally-disposed spraying, arms arranged one above the other-and extending in opposite directions to each other in staggered. relation, so that when folded together during such time as the apparatus isoutof use they will take positions parallel to each other, whereby greater economy of space will be afforded than if the said arms were arranged directly opposite to each other, in which case when the arms are folded inwardly they might overlap and interfere with the free use of the tub in connection with which the apparatus is used.

I have fully and clearly illustrated my invention in the accompanying drawings, to be taken as a part of this specification, and wherein- Figure l is a perspective view of a needlebath apparatus embodying my present invention, the parts being in position assumed whentheapparatus is being used. Fig. 2 is a plan view of the apparatus, showing one pair of spraying-arms, the dotted lines in said figure indicating some of the various positions said arms may be caused tov assume when in and out of operative position. Fig. 3 is a front elevation of a part ofthe apparatus, one of the valves for the arms being shown in section; and Fig. 4 is a vertical central section through a slightly-modified form of valve connection for the spraying-arm.

Referring to the drawings, 1 desgnates a main supply-pipe arranged in vertical position and supported in such position by upper and lower supporting-brackets 2 3 of any approved-construction, secured to a wall or other suitable vertical surface, said supplypipebeing arranged closely adjacent a bathtub, in connection with which the apparatus is especially constructed to be used. This supply-pipe 1 is of such length and is so arranged as to have its lower end terminate closely adjacent the rim of a tub and its upper end extending to the proper height cal ed for by the uses to which the apparatus is put. Upon reference to the drawings'it will be seenthat the supply-pipe 1 comprises a plurality of sections 4, which are coupled together in longitudinal alinement by means of a plurality of cross-couplings 5, corresponding in number to the number of pairs of spraying-arms .to be employed, the meeting ends of two adjacent sections being threaded into-opposite nipples 6 of said couplings in a Well-known manner.

The transverse or horizontal nipples 7 of the cross-couplings 5 are each provided with a horizontally-projecting pipe-section 8, having their inner ends threaded in said nipples and extending opposite to each other in longitudinal alinement, said pipe-sections being of equal length. Carried by the free end of each ofthe horizontal pipe-sectionsis' a valvecasing 9, arranged transversely of the pipesection and having communication there with through a nipple l0 integral with the casing, said nipple being threaded onto the end of said pipe-section 8 in a well-known manner. The interior of the valve casing or shell is made tapering from end to end, as shown at 11, and in this casing is rotatably mounted a tapering turning plug 12, formed with a longitudinal passage 13, opening through one end of said plugand terminating at its other end at a point intermediate the ends of the plug, where it communicates with .the pipe-section 8 through a lateral opening thereto across the vertical supply-pipe, as

14, which is adapted to register with the pas' sage through said pipe 8 under certain conditions to be more fully stated hereinafter. The end of the turning plug 12 opposite to that through which the passage opens projects beyond one end of the valve-casing and is threaded, as at 15, to receive a clampingnut 16, and upon said projecting portion is arranged a spring-washer 17, which engages said nut and the casing to draw the plug firmly to its seat,and thereby prevent leakage.

The end of the turning plug through which the passage 13 opens is formed with a threaded socket 18 to receive anipple 19 on one end of a horizontally-disposed spraying-arm 20, which is formed with sprayingapertures throughout substantially its entire length. This spraying-arm is rigidly connected to the turning plug 12, so that said arm is provided with a jointed connection with the pipe-section 8, which permits said arm to be swung in a horizontal plane to project outwardly at an angle to the pipe 8, so as to embrace the body of the bather, or to be swung back when not in use into substantial longitudinal alinement with the pipe 8, as shown in dotted lines in Fig. 2, or swung parallel shown in full lines in Fig. 3. 7 It will be noted that in either of the positions last referred to said arms will be moved entirely out of the way, so as not to interfere with the use of the tub in the usual manner.

It will be perceived upon reference to the drawings that the valve-casings and turning plugs carried by the pipes 8 upon one side of the vertical supply-pipe are vertically reversed from those on the opposite side of said pipe, so that the spraying-arms on one side of the pipe swing in a plane below the pipes 8, while the arms on the other side swing in a plane above said pipes, so that'the arms are staggered with relation to each other when moved to the folded position, as shown in Fig. 2, are permitted to pass each other without interference, and a more compact arrangement is assured when the arms are folded back than if they swung in the same plane.

The spraying-arms are so connected to their respective turning plugs that when moved to either take a position across the vertical pipe 1 or in substantially longitudinal alinement with the pipe-sections 8 said plugs will be rotated to cut off communication between the pipes 8 and the respective spraying-arms, but when moved at an angle to said pipe-sections for use the plug will be turned to bring the opening 14 into register with the end of the pipe 8, so that the water is permitted to flow into the spraying-arms and out through the apertures therein.

Means is provided for limiting the movement of the individual spraying-arms when swung to either of its non-spraying positions, said means consisting in cutting away a por tion of the upper edge of the valve-casing, as

at 21, to provide shoulders 22 and in pro viding the turning plug 11 with a horizontally-projecting stop-pin 24, adapted to engage either of said shoulders to limit the swinging movement of the arm in both directions.

In the drawings it will be seen that the spraying-arms are curved from the joint toward their ends in a horizontal plane, so that said arms when swung horizontally into position for use will provide a cage-like structure embracing the body of the bather.

It will also be perceived that the individual spraying-arms are entirely independent of each other in their movement, so that they may be readily adjusted separately toward and from the body of the bather to render the apparatus readily applicable for use by different-sized persons, or, if desired, only one of said arms or any part of the whole number may be employed. It is also apparent that the arms on but one side of the supply-pipe may be used, if so desired.

' At a point just above its upper set of arms the supply-pipe 1 is provided with a couplingiiipple 27, adapted to be engaged by the ends of a pipe 28, which leads from any suitable water source, preferably one of the'spigots of a tub, in which case the pipe 28 is flexible. Located in the pipe 1 beneath said nipple 27 and above the upper arm is a hand-operated valve 29, which controls the flow of water through the supply-pipe to the needle-bath apparatus.

The needle-bath shown may have in connection therewith a shower attachment, which is provided by coupling to the upper end of the pipe 1 a vertically-extending pipesection 30, having an overhanging arm 81, carrying at its free end a downwardly-discharging shower-rose 32, located centrally over the space embraced by the swinging arms when the latter are in spraying position. A suitable valve 33 is located in said pipe 30 to regulate and control the flow of water to the rose.

It will be seen that by the arrangement of the controlling-valves 29 and 33 the shower and needle apparatus may be used independently of each other or combined.

In Fig. 4 I have shown a modified form of valve, in which the end of the turn-plug 12 is closed, as at 33 and said plug is formed with .a lateral opening 34, surrounded by an intependently of each other in a substantially horizontal plane and a supply-pipe with which said arms communicate. y

2. A needle-bath apparatus embodying in its structure a plurality of separate and independent spraying-arms oppositely arranged in staggered relation, and mounted for swinging movement independently of each other in a substantially horizontal plane, and a supply-pipe with which said arms communicate.

37 A needle-bath apparatus comprising a,

plurality of oppositely-arranged, horizontally swinging spraying arms journaled one above the other, said arms being independently movable to assume a position whereby to provide a cage-like structure in which a bather may stand, and a supply-pipe movement in substantially a horizontal plane, said arms being independent of each other in their swinging movement, and a supply-pipe with which said horizontal pipes communicate.

6. A needle-bath apparatus embodying in its structure a plurality of oppositely-disposed horizontal pipes arranged one above the other, and a spraying-arm journaled on each of said pipes for swinging movement in substantially a horizontal plane, said arms beingindependent of each other in their 45 swin mg movement, and a supply-pipe with whic said horizontal pipes communicate.

7. A needle-bath apparatus embodying in its structure a plurality of oppositely-disposed horizontal pipes arranged vertically one above the other, a vertically-disposed turning plug in each pipe to control the passage therethrough, and a horizontal sprayingarm connected to each plug and adapted to. have communication therethrough with the horizontal pipe, said arms being independently movable in a horizontal plane to as sumea position to form a cage-like structure in which a bather may stand, in which position the plugs are rotated to establish communication between said pipes and arms, and a supply-pipe with which said arms communicate.

8. A needle-bath apparatus embodying in its structure a vertical supply-pipe, oppositely-disposed horizontal pipes connected thereto and arranged vertically one above the other, and a spraying-arm journaled on the end of each pipe for swinging movement in a horizontal plane, said arms being independent of each other in their swinging movements.

9. A needle-bath apparatus embodying in its structure a support, a plurality of spraying-arms journaled on said support one above the other on opposite sides thereof, said arms being capable of swinging movement on their journals independent of each other in a substantially horizontal plane, whereby a cage-like structure may be formed of varying transverse diameter from top to bottom.

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



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Cooperative ClassificationE03C1/06