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Publication numberUS872126 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateNov 26, 1907
Filing dateMay 15, 1905
Priority dateMay 15, 1905
Publication numberUS 872126 A, US 872126A, US-A-872126, US872126 A, US872126A
InventorsHenry Garfield Hart
Original AssigneeHenry Garfield Hart
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Massage implement.
US 872126 A
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PATENTED NOV. 26, 1907.





Specification of Letters Patent.

Patented Nov. 26, 1907.

Application filed May 15, 1905. Serial No. 260.461.

To all whom it may concern:

Be it known that I, HENRY GARFIELD HART, a citizen of the United States of America, residing at Mount Vernon, VVestchester county, in the State of New York, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Massage Implements; and I do hereby declare the following to be a full,

' clear, and eXact description of the invention,

such as will enable others skilled in the art to which it appertains to make and use the same, reference being had to the accompanying drawings, forming a part of this speeifica tion.

My invention relates to an implement for massage purposes to be manipulated by hand. his especially intended for home or for individual use 'where the services of a professional masseur are not desired or convenient.

The apparatus consists of a metallic roller which freely revolves upon a metal rod. The rod passes fixedly through a wooden handle and at one end thereof there is a perforation to admit of attachment to a copper wire or other electric conductor for electric connection, when it is desired to use the same in connection with an electric current, as an electric massage. The electric circuit may be completed in any manner so that the electric current may be applied by the roller when brought in contact with the body.

The metallic roller consists of a frame provided with a number of small rollers each of i In the accompanying drawings: Figure 1 is an elevation of the complete massage roller. Flg. 2 is an end elevation of the same, looking toward the right of Fig. 1.

Fig.3 is a cross section of the same' on the plane of line 3-3 of Fig. 1, looking toward the left. Fig. 4 is a detail elevation on a greatly enlarged scale showing a modification in the contour of one of the small rollers. Fig. 5 is a cross section taken on the plane of line 55 of Fig. 4.

Referring now particularly to Fig. 1

which illustrates the complete implement, the metallic bar or rod 1) passes through the wooden handle a and carries at one end the metallic roller 0 and at the extreme other end is perforated as at (Z, the bar or rod extending slightly beyond the end of the wooden han dle, at which point a copperwire is to be attached for electric connection.

The bar or rod 7) projects from the wooden handle at the other end and is provided with a shoulder or abutment e which, with the nut f on the extreme end of the rod, serves as the two points between which the revolving of the roller 0 is confined. The rod passes through a hollow cylinder or tube 9 which extends from the center of two disks it between which the small rollers t are pivoted, the tube and disks constituting a frame for the support of the rollers and in which they may freely revolve. Upon the extreme end of the rod there is a thread upon which the nut f is secured. The frame therefore with the revolving rollers freely turns upon the rod between the shoulder c and the nut f at the end of the rod.

Near its edge each disk h is at regular intervals perforated so as to admit of the free revolvim of the pins k on each end of the small rollers as illustrated by Fig. 2, and the cross-section illustration, Fig. 3.

, In order to obtain the desired result the skin should be worked or kneaded, and to accomplish this I provide each small roller 71 with a circumference which is angular or interrupted in cross-section, and which may consist of a succession of flat faces forming longitudinal ridges where they meet, as clearly shown in Figs. 2 and 3, or with longitudinal depressions l and ribs m, as shown in Figs. 4 and 5. It Will be observed that as the small rollers are successively pressed upon the body and roll over the same, the tissues yield against the flat faces or depressions, which in connection with the ridges or ribs produce an efficient and gentle kneading of the tissues, without the slightest possible damage to the most delicate skin.

The attachment of the massage roller upon the end of a straight rod necessarily requires the application of the roller to be at right angles with the arm and this enables the person using it to reach any part of the body.

It is evident that the revolving frame might be provided with more rollers than herein shown, and that the surfaces of the v r i hummin rollers may be provided with a greater number of ridges or depressions than shown, without departing from the spirit of the invention.

It is also evident that the handle upon the rod might be dispensed with when the implement is notused in connection with an electric current, though I prefer a handle as it gives the implement a more finished appearance, and'when used with an electric current the handle may be made of non-conducting material such as fiber or hard rubber.

Having thus fully described my invention, what I claim as new and desire to secure by Letters Patent of the United States is:

1. In a massage implement the combination of two disks connected centrally by a tube, of a plurality of rollers carried by said disks and capable of revolving between them, a rod upon which said disks may revolve, and a handle for said rod, substantially as shown and described.

2. In a massage implement, the combination of two disks connected centrally by a tube, of a plurality of rollers carried by said disks and capable of revolving between them,

connected disks, a nut upon the end of the rod to confine the disks in place, a handle for said rod and means for attachment of an electric conductor whereby an electric current may be passed through the rod, disks and rollers, substantially as shown and described.

This specification signed and witnessed this twelfth day of May, A. D., 1905.


In the presence of IRENE D. MORRISON, L. E. HIoKs.

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Cooperative ClassificationA61H2201/10