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Publication numberUS98420 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateDec 28, 1869
Publication numberUS 98420 A, US 98420A, US-A-98420, US98420 A, US98420A
InventorsH. W. Safford
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Improved head-rest for car-seats
US 98420 A
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Ila-98,420. 4 Patented Dec. 28, 1869.




Specification forming part of Letters Patent'No. 98,420, dated December 28, 1860.

To all whom it may concern:

Be it known that I, HJV. SAFFORD, of the city of New York, in the State. of New York, have invented" certain Improvements in Head- .ltests for Railway-Car Seats, of .which the following is a specification.

My invention relates to i'heconibination, with the reversible back of a railway-car seat, of certain adjustable sliding standards with removable heart-yards in sucha manner'that the said standards can be readily adjust-ed and the pads applied thereto, so as to afford a safe and easy support.- for the head of a person in sleeping; in either of the reversible positions of the said back of the seat, or be removed and hung up out olthe way, as occa-sion may require, the standards remaining attachcd to the back of the seat without causing any obstruction or inconvenience to the occupants of the next seat in the rear, either while sitting therein or passingin or out.

in the accompanying drawings, Figure .l is a perspective view of the front-of an ordinary reversible seat of arailway-car embodying my invention. .Fig. 2 is a perspective View of' the same, showing the back of the seat reversed.

A A A are the adjustable sliding standards. They are made of iron or steel rods, and supper-ted in respective slotted cases a a a','which are fastened ti rm] y across their-ear side of the reversible back B of the seat, so that the said standards can be readily moved up and down and partially rotated in the cases a, and are of the same lengths as their respective cases. The slot in each of the cases a allows a stud or small knob, 2, which projects at the midlength of the respective standard A, to traverse it up and down as the standard is raised or lowered in adjusting it, and at each end, as well as in the middle. of the slot, its side edge is notched out, so as to produce recessed stops 3 3 3,'into either of which the stud 2 on the respective standard A can be' turned and secured, (like a bayonet-'catch,) so that when the said stud is in the upper one of the three notches 3 the upper end of the stand ard will project above the top edge of the 'back B of the seat, as shown in Fig. 2, and

when the said stud is in the middle notch the upper and lower ends of the said standard will be even with the top and bottom edges, respectively, of the said back B. About two inches. (more or less)- of the'length ofea-ch end of each of 'the standards A is reduced in diameter, so'as to afford a stem and shoulder for receiving and supporting thereat the pads G sidewise upon the end which may at the time'bc above the top edge of the back B,

The pads C C are intended to be made of plush, velvet, or any other soft, flexible inaterial of sufticient strength. The two are madei'n oncpiece, which. lus also secured durably in each end .as well as in its middle, a. metallic thimblc, c c c, which fits,

over the respective shouldered stems on the ends-0t. the three standards, sons to support -the pads (T (l in the posit-ions "represented in the drawings.

A smallring or.loop, t, is also attached to each end of the pad-piece, whereby it can be readily suspended from a hook, I), in the side frame of the car when the pads are not in use as head-rests. It will be readily seen without further explanation that each of the standards A A A. can be slid upward and secured by its respective stud 2 in the upper notches, 3 33, of

the slots in their respective cases a, and the pads O G then applied upon the shouldered stems of the upper ends of the said standards,

so as to afl'ord appropriate rests-for the heads of the occupants of the seatfwhile sleeping,

and that, when required, the said pads may be readily lifted off and hung upon the hook I.) out-of. the way, and the standards AA A then lowered and supported in that position by turning their studs 2 into the respective middle notches of the slots iathe cases a, and that the same adjustments of the partsare available in either of the reversible positions of the back B ot' the seat. The rear side of the reversible back B may also be stuffed or padded in manufacturing the seats, so as to embed the cases a of the standards A, it so desired. p

I clai 111 as my invent-ion- I The combination of the sliding standards A A A, cases a a. a, and pads G C, withthe reversi-ble back of a railway-car seat, substautiallyas and for the purpose hereinbefore set forth.





Referenced by
Citing PatentFiling datePublication dateApplicantTitle
US3337268 *Mar 21, 1966Aug 22, 1967Belk Earl HHeadrest for vehicle seat
Cooperative ClassificationB60N2/4817