Adjustable foot-rest for chairs

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  • Publication Date: February 22, 1887
  • Publication Number: US-358154-A



(No Model.) 2 Sheets-Sheet-l. J. HOGAN. ADJUSTABLE FOOT BEST FOR CHAIRS. No'. 358,154. Patented Feb. 22, 1887. (N9 Model 2 Sheets-Sheet 2. J.- HOGAN ADJUSTABLE FOOT BEST FOR cums. No; 358,154. 7 Patented Feb. 22, 188 7. Jfzvezztor; N, FErERs. Phm-Limo her. Washingiun. n. c, 1 being made adjustable to assume various po- I UNITED STATES PATENT FFICE. , JOHN HOGAN, or sr. LoUIs, MISSOURI. ADJUSTABLE FOOT-REST FOR CHAIRS. SPECIFICATION forming part of Letters Patent No. 358,154, dated February 22, 1887. Application filed November 20, 1885. Serial No. 183,454. the State of Missouri, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Adjustable Foot-Bests for Chairs, of which the following is a specification. My invention relates to foot or leg rests for chairs, but specially to those which are used in reclining-chairs, easy-chairs, and physi-; cians chairs; and my object is to provide anextensionframe for the foot or leg rest, which latter folds on said extensiorrframe, the whole sitions, and finally to be folded together and shoved, like a drawer, under the chair-seat, out of sight when not in use. My improvements consist in an extension and adjustable foot or leg rest frame, the adjustable foot or leg rest itself, and in the construction of detail parts, all of which will hereinafter be fully described and claimed. In order to give a clear, full, and exact description of the construction and operation of my improvements, and to enable others to fully understand the same, reference is had to. the accompanying drawings, inwhich- Figure 1 is a perspective view of the skeleton or frame-work of my improved foot or leg rest without the chair and as it appears when folded together and not in use.' Fig. 2 is a like View of the same extended and unfolded, assuming one position. Fig. 3 is a front View of the lower part of a chair, showing how it appears when the foot or leg rest is attached, but not in use. Fig. 4 is a side view of an easy-chair complete, with my foot or leg rest folded together and shoved under the seat and not in use. Fig. 5 is a side view of the lower front part of an easy-chair, showing the first position of the foot or leg rest after being drawn out from under the seat of the chair, the foot or leg rest proper being now with its cushion upside down. Fig. 6 isa similar view of an easy-chair, showing the second position of the foot or leg rest, the cushion now being right side up and standing outfarther from the chair. Fig. 7 is a similar view showing the foot or leg rest proper tilted up on the frame. Fig. 8 is a similar view of an easychair, showing the foot or leg rest frame tilted (No model.) up, the foot or leg rest properbeing down. Fig. 9 is a similar view of an easy-chair, showing the combination of Figs. 7 and 8. Similar letters refer to similar parts throughout the several views. A represents a chair, at its legs, and a the seat. Under the seat of the chair, and on the inside of the seat-frame, I suspend two guides, B B, by means of hangers or brackets b, one coming at each corner of the chair. These guides B B are in the shape of channel-bars running parallel to and opposite each other from the front to the back of the chair. At the rear end of each guide is formed a sleeve, B, into which an extension-piece, B, engages for the purpose of adapting the guides 13 B to various sizes of chairs. I b is a thumb set-screw, whichclamps the piece 13 within the sleeve after it is adjusted to the required length. The shape and position of the extension oradjustable hanging guides, as just described, are clearly shown in Fig. '1. Within these guidesB Bis placed and moves a sliding frame, 0. (See Figs. 1 and 2.) This sliding frame slides in and out under the chair-seat, and is limited in its forward'or outward movement by a pin, 0, placed in the rear at each side, which comes against a similar pin, 0, at the forward end and on top of each guide B, as clearly shown in Fig. 2. The'slide-frame G is open in .front for the reception of the foot or leg rest frame D D, and has braces a at the rear corners to strengthen it, as well as to keep its sides or arms 0 parallel and firm. Between these arms, at 0 in the front, is pivoted or hinged the section D of the foot or leg rest frame. This frame is formed of the two sections'D and D, which together form an extension and folding foot or leg rest frame. The section D folds in and out of the section D by turning in the direction shown by arrows, Figs. 5 and 6, and is hinged on pivots d, provided at the forward ends of the arms 01 of the section D. d are slots formed in the arms d of the section D, and run diagonally downwardly and rearwardly, as clearly shown in Figs. 1 and 2. The pins or pivots d of the section D just mentioned engage these diagonal slots 01". The object of these slots is to cause the frame D to be drawn forward for disengagement from a looking device, hereinafter described, and to be automatically thrown back for engagement with said locking device. When, now, the section D is turned in the direction indicated by the arrows in Fig. 5 into the position shown in Figs. 2 and 6, the ends orextremities of the arms of the section I), which are notched and beveled off at 01 come in contact with lugs d formed on the lower edge of the arms at of the section D, (see Figs. 1 and 2,) the bevels causing the said section D to slide forward and rise on the pins or pivots d of the section D through the diagonal slots 01 until the bevels clear the lugs, when the frame, on account ofits weight and the diagonal slots, slides backward, bringing the notch over the lug, thus preventing the framefrom tilting back or down. A brace, d", across the beveled ends of the frame D projects at both ends and abuts against the under edges of the arms of the section D, thereby preventing the section D from tilting too far up, and thus forming the locking device, which holds the section D firm in this position. At the other end of the section D, or that end which is now in the front, is a brace, (1 running across from one arm to the other and pivoted between them at (i as clearly shown in Fig. 2, so as to allow it to turn. To this brace is secured the leg or foot rest E. (See Fig. 2.) e e are ratchet-bars pivoted or hinged with one end at e to the frame of the foot or leg rest, one on each side and opposite each other, (see Fig. 2,) and engage a cross rod or bar, a, which is placed between the arms of the section D, as clearly shown in Fig. 2, for bolding the foot or leg rest in various desired positions. c is a connecting bar uniting the two ratchetbars, so that they will work alike and together. The ends of the connecting-bar e are curved, as shown in Figs. 1 and 2, and form fingerpieces 0, for taking hold of for disengaging the ratchet-bars to lower the foot or leg rest. The ratchet-bars e 6, when the foot-rest E is down, as shown in Figs. 5 and 6, fold under the foot-rest and are out of sight. In order to throw the leg-rest frame D D, with the leg'rest E, up in different stations, as shown in Fig.8, the former turns on the pivots c in the arms of the sliding frame 0, as before described. F F are ratchet-bars secured to opposite ends of a crossrod, f, which turns or hinges at f in the two arms of the sliding frame 0. (See Fig. 2.) The ratchet-bars F F move alike and together and engage studs or pins f y, near the rear ends of the arms of the section D. As the leg-rest frame D D is brought up the rear or opposite end, with the studs or pins f moves down, and the ratchet-bars F F, through their weight, drop, engaging the pins f, as clearly shown in Fig. 2. The lower ends of these ratchet-bars are provided with a knob 0r handle, f, which extends out at the sides within reach, and by either or both the ratchet bars are raised out of engagement when desired to lower the frame D I). The pins or studs f which the ratchet-bars F F engage, as just described, serve also as supports for the section D when folded into the section D, as clearly seen in Fig. 1, the notches d of the arms at engaging with them. When the section D is thus folded, as just described, the cushion of the foot-rest is reversed, or upside down, and to hold the foot-rest firm in this position its wood frame-work engages a springeatch, d, on the brace-rod d. (See Fig. 2.) When the parts are all folded together, as shown in Fig. 1, and pushed in under the chair-seat, out of the way and not in use, the chair appears in front view, as shown in Fig. 3, and a leaf, h, hinged in front, about two inches below the cross-piece a. of the chairseat frame, and when closed down, hides the mechanism from View, thus giving to the chair a neat and finished appearance. When desired to use the foot-rest, this leafh is turned up out of the way. (See Fig. 6.) Having now fully described the construction of my improved foot or leg rest parts,the operation of the same is as follows: Supposing the chair to be standing, as shown in Figs. 3 and 4, the foot-rest parts folded under the seat, and the leaf it down and closed, As a person now sits in the'chair or stands before it he turns the leaf h up and takes hold of the footrest Eandpulls the same forwardand out from under the chair until the pins 0 engage the stop-pins 0, when the foot-rest appears as shown in Fig. 5, with the upholstery of same turned down. By now taking hold of the foot-rest at that end which is nearest the chair and lifting same up and taking it forward (in the direction indicated by the arrows) the section D is raised and turned on the pivots d of the section D over and into the position shown in Fig. 6, the beveled ends d moving same forward and up until the lug is passed, and the notched part snaps into or runs back over said lug, as before described, to hold the section D from turning back, and the brace d looking it from turning farther over. The operator may now bring up either the leg-rest into the position shown in Figs. 2 and 7 or the legrest frame D D, as shown in Fig.8. To bring up thelatter to any desired station, the operator takes hold at any part of same, raises it with the leg-rest, and the ratchet-bars F F drop and engage the studs orpinsf, as before described, and shown in Figs. 2, 8, and 9. To adjust the leg or foot rest, the same is disengaged from the catch d" and raised or turned on the pivots d to assume various positions, as shown in Figs. 2, 7, and 9, the ratchet-bars c dropping and engaging the cross-rod 0 as before described. (See Figs. 2, 7, and 9.) To return the parts to original or a lower position, the operator takes hold of the leg or foot rest E with one hand, raising the ratchet-bars e by taking holdof either finger-piece c with the other, disengaging them from the rod 6', and the leg-rest is lowered into position shown in Fig. 8, and by taking hold of the leg-rest frame D D and the handles of the ratchet-bars the latter are disengaged by being raised, and the former,with the foot-rest E, is lowered into the position shown in Fig. 6; and, finally, the footrest is turned over into the position shown in Fig. 5 by taking hold of same at the front, pulling same forward to unlock it from the notch d and lifting in the direction indicated by arrows, Fig. 6, and letting it down to rest on the pins f", as shown in Fig. 1, when the same is ready to be pushed in under the chair, out of the way and the leaf h turned down and the chair appears again as in Figs. 3 and 4. NVhat I claim is 1. The frame D, hinged to aslide-frame,O, as herein shown and described, to form a shortarm at the rear end of said frame D, in combination with a slide-frame, 0, provided with ratchet-bars F F, having a handle or knob,f each, the ratchet-bars F F being secured to a rod, f, which latter is hinged between the two arms 0 of the slide-frame for engaging pins f on the short arm of the frame D, substantially as and for the purpose set forth. 2. The combination of the slide-frame C,the adjustable folding and extension frame D D, and foot-rest proper, E, substantially as and for the purpose set forth. 3. In a foot-rest frame, D D, the combination of the diagonal slots d ,beveled and notched ends (F, and brace 01 of the section D with the lugs d and arms d of the section D, substantially as shown and described, to form a locking device, for the purpose set forth. ' JOHN HOGAN. \Vitnesses: CHAS. F. MEIsNER, CHAS. E. METZ.



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