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UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE.
ADOLPH GUSDORF, OF EL PASO, TEXAS.
FOLDING COT OR BED.
Specification of Letters Patent.
Application filed October 31, 1904, Serial No, 230,849.
To all vhlom, it 717,ay con7cern7:
Be it known that I, ADOLPH GUSDORF, a citi-
zen of the United States, residing at El Paso,
in the county of El Paso and State of Texas,
5 have invented certain new and useful Improve-
ments in Folding Cots or Beds; and I do de-
clare the following to be a full, clear, and ex-
act description of the invention, such as will
enable others skilled in the art to which it
(0 appertains to make and use the same, refer-
ence being had to the accompanying draw-
ings, and to the figures of reference marked
thereon, which form a part of this specifica-
15 My invention relates to folding cots, and
has for its object to provide a device of this
class which can be folded into a compact bun-
dIe for shipment or transportation and which
can in a very short time be unfolded and as-
20 sembled to form a strong, rigid, and com-
fortable cot, making my invention particu-
larly adapted for camps and for military pur-
With these objects in view my invention
25 consists in the novel construction of the sev-.
eral. parts of the cot, particularly in the head
and foot sections and in the webbing or wire
mattress of any web which is attached to the
cot after the frame has been set up and as-
Referring to the accompanying drawings,
Figure 1 is a perspective view of a cot con-
structed in accordance with my invention.
Fig. 2 is a perspective view of the foot-sec-
35 tion, showing one leg folded and the other in
an upright position. Fig. 3 is a perspective
view of the head-section, showing both legs
folded in full lines and one leg in an upright
position in dotted lines. Fig. 4 is a perspec-
40 tive view of one of the side pieces in a folded
position. Fig. 5 is a perspective view of the
central transverse brace. Fig. 6 is a view,
partly in section, illustrating the head-section
and the roller carrying the webbing or wire
45 mattress in position on the head-section; and
Fig. 7 is an end elevation of the roller, show-
ing the webbing or wire mattress in a rolled
position, as when the cot is folded for ship-
ping or transportation.
50 Like numerals of reference indicate the
same parts throughout the several figures, in
1 indicates the cot, which is composed of
the head-section 2, the foot-section 3, the side
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pieces 4, the webbing or wire mattress 5, and 55
the transverse member 6. (Shown in dotted
lines in Fig. 1.)
Referring particularly to Fig. 3, it will be
seen that the head-section 2 is constructed of
a piece of horizontal channel metal 7. It is To
of course understood that the metal employed
in the manufacture of this cot should be as
light as is consistent with strength and dura-
bility. It may be of thin iron, brass, alumini-
um, or any suitable metal. rThe horizontal 65
piece 7 beingof alichannel metal it is possible to
hinge in any desired manner the legs 8 and 9
at the ends of the piece 7, as shown in Figs.
1 and 3, the said legs 8 and 9 being also con-
structed of a channel metal of a smaller size 70
than the horizontal piece 7, so that said legs
8 and 9 may be folded within the horizontal
piece 7, as shown in Fig. 3. Secured on the
top of the horizontal piece 7 and extending
over the ends thereof are two pieces of spring 75
metal 10, said pieces being' provided with a
small groove 11, as shown in Figs. 3 and 6,
and secured to the legs 8 and 9 at the upper
ends thereof is a metal piece, having a sharp
or knife edge 12, as shown. In order, there- 86
fore, to unfold the legs 8 and 9 and to secure
the same in an upright position, the legs are
swung out of the horizontal piece 7 and carried
into a vertical position, the knife-edge 12 en-
gaging the spring-metal piece 10, forcing the 85
same up until the knife-edge 12 engages the
groove 11 in the said spring metal 6, holding
the legs rigidly in a vertical or upright posi-
tion. In order to again fold the legs within
the horizontal piece 7, the ends of the spring- 90
pieces 10 are raised with the hand until the
knife-edge 12 is disengaged from the slot 11.
Referring now to Fig. 2, which illustrates
the foot-section, it will be seen that the same
is composed of a horizontal piece 13, which is 95
also of a channel metal, having the legs 14
hinged at the ends thereof in any suitable
manner. The said legs 14 are also of a chan-
nel metal smaller than .the horizontal piece
13, so that the said legs can be folded within TOO
the horizontal piece 13, as shown in Fig. 2.
Hinged within the legs 14 is a brace 15, and
the under side of the horizontal piece 13 is
provided with a notch 15, as shown in Fig. 2.
In order, therefore, to set up the foot-section, 1o5
the legs 14 are swung out of the horizontal
piece 13 into a vertical position, the brace 15
being then swung out of the leg 14 and up
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Gusdorf, Adolph. Folding Cot Or Bed, patent, October 24, 1905; [Washington D.C.]. (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth514508/m1/3/: accessed November 22, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.