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UNITED STATESPATENT .OFFICE.
FREDERICK HAYES HAGNER, OF CORPUS CHRISTI, TEXAS, ASSIGNOR OF ONE-HALF
TO FREDERICK W. DAVIS, OF PINE PLAINS, NEW YORK.
CHAIR FOR SEWING-MACHINES AND THE LIKE.
Specification of Letters Patent. Patented Sept. 15, 1914.
Application filed June 29, 1911. Serial No. 636,104.
To all whom it may concern:
Be it known that I, FREDERICK H. HAGNER,
a citizen of the United States, residing at
Corpus Christi, county of Nueces, State of
5 Texas, have invented certain new and use-
ful Improvements. in Chairs for Sewing-
Machines and the like; and I do hereby de-
clare the following to be a full, clear, and
exact description of the invention, such as
10 will enable others skilled in the art to which
it appertains to make and use the same.
This invention relates to a chair for sew-
ing machines and the like, and the primary
object is to provide a chair capable of being
15 readily folded when not in use, into the
space between the supporting legs of a sew-
ing machine.so as to lie substantially within
the lines of the machine. The chair will
then not take up any floor space, but when it
20 is desired to use the sewing machine the
chair may be readily placed in its operative
The novel features of the invention will
appear clearly from the following descrip-
25 tion and claims.
In the accompanying drawings: Figure 1
is a side elevation of the chair as associated
with a sewing machine, the operative posi-
tion of such chair being shown in full lines
30 and the inoperative or folded position being
shown in clotted lines; Fig. 2 is a rear eleva-
tion of the chair, removed from the ma-
chine; and Fig. 3 is a bottom view partly in
section of the chair seat and.its adjunctive
The improved chair consists essentially of
a seat A, a back B, a forwardly extending
leg C and a rearwardly extending leg D.
The seat and the back can be of any appro-
40 priate construction, but the back must be
mounted to fold forwardly and down toward
the seat as hereinafter described. In the em-
bodiment illustrated the back comprises a
transverse top piece b, uprights b', straps b2
45 applied to the under surface of the seat A,
and hinges b3 connecting the uprights b'
with the upwardly directed rear ends of the
aforesaid straps. The rear leg D is fixed in
an angular position with respect to the seat
5o by means of an attaching plate c' applied
to the under surface of the seat and prefer-
ably made integral with the two side pieces
or branches d of the triangular frame by
which the leg D is constituted. The front
55 leg C is pivoted to the chair to swing in a
vertical plane. The pivotal connection is
preferably constituted by a pintle c extend-
ing through and between the side pieces d
of the leg D at a point adjacent the attach-
ing plate c', the upper end of the leg C being 60
suitably perforated to embrace the pintle be-
tween the side portions of the leg D. The
bottom of leg D is preferably of consider-
able width, to obtain a good bearing on the
floor. The lower end of the pivoted leg C 65
is formed with a sleeve e which embraces a
horizontal rod or bar e' about which said
sleeve is freely movable. The displacement
of the sleeve along the rod e' is prevented by
collars e2. The ends of the horizontal rod 70
are formed as cranked and headed portions
e3. These portions e3 are adapted to be set
in openings formed in the leg frames of the
sewing machine, as shown in Fig. 1, so that
the rod e' will be effectively but detachably 75
supported by the machine frame in front of
the usual treadle. By forming the. rod with
cranked or offset end portions e3, the rod may
take a normal position immediately adjacent
the floor where it is out of the way of the 80
machine parts and the feet of the operator.
In order to swing the seat A into the
framework of the machine it is simply neces-
sary to push the same forward, as the for-
ward leg C is freely pivoted to the hori- 85
zontal rod e'. The seat will then be located
under the body of the machine and the legs
C, D will take the position shown in dotted
lines in Fig. 1, the leg D being lifted slightly
off the floor and being brought into close 90
proximity to the.forward leg C. Obviously
the back b must be folded down prior to the
forward movement of the seat to enable the
back to pass beneath the machine body.
One of the important features of the 95
invention is that when the chair is in its
upright or operative position the back B is
securely held in its upright position and
is only permitted to swing into its folded
position as the seat moves forward into the 100
machine frame. In order to produce this
result the back B is connected with the
forward leg C by links E, F. The link E
is pivotally connected at f to a cross piece
f' connecting the uprights b', and at its 105
intermediate portion said link is provided
with a slot g, through which passes a small
pin or bolt g' extending across the crotch
of an eye g2 extending rearwardly from the
seat and attached to the latter preferably by 110
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Hagner, Frederick Hayes. Chair for Sewing Machines and the Like., patent, September 15, 1914; [Washington D.C.]. (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth859554/m1/2/: accessed May 21, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.