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qwi/iiueomo H. M. LANE.
BATH TUB. APPLICATION man 05c. 14.1911. RENEWED MAY 6,1915.
Patented Nov, 23, 1915.
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HENRY M. LANE, 0F CINCINNATI, OHIO.
Application filed December 1%,
To all whom it may concern:
Be it known that l, HENRY M. LANE, a citizen of'the United States, residing in the city of Cincinnati, State of Ohio, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Bath-Tubs; and I do hereby de- Clare 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.
Considerable ditficulty is often experienced, especially by invalids or aged persons and children in rising or seating themselves in the modern enamel or porcelain bath tubs. The surfaces of these tubs are naturally slippery and this difficulty is much increased by the presence of water and soap. In order to avoid projections which might be harmful as well as to facilitate manufacture and to give a pleasing outline, it is very common to use rolled edges which further increases the difliculty above mentioned. Indeed any persons in bathing will find difiiculty in aidmg themselves to arise or move about when the hands are soapy and consequently slip )ery.
I My invention is intended to provide an improvement in bath tubs especially of the general character above specified, which, while presenting no projections which might be dangerous in case of a fall, will nevertheless greatly facilitate the use ofthe hands even when soapy and wet, in aiding a person .to rise, to sit down about while bathing.
Certain preferred forms 0 my invention are shown in the accompan ing drawings, wherein Figure 1 -is a edge bath tub, provided with one form of mv invention in two modifications, Fig. 2 is a transverse sectional view of one of the hand holds shown in Fig. l, and Figs. 3, a and 5 are perspective views of modified forms of hand hold.
As shown in Fig. 1 ll provide the tub 10, with openings 11, preferably at the upper edge, of suitable shape and size for convenient hand holds. By inserting the thumb or fingers in suitably formed and placed openings of this general character, all slipping of the hands is prevented, and the bather can assist himself in rising or otherwise changing position, or to prevent undo sired movement of any kind. it prefer to Specification of Letters Patent.
1911, Serial No. 665,694. Renewed May 6, 1915.
'at the outside.
I tub. This plan may be or otherwise move perspective view of a rolled.
placed in different hand hold of one kind may be used Patented Nov. 23, T9155.
Serial No. 26,427.
make the openings 11 in the form shown in Fig. 2, that is with an enrolled portion 12 The advantage of this construction is that it affords a convenient rounded handle to be grasped by the thumb and fingers, the thumb being thrust downward and outward through the opening. This advantage is also found in the form shown in Fig. 5.
Fig. 3 shows another form which the hand hold may take. There the openingis a suitably formed recess 13 in the extreme edge of the tub. This is best used with a roll-edged tub, as indicated.
Another form which the hand hold may take is shown in Fig. 41. This hold consists of a number of finger-recesses 14 in a row. It is best used in the edge of a roll-edged v used conjointly with it lariger hand hold, as indicated at 15, in
In Fig. 5 is shown still another modification which I find suitable in straight-edged tubs. Here a suitable opening for the hand is shown at 16, which is limited at the extreme edge by a portion of substantially circular cross section17.
as best indicated in Fig. 2, the edges of the hand or finger-holds, Whatever modification is adopted, should be so rounded as not to runany risk of cutting the hands, and as indicated in Fig. be so located as to be conveniently reached by a bather when in a sitting posture and so as to afiord an appropriate point of resistance to assist the bather in rising. In seeking assistance by grasping the edge of a. tub as hitherto made necessary, soapy hands almost inevitably slip impotently along the edge. My invention supplies a resistingedge so placed as to prevent this longitudinal movement of the hand.
The hand holds may be used singly or' portionsof the tub, as found best in different instances. Also a in the same tub with one of another kind,
My invention may take various forms and it do not limit myself to the details herein shown and described.
'What I claim isl. A bath tub having a rolled-edge and a hand hold formed by an opening'in said edge of suitable size and form, substantially as described.
1, the hand-holds should i 2. A bath tub having a suitable edge provided with a row of finger recesses, substantially' as described.
3. A bath tub having an opening for a 5 hand hold, said opening presenting an edge provided With a row of finger recesses, sub-- stantially as described.
4. A bath tub having a rolled-edge haying a hand-hold opening limited by the extreme lo outer edge of the tub, said extreme outeredge being curved in cross section to provide a handle capable of being grasped by the thumb and fingers, substantially as described.
In testimony whereof, I affix my signature in presence of two Witnesses.
HENRY M. LANE.
J. J. TICE, GEORGE MELVIN LESTER.