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Feb. 8,; w38.
2,ao7,346
B. P. sKJEl'avEN
STEAM TABLE
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Filed Jan. 15,_ 1956
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STEAM TABLE
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Patented Feb. 8, 1938
2,107,346
UNITED STATES 4PATENT OFFICE
2,107,346'
STEAM TABLE
,Betsy
Skjerven, Brooklyn, N. Y.
Application January 15, 1936, Serial No. 59,182
4 Claims.
'I'his invention relates to tables such as are used
in massaging the body, and an object of this in
vention is to provide a table which can not only be
used for massaging purposes, but which is also
Ul adapted for use in giving steam or vapor baths
and the like without requiring the user to move
to a separate room or special cabinet for that
purpose.
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This and other objects which will be apparent
to those skilled in the art are attained by the
invention which is illustrated in the accompany
ing drawings in which,
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Fig. 1 is a perspective view of a table construct
ed in accordance with one embodiment of this
invention, showing the steam hood in operative
position over the table.
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Fig. 2 is a longitudinal sectional view of the table
shown in Fig. 1 with the hood located half way be
tween operative and inoperative positions.
Fig. 3 is an end View of the table shown in Fig. 2
partly in section.
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Fig. 4 is a transverse sectional view on the line
4-4 of Fig. 2, showing the hood supported in in
operative position beneath the table.
Fig. 5 is an enlarged sectional view of the hood,
showing one end plate and a supporting arm in
elevation.
Fig. 6 is a View partly in section from the bot
tom of Fig. 5, and
Fig. '7 is a bottom View of the table.
The illustrated embodiment of the present in
vention comprises a table I0 of suitable size for
massaging purposes.
A hood-supporting shaft
|| is rotatably mounted beneath and extends
to operative position through a slot 20 extending
longitudinally of the table adjacent one side edge
thereof and connecting the outer ends of the
transverse slots I4 and |6.
While it is apparent that the present invention 5
is adapted for giving any type of vapor bath de~
sired, for the purposes of description it is as
sumed to be arranged for the giving of steam
baths. For this purpose a steam boiler 2| is
»hung on straps 22 at one end of the table and a 10
steam supply line 23 extends from the boiler to a
steam manifold 24 extending longitudinally along
the side of the table and supplying a plurality of
steam inlets 25 extending through the top of the
table to positions located within the hood when 15
the latter is in the operative position shown in
Fig. 1. The manifold 24 is inclined downwardly
from its outer end toward the boiler for the re
turn of condensate to the boiler by gravity. 'I‘he
vlower end of the manifold is connected to a con- 20 `
densate return pipe 26 leading back to the boiler,
as shown in Fig. 3. 'I‘he steam boiler is also con
nected by a steam line 21 to the bottom _of a
cabinet 28 for heating towels or for some similar
purpose and a condensate return 29 connects the 25
bottom of the cabinet with the boiler. A three
way valve 30 is provided for controlling the flow
of steam from the boiler to either or both the
steam manifold and towel cabinet, or for shutting
olf the supply of steam entirely. '
Movement of the hood from operative position
shown in Fig. 1 to inoperative position shown in
Fig. 4, in which the hood, while still supported en
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tirely from the table, is suspended beneath the
longitudinally of the table top. Hood-supporting
table so as to be out of the way, is accomplished 35
bracket arms I2 are secured to the shaft adjacent
each end of the table. The bracket arm at the
foot of the table is secured to one edge of a sub
by rotating the hood-supporting shaft I I. Any
stantially semi-circular end plate I3 located for
movement through a slot |4 extending trans
versely across approximately one-half of the table
near the foot thereof. The other bracket arm _is
similarly secured to one edge of an arcuate head
plate I5 adapted to move through a slot I6 near
45 the head of the table.
The inner edge of the head
plate l5 is reinforced by a channel Il.
A semi-cylindrical, sheet metal hood I8 extends
between the end plates, is secured thereto and co
operates therewith in forming a hood for covering
50 a patient reclining on the table when it is desired
to give a steam or other form of vapor bath. The
edges of the sheet metal hood I 8 are reinforced by
channels I9 which are secured thereto and are
fastened at their ends to the end plates I3 and I5.
55 'I‘he hood section I8 is movable from inoperative
desired type of mechanism can be employed for
this purpose, such, for example, as the counter
balanced crank arm 3| secured to a projecting end
of the shaft II and having a counter balance 32 40
for counter balancing the weight of the hood to
permit easy rotation of the shaft.
Operation of the device and the method of
its use will be apparent. It is to be noted that
the slot I6 through which the arcuate head‘plate 45
I5 moves is spaced from the head of the table a
distance suñîcient to provide a head rest 33 for
the user. When the hood is in the inoperative
position shown in Fig. 4, beneath the table, it is
entirely out of the way and yet takes up no more 50
space in the room than that occupied by the table
itself. When the table is to be used for a steam
or other type of vapor bath, the crank 3| is op
erated to rotate the hood-supporting shaft and.
move thehood through the intermediate position 55
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shown in Figs. 2 and 3 to the operative position Y table having a substantially unobstructed top '
shown in Fig. 1 in which the free edge of the hood adapted to be used for massage purposes and pro
rests on the table top and forms with the table vided with a transverse slot extending part way
top an enclosed cabinet. This movement of the across said table spaced from one end thereof
hood from inoperative to operative position, andV sumciently to provide a head rest between said
vice versa, is accomplished without causing the
hood at any time to project beyond the conñnes
of the table edge. In other words, the device is
operative without requiring any space in the room
10 other than that taken up byïthe table alone. The
patient’s head on the head rest 33 is outside of
the steam hood and towels or the like can be se
cured to the inner ñange I1 of the arcuate head
piece to prevent the escape of steam.
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It will be apparent that the invention
be
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variously modified within the scope of the ap
pended claims.
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slot and the end of said table and a longitudinal '
slot extending lengthwise of said table adjacent
one edge thereof and communicating with said
transverse slot, a hood including a substantially
semi-cylindrical body portion slidable through
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said longitudinally extending slot from an ín
operative position beneath said table top to an
>operative position over said table top in which it
vcooperates therewith to form a bath cabinet, end
plates connected to said body portion including
an v,arcuate end plate movable through said trans
verse'slot, means beneath said table top con
nectedto said end plates for movably support
1. An article of manufacture comprising a Y ing said hood, and means for moving said hood 20
from `one position to the other.y
20 table, a hood adapted to cover a person reclining
on said table and to cooperate with the table top
to form a vapor bath cabinet, a hood-supporting
shaft mounted on said table, hood-'supporting
arms mounted on said shaft, Vend plates mounted
v25 on said arms for movement through slots ex
tending transversely of the table, a semi-cylin
drical body member supported between said end
plates and movable through a longitudinally ex
tending slot in said table and means for moving
30 the hood formed thereby into and` out of oper
ative position over the table.
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2. An article of manufacture comprising a
table, a hood cooperating with the top of said
table to form a vapor bath cabinet for the treat
235 ment of a person reclining on said table, a source
of steam, a steam manifold connected to said
source of steam and >extending alongysaid table
in an upwardly Vinclined direction, steam inlets
connecting said manifold with the interior .of
said cabinet, and a -condensate return connect
YLio Ving
the'lower end of said manifold with -said
source of steam.
3. An article of manufacture comprising a
4. An article of manufacture comprising a
table `having a substantially unobstructed top
adapted to be used for `massage purposes and
provided lwith spaced transverse slots extending
part way across said table top, one of >said slots
being located adjacent one end of said table and
the other of said slots- being spaced from the other
end of said table a distance sufficient to provide
a head rest between said slot and the end of said
table, a vhood including a substantially semi 30
cylindrical body portion movable from an in
operative position beneath ï-said table top to an
operative `position over said table top in which
it cooperates therewith to form -a bath cabinet,
end plates connected to said body portion and
movable through said slots including an arcuate
end plate movable through said second men
tioned slot, a hood supporting rod beneath said
table top, means connected to said end plates for
supporting said hood von said rod for Amovement 40
from one position to the other.
BETSY P. SKJERVEN.
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