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June 14, 1938.
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I G. B. BENTZ '
2,120,481
C'LOSET BOWL STEP ATTACHMENT
'Filed NOV. 9, 1937
Gage _B. .5872Z2 ‘
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Patented June 14, 1938
2,120,481
UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE
2,120,481
CLOSET BOWL STEP ATTACHMENT
George B. Bentz, New York, N. Y.
Application November 9, 1937, Serial No. 173,687
8v Claims.
The invention aims to provide a simple, in
expensive and desirable step attachment for
closet bowls to enable small children to readily
climb upon the seat, the step being quickly and
v5 easily foldable to an out-of-the-way position in
which it will not interfere with use of the closet
by adults.
In carrying out the above end, a further aim
is to provide at least one handle to aid the child
10 in using the step, and to make novel provision
whereby said handle will occupy an operative
position when said step occupies its operative po
sition, and whereby said handle will be moved to
an out-of-the-way position when said step is
15 swung to its out-of-the—way position.
With the foregoing in view, the invention re
sides in the novel subject matter hereinafter de
scribed and claimed, description being accom
plished by reference to the accompanying draw
20 inc.
Figure 1 is a perspective view showing one
form of the invention with the step and the two
handles in operative position, the seat of the
bowl being raised to illustrate the manner of
25 connecting the attachment with the bowl.
Fig. 2 is a perspective view showing the step
and the handles in their out-of-the-Way posi
tions and showing the seat lowered.
Fig. 3 is a view similar to Fig. 1 but showing
30 a different form of construction.
Fig. 4 is a detail side elevation showing the de
vice of Fig. 3 in its out-of-the-way position.
Fig. 5 is a detail section partly in elevation,
showing a different pivotal mounting for the step.
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In Figs. 1 and 2, a substantially vertical frame
5 is shown having rearwardly extending hook
shanks 6 at its upper end to lie upon a closet bowl
rim, the rear ends of said shanks being provided
with hooks ‘I to abut the inner side of said rim
40 and to underlie the same. The frame 5, in the
construction shown, includes a horizontal bar 8
through which a set-screw 9 passes to abut the
front portion of the bowl to assist in holding the
attachment properly in place. At the front ends
45 of the shanks B, angular arms Ill project later
ally from the frame 5, said arms being provided
with guide eyes ll through which vertical handle
rods 12 pass slidably, the upper ends of said han
dle rods being provided with balls l3 or other
0 suitable hand-grips.
A step I4 is pivoted at l5 to the lower end of
the frame 5 to swing from the horizontal opera
tive position of Fig. 1 to the vertical out-of-the
way position of Fig. 2, said frame being provided
55 with stops l6 for limiting the downward swing
(Cl. 4-254)
ing of said step. This step is provided with rear
wardly projecting crank arms I 1 which are pivot
ed at 18 to the lower ends of the handle rods l2.
By this arrangement, when the step I4 is in its
lowered position for use, the rods l2 project up- 5
wardly beyond the eyes I l and the hand-grips l3
may be readily grasped by a child to aid him in
using the. step when climbing onto the seat or
leaving the same. When the closet is to be used
by an adult, however, the step I4 is swung up- 10
wardly as shown in Fig. 2, whereupon the crank
arms I‘! slide the handle rods I2 downwardly,
said step and rods being then entirely out of the
way.
In the form'of construction shown in Figs. 3 15
and 4, the frame 58L is very similar to the frame
5 but does not include guides such as I0, I I. The
step l4a is pivoted at I5a to the frame 581 and is
provided with rigidly attached handle members
which are preferably in the form of side rails 12“ 20
curving upwardly and rearwardly from the step
14a, said rails preferably extending sufficiently
rearward to form arm-rests for the child.
These rails are preferably braced by suitable rods
19 connected therewith and with the step i4“.
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When the step 143 is operatively positioned as
seen in'Fig. 3, the hand rails l2a are similarly
positioned to materially aid a child in using the
step. When an adult is to use the closet, raising
of thestep M“ to the out-of-the-Way position 30
shown in Fig. 4, causes the rails l2a to swing
downwardly outof the. way at the sides of the
closet bowl.
In Fig. 5, a portion of a frame 5'' is shown,
corresponding to either of the frames 5 or 5*‘. 35
The lower end of this frame 5b is provided with
two open loops, one of which is shown at 20.
This loop is provided at its rear with a down
wardly facing internal shoulder 2|, at its front
with an upwardly facing shoulder 22, and at its 40
lower end with a substantially U-shaped internal
seat 23. ‘The step Mb includes rods or studs 24
and 25 which abut the shoulders 2| and 22 re
spectively when said step is lowered. These rods
or the like are received in the U-shaped portion 45
23 when the step is swung upwardly thereby
holding said step in raised position. To lower
the step for use, it is simply necessary to lift it
until the rod or stud 25 is free of the U-shaped
portion 23, whereupon said step may swing down- 50
wardly.
Excellent results may be obtained from the
constructions shown and described but variations
may, of course, be made within the scope of the
invention as claimed.
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2,120,481
I claim:1. A closet step attachment comprising a step
and means for pivotally mounting the same at
the front of a closet bowl to allow swinging of
said step from an operative position to an out
of-the-way position, and at least one handle to
aid a child using the step, said handle being
connected with said step for movement ‘to an
operative position when said step is moved to its
operative position and for movement to an out
of-the-way position when said step is moved
to its out-of-the-way position.
2. A closet step attachment comprising a step
and means for pivotally mounting the same at
the front of a closet bowl to allow swinging of
said step from an operative position to a vertical
out-of-the-way position, and at least one handle
to aid a child using the step, said handle being
connected with said step for movement to a
closet bowl, said frame being provided at its
upper end with hooks to engage the bowl rim and
with laterally projecting guides, a step pivoted to
the lower end of said frame and swingable up
wardly to an out-of-the-way position, said step
being provided with a crank arm projecting rear
wardly beyond its pivot and underlying said
guide, and a vertical handle rod passing slidably
through said guide and pivoted at its lower end to
said crank arm, said handle rod projecting above 10
said guide when said step occupies its operative
position but being lowered to an out of the way
position by means of said crank arm when said
step is upwardly swung to its out-of-the-way
position.
lowered out-of-the-way position when said step
6. A closet step attachment comprising a step
and means pivotally mounting the same at the
front of a closet bowl to allow swinging of said
step from an operative position to a raised out
of-the-way position, and at least one handle 20
member secured to and rising from said step
to aid a child in using the same, said handle
is swung to its raised out-of-the-way position. '
member being swingable rearwardly and down
20 raised operative position when said step is swung
to its operative position and for movement to a
3. A closet step attachment comprising a step
and means pivotally mounting the same at the
front of a closet bowl to allow swinging of said
step from an operative position to a raised out
of-the-way position, a vertical handle rod to aid
a child using the step, means slidably mounting
said rod for movement from a raised operative
position to a lowered out-of-the-way position,
and connecting means between said step and said
handle rod for lowering said handle rod when
said step is raised and for raising said handle
rod when said step is lowered.
4. A closet step attachment comprising a step
and means pivotally mounting the same at the
front of a closet bowl to allow swinging of said
step from an operative position to a raised out-of
40 the-Way position, a vertical handle rod to aid a
wardly at one side of the closet bowl as said
step is swung upwardly.
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'7. A closet step attachment comprising a step
and means pivotally mounting the same at the
front of a closet bowl to allow swinging of said
step from an operative position to a raised out-of
the-way position, and at least one side rail se 30
cured to said step to aid a child in using the same,
said side rail being swingable rearwardly and
downwardly at one side of the closet bowl as
said step is swung upwardly.
8. A closet step attachment comprising a frame 35
having means for mounting it at the front of a
closet bowl, said frame being provided with two
open loop portions disposed in spaced parallel
front-to-rear planes, each loop being provided
of said handle rod for lowering said handle rod
with a downwardly facing internal shoulder at its 40
rear portion, with an upwardly facing internal
shoulder at its front portion, and with a substan
tially U-shaped internal seat at its lower end,
and a step having means to abut said shoulders
to hold the step in a, horizontal position, and to 45
rest in said seat to hold the step in an upwardly
when said step is raised and for raising said
swung position.
child using the step, means slidably mounting said
rod for movement from a raised operative posi
tion to a lowered out-of-the-way position, and a
crank arm on said step projecting rearwardly
45 from the step pivot and pivoted to the lower end
handle rod when said step is lowered.
5. A closet step attachment comprising a ver
tical frame for disposition at the front of a
GEORGE B. BENTZ.
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