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Патент USA US2122626

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July 5, 1938.
Filed June 26, 1937
2 Sheets-Sheet 1
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Patented July 5, 1938
Hiram P. Smith, West Yarmouth, Mass.
Application June 26, 1937, Serial No. 150,604
(Cl. 4—185)
The present invention relates to a multiple screw-threaded complemental duplicate elbows
ll forming the substantially L-shaped standard
purpose safety-type handrail adapted for dis
1 Claim.
position at a point of vantage on the rim of the
tub where it'may be conveniently utilized by the
5 occupant of the tub.
Admittedly, accidents ofv all types occur to
bathers while taking a bath in present day
porcelain and equivalent bathtubs. It follows,
therefore, that the art to which the invention
10 relates is, at this point of writing, rather well
' developed and comprehends the use of various
styles of handles and handrails, and equivalent
utility accessories. Being generally conversant
with such conditions, I have set out to provide a
handrail which is structurally distinct, in a com
parative sense, and possessed of recognizable fea
tures of re?nement and improvement such as
qualify it for acceptance as a further and novel
contribution to this speci?c line of endeavor.
In reducing to practice the principles of my
inventive conception, I have evolved and pro
duced a structure possessed of utmost simplicity
and such equivalent indispensable factors as
render it aptly ?tted for the particular purposes
intended. Other features and advantages will
become more readily apparent from the follow
ing description and drawings.
In the drawings, wherein like numerals are
employed to designate like parts throughout the
Figure 1 is a side elevational view of a con
ventional bathtub showing the improved accom
modation hand rail in place.
Figure 2 is a top plan view of Figure 1.
Figure 3 is an enlarged transverse section on
the line 3—-3 of Figure 2.
Figure 4 is a view in section and elevation
showing the improved structure in detail.
Figure 5 is a top plan view of one end portion
on the attaching brackets or ?xtures 12. That
is to say, each ?xture comprises a standard hav
ing a substantially perpendicular part l3 and a
laterally directed elbow, the elbow being inter
nally screw-threaded to accommodate the ends
of the horizontal hand tube or rail 9. Each
bracket also includes an integral adapter base
or ?ange l4, this being shaped to conform to
and ?t ?rmly against the rim 1 of the tub. The
?ange is here shown as formed with both holes
l5 to accommodate bolts or equivalent fastenings
l6 threaded into screw-threaded holes and tapped
in the rim of the tub. It is obvious that the 15
adapter ?anges may be welded or otherwise
secured in place.
The gist of the invention resides, it is believed,
in the provision of a pair of duplicate attaching
?xtures or brackets, these having adapter flanges 20
and L-shaped accommodation standards, the
standards in e?ect being simple screw-threaded
elbows to accommodate the screw-threaded ends
of a readily available length of pipe or equivalent
tube forming a handrail. Thus, the handrail is 25
disposed horizontally and parallel to the rim of
the tub where it may be conveniently grasped by
the occupant of the tub to facilitate raising and
lowering of the body. In practice the ?xtures
are suitably offset so as to space the handrail 30
_ properly from the wall. Where a built-in tub is
concerned, it is evident that the offset angle will
be such as to dispose the handrail in a position
away from the wall to provide convenient clear
ance. As stated before, I am aware that hand
rails and equivalent structures have been adopted
for the same general purpose.
It is believed,
however, that none are quite as simple and as
types of tubs as may be employed in the future.
effective as the arrangement herein shown and
It is thought that the description taken in con
nection with the drawings will enable a clear
understanding of the invention to be had. There
fore, a more lengthy description is thought un
As a general rule, the tub, denoted by the
numeral 6 includes a rolled rim or equivalent
While the preferred embodiment of the inven
tion has been shown and described, it is to be
understood that minor changes coming within
the ?eld of invention claimed may be resorted
to if desired.
of the device.
Byway of introduction, it is to be pointed out
that the invention is applicable to conventional
leg supported tubs or built-in tubs, or any similar
topping ?ange ‘I. It is to this part that the im
proved attachment, denoted by the numeral 8, is
connected. Incidentally, the device may be in
the nature of an attachment or integrated and.
built onto the tub as an original installation.
Said accessory or device 8 comprises, a single
length of pipe or a tubularrod 9, this being screw
threaded at opposite ends, as indicated at Ill.
55 The screw-threads are tapped into internally
I claim:
A handrail for bathtubs comprising a pair of
bases each having the under face thereof
arcuately curved to match the curvature of a
topping ?ange of a bathtub and provided with 55
openings to receive fasteners for detachably disposed portions extending parallel with the
securing the base on the topping ?ange with the topping fiange outwardly of the interior of the
top face oi the base inclining upwardly and ‘tub and having internal screw threads, and a
outwardly from the interior of the tub, sub
tubular rail having screw threaded ends threaded
stantially L-shaped tubular standards formed in
in the horizontal portions of the standards and ‘
tegral with the top inclining faces of the bases
and including upwardly and outwardly inclined
portions lying in a plane substantially with the
plane of the side wall of the tub, and horizontally
positioned thereby to overlie the topping flange
of the tub and in space-:1 relation thereto and >
outwardly ofythe interior of the tub.
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