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J. w. BEST
Filed Oct. 18, 1944
Johw £173 Besr.
["3 A rromvEY.
Patented Sept. 17‘, 1946
men CHAIR-l‘ ‘
John‘W. Be‘s't, Arliii'gt‘oii; Calif."
Applicationl?ctobenm, 1944,aSetial1No2 ‘559394?
‘ ‘Yb-‘Claims’.
(01. 155-189)
Fiiga?-is an: assembly,~ edge view of-the continu-'
invention ‘ is“, an‘ improvement in; childrenis
furniture, ;more particularly of that type- known
as-la high-‘chair;
ousidoubledlrestraining‘strap member.
Fig, 7 islavfaceilview of one endportionior the
Ordinarily, and so far as observed in my some
what. long: experience: with the ' usual‘ standard
strap showing a'double loop buckling terminal;
constructions,‘ therelislai lack of‘ stable balance
mounted upon-the 1.0111‘? customary legs 2;
intherc-hair itself._ Thisldefect is owing ‘to‘failure
in properly. proportioningz the relation‘between
ample‘and su?icienti cross» bracing members‘- 3;
for; substantial support and ‘stable ‘ resting’ on the
the ‘seatlirandlthe; foot- rest;- lack- of ‘ ample‘ and
?oor.“ The main» seatM; is : preferably’ provided
‘ The1 superstructure‘ of, the’: chair‘ is rigidly
comfortable-seating area, with ample room for, 10 with oppositely- extending side~portions 5,=e'xtend+ ’
ing; beyond the front ‘edge 1' 6 of i a: seat,‘ providing
especially, without satisfactory provision for free
the r ample: interveningi space; 31:1 ‘between the‘ side’
free movement of the body and lower limbs; , and
movement thereof in ‘ various ‘positions in connec
tion. with; the‘ several‘ di?erentwsafety retaining
means heretofore uti-lizeda ‘
‘Secured to and‘ extending‘; upwardly above‘ the
151 seat; are the} usual: back - and side arm structures‘;
‘of any: suitableldesign;‘as-‘iniFigs: 1‘ and» 4; Ex- »
‘ In my; experience and observation,‘anyxgrowing
childrduringh-the period between inability to :walk,‘
and inIthefOlloWing development and growth, is
naturally underthe characteristic‘ urge, to squirm
and'kick,‘ and. with increasing‘restlessness: under 20
the restrainhof-the .usual- body or: limb restrain~
ing; devices.- Especially,» is ‘this vtrue? in :the :use ‘of
tending- downwardly below‘ the? seahportion 4 =' at“
or about the :samavertical plane as the :front‘ edge
6; is-thei-vertical walker-frame: 1% of any suitable}
constructionp Said- frame isvic‘onnected‘ withia‘
forwardly!extendingsfootrest-B; at‘ a‘suitable' level
below that of the main=seat~4s
the usual orltraditional high chair for placement:
The foot-rest. and‘wall ioriframe’eleme'nts 8=' and
1 area continuously connected: with‘ each other;
at the side‘of‘ a normal r dining ‘room-table;
Thetunusualenvironment in ‘such cases? tends 25 andwith-the under‘ side/of ‘ the seat vin. any suit‘
able- manner, ,a'sibylangle rb-rackets‘ 9; either‘v indi-'-‘
to both-'a physical and mentalrexcitement, induce‘
vidual ‘or- vof continuous? Z'= formation as desired‘,
ing," a.‘ desire. to. reach for’ various: articles‘, to1
changev of position especiallyr with a: front tray;
or- if otherwise wisely-1 limited-either? by: physically
Asythusiconstructem. the main'is‘eat and the»
30 foot‘- rest portion are» supported‘ upon Iandiv rigidly;
attached,- meansaorlparental control.
connected with the“ ‘supporting :legwmembers' 2 = of?
InrmydnventionII have sought to and succeeded
the: chair.‘
in ; producing‘; a- loha-i1‘: of "-novel 1 and: e?ective ‘con-r
struction‘; having; ample? stability against» acci’w
‘WithIsucliconstruction, there is ample seating’
dental tipping), with full-'andxsu?icient seat>area-,‘
area!for-<the:rmain body portion :of the child, and
.35 with ample lateral space between the side exten-i
and ample» provision: for ‘ foot support;
sions 5 forlateral m‘ovementoffthe: lower limbs,
The‘: invention: also.‘ embodies? particularly‘;
highly efficient?‘means-‘for-restraining legé move-w
ments within reasonable and safe limits; and;
without causing]; irritation?v or; excitement, or in
duced eifbrtsitowards2more-freedom'or‘escape;
Orie'ip'referre'clf embodiment ‘of ? thelinventionkis‘
illustrated‘? if!’ the‘ accompanying‘ drawing;
or lateral shifting pf‘ ‘the feet ‘upon thevfoot 're'sti?;
and with freedom" of up “and downimo'vementlo‘fr
I either limb and foot.
For-7 the purpose'lof providing means Efor com-~
fortably~ lo‘oseTbut1 secure :‘retention of‘ both- feet,»
permitting ample rniovement ' thereof, 5 I‘ utilize" a
constructioni ‘ Such‘ strap,
Fig? 1"‘isiaf“compléte-viewi‘in‘sidé"elevation, of"
markedsAaissadapted Ito 1' be. ‘passed through two
45 openings‘ I "in ‘the?vertical wall ‘or-"frame member?
2 is‘a’ horizontal‘ cross section‘ onith‘e" line‘
tationi as ‘ tor length by: tightening"; of loosening
so’ as‘ to i' provide outwardly‘v extending-3' loop- per-i
Il?l‘I. of’Ffgl' 1';
3“is"arsi'milar'view showing the inner st'r'a'p
portion secured ‘to the“ chair.
Fig. 4 is an isometric view of the chair, partly
broken away to illustrate the leg retaining fea
1, .forloose passagewtlierethrougli‘; and for ‘adape‘
Such loop portions are provided‘? by ‘reversing
the‘ strap; substantially‘ midwayv of‘; itslength f or‘
one ‘.such'llo'op‘r terminal,'- with 1 a’~ connecting‘ slide
clip l2 through which the belt may freely pass.
Fig. 5 is a plan view of the seat and foot rest,
The clip I 2 may be secured to one side of the
55 strap as indicated at l3 and with facility for
with the back and side arms removed.
free sliding movement of the other side there
V eliminating the necessity for any other safety de
vice attached to the upper part of the child’s
through, or the clip may be merely loose as to
both sides, if preferred.
body. Any suitable tray, adjustable or otherwise
as at present in use, may-be attached to the chair
Such terminal construction is indicated at one
side of the chair as shown. At the opposite side,
the free ends of the strap are brought together
to provide, a corresponding loop, and with any
suitable buckle or tightening attachment l4,
with any kind of catch or locking device, as may
be used.
whereby to, adjust the dimensions ,of. the loop to
loosely ?t around ‘theankle of the occupant, of
1. A chair having a seat provided with a lower
correspondingsize or looseness‘ with that of the
companion loop.
Having described the invention, what I claim
forwardly; extending foot rest and an intervening
connecting frame having spaced apart openings,
an adjustable strap member ' extending
' Ordinarily, the double strap construction as ("through said openings of the frame having ter
shown in Fig. 2 may be loose for free movement 2 ' minal loop portions for holding the limb members
of both sections of the strap for easy adjustment,’
of a child.
or if preferred, the innermost strap ‘section may" ",2. A chair having a seat provided with for
be ?xedly connected midway of the openings 9,2 ‘Wardly extending side portions and intervening
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clearance, at lower forwardly extending foot rest,
Any suitable buckle attachments maybe used,
a vertically disposed frame connecting the seat
either of the common'tongue and hole type, or 20 and foot rest having spaced apart openings, and '
as by a securing bolt or rivet l5.
' of the friction type, as preferred; the length of
the strap as indicated in Fig.6, being ample to
an adjustable strap memberextending through
the said openings in the frame having terminal
provide for any minimum or maximum ‘adjust
loop portions for holding the limb members of a
- 1 One suggestive alternation avoiding the typical 25
buckle joint, may be adopted by- using a pair of
flat rings I6, through'rw-hichthe' free end of the
strap may be inserted in any» desired manner, for ‘
holding the- strap members in desired location.
'-,.As ‘thus constructed and mounted in connec
tion. with the middle wall or ‘frame 1, the looped
terminals of the strap project forwardly through
the openings Ill for insertion ofthe feet and de
sired tightening around the ankles, with the de
sired tension by the strap adjustment as above’
3. A chair having a seat provided with for’
wardly extending side portions and intervening
' clearance, av lower forwardly extending foot rest,
a vertically disposed frame connecting 'the‘seat
and foot rest having clearance openings for se
30' curing means, and a limb retaining assembly
having. doubled loop-forming portions passed
through said clearance openings.
4. A chair having a seat provided with for
wardly extending side portions and intervening
clearance, a lower forwardly extending foot rest,
vdescribed. In such arrangement‘ there is accom
a vertically disposed frame connecting the seat
plished a very satisfactory retaining effect, while'
and foot rest having clearance openings for ‘se
permitting ample lateral or vertical movement.
curing means, and a limb retaining assembly
This is dueto the ?exibility of the strap itself,
having doubled loop-forming portions passed
and .at the same time not in any way interfering 40 through said clearance openings, and means pro
with the normal support and natural position of
viding for lengthening or shortening same.
the feet on the front foot rest 8.‘v
5. In combination with a high‘ chair as de
Any suitable kind of strap construction or ma
terial may of course be utilized, as leather, fabric,
plastic, or the like, or loosely woven heavy cord,
having any suitable means for holding at varying
degrees of ultimate doubled length or tension.
. It will be observed that by such construction,
scribed having a-depending frame below the front‘
edge of its seat providedwith clearance openings,
and a lower forwardly extending foot rest; a con
tinuous doubled adjustable strap or the'like hav--‘
ing looped limb-engaging portions extending fore
wardly through said openings above the foot rest.
the chair itself is consistently‘ ‘and properly
6. In‘ combination with a high ' chair as de
adapted to reception and use by "av child, permit 50 scribed having a depending frame .below the front
ting lateral or vertical shifting movements, or
edge of’ its seat provided with clearance openings,
various of the different movements and'activities
and a lower forwardly extending foot rest; av con
usually indulged in by children, ‘during the cus
tinuous doubled adjustable strap or the like hav
tomary period when such type of chair is‘ appro
ing looped limb-engaging portions extending for
wardly through said openings above the footrest,
It may be changed or varied in design, dimen
the middle portions of the doubled strap passing
sions, material, or in other respects, and may of
across the rear'side ‘of the frame ‘between the
course be used with any additional body retain
ing straps, belts, or harness connected with the
7'. 'In combination with a‘ high chair as de
' upper portions of the chair. However the retain
scribed having a depending frame below the front
ingstraps for the feet ‘are quite capable of satis
edge of its seat provided with clearance openings,
factory'use, either with or without any such ad
ditional restraints.
It will be noted that'the accompanyingvdraw
ing does not include a tray. This item, although
havingino restrictive bearing on my invention,
is'usually useful or ‘necessary to complete the
chair, when intended ‘for use away from the
dining table. Such,.tray should not be close
enough to the child’s body to cause any restric 70
tion of movement whatever, but simply‘to pre
vent the child from falling forward, and thereby
and a lower forwardly extending foot 'rest ; a con-
tinuous doubled adjustable strap or the like hav
ing looped limb-engaging portions extending for
wardly through said openings above the foot rest,
the middle portions of the double strap passing~
across the rear side of the frame between the
openings, one of said portions being ‘secured to"
the frame and the otherportion being free'for
relative adjustment.
JOHN W. BEs'r. ~
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