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Jan. 29, 1963
E. ROCKEI'Q
3,075,204
TOILET SEAT AND LID ASSEMBLY
Filed March 25, 1960
INVENTOR.
ELMER ROCKER
ATTORNEYS
iinited grates assent‘ vJ1
1
3,075,204
TGILET SEAT AND Lil) ASSEMBLY
Elmer Rocker, Shaker Heights, Ohio, assignor to The
J. E. (Ioggins Manufacturing Company, Meriden,
Conn, a corporation of Connecticut
Filed Mar. 25, 1960, Ser. No. 17,636
5 Claims. (Cl. 4-236)
This invention relates, as indicated, to a toilet seat and
lid assembly and more particularly to the 'hinge assembly
pivot-ally mounting the lid and seat relative to each other
as well as to the commode.
Heretotore, the studs of toilet seat and lid hinge as
semblies employing hinge bars could not readily be dis
,
3,®75,2d
Patented Jan. 2%), i963
2
FIG. 8 is "a sectional view of such lock nut taken sub
stantially on ‘the line 8-43 of FIG. 7.
Referring now ‘to the drawing and more particularly
to FIG. 1, ‘it will be seen that my toilet seat and lid as
sembly is adapted to be mounted on a conventional com
mode '1 which may be attached to the floor 2 by means of
bolts 3. , Such ‘commode has a ‘top ?ange 4 to which my
toilet seat and lid assembly is attached. The top ?ange
-4 is provided at the rear‘ thereof as shown‘more clearly
in FIG. 2 with two vertically extending openings 5 and
é'through which the studs of my seat and lid assembly
pass ?rmly to be secured therein thus to secure the as
sembly ‘properly to the commode. The construction of
the commode having the two apertures 5 and 6 therein
for the reception of the seat and lid assembly is quite
assembled once the knuckles of the hinge assembly were
conventional, the commode being made usually of a
secured to the lid and seat respectively. Moreover,
porcelainized material.
'
lateral adjustment of the hinge posts or studs by which
My
seat
and
lid
assembly
will
now be seen to comprise
the assembly is attached to the commode could not be
the
following
parts.
A
conventional
seat 7 and lid 8
obtained. Accordingly, any variation in the distance be 20
made of a non-metallic material as, for example, com
tween the openings in the top ?ange of the commode for
pressed sawdust 'are ‘secured pivotally together by my
the hinge posts or studs could not readily be accommo
hinge assembly shown generally at 9. Such hinge as
dated. As the result of this in?exibility, such hinge as
sembly include two seat knuckles 1t) and 11 and two lid
semblies could not readily be disassembled for shipping
purposes since the lid, seat and hinge assembly are gen 25 knuckles 12 and 13 mounted on hinge bar 14- having an
erally shipped in their assembled condition.
it is accordingly a principal object of my invention to
provide a toilet seat and lid hinge assembly in which the
enlarged center portion 15 providing spaced shoulders 16
support for the rear of the seat thus relieving strain and
shearing stress on the back of such seat.
It is a still further object of my invention to provide
a toilet seat and lid assembly which may readily and
knuckles 12 and 13 for the lid are assembled on the hinge
bar and, once assembled, such knuckles are secured to
the seat and lid respectively by the fastening means shown
in FIG. 1. It will be understood that once the seat and
‘lid knucklm are secured to the seat and lid respectively,
and 17. The arrangement and spacing of the seat and
lid knuckles may be seen more clearly in FIG. 2. Thus
the
hinge bar 14 has two ‘reduced diameter end portions
hinge posts or studs can readily be disassemble-d for ship
'18 and 19 about which the knuckles pivot for'th'e seat and
ping purposes.
30 lid. As shown in FIG. 1, the leaves of the seat and lid
it is yet another object of my invention to provide a
knuckles may be secured directly to the seat and lid by
toilet seat and lid assembly having relatively few easily
conventional screws 20v and 21 respectively. According
manufactured and assembled parts.
ly, the seat knuckles 1t)‘ and 11 are ?rst assembled over
It is a further object of my invention to provide a toilet
seat and lid hinge assembly which will provide additional 35 the reduced diameter ends of the hinge bar and then the
quickly be fastened to the commode by using only lock 40
the knuckles cannot axially be adjusted on the hinge bar
nuts which will uniformly engage any irregularities in the
contacted surface of the commode.
Other objects and advantages of the present invention
will become apparent as the following description
proceeds.
To the accomplishment of the foregoing and related
ends, the invention, then, comprises the features herein
‘14, nor can the hinge tbar be removed due to the shoul
ders l6 and 17.
After the seat and lid knuckles have been assembled
on the hinge bar, I mount on the outer opposite ends of
45 the hinge bar my hinge posts 22 and 23. Such posts are
identical in form as are each of the seat and lid knuckles
respectively employed with my assembly. Such hinge
after fully described and particularly pointed out in the
‘posts
provide studs 24 and 25 respectively passing
claims, the following description and the annexed draw
ings setting forth in detail certain illustrative embodi 50 through the openings 5 and 6 in the rear of the top ?ange
4 of the commode whereby the entire seat and lid assem
ments or" the invention, these being indicative, however,
bly may ?rmly and quickly be mounted on and attached
of but a few of the various ways in which the principles
‘to the commode. 'I'employ a special lock nut 26 shown
or" the invention may be employed.
in more detail in FIGS. 7 and 8 ?rmly to secure such
In said annexed drawing:
assembly
to the commode.
FIG. 1 is a side elevational view of a commode with 55
It is noted that all of the component parts of my seat
my toilet seat and lid assembly mounted thereon;
and lid assembly, even including the seat and lid, may be
FIG. 2 is a fragmentary sectional view taken substan
‘molded-from a suitable plastic material. As an example
tially on the line 2-—2 of FIG. 1;
of the plastic that may be used to mold the components
FIG. 3 is a side elevational view showing the details
of
my assembly, 'any of the following compounds may be
of the hinge post or stud;
60 employed: dl-allyl phthalate, melamine-formaldehyde,
FIG. 4 is a top plan view of the seat knuckle;
phenol-formaldehyde, polyacrylic esters, polyesters, urea
FIG. 5 is side elevational view of such seat knuckle;
formaldehyde, epoxy ‘resins, glycerol phthalates or phe
FIG. 6 is a side elevational view of the lid knuckle;
nolic resins. Also, ‘any ‘of the well-known nylon, poly
FIG. 7 is a bottom plan view of my special lock nut
Tethyle'ne, acetate, polystyrene or vinyl resins may be used.
employed with my hinge assembly; and
'. keferringg-now-lmoreparticularly to‘EIG. 3, it-will .be
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seen that the hinge post 22 is provided with ‘a knuckle
27 having a through~bore 28 therein of a diameter
slightly larger than the reduced diameter ends of the
hinge bar 14. Thus the hinge posts are readily axially
adjustable along the hinge bar to accommodate com
modes having the holes 5 and 6 therein spaced at varying
distances. Moreover, the provision of the throughbore
facilitates the disassembly of the hinge posts from the com
plete lid and seat assembly to provide an easier and
smaller shipping package. In a conventional seat and
lid assembly, the hinge posts cannot readily be removed
without disassemblying the entire assembly and the
package required for shipping such an assembly will of
necessity be of the length A shown more clearly in FIG.
4
be of the same diameter substantially as the through
bores 28 and 37 in the hinge post and seat knuckle re
spectively. The leaf 41 of the lid knuclde is offset up
wardly and provided with a top planar surface 432 to which
the bottom of the lid 8 is secured. Such leaf portion 41
may be the same planar shape as the leaf 33 of the seat
knuckle shown in FIGS. 4 and 5 and is provided with
two countersunk screw holes 43 to facilitate the fastening
of the lid knuckle to the lid 8 by the screws 21. Supports
44 on the underside of the front of the lid will serve to
space the lid from the seat and maintain the same gen
erally parallel to the seat '7.
It can now be seen that I have provided a toilet seat
and lid assembly which can be shipped in a carton con~
and wrapped separately and placed inside the package,
thus protecting them from damage, the shipping container
siderably reduced in size without damage to the parts as
the result of the ability readily to remove the hinge posts
from the ends of the hinge bar. Further, with this con
struction, the shouldered hinge bar cannot drop out during
need only be of the length B. Thus my construction
serves two purposes, i.e., the permitting of the adjustment
shipment. Moreover, this construction permits the axial
adjustment of the hinge posts with respect to the hinge
of the hinge posts 22, 23 longitudinally of the hinge bar
bar to accommodate varying distances between the
mounting openings in commodes. With the special con
1 with the protruding threaded studs being quite subject
to damage. However, if the hinge posts can be removed
1-‘: to accommodate commodes having the holes 5 and
6 thereof spaced at varying distances and the ready re
moval of the hinge posts from the ends of the assembly
to accommodate the shipping of the assembly Within a 25
struction employing the boss support 38, it is possible
to produce all of the parts of my hinge assembly very
quickly and cheaply from a moldable plastic material.
Moreover, the use of such material for the nuts 26 re
much smaller container than would normally be required
duces substantially the number and types of parts that
and in a manner not subjecting the parts to damage in
need be employed readily to secure the seat and lid as
transit.
sembly to the commode. It will be understood that the
As seen more clearly in PEG. 3, each hinge post is
provided with a top ?ange or head 29 having the threaded 30 parts may be colored in any manner desired and the use
of this moi ed plastic material readily facilitates this
stud 24 projecting therefrom. in order ?rmly to secure
the assembly to the commode, I provide my special nuts
coloring.
26 illustrated more clearly in ‘FIGS. 7 ‘and 8 which may
be of the same molded plastic material as the other ele
ments of my assembly. Such nut 26 is interiorly threaded ~
as shown at 36 and is of a slightly frustoconical shape
Other modes of applying the principles of the inven—
tion may be employed, change being made as regards the
details described, provided the features stated in any of
having four equally peripherally spaced ribs 31 about the
exterior facilitating the gripping thereof. The larger end
the following claims or the equivalent of such be em
ployed.
‘I, therefore, particularly point out and distinctly claim
as my invention:
of the nut terminates in a dished ?ange 32. Thus my
1. In combination, a commode having two vertical
one piece ?anged lock nuts are provided with resilient 40
openings therein, a seat and lid assembly secured to such
?anges for self-locking and ?rm engagement with the
commode through such openings; said assembly compris
bottom of the top ?ange 4 of the commode. Accord
ing a hinge bar having an enlarged central portion form
ingly, irrespective of a warped or wavy undersurface, the
ing two outwardly facing shoulders and reduced diameter
not will ?rmly uniformly engage the surface about the
stud opening in the commode. Moreover, the dish shape
end portions, seat knuckles having througl1~bores therein
of the ?ange will provide a vacuum seal between the stud 45 ?tted over said reduced diameter end portions adjacent
and the commode. It can readily be seen that my par
said shoulders and secured to the underside of said seat,
lid knuckles having through-bores therein ?tted over said
ticular nut eliminates the need for the usual metal nuts,
metal washers and rubber washers employed when fas
reduced diameter end portions adjacent said seat knuckles
tening metal studs to the easily damaged porcelainized
and secured to the underside of said lid, hinge posts hav
ing bores therein ?tted on the ends of said hinge bar, said
commode.
Referring now more particularly to FIGS. 4 and 5, it
posts having threaded studs ?tting through such open
will be seen that the seat knuckle 10 for my seat and lid
ings; and lock nuts on said studs securing the seat and lid
assembly has an oifset leaf portion 33 having two screw
assembly to such commode, the bores in said hinge posts
holes 34 and 35 therein which may be countersunk as _
being sufficiently large to permit ready removal of said
shown more clearly in FIG. 5 at 36. The seat knuckle
hinge posts from said hinge bar and to permit adjustment
of said hinge posts axially of said hinge bar to accom
is also provided with a through-bore 37 which may be
of the same diameter :as the through-bore 28 in the hinge
post 22.. Thus when the seat knuckle is dis-assembled
modate such assembly to commodes wherein the distance
between such openings may vary.
from the seat, it may readily he slipped outwardly of the
2. The combination set forth in claim 1 wherein saic
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hinge bar 14 to disassemble my construction. Between
seat knuckles, lid knuckles, hinge posts and lock nuts are
the leaf 33 and the through-bore, I provide a boss 33
made from a moldable plastic material.
which will project below the axis of the hinge bar 14
3. The combination set forth in claim 1 wherein saic
the same distance as the bottom surface of the head 29
seat knuckles are each provided with commode engaging
of the hinge post 22. This boss 38 will also project
below the bottom surface of the seat '7 substantially the
same distance as the supports 39 (FIG. 1) at the forward
part of the seat 7. In this manner, the seat ‘7 will ?rmly
be supported on the top of the commode at four spaced
points and this will, of course, relieve the shearing stresses
or strain on the hinge bar 14 which would otherwise have
to support the weight on the seat through the hinge posts
on the ends thereof. This construction will, of course,
also relieve any structural stresses on the seat itself.
As seen more particularly in FIG. 6, the lid knuckle
10 is also provided with a through-bore 40 which may
bosses better to carry any Weight on such seat and to re
lieve shearing stresses on said hinge bar, seat knuckles
and hinge posts.
4. The combination set forth in claim 1 wherein S8.l(
lock nuts are provided with a deformable commode en
gaging ?ange to accommodate uneven surfaces on sucl
commode.
5. A seat and lid assembly adapted to be mounted oi
the top of a commode comprising a hinge bar having an
enlarged central portion forming two outwardly facin;
shoulders and reduced diameter end portions, seat Hill
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6
lid knuckles having through-bores therein ?tted over each
said reduced diameter end portion adjacent said shoulders
and secured to said seat and lid respectively, said seat and
lid thus being fastened together by said hinge bar and
said hinge bar thus being held against removal from said 5
seat and lid knuckles, and hinge posts having bores there
in adjustably slidably ?tting on the respective ends of
said hinge bar, said hinge posts being thus readily re
movable from said hinge bar and having threaded studs
by which said assembly may be mounted on such com~ 1O
mode.
1,875,930
1,883,406
2,060,852
2,177,919
2,366,762
2,452,204
2,734,547
Martin ______________ __ Sept. 6,
Ronning _____________ __ Oct. 18,
Campbell ____________ __ Nov. 17,
Vogt ________________ __ Oct. 31,
Watson _______________ __ Jan. 9,
McCormick __________ __ Oct. 26,
Hotehkin ____________ __ Feb. 14,
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1939
1945
1948
1956
FOREIGN PATENTS
810,234
Great Britain ________ __ Mar. 11, 1959
OTHER REFERENCES
Bemis Advertisement Domestic Engineering, Septem
References Cited in the ?le of this patent
UNITED STATES PATENTS
1,559,283
1,681,277
Schlegel _____________ __ Oct. 27, 1925
Booth _______________ -_ Aug. 21, 1928
ber 1959, page 41.
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