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April 30, 1963
P. s. FLETCHER
3,087,754
RECLINING CHAIR OF‘THE MULTIPLE POSITION TYPE
Filed Sept. 11, 1959
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United States Patent 0 ’
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3,087,754
Patented Apr. 30, 1963
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tion of the body-supporting unit intermediate the front
3,087,754
RECLINING CHAIR OF THE MULTIPLE
POSITION TYPE
Peter S. Fletcher, Delray Beach, Fla, assignor to
Anton Lorenz
Filed Sept. 11, 1959, Ser. No. 839,403
7 Claims. (Cl. 297--89)
The present invention relates generally to reclining
and rear pivotal connections and the rear guiding links
serve as movable links of a mounting linkage, with the
portion of the carrier member intermediate the front and
rear pivotal mounts serving ‘as a stationary link of the
mounting linkage. The mounting linkage is operative
during the ?rst movement phase to guide the body-sup
porting unit for rearward movement relative to the sup
port. The carrier member turns about the carrier pivot
chairs, and in particular to a reclining chair of the 10 during the second movement phase to guide the body
supporting unit “for movement relative to the support.
multiple movement type including 1a rigid or unitary
Disposed beneath the seat is a leg-rest which is mounted
body-supporting unit capable of movement from a sitting
for movement to an elevated leg-supporting position.
position to an intermediate tilted position and for further
Constraining means are operatively connected to the
movement ‘from said intermediate tilted position to a
15 carrier member and to the mounting means for the leg
reclining position.
rest land operable during the ?rst movement phase and
Of recent times there has been developed a reclining
in response to the rearward movement of the body-sup
chair of the multiple movement type which comprises
porting unit to move the leg-rest to the elevated leg-sup
a support, a body-supporting unit including a seat and
back-rest, ‘and means mounting the body-supporting unit
porting position. Provision is made for blocking either
on the support for a ?rst movement phase from a sitting 20 the leg-rest mounting linkage or the mounting linkage
for the body-supporting unit at the end of the ?rst move
position to an intermediate tilted position and for a sec
ment phase such that the body-supporting unit and the
leg-rest move together about the carrier pivot during
tion to a reclining position. The chair further includes
the second movement phase. In order to establish the
'a leg-rest mounted for movement from a stored position
beneath the seat to an elevated leg-supporting position 25 sequence of operation for the chair, a sequencing means
is interconnected between the body-supporting unit ‘and
forwardly of the seat, with provision for ‘actuating the
ond movement phase from the intermediate tilted posi
leg-rest during the ?rst movement phase to bring the
leg-rest to the elevated leg-supporting position in the in
termediate tilted position of the chair. The intermediate
tilted position of the chair ‘With the leg-rest elevated, is 30
established to comfortably accommodate the chair oc
cupant in an attitude appropriate for television viewing,
the support for guiding the body-supporting unit along
a ?rst path during the ?rst movement phase and for guid
ing the body-supporting unit along a second path during
the second movement phase to thereby establish the
sequence of operations for the chair.
The above brief description as well as further objects,
features and advantages of the present invention will be
more fully appreciated by reference to the following de
established to comfortably accommodate the chair oc
cupant in a further tilted back attitude, more appropriate 35 tailed description of an illustrative embodiment accord
ing to the present invention, when taken in conjunction
for complete relaxation.
with the accompanying drawings, wherein;
Broadly, it is an obiect of the present invention to pro
FIG. 1 is an elevational View, with the near side frame
vide an improved reclining chair of the aforesaid gen
removed, of a reclining chair of the multiple position type
er-al type. Speci?cally, it is within the contemplation of
the present invention to provide a positive, simple and 40 embodying features of the present invention shown in the
upright or sitting position;
reliable mechanism for attaining the desired movement
FIG. 2 is ‘an elevational view similar to FIG. 1, but
in the proper sequence for a reclining chair of the two
showing the chair in the intermediate tilted position; and,
position type.
FIG. 3 is an elevational view similar to FIG. 2 but
In accordance with an illustrative embodiment dem
onstrating features of the present invention, a reclining 45 showing the chair in the reclining position.
Referring now speci?cally to the drawings, there in
chair of the multiple position type comprises a support,
shown a reclining chair demonstrating features of the
a body-supporting unit including a seat and back-rest
present invention, generally designated by the reference
and means mounting the body-supporting unit on the sup
numeral 10, which includes a support or frame 12 hav
port ‘for a ?rst movement phase from a sitting position
to an intermediate tilted position and for a second move 50 ing side walls or frames 14, 16 interconnected by suitable
cross braces 18 and supported on ‘depending legs 20-.
ment phase from the intermediate tilted position to a
A body-supporting unit 22 including ‘a back-rest 24
reclining position. The mounting means according to
reading, sewing ‘and the like. The reclining position is
and a .seat 26 rigid therewith is mounted on the support ‘
the present invention includes a carrier member which
12 for a ?rst movement phase from the sitting position
is pivotally mounted on the support at a carrier pivot, 55 shown in FIG. 1 to an intermediate tilted position shown
with a stop being provided ‘on the support to establish a
in FIG. 2 and for a second movement phase from the
stationary position for the carrier member for the ?rst
movement phase. ‘A front guiding link is pivotally
intermediate tilted position to a reclining position shown
and pivotally connected to the body-supporting unit at a
rear pivotal connection. The front guiding link, the por
2 and 3. As will be described, the leg-rest 28 is co
ordinated to the movement of the body-supporting unit 22
in FIG. 3.
mounted on the carrier member at a front pivotal mount
Disposed beneath the forward end of the seat 26 is a
and pivotally connected to ‘a body-supporting unit 1at a 60 leg-rest 28 which is mounted for movement ‘from a stored
front pivot-a1 connection. A rear guiding link is pivotally
or retracted position, shown in FIG. 1 to an elevated leg
‘supporting position relative to the seat as shown in FIGS.
mounted on the carrier member at a rear pivotal mount
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such that in response to the ?rst movement phase of the
chair, the leg-rest moves to the elevated leg-supporting
position shown in FIG. 2, with the leg-rest remaining
substantially in a ?xed elevated position relative to the
body-supporting unit 22 during the second movement
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leg-supporting position. The constraining means includes
a constraining link 76 which has a pivotal mount 78 on
a bracket 80 ?xed to the carrier member 32 and a pivotal
connection 82 to the link 60 at a point spaced below
the pivotal connection 70. Thus, in response to the
rearward tilting movement of the ‘body-supporting unit
A mounting arrangement, generally ‘designated ‘by the
during the ?rst movement phase, there Will be a tendency
reference numeral 30 is provided for guiding the body
for the portion of the link 60 intermediate the pivotal
supporting unit 22 during the ?rst and second movement
connections 32, 70 to turn in the clockwise direction
phases. The mounting arrangement includes an elon 10 about the pivotal connection 82, with a corresponding
gated carrier member or link 32 extending from front
upward and forward swinging movement of the portion
to rear of the chair and mounted at its rear end on the
of the link 60 intermediate the pivotal connection 64,
support ‘at a carrier pivot 34. A stationary position is
82 which is e?ective to extend and elevate the leg-rest 28.
established for the carrier member 32 during the ?rst
Provision is made for blocking either the main mount
movement phase by a stop 36 which is ?xed to the sup‘ 15 ing linkage 30 or the leg-rest mounting linkage 52 at the
port 12 (as by being secured to the adjacent side frame
end of the ?rst movement phase such that the body-sup
16). The stop 36 precludes the counterclockwise turn
porting unit 22 and the leg-rest 28 move together about
ing movement of the carrier member 32 about the car
the carrier pivot 34 incident to the turning movement
rier pivot 34, but permits the clockwise turning move
of the carrier member about the carrier pivot 34 during
ment thereof during the second movement phase, as may 20 the second movement phase. In this illustrative embodi
be appreciated by progressively inspecting FIGS. 2 and
ment the stop 84 is ?xed to the link 54 which stop serves
3. Extending upwardly from the forward end of the
two functions. First, the stop 84 establishes the stored
carrier member or link 32 is a front guiding link 38
or retracted position for the leg-rest in that it abuts the
which has a front pivotal mount 40 on the carrier link
link 62 at ya location forwardly of the pivotal connection
phase.
32 and a front pivotal connection 42 to a supporting rail 25 74 and precludes further collapsing movement of the leg
44 which is ?xed to the seat 26 of the body-supporting
unit 22. Extending upwardly ‘from an intermediate point
rest mounting linkage 52; and second, in the extended
‘and elevated position of the leg-rest shown in FIG. 2,
of the carrier member 32 is a rear guiding link 46 which
the stop 84- abuts the link 62 at a location rearwardly
of the pivotal connection 74 (due to the relative move
pivotal mount 48 and is pivotally connected to the body 30 ment of the links of the leg-rest mounting linkage) to
supporting unit at a rear pivotal connection 50‘. The
eifectively block the leg-rest mounting linkage 52.
front guiding link 38, the portion of the seat 26 inter
Through the constraining link, the main mounting link
mediate the front ‘and rear pivotal connections 42, 50,
age built onto the carrier member 32 is also blocked such
and the rear guiding link 46 serve as movable links of a
that the leg-rest remains in a ?xed position relative to
main mounting linkage, ‘with the portion of the carrier
the body-supporting unit 22 which in turn remains in a
member 32 intermediate the front and rear pivotal mounts
relatively ?xed position to the carrier member 32.
40, 48 serving as a stationary link thereof. The main
A sequencing arrangement is interconnected between
is pivotally mounted on the carrier member 32 at a rear
mounting linkage is operative during the ?rst movement
phase to guide the body-supporting unit 22 for rearward
the carrier member 32 and the support 12 to constrain the
ing position by a leg-rest mounting linkage, generally
designated by the reference numeral 52, which includes
engages a pin 88 ?xed to the support.
body-supporting unit 22 to move along a ?rst path during
tilted movement relative to the support. During the 40 the ?rst movement phase and to constrain the body-sup
?rst movement phase the front guiding link 38 swings
porting unit to move along a second path during the
through an upward and rearward are from its forwardly
second movement phase. This establishes the sequence
inclined position to a position slightly to the rear of dead
of operations for the chair to assure that the four-bar
center, while the rear guiding link 46 swings through a
linkage built onto the carrier member 32 will ?rst be
rearward arc to a position to the rear of dead center, with
operative to move the body-supporting unit 22 to the inter
the links 38, 46 being effective to impart the requisite
mediate tilted position of FIG. 2, with the carrier mem
tilting to the body-supporting unit 22 to establish the
ber 32 thereafter turning about the carrier pivot 34 to
desired intermediate position appropriate ‘for television
establish the reclining position shown in FIG. 3. The
viewing and the like.
sequencing arrangement is provided by an integral down
The leg-rest 28 is mounted for movement ‘from the
ward extension 46a of the rear guiding link 46 which is
stored position to the extended and elevated leg-support
formed with a two-directional slot 86 which guidingly
The slot 86 in
cludes ?rst and second slot sections 86a, 86b extending
from respective outer ends towards each other and merg
ing at a junction 860 at their adjacent ends. The pin 88
is ‘disposed at the outer end of the ?rst slot section in the
sitting position as shown in FIG. 1, moved to the junction
860 in the intermediate tilted position as shown in FIG. 2,
a ?rst pair of links 54, 56 having a pivotal connection 58
at their adjacent end-s and a second pair of links 60‘, 62
having a pivotal connection 64 at their adjacent ends.
The link 54 of the ?rst link pair has a pivotal connec
tion 66 to the mounting rail 44 adjacent the forward end
thereof and the forward end of the seat 26, while the
and is at the outer end of the second slot section 86b in
link 56 has a pivotal connection 68 to the leg-rest 23 60 the fully reclined position of FIG. 3.
adjacent the upper end thereof. The link 60 of the sec
In order to facilitate a more thorough understanding
ond link pair has a pivotal connection 70 to the mounting
of the present invention reference will now be made to
rail 44 and the seat 26 at a point spaced rearwardly of
a typical sequence of operation.
the pivotal connection 66, while the link 62 of the second
The chair occupant is initially seated in the chair in
link pair has a pivotal connection 72 to the leg-rest 28
the upright or sitting position of FIG. 1 and, upon ex
at a point spaced below the pivotal connection 68. The
ertion of a rearward pressure, the body-supporting unit
?rst and second link pair 54, 56 and 6t), 62 are coordi
22
will be rearwardly moved in relation to the support 12
nated by the provision of an integral extension 64a of
to the intermediate tilted position shown in FIG. 2. The
the link 54 which has a coordinating pivotal connection
rearward movement of the pivotal connection 70 of the
74 to the link 62.
link 60 of the leg-rest mounting linkage 52 on the body
Constraining means are operatively connected to the
supporting unit 22 will cause the turning movement of
carrier member 32 and to the leg-rest mounting linkage
52 and are operable during the ?rst movement phase and
the link 60‘ about the pivotal connection 82, with a cor
in response to the rearward movement of the body-sup
responding movement of the leg-rest 28 to the elevated
porting unit 22 to move the leg-rest 28 to the elevated 75 leg-supporting position shown in FIG. 2. The stop 84
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is arranged to ‘block the leg-rest mounting linkage 52
in the elevated leg-supporting position and at the same
time the pin 88 of the pin and slot interconnection of
the sequencing means is at the junction 860 of the slot
section 86a, ‘86b. When the chair occupant desires to
bring the chair to the reclining position of FIG. 3, further
rearward pressure is exerted on the body-supporting unit,
as by placing the hands on the arms of the chair frame
tion for said carrier member during said ?rst movement
phase, a front guiding link pivotally mounted on said
carrier member at a front pivotal mount and pivotally
connected to said body-supporting unit at a front pivotal
connection, a rear guiding link pivotally mounted on
said carrier member at a rear pivotal mount and pivotally
connected to said body-supporting unit at a rear pivotal
connection, said front guiding link, the portion of said
body-supporting unit intermediate said front and rear
32 will turn in the clockwise direction about the carrier 10 pivotal connections, and said rear guiding link serving
as movable links of a mounting linkage and the portion
pivot 34 which brings the body-supporting unit 22 and
of said carrier member intermediate said front and rear
the leg-rest 28 to the fully reclined position shown in
pivotal mounts serving as a stationary link of said mount
FIG. 3. This position is established when the lower por
ing linkage which is operative during said ?rst movement
tion of the body-supporting unit contacts the rear cross
phase to guide said body-supporting unit for rearward
brace 18 serving as a stop. When the chair occupant
movement relative to said support, said carrier member
desires to restore the chair to either the intermediate
turning about said carrier pivot during said second move
tilted position shown in FIG. 2 or the upright sitting
ment phase to guide said body-supporting unit for move
position shown in FIG. 1, downward pressure is exerted
ment relative to said support, a leg-rest, means mount
against the leg-rest 2.3 which brings about the reverse
20 ing said leg-rest on said seat for movement from a stored
sequence of operations.
“position beneath said seat to an elevated leg-supporting
A latitude of modi?cation, change and substitution is
position, a constraining link pivotally connected to said
intended in the foregoing disclosure and in some in
carrier
member and to the mounting means for said
stances some features of the invention will be employed
and pushing rearwardly, whereupon the carrier member
without a corresponding use of other features.
Ac
cordingly it is appropriate that the appended claims be
construed broadly and in a manner consistent with the
spirit and scope of the invention herein.
What I claim is:
1. A reclining chair of the multiple position type com
prising a support, a body-supporting unit including a
rigid seat and back-rest, means mounting said body-sup
leg-rest and operable during said ?rst movement phase
and in response to said rearward movement of said
body-supporting unit to move said leg-rest to said elevated
leg-supporting position, and means for blocking one of
said mounting means at the end of said ?rst movement
phase such that said body~supporting unit and leg-rest
move together about said carrier pivot.
3. A reclining chair of the multiple position type com
prising a support, a body-supporting unit including a seat
porting unit on said support for a ?rst movement phase
and back—rest, means mounting said body-supporting unit
from a sitting position to an intermediate tilted position
on said support for a ?rst movement phase from a sitting
and for a second movement phase from said intermediate
position to an intermediate tilted position and for a
tilted position to a reclining position, the mounting means 35 second movement phase from said intermediate tilted
including a carrier member, means pivotally mounting
position to a reclining position, the mounting means in
said carrier member on said support at a carrier pivot, a
cluding an elongated carrier member having forward and
stop on said support establishing a stationary position for
rearward ends, means adjacent the rearward end of said
said carrier member during said ?rst movement phase, a
carrier member pivotally mounting said carrier member
front guiding link pivotally mounted on said carrier mem
on said support at a carrier pivot, means on said support
bet and pivotally connected to said body-supporting unit,
establishing a stationary position for said carrier member
during said ?rst movement phase, a front guiding link
member and pivotally connected to said body-supporting
pivotally mounted on said carrier member adjacent the
unit, said front guiding link, a portion of said body 45 forward end thereof and pivotally connected to said
supporting unit, and said rear guiding link serving as
body-supporting unit, a rear guiding link pivotally mount
movable links of a mounting linkage and a portion of
ed on said carrier member intermediate the ends thereof
said carrier member serving as a stationary link of said
and pivotally connected to said body-supporting unit,
mounting linkage which is operative during said ?rst
said front and rear guiding links serving as movable
movement phase to guide said body-supporting unit for 50 links of a mounting linkage which is operative during
rearward movement relative to said support, said carrier
said ?rst movement phase to guide said body-supporting
member turning about said carrier pivot during said
unit for rearward movement relative to said support, said
second movement phase to guide said body-supporting
carrier member turning about said carrier pivot during
unit for movement relative to said support, a leg-rest,
said second movement phase to guide said body-support
means mounting said leg-rest on said seat for movement 55 ing unit for movement relative to said support, a leg
a rear guiding link pivotally mounted on said carrier
from a stored position beneath said seat to an elevated
leg-supporting position, constraining means operatively
connected to said carrier member and to the mounting
means for said leg-rest and operable during said ?rst
rest, means mounting said leg-rest on said seat for move
ment from a stored position beneath said seat to an
elevated leg-supporting position, constraining means op
eratively connected to said carrier member and to the
movement phase and in response to said rearward move 60 mounting means for said leg-rest and operable during
ment of said body-supporting unit to move said leg-rest
said ?rst movement phase and in response to said rear
to said elevated leg-supporting position, and means for
ward movement of said body-supporting unit to move
blocking one of said mounting means at the end of said
said leg-rest to said elevated leg-supporting position, and
?rst movement phase such that said body-supporting unit
means for blocking one of said mounting means at the
and leg-rest move together about said carrier pivot.
65 end of said ?rst movement phase such that said body
2. A reclining chair of the multiple position type com
supporting unit and leg-rest move together about said
prising a support, a body-supporting unit including a
carrier pivot.
4. In a reclining chair of the multiple position type,
seat and back-rest, means mounting said body-supporting
unit on said support for a ?rst movement phase from a
a support, a body-supporting unit including a seat and
sitting position to an intermediate tilted position and for 70 back-rest, means mounting said body-supporting unit on
said support for a ?rst movement phase from a sitting
a second movement phase from saidintermediate tilted
position to an intermediate tilted position and for a sec
position to a reclining position, the mounting means in
ond movement phase from said intermediate tilted posi
cluding a carrier member, means pivotally mounting
tion to a reclining position, the mounting means includ
said carrier member on said support at a carrier pivot,
a stop on said support establishing a stationary posi 75 ing a carrier member, means pivotally mounting said
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carrier member on said support at a carrier pivot, a
to a reclining position, the mounting means including a
stop on said support establishing a stationary position
for said carrier member during said ?rst movement
phase, a front guiding link pivotally mounted on said
carrier member at a front pivotal mount and pivotally
carrier member, means pivotally mounting said carrier
connected to said body-supporting unit at a front pivotal
connection, a rear guiding link pivotally mounted on said
carrier member at a rear pivotal mount and pivotally
connected to said body-supporting unit at a rear pivotal
ing link pivotally mounted on said carrier member at a
member on said support at a carrier pivot, a stop on said
support establishing a stationary position for said carrier
member during said ?rst movement phase, a front guid
front pivotal mount and pivotally connected to said
body-supporting unit at a front pivotal connection, a rear
guiding link pivotally mounted on said carrier member
connection, said front guiding link, the portion of said 10 at a rear pivotal mount and pivotally connected to
body-supporting unit intermediate said front and rear
said body-supporting unit at a rear pivotal connection,
pivotal connections, and said rear guiding link serving
said front guiding link, the portion of said body
as movable links of a mounting linkage and the portion
of said carrier member intermediate said front and rear
pivotal mounts serving as a stationary link of said mount
supporting unit intermediate said front and rear piv
otal connections, and said rear guiding link serving as
movable links of a mounting linkage and the portion
of said carrier member intermediate said front and
rear pivotal mounts serving as a stationay link of said
mounting linkage which is operative during said ?rst move
ment phase to guide said body-supporting unit for rear
ing linkage which is operative during said ?rst move
ment phase to guide said body-supporting unit for rear
ward movement relative to said support, said carrier mem
ber turning about said carrier pivot during said second
‘movement phase to guide said body-supporting unit for 20 ward movement relative to said support, said carrier mem
movement relative to said support, and sequencing means
ber turning about said carrier pivot during said second
interconnected between said body-supporting unit and
movement phase to guide said body-supporting unit for
said support for guiding said body-supporting unit along
movement relative to said support, sequencing means in
a ?rst path during said ?rst movement phase and for
terconnected between said body-supporting unit and said
guiding said body-supporting means along a second path
support for guiding said body-supporting unit along a ?rst
during said second movement phase for establishing the
path during said ?rst movement phase and for guiding said
sequence of operation of said chair.
body-supporting means along a second path during said
5. In a reclining chair of the multiple position type com
second movement phase for establishing the sequence of
prising a support, a body-supporting unit including a seat
operation of said chair, a leg-rest, means mounting said
and back-rest, means mounting said body-supporting unit 30 leg-rest on said seat for movement from a stored position
on said support for a ?rst movement phase from a sitting
position to an intermediate tilted position and for a sec
beneath said seat to an elevated leg-supporting position,
constraining means operatively connected to said carrier
ond movement phase from said intermediate tilted posi
member and to the mounting means for said leg-rest and
tion to a reclining position, the mounting means including
operable during said ?rst movement phase and in response
a carrier member, means pivotally mounting said carrier 35 to said rearward movement'of said body-supporting unit
member on said support at a carrier pivot, a stop on said
to move said leg-rest to said elevated leg-supporting posi
support establishing a stationary position for said carrier
tion, and means for blocking one of said mounting means
member during said ?rst movement phase, a front guiding
at the end of said ?rst movement phase such that said
body-supporting unit and leg-rest move together about
link pivotally mounted on said carrier member at a front
pivotal mount and pivotally connected to said body-sup 40 said carrier pivot.
7. A reclining chair of the multiple position type com
porting unit at a front pivotal connection, a rear guiding
link pivotally mounted on said carrier member at a rear
prising a support, a body-supporting unit including a seat
pivotal mount and pivotally connected to said body-sup
and back-rest, means mounting said body-supporting unit
porting unit at a rear pivotal connection, said front guiding
on said support for a ?rst movement phase from a sitting
link, the portion of said body-supporting unit intermediate 45 position to an intermediate tilted position and for a sec
ond movement phase from said intermediate tilted posi
said front and rear pivotal connections, ‘and said rear
guiding link serving as movable links of a mounting link
age and the portion of said carrier member intermediate
said front and rear pivotal mounts serving as a stationary
carrier member on said support at a carrier pivot, a
link of said mounting linkage which is operative during
said ?rst movement phase to guide said body-supporting
stop on said support establishing a stationary position for
said carrier member during said ?rst movement phase,
tion to a reclining position, the mounting means includ
ing a carrier member, means pivotally mounting said
unit for rearward movement relative to said support, said
a front guiding link pivotally mounted on said carrier
member at a front pivotal mount and pivotally connected
said second movement phase to guide said body-supporting
to said body-supporting unit at a front pivotal connec
unit for movement relative to said support, and sequenc 55 tion, a rear guiding link pivotally mounted on said car
ing means interconnected between one of said guiding
rier member at a rear pivotal mount and pivotally con
links and said support for guiding said body-supporting
nected to said body-supporting unit at a rear pivotal
carrier member turning about said carrier pivot during
unit along a ?rst path during said ?rst movement phase
connection, said front guiding link, the portion of said
and for guiding said body-supporting means along a sec
body-supporting unit intermediate said front and rear
ond path during said second movement phase for estab 60 pivotal connections, and said rear guiding link serving
lishing the sequence of operation of said chair, said se
as movable links of a mounting linkage and the portion
quencing means including a pin and slot interconnection
of said carrier member intermediate said front and rear
having ?rst and second slot sections extending from respec
pivotal mounts serving as a stationary link of said
tive outer ends toward each other and merging at adja
mounting linkage which is operative during said ?rst move
cent ends, said pin being disposed at the outer end of
ment phase to guide said body-supporting unit for rear
said ?rst slot section in said sitting position, at the adja
ward movement relative to said support, said carrier
cent ends of said slot sections in said tilted position and at
member turning about said carrier pivot during said sec
the outer end of said second slot section in said reclining
ond movement phase to guide said body-supporting unit
position.
for movement relative to said support, sequencing means
6. A reclining chair of the multiple position type com 70 interconnected between said body-supporting unit and
prising a support, a body-supporting unit including a seat
said support for guiding said ‘body-supporting unit along
and back-rest, means mounting said body-supporting unit
a ?rst path during said ?rst movement phase and for
on said support for a ?rst movement phase from a sitting
guiding said ‘body-supporting means along a second path
position to an intermediate tilted position and for a sec
during said second movement phase for establishing the
ond movement phase from said intermediate tilted position 76 sequence of operation of said chair, said sequencing
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means including a pin and slot interconnection having
?rst and second slot sections extending from Tespective
outer ends toward each other and merging at adjacent
ends, said pin being disposed at the outer end of said
?rst slot section in said sitting position, at the adjacent 5
ends of said slot sections in said tilted position and at
the outer end of said second slot section in said reclin
ing position, a leg-rest, means mounting said leg-rest on
10
ing unit to move said leg-rest to said elevated leg
supporting position, and means for blocking one of said
mounting means at the end of said ?rst movement phase
such that said body-supporting unit and leg-rest move
together about said carrier pivot.
References Cited in the ?le of this patent
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said seat for movement from a stored position beneath
said seat to an elevated leg-supporting position, constrain-~ 10
ing means operatively connected to said carrier mem
ber and to the mounting means for said leg-rest and
operable during said ?rst movement phase and in re
sponse to said rearward movement of said body-support
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Luckhardt ___________ ..- Oct. 28,
Spear ________________ __ Jan. 2,
Schliephacke _________ __ Dec. 22,
Lorenz ______________ __ Dec. 22,
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