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Publication numberUS256265 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication date11 Apr 1882
Filing date14 Dec 1881
Publication numberUS 256265 A, US 256265A, US-A-256265, US256265 A, US256265A
InventorsSamuel S Applegate
Original AssigneeSamuel S Applegate
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Device for waking persons from sleep.
US 256265 A
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(No Model.)



No; 256,265. Patented Apr.11.1882.




SPECIFICATION forming part of Letters Patent No. 256,265, dated April 11, 1832.

Application filed December 14, 1881. (No model.)

To all whom it mag concern:

Be it known that I, SAMUEL S. APPLEGATE, a citizen of the United States, and a residentof Camden, New Jersey, have invented an Improved Device for WakingPersonsfrom Sleep, of which the following is a specification.

The object of my invention is to construeta simple and effective device for waking persons from sleep at any time which may have previously been determined upon, the device being also adapted for'use in connection with an electric or other burglar-alarm apparatus, in place of the usual gong-alarms. In the accompanying drawings, Figure l is a perspective view of my improved waking device, showing the manner in which itis to be used; Fig. 2, a side view of the device; Fig.3, an enlarged transverse section of part of the same; Fig. 4, an enlarged view of part of one form of releasing device, and Fig. 5 a view of another form of releasing device.

Ordinary bell'or rattle alarms are not at all times efi'eetive for their intended purpose, as a. person in time becomes so accustomed to the noise that sleep is not disturbed when the alarm is sounded. v

The main aim of my invention is to provide a device which will not be liable to this objection.

In carrying out my invention I suspend a light frame in such a position that it will hang directly over the head of the sleeper, the sus pending-cord being combined with automatic releasing devices, whereby the frame is at the proper time permitted to fall into the sleepers face.

In the drawings, A represents the frame, which consists of a central bar, a, having on each side a number of projecting arms, I), the whole being made as light as is consistent with proper strength. ,From each of the arms b hang a number of cords, d, and to the lower end of each of these cords is secured a small block, 0, of light wood, preferably cork. These cause pain. I have found the frame A,with its pendentcords and blocks 6, to answer this purpose well in practice, and hence I prefer to adopt this construction.

The cord B, whereby the frame Ais suspended, passes through eyesff on the ceiling of the room, or on any other available support, and through an eye, g, on the wall, the end of the cord being furnished with a notched plate, It, which is so connected to the alarm mechanism of an ordinary alarm-clock, D, that when said alarm is sounded the plate It will be released and the frame A will fall.

I prefertolimit the extentof fall of the frame A so that the bars a and b of the same will not come into contact with the sleepers face, this result being attained in the present inst-ancebythecontact of the plate I: with the eye g, through which said plate cannot pass. A suitable stop, adapted to actin conjunction with any one of the eyes through which the cord B passes, maybe used, however, to attain this object.

The notched plate h is adapted to engage with the winding-spindle i of the alarm mechanism of the clock, as shown in Fig.4, the spindle being flattened on one side, and the plate being adapted to this flattened portion of the spindle, so that when said spindle commences to turn the plate It will be released from the control of the same.- Various means, however, may be resorted to for eflectin g the automatic release of the suspending-cord B- for instance, the hour-hand of an ordinary time-piece may be provided with a pin for striking and .releasing the plate It at a certain hour, or the plate may be retained by the armature of an eleciro-magnet and released on the attraction of said armature by the magnet,(see Fig. 5,) the circuit being completed by the hands ofa clock, or by any of the usual electric burglar-alarm devices connected to the doors or windows of a house.

By a simple connection between the cord B and the key of a selflighting gas-burner, provision may be made for turningon and lighting the gas in the room at the same time that the sleeper is awakened.

In order that the frame A may be rendered more compact for transportation, I make the central bar, a, of said frame in three parts, a" a" .r, (see Fig. 8,) the central pa.rt,x, being rigid,

20 same over the bed, and a device for retaining and the other parts, :11 as, carrying the bars I) and being hinged to the part as, so as to be folded up against each other, back to back, when it is desired to pack the frame away, a turn-buckle, m, on the rigid part a: of the bar serving to retain the other parts of the frame in position when extended.

The frame A shown in the drawings is about twice as long as it is wide, and in'order to retain the frame in its proper position transversely to the bed I hang to the ceiling or other support a cord, at, having at the lower end a suitable weight or tassel, this cord occupying a position between two of the bars b of the frame, so as to prevent the latter from swinging or twisting around.

I claim as my invention- 1. As a means of waking persons from sleep, the combination of the light frame A, of the character described, a cord for suspending the and for automatically releasing said cord, all substantially as specified.

2. The combination of the suspension cord and a device for retaining and automatically releasing the same with a frame, A, having pendent cords d, as set forth.

3. The combination of the suspension-cord and .a device forretaining and for automati- 1 cally releasing the same with a frame having 0 pendent cords d, with blocks 0, as specified.

4. The combination of the suspension-cord B and the frame A with the retaining-cord n, as set forth.

5. The combination of the frame A, the suspension-cord B, and a device for retaining and releasing the latter with astop whereby the descent of the frame on the release of the cord is limited, as specified. I

6. The combination of the bars I) with the central bar, a, of the frame, said bar a being made in parts as w, hinged together, the parts w carrying the bars and the part :0 having a turn-buckle, m, as set forth.

7. The combination of the frame A and the suspending-cord B, having a notched plate, h, with the winding-spindle i of the alarm mechanism ofa clock, said spindle being flattened for the reception of the notched plate, as set forth.

In testimony whereofl have signed my name to this specification in the presence of two subscribing witnesses.


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Cooperative ClassificationG04B25/005