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PATENTED JULY 17, 1906.
R. A, SONN. SANITARY APPLIANCE.
APPLIGATIION FILED AUG. 23, 1905.
THE Mamas PETERS cm, WASHINGION, n c.
UNITED STATES Specification of Letters Patent.
Patented July 17, 1906.
Application filed August 28, 1905. Serial No. 275.458.
To a, whom, it may concern:
Be it known that I, RAPHAEL A. SoNN, a citizen of the United States, residing at Atlanta, in the county of Fulton and State of Georgia, have invented a new and useful Sanitary Appliance, of which the following is a specification.
This invention relates to sanitary appliances.
The object of the invention is in a simple yet thoroughly effective and positive manner, without interference with the functions of nature or under normal conditions causing discomfort or pain, to prevent and cure the habit of self-abuse in males.
With the above and other objects in view, as will appear as the nature of the invention is better understood, the same consists in the novel construction and combination of parts of a sanitary appliance, as will be hereinafter fully described and claimed.
In the accompanying drawings, forming a part of this specification, and in which like characters of reference indicate corresponding parts, Figure 1 is a view in perspective of one form of the invention. Fig. 2 is a view in transverse section through Fig. 1. Fig. 3 is a view in longitudinal section through a modified form of the invention. Fig. 4 is a transverse sectional View through Fig. 3. Fig. 5 is a sectional detail view of a portion of the appliance shown in Fig. 1. Fig. 6 is a similar View of a portion of the appliance shown in Fig. 3. Fig. 7 is a longitudinal sectional view through a part of Fig. 3. Fig. 8 is a similar view through a part of Fig. 1.
In describing the invention the term sheath is employed to define those parts of the appliance that incloses the organ, the term clamping members to define those parts that contact directly with the organ, and the term gripping elements to define those parts that prevent removal of the appliance from the organ.
Referring to the drawings and to Figs. 1, 2, and 8 thereof, 1 and 2 designate two sections of the sheath which may be made of any suitable material combining lightness, strength, and non-corrosive properties, and which are preferably orificed for the purposesof ventilation and also to secure additional lightness, and are combined or held assembled by a suitable hinge 3, preferably of the tight-butt type. Upon one of the sectionsin this instance the section 1is secured a lock 4 of any preferred type, which is adapted to be engaged by a pair of notched keepers 5, carried by the other member and pivotally connected therewith by hinge-j oints 6, the object for providing the keepers with notches being to effect circumferential adjustment of the appliance, for a reason that will hereinafter appear.
In order to close the gap that will be formed between the two edges of the sheathsections when the lock is in engagement with the notches adjacent to the outer terminals of the keepers, there is a space-closer 7 provided, constructed of some yielding non-corrosive substance, which is secured to the inner side of the section 1.
Pivotally mounted between the sections 1 and 2 upon the hinge-pin 8 is a pair of arms 9, which are approximately T-shaped in elevation and are adapted to engage recesses 10, formed in the inner walls of the sections, when they are in the position shown in Fig. 1 these arms being normally held pressed toward each other by a coiled spring 11, which is mounted upon the hinge-pin 8 and has its body portion disposed in recesses 12, formed in the lower ends of the arms, the terminals 13 of the spring being in engagement with the outer faces of the arms, as clearly shown in Fig. 2, and exert inward pressure thereon.
Combined with the heads 14 of the arms, as by rivets 15, are inward-curved clamping members 16, which are by preference made of some light non-oxidizable materialsuoh as celluloid, gutta-percha, or the likeeach of which is provided with a longitudinal slot 17, through which project grip ping elements 18, pivotally connected at 19 with the heads 14, as shown in Fig. 5, the heads being provided with longitudinal slots 20 to receive the said elements. As shown in the figure above referred to, the gripping elements are provided on their outer faces with teeth or prongs 21 and are adapted to move through an arc of a circle of about ninety degrees, being checked against further movement by the walls of the slots 17 and 20 adjacent to the ivot-pins 19. In order to cause the toot ed faces of the gripping element normally to project beyond the faces of the clam ing members, there is a spring 22, combined with each of the heads 14, that bears against the gri ping element, as shown in Fig. 5. In addition to providing the gripping elements with the teeth orprongs 21 t e free end 23 thereof is pointed, as clearly shown in Fig. 1.
In order to hold the clamping elements in the position shown in Fig. 1that is, in contact with the inner walls of the sectionswhen desired, detachable holding-pins 24 are em aloyed that project through longitudinal orihces formed in the sections adjacent to the hinge-pin and into seats 25, formed in the shanks of the arms 9.
In the form of the invention shown in Figs. 3, 4, 6, and 7 each sheath-section 26 has combined with it by screws 28 an extensible section 27, these sections being provided in order to permit lengthening of the appliance if found necessary, the screws 28 serving to hold the sections in the proper adjustment. To secure circumferential adjustment of the appliance, there is a single keeper 29 employed, which is held combined with one of the sheath-sections by a plurality of screws 30, the keeper, as in the form of the invention shown in Fig. 1, being adapted to engage with a suitable lock 31. By removing the screws 30 and bringing them into engagement with any two of the series of orifices 32 in the keeper circumferential adjustment may be secured, as will be readily understood.
In the form of the invention shown in Fig. 1 there is but one gripping element combined With each of'the clamping members, while in the form of the invention shown in Fig. 3 there are two gripping elements 33 combined with each clamping member 34. Each pair of gripping elements is carried by a plate 35 of any suitable material, having on its rear side pairs of flanges 36, between which the gripping elements are pivoted, as at 37, the said elements being disposed in slots 38, formed in the arms 35, and in similar slots 39 in the clamping member 34.
In order to cause the clamping members normally to approach each other and also to cause the gripping elements to maintain the position shown in Fig. 6, there is a spring 40 provided, which is coiled about the hinge-pin 8 in the same manner as that described in connection with Figs. 1 and 2, the terminals 41 of the spring being disposed eXteriorly of the arms 35 and engaging notches 42 in the flanges 36, as shown in Fig. 6, thereby to permit the terminals to engage directly with the gripping elements and hold them projected.
To hold the clamping members open or in the position shown in Fig. 1, each arm is provided with a downturned flange 43, through which project holding-pins similar to those described in connection with Fig. 1.
In positionin the appliance the sheath members are unIocked and moved to the position shown in Fig. 1, the clamping members being also held as shown therein. Previous to placing the appliance in situ it is properly adjusted, if necessary, as to length, and in the case of the form shown in Fig. 3 as to circumference. It is then properly disposed 011 the organ and looked, after which the holding-pins 24 are withdrawn, thereby allowing the clamping members and gripping elements to resume their operative positions. When once positioned, it will be impossible to remove the appliance without great physical pain and possible mutilation, and it removed it cannot be replaced without the key, so that detection will be inevitable. Owing to the fact that the clamping members are springpressed they will readily yield to erections, thereby avoiding pain or discomfort, and by reason of the contour of the sheath and the disposition of the hinge 0r pivotal points of the clamping members relatively thereto no interference in the passage of urine through the urethra will ensue.
As an additional means for securing the appliance in position and also to prevent accidental disconnection each section of the sheath may be provided with a slot 44 to re-' ceive a strap or band for the purpose.
Having thus described the invention, what is claimed is 1. A sanitary appliance embodying a sheath, yielding clamping members housed thereby, and gripping elements carried by the members.
2. A sanitary appliance embodying a sheath, spring pressed clamping members housed thereby, and gripping elements carried by the members.
3. A sanitary appliance embodying a sheath, pivoted spring pressed clamping members housed thereby, and gripping elements carried by the members.
4. A sanitary appliance embodying a sheath, yielding clamping members housed thereby, and yielding gripping elements carried by the members.
5. A sanitary appliance embodying a sheath, yielding clamping members housed thereby, and spring pressed gripping ele ments carried by the members.
6. A sanitary appliance embodying a sheath, yielding clamping members housed thereby, and pivoted spring-pressed gripping elements carried by the members.
7. A sanitary appliance embodying a sheath, yielding clamping members housed thereby, and pivoted spring-pressed toothed gripping elements carried by the members.
8. A sanitary appliance embodying a longitudinally-extensible sheath, yielding clamping members housed thereby, and gripping elements carried by the members.
9. A sanitary appliance embodying a circumferentially adjustable sheath, yielding clamping members housed thereby, and gripping elements carried by the members.
10. A sanitary appliance embodying a longitudinally and circumferentially adjustable sheath, yielding clamping members housed thereby, and gripping elements carried by the members.
11. A sanitary appliance embodying a In testimony that I claim the foregoing as two-part sheath the members of which are my own I have hereto afiixed my signature 1o hinged together, yielding clamping elements in the presence of two Witnesses.
carried by the sheath members, pivoted 5 spring pressed toothed gripping elements RAPHAEL SONN' carried by the clamping members, a lock car- Witnesses: ried by one of the sheath members, and notch- J. G. ST. AMAND, keepers carried by the other sheath member. JOHN CAREY.