Patent Model - Improvement in Oscillating-Swings

Maker and role
John Fowler, Patentee
Production date
Mar 05 1872
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Wood, brass
6 1/2 x 14 x 3" (16.5 x 35.6 x 7.6cm)
Fowler describes his patent in the following: "The general form of the construction may be similar to that described in the patent to me dated November 21, 1871, but there are marked differences in the action. The motion, instead of rolling one surface upon another, turns in fixed bearings. These bearings are much below the center of gravity when the swing is loaded, and there is a tendency to tilt to one extremity or other of the motion and remain there. This is provided against by the employment of two adjustable springs, strongly and cheaply mounted with facility for adjusting them to any desired extent....They also, and obviously, afford facilities for equalizing the action when one child is heavier than the other, or when one is swinging or titling alone." (Patent Number 124,262)
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