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June 16, 1942.
J. H. SMITH
FIREPLACE IMPLEMENT
Filed March 25, 1941
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2,286,387
Patented June 16, 1942
UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICEv
2,286,387
FIREPLACE IMPLEMENT
James Hopkins Smith, Falmouth Foresidc, Maine
Application March 25, 1941, Serial No. 385,182
3 Claims. (01. 294-14)
This invention relates to implements and more
particularly to implements adapted for use as
open ?replace tools. .
One end of the staff has attached thereto a head
l2 having a base l4 ?xed within one end I6 of
the staff I0. The head is preferably formed at
its base with an undercut or grooved portion I8
The conventional ?re poker frequently found
in open ?replace implement sets is neither of UK extending circumfe-rentially thereabout into
which undercut portion one end of the staff may
such size nor con?guration as to adapt it to
be spun in order to effect a substantial joint be
practical use in the manipulation and the stimu-‘
tween the two members.
lation of a burning log ?re; consequently its
The head I2 is relatively short and has its
function is largely that of an ornament.
It is the object of this invention to provide an 10 outer end 20 suf?ciently pointed to provide a log
engaging portion extending in an axial direction.
implement which is both ornamental and of such
Substantially midway between the base l4 and
size and construction as to lend itself to practical
the point 20 there is formed a hook-like prong
use in the manipulation of logs and in the
stimulation of a ?re.
22 which extends in a lateral direction. The
prong
22 is particularly useful in engaging the
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To the end that the object of the invention
rear sides of logs for the purpose of moving them
may be attained, the implement embodies a
tubular staff having attached to one end thereof
a head which has a pointed projection extending
forwardly in the ?replace.
An important feature of the invention involves
the means provided herein for stimulating the
in an axial direction and a hook-like prong ex
tending from the head in a lateral direction. 20 ?re as may be found desirable from time to time.
This feature involves the formation of passages
The prong and projection are so arranged that
communicating with the interior of the staff If]
at the region of its headed end, providing egress
either one or both and manipulated with ease.
for air at this point. The passages referred to
The head is attached to the staff in a manner to
shown in the drawing as constituting di
provide passages communicating between the 25 are
ametrically disposed grooves 24 formed through
hollow interior of the staff and the exterior
the peripheral surface of the head I2 near the
thereof in the region of the head. This latter
base thereof. The total cross sectional area of
feature enables one to blow into the open end of
the passages 24, whether there be one, two or
the staff and direct the blast of air issuing from
more, should be less than the total cross sec
the opposite end to points of the ?re most need 30 tional
area of the interior of the tubular staff
ing the stimulus. The implement is of such
ID.
This
latter construction permits the dis
length as to permit the performance of all its
charge of air through said passages at a, rela
intended functions without requiring the user to
tively high velocity while requiring supply there
approach so close to the ?re as to be endangered
to at a much lower velocity. The unheaded end
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or inconvenienced by either heat or fumes.
of the staff remains open so that one may blow
Other objects and advantages of the invention
into the open end while standing away from the
will become clear as the more detailed descrip
?re, yet being able to direct the passages 24 to
tion thereof is read with regard to the drawing
such areas of the ?re requiring stimulation.
forming a part of the disclosure, in which like
The speci?c form of the invention is obviously
logs lying in the ?replace may be engaged by
reference numerals indicate like parts. and in 40 susceptible to variations within certain limita
which:
tions and the practice of the invention shall be
Figure 1 is a greatly reduced scale view of the
not limited other than by limitations in the sub
implement throughout its entire length;
joined claims.
Figure 2 is a view of the headed end of the
I claim:
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1. An implement consisting of a tubular staff
Figure 3 is a cross-sectional view of the headed
having therein a head having its base attached
end of the staff taken on lines 3-3 of Figure 2;
to one end of said staff, the outer end of said
Figure 4 is a cross-sectional view of the headed
head being pointed, a hook-like prong extending
end of the staff taken on lines at right angles to
50 laterally from said head, a plurality of passages
line 3—-3 of Figure 2; and
formed at the headed end of said staff, said
Figure 5 is a cross-sectional view on line 5-5
passages providing communication between the
of Figure 3.
interior of said sta? and the exterior of its
The speci?c embodiment of the invention in
headed end and being of less aggregate cross
cludes a tubular staff 10 which may be formed
55 sectional area than the cross-sectional area of
stall;
from a length of highly polished metal tubing.
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the interior of said staff, and an opening at the
opposite end of said staff.
2. An implement consisting of a tubular sta?
having therein a head having its base attached
Within one end of said staff, the outer end of said
head being pointed, a hook-like prong extending
laterally from said head, a plurality of passages
formed in the periphery of the body of said head,
said passages providing communication between
3. An implement consisting of a tubular staff
having a head at one end thereof, the outer end
of said head being pointed, a hook-like prong
extending laterally from said head, a passage
formed at the headed end of said staff providing
communication between the interior of said staff
and the exterior of its headed end, said passage
being of less aggregate cross-sectional area than
the cross-sectional area of the interior of said
the interior of said staff and the exterior of its 10 staff, and an opening at the opposite end of said
headed end and being of less aggregate cross
staff.
sectional area than the cross-sectional area of
J. HOPKINS SMITH.
the interior of said staff, and an opening at the
opposite end of said sta?.
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