They Invented What? (No. 234)
U.S. Patent No. 420,995: Beheading block and ax.
JW Note: Hat tip and thanks again to the Creepy IP Series at the United States Patent and Trademark Office for bringing this one to our attention.
Having described my invention, what I claim, and desire to secure by Letters Patent, Is-
1. In an executioners headblock, the combination, with the body of the block, of a neck-rest provided with an opening closed by flexible strips, substantially as described.
2. In an executioners head-block, the combination, with the hollow body thereof provided with a front opening next its base, of a neck-rest the top of which is formed by flexible strips opposing each other at their free ends, substantially as described.
3. In an executioners head-block, the body or front thereof provided with an opening next its space enclosed on its rear end with flexible sheets, in combination with a neckrest rising above said block and having its upper face formed by opposing flexible strips, substantially as described.
4. In an executioners head-block, the hollow block provided with an opening in its front face next its base and upon its rear end, flexible strips forming a neck-rest, a suspended dummy head within said block, and a cord h, connected with said head and the neck-rest, substantially as described, whereby when the neck-rest is depressed the dummy head will be released and fall before the opening in the block, as set forth.
5. In an executioners head-block, the combination, with the body of the block, of a neck-rest composed of parallel uprights and opposing flexible strips secured at their upper ends and bridging the space between them, of a headsmans ax the blade of which is bifurcated and flexibly covered, substantially as described, whereby when brought down upon the neck-rest the forks of said blade will strike upon the posts thereof and the flexible covering bridge the space between said posts and have a yielding contact with the object to be beheaded, substantially as described.