US 1054959 A
Description (OCR text may contain errors)
A. M. ANDERSON.
DISPLAY AND STORAGE CABINET.
. APPLIOATION FILED IEB.29, 1912.
1,054,959, Patented Ma1i4, 1913.
A. M ANDERSON.
DISPLAY AND STORAGE GABINET. v ABEL NATION FILED FEB.29, 1912.
1;054,959.. Patented Mar. 4, 1913.
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DISPLAY AND STORAGB CABINET. APPLICATION FILED P211129, 1912..
Patented Mar. 4, 1913.
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Specification of Letters Patent.
msrLAY AND STORAGE CABINET.
Patented Mar. 4, 1913.
Application filed February 29, 1912. Serial No. 680,656.
.7 '0 all whom it may concern:
Be it known that I, ARTHUR M. ANnEnsoN, a citizen of the United States, residing at Princeton, in the county of Bureau and State of Illinois, have invented certain newand .useful Improvements in Display and Storage (.labinets; and'I do hereby declare the following to be a full, clear, and exact description of the invention, such as will enable others skilled inthe art. to which it appertains to make and use the same.
My invention relates to display cabinets,
and it relates especially to an improved cabinet for displaying merchandise of various kinds and my ob ect, among others, is to provide improved and etlicient means for not only displaying the merchandise to the .view of the customers, but also to safely house and protect them against detriment from dust and exposure.
Afurther object of my invention is to provide a plurality of improved holding devices orshelves, upon which various kinds of merchandise may be disposed within a suitable dust proof casing for the protection of the contents.
Other objects and advantages will be hereinafter made clearly apparent, reference being had to the accompanying drawings, in
Figure 1 shows my improved housing and display cabinet complete. Fig. 2 shows a detail view of supporting means for one portionof the cabinet.
the shelves or auxiliary supporting rack. Fig. 3 is a vertical central section through a Fig. 4 is a detail perspective -view of oneof the carrying brackets for the shelves. Fig. 5 is a front or edge view of the brackets shown in Fig. 4, and the controlling sprocket chain connected therewith. Fig. 6 is a detail view, showing one of the sprocket wheels and also showing three shelves and carrying brackets therefor.
Fig. 7 is a detail perspective view of the adjustable shelf supporting means shown in Fig. 2, and Figs. 8 and9 show, respectively,
a perspective and edge view of a. slightly modified form of clamp from that shown in Figs. 2 and 7.
In order to conveniently refer to the various parts-of my invention, numerals will be employed, the same numeral being applied to corresponding parts throughout the several views. i
In materializmg my invention, I provide a housing or case 1, of any preferred size and shape, preferably provided with sliding glass doors, it being also understood that a plurality of receptacles or drawers 2 may also be. provided in the base portion thereof if deemed desirable. Within the casing or housing thus or otherwise constructed, I
chain, by the means hereinafter described, are a plurality of shelf carrying brackets 6,
each of which is substantially triangular in form and is provided, at its respective upper and lower ends .and at opposite sides, with anti-friction rollers 7 and 8, as clearlv, set
forth in Figs. 4 and 5, it being understood suitable form of anti-friction roller that any bearings may be adopted, if deemed desirable. The saidbrackets 6 are each provided with an outwardly extending socket member 9, in which is anchored a bolt or pivot pin 10, which latter extends through the tubular member 11 of one of the links of the sprocket chain 4:, as illustrated in Figs. 5 and 6. The said brackets 6 are each provided upon their inner side and lower edge with a lip 12, designed to supporta shelf member 13, which latter is permanently secured to the said lip section 12 in any preferred way, as by bolts 14," (see Fig. 5.) The said brackets are each provided with an anchoring seat 15, located. preferably upon the under side of the supporting ledge or lip 12, the said member 15 having a threaded aperture in which is seated a tightening screw 16, the said screw being connected with a bridging or supporting wire or rod 17, adapted to extend to a similar tightening screw, (not shown.) Obviously the said bridging wire 17 is for the purpose of stipporting the medial portion of the shelf 13.
In order thatfthe pliirality of shelvesmay be reliably maintained with the load thereon.
in a substantially horizontal plane, I ha ve provided in each end of the casing a guide beam 18 and a trackway' 19.-
trackway 19 at its .upper andlower ends is of peculiar and special formation, inasmuch as at the upper end thereof (see Fig. 6), I have formed the curved sections 20, 21 and he said 22, each of which in turn coacts with and guides the anti-friction rollers 7 and 8. By reference to Fig. (3 it will be observed that the right hand anti-friction wheel 8 is bearmounted in any 5!.itz1l7l manner. as by the bracket .45 at the top and llllt't'lUl of the casing, though obviously this same result ing again t the right hand trackway li and t it is thence moved upward into contact with the curved guide 20. It is further een that the right hand antifricticn wheel 7 is contacting with the guide beam i aml will be brought into contact with the curved section 22 and th nce moved downward into contact with the left hand trat-ltway l while the anti frirtion heel H is brought into engag ment lll'rl with the curved portion 18 of the guid beam. and later into contact with the left hand vertical side thereof. The lower end it the tracltway if) is provided with similarly curv d se tions 225 and it for guiding the brackets as they pass under the lower wheel 3.
From the foregoing construction it will be seen that, inasmuch as the several shelfcarrying brackets are pivotally connected at their central part; with the sprocket chain, and by reason of the guideways 19 and the member 18, the said shelves are at all times kept in a substantially horizontal plane,
whereby the merchandise carried thereon will retain its proper position.
This my improved display cabinet is especially useful for the display and protection of hats, caps, gloves, shoes and other comparatively small articles.
The axle of the lower sprocket wheels is provided with a suitable extension upon which is mounted a handle or crank, whereby the shaft may be rotated for revolving the shelves through the casing and thereby bringing the upper shelves, and the Inerchandise contained thereon. downward into position for inspection; and, by continuing the operation, allof the merchandise may be readily brought into plain View.
At; the lower end of the guide beam 18, l
have provided a curved terminal 18", said' terminal being curved oppositely from the upper curved end 18 the purpose of said curved terminal being to guide the antifriction rollers, and to insure that the shelving will remain horizontal.
It will thus beseen that. I have provided an improved and efficient means whercbv various classes of merchandise may be effectively displayed and thoroughly protee-ted from dust and other detrii'nental in fiuences and, while I have described the preferred constructimt and combination of parts. I apprehend such equival nts and substitutes as may be regarded as falling fairly within the scope oft-my invention.
My cabinet may be provided with glass doors, as previously set. forth. and I provide a counter balanee weight 2.; therefor. said weight being supported by a suitable cable 26, extending around the pulley wheel 27,
l l l l l 1 may be accomplishtal by other proper means. I have also provided an auxiliary form of shelving for the display of smaller articles. said shelving being illustrated in Fig. l and shown as being dispo ed upon the lower shelf and eonsistsof the supporting standards 2!) and the shelv 3) carried thereby. In J, T, 8 and t). I have shown the preferred means for supporting the said shelving. wherein it will be seen that the supporting standards or rods 29 are provided with a gril'iping appliance or clamp, which it will be observed is preferably forn'ted of a single piece of sheet m tal.
In Figs. 8 and 1 l have shown the preferred form of construction of my improved clamp. which consists of a single piece of suitable sheet steel bent upon itself at the middle portion, as indicated by the numeral 31, said middle portion being curved to fit around the shelf carrying frame 32, the free ends of said sheet metal being then bent to form the members 3 3 and 34, which are disposed as norn'tally separated from each otherand are'each provided with an aperture 53 to receive the supporting standard 29. The mcn'ibcr 3i. it will be observed, is
provided with the terminal 36, which is bent at right angles so as to engage the outer end of the member 33, when said members are forced tmard each other. The length of the terminal 36 sufficient to insure that the openings 35 will he in true registration with each other to fit loosely around the standard '29 and move freely th reon. It therefore follows that when the pressure upon the members 3?) and 34- is removed. the aid m mbers will at once separate from ea h other and grip the standard 29 and thereby hold the clamp in any adjusted position thereon.
In the modified form of clamping applian e shown in Figs. 2 and 7, the said clamp consists of a single piece of metal, which is first bent nrar its middle portion so as to form the tubular section 37. -designed to fit around the frame section 32, when the end members of the metal forming said clamp artthen bent backward against the tubular section 37 and left normally separated. ea h of said men'ibcrs li ing provided with an aperture of proper size -to receive the standard Q and bite curely against the same when released at the point where it is desired to dispose the :supporttng frame for the shelf.
lt-lieving that tilt advantage and lllltlh nor of constructing and using my invention have thus been made clearly atu'iarent, further description =is deemed unnecessary.
What I claim is:
1. In combination, a casing, a shaft rotatably mounted in the casing, a pair of concentric sprocketwheels carried by the shaft, a second pair of sprocket Wheels rotatably mounted in the respective planes of the first said sprocket wheels, chains carried by the sproclve wheels, shelf-carrying bracket-s pivotally mounted on the chains, upper and lower rollers carried by the brackets, and a guide beam located in the plane of the axes of the sprocket wheels and being adapted to contact with the upper rollersas the brackets move on one side of the guide beam and to contact with the lower rollers as the ln'ackets more on the other side thereof for guiding said brackets and retaining said shelves in substantially horizontal position at all times.
.2. in a deviw: ot the. character described, a casing, su iiporting wheels rotatably mounted in the casing, flexible members carried by the wheels, shelf-carrying brackets pivoted to the flexible members, each of the shelf-carrying brackets having guide rollers disposed on opposite sides of the pivotal connection of the bracket and flexible memher, and a guide beam between the supporting wheels and in position for contacting with the guiderollers on one side of the pivotal connection when the shelves are carried on one side of the guide beam, and the other rollers contacting with the other side of the guide beam when the shelves are carried on said other side of the guide beam.
In testimony whereof I have signed my name to this specification in the presence of two subscribing Witnesses.
ARTHUR M. ANDERSON. l/Vitnesses: V I
A. H. FERRIS, MABEL M. ALTHOFF.