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Publication numberUS1098516 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateJun 2, 1914
Filing dateJan 21, 1914
Priority dateJan 21, 1914
Publication numberUS 1098516 A, US 1098516A, US-A-1098516, US1098516 A, US1098516A
InventorsJohn E Matthews
Original AssigneeJohn E Matthews
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Transfer means for doors.
US 1098516 A
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'J. E. MATTHEWS.

TRANSFER MEANS FOR DOORS.

APPLICATION FILED JAN. 21, 1914.

Patented June 2, 1914.

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M Mae-com J. E. MATTHEWS TRANSFER MEANS FOR DOORS.

APPLICATION FILED JAN.21,1914.

Patented June 2, 19M

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. rnanerma MEANS FOR DOORS.

To all whom it may concern Be it known that l, down E, rrmws, a citizen of the llnited States, residing at Ashland, in the county of Ashland and State of Uhio, have invented certain'new and useful improvements in Transfer Means for Doors, of which the following is a specification.

My invention relates to means for supporting and handling bodily movable or slidable doors, whereby they may be conveniently transferred to a point remote from their normal operative position, as for enample, from the forward end or side of a room, which they normally close, to the rear end or side thereof, to occupy an out-of-the way position.

An important object of the invention is to provide means of the above mentioned character, which are simple in construction, inexpensive to manufacture, easy to operate, strong, and durable.

it. further object of the invention is to providemeans of the above mentioned character, which may be installed in the average building, without materially altering the construction thereof.

A further object of the invention is to provide means of the above mentioned character, whereby comparatively heavy doors may be moved a substantial distance, as

from one end of a room to the other, in a convenient and expeditious manner withv out undue edort on the part of the operator.

Uther objects and advantages of this invention will be apparent during the course of the following description.

lln the accompanying drawings forming a part of this specification and in which like numerals are employed to designate like parts throughout the same, Figure l is a perspective .VlQWOf apparatus embodying my invention, Fig. 2 is a plan view of the same, parts being broken away for the purpose of illustration, Fig. 3 is a vertical sectional view talten on line 33 of Fig. 2, Fig. l is a transverse sectional view taken on line of Fig. 2, and, lFi 5 is a detail horizontal sectional view t rough the transfer track-rail section and one of the relatively stallncelficatlon of Letters Patent.

Application filed January at, 1914. serial No. 813,460.

Patented qlnne 1914,

tionary track-rails. Fig. 6 is a section on the line 6-6 of Fig. 2.

ln the drawings, wherein for the purpose of illustration is shown a preferred embodiment of my invention, the numeral 10 designates an upper beam, preferably extending transversely of or between two rooms, which are adapted to be thrown into free and unobstructed communication with each other, by the manipulation of doors, to be described. The beam 10 is preferably disposed adjacent the ceiling and is preferably supported between its ends, by means of a centrally arranged vertical post ll, attached thereto by means of spikes or nails 12,:1s shown. This post is not essential and may be dispensed with, if desired.

lhe numeral 13 designates a longitudinally extendin beam, arranged preferably adjacent the oe1 ing and connected at one end with the transverse beam 10, through the medium of the nails or spikes 12 or the like. ln the present illustration it is considered that the beam 13 extends longitudinally of the rear room from the forward to the'rear ends thereof.

Attached to the transverse beam 10 upon opposite sides of and spaced from the post 11 are suspension track-rails 141 and 15, dependin therefrom, and preferably formed approximately l..-shaped in cross-section. The track-rails 1d and 1-5 are arranged upon opposite sides of the beam 10 and are oppositely faced.

'llhe numeral 16 designates a track-rail, preferably identical with the track-rails 14 and 15, and attached to and depending from the longitudinally extending beam 13, as shown. The track-rail 16 is spaced from the inner ends of the track-rails 1a and 15, and is preferably arranged'at substantially a right angle thereto. It is obvious that the beams 10 and 13 may be dispensed with, if desired, in which event the track-rails will be secured to the ceiling or otherwise supported, by any suitable means.

The numeral 17 designates a swinging transfer track-rail section, which is prefer ably approximately l.-shaped in cross-section support 21, which is L-shaped in vertical.

cross-section. The track-rail section 17 is preferably provided with a longitudinally extending slot 22, to receive the horizontal portion or web of the track-support 21, as shown,

The numeral 23 designates preferably longitudinally foldable doors, arranged upon opposite sides of the post 11 to normally separate the-front and rear rooms. For the purpose of illustration, I have shown each of these doors as being formed of vertical panels 24:, hinged at 25. To the upper ends of the panels 24 are pivoted, as shown at 26, inverted approximately L- shaped hangers 27, slidably engaging with the track-rails. v

In the operation of the apparatus, when it is desired to throw the front and rear rooms into complete or free communication with each other, the door or doors upon each side of the post 11 are folded longitudinally, as illustrated in Fig. 2. This having been done, the transfer track-rail section 17 is swung in the proper direction, whereby-its free end is brought into registration with the corresponding end of the track-rail 14 or 15. The door is then moved longitudinally of the track-rail 14 or 15 onto the transfer track-rail section 17, subsequent to which said transfer track-rail section is swung away from" the track-rail to bring its free end into registration with the corresponding end of the track-rail 16. The door. is then moved longitudinally of the transfer track-rail section onto the track rail '16, and longitudinally of the same to 'the rear end of the room, to occupy a position whereby it will be out of the way and will not obstruct the view. It is obvious that the transfer track-rail section 17 is adapted to be used in transferring doors from both track-rails 14 and 15, to trackrail 16.

It is to be understood that the form of my invention herewith shown and described is to be taken as a preferred example of the same, and that various changes 1n the shape, size and arrangement of parts may be resorted to without departing from the spirit of the invention or the scope of the subjoined claims.

Having described my invention,I claim 1. In apparatusof the character described,

a plurality of spaced track-rails arranged in end to end relation, a separate track-rail arranged near and spaced-from the first named track-rails and disposed approximately at right angles thereto, a pivoted transfer track-rail section arranged to have its free end brought into registration with the corresponding end of each of the track-rails, and doors suspended from and longitudinally movable upon the track-rails.

2. In apparatus of the character described, a suitably supported track-rail, a second suitably supported track-rail arranged near and spaced from the same, a suitably supported pivoted transfer track-rail section arranged between the ends of the track-rails and movable whereby its free end may be brought into registration with the corresponding end of each of the track-rails, and a longitudinally movable door suspended from one track-rail.-

3. In apparatus of the character described, a track-rail adapted to be suspended from the ceiling of' a room, a second track-rail adapted to be suspended from the ceiling and arranged at an angle to the first named track-rail, a transfer track-rail section pivotally supported between the inner ends of the track-rails to be swung in a substantially horizontal plane to bring its free end into registration with the corresponding end of each track-rail, a foldable door, and hangers pivoted to the foldable door and normallly slidably engaging with one trackra1 4. In apparatus of the character described, a track-rail adapted to be arranged near the ceiling of a room, a second track-rail adapted to be arranged near the ceiling of a room and at an angle to the first named track-rail, a horizontally swinging transfer track-rail section arranged between the adjacent ends of the track-rails and adapted to have its free end movable into registration with the adjacent end of each trackrail, ivot means for supportin the inner end of the transfer track-rail sect1on,atracksupport having slidable engagement with the free end of the transfer track-rail section to support the same, a door, and hangers connected therewith and normally engaging one track-rail to be moved longitudinally thereof.

5. In apparatus of the character described,

transverse track-rails having their inner ends the adjacent end of each of the track-rails, doors and engaging the transverse track a curved track-support arranged adjacent rails. 10 the inner ends of the track-rails and having In testimony whereof I aflix my signaslidable engagement with the free end of ture in presence of two,witnesses.

the transfer track-rail section, doors nor- JOHN E. MATTHEWS; mally arranged beneath and adjacent the Witnesses: transverse track-rails upon opposite sides D. O. J. POWELL,

of the post, and hangers connected with the L. M. MA'rrHEwe.

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Classifications
U.S. Classification160/195, 160/196.1, 16/87.00R, 16/87.2, 246/419, 49/127, 296/139
Cooperative ClassificationE05D15/264