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Publication numberUS1116184 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateNov 3, 1914
Filing dateDec 18, 1913
Priority dateDec 18, 1913
Publication numberUS 1116184 A, US 1116184A, US-A-1116184, US1116184 A, US1116184A
InventorsAlbert T Weiss
Original AssigneeYawman & Erbe Mfg Co
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Follower for filing-receptacles.
US 1116184 A
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1,116,184, Patented Nov. 3, 1914.




Specification of Letters Patent.

Patented Nov. 3, 1914.

To all whom it may concern:

Be it known that I, Ausnn'r T. Wines, of

Rochester. in the county of- Monroe and State of New York, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Followers for Filing-Receptacles; and I do hereby declare the following to be a full, clear, and exact description" of the same, reference being bad to the accompanying drawings, forming a part of this specification, and t0 the reference-numerals marked thereon.

My present invention relates to furniture and more particularly to cities filing devices of the type designed for the vertical system of filing letters and papers, and it has for its object to provide a simple, cheap and convenient follower or compressor for cabinet .drawers or other filing receptacles, the improvements being directed more particularly toward the locking -mechanism forthe follower and toward features. connected with the construction of the follower and receptacle from sheet metal, rather than from wood or other material.

To these "and other ends the invention consists in certain improvements and combinations of parts, all as will be hereinafter more fully described, the novel features being pointed out in the claims at-the end of the specification.

In the drawings: Figure 1 is a perspective view of a tiling receptacle and follower constructed in accordance with and illustrating one embodiment of my invention, the parts being viewed from the rear; Fig. 2 is a fragmentary horizontal section taken substan tially on the line 2-.2 of Fig. 1, and Fig. 3 is a fragmentary elevation of a rear edge of the follower partly in section through its guide on the line 3-3 of Fig. 1.

Similar reference numerals throughout the several figures indicate the same parts.

The receptacle, in the present instance, is constituted by a drawer such as is used in office and library filing cabinets, the same comprising a front 1, relatively lower side walls 2 and a bottom 3, and, as before indicated, the parts thereof arerpreferably constructed of sheet metal. e tops of the side walls 2 are surmounted by plates 4 that are first bent outwardly over the edge to furnish a supporting shoulder as at 5, and thence proceeding upwardly at 6 and finally flanged inwardly at 7 and downwardly at 8, the inward turn 7 being preferably semi same time serve 1n other capacities.

circular or rounded as shown. The downturned flange 8 provides the retaining flange or wall for a laterally openin channel or guldewa 9 running along eacfi side of the race tac e.

T18 follower or compressor preferably comprisesa flat platc' 10 having rearwardly turned to and bottom flanges 11' and 12 and simi ar side flanges 13 which give strength and rigidity to the plate and at the In the side flanges 13 vertical slots 14 are formed constituting guides for the verticall'or transverse movement of a lock bar 15 disposed horizontally transversely ofthe receptacle and of the follower plate 10. The rojectmg ends of this'bar overham the si e walls of the latter and particularly the i nturned flanges 7 at-their margins. which flanges are eachprovided with notches forming teeth 16 that the ends of the barare adapted-to engage with when the latter is in its lowered position.

Just below the lock bar 15, there are riveted or otherwise secured to the ends-of the follower plate 10, angular guide plates 17 that support the latter and that extend through openings in the flanges 13 and termmate in forwardly turned shoes 18 occupyingthe channels or guideways .9. These 'shoes rest on the shoulders 5 and are held against upward movement by the downturned flan es 8.

The lock ar 15 is provided with an operatin member in the form of a plate 19 rigi ly connected thereto and having a slot 20 therein throu h which extends a headed guide pin 21 on 51c rear face of the follower 10 flat against which latter the operating plate is dlsposed. Its upper portion is bent rearwardly at 22 to clear the top flange 11 of the follower and thence upwardly at 23. A sprin 2 connected, as shown, has a normal ten ency to draw down the plate 19 and hold the lock bar 15 interlocked with the teeth 16, reventing movement of. the follower in t e rece tacle. By inserting the fingers beneath t e portion 22 of the be taken by the operator is also suitable for sliding the follower in its guides 9 without changing the position of the hand in the least.

The general operation and purposes of 5 such devices are too Well known to those familiar With the art to Warrant specific de-' scription.

ll claim es myinvention: 1. The combination With a filing recep- 1o 4 tacle having side Walls provided with guides and e transversely extending follower movahle longitudinally of the receptacle in the guides, oi. a series of vertically projecting teeth on each side Wall of the receptacle 15 above the guides and a locking device on the toliovver adapted to cooperate with said teeth.

2. The comhinetion with a filing recep tacle having sidewalls provided with guides to and a transversely extending follower rnovable longitudinally of the receptacle in. the guides of a series of vertically projecting teeth on each side Well of the receptacle above the guides, n transversely extending horitontally disposed end vertically movable lock bar on the follower havin ea 1,116,184l

laterally projecting ends cooperating with the respective series of teeth, and one erating member rigidly connected to the ar and extending above the top of the follower. 30

3 The combination with a filin receptacle having side Wallsprovided with guides formed -by flanging inwardly and downwardly the top edges of the said Walls and with respective series of teeth formed by 35 notching said flanges downwardly from the to? or inwardlyturned portions thereof, of a ollovver movable longitudinally of the receptacle, a horizontally disposed and verticallymovable lock bar on the follower having' laterally projecting ends overhanging the Walls of the drawer and cooperating with the respective series of teeth and shoes on the follower cooperating With the respective guides; and odset frond the ends of to the locking bar.



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U.S. Classification220/546, 220/541
Cooperative ClassificationB42F17/02