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Publication numberUS1128542 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateFeb 16, 1915
Filing dateMar 27, 1914
Priority dateMar 27, 1914
Publication numberUS 1128542 A, US 1128542A, US-A-1128542, US1128542 A, US1128542A
InventorsMartin Steinthal
Original AssigneeMartin Steinthal
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Case for displaying samples.
US 1128542 A
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Patented Feb. 16, 1915.

Application filed March 27, 1914. Serial No. 827,639.

To all whom it may concern:

Be it known that I, MARTIN STEINTHAL, a citizen of the United States, residing in New York city, county and State of New York, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Cases for Displaying Samples, of which the following is such a full, clear, and exact description as will enable any one skilled in the art to which it appertains to make and use the same, reference being had to the accompanying drawings, forming part of this specification.

My invention relates to folding cases for displaying samples of various goods, and the particular objects of my present improvements are to provide a compact portable folding case which may be folded up into a small package form so as to practically inclose the various folding parts and which may be readily unfolded with the various parts thereof spread out for convenient inspection and handling of the samples.

WVith these and other objects in view my invention consists in the various novel and peculiar combinations and arrangements of the several different parts of the device, all as hereinafter fully set forth and then pointed out in the claims.

I have illustrated a type of my invention in the accompanying drawings, wherein Figure 1 is a perspective view of my improved device shown as unfolded and spread out. Fig. 2 is a view of a cross section of the device in unfolded position. Fig. 3 is an enlarged cross sectional view of the device folded up with the cover about to be closed around it.

Referring to the drawings in which like numbers of reference designate like parts tending around its four sides, with a bottom 2, suitably secured to said frame and with partitions 3, extending across the interior of the tray to divide it into small compartments or sections, each adapted to receive, for example, a stack of samples of cloth or textile material indicated at 4:. A display panel 5, of substantially the same dimensions as the tray 1, is hinged by one of its sides at 6, to the upper front edge of the tray, while the other side of the panel is hinged at 7 to the lower inner edge of a second tray 8, which is substantially like the first described tray 1, and which is likewise divided by means of partitions 9, into a series of small compartments for holding samples 10. To the front edge of the tray 8, there is hinged at 11, a tray 12, substantially of the same dimensions as the tray 8, though somewhat shallower. This tray 12, is provided at its outer corners with retaining pieces 13, while across the center of the width of the tray is disposed an elastic strap 14;, and this tray is more particularly designed to have inserted in its memoranda, letters and the like, such articles being slipped under the elastic strap 14:, and the corner pieces 13, also serving to retain the articles within the tray. This tray 12, is also provided with a flexible pull-piece 26, which is mounted upon the back of the tray near its free edge so that when the trays are folded, as shown in Fig. 3, the unfolding of the trays may be started by grasping the pull-piece 26, and raising the tray 12 on its hinge and swinging it into open position. The tray 12, may be folded over upon the tray 8, so as to cover it with the bottom of the tray 12, uppermost, as indicated in Fig. 3.

The tray 8 is adapted to be folded over upon the tray 1, by lifting the tray 8 and swinging it upwardly and inwardly on the panel 5, as a hinge and then dropping it down upon the tray 1. By reason of the manner in which the panel 5 is hinged between the bottom tray and the tray 8, the latter is not inverted when it is folded up, but has a translatory movement so that it is always maintained right side up thereby serving to keep the samples in place in the difierent compartments within the tray in the same way that the samples are retained in place in the bottom tray. Under this folded condition the panel 5, is turned over upon the tray 1, so as to completely close it and it rests in this position between the two trays. hen the parts are folded in this manner, and which includes the folding over of the end tray 12, upon its connected tray 8, the series of trays are stacked in vertical position one upon the other with their sides and ends substantially flush with each other so as to form an evensided package as these three extended parts being joined. to-. gether at the corners to form tight, dustproof joints, so that when the parts above described are folded up, the ends and the rear sides of such vfolded parts will be inclosed and housed by the upward extensions en the bottom tray, the upper edge of the extensions coming flush with the upper side of the folded parts. I further provide the rear extension 17, with a large flap 18, which extends from one end to the other and is of sufficient width to extend across the top of the folded parts down the front side thereof so that its free end may be fastened to the outer side of. the bottom tray by means of releasable fasteners 19, 20, the fasteners shown being ordinary snap fasteners comprising a dome'19, and socket 20. This flap comprises two sections 21 and 22, the inner one of which is hinged at 23, to'the upper edge of the extension 17, of the bottom tray, while the section 22, is hinged at '24 tothe inner section 21. v This inner section 21,-i's of suificient width to, extend across the folded parts so as to bring the hingepoint 24 between the sections at the corner of the folded stack, as indicated in Fig. 3.

Thi's'permits the outer, section 22, of the flap to extend down the front side of the folded stack se as to completely cover it.

' The panel 5', in addition to serving as a hinge connection between the bottom tray 1,

' andth'e tray 8, and by means of which the tray '8 does not have to be inverted when folded up, also serves asaspace for an ordinary fashion plate 25, which may be detachably m'ountedon the panel.

the construction shown the various trays are made with frames of substantial material, for example, boards, and likewise the bottoms of the trays, which are secured to the frames. For example, the bottom tray comprises a substantial rectangular frame 27, the three sides of which are extended to form the extensions 15, 16 and 17, as above described, and to the under side of this frame is secured the bottom piece 2, which may be made of a suitable board. This structure is then covered both inside and out with a strong textile material 28, which may be a. suitable strong cloth or linen. This cloth 2 8, is glued or cemented to the surfaces of the tray and it is also extended from the extension '17 at the rear side of the tray over upon both sides of the board or material 21,

0 the i'nclosing flap and is carried around the outer edge thereof'as at 29. In this way the cloth is utilized to form the hinge-joints 23 and 2 4' of the flap. All of the other parts,

including the panel 5, and the other connected't'rays, are liliewis'e covered by the From the foregoing it will be seen that by I means of my improved folding case, the samples contained in the various different compartments of the different trays, as well as the inemc'randa and letters, etc, which are stored injthe" outer tray 12, are all completely housed and protected when the device folded up and when the device is folded and the flap closed around it and secured by .t hefast eners, it forms a neat and handy package which can be readily carried in the hand. contents of the device are fully protected from being crushed the folded paelrage'by reason of the rigid character of the various trays, andthe samples are also retained in proper place so as to be 3- qu'ickly displayed in order when the tray is ld d: Having thus described my invention, what I claim and desire to" secure by Letters Pat I ent is:

1. In a folding case for displaying samples, the combination of a set oftrayshing d together and adapted to be folded in a stack one upon the other and to be unfolded and each, and a panel hingedbetween two" adjztcent trays and of substantially the width thereof and adapted to receive a fashion plate thereon, substantially as described.

spreadout so asto expose the contents of 2.1I1'f a folding case for displaying samples, the combination of two trays and an intermediate connecting panel having its longitudinal edgeshinged respectively tothe upperedge of one tray. and to the lower edge of the other tray, whereby one tray maybe folded right side up upon the other, slib stantially as described. I e

.3. Ina folding case for displayi samples, the'combination' of a'set of tra s inged together and adapted to be folded upon one another in a single stack and to be unfolded and spread out; the lowermost tray having its rear side and its two ends provided with upward extensions for inclosing and housing the rear sides and the ends of the other trays when folded, the outermost tray being adapt ed to fold over upon the adjacent connected tray bottom-side up and thereby serving'as a closureforthe folded trays, and a flap or cover extending from the extension on the rear side of the bottom tray over the felded trays to the front side of said bottom tray,

substantially as described.

4. Ina folding case for displaying V pl efih l ombi a ioe of a" e f trays hinged together and adapted to be folded upon one a closure for the folded trays, substantially as described.

In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand in the presence of the two subscribing Witnesses.

another in a single stack and to be unfolded and spread out, the lowermost tray being longer and wider than the others and having its rear part and its two ends provided with upward extensions flush with the exterior thereof for inclosing and housing the rear sides and the ends of the other trays when folded, and the outermost tray being adapted to fold over upon the adjacent connected tray bottom-side up and thereby serving as MARTIN STEINTHAL.


Copies of this patent may be obtained for five cents each, by addressing the Commissioner of Patents.

Washington, D. c."

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U.S. Classification190/16, 206/748, 217/8
Cooperative ClassificationA45C9/00