US 1137579 A
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GEORGE COHN, OF LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY.
Specification of Letters Patent.
Application filed ItTovember 5, 1914. Serial No. 870,427.
To all whom it may concern: Be it known that I, GEORGE (JOHN, a citizen of the United States, and a resident of Louisville, in the county of Jefferson and State of Kentucky, have invented a new and Improved Dresser-valise, of which the following is a full, clear, and exact description.
This invention relates to improvements in valises and more particularly to an improved dresser valise designed more especially for use while traveling and where it is desired to have a suflicient quantity of clothing and accessories conveniently and compactly arranged to render the same readily accessible and without the usual inconvenience experienced in the use of the ordinary stye of valise or handbag.
Another object of the invention is to provide an improved valise of the class specified designed for use. when it is not necessary to have an exceptionally large storage space such as to require the use of a trunk, but such that a maximum quantity of accessories may be carried and readily withdrawn or replaced when desired, and tothis end the invention, generally stated, is in the form of a valise with an open side carrying pockets on the inside thereof and provided in its body portion with novel means to support a plurality of trays which are rendered accessible from the top or at one side of the valise, as will be made apparent.
With the above and other objects in view, the invention resides in the peculiar combination and arrangement of parts to be hereinafter more fully described, illustrated and claimed, it being also an object to provide a valise which is simple in construction, durable and eflicient in operation.
Reference is to be had to the accompanying drawings forming a part of this specification, in which similar characters of ref-' erence indicate corresponding parts in all the views and in which Figure 1 is a perspective view of my improved dresser valise in an open position illustrating a plurality of trays mounted therein; Fig. 2 is a vertical sectional view of the valise in a closed position; Fig. 3 is a side elevation thereof; Fig. 4 is a perspective View of a frame member of one tray.
The improved valise comprises a body, portion 10, the design of which may vary but which is usually tapered or reduced in size toward its upper end or top. The body 14. The cover section 13 is provided with end flanges 15 designed to overlap the edges of the ends 11 and the side 14 is adapted to .close the whole side of the valise corresponding to the portions at the opposite side occupied by the side 12 and the cover section 13, and for this purpose it is adapted to pivot at the point 16 so as toswing outward to any desired degree. The free edge of the side 14 has an inwardly extending portion 17 designed to pass beneath the end flange 18 of the cover section 13 so that the two may be joined by any suitable locking mechanism 19. The flange 18 carries a handle 20 designed for transporting the valise or bag. At the inside of the side portion 14 are a plurality, preferably two, pockets 21 constituting spaces for storing papers or the like and rendered readily accessible when said side is swung to an open position as shown in Fig. 1 of the drawings. The side portion 14 is designed to be held toward the body of the valise when in a closed position as by means of angular clasps or corner buckles 22 pivoted to the ends 11 adjacent to the folding line 16 of the side 14 and engageable with studs or'projections 23 carried by the'lowerportion of said side 14, the latter side fitting between and within the end portions 11 so as to brace the valise fastening means are extended and engaged with the end portions 11. A plurality of trays are adapted for use with the valise and form a part thereof, said trays embodying top frame members 27 preferably of metal with angular handle portions 28 at the open side of the valise, a pair of such handles being preferably provided. The ends of the frames are provided with handles 29 constituting means for elevating the traysfrom the top of the valise while the handles 28 constitute means for withdrawing or sliding the trays from the valise at the-side.
The trays further include pocket portions 30 of canvas. leather or the like which is 4 the trays if-desired, and it'will be further obvious that the trays may bev slid hori zontally outward from one side ofthe valise or replaced in a convenient way.
In use, the lower tray will be especiall adapted to receive solid linen while the up- 'per trays are designed to receive the unsoiled linen or other accessories which may be carried. Furthermore, due to the form of the trays the latter will readily fold to occupy a small amount of space in thickness or depth and this is important owing, to the fact. that a large number of trays may be desired or when certain of the trays are weighted down .and it is thus necessary to allow more space between thetrays.
"When it is desirable to support minor articles which must be handy for use, upon the top tray, a thin boardor shelf 3Iis removably supported upon the notched bars and normally held from displacement beneath pivoted buttons 32 at the upper ends of the bars, while by giving the buttons a half turn the board or shelf may be easily removed for obtaining access to the tray therebeneath, although said tray may be slid from the side of the valise in the usual man,- ner without removing the board: This removable bottom forming member for the top portionof the valise where it tapers toward the closure is preferably made of cardboard which may be reinforced by canvas with a metallic frame around the edge thereof so as to render the same rigid to prevent sag-' ging, but no restriction is made as to the exact material employed for thispart of the device.
.Having thus described my invention, what I claim as new and desire to secure by Letters Patent is 1 1. A valise, comprising endshaving invertedV-shaped upper portions, a rear side having a hinged cover section'provided with a handle, a front side having a cover'section, said cover sections engaging the upfper 7 portions of the ends and having at their edges portions overlying one another when permit the removal thereof the cover sections-are closed, and a plurality of trays mountedin the vahse so as to slide out through one side or to be" lifted bodily therefrom.
2. A valise, comprising ends having inverted V-shaped upper portions, 9. rear side having a cover sect10n,a front slde swinging freely and cooperating with the other side and its cover section to close the valise,
rality of collapsible tra s, and means for supporting the. trays wlthin the. valise to.
at the side of the valise.
3.-A dresser valise having closure means including a side portion swinging from the bottom of the valise at one side and foldable at an intermediate point, means carried by the end members of the valise to secure said side therebetween in a closed position, notched supports-at the ends of the valise on the inside and collapsible trays having frames designed to be adjustably supported on said supports and having means to permit the same to be elevated from the valise or slid fromv the side thereof. I
4.-The combination with a'valise having a closure section with a han'dle'and an open side; of a swinging side portion for closing from-the top or the latter side and cooperating with the closure section to' fully close the valise, angular members at the ends of the valise engaging. said side to hold the same toward 5- the body of the valise, notched bars securedto the ends of the valise adjacent each corner thereof and having supporting faces, a plurality of trays'supported on said faces, said trays including frames and foldable pockets attached to the frames and depend: ing therefrom and handles at the ends and one side of each frame to permit the trays to be horizontally slid into and out of position at one side or removed and replaced-vertically at the top of the valise when said side portion is closed and ashelf above the trays. 5. In a valise, a-body-having notched supports at the corners, and a plurality collapsible trays engaging the notches of'the said supports.
I 6. In a valise, a body having tray supports at its corners, a plurality of trays en,-
gaging said supports, a board engaging the tray sup orts above the uppermost tray,'and
. buttons or holding the board in position.
In testimony whereof I have signed my name to this specification 1n the presence of two subscribing witnesses. GEORGE come Witnesses:
q CHAS. G. HAGERTY, E. H. NOLTMANN.