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Publication numberUS1269414 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateJun 11, 1918
Filing dateMay 29, 1916
Priority dateMay 29, 1916
Publication numberUS 1269414 A, US 1269414A, US-A-1269414, US1269414 A, US1269414A
InventorsSilas M Fitterling
Original AssigneeSilas M Fitterling
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
US 1269414 A
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' APPLICATION men MAY 29. me,

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Application fired hier ee, 1ere. serial ne. 100,685.

Toalla/lem zizi may concern.'

Be it that l Sinne M. fiminine, a citizen of the UnitedStates, residing at Fulton, in the county of Fulton and State of Indiana, have invented certainnew and useful improvements in Display-Cabinets, of which the following is a specification.

My present invention has relation to c ei"m tainnew and useful improvements in display'y cabinets and more particularly comprelieiids adjustable racks for supporting the articles of display` and means to pro erly.

guide the racks during movement or the common carrier. Y, V 4

a further object ofv inves-herrie tc that isc eremeiy simple in construction, strcngand durable, land highly practical from both the standpoint 'of the manufacturer and the standpoint of the user', and which, it -is believed may be manufactured at a comparan tively low' cost.

Various other objects and advantages will become apparent during the continuance of the following descriptim'i. 4

These objects are accomplished by such means as are shown in their' preferred form. in the accompanying` drawings, described in the following specication and then more f the Adisplay racks.

specilically pointedv out in the appended claim.

in the accompanying drawings,y wherein like characters designate like parts throughout the several viewsz- Figure 1 is a view in vertical section of the cabinet showing the several display racks in elevation. l

Fig. 2 is a view similar to Fig. 1 showing the display racks in side elevation,

F ig. 3 is a view in side elevation of the display cabinet.

ilig. i is a view in perspective of one of Fig. 5 is a view in detail of the means fdr guiding the several display racks during their movement with respect to the cabinet.

ln reducin my invention to practice, I provide a suitable cabinet structure which, in its present embodiment, consists of side and front pieces 10 and 11 respectively, the front pieces carrying inserts of transparent material, suchas lass, as' designated by the numeral i2, Where y the interior mechanism vietvedm lit/'hilo it is desirable to closethe r top of iffie cabinet, as at 13, at all timesyfor the purpose of excluding dust and other for eign material, it is pointed. out that the bottom thereof may be left open, as shown in Figs. l and 2 without in any Way derogating from the eiiiciency of the device.A However, it is to be fully understood that l do not limit myself to this particular construction in view of the fact that the cabinet structure proper does not fall Within the purview of this invention. ln other Words, any suitable casing or cabinetstructure may loe employed in connection with 'the display ap paratus, such as will subsequently appear.

A shaft 15 has its end portions journaled in the side pieces 10 of the cabinet, such as shown in Figs. 1 and 2, the said shaft-carryy ing sprocket wheels 17 which are secured thereon and are in turn geared With other sprocket Wheels, as will subsequently appear. iattheir upper ends, side pieces 10 are pron vided with alined vertical slots 15 in which operate carrying blocks 151.', the latter having stub-shafts 1li thereon, as clearly shown in Fig, 1. Stub-shafts 14 carry sprocket Wheels 18 that are alined with the sprocket wheels 17, above referred to, sprocket chains 19 being trained about the alined sprocket Wheels, as clearly shown in Fig. l. it will also be noted that carrying blocks 14 are provided with upstanding rods 16 which pass through openings in the to 13 of the cabinet/and carry Winged nuts 1 whereby ing blocks lie wholly Within the cabinet thus obviating the necessity of providing the lat ter with enlarged openings such as would permit the entrance of dust, dirt or other foreign material. With a view of eectually supporting the several display racks, .l provide each of the sprocket chains With suitably spaced carrying studs 20 and 21 which are designed to receive the eye por tions 22 of the supporting links 23 and 2i respectively. By reason of their specific construction, it Will be seen that the supporting links 23 and A2e will be mov-ably connected with the studs 20 and 21 so that they always remain in. depending positions during the movement of the sprocket chains.v

The display racks, as shown in. the prese ent embodiment, comprise the body or base .iii

ideama it has been. found advisable to provide means, in the forni, of suitably alined guide ways or members-9,9. 'lliese guide members are preierably aliilied to the sides 10 of the cabinet between t e horizontal plane ot the shaft l5 and the horizontal plane of the stub-shafts la thereby only guiding the YL tu sprocket chains betiveen the respective sprocket Wheels and preventing vibratory movement at these points. l .provide the side members l0 vvlth other guide members 29 (see Fig. between which is designedv to. operate, a guide roller 3l. that is carried on the sides of each of the display frames. rllhese .last mentioned guide members v29' overlie guide members 29, above referred to, and are arranged to provide a circuitous path tor the guide members or rollers 31 of the display brackets, whereby the display racks will be held in the desired position at all times duringl movement. ln order to properly support the guide members 29 and at le same time retain the saine in f lille spaced relation with respect to the guide members 29, ll provide the same with suitably bent lugs or brackets 30 (Fig. 5)

which are securely connected to the side members l0. hugs or brackets 30 also have b,

ilongated openings ot suitable dimension s ich will permit the proper adjustment of' the gnides. llt is also pointed out that the members 29 maybe constructed of yet comparativcly inexpensive material.

Although l. do not limit myself in any to the specilic means for imparting i ement te the sprocket chains, it is pointtut that a crank arm such as shovvn at be uected with the shaft l5 and l with handle 3d whereby it may veniently rotated. Conso uently by the arm 33, movement Wi l be transto the shaft 'l5 and the sprocket cham carried thereby so as to cause proper movement of the display racks. lt is pointei out that mechanical means may be associated with the crank arm 33 whereby actuation et the spi-:oclret chains and diste play ra alte may be attained,

"Upon operation et the display racks, they fare of clurse., suo; ively brought before the transparent pla s i2 of the cabinet whereby they may be readily viewed by peret sons on tbe outside. The device has been ol" sheet metal or the like durable,

found particularly useiul in displa ing,l novelties of diliierent kinds in view o" the tact that a great variety of the articles may be positioned on the several display racli's.

While the operator could, under certain to conditions, easily control movement of the display racks, it has beenfound necessary to provide means whereby the movement ot the sprocket chains ma be eiectually retarded. This, means or rake mechanism, as it may be ,'termed, is especially desirable when the sprocket Wheels are being driven by means other than by manual operation. To this end therefore, ll provide a brake lever 35 which is pivotally mounted as at 36 adjacent one end ot the shaft l5, as clearly shown in Fig. 3. The respective carrying shafts may be in turn provided with a brake drum 37 for engagement with the brake band 38, the ends or the latter ben -ing suitably connected with the brake lever.

Consequently by exerting a downward pressure on the handle portion 39 of the brake lever, the band 38 will be drawn into :Erictional engagement with the drum 37 'thus eectually retarding movement of the respective shafts, Means may also be provided tor guiding the brake lever and preventing lateral movement thereof, as shovvn at a0. For instance should the party viewing the display rac s vvish to examine certain of the articles more closely, by exerting` a pressure on the brake lever, the racks will be brought to a stop immediately adjacent one of the vievv plates l2. This construction 10o is believed to add materially to the utility ot my invention, and therefore the greatest of stress is directed thereto.

From the foregoing it is believed that the advantages and novel features of my invenlue tion Will be readily understood and therefore furtherdetail description is deemed unnecessary,

ln reducing my invention to practice l iind that the form reerred to herein as the llo most practical and preferred embodiment, is the most ellicient; but realizing that certain conditions will necessarily vary in concurrence with the adoption or' my device, l desire to emphasize the tact that various Ille minor changes in the details of construction .and in the proportion of the parte may be `resorted to when required Without sacrificing any of the advantages of my invention as defined in the appended claim.

Having thus fully described my invention what-l claim as new and desire to secure by'Letters Patent is ln a device of the character described, a housing, transparent plates mounted in the litt sides of said housing, a shaft iournaled in said housing, carrying' studs mounted above said shaft, sprocket Wheels on said shaft, a sprocket Wheel on each oit said studs, sprocket chains trained about certain ot tte liti I saidspc-cket wheels, a seris of display racks, means swvely connecting; said dispay maks and Said Cha-ins, guidewmys calred by said housing for said chains9 guidi@ rollers carried on' said display racks7 @they guide membex's al'rd by Said hmlsing "m guide said. role's and reain said rack@ in an upright ps'on at :1H times, and .means

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U.S. Classification312/134, 198/800, 312/97
Cooperative ClassificationA47F3/08