US 1330343 A
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P. F. PURCELL.
APPLICATION FILED NOV. 29, 19I6- Patented Feb. 10, 1920.
INVENTOR Brink/ [Purcell- BV a ATTORNEY I PATRICK F. PURCELL, OF SEATTLE, WASHINGTON.
Specification of Letters Patent. Patented Feb. 10, 1920.
Application filed November 29, 1916. Serial No. 134,239.-
To all whom it may concern:
Be it known that I, PATRICK, F. PURCELL, citizen of the United States, residing at Seattle, in the county of King and State of *ashington, have invented a certain new and useful Improvement in Ofiice-Desks, of which the following is a specification.
My invention relates to improvements in 'oflice desks, and the object of my improvement is to provide an ofiice desk which shall embody a table board and a safe,'which table board shall be detachably associated with said safe in such manner as to. produce a unitary structure that shall be adapted to serve as a combined ofii'ce desk and safe, whereby such unitary structure may occupy no greater portion of the fioor space of a room than would a separate oflice desk of like capacity.
I accomplish this object by devices illustrated in the accompanying ,drawings, wherein Figure 1 is a View in'perspective of a structure embodying one form of my invention; Fig. 2 is a fragmentary view, on an enlarged scale, showing parts of the same in vertical section on broken line, 2, 2 of Fig. 1; Fig. 3 is a view of the under side of the desk table that constitutes the top portion of the structure of Fig. 1; and Fig. 4 is a view in 'front elevation on a reduced scale show-- ing a modified form of my invention.
Referring to the drawings, throughout which like reference numerals indicate like parts, two safes 5 and 6, of like dimensions and of connnon form, are disposed at a distance apart with the surfaces of their front sides in the same vertical plane,
Disposed on the top sides of the safes 5 and 6 to extend over the space therebetween is a rectangular plate 7, of suitable material as metal, vulcanized wood fiber, or wood, which plate 7 is provided with downwardly turned flanges 8 that are integral with its opposite end edge portions and with its opposite side edge portions. 7
As shown more clearlyin Fig.3, secured to the under surface of the "plate 7 are brackets made of bars of angle iron, as brackets 9, 10, 11, 12,13 andl f, of which the brackets 9 and 12 are provided with clamping screws 15, and are disposed each adjacent to and parallel with the respective opposite flanges 8 of the end edge portions of the plate 7. f a
The brackets 10 and 11 are disposed to be parallel with the brack 9 and 12 and at such equal distances therefrom, respectively, that the distance between the brackets 9 and 10- and the distance between the brackets 11 and 12 shall be a little greater than the dis 'tance between the opposite vertical sides of respective ones of the safes 5 and 6 while the distance between the brackets 10 and 11 is a little less than the distance. between said safes '5 and 6. k I
The plate 7 is disposed on the top sides of the safes 5 and 6 to extend over the space therebetween so that the; inner side surface of the bracket 9 is adjacent to the upper edge portion of one vertical side surface of the safe 5 and the inner side surface of the tion of the opposite vertical side su ace of said safe 5, while the inner side surfacespf the brackets 11 and 12 are disposed in alike manner with respect to the safe 6.
To the surfaces of the brackets 9, 10, 11
v bracket 10 is adjacent to the upper ed e porand 12, which engage with the edge por-- tions of the safes 5 and 6, are secured strlps of soft packing, as strips 16 and 17 shown in F ig. 2.
Disposed between the point of each of the clamping screws 15 of the bracket 9 and the upper edge portion of the adjacent side of the safe 5, and between the point of each of the clamping screws 15 of the bracket 12 and the upper edge portion of adjacent side of the safe 6, is a clamping disk, like the clamping disk 18 shown in Fig. 2,- which may be forced against said upper-edge por-' tion of the side of the adjacent safe by turning its clamping screw 15 in an obvious manner rigidly to clamp the plate 7 in its horizoigltal position on the 'tops of the safes 5 an 6.
On the top surface. of the plate 7 'is disposed a table board 19 which 'covers the entire area of said plate 7 and which is maintained in its position by cleats 20 which are fastened to the outer side surfaces of the flanges 8 by screws 21 to project upwardly higher than the surface of said plate 7, and which table board '19, thus disposed serves as an office desk that is so associated with the safes 5 and 6 that .a person using said desk can gain access to said safes 5'and 6 without'arising from his chain The brackets 13 and 14 on the underside I of the plate 7-, as shown in Fig. 3,. are disposed to extend between the brackets 10v and 11- in lines adjacent to andparallel with the flanges 8 on the front and the back ed z e portions irespectiyely ofthe plate 7, and, as
shown more clearly in Fig. 2, to the rearward bracket 14;. is fastened the upper edge cated in Fig. 1. I
portion of a back board which extends downward to the bottom of the safes and 6. F astened to the opposite faces of the brackets and 11 are supports for a drawer 23 li k e' the supportQt which is shown in Fig. 2 as fastened to the bracketlO; and to the frontw ard bracket 14 is fastened a strip which engages with the top edge of the front wall of :the drawer 23 when said drawer 23 is in its closed position, as indi- Thus, the safes 5 and 6 serve as supporting, legs. for the desk portion that is detachably associated therewith, but it is obvious thatany boxlike cabinet structure adapted to serve as office furnlture may be substituted for the safes 5 and 6.
In Fig.- 4, I have shown an office desk combined with asingle ofiice safe 26, which office desk comprises a table board 27, cor-- responding to the table board l9 of Fig. 1,
which is confined by strips, like strip 28 to a plate, not shown, which corresponds to the plate 7 except with respect to its lengtlnand to the underside of said plate, not shown, are
; brackets, not shown, which correspond to brackets 9 and 10 of Fig. 8 and which serve to clamp said plate to the top of the safe 26.
Instead of another safe corresponding to thesafe 6 of Fig. l, the structure of Fig. 4
issprovided w th supporting =legs, like the" leg 29, and disposed to extend between the legs,. andgthe fafe26 is'a drawer 30, corresponding to the drawer 23 of Fig.- 1-, which drawer 30 is slid-ably associated witlrthe underside, of the plate corresponding to the plate .7 in the same manner that said drawer 23 is associated withs'aid plate 7.
- Thus. in the. structure of Fig. 4, the safe 26 is' detachably associated with atable-like oflic el esk in" such-manner that said structure more space of an ofice than would an ordinary table-like ofiice desk of like dimensions with which no safe is associatedf I v @bviously, desk like portions of the strucforms, dimensions and arrangement of parts I of myinvention without departing from the spirit thereof. 1
.VVhat I claim is: r
' The combination with a support, of a removable top therefor including a metal'plate having peripheral depending flangesat its sides and;ends, .an angle bar secured by one flange to the under side of sa id'plate adjacent each end thereof, means extending through the free 'flange of each bar and engaging the support to removably retain said plate thereto, draw guides and retainers secured, to theunder side of said plate, a table top mounted upon the upper side of said plate, and cleats removably secured to the outer face of the depending side and end flanges of said plate and engaging the peripheral edge of-the top to retain the latter rig d upon the plate.
In witness whereof I hereunto subscribe my name this 22nd day of Noyember, A; D.
" PATRICK F. PURCELL.
Witnesses FRANK. WARREN, GEO. BLAIR.