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Publication numberUS1382704 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateJun 28, 1921
Filing dateApr 4, 1919
Priority dateApr 4, 1919
Publication numberUS 1382704 A, US 1382704A, US-A-1382704, US1382704 A, US1382704A
InventorsFrank Wolf
Original AssigneeFrank Wolf
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
US 1382704 A
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Patented June 28, 1921.'.

2 SHEETS-sufi? 1.


-PatentedJune 28, 1921.




NEW n YORK, N. Y.-


` Application filed April 4,

To all whom t may concern.' Y.

Be it known that I, F RANK VoLr, a citizen of thev United States, and a residentl of theV borough of 1 Manhattan,r in `the city, county, and State of New Xork, have invented 'certain new and useful Improvements in Display-Cabinets, vof which the following is a specification.

The present'invention relates to display cabinets, and particularly such cabinets for use in the display of sample cards containing clothv samples, although it will-be understood that thesame contemplates other articles to be displayed as forinstance pictures or the like. An object of the invention is to provide a display cabinet in which the sample cards may be displayed to the best advantage and in which a relatively great number may be stored and arranged or assorted as desired and which iwill permit of a prospective purchaser making a selection with facility and without the necessity of handling the cards to anv'great extent.

A further object is to provide such a cabinet which will protect the sample cards from wear, distortion and dust when not being displayed and which'will contain them in a neat and orderly manner.

With these and other objects in View, embodiments of m invention are shown in the rawings, and these embodiments will'be hereinafter lmore fully` described with reference thereto and the invention will be finally pointed out in the claims. l,

In the accompanying drawings:

Figure 1. is a perspective view of one form of cabinet embodying my' invention, the

same being closed;

Fig. 2V is a front elevation thereof in open or display position;

Fig. 3 is a vertical sectional view taken through one end of the cabinet;

Fig. 4 is an upper-end view of doors; y

Fig. 5 is a front view of a modified formof cabinet according to my invention;

Fig. 6 is a vertical sectional view thereof taken along the line 6-6 of Fig; 5; and

Fig. 7 is a plan view thereof.

Similar reference characters indicate 'corresponding parts throughout the several Ifigures of the drawings.

Referring to the drawings and more particularly to Figs. 1 to 4 thereof, the embodiment of my invention shown therein one 0f-the Specification of Letters Patent. y .Patented June 28, 1921.

1919. Serial No. 287,411.

length is inclined as at 15 to the narrow,

molding top 16. The open side of the cabinetis adapted to bel closed by three doors, a lower door 17 hinged to the base' at '17a and 17 b and extending over the portion 14 of the sides and adapt-ed to be swung forwardly and downwardly, and two outwardly swinging doors 18 and 19 extending from the top of the door 17 to the molding top A16, the same having hinges 18EL and 18D, and 19a and 191 concealed in the closed position of the door, land having their respective halves secured to the inner sides of the doors and to the inclined forward surfaces of the sides 12 and 13, so that in the open position of the doors, the hinged upright ends clined'surfaces of the sides, this arrange# ment maintaining the position of the doors. The door 17 is provided with a knob 17c and at its side with pivoted catch hooks 17d adapted to' engage pins 17e in the sides of the cabinet.

A central upright partition-20 is provided in the' cabinet conforming at its forward end to the forward ends of the sides 12 and 13 but terminating at a point below the upper end of the cabinet, the upper end being curved rearwardly to the back 10 as at 21. In the closed position of the doors the meetingends rest upon the forward inclined portionof the partition, their rearward inclination preventing opening. are respectively provided upon the doors 18 and 19 and if desired they may be provided with suitable catches yor locks. 'The doors 18 and 19 are of rectangular frame shape being grooved at the inner surfaces of the base Knobs 22 and 23V icor panels are removable andmaybe renewed when desired or inthe case of cloth samples they may be renewed for each season as the styles change. Upon their inner sides, the

doors are provided with a plurality of spring clips 27 for holding the sample cards 28 upon the doors in an advantageous position to be examined in comparison with other samples. These clips it will be understood are only utilized when the doors are open.

The lower door 17 isA beveled at its inner longitudinal side and is hinged intermediate the upper and lower edges of the beveled front side of the'base, so that in the closed position (Fig. 1) the inner side engages the upper portion of the beveled front side of the base while in the open position the door does not project above the upper surface of the base.

Above the base and spaced therefrom and extendingforwardly from the back 10 there isvprovided at each side of the partition 20 a horizontal shelf 29 and rearwardly of the forward edge of said shelf there is provided an upright backing member 30 supporting at its upper end a second horizontal shelf 31 extendingv from the said backing member to the back 10, the two shelves being in stepped arrangement relatively to each other.

Metal corner pieces 32 of right angular shape are provided at the ends of the for- Y ward edges of the shelf and are secured at ltheir side portions to the sides 12 and 13vand the partition 2O of the cabinet by tacks 33, and in spaced relation from each other and upon each of the shelves there are provided a pair of strips 34 and 35 `spaced from the v ends of the shelves and having their upper surfaces downwardly and rearwardly 1nclined.

In the free .spaces 36 below the shelves 29, a relatively large number of the sample cards 28 may be placed in flat position. Upon eachof the shelves a plurality of sample cards are supported uprightly, the strips 34 and 35 inclining them slightly backward so that they may be viewed to the best advantage. The cards are of such size that the upper edges of those cards supported upon the shelves 29 extend slightly above the lower edges of the cards supported upon the shelves 31. The shelves are so disposed relatively to the inclined front of the cabinet that should they be filled to capacity with cards, the front card as indicated in dotted lines (Fig. 3) will be spaced from and protected from contact with the doors 18 and 19 when closed.

The under side of the molding top'16 is provided with a longitudinal slot 37 in which is received the upper edge of a display card 38, the side edges andthe lower edges being supported by contact with the sides of the cabinet and the upper end of the partition 20. This card may be readily removed and are supported in a manner as to protect the samples and maintain the shape of the cards. When open, the cards are advantageously displayed to permit ofthe selection of samples with the greatest facility, it being possible to successively remove the front cards and place them at the rear without handling the cards to any great extent. Preferably samples of one class will be placed upon the respective shelves, that is for instance, black cloth samples may be placed upon one shelf, blue cloth samples upon another shelf, etc. Thespring clips 27 enable a sample vcard removed from the shelf, to'be supported in va convenient' position to be compared with other sample cards and in fact several cards may be so supported upon the doors at the same time.

1n Figs. 5 to 7, I have illustrated a modified form of my invention in which the cabinet comprises a back 50,Y a base 51, sides 52 and53 having their forward edges stepped as at 54, 55 and 56, and a central upright partition57. At each' side of Vthe partition there is provided rearwardly ofthe forward end of the base an upright support 58 at the upper end of which there is provided a horil zontal shelf 59 extending to theback 50, and upon this shelf and rearwardly of its forward edge there is provided a second upright support 60 having at its upperend a second horizontal shelf 61 extending to the back 50. The forward edge of the partition extends perpendicularly as at 62, 63 and 64 `for va short distance above the base 51 and the shelves 59 and 61,the portions of the forward edges above the perpendicular-portions being curved as at 65, 66 and'67, the curved portions 65 and 66 terminating above the lower end of the portions 63 and 64, yslots 68 and 6,9 being provided therebetween. Metal retaining plates 70, 71 and 72 projecting at each side of the partition 57, are secured by tacks 73 to the perpendicularv portions 62,V 63 and 64, the plate 7 0 being held at its forward side by a'molding piece 74 extending along the forward vedge o f the base, while the plates 71 and 72 are disposed in the slots 68 Aand 69. At the outer Yends of the shelves there are provided right angular metal corner piecesr 75 secured at their side portions to the sides 52 and 53 of the cabinet.

Upon the'base 5l and the shelves 59 and 61 there are provided spaced strips 76 inclined at their upper surfacesy in a similar manner to the ystrips 34 and 35 ofthe form of my invention illustrated in Figs. 1 to 4. A plurality of the sample cards are placed upon each shelf being held by the retain-A ing pieces and inclined rearwardly by the strips 76. j

n The back 50 projects above the cards as at 50a to provide a suitable space to contain advertising matter. 1f desired, the portion of the cabinet below theV shelf 59 may be made free 'as in the first form `of my invention to provide an open compartment so that cards may be placed horizontally therein. It will be particularly noted in the embodiments shown and described, that the display cabinets show Vstepladderl units which enable the display cards to be shown stepladder fashion. As a result of this, the display cards can be suitably arranged in accordance with the quality of the cloth or the colors thereof. So, for instance, if it is desired to arrange the display cards so that all samples of the same color are together, this can be done by arranging all of the same color on one shelf. Similarly if it is desired to classify the display cards in accordance with thequality of the display samples attached to the cards, this can also be done by arranging diferent groups on different shelves. It will also be particularly noted that the display cards rest upon a very narrow surface, as for instance, on the strips 76. The advantage of these narrow supportingstrips prevents very little frictional surface with the edge of the cards and thereby a wearing away of the edge of the display card is obviated. At the same time, the use of such spaced strips prevent a rocking of a card which might otherwise result if a card having an irregular edge is placed upon a flat surface. By inclining these strips in the manner shown in the drawings, the positioning of the display cards which would result in an irregular manner due to the interposed strips of cloth attached to the display cards, is compensated so that the cards with the display surface always maintain a proper position. It will` also be noted that the upper edge display cards of a lower shelf extend beyond and above the lower edge of the cards on the shelf immediately above. By this arrangement, the capacity of the cabinet is greatly increased, the overlapping feature being not sufficient todepreciate the eiliciency of the operation.

It will also be noted that the brackets that hold the display cards cover only the lowermost corners of the display cards and by reason of thisv the entire remaining surface of the display cards is exhibited to view.

By the arrangement of the stepladder method combined with the ridges which support the display cards and the corner retaining means for the display cards, a device is provided which enables display cards to be eiliciently shown in that such display cards might be readily distributed in theV display cabinet for exhibition purposes and at the same time may be readily taken out of the display cabinet for the replacement of other cards or personal examination of the samples attached to theV display cards.

The embodiments of my invention which I have described, present advantageous features over the use of display cards as hitherto proposed. Heretofore it has beenV the display cards would become lost or soiled or so destroyed'as to be incapable of use for an intended purchaser. Considerable replacement of such display cards was therefore required which, in the aggregate throughout the year, runs into considerable expense. The use of my improved display cabinets obvates these disadvantageous features in that by the use of a 'cabinet of this kind, such a cabinet can be forwarded to a user, containing a full line of display cards and immediately on receipt thereof, the user can set it up in position for display purposes. The use of such a cabinet insures the cards being maintained and retainedin their proper places and by the advantages resulting, the perspective purchaser may have before him a complete line of display cards suitably exhibited and substantially always in good condition.

I have illustrated and described preferred and satisfactory embodiments of my invention but it is obvious that changes may be made therein within the spirit and scope thereof as defined in the appended claims.

VI claim:- l

l. In a display cabinet, an upright back, a plurality of stepped shelves disposed forwardly of said back adapted to support cards, retaining means at the forward edge of said shelves adapted to retain the lower corners only of the cards, and hold the cards uprightly and exposed upon said' shelves, and means on said shelves adapted to support said cards at spaced points.

2. In a display cabinet, an upright back, a plurality of stepped shelves disposed forwardly of said back, retaining means at the forward edge of said shelves adapted to retain cards uprightly and exposed upon said shelves, and a pair of spaced strips on each of said shelves having their upper surfaces inclined and adapted to incline said cards rearwardly. y

3. In a display cabinet, an upright back,

of said shelves adapted to retain the lower corners only of the cards and hold the cards uprightly and exposed upon said shelves, and means on said shelves adapted to support said cards at spaced points, said means being inclined and adapted to incline said cards toward said back, the plane of inclnation of said cards lloeing substantially at right angles to the plane-of the inclined surfaces Yof said means.

4. In ardsplay cabinet, an upright back, side walls, and a central partition extending j forwardly and at rightangles to said back,

a plurality of stepped shelves disposed forwardly of said back at each side of said partition,` the lowermost shelf being forwardly of the' uppermost shelf, spaced-apart ksupports arranged upon the shelves and having rearwardly and downwardly inclined upper edges adapted to support "cards at al rearward inclination, and retaining means Vcarried by said side walls projecting over the forward edge portonof the shelves to engage and maintain cards on the supports of the shelves and with theiry outer` faces unobstructed. Y

In testimony that I claim the foregoing asmy invention,` IV have signed' my name hereunder.


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U.S. Classification312/117, 312/50, 312/128
International ClassificationA47F7/14
Cooperative ClassificationA47F7/144
European ClassificationA47F7/14D