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Publication numberUS1410225 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateMar 21, 1922
Filing dateOct 28, 1921
Priority dateOct 28, 1921
Publication numberUS 1410225 A, US 1410225A, US-A-1410225, US1410225 A, US1410225A
InventorsSeaman David J
Original AssigneeSeaman David J
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Store fixture
US 1410225 A
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Patented Mar. 21; 1922.

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Patented Mar. 21, 1922.








Application filed October 28, 1921. Serial No. 511,020.

T all to from it may concern:

Be it known that I, DAVID J. SEAMAN, a citizen. of the United States, and a resident of Saginaw, in the county of Saginaw and State of Michigan, have invented a new and useful Improvement in Store Fixtures, of

p which the following is; a fulliclear, and ex fittings can be made.

act description.

The invention relates to store fixtures, and particularly to display fixtures or cabinets, which are arranged to provide spaces'between them in which customers can try on garments and'view the eii'ect, and in which Heretofore the arrangements with which I am familiar ha'd involwed open alcoves, provided with mirrors, and separate small fitting-rooms with doors. The purpose of this invention is toafforcl better facilities with economy of space, with an alcove which is convertible into a fitting-room by means of an exten' sion top and a curtain. The closing of the fitting-room by a curtain rather than by a door has a further advantage of discouraging theft.

The features and advantages of the invention will become more fully apparent from the following specification.

In the accompanying drawings forming a part hereof:

Fig. 1 i an elevation of a' partial arrangement of fixtures and convertible alcove and fitting-room along a wall of a store;

Fig. 2 is a plan view thereof;

Fig. 3 is an elevation of an alternative construction and arrangement;

Fig. 4 is a plan view of Fig. 3;

Fig. 5 is a vertical section, on an enlarged scale, on the line 5-5 of Fig. 1, full and dotted lines being used to show two positions of the extension top of the alcove; and

Fig. 6 is a horizontal section looking up on the line 6-6 of Fig. 1.

The display fixtures, marked generally 1, are of the type disclosed in my application filed October 5, 1921, Serial No. 505,607. Each of these fixtures contains means for suspending a row of garments on hangers 2 on a rod parallel with its back, and has an extension top 3 hinged at 41 and adapted to occupy a forwardl projecting position, or a position folded back over the stationary portion 5 of the top, or any intermediate position at will, such top being a lightbox containing illuminating means and provided with windows through which the light can shine, all as more fully set forth in the application aforesaid. "A form of mechanism controlledby a push-button and a handle for operating the extension top and holding it in any position is illustrated in detail in the said application.

Curtains 6 are adapted to be drawn around the open sides and front of each fixture upon fixed and movable track sections on the stationary and extension tops, respectively, and when drawn back are supported upon the fixed track sections at the sides of the stationary top.

Figs. 1, 2, 5 and 6 illustrate a construction and arrangement in whichthe fixtures are placed perpendicularly to the wall 7 Cer tam of the fixtures may be placed back to.

back, as seen at the left of Figs. 1 and" 2, with spaces 8 between the opposed fronts of separated fixtures to permit access to and inspection of the garments. Two of the fixtures, as seen at the right of igs. 1 and2, are spaced apart with their backs opposed to each other, so as to form in conjunction with the wall an alcove 9, which is provided at the sides, upon the backs of the fixtures, and also at the back of the alcove upon the wal1 7 if desired, with mirrors 10. The top of this alcove could be left generally open, bathis preferably covered with sashes 11, afforc 1g light and excluding dust, and capable, if desired, of being opened for ventilation.

At the top and front of the alcove a suitable frame or top structure 12 is supported by and between the fixtures in question. To this is hinged at 13 an extension top 14, similar in nature and construction to the extension top members 3 of the display fixtures, this extension top accordingly being capable of occupying either the forwardly projecting position seen in full lines or the position folded back over the top of the alcove represented by broken lines, or of occupying any desired intermediate inclined position. This extension top is preferably in the form of a box containing electric lights 15 and having windows 16, 17 and 18 in its bottom, front and rear walls, respectively, thus affording illumination downwardly in its projected position and forwardly in either its projected or folded position. 1

On the under side of the extension top is a curtain track 19, comprising side portions extendingforward from the rear edge parallel with the ends and a transverse portion extending across the front and connected with the side portions by" suitable curves. This track is adapted to support and guide the travelers of a curtain 20, composed of two halves, which when drawn meet in the middle of the front of the alcove. Stationary side track' sections 21 are fixed beneath the stationary top frame 12 in position to register with the end portions of the track upon the extension top when the latter sion top 14 is not illustrated, since. it may be the same'as that disclosed inniy copending appllcation aforesald, or any suitable form of mechainsm may be provided. For purpose of illustration a push-button 22 and a handle 23, as in the said application, are shown as representative of suitable operating means. v I

The construction shown in Figs. 3 and 4 is one suitable for a narrow showroom, and differs in that the display fixtures are disposed with their backs to the walls. A

shallow alcove 9 can thus be formed between the spaced ends of two fixtures. The extension top 14 of this alcove preferably alines with the extension tops 3 of the fixtures. In other respects the construction is to be understood as being the same as that disclosed in the other views. i What I claim as new is: 1. In a store, display fixtures forming an alcove, anextension top mounted on said fixtures at the front of the alcove and capable of being projected forward or folded back at will and having a track for a curtain to close the front of the alcove, and means whereby a curtain can be drawn around said extension top to convert the alcoveinto fittingmoom.

2. In a store, dlsplayfixtures forming an' alcove, an extension top mounted-on said fixtures at the front of the alcove and ca-V pable of being projected forward or folded back at will and having a track for a curtain to close the front of the alcove, and stationary track sections at the sides of the alcove to receive the curtain when drawn back, whereby a combined alcove and fittingroom is afforded.


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U.S. Classification52/63, 52/67, 211/180, 52/239
International ClassificationA47F13/00
Cooperative ClassificationA47F13/00
European ClassificationA47F13/00