US 1446231 A
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Feb. 20, 1923. 1,446,231.
C. S. WEST.
f 61H01 new Patented lFeh. 20, 119233.
CARLINE SHERMAN WEST, 0F PERU, VERMONT i surnom.
application al'ed april 5,
To all whom z't may concern.'
Be it known that l, CAROLINE SHERMAN lVns'r, a citizen of the United States, residing at Peru,fin the county of Bennington and State of Vermont, have invented certain new and useful improvements in Supports; and ll do hereby declare the following to be a full, clear, and exact description of the invention, such as will enable others skilled in the art to which vit appertains to make and use the same. n
rl`his invention'relates to new and useful improvements in supports, and` more particularly to a shelf or bracket for supporting Hower pots or the like, the main object of the present invention being the provision of a device of the above character which can be readily attached -to a window sillfor 'supporting flower pots or other containers either upon the interior of the house or uponA the exterior, as desired.`
Another object of this invention is the provision of a. bracket adapted tov provide means for supporting various articles such as tiower pots and the like, and which may be constructed of a single piece of material and quickly and readily attached to the window sill whereby to support the same in an operative position.
1With thev above and other objects the invention consists in the novel features of construction, combination and arrangement of parts hereinafter more fully set forth, pointed out in the claims and shown in the accompanying drawingsgin which: Figurel 1 is a perspective view of a supporting shelf or bracket constructed in accordance with my invention, and
Figure 2 is a longitudinal sectional view showing the application of the same to a window frame.
ln the drawing accompanying this application, ll have shown a shelf or bracket constructed in accordance with my invention, the same beingillustrated as beine' formed of a single piece of sheet metal, a though ll wish it to be understood that the same construction and arrangement can be carried out with any other suitable material. As illust-rated, the invention consists of' a bottom portion generally indicated at 1 having side walls 2 and an end wall 3 arranged upon three sides of the member 1. Cut out from the bottom member 1 is a strip 4 which may be bent downwardly and disposed at an angle as shown in Fig.. 2, to provide a in View,
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brace forsupporting the shelf. The ends of the bottom portion remaining uponopposite sides of the strip 4 are bent downwardly at right angles to form the tongues 5 and in order thatthe bottom portion' 1 be of the sameg-length as the side walls 2. the side walls terminate at the inner end of the bottom portion or at the point where the ends 5 are bent at right angles to the bottom portion.
ln applying my improved supporting shelf'or bracket to a window it is preferred to have the tongues 5 engage over the inner edge of the sill 6, the innerends of the bottom portions resting upon the top of the sill, while the brace member 4 extends beneath the sill and contacts with, the wall 7, as shown, in Fig. 2 whereby to support the outer end of the shelf. The tongues 5 may be either placed in position before the sash 8 is lowered or if the space between the sash and the sill is sliicient, these tongues can be inserted while the sash is in its lowered position, and it will be apparent that the shelf will remain in position regardless of the position of the sash. f
lin view of the fact that a'greater portion of the opening remaining throu h the cutting away of the strip 4 is closed y the sill 6, various sizes and types of receptacles can be supptrted upon this shelf without having any of the receptacles passing downwardly through the opening left by the removal of the strip 4f. Attention is also called to the fact that by providing the side walls 2 and eind wall 3, it will retain the receptacles in position upon the shelf sok as displacement and these side and end walls may be formed at any desired height.
From the above description taken in connection with the illustration in the accompanying drawing, it will be readily apparent that l have provided a very simple` etiicient and durable supporting shelf or bracket which can be used in connection with window frames for supporting various receptacles, such as flowerv pots in close proximity to the window' Vso that the plants or flowers in the receptacles will be placed in the proper amount of light for propagating purposes. It will also be apparent that the device may be positioned either upon the exterior of the window or upon the interior and that while I haveshown and described the device in the present instance as formed of sheet metal, it will be readily apparent that the same' can be made of Wood or any other suitable material Without changing '.the present arrangement of the parts.
I Wish it to'be understood that while have formed the sides 2 and end portion 3 of a continuous strip, theseI may be formed separable when the material Ais stamped and then prior to use can be bent up to form the sides and end Walls of the bracket.
l. A support made from sheet metal corn-v prsing a bases a, tongue struck out therefrom intermediate the sides thereof leaving the 'base in the form of a U member, an
the base in the form of a U member,
the ends of said member being bent toward U `at `an angle