US 1447402 A
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M21126, 1923. I 1,447,402 H. J. ANDERSON BERRY CARRIER Filed-Jan. '7, 1922 2 sheets-sheet l affozmzx;
Mair. 6, 1923.
3,447,402 H. J. ANDERSON BERRY CARRIER Filed Jan. 7, 1922 2 sheets-sheet 2 Patented Mar. 6, 1923.
Application filed January 7, 1922. Serial No. 527,710.
To all whom it may concern:
Be it known that I, HENRY JACOB ANDER- SON, a citizen of the United States, residing at Anacortes, in the county .of Skagit and State of Washington, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Berry Carriers, of which the following is a specification, reference being had to the accompanying drawings.
It is the purpose of the present invention to provide a device of this character particularly adapted for use-in picking bush berries, and one which will carry or hold quart and pint boxes.
Another purpose is the provision of a carrier which is of a knock down character, so
that a great number of the carriers may be packed close together for shipment.
Still another purpose consists in the construction of a carrier, wherein the parts are easily collapsible, and may be easily put together, when the same is desired for use in connection withv picking berries. Though the device is particularly adapted for holding quart and pint boxes, the carrier may be constructed for holding othersizes of boxes. The boxes may be arranged in the carrier, one layer on the bottom, andlwhen this layer or tier is filled, a second tier or layer of boxes may be arranged on the first and so on until the carrier is filled to its capacity.
A further purpose embodies a carrier having means for attaching a belt or strap thereto, and then about the waist, so as to hold the carrier in position.
A still further purpose is the provision of a support which is connected to the strap, and on which the carrier proper is swingingly supported, so that when the picker stoops, the. carrier will swing out of the way of the picker, and remain in a horizontal position, so that as the berries are picked they may be deposited in the boxes, and when the picker stands erect, the carrier will swing back in place.
It is also the aim to provide a support, which is also collapsible, the side arms of the support being foldable against the support proper, or disposed out straight as shown,
so that a number of supports may be disposed flat, and the box structure proper then collapsed, and disposed between the right angle extensions of the arms of the support, so that a number of the carriers may be packed together in a small compass.
lVhile the design and construction at present illustrated and set forth are deemed preferable, it is obvious that as a result of a reduction of the invention to a more practical form for commercial purposes, the in vention may be susceptible of changes, and the right to these changes is claimed, provided they are comprehended within the scopeof what is: claimed.
The invention comprises further features and combination of parts, as will be hereinafter set forth, shown in the drawings and claimed.
In the drawings p Figure 1 is a view in perspective of the improved carrier constructed in accordance with the invention, showing the same erect and in a posit-ion to receive the berries, into the boxes which are arranged in the carrier;
Figure 2 is a view of several of the carriers collapsed or knocked down, and arranged in a small comp-ass; s Figure 3 is a vertical sectional view on line 33 of Figure 1;
Figure 4- is an enlarged detail view of the support, more clearly showing the connection between the supporting arms and the support proper;
Figure 5 is an enlarged detail view of the connection of one side and end piece of the carrier proper. 7
Referring to the drawings, 1 designates the bottom of the carrier proper, the longitudinal andend edges of which are provided with a surrounding wire frame 2. The bottom is provided with several extensions at the longitudinal and end edges, which are folded over to form the rolls or sleeves 3, said rolls or sleeves receive and support the wire frame. It will be noted that the longitudinal side and end edges have their sleeves or rolls extending upwardly slightly from the upper surface of the bottom, so as to permit the side and end pieces or sections tofold over. The side pieces or sections 5 are provided with extensions 6, which are formed or bent into rolls or sleeves to form longitudinal parts of the wire frame.
The carrier also embodies the end sections 7. These endsections have wire frames 8, it being obvious that the perpendicular and converging edges of the end sections having a bead orroll 9, which receives the wire frames. The bottom and end sections are constructed of any suit-able sheet metal, such as galvanized iron, tin or the like, though it is obvious that these parts as well as the tom section and the lower edge of the end sections are alternately arranged, thereby provlding hinge ]O1I1tS between the various sections, so that the end sections may lie flat,
in planes with the bottom section. The side sections or pieces have their lower edges provided with extensions, which are formed into rolls 11, which are arranged alternately with the rolls or sleeves of the longitudinal edges of the bottom section, and receive the side portions of the wire frame of the bottom, thereby hingedly mounting the side sections, in such a manner that they may fold upon the inner face of the bottom section.
The upper edges of the side sections having longitudinal sleeves or rolls 12, through which rocking wires 13 engage. These rocking wires terminate at their ends in lateral arms 14, which are designed to pass through the elongated diagonally arranged slots, which are formed in the end sections. After the arms engage through the elongated openings, the rocking rods or wires may be rocked, so that the arms 14L may engage the endsec'tions, and be disposed at right angles to the openings, thereby preventing detachment or separation of the side and end sections, when the carrier is erect and ready for use.
it suitable support 15 is provided for the purpose of supporting the carrier. This support comprises a body piece 16, which has a wire reinforcing frame 17 connected to its edges by means of the rolls or sleeves 19. The perpendicular portions 20 of the wire frame of the body 16 receiverolls or sleeves of the supporting arms 21, which together with the body 16 are constructed of metallic material, such as galvanized tin, or sheet metal of any kind.
The supporting arms have upper and lower rolls or sleeves 22 on their upper edges, and which receive the wire frames 23.
These wire frames 28 are each constructed of a single piece of wire material, bent to form loops'24i, the sides of which are twisted together as shown at 25 and terminate in right angle extensions26. The supports 21 are spaced. far enough, to engage upon the outer faces of the end sections, so that said rightangle extensions may engage through the elongated openings 28 of the end sections, whereby the carrier-proper may be supported upon'the support; The arms of the wire frames of said supporting arms are extended laterally, and connected to these arms 29 are pieces of sheet metal,which bear or engage against the outer face of the body of the support, to reinforce the arms of the body piece of the support 15 and hold them in parallelism. The twisted right angle extensions of the wire frames of the supporting arms enter the openingsQS of the end sections, so that the end sections of the carrier may oscillate upon the horizontal portions of the right angle extensions. The
extremities of the twisted looped ends of the wire frames of the supporting arms extend downwardly and are longer than the slots, so as to prevent accidental displacement. Suitableloops 31 arecarried by the support at the corners of the body of the support proper and the supporting arms, for the reception of a strap or the like 82 for engagement about the waist of a berry picker, thereby holding the berry carrier in position. Obviously the picker can lean over, so that the carrier may swing outwardly and be out of the 'way of the picker, enabling the picker to easily depositf'the berries in the boxes of the carrier.
The invention having been set forth, what is claimed is l r I 1. In a carrier for berries, a carrier proper having openings in its end sections, a support comprising abody provided with means for supporting the same. from the waist, arms hingedly-mounted on the body, means for holding the arms at rightangles to the body and in parallelism, said arms being collapsible against the back of the body, the forward-ends of the arms'adapted to engage the openings of the end pieces of the carrier proper, forswingingly supporting the carrier. V
2. In a berry carrier, a carrier proper having side and end pieces, the end pieces having openings, the upper longitudinal edges of the side pieces having rocking rods having lateral extensions adapted to engage through said openings and lie at. right angles thereto for connecting the side and end pieces, a support having Ineans to swingingly support the carrier proper, and means to engage around the waist and connec-ted'to the support for supporting the same, said sup-port comprising a body piece and collapsible arms, between which the carrier proper when theside and end pieces are collapsed may rest,whereb-y the structure may be packed in a small compass for shipment.
Intestimonywhereof ihereunto aifix my signature.
HENRY JACOB ANDERSON.