US 1455610 A
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May 15, 1923. 1 4,55 ,630
A. T. HA S KELL DISPLAY DEVICE Filed Feb. 21, 1921 Patented May 15, 1923.
pairs srares 'ALFRED HASKELL, OF NEWTONVILIQE, MASSACHUSETTS.
Application filed February 21, 1921. I Serial No. 446,627.
' To all whom it may concern:
Be it known that I, ALFRED T. HAsKELL, a citizen of the United States of America, residingat Newtonville, in the county of Middlesex and State of Massachusetts, have invented new and useful Improvements in Display Devices, of which the following is a specification.
This invention relates to the boxing and packing of candies and confections for distribution to the trade and marketing. In supplying candy such as chocolates of the better grades and bon-bons to the trade in boxes or cartons of relatively larger sizes than are intended for individual sales, it is customary to arrange a top or surface layer of the box or other container with the pieces in a predetermined design or relation to present an attractive appearance and display, while the main body of the candy pieces underneath are disarranged and left in bulk. It has heretofore ordinarily been the case that this surface or display layer is broken up and disintegrated when the dealer started to fill orders from the box for the reason that there was no way to keep such display layer intact in getting at the body of candy underneath. A principal object of the invention is to provide a candy box or package of the kind stated, with means whereby a surface layer thereof may be arranged with its pieces in a predetermined relation, and this surface layer preserved intact and applied to or associated with the box in a manner so as to display the candies attractively to customers, permitting the dealer to fill orders from the body of candy in the box underneath, and partly or wholly concealing the body of-candy in the box by the presentation of the display layer in front thereof. The foregoing and other objects and advantages of the invention will more fully appear from the following detailed description, and the distinctive features of novelty will be pointed out in the appended claims.
Referring to the drawings:
Fig. 1 is a side elevation with the upper portion broken away in section of a candy box or package embodying the invention;
Fig. 2 is a partial side elevation with a portion broken away in section illustrating the manner of displaying the surface layer of candy;
Fig. 3 is a perspective view of the box of candy arranged for display; and
a plate or tray preferably of relatively thin metal so as not to add appreciably to the weight of the box and of adimension adapted to fit into the box. This plate has applied to the lower side thereof three strips 13, 14, 15 which are substantially secured at their inner ends, as shownby riveting indicated at 16, to the plate 12. The two outer ones 13, 14: of these plates adjacent the sides of the plate 12 are of the length approximating the depth of the box while the intermediate plate 15 is shown as somewhat shorter. These plates are also of relatively thin metal or'other suitable material capable of being readily bent but having a degree of stiffness sufiicient to hold a moderate weight without bending. In use the box is filled with candy up to the top layer, the candy pieces being deposited therein in miscellaneous arrangement, or they may be arranged in rows if preferred. The plate 12 is then set upon the top of the candy mass and a top display layer D of candy pieces carefully arranged thereon so as to present an attractive appearance. This top layer may be deposited in a paper tray 17 resting on the plate 12. This tray preferably, and as shown is composed of a base sheet with a peripheral rim or wall 1'?" turned up therearound to retain the candy pieces in position on said tray, and dividing strips or members 1'? may also be employed to hold the individual candy pieces in correct'relative position and alinement. Then the candy is to be displayed for sale, the tray 17 bearing the top display layer of candy intact, is lifted out of the box and supported on the plate 12, the prongs 18, 14, 15 of which are now bent diagonally downward as indicated in F igure 2. Upon removing the cover it is applied to the bottom of the box and the longer prongs 13, 14 are pressed downward between the side of the box and the side of the cover, the prong 15 being at the same time pressed downward inside the box. This affords a substantial mounting for the plate 12 to hold it in inclined relation with reference to the box and with its major upper largely conceal theeontents of the box from inspection of customers at the front side thereof. p dealer to fill orders fontlie candy from the main body of the candywithin thebo v without touching or disturbing the"display* layer which may be left untouched until the entire contentsot the box is disposed of. While I preferably make the plate-12 and the prongs 13, 14c, 15 of thin metal, it will be understood that this is merely illustrative,'
and that any other suitablematerialmay be employed. Also that while I show herein a separate papertray 1? bearing the top layer,
this may be dispensed with and the top display layer of candy pieces arranged directly upon'gthe plate 12 which may itself be formed'as a tray either of metal or paper board; In this as well as other respects the present embodimentis to be considered as.
This arrangement f vp ermits the V p of candy disposed upon a plate of a degree Having described myinvention, "what I Patent is i 1'. A candy box of stifiness to hold the candy pieces intact having a top display layer as it is removed, said plate equipped with means adapted to engage an edge of the box and hold said plate bearing the display layer in predetermined position with reference to theboX.
2. A; candy box having a top display layer otjcandy piecesarranged upon a tray with means for retaining the candy, pieces against relative displacement vupon thetray, and a plate adapted to, supportsaid trayand bearing means to engage with an edge of the be); toihold said tray-thereover in position for display ofthe candy layer thereon.
- 'In testimonywhereof I affix my signature in presence of two witnesses.
7 v ALFRE-DT. HASKELL. WVitnesses: I e j EDWIN F. GIBBS5 HARRY 1 1. FORTE,