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Publication numberUS161502 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateMar 30, 1875
Filing dateFeb 18, 1875
Publication numberUS 161502 A, US 161502A, US-A-161502, US161502 A, US161502A
InventorsOfpig fbedeeick A. Gilbert
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Improvement in convertible tables
US 161502 A
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F. A. GILBERT.

'.cnnvertinle Table.

No.16l,502. `Patented marchan-,1875.

THE GRAPHIC C0.PHOT0.LITH.39&41 PARK PLACEJLY.

FREDERICK A. GILBERT, OF NEW HAVEN, CONNECTICUT.

IMPROVEMENT' IN CONVERTIBLE TABLES.

Specification forming part of Letters Patent No. 16 1,502, dated March 30, 1875; application filed February 18, 1875.

To all whom it may concern:

Be it known that I, FRED. A. GILBERT, of New Haven, in the county of New Haven and State of Connecticut, have invented a new Convertible Table; and I do hereby declare the following, when taken in connection with the accompanying drawings and the letters of reference marked thereon, to be a full, clear, and exact description ot' the same, and which said drawings constitute part of this specitication, and represent, in-

Figure l, perspective view ot the table-top 5 Fig. 2, transverse section, Fig. 3, longitudinal section; Fig. 4, transverse section when converted into a desk; Fig. 5, top view of desk-panel', Figs. 6 and 7, the two sides of gamepanel, Fig. S, the plain panel removed.

This invention relates to an improvement in that class ot tables in which the top is made convertible for different uses-as for work, writing, game, Ste.; and it consists in the construction ot' a top frame with interchangeable panels, as more fully hereinafter described.

The frame is composed of four sides, AAB C D, surrounding a center. Three sides, B C D, are made fast upon any suitable standard or support, E, the side A hinged so as to be turned down and open that side, as seen in broken lines, Fig. 2. The inner edges of the sides B C D are grooved, as seen in Figs.2, 3, 4, to receive the several panels. There may be more or less of these panels, but three, F G H, are suftcient'for general purposes, and give all the desirable changes. The panels are tongued upon their edges, so as to pass into either of the grooves in the frame-the panels F and H preferably-so that when placed in the upper grooves their upper surface will come ush, or nearly so, with the frame. The panel F, as seen in Fig. 1, is plain upon one side, as for a work-table. The reverse side is covered with a cloth, as for a card-table. (See Fig. 8.) The game-panel II has its two surfaces prepared for different games, as seen in Figs. 6 and 7. The deskpanel G has its upper surface inclined and titted with the usual conveniences for writingdeslrs, as seen in Figs. 4 and 5.

Either of the panels may be set in the upper groove, according to the required use for work, game, or writing; and the others in the grooves below, as shown; and when so set the frontAis turned up to close the front, as

shown, and secured by any suitable catches or' lock. (Here represented as spring-latches ct.)

The two ends B D are each provided with a drawer, I, as seen in Fig. 3.

By this construction and arrangement of interchangeable panels a table is produced convertible into tive ditferent and desirable tables.

I am aware ot' the patent of F. J. Henchel, February 14, 1860, and claim nothing contain ed therein.

I claim- The frame, consisting of the stationary sides B C D, grooved upon their inner sides to receive the panels, and the hinged side A. combined with the interchangeable panels F Gr H, each constructed to be inserted into either of the grooves in the said frame, and inclosed by the said hinged side, substantially as set forth.

FREDERICK A. GILBERT.

Witnesses:

JOHN E. EARLE, J. H. SHUMWAY.

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