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May 22, 192s. Y 1,670,496
C. J. DE LA FONTAINE DEMONSTRATING TRUNK gmc/nto@ May 22, 1928.
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NUNITED sTATEs 1,6io,496 PATENT oFFICE.
J'. DE LA FONTAINE, 0F FALLAS, TEXAS.
Application led January 3, 1927, Serial No. 158,572. i
m `This invention relates to new and useful improvements in demonstrating trunks.
y `The ,ob'ect of the invention is to provide `a trunk 1n which ,the necessary parts for I` assembling a demonstrating counter may be conveniently and compactly stored, and whereby thetrunk may be utilized Aas the base` and major portion of said counter.
A Vfurther object of the invention is to provide a trunk which maybe opened and' a part of a Counter and which utilized as contains drawers or ,compartments arranged toi be locked so that the demonstrator may store the `goods and samples upon leaving the trunk, without closing the same T and without danger of their loss.
f Aparticular object of the invention is to provide a demonstrating trunk in which all 4of the paraphernalia for assembling the counter, advertising matter, demonstrating equipment and materials may be stored and transported without making the trunk of i. excessive size or Vextremelyheavy. y
A still further object` of the invention is to provide a demonstrating trunk which ma be converted into'a counter in a simple an expeditious' manner and wherein the parts are conveniently arranged, easy of access and simple to mani ulate. y
A construction d "gne to carry out the "invention will be herein-after described, to-
getherwith other features' of the invention.
The invention will be morereadily understood from a reading of the `following specification and by reference to the accompanyingdrawinggfin which an example of the invention is shown and wherein:
Fig. 1 is afront elevation o showing the trunk opened and' the parts assembled to forma demonstrating 'st-and or counter.
o Fig. 2 is a horizontal cross-sectional view "taken on the line 2-2of Fig. 1,
Fig. 3 is a rear elevation showing the view taken on the line 4-4 of Fig..` 3,
Fig.` 5 is a transverse vertical sectional f view taken on the line `5'-`5 of Fig. 3,y
its closed position, om m Fig. 7 is a detail of one of the mountings for the central standards, y
o `Fig. 8 is detail of the .upper end of the same, o y
Fig. 9 is a. partial plan view showing the `trunk opened, butfbefore any ofp'thge parts Fig. 6 4is a rear elevation of the trunk inl .24 and the right 'hand `side wall 12.-
'lid of the trunk in itsopenyposition, and
Fig. 10 is a section on line 10-10 of Fig. 1,
In the .drawings the numeral 10 designates a rectangular trunk body having a bottom l1 'and 11p-right sides 12. Compartment members or wings 13 are attached to the rear edges of the walls 12 by hingesli. A compartment lid 15 is attached `to the upper front 'edge of the trunk body by hinges 16. The wings are arranged'to be swung inward to a closed position, asis shown in Fig. 6 and constitute the rear side of the trunk.
The wings are fastened by the ordinary hasps 17 and a hasp lock 18, or in any other manner common to the trunk manufacturing art. The lid 15 closes down over the side walls 12 and the closed wings being fastened by a hasp lock 19 and being equipped with the usual hasp fasteners 20 common in this art. It is to be understood that handles 21 may be fastened to the outer sides of the walls 12, and any other form of equipment and hardware ycommon in this art may beused. y f
The o trunk is opened to the osition shown in Figs. 1 and 3. Within tie body 10 are suitably fastened horizontal 'shelves 22, 23 and 24, respectively, suitably spaced apart, and whereby a compartment 25 is formed below the shelf 22 and a working cavity or space 26 gis-provided above the shelf 24.
An upper drawer 27 is inountedbetween the shelves 23and 24, while a lower drawer 2S is mounted between the'shelves 22 and23.
The upper drawer is secured vby a lock 29 engaging the shelf-'24. A locking bar 30 has its upper end hooked over the upper front edge of the top drawerwhileits lower end extends through a latch loop 431 secured t0 drawer 27 Iis locked and the bar 30 is in place, neither the drawer 27 nor the drawer 28 can be opened. This is a simple means for fastening the drawers, butother means" can be used.` o o In the right hand portion of the cavity 26 (Fig. 3) I secure a table32 .to the shelf The top and sideof the table, as wellfas the front,
Vil() the shelf 22. It will be seen that when the bottom vand sides of the cavity 26, have a. v
V,lining of asbestos `or other lire resisting material. A drawer 34 is fitted under the table 32. Intheleft `hand portion ofthe cavity 26 (Fig. 3) I mount a small gas stove 35, which is fastened on the shelf 24 by clamps 36. IVhile I have shown a gas stove, it `is to be understood that any other desir able piece of equipment may be secured in this space.
As is shown in Figs. 1, 2 and 3, the wings 13, when fully opened, are at right angles to the side walls 12 and substantially parallel with the front and rear sides of the trunk body 10. For forming the counter I provide two top sections 37, each consisting of a front leaf A and a back leaf B hinged thereto. The sections are connected at the center of the trunk body by hasp fasteners c 38 on their undersides and constitute a table or counter` top. The outer corners of the leaves A are rounded as is shown in Fig. 2. Each leaf B is recessed at 39 contiguous to the cavity 26 of the trunk body. A removable top section 40 may be fitted in the recesses 39 and supported on brackets 41 Fig 3) to cover the cavity 26. Each leaf has an eye 42 in its outer rear corner adapted to register with a socket 43 in the top of the underlying wing, and standards 44 are passed through the eyes 42 and have their lower screw threaded ends engaged in the sockets 43. Flanges 45, secured on said standards, engage the eyes and control the` elevation of said standards.
Front standards 46, provided with flanges 47, have their lower ends passed through eyes 48 in the front central ortions of the leaves A. The lower ends of the standards 46 are screw-threaded and engage sockets 49 ifastened in the bottom of the lid compartment 15. It will be seen that the stand ards serve to hold the top sections in place. U-shaped rod hangers 50 have their lower ends inserted in the upper ends of the standards 44 and 46 and may be used for displaying cards 51, which may be suspended by clips 52, or in any other suitable manner.
When the trunk is opened, the lid compartment 15 is swung forwardly and in order to support thelid and the counter top, I provide legs 53 having angular tenons 54 at their upper ends engaging keepers 55 on the under side of the lid 15, as is shown in Fig. 10.
From the foregoing it will be seen that a fully equipped stand or counter is thus provided and the demonstrator may stand ehind the trunk body 10 with everything in front and convenient. If vrit is desired to leave the stand, all articles, which it is desiredpto preserve, may be placed in the drawers 27 and 28 and the latter locked.
In dismantling the stand, the cards 51` are placed in the lid compartment 15, together with the rod hangers 50, and held by a cover board 56, which is secured by straps 57, as is shown in Fig. 9. The standards 44 and 46 are stored in the right wing 13 between cleats 58, 59 and 60. The legs 53 are also stored in the right wing member 13 between the cleats 60 and the bottom of said wing. rIhe standards and the legs are fastened `by a strap 61. The top sections 37 arey folded and with the top section 4() are stored in the left hand wing 13 and held by straps 62, as is shown in Fi". 3.
It will be seen that when the wings and lid are closed and fastened all parts are stored within the trunk and the same is ready for transportation. lo fasten the wings 13, I provide a hasp fastener 63 for the left hand wing and a hasp fastener 64 for the right hand wing, both mounted on the bottom 11. In order to release the wings, a chain 65 is attached tothe fastener 63 and has its upper end secured above the shelf 24 so that after the lid has been raised the chain maybe operated to release the left hand wing. The trunk is compact and comparatively light in weight and the parts are readily accessible. It will be seen that the stand may be easily and quickly assembled or dismantled.
Various changes in the size and shape of the different parts, as well as modifications and alterations, ma be made Within the scope of the appen ed claims.
IVhat I claim, is:
1. In a demonstrating trunk, a trunk body, wing compartments hinged to the opposite sides of the body, a lid hinged to the top of the body, a counter top removably mounted by attachment to the opened wings and lid, and a support for the free edge of the lid.
2. In a demonstrating trunk, a trunk body, wing compartments hinged to the opposite sides of the body, a lid hinged to the top of the body, a counter top removably mounted by attachment to the opened wings and lid, a support for the free edge of the lid, and means for retaining the top in one of the wing compartments.
3. In a demonstrating trunk, a trunk body, wing compartments hinged to the opposite sides ofthe body, a lid hinged to the top of the body, a counter top removably mounted by attachment to the opened wings and lid, a support for the free edge of the lid, means for retaining the top within one of the wing compartments, and means for retaining the lid support in the other wing.
4. In a demonstrating trunk, a trunk bod opposite wings hinged to the body, a hd hinged to the body and closing over said wings, a counter top adapted to be stored in one of the wings and formed for support upon the opened lid and wings, standards having mountings upon the lid and wings, and legs adapted to engage and support the lid when opened.
5. In a demonstrating trunk, a trunk body, wings hinged at opposite sides of the body, a lid hinged to the body to form a horizontal counter support when opened and adapted counter support when opened and adapted to close over the Wings, and a counter adapt- 10 ed to be mounted upon the lid and supported by the opposite Wings to partially surround the trunk body.`
In testimony whereof I affix my signature.
CHARLES J. DE LA FONTAINE.