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Publication numberUS1696556 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateDec 25, 1928
Filing dateApr 21, 1927
Priority dateApr 21, 1927
Publication numberUS 1696556 A, US 1696556A, US-A-1696556, US1696556 A, US1696556A
InventorsFred Schofer
Original AssigneeFred Schofer
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Napkin stand
US 1696556 A
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Dec. 25, 1928.-

F. SCHOFER NAPKIN STAND Filed April 21, 1927 INVENTOR' e 0 5, /z 0 7% r BY $1. My Z/MWCK ATTORNEY ldatented Dec. 25, 1928.

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Application filed April 21,

This invention relates to improvements in napkinstands particularly such for holding sheets of paper or other napkins arranged 1n stacks, for use inrestaurants etc, and it'is the principal object of. my invention to pro vide such a stand with means for holding the napkins down, allowing a ready removal of the same for use, and adapted to hold and display a plurality of exchangeable advertisements protected by a transparent cover.

Another object of my invention is theprovision of a napkin-stand and dispenser in which means are provided to safely guide the weighted body having the shape of ahood and holding the stack of napkins down on plate against displacement so that a gradual lowering of the hood takes place during the successive use and removal of the napkins from the stand, while said hood allows a ready replenishing of the napkin stack.

A further object of my invention is the provision of a napkin-stand equipped with an advertising matter bearing stand or body in the shape of a hood, permitting of the simultaneous display of a plurality of exchangeable advertisements and a convenient rotation, and which has an upper opening through which the napkins are removed.

A still further object of my invention is the provision of a napkin-stand for restaurants or the like public places of simple and inexpensive construction, pleasing in its appearance, durable and efficient .in its operation.

These and other objects and advantages of my invention will become more fully known and apparent as the description thereof proceeds, and will then be specifically defined in the appended claims.

lin the accompanying drawing forming a material part of this disclosure:

Fig. 1 is a sectional front elevation of the napkin-stand constructed according to my invention.

Fig. 2 is a cross-section on line 2-2 of Figure 1.

As illustrated on the drawing, my novel and improved napkin-stand comprises a foot 10 on which in the middle thereof a vertical post 11 is erected carrying at its upper end a plate 12 mounted on a ball bearing 13 to rotate freely around post 11, while firmly held thereon by means of a screw 14: or the like.

This plate or support 12 for a stack of napkins 15 has a suitable shape, preferably that illusi ed in Figure 2, and plurality of thrneiii designated "l6, for the we 1927. Serial No. 185,497.

ception and guidance of'a plurality of rods 17 depending from the interior of the substantially dome-shaped top or roof of a hood or body 18having substantially the outer contour of the plate 12, and a median circular opening 19 through which the napkins may be readily removed for use.

The depending side walls of the hood form open frames 20 for the exchangeable reception ofadvertisements'21 or the like, pictures, etc, which are protected againstthe outside by means of a transparent cover or covers 22 or the like.

At two oppositely disposed points or places, corner plates 23 are provided preferably curved inwardly, and of a form harmonizing with the general appearance of the hood and which are adapted to be bent or turned about one of their vertical'edges or about hinges provided at thesame for this purpose, as at 2 1, towards the-outside to allow the in rertion of advertising matter into two of the adjoining frames, and'these corner'plate's are normally held and secured in place by means of the pairwise arranged screws 25 or the like passing through suitably ornamented washer-plates 26 or the like of a shape and appearance harmonizing with the general appearance of the napkin-stand.

As illustrated in Figure 2, the stack of napkins 15 is formed by arranging the napkins alternatingly to point with their longitudinal axes in one and the other direction.

It will be understood that I have disclosed as an example the preferred form of my napkin-stand, and that I may make such changes in its general arrangement and in the con struction of the minor details thereof, as come within the scope of the appended claims without departure from the spirit of my invention. 7

The operation of my device will be entirely clear from the above description on hand of the drawing, the hood is removed from the plate and the stack of napkins placed thereon in the manner illustrated in figure 2, whereupon the dome-shaped hood is placed over the stack of napkins with the guide rods thereof into the openings in the plate 12. Upon the successive removal of the napkins through the circular opening in the center of the dome-shaped top of the hood the latter by its own weight will always press the napkins down during its successive lowerin A rotation of the hood will be easy on account oi? the as]. hearing and the advertisements in the hood-frames can quickly be changed by bending the curved corner plates outwardly after removal of the screws, while the outer transparent covers will amply protect the advertisements against defacement.

Having thus described my invention, what I claim as new, and desire to secure by Letters Patent is:

1. A napkin stand comprising a plate supporting a stack of napkins thereon, a means for supporting said plate, a hood h ving a dome-shaped top adapted to rest upon the stack of napkins to hold the same down by its weight and to be gradually lowered with the diminishing size of the napkin stack during the use of the napkins, said top having a circular, centrally located opening allowing the ready removal of the napkins, and a plurality of depending frames formed with said hood, means for guiding said hood during the gradual lowering of the same, and a means for permitting the ready rotation of the hood and plat-e.

2. In a napkin holder and dispenser of the class described, the combination of a support for a stack of napkins thereon and having a plurality of perforations with the hoodshaped body having a central opening in its top allowing the ready removal of the napkins, a plurality of guide rods attached to the inner face of the hood top and adapted to engage the perforations in said plate for guiding the hood during its movements, a stand supporting said support plate.

3. The combination of a support with a plate rotatably held thereon and adated to receive and hold a plurality of napkins thereon to form a stack, a hood adapted to hold by its weight the stack of napkins on said plate, a plurality of frames formed in the depending side walls of said hood, curved corner plates at oppositely disposed points of said hood adapted to be turned about one of their vertical edges to give access to two of said frames, and means for normally securing said corner plates in place to form part of the outer mantle of said hood.

4. The combination of a napkin supportingplate and stand therefor with means for weighting the napkins down, said napkins so arranged thereon that alternate sheets of napkins point with their longitudinal axes in opposite directions, said means for holding said stack on said plate by weight allowing a ready removal of the napkins for use through the top thereof, and a means for readily rotating said plate.

Signed at New York in the county of New York and State of New York, April, A. D. 192(.


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U.S. Classification221/45, 221/56, 211/51, 220/314
International ClassificationA47K10/42, A47K10/24
Cooperative ClassificationA47K10/421
European ClassificationA47K10/42B