US 1717233 A
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June, 19 29. LEFIELL 1,717,233
AUTOMATIC SPACER FOR SMOKEHOUSE TROLLEYS Filed April 2.7, 1.9278
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Patented June 11, 1929. l V 1 UNITED; STATE 1,117 2 PATENT creme...
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AUTOMATIC srAcER FOR Application filed Apri1 2 7,
'Ihisinvention relates to means for auto matically spacing hams and bacon on a smokehouse trolley or hanging frame.
The principal object of the invention is to provide means whereby the hams and bacons to be hung upon the racks will be equally spaced, and to further providemeans whereby the same cannot be accidentally removed.
A'further object is to produce a device of this character which is economical to manufacture, and one which conforms to the standard practise employed in smokehouses A further object is to produce a device of this character wherein the cord supporting the hamswill not be easily out.
A still further object is to provide a structure which is simple and neat in appearance.
Other objects and advantages will be apparent during the course of the following description.
In the accompanying drawings forming a part of this specification and in which like numerals are employed to designate like parts throughout the same,
Figure I is a perspective view of a trolley rack constructed in'accordanee with my invention, i
Figure II is an enlarged side elevation of Figure I, with the hangers removed,
Figure III is an enlarged detail fragmentary view of a portion of the rack, and
Figure IV is a cross-section taken on the line 4-4 of Figure III- At the present time trolley racks are employed in smokehouses, many of which are oval in construction and consist of a bar so formed and having pegs upstanding therefrom. orindentations cut in the edge thereof. The string of the ham, which stringis in a loop form, ishung over these pegs, generally around two pegs and by skipping every other set of pegs, the hams will be properly spaced.
The operators however oftentimes become careless in placing the hams upon the racks with the result that if every other place is not skipped, the hams will be too close. together, and will touch each other and therefore will not be properly cured.
I have therefore devised means whereby the same rack may be employed for either hamsor bacons, and have further provided means whereby it is impossible tohang the,
hams closer than the desired spaces, and at 'allel relation. 1 formation they may be hung relatively close sivromsrrousn TRoLLEYs 1 l 19.28.. Serial No. 273,423.
the same time permitting as many ba cons to be mounted on the rack as desired.
In the accompanying drawings wherein for the purpose of illustration is shown a preferred embodiment of my invention, the numeral 5 designates a bar which may be straight or formed into a rectangular shape as shown in Figure I, which bar is provided along its upper edge with notches 6 and 7. Upon one side of the bar and adjacent the notches 6, I place hooks 8 which hooks have I down-turnedends as shown at 9 (see Figure IV).
The result of this construction is that when the ham string is hung over the notch 6, it will be wrapped around the hook 8 which willhold the ham in place. If the operator attempts to place the stringthrough the slot 7 there would be no way of holding the string as no hooks are formed adjacent the slots 7. It therefore follows that the operator can only hang a ham in the slots 6,
hams. The bacons are hung upon hooks in par- As the bacons are of slab together, and yet will have suflicient space therebetween to receive a proper curing. As hooks are employed for the bacon, it is obvious that the slots 6 and 7 will serve to properly space them. The hooks 8 are not necessary to their hanging.
It will thus be seen that I-have provided a verysimple device for accomplishing all the objects herein set forth. l It is to be understood that the .form of my invention herewith shown and described is to betaken as a preferred example of the other, hooks secured to said bar, each of said hooks being positioned in proximity to each alternate notch and a cord for supporting each ham, bacon or the like, being trained through each alternating notch and con nected to said hook whereby the articles are spaced one from the other and contact of said articles is prevented.
2. An automatic spacing device for supporting hams, hacons and the like comprising a substantially rectangular frame having a plurality of notches formed therein and spaced one from the other, a plurality of hooks secured on the inner surfaceof said frame, each of said hooks being positioned in proximity to each alternate notch and a cord for supporting each ham, bacon or the like being trained through each alternating notch and connected to said hook whereby the articles are spaced one from the other and contact of said articles is prevented.
In testimony wl1er'eof,1 aflix m signature.
' ALFRED E. LEFIELL.