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March 17', 1931-. RVi-TEAR, JR 1,796,961
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raam-ea Mar. 17, 1931 JULI'US RITTER, JR., 0F RACIINE, VIISCONSN, ASSIGNOR TO HARTMANN TRUNK COM- PANY, F RACENE, WISCONSIN, A CORPORATION OF WISCONSIN wsnnaosn CASE Application filed April 7,
This invention relates to improvements in wardrobe cases.
It is the primary obj ect of the present invention to provide a wardrobe container of comparatively small dimensions but having a large capacity for garments suspended from hangers therein.V
Heretofore, wardrobe suitcases have been provided, but in order to afford suiiicient lo length forsuspended apparel the suitcases have been comparatively long and bulky, being, tl erefore, inconvenient for hand transportation and heavy.
The present invention overcomes the above l5 objections by providing a wardrobe container of a smaller size than was ever heretofore used for wardrobe purposes and of a square shape, being light and adapted to be readily carried by hand and providing a novel and 29 practical form of hand luggage.
A further object of the invention is to provide as a piece of hand luggage, a wardrobe container of square shape,'not unwieldy to handle, and having a large capacity for garments and retaining the same in a position which. will prevent wrinkling and creasing. .l
A further object yof the invention is to provide a wardrobe container which, when closed, will fold and hold garments suspended therein in a ll-formation.
A further object of the invention Ais to provide a wardrobe container in which the wardrobe section iscovered by a curtain and when the container is closed, said curtain is automatically drawn tight against the apparel and presses the same against the wall of the wardrobe section.
further object of thev invention is to provide a wardrobe container having a re-` movable shoe box which, when the container is closed, is held against displacement.
A. further object of the invention is to provide a wardrobe container of the class described of such dimensions that it will readily fit below a Pullman berth.
A further object of the invention is to provide a wardrobe container of the class described which is of very simple construction, is strong and durable, is neat and at- 1927. Serial No. 181,721.
tractive in appearance, and is well adaptedV for the purposes described.V
lVith the above and other objects in view the invention consists of the improved wardrobe container, and its parts and combinations as set forth in the claims, and all equivalents thereof.
ln the accompanying drawing in which the same reference characters indicate the same parts in alli of the views:
Fig. l is a vertical sectional view of the wardrobe container in open position;
Fig. 2 is a vertical sectional view thereof in closed position;
Fig. 3- is a sectional view taken on line 3-3 of Fig. l with parts broken away to show interior construction;
Fig. t is an enlarged fragmentary detail sectional view showing the corner and wall construction of the container; and` Fig. 5 is a similar view taken on line 5-5 ofFig. 4. Y
Referring now more particularly to the drawings it will appear that the numeral 8 indicates the improved wardrobe container, which whenV closed, is substantially square in shape.
The container is composed of two sections, an L-shaped wardrobe section 9 and a square compartment section 10, and the sections are connected together at their lower end portions by hinges l1` to permit the compartment section to be swung endw-ise outwardly, downwardly.
The extension portion; 9 of the wardrobe section is adapted to extend, when the container is in closed position, below the lower end portion of the compartment section and l the hinges 11 are at the outer lower end portions of the same. The extension portion is of a height approximately corresponding to the depth of the main portion of the wardrobe section, and the compartment section is of approximately the same depth or height, and said extension portion, together with a part ofthe compartment section accommodate garments which are of a greater length than the height of the `wardrobe section.
The upper' opposite` sidel portions of the wardrobe section have foldable garment hanger tracks 12 (only one being shown) mounted thereon for receiving garment hangers 13 slidable thereon. A cushion 14, positioned between'the garment hangers 13 and the upper end portion of the wardrobe section, is connected to said upper end portion, and the hangers and apparel draped over the upper edges of the hangers become partially embedded into the cushion, whereby the garments are maintained in position. The compartment section 1() is formed with an open inner end portion in communication with the extension portion 9 of the section 9, and forming when open, an extension thereof. As mentioned, the lower inner end portion of said section 10 forms a compartment for the end portions of apparel suspended from the hangers in the wardrobe section. The outer or forward end portion of the interior of the section 10 is divided byy a low transverse partition or wall 15 forming a pocket or compartment 16. Rails 17 are secured to the interior side walls of the section 10 above the partition 15 and said rails are adapted to removably support a tray 18 having a shallow compartment portion 19 and a deep shoe box portion 20, which latter portion lodges within the pocket 16 and prevents undesired movement of the tray during transportation. To prevent articles from dropping out of said compartments, a curtain or cover 21 is connected to the upper outer edge portion of the tray and is detachably secured to therear portion of the tray by snap fasteners 22. l Y
Apparel suspended from the hangers in the wardrobe section is protected and held tightly in position by a dust curtain 23which is secured to the top of the wardrobe section adjacent the forward edge of the cushion 14.
Said curtain hangs downwardly and covers the apparel within the wardrobe section and is then extended right angularly, when the container is open, at its lower end portion, over the apparel and under the tray 18, as clearly shown in Fig. 1.
It should be noted that the sides 24 of the extension portion 9 of the section 9 are ott'- set slightly inwardly. Below, and eXteriorly of the Vsidesj2t metallic members 25 are secured to form grooves or channelsiforA the reception of the inner edge portions of the l section 10 when the container is closed, thus forming reinforced joint construct-ion of several Vthicknesses and in'which the outer thicknesses are received within metallic channels.
In packing the improved wardrobe container, the sections are opened with respect to each other, as shown in Fig. V1, and apparel is hung on the hangers 13 which are supported on the tracks 12.` The garments, as shownpextendY down the height ofthe wardrobe section and along` the extension portion 9V thereof and Vinto the inner end portion of the section 10. The dust curtain 23 is put in place, and the tray 18, suitably packed, is also positioned as shown and its curtain 21 is securedin place. The section 10 is then folded vertically with respect to the section 9 to the position shown in Fig. 2, and said sections are secured in closed position by a suitable lock 26. lVhen the sections are thus closed, a drawing or pulling effect will be exerted on the curtain 21 which will tend to compress the apparel behind it against the rear of the wardrobe section. Also, the garments are folded in a U-formation as shown. As thus arranged, the container has an exceedingly great capacity for its size and apparel therein will not become creased.
The wardrobe container is of such dimensions that it will readily fit below Pullman and steamer berths and may also be conveniently carried as a piece of hand luggage, a handle 27 being provided for that purpose.
From the foregoing description it will be seen that the improved wardrobe container is of very simple and novel construction, and is well adapted for the purposes described.
What I claim as my invention is:
1. A wardrobe suitcase having when closed a U-shaped space for holding garments, comprising a wardrobe section having an extension, a tiltable section secured to said extension, and a removable tray within the tiltable section and formed with a shallow portion and a deep shoe box portion, said latter portion engaging the tiltable section to prevent undesired displacement of the tray.
2. A wardrobe suitcase having a space for holding garments, comprising, an upright U-shaped section having a horizontal U- shaped extension, a tiltable section secured to said extension and providing a well contiguous with the interior of the horizontal extension, and a removable tray within said tiltable section formed with a shallow portion adjoining said well and a deeper portion beyond the end of said well, said latter portion coacting with said tiltable section to prevent displacement of said shallow portion towards said well. 3. A wardrobe suitcase having a space for holding garments, comprising, an upright U- shaped section having an integral horizontal U-shaped extension, a tiltable section associated with said exten-sion and providing a well contiguous with the interior of said horizontal extension, apartition in said tiltable section at the end of said well, and a tray having a deep portion extending into said tiltable section on one side of said partition and having a shallow portion projecting away from said deep portion over said partition and said well.
4. A wardrobe suitcase comprising, a main section having a lateral extension, a tiltable section swingably associated with said extension to form an L-shaped garment receiving CII space when said sections are swung at substantially right angles to each other, and a removable tray having` a deep portion disposed within one of said sections beyond the end of said space and having` a shallow portion extending over said end to form a well, seid deep tray portion coacting with said .tray receiving` section to prevent displacement of said shallow portion toward said well.
In testimony whereof, afiX my signature.
JULIUS RITTER, JR.