|Publication number||US1857716 A|
|Publication date||May 10, 1932|
|Filing date||Nov 17, 1930|
|Priority date||Nov 17, 1930|
|Publication number||US 1857716 A, US 1857716A, US-A-1857716, US1857716 A, US1857716A|
|Inventors||Farrell James H, Westmoreland Crawford T|
|Original Assignee||Farrell James H, Westmoreland Crawford T|
|Export Citation||BiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan|
|Referenced by (5), Classifications (6)|
|External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet|
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COMBINED FURNITURE AND RADI6 RECEIVING APPARATUS Filed Nov.17, 1930 2 Sheets-Sheet 2 ZZ? Z M o q .93 -96 a one til Patented May 10, 1932 ETED STATES PATENT OFFICE JAMES H. FARRELL, or nrcnmonn, AND CRAWFORD 'r. wEs'rMoRELANn, or was'r POINT, VIRGINIA COMBINED FURNITURE AND RADIO RECEIVING APPARATUS Application filed November 17, 1930. Serial No. 496,302.
Our invention relates to combination furniture and radio receiving apparatus.
The invention has for its object to produce a compact and artistic combination between commonly used articles of furniture, such for example, as a secretarial bookcase and a radio receiving apparatus including a dynamic speaker; and the invention provides for the attainment of this object a combination in which the radio apparatus is incorporated with the furniture in such manner that the functions of the furniture are not in the least interfered with by the apparatus, nor is the normal appearance of the furniture noticeably altered by the appearance of the apparatus, the combination being constructed with a view to the production of pleasing artistic effects as well as to the full preservation of the functions of the components. The invention will be found especially desirable and useful where space is limited, as in small living apartments, since it incorporates with necessary articles of furniture a radio receiving set without in the least impairing or restricting the usual functions of the furniture, and thus eliminates the necessity of providing separate space for a radio cabinet.
We will particularly describe our invention with reference to the embodiment thereof shown by the accompanying drawings, of which:
Fig. 1 is a front perspective view of a secretaire bookcase embodying the present improvements;
Fig. 2 is a rear view showing the radio receiving set partly withdrawn; and
Fig. 3 is a side view, partly in section.
The article of furniture illustrated consists of a lower desk unit and an up er bookcase unit, constituting a secrtaire ookcase.
The lower unit will be recognized as belonging to a widely used type, comprising a lower chest of drawers and an upper writing desk. The body of this unit includes vertical side boards i0, a horizontal top board 11 and a back board 12, the whole being supported on legs 13 integral with a base 14. The-upper front edges of the side boards 10 are cut on a downward incline from the top board 11, and secured between the sides is a horizontal board 15 which divides the desk space from what nearer the front than the back, for a purpose presently explained.
Inelosed in the desk space is a unit which may be separately constructed and then inserted in this space and suitably secured.
This unit comprises vertical sides17, a hori-- zontal shelf 19, vertical partitions 20 extending upwardly from the shelf, a pair of vertical side partitions 21, and a board 22 covering the front edges of partitions 21 and shelf 19, the construction providing a pair of side compartments and an upper horizontal row of compartments. The central one of the upper compartments is utilized for a drawer 23, while the remaining compartments are open at the front for the deposit of letters and stationery. All of these conipartments are closed at the back by a board 24..
The front board 22 covering the inner walls of the several compartments is formed with,
an oval opening having its major axis horizontal and its center coincident with the center of the parallelogram formed by the edges of said board, the edges of said opening being covered by a finishing bead. The space back of board 22 is clear for the insertion of the radio receiving set, which may be of any of the various makes now on the market. The chassis 25 of the set is supported on a horizontal board 26 which is slidably mounted so that the set can be conveniently withdrawn for, inspection and repair. As indicated in Fig. 2, the ends of this board are formed with tongues 27 which are slidable in horizontal grooves cut in the side boards ,10 and, 1f desired, the board may be formed with finger holds or other device to facilitate its withdrawal. This board 26 is in the plane of the front board 15 and is adapted to abutthe inner edge of the latter when fully inserted, the board 15 terminating just back of the board 22. The instrument panel 28 of the radio set registers with the opening in front board 22, and when the set is fully inserted this panel engages the head covering the edges of said opening and gives the effect of a sunken panel in the board.
The upper, or bookcase, unit comprises vertical sides'29 respectively in the planes of sides 10 of the lower unit, a horizontal 'top board 30, a back 31, and doors 32 hinged to the front edges of the sides. The door comprises glass panes formed in the artistic design shown. An ornamental board 33 is suitably secured above the doors 32 and is formed I with a circular opening symmetrically arwhat we claim as new and desire to secure by ranged with respect to the curved edges of 33, this opening being provided with an ornamental grille such as shown. Screwed or otherwise attached to the back of board 33 is a dynamic speaker 35 having the cone thereof in registry with the opening therein. In order to reinforce board 33 and suppress or dampen vibrations transmitted thereto by the speaker, a pair of right-angular blocks 36 are respectively arranged at the sides of the speaker with their vertical faces secured to board 33 and their horizontal faces secured to top board 30. A cable 37 connects the speaker with the receiving set in the lower unit.
From the foregoing it will be clear that the invention provides a very compact and artistic combination between a secrtaire bookcase and a radio receiver. It will be seen that the receiving apparatus is incorporated with the furniture in such a way as to enhance rather than detract from the appearance thereof and in such a way as to take up a minimum amount of space therein that might otherwise be utilized, and moreover i that the radio apparatus is conveniently accessible for repair and inspection. While the invention has been described with reference to a secrtaire bookcase it will be obvious that certain features of the invention are independent of the this particular article.
Now having' fully described our invention,
Letters Patent of the United States is 1. A combined desk and radio cabinet, comprising a desk element provided in its upper portion with a compartment, said compartment having its front and rear sides open, a lid hinged at one edge to the front of the desk element to swing about a substantially horizontal axis and adapted to cover the open front side of the compartment, said lid also serving as an arm rest when in the lowered position, a generally horizontal slidable tray mounted within the desk element near the bottom of the compartment and movable rearwardly to a position outward beyond the back of the desk element, a radio receiving set mounted upon the slidable tray and having an instrument upon its forward side, and a structure mounted within the compartment and held stationary therein with relation to the slidable tray, said structure including a case for housing the receiving set, said case having a front wall provided with, an opening to afford access to the instrument from the front of the desk element, said case having its rear side open for the passage of the receiving set, said case coacting with the compartment for afiording a space between the compartment and the case, which space is accessible from the front of the desk element, said structurehaving a portion covering the rear side of said space.
2. A combined desk and radio cabinet, comprising a desk element provided in its upper portion with a compartment, said compartment having its front side open and having an opening at its rear side, a stationary strip arranged at the bottom of the compartment and adjacent to its open front side, a lid hinged at one edge to the stationary strip to swing about a substantially horizontal axis and to cover the open front side of the compartment, a generally horizontal slidable tray mounted within the desk element at the bottom of the compartment and at he rear of the stationary strip and disposed generally in the plane of the strip, the strip limiting the forward sliding movement of the tray which is free to be shifted rearwardly from the strip, a radio receiving set mounted upon the slidable tray and having an instrument upon its forward side, and a case mounted within the compartment and held stationary ther ein with relation to the slidable tray and adapted to house the receiving set, said ease having an opening at its rear side for the passage of the receiving set and including a front wall having an opening for affording access to the instrument from the front of the desk ele-
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|U.S. Classification||312/7.1, 312/311, 312/287|