US 1915272 A
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T. P. DUNCAN, JR 1,915,272
' FURNITURE TIP -June 27, 1933.
Filed June 10 l193.2
lNVENTOR wmas PHL/261ml* Patented June 27, 1933 THOMAS P. DUNCAN, JR., OF
NEWPORT NEWS, VIRGINIA FURNITURE-TIP Application filed June 10,
This invention is an improved furnituretip serving to prevent furniture from scratching and marring hardwood and other kinds of flooring and floor coverings. My object is to provide a protective device of this kind which will be efficient in operation, easy to apply, inexpensive lto manufacture and attractive in appearance.
Generally speaking, my device comprises a small metal plate which is attachable to the end of the furniture leg and which may have any desired or preferred shape or outline but which will usually be a rounded plate or disc.
This plate is provided at the periphery of its upper face with a channeled rim. This may be either a continuous or endless channeled rim or may be discontinuous and made up ofindividual sections. The rim may be and is preferably formed integrally with the plate for strength and convenience in manufacture. The device further comprises a floor protective pad made of any suitable material, pref-Y erably fibrous, such as any suitable fabric, felt, leather and the like. In practice I find that lamp-wicking is an excellent material for this pad. The pad covers the lower face of the met-al plate'or disc and has a peripheral portion which extends around the edge of the plate where it is received and clamped be- 30 tween the walls of the channeled rim.
form of the device on account of itsinherent strength as well as on account of the superior gripping strength of its walls on the protective pad.
The device is adapted to be nailed to the end of the furniture leg or the base of a chestgetc.7 with the floor protective pad exposed in order to contact with the floor. Preferably the nailing means for this purpose consists of an integral point or points struck 5 up from the metal portion of the device, pref- 1932. serial No. 616,457. l
erably from the channeled rim. This rim is preferably inwardly channeled to conveniently receive and securely clamp the peripheral portion of the protective pad betweenits walls and at the same time permit the nailing points 5o,
to-extend upwardly fromsaid rim .for nailing the device'toV the articleof furniture.
The invention will now be readily understood from the illustrative example shown in the accompanying drawing'in which:
Fig. l is an elevation of the device shown attached in operative position to a chair leg or the like.
F ig. 2 is a vertical cross section partly in eleva-tion on anenlarged scale of the parts shown in FigQl. y
Fig. 3 is a perspective'view from above of the metal portion ofthe device of the previous figures;`and n Fig. 4 isl the same of the protective pad por- 65 tion of the device separate and apart from the metal portion of the device.
- In the illustrated device, l0 designatesa suiciently stiff and strong metal disc or plate having at. or towards the periphery of its upper face a channeled rim 12. This channeled rim is shown inwardly channeled and as being a continuous or endless rim formed integrally with the plate 10. The nailing points 14- are also shown integral with the 75 metal portion' of the device and as having been struck up fromthe channeled rim so as to project upwardly as shown, in position to be driven into the end of the furniture leg. The particular device illustra-ted has three ofv these nailing points 14 equally spaced in a circumferential series. Y' f V 16 designates an adequately thick floorprotective pad made 'preferably of .lamp wicking, as heretofore stated, or of some other material suit-able for the purpose, which will be sufficiently strong and' durable and will not scratch or mar the floor,vand which can be peripher'ally bent around the edge of the plate and securely clamped between the walls For illustrative purposes, this'pad 16 is shown in Fig. 4 separately from the metal portion of the device of Fig. 3. This Fig. 4
tion of the aforesaid channelled sides of the cup and projecting upwardly therefrom with their pointed ends above the mouth level of the cup. f
4. The furniture-tip claimed in claim 1 Afurther characterized by means for fastening said cup to the article of furniture with its channelled sides extending upwardly.
In testimony that I claim the foregoing, Iv have hereunto set my hand this 7th day of June, 1932. THOMAS I. DUNCAN, JR.
shows the pad with its peripheral portion 16a folded or bent up into the shape which it has when attached to the metal portion` of the device. To take this shape, the fiat piece of pad material is peripherally notched, for eX- ample at four places 90 apart, thereby permitting the-peripheral vportions 16a lthus formed to be'folded upwardly andabout the edgey of the disc or plate for clamping between the walls ofthe channeledrim. A'Ihe linesror spaces 18 in Fig;.4 indicate where the sidesiof the ldescribed notches have come together dueto the folding upwardlyand inwardly of the/peripheral portions of the pad. The pad material may be dyed to have adesirable color for improving appearance.
Toi attach the device, it is placed pad-side outyagainst the end of the furniture-leg and the points 14 vare then driven into the end of the leg by hammering against the bottom of the device, especially against the peripheralA zone infwhich the nailV points are located., I
While the device of this invention has been described for purposes of illustration in considerabledetaihdtwill be understood that other embodiments are possible and also that the' scope of the invention is notvlimited to all the-details of this disclosure but is to be ascertained from the claims appended hereto in view of said disclosureand the prior art.
What I claim is: i
- 1. A furniture-tip comprising' a sheetmetal fcup, the sides of which consist of an I annular U-sectioned'channel having its walls said cup Vhaving V`its bottom .peripherally and mouth extending radially outwardly,
united with the rim of vone of the walls of y said channel; and a pad of floor-protective material `externally covering the bottom of theY cup vwith the peripheral portion Vof said pad received into the' annular channel clamped by and between its walls.
V2..'l`he furniture-tip claimed in claim 1,
further characterized lby upwardly projecting nailing points integral with the afore- 'l said channelled sides of the cup.
3. The furniture-tip claimed in claim 1 further characterized by nailing points f springing integrallyfrom the innermost pory no