US 1966751 A
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July 17, 1934. F, BREFELD 1,966,751
GASKET ACK Filed Aug. 15, 1952 m5 /f l 7 I l I l- 4 :gn/vento@ @www @fcw @KKK/@2M Patented July 17, 1934 PATENT OFFICE GASKET RACK Frederick Gerhard Application August 15,
The invention relates to casket racks, particularly designed for displaying caskets, and has for its object to provide a device of this character wherein a plurality of superimposed caskets may be simultaneously displayed in a manner whereby a minimum of floor space is occupied, and in a manner whereby the lower casket may be easily and quickly moved on its supporting rack from beneath the Lipper casket for display purposes, or for movement into the morgue.
A further object is to provide in combination with a casket rack having supports for an upper casket and forwardly extending supporting legs in spaced relation, a lower casket rack on a higher elevation than the forwardly extending legs, thereby allowing the lower rack to be removed from between the legs without interference from the legs when the ends of the casket overlie the supporting legs.
A further object is to provide a double casket rack comprising upwardly extending supports terminating in horizontally disposed arms at their upper ends for supporting an upper casket and at their lower ends with outwardly extending horizontal arms for supporting the rack, and on the same sides of the supports as the upper supporting arms and between which is received a casket supporting rack, higher than the lower arms, and mounted on wheels adapted to receive a lower casket beneath the upper casket.
With the above and other objects in view the invention resides in the combination and arrangement of parts as hereinafter set forth, shown in the drawing, described and claimed, it being understood that changes in the precise embodiment of the invention may be made within the scope of what is claimed without departing from the spirit of the invention.
In the drawing:
Figure 1 is a perspective View of the rack, showing the lower rack in outer position.
Figure 2 is a vertical transverse sectional view through the rack showing caskets thereon in dotted lines.
Referring to the drawing, the numeral 1 designates vertical posts in spaced relation, the upper ends of which terminate in forwardly extending horizontal arms 2, adapted to support the upper casket 3 in the position shown in Figure 2. Arms 2 are provided with lugs 4 for preventing rearward movement of the casket on the arms.
The lower ends of the supports 1 are connected together by the cross bar 5 secured in the members 6, the lower ends of which are provided with rollers 'l so that the stand may be moved from place to place. Extending forwardly from the members 6 in a horizontal position are supporting arms 8 for the lower casket 9. Arms 8 at their forward ends terminate in downwardly extending legs 10, having rollers Brefeld, Aviston, Ill.
1932, Serial No. 628,940
1l so that the stand may be moved from place to place. It will be noted that the arms 8 register with the arms 2, therefore the caskets 3 and 9 will be in superimposed relation and the arms 8, by also extending in the same direction as the arms 2, will prevent the rack from tilting under the weight of the upper casket.
Disposed between the arms 8 is a movable section 12 on which the lower casket 9 is disposed. The cas ret section 12 has its legs 13 suiiiciently long whereby the rectangularly shaped frame 14 is supported in a horizontal plane above the arms 8, and as the stand 12 is shorter than the distance between the arms 8, it will be seen that when the casket 9 is on the stand 12 between the legs 8, it may be moved outwardly from the rack as a whole for display purposes, or for movement into a dressing room or morgue. Casket 9, the ends of which extend beyond the movable rack l2 would not interfere with the arms 8 on account of its elevation above said arms 8. The lower ends of the legs 13 are provided with rollers 15 which allow the rack 12 to be easily moved from place to place when the casket 9 is on the rack; even to a position between the arms 8.
From the above it will be seen that a casket rack is provided with a movable lower casket rack between its supporting legs and elevated above said legs in a manner whereby when a casket is placed thereon, it can be moved into place in the rack beneath the upper casket, or to a dressing room or morgue without moving the rack. It will also be seen that caskets can be supported in superimposed relation, and the rack will occupy the minimum amount of space while supporting any number of caskets.
The invention having been set forth what is claimed as new and useful is:-
The combination with a wheel supported laterally movable casket stand of an overhead casket supporting means in relation to said stand, said overhead supporting means comprising a U-shaped horizontally disposed wheel supported frame, the arms of the U-shaped frame being disposed outside of oppo-site ends of the wheel supported stand and in a plane below the plane of the upper side of the wheel supported stand and in unconnected relation to the stand whereby a casket resting on the wheel supported stand may extend above said arms in spaced relation thereto, said U-shaped frame having upwardly extending standards and casket supporting arms carried by the standards.
FREDERICK GERHARD BREFELD.