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G. H. WHEARY 1,968,579
HAND LUGGAGE CASE July 31, 1934.
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Patented July 31, 1934 HAND LUGGAGE CASE George Henry Wheary, Racine, Wis., assignor to Wheary Trunk Company, Racine, Wis., a corporation of Wisconsin Application September 15, 1932, Serial No. 633,245
This invention relates to improvements in hand luggage cases and refers more particularly to carrying cases especially adapted for carrying mens suits and accessories. In many respects 5 the carrying case of this invention is similar to that shown and described in my co-pending application, Serial No. 621,325, filed July 8, 1932 Patent No. 1,947,542, Feb. 20, 1934.
As in the above mentioned application, it is a general object of this invention toprovide a compact hand carrying case capable of carrying at least three complete suits besides other essential garments and equipment.
A further object of this invention is to provide a hand carrying case in which the entire garment carrying unit plus the shoe and other article receiving compartment is an independent unit hinged within the case and removable at will.
0 Another object of this invention resides in the provision of novel means for holding the garment supporting means and shoe compartment in an elevated position to afford ready access to r the space therebeneath.
; And a further object of this invention resides in the provision of novel means for retaining the individual garment hangers in position.
With the above and otherobjects in View which will appear as the description proceeds, my inn) vention resides in the novel construction, combination and arrangement of parts substantially as hereinafter described and more-particularly defined by the appended claims, it being understood that such changes in the precise embodi- -5 ment of the herein disclosed invention may be made as come within the scope of the claims.
In the accompanying drawings, 1 have illustrated one complete example of the physical embodiment of my invention constructed according to the best mode I have so far devised for the practical application of the principles thereof, and in which:
Figure 1 is a perspective view with parts broken away and in section illustrating a hand luggage case embodying this invention;
Figure 2 is an end view of the case with parts 1 broken away and in section;
Figure 3 is a fragmentary detail perspective view illustrating the means for supporting the garment carrying unit in an elevated position; and
Figure 4 is a detail perspective'view of the novel hanger retaining means.
Referring now more particularly to the accom- 9'5 panying drawings in which like numerals indicate like parts throughout the several views, the numerals 5 and 6 represent the main section and cover section, respectively, of the case. These sections are hingedly connected as at 7. As is customary, a handle 8 and latch means 9 to secure the cover closed, are provided, opposite the hinged connection.
Mounted within the main section 5 is a garmerit carrying unit indicated generally by the numeral 10. This unit is similar to that forming the subject matter of the hereinbefore mentioned co-pending application and comprises two side walls 11 and 12 connected by a rear wall 13 and an inclined partition wall 14. One edge of the partition wall 14 preferably engages the wall 13 and its opposite edge terminates inwardly of the adjacent outer ends of the side wallsll and 12 and is provided with an enlarged rounded molding 15. r
r The partition wall 14, divides the space defined -by the walls 11, 12 and 13 into two chambers which because of the inclination of the wall 14 are of varying depths. The deepportion of the chamber or space uppermost when the unit is in its normal position as illustrated in Fig. 1,
is adjacent the rear wall 13. In this deep portion of said uppermost chamber'are the individual hangers 16, only one of which is illustrated.
The hangers 16 are of the conventional type, except that the outer ends of their upper cross bars 17 are provided with substantially U-shaped fittings 18 which serve to reinforce or protect the ends of the cross barand also to space one hanger from the other. The manner in which the hangers are retained in position is particularly important and is effected in a novel manner to be hereinafter described.
The hangers are, of course, removable to permit the garments to be carried, to be draped thereover, and when in position, the garments carried by the hangers extend out over the partition wall 14 to fold about its rounded edge and extend into the chamber at the opposite side of the partition. Here the extended end portions of the garments are'retained in place by a retaining board 19 removably secured in position in any suitable manner, but preferably as in the hereinbefore mentioned application.
With the garments secured in place as described, they are held entirely within the confines of the space allotted thereto.
Shoes and other articles are carried in a novel compartment, indicated generally by the numeral 20. This compartment is formed as part of the unit 10 to be movable therewith and comprises the side wall 12, a similar side wall 21, a bottom wall 22, end walls 23 and a top 24. The bottom and end walls and the extreme end portions of the top, rigidly connect the side walls 12 and 21, and the central portion of the top is in the form of a cover 25 hinged to the side wall 12 and held closed by suitable snap fasteners 26.
The entire unit 10 comprising the garment receiving section and the shoe compartment substantially fills the entire cover when the case is closed and part of the main section, being spaced from the bottom wall 27 of the main section a distance sufiicient to afford relatively flat compartments 28 suitable for the reception of shirts and other similar garments. The unit 10 is supported in this position by abutments 29 carried by the end walls 30 of the main section and projecting inwardly therefrom to receive the adja cent edges of the side walls 11 and 21.
To enable the unit 10 to be moved out of its position over the fiat compartments 28 in the main section, it is hingedly mounted by fittings 31. As will be readily apparent, two such hinge fittings are provided, although only one is shown. These fittings comprise arms 32 pivotally connected to the side walls 11 and 21, as at 33, with the outer free ends of the arms detachably received in retaining members 34 secured to the end walls 30 of the main section.
In this manner the entire unit 10 may be swung from a position over the main section to a position elevated and substantially parallel with the cover 6 when the case is open as indicated in dotted lines in Fig. 2. To hold the unit i0 in its elevated position, a novel stop means 35 is provided. This means consists of a right angularly bent pin 36 having one end journalled in a bearing 37 secured to the end wall 30 of the case adjacent the shoe compartment. A slot .38 in the bearing has the inner end or" the journalled pin projected therethrough to definitely limit the swinging movement thereof.
As best illustrated in 3, this pin may be swung to an operative position projecting substantially perpendicularly from the adjacent end wall 30 into the path of the end wall 23 of the shoe compartment which is, in fact, a continuation of the Wall 13. Obviously, the inoperative position of the stop pin is one at which its projected end lies flat against the wall 30.
Returning now to the novel manner of detachabl-y mounting the individual garment hangers in the garment receiving unit, reference is particularly directed to Fig. 4.
As stated, the garment hangers have U-shaped fittings 18 secured to the outer ends of their cross pieces 17. These fittings are substantially the width of the cross pieces and are receivable in channels 39 secured to the side walls 11 and 12. The channels 39 form the retaining means for the hangers and are identical at opposite ends of the hangers except for being right and left. The web 40 of each channel is rigidly secured to its respective wall, and the space between its flanges 41 is slightly greater than the width of the U-shaped fittings 18 so as to readily receive the same. As already mentioned, the U-shaped fittings 18 on the ends of the hanger cross pieces serve to space the hangers from each other.
To secure the hangers against accidental displacement from the channel retaining members 39, the top of each is adapted to be closed by a .gate 42 hinged to a laterally directed end 43 on one flange 41 and provided with a notch 44 to interlock with a notch 45 in the other flange 39.
Upstanding finger engaging portions 46 are provided on the gates to facilitate swinging the same to and from closed position, and to preclude their being swung beyond the wall 13, stops 4'7 are provided.
From the foregoing description taken in 'connection with the accompanying drawings, it will be readily apparent to those skilled in the art, that this invention afifords a novel, easily handled and packed hand luggage case.
What I claim as my invention is:
1. In a hand luggage case of the character described, including a main section and a cover section hingedly connected thereto, a garment carrying unit comprising side walls connected by an end wall disposed adjacent the hingedly con nected walls of the main section and cover, a fixed partition connecting the walls medially of their side edges, means associated with said fixed partition to support garments in the space defined by said wall of the garment carrying unit, an article compartment on the outer face of one of said side walls, and means hingedly mounting the entire garment carrying unit including the article carrying compartment for movement about an axis closely adjacent the hinged connection of the main section and cover to and from a position disposed over either main section or cover section when the case is open.
2. In a hand luggage case of the character described, including a main section and a cover section hingedly connected thereto, a movable unit within the case, said unit comprising a continuous rear wall disposed adjacent the hingedly connected walls of the main section and cover section, extreme side walls extending from said rear wall and disposed adjacent the end walls of the main section and cover section when the case is closed, an intermediate side wall spaced a short distance from one of said extreme side walls to divide the space between the extreme side walls into a garment receiving section and an article compartment, a partition wall extended from said intermediate wall across the garment receiving section and engaging the opposite extrcme side wall, means associated with said partition wall to support mens suits in said galment section, bottom, end and top walls connecting the intermediate side wall and the other extreme side wall to complete the article receiving compartment, and means hingedly mounting said unit in the case for movement to and from a position aligned with either main section or cover section when the case is open.
3. In a hand luggage case of the character described, including a main section and a cover section hi'ngedly connected thereto, a movable unit within the case, said unit comprising a continuous rear wall disposed adjacent the hingedly connected walls of the main section and cover section, extreme side walls extending from said rear wall and disposed adjacent the end walls of the main section and cover section when the case is closed, an intermediate side wall spaced a short distance from one of said extreme side walls to divide the space between the extreme side walls into a garment receiving section and an'article compartment, a partition wall extended from said intermediate wall across the garment receiving section and engaging the opposite extreme side wall, means associated with said partition wall to support mens suits in said garment section, bottom, end and top walls connecting the intermediate side wall and the other extreme side wall to complete the article receiving compartment, means hingedly mounting said unit in the case for movement to and from a position aligned with either main section or cover section when the case is open, and means carried by one wall of the main section and positionable beneath the rear wall of said unit when the same is elevated into alignment with the cover section to support the same in said elevated position.
GEORGE HENRY WHEARY.