US 1983187 A
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Dec. 4`,` l1934. B. M. OSWELL 1,983,187
COUNTER. SET-UP RACK Filed April 23, 1934 EF A Patentedv Dec. 4, 1934 'i PATENT olf-Flos oNI'rED STATES 5 Claims.
My invention relates to a counter set-up rack that is especially designed for use on lunch counlters andthe like for holding in proper position sugar bowls, pepper and salt shakers, sauce bott tles and the like'and for also receiving and holding in convenient position menu cards or bills oi i'are. v
The principal objects of my invention are, to
provide a rack of the class described that is relalo tively simple in construction, inexpensive of manufacture and which may be conveniently applied to or removed from the counter and further, to construct the rack and its attaching ineens so that said rack may be easily and quickle ly removed from the vcounter in order to permit the latterto be washed, painted or ilnished.
it further object of my invention is, to provide a counter set-up rack 'which when properly positioned on the counter, is nrmly retained thereon so by readily releasable catches and which rackis constructed so that there are no projecting parts v to interfere with the tree movements or catch the clothing of persons working behind the. counter. lilith the foregoing and other objects in view, ggg; my invention consists in certain novel features oi construction and arrangements of parts that will be hereinafter more iully described and claimed and illustrated in the accompanying drawing in which:
` lille. i is a perspective view of a rack constructed in accordance with my invention and showing the same in position on the rear edge oi a counter. I l'iiig. 2 is a rear elevational view of a portio g5 of the `rack and showing one ol the standards and the keeper that serves to support the standard on the counter.
lilg. 3 is a vertical section taken on the line oi 2. m lli'ig. il is a horizontal section takenon the line iis-4 or Fig. 2. l v Referring by numerals to the accompanying drawing which illustrates a preferred embodinient of my invention, 8, 8 designate clips or w keepers preferably formed-offshoot metal that are secured by screws or the like to'the rear edge of the counter C. i j 'The intermediate portions of these clips or keepers are offset or bent loutwardly relative to m the end portions so as to provide vertically d isposed sockets i'or the reception of the lower pornons ot the posts or standards of the rack.
AEach postor standard comprises s palr of members 10 and 1,1, preferably formed otnarrow 55 strips of metal and the intermediate-tion of (Cl. S12-140.4) u
member 10 is bent to provide a short horizontally disposed portion l2, that serves as a foot or shoulder to rest on the upper surface of the counter to which the rack is applied.
Rigidly seated in the lower portion of member do l0, a short distance below the foot or shoulder l2, is the head of a rivet 13 that extends through the lower portion of member ll and the latter is mounted so as to swing on saidrivet in order to facilitate the cleansing and polishing of the rack. o5;
interposed between those portions of the members 10 and il that are connected by the rivet 13, is the upper portion of a thin strip i4 ol resilient metal preferably steel and the inter- A mediate portion of this' strip is bent outwardly 7o to form a shoulder i5 which when the lower portions of the members lo and ll4 are inserted in the clips or keepers 8, projects beneath said clip or keeper to hold the Yupright members firmly therein. v v 75 i This shoulder `l5 and the lowerjportion ol the latching member extend downwardly through a slot 16 that is formed in the lower portion ol member il and a corresponding slot 17 is formed in the lower portion of member lil in order to a@ permit the lower portion ot the latching member-to be pressed rearwardly when the lower portions of members lo and ll are withdrawn from the clip or keeper.
Secured to that portion of `member l0 above the loot or shoulder 12, preferably by means ci rivets lt, are horizontally disposed spaced rails i9, preierably oi metal straps and the ends of the two lower rails are curved away from member l0 so as to overlie the counter and partially'enclose the w bovls or bottles that are positioned against the rac y In order to provide iirm and substantial joints between the upright members l0 and rails 19. the latter are slightly indented or oiset as designated 95. by 20 at the points where `the members '10 cross the rails 19, las illustrated in Fig. 4 and this arrangement provides a very rigid structure that :ilrmly holds the parte in assembled relation.
The ends of the upper rail 19 terminate lust 100 gegend the upright members l0, as illustrated in Positioned between the upright members 10 and 1J, are springs 21 .ol resilient metal, the upper portions of which are secured to members l0 it@ 105' the rivets that connect 'said members to the up perraillii.
The intermediate portions of these springs are l bent toward and normally engage directly In order to facilitate the placing of the menu I cards between the members 10 and 11, the upper ends of members 11 extend a short distance above the upper ends of members 10 and said upwardly extending ends are curved away from the members 10 as illustrated in F18. 3.
When my improved rack. constructed as described, is applied to the counter, the lower por-- tions of members 10 and l1 are inserted downwardly through the clips or keepers 8 until the4 shoulders 12 rest on the upper surface of the counter and with the 4parts so positioned the shoulders 15 of the resilient latches project beneath the lower edges of the' keepers, thereby rmly holding the rack in proper position on the counter.
Articles such as sugar bowls, salt and pepper shakers, sauce bottles and the like, are positioned against the rack between the curved ends of the lower-rails 19 and the menu cards or bills of fare are inserted between members 10 and 11 and yieldingly held in such position by the pressure of the springs 21. When properly positioned upon the counter, there are no portions of the rack that project a substantial distance beyond the rear edge of the counter and therefore persons working behind the counter may move freely without danger of catching portions of their clothing on the rack.
In the event that it is desired to wash, scrub,
paint or finish the upper surface of the counter,
the rack may be very easily land quickly removed through the clips or keepers 8.
Thus when the rack is removed from the counter, the entire upper surface thereof is free to be washed, polished or painted.
An especially desirable feature of my invention resides in the arrangement and locatin of the rack supporting clips on the rear edge of the counter, for by such arrangement, the upper surface of the counter is in no wise broken Yor marred by said fastening means or by the rack when properly positioned on the edge of the counter.
Thus it will be seen that I have provided a counter set-up rack that is relatively simple in construction, inexpensive of manufacture and very effective in performing the functions for which it is intended.
It will be understood that minor changes in the size, form-and construction of the various parts of my improved counter set-up rack may be made and substituted for those herein shown and described without departing from the spirit of my invention, the scope of which is set forth in the appended claims.
I claim as my invention:
anda -series of horizontally disposed rails connected to one member of each upright.
2. In a counter set-up rack, a pair of uprights,
' each comprising a. pair of members, the upper portions of which are spaced apart, one member of each upright being hinged to the other member, means for anchoring the lower portions of said uprights to the edge of a counter, a spring arranged between the upper portions of the members forming each upright and connected to one of said members and a series of spaced horizontally disposed rails -connected to one member of each upright.
3. 'I'he combination with a. counter and a pair of clips secured to the edge thereof, of a counter set-up rack comprising a paid of uprights, each composed of two members, the lower portions of which areadapted to extend through the clips on the edge of the counter, latches carried by the lower portions of said uprights for engaging said clips to retain the uprights therein and a series of horizontally disposed rails secured to one mem# ber of each of said uprights. i
4. 'Ihe combination with a counter and a pair of clips secured to the edge thereof, of a counter set-up rack comprising a pair of uprights, each composed of two members, the lower portions of which are adapted to extend through the clips on the edge of the counter, latchescarried by the lower portions of said uprights for engaging said clips'toretain the uprights therein, a series of horizontally disposed rails secured'to one member of each of said uprights and springs located between the upper portions of the members forming each upright with the-upper portion of each spring secured to one of said uprights.
5. In a counterset-uprack, a pair of uprights,
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