US 1987018 A
Description (OCR text may contain errors)
Jan. 8, 1935. G. A. LOFTIN 1,987,018
CEDAR CHEST Filpl Sept. 11, 1935 5 Sheets-Sheet 1 Grad i lgf/"in Jan. 8, 1935. a. A. LOFTIN 1,987,018
CEDAR CHEST Filed Sept. 11; 1953 3 Sheets-Sheet 2 Jan. 8, 1935.
G. A. LOFTIN CEDAR CHEST Filed Sept. 11, 1933 3 Sheets-Sheet 3 Ma w m G Patented Jan. 8, 1935 I I i V UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE CEDAR CHEST Grady A. Loftin, Altavista, Va., assignor to The Lane Company, Inc., a corporation of Virginia Application September 11, 1933, Serial No. 689,016
4 Claims. (01. 21'756) This invention relates to improvements in cedar in full and dotted lines the tray in its fully open chests and like receptacles constructed of cedar and in an intermediate position. wood or other materials giving off vapor or aroma, Fig. 3 is an end elevation of the chest and tray or receptacles containing volatile or evaporating as shown in Fig. -1. t. substances or essences of like character, which Fig. 4 is a vertical front-to-rear section through 5 receptacles are designed for the storage of goods the chest showing the tray in folded position. to be protected therein against the ravages of Fig. 5 is a detail section on line 5'-5 of Fig. 1. moths or other insects, Fig. 6 is a vertical section through a portion of Chests of this kind are commonly employed for the rear wall of the chest body and the lid, show- 10 the more or less permanent storage of goods ing one of the lid hinges and the sealing strip. 10
either for lengthy periods or during certain sea- Referring now more particularly to the drawsons of the year when such goods are not in ings. 1 designates acedar chest or like receptacle general use. There are many kinds of goods, which may be made, as customarily, of oblong however, of materials quickly attacked by moths, rectangularform and open at'its top for the inser- 16 which are in more or less constant use, and which, tion and removal of goods from its storage space for sake of protecting them against moth ravor chamber and which comprises abottom 2, frontages, might desirably be kept in containers of this wall 3, rear wall 4 and side or end walls 5, concharacter. This practice is not commonly folstructed of cedar oil bearing wood or like material lowed, however, for the reason that such frebearing a volatile oil which-is liberated in the 20 quently used articles can not be conveniently kept form of vapor or aroma within the chest body to 20 in a cedar chest of ordinary type or packed therecreate and maintain an atmosphere both repelin and removed therefrom without disturbing lent and destructive to moths and their larvae. other articles designed to be stored more or less This chest is provided with a fiat lidor cover 6, permanently therein. hinged at its rear edge to the rear wall 4 thereof,
The main object of my present invention is to as at '7, to swing between a fully open position 25 provide a cedar chest in which provision is made shown in Figs. 1, 2 and 3 to a fully closed position for storing articles designed to be protected but shown in Figs. 4, 5 and 6. This lid or'cover is which are so arranged as to be readily removed preferably provided upon its inner or under face, and replaced without disturbing other articles -in continuously around its front, rear and side or end the chest packed more or less permanently for edges with a resilient metallic sealingstrip 8 30 protection therein. which, whenthe cover is in closed position, en-
A further object of the invention is to provide a gages the marginal edges of the walls ,3, 4 and 5 storage tray for the purpose described which will to effect a tight sealing engagement between the hold the frequently used goods separated from the lid and chest body in order to close the joints "permauently stored goods. therebetween and thereby prevent the escape of 35 A still further object of the invention is to procedar oil vapor. Suitable coacting locking V d a mflllntlngfol the y Within the cedar bers 9 and 10 onthe lid and chest body may be c t w y 119011 Opening and Closing the provided for securing the lid in closed position th tray w l be m v d upwardly and d w wa and also holding the resilient sealing strip com- 40 1! r sp t v y t r ad y accessible a d storage pressed to seal all crevices between the body and 40 positions and so disposed in the readily accessible 1m, l position that access, if desired, may be obtained In carrying m invention t practice 1 to the chest for insertion removal of other vide a tray 11 for holding the temporarily stored goodsgoods or the goods which. are to be frequently With these and other objectsinviw, the invenused or usedymore fre uentl than the bulk f 45 tion of the features of construction, .goods stored in the body of the chest which are binat on an arrangement of P helfiillaffiel to be stored therein for a season or for a more fully described and claimed, reference being had or less lengthy period of time, during which they to the accompanying drawings, in which:- I are protected by the cedar aroma of the chest '50 Fig. 1 is a front elevation of. a cedar chest emfrom the ravages of t S- This y 11 i8 bodying my invention, showing the lid front open preferably, as shown, of oblong rectangular form, and the storage tray in elevated position allowing open at the top, and of such size and so connected free access thereto. to the body and cover as to occupy the upper Fig. 2 is a vertical front-to-rear section through portion of the forward half of the body when in the upper portion ofthechest andthelid,showing closed position and to be disposed at a con- 55 venient elevation for accessibility above the upper rear half of the body when in open position. The width of the tray, as measured from front to rear, is therefore about one-half the correspondopposite ends to the side walls of the tray 11, as I at 14, and a pair of hinge plates 15 which are connected centrally and at one end with the side walls of the tray, as at 16 and 19, and are pivotally connected at their opposite ends, as at 17, to hinge bracket members 18 disposed upon the inner face of the lid or cover 6. The pivotal connections of the links 12 with the body side walls 5 are arranged just below the upper edges of said walls at a point more or less midway between the body walls 3 and 4, while the pivotal members 14 connect said links with the side walls of the tray 11 adjacent to the bottom and front walls of the tray, the arrangement being suchthat the links stand in an upright position and support the forward portion of the tray when the latter is in open position, as shown in Figs. 1, 2 and 3, and said links swing down to a downwardly and forwardly inclined position to dispose and support the tray in its closed position, as shown in- Figs. 4, 5 and 6. The hinge plates are connected to the sides of the tray 11 just below and in rear of the vertical and horizontal centers of the tray and pivotally connected with the hinge members 18 at a point adjacent to the transverse center of the lid 6, so that said plates 15 stand in an inclined supporting position when the tray is in open and closed positions, in both ofwhich positions they effectually cooperate with the links 12 to sustain the tray. I
When the chest is in the open position shown in Figs. 1, 2 and 3, it will be seen that the tray 11 is disposed at a convenient elevation to enable goods to be supported therein or removed therefrom by a person standing in front of or alongside the chest without in any manner interfering with the goods stored in the body of the chest,
while at the same time the tray 11 will also bedisposed in such a position as to allow aperson to have convenient access, if desired, to the body of the chest 'for the purpose of applying or removing goods therefrom without interference from the tray. By this means the articles which are designed for temporary storage and to be more or less frequently used and which are stored in the tray 11 may be removed and replaced as frequently as desired by merely opening the lid 6 without in any manner disturbing the goods packed within the body of the chest. When the lid or cover 6 is swung downward to closed position in which its sealing strip makes sealing engagement with the marginal edges of the body walls, the tray 11 is closed down into the upper forward portion of the body so that it will be conveniently swing to the open position noted and in its closed position the tray will be accommodated in a space at the upper forward portion of the body left for its reception, in which position the contents of the tray,'like the contents of the body will be subjected to the protecting influence of the cedar oil aroma emanating from the chest walls as well as that emanating from the walls of the tray itself.
From'the foregoing description, taken in connection with the drawings, the construction and mode of use of the improved folding tray for cedar chests embodying my invention will be readily understood without a further and extended description, and it will be seen that the invention provides a structure of this character which allows goods to be stored for lengthy periods within a cedar chest and other goods to be stored for less lengthy periods and more or less frequently removed and replaced without in any manner disturbing the contents of the chest itself, while providing for the protection of the temporarily stored goods against ravages of imsects. While the disclosed structure is preferred, it will, of course, be understood that changes in the form, details of construction and arrangement of parts may be made within the scope of the appended claims without departing from the spirit or sacrificing any of the advantages of the invention.
What I claim is:
- 1. A chest comprising a chest body including four walls and a bottom, a flat lid hinged at its rear edge to the rear wall of the body, a tray having a width of the order of one-half the internal width of the chest body and a length approximately equal to the inside length of the chest body, and means supporting said tray from said lid for movement therewith from a position within the upper front portion of the chest body when the lid is closed to an elevated position above the to the upper portion of the side walls of the chest body midway between the front and rear edges of the said side walls, the outer ends of said links being pivoted to said tray adjacent the lower front corners thereof.
2. A chest comprising a chest body including four walls and a bottom, a flat lid hinged at its rear edge to'- the rear wall of the body, a tray having a width of the order of one-half the internal width of the chest body and a length approximately equal to the inside length of the chest body, and means supporting said tray from said a lid for movement therewith from a position within the upper front portion of the chest body when the lid is closed to an elevated position above the rear portion of the chest body when the lid is in fully open position; said means comprising links pivoted at their inner ends to the upper portion of the side walls of the chest body midway between the front and rear edges of the said side walls, the outer ends of said links being pivoted to said tray adjacent the lower front corners thereof, hinge bracket members secured to the lower face of said fiat lid adjacent the side'edges thereof and approximately midway of the front and rear edges thereof, and hinge plates rigidly secured to said tray, said hinge platesbeing pivoted to said hinge brackets adjacent the upper rear corners of said tray.
3. A chest comprising a rectangular chest-body including four, walls and a bottom, the upper edges of said four walls lying substantially in a plane and defining the opening into the chest body, a lid and means connecting the same to said body for pivotal movement about an axis lying substantially at-the junction of the rear bottom edge of the lid and the upper edge of the rear wall of the chest body, a tray having a width of the order of one-half of the internal width of the chest body, and means supporting said tray for movement with said lid from a lowered position below said plane of the upper wall edges and within the upper front portion of the chest body when the chest lid is closed to an elevated position above the rear portion of the chest body when the chest lid is in fully opened position; said supporting means comprising hinge means connecting said lid and tray for relative pivotal movement about an axis that substantially coincides with the upper rear edge of said tray, said tray and lid axis being located when the lid is fully closed substantially in the plane of the upper edge of the chest body and approximately midway of, the front and rear walls thereof, and
means connecting said chest body and tray tomaintain the same in substantially horizontal position during movement between its said lowered and elevated positions.
4. A chest comprising a rectangular chest body including four walls and a bottom, a substantially flat lid hinged at its rear edge to the rear wall of the body, the hinge axis lying substantially. at v the junction of the upper edge of the rear wall and the rear bottom edge of the fiat lid, a tray having a width of the order of one-half of the internal width of the chest body and a length approximately equal to the inside length of the chest body, and means supporting said tray from said lid for movement therewith from a position wholly within the chest body at the upper front portion thereof when the lid is closed to an elevated position above the rear portion of the chest body when the lid is in fully open position; said means comprising pairs of hinge members secured respectively to the inner face of the said fiat lid approximately midway between the front and rear edges thereof and to the tray, the pivotal axis of said hinge members substantially coinciding with the upper rear edge of the tray, and means connected to the chest body and the tray for maintaining said tray in substantially horizontal position during movement between its said elevated and lowered positions.
GRADY A. LOFTIN