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Publication numberUS2165244 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateJul 11, 1939
Filing dateMar 30, 1938
Priority dateMar 30, 1938
Publication numberUS 2165244 A, US 2165244A, US-A-2165244, US2165244 A, US2165244A
InventorsDunn James F
Original AssigneeDunn James F
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
US 2165244 A
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July 11, 1939. J DUNN 2,165,244


Filed March so, 1938 2 sheets-sheet i INVENTOR BY JAMES F. DUNN ATTORNEY J. DUNN July 11, 1939.


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Wm MN 3 QN Patented July 11, 1939 UNITED STATS OFF Application March 30,

1 Claim.

1938, Serial No. 198,885

(Granted under the act of March 3, 1883, as amended April 30, 1928; 3'70 0. G. 757) The invention relates broadly to a desk and more particularly to a desk for the use of typists.

An object of the invention is to provide a desk that is sufficiently heavy and so balanced as to be non-vibrating when in use, although of small size.

Another object of the invention is to provide a desk that is compact in construction and arrangement of parts, easily portable, and one which occupies a minimum of floor space.

A further object of the invention is to provide a desk in which the compartments for holding sup-plies are within easy reach of a typist, thereby expediting the accomplishment of secretarial duties.

With the above and other objects in View, the invention consists in the construction, combination and arrangement of parts as will be hereinafter more fully described.

Reference is to be had to the accompanying drawings forming a part of this specification in which like reference characters indicate corresponding parts throughout the several views and in which:

Fig. l is a perspective View of a desk constructed in accordance with the present invention;

Fig. 2 is a section on the line 2-2 of Fig. 1 with the cover closed; and

Fig. 3 is a section on the line 33 of Fig. 1.

Referring more particularly to the drawings, 5 designates a desk as a whole constructed in accordance with my invention, and which is provided with conventional supporting legs 6. The 35 desk is further provided with a hinged top cover 7 adapted to be supported, when in opened position, on a portion 8 of the desk. The cover, when open, as seen in Fig. 1, becomes a tray suitable for the reception of such papers as are ordinarily 4o handled by a secretary. As may be seen in said figure, the tray is divided into two compartments by a partition 9 that is suitably pivoted in the opposite sides of the tray, one compartment of which may be used as an incoming basket, and 45 the other of which may be used as an outgoing basket. Although there is shown in the drawings but one partition, it will be understood a plurality of such partitions may be utilized, dividing the tray into several compartments. The front side of the cover or tray is provided with a channel I0, the purpose of which will be explained hereinafter. The portion 8 serves as a convenient working place when the cover or tray of the desk is in a closed position.

To a partition I l and end board l2 of the desk (Fig. 2) are attached conventional guides l3 for drawers it for the reception of stationery, paper and other similar commodities, and just above the drawers there is conveniently placed a board to slide in the space 15 on the supports it. A drawer space is likewise provided at the other side of the desk between partition I! and end board iii to accommodate a drawer l9 slidable between guides 26. This drawer space, however, accommodates a drawer of considerable less width than the drawers l4 and it extends from the bottom to the top of the body of the desk. This narrow drawer is designed to receive carbon paper or other such thin packaged material that can be set on its edge. A shelf 2i is hinged to one end of the desk, and, when in operative position, it is supported by a suitable bracket, shown in dotted lines in Fig. 1.

The body of the desk includes a well adapted to contain a typewriter mounted on a bottom member 23 slidable between suitable guides 2% supported by members 25. The forward under side of the bottom member is undercut to form a shoulder 26 that abuts against the trim 21' to prevent the said member from being withdrawn beyond a safe position. An. envelop pocket 28 is provided on one wall of the well. The space behind the partition 29, forming the rear wall of the envelop pocket, and the partition 8 i serves as a guideway 35) into which a sliding closure 3| rests when the desk is open for use.

This closure 3! is composed of a plurality of individual cylindrical members 32 banded together to form a flexible unit that is guided in its movement by a runway 33 between the trim 2? and the sliding bottom 23 and the guides 24. A suitable handle or finger piece M is attached to the closure for easy operation thereof, and also to provide a stop for the closure that it may not be so far seated in the space above referred to that it may not be gripped with the fingers. A suitable guard 35 is placed over the guideway 3t to hold the closure from riding out of the guideway when it is rolled back to an opened position.

To close the desk, the top cover 1 is brought over the desk Well and is automatically secured in closed position by a suitable spring catch, one part 36 of which is shown in Fig. 1, the co-acting member being suitably placed within the well. The closure 3! is then brought across the front of the well to the position wherein it may be fastened by a suitable locking element shown at 3?. When thus closed the desk cannot be opened by an unauthorized person without damage to the desk itself or locking element, because the spring catch is in an inaccessible place behind the locked closure, which cannot be pulled out of position as its top edge is seated in the channel ID in the top cover. 7

It will be understood that the above description and accompanying drawings comprehend only the general and preferred embodiment of my invention and that various changes in construction, proportion and arrangement of parts may be made within the scope of the appended claim without sacrificing any of the advantages of my invention. The invention described herein may be manufactured and/or used by or for the Government of the United States of America for governmental purposes without the payment of any royalties thereon or therefor.

What I claim as new is; V

In a desk, a central portion, a pedestal on either side of and extending to a higher altitude than the central portion to provide a well, the pedestals accommodating compartments, a sliding flexible member adapted to close the front of the well, a guide-way extending between the pedestals in which the said member'operates, a hinged cover for the well adapted to provide a tray when opened, a channelway in the cover in which the flexible member rests when the cover and memher are in closed positions, and pivotal means in the cover to divide it into compartments when opened; V


U.S. Classification312/208.1, 312/289
International ClassificationA47B17/00, A47B17/03
Cooperative ClassificationA47B17/036
European ClassificationA47B17/03C