US 2213828 A
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Sept 3, D THOMAS COLLAPSIBLE SERVING STAND Filed Nov. 27, 1959' Patented Sept. 3, i949 UNHE STT .einer rarest cerros 6 Claims.
This invention relates to collapsible serving stands, and particularly to a stand suitable for dining room service.
The main object of the invention is to provide a stand adapted to support on its top a removable tray and having a collapsible shelf mounted beneath the top for carrying dishes, table silver and other articles.
Another object is to provide a collapsible stand which is balanced laterally in its collapsed as well .as its non-collapsed position.
Another object is to produce a stand which may be collapsed by taking hold of its upper portion and merely lifting the stand off the iioor. lThis construction is of special advantage because the users of these devices frequently are carrying trays and other objects and have only one hand free for collapsing and carrying a serving stand. Likewise, when the stand is set down on the oor, it readily assumes its non-collapsed position.
Another advantage of my construction lies in the fact that the top bars which support the removable tray also serves as a convenient means for carrying the stand, and the collapsible shelf members are mounted below the top bars so as to be collapsible below the horizontal plane of the top bars and be out of the way and protected against injury.
Ln the drawing:
Fig. l is an elevational View of one side of a collapsible serving stand embodying my invention, showing the stand in non-collapsed position.
Fig. 2 is a horizontal sectional view of the same, taken in the plane of the line 2.-2 of Fig. 1.
Fig. 3 is an elevational View showing one end of the stand shown in Fig. 1.
Fig. 4 is an end elevational view, partly in section, of the stand in collapsed position.
Fig. 5 is an enlarged View of a portion of Fig. 4.
Figs. 6 and '7 are vertical sectional views of details of construction, taken in the planes of the lines 6 8 and l-l of Fig. l, respectively.
In that embodiment of the invention shown in the drawing, my collapsible serving stand comprises two pairs of legs, l@ and il, the legs of each pair being pivotally connected together' by bolts l2, l2, slightly below their centers. At their upper ends, the outer legs l and i l are connected together by a cross bar i3 and the inner legs I0 and Il are connected together by a cross bar I4. The cross bars are substantially horizontal and have a plurality, preferably three or more, of rubber pads l on their upper surfaces. The cross bars I3 and lll are designed to support (Cl. Bill-83) a removable traylnot shown) when the stand is in vnon-collapsed position.
Between the pivotal connection i2 and the upper ends of the legs E@ and il, said legs support a collapsible shelf comprising two members i6, it, made of any flat, suitable material. Each shelf member it has fixed to each side edge `an angle bar having a vertical ange il and a horizontal ilange i3 abuttingthe side and bottom surfaces, respectively, of the shelf members. The flange El protrudes above the upper surface of the shelf member l5, as shown in Figs. 6 and 7. A pin i9 projects horizontally from each flange il near its inner end in position to engage a link 2@ pivotally connected to the shelf members i6 through l the angle bars il by rivets 2i. The rivets 2l are located between the inner ends of the shelf members to and `the pins i9. The links 2U are notched near each end, at their lower edges, as indicated at 22, and the notches are adapted to receive the pins i 9; when the shelf members lli, it are in the horizontal position shown in Figs. 1 to 3, inclusive. 'I'he link 2i? has a vertically disposed face portion anda horizontally disposed flange 23 extending rearwardly from the link in its central portion, between the pivotal. connections 2l, 2l. The shelf members iii, it are connected to the legs l d, l l by means of apertured plates 2.4i riveted to the shelf members through the angle bar flange il' by rivets 25, and rods 26 which extend through the apertures in the plates 2i, beneath the shelf members from side to side, and have their ends mounted in the legs iii and ii. One of the rods 25 is longer than the other so as to span the space between the outer legs lll and il, as indicated at the left hand side of Fig. 2, and spacers 2l, 2l
are sleeved on the rod ends between the side edges of one of the shelf members it and said outer legs l@ and l l.
Each shelf member i6 has an aperture 2g midway between its side edges, near its inner edge. The inner edges 29 of the shelf members l@ constitute the upper edges of said members when the stand is collapsed, as shown in Figs. e and 5.
When the serving stand is in its operative position as shown in Fig. 1, the legs are spread `and the shelf members i6, i6 are horizontally aligned, with the pins lil, i9 engaged in the notches 22 of the link 20. The shelf members are supported in this position by the rods 26 and are prevented from tilting downwardly toward their inner ends by reason of the link and pin connections. Various articles, such as dishes, table silver and the like, may rest on the shelf members while a tray is supported on the cross bars i3 and i4.