US 2477509 A
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July 26, 1949.
L D. BURGESS'ER,
WINDOW BOX Filed Jul 22, 1 7
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The invention reia'tes to. a wiildo. jrboxgfor fiowers'or the iikejan'd as-a nral :object to provide attract boxof new and improved construction.
A more particularobje'ct is to pr'ovide a window box which when pr erlrmoun ed w ll ba il held against accidental loss oif' the window sill and yet may be, easilyand qu clgl removed or replaced "to facilitate cleaning; replanting or winteristorage. I still another object, is toprovid'e a window box having securing means whic s self adiusting to adapt attachment thereof tosills of varying thickness... V M l herx0 iects andadva taaeal 1 parent from. the followingdetailed tie ption taken in connection with the accompanying r win in which:.
Fla- .isa pe s est veevie rear of a window box embodying the feat this invention.
Fig. 2 is an enlarged transverse sectional view taken through one of the attaching means.
Fig. 3 is a fragmentary horizontal sectional view taken approximately along the line 3--3 of Fig. 2.
While the invention is susceptible of various modifications and alternative constructions, it is here shown in the drawing and will hereinafter be described in a preferred embodiment. It is not intended, however, that the invention is to be limited thereby to the specific disclosure made. On the contrary it is intended to cover all modifications and alternative constructions falling within the spirit and scope of the invention as defined in the appended claims.
As shown in the drawings for purposes of illustration, the invention comprises a box or container having a bottom 5, a rear side wall 6, a front side wall 7, and end walls 8. While the box might be made of a variety of materials, it preferably is and herein is shown as made of metal. To reinforce the box, the upper edges of the side and end walls are bent horizontally inwardly, thence back upon themselves, and thence downwardly parallel with the walls to form an inwardiy extending flange 9. Preferably the box is provided with a perforated false bottom Ill and on its end walls 8 is formed with watering channels Ii which terminate just short of the bottom of the box to permit watering at the bottom.
Most windows are built with a stone, brick or concrete ledge l2 and overlying a portion of the ledge is a wooden window sill l3. Usually both the ledge and the window sill are too narrow to ures of .subporta window bo? portions so that some securing dislodged (so that a securing.
. Not only does tlie r ad ewe an fplarh 2 t of. anxiwor hw lepr m ans: s req ire in order to retain thebox on the ledgeorfsill. Moreover, even where thfl ledge. or gsill is wide, or ere. a v ry small :wi d wxbox hammere there is danger that the box ,ill be accidentally means is stl desirableand in most instances 'building codesjtor leases require the securing of any object-plaoed on a window, sill orledge... I,
. o t e or the sill VaI'y -bllt lilfleimgklltfis of th sin u n so. v neers t at-e. s'ecu 9 l :f... u Wi hi l s' 3.133%, e u t bl if the a ie ami If olm av ra e dimensions.,jIt-is afea'ture of this are P vide a ecuri sm ees -nf' b of at nest, is, butwh h l e al e ami iaeclanii use with any window sill. To that end, nieces secured to the rear side wall 6 one or more, depending upon the slze of the box, vertically extending channel members l4 open at the bottom and preferably closed at the top. Each channel member I 4 is at the top flush with the'flange 9 and extends downwardly approximately half the depth of the box. Herein the channel member I4 is of metal and is welded to the metal box.
It will, of course, be appreciated that where the box is other than metal the channel member l4 may possibly be of a material other than metal and, if it is not metal, will have to be secured to the box by means other than welding.
Completing the securing means is an L-shaped angle member l5 having one leg l6 receivable slidably within the channel formed between the channel member and the rear side wall 6 and a second leg ll formed with a pair of countersunk apertures l8 for the reception of screws ID. The length of the channel member l4 and of the leg l6 of the angle member I 5 are so proportioned that the leg I6 will still project into the channel member a considerable distance when the leg I1 is flush with the bottom of the box while permitting the leg I! to be positioned a considerable distance above the bottom of the box before the end of the leg It strikes the closed upper end of the channel member M.
The preferred way of mounting a, window box and particularly the box disclosed herein is to have the box rest on the stone or concrete window ledge with the angle member l5 resting on top of and secured by the screws I!) to the window sill l3. It will be readily apparent, particularly from Fig. 2, that the box may be secured in this mani ner regardless of variations in th thickness of the sill l3 and that the securing means is selfadjusting to compensate for such variations. Thus the sill 13 might be twice as thick as here shown and the securing means would still be usable. In the other direction, the thickness of the sill l3 might vary until it completely disappears and the securing means still would be operative to retain the box. Moreover, the box is readily disengaged from the securing means simply by raising the box. This facilitates removal of the box for replanting, cleaning, winter storage and so forth. At the same time, there is no possibility that the box would be accidentally disengaged from the securing means.
I claim as my invention:
1. A window box comprising a container adapted to rest on a window ledge or sill, and means for securing said container in position comprising a channeled member secured to said container in generally vertical position with its channel facing the container and an angle member adapted to be secured to a window sill by one leg and with the other leg extending generally vertically and receivable slidably within said channeled mem ber, said channeled member and the last mentioned leg of said angle member having lengths proportioned to maintain engagement over a range of vertical positions of said container.
2. A window box comprising a container having a true bottom wall, side walls and end walls, a perforated false bottom within said container spaced slightly above the true bottom an watering ducts on at least one of the side or end walls extending from near the top edge of the walls downwardly to a point short of the bottom, and.
means for securin the box in position comprising a channeled member secured to one of the walls of said container with its channel extending 4 vertically and an angle member having one leg receivable slidably within said channeled member and another leg adapted to be made fast on the window sill with its first mentioned leg extending vertically to permit removal and replacement of the box by vertical movement of the box.
3. A window box comprising a container adapted to rest on a window ledge or sill and means for securing said container in position comprising a channeled member secured to a wall of said container externally thereof with its channel facing the container and extending generally vertically, the lower end of said channeled member terminating approximately midway between the bottom and top of said container, and. an angle member adapted to be secured to a window sill by one leg and with the other leg extending generally vertically and receivable slidably within said channeled member, the vertically extending leg of said angle member having a length approximating half the depth of said container.
LESLIE D. BURGESSER.
REFERENCES CITED The following references are of record in the .file of this patent:
UNITED STATES PATENTS Torgersen Apr. 17, 1934