US 2477735 A
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1949- s. s. GENTILE BRACKET AND SUPPORT THEREFOR Filed May 22, 1948 INVENTOR. Sc/P/o S. GENT/l- E.
Patented Aug. 2, 1949 NITED STATES 'ATENT OFFICE- My invention relates to a bracket for supporting shelving and the like which may be adjustably positioned on a vertical support. A bracket and support of this type may be used for window display or other types of display. The support may be incorporated into the molding of a showcase and the bracket used to support shelving therein, and in some instances a single support may be used with one or more brackets for hanging or supporting articles of merchandise for display.
It is the object of my invention to provide a bracket and a cooperating support therefor which may be simply and inexpensively manufactured and sold, and wherein the bracket may be easily removed from the support and placed in the support at different positions with a minimum of effort.
It is a further object of my invention to pro vide a bracket and support which has all of the above advantages but which will be very rigid and firm when in position and will not be able to rattle or rock in any direction.
While in the following specification I will primarily refer to a bracket for supporting shelving and a support consisting of a vertical cylinder or pipe, it is to be understood that the configuration of the supporting portion of the bracket may be changed to accommodate difierent shelves or articles and the supporting column may be of other configurations than tubular.
These and other objects of my invention which will be set forth hereinafter or will be apparent to one skilled in the art upon reading these specifications, I accomplish by that certain construction and arrangement of parts of which I shall now describe an exemplary embodiment. Reference is now made to the drawings, which form a part thereof and in which:
Figure l is a perspective View of my bracket and support therefore mounted on a base and carrying shelving.
Figure 2 is a cross section of the support taken on the section line 22 of Figure 1.
Briefly, in the practice of my invention, I provide a hollow support which is shown as a tube in the exemplary embodiment. The tube has a plurality of vertical slots within which is positioned a fiat bracket having a head which projects into the interior of the support. The head i so configured that a portion of it abuts the interior of the support beyond one end of the slot, with a notch in the one side of the support straddling a terminal of the slot, and a portion of the head abutting against the wall 3 Claims. (Cl. 248-243) Q of the support opposite the slot. The parts are so configured that the support may be readily removed and replaced by moving it upwardly or downwardly and rocking it.
Referring to the drawings, I provide a hollow support Shaving a plurality of verticalslots 2 in the wall 3 thereof.
The bracket is preferably formed of a flat piece of sheet metal and has a projection or supporting portion I which terminates in the head portion 1, which when the bracket is in position is within the interior or hollow of the support 3.
The head portion 1 of the bracket has an ear 5 which abuts the interior of the wall 3' of the support and a notch 6 which straddles the opposite terminal of the slot 2 as shown in Figure 2. The rear portion 4 of the head 1 abuts against the interior of the wall 3 at a position diametrically opposite the slot 2.
The depth of the notch 6 and the length of the ear portion 5 is such that the distance between the shoulder 8 and the lip 9 of the notch 6 i less than the length of the notch 2, so that the bracket as a whole may be forced upwardly until the notch 6 clears the end of the slot. In this position, the bracket may be rocked upwardly and the head 1, together with the ear 5 removed from the slot 2.
In order to replace the bracket in position on the supports, it is merely necessary to insert it so that the ear 5 together with the head I may be tilted into the support 3 through the notch 2 with the shoulder point 8 as a center. Then when the portion 4 of the head 7 abuts the opposite interior of the wall 3', the bracket as a Whole is moved downwardly so that the notch 6 engages as shown in the Figure 2.
From the above, it is apparent that the bracket may be easily and quickly removed and replaced in any slot in any support. It is also apparent that when the bracket is in final position as shown in Figure 2, the notch 65, together with the ear 5 prevents the bracket from being rocked downwardly. While the portion 4 of the head 1 abutting and jamming the diametrically opposed wall interior it prevents the bracket I from being swung upwardly, it may be desirable to form the head slightly wider than the diameter of the interior of the support so that the head I of the bracket slightly springs the material of the support 3 when in the position shown in Figure 2.
It is apparent that the bracket and support therefor, may be inexpensively manufactured out of ordinary tubing and completely flat material. It may be taken down and conveniently shipped and quickly and easily assembled in any desirable position.
It is to be understood that modifications may be made in my invention without departing from the spirit thereof, and I do not intend to limit myself otherwise than as pointed out in the claims which follow. Having thus described my invention, what I claim as new and desire to secure by Letters Patent is:
1. A bracke and supa r thereinr aqmmzisma an upstanding tubular member having vertical slots therein, a bracket positioned inand projecting from at least one of said slots and havinga head portion within said tubulan member said! head portion abutting said tubular member beyond each end of said slot and abutting said tubular member at a point diametripally, opposite said slot.
2. A bracket and support therefor a substantially hollow walled upstanding member having avertical s a -therein; abraaketaaw mg one nd. positioned Wflillllk saidbgllaat walled member. and.- he: remain ng; sta ion p zqieetine outwardly through said slot: dtform a; helf sup, port, the bracke end ithin-said w lled. memb having portions. pr jecting hergond, said slat. ends and a portion abutting the interiop of; diametrisally op osite aid slot, he d lemma:
tween the abutting portion and said projecting portions being at least as great as the internal diameter of the support.
3. A bracket and support therefor comprising a substantially hollow walled upstanding member having a vertical slot therein, a bracket having one end positioned within said hollow walled member and the remaining portion projecting outwardly through said slot to form a shelf support a notch in the bracket embracing the Wall beyond one end of the slot and an ear projecting from the portion of the bracket within the walled member on the opposite side from the notch and a cam onthe end abutting the interior wall of the support diametrically opposite the SCIPIO S. GENTILE.
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