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Oct. 25, 1949.
G. G. HATHAWAY SWINGING HOLDER FOR CARD TABLES AND THE LIKE Filed Sept. 2'7, 1946 I w 1a 4 51 [8 ./4
' 1 LL L4 INVENTOR BY Q MM ATTORNEYS Patented Oct. 25, 1949 SWINGING HOLDER FOR CARD TABLES AND THE LIKE George G. Hathaway, Springfield, Mass. Application September 27, 1946, Serial No. 699,619
1 Claim. 1
A further object is to provide a support which will more securely prevent a glass or the like carried thereby from being accidentally upset or displaced.
Other and further objects of the invention will be made apparent in the following specification and claim. I
In the accompanying drawing which illustrates one embodiment of the invention:
Fig. 1 is a side view, partly in section showing the support attached to a card table;
Fig. 2 is a view looking from the left of Fig. 1;
Fig. 3 is a bottom plan View;
Fig. 4 is a rear view; and
Fig. 5 is a sectional view substantially on line 5-5 of Fig. 2, the spring and washer being removed.
Referring to the drawings, l designates a housing open at the back and including a front wall or plate member 2 having rearwardly extending flanged edge 3 forming the side walls of the housing.
The front wall or plate 2 is provided with openings 4 for the passage of screws 5 by which the housing may be secured to the edge of a card table or the like, indicated at 6.
The flange of the housing is formed with upper and lower openings 1, the flange adjacent the lower opening 1 being shaped to form radial seats 8 on opposite sides of the opening as best shown in Figs. 4 and 5.
A holder 9, preferably, and as shown, is formed from a metal rod or length of heavy wire. One end portion is bent into the form of a ring or annulus as at Ill, the other end portion being bent at right angles to the plane of the ring to form a shaft II by which the holder is pivotally connected to the housing. As best shown in Figs. 1 and 4 the shaft ll extends vertically upwardly through openings 1 and is provided with a transverse pin l2 extending through the shaft. The extending end portions of the pin engage in the transverse seats 8 and are normally held in seated engagement therewith by a compression spring l3. Spring l3 surrounds the vertical shaft ll 2 with-in the housing, the upper end of the spring engaging the housing flange adjacent the upper opening 1 and its lower end engaging a washer l4 positioned on the shaft above and in engagement with pin l2.
When in use the holder extends outwardly from the table as shown in full lines in Fig. 1, the pin l2, held in seat 8 by the action of Spring l3, releasably maintaining the holder in operative position. By pressing the holder upwardly, the shaft l I is moved upwardly in openings 1 against the action of spring I3 to free the ends of pin l2 from the seats 8, permitting the holder to be swung through an arc of to a position beneath the table as shown in broken lines at A in Fig. 1. Release of the holder in the latter position permits the ends of pin l2 to again engage in seats 8 under the pressure of spring l3, to releasably maintain the holder in its retracted position.
While the holder may take various forms, the ring form shown is preferred. As shown in dotted lines at B a glass or other receptacle having slightly tapering sides may be seated in the ring I!) to position its center of gravity below the ring. So supported the receptacle cannot be knocked from the holder by accidental movements of the table or by careless movements of the arms or hands of persons seated at the table. Flanged receptacles may with equal safety be placed in the holder.
By my construction a sturdy, reliable holder is provided which may be easily attached or removed from a card table. The construction minimizes the number of parts and. facilitates the work of assembly thereby securing substantial economy in manufacture.
A swinging holder for attachment to card tables and the like which comprises a plate having its edge portions bent to provide a rearwardly extending peripheral flange to form a housing closed on its rear side by the surface to which the housing is attached, the flange having upper and lower aligned openings, the flange being bent to form seats extending radially of the lower opening interiorly of the housing, a holder in the form of a rod having one end portion bent into circular shape, the other end portion being bent at substantially right angles to the plane of the circular portion to form a shaft, said shaft extending upwardly through said aligned openings as bearings and substantially closing the same, a pin extending radially from said shaft inside the housing and engageable in said seats, a coiled spring surrounding said shaft inside of the housing and compressed between said pin and the upper interior face of the flange to normally maintain the pin in said seats in either of two positions of rotation of said shaft in said openings, said pin being releasable from the seats to permit rotation of the shaft from one of said positions to the other by axial movement of the shaft in said openings against the action of said spring,
the upper end of the shaft lying substantially 10 4 REFERENCES CITED The following references are of record in the file of this patent:
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