US 2538449 A
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Jim 1951 c. E. FRESHWATER 2,538,449
BEDSIDE CLOCK SHELF Filed June 5, 1949 IN V EN TOR.
Patented Jan. 16, 1951 I UNITED s'mrgs ATENT orries Chester E. Freshwaten Follansbee, W. Va.
Application: June 3, 1949, Serial No. 96,860
This invention relates to a bedside clock shelf and more particularly to an adjustable clockshe for attachment to a bed or the like.
Itis an object of this invention to provide a clock supporting device of the kindto be more 3 Claims. (01. 24s 115) particularly described hereinafter form d for clamping engagement on the horizontal board running from the head to the foot of the bed. The clock is to be positioned on the bed in a manner whereby the dial can be easily read and the alarm turned off.
Another object of this invention is to provide a I clock shelf of this kind made of metal, plastic or other suitable material particularly designed to fit standard size beds and alarm clocks.
A further object of this invention is to provide a bedside clock shelf, the use of which will obviate the requirement of small standsor bedside tables usually used for this purpose thus saving floor space and supporting the clock in a position where it may be readily reached by a person reclining in the bed.
With the above and other objects in view, my invention consists in the novel structure, arrangement and combination of details of construction, as set forth in the specification and drawings and more particularly in the appended claims.
In the drawings:
Figure l is a side elevation of a bedside clock shelf, constructed according to an embodiment of this invention, secured on a longitudinal bedrail.
Figure 2 is a side elevation of the clock shelf, removed from the bed.
Figure 3 is a top plan view.
Figure 4 is a longitudinal section, taken on the line 4-4 of Figure 3. I
Figure 5'is a transverse section, taken on the line 5-5 of Figure 3.
Figure 6' is a perspective view of a rubber cushion used on the clock engaging clamping prongs.
Referring to the drawings, the numeral I'D designates generally a bedside shelf for supporting an alarm clock or the like adjacent a bed, as
on one longitudinal bed rail H of the bed I2. The shelf It may be positioned at any selected point along the length of the bed as adjacent the head M or near a pillow supported on the bed. The design, constructionand disposition of the shelf I permits the unobstructed movement of a person on to or oi'i from the bed while securely supporting the clock i thereon.
The clock sheli H! is formed of a longitudinally extending flat, horizontal, supporting base or base member it, having a clamp ll on one end anda second clamp 58 on the other end. The base plate'lt is formed with a pair of transversely fsspacd apart bolt receiving openings l9 adjacent one end and a longitudinally extending slot 29 at the transverse median thereof adjacent the other end.
A pair of vertically extending clamping jaw members 24 and 22 are fixed to or formed on the opposite ends of the outer transverse edge of the base member 56 and, preferably, a resilient cushion or rubber sleeve 24 is engaged on each of the prongs 2| and 22 for cushioned clamping engagement with the clock 15 to be clamped'on the base it.
The upstanding prongs 2i and 22 constitute the fixed jaw member 25 on the outer end of the base which forms one of the jaw members of the outer clamp 68. A slidable clamping jaw member 26 is slidably supported on the outer end of the base l6 and is formed with a flat plate 21 slidable on the upper side of the base [6 having a longitudinally extending slot 28 extending along the center thereof. A bolt 29 isengaged through the slots 20 and 23 and a winged nut 35 engaging on the screw 29 secures the clamping jaw 26' on the base it. A pair of transversely spaced apart, upwardly extending prongs 3i and 32 on the outer end of the plate 2'! constitute the clamping elements on the slidable jaw member 26 for clamping engagement with the clock !5 for clamping the clock against the fixed jaw members 2| and 22. A depending flange 34, on each longitudinal side edge of the plate 21, slidably engage the side edges of the base member 16 for guiding the clamping jaw 26 in its sliding movement on the base IS.
A downwardly and inwardly inclined side flange 35 is fixed to or formed on each side edge of the base member [6 and extends along the length thereof. The inner, vertical edge 36, on the inner end of each flange 35 constitutes the fixed clamping jaw for the clamp 11, depending from the plate 56. The slidable clamping jaw 31 of the clamp I l is formed of a flat horizontal plate 38 underlyingthe inner end of the base member it between the flanges 3,5. The slidable jaw member 37 includes a depending clamping jaw 39 on the outer end of the plate 38 for en gagement on the inner side of the bed rail I l. A
pair of longitudinally extending slots 40 are formed on the plate 38 and a pair of bolts 4| are engaged through the openings it! of the base plate and slots so for clamping the jaw member 31 in selected, adjusted, clamping position.
3 In the use and operation of the bedside clock shelf [0, the clamp I1 is engaged on the bed rail I l and secured thereon. The clock I5 is then engaged between the jaw members 25 and 26 for securely clamping the clock [5 adjacent the head of the bed Where it may be readily reached by a person reclining in the bed l2. In order to prevent the shelf In from scratching the bed l2, a felt, rubber or other suitable softpad 42 is secured able. on said base member for. clamping. an-.- alarm-= y clock-againstsaid transverseclampingjaw. j
2. A; bedside clock shelf-comprisinga'flat:heri zontal base member, a pair of upwardly extend ing clamping prongs on one end of said base member, a clamping plate slidable on said base member, a pair of upwardly extending clamping prongs on said plate for clamping an alarm clock against the prongs on said base member, a clamping member slidable on the other end of said base member for clamping engagement with a bed rail and a fixed jaw member on said base member for cooperation with said latter clampir ig member; I
3'. A" bedside clock shel'f' comprising a'horizontal base member, a pair of upstanding clamping jaws on one end of said base member, a jaw member slidableon-said base for clamping a clock against said jaws, a pair of depending jaws on the other enddfis'aid base member and a second clamping jaw slidably engaging said base member for ciampinga bedrail against said depending jaws.
CHESTER E. FRESHWATER.
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