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Publication numberUS2538958 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateJan 23, 1951
Filing dateDec 7, 1946
Priority dateDec 7, 1946
Publication numberUS 2538958 A, US 2538958A, US-A-2538958, US2538958 A, US2538958A
InventorsFelix Augenfeld
Original AssigneeFelix Augenfeld
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Stand or display system
US 2538958 A
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Jan. 23, 1951 F. AUGENFELD 2,538,958


\ 740# .Ff-4 f ,fa/x ,40am/Ffm Patented Jan. 23, 1951 UNrrED STATES PATENT OFFICE 2,538,958 STAND R DISPLAY SYSTEM Felix Augenfeld, New York, N. Y.

Application December 7, 1946, Serial No. 714,775

1 Claim.

This invention relates to improvements in stand or display formations or systems.

It is one of the main objects of the invention to provide means affording speedy assembly, disassembly as well as adjustment of display devices relatively to a support in the form of a wall made of expanded metal or metal mesh material.

It is another object of the invention to provide means for lockingly attaching display devices to supports of the aforesaid character and for removal therefrom without the need for any connecting means, such as nails, screws, etc., which will cause damage or destruction to walls and the like on which display devices are usually afxed.

It is a further object of the invention to provide means for achieving a display formation of the aforesaid kind which can be easily and economically manufactured, can be speedily transported from place to place, and is readily adaptable to assume various forms (straight, as well as curved) for different display or like purposes.

Still another object of the invention is to provide means improving display systems which, owing to their simplicity, compactness and particular shape and design are capable of application to various fields of the industry, such as shelves, flower stands, window fixtures, etc.

It is still another object of the invention to Aprovide means facilitating an aesthetically and vrooms for exhibition purposes whereby the walls of the room will not in any way be used.

With the foregoing objects in view together with such other objects and advantages as may subsequently appear, the invention resides in the parts and in the combination, construction and arrangement of parts, hereafter describedy claimed and illustrated by way of example in the accompanying drawing, in which:

Fig. l shows schematically a front elevation of a display formation or system made in accordance with this invention.

Fig. 2 is a side elevation of Fig. '1 in a somewhat modied form.

Fig. 3 shows an enlarged sectional view taken .along line 3-3 of Fig. l (parts on display being omitted for the sake of clarity).

Fig. 4 shows schematically a top plan view of a display system in modified form and made inaccordance with this invention.

Fig. 5 shows an enlarged sectional view taken along line 5-5 of Fig. 4.

Fig. 6 Shows a perspective View looking toward the underface of the platform of a bracket employable in connection with this invention.

Fig. '7 is a side elevational view, partly in section, of a bracket in modified form as applied to a perforated support of the display system.

Referring now more particularly to the drawing, there is shown in Fig. l a display system or formation consisting of a length of wall or support of expanded metal I0 having a predetermined mesh and a plurality of display trays or devices II,` IIa., IIb, Ilc which are removably attached to saidwall I 0 for display purposes.

Perforated wall Ill may be made preferably fromI lsubstantially rigid, expanded metal and is Suspended from the molding I2 of a wall of a room in a manner as is known in the display of paintings and the like. To this end, there are positioned on molding I2 a number of hooks or loops I3 which engage a wire or similar tie means I4 which is threaded through the upper end I5 of wall I0 at I6, Il, I8 and I9, so that the suspension of wall I!) from molding I2 can be easily regulated and varied and wall I0 will be sufficiently spaced from and prevented from contacting the Wall of the room.

As seen in Fig. 2, wall 20 is so suspended from ceiling 2| by means of hooks I3 and tie means I4 that wall 20 may carry at its front face 22, as well as at its rear face23 a plurality of brackets 24, 25, 26. These brackets can be made and .Shaped similar to those seen in Fig. 1 and more clearly shown in Fig. 3.

` Fig. 3 shows a portion of wall I0 in section made of expanded metal having latticed openings 30. Bracket II is self-locking and has a platform 3| `which may be integral with or connected, as

in the present instance, with an angle piece 32 at 33. Angle piece 32 has an upright portion 34 ,which is spaced from end 35 of platform 3| in such a manner, that when upright portion 34 is .inserted, say through opening 30e, the end 35 of platform 3I comes to lie for contact with the flat front face of the wall or support I0, whereas kupright portion 34 abuts against the flat rear l dash lines in Fig. 3, upright portion 34 may thus be readily withdrawn from the respective opening, say, 30ay of wall I0 through which it had previously extended. It goes without saying, that a load, such as a container 36, when placed on platform 3| will further enhance the firm and locking connection between bracket and wall I0.

Fig. 4 illustrates schematically a top plan view of a bendable wire mesh 40 which may be held in its curved position by any suitable means (not shown) and on which are removably attached brackets 4| in a manner more clearly shown in Fig. 5. Wire mesh 40 consists, in this instance, of square shaped wires 42 having therebetween openings 43, 44, 45, 46 and 41. Bracket 4| is so shaped that it has a substantially horizontal portion 48 with a downwardly directed portion 49 forming a bend 50 with said horizontal portion.

Through opening 46 'of wall 40 and in upward direction extends arm `5| for Iabutment against the rear face 52 of wall 46, Vsaid arm portion 5| projecting between openings '43, 44, 45, 46.

The downwardly directed portion 49 of bracket 4| terminates into two extensions 53, 54, the latter engaging the wall 40 at its opening 41, whereas extension 53 engages `the front 55 of wall 46, whereby a sturdy connection is achieved between perforated wall 40 and lsaid vbracket 4|. If a plurality of these brackets are employed, an adjustable shelf-like device may be obtained, as it is well understood.

As indicated in Fig. 5 bracket 4| may lend itself to display of a ladys handbag 5G or like article.

Fig. 6 illustrates a shelf-like bracket 66 having :1f

the platform 6| with rearward lugs 62, 63 which downwardly depend from said platform 6|. A central bracing arm 64 which may be attached at 65 to the underface 66 of platform 6|, 'terminates in a lug 61 which is adapted for Contact with the front face of Aa perforated wall, such as seen in Fig. 5, whereas lugs 62, 63 fit into respective spaced openings of said 'wall to extend in downward direction and in abutting relation with the rear face of said wall.

Fig. 7 indicates a one-piece bracket 1D which is preferably made of cast material, plastic or any suitable plastic composition.

Bracket 10 comprises the platform proper 1|, *from which 'project at either end a rear and upwardly directed portion or extension 12 adapted for insertion through a suitable opening -13'of perforated wall 14 and a lug 15 of U-shaped formation integral with said platform, the legs a, 15b of said lug structure -being spaced from each other a Ypredetermined distance to lockingly engage strap element 1.6 of the perforated wall 14. Leg 15b forms a downwardly directed extension portion (in alignment with extension portion 12), whereas leg 15a is spaced a predetermined distance (corresponding to about the thickness of wall 14) from said leg or extension portion 15b. Strap element 16 may be square'in section, such as seen in Fig. 5 and designated by numeral 42 or in Fig. 3 and indicated by numeral |6a.

As can be seen from Fig. 1, the display device has two spaced apart upright extensions or portions 34 which are adapted to pass through spaced apart openings of expanded metal wall l0, the distance between -these upright portions 34 and the end 35 of the platform 3| corresponds substantially to the thickness of wall I0, as `may be easily seen from Fig. 3.

Similarly, the distance between the vertical planes of arm 5| and extension 53 (Fig. 5), the distance between lugs 62, 63 on the one hand and lug 61 on the other hand (Fig. 6) land also the distance between the legs 15a and 15b of 'lug 15 (Fig. 7) substantially corresponds to the thickness of the respective perforated or expanded metal wall to which the brackets 4|, 6| and '.16 are applied.

t can .thus be seen that there has been provided in accordance with this invention a display formation which comprises in combination a wall having perforations which are substantially equally spaced to each other, such as an expanded i .metal wall, with a platform for positioning on said wall.

The platform may be provided with means extending therefrom and passing through predetermined perforations of said wall for abutment against the rear face thereof, and further means 'associated with said platform and for abutment against the front face of said wall. Both Vsaid means 'being adapted to brace said platform in position at said 'wall and to firmly and lockingly 'engage said wall Vat its rear face and at its front face, respectively, whereby the distance between said means corresponds substantially to the thickness of 'the wall. Thus, the display platform can be easily afiixed to the wall, whereby the platform will be `retained in its position and braced-against any displacement.

Having thus described the invention, what is claimed as new and desired to be secured by Letters Patent, is:

A display device comprising, in combination, a wall having substantially parallel surfaces, front surface andrear surface, respectively, with latticed openings extending through said surfaces and distributed yoversaid wall in lengthwise and crosswise `directions thereof, a bracket removably connectable with said wall, said bracket including a platform and two extensions connected to said platform, said platform extending on the front -surface of said Iwall and across a plurality of said openings, said extensions being disposed -in spaced apart re`ation to each other and extending through predetermined openings of said wall, each of said extensions including a vdownwardly and an vupwardly directed portion disposed to extend substantially Yperpendicular V'to said platform on the rear surface of said wall, the respective upwardly directed portion projecting beyond said jpredetermined opening to an adjacent opening positioned above said predetermined opening, and means integral with said platform and spaced a predetermined distance from said downwardly directed portions of said extensions, said distance corresponding to the thickness of said wall, whereby said platform will 'be locked in position on said front surface of said wall.


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U.S. Classification108/108, 248/220.42, 211/119, 211/90.1, 40/622
International ClassificationA47F5/08
Cooperative ClassificationA47F5/0815
European ClassificationA47F5/08B1