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Publication numberUS2580334 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateDec 25, 1951
Filing dateOct 18, 1948
Priority dateOct 18, 1948
Publication numberUS 2580334 A, US 2580334A, US-A-2580334, US2580334 A, US2580334A
InventorsAnthony Vanderveld
Original AssigneeGrand Rapids Store Equip Co
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Store wall furniture
US 2580334 A
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Dec. 25, 1951 A. VANDERVELD STORE WALL FURNITURE 8 Sheets-Sheet 2 Filed Oct 18, 1948 \wem'oa Au'ruo MAME A'rroauevs Dec. 25, 1951 Filed Oct. 18, 1948 A. VANDERVELD STORE WALL FURNITURE 8 Sheets-Sheet 5 luvzm'oa ANTHONY VANDERVELD ATTORNEYS Dec- 25, 19 1 A. VANDERVELD 80,334

STORE WALL FURNITURE Filed Oct. 18 1948 8 Sheets-Sheet 4 nun"? \mn-wrvos z", Y ANTHONY Vmuzavew ATTORNEYS Dec. 25, 1951 Filed Oct. 18, 1948 A. VANDERVELD 2,580,334

STORE WALL FURNITURE v 8 Sheets-Sheet 5 I p7 a will) W Ami-mm VANDERVELD Awozusvs Dec. 25, '1951 A. VANDERVELD STORE WALL FURNITURE 8 Sheets-Sheet 6 Filed Oct. 18, 1948 0 3 k m 0 vi/ /4wL TM ,r/ r M 9 7 o J 0 u 9% 4 I0 5 "W4 \5 w w m w w A r Tia-15A luveu'roa ANTHONY VANDERVELD hf, W24.

Awoauavs Dec. 25, 1951 N 'RV 2,580,334

STORE WALL FURNITURE Filed Oct. 18, 1948 8 Sheets-Sheet '7 4% Yaerzl.

\NVENTOR ANTHONY Vmvznvem Awoaiaevs Dec. 25, 1951 A. VANDERVELD STORE VYALL FURNITURE 8 Sheets-Sheet 8 Filed on. 18, 1948 lmvuzwranzv Au'ru'ouv VANDERVELD z A-r'roauevs the accompanying Ldrawings, which,

Patented Dec. 25, 1951 2, 5811534 STORE -WALL FURNITURE Anthony Zanderveld, .Grand'iRapil1s, ='Mich., :as-e

: sign or to Grand Rapids SYtQrejEquiDment G m pany, Grand -Ra pids, --Mi c l1., fa corporation of "Michigan :App'lioation October 18, 1948, Serial No. 55,13 izgc aim (01. 312-257) -This invention relates to :a" novel, economical-1y c n t d a d, i fi e eralyu versall adaptable wall store furniture structure. by. meanstof which a plurality of successive .store furniture unitsmay be assembled in longitudinal-alinement, each-pf which maybe-adapted.selectively to becomeshelviing units, display units, units. receiving drawer assemblies, receiving means. for.- supporting hanger rods. upon which: garments maybe qsuspended, and. manyother .ldifierentsadaptionsl for the Reflective carrying and display. of. articles-of merchandise, rparticu-larl-y.- v in the dry-goods and clothing departments of stor s. theviurniture of my I invention being primarily adapted for use against the walls of the. stores.

=.One primary object: of the present invention isto provide a standard chassis structure which islcommon to substantially. all of the alined connected store fixture-units,- which may be assembled inc-greater or less number as many as. may .be desired "along thewall of austere, and int-many cases sundernea'thsa balcony.

YA further'object of the invention is to provide store 'furnitureof the character. indicated-inwhich the .rchassisustructure is :economically. vproduced, having'nnit ba'ses spaced vertical frames secured at meetings ends 7 of bases, top structural backs and other parts. of the structure-all largely duplicated. with a resultant. decrease in cost .or manufacture. 'fWiths such structureseveralounits, located end-to .Ven'd, lmiaylbe openirom-one. ,eiidnojf the assembled structure tothevotherg ifldesired, or, may have separating partitions between different units or may be provided with vertical pilasters at the adjacent unitends and at the front of the wall structure, with novel means'forflagdetachable connection of bracket arms for. suppdrting shelving, and of other detachable connections for a variety of attachments or various generally, well-known used accessories for the carrying; ina readily accessible position, the merchandise which the structure handles.

The structure is one which is'iab'ricated .atlthe manufacturing plant and is. .shippedlin disase sembld form but is very. readily andeasily .assembledat a destination where it is to be used. Such store structure isreadily taken downior removal from one partof a store to anothen'or for removal to a difierent store-suchyfurniture being a salable asset because ofrthe'ease with which it is disassembled and moved and reassembled whenever wanted without damage. An.'u n derstandingof the invention may be had tromthe following vdescription, taken in connection with ndinalizsectionsnsubstar tia securedqat adjacent ndseoi Y I onn drnartitfe rend-master.

2 nzliigrl sis:a;diagrammaticzperspectivezviewgshowing an assembly of a pluralityzof rthezstore furnituremnitsmf .myuimzentionimrlongitudinal alinementiand with: various fixtures l therewithm.

Fig. 2 is a iragmentary perspectiverview show-.- ing splurality 20f chases a of .iSllCCESSLVB units, as they )are initiallyzassembledain; the :iirst; stepwf erectmgzlthesstore; furniturelin austere.

cFigrzsi isizawverticals-sectiorr-rromifront;to;:rear. substantially on the plane of line 3-3.of.;Ei .1. 4. :iEi'g. A i is ca :asomewhat enlarged fragmentary planoiiewxofz herad iacentlendsi.oictwosbaseslconnected together.

iEig: 5:.isarrragmentaryperspectizeyiewashowineassembledbasesandframeslusedzbetweenrth adiacenteends :of successive lsbases, Jone :rsecured i-mplace aandetheeothereas;atslissbelnglflocated in position (to be secured.

f E-igsi 5,;and isareei-ragmenta ty/enlarse lon ill one th planes lie withrand betweenreanpQ ts-Q t 1 4% fra m nt ry hori ome z e i nem nl mth ouehths w l st "i r -tu aat se si of a'base showing the vertical partition which ma b sesb weenadment ee v ee ibsiaeiially o t e Plea o 2 3-; e JE sl Fi 14 isra; fragmentary longitudinal yertical sectiomsubstantiallyon the pane ofiglinell td re o .o Fig" .154 is a vertical section 'throughahe wall furniturefirom; fro t tor eehm mo -l irent ml s 6:18: a similarvertical;sectionrshowinathe apph'catwn of aladiv ding; partitiqnaand atta hed 1 ost nlat the ,amealocation.

aFi M FL-ais fra mentary, rventical section 01156116 plane line; ll- OfmFig lQ.

@ :Ei sw-1 o8 and 1 rare -..rfr.aementary* tran verse vertical sections; on the: plane ori -line; It l-8119f Eis: itz-F s fi, showin pi a temandp-i $9 a adjacent bars 1.

Fig. 20 is a section similar to Fig. 18 wherein a vertical partition with attached front pilaster is shown being applied, the vertical height thereof being less than the height of the store furniture.

Fig. 21 is a fragmentary enlarged vertical section through a rear post, illustrating the connection of a short vertical partition to the post.

Fig. 22 is a fragmentary perspective view showing the releasable locking means for connecting the lower end of the pilaster to the bottom horizontal member of a vertical frame located at and between the ends of two successive bases.

Fig. 23 is a fragmentary horizontal section substantially on the plane of line 23-23 of Fig. 22.

Fig. 24 is a fragmentary rear elevation of the upper rear corner of a short vertical dividing partition. V V

Fig. 25 is a perspective view of the top structure used with the wall furniture.

Fig. 26 is a fragmentary enlarged transverse vertical section substantiallyon the plane of line 2626 of Fig. 27, and

Fig. 27 is a fragmentary enlarged longitudinal vertical section substantially on the plane of line 21-21 of Fig. 26.

Like reference characters refer to like parts in the different figures of the drawings, and the sectional views are taken looking in the directions indicated by the arrows associated with the section lines.

In the structure of the wall store furniture which I have built embodying my invention, a

plurality of bases of rectangular-form, as many.

as may be needed for an installation of the furniture for a wall length, are provided, which bases are duplicates of each other and which are located in alinement. Each base has an upper rectangular horizontal top 1, to which, at each end, a rail 2 is secured having outer sides flush with the ends of the top and extending from the rear edge toward but terminating a short distance back of its front edge. A front rail 3 is located underneath the overhanging front portion of the top and against the front ends of the end rails 2, and is permanently secured in place. The front rail 3 at each end extends a short distance beyond the end rails 2, and the adjacent ends of the top. A back rail 4 is attached at the underside of the top between the rear ends of the end rails 2. The top I at its rear upper corner is rabbeted to provide a rectangular groove 5 which is completed at its rear side by a vertical sheet metal plate 6, secured to the rear edge of the top as shown in Fig. 3.

To each end-rail, at the outer side thereof, a bar I is connected which extends from the back end of each rail 2, to the front rail 3. The bars 1 are disposed below the upper sides of the rails 2 to which they are attached, and the outer sides of the bars are located inwardly a short distance from the ends of the front rails 3, so that when two of the bases are placed end to end in alinement, with adjacent ends of the front rails 3 of said bases contacting each other (Fig. 4), a narrow space is left between the adjacent outer sides of bars 7 as shown in Fig. 4. This permits the attachment of vertical plates 8 at the outer sides of each of the bars I, the thickness of two plates 8 being equal to the width of the space between Said plates extend above the upper sides of the bars 1 to which attached, and each plate is slotted from one end toward but short of the other with a slot 9, the lower side of each slot 9 being substantially flush with the upper side of the bar 1 to which'attached. The

plates 8 on two successive bases lie against each other with their slots 9 in conjunction. Locking plates 10 of flat metal are provided, each longitudinally slotted between side edges'from one end toward the other end as at H. Such plates H] are connected with the plates 8, the slots ll receiving the plates 8 between them and the slots 9 in the plates 8 receivingthe plates In beyond the slots l 1 thereof. This firmly but releasably locks and connects the alined bases at their adjacent ends in a firm connection, with a space between adjacent ends of the tops I of successive bases equal to the combined thicknesses of the bars I and plates 8; and with adjacent ends of the front rails 3 contacting each other. The plates [0 may be sprung or bent away from a horizontal plane to be more readily struck and driven over the vertical plates 8.

A frame, known as a C-frame in practice, is secured at and between the adjacent ends of the horizontally alined bases. Each frame includes a back post of channel form of metal, having spaced rearwardly extending flanges l2, each of which terminates in a generally cylindrical roll l3 for strength and reinforcement. The web of the vertical channel post at the front thereof is pressed rearwardly into a channel form having a back 14 and forwardly extending short sides 15 which connect with the flanges l2 of the main channel through the remaining portions of the front web of the main channel, one at each side of each side ll: of the smaller channel longitudinally in the web thereof.

A metal lower horizontal bar, of inverted channel form, has an upper web l6, and downwardly extending flanges H. The upper web or side [6 is cut away at the rear so that the flanges I! at their back ends. embrace the rear post, one against each on side l2 thereof, and are spot welded or otherwise permanently connected thereto. The flanges I! at their front ends are partially cut away, leaving short narrow flanges Ha (Fig. 5). The flanges I! (Fig. 6) enter the space between adjacent ends of the tops I, and between the adjacent end bars 2, reaching at their lower edges to the bars I. At the rear portion of said horizontal channel member, a plate is with vertical guide rolls thereon for long screws I9, is spot welded at the inner sides of the flanges l1, and the screws l9 pass through the top or web [6 and said guides and are driven into the bars 1.

At the front of each of the lower horizontal channel bars, other shorter screws 25 are similarly connected with the front rails 3 (Fig. 7). The recesses provided by cutting away the front ends of the flanges I! permit the lower bar of each C-frame to reach to the front edges of the tops I, and in practice, said front ends are closed by turning down a short section at the end of the top web [6. The upper side of a web It is in the same horizontal plane with the upper sides of the two base tops I between which located.

At the front side of each of the back posts a special channel structure is located and detachably secured. Such channel structure includes an outer channel having a back web 2! and forwardly extending side flanges 22, each of which, at its front edge portion, is turned outwardly to provide terminal flanges 23 parallel to and spaced from the front web of the main channel posts (Figs. 9 and 11). Each of the side flanges 22 has a plurality of space-d tongues 24, lengthwise thereof, struck inwardly (Figs. 12 and 13),. Within this outer channel a second channel is provided, having a back web 25 located against and spot welded to: the: back; web; 21-: orthe arse channeli' theeweh 25-. side flanges 26? e'xtendziir a: ioiiwauzdidiirection', paralleling. and spaced. from. the; side,- flanges. 2a of the. outer charmer within: which. the. second. channel: is. located; This. channel; $131110. ture; consisting t. theconnected. outer." andrinner; channels: is. d'etachably' secured-to back: 14. of: the: rearw'ardly pressed. or: formed longitudinal channel recess of the mainpost by. shouldered screws 2:1,. the; heads of whiqhrat. their rear sides; are spacedshort; distances from; the: baclc web: 252. The inner channel at. its; ront 0pen:side;.for; sake:- oi appearance when nototherwiseclosed. may be. covered by; athinmetal-iacing. 28 haying yieldin or; springv sides which. are inserted: between the: side-flange 28 asshowninllligzfiz.

Each. (tr-frame is; completed by an; upper horii-- zontal; member spaced. from; andv paralleling: thev lower previously described horizontal member-.. The. upper member is comprised of twoz-channelsz placed with their. webs back to. back and spot. welded or otherwise permanently secured to.-- gether; with their flanges: extending; in opposite: directions; Eachoff thewebsof the two" channel; members which make up. the I-beam thus. provided, at. its front end hasa tongue '30,. the..two..

tongues extending; in. opposite; directions. The. web. Ill; atthe upper end of theimain po'sthasan. opening through. which the I-beam: structure passes. and it. also. passes through. an opening: on a vertical plate 3! which is welded to the: roll I32 atthe rear si'deof each. postand atthe-upper-end portionithereof.v The llebeam'structurevissecured: to, saidweb IA. and plate. tit-where it. passes; through them; by welding. thereto, and. for greaterstrength and reinforcement a bar 32- is welded. to the top side of the I beam-and brought against the backpost with. which. it is associated: and welded to the post. Thisprovides a strong. and rigid frame of ample. strength. to withstand? any service to which it iszsubj ected.

A. back for the structure is: provided: in a panel 33,. onefor each unit of the structure. The panel 33 is of rectangular form, and at its lower edge is received in the groove. 5irrthe base top I (Fig. being retained by: the. plate 6... In. the as-L- sembly (Fig. 8) a; special: channel: structuraisse cured inplace atthefrontot. one=of .thaposts, for examplathe one at therightiri-Figfig andavertical edge: oithe; back panel. 33 inserted: back: of a.

flange.2:3... Theback: panel is then-swung: 'sothat. its. other vertical edge. portion. comes against the other. post. and its lower edge. over the groove 5. and. after being. thus located; the -.other =speciali channel structure is secured to thBzOfihBfi'DOSttbM-- means of. thescrews 2.1. It will. benot'ed. (Figs. 8 and. that :thespecial. channel. structures: ex tend attheir upper ends only. to the lower side of the. upper horizontal; I-beami structure; of their: associate. c-framesr and that the upper edge off the. baclc panel 33 extends. a vshortzdistance there above.

With the .furnitnreistructure thusrfar assembled: and bet ore. the. top. put in. place various venticals partitions; which; serve asends: of and: separations between; the successive units of the wall: furniture; each having-a frontpilaster at itg- .frontaedge, may be assembled; inpla-ce. The partitions; when'used may extend. the full distance between the upper and lower horizontal; members of. a o-framez-witm which. associated, or only.- fronlthe;v lower. hori.- zontal member part way towardzthe-upper member of. the frame. Insome-cases onlyrtheipilasteu may be attached inplace. atthe frontof andtbea twenthe adjacent-p ndent twolniuse for;

hanging dresses or; other. arments," no; partition willbe-usedbetween theunits.

The. partition consists-of a ctaneiular'na '1 -34? having a. thicknesssuchz that. it isv snugly received: etween, the sides 21' of the: lastde'scribedzchanneli of: the; special channel; structure: secured at. the. front of each, post. (=Eig-. 11) The pilaster.- in? cludes an. elongated... verticallsheet. metal form. having; a. web 351 adapted, to. be secured: at; the: front.- e'dgeror apartition; 34 by means; of screwa. withrsides 3.6 parallelingeachother which, atitheir' outer sides; are: flush with the outer sides of the: partition 34,. extending" outwardly therefrom; and. terminating in inwardly turned short flanges; 31;. Between the-front and rear edges, of; the sides; 3.6, vertical; grooves; 3.8- are; rolledaor otherwise; formed inwardly extending: toward; each; other; in; the; bottom of; each: of: which. a. plurality of spaced vertical'slots 39 are cut. (Figs; 14 and18)-. The; pilaster is completed: by a vertical. front; member:-

4005 woodgrooved at opposite sides nearit's inner edge. so as to have alongitudinal slid-able: connedtionwith the sides. 36 of themetal channel and held. betweenthe terminall flanges 31 and inwardly pressed grooves or ribs 38-. The front edge" of the front pilasterpost 4.8 is flushwiththe front edges of the lower web 16 and with the base topsrl .v

Each pilaster when it is attached to avertical dividing partition, or an end- 34 of the furniture, at its upperend; is equipped with a. sheet: metal tongue formed: from a plate ofsheet metal; with" oppositely extending horizontal. flanges 41", and an inverted- U -shaped rib 42,- extending' upwardly therefrom, the legs of which are in: close con-- tact with each other; to and closes the upper; end. of the sheet metal channel at the rear side. of the. pilaster. When: the pilaster is used alone and not connected to a partition 34-. (Fig. l8), it isformed with asimilar member made; of: sheet metal with opposite. flanges 41 and a vertically extending U-form 42 which; at its rear portion, is; extended vertically into a finger 43. Thewebs of the two channels 29.. which provide.- theupper I-Beam of each cy-frame,v are. machined. at their adjacent sides and at their lower portions (Figs. 18 and l9.)-to cut away sufiicient metal that the-rib 412 may be moved. rearwardly slidably; in. the space left, as in; Fig; 16.. When. a. pilaster is. used alone; the upwardly projecting finger 43 may be first: iii-'- sertedin the. recess. to 1 receiveit and. the pilaster theni swungat its lower end; to. the: rear. tov cone meet with the lower horizontal; member" of itsassociated 0-frame;

The" rear metal member of; the; pilaster in: all

' cases is provided atits lower end: with a. releas able. latch to connect itwith the, upper'side- {6: of the;v lower horizontal C-frame. member. The. latch comprises a sheet: metal member of: channel form,, -having a. web 4.4: and spacedv flanges 45.-

" located: back of theiribsgforming the grooves. 38;.

we I

said: side flanges 45 at theirlower ends extending. below the back; web 44:, This provides a movablelatch which may be; lifted by, engaging therewith through a slot 46 in a side 36 of thejrearpilaster:

member. to; lift-the. latch to: permit the; pilaster to bepswungto positionin: Fig. 15 at. its lowerend,. or the. attached pilaster; and; partition. 34.

moved slidably to. the rear. When thepilaster has. reached its rear-most position at its, lower end, the projecting. lower ends of thesides t! This; member is welded.

example, one-half or one-third of the vertical height of a full partition is used, as shown at .3411 in Figs. and 21, the same lock is used at the lower end of the short pilaster, connected therewith, and the rear vertical edge portion of the partition 34a is entered between the sides 26 of the special channel structure. At the upper end of .rear edge of the short partition 340., a short metal bar 48 is permanentlysecured, 01T- set rearwardly at its upper end and notched to embrace the shouldered portion of a screw 21 back of the head of the screw, the shcrt'partition and pilaster being thus detachably securedin place.

As shown in Figs. 11 and 12, bracket arms 48 equipped at their rear ends, each with a hook 49,and spaced rearwardly extending projections 50 (Fig. 12) are adapted to be detachably connected with the pressed-cut tongues or lugs 24 on the channel sides 22.- The spaces between adjacent flanges or sides 22 and 2B of the channels are but slightly greater than the thickness of the metal of the arms 48. Horizontal shelves may be supported between the brackets 18 at each end of any unit or units of the structure, or garment hanger rods extended between said brackets. The brackets are held firmly in any position in which adjustably located, and may be adjusted to any of a large number of vertical positions. They are readily secured in place alongside a vertical dividing panel partition 34.

' Similarly, flat bars 5| (Fig. 13) having a width vertically equal to the distance between two succes'sive tongues 24, and connected one to each end of the horizontal shelf 52, may have their rear end portions, which extend back of the rear edge of the shelf, inserted between any two adjacent tongues, the shelves extending forwardly and, at their under sides, being equipped with metal lugs having hooks 53 adapted to be detachably inserted through selected openings 39 in the bottoms of grooves 38. Such connection of intervening shelves between vertical dividing partition panels, holds the partitions against spreading at their front portions irrespective of whether the partitions are of full or only partial height. Thus the interior of the spacing between the two end panels of the structure, as shown in Fig. l, and above the bases and in front of the backs of the successive units of the furniture structure may be equipped with shelves, or have compartments into which drawer sections are insertable; or connected with the metallic rear channel portions of the pilasters at the front. A sliding door carrying frame may be connected by using the openings at 39 in 9.0-

cordance with the previous practices of mounting such door carrying frames. Such merchandise receiving space may be divided and arranged as wanted and also may be rearranged whenever desired. A front pilaster may extend between the front ends of the upper and lower horizontal members of each of the C-frames, either with or without connection to a vertical dividing partition back of it.

The top of an assembled structure includes for each unit, a top board or panel 54 of rectangular form (Fig. to be located directly over each of the unit bases. It is assembled by sliding it to the rear over the lower flanges of the upper horizontal members of two successive c-frames. Each of said top panels at its rear edge and near each corner is notched or recessed at 55, leaving a lug at each rear corner, which may be metal reinforced as shown' in Fig. 25,

to enter the rearwardly pressed channel front web of the'main post of said C-frames. By this means the C frames are held from spreading at the top which might let the top fall or the panel back 33 get out of place. Each of the top panels 54 at its underside and near its rear edge is rabbeted to produce an under groove 56 (Fig. 26), into which the upper edge portion of the associated back panel 33 is received.

The thickness of each panel 54 is less than the vertical distance between the flanges of the channel members 29, and less than the distance between the lower edges of the laterally bent tongues and the lower flanges of the channels. After the top panel 54 has been moved to the rear and connected with a back 33, a holding bar 51 is located over each end of the panel between its upper side and the upper flange of the associated channel 29. As shown in Fig. 25, the holdingbar is of metal, having upper and lower spaced flanges and a vertical back, the flanges at both ends being reduced in thickness and each end of the channel form thus made, closed by an end 58. Of course, a bar of wood of the same form, except that it is solid may be used as an equivalent. The rear, thinner end of the bar 51 comes against the bottom web M of the channel pressed in the face of the main post, and the front end lies back of a tongue 30. Each of the tongues 30 has a screw threaded opening through it.

The last thing done in assembling the furniture is to secure an upper front rail 59, which is of a height so that its upper edge is substantially flush with the upper flanges of channels 29, and its lower edge flush with the under side of the top panel 54. Screws 60 pass through the end portions of the top front rails 59 and thread through the tongues 39, passing closely adjacent to the edge of the closed end 58 of the top holding bar, thereby locking and securing the bar against removal until the screws 60 have been withdrawn. The top panels are held and secured against movement.

The novel structure described, in an assembly of a. plurality of said units in longitudinal alinement, contains .duplicate bases, duplicate C-frames, duplicate special channel structures to be secured at the front sides of the back posts of the frames, and duplicate top panels and means for releasably securing them in place, so that in manufacturing the parts of the structure used may be produced in large quantities; all duplicate parts being of the same dimensions and interchangeable. The partitions and pilasters, whether the pilasters are connected to the partition or separate therefrom, are likewise duplicated in making, and interchangeable in use. The short length vertical dividing partitions and their associated pilasters preferably are of standard vertical dimensions, while the horizontal shelves detachably connecting therewith and to the rear, special panel structure secured to the back posts, are of standard dimensions and are manufactured in duplicate in large quantities. The wall store furniture of my invention is readily assembled and disassembled, the parts fitting together, there being required in the assembly, the use of only a screw driver to turn and tighten the screws used. The assembled structure is strong and is rigid against change of position of the parts with respect to each other. The pilasters at the front when used, either alone or connected to the vertical dividing panels, have their front edges flush with the front edges of the-base tops i and'the front sides of" the upper rails 59 (Figs: 18*and 19-): Ifhere-is economy of manufacture and the interior space ofanynumber ofthe units-which make upanassembly of such units may be'arranged in accordance with the wishes and desires of the store owner for the most effective carrying and display of merchandise.

The invention is definedin the appended claims, and is tobe considered comprehensive of all forms of structure coming within their scope.-

1. In a store furniture, a plurality of bases located end to end in longitudinal alinement, said bases havingv tops of rectangular form with adjacent ends thereof spaced from. each other. and having front rails having adjacent. ends. in abutting engagement; a horizontal barlocatedlin each of the. spaces between adjacent ends of tops of said bases, a vertical back post. secured at the rear-end of, each bar, said post in its front face having a vertical channel groove, a channel'memher having forwardly extending spaced side flanges located in said groove, a second channel member located wlithinthe. first channel member permanently secured thereto having forwardly extending side flangesparallel to the side flanges of the first channel member, said side flanges of one of said channel members having tongues thereon, vertically spaced and located in the spaces between the. flanges of said first and second mentioned channel members, and means for detachably connecting said. secured together channel members to the frontside of their associated posts.

2. A structure as defined in, claim 1, said forwardly extending side flanges. of. the first, channel member at the forward portions-thereof terminating in laterally extending flanges which-parallel the front face of the post to which secured and are spaced therefrom.

3. In store furniture, a plurality of bases, each having a rectangular top and front rails underneath the top, said front rails being secured underneath the top, and said front rails at each end extending beyond the adjacent ends of associated tops, and said bases being located in longitudinal alinement with the ends of successive front rails in abutting engagement, integral C-frames each comprising a lower horizontal bar, a vertical back post and an upper horizontal bar, said horizontal bars extending forwardly from adjacent the upper and lower ends of said post, located at the adjacents ends of successive bases, the lower horizontal bars of said frames being located between adjacent end edges of the base tops, means for securing the lower horizontal bars to their associated bases, means at the vertical edges of the posts and at the rear edge of the top of each base for receiving the vertical edge portions and the lower edge portions of vertical back panels adapted to extend between successive posts, a vertical pilaster extending between the upper and lower horizontal bars, and cooperating means adjacent the forward ends of said upper and lower horizontal bars of each C-frame for detachably connecting a pilaster at its upper and lower ends to said lower and upper horizontal bars of each C-frame.

4. A structure as defined in claim 3, the vertical post of each C-frame having a vertical chan nel groove in the front face thereof extending between said upper and lower horizontal bars, a channel member in said groove and connected 10 with the post, open at its forward sideand havingforwardly extendingside flanges, a partition inserted at its'rear edge insaid channel member and extending forward therefrom and means for connecting a pilaster to the partition at its front vertical edge.

5. A structure as defined in claim 4, said pilaster comprising a metal channel having a back web and forwardly extending sides, each side having an inwardly-pressed vertical groove therein and each groove therein having a plurality" of spaced vertical slotscut from the bottom thereof through to the inner side of each side of the channel member, an outer finishing member lengthwise of said channel, and meansfor interlocking said outer memberat its rear portion between the sides of said metal channel, said outer member extending forwardlytherefrom.

6. In store furniture, a base having a horizontal' rectangular top, an integral C-frame located and secured at each end of the base, said frame comprising a lower horizontal bar, vertical back post and an upper horizontal bar, said horizontal bars extending forward from and rigidly connected to the vertical posts adjacent their lower and upper ends respectively, means for holding a vertical back panel at its vertical edges by posts at the ends of the base top with the panel extending therebetween, means on the top of said base for receiving and holding the lower edge portion of said back panel, means on the upper horizontal bars of said frames for sli'd'ably receiving a top located overand" above the base, a top located therein, an upper front rail extending between the front ends of'said' upper horizontalbars of the c-frames, means for detachably connecting said front rail to said upper horizontal bars, vertical pilast'ers one extending between each C-frame at the forward end of said upper and lower horizontal bars, and means for releasably connecting said pil'asters at their lower ends with the lower horizontal bars of the c-frames, said pilasters at their upper ends and said top being held from outward movement by said front rail.

7. In wall store furniture, a base, a vertical back post extending upwardly at each end of the base and at its rear, said post in the front side thereof having an elongated vertically positioned channel recess, a channel structure including an outer vertical channel member having a back web and forwardly extending side flanges, and an inner vertical channel member having a back web forwardly extending side flanges located within the first channel member, with the webs in contact engagement and the side flanges paralleling each other and spaced short distances apart, means permanently connecting the Webs of said channel members, the flanges of one of said channel members having a plurality of spaced horizontally located tongues integrally connected therewith extending into the spaces between the flanges of the two channel members, and means for securing said channel structure to the front side of the post with which associated, seated in the longitudinal channel recess thereof.

8. A structure as defined in claim '7, each of the flanges of the first outer channel member at the forward edge portions thereof having lips extending opposite each other from the forward portions of said side flanges, paralleling and spaced from the front side of the back post with which associated.

' 9. In a structure as defined in claim '7, a lower horizontal bar permanently secured to each of said back postsadjacent their lower ends lying alongside the adjacent ends of the base, means releasably securing said bars to said base at its ends, an upper horizontal bar permanently secured to each back post and extending therefrom over the lower horizontal bar, a vertical panel having its rear edge portion received between the side flanges of the second and inner vertical channel member, a vertical pilaster secured to and extending lengthwise at the front edge of each panel, means for releasably securing said pilaster at its lower end to the lower horizontal bar over which it is located, and means for releasably connecting the upper end of said pilaster to the upper horizontal bar with which it is associated.

10. In store furniture, a rectangular horizontal base, a vertical back post at each end and'at the rear of the base, means for securing the back posts to said base, a horizontal upper bar permanently secured to each back post near the upper end thereof extending therefrom in a forward direction, said horizontal bar having a horizontal channel at its inner side, a top member slidably received in said channels and extending between the channels and resting on the lower flanges thereof, a front rail extending between the front ends of said horizontal bars closing the front ends of the channels therein and means for detachably securing said front rail to said horizontal bars whereby said top member is retained in place.

11. A structure as defined in claim 10, and filler bars one between each end of said top between the upper side thereof and the upper flanges of said channels of the upper horizontal bars located in the channels and holding said top against said lower flanges, said means for attaching the front rail comprising, a screw passing through the front rail adjacent each end thereof rearwardly, and a laterally extending tongue at the front end of each upper horizontalbar extending across the channel therein, said screws threading through said tongues and at their inner ends projecting inside the front ends of the filler bars.

12. In wall furniture, a plurality of detachably connected alined horizontal rectangular bases, 0- frames each including a rear back post and upper and lower spaced horizontal bars extending forwardly from the posts secured to said bases at the ends thereof and located between the adjacent ends of successive bases, back panels each connected with and extending in front of successive back posts, a channel structure secured at the 3 front side of each back post including two vertical nested channel members permanently secured together with their flanges spaced short distances from and paralleling each other, said flanges extending in a forward direction from associated back posts, means on the flanges of one of said channel members located in adjustably supporting. horizontal members to be connected therewith and extending forward therefrom, horizontal tops carried by and between successive upper bars of said C-frames, front rails extending between the front ends of successive upper horizontal bars of the O-frames, and means for securing said front rails in place outwardly of said tops to hold them against said movement relative to the O-frames upon which carried.


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U.S. Classification312/108, 211/135, 312/111, 211/189
International ClassificationA47B96/00, A47B47/00, A47B96/14, A47F3/12, A47B87/00, A47F3/00, A47B87/02
Cooperative ClassificationA47F3/12, A47B87/0207, A47B96/1416, A47B47/00
European ClassificationA47B96/14C, A47B47/00, A47F3/12, A47B87/02B