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Publication numberUS2585422 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateFeb 12, 1952
Filing dateOct 31, 1949
Priority dateOct 31, 1949
Publication numberUS 2585422 A, US 2585422A, US-A-2585422, US2585422 A, US2585422A
InventorsAverill Charles C
Original AssigneeUnion Steel Prod Co
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Collapsible basket
US 2585422 A
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Patented Feb. 12, 1952 COLLAPSIBLE BASKET Charles C. Averill, Albion, Mich., assignor to Union Steel Products Company, Albion, Mich.

Application October 31, 1949, Serial No. 124,659

9 Claims. (01. 220-6) This invention relates to improvements in collapsible baskets.

The main objects of thisinvention are:

First, to provide a collapsible basket which is well adapted for use as a clothes basket and may be easily and compactly collapsed and quickly and easily erected and when erected is effectively maintained in erected position.

Second, to provide a structure having these advantages which may be dragged along on the floor or ground, the contents being supported out of contact with the surface.

Third, to provide a structure having these advantages which while made entirely of metal is comparatively light in weight, the parts being arranged so that they are strong and capable of withstanding quite heavy loads such as wet laundry, for example.

Objects relating to details and economies of the invention will appear from the description to follow. The invention is pointed out in the claims.

A preferred embodiment of the invention is illustrated in the accompanying drawings, in which:

Fig. 1 is a side elevational of a basket embodying my invention in erected position.

Fig. 2 is an end elevational view thereof.

Fig. 3 is an enlarged fragmentary transverse vertical section on a line corresponding to line 3-3 of Fig. 4., the parts being shown in fully erected position by full lines, the swinging manipulation of the bottom being indicated by dotted lines.

Fig. 4 is a horizontal section on a line corresponding to line 44 of Fig. 1.

'Fig. 5 is a plan view of the basket when collapsed.

The embodiment of my invention, illustrated in the accompanying drawing, comprises side walls designated generally by the numerals l--! and end Walls designated generally by the numerals 2----?.. The side walls l each comprise a border frame 3 having integral top and bottom members 4 and 5 and end members 6. These border frames are desirably formed integrally of light red stock. The top border member a is longer than the bottom border member 5 thereby providing the desired taper. The wire slats l are welded to the outer sides of the top and bottom border members as indicated at 8 in Fig. 3.

Each side wall is preferably provided with longitudinal bars 9 integrally connected at their ends by the loops in, these bars being welded to the outer sides of the slats l, the welds not being indicated. The longitudinal bars 9 reinforce the slats, that is, they prevent bowing thereof and distribute the load to which individual slats may be subjected. The connections H) for these longitudinal bars provide rounded surfaces which are r not likely to engage clothing or the-like.

The end walls 2 comprise top bars H and bottom bars l2, the top bars ll being longer than the bottom bars to support the side walls in outwardly inclined relation. The top and bottom bars terminate in loop-like eyes I3 pivotally engaging the end members of the side walls closely adjacent the top and bottom members thereof which serve as thrust members limiting the vertical movement of theside and end walls relative to each other.

The vertical end wall slats M are formed of wire and are welded to the outer sides of the top and bottom bars.

The bottom, designated generally by the numeral I 5, comprises a unitary border frame having side members It and. end members IT. The bottom slats I8 are welded upon the side bottom border members I B.

The legs 19 are preferably elongated to serve effectively as runners and are provided with upturned diverging arms 29 terminating in inturned lugs 2| overlapping and welded to the side wall bottom members 5, the welds not being illustrated as they would be of the same character as the welds for the wall and bottom elements. These inturned lugs 2| serve as supports for the bottom, the bottom being swingably secured by links 22 to one of the side wall bottom members with the adjacent border member of the bottom in superimposed relation to the lugs, thereby swingably supportingthe bottom so that it can be swung into supported relation to the lugs at the opposite side. This provides a very secure support for the bottom enabling it to sustain heavy loads. The bottom is of such dimensions that when the parts are in erected position, as best shown in Fig. 4, the bottom substantially fits within the side walls preventing their collapsing.

The corners of the bottom border frame are curved at 23 to clear the end members of the side walls while still permitting the effective bracing engagement of the bottom with the walls in erected position. The bottom is further supported in the structure illustrated by the ends of the eyes of the bottom bars of the end walls. With the parts thus arranged the bottom may be swung upwardly against the side walls to which it is swingably connected and the walls collapsed on their pivotal connections with one pair of side and end walls in substantially parallel relation to the other pair of side and end walls, as is shown in Fig. 5, with the bottom between the collapsed walls. With this arrangement of parts I provide a basket which may be formed of relatively light stock and at the same time is strong and durable. It may be quickly erected and when erected the parts are supported so as to prevent relative movement and when collapsed is quite compact. The load in the basket also acts to prevent accidental collapsing.

I have not attempted to illustrate or describe other adaptations as it is believed that this disclosure will enable those skilled in the art to embody or adapt my invention as may be desired.

Having thus described my invention, what I claim as new and desire to secure by Letters Patent is:

1. In an elongated tapered collapsible metal basket, the combination of downwardly tapered side walls, each comprising a border frame having integral top, bottom and end members and spaced vertical slats welded to the outer sides of the top and bottom members, end walls, each comprising top and bottom bars and spaced vertical slats welded to the outer sides thereof, the top bars being longer than the bottom bars, the ends of said top and bottom bars being turned inwardly providing eyes pivotally embracing the end members of the side walls closely adjacent their juncture with the top and bottom members of the side walls, a bottom comprising a border frame having integral side and end members and spaced slats welded to the upper sides of the side members thereof, links swingably connecting one side member of the bottom border frame to the bottom member of one side wall, and spaced elongated leg members having arms at their ends provided with inturned lug portions displosed transversely of and overlapping and welded upon the bottom members of the side walls and projecting inwardly therefrom to constitute supports for supportingly engaging the opposite side members of the bottom when the basket is erected, said links retaining said swingably connected side members of the bottom border frame against displacement from said lugs, said bottom being of such dimensions as to supportingly fit within the side end walls when they are erected, the corners of the bottom border frame being curved to clear the end members of the side wall frames.

2. In an elongated tapered collapsible metal basket, the combination of side walls, each comprising a border frame having integral top, bottom and end members and end walls, each comprising top and bottom bars, the ends of said top and bottom bars being turned inwardly providin eyes pivotally embracing the end members of the side walls, a bottom comprising a border frame having integral side and end members, links swingably connecting one side member of the bottom border frame to the bottom member of one side wall, and spaced elongated leg members having arms at their ends provided with inturned lug portions disposed transversely of and overlapping and welded upon the bottom members of the side walls and projecting inwardly therefrom to constitute supports for supportingly engaging the opposite side members of the bottom when the basket is erected, said links retaining said swingably connected side members of the bottom border frame against displacement from said lugs, said bottom being of such dimensions as to supportingly engage the side and end walls when they are erected.

3. In a collapsible basket, the combination of side walls, each comprising a border frame having integral top, bottom and end members and spaced vertical slats welded to the outer sides of the top and bottom members and vertically spaced longitudinal slats welded to the outer sides of the vertical slats, end walls, each comprising top and bottom bars and spaced vertical slats welded to the outer sides thereof, the ends of said top and bottom bars being turned inwardly providing eyes pivot-ally embracing the end members of the side walls closely adjacent their juncture with the top and bottom members of the side walls which constitute end thrust members therefor, a bottom comprising a border frame having integral side and end members and spaced slats welded to the upper sides of the side members thereof, links swingably connecting one side member of the bottom border frame to the bottom member of one side wall, and spaced elongated leg members constituting runners and having upwardly diverging arms at their ends provided with inturned lug portions disposed transversely of and overlapping and welded upon the bottom members of the side walls and constituting bottom supports supportingly engaging the opposite side members of the bottom border frame when the basket is erected, said links retaining said swingably connected side members of the bottom border frame against displacement from said lugs, said bottom being of such dimensions as to supportingly engage the side and end walls when they are erected.

4. In a collapsible basket, the combination of side walls, each comprising a border frame having integral top, bottom and end members and spaced vertical slats welded to the outer sides of the top and bottom members and vertically spaced longitudinal slats welded to the outer sides of the vertical slats, end walls, each comprising top and bottom bars and spaced vertical slats welded to the outer sides thereof, the ends of said top and bottom bars being turned inwardly providing eyes pivotally embracing the end members of the side walls closely adjacent their juncture with the top and bottom members of the side walls which constitute end thrust members therefor, a bottom comprising a border frame having integral side and end members and spaced slats welded to the upper sides of the side members thereof, links swingably connecting one side member of the bottom border frame to the bottom member of one side wall, and leg members provided with inturned lug portions disposed transversely of and overlapping and welded upon the bottom members of the side walls and constituting bottom supports supportingly engaging the opposite side members of the bottom border frame when the basket is erected, said bottom being of such dimensions as to supportingly engage the side and end walls when they are erected.

5. In acollapsible basket, the combination of side walls, each comprising a border frame having integral top, bottom and end members and spaced slats, end walls, each comprising top and bottom bars, the ends of said top and bottom bars having eyes pivctally embracing the end members of the side walls, a bottom comprising a border frame having integral side and end members and spaced slats, links swingably connecting one side member of the bottom border frame to the bottom member of one side wall, and spaced elongated leg members constituting runners and having upwardly diverging arms at their ends provided with inturned lug portions disposed transversely of and overlapping and welded upon the bottom members of the side walls and constituting bottom supports supportingly engaging the opposite side members of the bot tom border frame when the basket is erected, said bottom being of such dimensions as to supportingly engage the side and end walls when they are erected.

6. In a collapsible basket, the combination of downwardly tapered side walls, each comprising a unitary border frame having top, bottom and end members, and slats fixedly secured to the top and bottom members, end walls, each comprising top and bottom bars and spaced slats fixedly secured thereto, the top bars being longer than the bottom bars, the ends of the top and bottom bars being conformed into loops pivotally embracing the end members of the side walls with the top and bottom members of the side walls limiting the relative vertical movement thereof, a bottom comprising a border frame having unitary side and end members and slats fixedly secured to the border frame, leg members having inturned lug portions at their upper ends disposed transversely of and fixedly secured to the bottom members of the side walls, said lugs constituting bottom supports supportingly engaging the opposite side members of the bottom border frame, and links swingably connecting one side member of the bottom border frame to the corresponding side member of one side wall, the bottom being of such dimensions as to permit swinging thereof within the side and end walls when they are erected and supportingly engaging the walls when the bottom is erected preventing collapsing thereof.

7. In a collapsible basket, the combination of side walls, each comprising a unitary border frame having top, bottom and end members, end walls, each comprising top and bottom bars, the ends of the top and bottom bars being conformed into loops pivotally embracing the end members of the side walls, a bottom comprising a border frame having unitary side and end members, leg members having inturned lug portions at their uper ends disposed transversely of and fixedly secured to the bottom members of the side walls, said lugs constituting bottom suports supportingly engaging the opposite side members of the bottom border frame, and links swingably connecting one side member of the bottom border frame to the corresponding side member of one side wall, the bottom being of such dimensions as to permit swinging thereof within the side and end walls when they are erected and supportingly engaging the walls when the bottom is erected preventing collapsing thereof.

8. In a collapsible basket, the combination of side walls, each comprising a unitary border frame having top, bottom and end members, end walls, each comprising top and bottom bars, the ends of the top and bottom bars being conformed into loops pivotally embracing the end members of the side walls, a'bottom comprising a border frame having unitary side and end members, leg members having inturned lug portions at their upper ends disposed transversely of and fixedly secured to the bottom members of the side walls and constituting bottom supports supportingly engaging the opposite side members of the bottom border frame, and means swingably connecting one side member of the bottom border frame to the corresponding side member of one side wall with the bottom frame side member above the adjacent lugs, the bottom being of such dimensions as to permit swinging thereof within the side and end walls when they are erected and supportingly engaging the walls when the bottom is erected preventing collapsing thereof.

9. In a collapsible basket, the combination of pairs of opposed side walls, said side walls at the ends thereof being pivotally connected to each other to permit collapse of the basket, one pair of opposed side walls including opposed bottom frame members, elongated leg members constituting runners and having upwardly projecting arms at their ends, the arms of one of said runners being fixedly secured to one of said opposed side wall bottom frame members, the arms of another runner having inwardly projecting lug portions at the upper ends thereof disposed transversely of and fixedly secured to the other of the opposed side wall bottom frame members, and a bottom having a swingable connection at one side thereof with said first mentioned opposed side wall bottom frame member, said bottom on the opposite side thereof being supportingly engaged by said inwardly projecting lugs when the basket is erected, the bottom being of such dimensions as to permit swinging thereof within the side walls when erected and supportingly engaging the side walls when the bottom is erected to prevent collapseof the side walls.

CHARLES C. AVERILL.

REFERENCES CITED The following references are of record in the file of this patent:

UNITED STATES PATENTS Number Name Date 1,129,011 Pyle Feb. 16, 1915 1,274,800 Sketteno Aug. 6, 1918 1,731,841 Burson Oct. 15, 1929 1,833,857 Reese Nov. 24, 1931 1,890,983 Griflith Dec. 13, 1932 1,939,504 Lee Dec. 12, 1933 2,438,030 Bitney Mar. 16, 1948 FOREIGN PATENTS Number Country Date 392,779 France Dec. 4, 1908 283,952 Germany Apr. 29, 1915 114,350 Great Britain Apr. 4, 1918 308,424 Great Britain Mar. 28, 1929

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Classifications
U.S. Classification220/6, 220/628
International ClassificationD06F93/00
Cooperative ClassificationB65D7/26
European ClassificationB65D7/26