US 2633997 A
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April 7, 1953 c. M. JOHNSON I 2,633,997
DISH HOLDER FOR KITCHEN CUPBOARDS Filed Aug. 18, 1950 C/mr/es Mark/Son Johnson ATTORNEY INVENTOR.
Patented Apr. 7, 1953 3 Claims.
This invention relates to devices for holding plates, dishes, and other table ware and; for storing them in the cupboard, closet, cabinet or other d ptacle.
The objects of my invention are, first, to pro: videadevipe on which the dishes. or plates, etc, of a, like kind, can be stacked; at, several separated levels, and in which any of said stacks may. beindependently swung into or outer; the cuphoardjat will without d urbing thQ. other stacl'rsgonthe holder, or the Qher'articles, irrithe cupboard; second, to provide means which will enable. the, housewife to get, the needed; dishes without having to reach into the. cupboard, or to disturb other articles therein; third, to provide a device which can be extended to fit the distance between the shelves; fourth, to utilize the upper areas of the cupboard space over the shelf; and fifth, to provide a device which is cheap to manufacture and install and which is very effective in use.
I attain these and other objects as will be obvious to those skilled in the art, by the devices and arrangements illustrated in the accompanying drawings, in which- Fig. 1 is a general perspective view of my device in use, showing the dishes swung into the cupboard and the door closing thereon; Fig. 2 is a plan thereof, showing one of the holders swung out of the cupboard; Fig. 3 is a section of the supporting structure; Figs. 4, 5, 6 and 7 are elevations, portions in section, showing the upper portion, one of the swinging parts, the lower securing part, and one of the spacers.
Identical numerals of reference refer to the same parts throughout the several views.
When dishes are stacked on the shelf of a cupboard they normally leave more than half of the vertical area unoccupied, and often dishes of several sizes get mixed in the same stack. It is therer fore often necessary to lift or even remove a number of dishes in order to get a particular one. Also, since the dishes are stacked on the cupboard shelf the housewife must reach in to get the desired dishes, sometimes having to exert considerable strain. In order to overcome these obhollow colum-n 0- is provided witha vertical slot Hr extending its fulllength. Several spacers I 1 are mounted on the column H), asmay be required;
and may be of;varying-leng-ths, if desired; These spacers; regulate the distances between the several dish holdersl8-. The top of the column is; enclosed in a tube [9 which extends downover the upper end of the; column and which is adjustable thereon to accommodate the distance between the shelves H; andt2; This tube l9 is provided; with a top plate 2Q; adaptedto lie underthe upper shelf I}, and thisplatej'o; has a vertical upturned flange- 2| which may be; dapped into the outer edge of the upper shelf H and is secured in place by a screw 22 The dish holders 18- each comprises a metal strip which is bent at its center into a circle 23 of suitable size to securely hold the lowest dish of the stack to be placed thereon; the strip is then bent to lie side-by-side to form the straight arm 24, extending out from the column to the dish-holding circle 23; and finally its two ends are bent into a circle 25 which encircles and is welded, or otherwise secured, to the short vertical tube 26, through which the column l0 passes.
Several of these dish holders I8 may be provided, and it is convenient if the circular parts 23 are of somewhat different diameters to accommodate dishes of several sizes.
The split column I0 is somewhat springy on account of the slot l6 and applies a certain degree of frictional resistance to the turning of the encircling tubes 26, as they are turned thereon thus, while permitting a relatively free move- It is evident from the above that the vertical space in the cupboard may be substantially filled, and that the dishes may be removed therefrom, even if the stack substantially reaches the under side of the upper shelf l l by swinging the upper stack out from under the said shelf. Also it is evident that the housewife does not have to reach into the cupboard to remove a dish but can swing any one of the stacks out by handling the arm 24 thereof.
It is to be understood that I intend to cover by this patent any changes and modifications of my invention, as described above for the purposes of disclosure, which do not depart from the spirit and scope of my invention as outlined in the appended claims.
Having, therefore, described my invention, what I claim and desire to secure by Letters Patent, is:
1. A swinging dish holder comprising a hollow column adapted to extend between two vertically spaced apart support members, the column being made of resilient metal and being provided with a substantially continuous slot the length thereof, means for securing the column to the support members at its terminal portions, a plurality of tubes rotatably mounted on the column, and a plurality of dish holding means vertically spaced apart from each other by spacers on the column and mounted one on each of the tubes, the column acting through its resiliency to apply frictional resistance to the turning of the tubes thereon.
2. A swinging dish holder comprising a column adapted to extend between upper and lower sup-' port members, means for fastening one end of the column to one of the support members, a tube telescoped on the other end of the column, means for fastening the tube to the other support member, thereby enabling adjustment of the length of the column to fit the space between the two support members, a plurality of sleeves rotatably mounted on the column, and a plurality of dish holding means extending outwardly one from each of the sleeves, the column being made of hollow resilient material and having therein a longitudinal slit from end to end, whereby it may apply frictional resistance to the rotation of the sleeves thereon.
3. A swinging dish holder comprising a column adapted to extend between upper and lower support members, means for fastening one end of the column to one of the support members, a tube telescoped on the other end of the column, means for fastening the tube to the other support member, thereby enabling adjustment of the length of the column to fit the space between the two support members, a plurality of sleeves rotatably mounted on the column, a plurality of dish holding means extending radially one from each of the sleeves, and a plurality of spacers mounted one between each pair of adjacent sleeves to regulate the vertical distance between the dish holding means, the column being made of hollow resilient material and having from end 7 to end thereof a longitudinal slot whereby to apply frictional resistance to the rotation of the sleeves thereon.
C. MORRISON JOHNSON.
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