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Publication numberUS264749 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateSep 19, 1882
Filing dateMar 10, 1882
Publication numberUS 264749 A, US 264749A, US-A-264749, US264749 A, US264749A
InventorsAlfked F. Potts
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
US 264749 A
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CABINET. No. 264.749. Patented Sept. 19, 1882.


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No. 264,749. Patented sept. 19, 1882.

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SPECIFICATION forming part of Letters Patent No. 264,749, dated September 19, 1882.

Application filed March 10, 1882. (No model.)

To all whom it muy concern:

Be it known that I, ALFRED P Po'r'rs, a citizen of the United States, and a resident of the city or1 Indianapolis, in the county of Marion and State of Indiana, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Cabinets, of which the following is a full, clear, and exact description.

My invention relates to that class of desks or cases in which a stationary back or support is combined with a base, or with a base and top shelt1 or platform, such as desks, cabinetdesks, sideboards, wardrobes, bureaus, Sac.; and'my invention consists in combining withthe base andwith the upright secured thereto one or more series of shallow boxes connected together in the peculiar manner hereinafter described, so that they can be folded close to the upright portion to form a closed case, or extended and exposed so as to display the contents in a manner to permit ready access thereto.

In the drawings, Figure l is a perspective view ot' an office-desk embodying myimprovement. Fig. 2 is a sectional plan of Fig. l, the top of the desk being removed, one of the series ot' boxes extended. Fig. 3 is a sectional plan of an office-desk, the top removed, provided with a single series of boxes. Fig. 4 is a front elevation of Fig. 3. Fig.5 is a sectional plan of an office-desk having four series of boxes. Fig. b' is a perspective View, illustratingasideboardembodying myinvention. Fig. 7 is a perspective view ot' a cabinet-desk einbodying my invention, and Fig. 8 is a sectional elevation ofthe desk Fig. 7.

In the various articles illustrated in the drawings, and in others of a similar nature to which this invention relates, there is a base, A,which may be supported upon casters, and a standard or upright, B, which, when there is a shelf or top, O, supports the latter.

In place ot' forming closets or receptacles by means of xed sides and fronts with drawers or doors, as usual, I employ one or more series ot` shallow vertical boxes, D, one of which is pivoted at :v to the base near the outer edge ofthe upright B, while each of the other boxes of the series is connected to that next to it by links a a above and below, forming, with the links, alazy-tongs cabinet or closet capable of being folded up, as shown at X in the various figures and in dotted lines,`Fig. 3, so as to form atight, close case, fitting nicely against the base and between the latter and the top, as in Figs. l andV 4, or over the top, as well as under it, as in Fig. G, or so as to iuclose the shelf, as in Fig. 7and also capable ot' being extended,so as to bring the various boxes ofthe series in line or near-lyin line, as at Y in the various figures.

I thus produce an article of furniture which, when closed, resembles externally those made in the ordinary manner, but which may be opened so as to displaythe contents in a much more accessible condition than is possible by the use of the ordinary drawers, shelves, or folding, closets.

lo support the weight of the boxes and contents, when extended, I may provide each with one or more legs or props extendingto and resting upon the tioor and provided each with a caster, the base having a recess, w, formed therein to receive the supports when the boxes are folded together. The interior of each box isdivided by shelves or partitions, or is provided With hooks,according to the purpose for which itis to be employed.

When the boxes are used for double oflicedesks they may be arranged to fold in diagonally, as shown in Fig. 2, the outer box being triangular in form and rounded to form an ornamental nish to the corner. This particular construction Idonot here claim, as it may form a separate application for Letters Patent, and for the same reason I do notclaiin the arrangement shown in Fig. 7, in which an outer con tinuous box is combined with inner divided boxes to receive the shelt'G. The shelf() (shown in Fig. 8) is hinged so as to' fold up or down when the case is closed.

I do not limit myselt to any particular mode of pivoting the cases, as different means may be used, and the connection may be made to the base or upright.

I claiml. rIhe combination, in a cabinet, ot' a base, a stationary upright partition or back, B, secured thereto, and one or more series of boxes pivoted adjacent to the upright and connected by the links a c', to be folded together against or extended from the upright, while all supported by the base, substantially as set forth.

2. rIhe combination ot' the base having a recess, w, the upright B, supported by the base, series of boxes pivoted and connected by links, and provided with legs or props b, substantially as set forth.

5 3. The combination, in a cabinet, of a base, an upright, B, series of boxes connected by links and connected to said upright so as to be folded against or extended from the same, and a shelf, O,h1 1ng to the upright so as to be folded against the same or extended at right 1o angles thereto, substantially as set forth.

In testimony whereof I have signed my name to this specification in the presence of two subscribing Witnesses.


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Cooperative ClassificationA47B53/02