US 2700582 A
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United States Patent Ofi 2,700,582 Patented Jan. 25, 1955 lice The invention relates to a combined table and chair that is readily transportable, and is particularly suitable for use in cafeterias, although it may be used in other wabys, as for example, in the nature of a portable work ta e.
One object of the invention is to provide a combined table an with at least it does not obstruct access to the nor interfere in any manner otherwise with movement of the table.
A further object of my invention is to provide a structufig wherein the table top is so shaped and mounted that w to permit compact stowing of the tables along a elsewhere.
Figure 1 is a perspective view of a combined table and chair embodying my invention;
ig. 2 is a view looking at the rear edge of the table;
Fig. 3 is an end view showing the chair and seat in folded positions, and
Fig. 4 shows the manner in which the table and chair, when folded as in Fig. 3, can be placed in nested relation to other tables and chairs.
The table has the usual rectangular top frame 5 having front legs 6 and rear legs 7 welded or otherwise seon one of the legs 7 and is biased in one direction by a spring whose ends are the sleeve limits the distance which the brackets 17-18 can be swung counter to the spring tension.
A chair frame 21 has a vertical stud or shaft journaled chair will be swung back at 22 in the arm 17, so that the chair can be swung relative to the bracket 1718. The chair frame has rear legs 23 extended upwardly to carry a seat back 24. Triangularly-shaped brace plates 25 are secured to the undersurface of a seat frame 26 and, when the seat is lowered, will have abutting engagement with the chair legs 23. A hinge connection 27 is provided for pivotally supporting the seat frame 26 on a cross bar 28 that forms part of the chair frame.
When pushing the table past a counter to load it with food, the parts will occupy the position shown in Fig. 3. Thereafter, the brackets '1 be swung toward parallelism with the brace rod or rung 8, and the chair can be swung about its pivot at 22 so as to shift the seat from beneath the table.- When the person then moves into position adjacent to the rear edge of the table, the to the position shown in Figs. 1 and 2, or somewhat beyond. If desired, the seat frame 26 can be spring-biased by a spring similar to 15, as is common with seats in public places, to move it toward its upper position, this being desirable when nesting the ta les.
Nesting of the tables as shown in Fig. 3 is possible because the table tops taper forwardly and the frames 5 taper rearwardly, there being no cross frame member at the upper ends of the front legs 6.
en a person leaves the chair, the spring 15 will swing the free end of the brackets 1718 and the chair toward the table as shown in Fig. 3. Thereupon, the tables may be pushed into nested engagement with one another as shown in Fig. 4, the forward beveled edges 30 (sloping guard rails 11) riding across the rollers 12, the forward edges of the table tops being lifted slightly, which motion is permitted by reason of the hinges 12. This arrangement permits the table tops to lie in approximately a horizontal plane when in use.
I claim as my invention:
A table structure comprising a table top which tapers toward its rear edge, a frame supporting the table top and having four legs, the spaces between the legs being unobstructed at any point beneath the table top and the frame, the frame tapering toward the rear and the front legs being nearer to each other than are the rear legs, and a hinge connection between the rear edge of the table top and the rear edge of the frame, whereby the forward edge of the table top can be lifted into overlying relation to another top while the front legs remain on the floor, and the tapering shape of the frame being such that tables of this form can be telescopically assembled.
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