US 2873094 A
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Feb. 10, 1959 L. BLUM 2,873,094
FENCE ASSEMBLY WITH PANELS Filed Nov. 19, 1956 2 Sheets-Sheet l Feb. 10, 1959 BLUM 2,873,094
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Application November 19, 1956, Serial No. 623,260
2 Claims. (Cl. 25631) This invention relates to new and useful improvements in ornamental rail assemblies for use with panels, more particularly to the method of mounting the panels in the rails and their supporting structures.
It is among the objects of the invention to provide ornamental rail structures with means for assembling glass or wire panels in an expedient manner, the panels in a sense being floating members that can be moved and adjusted to any desired position between rails.
The invention will become m re apparent from a consideration of the accompanying drawings constituting a part hereof in which like reference characters designate like parts and in which:
Figure 1 is an isometric view, with parts broken away and shown in cross-section, of a pair of parallel rails and supporting post with panel members mounted therebetween;
Figure 2 is a front elevational view on a reduced scale of a panel rail structure;
Figure 3, a vertical cross-section, taken along the line 33, Figure 2, with the liners between the panels and rails omitted;
Figure 4, a view diagrammatically illustrating recessed panels used on stairs and landings, the panels consisting of wire structures;
Figure 5, a vertical section, taken along the line 5, Figure 4; t
Figure 6, an exploded view of the rail and panel assembly of Figs. 4 and 5;
Figure 7, a view similar to Figure 4, showing a modified form of panel structure;
Figure 8, a vertical cross-section, taken along the line 88, Figure 7;
Figure 9 an enlarged detail of the panel structure of Figures 7 and 8; and,
Figure 10, a cross-sectional view of the post and bracket of Figure 1.
With reference to the several figures of the drawing, the numeral 1 Figure 1, designates a rail post, 2 and 3 ornamental rails mounted in parallel relation on post 1 by sliding brackets 4 to constitute a double rail structure. The brackets 4 are slidably mounted by bolts 4]) in T-slots 5, see Fig. 10, to be adjustable in the post 1 to thereby vary the spacing between rails 2 and 3 to accommodate different size panels such as the glass panel designated by the reference numeral 6. Cap screws 4c clamp the brackets 4 against the post 1 by drawing up bolts 4b as will be apparent from Figures 1 and 10.
The rails 2 and 3 are provided with T-slots 7 for receiving L-shape plates 4a and rail 2 may be provided with L-shape liners 8, as shown in Figure l. The detailed construction of brackets 4, bolts 4b and L-shape plates 4a are shown and described in my former Patent 2,873,094 Ce Patented Feb. 10, 1959 No. 2,807,834 granted October 1, 1957. By placing the panel in the slot 7 of the bottom rail 3, it Will clear the top rail 2 and may be lifted into the slot formed by the L-shape liners 8 and held therein by means of a strap 9 placed below the glass panel in the T-slot 7 of the bottom rail 3. Liners or strips 14} may be inserted as shown, to secure the panels in place.
Figure 3 more clearly shows the relation of the panel, rails and brackets in a panel rail assembly such as is shown in Figure 2 with the liners 8, 9 and 10 omitted.
In the structures shown in Figures 4 to 6 of the drawing, the panels consist of wire mesh 11 having frames 12 that slide in the T-slots 7 of the rails in the same manner as the plate glass panels 6 of Figures 1 to 3. The ends of the panels are provided with channel members 13 to provide a finished face for the wire frames. The frames may be arranged by mounting the rail post on the stringers 14 or girders 15, as shown in Figure 4.
In the structure shown in Figures 7 to 9 of the drawing, bar or balustrade panels generally designated by the numeral 16, are assembled betweeen the rails 2 and 3 in a similar manner, the bars 17 being assembled on the slide frames 16, as shown in Figure 9. The bar panels lend themselves to an ornamental design of balustrades on a stairway and landing, as shown in Figure 7, and the slide portion 16 of the bar panels may be assembled and secured to the rails in the manner disclosed in connection with the glass panels of Figures 1 to 3 of the drawing.
Although several embodiments of the invention have been herein illustrated and described, it will be evident to those skilled in the art that various modifications may be made in the details of construction without departing from the principles herein set forth.
1. In a composite panel, rail and post assembly, spaced posts supporting a pair of vertically spaced rails, said posts having T-slots extending longitudinally of the axis of the posts, bolts having rail mounting and clamping brackets for said rails mounted for sliding movement in the T-slots of said posts, said pair of rails having oppositely disposed T-slots within which said brackets are disposed and mounted, and panels disposed between said rails with the upper and lower edges of said panels disposed within the slots, L-shaped liners in the T-slot of the upper rail disposed between the upper edge of said panel and said rail and strip metal liners disposed in the T-slot of the lower rail between the lower edge of said panel and said rail to center the panel in said slot.
2. A composite panel rail and post assembly as set forth in claim 1 in which the rail mounting and clamping brackets consist of'spacing sleeves and clamping plates mounted on said bolts with the clamping plates disposed in the T-slots of said rails for sliding movement therein, and cap screws in the extended end of said bolts for clamping said sleeves, plates and rails to said posts.
References Cited in the file of this patent UNITED STATES PATENTS 897,773 Pagel Sept. 1, 1908 1,084,727 Camden Jan. 20, 1914 1,541,369 Martin June 9, 1925 2,695,159 Bridwell Nov. 23, 1954 FOREIGN PATENTS 667,810 France une 25, 1929