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July 26, 1960 c. R. ASHER CARPET SAMPLE DISPLAY RACK Filed NOV. 27, 1959 INVENTOR; CARLTON R ASHER United States CARPET SAMPLE DISPLAY RACK Carlton R. Asher, Wayne, Pa., assignor to James Lees and Sons Company, Bridgeport, Pa., a corporation of Delaware Filed Nov. 27, 1959, Ser. No. 855,884
'3 Claims. (Cl. 211-45) This invention relates to display devices and more particularly to an improved means for securing samples of textile fabrics, particularly carpeting, to a waterfa display rack.
In the carpet industry a waterfall sample display rack refers to a device on which a plurality of carpet samples are secured in overlapping relationship in such a manner that the edge of each sample has an exposed area of several inches. In the conventional waterfall display rack the carpet samples are securely clamped to the front curved face of the rack so that they cannot be removed without substantial inconvenience and the prospective purchaser is unable to see more than the few inches of exposed area unless the overlying samples are manually elevated.
The present invention pertains to an improved means for individually securing the samples to the front panel of the waterfall display in such a manner that each individual sample can be readily detached and re-attached and also in such a way that it is far simpler to inspect the entire surface of the sample than was heretofore the case. rality of perforations arranged in two marginal rows on the front panel. Each fabric sample is clamped adjacent a corner thereof by means of a toggle or spring-loaded clamp connected to a short length of chain which terminates in a cross bar. The cross bar in each chain is conveniently inserted through the appropriate perforation in the panel where it is retained therein until it is desired to detach the sample. Alternatively the sample may be removed directly from the two clamps which are not rigidly secured to the panel but are free to be moved because of the short length of chain. The device is extremely simple, permits the quick removal of any number of the samples so that the prospective purchaser can examine the entire pattern repeat, compare the colors in the sample with other samples or with articles of furniture, and the sample can be readily transported to obtain the effect of both natural and artificial fighting with the greatest of convenience.
A primary object of the invention, therefore, is to provide in a fabric sample Waterfall display a front sloping panel having a plurality of perforations therein, a plurality of flexible elements having a bar at one end and a sample clamp at the other end, the bar being capable of insertion and locking behind any one of the perforations.
Further objects will be apparent from the specification and drawings in which:
Fig. 1 is a perspective of my improved waterfall display;
Fig. 2 is a perspective showing the rear of the display rack of Fig. 1;
Fig. 3 is an enlarged sectional detail as seen at 3---3 of Fig. 1;
Fig. 4 is a fragmentary detail as seen at 4-4 of Fig. 3; and
Fig. 5 is a view showing one of the fabric sample connectors.
A conventional waterfall display rack comprises a front The invention comprises the provision of a plu-' '23 or other flexible element.
Patented July 26, 1960 panel 10 having a rounded upper terminus 11 and a lower curved flared portion 12. A collapsible stand 13 is secured to the back of panel 10 and is provided with suitable braces 14, 14. A pair of feet 15, 15 serves to support the' front of the assembly and to maintain the panel 10 in a generally elevated position from the showroom floor. A curved cap 16 is secured on the rounded portion 11 by means of staple members 17, 17 in such a way that the cap 16 may be tilted rearwardly to expose the top portion of the various fabric samples S secured to the panel 10.
The precise invention is shown more clearly in Figs. 3-5 from which it will be observed that each of the samples S is secured to the panel 10 by means of a pair of connecting elements 20 secured to the upper edge of the sample and to various elevated positions along the panel 10. For this purpose the edges of the panel 10 are provided with a series of perforations 21, 21 which receive and retain a bar 22 secured at its mid point to a chain The opposite end of each chain 23 is secured to a clamp 24 by means of a loop 25 and the clamp 24 is of the toggle variety opened and closed by means of a plate 26. The clamp itself is entirely conventional and forms no part of the present invention, and it will be understood that a spring-loaded clamp or any other suitable means for attaching the chain 23 to the top edge of each sample S may be employed. Each sample is provided with a pair of the connectors 20 and arranged in overlapping relationship so that the front edge of each sample is exposed in a manner shown in Fig. 1.
Should it be desired to detach one or more of these samples, it is only necesary to pull the chain 23 partially through its associated perforation 21, turn each bar and thus completely detach the sample and connector from the panel. Furthermore, the flexibility and freedom of movement achieved with the short length of chain or other flexible connection 23 permits the salesman to display the samples on the rack much more clearly than if each sample is rigidly clamped as in previous practice. The sample can be moved slightly from side to side without disconnecting it from the panel and the overlapping samples or top of the particular one in question can be readily and more easily held so that an unobstructed view of any sample can be obtained.
The invention is extremely simple and greatly facilitates the display and examination of fabric samples which is an important function in the merchandising of soft floor covering because the full-sized rolls of carpeting cannot be conveniently handled and displayed to advantage.
Having thus described my invention,
1. A waterfall carpet sample display assembly comprising a sloping front panel having a series of marginal perforations adjacent each lateral edge thereof, a flexible sample connector inserted in one of said perforations said connector having a bar at one end and a fabric clamp at the other end, and means for supporting said panel in a substantially upright position.
2. A display rack assembly comprising a sloping front panel having a series of marginal perforations adjacent each lateral edge thereof, separate flexible chains extending through transversely aligned pairs of perforations, a retaining element on the terminus of each of said chains in back of the panel, and a carpet sample suspended from the opposite terminus of each of said chains.
3. A display rack assembly comprising a sloping front panel having a series of marginal perforations adjacent each lateral edge thereof, separate flexible chains extending through transversely aligned pairs of perforations, a retaining element on the terminus of each of said chains in back of the panel, a carpet sample suspended from 3 the opposite terminus of each of said chains, and a clamp 2,168,946 secured to each of the chains for supporting the sample. 2,825,467
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