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Publication numberUS2980261 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateApr 18, 1961
Filing dateNov 13, 1957
Priority dateNov 13, 1957
Publication numberUS 2980261 A, US 2980261A, US-A-2980261, US2980261 A, US2980261A
InventorsYoung Jr Ira Bruce
Original AssigneeStainless Metal Products Inc
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Revolvable article support
US 2980261 A
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April 18, 1961 I. B. YOUNG, JR 8 REVOLVABLE ARTICLE SUPPORT Filed Nov. 13, 1957 2 Sheets-Sheet 1 5s 5? Fl 6.2


lro Bruce Young,Jr. I6 BY HIIIIHIHHII/ Worm April 18, 1961 1. B. YOUNG, JR 8 1 REVOLVABLE ARTICLE SUPPORT Filed Nov. 13, 1957 2 Sheets-Sheet 2 F I 6.3 F l 6.4

INVENTOR. lru Bruce Young, Jr. BY M 1 M M W F 2,980,261 REVOLVABLE ARTICLE SUPPORT Ira Bruce Young, Jr., Chattanooga, Tenn., assignor to Stainless Metal Products, Inc., Chattanooga, Tenn., a corporation of Tennessee Filed Nov. 13, 1957, Ser. No. 696,149 '3 Claims. (Cl. 211131) This invention relates generally to the class of supports and is directed particularly to a new revolvable support or display stand.

A particular object of the present invention is to provide a stand for the support and display of various types of small articles wherein there are provided for supporting such articles a multiplicity of vertically spaced'trays, shelves or pans of unique design and wherein also the stand is formed in a novel manner to permit such revolvable trays or the like to be readily disposed at different elevations in accordance with the size of the articles placed thereon.

Another object of the invention is to provide an article support and display stand embodying a central standard having rotatably mounted thereon trays of a novel design or construction whereby the same have exceptional strength with extreme lightness of weight.

Still another object of the invention is to provide a revolvable article support and display stand embodying a base, a standard supported thereon or attached thereto and a number of individual and readily interchangeable trays supported on the standard for rotation thereabout, wherein the parts are so associated that the stand may be easily knocked down for packing or shipping.

Still another object of the invention is to provide an article support and display stand of the character stated which is designed for economical construction and which is also strong and durable and capable of supporting a multiplicity of heavy objects in such a manner that access may be had to any one thereof by reason of the rotatable mounting of the trays.

The invention will be best understood from a consideration of the following detail description taken in connection with the accompanying drawings formingpart of the specification, with the understanding, however, that the invention is not confined to a strict conformitywith the showing of the drawing but may be changed or modified so long as such changes or modifications mark no material departure from the salient features of the invention as expressed in the appended claims.

In the drawings:

Fig. 1 is a view in side elevation of an article support and display stand having revolvable trays or shelves, constructed in accordance with the preferred embodiment of the present invention;

Fig. 2 is a horizontal section taken substantially on the line 22 of Fig. 1;

Fig. 3 is a horizontal section taken substantially on the line 3-3 of Fig. 1; 1

Fig. 4 is a vertical sectiontaken substantially on the line 44 of Fig. 1; t

Fig. 5 is a vertical section taken substantially on the line 5-5 of Fig. 1;

Fig. 6 is a vertical section taken substantially on the line 6-6 of Fig. 1; p

' Fig. 7 is a view inperspective of the middle portion of any one of the revolvable shelves or trays adapted to be novel manner in which the crossed or latticed bars are section 27 is the lowermost one and the section 28 is con-- secured to the flange of the standard encircling sleeve;

Fig. 8 is a sectional view taken substantially on the.

line 8-8 of Fig. 7; and Fig. 9 is a sectional view taken at right angles to the section for Fig. 8 and substantiallyon the line 9-9 of Fig.7.

Referring now more particularly to the drawings, the

stand, in its preferred construction, embodies a base whichis generally designated 10 and a standard generally designated 12, supported upon the base in the manner about to be described. The standard 12 has mounted thereon a number of trays or shelves for rotary movement thereabout, whereby articles placed thereon may be readily reached, and these trays or shelves may be of a number of different designs in the outer portions thereof but each is formed at its center in the same manner as the others,

so as to give a strong and rugged construction with lightness of weight. 7

The details of the trays or shelves will be hereinafter particularly described.

The base 10 is preferably in theform of a large one piece circular body of inverted dished form and, therethe flange may be located on the upper side of the top and the sleeve extended through the opening.

Adjacent its lower end the sleeve has the diametrical openings 23 .therethrough and the lower end of the standard 12, which is of tubular form, 'is extended into the sleeve 20 and is likewise provided with diametrical openings 24 which are brought into alignment with the openings 23,and a bolt 25 is passed thorugh the aligned openings and provided with the usual nut 26 to secure it in place and thus rigidly secure the standard to the base.

, The standard 12 may be formed in a single piece or as a single tube, but preferably it is formed in a number of sections, as illustrated, and three such sections are here shown which are designated 27, 28 "and 29. The

In the same manner the upper end of the middle section 28 is connected with the uppermost section 29 by a pin 31 one end of which is secured as by welding or the like, as shown in Fig. 5 at 32, in the lower end of the section 29 while the other end of the pin which projects from the section 29 is telescoped into the section 28. By the formation of'the standard 12 in a number of sections as shown, it will be seen that the stand may be given.

styles or forms is designated 34 while the other form is mounted upon the supporting standard and showing the designated 35. However, all of the trays are alike with respect to the basic construction or central formation. thereof as illustrated in particular in Figs. 7, 8 and9. Accordingly this basic construction will be described as applying to any one of the trays and as is shown in the Patented Apr. 18, 1961 3- figures referred to, there is provided a hub sleeve 36 of substantial length and of antinside diameter to snugly receive the standard 12. This sleeve 36 has its top end the underside of the flange 37 and the flange is bent down over the underlying bar 39 as indicated at 40, and is welded to the bars. Disposed at right angles to the two short bars 39 are two other short heavy bars 41 which are disposed on opposite sides of the sleeve and lie across and upon the top of the flange 37 and the portions of the flange adjacent to these bars 41 are bent or turned upwardly as indicated at 42 around undersides of the bars 41, as shownin Fig. 9.

The portions 40 and the portions 42 of the flange 37 may be welded to the adjacent bars and in addition the bars where they cross one another are also welded together as indicated at 43. Thus these four bars arranged in pairs which are in crossed or perpendicular relation, form a rigid latticework secured to the top end of the sleeve 36 to give a strong, lightweight construction and the latticework 38 forms the base or foundation for supporting other bars or other elements designed to carry merchandise for display. For example, in Fig. 1 and in Fig. 2 the tray or shelf structure is shown as embodying longer crossed or perpendicularly related bars 44 wherein two of these bars are in parallel relation and extend across and rest upon the outer ends of a pair of the lattice bars, as for example, the bars 39 to which they are spot welded, while the other two of the long bars 44 are arranged in spaced parallel relation and perpendicular to the first pair and lie across and are welded to the outer ends of the other pair of lattice bars 41. Thus is addition to the bars 44 being across and welded to the outer ends of the bars 39 and 41, they are also in crossed relation with one another and are welded together at the cross-over points 45.

The longer bars or arms 44 are here shown as having upturned outer end portions 46.

Obviously the form and number of the bars or arms 44 may be changed as may be required and in addition they may be employed or utilized to support other members in a manner to form a receptacle adapted to receive and carry smaller articles such as is shown in the form of the trayor shelf designated 34. In this construction a receptacle 47 is provided which embodies a central ring 48 which is secured by welding upon the uppermost pair of lattice bars 41 concentric with the sleeve 36. This ring has secured to it and radiating outwardly from it the spokes 49 which at their outer'ends are turned up as indicated at 50 and the turned up ends are joined by a border ring 51. In addition to the ring 48 being welded or otherwise suitably fixed to the central lattice-work, a further rigidity can be given to the construction by welding the spokes 49 to the lattice-work bars and to the bars or arms 44 where the spokes cross the underlying bars. The sleeve 36 of each of the trays is interiorly dimensioned, as previously stated, to snugly receive the standard 12 and the trays are maintained at desired elevations one above the other on the standard by the employment of pins 52 which are extended through the proper diametrical openings 33 beneath the tray sleeves 36 and the end of the pin may then be turned down as indicated at 53 to maintain it against accidental displacement, the other end otthe pin being provided with a suitable head, as shown. Obviously with this means of supporting the trays on the standard the trays can be freely rotated about the standard While resting upon the supporting pins and if the siz e: of the nierchandiseto be 'placedon the trays makes itnecessary to separate 'the'trays orgive a wider spacing between them, the-proper'adjustrnent of the spacing-can be 'etiected by re-locatingthe pins 52,.

The standard, as previously stated, is of tubular form.

and a suitable closure cap can be inserted into the top end thereof as indicated at 54.

In addition to supporting an auxiliary structure upon the latticework 38 or upon the arms 44, there is attached to one of the trays which would be used as the top tray of the series, a suitable sign or card supporting unit such as is shown in Figs, land 4 and generally designated 55.

This unit embodies a wide substantially U-shaped Wire frame arranged in inverted position with the side them-- and placed against one side of the frame 56 with the free ends of the legs welded to the legs 56 adjacent to the loops 57. The V-frame as shown in Fig. 1, thusextends across the width of or straddles the frame 56 and also projects slightly above the part 58 which connects the legs 56 so that a display or price card can be slipped between the two frames, as Will be readily apparent.

From the foregoing it will be seen that there is provided by the present invention a new and novel revolvable article support and display stand which can be built economically and which is relatively light in weight but at the same time, because of the novel way in which the elements are put together, will have considerable strength so as to support a multiplicity of heavy articles.

Also the parts are assembled in a novel manner so that they can be readily separated for packing and shipping and the structure can be easily and quickly set up without need for the employment of any special tools.

, I claim:

1. A unit for use as a part of a display fixture embodying an upright standard; said unit comprising a sleeve adapted to have the standard extended therethrough, and a lattice structure comprising a plurality of bar mem bers arranged to extend perpendicularly to the sleeve and fixed thereto outside of the area circumscribed by the interior cross section of the sleeve and each of said bar other bar members at the crossing points of such memibers, the lattice structure forming when the unit is mounted on a standard asubstantially horizontal body supporting means, a receptacle supported upon the latticev structure and comprising an annulus concentric with and of only slightly larger diameter than said sleeve and resting upon and secured to said bars to form a fixed part of the unit, a multiplicity of bars in relatively closely spaced relation secured to and radiating from said an nulus in a common plane therewith, said last mentioned bars having upturned outer end portions and a means joined to and connecting together said upturned outer end portions.

2. A tray unit for mounting upon a supporting standard; said unit comprising a tubular sleeve member having a top end joined to and defined by a surrounding flange and adapted to have the standard extended therethrough, and a lattice structure carried by said flange to lie in a plane perpendicular to the tube and comprising crossed rods at least two of which lie against and are fixedly joined'to the underside of the flange and at least two othersof which lie upon and are fixedly joined to the top of the flange, the first two rods and the said two others being rigidly joinedtogether at their crossing points.

a'ro'undl thelrods lying. against, the underside and other- 5 e edge portions turned up and partly around the rods lying 348,271 upon the top thereof. 561,473 615,651 References Cited m the file of thls patent 1,703,340 UNITED STATES PATENTS 5 1,918,956 Re. 4,652 Roe Nov. 28, 1871 2,071,290

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U.S. Classification108/30, 211/166, 108/139, 108/31
International ClassificationA47F5/02
Cooperative ClassificationA47F5/02
European ClassificationA47F5/02