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1961 c. DRADER 2,994,463
BREAD CARRIERS Filed Dec. 5, 1958 INVENTDR fl/mmw M 15 R ATTORNEY United States Patent D 2,994,463 BREAD CARRIERS Clarence Drader, RR. 2, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada Filed Dec. 5, 1958, Ser. No. "778,363 3 Claims. (Cl. 224-48) This invention relates to improvements in carriers for loaves of bread and the like.
The principal object is to provide a carrier that may be used repeatedly for carrying or storing loaves of bread and the like and that is of sufficiently rigid and durable construction to withstand such use without damage.
A further object is to provide a carrier that may be collapsed after its bread storage or carrying operation to occupy substantially less space during storage of the carrier.
A still further object is to provide a carrier that when assembled and in the bread carrying position will support a second carrier thereabove and will hold such other carrier against movement.
An additional object is to provide a carrier having an automatic locking mechanism to hold the carrier in the assembled position.
A still further object is to provide a carrier that may be collapsed when desired by a simple movement requiring only one hand of an operator and without any manipulation of the automatic locking device.
Numerous other objects and advantages of my improved carrier will be seen from the following specification and the attached drawings. Obviously, the following specification and attached drawings are by way of example and illustration only and various changes and modifications as fall within the scope of the appended claims may be made without departing from the inventive spirit and scope of the invention.
In the drawings:
FIG. 1 is a projected view of a complete carrier in the open position.
FIG. 2 is a broken away bottom view illustrating the ends of two carriers in the stacked position.
FIG. 3 is an enlarged broken away top plan view showing one corner of a carrier.
FIG. 4 is an enlarged broken away view showing a section of one corner of a carrier.
FIG. 5 is an enlarged broken away view of one end of a carrier as seen from the opposite direction to FIG. 4.
As seen in the drawings, a carrier in preferred form comprism the base framework designated generally by the numeral 1 and constructed preferably of side pieces 3 and with end pieces 11 and 12 all constructed of angle iron or the like. In its preferred form, the side and end pieces are secured as by welding or other suitable means at the corners thereof and diagonal cross bracing 5 is provided in the interests of rigidity. In addition, the cross braces 5 serve as supporting members for a cardboard bottom section that is inserted within the framework 1 when required.
Carrying bails are provided at the ends of the framework and these bails comprise the crosswise portions 13 and leg portions 14 with the leg portions 14 formed outwardly into feet 15 which are journalled rotatably in openings 16 at the end corners of the framework 1. With this construction, the bails may be moved as shown by the arrows 2, from the open or upright position as seen in FIG. 1 to a closed or nested position as seen in the dotted lines in FIG. 1.
Automatic locking means to secure the bails in the upright or open position is provided by the stops 8 which are fixed rigidly to the sides I and 3 and which are formed angular-1y as best seen in FIG. 3 in the drawings to project into the path of the legs 1'414. When folding the bails to the closed position with respect to the framework 1, it becomes necessary to move the legs 14 past the stops 8 and to accomplish this, I have provided the cross pieces 17 which are secured between the legs 14 of each bail and which may be grasped as indicated by a hand 6 and pulled upwardly to draw the legs 14-14 toward each other and out of the path of the stops 8. Movement of the cross member 17 with respect to the crosswise portions 13 of a bail is illustrated by the arrow 10 while movement of the legs 14 toward each other is designated by the arrow 7. Obviously, when the elgs 14 are clear of the stop 8, the bails may be folded inwardly against the framework 1 and the carrier may then be nested with other carriers for storage purposes.
To ensure correct seating of one carrier on another when the bails are in the erected position, I have provided the guides 4 below the end pieces 11 and 12 of the framework l. Each of the guides 4- is formed upwardly at substantially its centre portion and is secured at this centre portion to its respective end pieces 11 and 12 as indicated at 19. The guides 4 are also formed in an inverted U-shape 20 at each end with the crosswise portion 18 fixed to the frame.
When nesting the carriers, the crosswise portions 18 will fit securely in the slots 9 located at the corners of the framework so the carriers will be held firmly against displacement when in the nested position. Again, when in the erected or in the bread carrying position, and if it is desired to stack one carrier on the carrying bails, I have provided the depressed portions 21 at the ends of the crosswise portions 13 which will serve to receive the crosswise portions 18 of the guides in a similar manner to the notches or slots 9. In either the nesting or stacking operation, the inverted U-shape 20 will engage on and slide along the crosswise portion 13 or the top of the sides 11 and 12 as the case may be until the crosswise portions drop into either the depressions 21 or slots 9.
What I claim as my invention is:
1. A carrier for bread and the like comprising a rectangular base framework, a pair of carrying bails connected rotatably at the ends to the framework on opposite sides thereof and being movable from an upright to a folded position with respect to the framework, such carrying bails being movable longitudinally at their ends within the said rotatable connection to said framework, stops projecting from the said framework into the path of the said hails from the upright to the folded position with respect to the framework, a bar fixed at its ends to each bail to extend thereacross and movable with respect to the bail to draw the ends of the bails together to clear the said stops when folding the bails with respect to the framework.
2. A carrier for bread or the like comprising a base frame, a pair of spaced carrying bails, legs on each carrying bail, coacting means on said base frame and on said legs to rotatably and slidably journal said legs so that said bails are movable from an upright to a folded position with respect to the frame, stops adjacent said coacting means projecting in the path of movement of the respective legs from the upright to the folded position with respect to said base frame, and means carried by said bails for moving the legs of each bail relatively to one another to clear the said stops when folding the bail with respect to the base frame.
3. A carrier for bread or the like comprising a base frame, a pair of spaced carrying bails, legs on each carrying bail, said legs being connected by a crosswise portion, coacting means on said base frame and on said legs to rotatably and slidably journal said legs so that said bails are movable from an upright to a folded position with respect to the frame, stops adjacent said coacting means projecting in the path of movement of the respective legs from the upright to the folded position with respect to said base frame, and means carried by said bails for moving the legs of each bail relatively to one another to clear the said stops when folding the bail with respect to the base frame, said means for moving the legs relatively to one another including members extending transversely to said legs and being movable relatively to said crosswise portion.
References Cited in the file of this patent UNITED STATES PATENTS FOREIGN PATENTS France Aug. 9, 1910