US 3656727 A
Bracket means for engagement with a perforated "peg board" and capable of supporting a receptacle, such as a tool box or tote box, having a hinged cover or lid, with such cover or lid held in open position.
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United States Patent Greenlee  3,656,727 [451 Apr. 18, 1972 1541 HANGER BRACKET MEANS  Inventor: Hugh T. Greenlee, Cleveland, Ohio  Assignee: The Wright Tool and Forge Company,
Barberton, Ohio ["22] Filed: Aug. 3, 1970  Appl.No.: 60,574
 US. Cl ..248/20l, 211/88, 248/223, 248/D1G. 3
 Int. Cl. ..A47f 7/00  Field of Search; ..248/DIG. 3, 201, 223, 224, 248/225, 216, 217, 220.5; 211/88, 90, 133;
 References Cited UNITED STATES PATENTS 3,502,294 3/ 1970 Kalbow et al. ..248/2I6 X 2,879,899 3/1959 Shenkin ..248 /DIG. 3
FOREIGN PATENTS OR APPLICATIONS 1,112,390 8/1961 Germany ..248/DIG. 3
Primary Examiner-J. Franklin Foss Attomey-William I-l. Finckel, Jr.
 ABSTRACT Bracket means for engagement with a perforated peg board and capable of supporting a receptacle, such as a tool box-or tote box, having a hinged cover or lid, with such cover or lid held in open position. v
9 Claims, 8 Drawing Figures PATENTEDAPR 18 m2 SHEET 10F 2 INVENTOR ATTORNEY PATENTEDAPR 18 m2 SHEET 2 [1F 2 I NVENTOR ATTORNEY HANGER BRACKET MEANS BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION 1 Field of the Invention Peg boards and their utility are well known, and many stores utilize them for supporting articles in display position. Normally, the articles to be placed on display are packaged in cellophane or other transparent plastic-type receptacles and are thus in full view of customers, and usually the display packages are attached to the peg board by simple strips of metal having reversely bent portions at their opposite ends, one such bent portion engaged in an opening in the peg board and the other such portion beingavailable for attachment to, and for supporting, the package in display position.
The present invention makes available to merchandisers means which make it possible to display relatively bulky and heavy articles or receptacles, such as tool boxes and tote boxes, upon the surface of a perpendicularly disposed supporting member, such as a peg board, in full view of customers.
2. Description of the Prior Art The prior art is replete with examples of devices for supporting articles of merchandise in display position, as shown by the following U.S. Patent Nos, namely:
Obviously as shown by the patents of Kreh, Becker, Tisch,
' Hirst, and Palmer, there is nothing broadly novel in the provi sion in a display device of means for holding the cover of a receptacle in open, display position. Also, as shown by the patents of Goldsholl, l-Iobson, Terlinde, Johnson and Larson, brackets'for mounting articles upon peg boards" are now common in the art.
However, none of these patents, considered either individually or in combination, can be construed as anticipatory of the present invention, for the reason that they do not show the bracket means for mounting a receptacle in suspendedcondition upon a peg board and including as parts thereof means for holding the cover or lid of the receptacle in open, display position.
OBJECTS OF THE INVENTION The principal object of the invention is to provide a bracket arrangement for supporting the full weight of the receptacle and, per choice, with its hinged cover or lid held in an open position so that the contents of the receptacle are in full view for examination by customers, or to make readily available in a work shop articles, such as tools, contained in the receptacle. Another object is to provide a bracket arrangement including stop means to prevent undue lateral movement of the receptacle once it has been properly located and supported upon the peg board.
A further is to provide a bracket arrangement adapted to support the receptacle at an angle so that it is tilted forwardly toward the viewer in order that he may advantageously inspect its contents.
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS These and other objects of the invention will become more apparent from the following detailed description taken in combination with the drawings forming a part of the disclosure, and in which:
FIG. 1 is a front perspective view of a receptacle with its cover or lid in open position and supported by the bracket means which are, in the main, shown in broken lines,
FIG. 2 shows, in enlarged side elevation, a view of the receptacle with its cover or lid held in open position and supported by the right hand bracket member which is engaged with and supported by the peg boar which is shown in broken lines,
FIG. 3 shows the receptacle in full and broken lines with arrows employed to indicate the manner in which the receptacle is inserted between the pair of bracket members adjacent to its right hand and left hand extremities and adjusted with respect thereto,
FIG. 4 shows an alternative mode of assembling the receptacle in relation to one bracket member, after which the other bracket member, in the position shown in broken lines, is swung to the right, in receptacle supporting position, as shown in full lines.
FIG. 5 shows, in full and broken lines, an alternative embodiment and arrangement of brackets supporting another type of receptacle with its lid or cover in open position,
FIG. 6 shows, in side elevation, the left hand bracket of the pair thereof used for supporting a receptacle of the type shown in FIG. 5,
FIG. 7 shows, in side elevation as viewed from the right of FIG. 5, the receptacle as supported bya peg board, shown in broken lines, upon bracket means of the type shown in FIG. 5, and
FIG. 8 is a perspective view showing how the receptacle and its contents are supported for display employing the bracket means of FIGS. 5 to 7.
Referring to the embodiment of the invention shown in FIGS. 1 to 4, and with reference particularly to FIG. 1, it will be seen that the receptable, indicated generally as 10, which may be constructed of any suitable material, such, preferably, as plastic or metal, is provided with a body portion 11 and a hinged cover or lid 12. In this view (FIG. 1) the left hand and right hand brackets 13 and 14, respectively, are, in the main, concealed by the receptacle l0 and are therefore shown mainly in broken lines, and each of them includes a normally vertically arranged portion 15, 16, respectively, each provided with a lug member 17, 18, respectively, for supporting engagement with a peg boar (see FIG. 2), and also with an angularly ofifstanding receptacle-supporting arm 19, 20, respective- Also, as shown in FIGS. 1 to 4, each of the brackets has welded at 21 and 22, respectively, to its vertically arranged portion 15, 16, respectively, a combination bracket-locating member provided with a hook-like cover or lid supporting arm 23, 24, respectively, and a lug 25, 26, respectively, for locating engagement with the peg board.
Having reference to the essentially schematic showing of FIG. 3, it will be assumed that the left hand and right hand brackets 13 and 14, respectively, have been mounted upon a peg board in such relatively spaced arrangement, laterally, as will properly accommodate the receptacle to be mounted upon them.
Now, to mount the receptacle upon these brackets it is placed, with its cover or lid opened up, upon the brackets in the position indicated in broken lines wherein the hook portions 23 and 24 of the arms 23 and 24 are in alignment with the hinge of the cover or lid by moving the receptacle in the direction of the arrow A, into the crotch of the arm 23, whereafter the receptacle may be moved to the seated position in the direction of the arrow B and thereafter centered between the brackets, as indicated in full lines, with its cover or lid supported in open position, as indicated in FIG. 2 and also in FIG. 1.
FIG. 4 shows alternative procedure for mounting the receptacle, with open cover or lid, upon the brackets 13 and 14. In accordance with this procedure the right hand bracket 14 is first mounted in fixed position upon the peg board, and then the receptacle, with its right hand end portion supported upon the arm 20, is slid along in the direction of the arrow C until the upstanding cover or lid 12 is engaged by and supported in the arm 24, the bracket 13 meanwhile having been swung left upon the'pivot fumished by the lug 17 out of the way of the receptacle, as shown in broken lines, whereafter, with the receptacle held in an elevated position, the bracket 13 is swung to the right with its arm 23 below the receptacle and its cover or lid thus supported in raised position and the receptacle thus presented with its contents visible. Although the receptacle shown in FIG. 4 is schematically represented as a metallic receptacle, it will be understood that a plastic receptacle such as that shown in FIGS. 1 and 2 could be mounted in the brackets 13 and 14 in the manner just described in relation 4 to the showing of FIG. 4.
Having reference, now to the disclosure of FIGS. to 8, there is shown an alternative form of bracket means for mounting a different type of receptacle, such as tote box, upon a peg board.
In FIG. 6, which shows the left hand bracket 27 of the similar left and right hand pair 27, 28 of same in this alternative embodiment of the invention, it will be seen that this bracket 27 is provided with a lug 29 for attaching the bracket to a peg board, this lug being integral with the depending rod portion 30 that bears against the face of the peg board. This rod portion 30 is bent adjacent to its lower end, substantially at a right angle, to provide a horizontally disposed arm 31 which terminates in an upwardly extending stop member 32 to contact the adjacent face of the receptacle, such as the tote box T, to be supported. Suitably welded at 33 to the depending rod portion 30, and at 34 to the stop member 32, is an angularly disposed seat member 35 which includes a horizontally extending lug 36 spaced on the rod portion 30 at a distance from the lug 29 to register with and extend through a perforation in the peg boar below that engaged by the lug 29 and thereby serving, with the lug 29, to provide a firm support for the bracket. Furthermore, the angularly disposed seat member 35 has welded thereto at 37 an offstanding L-shaped arm 38 the upwardly projecting portion 39 of which is arranged to fit snugly against one end of the receptacle or tote box T and laterally locate the box when it is positioned between the brackets 27 and 28, as shown, and as hereinafter explained in relation to FIG. 5.
In FIG. 7 there is shown, in side elevation, the right hand bracket 28, and since all of the elements of the left and right hand brackets are the same, except one element, similar reference characters are used. In this view the tote box T is shown supported on the angularly disposed seat members 35 of the two brackets with its cover or lid T in upstanding, or open, display position, and thus supported by the cover-retaining member or hook 40 which forms a part of an extension 39 of the L-shaped arm 38'.
The mode of positioning and supporting a receptacle, such as a tote box T, upon the brackets 27 and 28 is depicted in FIG. 5. The brackets 27 and 28 are mounted upon the peg board in suitable lateral spacing to accommodate the tote box T, or .other receptacle. Preferably with its cover or lid T closed, the receptacle is inserted into the space between the brackets 27 and 28 by moving it in a tilted position, as shown schematically in broken outline at T2, toward the right hand bracket 28 (note arrow D) and, as soon as the left hand end of the receptacle or box is moved past the upwardly projecting end of the upstanding arm 39, the receptacle is seated upon the seat members 35 (see arrow E) and held against lateral movement by the upwardly projecting portions 39 and 39 of the L-shaped arms 38 and 38', respectively. Then, if the latch L for the lid is fastened it may be released and the lid can then be swung upwardly upon its hinge into open position, past the hook 40, by retracting the springy, upwardly projecting portion 39' of the arm 38', as best shown in broken lines in FIG. 5, and its hook 40 then permitted to spring back into cover-engaging position, as indicated in full lines in FIG. 5, and in FIG. 8, and as indicated in broken lines in FIG. 7. Also, as shown in FIGS. 7 and 8, the function of the stop members 32 in arresting forward sliding movement of the receptacle upon the seat members 35 is well illustrated.
As shown in FIGS. 1 to 4, undue sliding movement of the receptacle forwardly upon the arms 19 and 20 is prevented by the engagement of the hook portions 23' and 24' of the arms 23 and 24 with the cover or lid 12 of the receptacle.
Thus, having reference to the foregoing full disclosure of the invention, it will be apparent that it has to do with hanger bracket means for attachment to a substantially vertically disposed panel member provided with perforations, such as a customary peg board, which bracket means are provided with lug means for engagement with the perforations of such panel to suspend the brackets, in laterally spaced relation proper to accommodate a receptacle and suspend it adjacent to the face of the panel by engagement with such receptacle in the vicinity of its ends. Also, the brackets are provided with means for holding the cover of the receptacle in open condition for display of its contents.
Various changes and modifications are considered to be within the principle of the invention and the scope of the following claims.
What is claimed is:
Hanger bracket means for supporting a receptacle having a hinged cover member in display position upon a perforated panel member, said bracket means including a relatively spaced pair of substantially similar bracket members adapted to supportingly engage the receptacle adjacent to its respective ends each of said bracket members further including an oflstanding lug member for engagement with a perforation of said panel member to support the receptacle in predetermined suspended relation to said panel member, at least one of said bracket members being provided with means for engaging and supporting the said cover member in open position.
2. Hanger bracket means as defined in claim I, in which each of the bracket members is provided with an additional lug member in spaced relation to said first named lug member and engageable with a substantially similarly spaced perforation of said panel member and serving to position the bracket member in predetermined fixed relation to said panel member.
3. Hanger bracket means as defined in claim 1, in which the bracket members of said pair are supported on said panel member in such lateral spacing as to be engageable with the receptacle adjacent to its opposite ends.
4. Hanger bracket means as defined in claim 1, in which each of the bracket members is provided with means offstanding from the panel member and angularly disposed with relation thereto to provide slanted seat means for the receptacle serving to present the interior of the body of the receptacle in full view of an observer.
5. Hanger bracket means as defined in claim 4, in which said offstanding means are provided by seat members secured to said bracket members and the cover supporting means are resilient and are secured to the seat member of at least one of said bracket members and are capable of being retracted from and engaged with the cover member in the course of its positioning from closed to open position and vice versa.
6. Hanger bracket means as defined in claim 2, in which the bracket members are of L-shape and seat members for the receptacle are angularly disposed across the angle formed by the legs of said L-shape and are secured to said legs, one of said legs carrying at its end the lug for engagement with the panel member, and the other leg having its end provided with a stop member for engaging the adjacent face of the receptacle and having secured to it the adjacent end of the seat member, the seat member being provided at its opposite end with the said additional lug member.
7. Hanger bracket means as defined in claim 1, in which each bracket member is provided with means for limiting lateral movement of the receptacle with respect to the two bracket members.
8. Hanger bracket means as defined in claim 1, in which the cover supporting member is of hook-like form for spanning erjrgagement with the cover member adjacent to its lateral e ge.
9. Hanger bracket means as defined in claim 2, in which each of said bracket members is provided with a cover sup porting member and said cover supporting members carry the additional lug members.