US 613631 A
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Patent 5d Nov. I. I898.
FILE HOLDING DRAWER FUR DESKS.
IVILLIAM HORROOKS, OF HERKIIWIER, NEW YORK, ASSIGNOR TO THE IIORROOKS DESK COMPANY, OF SAME PLACE.
FILE-HOLDING DRAWER FOR DESKS.
SPECIFICATION forming part of Letters Patent No. 613,631, dated November 1, 1898.
Application filed April 28, 1898. Serial No. 679,103. (No model.)
To all whom it may concern.-
Be it known that I, WILLIAM HORROOKS, a citizen of the United States, residing at Herkimer, in the county of Herkimer and State of New York, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in File-Holding Drawers for Desks, of which the following is a specification.
This inventionrelates to file-holding drawers designed to be used in the pigeon-holes of desks; and the invention consists in a novel construction of the spring used to hold the papers in the drawer and the manner of securing the spring to the drawer, all as hereinafter more fully set forth.
Figure 1 is a perspective View of the finished spring ready to be applied to the drawer, and Fig. 2 is a perspective view of the drawer with the spring attached.
Various forms of file-holders have before been made with springs of one kind or another to hold the papers in place; but as usually made screws, staples, or similar devices are used to fasten the spring to the box, necessitating making the box thick and clumsy, and Where coiled springs are used they are apt to either break or get out of shape where coiled after being used for some time.
The object of my present invention therefore isto obviate these objections, and this I do as follows: I first take a piece of strong Wire, as shown at B, Fig. 1, and bend it near each end at a right angle, thus forming the two prongs b b, as shown. I then take a piece of brass wire of the proper length and bend it at the center to form a loop, as shown at A, Fig. 1, and thencoil each member of the loop around the larger wire B, as shown at c c, with the free ends projecting rearward to form prongs e c. This completes the spring ready for attachment.
The drawer D, I make of the form shown in Fig. 2, its sides and bottom being made of thin strips of wood, while the cross-piece I at the end is somewhat thicker, in order to permit holes to be bored therein for the reception of the prongs b and e, as indicated by the dotted lines in Fig. 2.
Having thus constructed the spring and the drawer, it is only necessary to force the prongs b and (2 into the holes in the edge of the cross-piece I and it is completed ready for use.
It will readily be seen that the wire 13 not careless handling of the spring, while the prongs c of the spring Aserve to prevent the coils from turning loosely on the wire B, as they otherwise would.
The end piece of the drawer has a vertical slit or out o in it for the insertion of a label to indicate the contents of the drawer, which label shows through an opening in the outer face of the end piece; but as this is a common device in this class of articles I have not thought it necessary to show it.
By these means I am enabled to produce a very light and neat drawer With a spring that is not liable to get loose or be injured or broken by use, the drawer being admirably adapted for use in the pigeon-holes of desks.
Having thus described my invention, what I claim is- As a new article of manufacture, the hereindescribed file-holder, consisting of the open box D with the top cross-piece I at its closed end, and the U-shaped wire-holder A provided with coils c and rearwardly-projecting prongs c, with the wire B passing through the coils and having its ends bent at right angles to form prongs b, said prongs Z2 and a being driven into holes in the front edge of the cross-piece I, all constructed and arranged to operate as and for the purpose set forth.
In Witness whereof I hereunto set my hand in the presence of two witnesses.
FREDK. S. MUNGER, W. W. HnLmeAs.