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Publication numberUS852229 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateApr 30, 1907
Filing dateOct 27, 1906
Priority dateOct 27, 1906
Publication numberUS 852229 A, US 852229A, US-A-852229, US852229 A, US852229A
InventorsRobert Thomas Joyce
Original AssigneeRobert Thomas Joyce
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
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No. 852.229., I PATENTED APR. 30, 190 R. T. JOYCE.



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W/TNESSES I lNVENTOf? ROBERT I. JOYCE ATTOHNE rs Specification of Letters Patent.




Patented April 30, 1907.

Application filed October 27, 1906. Serial No. 340,847.

To all whom it may concern.-

Beitknown that I, ROBERT THOMAS J OYCE, a citizen of the United States, residing at Mount Airy, in the county of Surry and State of North Carolina, have invented a new and useful Improvement in Dis play-Shelving, of which the following is a specification.

My invention relates to improvements in shelving used more especially in hardware stores wherein the shelving is arranged in the form of compartments to hold the various articles of hardware, and has for its objectto provide an attachment for displaying samples of the articles contained in each compartment and also for indicating the condition, or rather the quantity of stock on hand.

To these ends my invention consists in certain novel features of construction, arrangement and combination of parts as will be hereinafter fully described and pointed out in the claims, reference being had to the accomp anying drawing, in which Figure 1 is a perspective view showing my improvement applied to a shelf compartment. Fig; 2 is a perspective view of my improvement separable from the shelf. Fig. 3 is a vertical section of the device as in use. Fig. 4 is a vertical section showing shape of top of the box. Fig. 5 is a perspective view showing the glass door hinged to swing vertically. Fig. 6 shows use of two vertically swinging glass doors. Fig. 7 is a horizontal section of form shown in Fig. 6.

In carrying out my invention the shelving is arranged in the form of compartments A and in front of these compartments I place the frame A the frames containing the compartments being made up in sections usually about six feet by eight feet. In this frame A for each compartment is placed a sample display door member B consisting of a back B, sides B top B and bottom piece B; these door members are hollow and are to he usually about two inches deep, and the back, sides and bottom rigidly secured together by dovetailing, nailing or otherwise, while the top B which is tapered or rounded off to the rear on its upper surface is to be secured to the side pieces B by screws 1), so that it can be readily removed to insert the sample S which is to be pinned or otherwise secured to the upright back wall B, the front face of which is preferably covered with cloth or other suitable fabric 1); the removable top iece B also permits the pane of glass C to be placed in position and removed if desired to clean or when broken; said glass slides in grooves b made in the side pieces B and rests in horizontal grooves I) and ii -ill the top and bottom pieces B" and B. The upper surface of top piece B has a depression b made near its front edge while above said depressions in the adjacent top member of the frame A is made a curved opening A to permit the hand to enter and grip the upper front edge of the top piece of the door B by means of the fingers dropping into the depressions b At the center of the bottom piece B of the door a rock-shaft D is passed through the same and has a crank handle D at its rear end, which lies in a depression I) in the back wall so as to be out of the way; to the front end of the rock-shaft D which is squared is rigidly attached an indicator arm D which is preferably colored red to more quickly attract attention; the indicator 'arm D lies immediately in the rear of the glass C and normally lies in a horizontal position in a groove 1) .in the bottom piece B, that is, when the quantity of the articles in the compartments of the shelves is such that it does not need replenishing the indicator arm is permitted to remain down and out of sight; when however the stock in any particular compart ment runs low, the indicator arm is to'be thrown up to a vertical position by means of the rock-shaft D, and will in that position indicate to the clerk that more stock is needed.

The rear portion of the door 13 is made heavier than the front and the front being hinged to the frame, preferably at the lower front edge of the bottom piece B, it will be seen that the door when swung upward to its closed position will remain closed without the necessity of using any latches or other fastenings.

Asthe samples in each door will correspond with the articles contained .in the compartment in the rear of the door, the customer can at once see the goods without compelling the clerk to open the door and get out the articles. If the customer desires any particular goods he can make his selection, and the clerk by simply pulling down the door has access to the goods and can readily remove them; thc door can then be swung up again into position and will remain there without requiring the clerk to fasten the same. It will thus be seen that I provide a simple and efficient means of displaying the goods in stock at a minimum of time and labor, and

that my improvements can be installed at a comparatively small cost.

I may swing the door member vertically I as shown in Fig. 5 and if desired this member may be divided vertically into two such vertically hinged members, as indicated in Figs. 6 and 7 where it may be found more convenient to arrange the improvements in this manner.

I claim 1. As an improvement in shelving, the combination with an open front compartment, of a frame adapted to be placed in front of said compartment and form a closure for the same, a hollow display door hinged to said frame, said hollow display door having bottom, side and top walls and a glass front, the rear portion of said hollow display door being heavier than the front portion thereof.

2. An improvement in shelving consisting of an 0 en frame adapted to be placed in front 0 a compartment, a hollow display door hinged to fit within said frame, said door having bottom, side and top walls and a glass front, the top wall being detachable and sloping downwardly to the rear.

3. An improvement in shelving consisting of an open frame adapted to be placed in front of a compartment, and a hollow display door hinged at its lower end to fit within said frame, and having bottom, side and top walls, and a glass front held in said walls, the upper face of the top wall havinga depression therein, and the front face of the top of the frame having a cut out portion adjacent to said depression.




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Cooperative ClassificationA47F3/06