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Publication numberUS908487 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateJan 5, 1909
Filing dateJan 14, 1908
Priority dateJan 14, 1908
Publication numberUS 908487 A, US 908487A, US-A-908487, US908487 A, US908487A
InventorsJohn L Nail
Original AssigneeSamuel J Norton, John L Nail
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Combined table.
US 908487 A
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Specification of Letters Patent.

. Patented .Jan. 8 1'809.

Application ma January 14, 190:. said No. 410,855.

Be it known that I, Jonn L. NAIL, a citizen of the United States, residing at Sanford, in the county of Orange and State of Florida, have invented new and useful Im rovemerits inOombined Tables, of which t e following is a specification.

This invention relates to a combined table and carrying case, and the object of the invention is to provide a device of this character primarily intended for salesmen in exhibiting their goods, and being so constructed as to be readily converted into a carrying case containing compartments for the rece tion of the goods exhlbited and for the legs of the table.

With these and other objects in view the invention resides in the novel construction and combination of elements hereinafter fully described and claimed.

-In the drawings, Figure 1 is a perspective view of my device showing the same in set up position as a table. Fig. 2 is a longitudlnal section u on' the line 22 of Fig.v 1. Fig. 3 is a deta' plan view of one of the corners of the device. Fig. 4 is a detail sectional view, illustrating the method of attaching the legs. Fig. 5 is a perspective view of the device closed to provide a carrying case, and Fig. 6 is a pers ective view showing the compartments 0 the device comprises two sections or members 1 and 2,.

opened and illustrating the method of holding one of the compartments in an upright position. Y

As illustrated in the accompanying'drawings my combined table and carrying case hmgedly secured together as at 3 and compr sing the tops 4, sides 5 and ends 6f One of the compartments, 2, is provided with a hinged closure 7 having alatch 8, by which it is held in position 11 on the compartment. The compartment 2 aving the, closure 7 is adapted for the rece tion of articles to be displayed when the evice is used b sales-.- men, but it is of course understood t at the device is not limited for the use of displaying goods, and the com artment may e emplloyed as a receptac e for any desired arti- 0 es. s

The compartment 1 mag be left open at its lower e go as illustrate in Figs. 2 and 6 of the drawings, and is primarily intended for the reception of the detachable legs of the table, and also affords sufiicient space for" the compartment 1 without departing from the spirit of this invention.

Upon the under surface of the tops 4, andv at t e outer corners of the compartments,-

are provided threaded spindles 9, adapted for t e reception of the threaded ferrule 10 of the u per sections 11 of the leg members. The t aded spindles 9 are of a lesser size than the width of the sides of ends of the compartments, and immediately above the upper ends of the spindles, the tempestments are provided with guiding and bracing elements 12 for the upper ferrules 10 of the leg sections. These guiding and bracing ele= ments 11 are preferably constructed of 1 sin le strand of resilient wire, havin their ends cut to provide teeth Wherebfy t ey are secured to the sides and ends 0 the compartments, and having its intermediate portlon formed into a loop of a circumference slightly greater than the ferrule 10 of the leg sections. The legs of my improved device OOIIIPI'ISO each aseries of sections, of a size approximately corresponding with the width of the compartment 1, wherein they are adapted to be received when the device is not used as a table. B reference to Fig. 2 of the drawings it be noted that the lower ortion of the u per leg sections 11 are re uced and threadbd, while the upper portion of the lower sections are provided with ,an mte-' riorly threaded ferrule 20 whiclris adapted to engage with the threaded 'roject on 19 of the upper leg section when t e sections are connected together. it will be seen that the leg members may be made of any required size whereby they may be conveniently fitted within the compartment 1. The guiding and bracing elements 12, encircling the .up ipr section of the leg members 11,- securely race the legs 1n their engpgement with the. spindles and prevent wa bling or shaking.

The compartments 1 and 2 are each provided u on their sides near their hingedends wit a latch member 13, comprising a plate 14 having a perforation upon one of its By this construction only when manipulated ends adapted for the reception of a retaini element 15, by which it lspivotally secure I to the compartment.. The oppositeend of the'latch isprovided with an annular slit 5 or opemng 16, adapted to engage aknob' orbutton 17 upon the side of the opposite compartment. The latches 13 are adapted to e tightly'seoured upon the compartments,

so'as to 'be-movable' 11 on their pivots 15 Ey the 0 erator, and

whereby they may serve as an e ectiv'e prop for holding-one of the compartments in an angular position in relation to the other, whereby the contents of the raised compart- 15 ment may be accessible without completely lowering and spreadings outboth compartments. The latches a o effectively secure the compartments in their spread out position when used as a table, as illustrated in Fig. l'of the drawings, as-well as securing im thekeyq v rom the above descri tion it will be noted that I have provide a simple, cheap and strongcombined table and carrying case, which may be readily converted into either a table or case as desired.

employed as a ta uppermost sections ada Having thus fully described the ihvention whatis" claimed as newis':

Acombined' table and carrying case comprising two compartments hingedly secured together,-- a cover for, one of the compartments, spindles adjacent the outer corners of the com artments, bracing elements-constructed o a strand of looped resilient wire above the spindles, latch members pivotally secured upon the outer sides of one of the compartments and near the pivoted end thereof, said members each comprising a rectangular flattened plate having a slot, the

opposite compartment bein provided with a stud adapted to be engage by the slot and whereby the com artments are secured when le or as a carrying-case and whereby one ofthe compartments" may be retained in pro ped vertical position, sectional legs for t e device, said sections having one of their ends provided with a ferrule and their oppositeends provided with a reduced extension whereby the sections are secured together, and the ferrules of vthe ted to engage the bracing elements and t e spindles of the com artments when thedevice is set up as 'atale.

In testimony whereof IBEX my signature in presence of two witnesses.

JOHN L; NAIL.- Witnesses: I

B. F. Wnrrnnn, Jr., A. L. .BEr'rs.

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Cooperative ClassificationA45C9/00