Search Images Maps Play YouTube News Gmail Drive More »
Sign in
Screen reader users: click this link for accessible mode. Accessible mode has the same essential features but works better with your reader.

Patents

  1. Advanced Patent Search
Publication numberUS994984 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateJun 13, 1911
Filing dateApr 27, 1911
Priority dateApr 27, 1911
Publication numberUS 994984 A, US 994984A, US-A-994984, US994984 A, US994984A
InventorsElmer L Dennis
Original AssigneeAndrews Wire And Iron Works
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Letter-tray.
US 994984 A
Abstract  available in
Images(1)
Previous page
Next page
Claims  available in
Description  (OCR text may contain errors)

[ E. L. DENNIS. LETTER TRAY.

APPLIUATION FILED APR.27, 1911.

994,984, Patented June 13, 1911.

nyz

1n: NORRIS PETERS co., WASHINGTON, n. c.

NITED STATES PATENT OFFICE.

ELMER L. DENNIS, OF ROCKFORD, ILLINOIS, ASSIGNOR TO ANDREWS WIRE AND IRON WORKS, OF ROCKFORD, ILLINOIS, A CORPORATION OF ILLINOIS.

LETTERTRAY.

Specification of Letters Patent.

Patented June 13, 1911.

T 0 all whom it mag concern:

Be it known that I, ELMER L. DENNIS, a citizen of the United States, residing at Rockford, in the county of Winnebago and State of Illinois, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Letter-Trays, of which the following is a specification.

The object of this invention is to construct a connector for letter trays which will enable them being nested for shipment and held separated when in use.

In the accompanying drawings, Figure 1 is an elevation of a plurality of trays connected by my improved connector. Fig. 2 is a section on line a a Fig. 1. Fig. 3 is a perspective view of portions of two connectors in connection with one corner of a tray. Fig. 4 is a perspective view of one of the connectors.

The wire trays 1 are of the usual construction with the exception that the top wire 2 has loop portions 3 located at the corners of the tray. Connectors are provided to connect the trays and hold them one above the other and each connector comprises the shank t having a loop 5 at one end and two branches 6 each having a hook 7 at its free end. These branches 7 are located some distance from the end 8 of the shank 4;.

In use the branches 6 are hooked over the top wire 2 of the tray, each side of a loop 3 and the end 8 of the shank 4 is located in a loop 3. The 100p 5 of the lower end of the shank 4 receives a loop 3 of another tray. A connector is used at each corner of the tray. As the tendency of the shanks 4 is to incline inwardly, it will be seen that when the loop 5 of the shank is placed over a loop 3 of the tray, its spring tension will hold it over the loop 3. Another tray may be added to the bottom tray by the employment of four connectors. All of the connectors are locked in connection with the trays with the exception of the lower set of connectors by the ends 8 extending through the loops 3 of the wire of the trays after the loops 5 of the shanks are placed over the loops 3. The trays can be nested for shipment and erected as required for use.

I claim as my invention.

1. A tray connector comprising a shank having a loop at one end, two diverging branches near its other end and each branch formed with a hook.

2. A plurality of trays, each formed with a top wire and the top wire formed with a loop at each corner of the tray, and con nectors for the trays, each comprising a shank having a loop at one end, two diverging branches near its other end and each branch formed with a hook, the hooked ends of the branches overlying the top wire of the tray and the end of the shank located in the loop of the same tray and the loop of the shank located over a loop of another tray.

' In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand in presence of two subscribing wit-- nesses.

ELMER L. DENNIS.

WVitnesses:

A. O. BEHEL, E. D. E. N. BEHEL.

copies of this patent may be obtained for five cents each, by addressing the Commissioner of Patents, Washington, D. C.

Referenced by
Citing PatentFiling datePublication dateApplicantTitle
US2460594 *Oct 16, 1947Feb 1, 1949Max SchusterBuilt-up post for wire baskets and the like
US2603361 *Apr 9, 1947Jul 15, 1952 Tiering means for trays
US2636504 *Jun 18, 1947Apr 28, 1953Bazarnic Peter PSurge type washing machine
US2721663 *Dec 14, 1953Oct 25, 1955Maldon James DavidMulti-tiered rack
US4140256 *Feb 28, 1977Feb 20, 1979Straits Steel & Wire Co.Tool caddy
US5123537 *Apr 3, 1991Jun 23, 1992Fellowes Manufacturing CompanyTray stacking system
US6718635Mar 11, 2003Apr 13, 2004Design Ideas, Ltd.Method for making mesh containers
US7270245Oct 22, 2004Sep 18, 2007Design Ideas, Ltd.Mesh container, system using mesh containers, and method for making mesh containers
US7428976Nov 30, 2004Sep 30, 2008Design Ideas, Ltd.Method for making mesh containers with a rail and mesh container formed therefrom
US8006858Sep 25, 2008Aug 30, 2011Design Ideas, Ltd.Method for making mesh containers with a rail and mesh container formed therefrom
US8584889Aug 11, 2011Nov 19, 2013Design Ideas, Ltd.Method for making mesh containers with a rail and mesh container formed therefrom
US20050056647 *Oct 22, 2004Mar 17, 2005Hsi-Ming ChengMesh container, system using mesh containers, and method for making mesh containers
US20050077299 *Nov 30, 2004Apr 14, 2005Hsi-Ming ChengMethod for making mesh containers with a rail and mesh container formed therefrom
US20090045201 *Sep 25, 2008Feb 19, 2009Hsi-Ming ChengMethod for making mesh containers with a rail and mesh container formed therefrom
DE1106694B *Mar 19, 1958May 10, 1961Tomado NvEinrichtung zum Anordnen von Drahtkoerben od. dgl. in Zwischenraeumen uebereinander
Classifications
International ClassificationA47F1/14
Cooperative ClassificationY10S206/821, A47B87/0261