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Patented June 13,
EDWARD MCCLURE, 0F CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, ASSIGNOR OF ONE-HALF TO FRANKLIN P. SMITH, 0F CHICAGO, ILLINOIS.
Specification of Letters Patent.
Application led August 24, 1910. Seriallo. 578,788.
To all whom it may concern:A
Be it known that I, EDWARD MCCLURE, a
lcitizen of the United States, residing at tomary to drill holes in the glass members of the case and to'secure the glass members together by brackets and bolts or screws that pass through said holes in the lass members, and through holes in the brac ets.
One of theobjectsof this invention is to dispense with holes in the glass and still to connect the several members of a glass show case in al perfectly rigid and substantial manner.
Another object is to simplify, cheapen and otherwise improve upon show cases of this type and to this endthe invention con? sists in certain novel means of construction and arrangement, a descrlptlon of whlch w1ll be found 1n the followlng specification,
and the essential features of which will be more definitely pointed out in theclaims.
The invention is clearly illustrated in the ldrawings furnished herewith, in which- Figure 1 is a perspective view of a show case. embodying my improvements and illustratmg the same as mounted upon a counter, Flg. 2 is a vertical cross section of the device, Fig. 3 is a perspective view of a corner support used 1n the device, showing in dotted lines-fragments of two of the lglass members of the show case, Fi 4 is a perspective View of an interme iate support and showing in dotted lines a fragment of one of the glass members of the show case, Fig. 5 is a horizontal section taken on the line 5-5 of Fig. 2, with the glass members view of an -intermediaterear post4 showing in dotted lines fragments of two of the glass members of the show case.
` In these views, a counter of ordinary form is seen at A, the same having the usual top a, which acts as a base upon which may be supported the show case B. In general said case comprises one or more glass fronts 10, a glass top 11, one or more rails 12, end pieces 13, and a partition or dividing member 14, said glass members being supported and secured in place as will be hereafter fully set forth. The glass front pieces are preferably of rectangular form and preferably made somewhat higher than the rails 12, and the glass top piece 11, is somewhat narrower than the counter so as to leave an opening between the rail and top through which the attendant may have access to the goods that are being displayed within the show case. Preferably the end pieces and partition are made narrower at the rail side Patented J une 13, 1911.
underneath the top a, of the counter A, and v to be detachably secured thereto as byv screws or other fastening devices 18. The lower end of the post is offset as at 19, so
top a, of the counter, and a lug 20, is provided upon the post 16, immedlately above the top board, through which lug extends that the base of the post may rest uponthe tions of the lugs 22. A horizontal arm 24,
' j after which the projects rearwardly from the post, prefer-.
ably in the plane of the ange 23, and contains an inwardly extending f ledge 25 adapted to receive and support one r"end o the top 11, of the show case, the rear end of said ledge 25, having an upwardly extend-\ ing ange 26, against which the rear edge of the top 11, abuts. The width of the top piece 11, is equal to the distance between thefange 27, of the post Y16, and theange 26, on the arm 24, and said top is confined between the two. It is obvious that when the glass is placed in position upon the ledge 25, it can not move endwise nor crosswise,-being held in lace by the anges 27, 2,6, and arms 24. The ledge 25, stopsshort of the flange 27, so as to leave a space therebetween, approximately equal to the thickness of the glass fronts 10, and the lug 20, is also spaced away from said iange 27, the same distance, whereby the glass fronts may be securely held in place between said iiange 27, and ledge 25, and lug 20. The glass fronts are put in position by allowing them to slide down betweenl the ianges 27, and ledges 25,'until they rest upon the top a., lass top is laid upon the ledges 25, there y preventing the glass fronts from being raised until the glass top is first removed. l
In general, the intermediate support C', is'constructed similar to the corner supports, rexcept that it is somewhat wider and'the iange 23, and. arm 24, extend along its median line, the ledge 25, and iange 26, preferably being made correspondingly wlder to receive and support the middle of the glasstop, which preferably extends from end to end of the show case, although 1t is to be understood that said glass to may be made in two pieces with their adjacent edges resting upon the ledge 25. The vertical iiange 23a, is provided on.
both sides with rearwardly projecting lugs 2 2", between `which is held the glass partition 14, the forward edge of said glass part1t1on abutting against the rear edge or the iange 23, as seen in Fig. 5. The lower end of the flange 23, is provided witha pair of lugs 20, which may be screwed to the top a, and as in the corner supports, spaces,
glass fronts may be hel tween.
equal to the widthof 'the glass, areleft between the ange 27, and vthe forward ends.
of the ledge 25* and lu s 20%, so that Ythe The upper end of the iange 27e,
projects-above the led e 25, a 'dista-nce equal to the thickness of the glass top and acts as an abutment for the forward ed e thereof, and the iange 26, acts as an a utment for the rea-r edge of the top.
The rear posts` D, D., have uprights 28,'
that rest' upon the Jsop a, and are provided wlth clamping jaws 29, that extend underfaces with vertical in place therebeneath the to board a, said clamping jaws being provi ed with thumb screws 30, by means of which the rear posts may be1 detachably. clam ed upon the rear edge of the top board. T e front edges of the upright posts are formed with vertical grooves 31, adapted to receive and hold in place the rear edges of the ends and partition, and the rear corner posts D are formed in'their opposing ooves 32, in -which the outer ends of the rails are secured, the intermediate post D', being formed with a transverse slit 33, for receiving the inner or ad'a-` cent ends of the rails 12, which meet at t is point. A ledge 34, connects the front and back portions ofA the rear osts and the rails rest upon said ledges, ereby leaving a slight gap between their lower edges and the counter top a, through which an attendant may brush out small particles from the show case. Y
In erecting a show case made in accordance with my improvements, the glass pieces are cut to proper size, and the corner supports C, and intermediate support YC', screwed in -place upon the top a. y,The glass fronts 10, are then slid down into. place in the ways between the anges 27, 27?, and the 'corner posts and slit 33,'o the rear inter.-
mediate pstto complete the show case.
It is evident that as many intermediate supports may be used as may be desired and that any length of show case can be built up in this manner. 'If desired a second show case may be placed adjacent to the first one, the two adjacent corner supports assuming the appearance of an intermediate one, thereby maintaining a symmetrical appearance ythroughout'the entire show case.
From the above it is quite evident that a ve simple and substantial show case can be built up without the use of screws or bolts for fastening the glass pieces in place, thus a'ording a great savingof. timewand en; 5.2.0. i
pense as wellV as avoiding theddan'ger of cracking the glass when drilling the same for the screw holes. Furthermore, the supports may be adapted for almost any sort oi counter or base and by cutting the pieces of glass to proper lengths, the show case can be built up to t almost any 'ven' counter. The
Y show case can be secure to the counter without marring or defacing it, so that' when removed, no unsightly marks remain to disgure the face thereof.
995,410 i Y A v While I have shown and described. the body portion of the show case as being made of glass it is erfectl obvious that it may be made of ot er transparent material.
More or less variation is possible in the details of construction, without departing Yfrom the spirit of this invention, and I do not therefore desire to limit myself except as may be necessary in view of the state of the'prior art.
I claim as new and desire to secure by Letters' Patent:
l. As a new article of manufacture, a support of the class described, comprising a single piece consisting of a post having means at its lower end'rwhereby it may be detachably secured upon a counter top and terminating at its upper end in a horizontally extending arm having a horizont-al ledge located slightly below the upper end of the post and being formed at its free end with an upwardly extending flange, said ledge being,
adapted tosupport ahorizontal glass plate and the upper end of the post and the flange being adapted to position the glass plate upon the ledge, said post being formed'at its lower end with a notch openlng laterall of the post and said ledge being formed wit a notch in vertical alinement with the first named notch, said notches being adapted to receive the lower and upper corners ofla ver. tical, longitudinally extending glass plate and said post being formed upon its side under 4 the arm with. upper and lower lugs spaced apart to receive and hold the end of a transverse glass plate which is arranged to extend underneath said arm.
2. As a new article of manufacture, a support of the class described, comprising a single piece consisting of a post having means at its lower end whereby it may be detachably secured upon a counter top and terminating at its upper end in a horizontally extending arm having a horizontal ledge located slightly below the upper end of the post and formed with a marginal'flange on one of its sides and its free end, said ledge being adapted to receive and support the end of a horizontal glass plate, the upper end of the post and marginal flange being arranged to position the glass plate upon the ledge, said ledge havingl a notch adjacent to the post and said post aving a notch at its lowerv end in vertical alinement with the first named' notch, said notches being adapted to receive the upper and lower corners of a vertical, longitudinally extending glass plate and said post being formed with upper and lower lugs on its side underneath thev arm, arranged to hold in position a transverse glass plate.
In witness whereof I have hereunto subscribed my name at Chicago Cook county, nunon, this 17th day of gust, A. D. 1910.
RoBER'r'R. BARNITr, K. H. THORP.