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US1147975A
US1147975A US84691814A US1914846918A US1147975A US 1147975 A US1147975 A US 1147975A US 84691814 A US84691814 A US 84691814A US 1914846918 A US1914846918 A US 1914846918A US 1147975 A US1147975 A US 1147975A
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    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A47FURNITURE; DOMESTIC ARTICLES OR APPLIANCES; COFFEE MILLS; SPICE MILLS; SUCTION CLEANERS IN GENERAL
    • A47BTABLES; DESKS; OFFICE FURNITURE; CABINETS; DRAWERS; GENERAL DETAILS OF FURNITURE
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    • A47B87/02Sectional furniture, i.e. combinations of complete furniture units, e.g. assemblies of furniture units of the same kind such as linkable cabinets, tables, racks or shelf units stackable ; stackable and linkable
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    • YGENERAL TAGGING OF NEW TECHNOLOGICAL DEVELOPMENTS; GENERAL TAGGING OF CROSS-SECTIONAL TECHNOLOGIES SPANNING OVER SEVERAL SECTIONS OF THE IPC; TECHNICAL SUBJECTS COVERED BY FORMER USPC CROSS-REFERENCE ART COLLECTIONS [XRACs] AND DIGESTS
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S. RUFF.

SECTIONAL BOX RACK. APPLICATION vHuil) JUNE 24, 1914.

Patented Juy 2T, 1915.

SAMUEL RUFF, 0F BROOKLINE, MASSACHUSETTS.

SECTIONAL BOX-RACK.

Specification of Letters Patent.

Patented July 27, l11511115..

Application led J une 24, 1914. Serial No. 846,918.

tional box rack by means of which boxes or crates can be superposed one on the other in 'such a way that the contents of each box d The device will be visible and accessible. is useful wherever the goods to be sold, whether fruits, vegetables, Aor any other line, are contained in open boxes, but is especially useful in grocery stores, fruit stores and similar places.

Of late years boxes containing about a bushel have come into vogue in grocery and provision stores for containing fruits, vegetables and other articles to be sold, and these boxes are not only used to ldisplay the vegetables, fruits, etc., but hold the supply from which sales are made. It is, therefore, necessary that all of the various boxes should be readily accessible to the merchant, and that they should be so placed that the contents can be visible. It is the common custom now to place these boxes about on the floor of the store, `but this takes up a lot of Hoor space and the boxes are often in the way.

By my invention l have provided a nove box rack by which these boxes can be superposed one on the other in such a way that the contents of each box is always accessible and always visible. With my invention, therefore, it is possible to place a large number of boxes containing different fruits, vegetables, etc., on acomparatively small iloor space.

My improved box rack comprises a. plurality of box-supporting members, one adapted to set into each corner of a box and" each provided with means to engage the box and thereby be held in vertical position and also provided at its upper end with a seat or rest on which another box can be placed. These supporting members when not in use can be readily stacked in a comparatively small space.

In order to give a proper understanding of my inventionrI have illustrated herein a selected embodiment thereof which will now be described.

ln the drawings, Figure 1 is a perspective view of a plurality of boxes supported n position by means of my improved rack; Fig. 2 is a sectional view through a corner of the box showing the lower end of one of the box supports; Fig. 3 is a perspective v1ew of one of the box supports; Fig. 4 shows a modified form of the invention shown in Fig. 1; Fig. 5 is an enlarged section on the line m-, Fig. 3; Fig. 6 is an enlarged section on the line y-y, Fig. 3.

My invention is adapted to support a plurality of boxes, one above the other at a sufiicient distance apart so that the contents of each box are not only visible but readily accessible. For instance, in Fig. l I have shown three boxes 1, 2 and 3 supported one above the other, by means of a device embodymg my invention, each box being supported by the box below and a sufiicient distance thereabove so that free access can be had to each box. A rack embodying my invention comprises a plurality of supporting members, one for each corner of the lower of two boxes, each supporting member having interlocking engagement with the box, whereby it is held in vertical position, and provided at its upper end vwith a seat on which one corner of another box can be supported. I have shown in Fig. 3 a support-l ing member 4 embodying my invention. Each supportlng member is preferably made of angle-iron and will have its lower end sharpened or pointed, as shown at 5, each member being provided also with positioning fingers 6 which are adapted to embrace the top edge of the box when the pointed end of the member is inserted into the corner of the box.

At the upper end each supporting member is provided with a seat 7 on which the corner of another box can rest. rlhis seat portion may be formed in any suitable way,`but when the supporting member is made of angle-iron, I prefer to split the upper end thereof and then bend the two legs of the angle outwardly to form the seat portion, and then upwardly. as shown at 8, to form positianing fingersthat overlie the outside of the box to be supported. The Iingers 6 may be formed in any suitable way. One convenient construction is that shown in Fig. 3 wherein they are formed by striking Aso up a portion of the metal of the legs of the su pporting member.

In using this devicefor supporting one box above the other, one of these supporting members will be inserted into each corner of the lower box 1, and the supporting members will be so made that when the pointed lower end 5 thereof engages the bottom of the box the fingers 6 will overlie and embrace the top edge of the`box. There will preferably be two of these fingers 6, one on each leg or flange of the supporting member, so that the two fingers 6 of each supporting member embrace two adjacent sides of the box. The sharp pointed end 5 can be pressed into the bottom of the boxl slightly, 'as shown in Fig. 2, so as tol prevent said end from any lateral movement and the engagement of this pointed end 5 with the bottom of the box, together with the engagement of the fingers 6 with the top edge of the box, serve to hold the supporting member firmly in vertical position. When the four supporting members have been set up in the corners of the box, then another box 2 will be placed on the seats 7 of the four supportling members and will be firmly held on the seats by the 4engagement of the fingers 6 with the sides of the box. If desired four more supporting members may be inserted into the box 2, as shown in Fig. l, and a third box 3 placed on top of said supporting members, and thus the stack of boxes may be built upto any desired height.

Each supporting member will be of such a length that the seat portion 7 thereof will be of sufiicient distance above the top edge of the lower box to give free access to the contents of the lower box. These supporting members when not in use can be packed away in a small space.

I will preferably make the lower pointed end 5 of the supporting member of such a shape that it can be inserted into thecorner of a box without danger of injuring the contents of the box in any way. As seen in Fig. 5 the tapering edges 12 of the supporting member are made at an acute angle to the outer face and the corner 13 will preferably be rounded somewhat. At the tip of the supporting member where the two edges 12 merge, said member is made with a concave face 18, as seen in Fig. 6. This construction eliminates all corners except the corners at the outer faces' of the supporting member, and as these corners 19 lie flatly against the sides of the box when the device is being inserted thereinto they will not cut or otherwise injure the contents of the box. It is possible to insert a device constructed in this way into the corner of a box containing any delicate or easily-injured fruit or vegetable without danger of damaging the same.

In the embodiment shown in Fig. 3 the positioning fingers 6 are integral or rigid with the supporting member. In Fig. 4 I have shown an embodiment wherein these positioning fingers are adjnstably mounted on the supporting member, and in said construction said fingers are formed on a sliding carrier 14 which can be adjusted longitudinally of the supporting member and can be clamped in any adjusted position by means of a set-screw' 15. This construction provides a device which can be used Ywith boxes of different.` depths, whereas the construction shown in Fig. 3 can only be used with a box of a given depth.

While I have illustrated herein some embodiments of my invention, I do not wish to be limited to the constructional features shown.

I claim:

l. The combination with a box, of a plurality of box-supporting members, one for each corner of the box, each box-supporting member being made of angle-iron and having a pointed lower end to engage the bottom of the box, positioning fingers extending from the sides thereof to embrace the top edge of the box, and a box-receiving seat at the upper end.

2. The combination with a box, of a plurality of angle-iron box-su porting members adapted to be inserted into the corners of the box, each member having a pointed lower end to engage the bottom of the box and having projecting from each side thereof a positioning finger to embrace the top edgeof the box, the upper end of each member presenting a box-supporting seat.

3. The combination with a box, of a plurality of angle-iron box-supporting members adapted to be inserted into the corners of the box, each member having a pointed lower end to engage the bottom of the box and having projecting from each sidethereof a positioning finger to embrace the top edge of the box, the upper end of each member presenting a box-supporting seat, and box-supporting fingers adapted to engage two sides of a box.

4. The combination with a box, of a plurality of box-supporting members for supporting a second box above the first-named box, each box-supporting member having a shape to fit the sides of the first-named box and having at its lower end a portion to interlock with the box bottom whereby said lower end is held in proper position, and means associated with each member between its ends to engage the top of the box and cooperate with the lower end of said member to hold said member in operative position, each member having at its upper end a boxreceiving seat on which said second box is sustained.

Box-supporting means comprising a plurality of separate box-snpjmrting memiezeve bers, each having a shape to t into the In testimony whereof, have signed my corner of a box and provided at its upper .name to this specification in the presence of end with a box-supporting seat and between two subscribing witnesses. its ends with means to engage the sides of af S t. "l L RUFF. t. box into which it is inserted, the lower end Witnesses:

of each member bein pointed Ato interlock Lom's C. SMITH, with the bottom of sald latter box. THOMAS J. DRUMMOND.

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US2506675A (en) * 1944-11-07 1950-05-09 Letts Maurice Cole Cigar box pyramiding clip
US2652174A (en) * 1950-07-29 1953-09-15 Union Metal Mfg Co Tote box stack construction
US2726772A (en) * 1951-11-29 1955-12-13 William A Beltz Auxiliary shelf supports
US2761430A (en) * 1952-09-22 1956-09-04 Frank W Schaefer Boiler mounting
US2777583A (en) * 1954-02-01 1957-01-15 William A Beltz Auxiliary shelf supports
US2841352A (en) * 1954-04-23 1958-07-01 Dorothy Lcjune Collapsible support device
US2925086A (en) * 1956-05-15 1960-02-16 Art Metal Construction Co Filing equipment
US3113732A (en) * 1959-07-22 1963-12-10 Chilo Paul Lamp harp
US3118249A (en) * 1964-01-21 Mushroom tray
DE1195227B (en) * 1959-01-21 1965-06-16 Warren Holcomb Lockwood At least in part of metal wire existing pallet
US3590734A (en) * 1968-07-17 1971-07-06 David A Carter Multiple unit stamp pad and support
US3838840A (en) * 1972-10-17 1974-10-01 R Urban Leg for stacking trays
US3943631A (en) * 1974-03-29 1976-03-16 Smugor Carl D Adapter for indicating on wall panels and the like the location of electrical receptacle boxes or the like
US4102276A (en) * 1974-06-18 1978-07-25 Bruno Roveroni Decorating or shelf system
US4126265A (en) * 1977-01-06 1978-11-21 Professional Packaging Limited Produce containers
US4227758A (en) * 1978-04-20 1980-10-14 Clare George M Connectors for holding together modular articles
US4534475A (en) * 1983-03-14 1985-08-13 Artistic Desk Pad & Novelty Co., Inc. Tray stacking
US4787553A (en) * 1986-12-02 1988-11-29 Hoskins William M Corner fastening device
DE8902828U1 (en) * 1989-03-08 1989-04-20 Hefendehl, Hans Friedrich, 5883 Kierspe, De
DE9010460U1 (en) * 1990-07-11 1990-09-13 Ringoplast Gmbh, 4459 Ringe, De
US20090119987A1 (en) * 2007-10-15 2009-05-14 John Ingrassia Stackable nursery trays for plants
US8833573B2 (en) * 2012-01-16 2014-09-16 Sonoco Development, Inc Dividerless packaging system for shipping and displaying palletized products
US20150047258A1 (en) * 2013-08-18 2015-02-19 Kenneth Lewis Plant cultivation apparatus
ITMI20132122A1 (en) * 2013-12-18 2015-06-19 Novital Srl Modular Together for gardening
USD744771S1 (en) * 2013-02-21 2015-12-08 Out Of Box Oü Modular furniture rack

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* Cited by examiner, † Cited by third party
Publication number Priority date Publication date Assignee Title
US3118249A (en) * 1964-01-21 Mushroom tray
US2506675A (en) * 1944-11-07 1950-05-09 Letts Maurice Cole Cigar box pyramiding clip
US2652174A (en) * 1950-07-29 1953-09-15 Union Metal Mfg Co Tote box stack construction
US2726772A (en) * 1951-11-29 1955-12-13 William A Beltz Auxiliary shelf supports
US2761430A (en) * 1952-09-22 1956-09-04 Frank W Schaefer Boiler mounting
US2777583A (en) * 1954-02-01 1957-01-15 William A Beltz Auxiliary shelf supports
US2841352A (en) * 1954-04-23 1958-07-01 Dorothy Lcjune Collapsible support device
US2925086A (en) * 1956-05-15 1960-02-16 Art Metal Construction Co Filing equipment
DE1195227B (en) * 1959-01-21 1965-06-16 Warren Holcomb Lockwood At least in part of metal wire existing pallet
US3113732A (en) * 1959-07-22 1963-12-10 Chilo Paul Lamp harp
US3590734A (en) * 1968-07-17 1971-07-06 David A Carter Multiple unit stamp pad and support
US3838840A (en) * 1972-10-17 1974-10-01 R Urban Leg for stacking trays
US3943631A (en) * 1974-03-29 1976-03-16 Smugor Carl D Adapter for indicating on wall panels and the like the location of electrical receptacle boxes or the like
US4102276A (en) * 1974-06-18 1978-07-25 Bruno Roveroni Decorating or shelf system
US4126265A (en) * 1977-01-06 1978-11-21 Professional Packaging Limited Produce containers
US4227758A (en) * 1978-04-20 1980-10-14 Clare George M Connectors for holding together modular articles
US4534475A (en) * 1983-03-14 1985-08-13 Artistic Desk Pad & Novelty Co., Inc. Tray stacking
US4787553A (en) * 1986-12-02 1988-11-29 Hoskins William M Corner fastening device
DE8902828U1 (en) * 1989-03-08 1989-04-20 Hefendehl, Hans Friedrich, 5883 Kierspe, De
DE9010460U1 (en) * 1990-07-11 1990-09-13 Ringoplast Gmbh, 4459 Ringe, De
US20090119987A1 (en) * 2007-10-15 2009-05-14 John Ingrassia Stackable nursery trays for plants
US8833573B2 (en) * 2012-01-16 2014-09-16 Sonoco Development, Inc Dividerless packaging system for shipping and displaying palletized products
USD744771S1 (en) * 2013-02-21 2015-12-08 Out Of Box Oü Modular furniture rack
US20150047258A1 (en) * 2013-08-18 2015-02-19 Kenneth Lewis Plant cultivation apparatus
ITMI20132122A1 (en) * 2013-12-18 2015-06-19 Novital Srl Modular Together for gardening

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