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US3004814A US81386A US8138661A US3004814A US 3004814 A US3004814 A US 3004814A US 81386 A US81386 A US 81386A US 8138661 A US8138661 A US 8138661A US 3004814 A US3004814 A US 3004814A
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Oct. 17, 1961 sc u z 3,004,814

KNOCKDOWN DISPLAY TABLES Filed Jan. 9, 1961 4 Sheets-Sheet 1 2 INVENTOR.

' HOWARD L. SCHULZE L BY Oct. 17, 1961 ,H. L. SCHULZE KNOCKDOWN DISPLAY TABLES 4 Sheets-Sheet 2 Filed Jan. 9. 1961 FIG. 3

INVENTOR.

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Oct. 17, 1961 H. L. SGHULZE KNOCKDOWN DISPLAY TABLES 4 Sheets-Sheet 3 Filed Jan. 9, 1961 INVENTOR.

HOWARD L. SCHULZE III a Oct. 17, 1961 Filed Jan. 9. 1961 H. L. SCHULZE KNOCKDOWN DISPLAY TABLES 4 Sheets-Sheet 4 INVENTOR.

HOWARD L. SCHULZE ATT" Y.

3,004,814 KNGCKDOWN DISPLAY TABLES Howard Schulze, Greenrlale, Mo., assignor to American Fixture, line, St. Louis, Mo., a corporation of Missouri Filed Jan. 9, 1961, Ser. No. 81,386 8 Claims. (Cl. 312-1401) This invention relates in general to certain new and useful improvements in store fixtures and, more particularly, to knockdown display tables adapted for use in retail stores and similar business establishments for the storing, housing, and display of merchandise.

In the past, it has been the practice in department stores and similar retail establishments to use glass-enclosed display counters with sliding doors at the rear accessible only to clerks and store employees. Usually, such counters were placed several feet in front of a wall cabinet or island-type cabinet having drawers, shelves, bins, or the like. The merchandise is then placed within the glass display counter and in the cabinet behind them so that the clerks, in waiting on the customers, can remove selected articles of merchandise and place them on the counter-top for examination by the customers. Such methods of storing and displaying merchandise are in no way adaptable to the needs of the modern so-called self-service type of retail store in which merchandise must be placed in open bins on the top of counters or tables so that the customers will have ready access thereto and can, in a manner of speaking, wait on themselves.

Heretofore, all large retail chain organizations have maintained staffs of store-layout engineers who are primarily concerned with the design and installation of store fixtures, such as counters and the like, with a view to obtaining optimum tratfic-fiow patterns through the store and also obtaining maximum efiiciency in the presentation of the merchandise. In setting up a new store a great deal of time and elfort is spent in planning the location of the fixtures, counters, and other sales-floor equipment. Once construction of the store is completed a number of weeks are required to place and install the fixtures. Subsequently, as the store continues in operation from year to year it becomes desirable, in order to achieve variety and also to meet the'ditferent needs in different types of merchandise which may be on display and sale at diiferent seasons and ditferent periods, to change the fixture and counter layout. When such changes become necessary, a considerable amount of effort and time is again expended in effecting these changes.

Another aspect of the problem is encountered in the handling, shipping, and storage of the conventional types of display counters from the time they are manufactured, until the time they are installed, in the retail store for use. Conventional types of counters, merchandise storage cabinets, banks of drawers, and the like, are extremely bulky and cumbersome with the result that shipping, storage, and handling costs become substantial.

It is, therefore, the primary object of the present invention to provide a display table adapted for use in retail stores and similar commercial establishments which can be knocked down and arranged in an extremely compact package for simple convenient handling, storage, and shipment.

It is another object of the present invention to provide a display table or store counter of the type stated which can be very quickly set up into operative position ates atent by unskilled labor without the use of tools or accessory equipment.

It is a further object of the present invention to provide a knockdown display table or store counter which lends itself readily to modular type construction and can be quickly arranged in various different configurations and combinations to fit various difierent store layout requirements.

It is another object of the present invention to provide a display table and counter of the type stated which can be quickly and conveniently assembled or disassembled and rearranged in vairous groupings from time to time as the selling needs of the store change.

It is also an object of the present invention to provide display tables and counters of the type stated which are not only extremely rugged and capable of withstanding the heavy use to which they are subjected by retail customers, but also are extremely economical in initial cost.

With the above and other objects in view, my invention resides in the novel features of form, construction, arrangement, and combination of parts presently described and pointed out in the claims.

In the accompanying drawings- FIG. 1 is a partially exploded perspective view of a display table constructed in accordance with and embodye ing the present invention illustrating the extremely compact manner in which the knocked-down components can be arranged for compact packaging;

FIG. 2 is an exploded perspective view of the components in relative positions for assembly;

FIG. 3 is a perspective view of a partially assembled display table;

FIG. 4 is a fragmentary vertical sectional View taken along line 4-4 of FIG. 3;

FIG. 5 is a fragmentary horizontal sectional view taken along line 55 of FIG. 4;

FIG. 6 is a partially exploded rear perspective view of the display table showing the manner in which the bottom wall and back-forming partitions thereof are set into place;

FIG. 7 is a front perspective view of the fully-assembled display table;

FIGS. 8 and 9 are fragmentary vertical sectional views taken along line 8--8 and line 9-9 respectively of FIG. 7;

FIG. 10 is a perspective view of a modified form of display table constructed in accordance with and embodying the present invention;

FIG. 11 is a fragmentary sectional view taken along line ill-11 of FIG. 10;

FIG. 12 is a perspective view of another modified form of display table constructed in accordance with and embodying the present invention;

FIG. 13 is a fragmentary sectional view taken along line 13-13 of FIG. 12;

FIG. 14 is a perspective view of a retail store counter constructed in accordance with and embodying the present invention;

FIG. 15 is a fragmentary vertical sectional view taken along line 1515 of FIG. 12; and

FIG. 16 is a fragmentary horizontal sectional view taken along line 16-16 of FIG. 15.

Referring now in more detail and by reference char acters to the drawings, which illustrate practical embodiments of the present invention, A designates a knockdown display table or counter consisting of a bottom panel 1, two front legs 2, 3, and two rear legs 4, 5, a vertical back wall 6, a vertical front wall 7, two cabinet-shaped vertical side walls 8, 9, and four identical intermediate partitions 10. x

Also provided for cooperation with the legs 2, 3, 4, 5, are four identical end caps 11 and four glide-inserts 12. These components are shown in FIG. 1 in disassembled overlying relationship in order to illustrate the compact manner in which the knockdown display table A can be packaged for shipment and storage prior to being set up for actual use. In this connection, it should also be noted that the particular components shown in FIG. 1

faooasre represent a modular form of display table or counter which, as will be presently pointed out, can be combined with other identical modules to form multiple sizes and shapes. 7 I

The bottom panel 1 is preferably made of heavy plywood and is of rectilinear shape having any desireddin lensions. At its four corners the bottom panel 1 is cut out in the provision of L-shaped or rectangular notches 13 for clearance around vertical edge portions of the legs 2, 3, 4, 5, as will presently more fully appear. The legs 2, 3, 4,5, are preferably fabricated from steel tubing of rectangular cross-section, the front legs 2, 3, being somewhat shorter than the rear legs 4, 5. The front legs 2, 3, areeach provided in three adjacent lateral faces with two centrally disposed rectangular slot-like apertures 14, 14', arranged in longitudinally spaced relation to each other and downwardly from the top of the leg member. Similarly, the rear legs 4, 5, are provided in all four lateral faces with pairs of slot-like apertures 14, 14'. These slot-like apertures 14, 14, are arranged in a uniformlysp-aced configuration along the center-lines of the lateral faces on which they are punched, the same size and spacing arrangement being maintained so that the rear legs 4, 5, are interchangeable and the front legs 2, 3, are interchangeable. The vertical back wall 6 is fabricated of a piece of lumber or plywood and is of rectangular shape having any desired length and height, and includes a top edge-face 15, a bottom edgeface 16 and laterally presented side faces 17, 18. The

thicknessof the back 'wall 6 is somewhat smaller than the transverse width of the legs 2, 3, 4, 5, but is, nevertheless, suflicient so that the vertical side faces 17, 13, will have a substantial area of bearing or contact against theslotted faces of the legs 2, 3, 4, Swhen the display table A isfully assembled. The side faces 17, 18, are, furthermore, kerfed to provide elongated centrally-disposed closed-ended slots 19, 20, respectively, for snugly receiving vertically spaced metal, clamp-hooks 21. These clamp-hooks 21 are of identical shape and each integrally includes a rectilinear head-plate 22, an outwardly extending narrow neck 23, and a downwardly presented hookfinger 24, the lower end of which is 'arcuately curved and merges upwardly into an inwardly presented slightly inclined camming face which terminates at its upper end against the underface of the neck 23yat a distance outwardly from the proximate edge of the head-plate 22 which is approximately equal to the thickness of the metal tubing used in fabricating the legs 2, 3, 4, 5. Moreover, the length of the hook-finger 24 is slightly smaller than the longitudinal dimension of the slot-like apertures 14. The transverse thickness of the head-plate 22 is approximately equal to, or slightly greater than, the width of the slots 19, 20. Thus, the clamp-hooks 2.1 can be press-fitted into the slots 19, 20, preferably near the up-.

per and lower ends respectively thereof, and secured in place by small headless drive pins 26 which are pressed bodily through the back wall 6 and through pilo-t holes h formed in the head-plate 22, as best seen in FIG. 5.

Along its bottom edge-face 16, the back wall 6 is provided with a forwardly projecting narrow flange 27 which is slightly shorter in over-all length than the length of the back Wall 6 and terminates equidistantly inwardly from the side faces 17, 18, this lateral direction being equal to or'slightly greater than the dimensions of the notches 13 so as to afford adequate clearance for the vertical edge portions of the legs 2, 3, 4, 5, when the disdescribed slots 19, 20, and are similarly provided with clamp-hooks 21. Along its bottom edge-face 29, the vertical front wall 7 is provided with a narrow flange 34 which is substantially identical with the previously x length to the height of the vertical back wall 6 and the play table is fully assembled, as will presently more 1 fully appear.

The vertical front wall 7 is fabricated in substantially the same manner as the back wall 6 and is virtually identical therewith except that it is preferably of shorter vertical height. The vertical front wall includes a top edgeface 28, a bottom edge-face 29, side faces 30, 31, the latter being kerfed in the provision of central slots 32,

33, which are substantially, identical with the previously vertical front-wall 7. In addition, the side walls 8, 9, have a straight bottom margin 37 and an inclined top margin 38 which slopesdownwardly and forwardly to accommodate the difference in vertical height between the back wall 6 and the front wall 7. Along their longitudinal bottom margins 37, the side walls 8, h, are provided with inwardly extending flanges 39 which are substantially similar in construction and function to the flanges 27, 34, and terminate inwardly from the vertical end faces 35, 36 by a suflicient distance to allow clearance for the edge portions of the legs 2, 3, 4, 5.

The. vertical back wall. 6 and vertical front wall 7 are, furthermore, provided upon their inwardly presented faces, that is to say, the faces from which the flanges 27, 34, respectively extend, with outwardly projecting horizontally' extending bars 40, 40', each having a plurality of uniformly spaced vertical slots s for receiving the vertical edge portions of the partitions 1.0, which are similar in marginal shape to the side walls 8, 9.

As has been above pointed out, the various disassembled components of the display table or counter A can be gathered togetherinto a compact group or unit for pack? aging purposes, as shown in FIG. 1. When it is desired to assemble; the display table or counter A, the two rear legs 3, 4, are. connected to the vertical back wall 6 by inserting the clamp-hooks 21 into the slots 14, 14', preferably while holding the legs vertical and pressing the vertical back wall 6 downwardly so as to force the camming surface 25 of the clamp-hooks 21 into tight retentive engagement within the slots 14,, 14'. Because of the angle of inclination of these camming surfaces 25, the lateral or side faces17,'18, of the vertical back wall 6 will be drawn i'nto'tight stabilizing engagement against the proximate lateral faces of the legs 3, 4. The distance by which the slots 14, 14' are located downwardly from the upper end plane of the legs 3, 4, is such that when the vertical back'wall 6 is pressed down into finally assembled position the top edge-face 15 of the vertical back wall 6 and the plane of the upper ends of the legs 3, 4, will be co-incident. Thereupon, the side walls 8, 9, are securely hooked into the adjacent lateral faces of the legs 3, 4, by inserting the clamp-hooks 21 thereof into the pairs of slots 14, 14', and pressing downwardly. Again, when the side walls 8, 9, are in finally assembled position, the upper rear line of intersection between the margins 35, 38, will be co-incident with the plane of the upper legs 3, 4, thereby forming a partially assembled structure as shown in FIG. 3.

The legs 2 5, are then connected to the vertical front wall 7 in substantially the same manner as the vertical back wall 6 is connectedto the legs 3, 4, and, similarly, the top edge-face 28 of the vertical front wall 7 will, in such assembled position, be coplanar with theupper ends of the legs 2, 5. Furthermore, the legs 2, 5, are shorter thanthe legs 3, 4, by a distance equal to. the distance in vertical height between the back wall 6 and the front wall 7. The front wall assembly consisting of the front wall 7 and the two legs 2, 5, can then be hooked into the forwardly projecting clamp-hooks 21 of the side walls a, 9, to form a rectangular self-standing unit, as shown in FIG. 6, and thereupon the bottom panel 1 and partitions Ill -can be dropped into place to form a fully assembled strong and rigid display counter which is subdivided into a plurality of merchandise-holding bins as shown in FIG. 7. The assembly is completed by pushing the four end caps 11' down into theupper'ends.ofthelegs.2, 3,4,5 These end caps are molded of polyethylene or some other suitable synthetic resin and include a rectangular skirt 41 which merges integrally around its upper periphery into a horizontal top wall 42, the latter being somewhat larger in peripheral shape than the outer cross-sectional size of the skirt 41 so as to form an annular bead 43 which extends over the top edges of the leg members 2, 3, 4, 5, and bears against the upper marginal portions of the back wall 6, front wall 7, and side walls 8, 9. The peripheral size of the skirt 41 is such that it enters into the upper ends of the legs 2, 3, 4, 5, with a tight frictional fit and cannot easily be removed, thereby serving to hold the back wall 6, front wall 7, and side walls 8, 9, in assembled position with respect to the legs 2, 3, 4, 5, substantially as illustrated in FIG. 8, and prevent unauthorized or accidental disassembly of these components.

The glide-inserts 12 are then pushed upwardly into the open bottom ends of the legs 2, 3, 4, 5, substantially as shown in FIG. 9. The glide-inserts 12 are also molded of polyethylene or other similar synthetic resin and are preferably of the same shape and contour as the end caps ll, including a rectangular skirt portion 44 which merges at its lower end with a transversely extending flat bottom wall 45, the latter being centrally provided with an internally threaded bore 46 for adjustably accommodating an externally threaded pin 47 which is rockably seated at its lower end 48 in the upper end of a metallic self-leveling button 49 which is crimped along its periphery around the marginal edges of a glide-shoe 50 formed of nylon or other similar material. It will, of course, be understood that the sequence of assembly operations can be varied according to the convenience and wishes of the person doing the assembly operations, and it is not essential that the above-described sequence of assembly steps be followed in the precise order above set forth.

If desired, it is possible to assemble two of the abovedescribed modular units in the manner shown in FIG. 10 to provide a two-sided or double-width display table or counter B. The only difference between the double-width display table B and the previously described display table A, so far as components are concerned, resides in the fact that the display table B employs a single common vertical back wall 6' having flanges 26' and 26", extending from both of its oppositely presented faces, as shown in FIG. 11.

Similarly, it is possible to assemble two or more modules of the above-described display table A in sidebyside relationship to provide a plural-length display table C, as shown in FIG. 12. The only difference between the doublelength display table C and the previously described singleunit display table A, so far as components are concerned, is that the double-length display table C includes a common medium Wall 51 substantially similar in size, shape, and construction to the side walls 8, 9, except that it is provided on both of its lateral faces with outwardly projecting longitudinal flanges 52, 52', which are substantially similar to the previously described flanges 3-9 side walls 8, 9.

It is also possible to provide a modified form of counter D'which is of the double-bin type, as shown in FIG. 14. The counter D will include six legs 53, 54, '5, 56, 57, 58',

of the all substantially similar to the previously described legs 2, 3, 4, 5, except that they are of identical vertical length and are provided adjacent their lower ends with additional slot-like apertures 14". The counter is provided with twoback-wall panels 59, 60, two side-wall panels 61, 62, and an intermediate or partition-panel 63, all of which are provided with projecting clamp-hooks 21 substantially identical with the previously described clamphooks 21, adapted for engagement in the slots 14, 14, 14". Along their upper and lower horizontal margins the wallforming panels 61, 62, and 63, are provided with inwardly projecting flange rails 64, 65, for supporting floor panels 66,67, which are, in turn, provided along their forwardly presented horizontal margins with depending apron flanges 68, 69. Set into and projecting outwardly from the vertical edge-faces of the apron flanges 63, 69, are clamp-hooks 21", substantially identical with the previously described clamp-hooks 21, 21, and adapted for engagement in the slots 14" punched in the proximate lateral faces of the legs 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, and 58.

Provided for disposition on top of the legs 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58 in the manner of a table top is a horizontal upper panel 70 which is preferably of rectilinear shape and of suflicient size to extend peripherally beyond the outwardly presented planes of the wall-forming panels 59, 6t), 61, 62, and apron flanges 68, 69, in the provision of an overhang, substantially as shown in FIG. 14. Screwed or otherwise rigidly fastened on the underside of the upper panel 70 in position for insertion into the upwardly presented open ends of the legs 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, are six end clips 71 formed preferably of spring steel and including a depending arcuate leg '72 connected by a flat bight 73. The end clips are of such size and shape as to fit tightly down into the upper ends of the legs 53, 54, 5-5, 56, 57, 5-8, for tight frictional engagement therewith so as to hold the upper panel securely in place, all as best seen in FIG. 15. Preferably the lower ends of the legs are provided with adjustable glide-inserts 12' which are substantially identical in form and construction with the previously described glide-inserts 12.

It should be understood that changes and modifications in the form, construction, arrangement, and combination of the several parts of the knockdown display tables may he made and substituted for those herein shown and described without departing from the nature and principle of my invention.

Having thus described my invention, what I claim and desire to secure by Letters Patent is I 1. A knockdown display table, comprising a plurality of elongated tubular metallic legs, each having at least two angularly related flat faces adapted for upright disposition when the leg is in assembled positon, and being provided in each such face with a pair of vertically spaced longitudinally aligned apertures which are elongated in the upright direction when the legs are in assembled position, a plurality of side-wall forming panels each having oppositely presented lateral faces arranged for juxtaposed presentation to one of the flat faces of the legs when in an assembled position, said lateral faces having elongated slots therein, hook-like elements mounted in and projecting from the slots in the lateral faces of each of said panels, said hook like elements being held rigidly and non-rockably in place within the slots, said hook like elements further including downwardly opening detent notches which at their upper ends are narrowed so as to have a Width substantially equal to the thickness of the metal around the apertures in the legs and thereby being adapted for locking engagement in said apertures whereby to rigidly interconnect two legs, each of said legs, in turn, being engaged by hook-like elements of at least two different panels so that the plurality of legs and the plurality of panels are thus interconnected in the form of an upright enclosure, said panels each being provided on its inwardly presented face with a horizontally projecting flange having an upper horizontal face, the horizontal faces of said flanges being coplanar when the side panels are in assembled relation, and a bottom panel disposed in and extending across said enclosure, said bottom panel being supported upon the horizontal faces of said flanges and having vertical faces in snug-fitting abutment against the inwardly presented faces of the side panels.

2. A knockdown display table, comprising a plurality of elongated tubular metallic legs, each having at least forming panels each having oppositely presented lateral faces arranged for juxtaposed presentation to one of the flat faces of the legs when in an assembled position, said lateral faces having elongated slots therein, hook-like elements mounted in and projecting from the lateral faces of each of said panels said book like elements being held rigidly and non-rockably in place within the slots, said hook like elements further including downwardly opening detent notches which at their upper ends are narrowed so as to have a width substantially equal to the thickness of the metal around the apertures in the legs and thereby each having inclined camming faces adapted for locking engagement in said apertures whereby to rigidly interconnect two legs, each of said legs, in turn, being engaged by hook-like elements of at least two different panels so that the plurality of legs and the plurality of panels are thus interconnected in the form of an upright enclosure, said panels each being provided on its inwardly presented face with a horizontally projecting flange having an upper horizontal face, the horizontal faces of said flanges being co-planar when the side panels are in assembled relation, and a bottom panel disposed in and extending across said enclosure being supported upon the horizontal faces of said flanges and having vertical faces in snug fitting abutment against the inwardly presented faces of the side panels.

3. A knockdown display table, comprising a plurality of elongated tubular metallic legs, each having at least two angularly related flat faces adapted for upright disposition when the leg is in assembled position, and being provided in each such face with a plurality of apertures which are elongated in the upright direction when the legs are in assembled position, a plurality of sidewall forming panels each having oppositely presented lateral faces arranged for juxtaposed presentation to one of the flat faces of the legs when in an assembled position, said lateral faces having elongated slots therein, hook-like elements mounted in and projecting from the slots in the lateral faces of each of said panels said hook like elements being held rigidly and non-rockably in place within the slots, said hook like elements further including downwardly opening detent notches which at their upper ends are narrowed so as to have a width substantially equal to the thickness of the metal around the apertures in the legs and thereby being adapted for locking engagement in said apertures whereby to rigidly interconnect two legs, means on each hook-like element for drawing the lateral faces of the panels into tight abutment with the fiat face having the apertures into which said hook-like elements are engaged, each of said legs, in turn, being engaged by hook-like elements of at least two different panels so that the plurality of legs and the plurality of panels are thus interconnected in the form of an upright enclosure, said panels, being provided upon their inwardly presented faces with co-planar shoulder forming means and a bottom panel disposed upon said shoulder forming means and extending across said enclosure.

4. A knockdown display table, comprising a plurality of elongated tubular metallic legs, each having at least two angularly related flat faces adapted for upright disposition when the leg is in assembled position, and being provided in each such face with a plurality of apertures which are elongated in the upright direction when the legs are in assembled position, a plurality of side-wall forming panels each having oppositely presented lateral faces arranged for juxtaposed presentation to one of the flat faces of the legs when in an asembled position, said lateral faces having elongated slots therein, hook-like elements mounted in and projecting from the slots in the lateral faces of each of said panels said hook like elements being held rigidly and non-rockably in place within the slots, said hook like elements further including downwardly opening detent notches which at their upper ends are narrowed so as to have a' width substantially equal to the thickness of the metal around the apertures in the legs and thereby being adapted for loci-:- ing engagement in said apertures whereby to rigidly interconnect two legs, each of said legs, in turn, being engaged by hook-like elements of at least two different panels so that the plurality of legs and the plurality of panels are thus interconnected in the form of an upright enclosure, means on each panel projecting into the enclosure, said panels being provided upon their in wardly presented faces with co-planar shoulder forming means and a bottom panel disposed upon, and supported by, said shoulder forming means in transverse position across the enclosure.

5. A knockdown display table, comprising a plurality of elongated tubular metallic legs, each having at least two angularly related flat faces adapted for upright disposition when the leg is in assembled position, and being provided in each such face with a plurality of apertures which are elongated in the upright direction when the legs are in assembled position, 'a plurality of side-wall forming panels each having oppositely presented lateral faces arranged for juxtaposed presentation to one of the fiat faces of the legs when in an assembled position, said lateral faces having elongated slots therein, said panels being narrower in transverse thickness than the width of the fiat faces, hook-like elements mounted in and projecting from the slots, in the lateral faces of each of said panels said hook like elements being held rigidly and non-rockably in place within the slots, said hook like elements further including downwardly opening detent notches which at their upper ends are narrowed so as to have a width substantially equal to the thickness of the metal around the apertures in the legs and thereby being adapted for locking engagement in said apertures whereby to rigidly interconnect two legs, each of said legs, in turn, being engaged by hook-like elements of at least two different panels so that the plurality of legs and the plurality of panels are thus interconnected in the form of an upright enclosure, said panels being provided upon their inwardly presented faces with co-planar shoulder forming means and a bottom panel disposed upon said shoulder forming means and extending across said enclosure, said bottom panel being provided with notches for clearing the projecting edge portions of the legs.

6. A knockdown display table, comprising a plurality of legs, each having at least two angularly related fiat faces adapted for upright disposition when the leg is in assembled position, and being provided in such face with a plurality of apertures, a plurality of side-Wall forming panels each having oppositely presented lateral faces, hook-like elements mounted in and projecting from the lateral faces of each of said panels and being adapted for locking engagement in said apertures whereby to rigidly interconnected two legs, each of said legs, in turn, being engaged by hook-like elements of at least two different panels so that the plurality of legs and the plurality of panels are thus interconnected in the form of an upright enclosure, said panels each being provided on its inwardly presented face with a horizontally projecting flange having an upper horizontal face, the horizontal faces of said flanges being co-planar when the side panels are in assembled relation, a bottom panel disposed in and extending across said enclosure being supported upon the horizontal faces of said flanges and having vertical faces in snug fitting abutment against the inwardly presented faces of the side panels, and a top panel disposed across the top of said enclosure.

7. A knockdown display table, comprising a plurality of legs, each having at least two angularly related flat faces adapted for upright disposition when the leg is in assembled position, and being provided in such face with a plurality of apertures, a plurality of side-wall forming panels each having oppositely presented lateral faces, hook-like elements mountedain and projecting from the lateral faces of each of said panels and being adapted for locking engagement in said apertures whereby to rigidly interconnect two legs, each of said legs, in turn, being engaged by hook-like elements of at least two different panels so that the plurality of legs and the plurality of panls are thus interconnected in the form of an upright enclosure, said panels each being provided on its inwardly presented face with a horizontally projecting flange having an upper horizontal face, the horizontal faces of said flanges being co-planar when the side panels are in assembled relation, a bottom panel disposed in and extending across said enclosure being supported upon the horizontal faces of said flanges and having vertical faces in snug fitting abutment against the inwardly presented faces of the side panels, and intermediate panel members extending between the side-wall forming panels for subdividing the display table into a plurality of modular sections.

8. A knockdown display table, comprising a plurality of legs, each having at least two angularly related fiat faces adapted for upright disposition when the leg is in assembled position, and being provided in such face with a plurality of apertures, a plurality of side-wall forming panels each having oppositely presented lateral faces, hook-like elements mounted in and projecting from the lateral faces of each of said panels and being adapted for locking engagement in said apertures whereby to rigidly interconnect two legs, each of said legs, in turn,

1 being engaged by hook-like elements of at least two different panels so that the plurality of legs and the plurality of panels are thus interconnected in the form of an upright enclosure, said panels each being provided on its inwardly presented face with a horizontally projecting flange having an upper horizontal face, the horizontal faces of said flanges being co-planar when the side panels are in assembled relation, a bottom panel disposed in and extending across said enclosure being supported upon the horizontal faces of said flanges and having vertical faces in snug fitting abutment against the inwardly presented faces of the side panels, intermediate panel members extending between the side-wall forming panels for subdividing the display table into a plurality of modular sections, and partitions extending between selected side-wall forming panels for subdividing at least one of the modular sections into bins.

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