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NOV. 24, 1936.
2,061,672
H, RINGEL
MOTHPROOF METAL CLOTHES CABINET
Filed April 18, 1955
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ATTORNEY
Patented Nov. 24, 1936
2,061,672
"UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE
2,061,672
MOTHPROOF METAL CLOTHES CABINET
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Herman Ringel, Newark, N. J.
Application April 18, 1935, Serial No. 16,982
3 Claims. (Cl. 312-141)
vThis invention relates to devices for storing
clothing and the like, and more particularly to
a substantially air-tight cabinet for protecting
clothing from moths and other insects.
The protecting of winter clothing and the like
in the summer-time from dust and insects, has
heretofore been accomplished by packing the ar
ticles in moth ball or other substances obnoxious
to insects. Also, there have been provided large
bags impregnated with a moth repellent com
pound; such bags and other expedients have
been found objectionable in that frequently
holes were made in the bag accidentally, allow
ing moths and other insects to have access to
15 the clothing within the bag. The same objection
applies to cardboard cabinets.
It is an object of this invention to provide a
cabinet made of sheet metal provided with a sub
stantially airtight door to prevent the escape
20 of a moth repellent compound from the cabi
net, and also to prevent dust and insects from
entering the cabinet.
A further object is the provision of a moth
proof cabinet for storing clothing and the like,
which cabinet can be easily and conveniently
made from sheet metal at a relatively low cost.
These and other advantageous objects, which
will later appear, are accomplished by the simple
and practical construction and arrangement of
30 parts hereinafter described and exhibited in the
accompanying drawing, forming part hereof and
in which:
Fig. l is a perspective view of a cabinet em
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bodying my invention,
Fig. 2 is a sectional view through the top of
the cabinet and door, taken on line 2—2 of
Fig. l,
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Fig. 3 is an exploded view, in section, show
ing details of a portion of the top of the cabinet,
Fig. 4 is a horizontal sectional view of the
40
cabinet, with the door in a closed position, the
door being shown in the open position by dotted
lines,
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Fig. 5 is a perspective view of a modi?ed form
45 of the invention in which the cabinet is provided
with two doors, and,
Fig. 6 is a
through both
cabinet shown
50
Referring to
horizontal sectional view taken
doors of the modi?ed form of
in Fig. 5.
the drawing, the cabinet is shown
to comprise side walls 8, a rear wall 9, each- of
which are made from single pieces of sheet
metal, the side walls being connected to the
rear wall by spot welding.
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The forward portion of each side wall is pro
vided with a right-angularly directed ?ange ‘l0
having the free edge thereof bent into an inward
ly directed channel. I l.
The cabinet is provided with the top member
l2 and the bottom member l3, each of which
are formed from single sheets of metal and be
ing substantially rectangular in shape and hav
ing ?anges l4 and I5, respectively, on three sides
thereof, which are connected to the side walls
and rear wall by spot welding. The front of the 10
top member I 2 is provided with a downturned
?ange I 6 which has its free edge bent into an
inwardly directed channel I1 corresponding with
and opening into the channel II. Similarly the
bottom member i3 is provided with a ?ange It 16
and a channel l9.
Hinged to one of the side
walls at 20' is a door 2|, having all four sides
thereof provided with a continuous inwardly di
rected ?ange 22 adapted to enter the channels
H, ii and i9. Attached to the inner surface of
the door is a strip 23 of material such as rubber,
canvas, or other suitable material which engages
the edge 2d of the continuous channel formed by
channels H, H and ii], to provide a substan
tially air-tight seal when the door is closed and
latched in such a position.
Positioned on the inner Wall of the door is a
casing 40 extending substantially the length of
the door and having a partition 25 intermediate
its length to hold a moth repellent compound.
The casing is open at the bottom and is pro
vided with a plurality of apertures 26 near the
top thereof to allow the odors of the moth‘re
pellent compound to circulate freely through
the interior of the cabinet. The upper end of 35
the casing is preferably as shown in Fig. 1, pro
vided with a cap removably secured thereto.
‘ From the above description it will be seen that
I have provided a storage cabinet of relatively
simple structure which can be conveniently
manufactured from sheet metal to provide a de
vice which is rugged and durable, at a relatively
small cost.
Due to the manner in which the various parts
of the cabinet are made, no expensive machinery
is necessary in the manufacture thereof, and the
various parts can be rapidly assembled and at
tached to each other by spot Welding.
A clothes hanger rod i2’ is preferably secured
to the side walls 8 of the cabinet (see Fig. l) ;
said hanger rod also reenforces the structure.
Instead of securing a strip of material 23 to
the inner surface of the door 2!, a strip 23' may
be secured to the channels H, H and I9, said
strip overlapping the edge 24 thereof (see Fig. 3) 55
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so that the door 2! will close against and slightly
and bottom members being provided with right
compress said strip 23', effectively sealing the
angularly directed ?anges forming a front wall
with a door opening, and said ?anges bent to
provide a continuous rectangular channel of U
shaped cross-section about said door opening, a
door. hinged to a ?ange of one of the side members,
said door having a continuous right-angled in
wardly directed ?ange adapted to be positioned in
cabinet.
‘
In Figs. 5 and 6 is shown a modi?ed form of
the invention in which the cabinet is provided
with an inner door 30 and with an outer door ll.
As shown in Fig. 6, the side wall 32 hasaportiou
thereof bent at right angles to provide a front
wall 33 having stepped portions 34_and 35, the
10 latter having a ?ange 36. ‘
The inner door 30 is provided with an inward
ly directed continuous ?ange 31 which engages a
stepped portion 35, and the door 30 is also pro
vided with a strip 38 of rubber, canvas or a
15 similar material which engages ?ange 36 to pro
vide a substantially air-tight seal.
The outer door 3| has a continuous ?ange 39
which engages the stepped portion 34.
With the modi?ed form of cabinet, a better
20 seal is obtained and dust is practically entirely
excluded.
The inner surface of the inner door 30 is pro
vided with a casing 40 similar to the casing shown
in Fig. 1 for carrying a moth-repellent compound
as explained above.
While I have described above the doors of my
cabinet to have ?anges which enter the continu
‘ous channels formed by the side walls and top
and bottom members, and the edge 24 of a wall
30 of the channel engaging a sealing strip 23, it is
apparent that other expedients for sealing pur
poses can be used without departing from the
spirit of the invention. Instead of having a sub
stantially U-shaped channel, a V-shaped chan
nel can be provided to cooperate with a con
tinuous ?ange on the door which has been bent
into a V-shape to have a wedging action with the
V-shaped channel and thus provide a tight seal.
The foregoing disclosure is to be regarded as
descriptive and illustrative only, and not as re
strictive or limitative of the invention, of which
obviously embodiments may be constructed in
cluding many modi?cations, without departing
from the general scope herein indicated and de
noted in the appended claims.
Having thus described my invention, what I
claim as new and desire to secure by Letters Pat
ent, is:
at
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1. A cabinet for storing and protecting cloth
ing from dust and insects, having the walls and
the top and bottom members thereof each made
of a single piece of sheet metal and joined to
gether by spot welding, said side walls and top
the continuous channel and to abut the inner wall
thereof when the door is closed, and a strip of 10
material on the inside of the door spaced from
the door ?ange adapted to engage the free edge
of the wall of the continuous channel to provide
a substantially air-tight seal when the door is
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closed.
2. A cabinet for storing and protecting cloth
ing from dust and insects, having side walls and
the top and bottom members provided with right
angularly directed ?anges forming a front wall
with a door opening, and said ?anges bent to 20
provide a continuous rectangular channel of U
shaped cross-section about said door opening, a
door hinged to a flange of one of the side mem
bers, said door having a continuous right~angled,
inwardly directed ?ange adapted to be positioned
in the continuous channel and to abut the inner
wall thereof when the door is closed, and a strip
of material on the inside of the door spaced from.
the door ?ange adapted to engage the free edge
of the wall of the continuous channel to provide
a substantially air-tight seal when the door is
closed.
3. A cabinet for storing and protecting cloth
ing from dust and insects, having side walls and
top and bottom members, the side walls and top
and bottom member having right angularly di
rected portions forming a front wall with a door
opening, and said portions bent to provide a first
stepped portion and a second stepped portion,
the latter having an angular reentrantly direct 40
ed ?ange, an inner door provided with a marginal
?ange received within the second stepped por
tion and hingediy secured thereto, and a strip of
material on the inside of the door spaced from
the door ?ange adapted to engage the free edge 45
of the reentrantly directed ?ange of the second
stepped portion to provide a substantially air
tight seal when the inner door is closed, and an
outer door hinged to the ?rst stepped portion and
having a continuous ?ange engaging said por
tion.
HERMAN RINGEL.
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