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21213.22,l 1938.
Filed July 27, 1935
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Patented Feb. 22, 1938
Robert L. lMapson, Los Angeles, Calif., assignor
to M. & <1)'. Display Mfg. Corporation, Los
Angeles, Calif., a corporation of California
Application July 27, 1935, Serial No. 33,445
3 Claims. (Cl. 211-128)
My invention relates to apparatus for display
ing merchandise and has particular reference to
a step fixture for use on display counters.
Fig. 2 is a longitudinal, vertical sectional view
of the unit shown in Fig. 1.
Fig. 3 is anv enlarged transverse sectional view
In stores retailing small articles of merchandise
5 such as hardware, notions, etc.,’it is customary
.to provide counters upon which the merchandise
is displayed. Suitable means is provided on the
counters for forming compartments or bins such
taken on the line 3-3 of Fig. 1.
as disclosed in Patent No. 1,911,377 issued to me
. .a a -May 30, 1933 and is also somewhat similar to
sectional view taken on the line 5-5 of Fig. 1.
Fig. 6 is a view similar to
3 showing the 10
manner in which the fixture shown in Fig. 1
mycopending application, Serial No. '716,191 filed
March 1'7, 1934, (now Patent No. 2,048,802).
It is also advantageous in displaying small
g articles to provide elevated or step fixtures onv
' vthey counters for displayingl certain merchandise`
Fig. 4 is a perspective View of some of the 5
parts of the fixture shown -inl Fig. 1 as they
appear when disassembled.
Fig. 5 is an enlarged, fragmentary, horizontal
may be increased in width.
Fig. 7 is an enlarged plan view of a portion '
of the fixture shown in Fig. _1.
Fig. 8 is an enlarged lperspective View of one 15’
above the level of' other merchandise on the
of the corner clips shown in Fig. 1.Y
Fig. 9 is a detail perspective view of the re
movable cap shown on the clip in Fig. 8 and
It ' has been found in ' practise that
the ‘sale of merchandise can be appreciably in
creased by displaying the goods in step'ñxtures.
20 In this manner the articles so displayed are more
readily noticed by the customers, and articles
that do not sell readily can be more quickly dis
posed of when displayed in such añxture. '
The step fixtures in' present use` are either
25 permanently constructed of wood or are built up
by superposing inverted boxes. Neither of these
methods of constructing step-fixtures is entirely
Fig. 10 is a fragmentary perspective View of
the upper end of the clip shown inv Fig. 8.
Referring specifically to the drawings, Aa step
fixture I El, comprising a preferred embodiment
of my invention, is shown in Figs. l and 2. this
fixture including tray supporting members II,aback wall I2, trays I3 and l3a and compartment v25 v
forming apparatus I4.
The trav supports Il, one of which is shownk
satisfactory as the permanent ones cannot be , in detail in Fig. 4, are identical excepting thatA
readily changed in size to meet future require
30 ments and the built up type is not rigid and
requires considerable skill in the formation
An object of my invention is to provide a step K
fixture that may be readily taken apart or as
sembled, the disassembled partsthereof making
a compact package for shipment.
Another object of my invention is to provide a
step fixture that may be readily disassembled
yet one that is as rigid and substantial as a
40 permanent fixture when assembled for use. ,
A further object of my invention is the pro
vision of a step fixture upon which compartments
or bins of different sizes may be readily formed.
Still another object of my invention is the
provision of a step ñxture that can be varied in
A further object of my invention is the pro~
vision of a clip for supporting relatively high
glass partitions on a display fixture.
Other objects and advantages will become ap
parent in the following description taken in con
nection with the accompanying drawings, in
Fig. 1 is a perspective View of a preferred form
50 of fixture of my invention.
one is right hand and the other left hand. Each
of the Ysupports II includes an outside and inside 30
sheet of metal I5 and It respectively having
flanges l? and IS at their lower edges, the ñanges »
I‘I and IS being spot welded or otherwise secured
together. Formed integral with the outside sheet
I5 are tabs I9, 26. ZI and 22, the latter being 3:5`
formed soas to retain the sheets I 5 and I6 in
proper spaced relationship, As shown in Fig. `4
the upper edges of the sheets I5 and IG are cut
to provide progressively higher steps 24. Z 5 and 26. .
The back wall. i2 is formed of a single sheet 40
of metal to provide a bottom ñange 30 and side
iianges 3l, the latter being cut at their upper
ends to provide notches 32. As seen in Figs. 2
and 4, the upper edge of the wall I2 is return
bent and formed to provide a channel 33.
The trays I3. one of which is shown in Fig. 4,
are each formed of a single sheet of metal to
provide a top 35, end flanges 36. a rear flange
31 and a front flange 38. the latter being returnf
bent at its lower edge to provide a channel 39. 50
The entire top 35 of each of the trays I3 is formed ~
to provide a regular pattern of square apertures
4B as shown in Fig. '7.
The lowermost or front tray I3a is identical
to the trays I3 excepting that the front Wall 38a 55 ‘
thereof is of less height than the walls 38 of the
trays I3 and is inwardly bent at its lower edge
to provide a flange 42.
and 53 against the glass and greatly increase the
strength of the clip as Well as improving the' gen
eral appearance of the fixture.
The compartment forming apparatus I4 in
fil cludes high corner clips 44, low corner clips 45'.
and right and left hand one-way clips 46 and
41 respectively. Each of the aforementioned clips
has suitable lugs for interlocking engagement
with the perforated topsr35 of the trays I3 and
I3a substantially as set forth in the above referred
to patent and copending application.
width than the fixture I0 may be built with the
apparatus of my invention.
Sufiicient space is
provided between the sheets I5 and I6 ofthe
supports II to receive the flanges 36, of two trays
Referring now to Figs. 8, 9 and 10, I have
shown therein the details of one of the high
corner clips 44. This clip, which is particularly
adapted for use on the high glass partitions 48,
includes a base 50 having lugs 5I formed thereon
for engagement with the apertures 4!) as seen in
I3 or I3a placed end to end asshown, it being 15
obvious that any desired number of the trays
may be placed end to end as shown in Fig. 6.
Although I have shown and described but one
preferred form of my invention it is to be under
Fig. 7. Formed integral withand extending up
stood that many modifications and changes 20
might be made therein without departing from
ward from the base 50 isA an outside angle 52,
the spirit of the invention or the scope of the
and welded or otherwise secured on the base 50
following claims.
is an inside angle 53, _the latter being formed
at its upper end to provide arcuate portions 54.
I claim as my invention:
Removably mounted on the upper endl of the
angle 53 as shown in Fig. 8. ‘
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each of said members comprising a pair of spaced
sheets of metal, one of saidy sheets having tab
portions for engaging andjretaining the adjacent 30y
Ysheet in said spaced relation; and a tray extend
ing between'said supporting members at each-,of`
said steps, each of said trays having downward
bent flanges at opposite ends thereof, said flanges
The respective parts of the step'fixture I0 are
assembled ln the following manner; The back
being received and supported between the spaced 35
sheets of said supporting members.
wall I2 is secured to the rear ends of the tray
supporting members IIr by inserting the upper
ends of the flanges 3I in between the sheets I5
and I6 so that the rearmost edges of the tabs
2. In a display fixture, the ‘combinationV of : a
pair of supporting members, each of said mem
bers comprising a pair of closely spaced vsheets
of metal cut at their upper edges to form a series
22 are receivedïby the notches 32. ' The wall I2
' ’I then being swung into the position in which it is
of steps; a tray _extending between said sup-`
shownl in
2 with-_the flanges 3| thereof fully
receivedbetween the- sheets I5 and I6 of the
edges to form steps of progressively higher levels,A
1. In a display fixture, the combination of: a.
pair `of supporting members cut on their upper`
clip 45 is a cap 60, the latter being formed of
one piece of metal to provide vertical wallsy SI
and yieldable ñngers 62, the latter being formed
3.0 to> engage the arcuate portions 54 of the inside
may be used throughout the unit or in any desir- f
able combination to suit the requirements of the`
merchandise to be displayed thereon.
Referring now to Fig. 6, I have shown thereinY
the manner in which a fixture 65 of greater 10
and supported by the various clips are high and
low glass partitions 48 and 49 respectively as
shown in Fig. 1.
Although I have shown high and low glass in
the fixture I0 it is understood that either one
porting members at each of said steps, each of~ ~
said trays comprising a ilat sheet of metal hav
ing downturned flanges on the front, rear» and
end portions thereof, the flanges at the ends of
The uppermost tray I3 is then mounted on the
members I I as shown in Figs. 1 and 2 with the
said trays being receivedand supported between' 455
end flanges 36 of the tray beingreceived between
the spaced sheets of said supporting members
the sheets I5 and I6, it being noted that the rear y at said steps, the flanges on the rear edges Vof I
flange 31 of the tray is received and supported
vby the channel 33 of the back wall I2. The
center tray I3 is mounted in the same manner,
with the rear flange 31 thereof being supported
by the channel 39 of th'evfront flange -38 of the
uppermost tray I3. The front tray I3a is posi
all but the uppermost of said trays being re
ceived and supported by upturned portions on
the lower edges of the ilange on the front edges
of said trays.
3. In a display fixture, the combination of: a
pair of supportingmembers cut on their upper
tioned in the same manner and the compartment
edges to form steps of progressively higher levels,>
forming apparatus I4 positioned on theY trays I3
each of said members comprising a pair of spaced
sheets, one of said sheets having tab portions for
engaging and retaining the adjacent sheet in said
spaced relation; a tray extending between said
supporting members at each of said levels, each k604
of said trays comprising a flat sheet having
and I3a as shown in Fig. l.
Each of the clips 44, 45, 45 and 41 is mounted
by .inserting the lugs thereof into the desired
60 apertures while the clip. is held in a substantially
horizontal position, the clip being then raised to
vertical position as shown and described in the
above referred to patent and copending applica
tion. The glass 48 and 49 is inserted into pairs
of the clips thus retaining the latter in inter
locking engagement with the trays. After the
high glass 48 is inserted into the corner clips 44
the caps SII' are snapped into position and re
tained thereon by engagement of the ñngers'62
with the arcuate portions 54 .of the inside angle
53. The caps 60 serve to retain the angles 52
downturned flanges on the front, rear and lend
portions thereof, the flanges at the ends of said \
trays being received between spaced sheets of
said supporting members at said steps, Vthe
flanges on the rear edges of all but the upper- -
most of said‘trays being received and supported '
by upturned >portions on the lower edges of the
flanges on the front edgesl of said trays. '
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