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July 5,1938.
C. c. THOMAS' '
Filed July 28, 1934
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, Patented July 5, 1938
M 2,122,501
nsrmenmrme APPARATUS
Charles 0. Thomas, Detroit, Micln, assignor, by
mesne assignments, to Nash-Kelvinator Cor
poration, Detroit, Mich, a corporation of
Application July 28, 1934, Serial No. 731,319
2 Claims. (Cl. 312-185)
My invention relates to refrigerators and more
out the several. views, there is shown in Figure
1, for the purpose of illustration, a refrigerator
cabinet in having a hinged door II. The aux
It is frequently necessary when placing arti- '7 iliary or rearranging shelf of the present inven
cles into or removingthem from a refrigerator, tion, as here shown in Figures 2 to 5, is ‘in the 5
particularly to auxiliary shelves or trays there
to rearrange the articles that are in the refrig
form of a sheet metal tray l2 having ?anges l3 '
erator and in doing so to itemporarily remove along its ends and front side, each ?ange l3,
the same. Obviously, it then becomes necessary terminating in an outwardly extending lip or _
to place the temporarily removed articles at some flange H; The shelf, however; may be of any
10 other location, such for example as on a table, other suitable construction such as for example‘
which may be inconveniently located at some dis
of grille-like construction of the-type employed
tance from the refrigerator. ‘This oftentimes is ' in the refrigerator shelves l5 shown in Figure 1.
a great inconvenience as it consumes time and
The shelf or tray I2 is hinged to the inner face
causes the housewife‘ or other person to take
of the door H so that it may be swung from a
many unnecessary steps.
vertical inoperative position adjacent the inner
' An object of my invention is to provide a re
frigerator with an auxiliary or rearranging shelf
or tray, which is conveniently mounted ‘such as
on the refrigerator door, in such manner that it
20 may be easily disposed in a readily accessible ar
tide-receiving and supporting position, and
which, when not in use, may be disposed in such
position as not to'occupy useful space within the
refrigerator. Another object of my invention is
25 to provide a refrigerator door having an auxil
iary shelf or tray of the character referred to
thereon, with a recessed portion for receiving
‘such shelf or tray when the same‘ is disposed in
an inoperative position, whereby the shelf or tray
will not occupy useful space-within the refrigera
tor when the door is closed.
The present invention, however, both as to'its
construction and use, together with additional
door face, as indicated in Figure 3, to a horizon
tal article-supporting position, as indicated in
_ Figure 2.
In order, however, that the tray [2 will not 00
cupy useful space within the refrigerator, it is
preferred to offset the upper portion of the inner
face of the door, as shown in Figure 2, to provide
a tray receiving recess l8 and a horizontal ledge
I ‘I.
The hinges l8 which connect the tray 12
with the door ll may be secured to this ledge
I‘! in such manner that when the tray i 2 is
swung upwardly to its vertical inoperative posi-'
tion, as shown in Figure ‘3,. the bottom thereof
will lie substantially in the plane of the lower
portion of the'inner door face. By forming the
inner door face with the recess i6 and hinging
the. tray 12 in the mannerdescribed, it is obvious
that the tray, when it is in its vinoperative ver
objects and advantages thereof, will best be. tical position, will not occupy any of the useful
understood from the following description of space within the refrigerator after the door is
speci?c embodiments when read in conjunction
with the accompanying drawing, in which:
Figure 1 is a perspective view showing a refrig
erator cabinet, the door being open and having
40 an auxiliary or rearranging shelf of the present
invention mounted thereon, the shelf being shown
in its operative article-supporting position;
Figure 2 is an enlarged side elevation of the
refrigerator door shown in Figure 1, the shelf
being disposed ‘in its article~supporting position
and also being shown in dotted outline in a par
, 'tially lowered position;
Any suitable means, such for example as a
chain, extensible links, or an arm arranged to
disappear between the door panels, may be em
ployed for supporting the tray I! in its horizon- _
tal position. One means for doing this is shown
for illustration in Figures 2 to 5, as comprising .
a pair of pivoted links 30, one of which is pivoted
to the end ?ange l3 of the tray and the other
of which is pivoted to a hinge bracket l9 secured
to the inner door face above the hinges it. The
links 30,‘ when the tray 52 is swung upwardly,
Figure 3 is a view similar to Figure 2 but with , swing about their pivotal axes as shown in dotted
the shelf in its raised inoperative position;
outline in Figure 2, and permit free swinging
Figure 4 is a fragmentary side elevation of the movement of the tray, but act, when the tray
door shown in Figure 2; and
is lowered, to provide an e?cient supporting
Figure 5_ is a fragmentary top plan view of the structure for the tray.
door shown in Figure 2.
Any suitable means, such as for example the
Referring to the accompanying drawing, in spring metal latch 25 shown in figures 1 to 5,
55 which like numerals refer to like parts through
may be utilized for retaining the tray in its ver
ticel position. ‘Thejlatch as may be disposed as
' herec shown in a depression 3i formed
upper edge portion of the door i l. e
vention herein shown and described, it will be
understood that numerous details of the con
struction may be altered; or'omitted without de-'
parting from the spirit and scope of the inven
supporting ailticles while the articles that may‘ tion as
and claimed. and that I do not
When it
desiredto utilise the tray ii for
_ be on‘ the ShQIVGSsI' are being rearranged or
desire ts limit'the invention to the exact cone; .
structions herein setv forth.
‘placed on they shelves‘ I‘, it is merely necessary
What 'I claim is:
to lift the ;resilient latch 2i and swing the tray
‘1. The combination in' a refrigerator of a door;
10 iti'downwardly to its article-supporting position. _ a recess in ‘the inner face of said door, a tray 10
Likewise, when ‘it is desired to dispense with the shaped shelf, a'removable transfer tray supported ,
tray II, it is ‘merely necessary to ‘swing it up
by said shelf and con?ned within the same.
while other articles are being removed from or
wardl'yiu‘htil the marginal vforward ?ange ii is
hinge means connectingfsaid shelf with said door
engaged with the downwardly projecting portion
ofthe' latch 20.
at the lower edge of said recess for swinging
‘‘ movement from a horizontal to a vertical position
The tray I! may be of any ‘suitable size and
I _ may evenzhe'of' such size as to support a serving
' tray on which it may be desired to place a mem- .,
her of articles. ’
it will be noted from the drawing and foregoing
to position said shelf and tray within said recess,
resilient latch means carried by the ;door for
securing said shelf in a vertical folded’ position
adjacent-the door, and extensible link supports
connected with said door and said shelf for hold= 20'
description that. the device of the present in-_ ing the latter in a horisontal position.
vention provides a new and useful means for use
2. The combination in a refrigeratoréof a doc
withrefrigerators whichvis conveniently disposed
‘having a recess in the inner face thereof, a re- .
for receiving articlesv whileiother articles are be- ' movable transfer tray,4; shelf having a depres-'
I 25
'ing placed in or removed from the refrigerator
sion therein for receiving‘and supporting said
or are being rearranged therein. It will be fur- ; tray in ‘substantially confined relation, means for
. _' ther noted hat the shelf’ ortrayJsKreadily ac- : hinging said tray to said door at 'a horizontal
-' cessible an
arranged to, be disposed in such .edge of said recess whereby said shelf? and tray
. manner that it will not occupy useful space in V may be moved from a horizontal position to a
30 the ‘refrigerator when the door is closed. .The
i auxiliary shelf‘ serves a very useful purpose in
that it conserves the time of and eliminates un
necessary movenjients of the housewife or other
as Aside from the specific embodiments of the in
vertical position within said‘ recess, means for 30'
supporting said shelf/in its horizontal position,
and means for holding said shelf in_its vertical
CHARLES c. mouse;
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