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Патент USA US2123023

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July 5, 1938.
'r. J. PlLLlOD ET AL
Filed May 8, 19337
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Patented July 5, 1938
Thomas J. vPilliod and Ferdinand C. H. Miiller,
Swanton, Ohio, assignors to The Pilliod Cab
inet Company, Swanton, Ohio, a corporation of
Application May 8, 1937, Serial No. 141,445
2- Claims. (Cl. 217-56)
This invention relates to cabinets for the pro
tected display of articles of merchandise,_for in
stance such as silverware, and particularly to
such cabinets wherein the cover or top includes
5 a sheet of ?exible transparent material through
which the articles are viewed.
The object of the invention is the provision of
certain features of improvement in a cabinet of
this character, whereby to enhance the practica
bility and commercial value thereof.
A speci?c object of the invention resides in the
manner employed for mounting and retaining the
?exible transparent sheet material in position
in the cabinet, whereby it may be easily and
15 quickly mounted in or removed from the cabinet
and releasably locked in mounted position therein.
Other speci?c objects and advantages of the
invention will be apparent from the following
detailed description and from the accompanying
20 drawing, in which-—
Figure 1 is a perspective view of a display
cabinet embodying the invention; Fig. 2 is a sec
tion thereof on the line 2—2 in Fig. 1; Fig. 3 is
an enlarged fragmentary sectiomon the line 3-3
25 in Fig. 1; Fig. 4 is a fragmentary sectional view
of the cabinet showing a modi?cation of its rear
edge portion; Fig. 5 is an enlarged fragmentary
section of the front edge portion of the cover
member of the cabinet with the ?exible trans
30 parent top member shown in the act of being
inserted into position in the cover; Fig. 6 is a
similar view with the ?exible top member com
pletely inserted in the cover and in locked posi
tion to prevent removal, and Fig. '7 is an enlarged
35 fragmentary sectional view.
Referring to the drawing, l designates the base
or bottom member and 2 the top or cover member
of the cabinet hinged together at their rear edges.
The base member I preferably has a substantial
40 ly ?at bottom board 3, the top surface of which
extends to and is ?ush with the outer edge of
the base, as shown. Such surface, except for
its marginal edge portion, is covered with a pad
4 preferably comprising a sheet 5 of ?brous ma
45 terial wrapped with a soft cloth 6. The members
1 for holding the silverware, or other articles to
be displayed, are mounted on the pad 4.
The cover 2 is of rectangular form and com
prises the spaced ends l?, l0, and the front and
50 rear side pieces II and I2, respectively, connect
ing such ends. The bottom edge of the cover is
intended to seat ?at on the marginal top edge
portion of the base board 3 around the edge of
the pad 4 with the inner marginal face wall of
55 the cover coacting with the pad edge to tend to
exclude dust from the interior of the cabinet
when the cover is closed, as shown in Figs. 2
and '7.
In Figs. 1 and 2, in which both the front and
back top edges of the cover 2 are shown rounded,
both front and back side pieces II and i2 are
made shallow with respect to the ends l0, and in
the ‘present instance are shown as less than half
the height of the ends. The top member of the
cover comprises a sheet 14 of ?exible transpar
ent material preferably of a cellulosic nature.
This sheet is mounted at each end edge in a
groove 15, in the respective cover end l0, and
the groove substantially following the contour
of the top edge of the ends‘in slightly inwardly 15
spaced relation thereto and having its forward
end curved upwardly and rearwardly. Each of
these grooves has an inwardly offset entrance
end portion [6, disposed in the present instance
at the forward end portion of the cover and ex
tending inwardly and downwardly around the
front cross piece ll of the cover. The portion
I 6 of each groove has curved connection with the
body portion l5 thereof and at its upper end is
forwardly broadened to extend over the incut
upper inner edge of the cross piece II, which
incut forms a stop shoulder or ledge 'l'! at the
lower end of the major portion I5 of the groove.
The inner edge portion of the stop shoulder I1
is preferably beveled, as shown at IS. The oppo 30
site cross piece of the cover, in the present in
stance the rear cross piece I2, is provided on its
top in register at its ends with the grooves l5,
with a lengthwise extending groove or recess I9
into which the rear edge of the cover member l4 35
seats when in position within the cover.
The ?exible cover member I4 is intended to be
threaded into the grooves [5 through the en
trance portion l6 thereof and to be forcefully‘
pushed around in the grooves until the advanc 40
ing end strikes the bottom of the cross groove IS.
The member I4 is of suitable length in threading
direction so that when its advancing end strikes
the bottom of the groove l9, its opposite end will
register with the shoulder H and spring forward
into stop engagement therewith, thus preventing
a removal of the member I 4 from the cover except
when the forward edge of such member, for such
purpose, is sprung rearwardly into the enlarged
entrance portions of the grooves and out of reg 50
ister with the shoulder l1.
It is preferable to make each of the grooves
l5 of greater vertical depth than the thickness
of the cover sheet [4 and to hold the sheet
against the outer wall of the groove when the 55
cover member I4 is properly positioned in the
cover. This is accomplished by providing each
edge portion of the cover sheet throughout its
length with a longitudinally extending bead 20
(Fig. 3). The bead 20 is formed by channeling
the edge portion of the sheet with its open side
uppermost, so that the convexed side of the
channel portion rideson the bottom wall of the
groove, while the leg portions of the channel at
10 their terminal edges are disposed in close rela
tionship to the upper wall of the groove.
provision of such edge beads not only strength
1. In an article display cabinet, a cover hav
ing opposed ends and opposed front and rear
sides, the rear side having a lengthwise extend
ing groove in its upper edge portion and. said
front side being of less depth than the ends and CI
having its inner top edge incut to form a ledge
with a wall in front, said ends each having a
marginal edge groove in its inner face extend
ing rearwardly to and in register with the groove
in said rear side and having its forward end 10
extending to’ and in register with said ledge and
downward at the rear of the front side to form
ens the ?exible sheet material at its side edges
to facilitate threading through the grooves, but
15 also provides a substantially close ?t between
an inwardly offset entrance portion, and a ?ex
ible top sheet of cellulosic material mounted at
its opposite end edges in said grooves with its ‘_
the upper surface of the material and the upper rear edge seated in the rear side groove and its
wall of the grooves, thereby improving the ap
front edge seated on said ledge and locked by
pearance of the cabinet and tending to prevent said ledge against removal from the grooves ex
the passage of dust and dirt around the’ edge of . cept when the front edge of the sheet is inwardly
the ?exible sheet and into the cabinet.
pressed out of register with the ledge, said sheet
In Fig. 4, the rear side wall [2a of the cover is having'at each end edge a bead which is dis
shown as extending up to‘ the topof the side posed within the respective groove and retains
walls Illa so1 as to form a square rear edge'in
the body of the sheet adjacent to' the outer wall
stead of rounded, as shown in Figs. 1 and 2. ‘In
such case, the grooves 15a for the'transparent
cover member He extend straight back and tere
minate in register with a cross groove l9a in
of the groove.
the inner face of the member |2F~ near its top
We wish it understood that our invention is
not limited to- any speci?c construction, arrange
ment or form of the parts, as it is capable of
numerous modi?cations and changes without de
parting from the spirit of the claims.
Having thus described our invention, what we
claim as new, and desire to secure by. United
States Letters Patent, is:
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2. In an article display cabinet, a cover hav
ing opposed walls each having a marginal edge
groove in its inner face and a ?exible sheet of
cellulosic nature mounted at its opposite edges
in said grooves and having at each of such
edges a longitudinally extending bead which is 30
concavo-convex in cross-section and is. disposed
within the respective groove and coacts with the
opposed walls of the groove to‘ retain the body
of the sheet in coaction With the wall of the
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