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Feb. 27, 1962
A. R. UNSWORTH
3,022,899
RACKS FOR HOLDING WINE GLASSES AND LIKE ARTICLES
Filed March 8, 1960
3 Sheets-Sheet 1
ALAN RENE
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Attorneys
Feb. 27, 1962
A. R. UNSWORTH
3,022,899
RACKS FOR HOLDING WINE GLASSES AND LIKE ARTICLES
Filed March 8, 1960
3 Sheets-Sheet 2
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Feb. 27, 1962
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RACKS FOR HOLDING WINE GLASSES AND LIKE ARTICLES
Filed March 8, 1960
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terminal end 12.b which isarranged to be ‘adjacent the
straight end 126 of a next succeeding rail and when pairs
RACKS F012 HOLDING WINE GLASSES
AND LIKE ARTHCLES
Alan R. Unsworth, 51 Merton Road, Bootle,
of said rails are connected in longitudinal alignment by
the brackets 10 the space 13 between said ends 12”, 12“
provide an inclined entry and exit point (see more par
ticularly FIGS. 2 and 7) which permits the base x1 of a
Liverpool 20, England
Filed Mar. 8, 1960, Ser. No. 13,680
2 Claims. (Cl. 211-71)
wine glass to be passed therethroughThus,
providedsaid
‘by reasonglass
‘of
is held at the appropriate angle.
This invention relates to racks for holding wine glasses
the shape and disposition of the adjoining ends of said
and like articles and has for its primary object to pro 10 pairs of rails, glasses may be slid freely from One pair
vide an improved rack adapted to support a plurality
of glasses in inverted positions such that the drying of
same after washing is expedited and the necessity to use
a drying cloth or towel is obviated. A further aim of the
invention is to provide a rack which may be used with
advantage for storage purposes.
According to my invention, and in one mode of em
bodiment, a rack comprises a pair or pairs of rails of
of rails to another over the entry and exit point 13 with
out any danger of the glasses becoming accidentally dis
engaged, but may readily be disengaged therefrom as
and when required.
It will be seen that a glass holding rack according to the
invention may comprise two brackets 10 and a single
.pair of opposed rails 12, or, any number of pairs of
bracket-supported rails 12 may be disposed in end-to-end
alignment to provide a continuous glass-supporting struc
any suitable cross-sectional shape, said rails being located
in spaced and parallel disposition at a distance apart 20 ture with entry and exit points for said glasses at each
which permits the passage therebetween of the stem of a
rail juncture.
wine glass but not the base thereof, and preferably the
con?guration and disposition of said rails is such that the
stems of wine glasses to be supported may be entered
’ '
In some cases said brackets 10 may be formed in two
separate or relatively adjustable parts thereby to enable
the rail members 12 to be laterally spaced to suit a
therebetween at one intermediate point in the rack struc 25 particular size of wine glass.
Alternatively, said rails
12 may be made in varying widths with the same object
ture in addition to an end or ends thereof.
Brackets are provided for supporting said parallel sup
port rails in required disposition such brackets being
in view.
‘
in the use of a rack structure according to my inven
tion, it is only necessary to enter the stems of wine
adapted for securing the appliance to a wall, beneath a
shelf, or in other required situation.
30 glasses or similar articles ‘between said rail members,
The invention is further described with the aid of the
either from an end or via one of the intermediate open
accompanying drawings which illustrate, by way of ex
ample only and not of limitation, one mode of embodi
ment.
In said drawings:
FIG. 1 is a perspective view of a glass holding rack
structure and
FIG. 2 is a part sectional elevation of same ?tted be
ings, and allow same, to hang suspended by their bases
in inverted positions. When so suspended, washed glasses
quickly drain and dry with no necessity for wiping and
35 if left in said rack their inverted positions prevent the
collection of dust.
'
What I claim as my invention and desire to secure
by Letters Patent is:
low a shelf.
1. A rack structure for supporting wine glasses and
FIG. 3 is a transverse section taken as on line III-III 40 the like in pendant position comprising a plurality of
of FIG. 2.
.
FIG. 4 is an elevation of one of the brackets.
FIG. 5 is a plan view showing two of the glass-sup
brackets each consisting of a cross-piece aperture to
receive securing screws and having two depending leg
pieces with the inwardly facing surfaces thereof being
porting rails dissociated from their holding brackets.
formed slots, pairs of opposed rail members supported
FIG. 6 is a plan view showing the adjoining ends of 45 by said brackets in end to end spaced aligned disposition
pairs of glass-supporting members.
with each end of each rail having a part engaged within
FIG. 7 is a fragmentary view showing the method of
the slot of the adjacent bracket of said‘ brackets and
engaging or disengaging a wine glass from the support
each of said rails havinglone down-turned terminal end
rails.
disposed adjacent to a straight end of the next succeeding
Referring now to said drawings, a wine glass support 50 rail to provide a downwardly inclined entry and exit
opening whereby the base of a wine glass can pass there
structure or rack comprises two or more brackets which
are generally designated 10 and each consisting of a cross
through when the ‘wine glass is held at the appropriate
piece 109' apertured at 10b (FIG. 3) and vtwo depend
angle.
ing leg pieces 10° which have their inwardly facing sur
2. A rack structure for wine glasses and the like as
faces formed with slots 10d. The aperture 10b is for 55 claimed in claim 1, wherein said slots of the brackets are
the passage of a screw 11 (FIG. 3) whereby said brackets
may be secured in appropriately spaced disposition to
the underside of, for example,.a shelf y. Said brackets
10 are adapted to support pairs of opposed rail members
12 which have end pieces shaped as at 12*‘- for engage 60
formed at an angle to the axis of said leg pieces and
locate said rails with their transverse axes at an inclina
tion to said leg pieces whereby the bases of glasses sup
porltled between said rails make edge contact only there
wit .
ment with the slots 10d of brackets, 10 whereby said
rails are ?rmly held in spaced and parallel disposition
to permit of wine glasses x being suspended therebe
tween in the manner shown in FIG. 3.
As shown most clearly in FIGS. 3 and 4 the slots 10d 65
of brackets 10 are preferably formed at an inclination
to the horizontal whereby said rails 12 are located with
their transverse axes at an inclination and the glasses
supported therebetween make edge contact only with the
rails thereby to decrease frictional resistance to sliding. 70
Each of said rail members 12 has one down-turned
References Cited in the ?le of this patent
UNITED STATES PATENTS
1,319,130
Weston _____________ __ Oct. 21. 1919
1,925,540
2,370,455
2,600,096
Neuschotz __________ __-__ Sept. 5, 1933
Eng ________________ __ Feb..27, 1945
Cooper _____________ _... June 10, 1952.
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FOREIGN PATENTS
154.071
Australia ___________ _.. Nov. 10. 1953
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