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Nov. 6, 1962
c. E. JOHNSON
DISPLAY CASE
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3,062,607
Nov. 6, 1962
c. E. JOHNSON
3,062,607
DISPLAY CASE
Filed July 20, 1959
2 Sheets-Sheet 2
fice
3,062,507
Patented Nov. 6, 1962
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wall and a removable transparent front wall. A series
of bins of bulk nuts are disposed in side by side rela~
3,062,607
DISPLAY CASE
Carl E. Johnson, Wilmette, lll., assigner to The Kelling
Nut Co., Chicago, Ill., a corporation of Illinois
Filed July zo, 1959, ser. No. 828,257
3 Claims. (Cl. 312-1-17)
tionship in the lower portion of the housing and are sup
ported therein by the bottom wall. Means are provided
between the bins and between the bins and the end walls
for interlocking the bins in position on the bottom wall
and for preventing nuts within the bins from spilling over
the sides thereof. Additional means are also provided to
The present invention relates generally to nut display
interlock the transparent wall in position.
More specifically, in the illustrated embodiment the
struction which is provided with interlocking means for 10
display case includes a housing 10 which is made of a
the movable parts disposed therein.
high strength material such as steel and is generally rec
High quality nuts are ordinarily sold to consumers
cases and more particularly to a nut display case con
tangular in horizontal cross section. The housing 10 is
from relatively shallow bins contained within a heated
constructed so that it is self-sustaining and includes a pair
display case. To serve the customer, the seller scoops
the nuts out of the bins into individual packages. In the 15 of upright end walls 12, an upright back wall 14 suitably
connected to the rear edge ofthe end walls 12, a lower
process of scooping the 'nuts out ofthe bins, and espe
front wall 16 suitably connected to the lower forward
cially when the bins are rather full, the -nuts tend to pile
edges of the end walls 12, and a horizontally extending
up adjacent the walls of the bins and if not properly re
top wall 18 suitably connected to the upper edges of the
and/ or into the display case. lSuch spilling of nuts not 20 end walls 12 and the back wall 14. A horizontally ex
tained, spill over the Ysides of the bins into adjacent bins
only limits the capacity of the bins but also necessitates
resorting of the nuts Vand/_or frequent cleaning of the
display case to Yprevent the accumulation of nuts beneath
tending bottom wall 20 is disposed within the housing 10
and is suitably connected toy the front wall 16, back wall
the bins.
are rounded to enhance the appearance of the display
Separators have been previously Aprovided between the
14 and end walls 12.
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The corners of the housing 10
case.
In the illustrated embodiment, a pair of rearwardly
extending, elongated, relatively shallow bins 22 for bulk
bins of nut display cases, but such separators were difli
cult to clean and permitted particles to fall between the
separators and the bins. Moreover, the bins tended to
nuts are disposed in side by side relationship on the bot
toni wall 20 of the housing 10. The bins 22 have upright
move about as the seller scooped the nuts from the bins.
Accordingly, an object of the present invention is the 30 side walls 24, horizontally extending bottom walls 26,
inwardly inclined front and rear walls 2S and 30, re
provision of a display case which is provided with means
spectively. The lips 31 of the side walls 24 of the bins 22
for interlocking removable nut bins in position, which
are generally horizontal and are parallel to each other.
interlocking means is so constructed that the nuts therein
The 'bins 22 are interlocked in position by interlocking
are prevented from falling between the bins and/or into
adjacent bins. >Another object is the provision of a nut 35 means 32 which are so constructed that they maintain
the bins 22 in position and also prevent nuts from spilling
display case which is so constructed that relatively in
over the side walls 24 of the bins 22. In the illustrated
frequent cleaning is required, but when cleaning is re
embodiment, the interlocking means 32 includes a gen-r
quired, the construction is such that the display case may
erally vertically extending intermediate partition 34 dis»
be easily cleaned. A further object is the provision of
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of the display case in position, which interlocking means
posed between the bins 22 and generally vertically eX
tending side partitions 36 disposed between the bins 22
do not detract from the appearance of the display case.
and the end walls 12 of the housing 10.
Other objects and advantages of the present invention
will become apparent by reference to the following de
As (shown particularly in FIGURE 9, the intermediate
partition 34 is provided with »a ñange 40 which extends
at right angles to the plane of the partition 34 at the
easily manipulated interlocking means -for securing parts
scription and accompanying drawings.
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bottom thereof. The flange 40> is interposed between one
of the bins 22 and the bottom wall 20` of the housing 10,
to interlock the intermediate partition 34 in position.
case showing various features of the present invention,
Nuts within the bins 22 are prevented from falling be
portions of the nut display 'case being broken away to
tween ythe intermediate partition 34 and the adjacent in
show the interior thereof;
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ner side walls 24 of the bins 22 by downwardly directed,
FIGURE 2 is an enlarged transverse sectional view
elongated, U-shaped channels 42 which are positioned
taken generally along line 2--2 of FIGURE l;
so as to tit over the lips 31 of the inner side walls 24 for
FIGURE 3 yis a reduced horizontal sectional view
substantially their entire length. The channels 42 are
taken generally along line 3-3 of FIGURE 2';
FIGURE 4 is an enlarged fragmentary transverse sec 55 attached to the respective sides of the partition 34 by
suitable ‘means vsuch as a plurality of rivets 44 connecting
tional view taken generally along line _4-4 of FIGURE l;
downward extensions 45 of the inner legs of the chan
FIGURE 5 is a fragmentary side elevational view
nels 42 to the partition 34.
taken generally along lines 5-5 of FIGURE 4;
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As shown in FIGURES 2 and 9, the marginal portions
FIGURE 6 is a fragmentary horizontal sectional view
of the intermediate partition 34 are bent back upon >them
taken generally along line 6-6 of FIGURE 5;
selves to` provide rounded corners.
FIGURE 7 is a fragmentary horizontal sectional View
In the drawings:
FIGURE l is a side elevational view of a nut display
taken generally along line 7-~7 of FIGURE 5;
Nuts are prevented from spilling over the outer‘side
FIGURE 8 is a perspective view of the interlocking
member -shown in FIGURES 4 through '1;
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walls -24 of the lbins y22 by the side partitions 36. Each
-of the side partitions 36 is provided with upper and lower
by >breaking away portions; and,
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FIGURE 10 is a perspective view of kone of the side
As show_n in FIGURE 9, each side partition 36 -is-inte'r`~
locked with the housing 10 by a downwardly extending
interlocking partitions shown in'FIGURE 3.
The nut display case shown in the drawings includes a
marginal portion 5_0 of the upper il'ange 46 which portion
is slidably received by elongated, horizontally extending
housing having end walls, back wall, bottom wall, top
clip `52 on the end vwall'12`of the housing 10. The clip
FIGURE 9 is- an enlarged ‘fragmentary vertical -sec 65 outwardly extending flanges 46 and 48, respectively, which
space lthe 'side partitions 36 from ïthe associated end wall
tional view taken generally along line 9;9 of FIGURE 3,
v12.
with the drawing being 'foreshortened in both directions
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52 also serves to retain the lower margin of an end wall
window 51 which is provided to afford the purchaser a
side view of the contents of the display case, the upper
margin being retained by a similar clip 53.
The forward edge of each »side partition 36 is provided
with an outwardly directed ilange 55 to enhance the
appearance of the display case.
To prevent the nuts from spilling over the outer side
walls 24 of the bins 22, downwardly directed, elongated,
are preferably made of a material that may be polished to
enhance the appearance of the nuts stored in the bins 22.
In the illustrated embodiment, portions of the back
wall 14 of the housing are hinged to enable the seller
to gain access to the display case to package nuts for
the customer.
As can be seen from the above, a display case is pro
vided which holds a large quantity of nuts in bulk form
without the possibility of nuts spilling over the sides of
U-shaped channels 54 are positioned so as to lit over 10 Vthe bins. The display case is so constructed that it can
the lips 31 of the adjacent outer side walls 24 for sub
stantially their entire length. The channels 54 are at
tached to the respective side partitions 36 by suitable
means such as rivets 56 connecting a downward exten
sion 57 of the outer legs of the channels 54 to the re
spective side partitions 36.
As shown particularly in FIGURE 9, the side parti
tions 36, the bins 22, and the intermediate partition 34
cooperate with each other to securely interlock the parti
Ibe easily disassembled for cleaning, and yet the display
case parts are securely locked in position.
Various changes and modifications may be made in
the above described nut display case without departing
from the spirit or scope of the invention.
Various features of the invention are set forth in the
following claims.
I claim:
1. A nut display case comprising a housing, a series of
tions 34 and 36 and bins 22 in position. To unlock the 20 bins disposed in side by side relationship in said housing,
interlocking arrangement thus formed, the side partitions
said bins having parallel lips along adjacent sides thereof,
an upright partition disposed between a pair of said bins
and extending to a position substantially above the lips of
from the intermediate partition 34.
said bins, a flange connected generally at right angles to
The portion of the housing 10 in front of the bins 22
is enclosed by a rectangular front panel or wall 58 of 25 the lower margin of said partition, said flange being lo
cated under the bottom of one bin, and a horizontally dis
transparent material. The panel 58 is connected to the
posed, downwardly directed, generally U-shaped channel
housing 1G so that it may be pivoted about its lower edge
connected to each side of said partition in such a position
for cleaning or other maintenance. As shown in FIG
as to ñt over the adjacent lip of said bin.
URE 2, the bottom edge of the transparent panel 58 is
36 are disengaged and then the bins 22 are separated
disposed in a guideway 59 formed along the upper edge
2. A nut display case comprising a housing, a series of
bins disposed in side by side relationship in said housing,
said bins having parallel lips along adjacent sides thereof,
The side edges of the panel 58, which are protected
an upright intermediate partition disposed between a pair
by channels 60, are received by guideways 62 formed
of said bins and extending to a position substantially above
by inwardly directed llanges 64 connected to turned-back
forward marginal portions of the end walls 12. To en 35 the lips of said bins, a ñange connected generally at right
angles to the lower margin of the intermediate partition,
hance the appearance of the display case and also to al
said ñange being located under one bin, upright side parti
low the purchaser to view the nuts in the bins from above,
tions located between the end walls of the housing and the
the transparent panel 58 and the associated forward edges
of the front wall 16.
of the end walls 12 are slanted rearwardly.
bins and connected to the end walls, and a horizontally
The transparent panel S8 is interlocked in position by 40 disposed, downwardly directed, generally U-shaped chan
a pair of interlocking members 68 disposed on the upper
corner portions of the transparent panel 58. Each of
the interlocking members 68 includes an elongated gen
erally U-shaped body part 70 which slidably straddles
nel connected to each side partition and each side of
said intermediate partition in such a position as to tit over
the adjacent lip of said bin.
3. A nut display case comprising a housing, two rear
the adjacent flange 64, as shown in FIGURES 6 and 7. 45 wardly extending bins disposed in side by side relation
ship in said housing, said bins having parallel lips along
The upper edge of the corner portion of the transparent
adjacent sides thereof an upright intermediate partition
panel 58 is engaged by a downwardly-turned hook part
disposed between the bins and extending to a position
72 connected to the upper end of the forward leg 74 of
substantially above the lips of said bins, a ñange connected
the body part 70.
The rearward leg 76 of the body part 70 is extended 50 generally at right angles to the lower margin of said
intermediate partition and interposed between one of said
outwardly and is provided with a rearwardly extending
bins and the bottom wall of said housing, upright side
flange 78 which, in cooperation with the forward ñange
partitions located between the end walls of the housing
55 of the associated side partition 36, prevents inward
and the bins, a horizontally extending clip connected to
movement of the locking member 68.
the inside surface of each end wall, an L-shaped ñange
The upper portion of the housing 10 is enclosed with
connected to the upper margin of each side partition in
a generally rectangular panel or wall 80 of transparent
such a position as to be received by said clip, and a hori
material which is hinged at its upper edge. The side
zontally disposed, downwardly directed, generally U
edges of the upper panel 80, which are protected by chan
shaped channel connected to each side partition and each
nels 82, are received by guideways 84 formed by inwardly
directed llanges 86 connected to turned-back forward 60 side of said intermediate partition in such a position as
to lit over the adjacent lip of said bin, said channels being
marginal portions of the end walls 12.
of sufficient length to cover substantially the entire length
The upper panel 80 and the associated forward edges
of said lip.
of the end walls 12 are slanted rearwardly, as shown in
FIGURE 2, at an angle to the front transparent panel 58
References Cited in the tile of this patent
to enhance the appearance of the display case.
UNITED STATES PATENTS
The upper transparent wall 80 is locked by suitable
locking means, such as screws 88, which extend through
1,158,807
Husz ________________ __ Nov. 2, 1915
the side channels 82 and are threadedly engaged with
1,601,376
Sherer ______________ _.. Sept. 28, 1926
the flanges 86. The forward legs of the side channels
1,642,466
Sorenson ____________ _.- Sept. 13, 1927
82 are extended downwardly in order to hide the hook 70
parts 72 of the interlocking members 68.
Suitable heating means (not shown) are connected to
the upper wall 18 of the housing 10 to heat the nuts
within the bins 22. The back wall 14 of the housing,
the intermediate partition '.34 and the side partitions 36 75
,1,666,851
1,721,132
l1,882,375
2,117,404
2,613,860
2,661,996
Good ______________ __ Apr. 17,
Orthwine ____________ __ July 16,
Vanderveld __________ .__ Oct. 11,
Curtis ______________ -__ May 17,
Hoffman _____________ __ Oct. 14,
Holderle ______________ __ Dec. 8,
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