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April 30, 1963
A. H. ANDERSON
3,087,702
SHELF SUPPORT
Filed Feb. 1'7, 1961
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INVENIOR
April 30, 1963
A. H. ANDERSON
3,087,702
SHELF SUPPORT
Filed Feb. 1'7, 196].
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A. H. ANDERSQN
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3,087,702
SHELF SUPPORT
Alfred H. Anderson, Youngstown, Ohio, assignor to The
General Fireproo?ng Company, Youngstown, Ohio, a
corporation of Ohio
Filed Feb. 17, 1961, Ser. No. 90,015
4 Claims. (Cl. 248-243)
3,087,702
Patented Apr. 30, 1963
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FIGURE 5a is a perspective view of the parts shown in
FIGURE 5.
FIGURE 6 is a view showing the base interlocked
with a shelf ?ange and the locking member engaged with
a keeper of the post.
FIGURE 69' is a perspective view of the interlocked
parts shown in FIG. 6.
FIGURE 7 is a perspective view showing how the parts
appear either during initial interlocking or when the shelf
This invention relates to a device for selectively locat
ing a shelf at a desired elevation on a perforated post 10 is ?rst lifted for the purpose of moving it to another ele
vation.
or the like in a stack of shelving, or, a similar member
Similar reference characters designate corresponding
in a cabinet having a plurality of shelf positions.
parts throughout the several ?gures of the drawings.
One of the objects of the invention is to provide a de-v
Referring to FIGS. 1, 2, and 3, of the drawing, it will
vice in the nature of a two-part clip comprising a base
manually connectable and disconnectable to the shelf 15 be observed that the present invention includes a shelf
supporting arm designated generally as A and an attach
and a shelf supporting member pivotally connected there
ing base B.
to. While it is preferred to make the parts of the clip
The shelf supporting arm includes a body portion 1
out ‘of strip sheet metal which has a reasonable degree
and an offset ?nger 2 which, in the example shown, is
of resilience and also lends itself particularly to die stamp
narrower than the body 1. At the end of the body oppo
ing operations, thereby permitting mass production on an
economical basis, nevertheless, other forms of material
site the ?nger 2, there is an angularly disposed hinge leaf
may be used such for example as many available plastics.
Another object of the invention is to provide a base
which in effect acts as a hinge leaf for the shelf supporting
arm, the said base being resilient enabling it to be manu
3 having a slot 4. It will be understood that it is within
the scope of the invention to make the body 1 and ?nger
2 of the same width instead of different widths as shown.
In that connection the body of the supporting arm be
tween the ?nger and the slotted ?ange 3 is intended when
the clip is in use, to provide an abutment upon which
the shelf designated generally as S is supported as shown,
equally readily removed, if required. Metal shelving,
for example, in FIGS. 6 and 6*”.
for example, is usually provided with longitudinal edges
FIGURE 2 illustrates the complementary portion of
which serve to reinforce and ?nish the shelf in its ?nal 30
the clip in the form of the aforesaid base B which in
form. In most cases, these edges are bent inwardly and
ally readily compressed and when released locked in co
operating relation with an edge portion of the shelf, and
upwardly to provide a substantially U-shaped channel
with respect to the underside of the shelf itself, while at
the same time providing a smooth external surface to
cludes a U-shaped body 5 whose substantially parallel
legs have oppositely disposed ?anges ‘6 and 7 located at
opposite sides of the U-shaped bight portion 8.
avoid injury to the hands during the operation of loading 35 As Will be seen from FIGURE 3, the arm A and the
base B may be assembled by ?tting the slot 4 of the leaf
and unloading the shelf. The base of the present clip is
3 over the ?ange 7 of the base and into ‘the U-sha-ped
intended to be yieldably interlocked with and masked by
bight portion 8. The shelf S shown in FIGURES 4‘7
the underside of the shelf and its related longitudinal
inclusive, preferably includes the usual load-supporting
?ange adjacent the keeper post which usually has a plu
rality of openings or equivalent keeper elements into 40 surface or top and a ?ange 9 along a longitudinal edge,
which the arm of the clip may be inserted to support the
shelf.
A further object of the invention is to provide a clip
wherein the base may be readily shaped and formed in
such a manner as to provide a resilient portion which not
only enables the base, in its expanded condition, to be
?rmly interlocked with the shelf, but also provides a
hinge knuckle in which a slotted leaf of the angular shelf
the said ?ange bent horizontally inward as indicated at
10 and thence upwardly substantially parallel to the outer
wall 9 to provide a lip 11.
It will now be seen that the clip assembled as shown
in FIGURE 3 can be applied to the shelf S by placing
the ?ange 7 of the base B behind the lip 11 while the
bight portion 8 and ?ange 6 are disposed in a position so
that the ?ange 6 may be ?exed through said bight por~
tion 'by ?nger pressure or with the aid of a suitable tool
supporting arm is free to move to engage and disengage
50 T (FIG. 5). The effect of such pressure, however, ap—
a related keeper.
With the above and other objects in view which will
plied will be to compress the lower leg of the attaching
more readily appear as the nature of the invention is
base in a manner to bring the ?ange 6 into engagement
with the rear face of the front ?ange 9 of the shelf.
Thus, the arm A and its ?nger 2 are free to swing down
better understood, the invention consists in the novel con
struct-ion, combination, and arrangement of parts, herein
55 wardly so that said ?nger may be manually directed to
after more fully described, illustrated and claimed.
enter a related keeper opening 12, for example, in a post
A preferred and practical embodiment of the inven
P or its equivalent.
tion is shown in the accompanying drawings, in which:
FIGURE 1 is a perspective view of the shelf support
As will appear from FIGS. 6 and 6a, the ?nger 2 or
its equivalent engages the keeper element 12 and the body
ing and keeper engaging arm of the clip.
FIGURE 2 is a perspective view of the complementary 60 1 of the arm A passes beneath the ?ange 10 to support
the shelf S.
attaching base of the clip.
In the event that it is desired to disconnect the arm A
FIGURE 3 is a perspective view of the assembled parts
of FIGS. 1 and 2 wherein the base and locking member
are pivotally connected.
and its ?nger 2. from a related keeper, it only becomes
pressed, preliminary to interlocking the base with the
invention is readily made by simple manufacturing pro
necessary to lift the shelf S as shown in FIGURE 7 to
FIGURE 4 is a cross sectional view of the clip and a 65 cause withdrawal of the ?nger from the keeper.
From the foregoing it will be seen that the present
part of a shelf with the base of the clip about to be com
cedures, and may be assembled with facility as shown in
shelf.
FIGURE 3, so that its base B may be detachably con
FIGURE 4u is a perspective view of FIG. 4.
FIGURE 5 is a detail sectional view showing the at 70 nected to the shelf S without the necessity of welding or
other means of attachment, because the ?anges 6 and 7
taching member in the process of being compressed to en
are expanded into gripping engagement with. the. shelf.
gage with the shelf ?ange.
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Once the base B is in place, the arm A is free to swing
either into shelf-supporting or shelf-releasing position.
I claim:
1. A clip for locating an adjustable shelf having an
edge at a selected elevation on a support having a plu
rality of keeper positions, said clip comprising, a base
manually connectable and disconnectable to and from
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elevation with respect to a post having a plurality of
keeper elements, comprising, a U-shaped sheet-metal
connector member having leg portions, ?anges offset from
the ends of said leg portions in opposite directions and
when ?rst compressed and then released adapted to ?rmly
engage the shelf, and a sheet metal shelf supporting arm
including 1a shelf-edge abutting body portion having a
said shelf edge, said base being of substantially U-shaped
‘slotted angularly disposed leaf at one end to ?t over one
formation and having oppositely disposed attaching
of said legs and rest in the bight of the U-shaped portion
?anges and an intervening resilient bight portion forming 10 of the connector portion, and means at the end of said
a resilient hinge knuckle, and an arm pivoted in said
shelf abutting body portion opposite the leaf for coop
knuckle.
2. A clip for locating a shelf having an edge at a
selected elevation on a support having a plurality of
eration with a selected keeper element.
4. A clip for mounting shelves on a post, including, a
shelf-supporting member having angularly disposed por
keepers, said clip comprising, a base manually connect 15 tions, one of said portions adapted to engage the post and
able and disconnectable to and from a shelf edge, said
base being of substantially U-shaped formation and hav
ing oppositely disposed attaching ?anges and a resilient
bight portion forming a resilient hinge knuckle and an
the other having a slot, and a shelf-attaching member hav
ing spaced connected legs each provided with terminal
oppositely disposed offset flanges, one of said legs ?tted
in said slot to interconnect the said shelf-supporting
arm of angular formation including a slotted leaf and 20 member and the shelf-attaching member.
?tted to the knuckle portion of the body for relatively
free swinging movement with respect to the shelf and to
lie beneath and abut with an edge of the shelf while a
portion of the arm is engaged with a selected keeper.
3. A clip for locating an adjustable shelf at a selected
References Cited in the ?le of this patent
UNITED STATES PATENTS
2,149,603
2,615,666
Hamby ______________ __ Mar. 7, 1939
Jones _______________ __ Oct. 28, 1952
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