Display case
United States Patent 2001820

This invention relates to a container adapted, as desired, to serve as a shipping box, a display I case, a photo frame, etc. It is designed for the £ reception of small articles of ornamental nature, such as vanities, compacts, etc. It combines in t its structure parts which are so formed and...

Irelan, Ellison S.
Krabbe, Roy J.
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This invention relates to a container adapted, as desired, to serve as a shipping box, a display I case, a photo frame, etc. It is designed for the £ reception of small articles of ornamental nature, such as vanities, compacts, etc. It combines in t its structure parts which are so formed and related as to serve the purposes mentioned. It is I with objects, such as these, and with others which will hereinafter appear, that our invention is concerned.

In the accompanying drawings is shown an exemplification of our invention in the manner following: Figure 1 is a view in perspective of the case 135 having a cover applied thereto whereby it may serve as a shipping box; Fig. 2 is a perspective view with the front cover removed to display an article which is rested within the sunken panel, the case being stood up upon one edge; Fig. 3 is a similar view showing a glass substituted for the panel whereby a frame for exhibiting photographs and the like is provided; Fig. 4 is a detail in section on line 4 of Fig. 2; Fig. 5 is a central longitudinal section taken on line 5-5 of Fig. 1; Fig. 6 is a similar view in line 6-6 of Fig. 2; and Fig. 7 is a similar view on line 7-1 of Fig. 3. Referring particularly to Figs. 5 and 6, we have shown a back piece A the edges of which are turned through 900 to provide a marginal flange 10 engaged by the like flange 11 of a bezel B.

Formed in the bezel flange is an offset 12 resting upon the edge of the back flange. The bezel is provided, as is usual, with a shoulder 13 forming a seat. Fitted within the seat is a panel plate C which is recessed as at 14 to provide a pocket for the reception of an intended article D. Fitted over the case is a front cover E having a downturned marginal flange 15 which fits over a portion of the marginal flange of the bezel whose offset serves as stop to determine the final position of the cover.

The parts forming the present case may desirably be made of light gauge metal having sufficient flexibility to yield, as required, for the accommodation of the interfitting elements.

If desired, a recess 16 and a co-acting rib I0 formed on the flanges of the back and bezel, respectively, may be employed to effect a snap-connection between these parts.

The fitting of the panel plate within the bezel is much the same as a crystal within the bezel of a watch case-it is securely yet releasably leld when once set in place. If the panel plate be removed, a glass window F may be substituted is shown in Fig. 7, in which case a photograph 18 )r other display card may be set in place behind the glass and there held with the aid of a light compressible packing material 19 which occupies ;he space between such card and the back of the case.

The pocket in the panel plate is desirably configured with reference to the article which is to be received therein. For example, we have shown in Fig. 2 a vanity case D of irregular yet symmetrical contour. The pocket is accordingly of generally like contour so as to better receive the article within the space thus provided. If desired, the pocket may be extended downwardly as at 20 to provide a well wherein the finger may enter to engage the edge of the article whereby to facilitate its removal from the pocket.

In the relationship of parts shown in Figs. 1 and 5, the article accommodated within the pocket provided in the planel plate is protected by the front cover when applied to the case. In this condition the case serves admirably s a shipping or storage box. For counter display purposes or otherwise, the cover is removed, and a tongue 21 integral with the back piece is then pulled out into angular position to serve as a rear support. The case with its support extended from the rear is thereupon adapted to be stood upon one edge in the manner of an easel. The depth and form of the pocket in the panel plate is such that the article while partially accommodated therein is yet retained in place even when the case is erect, as indicated in Figs. 2 and 6. Should it be desired, the panel plate may be removed from the bezel permitting the substitution of a glass window, as indicated in Figs. 3 and 7. With such aan arrangement of parts, a photograph, card or other article may be displayed to view behind the glass where it is held in place by a compressive light packing material. The case, in such circumstances, is adapted to serve as a photo frame.

The entire structure is simple in the extreme. It may be made highly ornamental so as to please the most discriminating. Small articles, such as vanities, etc., may be packed in cases of this kind without requiring any supplementary or outside box of paste-board or the like. The possibilities growing out of the use of the case as a display container also enhance its value, particularly from the standpoint of the merchandiser. And finally, the purchaser, who is the ultimate user, has the option of using the case for protection of the article or for the display thereof or of other things, as he sees fit.

We claim: A display case in which is comprised a back having a marginal flange, a bezel provided with an offset flange which is extended in part over the edge and outer sides of the back flange for engagement therewith, a panel plate mounted in and carried by the bezel, the panel plate having a recess extending inwardly of the case to form a pocket for the accommodation of an article therein, a cover having a marginal flange which is fitted over a portion of the offset flange of the bezel for engagement therewith, and means extended angularly from the back forming a support for the case when the latter is stood upon one edge.