Title:
Article display fixture
United States Patent 2123695


Abstract:
This invention relates to display fixtures of the type used in stores for displaying various articles of merchandise. An object of the invention is the provision in combination with a display fixture standard, of simple and inexpensive means which is easily and quickly operated to fixedly...



Inventors:
Elmer, Francis E.
Application Number:
US16794137A
Publication Date:
07/12/1938
Filing Date:
10/08/1937
Assignee:
L A DARLING COMPANY
Primary Class:
Other Classes:
211/111, 211/195, 248/125.1, 248/246, 248/295.11
International Classes:
A47F5/06
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Description:

This invention relates to display fixtures of the type used in stores for displaying various articles of merchandise.

An object of the invention is the provision in combination with a display fixture standard, of simple and inexpensive means which is easily and quickly operated to fixedly engage the standard and to hold, either interchangeably or in combination, a plurality of fixtures suitable for supporting various articles for display.

Another object of the invention is the provision of a display fixture holding means of this character, which is capable of complete removal from the standard or of being positioned thereon without necessity of removing the customary cap or other means at the top of the standard, and which means is also capable of various adjustments on the standard.

Another object is the provision of a fixture holding means of this character, which can be efficiently used in connection with standards of different diameters.

The invention is fully described in the following specification, and while in its broader aspect it is capable of embodiment in numerous forms, one embodiment thereof is illustrated in the accompanying drawing, in whichFigure 1 is a fragmentary elevation of a display fixture standard with one fixture holding means embodying the invention clamped thereto and with others in various assembling positions; Fig. 2 is a reduced view similar to a portion of S PFig. 1 showing one type of display fixture attached to the holding means; Fig. 3 is another view similar to a portion of Fig. 1, except taken on a different perspective, and showing several different display fixtures attached to the holding means; Fig. 4 is an enlarged section on the line 4-4 in Fig. 1, and Fig. 5 is an enlarged central vertical longitudinal section of the fixture carrying member of the holding means.

Referring to the drawing, I designates a standard of the type commonly used in department and variety stores for supporting article display fixtures, which fixtures are of various types and designs to suit the nature of the articles to be displayed. The combination clamp and fixture holder embodying the invention is adapted to hold any one of a number of different article display fixtures.

The device 2 comprises two members, a yoke 3 of U-form adapted to straddle the standard I crosswise thereof and a cooperating clamping and fixture holding member 4. The standards I customarily used are usually either five-eighths of an anch or one and one-thirty seconds of an inch in diameter, and in order to fit either size standard the loop portion of the yoke 3 preferably has a centrally disposed seat 5 for a small standard and a seat 6 at each side thereof for j* the larger standard, as best shown in Fig. 4.

The legs of the yoke 3 are suitably spaced to enable the standard to be inserted therebetween and each is provided on its upper edge, in the present instance, with two notches 7 and 8 spaced different distances from the yoke loop for the purpose hereinafter described.

The block member 4, in the present instance, is of oblong form, rectangular in cross-section, and of a width to fit between the yoke legs. A pair of axially aligned pivot pins 9 project from opposite sides of the block and are adapted to be placed in engagement with one or the other of the sets of notches 7, 8, depending on the diameter of the engaged standard. The inner end of the block is vertically recessed at 10 to provide a seat for the standard, and the upper edge of such end is rounded, as at I I, with the pivot axis as its radius center to facilitate placing the block in standard clamping engagement with the yoke. In assembling the members 3 and 4 in engagement with a standard, the yoke member is first placed straddle of the standard and the inner end of the block member is then inserted down between the yoke legs in substantially the position shown by the central holding unit in Fig. 1. In this position, the rounded edge 11 of the block is substantially in engagement with the adjacent side of the standard, and a swinging of the block down to horizontal position causes the block and yoke to cooperate to firmly clamp the standard. If the standard is of the small diameter, the pivot pins 9 are engaged with the inner set of yoke notches 8, and if of the larger diameter, the pivot pins _are engaged with the outer set of notches 7. It is preferable to provide the standard lengthwise thereof with a plurality of suitably spaced positioning recesses 15 and to provide the yoke members 3 of the clamp with a detent 16, in the present instance in the form of a screw, for seating in a registering recess 15 when a clamping device 2 is placed in engagement with the standard.

This positioning means is desirable, as it not only tends to properly position the clamping unit on the standard but cooperates with the clamping means to resist a movement thereof from clamped position relative to the standard.

The display fixtures used in stores are of various types and designs, and some of these include an arm 20 adapted to be threaded at its inner end into a socket 21 in the outer end of the block member 4, or to be removably attached thereto in any other suitable manner, and has its outer end adapted to Interchangeably carry display fixtures 22 of different types. The block 4 is also provided on its top with one or more sockets 23 into which the inner downturned ends of fixture arms 24 of various types may be releasably mounted. A set screw 25 is provided in the block in association with each socket 23 to serve to clamp the fixture therein. The block 4 is also shown as having a cross-recess 28 in its top into which the cross-arm of another type of display fixture may be seated and secured therein by a screw, or in any other suitable manner.

It is apparent that the present invention provides a display fixture holding means which may be easily and quickly assembled in proper position on a fixture display standard without the necessity of removing the cap or other means from the top of the standard, and that various styles of article display fixtures may be used, either interchangeably or in combination, in connection therewith.

I wish it understood that my invention is not limited to any specific construction, arrangement or form of the parts, as it is capable of numerous modifications and changes without departing from the spirit of the claims.

Having thus described my invention, what I claim as new, and desire to secure by United States Letters Patent, is: 1. A clamp for supporting display fixtures upon standards of varying diameters, including a body member bent upon itself to provide a curved intermediate bight portion, spaced parallel free ends, and outwardly divergent portions connecting the bight portion and sid free ends, aid bight portion forming a seat for a standard of one diameter, and the opposed portions of the body at the Juncture of the divergent portions and the free ends forming a seat for a standard of a different diameter, and adjustable means connecting the free ends of the body member and pivoted therebetween to coact with said body member to engage and hold a standard against one or the other of said seats.

2. A fixture holding means for use on a display fixture standard having a plurality of spacedopenings therein, including a substantially U- 1i shaped yoke having a curved intermediate bight portion, spaced parallel free ends, and divergent portions connecting the bight portion and said free ends, said bight portion and the opposed portions of the yoke at the Juncture of the divergent portions and the free ends forming a pair of spaced seats, each to receive a standard having a diameter varying in size from a standard received by the other of said seats, a display fixture holding member having releasable and adjustable plyotal engagement with the free ends of the yoke and cooperating with said yoke to clamp a standard against either of said seats, and means carried by one of said divergent portions of the yoke and engaging in one of the spaced openings of said standard whereby to prevent relative sliding movement between the standard and yoke.

PRANCIS E. EMER.