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 This application claims priority to the United States provisional patent application serial No. 60/305,718 entitled “Refrigerator Shelves With Rolled Hook For Cantilever Fastening” filed on Jul. 16, 2001.
 Many different types of shelf structures have been provided in refrigerators to provide for storage of foods in the food compartment. Fixed and adjustable shelves are well known, as are partial shelves. Some times there is a need for a larger storage area in the refrigerator so as to accommodate large or tall objects in the food compartment. Thus, a shelf must be removed and stored outside the refrigerator, which raises concerns about potential damage to the removed shelf.
 Accordingly a primary objective of the present invention is the provision of improved shelving for a refrigerator.
 Another objective of the present invention is the provision of a removable refrigerator shelf which may be stored within the food compartment with minimal loss of space.
 A further objective of the present invention is the provision of improved shelving for a refrigerator which can be quickly and easily installed and removed.
 A further objective of the present invention is the provision of refrigerator shelving which can be removed in a horizontal orientation so as to avoid spillage from the shelf.
 Another objective of the present invention is the provision of a pair of half-width refrigerator shelves which can be positioned side-by-side to provide a full width shelf, one immediately above the other to provide a tall storage space, or vertically and horizontally offset with respect to one another.
 Another objective of the present invention is the provision of a refrigerator shelf with a rolled hook for cantilever mounting of the shelf in the refrigerator food compartment.
 A further objective of the present invention is a removable refrigerator shelf with an elongated hook to distribute the load substantially over the width of the shelf.
 Still another objective of the present invention is the provision of a refrigerator shelf having a frame and support hook with unitary construction.
 These and other objectives become apparent from the following description of the invention.
 The improved refrigerator shelving of the present invention utilizes a rail assembly with upper and lower rails mounted on the back of the food compartment and extending horizontally between the opposite sides of the food compartment. First and second half-width shelves are selectively positionable on either the upper or lower rails such that the shelves can be positioned side-by-side at the same level, side-by-side at different levels, or one immediately above the other in closely spaced proximity. The rear edge of each shelf includes a rolled hook adapted to retentively engage the rearward side of the rails, and a leg engaging a forwardly sloped portion of the rail so as to cantilever the shelf from the respective rail. The shelf frame and hook preferably have a unitary construction. The rolled hook allows each shelf to be laterally slidable along the rails. The shelf can be quickly and easily installed and removed while maintained in a horizontal orientation, thereby preventing spillage of liquids from the shelf during removal for cleaning purposes.
 A refrigerator
 The fresh food compartment
 The present invention is directed towards a pair of shelves
 More particularly, the rail assembly
 The shelves
 A rolled hook
 Each rail
 The shelves
 The elongated hook
 Another shelf arrangement is shown in
 An alternative embodiment of the rail assembly is shown in
 The invention has been shown and described above with the preferred embodiments, and it is understood that many modifications, substitutions, and additions may be made which are within the intended spirit and scope of the invention. From the foregoing, it can be seen that the present invention accomplishes at least all of its stated objectives.