Title:
Display case
United States Patent 2000681


Abstract:
This invention relates to an improved box and particularly a box of the type employed for enclosing and displaying articles such as jewelry. In accordance with this invention the body portion of the box is provided with an outstanding rim which not only affords a decorative border for display...



Inventors:
Weller, George H.
Application Number:
US71875934A
Publication Date:
05/07/1935
Filing Date:
04/03/1934
Assignee:
MASON BOX COMPANY
Primary Class:
Other Classes:
206/6.1, 206/45.2
International Classes:
A47F7/02
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Description:

This invention relates to an improved box and particularly a box of the type employed for enclosing and displaying articles such as jewelry.

In accordance with this invention the body portion of the box is provided with an outstanding rim which not only affords a decorative border for display purposes but which is also effective in supporting the cover in spaced relation to the jewelry or other article normally contained within the body portion of the box. This outstanding rim is so arranged that it may engage the cover so that the latter may act as a support when the box is open for display purposes.

In accordance with this invention the body portion of the box may be arranged so that it affords a portion disposed below the outstanding rim to receive the inverted cover in interfitting relation therewith, the rim in this position of the parts being engageable with the edges of the side walls of the cover, thereby supporting the weight of the body portion of the box and its contents.

Thus, in this position of the parts, the cover acts as a stand to support the body portion of the box in a slightly elevated position. If it is desired to support the body portion of the box in a tilted position, an easel may be provided in the cover adapted to be swung to a vertical position and engages the wider side of the box, while the opposite side of the box rim engages the opposite wall of the cover, the body portion of the box having a part adjoining said last-named side of the rim, which is in interfitting relation with the inverted cover.

In the accompanying drawing: Fig. 1 is a top plan view of a case constructed in accordance with the present invention; Fig. 2 is a top view of the case in its open position; Fig. 3 is a section indicated by lines 3-3 of Fig. 2; Fig. 4 is a broken end elevation of the case; and Fig. 5 is a view partly in side elevation and partly in section of the case in one of its open positions for display purposes.

In the accompanying drawing, the numeral I indicates the box or body portion of the case which may have a rectangular bottom 2 and upstanding side walls 3 with connecting end walls 4. Secured to the walls 3 and 4 is a perimetric rim 5, which may comprise two elements of different widths that are preferably covered with thin sheet material of contrasting colors to afford an attractive decorative border for the box. In accordance with this invention the rim 5 is arranged 65 on the box so that the latter has a part disposed below the rim; thus as shown in Fig. 3, for example, the rim 5 may be disposed substantially intermediate the height of the side and end walls.

In the particular embodiment of the invention chosen for the purpose of illustration the rim 5 is formed of superposed strips of cardboard of different widths and covered with separate pieces of thin sheet material such as differently colored pieces of paper 30 and 31. When each of the two superposed layers of the rim are stamped from a single piece of cardboard they are of course integrally connected at the corners, but a more economical construction involves separate pieces of material for the ends and sides respectively.

In any event the side and end portions of each of the superposed layers of the rim are interconnected at the corners by the covering material 30 and 31 which is cemented to the layers of cardboard. The preferred means for holding the rim on the box comprises a layer of covering material 32 which covers the bottom of the box, thence extends up along the sides of the box as shown at 33 in Fig. 3 and thence extends outwardly along the under side of the rim as shown at 34. The cover 10 may have a rectangular top portion I, end walls 12 and side walls 13 at right angles thereto, the end and side walls of the cover being engageable in interfitting relation with the corresponding walls of the box when the case is in its closed position, as shown in Fig. 4. A collapsible easel 14 may be secured to the top of the cover adjoining one side wall 13 and may be arranged so that it is swingable from a folded position wherein it lies-in substantially parallel juxtaposition to the cover 11 to the position shown in Fig. 5. This easel preferably comprises a piece of cardboard containing a U-shaped cut to form the leg 14', the cardboard being scored at 21 and 22 to form hinges. The portion 23 is cemented to the cover to anchor the easel to the case. To collapse the easel the part 14 is swung upwardly about the hinge 21 to upright position, the part 14' is then swung about hinge 22 into the opening in part 14 from which it is cut out, and the two parts are then swung about the hingle 21 against the top of the cover.

Inside the box is a jewelry holder comprising a block 35, preferably of wood, which substantially fills the box transversely and longitudinally but whose height is preferably somewhat less than that of the box. The block 35 is provided with a series of slots 36 partly filled with padding material 37 which is covered by a strip of fabric or the like 38. The block 35 is covered with a piece of stiff paper 39 which in turn is covered by a piece of fabric or the like 40. The parts 39 and 40 are provided with slots 41 which register with the slots in the block 35. The fabric strips 38 are preferably cemented both to the block 35 and to the covering sheet 39; and the top layer 40 is preferably cemented to the upper side of the sheet 39. The parts 35, 38, 39 and 40 are preferably assembled together before the holder is inserted into the box and the holder is made to fit the box snugly after the box has been covered with sheet material as indicated at 42 in Fig. 3. While the slots in the block 35 may correspond in number to the slots 41 in the covering layers 39 and 40, I preferably provide a single slot extending from end to end of the block 35 under each of the rows of slots 41, in which case the pieces of fabric 38 may likewise extend continuously from end to end of the box.

Figs. 2 and 3 illustrate one position of the parts of the case when the latter is arranged for display purposes. In this position of the parts the cover is inverted so that its side and end walls project upwardly from its bottom portion to engage over the lower part of the box; and due to the shape of the latter, the box lies in nested, interfitting relation with the upper part of the cover. Fig. 5 illustrates a second position of the parts which may be employed if it is desired to tilt the articles to be displayed at a greater angle than that attainable by the arrangement shown in Fig. 3.

It is evident that this invention affords a display box particularly suitable for jewelry, which may be characterized by a decorative, outstanding rim, that is effective not only in supporting the upper part of the cover in spaced relation to the side walls of the box when in its closed position, but that is also adapted to be inverted and act as a stand for the box when the latter is open for display purposes. Due to the provision of the easel 14, the contents of the box may be displayed in any one of a plurality of positions, as preferred, in order to permit proper inspection of the contents by prospective purchasers.

As the conjoint result of the thickness of the rim and its integral connections at the corners the rim affords a much greater resistance to racking in a horizontal plane than if the rim comprised a band of cardboard secured flatwise against the sides of the box.

It should be understood that the present disclosure is for the purpose of illustration only and that this invention includes all modifications and equivalents which fall within the scope of the appended claims.

I claim: 1. A display case comprising a box having upstanding walls, a cover having depending walls which telescope over the upper ends of the box walls when the cover is applied to the top of the box and which telescope over the lower ends of the box walls when the cover is applied to the bottom of the box in inverted position, and a rim on the outside of the box walls intermediate their upper and lower ends to limit said telescopic action when the cover is applied either to the top or to the bottom of-the box, said rim comprising sheet material extending horizontally from the box walls outwardly beyond the outer perimeter of the cover walls, and means for anchoring said rim on.the outside of the box walls.

2. A display case comprising a box having upstanding walls, a cover having depending walls which telescope over the upper ends of the box walls when the cover is applied to the top of the box and which telescope over the lower ends of the box walls when the cover is applied to the bottom of the box in inverted position, a rim on the outside of the box walls intermediate their upper and lower ends to limit said telescopic action when the cover is applied either to the top or to the bottom of the box, said rim comprising sheet material having inner edges abutting the outer faces of the box walls and outer edges projecting beyond the outer perimeter of the cover walls, and means for anchoring said rim edgewise to the box walls.

3. A display case comprising a box having upstanding walls, a cover having depending walls which telescope over the upper ends of the box walls when the cover is applied to the top of the box and which telescope over the lower ends of the box walls when the cover is applied to the bottom of the box in inverted position, a rim on the outside of the box walls intermediate their upper and lower ends to limit said telescopic action when the cover is applied either to the top or to the bottom of the box, said rim comprising sheet material having inner edges abutting the outer faces of the box walls and outer edges projecting beyond the outer perimeter of the cover walls, and means for anchoring said rim edgewise to the box walls, said means comprising thin sheet material extending along the outer faces of the box walls and thence along the faces of the rim and cemented to both faces.

4. A display case comprising a box having upstanding walls, a cover having depending walls which telescope over the upper ends of the box walls when the cover is applied to the top of the box and which telescope over the lower ends of the box walls when the cover is applied to the bottom of the box in inverted position, a rim on the outside of the box walls intermediate their upper and lower ends to limit said telescopic action when the cover is applied either to the top or to the bottom of the box, said rim comprising sheet material having inner edges abutting the outer faces of the box walls and outer edges projecting beyond the outer perimeter of the cover walls, and means-for anchoring said rim edgewise to the box walls, said means comprising thin sheet material covering the bottom of the box, 60 thence extending upwardly along the sides of the box and thence extending outwardly along the bottom of the rim.

5. A display case comprising a box having upstanding walls, a cover having depending walls 85 which telescope over the upper ends of the box walls when the cover is applied to the top of the box and which telescope over the lower ends of the box walls when the cover is applied to the bottom of the box in inverted position, and a rim on the outside of the box walls intermediate their upper and lower ends to limit said telescopic action when the cover is applied either to the top or to the bottom of the box, said rim comprising superposed strips of cardboard of different widths and covered with separate pieces of material parts of which extend between the two strips, said strips extending horizontally from the box walls with their outer edges projecting beyond the outer perimeter of the cover walls.

6. A display box having upstanding walls, a rim on the outside of the box walls intermediate their upper and lower ends, said rim comprising sheet material having inner edges abutting the 7 outer faces of the box walls, and means for anchoring said rim edgewise to the box walls.

7. A display box having upstanding walls, a rim on the outside of the box walls intermediate - their upper and lower ends, said rim comprising sheet material having inner edges abutting the outer faces of the box walls, and means for anchoring said rim edgewise to the box walls, said means comprising thin sheet material extending along the outer faces of the box walls and thence along the faces of the rim and cemented to both faces.

8. A display box having upstanding walls, a rim on the outside of the box walls intermediate their upper and lower ends, said rim comprising sheet material having inner edges abutting the outer faces of the box walls, and means for anchoring said rim edgewise to the box walls, said means comprising thin sheet material covering the bottom of the box, thence extending upwardly along the sides of the box and thence extending outwardly along the bottom of the rim.

9. A display box having upstanding walls, and a rim on the outside of the box walls intermediate their upper and lower ends, said rim comprising superposed strips of cardboard of different widths and covered with separate pieces of material parts of which extend between the two strips, said strips extending horizontally from the box walls, and means for anchoring said rim edgewise to the box walls.

10. A display box having upstanding walls, a rim of cardboard extending horizontally from the outer faces of the walls, a jewelry holder inside the box, thin sheet material covering the rim and those portions of the inside of the box not covered by said holder, and a facing piece covering the top face of said holder with its perimeter abutting said covering material inside the box.

11. A display box having upstanding walls, and a rim surrounding the box intermediate the top and bottom of said walls, a cover shaped to fit over a portion of the box above said rim and also, when inverted, to fit over a portion below said rim, said rim being wider horizontally than the thickness of the walls and its side portions being integrally connected at the covers, thereby to strengthen the box against racking in a horizontal plane.

12. A display box having upstanding walls, and a rim surrounding the box intermediate the top and bottom of said walls, a cover shaped to fit over a portion of the box above said rim and also, when inverted, to fit over a portion below said rim, said rim being wider horizontally than the thickness of the walls and its side portions being integrally connected at the corners, thereby to strengthen the box against racking in a horizontal plane, and the lower portion of the rim being wider than the upper portion. GEORGE H. WELLER.