Title:
Combination cellaret cocktail table
United States Patent 2122042


Abstract:
This invention relates to a novel furniture unit, commonly known as a cellaret and cocktail table for domestic use, and more specifically is directed to a cellaret and cocktail table which has a slidable top or cover and includes within the cabinet portion thereof means for conveniently receiving...



Inventors:
Mattucci, Anthony O.
Application Number:
US15568537A
Publication Date:
06/28/1938
Filing Date:
07/26/1937
Assignee:
Mattucci, Anthony O.
Primary Class:
Other Classes:
312/272
International Classes:
A47B69/00
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Description:

This invention relates to a novel furniture unit, commonly known as a cellaret and cocktail table for domestic use, and more specifically is directed to a cellaret and cocktail table which has a slidable top or cover and includes within the cabinet portion thereof means for conveniently receiving and holding a plurality of beverage and liquid receptacles for convenient access.

An important object of my invention is the provision of a combination cellaret and cocktail table forming a longitudinally extending compartment or cabinet mounted on suitable legs and having the top thereof divided into two parts and slidable in opposite directions, in combination with stationary means for receiving and holding a plurality of liquor or beverage receptacles such as normally used in serving drinks.

A further object of my invention is the combination of the cellaret and cocktail table including a cabinet-like compartment mounted upon suitable standards and having a slidable top and having a relatively flat container-holding member mounted for vertical slidable movement from the lower part of the compartment to the upper part thereof, and having a system of levers pivotally connecting said slidable top and said slidable container-holding member so that when said top is moved to open horizontally, the container-holding member will simultaneously be moved .upwardly to extend, present, and hold said member and the articles supported thereby for quick and convenient use.

A further object of my invention is the provision of a cellaret and cocktail table having a slidable top and a vertically slidable containerholding member slidably mounted thereon, and means of connecting said slidable containerholding member so that when said top is moved to extreme horizontal position the containerholding member and articles supported thereby will be elevated to convenient accessible position.

Other and further important objects of the combination cellaret and cocktail table will appear in the following description and specification.

This invention (in a preferred form) is illustrated and described in the accompanying drawings and the following specification and claims. Fig. 1 is a side elevational and partially cross sectional view of my combination furniture unit, with a portion of the side wall broken away to show the interior thereof.

Fig. 2 is a cross sectional view taken on line 2-2 of Fig. 1.

Fig. 3 is a partial cross sectional and partial side elevational view of the cabinet illustrated in Figs. 1 and 2 and including lever means for automatically elevating the central articleholding rack upon longitudinal movement of one of the slidable top panels.

Fig. 4 is a top plan view, with portion broken away, taken from the top of Fig. 3.

Fig. 5is a detail view of catch 31 in operative position. In the drawings: Figs. 1 and 2 illustrate the preferred and illustrated top of cabinet I0 comprising a flat bottom and opposite substantially parallel end walls II and 12 and opposite substantially parallel side walls 13 and 14 which form the substantially rectangular cabinet or chest and which bottom, side, and end walls are suitably secured together in any one of a number of conventional means known in the furniture art. Said cabinet is preferably supported by a plurality of legs or standards, 15, (preferably 4 in number) which are suitably secured at opposite corners of the cabinet to maintain said cabinet or. furniture unit at a desirable height from the floor. As indicated in Fig. 1, the cabinet may be divided into substantially cubical or rectangular compartments 16 which may have side opening hinged doors I1 suitably hinged by two hinges 7a indicated in Fig. 1. It is to be understood 30. that the form, shape, size, and number of compartments into which the cabinet is divided is immaterial and may be according to the individual desire and it is to be further understood that whether or not the cabinet is formed as one complete compartment or several is a secondary matter and not per se an important part of the invention herein described and claimed. The opposite parallel side walls 13 and 14 have formed integrally therewith the dove-tailed pro- ,*; jections or flanges 13a and 14a respectively which preferably extend along the upper edges of said side walls respectively.

A pair of substantially flat panels, preferably made of wood and indicated by reference nu- 45, merals 18 and 19, are adapted to form a cover or top of the cabinet and are preferably equal in size and such as to form a complete cover for the cabinet when in adjacent position. Side top panels 18 and 19 each have on the opposite sides thereof suitably parallel dove-tailed grooves or recesses which receive and slidably engage the dove-tailed flanges and projections 13a and 14a, and permit each of said top panels 18 and 19 to be moved in horizontal directions either into or 55' out of closed position, and when supported and moved over the end walls 11 and 12, present a complete opening for the intermediate portion of the cabinet thereby providing convenient access thereto.

The receptacle-holding rack designated by reference numeral 20 is disposed in the intermediate and central portion of the cabinet in a horizontal direction, said rack being composed of panel 20a having a plurality of holes of varied sizes formed thereon, and supported and secured upon vertically extending end members 20b which are secured together in the form of a frame. The apertured panel 20a is so apertured as to conveniently receive a number of glasses, bottles, decanters, or other beverage or liquor containers which are conveniently supported or held in said rack and in their respective apertures for convenient access and in position so that they will not contact each other, break, or rattle in any normal movement of the furniture unit. As indicated in Fig. 2, a plurality of shallow recesses 20c may be formed in the bottom member of the frame in registry with the apertures in rack panel 20a so that when the respective glasses or other containers are placed thereinto they will seat into said recesses.

Rack panel 20a is preferably merely disposed in the cabinet in the proper place and not fixedly secured, in order to permit elevation thereof in the event of glass breakage or the like in the cabinet.

Referring to Figs. 3 and 4, this illustrates the cabinet of Figs. 1 and 2 having identical structural features to that heretofore described and including the cabinet bottom 10, end walls II and 12, opposite side walls 13 and 14 and movable receptacle-holding member or rack 20 in a substantially central position thereon. As shown in Fig. 3, the separable slidable top panels 18 and 19 are also shown in slidable dove-tailed groove engagement with corresponding integral tongues on 13 and 14, the said top panels being openable to the desirable limit to present central portion of the cabinet to convenient access.

Formed on each of the opposite sides of the receptacle-holding rack 20 and substantially mounted between the ends thereof is a substantially semi-circular vertical guide rail 21 which is suitably secured, by screws or equivalent means, to the outside of the opposite members 20b of rack 20. A grooved molding strip or member 22 is secured in vertical position on the inside surface of the opposite side walls 13 and 14, the guide strips or guide rails 21 being slidable in the groove of said members 22 respectively, so that the rack 20 is movable vertically and guided in such vertical movement by the slidable engagement of said guide rails or guide strips 21. A bell crank lever 23, which may preferably form an acute angle is pivotally secured at its apex by a suitable pivot 24 on the inside surface of the side wall 14, and a similar bell crank lever 23 is similarly secured in identically opposite position on the opposite cabinet side wall 13.

The respective longer free ends of bell crank levers 23 are suitably apertured with a slotted aperture suitably pivoted by pivot 25 respectively to opposite side members 20b of the receptacleholding rack 20. The opposite ends of said bell crank levers 23 are loosely pivoted by means of pivot 27 to slotted metal links 28 respectively, each of which metal links has its opposite end hingedly:and pivotally secured to a metal bracket 7& 29 which brackets are secured by screws or the like to the bottom surface of the slidable top panel 18. The longitudinal slot in each link 28 is such as to permit the same to slide along pivot 27 when the top panel 18 is moved to closing position, in which movement the metal link 28 will move in an arcuate path until it assumes the position shown in dotted lines in Fig. 3 in which position the top panel 18 is closed.

It is to be understood that during the part of the opening sliding movement of panel 18, the pull transmitted on bell crank levers 23 transmitted through links 18 will pivot bell crank levers 23 to move the receptacle-holding rack and articles supported thereby to upper position, as illustrated in Fig. 3, in which position it is very conveniently accessible.

The lowered enclosed position of the top, panels 18 and 19 is illustrated in dotted lines in Fig. 3 as is likewise the lowered position of the receptacle-holding rack 20. In order that the receptacle-holding rack will be maintained in elevated upward position as illustrated in heavy lines in Fig. 3, and because of the friction incident to the sliding engagement of the top panel 18 with the upper edges of the 26 cabinet is preferably less than what would maintain said rack in elevated position, I provide a springably mounted depressible catch 31, as illustrated in Fig. 5, which catch includes a cylinder 31a, a tension depressible spring 31b and an upwardly projecting metal portion, as clearly shown in Fig. 5. Such catch or stop 31 is preferably mortised in vertical position in one of the side walls 13 and 14, in the drawing illustration being mortised in the side wall 13 so that when the top panel 18 is pushed to its extreme open position, the spring 31b will project the slidable metal upper plunger to cause it to form a stop to prevent closing horizontal movement of top panel 18, thereby causing the receptacle-holding rack to be maintained in elevated position as long as desired. Manual depression of the plunger of the catch 31 will permit the closing movement of top panel 18 and simultaneous descent of the rack 20 and the under surface of panel 18 will hold said 46 catch depressed until the operation is repeated.

The reference numeral 32 designates removable glass top panels which are preferably placed upon panels 18 and 19 respectively, to protect the same against the effects of liquids which might be spilled on said panels.

Various changes may be made in the embodiment of the invention herein specifically described without departing from or sacrificing any of the advantages of the invention or any fea- 550 tures thereof, and nothing herein shall be construed as limitations upon the invention, its concept or structural embodiment as to the whole or any part thereof except as defined in the appended claims. 00 I claim as my invention: 1. In a combination furniture unit adapted for use as a cellaret and cocktail table, a cabinet having substantially parallel opposite end walls and opposite side walls; a plurality of legs for support- Vo ing said cabinet; a pair of top panels normally forming a top for said cabinet, each thereof being slidably mounted on the upper edges of the said cabinet side walls for opening movement in opposite directions; a receptacle-holding rack disposed in said cabinet;' guide means for guiding said rack in upward and downward vertical movement; a lever means comprising a bell crank lever connecting said receptacle-holding rack and one of said top panels whereby the opening 7T movement of said top panel will elevate said receptacle-holding rack.

2. In a combination furniture unit adapted for use as a cellaret and cocktail table, a cabinet having substantially parallel opposite end walls and opposite side walls; a plurality of legs for supporting said cabinet; a pair of top panels normally forming a top for said cabinet, each thereof being slidably mounted on the upper edges of the said cabinet side walls for opening movement in opposite directions; a receptacle-holding rack slidably mounted for vertical movement; guide means for guiding said rack in upward and downward vertical movement; a lever means comprising a bell crank lever connecting said receptacleholding rack and one of said top panels whereby the opening movement of said top panel will elevate said receptacle-holding rack; an angular bell crank lever pivoted with respect to the side wall of said cabinet and having one end pivoted on said rack; and a slotted connecting link pivot connecting the opposite end of said bell crank lever and one of said top panels whereby the opening movement of said top panel will elevate said rack and permit gravity descent of said rack when said top panel is moved to closing position.

ANTHONY O. MATTUCCI.