Domestic bar with disappearing shelve compartment
United States Patent 2445394

This invention relates to furniture for domestic service of alcoholic beverages, and it has for its object to provide a piece of furniture which though being appropriated for domestic service of alcoholic beverages has when not in use the appearance of an ordinary side-board or chest, the piece...

Ramires, Giralt Tomas
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Ramires, Giralt Tomas
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312/140.1, 312/310, 312/312, 312/324
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2323107Office desk1943-06-29
2266268Sanitary device1941-12-16


This invention relates to furniture for domestic service of alcoholic beverages, and it has for its object to provide a piece of furniture which though being appropriated for domestic service of alcoholic beverages has when not in use the appearance of an ordinary side-board or chest, the piece of furniture including a shelving compartment which is slidably mounted through an opening in the top portion of the piece of furniture and along slide guides disposed within the piece of furniture which is provided with a mechanism adapted to automatically cause said compartment to rise out of the furniture for service purposes, when desired, or to retain it to be concealed therein when so desired, in which latter position itis held by a catch operated through a treadle or another suitable means.

The invention is described with reference to the figures of the accompanying'drawings, of which: Fig. 1 is a front elevational view of the combined furniture-bar of this invention, in its position. of non use.

Fig. 2 is a top plan view of same.

Fig. 3 is a front elevational view of the combined furniture-bar in its open position with the shelving compartment in its withdrawn or service position.

Fig. 4 is a vertical sectional view on line 4-4 of Fig. 2.

ig. 5 is a horizontal sectional view on line 5-5 of Fig. 1.

Fig. 6 is a fragmentary vertical sectional detailed view of the winding spring'device to which is connected the inner end of the slidably mounted shelving compartment.

Fig. 7 is a detailed view showing in fragmentary vertical section the catch that holds the slidable shelving compartment, in a position near locking.

And Fig. 8 is a detailed view similar to that of Fig. 6, showing the catch immediately after it has been actuated to release the shelving compartment.

In the drawings, I indicates a completely hollow chest or side-board which is rounded at its side ends whereatqit is provided with door leaves 2 of semicircular shape in cross-section which are pivotally connected to the rear wall of the furniture by means of hinges 3 and have secured irteriorly thereof a plurality of spaced shelves 4 provided with an inner raised edge 5 and which are adapted to support thereon the bar-service set pieces, such as.glasses 1, jars 1, etc.

The top, portion or board of the chest or sideboard I has formed therein a central opening I of rectangular shape bordered by a cleat frame II and through which is slidably mounted by means of vertical guides II secured to the rear wall of the furniture and provided with inner grooves 12, a shelving compartment IS divided by a vertical partition 14 and horizontal boards II into several compartments adapted to contain big bottles 1, small bottles 17, flasks II, and new designed bottles II, etc., all of them containing high quality alcoholic beverages, the several shelves being provided with protecting guards 20 adapted to prevent the bottles from falling down from the shelves, in the shocking movement caused by the spring device which will be described hereinafter. Said compartment 1S has an adjacent vertical cleat 21 at each side adjacent each of the vertical guides II, which cleat is inserted into the vertical groove 12 formed in the inner face of each vertical guide II to slide within each groove 12.

The piece of furniture is provided therein with means for automatically causing said compartment 13 to be driawf out to remain in a raised position on the board or top portion of the chest or side-board I, to which end one of the sides of the compartment'l 3 has a lower vertical extension 23 to which is connected by a screw 24 the end of a spring metallic strip 25 wound on a horizontal shaft 26 secured within a wooden casing 21 fixed to the top side portion of the vertical guide II adjacent the side of compartment 13 carrying the extension 23, opposite to the compartment, said metallic strip 23 passing through an opening 28 in said vertical guide II.

The extension 23 has projecting therefrom at its inner face a pin 21 adapted to be engaged by the lower straight edge of a hook-shaped catch 30 in which ends the raised arm 1 of a bell-crank having its other arm 32 projecting outwards like a treadle, the catch 31 having its top edge of convex cam formation and the bell-crank 31-32 being pivotally mounted on a horizontal pivot pin 33 secured to the inner side face of the vertical guide II, and the arm 31 of the bell-crank is connected by a coil spring 34 to an eye-bolt 13 secured to the base portion of the side-board I, so that the spring 34 will tend to cause the raised arm SI of the bell-crank to swing toward the extension 23. said movement being limited by a stop pin 31 secured to the inner side face of the vertical guide II and adapted to fit in a notch 31 formed in the inner edge of the raised arm 31 in the position in which the pin 29 is engaged beneath the catch 30.

When the shelving compartment 13 Is posi5 tioned outside the opening I of side-board I, as seen in Fig. 3, and it is desired to cause it to be withdrawn and concealed within the latter, it will be sufficient to push it downwards by the hands, whereupon the pin 29 in engaging the upper curved cam edge of the catch 30 will cause the latter to withdraw to the position indicated by dotted lines in Fig. 7 until the pin 29 is automatically locked berieath the catch 30 as soon as the latter advances again by the action of the spring 34.

When It is desired that the shelving compartment 13 shall be elevated out of the side-board I for beverage serving purposes, the door leaves 2 will be opened outwards to the position shown in Fig. 3, and upon the user stepping on the treadle arm 32 and pressing it, the raised arm 31 of the bell-crank 31-32 (Fig. 9) will swing outwards and release the pin 29, whereupon the spring 25 will automatically actuate to cause the metallic strip forming it to wind up by elastic reaction, thereby causing the raising of the compartment 13 to the lower extension 23 of which Is connected the spring metallic strip 25.

The inner hollow portion of the side-board I is adapted to enclose, when the bar service is not in use, a number of stools 38 for the consumers use, which can be put in or withdrawn from the side-board I when desired.

It is obvious that changes may be made in the shape of the chest or side-board I embodying the bar-service, as well as in the mechanism used to operate the slidable compartment 13, without thereby altering the essential character of the invention which is such as claimed hereinafter.

What I claim is: A combined chest and bar comprising a cabinet having a base and top and back walls, an opening in said top wall, door leaves hinged to the ends of the back wall, a plurality of shelves supported on the inner faces of the door leaves to support drinking vessels, a shelving compartment having a side extension for beverage containers slidably mounted across the opening in the top wall of the cabinet, slide guides vertically fixed within the cabinet and between which said shelving compartment is slidably mounted, a spring formed of a wound metallic strip and supported adjacent the top portion of one of the slide guides and opposite to said compartment and having its free end connected to the lower end of the side extension of said compartment, a bell-crank pivotally mounted on the lower end of the slide guide adjacent the wound mtallic-strip spring and having an arm provided with a notch and serving as a catch and another arm serving as a treadle, a stop fixed to the lower portion of the last named slide guide and adapted to engage the notch of the former arm of the bellcrank to limit its oscillatory movement, and a coil spring connecting the catch arm of the bellcrank to a fixed point of the cabinet base, the latter spring tending to cause the bell-crank to swing to a position in which a pin on the side extension of the compartment is locked beneath the catch and the stop engages the notch in the catch arm of the bell-crank upon the shelving compartment being caused to descend to remain concealed within the cabinet.


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