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Патент USA US2112206

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March 22, 1938.
Filed March 26, 1955 I
2 Sheets-Sheet l
March 22, 1938.
2,112,206 _
Filed March 26, 1935
2 Sheets-Sheet 2 '
Patented Mar. 22, 1938
ggum'rso s-Arsis PATENT OFFICE
Edward A. Clavey, Chicago, 111., assignor to
Beckley-C'ardy Company, Chicago, 111., a cor
poration of Illinois
‘. Application March 26, 1935, Serial No. 13,091
3 Claims. (Cl. 248-223)
My invention relates in general to removably from the following description taken with the
mounted racks, and in particular to a rack or drawings, in which:
bracket suitable for properly supporting a roller
shade or preferably a pair of roller shades to be
5‘ operated in opposite directions.
Double roller shades mounted at approximate
ly the center of the window so that one shade
may be drawn upwardly and the other down-_
wardly are recognized as giving the best lighting
effects for many purposes, permitting blocking
off of the light frorn'either the lower or upper
half, or any intervening portion of the window
It is often necessary to shade a desk
Fig. l is a front elevation of a window with the
present invention applied thereto.
Fig. 2 is a side elevation of one form of the in~ 5
venticn chosen for illustration.
Fig. 3 is a side elevation of a portion of the
structure of Fig. 2 in its alternative position.
Fig. 4 is a fragmentary side elevational view of
the structure shown in Fig. 2 with the bracket 10
removed from the wall fastener;
Fig. 5 is a fragmentary plan view‘of. the struc
ture shown in Fig. 2 with the rollers removed for
close to the window, but to do so by drawing a
the sake of clarity.
shade all the‘ way down from the top would make
the far side of the room. too dark. Furthermore,
top lighting (light coming through the upper
third‘ of the window, and preferably‘re?ected
from the ceiling downward) has been recognized
Fig. 6 is a fragmentary front elevation of the 15
structure shown in Fig. 2' with the rollers removed
as providing the ‘best natural illumination for
most purposes.
The fastening of roller shades at the middle of
the windowfhas heretofore been subject to the
objection that it interferes somewhat with the
is cleaning of the window, and the shade is likely to
be ‘spotted by dirty water dripping on it as the
window is washed. Although removable racks
have been provided, they have been troublesome
to handle, have been loose enough to rattle, and
30". have sometimes been loose enough to fail to hold
up the shades reliably. Furthermore, when two
roller shades have been mounted on the ordinary
brackets there has sometimes been an objec
tionable band of light coming through between‘
35- the shades.
It is an object of this invention to‘v provide an
improved rack for roller shades.
A further object is to provide a rack, especially
a rack suitable for roller shades, which may eas
4'0‘ ily be removedfrom its wallfastenings and which‘
nevertheless is preferably secured in such a ?rm
manner as to prevent rattling.
One of the features of the invention is that the
rack includes an elongated back member which
serves simultaneously to support the rollers, and
to shut off ‘the light therebetween'; and which is
shaped in a manner whereby it may easily be
hung in a horizontal position preferably above
50, the window in which it is out of danger and out
' “ of the way.
‘ It is also an object to provide a low cost, sturdy
for the sake of clarity.
Fig. 7 is a fragmentary view of the back mem
Fig, 8 is a fragmentary vertical sectional view
of the structure shown in Fig. 6.
Although my invention may take numerous
forms, only one has been chosen for illustration.
According to this form the upper shade II and
the lower shade 42 are mounted on the usual‘
spring rollers l3, each of which carries at one end
the usual winding key M and at the other" end a
simple trunnion pin 16. In Fig. l the key is at
the left of the lower roller and at the right of the
upper roller.
At each side of the rollers is a double bracket
member ‘I1 appropriately provided with a hole
for ‘engaging the pin
55 and a slot for en
gaging the key M. In the rack member at the
right hand side of Fig. l, the slot is preferably a
horizontal slot so as to restrain the roller against .
an upward pull and to hold the key in such po
sition as to prevent latching of the roller.‘ In
each of the rack members I? there may be pro
vided a pair of holes I9 through which a wire may
be secured to block removal of the key I4 through
the slot.
The brackets I‘! are not secured directly to the
wall, but instead are secured to a back plate 2|
as by rivets 20. The back plate 2! is preferably
provided with top and bottom. ?anges 22 for the
sake of rigidity. The ?anges 22, or at least the
top flange, is preferably provided with a down-‘
wardly turned second ?ange 23, which adds to
the strength of the member, but which also has
a further purpose of facilitating the support of
the back plate and thershades mounted thereon
device of the character described which is attrac: in an alternative or out of the way position as
tive in appearance and novel in operation.
. illustrated in Fig. 3. It is preferred for this pur-‘
55(- Other objects and advantages will be apparent
pose that a pair of hooks 24 be mounted on the -
window frame above the window so that when
the shades are moved from their normal position
at the middle of the window, they may easily be
hung out of the way above the window where
they cannot be harmed by dripping water while
the windows are being cleaned.
Normally the back plate 2| is supported at the
middle of the window or at any other height de
sired, by means of coupling lugs 26 and 21 or other
10 suitable means which are secured to fasteners 28
permanently attached to the wall. It is preferred
that the lugs 26 and 27 be formed on a coupling
plug 29 which is slidably carried by the back
plate 2| and secured at a given position with re
15 spect thereto by any suitable releasable means
such as the nut and bolt 3|. To space the coupler
plate 29 and the back plate 2| apart when the
nut and bolt 3| are tightened, a shim 32 may be
provided as shown. This prevents bending the
20 back plate or coupler plate between the heads of
the rivets 28. The top and bottom edges of the
necessary to remove it from the hooks and thrust
the lugs 26 into the slots 34 as indicated in Fig. 4,
and then press the top of the rack back. This
will automatically raise the latch 4| and permit
it to drop into the latching position when the
rack is fully seated as shown in Fig. 2. In this
position the rack is ?rmly held against vertical
movement by the bottom of the slot 34 and by
the shoulder 38, and it is ?rmly held against move
ment forwardly or rearwardly by being seated 10
?rmly on the seat 3'! and also against the shoulder
36 and the shoulder 39 of the latch 4|. It may
also be held against lateral movement by engage
ment of the fasteners 28 with end faces 49 of the
coupler plates 29 which, by means of the nut and 15
bolt 3|, may be adjusted to ?t snugly against the
inner faces of the fasteners 28. Since the brack
ets H are riveted directly to the back plate 2|,
there is no chance of their being loose, and there
fore there is no chance that they will wobble in 20
such a way as to let the rollers drop therefrom.
coupler plate 29 preferably ?t snugly against the
The structure illustrated has the additional
flange 22 so that twisting of the coupler plate with
respect to the back plate is prevented.
It is preferred that the coupler plate 29 be
secured to the fastener 28 substantially in the
manner shown, and this comprises one of the fea
tures of the invention. It should be apparent,
however, that in the broader aspects of the in
30 vention, other fastening arrangements may be
provided. The fastener 28 is preferably provided
advantages of cheapness, single screw adjustment
and elimination of the coupler plates or brackets
with a recess 33 into which the lugs 26 and 21
may be inserted. At the bottom of this recess is
formed an upwardly opening slot 34, the front
35 wall of which is formed by a shoulder 36 which is
so positioned that when the lug 26 is flat against
a seat or shoulder portion 31 of the bracket the
front side of its lower edge is ?rmly engaged by
the shoulder 36. The lug 26 is held against verti
cal movement by the lug 21 which engages a shoul
der 38 on the bracket, and against pivotal move
ment by a shoulder 39 on a latch 4|. The latch 4|
is pivoted to the fastener 28 as by a suitable pin
42, and may be actuated in the downward and
latching direction either by gravity or by a suita
ble spring 43 as illustrated.
In order to make it possible to insert the lug
26, behind the shoulder 36 with ease, the slot 34
is enlarged rearwardly by a recess 44. This
50 permits the lug 26, when held at an angle as
shown in Fig. 4, to be inserted readily into the slot
34, after which the rack may be pushed back until
the lugs 26 and 21 rest ?rmly against the fas
tener 28, at which time the lower part of the lug
26 will ?rmly engage the shoulder 36.
The lower curtain I2 operates in the usual man
ner, being held in any desired position by the usual
pivoted latches in the roller. The upper roller
| l is drawn upwardly by a cord 46 which extends
60 around a lock pulley 48 by which the shade I!
may be held in any position.
When it is desired to clean the windows, or for
any other reason to remove the shades, the latches
4| on the two sides may be raised, whereupon the
bracket may be tilted outwardly at the top until
the lug 2'! is clear of the shoulder 38 and until
the lug 26 is at such an angle that will permit
its clearing the latch 4| , at which time it may be
lifted out as shown in Fig. 4.. It may then be
hung up on the hooks 24 as shown in Fig. 3. Be
cause the flange 23 extends the entire length of
the back plate, it is unnecessary to have the
bracket centered with respect to the hooks 24 so
the bracket may be hooked on the hooks with
75 extreme ease. To replace the bracket it is merely
29, so that there is no chance of any such parts 25
getting lost. Of course in eliminating these cou
pler plates, their advantage of permitting adjust
ment without changing the spacing of roller
brackets ll is lost, but for some purposes this loss
is more than offset by the gains mentioned. Of 30
course the brackets I‘! may be separate and ad
justable even though the lugs 26 and 21 are inte
gral with the back plates, and vice versa.
None of these modi?cations effects such im
portant advantages of applicant’s invention as
the rigid locking of the rack as a Whole by the
fasteners 28.
Although my invention has been described in its
preferred embodiments, it is to be understood that
I am not limited thereby, but limit my invention 40
only by the scope of the appended claims.
I claim:
1. A removable rack assembly including a fas
tener adapted to be permanently secured to a
support and having an upstanding lug thereon 45
having a rearwardly facing shoulder and having
a forwardly facing seat spaced above and to the
rear of said lug, and a recess formed in said fas
tener behind said shoulder and extending behind
said seat to the bottom of said seat, and a re
movable rack having a‘ laterally extending lug
of such shape as to rest ?rmly against said seat
and said shoulder simultaneously, and latch
means for securing said laterally extending lug in
said position.
2. A removable rack assembly including a fas
tener adapted to be permanently secured to a
support and having an upstanding lug thereon
having a rearwardly facing shoulder and having
a forwardly facing seat spaced above and to the 60
rear of said lug, a recess formed in said fastener
behind said shoulder and extending behind said
seat to the bottom of said seat, a removable rack
having a laterally extending lug of such shape as
to rest ?rmly against said seat and said shoulder 65
simultaneously, latch means for securing said
laterally extending lug in said position, and said
fastener including a downwardly facing shoulder
adapted to engage an upwardly facing member
on said rack when said lug is in said position, said 70
recess being of such shape as to permit, when said
latching means is released, the tilting of said rack
to such a position that said upwardly facing mem
ber clears said downwardly facing shoulder.
3. A removable rack assembly including a fas
tener adapted to be rigidly secured to a support
and having an upstanding supporting lug integral
therewith having a‘rearwardly facing shoulder
and a forwardly facing seat spaced above and to
the rear of said lug, with said fastener having a
recess formed to the rear of the shoulder below
"said seat and extending to a ‘point to the rear
of said seat, a removable rack, said rack having a
'1 laterally extending lug adapted to rest at the
bottom against said shoulder and simultaneously
therewith rest at the back against the seat, and
a spring-pressed latch lever rotatably mounted on
said. fastener having a depression therein adapted
to be positioned over the top portion of the later
ally extending lug to removably retain the lug in
said recess and against said seat.
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