Dec. 11.1 ,1923.
, W. W. BASSETT RACK Filed Dec. 22.
1922 2 Sheets-Sheet 1 [5 MUM/12 M50556.
A'TTORN EY WITNESS:
Dec. 11, 1 923.
wQw. BASSETT RACK Filed Dec. 22. 1922 Z'Sheets-Sheet 2 MUM/22 M565 5 AITORNEY WITNESS:
Patented Dec. H, 1923..
airs star-as WILLIAM W. BASSETT, OF BILLINGS, MONTANA.
Application filed December 22, 1922.
small article when not in use.
The nature and advantages of the invention will be better understood when the following detailed description is read in connection with the accompanying drawing, the invention residing in the construction, combination and arrangement of parts as claimed.
In the drawings forming part 'of this application, like numerals of reference indicate similar partsin the severalviews, and
' wherein Figure 1 is a vertical sectional view through a container showing a plurality of racks arranged therein in accordance with the present invention.
Figure 2 is a top plan view. Figure 3 is an enlarged sectional View of one'of'the racks removed from the container. Figure 4 is a plan view of the rack folded. The rack forming the subject matter of my invention includes a substantially framelike body member which is used 'i'n the capacity of a guard to assist in holding the fruit jars orth'e like in position upon the bottom of the rack. This frame-like body portion can be constructed from any suitable material, and also vary in size and shape without departing from the spirit of the invention. It is, however, designed preferably in the manner illustrated, wherein the major portion of the body is curved and indicated at 10, the remaining portion being straight and indicated at 11. By reason of this configuration, the rack accommodates itself to one end of the wash boiler or the like in which the rack is positioned for use. thereby allowing two of such racks to be used in connection with one boiler with the straight sides or portions 11 of the respective racks arranged in end to end relation. The body is supported by legs which are arranged in pairs indicated at 12 and 13 respectively, and the legs of the respective pairs are associated with the oppo- Serial No. 608,550.
site sides of the frame-like body. The legs of each pair are connected by a rod 15,which together with said legs is constructed from a single length of wire or the like. It will be noted that the ends of each rod is extended downwardly and coiled about the remaining portion of the material, which is arranged at a right angle to the rod proper in the formation ofone of saidlegs, the vertically disposed portion being extended upwardly for association with the frame-like body to which it is pivoted. The rods 15 connecting the respective pair of legs cross each other at points intermediate theends of said rods, the rods providing a'support for a sectional bottom, the sections of which are indicated at 17. These sections may be constructed from any suitable material,-and are arranged in end to end relation in position for use, the adjacent ends of said sections being pivoted 0n the rod '15 which forms part of and connects the legs 12. hen the sections 17 are extended for use they contact the legs 13 having bulged portions 18 to receive the latter mentioned legs. By reason of this construction the bottom is utilized to hold the rack in set up position for use, and to afford the rack the desired rigidity. i
The rack is provided with cross bails 19,
and by means of which the rack in its entirety can be conveniently handled. Thes'e bails are connected with the opposite sides of the frame-like body, while each ball at a point intermediate its ends is provided with a bulged portion, "so that when the bails are in position for use, these bulged portions 20 provide means whereby the bails are in 'terlocked and thereb held rigid in their upright positions. The bails arepivot'ally associated with the frame like body 10 so that they can be folded in a manner to be hereinafter described. The corresponding lower extremity of the bails are preferably formed to provide yoke like portions 22 which are passed through openings in the frame like body 10, in a manner to permit the bails to be swung to their folded positions as illustrated in the drawings. While the legs above referred to can be pivoted in any suitable manner upon the frame like body portion, each leg is preferably provided with an opening to receive one of the yoke like portions of the bails so that in reality both the frame like body portion and the legs are suspended from these bails. This construction also permits of the legs being folded in a manner to, be presently described.
In practice, the legs are made in such size as to permit them to' be conveniently handled, it being understood that the racks are placed in a receptacle containing water,
. the steam from which is utilizedto cook the rod supports both of the body sections which are folded upwardly to lie in a plane substantially with that occupied by the frame-like body 10. The legs 13 are then folded within said frame-like body and are arranged substantially at right angles to the legs 12.. Thebails are, then separated so that the bails can be folded downwardly to lie upon the body portion, thereby producing a very small compact'ar-ticle which will occupy a minimum of space when not in use. The rack in its entirety being very simple in construction, can be manufactured and sold at a nominal cost.
While it is believed that from the foregoing description, the nature and advantages of the inventionwvill be readily .ap-
parent, I desire to have it understood that I do not limit myself to what is herein shown. and described and that such changes may be resorted to when desired as fall within the scope of what is claimed.
* What is claimed is: f
.1. A rackof the character described comprising a frame like body member, supportinglegs therefor, saidlegs being arranged in pairs and pivotally connected with the opposite sides of said body member, a rod connecting each pair of legs, said rods being crossed at a point intermediate their ends, a bottom supported by said rods and including sections, and crossed bails pivotally connected with said body member.
2. A rack of the character described, comprising a frame like body member, cross bails supporting said body member and pivotally associated with the latter, legs supported from the body member, said legs being arranged in pairs and pivotally connected with the adjacent extremity of said bails, a rod connecting each pair of legs, said rods being crossed at a point intermediate their ends, a bottom including sections pivoted on one of said rods, and adapted to be supported by both of said rods when extended for use.
3. A foldable rack of the character described comprising a frame like body member, legs depending from said body member, said legs being arranged in pairs and pivotally connected with the opposite sides of the body member, a rod connecting each pair of legs, said rods being crossed intermediate their ends, each rod and its associated legs being foldable as a unit to lie substantially in a plane with the body member, a sectional bottom, said sections being p-ivotedonone of said rods and adapted to be folded one uponthe other, crossed bails designed for interlocking association,-and said bails being pivotally associated with the body portion and adapted to lie parallel therewith. I
4:. Arack of the character described, comprising a frame like body member, including a curved portion and one straightside,
legs depending from the body member, said.-
legs being arranged in pairs and pivotally connected with the opposite sides of the body member, a rod connecting each pair of said legs, a bottom including two sections pivoted on the rod connecting one pair of legs and adapted to be arranged in end to endrelation for use, eachsection having a. bulged portion to receive the adjacent leg of tobe folded the other 'pair of said legs when extended to hold the legs in set up position foruse, and interlocking bails hingedly connected with the body member and with. said legs for the purpose specified.
In testimony whereof I afiix my si nature. WILLIAM w. BASS iZTT.