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J. A. HOLLOWAY ETAL COMBINATION TACKLE BOX AND SEAT Sept. 14, 1965 3,206,266
Filed June 29, 1964 uur l United States Patent Office 3,266,266 Patented Sept. 14, 1965 3,206,266 COMBINATION TACKLE BOX AND SEAT James A. Holloway, 14 E. 69th Terrace; Claude R. .lohnson, y715 W. 42nd St.; and Jackie R. Nevins, 3518 N. Chelsea, all of Kansas City, Mo.
. Filed .lune 2.9, 1964, Ser. No. 378,881
4 Claims. (Cl. 312-2'16) This invention relates to a container and seat combination, and more particularly t-o a tackle box and seat whe'reby the tackle box'in closed position may be carried from place to place and a portion of the box opened to form a seat on said box when the user is shing.
Various apparatuses have been devised for a box and seat combination but none of them has provided a simple box structure having a portion hingedly connected to a corner edge thereof to open the box and provide a seat thereon whereby the articles in the box are available while the user is sitting thereon.
It is the principal object of the present invention to provide a container or tackle box having the usual sliding drawers or trays in one face thereof and providing a portion of that face with a hinged closure member whereby opening of the closure member will provide access to the drawers and the closure member will turn over on'top of the box and rest thereon to form a seat for the user.
Other objects ofthe present invention are to provide a box or container of this character having a top, a back, side walls and a partially open front portion or wall and the lower portion of said front wall having a slidable drawer and a dead air space therebelow.
Furtherv objects -of the present invention are to provide trackways in the upper portion of said box andk having a frame slidable thereon; to provide a plurality of drawers or-trays in said frame structure whereby the entire group of drawers may be slidable through the open portion of the front of the box; to provide a cross bar at the lowerl portion of said partial opening of the front of the box'and having its ends secured to the inside of the side walls; to provide a hasp structure at the center of said cross bar, said hasp having atongue portion pivoted thereon extending through an opening in the lower edge of' the closure member and means for securing this said tongue to the lower drawer to lock the closure member and drawers. i l
vvStill further objects of the present invention are to provide for hingedly connecting-the upper edge of said closure member to the upper front edge of said box so that the closure member will rotate and turn over on the top of said box; top rovide padding means on the inside of said closure member when it is in closed position so that it will provide a cushion on top of the seat when in open position; and to provide a device of this character simple and economical to manufacture.
Other objects and advantages of this invention will become apparent from the following description taken in connection with the accompanying drawings wherein are set forth by way of illustration and example certain ernbodiments of this invention.
FIG. 1 is a perspective view of our tackle box and seat structure shown with the closure member in closed position.
FIG. 2 is a perspective view of the tackle box and seat combination shown with some of the drawers partially opened and the closure member in seat forming position on top of the box.
FIG. 3 is a Vertical cross-sectional view taken on a line 3-3 FIG. 4.
FIG. 4 is a vertical crosssectional view taken on a line 4-4 FIG. 3.
FIG. 5 is a cross-sectional fragmentary view of the box showing the drawers in partially withdrawn position.
Referring more in detail to the drawings:
1 designates a container or housing including a top 2, side walls 3 and 4, a bottom 5 and a back 6. The top has a recessed portion 7. Secured in the recessed portion 7 are facing keeper members 8 and 9 for receiving the opposite facing arms 10 and 11 of a handle 12, the handle being rotatable to lie dat in the recessed portion for a purpose later described.
The container or housing may be made of metal or any suitable material capable of holding a person when sitting thereon and is provided with corner members 13 at the back thereof and reinforcing members 14 on each side of the top and reinforcing 15 on each side of the bottom and front as indicated at 16. The front of the housing of the container has a partial covering 17 and mounted in the housing thereabove in a drawer 18. The drawer 18 is mounted on angle brackets 19 and 20 secured to the inside of the walls 3 and 4 of the housing upon which the drawer is adapted to slide. Also secured to the inside 21 and 22 of the side walls 3 and 4 above the drawer 18 is a shelf 23 having a cross member or bar 24. Mounted on the shelf 23 are drawers or trays 25 and 26, the cross bar extending upwardly to form a lip 27 for retaining the drawer normally on the shelf.
Mounted on the inside 21 and 22 of the side walls 3 and 4 above the drawers 25 and 26 is a shelf 28. Mounted for slidable movement on the shelf 28 is a frame structure 29 consisting of side members 30 and 31, a bottom 32 and a back 32. The frame includes spaced shelves 33 and 34 above the bottom 32 and vertical center support-ing members 35 and 36. On the bottom 32 are drawers 37 and 38 and on the shelves 33 and 34 are a plurality of drawers 39 and 40, thereby providing a plurality of drawers in the framework structure which may be moved forwardly on the'shelf or trackway 28 so they all may be moved forwardly at one time if desired.
The forward edges of the shelves 23, 32, 33 and 34, as well as the drawers, are spaced rearwardly from the front edges 41 and 42 of the side walls for a purpose laterdescribed and the shelves 32, 33 and 34 have their forward edges turned upwardly forming lips 44, 45 and 46 for normally preventing the trays 37, 38, Y39 and 40 from moving forwardly in the housing.
Connected to the forward edge 47 of the top 2 by a hinge member 47' is a closure member 48 which when in a normally closed position has its lower edge 49 extending to and adjacent the upper edge 50 of the drawer 18. The closure member has a front plate 51 to the back 52 of which is secured by adhesive or other suitable means a cushion 53 consisting of a padding 54 tufted in the usual manner as indicated at 55 (FIG. 2). The width of the cushion and closure member is substantially equal to the spacing between the shelves 32, 33 and 34 and cross member 24 and the front edges 41 and 42 of the side walls to accommodate the closure member when in normally closed position.
Located centrally and spaced slightly from the lower edge 49 of the closure member is an opening or slot 57. Mounted on the underside of the shelf 23 is a bracket or hasp member 58 `adapted to extend forwardly through the opening 57 when the closure member 48 is in normal closed position as illustrated in FIGS. 1 and 4. Pivot-ally secured tdthe hasp 58 is a tongue 59 having an opening 60` therein adapted to receive a U-shaped staple or keeper 61 secured to the front wall 62 of the drawer 18 by rivets or the like as indicated at 63. By use of a lock or fastening member (not shown), the closure member may thus be locked to the drawer 13 which will prevent the drawers from moving 33 forward in the housing and the material contained in the drawers from being burgalized.
When the box and seat combination is in locked or closed position as shown in FIGS. 1 and 4, the device is portable by use of the handle 12. When it is desired to use the container or box as a seat, the hasp is unlocked and the closure member 48 swung outwardly, upwardly and over to lie at on the top 2. The handle 12 being pivotally mounted will swing down to lie flat within the recess 7 when the seat is in engagement with said top. When the seat is in this position as shown in FIGS. 2 and 5, the drawers are easily accessible by the user and .the lips on the shelves will prevent the Vdrawers from` moving forwardly in the box without first raising the forward edges as illustrated in FIG. 5, thus preventing accidental displacement of any of the drawers and losing of equipment or material itherein when the box is used as a seat.
It will be obvious from the foregoing that we have provided an improved box and seat combination wherein the seat acts as a closure member for a portion of the box and which may be swung .into seat position on one end of the box while the drawers or trays are easily accessible to the user.
It is to be understood that while certain forms of this invention have been illustrated and described, it is not to be limited to the specific form or arrangement of parts herein described and shown except .insofar as such lfimitations are included in the claims.
What we claim and desire to secure by Letters Patent is:
1. A portable tackle box and seat structure comprising,
(a) a housing having a top, side walls, a back portion and a partially open front wall portion, said top having a front edge portion,
(b) track means extending horizontally on the inside of said side walls,
(c) a frame structure slidable on said track means,
(d) a plurality of drawers carried by said frame structure,
(e) a `closure member for said open front wall por-tion having a front and back side when the closure member is in normally closed vertical position, a cushion member secured to the back side of said closure memf ber, said track means, frame structure and drawers being spaced rearwardly of said front edge of said side walls to accommodate said cushion member, and
(f) means hingedly connecting said closure member to said front edge portion of said .top wall for horizontal swinging movement with respect to said housing whereby said closure member is swingable from a normally closed vertical position to a horizontal position over said top and engage thereon to form a seat i on said container. 2. A portable container and seat of the character described comprising,
(a) a housing having a top, side walls, a back portion and a partially open front wall portion, (b) a closure member for said open front wall. portion, (-c) means hingedly connecting said closure member to said top wall whereby said closure member may be swung over said top and engage thereon to form a seat on said container,
(d) a plurality of drawers in the upper portion of said housing and means slidably mounting `said drawers in said housing whereby said drawers may be drawn outwardly of said housing when said closure member is open,
(e) a drawer slidably mounted in said lower portion of said housing, and
(f) a closed chamber below said drawer in Athe lower portion of said housing to form a dead air space to add buoyancy to said container.
3. A portable tackle box and seat structure comprising, 1
(a) a housing having a top, side walls, a back portion and a partially open front wall portion,
(b) track -means extending horizontally on .the inside of said side walls,
(c) a frame structure slidable on said track means,
(d) a plurality of drawers carried by said frame structure,
(e) a closure member for said open front wall portion, said track means, frame structure and drawers being spaced rearwardly of said front edge of said side walls,
(f) means hingedly connecting said closure member to Vsaid top wall whereby saidv closure member may be `swung over said top and engage .thereon to form a seat on said container,
(g) means on the back of said closure member when in normally closed position to form a cushion on said seat when engaging said top,
(h) a drawer slidably mounted in said lower portion of said housing, and
(i) a closed chamber below said drawer in the lower portion of said housing to form a dead air space to add buoyancy to said container.
4. The combination as set forth in claim 3, including means for locking said closure member to said drawer in the lower portion of said housing, said means including a cross bar extending between said side w-alls spaced rearwardly from the front edges thereof, said closure member having an opening therein near the center free edge thereof, a hasp member secured to said cross bar having pivoted a tongue portion adapted t-o extend through said opening in said closure member, and means on sadlast named drawer for securing said tongue portion thereto.V
References Cited by the Examiner UNITED STATES PATENTS 1,172,415 2/22 Weiser 312-235 1,477,056 12/23 Hager 312-2-16 X i 2,264,744 2/41 Dunnam 3'12-235 2,301,730 11/42v AMann B12-301 Xvv 2,410,255 10/46 Wells 312-216 X FRANK B. SHERRY, Primary Examiner. CHANCELLOR E, HARRIS, Examiner.