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|United States Patent Application
February 23, 2012
Easy Access Display Frame System for Pins and Medals
The invention is Display Frame System comprised of an outer unit and
inner member which pivots where a female and male edge of each
respectively meet. The inner member swings into the outer unit engaging
the remaining edges by means of a locking mechanism. The combination of
the outer unit and inner member serve to hold a display panel/board in
place. Pins, medals or the like can be secured to the display
panel/board. The system allows for extreme ease of accessing the pins or
medals displayed as well as the ability to transport and use the
assembled frame in other manners of display such as upon an easel as well
as vertically or horizontally.
Brandes; Steven; (Berkeley Heights, NJ)
August 18, 2010|
|Current U.S. Class:
|Class at Publication:
||A47F 3/00 20060101 A47F003/00|
1. A Vertical Display Case, comprising outer unit that forms interior
cavity; an inner member which when correctly placed within the outer
unit's interior cavity becomes engaged by the mating of a female and male
edge of outer unit and inner member, subsuqeuently the remaining edges
are engaged by mechanism to further secure the engagement of the inner
and outer pieces, serving to lock the pieces together.
2. The inner member of claim 1, pivoting from the edge where the male and
female edges meet swings both towards and away from the outer unit to
allow engagement and disengagement in a one step movement.
3. The mechanism used in claim 1 to lock the outer unit and inner member
together, further secures the engagement of the outer unit and the inner
member, by means phyiscal like a spring loaded ball and corresponding
catch or magnetic or a combination there of. It also serves to bring the
remaining edges of the inner member into the desired resting position
which prevents the unintended disengagement (seperation) of the male and
female mating edges of the inner member and outer unit.
4. The properly mated male and female edges of the outer unit and inner
member of claim 1 creates a physical barrier which prevents disengagement
of the outer unit and the inner member other then by the pivoting outward
of the inner member as refered to in cliam 2.
5. A system for securing a display piece or a display mounting panel
within a Vertical Display Case comprising outer unit that forms interior
cavity; into which the piece to be displayed is placed, then an inner
member which when correctly placed within the outer unit's interior
cavity becomes engaged by the mating of a female and male edge of outer
unit and the inner member, subsuqeuently the remaining edges are engaged
by mechanism to further secure the engagement. This engagement securely
holds the piece to be displayed in it's desired location.
6. In the preferred embodiment of claim 1, the mated female and male
edges serve as the load bearing edge upon which the the Display Case is
then mounted vertically upon a wall. This is done by hanging the case
from the load bearing inner edge of the inner member. The hanging of the
Display Case from this inner edge serves to use the weight of the Display
Case as well as the displayed piece to maintain the engagement of the
male inner member and the female outer unit.
7. In the preferred embodiment of claim 1, the inner member has angled
edge shown in FIG. 1a on the opposite side of the male load bearing edge.
This allows for the Display Case when assembled to be mounted upon a
bracket with a complimentary angled edge attached approiately to a wall.
This method of mounting the Display Case allows not only ease in removing
and replacement of the displayed piece but also facilitates ease of
left-right positioning as well as leveling the Case.
8. This interior cavity of claim 1 as well as the over all size of the
Display Case is in no way limited to a given size either in height, width
9. The intended use of the system of claim 5 is to display a three
dimensional piece or pieces within the interior cavity. The preffered
manner in which this will be done is to mount pins, buttons or medals
upon a board or panel that is placed within the frame as shown in FIG. 1a
and then secured in place by the inner member as discribed in claim 5.
10. The preffered embodiment of claim 1 uses a stop along the inner edge
of the outer unit against which the inner member when in place holds the
display board/panel it also serves to hold the glass for the viewing area
11. In the preferred embodiment the panel of claim 5 is created from
penetrable substratum such as coraplast, foam core or cardboard which
then can but need not be covered with fabric.
12. It could in another embodiment of claim 5 display a 2 dimensional
13. In the preferred embodiment of claim 1 the an inner edge of the outer
unit serves as the female edge and an outside edge of the inner member
contains the male edge.
14. In another embodiment of claim 1 the an inner edge of the outer unit
serves as the male edge and an outside edge of the inner member contains
the female edge.
15. While the preferred manor of usage of the display case of claim 1, is
that of being wall mounted it could in another embodiment be displayed
freestanding or upon an easel or like base.
16. The preferred embodiment of claim 1, uses the outer unit to hold and
support both the visible frame and glass.
17. Another embodiment of claim 1 uses the inner member to hold and
support both the visible frame and glass with the outer unit being
securing the Display Case to the wall.
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BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION:
 The displaying of 3 dimensional objects within a display case
mounted upon the wall has traditionally fallen into 2 catagories the
first is of the nature often seen in retail establishment. These usually
are accessible via a hinged door. The second are those which are once
mounted meant to be of the permanent nature. Like those used to hold a
folded flag or autographed baseballs for example.
 At times picture frames have also been used to display 3
dimensional objects, but these uses are much the same as the prior
mentioned permanent display cases and at times the line between a wall
mounted display case and a framed display of an item have been blurred.
 There exists a category of items that while three dimensional in
nature are only limitedly so, and thus can be displayed in generally a
more two dimensional format. Examples of such items would be military
medals, sports medals, cloisonne and enamel pins. While frames and
display cases for such items do already exist none allow ease of access
or exchange of items displayed.
 There exists a great many collectors of pins who have no way of
easily displaying their pins while at the same time protecting them from
dust, smoke, and other contaminents. Most often such collectors resort to
mounting the pins on cork boards and the like. This neither protects them
nor does it create a necessarily pleasing visual display.
 Likewise, the display cases that are available are both costly and
difficult to use, allowing no easy method of access which is a key
consideration to collectors who often wish to trade their pins with other
 No currently available display device allows for both an ease of
access important to collectors who often trade and add to their
collection as well as a protected method of display found in a display
case or frame.
SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION
 The unique design of this invention grants ease of access as well
as an ideal method where by the displayed items can be removed, replaced,
exchanged in mere seconds. Yet it does so while still providing an
extremely stable method of display. It does this utilizing a minimal
amount of material and components making it readily affordable to the
 The object of this invention is to provide a wall mounted display
case having an internal member which fits into the outer unit, this inner
member can be inserted and removed from the outer unit in a simple one
step action. This inner member is then able to support the entire load of
the assembled display.
 Additionally, the ability to easily remove the entire frame from
the wall allows the frame with its display pieces to be easily
transported, and thus used in a temporarily display situations such as a
trade or art show.
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS
 FIG. 1 is a three dimensional view
 FIG. 2a is a cross-section side view of a preferred embodiment of
the mounted on a wall.
 FIG. 2b is a front view of a preferred embodiment.
 FIG. 3a is a side view of a preferred embodiment with the female
and male edges of the outer unit and inner member. engaged but prior to
the pivoting and engagement of the remaing edge by the mechanism which
locks the remaing edges in place.
 FIG. 3b is a cross-section view of the preferred embodiment with
the female and male edges of the outer unit and inner member. engaged but
prior to the pivoting and engagement of the remaing edge by the mechanism
which locks the remaing edges in place.
 FIG. 4a is a back view of the inner member.
 FIG. 4b is a back view of the outer unit without the inner unit.
DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFFERRED EMBODIMENT
 With reference to the drawings
 The invention is Easy Access Display Frame System for Pins and
Medals. FIG. 1 is a three dimensional view (suitable for inclusion on the
front page) with the female and male edges of the outer unit and inner
member engaged but hidden from view prior to the inner member pivoting
into the locked position.
 The inner unit composed of it's two side pieces 10, top 4 and
bottom 11 within which the preferred locking mechanism of magnets 12 have
been mounted, is placed into the outer unit, composed of parts 1-3, 5-9,
16 & 17. This is done by aligning the inner unit so that the male edge 19
of piece 4 is moved into the female cavity of piece 3, once engaged piece
19 severs as a pivot point 21 from which the remainer of the inner unit
swings 22 into a locking position 18. Once in this position the inner
unit is held in place by the locking mechanisms within the outer unit 16
and inner member 12, which in the preferrred embodiment are magnets. The
outer unit is composed of the frame face 1, frame edge side and bottom
pieces 9, frame edge top piece 3 containing female edge, stop 2 creating
viewing space and holding glass 5 in place, Side 17 and bottom 9 piece
also contains magnets 16 used in this embodiment as the locking
 The outer unit and the inner member hold the panel/board 8 in place
allowing the display of desired pieces 7, in the display area 6 as shown
in FIG. 2a
 FIG. 2a is a detailed cross section view showing the preferred
embodiment of the invention assembled and mounted upon a wall 15 with
example display items 7. It shows the outer unit with the inner member
engaged and mounted upon a wall by means of a bracket 13 mounted into the
wall by a screw 14. The weight of the assembled frame hanging upon the
angled edge of the bracket 13 together with the angled edge 20 opposite
the male edge on the top piece of the inner frame 4, holds the frame upon
 FIG. 2b shows a frontal view where the face of the frame 1,
mounting panel/board 8 and example of pins or medals displayed 7.
 FIG. 3a shows a side view of the outer unit with the inner member
placed engaging the male edge of the inner member into the female edge of
the outer unit this positioning is prior to the pivoting of the inner
member into the back of the outer unit where it is engaged by the locking
mechanism. Visible in this view is the frame face 1, frame side 17, inner
unit 10 and one of the side locking mechanism of the inner unit 12. Also
shown is where the matching locking mechanism 16 is located on the inside
the outer unit this as shown in FIG. 4b would not be visible from an
 FIG. 3b shows a side cut away view of the preferred embodiment
illustrated in FIG. 2a The pivot point 21 where the male and female edges
engage, the postion of the inner member prior to pivoting, the arch of
the inner member swinging into postion and the inner member in it's final
locked position 18.
 FIG. 4a shows the back view of inner member composed of the top
piece 4 with the male edge 19 and angled edge 20, side pieces 10 and
bottom piece 11. Also shown is the location of the magnetic locking
 FIG. 4b shows the back view of the outer unit. Visible are portions
of the frame face 1, frame sides 17, bottom 9, stops 2 holding the glass
in place and creating the viewing space 6, the top piece containing the
female edge 4. Also shown is the location of the magnetic locking
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