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Jan. 25, 1938. 2,106,695 R. LARSON ART OF CASKET ORNAMENTATION Filed, April 30, 1936 >4 Sheets-Sheet 1 15A 16 I . 0 15B a 17" 17 J54 . I 17 Jan. 25, 1938. R. LARSON I 2,106,695. ART OF CASKET ORNAMENTATION Fil'ad April 50, 1936 4 Sheets-Sheet 2 321:1..25, 1938. R LARSON 2,106,595 ART OF CASKET ORNAMENTATION Filed April 30, 1936 - 4 Sheets-Sheet 3 15+ ,I g 2 I 2;? E3’ W I H“- 2% 2‘; 23 v I ii??? 15L 7%: , ! 1‘ l Jan. 25, 1938; R, LARSON 2,106,695 ART‘ OF CASKET OHNAMENTATION Filed April 50, 1956 4 Sheets-Sheet 4 v 59/4 i 154- ' 23' M 23 ' ~ J 23' 19 25' 2,106,695 Patented Jan. 25, 1938 UNITED ‘STATES PATENT OFFICE 2,106,695 ART OF CASKET‘ ORNAMENTATION Raymond Larson, Chicago, Ill., assignor to Gen tral Metallic Gasket (10., Chicago, 11]., a cor poration of Illinois Application April 30, 1936, Serial No. 77,187 12 Claims. This invention relates generally to the art of casket ornamentation and has particular refer ence to certain new and useful improvements re lating to the combination of the ornamental ele ments therefor and the casket-carrying handles. Generally stated, the principal object of my invention is directed to certain novel features of construction in ornamental plates and corners which ornate elements are adapted to be secured to the side and end panels of the burial con tainer and which novel construction in associa tion with the handle elements affords a wide range of various combinations in the arrange ment or relative mounting of such plates, cor ners and handles to produce different artistic ef fects in design with a minimum number of stand ard parts. An object of my invention resides in the con struction of ornate casket plates and corners hav ing integrally formed recesses constituting sup ports for the casket-carrying handles preferably cooperating with ornate caps and tightening members adapted to secure the plates, corners, handles and caps, in different combinations, to the casket. Another object of my invention resides in the construction of the ornate corner elements with suitable ornamentation simulating a handle as extending around such corner element or between the recessed portions of the corner element to thereby produce an e?ect of the continuity of the handle as if the casket handle extended around V or through portions of the corner elements. With the above and other objects in view, my invention consists in the novel construction, com bination and arrangement of the parts and mem bers shown in illustrative examples in the at tached drawings, described in the following speci of Fig. 4 and showing details of construction em bodying my invention; and Figs. 6 to 13 inclusive show diagrammatically several of the Various combinations and arrange ments which are afforded by my invention. 5 While the invention is shown in the drawings adapted to a metallic casket, it is obvious that the invention may be readily applied to caskets of other materials, such as wood or concrete, without departing from the spirit of my invention as de ?ned in the appended claims wherein I intend to claim my invention as broadly as the state of the art permits. The particular or speci?c designs incorporated in the ornamentation of the several plates and corners is not a part of the invention herein con templated as it is obvious that the designs and ornamentation may be varied and that my in vention may be adapted to such varied or different designs. 20 In the illustrative adaptation of my invention shown in Figs. 1 to 3 inclusive, the casket gen erally indicated by numeral l5 includes the side walls MA and end walls l5B which constitute wall panels to which are attached the ornamental handle-supporting plates 16 and corners H. The ornamental plates 16, as shown in Figs. 1, 2 and 3, each constitute a hollow or shell-like metallic casting, the marginal rim of the rear side being ?attened for attachment to the wall 30 panels as by bolts 18. Each plate It is provided, in its front face, with a horizontal passage ISA preferably of a cross-sectional con?guration suit ed to the cross-section of the handle 19 which ex tends therethrough. Obviously, the handle l9 may be made of any suitable material or design or construction. I have preferred to illustrate the handle is as made ?cation and particularly pointed out in the ap of comparatively lightweight crimped metal hav pended claims. ing a reenforcing core ISA of wood. In the drawings: Fig. 1 is a sectional plan of a casket taken on line l—-l of Fig. 2 and embodying my invention. Fig. 2 is a side elevation of the casket; Fig. 3 is an enlarged section taken on line 3—3 of Fig. 2. showing details of construction of one of the ornamental corners and one of the orna mental side plates and portions of the intercon metallic casting having a substantially right-an gularly formed rear wall which is adapted to be secured to the casket corner, as by bolts 2! . Each 45 corner IT is provided, in its front face portion, ‘ with recesses HA adapted to receive the ends of the casket side and end handles l9, and the re cesses HA are preferably open on the rear side of the corner piece 11 to facilitate installation there Fig. 4 is a side elevation of a casket showing ornamental plates and corners of a diiferent de sign but constructed in accordance with my in of and preferably also of a cross-sectional con Fig. 5 is an enlarged section taken on line 5-5 - 4.0 The ornamental corners ll, as shown in Figs. 1, 2 and 3, each consist of a hollow or shell-like necting handles. vention; 55 (CI. 41—10) 50 ?guration to suit that of the handles l9. As clearly shown in Fig. 3, the supports for the handle IS in the ornamental plates l6 and corners I‘! are disposed a spaced distance from the out- 55, 2. 2,106,695 side face of the casket wall for convenient han dling of the casket and the handle I9 is rigidly supported on such ornamental plates and corners, and, as shown in Fig. 1, constitutes a substan tially continuous handle extending around the casket. , It will be noted that the effect of the continuity of the handle is carried out in the design of the corner elements by ornamentation simulating a 10 handle as extending around such corner elements or between the portions recessed for the handle and this is an important feature of my invention. The plates l6 and corners II, as well as the handles l9, are preferably drilled to receive Wood 16 screws 20 which rigidly secure the handles to such ornamental elements. In the adaptation of my invention illustrated in Figs. 4 and 5, the casket l5‘is shown provided with cast metallic ornamental corners 22'and or 20 namental plates 23 and 23’ connected by the side and-'end‘handles IS. The ornamental plates 23 and 23’ are of like design, matched to form right-hand and left hand' pieces, so that when mounted as shown in Fig. 4 the two pieces form a design which is symmetrical about its center line. The plates 23 and 23' are provided with spaced openings to receive bolts 24 for their securement to the casket walls. 30 At’their handle-attaching ends, the plates 23 and 23’ are provided with preferably arcuate recesses 23A formed by the plate wall portion 233 which is cast in spaced relation from the inte gral rear wall portion 23°. The recesses 23A are preferably formed of a cross-sectional con?gura tion‘ to suit the cross-sectional form of the han dle H! which rests therein. A separate cap 25 of suitable design is preferably provided and mounted on the handle over the recessed por 40 tion 23A and a securing bolt 26, extending through the cap 25, handle l9, plate walls 233, 23° and casket wall securely holds these elements in place; The ornamental corners 22, as shown in Figs. 45 4 and 5, each consist of a hollow or shell-like metallic casting having a substantially right angularly formed rear wall 22A which is adapted to engage the corner faces of the casket side and end walls. At the side ends of the angularly disposed front faces, each corner ornament 22 is provided with preferably arcuate recesses 22B formed or de ?ned by the integral wall portions 220 and 22D and adapted to receive the ends of handles I 9. 55 The recesses 22B are preferably formed of a cross-sectional con?guration to suit the cross section‘ of the handle IS. A suitable cap 21 is provided over the handle end and a securing bolt 26 extending through the cap 21, handle l9, 60 wall portions 220 and 22A and through the cas ket wall rigidly secures the handle and the cor ner 22 to the casket wall. Additional shorter bolts 28 are provided for securing the corner 22 to the casket walls. For purposes of continuity in design and sim plicity of construction, I prefer to cast the cor ner 22 with integral parts 22E and 22F simulat ing, respectively, the handle 19 and cap 21. I have shown in Figs. 6 to 9 inclusive some 70 of the interesting and novel combinations which are afforded by Various arrangements and mounting of the two ornamental units 22 and 23 and'the interconnecting handles H). In Figs. 10 to 13 inclusive I show interesting ‘is and‘ novel combinations made possiblerwithathe 65 right-hand and left-hand patterns of the plate unit 23 and handles I9. From the above description and attached draw ings, it will be readily apparent that there is present in the disclosure made herein, a novel art of casket ornamentation made possible by the novel constructions in the relatively few or nate elements which are adapted to be combined in various artistic combinations with the han dles to produce different designs in casket or 10 namentation. The different designs shown in the illustra tions in Figs. 6 to 9 inclusive, include a standard handle combined with the two differently ar ranged units 22 and 23. Only two standard cast 15 ings are required for the corner and plate ele ments, since the right and left hand units 23 and 23’ are actually the same casting but being re Versedly mounted relatively to each other. In the several different combinations shown 20 in Figs. 10 to 13 inclusive, the standard handle is combined with various mountings of the stand ard plate 23. It will also be noted that the different artistic» effects in the designs may be produced by use of the same design of unit plate mounted at the corners of the casket and at the intermediate sections of the side wall panels, as illustrated in Figs. 10 to 13 inclusive, or a harmoniously matched corner unit of different design than 80 that of the intermediate plates may be combined with such plates as shown in Figs. 6 to 9 inclu sive. It is possible that the centrally mounted orna mental plate shown in Fig. 4 could be cast in one piece. I claim: 1. A casket handle comprising an ornamental corner element supported on the casket side and end walls at each corner thereof, a plurality of 40 intermediate ornamental plates supported on the side walls of the casket, said corner elements and said intermediate plates having integral exten sions adaptedto support a handle a spaced dis tance from the outer faces of the side and end 45 Walls, ahandle on each side of the casket ex tending from one corner element to the other corner element and supported on the extensions of said intermediate plates, a handle on each end of the casket extending between and supported. 50 on the extensions of said corner elements, and means for securing said handles against move ment relatively to said corner elements and to said intermediate plates. 2. A casket handle comprisingan ornamental element supported on the casket wall at each corner of the casket, a plurality of ornamental plates mounted on the side walls of the casket between said corner elements, said ‘ornamental corner elements and said ornamental plates hav 60 ing extensions adapted to support a handle in spaced‘ distance from the face of thewall,v and a handle on each side of the casket extending from one of said’ corner elements to the other, said handles being supported on said extensions of said corner elements and said plates. 3. An ornamental corner for a casket‘ com prising a cast shell-like metallic body having a right-angularly formed ‘rear extension adapted to embrace the corner of the casket, an orna mental design impressed on the outer face there of, and recesses formed in outwardly disposed portionsof opposite sides of thebody adapted to receive ends of the casket handles for‘ attache ment thereto.~ - I l 70 3 2,106,695 4. An ornamental corner for a casket compris ing a cast shell-like metallic body having a right angularly formed integral rear extension adapted to embrace the corner of the casket, the ex terior face of the body having an ornamental design molded or impressed thereon and recesses formed in outwardly disposed portions of opposite sides of the body adapted to receive ends of the casket handles for attachment thereto, said re 10 cesses being formed on the inner side of the or namental wall portions of the body. 5. In an ornamental plate for a casket, and in combination, a cast shell-like metallic body hav ing plane-aligned rear face portions adapted to 15 engage the side wall of the casket and an exterior ornamental face disposed outwardly from the rear face portions, said body having a recess formed in the exterior face adapted to receive the casket handle, a cap adapted to be positioned on the 20 outer side of said handle opposite said recess, and means for securing said cap and handle to said recessed body portion. 6. An ornamental plate for a casket compris ing a cast shell-like metallic body having rear 25 face portions adapted to engage the corner of the casket and an exterior ornamental face portion disposed outwardly from the rear face portions, said body having horizontal recesses closed at one end and adapted to- receive ends of casket 30 handles. 7. In casket ornamentation comprising a plu rality of spaced ornamental units, said units com prising cast shell-like metallic bodies having plane-aligned rear wall-portions adapted to en 35 gage a Wall of the casket and integral recessed outer wall-portions disposed forwardly of said rear wall-portions, said recessed wall-portions being adapted to receive portions of the casket handle, caps adapted to be mounted on the outer side of the handle opposite each recess, and a bolt for securing each cap and adjacent handle and unit portion to the casket wall, said bolt passing ing a cast shell-like metallic body having a right-angularly formed rear extension adapted to embrace the corner of the casket, an ornamental design impressed on the outer face thereof, and recesses formed in outwardly disposed portions of opposite sides of the body adapted to receive ends of casket handles for support therein, said re cessed portions of said body extending outwardly of the said outer ornate face of the body, and the outer face of the portion of said body in the plane ' of said recesses being provided with ornamenta tion simulating the design of the handle to pro duce the effect of the continuity of the handle as extending through said outwardly recessed por tions of said body and around the outer ornate 15 face of said body. 10. An ornamental corner for a casket com prising a cast shell-like metallic body having a right-angularly formed rear extension adapted to embrace the corner of the casket, an ornamental 20 design impressed on the outer face thereof, and recesses formed in outwardly disposed portions of opposite sides of the body adapted to receive ends of casket handles for support therein, and the outer face of the portion of said body in the 25 plane of said recesses being provided with orna mentation simulating the design of the handle to produce the effect of the continuity of the handle as extendng around the outer ornate face of said body. 30 11. A casket handle comprising an ornamental element supported on the casket walls at each corner of the casket, an ornamentalplate mount ed on each of the two casket side walls between said ornamental corner elements, said corner ele ments and said plates having recesses formed in outwardly extended portions of the body, a handle extending between said plates and said corner elements and supported in said recesses, caps adapted to be mounted on said handle opposite 40 said recesses, and means for securing said caps and handle to said corner elements and plates. through the cap, the handle, recessed Wall-por 12. An ornamental corner for a casket com tion, rear wall-portion and casket wall. 8. An ornamental corner for a casket compris ing a cast shell-like metallic body having a right angularly formed rear extension adapted to em prising a cast shell-like body having a right brace the corner of the casket, an ornamental design impressed on the outer face thereof, and 50 recesses formed in outwardly disposed portions of opposite sides of the body adapted to receive ends of casket handles for support therein. 9. An ornamental corner for a casket compris angularly formed integral rear extension adapted 45 to embrace the corner of the casket, the exterior face of the body having an ornamental design molded or impressed thereon and laterally aligned recesses formed in outwardly disposed‘ portions of opposite sides of the body adapted to receive ends 50 of casket handles. RAYMOND LARSON.