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April 5;, 1938.
R _,|_ DONNELLY
GASKET OVERLAY SUPPORT
Filed Aug. 24, 1936
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‘2,112,882
Patented Apr. 5, 1938
UNITED STATES
PATENT
OFFIQE I
2,112,882
CASKET OVERLAY SUPPORT
Richard J. Donnelly, Elmhurst, Ill., assignor to
F. H. Hill Company, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio, a
corporation of Ohio
Application August 24, 1936, Serial No. 97,637
15 Claims. (Cl. 27-19)
My invention belongs to the general class of construction, arrangement and combination of
devices known as casket overlays which are gen
erally placed over the top of a half couch type
of casket and hang down at the front and back
5 sides thereof. In practice the overlay is usually
placed over the closed half of the casket top ad- ,
jacent the inner end of the latter.
In a drop front or half drop casket, the outer
front wall of the casket at the head is hinged to
10 drop down, the lining being ordinarily attached
thereto so that it may be draped before the open
casket, and in caskets where there is not a drop
front or the equivalent, the lining may be draped
out of the casket. Obviously, regardless of the
15 type of construction, when the lining is draped
at the outside, it projects beyond the front Wall
of the casket and an overlay laid over the casket
would droop or drop to the front wall and not
be aligned with the front of the draped lining.
My invention has among its objects the production of an overlay of the kind described which
will be maintained in alignment with the draped
casket lining and which will not be readily dis
placed or disarranged by one stepping up to the
3;, casket and leaning against the overlay.
The invention also has as an object the pro
duction of a device for maintaining the overlay
in a substantially ?xed relation to the casket wall,
in which the device is formed as an integral part
:m of the overlay itself rather than a support
mounted on the casket, the latter type of device
being easily disarranged, broken or might other
wise prove defective as it must necessarily be
substantially rigid in construction. The support
;;5 herein described forms a part of the overlay
which may be folded when the overlay is not in
place so that the overlay itself may be compactly
folded or stored, but which may automatically
open to operative position by merely pulling the
40 overlay from the front of the casket.
The invention has also as an object the pro
duction of a supporting device of the kind de
scribed which will maintain the overlay in posi
tion, but which is pliable and resilient, and which
45 will not in any way detract from the beauty of
the overlay nor be readily seen when in use.
Among its further objects is the production of
a device of the kind described that is exceedingly
simple, inexpensive, durable, convenient, attrac
50 tive and satisfactory under all conditions.
Many other objects and advantages of the con
struction herein shown and described will be ob
vious to those skilled in the art from the dis
closure herein given.
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To this end my invention consists in the novel
parts herein shown and described, and more par
ticularly pointed out in the claims.
In the drawing, wherein like reference charac
ters indicate like or corresponding parts:
01
Fig. 1 is a side elevation of the casket with the
lid raised, showing the overlay in place;
Fig. 2 is an end elevation of a portion of the
casket and overlay, showing the support in opera
tive position;
Fig. 3 is a sectional view taken substantially on
line 3—-3 of Fig. 1; and
Fig. 4 is a sectional View through the overlay
and support taken substantially on line 4—4 of
Fig. 1.
Referring to the drawing, l represents an over;
lay of suitable material which may be moulded,
pressed, sewed, quilted, tufted or otherwise formed
to produce an ornamental and attractive over
lay suitable for being draped over the top 2 of
the casket and depend at the front side 3; The 2“
lining ll of the casket is shown lifted out and
draped about the edge of the casket, this being
usually done by means of a drop as previously
stated, the lining projecting from the front wall
3 as to present a couch effect and ordinarily it
extends several inches or more in front of the
casket. Obviously, without a support or spacer,
the overlay would hang down before the front 3
of the casket and would not be aligned ?ush with
the front edge of the draped lining. The pur~
pose of my invention is to support or space the
end of the overlay at the front of the casket sub
stantially as shown in Fig. 2, the spacing means
being made a part of the overlay.
~
Referring particularly to Figs. 3 and ‘i, the over
lay shown is provided with front and back sheets
0
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"I and 8, of the same material as the casket lin—
ing, spaced as indicated at 9 by means of ?lling,
padding,'tufting, quilting, tucking or otherwise. 40
Usually a piece of fringe, lace or the like I0 is
secured to the extremeend for purposes of orna
inentation.
On the back or inner side 8 of the overlay is
secured a spacer which consists of a body por
tion ll of relatively stiff material, such as buck
ram or like material which will be sufficiently stiff
to support the overlay but ‘which is resilient and
pliable and therefore will readily give when force
is applied against it. Obviously, card or pressed 50
board may be used in place of the buckram which
is a strip of burlap mounted on a sheet of ma
terial, the two being sized so that it is relatively
stiff. This body member is ?tted with a close
?tting covering l2 of the same material as the 55
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overlay‘comprising two pieces of the material of
similar shape as the body member, the two be
ing stitched together with an invisible stitch
along their sides l3 and the circular portion M.
A tuck or fold I5 is taken in the back or inner
side 8 and the free edges l6 of the spacer cov
ering l2 are inserted in this tuck after which the
whole is stitched together by means of the stitch
ing II, the latter running the entire width of the
overlay. In this construction, thecovering of
the body member ll provides a suitable hinge
for the latter, allowing the same to be folded
back against the overlay when the latter is placed
in the casket, or is otherwise packed or stored.
To maintain the body member in operative po
15
sition, the inner or circular end of the spacer
is carried by a tape or cord l8 which may be
stitched to the spacer as at l9 and which is
preferably constructed in two pieces so that the
20 position of the spacer in relation with the overlay
may be varied to accommodate the latter to var
ious styled caskets, wherein the draped lining
of the caskets may not project out as far as that
shown in the drawing.
25
While the secured edge I6 of the spacer ex
tends parallel with the wall 3 of the casket, the
inner or rear edge 14 is preferably curved or
arcuately formed so that it has contact or bear
ing on the casket intermediate its ends. Should
30 one lean or bear against the'overlay at either
side, however, the same may temporarily move
inwardly, but will immediately spring back into
the position shown.
When the overlay is placed on the casket and
35 the end pulled out substantially ?ush with the
lining 4, the spacer will drop down to operative
position as shown in Fig. 2, maintaining the
overlay in proper position.
In practice, when the casket is to be closed,
40 the overlay is generally placed over the body like
a blanket, the end being tucked in the closed por
tion of the casket. With the present device
folded back against the overlay, the latter may
easily and readily be tucked in the casket, the
4.5 spacer furnishing su?icient rigidity to prevent the
overlay from being unevenly tucked in.
The device is particularly simple and inex
pensive and is at all times effective for the pur
poses intended.
50, Having thus described my invention, it is ob
vious that various immaterial changes may be
made in the same without departing from the
spirit of my invention; hence I do not wish to
be understood as limiting myself to the exact
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form, construction, arrangement and combina
tion of parts herein shown and described, or the
uses mentioned.
What I claim as new and desired to secure by
Letters Patent is:
1. An overlay forming part of the interior of a
casket provided with spacing means carried
5. In an overlay for burial caskets, a covering
member of a length to depend in front of the
casket, and means for maintaining the overlay
spaced from the casket at said front side con
sisting of a spacer member constructed of rela
tively stiff material having one edge hingedly
connected to the back side of the overlay, and
means for maintaining the spacer in operative 10
position consisting of ?exible means attached at
one end to the free edge of the'spacer and at its
other end to the overlay at a point above the
spacer.
6. In an overlay for burial caskets, a covering 15
member of a length to depend in front of the
casket, and means for maintaining the overlay -
spaced from the casket at said front side con
sisting of a spacer member constructed of rela
tively stiff material having one edge hingedly 20
connected to the back side of the overlay with
the opposite edge of arcuate formation,'and
means for maintaining the spacer in operative
position consisting of ?exible means attached at
one end to the free edge of the spacer and at its
other end to the overlay at a point above the
spacer.
'7. In an overlay for burial caskets, a covering
member of a length to depend in front of the
casket, and means for maintaining the overlay 3 0
spaced from the casket at said front side con
sisting of a spacer member constructed of rela
tively stiff material, a covering for said member
of substantially the same material as the over
lay, the covering along one edge of said member
being attached to the back side of the overlay
to form a ?exible hinge, and means for support
ing said member in operative position.
8. In an overlay for burial caskets, a covering
member of a length to depend in front of the 40
casket, and means for maintaining the overlay
spaced from the casket at said front side con
sisting of a spacer member constructed of rela
tively stiff material, a covering for said member
of substantially the same material as the'over 45
lay, the covering along one edge of said member
being attached to the back side of the overlay
to form a ?exible hinge with the opposite edge
of said spacer member of arcuate formation, and
means for supporting said member in operative 50
position.
9. In an overlay for burial caskets, a covering
member of a length to depend in front of the
casket, and means for maintaining the overlay
spaced from the casket at said front side consist 55
ing of a spacer member constructed of relatively
stiff material, a covering for said member of sub
stantially the same material as the overlay, the
covering along one edge of said member being
attached to the back side of the overlay to form 60
a ?exible hinge, and means for maintaining the
thereby for maintaining the overlay spaced out
spacer in operative position consisting of ?exible
wardly from the front of the casket.
means attached at one end to the free edge of the
spacer and at its other end to the overlay at a
2. An overlay for caskets provided with spaci
65 ing means hingedly carried thereby for main
taining the overlay spaced outwardly from the
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adjustable means for supporting said spacer in
operative position.
front of the casket.
3. A casket overlay provided with a spacer
member hingedly attached to the underside of
' the overlay, and means for supporting said spacer
in operative position.
4. A casket overlay provided with a spacer
member hingedly attached to the underside of
7.45.v the overlay, and engageable with the casket, and
point above the spacer.
10. In an overlay for burial caskets, a covering
member of a length to depend in front of the
casket, and means for maintaining the overlay
spaced from the casket at said front side consist
ing of a spacer member constructed of relatively
stiff material, a covering for said member of
substantially the same material as the overlay,
the covering along one edge of said member be
ing attached to the back side of the overlay to
form a ?exible hinge with the opposite edge of
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said spacer member of arcuate formation, and
means for maintaining the spacer in operative
position consisting of ?exible means attached at
spaced from the casket at said front side consist
ing of a spacer member constructed of relatively
stiff material, a close-?tting covering for said
one end to the free edge of the spacer and at its
other end to the overlay at a point above the
member of substantially the same material as the
overlay, a tuck running across the back side of
spacer.
the latter adapted to receive the covering along
11. In an overlay for burial caskets, a covering
member of a length to depend in front of the
casket, and means for maintaining the overlay
spaced from the casket at said front side consist~
ing of a spacer member constructed of relatively
stiff material, a covering for said member of sub
one edge of said spacer member, the covering held
in place by the stitching closing the tuck to form a
?exible hinge connection, and means for main
taining the spacer in operative position com 10
prising ?exible means of adjustable length at
tached at one end to the free edge of the spacer
and at its other end to the overlay at a point
stantially the same material as the overlay, the
covering along one edge of said member being at
15 tached to the back side of the overlay to form a
above the spacer.
14. In an overlay for burial caskets, a covering 15
?exible hinge, and means for maintaining the
spacer in operative position consisting of ?exible
member of a length to depend in front of the cask- -
means of adjustable length attached at one end to
the free edge of the spacer and at its other end to
the overlay at a point above the spacer.
12. In an overlay for burial caskets, a covering
member of a length to depend in front of the
from the casket at said front side consisting of a
spacer member constructed of relatively stiff ma
terial, a close-?tting covering for said member of 20
substantially the same material as the overlay, a
tuck running across the back side of the latter
adapted to receive the covering along one‘ edge -
casket, and means for maintaining the overlay
spaced from the casket at said front side consist
ing of a spacer member constructed of relatively
sti? material, a covering for said member of sub
stantially the same material as the overlay, the
covering along one edge of said member being
attached to the back side of the overlay to form
30 a ?exible hinge with the opposite edge of said
spacer member of arcuate formation, and means
for maintaining the spacer in operative position
et, and means for maintaining the overlay spaced
of said spacer member, the covering held in place
by the stitching closing the tuck to form a ?ex 25
ible hinge connection, with the opposite edge of
said member of arcuate formation, and means for
maintaining the spacer in operative position com
prising ?exible means of adjustable length at
tached at one end to the free edge of the spacer 30
and at its other end to the overlay at a point
above the spacer.
consisting of ?exible means of adjustable length
attached at one end to the free edge of the spacer
and at its other end to the overlay at a point
above the spacer.
13. In an overlay for burial caskets, a covering
member of a length to depend in front of the
15. A flexible overlay for caskets‘of a length to
overlie the top of the casket and depend before
the front side wall thereof, and spacing means 35
engageable with the casket, said means being
casket, and means for maintaining the overlay
RICHARD J.
carried by the overlay for maintaining the latter
spaced outwardly from the front of the casket.
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