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Патент USA US2115309

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April 26, 1938.
Filed April 12, 1937
Patented Apr. 26, 1938
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Roderick M. Koch, Evansville, Ind.
Application April 12, 1937, Serial No. 136,474
6 Claims.
This invention belongs to that type of devices
which are useful for displaying bouquets, cut
?owers and similar ornaments where protection
isdesired without interfering with the visibility
of the ornament‘.
It is particularly desirable for holding out
?owers for table ornamentation.
It may be hung upon the wall of a room or
other suitable support.
It may be used simply as a protection for
?owers and in this connection it is desirable and
useful to protect and preserve flowers as decora
tions for graves.
It is particularly useful in museums and in
(Cl. 220-42)
circular groove shown in Fig. '7; but for the same
Fig. 9 is a sectional detail showing how the
retaining element closely grips the bottom of
the invention; and
Fig. 10 is a sectional detail showing how the
retaining element snaps into the groove or the
slots when the bottoms shown in Figs. ‘l and 5
are used.
More speci?cally, a bottom 2 in the form of
a shallow pan having upstanding sides 3 is pro
vided with upstanding ends ‘4 which may be in- .
tegral or separately formed and attached to the
bottom as desired; all constructed of sheet metal
stores for preventing the handling of goods.
specimens and the like without interfering with
or other suitable material.
the ocular inspection thereof.
Other uses will appear as the description pro-v
the particular con?guration of the several parts
To aid in the thorough understanding of the
construction and the operation of my invention
be rectanguluar, semi-sexagonal, semi-octagonal
suitable support; part of the view is in section
to show more clearly the construction and the
member 6.
The ends 4'. as shown are semi-circular but as
is not the gist of the invention the ends ll may
or any other suitable desired shape.
Flanges 5 are located upon the upstanding
I have ?led herewith as a part of the speci?cation . ends 4. As illustrated ?anges 5 project inwardly‘ ’
one sheet of drawings containing ten ?gures in towards each other; but, if desired, one or both
of the end ?anges 5 may project outwardly.
Figure 1 is a view showing my invention as it
End ?anges 5 serve as rests to support, guide 25
appears when hanging upon a wall or, other
and hold in place the ends of transparent cover
operation of the invention;
_ Fig. 2 is across sectional view taken trans
To hold transparent cover element 6 closely
engaged with the ?anges 5 of the end members
4 I place a resilient ?exible retaining member ‘I 30
versely of the assembled device;
about each end of the cover 6. It may be de
sirable to use retaining members 1 intermediate
device a portion being‘ broken away to show the the ends of the cover.
Cover member 6 may be composed of regen
key-hole slot in the bottom by which it may be
35 hung up securely;
erated cellulose, more commonly known by its
Fig. 4 is a bottom view showing longitudinal , trade name “Cellophane”, it may be of celluloid,
grooves along the sides to receive and hold the glass, translucent paper or any other transparent
medium, and it may be thick or thin as desired.
retaining elements;
Cover member 6 is of a length sufficient to
Fig. 5 is a bottom view similar to the bottom
40 view in Fig. 4 but showing a series of short slots
reach to the outer edges of ends 4 when the 40'
Fig. 3 is a view from above of a part of the
in place of the longitudinal grooves or depres
?anges 5 project inwardly; but when the ?anges
sions of Fig. ‘l but for the same purpose;
Fig. 6 is a detail showing a section of one end
of the invention in which a rib is formed upon
,5 project outwardly I prefer to have ‘the cover
6 long enough to reach approximately to the
the end member to prevent the slipping of the
retaining member;
Fig. '7 is a View similar to the view in Fig. 6 but
showing the end member ?ange provided with a
60 continuous semi-circular groove in which to seat
the retaining element when a wire is used for
that purpose;
Fig. 8 is a detail view in section showing a
outer edges of the ?anges 5.
Surrounding cover member 6 Where it rests 45
upon and is supported by ?anges 5 I place retain
ing members ‘I which closely grip the cover
member 6. ‘Retaining members ‘I have inturnedj
ends 8 which snap under the bottom 2 and hold
the members 1 in‘ close engagement with cover 6 50
resting upon ?anges 5.
Members 1 are made of spring metal and are
so formed that their tendency is to bring the
series of spaced depressions in the ?ange of the , ends together; consequently when they are put
end member instead of the continuous semi
into proper place they clamp the cover 6 to the 55
r 2
member over the ?anges and toy near the lower
' 7' end members and maintain their grip until for:
cibly released.
edge of the other side-member‘ and a plurality of '
‘ , The provision of lugs/9 (see Fig. .10) on the ' resilient retaining. members having angularly in- >
ends of inturned ends 8, in co-operation with
grooves H] (see Fig.7 4) or slots'll' (see Fig. 5) r _
hold members ‘I so securely there is little likeli- .
the bottom.the'cover‘}
of the base‘member
member and
to I'
hold the several elements in assembled relation;
2. In a ?ower protecting‘ and display case the
'hood of their being displaced inadvertently.
' 7' ,Ifldesirablea key-hole slot [2 may be punched V combination of aba'se member having longitudinal :
grooves in the'bottom of the. base member, near ._
_ out ofthe bottomlw Key-hole slot' l2 may take
over a‘screw or nail I3 by .whichthedev'ice may 7 each side edge, upstanding end ‘members on the
base member, longitudinally projecting" side
be hung upona wall or other upright surface.
' ‘Preferably the ‘material ‘punched out when; ?anges on the end members, a transparent cover ‘
forming the key-hole slot'is not rwholly'rem'oved; member‘ extending from the basegmember on onev
side over the ?anges to the-other side of the
but is left attached to the bottom; as-shown’in
dotted lines in Fig. 3 at M and is bentfbackto
' 15
member,;aiplurality of arcuate resilient retaining
. forma'hook, as shown at M in Fig. Libywhichf
members having angularly disposed inturned ends‘ “
the device'may be hungupon a .cord, a wire, a.
provided with lugs at‘their: extremities whereby
twig orother suitable object.
when the retaining members surround the-cover
’ V
' > When hook M is used ‘I'form outturnedii‘lugsg ' the angularly disposed parts thereof , contact the
20’ IS on the parts 8 of the retainingmembers] to ' bottom of the base member and the lugs there j2o'l
= hold the device'level when placed uponra plane on snap into the grooves therein and hold the > ' ~
surface such as a table’or the like.
several elements of the device in assembled rela
W .
; Ends 4 and their ?anges 5v may be formed by
' doubling the material‘ back uponitself to make , _
25 a ridge 16 (see Fig.6) which will wholly prevent
Ina protecting anddisplay case‘the combina-Vv
tion of a base memben'end'members ongthebase
theretaining members 1 fromrslippinrg; oifthe
member, ?anges on the ‘end members havingja ‘ ' '
series of’ depressed, portions,’ a cover extending
from one side of the basemember over the ?anges
,rial .it' is di?icult .to keep it from’ slipping or of’ the end members-and to the-:othersidel'of the
creeping'out from underjthe retaining 'members. " base member," resilient retaining; members, ex-f
When the-covert is composed of thin mate
tending from one sideofthe: base member over 7
the cover above‘ the ?anges .on'the end members ‘
and to the other side of therbase member whereby ‘
' ‘1_._ To overcome this difficulty I provide’ a' series
_ of, depressions ‘ l8 '- (see' Fig." 8) inthe. ?anges» .‘5
I into which the members] ,press'the‘gcover 6 and
'7 ' form projections whichiact as keys to hold'the. portionsof the cover member are pressed into'
parts immovable with relation to ea'chother. V ,the'depressionsin the ?ange members and thus» '
35 '
In Fig--_'__7'I illustrate a modi?cation I have found held more ?rmly-in place.
‘ particularly, efficient to hold cover :material of e 4. In a protecting?and' display device. the com; ‘v
qthe thinnest kind practicable; A_~_continuous .bination of a base member, end members on the'i:
base member, ?angesgon the end members pro
groove I1 is formed in ?ange 5. ,With this modi
vided with a_' groove inreach ?ange, a cover memé
, ?cation the retainingmember is preferablycom
‘ posed of spring wire 1'; 'Obviously the resilience 7' berriextendingover the flanges to andembracing
of the- wire 1' will carry the thin cover material vrboth sides of the base member, retaining members I
composed of resilient wire having ,angularlyin»
into the groove. I], and form an e?icient lock to
’ ,prevent the slipping of ‘the cover off’ of the
{?anges 5.,
turned ends 'to be carried around the cover above
the ?anges and the ends hooked underjthe side .
. It is contemplated, in extreme cases,- if, neces
grooves in the
is; ’ '
e'dsary to. wrap] an: annealedgwire a1l':the,;way ' portions
around thedisplay device locating it ingroove
l1 ‘and twistingthe ends together.;, 7
I "I make my display case in different sizesand
5. In a protecting and displaycase the combina-‘t
tion of a base memberpupturned ends onthelbase ,
member, a transparent cover member surrounding:
put] some of them are large enough to iaccom- ‘ theend members and extending from one side of "
modate a bouquet'of‘ long stemmedAmerican the base member. tortheotherhside of 'thezbase,
member and. resilient retaining members having.‘
, Beauty roses‘ and othersv are shortenoughto
‘properly protect 'abunch of violets'or a single angularly inturned ends to ‘extend over the cover T
lengths according to, the use, to which'it is to be
waterrlily or other flower‘of unursual'vbeautypand
member and grip both sides of the base member:
6. In a?owerjprotectorrand displaycase the *:
I ,‘Having'fully'described my invention andthev
combination of a basemember, upstandingiend;
best’means' of practicing itfnow known'to me, I
members on the base member,‘ a transparent
do'not'wish to be restricted to the exact details. cover ‘member to surroundthe upstanding end
membersjandthesides of the base member, a. f "
. shownand described ;' because I claim asmy in
" vention everything properly included within the . plurality .ofietaini'ng elements to» hold. the base;
member‘ and thefcoTver “membentogether; com- " ‘'
iscope ofthe following claims’. * ' V
1 '
r '
prising arcuate resilient clips iwith'rangularly'pine' '
I claim:
v 1. In a ?owerrprotecting and display’ case the
"combination of a base memben'upstanding side’
turned portions at'each endto surround thecoven
member and grip the. bottom of the baseimueme'
members'_jon the- base member, upstanding‘end . her, the ends of the angularly inturned portions
members on the, base member, laterallyrproject . being provided With outstanding lugs’ which act .
ing' ?anges on-gthe end members; a transparent :
.co'ver memberroverlapping the side members and
extending from near the'lower edge of one side
as legs whereby the device is held 'level when
placed on a plane surface.
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