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Patented May 17, 1938
Lambert L. Raymond, Minneapolis, Minn.
Application March 29, 1935, Serial No. 13,637
5 Claims.
This invention relates to an ornamental device
and while the same may-have use in many places,
one particular use thereofis‘for Christmas trees.
This invention is the development of and im
5 provement on the invention of applicant dis
closed and claimed in U. S. Letters Patent No.
1,976,093, granted October 9, 1934.
In the commercial handling of the device the
parts are placed in a box and the depending
10 strips are usually not connected to the ‘?exible
strands or‘support. It has been found that it is
Fig. 9 is a partial View of a supporting mem
‘ber of modified form;
“Fig. lO'is a’view similar to Fig. 9 showing an- '
other ' modi?cation;
Fig. ‘11 is a partial view of the decorating de
vice with a modi?ed form of support; and
Fig. 12 is a section taken on line |2—l2 of
Fig. 11 shownon an enlarged scale.
Referring to Fig. 1, a decorating device is shown
comprising a supporting member l5 illustrated
thestrip members.
thin sheet material.
It is an object of this invention, therefore, to
provide a simple and e?icient‘means whereby the
?exible members can be very quickly and easily
attached to the depending strips and to the
its upper end a plurality of cuts or slits 1511 which i' '
It is a further object of the invention to pro
vide a decorating device comprising a ‘member
formed of a‘strip of sheet material, the same
having a cut‘ or slit formed therein extending-at
an angle to its longitudinal axis in which a ?exi
ble strand of fabric may be‘wedged andthus se
cured to said member.
It is still another object of ‘the invention to
provide a decorating device‘comprising a sup
portingrmember formed of a strip of thin sheet
material having a series of cuts or slits formed
therein extending at an angle to its longitudinal
axisin which slits or cutsof a ?exible member
may be secured by wedging or clamping.
These and other objects and advantages of
' the invention will be fully set forthin the fol_
lowingdescription made in connection with the
accompanying drawing, in which like reference
characters refer to similarparts throughout the
several views and in which:
Fig. 1 is a view in side elevation showing a
portion of a decoratingdevice;
‘Fig. 2 is a perspective view of the upper end of
p. U!
Fig. 8 is a view similar to Fig. 7 showing ‘a
rather tedious and takes some time to secure
the ?exible strand through an eye or aperture in
(Cl. 41--—10)
an ornamental member;
Fig. 3 is a view similar to Fig. 2 showing a
Fig. 4 is a‘view similar to Fig. 2 showing an~
other modi?cation;
Fig. 5 is a view similar'to Fig. 2 also showing a
Fig. 6 is a _view similar to Fig. 2 showing ‘a
further modi?cation;
Fig. .7 is a view in front elevation of the upper
‘end of an ornamental memberland attaching
as an elongated member formed of a strip of
Member Hi has formed in
extend at a small angle to the longitudinal axis
or median line of member 15. These slits form
small tongues E51) which are tapered and have
comparatively sharp points.
The member [5
will be provided with some sort of supporting‘
meansand for this purpose a cord, thread or
other small ?exible member 55 may have its ends
wedged in apair oi the cuts 950, respectively,
the same extending above member iii in a loop
which may be engaged with or over a suitable
support. .It has been found in practice that the
thread or cord need onlybe pulled into or adja
cent the end of the slit 85a when it will be se
curelyclamped or wedged therein and be held
very ?rmly to iorma supporting means. Other
threads, cords or ?exible members H are illus
trated as having their ends wedged in the other
cuts Mia and these members depend fromniem
‘ber l5 and support the‘members l8, l9, and 20.
The members l8, l9, and 20 are formed of thin ‘
strips of sheet material such as tin and are
twisted to form a helix in the manner shown in
Fig. 11 and as shown in the above identi?ed
prior patent. Member 13 is shown as having a
slit or cut l8a made therein from one edge, the
same extending at an angle to the longitudinal
axis or median line of member 58. A tongue
{8b is thus ‘formed and the ?exible member I‘!
is shown as being wedged in the cut Ilia adjacent
ritsiend. Member I8 is thus ‘supported by mem
berll and member 11 extends upward from the
end‘of slit l8a substantially centrally of mem
ber 18.
The memberiliilshown in Figs. 1 and 3 has its
upper end I911 reversely bent to lie close to and
parallel with the body of member HE. A cut or
slit l9b is made in member It at the bight of
the bend, ‘which slit extends substantially half
way across member ‘l9. The ?exible member-Ill
has its-‘end portion disposed in the slit 19b and";
. 2
wedged therein as shown in Fig. 1 so that said
substantially at right angles to its longitudinal
?exible member extends upwardly from sub
stantially the central part of member I 9 and
member 19 is ?rmly secured to member H and
?exible member 29 is shown as having its upper
depends therefrom.
The member 29 has a tongue 20a out there
from adjacent its upper end, said tongue being
formed by cuts intersecting at quite a small an
gle so that said tongue tapers to a point, which
10 point is
axis or median line.
A cord, thread or other
end portion disposed in and wedged tightly in
the bottom of one of the cuts 28a. Member 29
is thus ?rmly supported in member 28 and can
be used to support a decorating or ornamental
device. Members or bars 26 and 28 will be sup
ported in any suitable manner.
In Fig. 6 an ornamental member 30 is shown 10
formed of a narrow strip of thin sheet material,
the same having a pointed end 30a which is
directed downwardly. One side of
tongue 20a and thus the cut forming said side
extend at an angle to the longitudinal axis or
median line of member 28. The member I‘! has
its lower end portion disposed beneath tongue
reversely bent to lie close to and substantially
parallel to the body of member 30. A cord, thread
15 20a and wedged in said inclined slit at one side
of said tongue. Member 2!] is thus supported
its end portion disposed beneath the bent end
and suspended from member H and ?rmly se
cured thereto.
In Fig. 5, a strip 2% is shown, similar to strips
20 l8 to 2B, and the same has cuts Zia made in
the opposite sides thereof, said cuts extending
upwardly at a small angle to the longitudinal
axis or median line of member 2!, one of said
cuts being disposed slightly above the other.
25 Tapered and pointed tongues 2 lb are thus formed
30a and clamped between the same and the body
of member 30 to support member 30.
In Fig, 11 another supporting member 3| is
shown, the same also being elongated and formed
of thin sheet material. Member 3! has an aper
ture 31a and slit 31b formed adjacent its lower
and upper edges respectively and a hook 32 has
its upper hook portion disposed in aperture 3m
and its lower hook portion disposed in apertures 25
with their points directed downwardly. In Fig. 8
33a formed in the upper end of a twisted mem
a cord, thread or other ?exible member 22 is
ber 33.
In Fig. 11 another strip 34 also is shown hav
shown as having its end portions disposed in and
wedged in the cuts Ela and passing beneath the
30 tongues 21b. Said member 22 extends upwardly
substantially centrally of member 2| and is
formed into a loop which may be engaged over
any suitable support, as over the twig of a
Christmas tree as shown in Fig. 7.
or other ?exible member (not shown) can have 15
In Fig. 7 another ornamental member 23 is
shown having cuts or slits 23a formed in the
ing a slit 34a at its upper end in which the lower
end of a ?exible supporting strand 36 is engaged. 30
Strand 36 is preferably of twisted formation, the
same thus having a tendency to oscillate about
its longitudinal axis. Strip 313 is not twisted but
the same is covered with granules 35 of tinsel
or other similar highly re?ecting substance.
While said material may be placed on one side
body thereof, the same extending at an angle to
of the strip only, it is shown in Fig. 12 as placed
the longitudinal axis or median line of member
on both sides. The strip 34 will ?rst preferably
be covered with a liquid or semi-liquid adhesive
and the granules designated 35 then placed on
23, said cuts converging downwardly and meet
40 ing substantially at the center of member 23
so that a pointed tongue is formed. Said tongue
is divided substantially centrally by another cut
23b, thus having the portions 230 both of which
are pointed and have their points directed down
wardly. A cord, thread or other ?exible member
24 has its end portions passing through the cut
23?) and extending in opposite directions under
the parts 230 to be wedged in the cuts 23a so that
member 23 is supported by member 24. The
member 24 extends upwardly substantially cen
trally from member 23 and is formed as a loop
illustrated as being engaged over a twig 25 form
ing part of a Christmas tree.
the adhesive so that they will be held ?rmly on -
the strip when the adhesive dries. The strip 34
will give a glittering effect in diiferent ways as
it partially rotates on its longitudinal axis. The
light is re?ected from the sides of the granules
which are disposed in many different planes.
In the use of the device as described, the sup
porting members I5, 26, or 28 can be packed in
a box together with the members l8, I9, 20, 2|,
or 23 and suitable ?exible members or pieces 50
thereof placed in the box. When the user wishes
to place the twisted members on the tree he can
In Fig. 9 another elongated supporting member
take the cords, threads or ?exible members and
very quickly engage the same in the slits l5a,
26 is shown formed of a strip of thin sheet mate
rial and the same is shown as having cuts 26a
also very quickly and easily engage the ?exible
formed therein from its upper edge extending at
a small angle to the longitudinal axis or median
line of member 26 to form tapered and pointed
iii) tongues 26?) shown as extending to the left in
Fig. 9. Other cuts 260 are formed in member 26
extending from its lower edge at a small angle
to its longitudinal axis or median line, which
cuts form tapered and pointed tongues 26d shown
65 as pointing to the right in Fig. 9. A cord, thread
or other ?exible member 21 is shown as having
its end portion extending beneath one tongue 26d
and one tongue 26b and wedged in the cuts 260
and 26a. Member 21 is thus ?rmly secured to
70 member 26 and can be used to support an orna
mental device such as the members i8 to 20.
In Fig. 10 another elongated supporting mem—
ber 28 is shown formed of a strip of thin sheet
material and the same has formed therein cuts
75 28a extending downwardly from its upper edge
26a, 26d or ‘28a as the case may be.
He can
members in the cuts or slits shown in the twisted
members. It takes but a slight moment of time
to thus connect the twisted members with the
?exible members and the twisted members may 60
be placed about on the tree either singly or sus
pended from one of the supporting members I5,
26, or 28 as desired, The tedious and rather
slow operation of tying the ?exible members
through small apertures in the twisted strips is 65
thus not necessary. As stated in the above iden
ti?ed patent the twisted strips when supported
by the ?exible members as described have a tend
ency to rotate about their longitudinal axes due
to the twisting action of the ?exible members. 70
This rotation of the twisted strips makes them
appear to be moving up and down and also varies
the re?ection of light therefrom so that a very
pleasing ornamental effect is produced. The ap
pearance and decoration of the Christmas ‘tree 75
is greatly enhanced by having a number of the
strips or groups thereof disposed thereon. The
device has also been found to have great utility as
stantially at the ends of the slits forming said
tongues and transversely of said bar, said cord
being adapted to form. a support and a suspended.
a decorating device when made in a larger size
member made of an elongated narrow strip of
thin material supported by said cord having a
and used as a screen for the rear of a window
or stage. The suspended twisted strips give a
very unusual and pleasing appearance. In some
slit extending downwardly therein adjacent its
installations it has been found that a support
dinal axis thereof and extending substantially
to the center of said strip, said cord being wedged
in said slit and extending centrally of said strip.
ing means such as shown in Fig. 11 is desirable.
The hooks 32 can be easily engaged with and
disengaged from the support and the twisted
upper end making a small angle with the longitu
3. A suspended member forming an ornamental
device made of a narrow elongated strip of ?ex
ible material having slits cut therein at opposite
sides of its longitudinal center line adjacent one
upon the device disclosed and claimed in his end thereof, said slits extending at a small angle
to the longitudinal axis of said strip and both ex
prior patent and has solved the problem of at
taching the ?exible members to the strips and tending towards the opposite end of said strip,
and a. ?exible fabric cord having its end portions
support in a very effective way. The parts can
now be very easily and quickly assembled and respectively wedged in said slits and extending
outwardly thereunder in opposite directions, the 20
placed where desired. The device has been am
ply demonstrated in actual practice and found to strands of said cord extending upwardly from
be very successful and efficient.
said slits and formed into a loop at its upper end,
It will, of course, be understood that various said cord constituting ‘a support for said strip,
changes may be made in the form, details, ar
there being no relative movement between said
rangement and proportions of the parts, without cord and strip.
departing from the scope of applicant's inven
4. A suspended member forming an ornamental
tion, which generally stated, consists in a device , device made of a narrow elongated strip of thin
capable of carrying out the objects above set ?exible material, said, strip having cuts formed
forth in the parts and combinations of parts dis
therein adjacent one end and spaced from the
closed and defined in the appended claims.
sides thereof forming a pair of narrow elongated is?
What is claimed is:—
pointed tongues disposed side by side and directed
1. An ornamental device comprising a bar ex
toward the other end of said strip and a ?exible
tending horizontally and having spaced slits fabric cord having its end portions directed out
formed therein along one side extending at a wardly in opposite directions and wedged respec
small angle to the longitudinal axis of said bar tively beneath said tongues substantially at the
thus forming tongues, a flexible fabric cord
ends of said cuts, the strands of said cords ex
wedged beneath each of said tongues at the end tending upwardly between said tongues and,
of said slits and depending from said bar, and a formed into a loop at their upper ends, said cord
suspended member made of an elongated narrow
constituting a support for said strip, there being
40 strip of thin ?exible material having a slit cut no relative movement between said cord and
From the above description it is seen that
applicant has provided quite an improvement
therein at one side extending at a small angle to
the longitudinal axis of said strip, said cord being
wedged in said slit and extending upwardly cen
trally of said member and acting to support the
5. A suspended member forming an ornamen~
tal device and made of a narrow elongated strip
of thin ?exible material, said member having a
slit cut therein from one side adjacent its upper 45
end and extending at a. small angle to the longitu
dinal axis of said strip to form a tongue and a
same from said bar whereby no relative move
ment of said cord and strip or of said cord and
bar is possible.
2. A device of the class described having in
combination, a bar extending horizontally and
having spaced slits cut therein at its opposite
sides extending at a small angle to the longitu
dinal axis of said bar, said slits forming tongues,
which tongues face in opposite directions at the
respective sides of said bar, a flexible cord wedged
55 beneath a pair of said tongues disposed sub
small ?exible fabric cord extending transversely
of said tongue and wedged thereunder at the end
of said slit and extending upwardly centrally of .
said strip and forming a support therefor, said
?exible cord thus having no movement relative
to said strip.
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