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June 7, 1938.
2,119,151
J. E. NICHOLS
NAME PLATE
Filed April 19, 1937 ’
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Patented June 7, 1938
Y’ 2,119,751
UNITED STATES
PATENT OFFICE .
2,119,751
NAME PLATE
James E. Nichols, Taunton, Mass.
Application April 19, 1937, Serial No. 137,625
6 Claims.
This invention relates to name plates, and
especially those used for caskets or cof?ns.
One object of my invention is to provide a plate
which is adapted to receive separate letters, ?g
5 ures or~ other characters in any desired combina
tion, and which may be removed or changed at
will. Another objectis to provide separate let
(Cl. 40—144)
zontally across said platelZ to and through a said '
cord hole M in horizontal alinement withthe I
?rst-mentioned cord hole, then vertically in back
of said plate to the cord hole M in vertical aline
ment therewith, thence horizontally across said,
plate l2 to and through a said cord hole I4 in
vertical alinement with the ?rst-mentioned cord
ters or other characters for said plate of new and , holewhere said cord started, and the two loose
original construction. Still another object is
to provide such a plate and letters so simple and
efficient in construction and combinational ar
rangement that a layman can assemble them on
said plate and form a name or other designation
readily without special training or instruction,
15 and produce an artistic appearance, and which
letters will remain in the assembled position
even though the plate is shaken or moved about.
I am aware that others have made name plates
to receive separate characters along similar lines,
and it has been my particular object to so im
prove said name plates that they will become more
desirable and advantageous to use.
The foregoing and other objects which will ap
Dear as the nature of the invention is better un
derstood, may be accomplished by a construction,
combination and arrangement of parts such as is
disclosed by the drawing and speci?cation. The
nature of the invention vis suchas to render it
susceptible to various changes and modi?cations,
so and, therefore, I am not to be limited to said dis
closure; but am entitled to all such changes
therefrom as fall within the scope of my claims.
In the drawing:
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Figure l is a front elevational view of ‘my name
35 plate.
Figure 2 is a sectional View taken on the line
2-2 of Figure 1.
Figure 3 is an enlarged sectional view taken on
the line 3—3 of Figure 1 showing the position of
' ‘w the cord lines in the character members.
Figure 4 is an enlarged, fragmentary, front
elevational view to more clearly illustrate the re
lation of the holding cords of the plate to the
character member held thereby.
Figure 5 is a fragmentary front elevational View
of a modi?ed form, of my, plate.
v
As illustrated, I provide a plate or backer I2
which is preferably made of metal and Oblong in
shape. It has holes l3 therein whereby it may
50 be nailed or screwed to a casket or other sup
porting member. Adjacent each end of said-plate
l2 are two- holes 14, one above the other, through
which a cord I5 is strung. Said cord is prefer
ably a single length and extends from the back
55 end of said plate through a said cord hole l4 hori
ends are tied or secured as at It to thereby, se
curely and ?rmly hold said cord in place.' I ?nd
it preferable to make said cord 15 of material‘
having some elasticity such as catgut, or silk cord
is suitable, and preferably of the same color shade
as the characters I 8 or plate I2. I'have desig
nated the upper front line of said cord as His and 15
the lowerfront line of said cord as !5b, and, of ’ ~
course, these cords could be two separate pieces.
Said cord is drawn ?rmly across the front of
said plate l2 to avoid slackness,
.
The writing or designation on said plate I2
‘is formed by means of separate letter or charac- ' 20
ter members l8, in the bottom and top of which
horizontal channels is are formed which? extend
inwardly into the body of said members It’, the
sides of which channels l9 preferably extend
straight downwardly, as it is desirable to avoid
looking or wedging said cord l5 at the bottom of
said channels
l9.
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In order to hold said character members 18
more securely in place the cord lines 45a ‘and 151)‘
are spaced apart a distance slightly less than the ~ 0
distance between-the bottom of the upper channel
“) and the top of the lower channel IS in said
characters [8, with the result that when‘said
character members l8 are in place between said
cord lines |_5a and I5b there is a slight stretching
or tension of said cord lines whichprovides sui
?cient friction on said character members l8 to
keep them from moving or otherwise being dis
placed. This feature is best illustrated in Figure
4 of the drawing.
.
In the modi?cation illustrated in Figure 5 of,
the drawing there is provided a plate having pro
vision in the form of numerous holes 2| spaced
apart whereby, said cord I5' can be kept from
View at the front of the plate l2. Said holes'Zl
extend through said plate l2, and are large enough
to accommodate-said cord 15, which is so strung
on said plate I 2 that it is at the front thereof
only where a charactermember ‘I8 is to appear,
and all other portions are at the back of the
plate as illustrated by the dotted lines in Figure 5
of the drawing. In this ‘modi?cation the upper
line of cord where it appears'at the front is
given the numeral 22 and the lower line is 23, and
2
2,119,751
it will readily be seen that by lacing of said cord
10
plate and then through another said hole and
front of the plate only where the top and bottom
of the character members [8 are, that said cord
l5 need not be visible in front View at all. Said
holes 2| are preferably spaced the same distance
apart; which space does not exceed the width
of said character members, and preferably is less.
The construction of said plate I2 and the asso
then extending across a portion of the front of .
ciation of said character members I8 is the same
as shown in Figure 1 of the drawing except for
the two lines of said holes 2| and intermittent
appearance of said cord at the front of said plate.
What I claim is:
1. A name plate comprising in combination a
plate and separate character members held
thereto, the main body of said character mem
bers being formed to the shape of the particular
characters they represent, two cord lines spaced
apart fastened to and extending part way across
20
said plate, said character members having chan
nels in their upper and lower sides extending
vertically into the body of the characters, said
cord lines extending into said channels whereby
asI
said character members are held in position in
association with said plate.
2. A name plate comprising in combination
a plate and separate character members in asso
ciation therewith, said plate having holes there
in extending from front to back,'a resilient cord
a portion of which is at the back surface of said
plate and portions of which extend through said
holes and partly across the front of said plate
and form two lines spaced apart, said character
members having channels therein at the top
35
and bottom thereof and extending into the body
thereof, said cord line extending into said chan
30
nels whereby said character members are held
in‘ position in association with said plate.
40
extending for a distance along the back of said‘
I5 through the said holes 2| so that it is at the
3. A name plate comprising in combination a
plate and separate character members in asso
ciation therewith, said plate having holes there
in extending therethrough,two resilient cord lines
spaced apart and connected thereto and extend
ing ?rmly part way across the front’ of said plate,
the upper and lower portions of said character
members having channels therein intermediate
the front and rear faces thereof, said cord lines
extending into said channels, the normal dis
tance between said cord lines being less than the
50 distance between the inward extremities of said
upper and lower channels in said character mem
bers, whereby said character members are held
under tension by and between said cord lines.
4. A name plate comprising in combination a
plate and separate character members held
thereto, said plate having holes therein extend~
ing therethrough, a cord extending from the
back of said plate through a said hole and across
a portion of the front of said plate and through
another said hole to the back of said plate and
said plate and through another said hole to the
back of said plate, said cord being secured at
the back of said plate, the portions of said cord .
extending across the front of said plate being
spaced apart, said character members having a
channel at the top thereof extending down
wardly into the body of said members and a 10
channel at the bottom thereof extending up
wardly into the body thereof, the two sections of
said cord at the front of said plate extending
through said channels whereby said character
members are held in position in association with 15
said plate.
.
5. A name plate comprising in combination
a plate and separate character members held
thereto, said plate having holes therein extend
ing therethrough, a cord having one end extend 20
ing from the back of said plate through a said
hole and ?rmly across a portion of the front of
said plate and through another said hole to the
back of said plate andextending for a distance
vertically along the back of said plate and then 25
through another said hole and then extending
?rmly across a portion of the front of said plate
and through another said hole to the back of
said plate, the two ends of said cord being se
cured at the back of said plate, the portions of
said cord extending across the front of said plate
being spaced apart, said character members hav
ing a channel at the top thereof extending down
wardly into the body of said members and a
channel at the bottom thereof extending up 35
wardly into the body thereof, the two sections
of said cord at the front of said plate extending
through said channels and contacting said body
at the terminating points of said channels where
by said character members are held in position 40
in association with said plate.
6. A name plate comprising in combination
a plate and a separate character member held
thereto, said plate having a plurality of holes
extending horizontally in two lines across a por 45
tion of said plate at a distance apart not exceed
ing the width of said character member, a cord
connected to said plate forming two cord lines
each extending from the back of said plate
through a said hole horizontally across the front 50
of said plate to another said hole adjacent there
to, and extending therethrough to the back of
said plate, a portion of said cord at the front
of said plate being opposite said character mem
her, said character member having channels at 55
the top and bottom thereof, said cord lines ex
tending into said channels whereby said charac
ter member is held in position in association with
said plate.
JAMES E. NICHOLS.
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