Oct. 8, i946., A_ N|HON ~ 2,408,9g4 PICTURE FRAME 0R THE LIKE Filed Aug. 6, 1943 Iig. 2. 1.9 / ilu / .l 1 l INVENTOR ,4/@203 /1//720/7 l / 2,408,994 Patented Oct. 8, 1946 ` UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE 2,408,994 PICTURE FRAME 0R THE LIKE Alexis Nihon, Dorval, Quebec, Canada Application August 6, 1943, Serial No. 497,603 8 Claims. (Cl. 40-152) 1 This invention relates to a frame or decorative panel which may be used as a picture frame or for other purposes. In particular, it comprises a frame of glass strips with a cover panel of glass secured thereto. It is the object of my invention to provide a picture frame or the like of attractive appear ance which can be manufactured at low cost and will serve suitably to exhibit a photograph or 2 strips forming the frame. If desired, decorative corner pieces I6 may be cemented to the cover sheet to conceal the greater portion of the joints between the lengths of the strip. The structure described so far is well adapted` to serve as a picture frame. For this use, it is only necessary to place a picture such as that in dicated at I'I behind the cover sheet I5. `'I'he pic ture may be secured in place by any convenient other pictorial representation or decorative panel 10 means. For instance, retainer strips I8 >may `be cemented to the side strips I3 and I4 on the of any sort. back thereof, the inner edges of the retainer In a preferred embodiment of my invention I provide a frame in the form of a polygon, e. g., a rectangle, by assembling and joining together strips of glass, specifically the bulb-edged strip strips projecting beyond the inner edges of the bulb-edged strips. The retainer strips preferably extend the full length of the side strips I3 and I4. The inner edges of the retainer strips which overhang the inner edges of strips I3 and I4 are made by the Fourcault process. The margins of cut away adjacent their lower endsl as at I8a.V such drawn glass having afbulb or rounded en With this construction, it is only necessary to in largement at their extreme edges, are ordinarily severed from the main body of the sheet and 20 sert the picture from the bottom of the frame by sliding it inwardly under the overhanging edges scrapped. My invention thus provides a use for of the retainer strips. When in ñnal position as a by-product which heretofore has met but with shown, the picture rests on the upper edge of the limited utilization. The existence of the bulb length of strip I2 forming the bottom of the edged strip as a by-product provides a cheap source of material for making picture frames and 25 frame. Behind the picture, I prefer to insert a backing board I'I’ in the same manner, or the the like in accordance with my invention. picture may ñrst be mounted on the board and Further details and novel features of my in both inserted together. The board may con vention will be made apparent in the following veniently have a folding supporting wing I9 ' complete -description and explanation which re fer to the accompanying drawing illustrating one 30 cemented thereto whereby the frame may stand in the manner of an easel, as shown in Figure 2. preferred embodiment. In the drawing, The frame may also be adapted for wall mount Figure l is an elevation of a picture frame ac ing by attaching eyes or other means for receiv cording to my invention; ing the usual wire for hanging, or the eyes may Figure 2 is a side elevation; Figure 3 is a transverse section on the plane 35 be secured to the board I1’. The picture and board may easily be removed by bending up the of line III-III of Figure l; lower edge thereof sufficiently to clear the strip , Figure 4 is a partial rear elevation to an en I2 so the picture and board may be slipped down larged scale, partly broken away; and wardly out of the frame. Figure 5 is a partial section along the plane While the advantages of my invention may be 40 of line V-V of Figure 1. best achieved by utilizing as the material for the Referring now in detail to the drawing, a frame the -bulb-edged strip cut from the sides of frame III embodying my invention, illustrated drawn sheet glass, it is also within the contem speciñcally as a picture frame, comprises lengths plation of my invention to make the frame and Il, I2, I3 and I4 of bulb-edged strip with their cover sheet of molded plastic. ends mitered, assembled in the form oi a rec It will be apparent that the construction dis tangle. The strips II and I2 thus form the top closed may serve other functions than that of a and bottom, and the strips I3 and I4 the sides picture frame. The strips II, I2, I3, I4, and the of the frame. These strips are preferably cut cover sheet I5, assembled in the manner shown, from lengths of the margins of drawn sheet glass, on which the bulb edge forms naturally 50 comprise a useful serving tray when disposed with the cover sheet down. This form of con during the drawing and cooling of the sheet. A struction, when turned over so that the cover glass cover sheet I5 overlies the bulb-edged strips which forms on the sides of drawn sheet glass and is secured thereto, preferably by transparent cement. As shown in the drawing, the sheet I5 sheet is on the upper side, provides an attractive panel for various uses such as supporting mer extends substantially to the bulb-edge of the A55 chandise on display in counters or show windows, 2,408,994 3 4 or as a supportl for a center-piece on a table. My improved panel is also well adapted to serve as a tion of said strips but not their bulb edges and plication and has usually been considered only prising a plurality of bulb-edged glass strips dis secured thereto. clock face or dial. It will be recognized that the 4. A frame or the like for a display panel com construction may be made in shapes other than prising a plurality of strips of the bulb-edged the rectangle illustrated and may be adapted to a' margins which form on drawn sheet glass, dis various uses other than those 'specifically enu posed in the form of a polygon and secured to merated. gether with the bulb edges of the strips outermost. It will be further apparent that the invention 5. A panel or the like for display purposes com is characterized by numerous advantages. In prising a plurality of strips of the bulb-edged the ñrst place, it is composed principally of ma 10 margins which form on drawn sheet glass dis terial which is ordinarily scrapped and can, posed in the form of a polygon and secured to therefore, be obtained at low cost. From an gether with the bulb edges of the strips outer other viewpoint, the invention provides a market most, and a glass cover sheet overlying the strips. for a product which heretofore has seen little ap 6. A panel or the like for display purposes com as Waste material. The parts comprising the frame may be quickly assembled by unskilled posed in the form of a polygon and secured to gether with the bulb edges of the strips outer labor so that the total cost of manufacture is most, a glass cover sheet overlying said strips on low. The ñnished article is attractive in ap one side thereof, and retainer strips extending pearance and has numerous possible uses, either 20 along certain of the bulb-edged strips on the in the form illustrated or some modiñcation other side thereof, and secured thereto with their thereof. inner edges extending inwardly beyond the inner Although I have illustrated and described but edges of said bulb-edged strips. a preferred embodiment of the invention, it will '7. An article of manufacture adapted to serve be recognized that changes in the details of its as a picture frame, tray or display panel, com construction may be made without departing prising a plurality of lengths of the bulb-edged from the spirit of the invention or from the scope glass strip severed from drawn sheet glass, said of the appended claims. lengths being arranged in a polygon with their I claim: bulb-edges outermost, and a glass sheet of the 1. A picture frame or the like comprising a same shape as the polygon overlying the greater plurality of lengths of the bulb-edged margin portion of the surface of said lengths but leav which forms on thesides of drawn sheet> glass, ing the bulb-edges thereof exposed. said lengths being mitered at their ends and 8. A panel or the like for display purposes com assembled with their bulb edges outermost to prising a plurality of bulb-edged glass strips dis forma polygon, and a glass sheet overlying said posed in the form of a polygon and secured to lengths but not their bulb edges and secured gether with the bulb edges of the strips outer thereto. ' most, a glass cover sheet overlying said strips on 2. A display frame or the like comprising one side thereof, and retainer strips extending lengths of the bulb-edged margin which forms along certain of the bulb-edged strips on the on the sides of drawn sheet glass, arranged in 40 other side thereof, and secured thereto with their polygonal shape with their bulb edges outermost, and a cover sheet overlying the lengths but not their bulb edges and secured thereto. 3. A display or supporting panel comprising strips of the bulb-edged margin which forms on the sides of drawn sheet glass, arranged in a polygon, and a sheet overlying the greater por inner edges extending inwardly beyond the in ner edges of said bulb-edged strips, the inner edges of said retainer strips being cut away along a portion of their length adjacent one end, to fa cilitate the introduction of a picture or the like under their overhanging inner edges. ALEXIS NIHON.