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Oct. 8, i946.,
A_ N|HON
~ 2,408,9g4
PICTURE FRAME 0R THE LIKE
Filed Aug. 6, 1943
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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
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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
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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
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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.
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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.
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