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Патент USA US3033514

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May 8, 1962
Filed April '7, 1959
United States Patent 0
Patented May 8, 1962
In applying the bracket to the trunk 24 of the tree, the
screw 22 may be driven into securing engagement with
the tree trunk by a ?exible shaft-typescrew driver, so as
Long Island City 4, N.Y.
Filed Apr. 7, 1959, Ser. No. 804,692
1 Claim. (Cl. 248-42)
to maintain it in the properly disposed upwardly and out
wardly inclined position illustrated in FIGURE 3. An
extra branch 26 is then inserted into the open end of the
sleeve and the pointed segments 20 pressed into securing
engagement with the side of the branch to retain it in
Kathleen Veronica Cronin, 50—19 42nd St.,
This invention relates to brackets and, more particu
larly, to a bracket for decorating trees.
Sparse areas or gaps in trees, such as Christmas trees, 10
make it di?icult to properly shape and decorate such
It will now be recognized that any number of these
brackets may be secured to the tree to fll in all of the bare
or sparse areas, thus enhancing the appearance of the tree
and making it easier to decorate.
trees with ornaments. It is therefore an object of the
present invention to provide a bracket that may be read
While this invention has been described with particular
ily attached to the trunk of any tree in the sparse area
thereof, for attaching an extra branch to ~?ll in such gap 15 reference to the construction shown in the drawing, it is
to be understood that such is not to be construed as im
for the purpose of improving the appearance of the tree
and facilitating the decoration thereof.
Another object of the present invention is to provide
parting limitations upon the invention, which is best de
?ned by the claim appended hereto.
Having thus described my invention, I claim as new and
a device for attaching extra branches to the trunk of a
Christmas tree in a natural and realistic manner.
20 desire to secure by Letters Patent:
Still another object of the present invention is to pro
A bracket for securing additional branches to the trunk
vide a bracket of the type described that can be manu
of a decorative tree comprising, in combination, a substan
factured in large quantities at a relatively low cost, and
tially rigid sleeve, a Wall, said wall closing one end of said
sleeve and having mounting means integral therewith for
which can be applied to the trunk of a tree without any
25 attachment to the trunk of a tree, the opposite end of said
special skill or equipment.
sleeve being open for slidably receiving a separate branch
All of the foregoing and still further objects and ad
therewithin, said sleeve comprising a substantially hollow
vantages of this invention will become apparent from a
cylindrical member, said opposite end of said sleeve includ
study of the following speci?cation, taken with the ac
ing a plurality of circumferentially spaced apart and longi
companying drawing wherein:
FIGURE 1 is a bracket made in accordance with the 30 tudinally extending slots dividing said opposite end of said
sleeve into a plurality of individual segments, said wall
present invention;
closing said one end of said sleeve lying in a plane extend
FIGURE 2 is an exploded perspective view illustrating
ing obliquely to the longitudinal axis of said sleeve, and
the manner in which the extra branch is assembled with
said mounting means comprising a center aperture in said
the bracket;
FIGURE 3 is a side elevational view, partly in section, 35 wall, and a screw rotatably received within said aperture,
of a bracket made in accordance with the present inven
and a plurality of radially inwardly extending pointed
tion in actual use.
?anges integral with the outermost end of each one of
said sleeve segments at said opposite end thereof.
Referring now to the drawing, and more particularly to
FIGURES 1 and 2 thereof, a bracket 10 made in accor
dance with the present invention is shown to include a sub
stantially cylindrical sleeve 12 having an end wall 14 at
one extremity extending obliquely to the longitudinal ac
cess of the sleeve. This end wall 14 has a central opening
16 for receiving a fastener therethrough in a manner
hereinafter more fully described. The opposite end of 45
the sleeve 12 is provided with the plurality of circum
ri ferentially spaced apart longitudinal slots 18 that divide
that end of the sleeve into a plurality of segments.
As is clearly shown in FIGURE 2 of the drawing, each
segment at the open end of the sleeve 12 is provided with 50
References Cited in the ?le of this patent
Snow ______ __-_______ __ June 29, 1897
Kratzel _______________ _._ June 2, 1925
Butler _______________ __ Feb. 17, 1931
East _________________ __ Aug. 9, 1938
Niedermaier __________ .. Aug. 15, 1939
Cooper et a1 __________ _- Feb. 16, 1954
a pair of radially inwardly projecting pointed ?ange ele
ments 20 that partially close that end of the sleeve,
Switzerland ___________ __ June 15, 1940:
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