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June 26, 1962
3,041,446
R. H. ERLEWINE EI'AL
ELECTRICALLY LIGHTED ORNAMENT
Filed May 28, 1959
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3,041,446
Patented June 26, 1962
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suitable means such as metal stitching, as indicated at
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17. Metal stitched to the transverse members 11 and 13
are additional transverse elements 18, 19, 21 and 22. The
ELECTRICALLY LIGHTED ORNAMENT
Richard H. Erlewine and Charles W. Richter, Marion,
Ind., assignors to General Plastics ‘Corporation, Marion,
members and elements making up the framework just
described are preferably formed of aluminum, but might
Ind., a corporation
also be formed of any other material having suitable
Filed May 28, 1959, Ser. No. 816,539
2 Claims. (Cl. 240-10)
strength, weight and Weather resisting characteristics.
Disposed about the framework are elongated ?exible
This invention relates generally to festive, decorating
elements, preferably taking the form of nylon cords 23,
devices and in particular to relatively massive, electrically 10 the cords extending generally lengthwise of the central
lighted ornaments for use in Christmas decorating or the
member 10. The cords are supported by passing through
e.
apertures disposed adjacent the free ends of the members
The ornamental device of the present invention is in
and elements making up the framework and are drawn
somewhat taut to thereby form a two-lobe, cage-like struc
decorative scheme for department store interiors and the 15 ture. Within the cage-like structure are disposed a plural
tended for use primarily as a component of a festive
like. The construction and wiring, however, are such
that the device may also be used in exterior displays.
ity of electrically energized ‘lamps 26. The lamps are
supported by socket brackets 27 which are rigidly at
tached to the framework elements. The lamps may be
of different colors and are interconnected by wiri-ng (not
port ?exible elements or cords disposed around the 20 shown) ‘which terminates in the electrical input cord 28
framework to form, in effect, a cage-like structure. With
shown in FIG. 1.
in the cage-like structure are mounted electric lamps which
As may be seen in FIG. 4, a continuous garland 29 of
Fundamentally the device includes an aluminum frame
having longitudinal and transverse members which sup
may be of various colors.
Supported on the cords are
light re?ecting and dispersing material is wrapped about
the cage-like structure, the garland being fastened to the
garlands of light re?ecting material, such as burnished
aluminum foil, the garlands ‘being formed and disposed
25 cords at spaced points by such means as staples 31. As
so as to provide a light-re?ecting outer surface for the
cage structure. The garland covered structure is en
may be seen in FIG. 5, the garland is preferably formed
of two-ply aluminum foil strips indicated at 32, each
closed within a transparent, rigid housing having a con
marginal area of the strip being fringed as indicated at
?guration generally corresponding to that of the frame
33, and the central, web portion of the strip being prowork. The housing is preferably formed of mating sec 30 vided with a strengthening nylon tape 34 attached thereto
tions of high-gloss celulose acetate butyrate. With the
by stitching or other suitable means. The garland fringe
interiorly disposed lamps energized, the over-all effect is
area is given a curved burnished con?guration by passing
that of a massive, sparkling, jewel-like ornament. The
the garlands across a rotating bu?ing Wheel. The ?nished
tinsel-effect producing garlands are encased within a trans
garland is thus provided with randomly extending highly
parent housing whereby the tinsel material is protected 35 light-re?ective fringe, as will be evident from FIG. 4.
from crushing, dirt accumulation and the like. Decora
The garlands may be conveniently applied to the cage
tive devices embodying the present invention can thus be
like structure by clamping opposite ends of the member
used as focal points for developing decorative pl-ans over,
10 on rotating centers indicated diagrammatically at 36
for example, a three to ?ve year period, rather than a
in FIG. 4. With the structure rotating at a convenient
single season plan as required with unprotected tinsel 40 speed, the garlands may be applied to the cords and
effect ornaments.
stapled thereto at intervals by a hand-held stapler. The
The primary object of the present invention is, there
garland or garlands are placed on the cords so that the
fore, to provide a decorative device which provides an
extending garland ‘fringe prevents substantially all direct
unusually striking decorative effect, is rugged ‘and light
transmission of light from the interior of the structure.
in weight, and which is characterized by a protected tinsel 45
As may be seen in FIGS. 1 and 3, the garlanded struc
effect permitting storage and re-use over several decorat
ture
is enclosed within an outer housing formed of
ing seasons.
mating, thin-walled sections 37 and 38. The line of junc
A further object of the present invention is to provide
tion of the sections is outwardly ?anged as indicated at
a decorative device of the type referred to which is suit
39 and at least a portion of the ?anged junction is en
able for both interior and exterior use and which can be 50 closed by a downturned ?ange extension 41 (FIG. 3).
fabricated and assembled at relatively low cost.
The housing sections are joined by means of bolts 42
The full nature of the invention will be understood
which extend through the section ?anges and through
from the accompanying drawings and the following de—
appropriate apertures 43 in the framework members.
scription and claims:
The extending ends of the central member 10 may be
‘FIG. 1 is a side view of a device embodying the present‘ 55 reversely bent and riveted to provide a loop 44 adapted
invention.
to carry a hanger 46, the hangers providing a means for
FIG. 2 is a perspective view of the device with the
suspending
the structure from a suitable support.
housing removed.
The housing sections may be formed of any suitable
FIG. 3 is a side sectional view of the upper portion of
material having high gloss, high transparency and good
the housing.
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weather resisting characteristics. The material preferred
for fabricating the housing sections is clear, high-gloss
ing certain components of the device.
cellulose acetate butyrate, the ‘desired contour of the
FIG. 5 is an enlarged, detailed view of the garland
housing being formed by extrusion. As indicated at 47 in
component.
1 and 3, the housing is provided with an outwardly
Referring initially to FIGS. 1, 2 and 3, the decorating 65 FIGS.
stepped con?guration at both of its end areas and is pro
device of the present invention comprises a frame which
vided with an inwardly convergent con?guration at its
includes a central longitudinal member 10 and spaced
central area, the contour of the housing thus generally
transverse members 11, 12 and 13, the member 12 being
corresponding to the contour of the framework.
appreciably shorter in length than the members 11 and
With the lamps within the completed assembly ener
13. Extending transversely from the member 12 are ad 70 gized, the transparent, glossy housing and the light re
ditional transverse elements 14 and 16, the elements 14
?ecting garland surfaces provide a striking visual elfect,
and 16 being rigidly secured to the member 12 by any
and the diffusion and multiple re?ection of the light
FIG. 4 is a side view illustrating the method of attach
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emitted by the lamps giving the device a sparkling, jewel
mating sections of high-gloss, cellulose acetate butyrate,
like appearance.
From the foregoing it will be evident that the decorat
and means for suspending said decorating device from a
support, whereby said device appears as a multi-colored,
ing device described is relatively light and sturdy, even
when of relatively massive dimensions. The striking
‘dispersed light emitting body.
2. A decorating device comprising an aluminum frame
including a central longitudinal member and spaced
transverse members of various axial length supported
visual e?ect results from the disposition and multiple re
?ectivity of the garlands and it will be evident that it is
not dependent upon the precise contour of the housing
and framework. Thus, housingsv having differing con
?gurations from that ‘described might be used while re
taining the over-visual e?ect of the described structure.
While the invention has been disclosed and described
in some detail in the drawings and foregoing description,
thereon, ?exible cords extending generally lengthwise of
said central member and supported on said transverse
10 members adjacent their free ends to form a cage-like
they are to be considered as illustrative and not restrictive
structure, electrically energized lamps of various colors
mounted on said frame members within the cage-like struc
ture and spaced from each other both vertically and hori
zontally, multi-surfaced light re?ecting means supported
in character, as- modi?cations may readily suggest them 15 on said cords, said re?ecting means comprising a garland
selves to persons skilled in this art and within the broad
of fringed, burnished aluminum foil having curved fringe
scope of the invention, reference being had to the
strands, said garland being spaced on said cords so as
appended claims.
to substantially prevent the direct transmission of unre~w
The invention claimed is:
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?ected light through the cage-like structure, an exterior
l. A decorating device comprising an aluminum frame 20 housing enclosing said structure, said housing being
including a central longitudinal member and spaced trans
verse members of various axial length supported thereon,
?exible cords extending generally lengthwise of said cen
formed of mating sections of high-gloss, clear transpar
ent cellulose acetate butyrate, and means for suspending
said decorating device from a support, whereby said de
tral member and supported on said transverse members
vice appears as a multi-colored, dispersed light emitting
adjacent their free ends to form a cage-like structure, 25 body.
electrically energized lamps of various colors mounted on
said frame members within the cage-like structure and
spaced from each other both vertically and horizontally,
multi-surfaced light re?ecting means supported on said
cords, said re?ecting means comprising a garland of 30
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fringed, burnished aluminum foil ‘having curved fringe
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strands, said garland being spaced on said cords so as to
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2,309,977
2,414,866
2,864,192
substantially prevent the direct transmission of unre?ected
light through the cage-like structure, an exterior housing
enclosing said structure, saidhousing being formed of 35
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Cowles ______________ __ June 23,
Peroni _______________ __ Feb. 2,
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