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Патент USA US3041792

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July 3, 1962
Filed Dec. 9, 1958
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Patented July 3, 1962
the rectangular frame 15. As seen in FIGURES 2 and
3, the bricks 11 are of a width which is almost twice the
width of horizontal ?ange 27 measured from the outer
Don F. Bachman, 42617 E. 7th Place, Tulsa, Okla.
Filed Dec. 9, 1958, Ser. No. 77%,122
1 Claim. (ill. 47-39)
face of vertical ?ange 25. In other words, this width of
horizontal ?ange 2.7 is only slightly more than half the
width of‘the bricks ‘11, so that the bricks will be sup
ported in an equilibrium position on horizontal ?ange 27
when the lowermost course is being laid but at the same
The present invention relates to a portable planter,
that is, to a portable stand for supporting growing plants.
'It is an object of the present invention to provide a
time will project a maximum distance outwardly beyond
planter which may be readily moved from place to place. 10 the outer edge or" horizontal ?anges 27. In this way, the
Another object of the present invention is the provision
bricks may be conveniently laid on ?ange 27 but will
of a portable planter which has the appearance of a non
conceal ?ange 27 and wheels 43 when viewed from the
portable structure.
upper positions as seen in FIGURE 1. Thus, the attrac
Finally, it is an object of the present invention to pro
tive appearance of ?xed brickwork is imparted to the
vide a portable planter which will be simple and inex 15 planter and the anomalous appearance of a portable brick
pensive to construct, easy to utilize and clean, and rugged
structure is avoided ‘While actually preserving the port
and durable in use.
ability thereof. It will also be understood that when the
Other objects and advantages of the present invention
lowermost course of bricks 11 is completed about all
will become apparent from a consideration of the fol
four vertical sidewalls 3, 5, 7 and 9, the mortar between
lowing description, taken in connection with the ac 20 these bricks will bind them together so that there is no
companying drawing, in which:
tendency for the bricks to topple off the ?anges 27.
FIGURE 1 is a perspective view of a portable con-p
It is also a preferred feature of the present invention
that the bricks 11 of the lowermost course extend above
tainer according to the present invention;
FIGURE 2 is a transverse cross-sectional view of a
portable planter according to the present invention;
FIGURE 3 is an enlarged fragment of FIGURE 2;
the upper edges of vertical ?anges 25. In this way, the
mortar in the lowermost horizontal joint, that between
the ?rst and second courses of bricks, will be exposed
and can be troweled from the inside and will not contact
FIGURE 4 is a perspective view showing the support
the vertical ?anges 25. Thus, there is avoided the situa
ing structure on which the brickwork of the planter rests.
tion in which the mortar in this lowermost horizontal
Referring now to the drawing in greater detail, there
joint would be forced inwardly from between the ?rst
is shown a portable planter comprising a rectangular
and second courses of bricks under the in?uence of the
support 1 which is open at its top and bottom and has
weight of the second and higher courses of bricks in a
vertical sidewalls 3, 5, 7 and 9. The sidewalls are com
manner such as might space the bricks of the ?rst or
prised of a plurality of bricks 11 held in unitary assembly
second courses variable distances from the vertical ?anges
frame indicated generally at 15 which has four generally
uniplanar legs 17, 19, 21 and 23. Legs 17 and 21 are
relatively long and parallel to each other and legs 19 and
aligned courses of bricks which terminate upwardly in an
uppermost course having a uniplanar horizontal upper
edge 45. A plant receptacle 47 is supported on upper
23 are relatively short and are parallel to each other and
perpendicular to the legs Z1 and 17. The four legs are
interconnected at their ends to form a rigid open frame.
Each leg has an inner vertical ?ange 25 and a horizontal
edge 45 and comprises a sheet metal container having
by mortar 13 much in the manner of a conventional brick 35 25 and thus cause vertical misalignment of the bricks of
the various courses.
The brickwork rests on an open rectangular horizontal
Accordingly, there is provided a plurality of vertically
an open top and a closed ‘bottom 49 from which four
sidewalls extend upwardly. The sidewalls of the recep
45 tacle terminate upwardly in a continuous outwardly ex
tending ?ange 51 which rests on all four sides on upper
?ange 27 extending outwardly from the bottom of ver
tical ?ange 25. Vertical ?anges 25 are interconnected at
edge 45 of the brickwork. Thus, receptacle 47 is sup
their ends and horizontal ?anges ‘27 are interconnected at
ported within the open upper end of rectangular support '
their ends thereby to lend rigidity to frame 15.
1 substantially flush with that support. Of course, it is
Secured at their opposite ends to legs 17 and 21 in
intended that receptacle 47 contain dirt in which plants
spaced relationship and in parallelism to each other is
may be grown. Receptacle 47 is water‘tight and the
a pair of crossbars 2% and 31. Crossbar 29 is disposed
plants can be watered when the receptacle is in place in
adjacent leg 19 and crossbar 31 is disposed adjacent leg
its brickwork support. Since the receptacle simply rests
23. Adjacent the ends of each crossbar are upwardly
by gravity on the brickwork, it can be removed for
extending cylindrical socket sleeves 33, each of which has 55 cleaning or replanting or replacement or the like.
annular internal groove 35 adjacent its upper end for
It is also important to observe the relationship between
the reception of a resilient lock ring 37 which ?ts inwardly
horizontal ?anges 27 of rectangular frame 15 and the
in an annular external groove 39 adjacent the upper end
continuous horizontal uniplanar ?ange 51 of receptacle
of a spindle 41 of a conventional roller bearing swivel
47. It will be noted that this latter flange extends out
caster wheel 43. In this way, the planter is supported 60 wardly to about the same extent as horizontal ?anges 27;
for rolling movement on a subjacent support at points
and hence, it will be obvious that the stresses imposed on
adjacent the opposite ends of crossbars 29 and 31. Al
the brickwork by the combined weights of receptacle 47
though four wheel assemblies are shown, it will of course
be understood that three may be used, in which case one
of crossbars 23 or '31 would have wheels adjacent oppo
borne by bricks 11 in compression along vertical lines,
and its contents and the various courses of bricks 11 are
so that the tendency of these weights to cause the brick
site ends thereof as shown, while the other crossbar might
work to buckle is at an absolute m'mimum.
have a centrally disposed wheel; but this alternative is
As indicated above, the device of the present invention
is constructed simply by laying a plurality of courses of
less preferable than that in which there are four wheels
brickwork on legs 17, 19, 21 and 23 in the usual offset
disposed substantially as shown, as the rigidity of the
framework is greatest with the arrangement shown.
70 interlocking relationship. This brickwork is thus per
manently mounted on frame 15, although it is not neces
A very important feature of the present invention is
sarily bonded to ?anges 25 and 27. The placement of
the relationship of the lowermost course of bricks 11 to
receptacle 47 ‘within the open upper end of the rectangu
lar support thus provided completes the assembly, and
caster ‘wheels 43 may be snapped into their sockets at any
desired point during assembly. The resulting device can
then be pushed from place to place within a building so
and two relatively short legs, a vertical side wall sup
ported on each leg of the frame, a pair of horizontally
as to secure the desired decorative e?ect, and the weight
of the brickwork will lend an additional measure of
stability to the device in its desired rest position so that
it will not tend to roll freely out of place.
spaced crossbars extending between the relatively long
legs and disposed one adjacent but spaced from each
relatively short leg, downwardly depending Wheels carried
by both crossbars, at least two of the wheels being dis
posed adjacent opposite ends of one of the crossbars, the
Wheels being carried by vertical spindles, socket sleeves
extending upward from the crossbars, the spindles being
From a consideration of the foregoing description, it 10 carried by the crossbars in the socket sleeves, and an
will be obvious that all of the initially recited objects of
open-topped plant receptacle supported by the vertical
the present invention have been achieved.
side walls.
Although the present invention ‘has been described and
References Cited in the ?le of this patent
illustrated in connection with a preferred embodiment,
it is to be understood that modi?cations and variations 15
may rbe resorted to without departing from the spirit of
the invention, as those skilled in this art will readily un
derstand. Such modi?cations and variations are con
sidered to be within the purview and scope of the present
invention as de?ned by the appended claims.
What is claimed is:
A portable planter comprising an open rectangular
horizontal frame comprised by two relatively long legs
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Miller ______________ __ Apr. 20, 1937
Pelton ______________ __ July 16, 1895
Wharton ____________ __ Dec. 4, 1906
Barton ______________ -_ June 17, 1930
Cooper ______________ __ June 2, 1931
Spitz _______________ __ Aug. 25, 1931
Walker _____________ __ May 3, 1955
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