US 1483341 A
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Feb. i2", 1924. l,483,341
J. C. FITCH GRAVE VAULT V4Friled OCT.. 29 192i Q I xfOhh In: v ATTORNEYS.
2.5 of this application, in which:
Patented Feb. 12, 1924.
UNrrED STATESA JUHN C. FITCH, F THREE RIVERS, MICHIGAN.
.Application inea octqber'es, 1921. serial No. ang-1st.
To all. whom t 'may concern:
Be it known that I, JoHN C. FITCH, a'citi.- zen of the United States, residingat Three Rivers, county of St. Joseph, State of Michigan, have invented certain new and'useful Improvements in Grave'Vaults, of which the l following is a specification.
This invention relates to improvements in grave vaults.
. The object of the invention'is to provide an effective concretestru'cture which can be very readily handled and placed and which may also be very readily sealed up.
Objects relating .to details and economies 5 of construction and 'operation will definitely zltppear from the'detailed description to fol- I accomplish the objects of my invention .by the devices and means described in the following specification. The invention is clearly defined and pointed out in the claims. A structure which is a preferred embodi# ment of my invention is fully illustrated in the accompanying drawing, forming a part Fig. I is a perspective view. of myinproved grave vault. l Fig. II is a longitudinal detail sectional View through the same, showing a coin or 3U burial casket in position.
^ Fig. III is a. ydetail plan View in reduced' dimensions of the base portion.
Fig. IV is a. detail sectional view through a corner of the base and cover portion, showing the same sealed.
In the-drawing similar numerals of refer' ence refer to similarparts throughout thek several views.
Considering the numbered parts of the drawing, 1 is a base of reinforced concrete hollowed out on the under side at 2 and extended upwardly int'o a. raised platform 3 at the central portion.
Outwardly from fiat platform extend flanges 4 with upwardly projecting outer r'etaining ribs 5 around the same.- Four loops of metal 6 are carried on the upper face of the platform to serve as \supports for the burial casket raised' thereon and also to afford the means for attaching the lowering cords or devices. l
The cover 8 is dome-shaped and adapted to fit the edges of the raised platform 3 andrests upon the anges 4, the same being of such dimension that a space is left between the rib 5 and the bottom thereof. e
Four loops 9 are passedinto the top of the cover 8 for handling the same by the usual lowering devices.
When the structure is placed as it appears in Fig. II there is very complete and effective drainage from the interior.
When it is desired to seal't-he vault, a little concrete or mortar can be placed within the rib 5, as at 10,-see Fig. III, when a completely sealed vault is secured. The mortar can be very readily placed in this groove from the top, ,avoiding any special yenlargement of the grave.
I have shown the struc-ture in the form preferred by me, but wish to state that the details can be considerably varied wit-hout departing` from my invention, and I desire A to claim thesame broadly and specifically asf ointed out in the appended claims.
aving thus described my invention, what "I claim as new and desire to secure by Letters Patent is 1. In a grave vault, the combination of a concrete base with a raised central platform portion, fianged edge and nptnrned rib, pro- .vided with supporting loops c-ast in the base which serve as handles, a dome-shaped ltop portion conformedto fit around the plat-v form of said base, and loop handles on the said dome, as described.
2. Ina grave vault, the combination of a A' concrete base with a raised central latform portion and iianged edge, provi ed with supporting loops cast in the base which' serve as handles, a dome-shaped topp'ortion conformed to fit around the plat-form of said base, and loop handles on thesaid dome, as
In witness whereof, I have hereunto set lmy hand and seal in the presence of two witnesses.
. JOHN o. FITCH. [1.8.] Witnesses:
EUGENE A. SoHALL, Gnomi: R. Sms.