US 1570403 A
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L. L. RIPCZINSKE iCHRISTMAS TREE SUPPORT AND WATER CONTAINER 7 Filed Jan. 25, 1922 Patented Jan. 19,
UNITED" A-res LAMBERT Ii. axrcz msxn, B
BINSDALE, MINNESOTA. r
CHRISTMAS-TREE surronr AND WATER CONTAINER. I
Application filed .Tanuaiy 25, 1922 Serial No; 531,575.
To al! ivhom it may concern Be it known that I, LAMBERT SKE, a citizen'of the United States, residing at Robb insdala in thecounty of Hennepin and State'of Minnesot a, have invented certain new and useful, Improvementsflin Christmas-Tree Supports and Water Containers; and I do hereby declare the following to be a full, clear, and exact-description of the invention, such as "will'enable others skilled in the artto which' it appertains to make and use the same. 1 1 i I This invention relates to treeTholder and the method of making thesameQ and the device is particularly designed for holding Christmas trees. 7 i I 3 1 i I It is an object of thisinvention to provide a very simple, easily constructed and in expensive holder for a' Christmas tree..
It is a further object of the invention to provide such, a holder in the form a closed receptacle' having means at spaced points for holding thetree firmly "inZ upright position and alsobeing adapted to contain waters" These and other objects and advantages of the invention will appear from the following description made in connection with the accompanying drawings in which like reference characters refer to the same parts throughout the dilferent views, and in which,
Fig. 1 is a view partly in central vertical section andpartlyin elevation of the device;
Fig. 2 is a horizontal sectionon an enlarged scale, taken on the line 2-2 of Fig. 1, as indicated by thearrows;
Fig. 3 is a plan view ofgthe holding member forming part of the device;
Fig. 4.- is a plan view of the blank from which the sides of the receptacle are formed: and
Fig. 5 is a plan view of a blank forming the base of the receptacle.
Referring to the drawings, the holder, as shown in Fig. 1, is seen to comprise a conical vessel having a base of large diameter. which vessel is adapted to hold a liquid, such as water, as illustrated. .The device and will not easily be tipped over. v
The device is constructed by forming a blank of sheet metalmaterial designated as 1 in Fig. 4, which blank is shaped substan- L. Rrrozm having a wide base will have great stability tially as the sector of a circle. This blank is cutaway near its central portion to form rad ally extending rectangular prongs 2.; 'Acircular: blank 3, as shown in Fig. 5,- is
CHANGE or NAME LAMB RT L; fanYMONDQOF Ronalso" formed of sheet material. The blank 1 is then folded I into curvedform with its outer: edge substantiallyjin" contact with the edge of the blank .3,thus bringing the radial sides of the blank into slightly overlapping relation. The'radialsides arethen secured together by'solder. or other suitable means andthe bottom edge-of the blank-is, v
likewise, secured tothe edge of the disk or blank 3; ,When' so 'curved and connected,
desired, the edge of the blank 3 may be bent 1 up,a's shown in Fig. Ito form an abut ment-for the' bottom of the sides l and a convenient holdingmeans for the solder.
When the vessel 'is formed," the prongs 2, "as shown 1n,Fig. 1, vupstand from the upper edge and surround the narrow opening at the top thereof. A'pointed headed member I 6-i spassed through the center of the bottom 5 with its point projecting upwardly into the vessel. This member may be a screw or merely a plain pointed and headed pin. The head of the member 6 'will'be of small thickness and will be disposed on .the outside or bottom. of thememberu5 and substantially in the plane thereof and a packing member"? is provided about-the'member 6 inside of the vessel to prevent the leakage of liquid around the same.
Wh'enthe device is to be used to' hold a tree,.the trunk of the same will be inserted through the small opening at the top of the device and will, have its end squared off to rest on the member 7. The trunk will be 'firmly seated withthe pointed end of mem-.
her 6 embeddedtherein. The prongs 2. will then be drawn together into close contact with thesaid trunk; The material used issuch that the prongs will be somewhat ficient holding means. This member is wrapped around the ends of the prongs, as shown in Fig. 1, and the end thereof passed through the slot in its other end. The device is then drawn tight and the stra bent sharply backward. The device in pre erably made of sheet metal so that when so bent it will be held firmly position and yet can be readily removed by merely straightening the end and allowing the same topass again through the slot.
From the above description it is seen that a plicant has provided a very simple and e cient holder. The tree is held at comparatively Widely spaced points so that a I good leverage is obtained for holding the same in erect position. As stated, the device is formed with a wide base and when almost filled with Water, as it will be in use, has sufficient weight to prevent the tipping or upsetting thereof. The use of water in connection with the Christmas tree is very desirable as it prevents for a longer period the dropping of the leaves therefrom. In practice, the device may, of course, be painted or finished both inside and outside, as desired.
When the tree is inserted in the vessel, as shown in Fig. 1, the vessel is substantially closed. Dust and dirt cannot therefore settle in the water, nor will dry leaves, which might drop from the tree fall therein to foul the water. The water is not accessible and children playing about the tree cannot get themselves Wet by playing in the same. Furthermore, the Water will not quickly evaporate as it would from an open ended cylindrical vessel.
It will, of course, be understood that various changes may be made in the form, details and proportions of the parts without departing from .the scope of applicants in- 1 A tree holding device comprising a conical container adapted to hold liquid and having a flat bottom adapted to rest upon a surface and form .a stable support, a tree holding means in the bottom of said container, the sides of said container at its upper and smaller end being continued as strips and means for drawing said strips into close engagement with said. tree trunk disposed in sa'i'd container, "thus constitutan adjustable holding means for. holding tree trunks of dilferentdiameters and substantially closing the top of said container.
'2. A device for supporting and watering a Christmas tree comprising a conical vessel having a comparatively wide base forming a stable support, said vessel having its interior substantially unobstructed, means centrally disposed at the bottom of said vessel for holding the bottom of a tree trunk irrespective of the size of said trunk, spaced means at the top of said vessel extending upwardly therefrom, said last mentioned means being adjustablewto the size of said tree trunk, and means for holding said last mentioned means in position whereby a substantially closed vessel is formed adapted to hold tree trunks of different diameters.
In testimony whereof I affix my signature.
LAMBERT L. RIPOZINSKE.