US 1649086 A
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Nov. 15, 1927.
A. J. SPILLANE SICK ROOM OUTFIT Filed Feb. 14, 192.7
UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE.
ARTHUR J. SPILLANE, F TOLEDO, OHIO.
This invention relates to sick-room outfits for persons of certain religious beliefs and creeds, such as Roman Catholics, and objects or" the invention are to provide a de vice of this character which is compact, and when not in use may serve as a useful ornament, and consists in the features of construction and arrangement hereinafter described.
The invention is shown by way of illustration in the accompanying drawings, in which:
Fig. l is a front elevation of the sick-room outfit; Fig. 2 is an enlarged plan View of the box with the cover removed; Fig. 3 is a transverse section on the line 33 of Fig. 2; Fig. 4 is a fragmentary view of the back of the outfit showing the manner in which the tray is mounted.
The illustrated embodiment of the inven tion comprises a box 1 of cruciform shape, and is preferably constructed of aluminum or other light, non-breakable material. Formed in the walls of the box 1 are shoulders 2 against which rests the cover 3 of the box. The cover 3 may likewise be of aluminum, and is shaped similarly to the box.
Attached to the cover 3 is an effigy 4, in this instance the figure of the crucified Christ. It will be apparent that when there is need for a sick-room outfit and when the cross is required by a person, the cover 3 of the box may be removed and handed to the sick person, and as this may be hung on a wall or in any other convenient place, upon arrival of the priest to administer the last sacrament all the necessary utensils required by him are immediately at hand.
For enhancing the ornamental appearance of the outfit and to provide a tray which is handy for emergency purposes and for use in connection with the administration of the last sacrament, a tray 5 is detachably supported on the back of the box 1 by hooks 6. The face of the tray 5 may be provided with radial grooves 7, or may be inclined outwardly to simulate an halo for the image or effigy of Christ mounted on the front of the box. The tray may have a polished surface so as to reflect the light shining thereon and result in a most pleasing and attractive appearance.
The utensils required in administering the last sacrament are ordinarily, the blessed ton. a small spoon and a strip of linen.
These articles are compactly arranged within the box 1, and as shown, candles 8 and 9 are arranged within arms of the box with a roll of fabric cloth 9 in between the candles, and aspoon 10 on top of the cloth 9 A small receptacle 11 having a cork 12 for containing holy water is arranged in another arm of the cross, while a tube 12 for containing cotton with which the sick person is anointed may be kept.
For holding the candles, bottle and tub in place and to close the outer ends of the box, caps 13 are provided with flanges 14 for fitting over the ends of the box and overlapping the cover 3 and retain the latter in place. These caps are formed with recesses frictionally to engage the articles above.
mentioned. an outstanding advantage of the caps 13 resides in the fact that upon being disengaged from the box they may serve as supports or mountings for the articles above enumerated. Thus by removing the caps 18 to which the candles are attached, the candles are, at the same time, removed from the box, and in this manner the caps serve as standards for the candles so that they will maintain an upright position and may be quickly placed in position of use.
While I have shown and described a construction which is the best form known to me at the present time, numerous changes in details of construction and arrangement may be effected without departing from the spirit of the invention, especially as defined in the appended claim.
What I claim as new and desire to secure by Letters Patent is:
A. sick room outfit comprising a box of cruciform shape having an internal ledge, said box having open ends, a cover of crucifix shape havin an efi y to be positioned on the outside of the box and adapted to rest on said ledge, caps fitting over the ends of said box and overlapping the cover for retaining the latter in place, and means on said caps for holding articles to be positioned inside the box.
In testimony whereof I have hereunto signed my name to this specification.
ARTHUR J. SPILLANE.