US 1660760 A
Description (OCR text may contain errors)
Feb. 28, 1928.
B. F. MURPHY PRAYER VASE Filed Dec. 6, 1926 mul =' i' giiilllllllllb INVENTOR f//S ATToRNEs, l
Patented F eb. 28, 1928. y
BARRY F. `IWTFJRII'IY,,OF OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA.
Application filed December 6,1926. Serial No. 153,027.'
This invention relates to rreligious auaili-v aries in general, but in particular to` a devotional accessory which may be termed a prayer vase, and the object of the invention is to provide such an accessory which, will assist in the devotions of a person at prayers and the concentration by providing in special arrangement an illuminated series of prayers surmoun ted preferably by an illumi nal'ed representation of a patron ksaint'of the devotee and the individual prayers of the series to be successively more brightly illuminated by a gradual change in the relation of the illuminating means thereto, and all of the above of a construction which will provide for easeiof manufacture while talring care of alarge number of illuminated designs and at the sametime present a linished structure which will be acceptable to the church as a proper and dignified part of its equipment.
In the drawings accompanying this application I show the preferred form of my inventioiu tho it will be manifest that it .mayy r take other forms within the scope of the appended claims.`
Figure l is a perspective view of my prayer vase shown complete with taper burning at the level of the oil, andL Figure Q is a sectional elevation of one side wall and bottomof the vase showing the construction thereof and also the means for' centralizing the taper within the vase,`
In further detail the drawings show a rectangular vase provided with a glass front l, glass sides 2 and a rear wall 3 preferably of white glass porcelain7 vor silvered glass,
tho if silvered it should have a frosted surface soy as not to constitute a plain mirror.
In actual construction the front and side 7alls may be double, of two sheets of glass, one sheetbearing a transparenter translucent religious design and the other being a protective sheet covering the design, all
sides, bottom, and upper edges being bound preferably with a lead or other soft metal j strip as at t, 5 and 6 cemented to the glass plates so as to make the joint oil tight.
'Centrally upon the bottom plate 7 is cemented a ring 8 and over which ring loosely stands an inverted funnel-like pedesi tal 9 provided with an upwardly extending neck 10 in which is supported a taper 1l.
The taper l1 is preferably of round crossseotion, is rigid enough to stand vertical and sively lower inscriptions or prayers.
pedestal may be loweredinto or removed from the vase by holding the upper end of lthe taper in the fingers orin a tweezer.
As a feature of this invention the front panel l and sides 2 areinscribed with suc-` cessive vparcels of religious datal such as prayers, and preferably on the front panel the prayers are surmounted with the picture of a religious leader such as one of the` saints 14.-. The picture and prayers are of a nature so as to be illuminated by a light from within the vase, and may bepainted or printed upon the glass vor photographically or otherwise tra-nsfcrredor impressed on one of the double sheets of glass 2 2 and cov-e ered with ythe other.` i j In use7 the prayer vase is filled about four fifths with a heavy oil 13 `such as spermor a mixture of similar non-flashing properties, of a depth so. that the taper 11 just projects above the level of the oil and the taper is then lighted. Y Y
The oil being of a colored and heavy nature will cause the flame to more strongly illuminatel the inscriptions on `thevase above the oil level as indicated in Figure 1 of the drawing while the gradualr lowering of the oil level and rburning down of the taperin thesame proportion will gradually unfold as'it were, or successively*illuminate'succes- The rear wall 3 o'c the vase being in the nature of a reflector'will .throw the illumination forward and sidewise for rmore eifectively lighting the inscriptions in the front; and side walls.V f
A vase of this kind Yhas been found Vto be a'great aid toward concentration of one at f 'a steady even illumination ofthe subject matter while gradually unfolding successive matter pertinentto thev religious observance at issue. Y
yI claim: n i Y l. A prayer `vase provided with lighty transmitting walls and inscriptions thereon arranged/one above the other, a source of light and a reflecting surface within said vase arranged to descend slowly to successively illuminate saidv inscriptions one below another. v v
2. A prayer vase provided with light transmitting walls and religious inscriptions thereon arranged one above the other, a unitary light emitting` source and a reflecting surface within said vase arranged tedescend slowly to successively illuminate said inscriptions one below another, said inscriptions includingl a picture of a religious leader at the upper` portion ot one 'of the sides arranged Jfor illumination before' the remainder of the inscription on that side.
3. A prayer vase provided with light transl-uiting walls and inscriptions thereon arranged one above the other, a single source of light and` a relectingsurt'ace within said vase arranged to deseend slowly to sucessively illuminate said inscriptions one below another, said vase having a portion of 'its vertical wall made internally light reflecting..
4i. A prayer vase provided with light transmitting walls andiniscriptions thereon arranged one above the other. a unitary light irnitting Source and a body et heavy oil within said vase feeding said light both arranged to slowly lower and successively illuminate said inscriptions one below another above t-he surface of said oil, said vase having substantiallyv 'Hat vertical walls and one'oi said walls only provided with an inwardly light reflecting surface. f
5. A prayer vase provided with light transmitting walls and inscriptions thereon arran'ged one above the other, a unitary 'light emitting source and a body'o'f heavy oil within said vase feeding said light both arranged to slowly lower and successively illuminate said inscriptions one below another above the surface of said oil, said va-se having substantially fiat vertical walls joined by sottmetal strips cemented thereto.
x 6. A prayer vase .provided with light transn'iittingwalls and inscriptions thereon arranged one above the other, a unitary light emitting source and a body of heavy oil within said vase arranged to slowly descend to successively illuminate said inscriptions one below another, said vase having substantially flat vertical walls joined by soft metal strips cemented thereto and a similar strip covering the upper edges ot' the vase.
7. A prayer vase adapted to hold oil and provided with locating means on the upper side ot its bottonnand a taper supporting pedestal formed ior location within and on the bottom of the vase by said means.
8. A prayer vase adapted to hold oil and provided with a locating device projecting above its bottom, and a taper supporting pedestal formed to engage said device for location thereby.
9. A prayer vase adapted to hold oil and' provided with a locating ring projecting -above its bottom, and a taper supporting pedestal formed'like an inverted funnel to engage said device for location thereby.
10. A prayer vase adapted to hold oil, a pedestal supporting a vertically disposed taper therein, said pedestal resting on the bottom of the vase and means for positioning said pedestal in said vase.
BARRY F. MURPHY.