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Publication numberUS1728600 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateSep 17, 1929
Filing dateMay 11, 1928
Publication numberUS 1728600 A, US 1728600A, US-A-1728600, US1728600 A, US1728600A
InventorsCharles H. Fuller
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Ornamental hollow metal ball
US 1728600 A
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Sept. 17, 1929. c, H FULLER 1,728,600


' a zmzwuzz 677' A TTORNEYS Patented Sept. 17, 1929 UNITED STATES CHARLES H. FULLER, F ATTLEBORO, MASSACHUSETTS ORNAMENTAL HOLLOW METAL BALL Application filed May 11, 1928.- Serial No. 277,015;

This invention relates to ornamental hollow balls or spheres such as are used in jewelry as necklace beads, pendants and tide, and method hereinafter more fully deheads of hatpins and the like.

These hollow balls have heretofore been made from a flat blank stamped from a sheet of metal and embodying a plurality of radiating leaves integrally joined at their blank from which the present ornamental adjacent inner ends, and each having the outline of a section of the ball or sphere to be made. The leaves of the blank have then been suitably brought together and given the necessary longitudinal and transverse contour or shape to produce the fin ished article, the side edges of the leaves being in contiguous relation, and a space being left between the adjacent normally outer or free ends of the leaves to form a hole and provide for stringing the balls or threading a string therethrough. However,

there is likely to be a slight space or opening between the edges of adjacent leaves at the point where the normally outer or free ends of the latter are brought together, and it often happens that in stringing these balls, the fine thread or wire becomes caught in the space or opening between the adjacent sections. In an endeavor to overcome this difficulty, it has been proposed to solder the leaves or sections where the free ends thereof meet, or to solder a separate ring or eyelet on the meeting free ends of the sections or leaves. However, for various reasons, both proposed methods have proven unsatisfactory, particularly because of difliculty in carrying the same out and preserving a neat appearance.

The primary object of the present invention, therefore, is to provide an improved ornamental hollow metal ball and method of making the same, whereby the mentioned difficulty is most readily and effectively overcome. I accomplish this object by forming an unbroken or continuous ring or eyelet on the normally free or outer end of one of the leaves or sections of the blank, and by forming notches in the normally free or outer ends of the remaining sections for accommodating thev adjacent portions of said integral eyelet or ring when the sections are shaped and brought together to produce the completed or finished article.

The invention consists in the: novel arscribed, shown in the accompanying drawing and claimed.

In the drawing: Figure 1 is plan view of the improved hollow metal ball. is formed;

Figure 2 is a plan view of the complete ball; and I Figure '3 is an enlarged section on line 3-3 of Figure 2. 1'

Referring more in detail to the drawing, the present invention contemplates the production of a flat metal blank of the general form shown'in'Figure 1 and embodying a .plurality of radiating leaves or sections 5 integrally joined attheir adjacent inner ends generally indicated at 6,.and each having the outline of a section of the hollow artiupon a die Whose surface has been supplied with a desired design engraved to a proper depth, and this piece of sheet metal'is struck until portions of the "surface are desirably raised and ornamented. The ornamented part is then cut or punched from the sheet to form the blank of Figure 1, portions of the metal being removed as indicated at 7 sothat the leaves 5 are of open workformation' asclearly illustrated, and so that a continuous 'orunbroken integral eyelet 8 is formed at the juncture of the adjacent inner ends of the leaves 5, with an integral continuous or projecting eyelet 9 formed on the outer end of one of the leaves 5, and with suitable notches or recesses 10 formed in the outer ends of the remaining leaves 5. The leaves or sections 5 are then suitably shaped into a hollow sphere as clearly shown in Figures 2 and 3, in a method and by means well known in the art. When the leaves are thus shaped, the eyelet 9 seats in the recesses or notches 10 so as to provide a neat joint where the normally free or outer ends of the leaves are brought together, and to provide a durable eyelet at this point through which a string may be threaded Without danger of being caught by passing between the adjacent edges of the leaves at this point. The opposite poles of the sphere or ball are thus provided With unbroken or continuous integral eyelets in a simple and ifi ent so a to ns r a 'e tirely neat and satisfactory article Whose manufacture involves no soldering or attachment of separate rings or eyelets.

It is obvious't'hat the device may be used to produce various articles jewelry equal advantage, and the ball may readily be formed of spheroidal wQI'IDthBI'flhfliJGS.

From the foregoing description it is be- 'lienedthat the article :and method of forming itheisamans well asthe advantages ineidentwthenetoywili he "readily understood and appreciated-bythose skilled in thePa-rt.

xi; Minoraehanges-imay be m'ade without departing from the spirit and scdpeidf :the invention as claimed.

1 What Iol'ai-m as newlisiz-ss- 'lnAS an improved article of manufaeture, an ornamentalfihollow metal bail-l com- ;posed of 5a plurality of joined radial "leaves and having an integral continuous eyelet WHGEBthB endsoffithe leaves meet at each pole of the ball.

:2. As an" improved article of manufacture, an ornamentaliho'llow metal ball composed offa plurality oi radial leaves baffingwadjaeent ends integrally-joined at one i pole .ofwthe ball, and La aprdj eoting' integral eyelet 1011 111861111 OifiOIiB Eleaf at "the opposite pole of the ball, the ends of the remaining leaves at said opposite polerof the ball having recesses in which saideyelet'is sea-ted.

" BQAS animproved article of manll fam :ture an ornamental hollow metal-bail composed Oififl plurality :oifl radial ileaves 'hav- IQ:

, "ingraidjahent ends integrally joined" at one pole' ofithewbalhland a projecting integral eyelet on the e'nd ofi-ene leaf at the opposite pole off-the :ball, the eendsofflthe remaining leaves atwsaid opposite pole of the ball 'havingi recesses in which said aeyel'et is seated, said ball having a turther integral eyelet here the ends of it-hie leayes are integrally joined at the firstnamed' pole of the :"ball. ln't'estimony whereof IaffiiXll'iQV signature. 1 Y ACHARLES FULLER.

U.S. Classification63/37, 63/20
International ClassificationA44C15/00
Cooperative ClassificationA44C15/00
European ClassificationA44C15/00