US 1818319 A
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Aug; 11,1931 H. o. @500 1,818,319
ELECTRIC FOUNTAIN Filed Aug. 7, 1929 2 Sheets-Sheet 1 Aug. 11, H. O. GOOD ELECTRIC FOUNTAIN Filed Aug. 7, 1929 2 Sheets-Sheet 2 sen, Z
A L aflozuu m Patented Aug. 11, 1931 HENRY ORAN GOOD, BR6 21715177001), TEXAS ELECTRIC FOUNTAIN Application filed August 7, 1829. Serial No. 354,177.
The present invention is directed to improvements in electric fountains.
The primary object of the invention is to provide a device of this character which can be readily placed at'various points upon a lawn, the construction being such that the device not only serves as an ornament but will act as a spray for watering the lawn when desired.
Another object of the invention is to provide a device of this character so constructed that the water will act to rotate a colored screen in order that the spray from the spraying head will be subjected to iridescent rays to offer a pleasing effect.
Another object of the invention is to provide a fountain of this nature which will consume a small quantity of water, the construction being simple, durable, and one which can be manufactured at a small cost.
Another object of the invention is to provide a device of this character so constructed that the illuminating bulb will be protected against the spray and water.
With these and other objects in view, this invention resides in the novel features of construction, formation, combination and arrangement of parts to be hereinafter more fully described, claimed and illustrated in the accompanying drawings, in which Figure 1 is a top plan View of the device.
Figure 2 is a vertical sectional view taken through the same.
Figure 3 is asectional view on the line 3-3 of Figure 2.
Referring to the drawings, the numeral 1 designates a casing which is preferably formed from suitable sheet metal, said casing having at one side a neck 2 in which is fitted the neck 8 of the reflector bowl 1, there being an incandescent bulb 5 mounted in the reflector bowl, said bulb having its stem connected in the socket 6 which is suitably clamped to 5 the neck 2 so that current can be conveniently furnished from the socket to the bulb. Set screws 7 are carried by the neck 2 and are engageable with the neck of the reflector bowl, said screws serving to rigidly sustain 59 the bowl within the casing but, at the same time, permitting the same to be conveniently removed when necessary.
A rim 8 is provided, said rim being formed of sheet metal, and is supported by the casing 1 through the medium of brackets 9, said rim being greater in diameter than the casing 1 so that the lower edge thereof will be annularly spaced from the upper end of the easing, as more clearly shown in Figure 2 of the drawings. 1
The rim 8 supports the radially arranged bars 10, said bars having their 011.81? ends secured to the rim by brackets 11, the inner ends of the bars being adapted tosupport the spra head 12, said head being of a conventional form, water being conducted thereto through a hose 13, as indicated in dotted lines in Figure 2. The head 12 has its bottom provided with a threaded opening 14 in which is threaded the upper end of the tube 141, said tube having an annular shoulder 15 carried thereby'which is provided with an annular groove 16 for receiving the ball bearings 17, the purpose of which will later appear. 1
The lower end of the tube 14 is journ'aled in the coupling 18, said coupling having a chamber 19 formedt ierein which communiates with the inner ends of the tubes 20, said tubes having curved outer ends 21 from which the water discharges and reacts to impart rotary movement to the tubes 20. A tubular housing 22 is provided and hasits lower end threaded upon the coupling 18, the upper end of said housing having an inturned flange 23 which is adapted to rest upon the ball bearings 17 so that when water is being ejected from the curved endsof the tubes 20, rotary movement will be imparted to the housing, the ball bearings obviously serving to reduce friction to permit free rotation.-
The lower end of the coupling 18 is provided with a stem 24 which is adapted to pass through the center of the color screen 25, there being a nut 26 for engaging the stem to hold the color screen tightly in place and in a true horizontal position. The color screen is formed from a plurality of glass segments 27, preferably four in number, said segments being of various colors so that during rotation of the color screen the light reflected therethrough will impart to the spray leaving the head 12 an iridescent efiect. These glass segments can be secured in any approved manner and the color screen is pro- .vided neon-itsiperiph v with adepen ies 1 n flange 28 which depends into the annular space between the casing 1 and rim 8 so that water ejected from the tubes 20 will be deflected by the flange and will consequently be prevented from entering the casing 1.
It will be obvious that water flowing into the head 12 will pass through the tube 14 and will enter the tubes 20 and as this water is ejected from the ends of the tubes rotary D'XOVQIHQZlt will be imparted to the housing 22, whereby the color screen 25 will be caused to slowly rotate so that the light rays passing there. hrough will be directed upon the spray leaving the head.
Since the device is portable, it can be moved from place to place upon a lawn so that it not only serves as an ornament or fountain for the lawn but will also serve to provide a sprinkler for the lawn.
From the foregoing it is thought that the operation and many advantages oi the here in described invention will be apparent to those skilled in the art without further description and it will be understood that various changes in the size, shape, proportion and minor details of construction may be resorted to without departing from the spirit or sacrificing any of the advantages of the int-eiiaianf" The flow of water through the tube l-i may be regulated by adjusting the screw 2. in order that the speed of rotation of the color screen may be conveniently controlled.
\Vhat is claimed is 1. A fountain of the class described comrising a casing, a rim supported by the easmg, a spraying head connected with the rim, atube depending from the spraying head, a housing rotatably connectedwith the tube, a color screen connected with the housing and rotatable above the casing, and means operable by water passing from said tube for rotating the housing and thus the color screen.
2. A fountain of the class described comprising a casing, a rim supported by the casmg, bars carried by the rim, a spraying head supported by the bars, a tube depending from the spraying head, a housing rotatably mounted on the tube, a coupling engaged with the housing and communicating with the tube, a color screen connected with the coupling, tubes connected with the coupling for discharging water conducted through said tubes from the spraying head to im-' part rotary movement to the housing and thus the color screen, and an illuminating element mounted in the caslng.
3. A fountain of the class described comprising a casing, an illuminating element mounted therein, a spraying head supported above the casing, a rotary color screen disposed above the illuminating element, and means for supporting the screen on the spraying head and simultaneously conducting water from the spraying head tor'rota'u' ing the color screen.
at. A fountain of the class described comprising a rim, a casing supporting the rim and annularly spaced therefrom, a spraying head rigidly connected with the rim, a color screen rotatably connected with the spraying head and having a flange carried thereby for movement in the space between the casing and rim, means for conducting water from the spraying head to impart rotary movement to the color screen, and an illuminating element mounted in the casing below the color screen.
In testimony whereof I afiix my signature.
HENRY ORAN GOOD.