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Publication numberUS1883214 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateOct 18, 1932
Filing dateSep 10, 1931
Priority dateSep 10, 1931
Publication numberUS 1883214 A, US 1883214A, US-A-1883214, US1883214 A, US1883214A
InventorsWilson Edwin Bird, Ressetar Nicholas John
Original AssigneeDesign Lab Inc
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Ornamental objects
US 1883214 A
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Oct. 18, 1932.

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This invention relates to ornamental objects such as lamps which are assembled from a plurality of members held together in intersecting position by means of slots therein.

It is an object of the invention to provide an ornamental object such as a lamp which is constructed of a plurality of elements such as tubes or other hollow members held together in intersected relationship by means of slots placed therein at suitable positions.

In accordance with our invention, we construct a lamp frame or other ornamental device by providing an enclosure consisting of a plurality of sheets of material interlocked by means of slots therein and protected at the point of intersection by means of a hollow solid member such as a tube. This latter member serves not only to cover'the joint between two interlocking sheets but also adds rigidity to the body and prevents one member thereof from moving relative to another.

According to another embodiment of the invention aplurality of tubular or other hollow members are joined together in intersecting relationship by means of slots therein so that a rigid three-dimensional structure results.

Both of the above mentioned structures may be used as a lamp by placing a lighting source inside of the closure formed by the different members, or may be used in the production of any ornamentalpbject desired.

The above mentioned and other objects and advantages of. the invention will be made clear in the following description and accompanying drawings. 1

In the drawings, Fig. 1 illustrates in plan view an ornamental object constructed in accordance with my invention.

Fig. 2 is a sectional. view taken along line 2-2 of Fig. 1.

Fig. 3 is an exploded view showing the parts in their relative positions prior to bein assembled.

. Fig. 4 is a view of a modified form of my invention.

Fig. 5 is an exploded view showing the several parts in their proper relative positions prior to being assembled.

Figs. 6, 8, and 12 are plan views of modified forms of devices embodying my in vention, and Figs. 7, 9 and 11 are respectively side elevation views partly in section, of the devices shown in Figs. 6, 8 and 10.

Referring more particularly to the drawings, reference numerals 1, 2, 3 and 4 indicate sheet members which are placed in intersecting relationship and locked against movement by means of slots therein. Sheets 1 and 3 have four slots projecting downwardly therein which are numbered 5, 6, 7 and 8, and the sheets 2 and 4 have two slots 9 and 10 projecting upwardly and two slots 11 and 12 projecting downwardly. In the process of assembling the two sheets, 1 and 4 fit together by means of slots 5 and 10, slot 8 engages slot 10 of sheet 2, slot 9 of sheet 4 engages slot 5 of sheet 3 and slot 9 of sheet 2 engages slot 8 of sheet 3, thereby forming a hollow body. After these four members are assembled, tubes 13,14, 15 and 16 are put into position. Each of these tubes has two slots therein. These are shown at 17 and 18 on tube 13. The slotsin the tube 13 engage with slot 6 of sheet 1 and 12 of sheet 4, and the other tubes are similarly positioned. As shown in plan in Fig. 1, the resultant structure is necessarily rigid. The sheets are prevented from moving towards or away from each other both by the slots which interlock and by the slots in the tube through which they pass.

As shown in Fig. 4, the four tubes may be interlocked directly without the use of inter-- mediate interlocked sheets. In this figure, reference numerals 17, 18,19 an 20 .are applied to hollow tubes, each of which has four slots therein as shown most clearly in Fig. 5.

Tube 17 has slots 21, 22, 23 and 24 therein and in tube 18 the slots may be indicated by 25,

26, 27 and 28. These two tubes, for example, are interlocked by engaging slots 21 and 22 of tube 17 withslots 25 and 26 of tube 18 respectively and the other tubes may be similarly interconnected. It will be noted that in tubes 17 and 19 the slots point upwardly whereas in tubes 18 and 20 they point downwardly. When it is desired to assemble all four, the tubes 17 and 19 may he stood on end and the tubes 18 and 20 move into position from the top downwardly so that all of the slots engage properly. The resultant structure is extremely rigid while simple and cheap to construct.

The sheets and tubes used in the making of ornamental objects according to our invention may be of glass, Pyrolin or any other suitable transparent or .translucent material, or where the passage of light is not desired, they may be of metal or opaque material. No rivets, cement or the like, is necessary in constructing objects of this character. It is merely necessary to make the proper slots by sawing or milling the members and thereafter sliding the members together. As these structures are inherently rigid in all directions, no extra element is needed to prevent the collapse thereof as is the case where four thin sheet members are interlocked by means of notches to form a hollow body.

Figs. 6 and 7 show a modified form of device consisting of a square tube 29 having interlocked therewith two sheet members 30 and 31. The sheet members are each slotted half way so that the two may be fitted together and the tube is slotted at its lower corners to receive the ends of the sheet members. Figs. 8 and 9 show a somewhat similar device having a pair of interlocked sheets 32 and 33 and a pair of concentrically arranged cylinders 34 and 35 slotted to receive the sheets. The inner tube 34 may be adapted to receive a lamp socket 36 and the wire 37 therefor may be concealed within this tube.

The structure shown in Figs. 10 and 11 may be incorporated in a lamp or other ornamental device. The two profile members 38 and 39 are slotted to fit together at right angles and are positioned in slots 40 in the upper end of a tube 41 and in slots 42 in the lower end of tube 43. The two tubes 41 and 43 telescope together and a ferrule 44 is fitted over the end of tube 41 to present a finished appearance.

The embodiment of Fig. 12 comprises four tubes 45, 46, 47 and 48, of triangular crosssection, which are slotted so as to fit together similarly to the tubes of Fig. 5. A lamp socket might be positioned within the center tube 48, the tubes 45, 46 and 47 serving as supporting feet, or lamp sockets might be placed in each of the outer tubes if desirable.

A particular embodiment of this invention has been described merely for the purpose of illustration and it will be understood that modifications and variations thereof may be made within the scope of the invention as defined by the'appended claims.

What we claim is:

1. An ornamental body comprising a series of hollow three-dimensional slotted members joined together in intersecting relation ship to form a composite hollow body, the first member of said series being joined to the last thereof.

2. An ornamental body comprising a plurality of three-dimensional hollow slotted members joined together in intersecting relationship by means of the slots therein.

3. An ornamental body comprising a plurality of tubular members joined together in intersecting relationship by means of slots therein.

In testimony whereof we have signed our names to this specification this 10th day of July, 1931.


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U.S. Classification428/33, 446/113, 362/806, 428/542.8, 52/311.3, 52/589.1, 52/844, 52/282.3
International ClassificationB44C3/12
Cooperative ClassificationB44C3/12, Y10S362/806
European ClassificationB44C3/12