US 1895729 A
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Jan. 31, 1933. P LUE E METHOD AND MEANS FOR MOUNTING FISH AND VARIOUS SPECIMENS HOLLOW Filed Dec. 50, 1951 Invenlbr dZ/Z I lager Patented Jan. 31 1933 UNITED STA ES PATENT OFFICE 4 METHOD AND MEANS ron MOUNTING FISH AND vnnrous srncIMENs Borrow 7 Application filed December 30,11 931. jetsam. 583,965. i
This invention relates to a method of mounting fish and other specimens, the general object of the. invention being to provide a stiffening medium on the inner face of the skinso that this medium will hold the skin in position after the specimen has been shaped in a mold and over a filler while the stiffening material is drying and hardening. Thus after the filler is removed the specimen will 10 be hollow and will be supported in its natural state by the hardened stiffening mediumplaced on the inner surface. v The invention, together with its many objects and advantages will be bestunderstood from a study of the following description, taken in connection with the accompanying drawing:
Figure '1 is a transverse sectional View showing the parts initially assembled before theapplication of a filling, and in accordance with the present invention.
Figure 2 is a similar View showing the position of the parts subsequent to the application of the filling.
Figure 3 is a view similar to Figure 2 with the specimen removed from the mold and the filling drained from the mounted speci men.
Figure 4 is a top plan View of a portion of a, stiffening medium;
Figure 5 is a fragmentary transverse sectional view taken substantially on the line 5'5 of Figure 4. 1
In carrying out my invention I provide a mold 1 of suitable shape, in the present instance the mold being especially designed for use in the mounting of a fish specimen. As shown the skin of the specimen 2'has a portion thereof placed lengthwise in the mold, 40 and then, to the inner side of the skin of the specimen is applied means for substantially stiffening the skin. In the present instance to stiffen the skin 2 I provide one or more sheets 3 of cloth, in the present instance a wire apply a coating 4 of plaster,papier mach, celluloid or any other substance which hardens when it becomesdry. The substance 4 may 6 be applied to the cloth 3 to the thickness desired.
inner side ofthe.
cloth is shown. To one side of the cloth 3 I The strips 3 are preferably narrow, andgthe: strips to a] sufficient number are arranged transversely-ofthe skin '2 of the specimen with the plastic substance 4 presented to the skin to adherethf'ereto as suggested' inFigure L" I Subsequent to the application of thefstrip s or sheets 3 to the inner side of the-skina fil-le r 5 of sawdust; sand, earthor other material wli-ichjmay be'readil y removed from the specimen when the latter is mounted and dry, is placed on the part of the specimen fitted within the mold 1 as suggested in Figure 2 after which the remaining sideof the skin is then folded over the filler 5 as suggested? in Figure 2. After this is done the meeting edges of the specimen are suitably secured to ether if necessary or desired.
ith this step in the process or method com? pleted, the specimen is then removed from the mold 1 and placed on a drying board. Sub sequent to a thorough drying of the mounted specimen the filler 5 may be removed in a manner well known to those skilled in the art, such as by leaving an opening in the specimen through which the filler can be removed.
. By reason of thestiffening means consisting of the sheet 3 and adhesive substance 4, it is apparent that the skin of the specimen will maintain its rigidity afterthe filler 5 has 9 been' removedand the specimen subsequent to the removal of the filler is now readyfor finishing, .a process also well known to those skilled in the art and not of the essence of the present invention. 7 i
It will be apparent that the strip 3 having the adhesive material 4 applied to one side. thereof forms the cast for the skin 2 of the specimen as required in order to give the mounted specimen the necessary life like ap- 9 pea-rance. V
While I have herein shown and described the path for the specimen as consisting of one or more sheets 3 having a substance 4 applied thereto, it is to be understood that I 5 e by the use of the substance 4 applied tothe I inner side of theskin; It is also to be under-. stood that I claim all forms of the invention 9.
' and the scope of the appended claims may 1 specimen in a mold, then treatingathe inner surface of the skin with plastic material I to which I am entitled, intending in no wise to restrict the invention except as the prior art require. 7
Having thus described my invention, what I claim as new is:
1. A method for mounting specimens hollow, consisting of applying a plastic substance to the inner side of the skin of the specimen, and subsequently stretching the skin 7 over a filler, and finally removing the-filler subsequent to the drying of the plastic ,material. 1
2. A method for mounting specimens comprising placing a portion of theskin of the V which,iwhen dry, will hold the skin in shape;
then placing a filler on that portion of'the skin: in the mold and folding the remaining a part of the skinover the filler and finally re-- .moving, the filler ,after the plasticmar-terial has dried.:,- In testimony ALBERT PFLUEGER.
whereof afliii my signature. 7