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Publication numberUS2049645 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateAug 4, 1936
Filing dateSep 10, 1934
Priority dateSep 10, 1934
Publication numberUS 2049645 A, US 2049645A, US-A-2049645, US2049645 A, US2049645A
InventorsMaurice Fleckles
Original AssigneeMaurice Fleckles
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
US 2049645 A
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M. FLECKLES Aug. 4, 1936.


Filed Sept. 10, 1954 I N VE N TOR. flfm/r/ke /70/c5 wmw n W- 'ATTORNEY.

Patented Aug. 4, 1936 UNITED; srA rEs ATENT OFFICE VASE Maurice Fleckles, Los Angeles, Calif.

Application September 10,1934, Serial No. 743,435 2 Claims. (01, 47-41) This invention relates to adjustable vases, and particularly to a form of vase made up of a plurality of sections, one or more of which are adapted to telescope within the other or others,

so as to permit extension or contraction to vary the depth of the vase in accordance with requirements for any of a number of specific uses.

Vases heretofore in common use as containers for cut flowers have been made in different rellO ative heights largely; to accommodate flower stems of different lengths, thus multiplying the number of designs of such containers in order to meet usual and quite common requirements.

It is a general object of my said invention to us provide a vase which is adapted to be quickly extended or contracted telescopically and to be frictionally held in such adjusted position with a ;range suflicient for all relative heights within its (capacity as a receptacle, thus increasing the 9 adaptability of a single vase to perform functions heretofore of necessity distributed among ,several vases of the one-piece conventional de- .'signs of the prior art.

Another object is the accomplishment of the 25 purposes heretofore mentioned without detracting from conventional and standard artistic i lines.

:Speed and facility of adjustment, simplicity of construction, and economy of manufacture are 30 also impprtant objects of the invention about to be specifically described.

It will be noted that in the accompanying drawing little regard is paid to proportions of working parts or to the artistry of design, it

35 being obvious that when the principle of the invention is understood details of construction may be altered and mechanical or designing skill will be adequate to apply its essence in various forms and to multitudinous designs.

.40 In the drawing, Fig. l is an elevation of a metal vase embodying my invention, showing the parts in extended position;

Fig. 2 is a cross section, slightly enlarged, of the vase shown in Fig. 1 but with the parts in :45 contracted relation;

Fig. 3 is an enlarged sectional view of one means for frictionally maintaining the adjusted position of the elements;

Fig, 4 is a sectional view of a vase of pottery :50 showing a modification of the means for holding the parts in any adjusted position.

Referring to the drawing in detail the numerals of which designate similar parts throughout the several views, 5 indicates the lower or base 55 section of the vase, 6 an intermediate section,

and i an uppermost section. As a means for spacing one section from another, upper edges of base 5 and of intermediate section 6 are preferably rolled over inwardly to provide, respectively, annular internally extended rims 8 5 and 9.

A plurality of leaf springs it (two being shown in Fig. 2 of the drawing, but preferably three or more may be used) are secured by rivets II, to the inner wall of base section 5 just below 10 annular rim 8 and extend inwardly to normally bear against the exterior of the wall of intermediate section 6. Similarly leaf springs l2 are secured by rivets i3 (Fig. 2) adjacent the bottom edge of upper section I constructed so as norl5 mally to bear inwardly against the inner wall of intermediate section 6.

In order to permit assemblage of section 6 within base 5 and of section 1 within section 6, rims 8 and 9, respectively, are interrupted by cut away portions as indicated at I4, Fig. 3, so as to permit springs i0 and their rivets I l and springs l2 and their rivets ii: to pass rims 8 and 9 respectively. After insertion, sections 6 and 1 are each turned slightly so that said springs in and I2 and their respective rivets will be out of registry with said cut away portions I4 and thus act as stops when said sections are fully extended by coming into contact, respectively, with said rims 8 and 9.

In Fig. 4, showing application of the present invention to a vase of pottery or similar material, there is secured to base 5 in any suitable manner well known to the art, such as by rivets I, a plurality (two being shown in the drawing, but three or more being preferably used) of spring fingers ID, the inner ends of which are bent as shown at lOa to engage any of a series of holes lob in the outer surface of intermediate member 6.

Still referring to Fig. 4: l2 indicates a series of leaf springs (preferably at least 3) secured in any suitable manner as by rivets l3 adjacent the bottom edge of upper section 1, said springs being bent as shown at |2a so. as to be adapted to engage any of a series of holes IZb carried on the inner wall of intermediate section 6.

When assembled as shown in the drawing, it will be obvious that either the intermediate or the upper section, or both, may be Wholly or partially telescoped' into base section 5, and thus a range of extension or contraction suitable for any ordinary usage is provided.

While I have illustrated application of my said invention to but two designs, having shown and described but two telescopic sections and two forms of spring-actuated frictional means for holding the sections in adjusted positions,

it will be understood that I do not limit myself to any particular number of sections, to any design of vase, nor to details of construction of the spring actuated frictional means shown, as it will be obvious that the principle of my said invention will be easily applicable by those of skill in the art to and in many forms and with diverse modifications. 7

What I claim and desire to cover by Letters Patent is:-

1. In an adjustable vase, a cylindrical top section with open ends adapted to be telescopically collapsed into a receiving section, said top section being provided with outwardly extending resilient means adapted to frictionally en-.

gage the inner wall of said receiving section, said receiving section having about its upper edge a peripheral inwardly extending bead, said bead being interrupted by a cut-away portion of sufficient width to allow passage of said resilient means to permit telescoping, said members,

, one within another, beading on peripheral upper edges of such of said members as receive others, resilient means to frictionally engage adjoining walls of telescoped members, said beading being cut away to provide telescoping clearance for such resilient means.


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U.S. Classification47/41.1, D11/146, 220/8, D11/148
International ClassificationA47G7/06, A47G7/00
Cooperative ClassificationA47G7/06, A47G2007/066
European ClassificationA47G7/06