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M. KATZ CONTAINER Jan. 17, 1939.
Filed Aug. 21, 1937 ATTORNEYS v Patented Jan. 17, 1939 UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE- CONTAINER.
Morris Katz, Brooklyn, N. Y.
Application August 21, 1937, Serial No. 160,227
This invention relates to containers for the display and protection of valuable objects, and is concerned more particularly with a novel display container which permits easy examination of the object within it and may be sealed to prevent removal of the object. The new container may be constructed in various forms suitable for use with precious stones, small objects of art, coins, and the like, but since it ofiers special advantages when employed in connection .with precious stones, a form of embodiment of the invention for that purpose will be described in detail to make clear the several features of the invention.
A container of the invention includes an enclosure formed with a transparent wall and within the enclosure is a member for supporting the object. In the case of a container for precious stones, the enclosure preferably comprises a base and a transparent cover and the latter may be of dome shape so that the stone may be supported free of the base and visible from all sides. The base, supporting members, and cover are secured together by suitable means, and provision is made for sealing the parts together so that the stone cannot be removed except by breaking the seal or a part of the container. If desired, the device may also be so constructed that it can be readily attached to a flxed object so that removal of the container as a whole can be accomplished only with some difficulty or by means of a tool.
For a better understanding of the invention reference may be made to the accompanying drawing, in which:
Figure 1 is a vertical sectional view of the container with a precious stone in place therein; and
Figure 2 is a horizontal sectional view on the line 2-2 of Figure 1.
' The container shown in Figure 1, comprises a cover III of any suitable transparent material, such as glass, phenolic condensation product,,or Celluloid, and at its lower end, the cover has an outward flange Ii. A supporting member suitable for holding the object to be displayed extends into the cover, and in the construction illustrated, the member, which is suitable for holding a precious stone, has a conical body i3 provided with a flat peripheral flange M at its lower end. A plurality of wire members i5 extend out through the apex of the body, the lower ends of the wires being secured in a cylinder l6 attached to a plate I! secured inside the body. The free ends of the wires are shaped to grip the edges of a stone [8 and hold it securely in place and in a. position of complete visibility.
The flanges of the cover and the support rest upon a base l9 which has a central upstanding boss 20, and a flange 2| extending outwardly from its lower edge. Any desired means may be used for securing the cover, the display member and 6 the base together, but in the form shown, the boss is threaded and a nut 22 provided with an inwardly extending flange 23 at its upper end is threaded upon the boss and serves to secure the cover and the support in position on the base.
The container may be sealed by any suitable means, as, for example, a plurality of holes 24 may be drilled in the nut and similar holes 25 drilled in the base. A wire 26 is then passed through holes 24 and 25 in registry, and the 15 ends of the wire are secured together by a seal 21. With the container thus sealed, the contents cannot be removed without visible damage being done to the sealing means or the container.
To further protect the owner of the object, the container may be anchored to the tray, case or other fixed objects on which the container rests. For this purpose holes 28 are provided in the nut in registry with holes 29 in the base. and a wire 30 is passed through the holes and its ends secured to the tray or case. With the container thus secured in place it cannot be quickly removed and its theft is difficult.
1. A display container for valuable objects comprising a base member having an upstanding boss and a base flange extending outwardly therefrom, a transparent cover member, a support for the object to be displayed within said transparent cover member, and means for securing said cover to the base member including a member for holding said transparent cover to the base member and means passing through said holding member and sealing it to the base member.
2. A display container for valuable objects com- 40 prising a base member having an upstanding central boss and a base flange extending outwardly therefrom, a transparent cover member having an outwardly extending flange for supporting the cover from said boss, 2. support for the object to be displayed within said transparent cover member, a clamping ring surrounding said boss and having an inwardly extending flange overlying the outwardly extending flange of the cover for clamping the cover to the base member, and no means passing through the clamping ring and the base member for sealing the cover against remove] from the base member.
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