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Publication numberUS2247617 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateJul 1, 1941
Filing dateNov 30, 1939
Priority dateNov 30, 1939
Publication numberUS 2247617 A, US 2247617A, US-A-2247617, US2247617 A, US2247617A
InventorsMetz Haskell E
Original AssigneeMetz Haskell E
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Burial vault
US 2247617 A
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H. E. METZ BURIAL VAULT 7 July 1, 1941.

2 Sheets-Sheet 1 Filed Nov. 50, 1939 Inventor A'tiorneys H. E. METZ BURIAL VAULT July'l, 1941.

Filed Nov. so, 1939 2 Sheets-Sheet 2 l (40 Inventor HAS/(ELL E. METZ Patented July 1', 1941 UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE BURIAL VAULT Haskell E. Metz, Marion, Ohio Application November 30, 1939, Serial No. 306,936

2 Claims.

This invention appertains to new and useful improvements in burial vaults, and more particularly to a vault containing means for absorbing moisture.

The principal object of the present invention is to provide a vault in which means is provided for dehydration to the end that the interior of the Vault will be maintained dry at all times.

Another important object of the invention is to provide dehydration means for vaults which will absorb all moisture and which can be conveniently embodied in practically any type of vault.

These and other objects and advantages of the invention will become apparent to the reader of the following specification.

In the drawings:

Figure 1 represents a cross-sectional view through a bottom-seal type of metal vault.

Figure 2 is a section on the line 2-2 of Figure 1.

Figure 3 is a cross-sectional view through a concrete bottom-seal type vault.

Figure 4 is a cross-sectional view through a concrete top-seal type vault.

Referring to the drawings wherein like numerals designate like parts, it can be seen in Figures 1 and 2, that numeral 5 generally refers to the bottom section of the bottom-seal vault, while numeral 6 generally refers to the top shell, the lower edges of the end and side walls thereof being curved outwardly as at 'l and disposed upwardly in outwardly flared direction as at 8. The thus formed lower portions of the shell 6 are disposed into the trough 9 at the perimeter of the base section 5. Suitable sealing material is disposed in the trough 9 for thoroughly sealing the lower edge of the shell 6 and trough 9 together, and these portions are further secured together by bolts The lower section of the vault is provided with the bottom |2, and the top l3. Cleats l4 are secured to the inner side I5 of the trough 9 and serve to support the mesh sheet l6 between which and the top I3 is disposed an elongated bed of absorbent material such as calcium chloride. The top I3 is open as at IT to allow air to reach the bed which is denoted by numeral I8. Bridge members l9 span the opening I! and support the casket 20.

Figure 3 discloses a concrete bottom-seal vault which consists of the bottom section 2| having the trough consisting of the outer beveled wall 22 and the inner somewhat taller wall 23. The trough receives the reduced lower portions of the side walls of the shell-like upper section 24. The inner sides of the wall 23 are somewhat thickened as at 25 to define shoulders upon which the mesh sheet 26 rests and upon this is disposed the cake of absorbing material 21 such as calcium chloride. Bars 28 span the space between the walls 23 and are slightly spaced from the cake 2'! to allow for circulation of air within the vault. The casket 29 is supported on the bridge bars 28. This type of vault has the thickened portion 39 adjacent its lower edge which is beveled at its lower portion as at 3| to match the beveled portion of the side walls 22 of the trough. The trough contains a suitable sealing material 32.

The form of the invention shown in Figure 4 consists of the bottom section generally referred to by numeral 33 the upper edge of which is thickened as at 34 and. formed to define a trough 35 in which is the sealing material for receiving the depending rib 36 on the top 31. In this form of the invention U-shaped frames 38 are provided in the bottom of the trough and are connected by angle iron members 39 which form rests for the mesh sheet 49 and on this mesh sheet is disposed the cake 4| of absorbent material such as calcium chloride. The upper ends of the leg portions of the U-shaped frames 39 are turned inwardly as at 42 to provide rests for the cross bars 43, these bars 43 being preferably spaced from the cake 4| to allow sufiicient space for the circulation of air over the cake 4|.

It can be seen that in the form of the invention shown in Figur 1, a chamber |8a is afforded below the screen Hi to catch any moisture that may drip from the cake and the corresponding chamber is shown by numeral M41 in the form of the invention shown in Figure 4.

While the foregoing specification sets forth the invention in specific terms, it is to be understood that numerous changes in the shape, size and materials may be resorted to without departing from the spirit and scope of the invention as claimed hereinafter.

Having described the claimed as new is:

1. A burial vault comprising a case having a closure, a riser formation in the lower portion of the case, supporting means for a casket bridging the riser formation, said riser formation being provided with an internal shoulder construction spaced upwardly from the bottom of the case, a perforate sheet horizontally spanning the shoulder construction and a cake of invention, what is absorbing material disposed on the said perforate sheet and below the casket supporting means.

2. A burial vault comprising a base, a cover for the base, a riser structure on the base, and within the confines of the cover, said riser being formed to provide a shoulder above the top of the base, a support of foraminous material resting on the shoulder and in spaced relation to the top of the base, means for supporting a casket at the top of the riser and a mass of moisture absorbing material on the foraminous 5 support.

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U.S. Classification27/35, 52/141, 52/129, 27/11, 52/138, 312/31
International ClassificationE04H13/00
Cooperative ClassificationE04H13/00
European ClassificationE04H13/00