US 2346870 A
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April 18, 1944.
H. A. Pos'r FLOWER 110mm Filed Oct. 22, 1941 v INVENTOR. lyowAea A. PO87 ATTORNEY Patented Apr. 18, 1944 UNITED STATES PATENT orrice 2 Claims.
This invention relates to improvements in flower holders and more particularly to flower holders for personal adornment.
Among the objects of the invention is the provision of a simple inexpensive and decorative means for effectively holding a small bouquet or a single flower attached to a garment.
Another object is to so design and arrange the parts of the invention that it may be made of a single piece of relatively thin sheet material, having attaching means thereon.
Other objects and advantages will appear as the description progresses.
In this specification and the accompanying drawing, the invention is described in its preferred form. But it is to be understood that it is not limited to this form; because it may be embodied in modifications within the spirit of the invention as defined in the claims following the description.
In the one sheet of drawings:
Figure 1 is a plan view from above of a flower holder constructed in accordance with this invention.
Fig. 2 is a side view of the same, partially broken away in vertical section.
Fig. 3 is a rear view of the same partially broken away at the top.
Fig. 4 is a plane view of the blank from which the body of the holder is formed.
Fig. 5 is a modification of the same shown in vertical section.
In detail the construction illustrated in the drawing, referring first to Fig. 2, comprises the front I, with the integral clamp jaw 2, folded backwardly at 3, over the rear plane of the front I. The sides 4, 5 are integral with the front and are folded backwardly at 6, I, and 8, 9, so that the rear panels I0, II overlap the desired distance, see Fig. 3. These panels III, II are cemented together at I and form the rigid back of the tubular body against which the jaw 2 bears with the necessary resilient tension to hold the stem of the flowers forced therebetween from above.
The rear panel II, is cut away adjacent its upper edge, see broken away portion in Fig. 3, to receive the attaching pin l2. This attaching pin has the sharpened end adapted to engage beneath the keeper I3 that is formed by flattening the opposite end of the pin. The body of the pin intermediate its ends is provided with the hump I4, that lies within the cutaway portion I of the panel II, see Fig. 3.
The inner panel II], has the upward extension I6 folded rearwardly at IT and overlying the rear plane of the panel II to which it is cemented at III, to confine the hump I4 and intermediate portions of the attaching pin within the cut- 5 away portion I5, between the inner panel I0 and the extension IB. The hump I4 prevents the pin from turning and maintains the plane of the pin perpendicular to the plane of the panel II.
Because of the choice of attractive color 10 schemes, modern sheet plastics are desirable for blanking and forming in accordance with this invention, bearing in mind the tension necessary in the clamping jaw 2. If sheet metal is preferred it is equally adaptable by substituting spot welding or soldering at III or by depending upon the natural stiffness of the material to maintain the tubular shape.
The invention operates substantially as follows: The pin I2 is unhooked from the guard and inserted in the fabric of the garment of the wearer, then the pointed end is reinserted in the guard in the usual manner. The stem of the flower or the bouquet is then forced into the top opening of the holder and downwardly until the stem is clamped securely between the jaw 2 and the inner plane of the panel III.
Any decorative object, such as a flag, fraternal emblem or the like, such as I8, can be attached to the front I.
Fig. 5, shows a modification of structure, in
which the ends of the blank of sheet material are not fully overlapped. The front panel Ia: has the two sides such as 4.7:, and the rear panel Illa), with the end I la: cemented thereto laterally to the vertical center. These ends could abut in the same plane. This form is especially adaptable to the use of metal or stiff material requiring no soldering or cementing of the ends of the panels mat, Hrs.
The spring jaw 21: is formed integrally with the rear panel I02: and bears against the rear plane of the front panel Ix. The pivot I8 and the keeper I9 have the lugs 20, 2|, respectively, clinched through the panel like. The sharpened pin 22 is pivoted in I8 and detachably engages the keeper I9.
This modified structure requires less material and lends itself better to automatic mass production. Its mode of operation is substantially the same as that previously described.
Having thus described this invention what is claimed and desired to be secured by Letters Patent is:
1. A holder of the character described, comprising a continuous sheet of material having a jaw portion intermediate its ends, and van exteiil0 sion and a cutaway portion adjacent said ends respectively, said sheet being bent upon itself to enclose and form a clamp with said jaw when said ends are overlapped behind said jaw; said extension being bent backwardly and overlapping said ends; and an attaching means lying between said extension and said ends and having a part extending into said cutaway portion.
HOWARD A. POST.