Christmas tree ornament
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CHRISTMAS TREE ORNAMENT Filed Dec. 20,' 1946 !N VEN TOR. LAWRENCE WISE WVM Patented July 12, 1949 CHRISTMAS TREE ORNAMENT Lawrence Wise, Cedarhurst, Kentlee Sales Corporation,
.N. Y., assignor to New York, N. Y., a
corporation of New York Application December 20, 1946, Serial No. 717,461
My present invention relates to ornamental candle-sticks to be primarily used as Christmas tree ornaments, and more specifically includes a vertical candle-stick shaped member preferably made of glass and appropriately colored, set into a plastic base simulating a candle and candle stick, together with suitable means for securing the composite structure to the branch of a Christmas tree.
Heretofore in the construction and manufac ture of ornamental candles for Christmas trees, it has been customary either to provide candle holders into which separate wax candles were fitted, or else to abandon the idea of candles as ornamental entirely and to utilize other forms of decoration.
My novel composite candle and candle holder, together with simplified means for securing the entire unit to a Christmas tree branch, makes it possible to place on the Christmas tree a plurality of absolutely safe ornaments.
The members simulating the candles are them selves preferably colored and ornamented in such a way as to be highly reflective of light so that any light source on or adjacent the Christmas tree will be reflected and refracted by the candles themselves to increase the effectiveness of the light and to give the appearance of illumination to the candles themselves.
Thus a primary object of my invention is the provision of a novel candle-like ornament for a Christmas tree which comprises the composite unit having a simplified base, a member simulating a candle supported thereon, and simplified means for securing the entire unit in appropriate erect position in the branches of Christmas trees.
The foregoing and many other objects of my invention will become apparent in the following description and drawings in which Figure 1 is a side view of my novel ornamental candle-stick.
Figure 2 is a bottom view of my novel ornamental candle-stick.
Figure 3 is a cross-sectional view taken on line 3-3 of Figure 2 looking in the direction of the arrows.
Referring now to the figures, my novel ornamental candle-stick comprises a candle member In and a base I I. Base 1 I preferably is of molded plastic material although it may be made of Wood, metal, cardboard, or any other suitable material.
The base as shown by comparison of Figures 1, 2 and 3 preferably is an inverted box-like structure having an open bottom l2, top surface I3 and side walls I4. Side walls I are providedwith openings [5, [5 to engage the securing wire l 6 hereinafter described.
The base II is provided with the top opening 20 into which the lower portion 2| of the candle i0 fits. The lower end of the candle I0 may be secured in the opening 20 in any suitable manner preferably by adhesive.
The candle l0 preferably is a glass ampule-like structure having a form generally simulating that of a candle tapering to a tip 22 at the upper end and preferably having an open bottom 23. In manufacturing the candle II] for use in my novel device it is preferred that the interior of the candle be coated with a highly reflective silver paint and that the exterior of the candle be left either unpainted or covered with a very fine and thin coat of colored paint.
Where the exterior of the candle structure I!) is unpainted, the light is refracted through the glass of the candle and reflected from the silver interior lining. Where the exterior is painted with a thin film of paint, then the underlying glass and silver paint lends brilliance and high quality of reflection and sheen to the exterior surface thus enhancing the brilliance of the reflection from the candle.
The candle is secured to a branch of a Christmas tree by passing wire l6 through opposite holes l5, I5 in the base II and twisting wire around the branch of the tree as shown in Figure 3 to tighten the wire around the branch. The candle-stick ornament can thus be held absolutely erect on the Christmas tree branch. While other types of securing means may readily be used, this I have found to be the simplest and most inexpensive in manufacture and also the simplest in use.
The candle-stick may be fastened accurately to the branch and arranged in vertical formation and will remain vertical and not fall over as soon as the securement is complete.
Alternative embodiments of the structure herein shown will now be obvious. Thus, securing wire I 6 may be molded into the base I I when it is formed or spring clip securement means may be attached to or formed as part of the base II, but the type of securement means here shown makes possible the production of very inexpensive ornaments which are nevertheless readily usable even by the unskilled user. In the foregoing I have described my invention solely in connection with a preferred illustrative embodiment thereof. Since many modifications and variations of my invention will now be obvious to those skilled in the art, I prefer to be passed through a pair of said openings and bound not by the specific disclosure herein conadapted to be twisted around a branch of said tained, but only by the appended claim. Christmas tree.
I claim: LAWRENCE WISE.
An ornamental Christmas tree candle-stick 5 comprising a substantially horizontal base, a REFERENCES CITED 08110118 Simulant prising a hollow l ss The following referenices are of record in the bar secured to the said base and substantially m of t patent; I v perpendicular to the principal plane of said base, pairs of opposed openings in said base for re- 10 UNITED STATES PATENTS ceiving'securement means, and means including Number Name Date said pairs of opposed openings for securing said 1,077,100 Sheline Oct. 28, 1913 candle-stick in a vertical position to a branch of 2,231,601 Snyder Feb. 11, 1941 a Christmas tree, said means comprising :atwire 2,367,611 Raymond Jan. 16, 1945