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Publication numberUS2621503 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateDec 16, 1952
Filing dateJan 27, 1947
Priority dateJan 27, 1947
Publication numberUS 2621503 A, US 2621503A, US-A-2621503, US2621503 A, US2621503A
InventorsLouis Schaefer
Original AssigneeLouis Schaefer
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Sectional candlestick and the like
US 2621503 A
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Dec. 16, 1952 SCHAEFER' 2,621,503

sscnomu. CANDLESTICK AND was LIKE FiledJan. 27, 1947 IMO) Patented Dec. 16,1952

UNITED STATES L A'EYENI OFFICE SECTIONAL CANDLESTICK ANDTHE LIKE Louis Schaefer, Oak Park, Ill, Application January 27, 1947, Sea No. 724,565.

a Cle ms 6' -g This invention relates to a sectionalv candle: stick and the. like in which the sections are threadedly connected, the purpose being. to have the purchaser start with a single section candle: stick and add sections to. it as his friends buy them for him and present them to him, the sections presented being each preferably one inch long, and being suitably engraved, if desired, similarly as the links of friendship bracelets and the like, so. that this candlestick can justifiably be called The Friendly Candlestick or The Friendship Candlestick and sold with the slogan .Every Inch A Friend A salient feature of the present candlestick is the threading internally of the main body portion of each section so that a candle can be threaded therein forits most secure mounting, each section also having an externally threaded lower adapter end portion for threading in the upper end of the next section below in the building up of the sectional candlestick, or candlette, as it is preferably called. The tubular form of the sections is also of importance from the standpoint that when it is desired to use the sections in an electric lamp, the Wires can be extended through the standard formed by the interthreaded sections, without the necessity for a separate tubular member to serve as the conduit. The inter-threading of the sections is also of advantage from the standpoint that a flat elongated piece of metal with a hole in the middle and curved at each end and supporting sections on the curved end portions to mount candles may be secured between two sections of a candlestick to make a three-candle candlelabra, or, if desired,

two elongated pieces may be mounted on a candlestick in criss-cross relat on to form a fivecandle candelabra. The interthreading of sections is al o of advantage from the standpoint that a holder for what is generally known as a glass hurricane lamp may be mounted on a can le tick in a similar manner.

The invention is i lustrated in the accompa y ng drawing, in which Fig. 1 is a lon itudinal section through one section of a candlestick made in accordance with my invention, the candlestick section being shown substantially full size and a candle being in icated. as threaded therein;

Fig. 2 is a view partly in vertical section and partly in side elevation of a candlestick built up of seven sections, all of the sections above the bottom one being those presented by friends of the original purchaser and having their names suitably engraved thereon;

Figs. 3 and 4 are side and top views, respectively, of a three-candle candelabra, made in accordance with my invention, by application of a cross-piece to a candlestick similar 'to'that of Fig. 2;

171a 5 is. a side v ew a reer andle can labra similar to. that. of ig 3 nd u av n the ross-niece assem l n a d fe nt- We !v 5. a to elevate. the mid l cand e t a a ea-t rxte in r lation to. he, others; i

Fig. 6 shows a further variation of the threecandle candelabra in which sections, have been added to the candlestick in the manner of Fig. 2;

Fig. 7 is a planviewof a five-candle candelabra, similar to those shown in Figs. 3', 5 and 6, built up y e e f.- w cross pie Fig. 8, is a sideview of another form of candlestickarranged to be built up in the manner of Fig. 2?; A

Fig.9, is a sid view ofa glass hurricane lamp in which the holder forthe glass chimney is, nicuntedxbetween sections of the candlestick'similarly as the cross pieces of Figs. 3 to'l';

Fig. 10 is a viewof a holder that is adapted to fit in the uppermost section of a candlestick made in accordance with my invention, as disclosed, for example, in Fig. 2, the cup resembling a drip cup such as is used for a candle, but being illustrated as used in conjunction with an electric light socket, and

Fig. 11 is a section through the base portion of an electric lamp of the imitation candle type, using an imitation drip cup inserted in the base on which a candlestick section made in accordance with my invention is provided, thus further indicating the wide range of adaptability of the candlestick sections of my invention.

Similar reference numerals are applied to corresponding parts throughout theviews 4 Referring first to Figs. 1 and 2, the reference numeral l2 designates a candlestick section made in accordance with my invention, themain body portion I3 of which is internally threaded, as shown at i l, with threads of the same size and diameter as the external threads I5 on the reduced adapter or neck" portion i6, to the end that any number of these sections may be interthreaded, as illustrated in Fig. 2, for example, to form th stem or standard of a candlestick, indicated generally by the reference numeral IT. The length of the body id is l", the thought being to have the purchaser start his candlestick with a single bottom section It on a base l9 andthen build up the candlestick with sections that his friends buy'for him and; present to him, each of the presented sections being suitably engraved with the friends name, as indicated, for example, at an, similarly as in the case of the linksof a friendship bracelet, the 'candlesticks being known in the trade, for example, by some appropriate name like The Friendly Candlestick or The,

Friendship Candlestick, and the sections being purposely made 1" cing t fit-inwith the was panying slogan Every Inch A Friend. Friend lyrivalry will naturally spring up in the building up of these candlesticks, and in that way, gr ater and greater numbers of the sections are sold. A friend receiving a section is naturally expected to reciprocate if the donor has started his friendly candlestick. Each candlestick with its engraved sections comes to mean mor to the owner with the passing years because of the events, occasions and personalities connected with the adding of the various sections to the candlesticks, and is prized far beyond the intrinsic value. College students, for example, will find this a good way to commemorate their college days and friends and at the same time have something useful and ornamental.

The bottom section with which the candlestick is started, which it will be understood is the same or substantially the same as any of the other sections I2, may have its adapter portion I6 sweat-soldered in the base I9, as indicated at 20, or it may be threaded into a bore provided therefor in the base. The internal threads I4 extend down in the bore of the body I3 to a point near the annular shoulder 2I which defines the upper end of the bore 22 in the neck portion I6, far beyond the point required for the interthreading of adjoining sections, the purpose being to make the sections more widely adaptable for various purposes, as will soon appear, the principal one, as illustrated in Fig. 1, being to make for more secure holding of candles by threading them into the candlesticks instead of relying merely upon a friction fit. Thus, the candlestick 23, a shown in Fig. 1, has threads 24 cut in its tapered butt portion 25 by the threads I4 as the candle is turned relative to the candlestick in entering the butt end 25 in th uppermost section I2 of the candlestick. The fire hazard associated with the use of candles is greatly reduced in this way, because a candle cannot drop out of its holder in carrying a lighted candle, and there is less likelihood of wax being spilled on tablecloths, because a candle once properly threaded in place will remain upright. It goes without saying that the appearance of the candlestick is greatly improved as a result of the candle keeping its proper position.

The three-candle candelabra shown at Ha in Figs..3 and 4 is built up from a two-section candlestick of the same construction as a candlestick I'! by having an elongated cross piece 26 of metal mounted on the candlestick by entering the reduced adapter portion IQ of the upper section through a hole 2'! provided in the middle of the cross piece and then threading the sections I2 and I8 together so as to clamp the cross piece 26 between the two sections. The outer ends of the cross piece 26 are suitably curved and serve to support sections I2, which can be threaded in rings 28 soldered or otherwise suitably secured to the ends of the cross piece. The resulting three-candle candelabra presents the neat appearance shown. If desired, as shown at I'Ib in Fig. 5, the cross piece 26 may be mounted directly above the base l9 between the base and the lower on of two interthreaded sections I2 that has its reduced adapter portion I6 entered through a hole 21 in the cross piece 28 and threaded in the base I9. In that way the middle one f th th candles 23 is suitably elevated with respect to the side candles 23, giving the attractive appearance shown. On th other hand, as shown at He in Fig. 6, a larger number of sections I2 may be threaded together forming a candlestick like that of Fig. 2, and the cross piece 26 may be mounted between the upper two sections in the same manner as in Fig. 3. This also results in a pleasing design, as shown.

Still another design is illustrated in Fig. 7, namely, a five-candle candelabra I'ld. in which two cross-pieces 26 are placed in criss-cross relation and mounted between two sections I2 in the same manner as shown in Fig. 3, Fig. 5, or Fig. 6. The base I9 may be associated with the center candlestick in this candelabra in any one of the three ways shown in Figs. 3, 5 and 6, or it may be dispensed with entirely if it is desired to have the cross-pieces themselves form the base of the candelabra.

Still another candlestick He is shown in Fig. 8, in which a base 19a is provided with an ornamental handle loop 29 and has a, ring 28 soldered or otherwise suitably secured thereon into which one, two or more sections I2 forming a candle holder or candlestick may be threaded giving the neat appearing design shown.

In Big. 9, I have shown a hurricane lamp l1) having the holder 30 for the conventional glass chimney SI used in conjunction with the candle 23 carried in the stick, the holder having its centrally perforated bottom 32 mounted between two interthreading sections I2, similarly as in the mounting of the cross-pieces 26 in Figs. 3 to 7. In that way, a, hurricane lamp of simple and durable construction as well as neat appearance is obtained, as clearly appears in the drawing.

Referring to Fig. 10 in which the upper portion of a candlestick I1 is indicated in dotted lines, I have shown a cup 33 entered in the up permost section I2 of the candlestick and adapted to receive the butt end of a candle, although an electric light socket is indicated in dotted lines at 34, as disposed in the flared upper end portion 35 of said cup whereby to permit use of an electric light bulb, 36 being the wires extending downwardly from the socket 34 through the candlestick I! and terminating in the usual attachment plug adapted for insertion in a wall outlet in the usual way. This serves to further illustrate the wide adaptability of my invention.

Finally, in Fig. 11 I have shown a further adaptation of the present sectional candlestick construction in which 31 designates the lower end of a hollow electric light fixture of the wellknown imitation candle type on the upper end of which is fitted the usual socket to receive the light bulb, 36a being the wires for conducting current to the socket. A detachable plug type connection 38 is provided in the base 59b for connecting the wires 38a with an extension cord 39 on the outer end of which the usual attachment plug is, of course, provided for insertion in the wall outlet. 35a is a drip cup entered in the candlestick section I2 and providing a support for the imitation candlestick electric light fitting 31. The section I2 has its reduced adapter or neck portion I6 suitably secured in the base I9b, clamping a ring 40 between the parts, similarly as in the fastening of the cross-pieces 26 in Figs. 3 to 7, and the chimney support 30 in Fig. 9, the ring so, however, being a perforated sheet metal piece having larger holes 4| in circumierentially spaced relation in the upper portion 42 thereof and a larger number of smaller holes 43 in circumferentially spaced relation in the inwardly bent annular lower portion 44, the holes 4| being adapted to receive flowers, cigarets, etc. The annular trough 45 in the base I91) below the ring 40 will serve either as an ash tray or as a water reservoir. It is clear, therefore, from the showings in Figs. 10 and 11, and the other figures.

that the tubular construction of the sections 12 affords the further important advantage that electric lamps of conventional construction may be built up using the sections l2, without any need for a separate central tubular member to serve as the conduit for the wires, the sections l2 themselves forming the conduit.

It is believed the foregoing description conveys a good understanding of the objects and advantages of my invention. The appended claims have been drawn to cover all legitimate modifications and adaptations.

I claim:

1. A candlestick comprising a. base, a plurality of short individual candlestick sections, each individual section consisting of an internally threaded tubular body having an externally threaded lower end portion of reduced diameter adapted to thread in the internal threads of the body portion, said sections being threadedly connected in that manner, the lowermost section being secured to the base by its reduced lower end portion, the uppermost section being adapted to mount a candle therein, and a perforated cross-piece having candle holding sockets on the ends thereof and clamped between two of said interthreaded sections by entry of the reduced lower end portion of one of the two sections through the perforation.

2. A candlestick comprising a base, a plurality of short individual candlestick sections, each individual section consisting of an internally threaded tubular body having an externally threaded lower end portion of reduced diameter adapted to thread in the internal threads of the body portion, said sections being threadedly connected in that manner, the lowermost section being secured to the base by its reduced lower end portion, and a perforated cross-piece having candle holding sockets on the ends thereof and clamped between two of said interthreaded sections by entry of the reduced lower end portion of one of the two sections through the perforation.

3. A candlestick comprising a base, a plurality of short individual candlestick sections, each individual section consisting of an internally threaded tubular .body having an externally threaded lower end portion of reduced diameter adapted to thread in the internal threads of the body portion, said sections being threadedly connected in that manner, the lowermost section being secured to the base by its reduced lower end portion, the uppermost section being adapted to mount a candle therein, and a plurality of perforated cross-pieces each having candle holding sockets on the outer ends thereof, each of said cross-pieces being clamped between two of said interthreaded sections by entry of the reduced lower end portion of a section through the perforation.

4. A candlestick comprising a base, a plurality of short individual candlestick sections, each individual section consisting of an internally threaded tubular body having an externally threaded lower end portion of reduced diameter adapted to thread in the internal threads of the body portion, said sections being threadedly connected in that manner, the lowermost section being secured to the base by its reduced lower end portion, the uppermost section being adapted to have the butt end of a candle threaded directly therein for support, and a pluralityof perforated cross-pieces each having candle holding sockets on the outer ends thereof, each of said cross-pieces being clamped between two of said interthreaded sections by entry of the reduced lower end portion of a section through the perforation.

5. A candlestick comprising a base, a plurality of short individual candlestick sections, each individual section consisting of an internally threaded tubular body having an externally threaded lower end portion of reduced diameter adapted to thread in the internal threads of the body portion, said sections being threadedly connected in that manner, the lowermost section being secured to the base by its reduced lower end portion, the internal threads in each body portion being extended below the level required for interthreading said sections, and the bore of each body portion being of a diameter adapted to receive the butt end of a candle and being adapted to out mating threads in said candle butt in the rotary insertion of the candle, the threads being coarse enough to make that practical, the uppermost section being adapted to mount a candle therein, and a perforated cross-piece having candle holding sockets on the ends thereof and clamped between two of said interthreaded sections by entry of the reduced lower end portion of one of the two sections through the perforation.

6. A candlestick comprising a base, a plurality of short individual candlestick sections, each individual section consisting of an internally threaded tubular body having an externally threaded lower end portion of reduced diameter adapted to thread in the internal threads of the body portion, said sections being threadedly connected in that manner, the lowermost section being secured to the base by its reduced lower end portion, the internal threads in each body portion bein extended below the level required for interthreading said sections, and the bore of each body portion being of a diameter adapted to receive the butt end of a candle and being adapted to cut mating threads in said candle butt in the rotary insertion of the candle, the threads being coarse enough to make that practical, the uppermost section being adapted to have the butt end of a candle threaded directly therein for support, and a plurality of perforated cross-pieces each having candle holding sockets on the outer ends thereof, each of said crosspieces being clamped between two of said interthreaded sections by entry of the reduced lower end portion of a section through the perforation.

LOUIS SCHAEFER.

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Classifications
U.S. Classification431/295, 431/126, 362/161, 362/238, D26/9, D26/113, 362/392
International ClassificationF21V35/00
Cooperative ClassificationF21V35/00
European ClassificationF21V35/00