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April 1953 F. AGUETTAZ 2,634,070
CHRISTMAS TREE HOLDER Filed Nov. 6, 1947 Flory 6. Agueflaz INVENTOR.
' ment Patented Apr. 7, 1953 UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE CHRISTMAS TREE HOLDER Flory G. Aguettaz, Butte, Mont. Application November 6, 1947, Serial No. 78436? 1 Claim. 1
This invention relates to novel and useful improvements in devices for retaining Christmas trees or the like in a proper standing position.
An object of this invention is to easily and conveniently retain the lower portion of a Christmas tree trunk in an upright position.
Another purpose of this invention is to provide improved means for carrying out the above mentioned function.
Another purpose of this invention is to provide a pair of concentric rings joined and spaced from each other having resilient means for lockingly engaging a tree trunk.
Another purpose of this invention is to provide curved terminal portions on said tree trunk engaging means.
Another object of this invention is to provide said tree trunk engaging means of a contour, whereby the said contour will substantially follow the cut portion of a tree trunk.
Another purpose of this invention is to provide an extremely simple device of the character de scribed which lends itself well to commercial manufacture.
Other objects and features of novelty will become apparent to those skilled in the art, in following the description of the preferred form of the invention, illustrated in the accompanying drawings, wherein:
Figure 1 is a perspective view of the preferred form of the invention; and
Figure 2 is an elevational side view of the invention, showing the same retaining a tree trunk.
It is-the purpose of this invention to provide an extremely simple device of the character described which retains a tree, preferably a Christmas tree, in the upright position. Since the trees which are chosen for ornamental purposes during the Chirstmas season are of substantially the same or similar dimensions, an extremely inexpensive device may be manufactured for retaining a tree trunk in the upright position.
This inexpensive device can be devoid of mechanical contrivances for adjustment purposes (to compensate for varying size tree trunks), the inherent resiliency of the material of construction being used for this purpose.
A ring element or base In is provided of substantially circular configuration and has a plurality of legs l2 extending therefrom. These legs are angularly inclined relative to the said ring and terminate in a retainer or second ring elel4. This second ring element is concentric relative to the first-mentioned ring element In and is adapted to receive a tree trunk I G therethrough.
The bottom portion of a tree trunk I6 is conventionally cut with beveled portions at the end and a plurality of V-shaped gripper arms iii are adapted to engage this beveled portion. The
said arms I8 are formed with a loop or coiled portion at substantially the center or apex thereof, which loop encircles the said retainer or ring element l4. Of course, the loops may be welded or otherwise firmly secured to the said second ring element l4 adjacent or at the said loops.
The upper portion of each of the said arms I8 is slightly curved or bent at the end, as indicated at 20. This renders insertion of the tree trunk [6 between each of the said arms l8 relatively simple. The bottom portion or opposite ends of each of the said arms [8 are also bent to compensate for irregular terminals of diiferent tree trunks Hi.
It will be noted that the general configuration of the lower portions of the said arms l8 conforms to the said beveled or cut portion of a tree It, thereby forming a firm seat. Of course, any practical number of arms may be utilized in association with this invention. However, the preferable number is three or four. Due to the extreme simplicity of the invention, a further description thereof is deemed unnecessary. However, it is apparent that variations may be made without departing from the spirit of the invention.
Having described the claimed as new is:
A tree holder comprising upper and lower horizontally disposed, spaced parallel endless wire elements, means rigidly connecting said wire elements and retaining the same in spaced parallel relation to each other, a plurality of circumferentially spaced V-shaped arms carried by said upper wire element, each of said arms including a central coiled portion and upper and lower end portions crossed at said coiled portion, said coiled portions extending inwardly from the apices of said arms and receiving the upper wire element therethrough, each coiled portion having a part permanently fixed to said upper wire element, said coiled portions urging said upper and lower end portions radially inwardly of said upper wire element, whereby said end portions may grip a tree that is embraced by said upper and lower wire elements.
FLORY G. AGUE-TTAZ.
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