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Publication numberUS2681525 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateJun 22, 1954
Filing dateMay 16, 1950
Priority dateMay 16, 1950
Publication numberUS 2681525 A, US 2681525A, US-A-2681525, US2681525 A, US2681525A
InventorsJames Bill Y
Original AssigneeJames Bill Y
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Decorative bow structure
US 2681525 A
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June 22, 1954 JAMES 2,681,525

DECORATIVE BOW STRUCTURE Filed May 16, 1950 3 Sheets-Sheet l V INVENTOR.

6/7/ James I I w 6 BY ATTOR/V June 22, 1954 Y, JAMES 2,681,525

DECORATIVE BOW STRUCTURE Filed May 16, 1950 s Sheets-Sheet 2 i 34 i i 6/32 6% MINZIJTOR.

5/7/ )4 James #7 Tram/5K June 22, 1954 B. Y. JAMES DECORATIVE BOW STRUCTURE 3 Sheets-Sheet 5 Filed May 16. 1950 INVENTOR 5/'// K James Patented June 22, 1954 UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE 2 Claims.

This invention relates to the decorative arts particularly to gift packaging, the primary object being to provide an inexpensive, easily and quickly formed bow adapted for mounting upon a box or other package and including a plurality of superimposed, elongated loops interconnected and/or joined to the box or tying tape therefor at a single point substantially at the center of the bow.

It is the most important object of the present invention to provide a decorative bow that constitutes in its entirety a plurality of superimposed, radially extending loops, each of which is of itself made from an initially fiat, elongated strip of flexible material.

Another important object of the present invention is to provide a bow for decoration purposes including a plurality of loops that are produced by folding an elongated fiat strip of flexible material upon itself, and gathering the same together at a mid-point, there being provided a single fastening element adaptable for joining the proximal superimposed ends of the loops and/or connecting the entire bow to either the package or tying tape therefor.

Another object of the present invention is to provide a bow adaptable for decorating packages, made from an initially flat; elongated strip of flexible material such as paper, cloth, cellophane, and having a plurality of perforations extending the entire length thereof, either for the purpose of presenting a bow having a number of loops of differing lengths or a bow having loops of identical length by virtue of exact spacing of the perforations of the strip.

A further object of this invention is to provide a bow construction made from an elongated strip of material provided with equally spaced perforations therealong, the strip having areas of reduced width adjacent each opening respectively to avoid bulkiness at the point of attachment of the loops at the center of the bow and to add to attractiveness.

Other objects of the present invention include the way in which an elongated strip of material is presented and formed to render the same adaptable for cutting shorter strips of material therefrom which may be subsequently folded and joined into loop construction; the way in which novel fastening elements are provided for the loops including tying tape-receiving means, package piercing and locking construction, means to pierce and mount the bow on an auxiliary tapereceiving block; and structure for joining the bow to the tape or to the box by means of adhesive.

Many additional objects will be made clear as the manner of producing the various bows hereof are hereinafter described, reference being had to the accompanying drawing, wherein:

Figure 1 is a perspective view of a package having one form ofdecorative bow structure of this invention secured thereto.

Fig. 2 is a perspective view of the strip material used in forming the bow illustrated in Fig. 1.

Fig. 3 is a fragmentary, elevational view of a modified form of strip material.

Fig. 4 is a top plan view of a second form of decorative bow structure.

Fig. 5 is a perspective, stretched-out view of the component parts of the bow illustrated in Fig. 4.

Fig. 6 is a sectional view illustrating the manner of mounting any one of the bows of the present invention.

Fig. 7 is a top plan view of another form of decorative bow structure.

Fig. 8 is a plan View of the blank used. in producing the bow illustrated in Fig. '7.

Fig. 9 is a top plan View of another form of bow utilizing a slightly different type of strip construction.

Fig. 10 is a diagrammatical view illustrating the manner of forming another type of bow.

Fig. 11 is a top plan view of the strip of material used to form the bow of Fig. 10.

Fig. 12 is a side elevational View of the fastening element shown in Fig. 6.

Fig. 13 is an end elevational view thereof.

Fig. 1 is an end elevational view of a slightly modified form of fastening means.

Fig. 15 is a side, perspective view of a still further form of fastener for the bows.

Fig. 16 is a perspective view of an auxiliary block and fastening construction for the bows.

Fig. 1'7 is a top perspective View of another type of fastening element.

Fig. 18 is a side perspective view of another modified form of fastening means for the bows.

Fig. 19 is a top perspective view of an adhesive type fastener for the bows.

Fig. 20 is a perspective view illustrating one manner of use of the element of Fig. 19.

Fig. 21 is a top plan View showing the manner of using the element of Figs. 19 and 20.

Fig. 22 is a top perspective View illustrating another manner of use of the element shown in Fig. 19; and

Fig. 23 is another form of adhesive type, bow fastening element.

The various modifications of the decorative bows hereof illustrated in Figs. 1, 4, '7, 9 and. 10 respectively, are all of substantially the same character with the exception of that of Fig, 7, in that the same are formed from an initially flat, elongated strip of material. Irrespective of the type of bow that is utilized, the fastening elements illustrated in Figs. 12 to 23 inclusive, are adaptable.

Referring first to Figs. 1 and. 2, there is illustrated in the latter, a roll IE2 of an elongated strip 52 of flexible material preferably of a paperlike nature and of a desired color. The strip i2 is provided with a plurality of equally spaced perforaticns is extending throughout the length of strip i2.

Strip I2 is utilized in producing a bow l6 such as illustrated in Fig. 1 of the drawings and bow i6 is formed in the manner illustrated by Fig. 2. The operator merely forms a plurality of opposed loops in superimposed relationship with the openings M in direct alignment for receiving a fastening element or such other fastening element as may be desired and as will'hereinafter be made clear.

Element 2!? has a head 22 and an arrowheadtype of prong construction 24 opposite to head 22 thereof. After the loops iii are joined by use of the element as. the latter is forced into one wall of a box or other package 20, asshown in Fig. 6, whereupon the head 22 is turned 90 degrees to automatically lock the prong 2a in place. If desired, the prong 24 may be caused to pass through crossing tapes 20 used as a tying means for box 2 5.

Obviously, after the loops I0 are formed and the element Zil'passed through the aligned openings i i thereof, loops 58 are turned at various angles with respect to each other upon the shank of element ZEto present the appearance illustrated in Fig. i of the drawings.

ihere is illustrated in Fig. 3, a portion of a modified form of strip 38 of much the same char acter as strip i2 in that the same is provided with a plurality of spaced openings or perforations 38 at equal distances apart to produce loops of equal size in the same manner as in bow construction 5. The elongated flexible strip however, is provided with a pair of opposed cutout portions 26 adjacent each opening 33 respectively, to present portions of reduced width at each opening 38. Accordingly, when the tape 35 is placed in use in the same manner as shown in Fig, 2 of the drawings, that part of the completed bow adjacent the centerinost fastening element, will be less bulky and will thereby present an even neater appearance than that provided for by use of strip l2.

In Fig. 4 of the drawings, there is illustrated a bow made from the component parts illustrated in Fig. 5. Such parts include a strip 52, a pair of strips 5 5 and a 4th strip 50. The strips 5 3 are provided with end tabs 58 of reduced. width, each perforated as at 30 and a centerinost portion 62 of reduced width having a centrally disposed. opening 64 therein. Strip 52 is identical with strip 5 5 with the exception that the centermost reduced portion thereof has the edges thereof undulate-d as at 65.

Strip 5c is like strip b t with theexception that the perforated end tabs 58 are eliminated and the ends of the strip are cut at an angle with respect to the trans erse axis of the strip es. When assembled, the two strips 54 are interposed between strips 52 and 56 and'all of the strips with the exception of strip 56, are formed into loops 5%. In forming the loops, the perforations B0 of strips 52 and 5d are brought into alignment with the perforations 6 thereof and with the perforation 04 of strip 56. The fastening elemerit such as illustrated as at 20 is utilized to join the four sections of the bow structure and the loops B8 are arranged in the manner illustrated in Fig. 4. Here again the fastening elements 20 may be additionally used to join the how 50 to a box or the like 28.

It is noted in Fig. 5 of the drawings that the undulations es of the strip 52, present the appearance of a'knot which may be enhanced pictorially if desired. The strip 55 on the other hand simulates the ends of a tied bow.

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' gated strips M radiating from a common perforated area of integral connections I6. The outermost end of each strip M has a tab 18 thereon perforated as at in the same manner as shown in Fig. 5 above described.

In use, the strips M are rebent upon themselves topresent a number of loops t2 and the perforations 00 are all aligned with the centermost perforation of portion 16 for reception of a fastening element 20. It is preferred further that the strip 56 of Fig. 5, be utilized in connection with loops 02 to again present the ends of the tape forming bow 10.

A bow in Fig. 9 of the drawings, is formed. from an elongated stripof material similar to that illustrated in Fig. 2 and designated by the numeral I2 except that there is provided a relatively large number of closely spaced perforations 92 extending the full length of the rolled strip. It is seen that through utilization of such strip material, the user may produce a bow of virtually any shape, size or configuration desired. All that is needed is to rebend the material upon itself into a plurality of loops 94 making sure only that each pair of loops has a perforation in alignment with a perforation next below for reception of fastening element 20 or the like.

Bow construction such as shown schematically in Fig. 10 of the drawing, is made from an elongated strip of material I00 such as shown in Fig. 11. Strip I00 is similar in nature to'strip 36 in that there is provided a plurality of equally spaced, reduced areas I02 and as shown in Fig. 5, at 66, certain of the areas I02 have the edges thereof undulated as at I04. In lieu of a single perforation such as illustrated at 38 in Fig. 3, each reduced portion I02 is provided with a pair of closely spaced perforations I06. In utilizing the strip I00, the portions between the pairs of perforations I06 are rebent upon themselves to present a plurality of superimposed loops I08 and also rebent to form a line of bend IIO between the perforations I06 of each pair thereof. Accordingly, all of the perforations I06 are in direct alignment for receiving a fastening element 20 and presenting a bow H2. The loops are therefore, disposed in direct superimposed relationship and by cutting the ends of the strip I00 at an angle as at I I4, a pair of ends IIB will be presented for bow I I2.

At this juncture, it is also apparent that the strips 54 and 56 may each be cut from a single length of pro-formed rolled material and in this connection, the strip I00 is virtually adaptable as illustrated for producing the sections 54 and 50 of bow 50. r

The fastening element above referred to and designated by the numeral 20, is most clearly illustrated in Figs. 12 and 13 of the drawings and in this instance, a pair of shanks are provided for head 22, each having a prong construction 24 thereon. In lieu of this type of fastening element, a similar fastening I 30 may be provided as illustrated in Fig. 14, having a single shank and prong construction I32 thereon. V

It is furthermore apparent that any of the bows above described may be interconnected and/or joined with tying tape 28 or box 26 by a conventional fastener I 34 such as shown in Fig. 15. a

As another possibility, fastening of the bows may be accomplished through use of an auxiliary block I36 (Fig. 16) having a pair of perforations I38 for threadably receiving a tying tape I40. A brad-like fastening element I42 passing through the perforations of the bow is thereupon tacked into the block I38 for holding the bow in place upon the tape I40 and the package which it ties.

The fastener I34 of Fig. may be modified as illustrated in Fig. 17 to produce a fastener Md having an opening I46 adjacent the outermost end of each leg thereof for threadably receiving a tying tape I48. A knot I50 formed in the tape I I!) prevents relative movement between fastening means I44 with its bow thereon and with respect to tape I48. A fastening means I52 in the nature of a brad, has a single shank provided with an opening I54 for threadably receiving a tying tape I56. In this instance, a sharp end prong I 58 on the shank of element I52, serves to hold the bow in place by virtue of the point I58 embedding itself in the package.

A strip of bendable material IE0 is shown in Fig. 19 of the drawings and having a pair of opposed ears I62 struck therefrom and each provided with a perforation I64. The opposed surfaces of strip I60 are provided with coatings of adhesive I66. In one manner of use of the strip I 60, the ears I62 are bent upwardly as illustrated in Fig. 20, the bow is placed between the ears I62 with the aligned perforations thereof in alignment with opposed perforations I54 and a suitable fastening element IE8 is used to interconnect ears I62 and the proximal ends of the loops of the bow. Fig. 21 illustrates the way in which the loops are held in position when strip I60 is utilized in this manner. That face of the strip I60 opposite to the laterally extending ears E62, is thereupon fastened to tying tape 23 or package 26 by utilization of the adhesive I56 thereon.

Another manner of using the strip I60 is shown in Fig. 22. In this case, one face of the strip Hill is secured to the tying tape or package as just above described and the opposite face is glued to the bow itself after the latter has been formed and secured in place by means of a suitable fastener I10.

In Fig. 23 there is illustrated a bow fastener ZIlIl taking the form of a disc, centrally perfo rated as at 292 and provided with adhesive (not shown) on the lowermost face thereof Disc 2981 is used in much the same manner as illustrated in Fig. 22 except that perforation 202 receives fastener ill! or the like and serves to attach disc to the bow.

In lieu of the perforations I4, 38, 60, 54, B0, 92 and I05, the various strips may be provided with suitable indicia for designation points to be perforated through use of a fastener such as shown in Fig. 18.

It will be appreciated from the foregoin that there has been provided decorative bow structure that is inexpensive and particularly easy to use even by the most inexperienced operator. Furthermore, a relatively large number of differin types of bows can be made through use of the strips and the various types of fastening means herein disclosed and manifestly, many other,

types, shapes and configurations can be produced in addition to those specifically disclosed and described above.

In each case a simulated bow can be produced that will maintain its shape and beauty without the need of tying or particular shaping thereof during its application to a package or the like. Accordingly, it is desired to be limited only by the spirit of this invention as defined. by the scope of the appended claims.

Having thus described the invention, what is claimed as new and desired to be secured by Letters Patent is:

1. A decorative bow for use in gift wrapping a package, said bow comprising a single, initially flat, elongated, continuous strip of material formed into a pair of opposed stacks of superimposed, alternately oppositely facing loops, each of said loops having an upper leg, 2. lower leg and a bight, alternate loops of each stack having open, smoothly arcuate bights disposed remotely from the opposite stack, the remaining loops of each stack having folded bights interlapped with the similar bights of the remaining loops of the opposite stack, the uppermost loop of each stack being one of said alternate loops, the upper leg of each of said remaining loops being common to the immediately overlying alternate loop and forming the lower leg of the latter, each leg of each of said remaining loops being provided with a perforation adjacent the bight of the loop and in alignment with the perforations of the other of said remaining loops of both stacks, the upper legs of said uppermost loops being integral and provided with an opening in alignment with said perforations; and. a fastening element extending through opening and all of said perforations to hold said remaining loops of the pair of stacks in interlapped, tightly superimposed relationship.

2. A decorative bow for use in ift wrapping a package, said bow comprising a single, initially fiat, elongated, continuous strip of material formed into a pair of opposed stacks of superimposed, alternately oppositely facing loops, each of said loops havin an elongated, upper leg, an elongated, lower leg and a, bight, alternate loops of each stack having open, smoothly arcuate bights disposed remotely from the opposite stack, the remaining loops of each stack having folded nights interlapped with the similar bights of the remaining loops of the opposite stack, the uppermost loop of each stack being one of said alternate loops, the upper leg of each of said remaining loops being common to the immediately overlying alternate loop and forming the lower le of the latter, the lower leg of each of said alternate loops being of the same len th as the upper leg thereof, the lower leg of each of said remaining loops being longer than the upper leg thereof, each leg of each of said remaining loops being provided with a perforation adjacent the bight of the loop and in alignment with the perforations of the other of said remainin loops of both stacks, the upper legs of said uppermost loops being integral and provided with an opening in alignment with said perforations; and a fastening element extending throu h said opening and all of said perforations to hold said remaining loops of the pair of stacks in interlapped, tightly superimposed relationship.

References Cited in the file of this patent UNITED STATES PATENTS Number Name Date 674,956 Buschmann May 28, 1901 1,001,756 Hall Aug. 29, 1911 1,800,729 Hodges Apr. 14, 1931 ,072,509 Mercer Mar, 2, 1937 2,104,248 Stark Jan, 4, 1938 42, 22 Welch Feb. 20, 1951 2,562,919 James Aug. 7, 1951

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Classifications
U.S. Classification428/5, 2/151, 223/46
International ClassificationD04D7/10, D04D7/00
Cooperative ClassificationD04D7/10
European ClassificationD04D7/10