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Publication numberUS2719374 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateOct 4, 1955
Filing dateJun 11, 1954
Priority dateJun 11, 1954
Publication numberUS 2719374 A, US 2719374A, US-A-2719374, US2719374 A, US2719374A
InventorsAngelo Paione
Original AssigneeAngelo Paione
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Christmas tree ornament having suspending support
US 2719374 A
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United States Patent CHRISTMAS TREE ORNAMENT HAVING SUSPENDIN G SUPPORT Angelo Paione, Short Hills, N. .1.

Application June 11, 1954, Serial No. 436,115

2 Claims. (Cl. 41-10) This invention relates to improvements in Christmas tree ornaments; and the invention has reference, more particularly, to means in combination with a Christmas tree ball or like ornament of the hollow glass type for supporting and attaching the ball or the like in suspension from a branch of a tree to be decorated thereby.

The invention has for an object to provide a simple and inexpensive one-piece supporting and suspending means for a Christmas tree decorating ball or like ornament which is formed from a single length of wire or metallic or other suitable strip material; the formation having at its lower end a coupling member which is engageable with the ball or the like through the upper open end or neck thereof, and having at its upper end an exteriorly projecting attachment hook, which is opera tive in use to suspend the ball or the like from a tree branch; the coupling means being laterally compressible for entrance thereof through the open end or neck of the ball or the like, and being provided at its opposite sides with laterally projecting shoulder portions which, upon expansion of the coupling means after insertion into the interior of the ball or the like, will supportingly en' age with portions of the latter whereby to support the same; said coupling means further including external stop portions operative to limit inward movement thereof into the interior of the ball or the like, as well as to maintain the same in axial alignment with said ball or the like.

The above and other objects will be understood from a reading of the following detailed description of this invention in connection with the accompanying drawings, in which:

Fig. l is an elevational view of one form of the Christmas tree ball or like ornament equipped with a one piece supporting and suspending means according to this invention; and Fig. 2 is a longitudinal vertical sectional view of the same, the supporting and suspending means being shown in elevation.

Fig. 3 is an elevational view of another form of Christmas tree ball or like ornament also equipped with a onepiece supporting and suspending means according to this invention; and Fig. 4 is a longitudinal vertical sectional view of the same with the supporting and suspending means shown in elevation.

Similar characters of reference are employed in the drawings to indicate corresponding parts.

Referring first to Figs. 1 and 2 of the drawings, the reference character indicates the body of a Christmas ball or the like of the hollow glass type, the body shape and ornamentation of which can be varied as may be desired. Projecting axially from the top end of the hollow body 10 is a neck portion 11 which provides an endwise open passage 12 leading into the interior of said body. The outer free marginal edge of said neck portion 11 is thickened to provide an internal annular bead 13 which reenforces the same, and which obviates necessity for use of a metallic ferrule or cap that ordinarily is applied to the free end of a Christmas ball neck portion,

2,719,374 Patented Oct. 4, 1955 ice although application of such ferrule or cap to the neck portion 11 is not precluded if use thereof is desired.

In accordance with this invention, coupled to the hollow body 10 of the above described form of Christmas ball or the like is a one-piece supporting and suspending means, the same being formed from a single length of wire or metallic or other strip material. The lower end portion of said length of wire or the like is doubled upon itself into a substantially V-shaped coupler portion comprising upwardly divergent resilient legs 14 and 15. Said legs respectively terminate in inwardly bowed portions 16 and 17, which form at the junctures thereof with said legs external supporting shoulders 18 and 19. Extending divergently outward from said respective bowed portions 16 and :l/ are external stop arms 20 and 21. The bowed portions respectively provide outwardly open seats 22 and 23 which indent the opposite sides of the coupler portion intermediate said supporting shoulders and said stop arms. Projecting inwardly from one of the stop arms, e. the stop arm 20, is an offsetting section 24 from which extends the upwardly directed shank 25 of a suspension hook 26.

To operatively assemble the above described supporting and suspending means with the Christmas tree ball or the like, the resilient legs 14 and 15 of the V-shaped coupler portion of the former, which are tensionally inwardly yieldable, are forced one toward the other, whereby to retract the supporting shoulders 18 and 19 so that the same can pass the internal bead 13 of the ball neck portion 11, when the coupler portion is entered into the ball interior through the axial passage 12 of said neck portion. Such inward movement of the coupler portion arrested by engagement of the stop arms 20 and 21 with the end of the ball neck portion 11. When the entering movement of the coupler portion is thus arrested, the seats 22 and 23 will be disposed in opposition to diametrically opposite portions of the bead 13 of the neck portion 11, so that upon release of the resilient legs 14 and 15, the latter will expand, thus causing said seats 22 and 23 to embrace said bead 13, and the supporting shoulders 18 and 19 to engage beneath said bead. Under these conditions, the coupler portion interlocks with the Christmas tree ball or the like, so that the latter is carried by the supporting and suspending means, with the suspension hook 26 freely extending from the top of the ball or the like, ready to be hooked over a branch of a tree from which said ball or the like is desired to be suspended.

Referring now to Figs. 3 and 4, a Christmas tree ball or like ornament having a conventional neck portion is shown equipped with the one-piece supporting and suspending means according to this invention, the latter being somewhat modified to accommodate it to this type of ball or the like. In this case, the body ll) of the ball or the like is provided with a tubular neck portion 11 which provides the endwise open passage 12, said neck portion being of uniform thickness from end to end, the internal bead 13 of the previously described ball structure being omitted. In the instant type of ball structure, it is usual to apply over the free end of the neck portion 11 a metallic ferrule or cap 27, having an opening or slot 28 in its end wall. The one-piece supporting and suspending means, although modified to accommodate the same to the instant type of ball structure, is nevertheless of the same general form and construction already above described, and comprises the V-shaped coupler portion formed by the upwardly divergent resilient legs 14 and 15. In this case, said legs terminate in inwardly bowed portions 16 and 17' of an increased length corresponding to the length of the neck portion 11 of the ball or the like. Said bowed portions 16 and 17 at the junctures thereof with the legs 14 and 15, form external supporting shoulders 18 and 19, and extending divergently outward from said respective bowed portions 16' and 17 are external stop arms 20 and 21. Said bowed portions 16 and 17 respectively provide outwardly open seats 22 and 23' which indent opposite sides of the coupler portion intermediate said supporting shoulders and said stop arms. Projecting inwardly from one of the stop arms, e. g. the stop arm 20, is an offsetting section 24 from which extends the upwardly directed shank 25 of a suspension hook 26.

The said modified supporting and suspension means is assembled with the ball structure of Figs. 3 and 4 by laterally compressing the V-shaped coupler portion so as to retract the supporting shoulders 18 and 19 for passage through the slot 28 of the ferrule or cap 27, and thence inwardly through the passage 12 of the neck portion 11, until such inserting movement is arrested by abutment of the stop arms 19 and 20 against the ferrule or cap 27. When the entering movement of the coupler portion is thus arrested, the seats 22 and 23 will be disposed in opposition to opposite sides of the wall of the neck por tion 11, so that upon release of the resilient legs or arms 14 and 15, the latter will expand, thus causing said seats to embrace the neck portion 11, and the supporting shoulders 18 and 19 to engage beneath the internal shoulders 29 formed by the juncture of said neck portion with the body 10 of the ball or the like. Under these conditions, the coupler portion interlocks with the ball orthe like, so that the latter is carried by the supporting and suspending means, with the suspension hook 26 freely extending from the top of the ball or the like, ready to be hooked over a branch of a tree from which said ball or the like is desired to be suspended.

Having now described my invention, I claim:

1. A one-piece supporting and suspending device for a hollow Christmas tree ornament having an external tubular neck axially projecting therefrom, said device comprising a single length of wire having its lower end part bent to form an upwardly open V-shaped coupler portion and its upper part bent to form a downwardly open suspension hook' disposed in axially aligned relation to said coupler portion, said V-shaped coupler portion providing divergent resilient arms adapted to yield inwardly when the coupler portion is thrust downwardly into the ornament neck, said resilient arms each terminating in indented portions to provide outwardly open seats which, under tensional reaction of said arms, are adaptedto respectively supportingly engage opposite inner sides of the ornament neck when said coupler portion is inserted therein, and an elongated shank portion connecting the suspension hook with one side of the coupler portion.

2. A Christmas tree ornament comprising a hollow body having an external tubular neck axially projecting therefrom, said neck having an internally projecting annular bead within its interior, a supporting and suspending device comprising a single length of wire having its lower end part bent to form an upwardly open V-shaped coupler portion and its upper part bent to form a down- :ardly open suspension hook disposed in axially aligned relation to said coupler portion, said V-shaped coupler portion providing divergent resilient arms adapted to yield inwardly when the coupler portion is thrust downwardly into the ornament neck, said resilient arms each terminating in indented portions to provide outwardly open seats which, under tensional reaction of said arms, are adapted to receive and embrace said internal head of the ornament neck when the coupler portion is inserted in said neck, and an elongated shank portion connecting the suspension hook with one side of the coupler portion.

Jones Jan. 12, 1932 Groothedde Aug. 24, 1943

Patent Citations
Cited PatentFiling datePublication dateApplicantTitle
US1841028 *Jun 10, 1930Jan 12, 1932Frank Jones BenjaminChristmas tree ornament support
US2327519 *Jul 18, 1942Aug 24, 1943Harry GrootheddeChristmas tree ornament
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Classifications
U.S. Classification428/11, 24/369, 248/317, 63/13
International ClassificationA47G33/10, A47G33/00
Cooperative ClassificationA47G33/10
European ClassificationA47G33/10