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Sept. 9, 1958 G. s. TEISTA 2,850,826
FLORAL S'IIANDI 7 Filed Nov. so, 1956 GEORGE S.TESTA IN V EN TOR.
Patented Sept 9, 1958 FLQRAL STAND George S. Testa, Elizabeth, N. J.
Application November 30, 1956, Serial No. 625,415
1 Claim. (Cl. 4112) This invention relates to a floral stand.
In making up certain floral displays, it has been the practice of florists to use a stand comprising several stout wires bound together intermediate their ends and spread apart at their lower and upper ends; at the former to provide a base and at the upper end to provide support for a floral'piece. Within and/or around the base and secured to the same, it has been the custom to provide a body of tightly packed moss, enclosed in wire mesh, with paper wrapped around the enmeshed moss and the base of the stand, individual flowers being stuck through the paper and screen and into the moss. The floral piece at the head of the stand has also been of a similar nature. Such construction requires too much time and is therefore relatively expensive. Also, it is undesirable to have the flowers cover the base, in which position they rest on the rug or carpet of the floor, or on the ground. It is therefore an object of my present invention to provide a more economical and otherwise more desirable floral stand.
According to this invention, the moss, necessarily tightly packed, is eliminated, as is the accompanying and enclosing wire screen and the paper wrapping therearound, and provision is made for eliminating the undesirable floor position of flowers on the base of the stand. In lieu of the outmoded type of stand described, which is not worth recovering, due to the work involved for that purpose, the new stand is recoverable and may be reused in its entirety, and moreover enables a more attractive and more stable floral display to be made.
The drawings illustrate the invention, and in these:
Fig. l is a front elevation of the floral stand, showing one form of design thereon;
Fig. 2 is a side-rear elevation of the same;
Fig. 3 is a view taken on line 33 of Fig. 1;
Fig. 4 is a fragmentary section showing a means for fastening designs to the framework of the stand; and
Figs. 5, 6, 7 and 8 are front elevations of the stand with different designs thereon.
Referring to the drawings for a detailed description thereof, and at first to Figs. 14, the frame shown is made of wire, and comprises a lower horizontal ring 9 and a smaller horizontal ring 10 above.
Legs 12, 13 and 14 are welded to the periphery of the rings 9 and 10, and are divergent, due to the difierent diameters of the rings, the lower ring being the larger, to give stability to the stand. The legs are similar and are each formed from a single piece of wire, which is looped at the bottom and there bent outwardly and downwardly to form feet 12a, 13a, and 14a, which may be pressed into earth and hold the stand securely. Also, as shown, the wire for each leg is so bent that the two branches diverge upwardly; and at their upper ends contact branches of adjacent legs. The frame rises above the mentioned upper ring 10 by the provision of two upwardly converging wires 16 and 17, these being each.
welded to one of the legs, and are welded together at their upper ends.
A circular platform 20, of foam plastic, rests on, and is secured to, the upper ring 10, being secured thereto indirectly by being tied to parallel wires 21, as shown in Fig. 3, these wires dividing the ring 10 segmentally, and are welded to the ring. Specifically, a short piece of wire, or a splinter 22, disposed on the platform, is held down tightly by thin wires 23 which are looped over the splinter or wire 22, pass down through the platform and are tied around the parallel wires 21.
A wreath 25 of foam plastic is secured to the upper portions of the wires 16 and 17, in a manner similar to that described for fastening the platform 10. As illustrated in Figs. 1 and 4, wires or splinters 27 are secured to the wreath by thin wires 28 which are looped around the splinters, pass through the wreath, and are tied to wires 16 and 17.
The foam plastic wreath 25 and platform 10 are, in practice, fully decorated or filled with flowers stuck into them, it being understood that pointed splinters are put into the ends of the flowers stems and tied thereto, so that they readily penetrate the plastic foam.
Figs. 5 and 6 show the stand described, except that,
in lieu of the wreath, a heart design is shown in Fig. 5,
and a horseshoe design in Fig. 6. Fig. 7 shows a cross design which is secured to a single upright wire, which single wire 30 is used instead of the wires 16 and 17 men tioned.
What is claimed is:
A floral stand consisting essential of the following elements: an upper horizontal wire ring, wires within and across said ring reinforcing the same, a lower horizontal wire ring, three V-shaped, mutually divergent and relatively long legs formed of bent wire, the parts of each leg converging to form looped, outwardly bent feet, said legs secured to both of said horizontal rings and elevating said upper ring a substantial distance above the mentioned feet, the rear wires of the two front legs continued upwardly past the rear of said upper ring at an angle and extending substantially above it and converging to substantially meet at their upper ends, to form a slighty re clining back, a horizontal block of foam plastic secured 'to said upper ring, a design of foam plastic secured to the upper end portion of said back, and looped wires passing through said foam plastic block and design to r hold them respectively to said upper ring and back.
References Cited in the file of this patent UNITED STATES PATENTS Orr Mar. 13, 1956