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July 11, 1961 R. E. BELLOCCHIO 2,991,577
CORNER PICTURE FRAME ASSEMBLY Filed Dec. 24, 1958 3 65v: 1f. fi j k/o A 7702 A/E Y United States Patent 2,991,577 CORNER PICTURE FRAME ASSEMBLY Rene E. Bellocchio, P.0. Box 171, Stockton, Calif. Filed Dec. 24, 1958, Ser. No. 782,716 7 Claims. (Cl. 40152.1)
This invention relates to a picture frame, and it particularly relates to a picture frame for use in an upper corner of a room or the like.
As is well known, pictures are generally hung on the flat surface of one of the walls of a room. In such position, the picture can be seen in full detail from only certain portions of the room and is entirely invisible from certain other portions of the room. Furthermore, such ordinarily-hung pictures do not lend themselves to threedimensional effect because of the two-dimensional aspect of the wall.
It is one object of the present invention to overcome the above difficulties by providing a picture frame assembly which can be so hung that a picture held therein will be easily accessible to full view from substantially all portions of the room.
Another object of the present invention is to provide a picture frame assembly which is capable of providing a three-dimensional effect for any picture held therein, which is in the form of a four sided triangular pyramid, that is each of the four sides is triangular in shape.
Another object of the present invention is to provide a picture frame assembly which can conveniently be hung in corners of a room.
Another object of the present invention is to provide a picture frame assembly which is simple in construction, easy to assemble and place in position, and which does not tend to be easily damaged.
Other objects of the present invention are to provide an improved picture frame assembly, of the character described, that is easily and economically produced, which is sturdy in construction, and which is highly eflicient in operation.
With the above and related objects in view, this invention consists in the details of construction and combination of parts, as will be more fully understood from the following description, when read in conjunction with the accompanying drawing in which:
FIG. 1 is a front elevational view of a picture frame assembly embodying the present invention, the assembly being shown in position in a corner of a room and having a picture held therein;
FIG. 2 is a sectional view taken on line 2-2 of FIG. 1;
FIG. 3 is a rear view of the frame and a sectional view of the backing, taken on line 3-3 of FIG. 2; and,
FIG. 4 is a sectional view taken on line 44 of FIG. 3
Referring in greater detail to the drawing wherein similar reference characters refer to similar parts, there is shown a picture frame assembly, generally designated 10, which comprises a frame 12 formed of three strips of molding 14, 16 and 18 arranged in triangular configuration (as best seen in FIGS. 1 and 3). Each of the strips of molding 14, 16 and 18 has an inclined inner face, as at 20 in FIG. 4, which connects with a small inner shoulder 22. The outer face of each strip has a straight side portion 24, an inclined portion 26 and a straight top portion 28.
Connected to the rear surface 24 of each of the strips 14, 16 and 18, as by screws 30, is a backing member 32, of concave configuration. This backing member may be constructed of any desired material such as papiermache, plastic, or the like.
The frame assembly is hung in position in a corner of a room defined by the meeting of the ceiling with two walls in three meeting lines, a common line between the two walls, and meeting lines between the ceiling and 2,991,571 Patented July 11, 1961- each of said two walls, by means of a construction which includes an eyelet screw 34 at the center rear portion of strip 16, another similar eyelet screw 36 at the apex of the frame 12 between the strips 14 and 18, and an open eyelet or cup holding type hanger screw 38 provided in the upper corner of the room (as shown in FIG. 2).
A cord 40 having a spring 42 at one end is strung between these three eyelets 34, 36 and 38 to hold the frame 12 in the corner of a ceiling and two adjacent walls. This is accomplished by first inserting a book 44 at one end of" the cord into the eyelet 34, then stringing the cord 411 through cup hook or open eyelet 38 and down towardeyelet 36. The hook 46 attached to spring 42 is then inserted through eyelet 36 and the frame is released. It then hangs resiliently by means of the cord 40 and its spring 42.
Before being hung, the frame assembly 10 is provided with the glass 48, behind which may be a painting, photo graph or any other type of illustration, by attaching its edges to the rear of the frame 12 in the ordinary manner and then pushing it back to abut against the concave backing member 32. The picture thereby assumes a concaveform which provides a three-dimensional eifect viewable throughout the room. This viewability is aided by the: position of the picture-carrying frame assembly 10 which is inclined downwardly and inwardly between the ceiling. and the two adjacent walls of the room.
Usually, the plane of each wall is at right angles to the plane of the adjacent wall and the plane of the ceiling, and the triangle of the picture frame is usually equilateral,. in which case the plane of the frame will be at 45 to the planes of the walls and the ceiling. Obviously, the framemay be isosceles, with two equal sides preferably con tacting the walls and the unequal side contacting the ceiling. However, the triangle may have any desired angles to cooperate with the angles of the walls and ceiling, particularly when the angle between the ceiling and the walls is other than a right angle, as is sometimes true with some walls of certain types of homes, such as split-level and ranch type homes. As thus mounted with its sides in contact with the walls, the frame is never askew, because of the downward angle, it gathers less dust than the usual picture, it never needs adjusting or straightening, and it occupies a position heretofore neglected and it increases the decorative possibilities of a room.
Although this invention has been described in considerable detail, such description is intended as being illustrative rather than limiting, since the invention may be variously embodied, and the scope of the invention is to be determined as claimed.
Having thus set forth and disclosed the nature of this invention, what is claimed is:
1. For use in combination with a room, said room having two walls and a ceiling, said walls each terminating in a common line with said ceiling and with each other, thereby having three meeting lines terminating in a common corner, a picture supporting frame assembly comprising a tiangular frame of three straight sides in a common plane, picture supporting means on said frame, and means for mounting said triangular frame in said room adjacent said common corner, with one side of said frame extending in contact with said ceiling and extending between each meeting line of said ceiling with said walls, the other two sides'of said frame each extending from said meeting lines of said walls, one side extending to one said meeting line of one of said walls to said ceiling, and the other two sides extending to the other of said meeting lines of said other wall to said ceiling, with each of said sides in contact with its said wall or ceiling, whereby the plane of said picture frame forms a pyramid with the intersecting planes of each wall and said ceiling to said common corner.
2. The frame of claim 1, said triangle being an is'oceles triangle.
3. The frame of claim 1, said frame being an equilateral triangle.
4. The frame of claim 3, the planes of said Walls and said ceiling meeting at right angles to each other, whereby said plane of said frame extends at 45 to each of the planes of said walls and said ceiling.
5. A picture supporting frame assembly in the form of a triangular pyramid, one plane face of said pyramid being a triangular picture supporting frame defining a common plane opposite an apex of said pyramid, and means for mounting said pyramid frame assembly in a corner of a room defined by two walls and a ceiling with said pyramid apex extending toward said common corner and one side of said triangular frame contacting said ceiling and the two opposite sides of said triangular frame each contacting one of said walls, the plane of said picture 4 frame being at an acute angle with each of the planes of said walls and said ceiling.
6. The picture frame assemblyof claim 5, said picture frame defining an isosceles triangle.
7. The picture frame of claim 5, said picture frame defining an equilateral triangle,-said walls and said ceiling being at right angles to each other, said acute angle of said picture frame to said walls and ceiling planes being a 45 angle.
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