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Publication numberUS3334392 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateAug 8, 1967
Filing dateJan 4, 1965
Priority dateJan 4, 1965
Publication numberUS 3334392 A, US 3334392A, US-A-3334392, US3334392 A, US3334392A
InventorsWhite John L
Original AssigneeJacwil Mfrs
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Casket lining means
US 3334392 A
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Aug. 8. 1967 I -J. L. WHITE 3,334,392

CASKET LINING MEANS Filed Jan. 4, 1965 2 Sheets-Sheet l IN VENTOR 49 v I BY Jo/zrzLW/zzi Aug. 8. 1967 J. L. WHITE 3,334,392

CASKET DINING MEANS Filed Jan. 4, 1965 2 Sheets-Sheet 2 5/ Z 'INVENTOR, JJmZ. 77/2413, W JMM, r444 W/*W United States Patent 3,334,392 CASKET LININ G MEANS John L. White, Knightstown, Ind., assignor to Jacwil Mfrs., Knightstown, Ind., a partnership Filed Jan. 4, 1965, Ser. No. 422,916 13 Claims. (Cl. 27-19) ABSTRACT OF THE DISCLOSURE A lining construction for a casket casing having a floor and four side walls, each of the side walls terminating in its added upper edge in an inwardly-formed lip defining an inverted elongate channel recess having interior side surfaces and an interior upper surface. The interior lining construction includes at least one interior side wall panel preferably of corrugated paperboard with the corrugations extending transversely of the panel and prefabricated to include an integral upper marginal flange which is transversely engaged between the interior side surfaces of one of the elongate channel recesses. Lining fabric overlays at least a portion of the interior panel and is fastened to the upper flange of the panel so as to be disposed in part between the upper flange and the upper interior surface of the channel recess. The construction further includes means anchoring the bottom region of the interior side wall panel with respect to the casket casing in cooperating with the channel recess to maintain the interior side wall panel in spaced, substantially parallel orientation with respect to the adjacent casket casing side wall. For this purpose the interior side Wall panel preferably includes a bottom integral marginal flange which is anchored by an interior floor unit disposed atop of the bottom flange.

This invention relates to casket interior construction and in particular to lining means for casket interiors.

It is a primary object of the present invention to provide lining means for casket interiors which enables the effect of costly interior upholstering to be achieved by unskilled labor.

-It is another object of the present invention to provide lining means for casket interiors which may be mass produced and easily and quickly installed.

It is another object of the present invention to eliminate the need for interior framing necessary for interior casket upholstering, and to present a neat, uncluttered interior.

Briefly described, the casket lining means of the present invention comprises four rectangular panels, preferably fabricated of corrugated paper board, to serve as the four interior lining panels of the casket. Each of the rectangular panels is provided with an integral upper flange adapted to be engaged in the recess defined by the inwardlyformed-lip edge of the casketcasing and an integral bottom flange adapted to abut against the floor of the casket casing. The rectangular panels are provided with lining fabric which is fastened to the top of the upper flange. An interior floor unit rests on the bottom flanges of the panels thereby further assisting in maintaining the position of the panels. The fabric may be drawn across the interior face of the panels and the bottom flange and held in place by the interior floor unit or may otherwise be draped as desired.

These and other objects and features of the present invention will be better understood by reference to the following detailed description and the accompanying drawings wherein:

FIGURE 1 is an isometric view of a full couch casket utilizing the lining means of the present invention.

FIGURE 2 is a cross-sectional view in elevation of a 3,334,392 Patented Aug. 8, 1967 casket utilizing the lining means of the present invention in one manner.

FIGURE 3 is a cross-sectional view in elevation of a casket utilizing the lining means of the present invention in another manner.

FIGURE 4 is an isometric view of two lining panels of the present invention with the lining fabric attached.

FIGURE 5 is an enlarged view of a portion of FIG- URE 2.

FIGURE 6 is an enlarged view of a portion of FIG- URE 3.

FIGURE 7 is a cutaway isometric view of a portion of a casket utilizing the lining means in the same manner as shown in FIGURE 2.

Referring now to FIGURE 1 there is shown a casket 11 of the full couch type provided with lining means of the present invention generally designated by the reference numeral 12. It should be understood that the lining means 12 may also be utilized with other types and forms of caskets including half couch caskets. The' upholstered efiect presented by the lining means 12 is readily achieved by unskilled labor at a far lower cost than actual upholstering installed by skilled labor.

In FIGURES 2, 5, and 7 the detachable lining means 12 is shown utilized in a particular manner. The lining means 12 includes lining panels 13 which, as illustrated in FIGURE 4, are rectangular in shape and dimensioned to a length compatible with length dimensions of the respective sides of the casket casing 14. Thus, in FIGURE 4 the panel 13 is of shorter length than the panel 13" such that the panel 13 will be compatible with one end of the casket casing 14 While the panel 13" will be compatible with one longitudinal side of the casket casing. The panels 13 are preferably fabricated of corrugated paper board with the corrugations running transversely of the panels. Other types of material such as non-cor- The casket casing 14 is conventional in structure and is provided in particular with inwardly-formed-lip edges 16 defining recesses 16a, best shown in FIGURE 5.

The panels 13 are each creased and folded transversely of the corrugations to include integral upper flanges 15 having widths such that the flanges 15 are adapted to be wedged into engagement in the lip edge recesses 16a of the casket casing. In addition, the panels 12 are each creased and folded longitudinally of the corrugations to include lower flanges 17 extending in the opposite direc tion from the upper flanges 15. i

The lining fabric 18 is preferably fastened to the top of the flange 15 by pins, staples, or other fastening members 19. If desired, a single length of the lining fabric 18 may be fastened to the upper flanges 15 of an end panel 13 and a side panel 13" in the manner depicted in FIG- URE 4. The integral unit can then be readily folded in the requisite L-shaped configuration and inserted into the casket casing, as depicted in FIGURE 7. Two such integral units would provide the interior wall lining for one casket.

Turning again to FIGURES 2, 5, and 7, it is apparent that the lining panels 13 with the lining fabric 18 fastened to the upper flanges 15 are positioned in the casket casing 14 by wedging the upper flanges 15 into engagement in the lip edge recesses 16a of the casket casing and then forcing the panels 13 into the vertical position illustrated with the lower flanges 17 abutting against the floor 21 of the casket casing. The height of the panels 13 may be substantially equal to or may be slightly greater than the distance from the casing floor 21 to the top of the recesses 16a; in the latter case the panels 13 will resiliently bow or flex slightly inwardly toward the center of the casket, exerting forces against the lip edges 16 and the floor 21 of the casket casing which assist in maintaining the positioning of the panels 13.

With the panels 13 in position in the casket casing 14, the fabric 18 in FIGURES 2, 5, and 7 is draped downward across the interior faces of the panels 13 and the bottom flanges 17, and a rectangular interior floor member 22 is inserted so that the bottom ortion of the fabric 18 is securely sandwiched between the interior floor member 22 and the lower flanges 17 of the panels 13. In this manner, the desired upholstered lining effect is easily and quickly achieved by unskilled labor. If a pronounced upholstered roll effect is desired, the panels 13 may be preshaped into the requisite concavo-convex configuration. The interior floor member 22 in FIGURES 2, 5, and 7 is preferably fabricated from corrugated paper board with the corrugations extending transversely, as best illustrated in FIGURE 7. It should be noted that the floor member 22, by bearing downwardly on the bottom flanges 15 and by preventing the panels 13 from moving inwardly toward the center of the casket, assists in maintaining the positioning of the panels 13. A conventional fabric covered cushion unit (not shown) may now conveniently be placed atop the floor member 22.

In FIGURES 2, 5, and 7, the lining fabric 18 is depicted drawn across smooth surfaces of the corrugated paper board panels 13. It should be apparent, however, that the surface of the panels 13 may be configurated, if desired, so as to readily present an ornamental, upholstered design effect when the lining effect 18 is drawn taut across the configurated surface. In such cases, it may be found preferable to draw the fabric taut and fasten its bottom portion to the lower flanges 17 before the panels are inserted in the casing 14.

Referring now to FIGURES 3 and 6, the lining means 12 are shown utilized in a different manner. The structural characteristics of the panels 13 are the same as in FIGURES 2, 5, and 7 and the fabric material 18 is similarly fastened to the upper flanges 15. However, a different type of interior floor unit is provided in FIGURES 3 and 6, specifically, a cushion unit 23 provided with a base 24 and inclined sides 25 preferably fabricated of corrugated paper board. The cushion unit 23 is packed with excelsior or other packing material 26 and covered with lining fabric 28 drawn across the top of the excelsior and fastened to the upper edges of the sides 25. The base 24 of the cushion unit rests on the lower flanges 17, thereby assisting in maintaining the positioning of the panels 13. In FIGURES 3 and 6, the lining fabric 18 is draped with the lower portions fastened to, or resting on, the top of the cushion unit 23, as illustrated.

Referring now to FIGURES 1, 2, 3, and 7 it is seen that along three sides of the casket casing 14 an additional portion 27 of lining fabric extends from the fastening flange 15 and is draped over the edges of the casket casing, as depicted in FIGURE 1. As best illustrated in FIGURES 2 and 3, the portions 27 of the lining fabric are preferably hemmed and, if found desirable, a paper board member (not shown) may be inserted in the hem to give a predetermined form to the portions 27.

It should be noted by reference to FIGURES 2, 3, 5, and 6, in particular, that the carrying handles 31 of the casket are preferably mounted on the casing 14 by bolt and nut or screw fasteners 32. The portion of the fasteners 32 extending into the interior of the casket casing 14 assist in positioning the panels 13 by impeding undesired shifting or flexing of the panels 13 toward the adjacent sides of the casing 14. This positioning effect of the bolt and nut fasteners 32 depends on the length of their extension into the interior of the casket casing. In some cases, it may be found that a wood strip 33 affixed to the interior sides of the casing 14 by the fasteners 32 will present a more effective positioning aid for the panels 13. If desired, the panels 13 may be fastened directly to the wood strip 33.

Although certain specific embodiments of the invention have been shown and described, it is to be understood that this is merely by way of example and is in no manner to be considered a limitation. It will be apparent that certain modifications may be made within the scope of the claims without departing from the spirit of the invention. For example, the lining means may be utilized, particularly for demonstration purposes, without fastening the lining fabric 18 to the top of the upper flanges 15 in which case the fabric 18 would be held in place by the upper flanges 15 being wedged into the recesses 16a.

In addition, it may be found desirable in some cases to dimension the height of the panels 13 so that they extend down to or slightly below the wood strip 33 at which point they may be fastened by the staples or the like directly to the wood strip 33, and the lower portion of the panel lining fabric 18 as well as the top edges of the side walls 25 of the interior crushing unit 23 and its covering fabric 28 might also be similarly fastened to the wood strip 33.

What is claimed is:

1. In a casket structure which includes a casket casing having a floor and four side walls, each of said side walls terminating at its upper edge in an inwardly-formed lip defining an inverted elongate channel recess having interior side surfaces and an interior upper surface, the combination with said casket casing for forming and positioning a portion of the interior lining of said casket structure comprising: at least one interior side wall panel prefabricated of relatively rigid but resilient material to include an integral upper longitudinal marginal flange which is transversely engaged between said interior side surfaces of one of said channel recesses, and an integral lower longitudinal marginal flange extending in the opposite direction from said upper flange and abutting against said floor of said casket casing; lining fabric overlaying at least a portion of said interior panel and fastened to said upper flange so as to be engaged in part between said upper flange of said interior panel and said upper interior surface of said one channel recess; and an interior floor unit disposed atop of and bearing downwardly on said lower flange of said interior panel so as to anchor the lower region of said interior panel with respect to said casket casing and thereby cooperate with said channel recess to maintain said interior side wall panel in spaced, substantially parallel orientation with the casket casing side wall associated with said one channel recess.

2. The combination defined in claim 1 wherein said interior panel is fabricated of corrugated paper board with the corrugations extending transversely of said panel and perpendicular to said upper and lower flanges.

3. The combination defined in claim 1 wherein the prefabricated unrestrained height of said interior panel between said upper flange and said lower flange is greater than the distance between said casket casing floor and said upper interior surface of said one channel recess, said panel being resiliently bowed toward the interior of said casket casing when inserted in said casket casing.

4. The combination defined in claim 1 wherein said lining fabric is fastened to the top of said upper flange.

5. The combination defined in claim 1 wherein said interior floor unit comprises a rectangular member fabricated of corrugated paper board with the corrugations extending transversely of said member.

-6. The combination defined in claim 1 wherein said interior floor unit comprises a rectangular cushion unit including a base and inclined side walls, all fabricated of corrugated paper board, said cushion unit being filled with packing material and covered with lining fabric fastened to the top portions of said cushion unit side walls.

7. The combination defined in claim 1 futher comprising exterior carrying handles and means fastening said carrying handles to the exterior of said casket casing side Wall associated with said one channel recess, said fasten" ing means projecting inwardly so as .to impede undesired moving and flexing of said lining panel toward said associated side wall of said casket casing.

8. The combination defined in claim 1 wherein said lining fabric includes an upper portion adapted to be draped over the upper edge of the side wall associated with said one channel recess.

9. The combination comprising: a casket casing having a floor and four side walls including four inwardlyforrned-lip edges respectively defining four inverted elongate recesses having interior side surfaces and an interior upper surface; four interior panels of rectangular shape and prefabricated of corrugated paper board with the corrugations extending transversely of said panels, each of said panels having an upper integral flange extending in one direction and engaged in one of said recesses between said interior side surface thereof and a lower integral flange extending in the opposite direction and abutting against the floor of said casket casing, the prefabricated unrestrained height of said interior panel between said upper and lower flanges being greater than the spacing between said casket casing floor and said upper interior surface of the recess in which the upper flange of said panel is engaged such that said panel is resiliently bowed toward the interior of said casket casing; lining fabric overlaying at least a portion of each of said panels and fastened to said upper flanges so as to be respectively disposed in part between said upper flanges and the upper surfaces of said elongate recesses; and an interior floor unit disposed atop of and bearing downwardly on said lower flanges.

10. The combination defined in claim 9 wherein lower portions of said lining fabric are engaged respectively between said interior floor unit and said lower flanges.

11. The combination defined in claim 9 wherein said interior floor unit comprises a rectangular cushion unit and wherein lower portions of said lining fabric are draped atop of said cushion unit.

12. An interior side wall panel for casket casings having a floor and side walls having inwardly-formed-lip top rims defining an inverted respective elongate channel recess having interior side surfaces and an interior upper surface, said interior lining unit comprising: a recv tangular panel prefabricated of corrugated paperboard with the corrugations extending transversely of said panel, said panel having a first longitudinal crease and fold to form an integral marginal upper flange in said panel to which lining fabric is adapted to be fastened and which is adapted to be transversely engaged between said interior side surfaces of one of said channel recesses, said panel having a second longitudinal crease and fold to form a lower integral marginal flange which extends in the opposite direction from said upper flange for abutment against said floor of said casket casing, the spacing be tween said first crease and fold and said second crease and fold being preselected to cause said panel to resiliently bow when said upper flange is transversely engaged in one of said channel recesses and said lower flange is in abutment with the floor of said casket casing.

13. In a casket structure which includes a casket casing having a floor and four side walls, each of said side walls terminating at its upper edge in an inwardlyformed lip defining an inverted elongate channel recess having interior side surfaces and an interior upper surface, the combination with said casket casing for forming and positioning a portion of the interior lining of said casket structure comprising: at least one interior side wall panel of corrugated paperboard with the corrugations extending transversely of said panel and prefab-ricated to include an integral upper marginal flange extending longitudinally of said panel perpendicularly of said corrugations which is transversely engaged between said interior side surfaces of one of said channel recesses; lining fabric overlaying at least a portion of said interior panel and fastened to said upper flange of said interior panel so as to be disposed in part between said upper flange and said upper interior surface of said one channel recess; and means anchoring the bottom region of said interior side wall panel with respect to said casket casing and thereby cooperating with said chanel recess to maintain said interior side wall panel in spaced, substantially parallel orientation with the casket casing side wall associated with said one channel recess.

References Cited UNITED STATES PATENTS 290,996 -12/18 83 Nierstheirner 276 2,943,376 7/1960 Bashuk 2719 3,233,302. 2/ 1966 Ross 2719 RICHARD A. GAUDET, Primary Examiner.

W. E. KAMM, Assistant Examiner.

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Classifications
U.S. Classification27/19
International ClassificationA61G17/04
Cooperative ClassificationA61G2017/042, A61G17/04
European ClassificationA61G17/04