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H. W. MORGAN.
I v HANDLE. No. 364,724. Patented June] 14, 1887.
UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE.
HUBER'I W. MORGAN, OF MERIDEN, CONNEOIICUT, ASSIGNOR TO THE MERIDEN CASKET TRIMMING'COMPANY, OF SAME PLACE,
SPECIFICATION forming part of Letters Patent No. 364,724, dated June 14, 1 57.
Application filed Ll'anuary 21, 188 7. Serial No. 224,980. (No model.)
To all whom it may concern.-
Be it known that l, HUBERT W. MORGAN, of Meriden, in the county of New Haven and State of Connecticut, have invented a new and useful Improvement in Casket-Trimmings, of which the following is a specification and deseri pti 0 n.
The object of my invention is to produce casket-trimmings which are substantial and strong, and at the same time beautiful'in their appearance, closely resembling the finest and most highly-finished solid metal, and adapted by their peculiar construction to be beautifully ornamented, either in colors or mechanically, and yet made much more cheaply than if made of solid metal; and I accomplish this by the constructiorrhereinafter described and illus trated in the accompanying drawings, in which- Figure I is a front view of a casket-handlc and trimmirig-constructed according to my in vention, with a portion of its flexible metallic covering removed; and Figs. II, III, and 1V represent different pieces or sections of ornamented flexible metallic sheets which 1 use in covering the body of the trimmings, to give the latter the appearance of highly-finished metal.
In the drawings, 8 represents the ear, 9 the terial-as, for example, the ear 8 and arm 9 may be made of any ordinary base metal or alloy, and east, and the bar 2 may be made preferably of wood, and this bar, with its enlarged or ornameutally-shaped ends, may be made either'all in one piece or in separate pieces and secured together, as may be desired, or as is most convenient. \Vhen made of wood or other similar material, it may be turned with recesses, cavities, or protuberances-as, for example, a spiral, 10, either sunken in its exterior surface or raised thereon; or the whole surface of the body of the bar may be plain or smooth, with no devices either sunken or raised from its exterior surface, as may be desired. I then take metallic sheets, made very thin and flexible, and made preferably of an alloy similar to the ordinary tin or whitemetal foil, and either having its exposed surface plain, asat 12, or ornamented with any desired stripes, figures, characters, or devices, k
as at 4, either burnished or printed in colors or enameled; and I apply any suitable adhesivc substance, preferably in a liquid form, either to the back surface of the metallic sheets or to the exterior surface of the body of the handle or trimmings, made'as above described, pressing the 1netal-sheet covering firmly and closely thereto and into the cavities or upon the protuberances, when any are made. When this is done neatly the handles o'r trimmings will have the exact appearance of being made of metal and electroplated, and either plain or more or less burnished, or having the exterior surface ornamented, or having sunken or raised ornamental devices thereon, and either in colors or otherwise. It is evident that this appearance of the handle or trimmings cannot be produced by making them of metal in the usual way, because'the ornamental deviees cannot be burnished upon or added to the exterior surface of the solid metal without great expense; and if the handlebar 2 is made or turned from wood the whole will be very light, and at the same time very strong and durable, and have all the appearance of solid metal, and yet be much more beautiful in appearance than when the body is made of metal, and the expense of manufacture be very greatly reduced. It is also evident that the body of the handle or trimming, when having raised or sunken devices thereon, could not be covered with paper of any description, as the paper could not be made to yield or stretch and conform to all the sharp lines and fine depressions of the raised or sunken-devices; whereas the flexible metallic sheet will readily stretch and yield,
and will perfectly adapt itself, when firmly pressed, to all the irregularities, whether raised or sunken, of the exterior surface of the body to which it is applied. I
I am aware that it has been proposed to form a tube from sheet metal with its edges locked to form a joint, andto place a bar grooved to receive the joint within such tube and then draw the metal down by machinery upon the covering secured thereto by an adhesive subwood. This construction I do not claim. stance, substantially as described.
Havin thus described my invention what T T I d aim new IIUBERT W. MORGAL.
5 An improved casket handle or trimming W itnesses:
having its body made of a hard, rigid material, GEO. \V. SMITH, whose exterior sufaee has a flexible sheet-metal JOSEPH H. VILLIAMS.