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Publication numberUS3906215 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateSep 16, 1975
Filing dateAug 19, 1974
Priority dateAug 19, 1974
Publication numberUS 3906215 A, US 3906215A, US-A-3906215, US3906215 A, US3906215A
InventorsFrank Peter Dinicola
Original AssigneeFrank Peter Dinicola
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Decorative device
US 3906215 A
Abstract
A decorative device has a horizontal base with a plurality of hollow elongated upwardly extending yieldable members secured at bottom ends to the base. The members resemble stalks of a plant. Very small incandescent lamps are disposed in the upper ends of the members. Wires in the members and base supply electricity to the lamps which can flash on and off.
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United States Patent Dinicola Sept. 16, 1975 [54] DECORATIVE DEVICE FOREIGN PATENTS OR APPLICATIONS [76] lnvemorl Frank Peter Dinicola, 94 Bushwick 1,422,318 ll/1965 France 240/10 R Ave., Central Islip, N.Y. l 1722 [22] Filed; Au 19, 1974 Primary Examiner-Monroe H. Hayes [21] App]. N0.: 498,516

I [57] ABSTRACT [52] us. Cl 240/10 A decorative device has a horizontal base with a plu- [51] Int Cl; 33/16 rality of hollow elongated p y extending yield 58] Field 2 40/10 R able members secured at bottom ends to the base. The

members resemble stalks of a plant. Very Small incan- [56] References Cited I despent lamps are disposed in the upper ends of the members. Wires in the members and base supply elec- UNITED STATES PATENTS tricity to the lamps which can flash on and off.

3,610,9l8 10/1971 Barlow 240/10 R 0 3,662,381 5/1972 Steffens 240 10 R x 2 Claims, 3 Drawlng Figures DECORATIVE DEVICE SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION This invention is directed toward a decorative device employing light for display rather than illumination. The device employs a horizontal base with a plurality of hollow elongated upwardly extending yieldable members secured to the base at bottom ends. The upper end of each member is provided with a socket or other means for receiving a very small incandescent lamp. Wiring in the members and base connects the sockets to a source of electricity whereby the lamps in the socket are engaged.

The members resemble stalks of a plant. The lamps can be of conventional type which remains lit when energized or of other conventional type which flashes on and off when energized. Alternatively, suitable flasher units can be connected in the wiring whereby the type of lamps which remain lit when energized can be used, the units turning same on and off.

The flashing lights enhance the appearance of the device.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS In the drawings:

FIG. 1 is a perspective view of the invention FIG. 2 is a circuit diagram thereof; and FIG. 3 is a detail view thereof.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF PREFERRED EMBODIMENTS Referring now to FIGS. 13, a horizontal rectangular base is formed in successive tiers of decreasing area, Elongated hollow flexible plastic tubes 12 are secured at lower ends to the base and have lamp sockets 14 or other equivalent means in upper ens. A small incandescent lamp 16 is removably disposed in each socket.

Wiring 18 in each tube and in the base connects all sockets in parallel through corresponding flasher units 20, one for each socket, and rheostat 22 to a plug 24 adapted to be disposed in a wall or floor outlet to receive alternating or direct current. Rheostat 22 controls light intensity. The lamps flash on and off.

A vertical post 24 extends upward from the base and is surmounted by a ball 26 of aluminum foil to provide an additional element of unique appearance.

While the invention has been described with detailed reference to the drawings, the protection sought is to be limited only by the terms of the claims which follow.

I claim:

1. A decorative device comprising:

a horizontal base;

a rigid vertical member extending upwardly from the base;

a large ball of foil surmounting the top end of the rigid member to resemble a part of a plant;

a plurality of hollow elongated upwardly extending yieldable solid members secured at their bottom ends to the base and having open top ends, said yieldable member resembling the stalks of a plant and cooperating visually with the rigid member and foil to resemble a plant; like plurality of incandescent lamp sockets, each socket being disposed in a top open end of a corresponding member and extending along the longitudinal direction thereof;

like plurality of extremely small incandescent lamps, each lamp being removably disposed in a corresponding socket and likewise extending in the longitudinal direction of the corresponding member; and means for supplying electricity to the lamps to energize them, the means including electric wiring in the base and in the individual members.

2. The device of claim 1 wherein each lamp flashes on and off.

Patent Citations
Cited PatentFiling datePublication dateApplicantTitle
US3610918 *Dec 12, 1969Oct 5, 1971Marvin Glass & AssociatesNovelty light device
US3662381 *Jun 8, 1970May 9, 1972Steffens EricLighting devices
Referenced by
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US5951140 *Jun 11, 1997Sep 14, 1999Live Wire Enterprises, Inc.Display with flexible electroluminescent connector
US6318876Sep 2, 1999Nov 20, 2001Curt J. SigroIlluminated artificial plant
US7883752 *Oct 20, 2008Feb 8, 2011Auvil TonyaTable top topiary
US20100097744 *Oct 20, 2008Apr 22, 2010Auvil TonyaTable top topiary
Classifications
U.S. Classification362/122, 428/17, 362/249.12, D11/157, D11/131
International ClassificationF21S4/00, F21S10/00
Cooperative ClassificationA41G1/005, F21W2121/00, B44C5/06
European ClassificationB44C5/06, A41G1/00B8