US 901407 A
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G. H. WILLmsals.
APPLICATION FILLED 16.28, 1908.
Patented Oct. 20, l90&
@film H f [NVE/WUR 9 i l l GEORGE H. WILLEMS, 0F ROANOKE, ILLINOIS.
Specification o! Lettera Patent.
Application filed April 28, 1908.
Patented Oct. 20, 1908.
Serial No. 429,665.
To all whom it may concern:
Be it known that I, GEORGE H. WILLEMS, a citizen of the United States, residing at Roanoke, in the county of Voodford and State of Illinois, have lnvented certain new and useful Im rovements in Grave Attachments; and I o hereby declare the following to be a full, clear, and exact description of the invention, such as will enable others skilled in the art to which it appertains to make and use the same.
This invention relates to new and useful improvements in grave attachments and has for its object to provide a novel device of this character, whereby a body may be ob served or watched after being interred.
It is also an object of the invention to rovide a novel devlce of this character w ich will be simile in construction, eiiicient in practice an comparatively inexpensive to manufacture.
With the above and other objects in view, the invention consists in the details of construction and in the novel arrangement and combination of parts to be hereinafter referred to.
In describing the invention in detail, reference will beI had to the accompanying drawings, wherein is shown a sectional vie'w of a grave with the invention applied.
In the drawin 1 Vdenotes a coilin or casket, which may of any'desired structure or conti ration. Adjacent the foot end thereof, t e .top or lid 2 of the casket is provided with an opening 3 and this opening is surrounded by an upstandin lnteriorly threaded annu ar flange 4, whic is adapted to be enga ed by a threaded end portion of a pipe or tu 5. This pipe is of such length as to terminate adjacent the surface of the grave and has its upper end portion 6 screw threaded to be en aged by a threaded portion 7 of a second tubular pi or tube 8, which terminates at any desire point above the surface.
Pivotal-ly mounted within the coliin 6, beneath the openi 3, is a mirror 9, which has projecting there rom a finger 10, to which is pivotally fixed an end of a rod 11. This rod 11 projects up through the tubes 5, and 8 and terminates in a handle portion 12.' By this arrangement it will be seen that the mirror 9 can be adjusted as desired, so that the refiection of the interior of the-coffin can be thrown u through the tubes 5 and 8. The reflected image from the mirror 9 is caught by a second mirror 13 above the open end of the tube 8. This mirror 13 is pivotally held by a rod 14 held to the tube 8 by the perforated lugs 15 and attached to the tube 8.
In order that the interior of the cofiin may be suitably illuminated as to create the desired reflection, an electric lamp 16 of any desired structure is fixed to the under surface of the lid 2 and the movable contact member 17 of the lamp has a finger 18, which is pivotally engaged by a link 19. This link 19 is also in engagement with the cranked end 20 of the rod 21 extending through the tubes 5 and 8. This rod also terminates at its upper end in an operating handle portion 22. It is thought to be apparent that with the rotation of the rod 21, the lamp 16 will be either cut out or lighted, as desired.
Should a lperson be buried alive the same will be observed by watchers looking at the mirror 13 and in order that life may be sustained until the casket or coiiin has been removed, an auxiliary opening 23 is formedin the tube 8 adjacent the free end thereof. By providing this opening a suilicient flow of air is permitted to enter the casket for sustaining life.
1. In combination with a burial casket, a tube in communication therewith, a mirror mounted within the casket beneath the tube and a mirror carried bythe tube extending across the free end thereof.
2. In combination with a burial casket, a. tube in communication therewith, a. mirror mounted within the casket beneath the tube, a mirror carried by the tube extending across the free end thereof, and means for adjustin the position of the mirror beneath the tu e.
3. In combination with a burial casket, a tube in communication'therewith, 'a mirror mounted within the casket beneaththe tube, a mirror carried by the tube extending across the free end thereof, an electric lamp within In testimony whereof I have signed my the casket in advance of the mirror mounted name to this specification in the presence of 1 therein, a finger pro'ecting from the movtwo subscribing witnesses.
able contact of the e ectric lamp, a link en- 5 galging said nger, a rod depending from the GEORGE H' WILLEMS' tu e,said rod terminating in a crank end, Witnesses: said crank end being en aged by the link LOUIS E. BADGLEY,
and means for operatlng t e rod. H. D. HOLLENBALK.