US 947127 A
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P. ROBERTS. ILLUMINATING PIGTURBFRAMB.
APPLICATION FILED NOV.3, 1908.
Patented Jan. 18, 1910.
HVVE/VTOR W/T/VESSES UNITED STATES. PATENT OFFICE.
PERCY npnnars, or 'ronon'ro, ONTARIO, CANADA.
Specification of Letters Patent.
' Patented Jan. 15, 1910.
Application filed'November 3, 1908. Serial No. 460,958.
To all whom it may concern:
Be it known that I, PERCY ROBERTS, of the city of Toronto, in the county of York, in.
thereof, such as to cause it to form and. and a reflecting sur-.
afford a lamp cavity, I, face behind the contained lamp. In this construction, therefore, the frame remains a frame, with no loss of ornamental character by reason of the upcurving or extension of the molding, hood for the lamp or lamps. -Within this can also be placed an asbestos lining to protect the frame, and areflector, together withelectric lamps and the wires therefor.
Figure l, is a sectional perspective View of portion of a frame showing my improve ment. Fig. 2, is a view of an alternative form. Fig. 3, is a view showing the'm'anner of connecting and wiring the frames together looking from the back.
In the drawings like letters of reference indicate corresponding parts in each figure.
In Fig. 1, A is a frame, which is provided with any usual style of molding havingincorporatcd therein a hood A which is formed by a curved extension of the mold ing itself, and which is preferably provided with an asbestos lining B to prevent the heat from crackin or breaking the molding and is also providcdwith a reflector C of arc-shape form or an which may be foun reflecting the ray? of the icture. tric li most conducive "for are t electric lights D may lar lamp or other lam s, the continuous tubular lamp being pre erable on account of serving to reflect the rays of lightmore evenly on the surface of the picture. Thusthe hood, especially in the large pictures and frames, usuall lighted, is far enou h in front and suitab y on the margin, to throw light from a concealed source u on the picture. By no other means has the manipulated from in front of or by a partthereof, to form a' he gallery or any other suitable form,
of li ht on tothe surface Inc incandescent elects, which are placed within the hood lmme lately in front of the reflector C. The be a continuous tubu throw its light 'u(pon the face of amp mpictures been so effectually concealed, and the light, being contained within the surface of the frame, is reflected in the glow of the gilding. The lamps areconnectcd by circuit wires'E'E to any suitable form of switch F, that shown being a plunger switch having the surface flush withihe back of the frame in which the switch is held. The switch F is preferably located below the eyes by which the suspending cord is attached and may be readily the frame. WircsQand 3 lead from the switch to the main circuit wires 4, which are connected to any suitable electric source of supply.
It will be seen on reference to Fig. 3, that bymanipulating the switch F of any pic:
ture the electric circuit may be thrown in I or 01f such picture, so that any picture in desired number of pictures may be lighted.
In Fig. 2, I show an alternative formin which the hoods forming portion of the moldings do not extend entirely around the picture frames but are located centrally of each side. In some cases in the ornamentation and construction of handsome frames it may be desirable to employ this form or an analogous construction of hood. It will, of course, be understood, however, that such construction or variations thereof come With- .in the "scope of my claim. In this modification the characterof a picture frame remains, and its distinctive" features are preserved without any addition foreign to such character. The modification is, in fact,in accord with a form of picture frame now in use, partof'the molding of one or'more members-of the frame being higher in the centerfas shown in Fig. 2. The hood, in both forms, covers a cavity in which the lamp is concealed, and in which its light is reflected onthe front of the picture. i
. What I claim as my invention is: s
An illuminating picture frame composed of moldings, one or more members of which" is formed into a hood bycurvcd extension of the molding itself, said hood being arranged uponthc outer surface of the frame,
andad'aptcd to hold a lamp in position to the picture, substantiallyas ascribed.
I J PERCY ROBERTS.
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