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Publication numberUS963572 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateJul 5, 1910
Filing dateFeb 12, 1910
Priority dateFeb 12, 1910
Publication numberUS 963572 A, US 963572A, US-A-963572, US963572 A, US963572A
InventorsJohn Ifft
Original AssigneeJohn Ifft
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Monument and tombstone.
US 963572 A
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To all whom it may concern:

Be it known that I, JOHN IFFT, a citizen of the United States of America, residing at Zelienople, in the county of Butler and State of Pennsylvania, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Monnments and rIombstones, of which the following is a specification, reference being had therein to the accompanying drawing.

This invention relates to monuments and tombstones, and the primary object of my invention is to provide an ornamental tombstone in which a record can be easily maintained for observation purposes.

Another object of this invention is to provide a tombstone with an ornamental conipartment in which flowers, ornaments, mementos, relics, etc., can be placed and safely preserved.

I attain the above objects by providing a monument or tombstone with a compartment head-piece constructed whereby the interior of the compartment can be easily observed and decorated according to ones esthetic taste.

The detail construction of the monument or tombstone will be hereinafter more fully considered and then claimed, and reference will now be had to the drawings forming part of this specification, wherein there are illustrated the preferred embodiments of the invention, but it is to be understood that the structural elements thereof can be varied or changed, as to the size, shape and manner of assemblage without departing from the spirit and scope of the invention.

In the drawings z-Figure l is a front elevation of a monument or tombstone constructed in accordance with my invention, Fig. 2 is a longitudinal sectional view of the head-piece, Fig. 3 is a cross sectional view of the same, Fig. 4 is a front elevation of a modiiied form of head piece, Fig. 5 yis a longitudinal sectional view of the same, as designed for two graves, Fig. 6 is a cross sectional view taken on the line X-X of Fig. 5, Fig. 7 is a vertical sectional View of another modilied form of the invention, and Fig. 8 is a perspective view of a detached ceiling piece adapted to form part of the head piece.

In the accompanying drawings the reference numeral 1 denotes a base having a suitable ornamented pedestal 2 and the top of the pedestal is provided with a recess 3 adapted to receive a heXagon-shaped head- Specification of Letters Patent.

Application filed. February 12, 1910.

Patented July 5, 1910. serial No. 543,632.

piece 4 corresponding in width to the upper end of the pedestal 2. The base 1 and pedestal 2 can be cut from stone or made of concrete or other composition. The recess 3 is shaped to receive the three lower sides of the head-piece 4, and the head-piece 4 is preferably made of china, porcelain or a vitreous material and secured in the recess 3 by cement or other fastening means.

The head-piece 4 is preferably made of one piece having the bottom thereof provided with a large opening 5 and one end thereof with an opening G. rI`he opening 5 permits of a mirror or reflector 7 being mounted against the rear wall 8 of the headpiece 4 and retained in position by putty or a suitable cement 9.

A transparent plate 10 is inserted in the head-piece and mounted against the iianges 11 at the forward end of the head-piece, the transparent plate 10 being retained in position by putty or cement 12.

A small name plate 13 is mounted against the plate 10 and upon the rear side of this plate is printed the name of the occupant of the grave, and the name is reflected by the mirror or plate 7 whereby it can be easily observed through the transparent plate l0.

The lower sides of the head-piece 4 are provided with mirrors or reflectors 14, two of these mirrors or reflectors being secured to the angular sides of the head-piece, while the other mirror or reflector is loosely mounted in the head-piece and is positioned as indicated by the dotted lines 15 in Fig. 3 of the drawings, whereby after all the parts have been assembled in the head-piece, the head-piece can be moved to throw the mirror or reiiector 14 upon the bottom of the head-piece to cover the opening 5. The head-piece can then be secured in the recess 3 by cement or suitable fastening means.

Suitable ornamentations 16, as pendants, can be secured to the angular sides of'the ceiling of the head-piece 4, and the ceiling can be suitably decorated, covered with ornamental paper, inscribed with epitaphs, mottoes or other matter that can be read through the medium of the reiecting plates 14.

In Figs. 4, 5 and 6 of the drawings, I have illustrated a modification of the invention, wherein a cylindrical head-piece 17 is mounted in the recess 3, this cylindrical head-piece being designed for two graves. The head-piece is provided with a central vertical partition 18 and mounted against l putty j or Vcement 22.

Y" mirrors or reflector plates A19(V Thee'nds of the cylindrical head-piece are'recessed, 'as at 2O to receive transparent plates Qlladaptedfto beheld in position by canbe used in connectionvvvithpthe head# piece'falso suitable'ornamentations 24.

Il' j 'A further modification of the invention is shown YinFig., 7 wherein the upper end of -thel pedestal 2 is providedvvith arcavity 25Y adapted 'to receive either a cylindrical or gh'exagonalshaped shell, :comprising sections 26'; Against: the lower Wall o f the cavity 25 caribe arranged a mirror or reflector plate 27yand secured in the front end ofthe cavity isla transparent plate 2S and a name plate *j '29. Suitable ornamentations 30 can be placed `in* the shell, and the inner sides of V.the shell can bersuitably decorated or orna- I donot care to confine myself to the heX-,

Y agonalgorgcylindrical shape of the head-A V pieces tt-ombstones in connectionyvvith which the `head pieces areused. -Y

or to the style of the monuments or Having now described my invention what i' V"L'lhe combination With a monument or l so ' itslrearV end closed and its front end'open, ,Y l gia vertically-disposed reflector plate mounted inthe'head-piece at therearyend thereof, a

`l*aljverticallydisposed name plate positioned againstv the lower portionV of theinnerface tombstone* having a recess at the top, of a head-piece'mountedin the recess and having vertically-disposed transparent plate mountedat the open endV of the head-piece, and

The name plateVY 23 fof the transparent plate andadapted to have the name thereon reflected by said reflector plate.

2. The combination With a monument or tombstone having a recess at the top, of a head-piece mounted in the recess and having its rear end closed and itsfront end open, a vertically-disposed reflector plate mounted in the head-piece at the rear end thereof, a

- vertically-disposed transparent platemountvertically-disposed transparent plate mounted at the open end of the head-piece, means for securing the reflector plate and transparent.platein'positiom and a name plate arranged against the inner face of the transparent plate at the lower end thereof and adapted to'have the name thereon reflected by said reflector plate.

In testimony whereof I Vaflix my signature in the presence of two Witnesses.





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US4521999 *Apr 23, 1982Jun 11, 1985Starmax, Inc.Interment arrangements for cremated remains
Cooperative ClassificationE04H13/003
European ClassificationE04H13/00B