Title:
Fireworks tube container
United States Patent 2053454


Abstract:
This invention is a fireworks piece of the type comprising a suitably sized and shaped container and a powder tube arranged and firmly supported therein in a vertical position, with the fuse end of the tube projecting from the upper end of the container. An object of the invention is to provide...



Inventors:
Banning, Whiteside Robert
Application Number:
US7143036A
Publication Date:
09/08/1936
Filing Date:
03/28/1936
Assignee:
Banning, Whiteside Robert
Primary Class:
Other Classes:
102/358, 248/174
International Classes:
F42B4/20
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Description:

This invention is a fireworks piece of the type comprising a suitably sized and shaped container and a powder tube arranged and firmly supported therein in a vertical position, with the fuse end of the tube projecting from the upper end of the container.

An object of the invention is to provide a container, of this class of fireworks, having a simple, inexpensive, practical, substantial and effective means, preferably integral with the body of the container, for permitting the easy assembly of the tube in the container and yet affording both a centering and a firm holding function.

Another object of the invention is to eliminate as many special fastening steps of the elements of the device as is possible.

Further, an object is to provide a container made of a foldable sheet material, such as a suitable grade of cardboard, in which all features or elements are in one piece or blank, in which the several elements are most compactly arranged for economical production of the container.

The invention consists of certain advancements in this art as set forth in the ensuing disclosure and having, with the above, additional objects and advantages as hereinafter developed, and whose construction, combination and details of means, and the manner of operation will be made manifest in the description of the herewith illustrative embodiment; it being understood that modifications, variations and adaptations may be resorted to within the scope, principle and spirit of the invention as it is more directly claimed hereinbelow.

Figure 1 is a top plan of open flaps of the upper end of the container.

Figure 2 is a front face elevation of the assembled fireworks piece, including the container and 40 a tube set therein.

Figure 3 is an axial, vertical section of the container from front to rear walls.

Figure 4 is a perspective of a combined base and socket for the lower end of a tube.

The illustrated container, though it may be of any suitable form, is a truncated pyramid whose front wall 2 has a window opening 3 formed by cutting therein a leaf 4 attached at one side 5 to the wall 2 so that the leaf may be bent inward from its wall, preferably in a horizontal position as shown in Fig. 3.

The leaf 4 has an aperture 6 arranged therein so as to be on the vertical axis of the container C when the leaf is bent to the desired position to receive, center and stay the introduced body of a fireworks tube F which is complementary to the leaf hole 6.

The lower end of the tube F is supported on a suitable rest or base part 7. In Fig. 3 this rest is shown as comprising a base panel formed inte- o grally hinged to the container wall at the fold 8.

The base 7 is somewhat elevated from the bottom edge of the container and has marginal flanges 9 which may be stitched, pasted or otherwise fastened to the near wall of the container. Means are provided to firmly clinch the upper portion of the tube F in the top of the container C and to center it therein, and here comprises a flap 10 foldably hinged at II to one wall 12, Fig. 1, and having a marginal, fastening tongue 13 along its swinging or outer end. This flap 10 has a centrically located hole 14 complementary to the size of the tube F so as to position the tube on the axis of the container in combination with the centering function of the leaf 4, when the tube is introduced.

A pair of diametrically opposite flaps 15 and 16 are respectively hinged at 17 and 18 to opposite walls 2 and 19, Fig. 1, and these flaps are adapted to be folded inward into superimposed position with the inturned, centering flap 10.

The flap 15 has a tube receiving and fitting hole 15a which is eccentrically arranged therein so that when the flap 15 is folded in over the upper end of the container C the hole 15a will be slightly to the right of the axis of the container. In a like manner the flap IS is provided with a hole 16a fitting the tube F and being so arranged in the flap 16 that it will take a position slightly to the left of the axis of the container C when the flap is folded inward. As here shown the flaps 15 and 16 are substantially square in plan to match the upper end of the container C and the holes are therefore slightly outwardly offset toward their outer end edges. It is understood that whatever the plan form of the opposite flaps 15-16 their holes are to be so arranged that they will be eccentric to the axis of the container. Such an arrangement will require that the holes 15a and 16a must be brought to the axial line by forcibly shifting the flaps 15-16 slightly to centrally aline the holes with the centric hole 14 of the infolded flap 10 to permit the insertion of the tube F. The inherent resiliency of the cardboard of which the container is made will then act to restore the flaps 15-16 to their normal position and they will therefore automatically clinch on the interposed tube F; the flaps 1516 acting in opposite directions of effort on the tube so that this will be firmly gripped between them while it is at the same time centered by the flap 10 and the guide and stay leaf 4.

A shelf or base element is shown in Fig. 4 as including a cross piece 7a with side flanges 9a to be suitably secured to adjacent side walls when the element is placed at the desired elevation in the container C. A socket forming device, here in the shape of a ring 20 of a size to fit the lower end of an applied tube F, is arranged in a central 0 position on the base 7a, though it may be located in any suitable position thereon according to requirements according to the location of the tube receiving hole in the top of the container. The socket ring may comprise a cup-shaped mem5 ber whose bottom 20a is pasted or otherwise attached to the upper face of the base 7a. The base and the socket parts constitute a support and a guide and retainer for the lower end of a tube whose upper end is positioned and retained in 0 the hole therefor in the top 10 of the container.

What is claimed is: 1. A support for a fireworks piece including a container for a tube and having means to hold the tube upright therein; said means including a 5- set of folding, top corner flaps one of which has a centric tube receiving hole, and the remaining flaps each having an eccentric hole for the tube; the, last mentioned flaps cooperating to clinch the tube when it is introduced in the holes of the infolded and superimposed flaps, and a support attached to the container for the lower end of the inserted tube.

2. A support for a fireworks piece including a container for a tube, a plurality of folding flaps attached to the upper end of the container and each having a hole to receive an introduced tube when the flaps are in a superimposed position; said flaps cooperating to clinch the tube in place.

3. A support for a fireworks piece including a container for a tube, upper and lower elements attached to the container for positioning an inserted tube vertically in the container, and a pair of flaps having alinable holes to receive the tube; said flaps coacting to bind on and hold the tube in place, 4. A support for a fireworks piece including a container, for a tube, having a top closure with a hole to fit and receive an inserted tube, a support for the lower end of the inserted tube, a leaf extending inward from a side wall portion of the container and having a hole alinable with the aforesaid hole to receive the tube, and a plurality of superimposed flaps at the top of the container having alinable holes to fit and receive the tube and which latter flaps coact to grip tfhe inserted tube.

ROBERT BANNING WHITESIDE.