Title:
Artificial tree
United States Patent 2113038


Abstract:
My invention relates to a new and useful improvement in artificial trees, particularly of the Christmas tree variety, and has for its principal object the production of a highly efficient and decorative device of this character composed of a number of simple parts which may be quickly assembled...



Inventors:
Oscar, Thalinger Ernest
Application Number:
US12576137A
Publication Date:
04/05/1938
Filing Date:
02/15/1937
Assignee:
Oscar, Thalinger Ernest
Primary Class:
Other Classes:
362/123, 428/19, D11/118
International Classes:
A47G33/06
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Description:

My invention relates to a new and useful improvement in artificial trees, particularly of the Christmas tree variety, and has for its principal object the production of a highly efficient and decorative device of this character composed of a number of simple parts which may be quickly assembled and taken apart. Another object is to form two of the parts of my artificial tree, particularly the central, vertical post and the outer casing wall of the base, of a material that will reflect rays of light, thereby adding lustre to the combination of my tree and the silver tinsel stringlets depending therefrom to make a pleasing appearance, particularly under artificial room illumination. The upper face of the base and the outer face of the spiral supporting structure for the silver tinsel stringlets are preferably of a dark, non-light-reflecting color, the object being to concentrate the light rays upon the reflecting portions.

The parts composing my artificial tree are so constructed that they readily fit together to form a pleasing composite whole. The spiral supporting band for the silver tinsel stringlets is so supported that a certain amount of swinging movement is permitted to it, causing the tinsel stringlets supported thereby to shimmer in the light rays. I so form my spiral band as to cause the silver tinsel stringlets to be firmly retained in position on said band and not easily displaced.

Fig. 1 is a view of my artificial tree partly in section.

Fig. 2 is a top, plan view of the supporting base for my artificial tree.

Fig. 3 is an enlarged, detail view of the upper portion of the central post of my artificial tree.

Fig. 4 is a detail view of the upper portion of the spiral band.

Fig. 5 is an enlarged, detail view of a portion of my supporting band.

In the drawing, A designates a base composed of an outer, cylindrical member 10 having the outer face thereof preferably chromium plated.

Attached to the upper portion of the cylindrical member 10 is a block II, preferably of wood, secured to the cylindrical member by screws 12. In the block II is a series of openings 13 adapted to receive sockets 14 for light bulbs 15, which are preferably screwed into said sockets. Another block 16 is fitted preferably into a recess 17 in the block II and is attached to said block II by screws 18. A central aperture 19, preferably threaded as shown at 20, is formed in the blocks 16 and II.

The base A is adapted to rest on any convenient support, such as the top of a table B. A vertical, tubular post 21, which is also preferably chromium plated, is screwed into the central aperture 19 in the blocks 16 and 11 in the base A, which post may be of any desired height. The top of the tubular post 21 is of reduced diameter as shown at 22, for a purpose to be hereinafter described. At the upper end of the tubular post 21 is a socket to receive a lamp 23 adapted to be inserted in such end. Wires 24 pass through the hollow, interior portion of the tubular post 2 I and are connected with the socket in which the lamp 23 is placed.

The lights 15 in the base portion A are connected with an electric lighting system through the wires 25. Both the wires 24 and the wires 25 are connected by means of an electric plug 26, which is conveniently detachable from the member 27 in the lower end of the tubular post 21 to which the wires 24 are secured. An electric plug 28 is attached to the wire 29, and by virtue of the same my tree may be connected to any convenient electric light source.

The conical spiral band 30 has its smallest diameter at the top and increases in diameter toward the lower portion, having its largest diameter at the bottom, the purpose of this being to form a general tree outline. I preferably form the spiral band 30 in channel shape as shown in detail in Fig. 5, the lower flange 31 being preferably plain, while the upper flange 32 is provided with notches to support the silver tinsel stringlets 33 in such manner as will not permit said silver tinsel stringlets to be readily disturbed or displaced. While I have shown only a small number of the silver tinsel stringlets, it is my purpose that such stringlets be lavishly employed so as to form almost a complete wall of the silver tinsel stringlets from the lowermost portion of the spiral band 30 to the upper portion thereof.

The upper end of the spiral band 30 terminates in a cylindrical section 34 which fits rather loosely about the reduced diameter section 22 of the tubular post 21. The purpose of such loose fit is 4; to permit a swaying, or swinging, of the spiral band 30, whereby the silver tinsel stringlets may be- permitted a trembling movement when the spiral band 30 swings, which causes the stringlets to shimmer in the artificial lighting of the room. It will be noted that all of the parts are extremely simple and may be quickly and readily assembled and taken apart, and that with the exception of the silver tinsel stringlets, my artificial tree may be quickly and readily handled, and may be used for an indefinite period without destruction of the major elements of my combination.

I claim: An artificial tree comprising a base, a post extending upwardly from said base, said post being provided with a portion of reduced diameter adjacent its upper end, and a spiral band loosely mounted on said post at said portion of reduced diameter, said spiral band being channel-shaped in cross-section, the upper flange of said channel-shaped spiral band being provided with notches.

ERNEST OSCAR THALINGER.