UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE.
JOHN BUEDICK, OF FOET SHAW, MONTANA. BOUQUET-HOLDER.
Specification of Letters Patent. Application filed April 19,1905, Serial No. 256,367.
To all whom it may concern:
Be it known that I, John Buedick, a citizen of the United States, residing at Fort Shaw, in the county of Cascade, State of 5 Montana, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Bouquet-Holders; and I do 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
10 which it appertains to make and use the same.
This invention relates to holders, and more particularly to holders for flowers, slips, &c., and has for its object to provide a holder
15 which may be manufactured at a low figure, which will be extremely simple, and which will be arranged to hold moisture to keep the contents of the holder fresh.
Other objects and advantages will be ap
20 parent from the following specification, and it will be understood that changes in the specific construction shown and described may be made and that any suitable materials may be used without departing from the spirit of
25 the invention.
In the drawings forming a portion of this specification, and in which like numerals of reference indicate similar parts in the several views, Figure 1 is a view of the present inven
30 tion in use. Fig. 2 is a view showing the interior of one of the sections. Fig. 3 is a view showing the device opened to receive a bouquet. Fig. 4 is a transverse section of the body portion on line 4 4 of Fig. 1.
35 Referring now to the drawings, the present invention comprises a hollow body portion 5, which is circular in cross-section and which is rounded at its lower end 6. The body portion is divided longitudinally into two sec
40 tions 7 and 8, which are connected at their lower ends by means of a spring-hinge 9, the action of this hinge being to hold the sections yieldably with their upper end portions apart. A spring-catch 10 is secured to one
45 of the sections and is arranged for engagement of a projection 11, carried by the other section to hold the sections against the action of the spring-hinge and with their edges in mutual engagement.
50 The body portion 5 is open at its upper end and is provided at this end with an outwardly-extending flange 12, which comprises two sections 13 and 14, carried by the sections 7 and 8 of the body portion, respec
55 tively. As shown, the sections 7 and 8 and
their respective flanges are each formed of a single piece of metal stamped into the desired form. Each section of the body portion is provided with an absorbent lining to receive and retain moisture, and stems of the 60 flowers to be held are engaged in the body portion and rest against the absorbent lining to receive moisture therefrom.
It will be seen that the present holder may be disposed in a vase or similar receptacle to 65 hold flowers therein and keep them fresh without filling the vase with water, the flange 12 resting against the neck of the vase to hold the holder in the desired position. When it is desired to remove flowers from the holder, 70 it is only necessary to release the catch 10, when the spring-hinge 9 will separate the sections to permit of easy withdrawal of the stems of the flowers from the holder. When it is desired to supply water to the absorbent 75 linings of the sections, the holder is immersed in water, as will be readily understood. Pins A are carried by the sections 7 and 8 and extend inwardly therefrom beyond the absorbent linings for engagement of the stems of 80 flowers to retain them in the holder.
What is claimed is—
1. A device of the class described comprising a hollow body portion including two sections hinged together at their lower ends for 85 movement of their upper ends toward and away from each other, means for holding the sections yieldably with their upper ends separated, means for holding the sections with their adjacent edge portion in mutual 90 engagement, absorbent linings for the sections, and flanges carried by the upper ends
of the section and extending outwardly therefrom, said sections and their respective flanges being each formed from a single piece 95 of metal, the body portion being open at its upper end.
2. A device of the class described comprising two transversely-semicircular sections rounded at their lower ends and open at their 100 upper ends, a hinge secured to the rounded portions of the sections for movement of the sections into and out of engagement with each other, said sections being cut away to receive the hinge, means for holding the sec- 105 tions with their edge portions in mutual engagement, absorbent linings for the sections,
an outwardly-extending flange carried by the upper end of each section, each of said sections and its flange being formed of a single no