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Decorative assembly for supporting a floral grouping

Imported: 24 Feb '17 | Published: 06 Jan '04

Donald E. Weder, William F. Straeter, Joseph G. Straeter, Michael J. King, Franklin J. Craig, Michael R. Klemme

USPTO - Utility Patents

Abstract

A decorative assembly for supporting a floral grouping which includes a floral holding material and a sheet of fluid impermeable material. The floral holding material is a preformed shape-sustaining support member, which is selectively movable between an expanded condition and a flattened condition, is provided with a stabilizing assembly for stabilizing the preformed shape-sustaining support member in the expanded condition.

Description

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

FIG. 1 is a plan view of a sheet of material constructed in accordance with the present invention.

FIG. 2 is a cross-sectional view showing the sheet of material extended about a portion of a floral holding material with a crimped portion being formed in the sheet of material for cooperating to hold the sheet of material in the position extended about a floral grouping to provide a decorative covering in accordance with the present invention.

FIG. 3 is a cross-sectional view of a modified floral holding material showing the sheet of material of FIG. 1 wrapped about the modified floral holding material to provide a decorative covering.

FIG. 4 is a perspective view of yet another modified floral holding material.

FIG. 5 is a cross-sectional view of the modified floral holding material of FIG. 4 showing the sheet of material disposed about a portion of the modified floral holding material with the crimped portion being formed in a portion of the sheet of material.

FIG. 6 is a plan view of a modified sheet of material.

FIG. 7 is a cross-sectional view of a floral holding material with the sheet of material of FIG. 6 disposed about a portion of the floral holding material and a modified crimped portion being formed in a portion of the sheet of material.

FIG. 8 is a plan view of still another modified sheet of material.

FIG. 9 is a cross-sectional view of a floral holding material showing the sheet of material of FIG. 8 disposed about a portion of the floral holding material with the crimped portion being formed in the sheet of material in a manner like that shown in FIG.

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FIG. 10 is a perspective view of yet another embodiment of a floral holding material having a sheet of fluid impermeable material disposed thereabout to provide a flexible vase in accordance with the present invention.

FIG. 11 is a plan view of the sheet of fluid impermeable material before being disposed about the floral holding material to provide the flexible vase of FIG.

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FIG. 12 is a partially cutaway, perspective view of the floral holding material of the flexible vase of FIG.

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FIG. 13 is a plan view of a sheet of flexible material used to form the floral holding material of FIG.

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FIG. 14 is a perspective view of another embodiment of a floral holding material having a sheet of fluid impermeable material disposed thereabout to provide a flexible vase in accordance with the present invention.

FIG. 15 is a perspective view of the floral holding material of the flexible vase of FIG.

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FIG. 16 is a plan view of a sheet of flexible material used to form the floral holding material of FIG.

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FIG. 17 is a perspective view of the floral holding material of FIG. 15 having a base member disposed adjacent an open lower end of the floral holding material.

FIG. 18 is a partial cutaway perspective view of the floral holding material of FIG. 15 having another embodiment of a base member disposed adjacent an open lower end of the floral holding material.

FIG. 19 is a perspective view of another embodiment of a floral holding material which, when wrapped with a sheet of material provide a flexible vase similar in appearance to the flexible vase of FIG.

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FIG. 20 is a plan view of a sheet of flexible material used to form the floral holding material of FIG.

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FIG. 21 is a perspective view of another embodiment of a sheet of flexible material used to form the floral holding material of FIG.

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FIG. 22 is a perspective view of another embodiment of a floral holding material having a plurality of slots formed about an open upper end of the floral holding material.

FIG. 23 is a plan view of a sheet of flexible material used to form the floral holding material of FIG.

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FIG. 24 is a perspective view of another embodiment of a floral holding material which, when wrapped with a sheet of material, provides a flexible vase in accordance with the present invention.

FIG. 25 is a plan view of a sheet of flexible material used to form the floral holding material of FIG. 24 having one edge thereof turned up to show a lower side thereof.

FIG. 26 is a perspective view of another embodiment of a floral holding material which, when wrapped with a sheet of material, provides a flexible vase in accordance with the present invention.

FIG. 27 is a plan view of a sheet of flexible material used to form the floral holding material of FIG. 26 having one edge thereof turned up to show a lower side thereof.

FIG. 28 is a perspective view of another embodiment of a floral holding material which, when wrapped with a sheet of material, provides a flexible vase in accordance with the present invention.

FIG. 29 is a plan view of a sheet of flexible material used to form the floral holding material of FIG.

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FIG. 30 is a perspective view of another embodiment of a floral holding material which, when wrapped with a sheet of material, provides a flexible vase in accordance with the present invention.

FIG. 31 is a plan view of a sheet of flexible material used to form the floral holding material of FIG.

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FIG. 32 is a perspective view of the floral holding material of FIG. 30 in a partially assembled condition.

FIG. 33 is a perspective view of another embodiment of a floral holding material which, when wrapped with a sheet of material, provides a flexible vase in accordance with the present invention.

FIG. 34 is a plan view of a sheet of flexible material used to form the floral holding material of FIG.

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FIG. 35 is a perspective view of another embodiment of a floral holding material constructed in accordance with the present invention.

FIG. 36 is a plan view of a sheet of flexible material used to form the floral holding material of FIG.

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FIG. 37 is a perspective view of a preformed floral holding material constructed in accordance with the present invention.

FIG. 38 is a perspective view of the preformed floral holding material of FIG. 37 wherein a connector assembly has reduced the size of the circumference of the preformed floral holding material.

FIG. 39 is a perspective view of a preformed floral holding material in an expanded condition having an elastic member for maintaining the preformed floral holding material in the expanded condition.

FIG. 40 is a perspective view of the preformed floral holding material of FIG. 39 in a flattened condition for storage and transportation.

FIG. 41 is a perspective view of another embodiment of a preformed floral holding material in an expanded condition having a strap assembly for maintaining the preformed floral holding material in the expanded condition.

FIG. 42 is a perspective view of the preformed floral holding material of FIG. 41 in a flattened condition for storage and transportation.

FIG. 43 is a perspective view of the preformed floral holding material of FIG. 41 having another embodiment of a strap assembly for maintaining the preformed floral holding material in an expanded condition.

FIG. 44 is a perspective view of the preformed floral holding material of FIG. 43 in a flattened condition for storage and transportation.

FIG. 45 is a perspective view of a preformed floral holding material having a plurality of ring members for maintaining the preformed floral holding material in an expanded condition.

FIG. 46 is a perspective view of the preformed floral holding material of FIG. 45 in a flattened condition for storage and transportation.

FIG. 47 is a perspective view of a preformed floral holding material having a tab assembly for maintaining the preformed floral holding material in an expanded condition.

FIG. 48 is a perspective view of the preformed floral holding material of FIG. 47 in a flattened condition for storage and transportation.

FIG. 49 is a perspective view of a preformed floral holding material having an elastic member disposed about a peripheral sidewall for maintaining the preformed floral holding material in an expanded condition.

FIG. 50 is a perspective view of the preformed floral holding material of FIG. 49 in a flattened condition for storage and transportation and having the elastic member removed therefrom.

FIG. 51 is a perspective view of a preformed floral holding material having another embodiment of an assembly for maintaining the preformed floral holding material in an expanded condition.

FIG. 52 is a perspective view of a preformed floral holding material in an expanded condition wherein the preformed floral holding material is formed of a resilient material.

FIG. 53 is a perspective view of the preformed floral holding material of FIG. 52 in a flattened condition for storage and transportation.

FIG. 54 is a perspective view of a preformed floral holding material having another embodiment of a tab assembly for maintaining the preformed floral holding material in an expanded condition.

FIG. 55 is a perspective view of the preformed floral holding material of FIG. 54 in a flattened condition for storage and transportation.

FIG. 56 is a partial cutaway, perspective view of a preformed floral holding material having yet another embodiment of a tab assembly for maintaining the preformed floral holding material in an expanded condition, the preformed floral holding material having a decorative cover disposed thereabout for providing a decorative assembly for supporting a flower grouping.

FIG. 57 is a perspective view illustrating one side of the preformed floral holding material of FIG. 56 when the preformed floral holding material is in a flattened condition for storage and transportation.

FIG. 58 is a perspective view illustrating a second side of the preformed floral holding material of FIG. 56 when the preformed floral holding material is in a flattened condition for storage and transportation.

FIG. 59 is a perspective view of another embodiment of a preformed floral holding material constructed in accordance with the present invention.

FIG. 60 is a perspective view of the preformed floral holding material of FIG. 59 having an upper portion removed therefrom to reduce the height of the preformed floral holding material.

FIG. 61 is a perspective view of another embodiment of a preformed floral holding material constructed in accordance with the present invention.

FIG. 62 is a perspective view of the preformed floral holding material of FIG. 61 showing a floral grouping disposed therein.

FIG. 63 is a perspective view of the preformed floral holding material of FIG. 61 showing a floral grouping disposed therein and having an elastic band disposed about the floral grouping.

FIG. 64 is a perspective view of a dispenser containing a plurality of the preformed floral holding material of FIG.

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FIG. 65 is a fragmental, perspective view of another embodiment of a preformed floral holding material constructed in accordance with the present invention.

FIG. 66 is a perspective view of another embodiment of a flexible vase constructed in accordance with the present invention.

FIG. 67 is a plan view of a sheet of fluid impermeable material having a sheet of flexible material secured thereto for forming the flexible vase of FIG.

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FIG. 68 is a plan view of a sheet of fluid impermeable material having a sheet of flexible material secured thereto for forming the flexible vase of FIG.

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FIG. 69 is a perspective view of another embodiment of a flexible vase constructed in accordance with the present invention.

FIG. 70 is a plan view of a sheet of fluid impermeable material having a shape-sustaining support member secured thereto in a flattened condition for forming the flexible vase of FIG.

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FIG. 71 is a perspective view of yet another embodiment of a flexible vase constructed in accordance with the present invention.

FIG. 72 is a plan view of a sheet of fluid impermeable material having a shape-sustaining support member secured thereto in a flattened condition for forming the flexible vase of FIG.

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FIG. 73 is a perspective view of yet another embodiment of a flexible vase constructed in accordance with the present invention.

FIG. 74 is a plan view of a sheet of fluid impermeable material having a shape-sustaining support member secured thereto in a flattened condition for forming the flexible vase of FIG.

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FIG. 75 is a perspective view of another embodiment of a flexible vase constructed in accordance with the present invention.

FIG. 76 is a perspective view of a shape-sustaining support member having a flexible bag disposed therein which, when wrapped with a sheet of material provides the flexible vase of FIG.

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FIG. 77 is a perspective view of a sheet of flexible material for forming the shape-sustaining support member of FIG.

76, the sheet of flexible material having the flexible bag connected thereto.

FIG. 78 is a perspective view of another embodiment of a vase constructed in accordance with the present invention.

FIG. 79 is a cross-sectional view of a self-erecting floral holding container in a collapsed condition disposed on a sheet of fluid impermeable material, the self-erecting floral holding container and the sheet of fluid impermeable material cooperating to form the vase of FIG. 78 when the self-erecting floral holding container is in the erected position.

FIG. 80 is a plan view of the self-erecting floral holding container in a collapsed condition disposed on the sheet of fluid impermeable material.

FIG. 81 is a perspective view of a shape-sustaining support member disposed in a flexible bag which, when wrapped with a sheet of material, provides a flexible vase in accordance with the present invention.

FIG. 82 is a perspective view of a sheet of flexible material disposed in a flexible bag which, when assembled, provides the shape-sustaining support member disposed in the bag of FIG.

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FIG. 83 is a perspective view of another embodiment of a floral holding material which, when wrapped with a sheet of material, provides a flexible vase in accordance with the present invention.

FIG. 84 is a plan view of a sheet of flexible material used to form the floral holding material of FIG.

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Claims

1. A decorative assembly for supporting a floral grouping, the decorative assembly comprising:

2. The decorative assembly of claim 1 wherein the connector comprises at least one first slit formed in the locking tab via at least one of the upper or lower sides thereof such that the at least one first slit is positioned in the distal end portion of the locking tab and a second slit formed in the peripheral sidewall of the preformed shape-sustaining support member so as to be alignable with the distal end portion of the locking tab whereby, in the expanded condition of the preformed shape-sustaining support member, the second slit receives at least a portion of the distal end portion of the locking tab and the at least one first slit formed in the locking tab matingly engages a portion of the peripheral sidewall of the preformed shape-sustaining support member for stabilizing and maintaining the preformed shape-sustaining support member in the expanded condition.

3. The decorative assembly of claim 1 wherein the preformed shape-sustaining support member is constructed of a polymeric material.

4. The decorative assembly of claim 3 wherein the connector comprises at least one first slit formed in the locking tab via at least one of the upper or lower sides thereof such that the at least one first slit is positioned in the distal end portion of the locking tab and a second slit formed in the peripheral sidewall of the preformed shape-sustaining support member so as to be alignable with the distal end portion of the locking tab whereby, in the expanded condition of the preformed shape-sustaining support member, the second slit receives at least a portion of the distal end portion of the locking tab and the at least one first slit formed in the locking tab matingly engages a portion of the peripheral sidewall of the preformed shape-sustaining support member for stabilizing and maintaining the preformed shape-sustaining support member in the expanded condition.

5. A floral holding material comprising:

6. The floral holding material of claim 5 wherein the preformed shape-sustaining support member is constructed of a polymeric material.

7. The floral holding material of claim 6 wherein the connector comprises at least one first slit formed in the locking tab via at least one of the upper or lower sides thereof such that the at least one first slit is positioned in the distal end portion of the locking tab and a second slit formed in the peripheral sidewall of the preformed shape-sustaining support member so as to be alignable with the distal end portion of the locking tab whereby, in the expanded condition of the preformed shape-sustaining support member, the second slit receives at least a portion of the distal end portion of the locking tab and the at least one first slit formed in the locking tab matingly engages a portion of the peripheral sidewall of the preformed shape-sustaining support member for stabilizing and maintaining the preformed shape-sustaining support member in the expanded condition.

8. The floral holding material of claim 5 wherein the connector comprises at least one first slit formed in the locking tab via at least one of the upper or lower sides thereof such that the at least one first slit is positioned in the distal end portion of the locking tab and a second slit formed in the peripheral sidewall of the preformed shape-sustaining support member so as to be alignable with the distal end portion of the locking tab whereby, in the expanded condition of the preformed shape-sustaining support member, the second slit receives at least a portion of the distal end portion of the locking tab and the at least one first slit formed in the locking tab matingly engages a portion of the peripheral sidewall of the preformed shape-sustaining support member for stabilizing and maintaining the preformed shape-sustaining support member in the expanded condition.

9. A decorative assembly for supporting a floral grouping, the decorative assembly comprising:

10. The decorative assembly of claim 9 wherein the preformed shape-sustaining support member is constructed of a polymeric material.

11. A floral holding material comprising:

12. The floral holding material of claim 11 wherein the preformed shape-sustaining support member is constructed of a polymeric material.