Receptacle Top Supported Patents (Class 47/41.11)
  • Patent number: 9313957
    Abstract: The arrangement device includes a plurality of apertures in ring configuration. The apertures within each ring are tilted along a tangential angle with respect to the vertical. The apertures are uniquely defined and designed to receive specified stems of elongated items to be arranged. The apertures align the elongated items according to their tilt angles and are shaped to allow them to fall in a resting position approximating how the final arrangement will appear. The apertures have an inner wall angled allowing the elongated items to meet at a gathering point. They are gathered at a tie point and tied into a bouquet while each stem retains its tangential tilt. The arrangement device has legs allowing stems to be kept moist while using the arrangement device prior to being placed in their holding vessel. In an alternative embodiment, overlays may be added to identify items used in each aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Inventor: Christine Wargo
  • Patent number: 9192155
    Abstract: A decoy stand includes a tubular base pole, a tubular sleeve coaxially supported on a top end of the base pole, and an extension pole telescopically received within the tubular base pole and the tubular sleeve. At least one decoy mount is coupled to each of the tubular sleeve and the extension pole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: MALLARD MOTELS, LLC
    Inventors: Donald J. Saringer, Travis G. Bersch
  • Patent number: 9044109
    Abstract: A container, in which a quantity of water can be accommodated, includes a base, a peripheral wall that is upright with respect to the base, a water barrier provided within the peripheral wall and extending towards the base, an insertion opening in which the stem or stems of plant products, such as flowers, can be accommodated in such a way that these have access to the quantity of water, as well as retaining member for retaining the stems. The retaining member is designed for holding the stems pressed down in the direction of the base under preloading.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Assignee: Pagter & Partners International B.V.
    Inventors: Janus Adriaan Willem De Pagter, Simon Eduard Niekolaas, Jeroen Johan Bruijns
  • Patent number: 9027277
    Abstract: The invention is directed toward a spill- and leak-proof container for floriculture items including cut flowers, stems, other horticultural items, and the like. More specifically, the invention includes a receptacle having funnel-like primary closure. The funnel-like primary closure includes a wider opening generally adjacent to and contiguous with the mouth of the receptacle. The narrower opening of the funnel-like primary closure is positioned in the interior of the receptacle. A secondary closure atop the wider opening of the primary closure ensures no liquid can spill.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Chrysal International BV
    Inventor: Wayne Castleberry
  • Patent number: 8789697
    Abstract: A cemetery flower holder that has a decorative cover that can possess convex and or acclivity shaped features to shield water and other undesirables away from the monument. Connecting to this cover is a tubular structure that can feature angularly and or radially expanding elastic tabs and or a foam structure. These are used to help retain the cemetery flower holder to the cemetery monument and or vase. Contained within the tubular structure are one or more flower retention devices, these connect to and extend through the decorative cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Inventor: Howard Severson, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8739462
    Abstract: Decorating methods including a vase for associating flowers and other decorative items with cakes and other food products are described. Vase embodiments which may be used to practice the method may include a water-holding reservoir having a bottom wall, an upright rim, and plural flower-stem-receiving wells. Each well is defined by at least one well wall depending from the bottom wall and has an opening capable of receiving water from the reservoir. Vase embodiments may include a reservoir of various shapes and sizes. Vases may be placed on a cake or other food product permitting the cake or food product to be attractively and easily decorated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Inventors: M. Kathleen Meisinger, David A. Meisinger
  • Patent number: 8580325
    Abstract: Vase apparatus and decorating methods for associating flowers and other decorative items with cakes and other food products are described. Vase embodiments include a water-holding reservoir having a bottom wall, an upright rim, and plural flower-stem-receiving wells. Each well is defined by at least one well wall depending from the bottom wall and has an opening capable of receiving water from the reservoir. Vase embodiments may include a reservoir of various shapes and sizes. Vases may be placed on a cake or other food product permitting the cake or food product to be attractively and easily decorated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Inventors: M. Kathleen Meisinger, David A. Meisinger
  • Publication number: 20130247459
    Abstract: Devices and method for arranging objects for display in a container such as a vase. The top designed to be utilized on a particular vase includes holes in locations selected for a particular arrangement. The top can be integrated into the vase, designed for removal, or a separate device. A false bottom in the vase enables accurate cutting of the length of the objects to be inserted. In addition a method for utilizing the devices to properly arrange the objects is disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2012
    Publication date: September 26, 2013
    Inventor: Margaret Egiziaco
  • Patent number: 8404320
    Abstract: Per TITLE OF INVENTION, there is disclosed methods, apparatus and kits for attaching artificial flowers (particularly flowers formed with means such a passage to frictionally receive an artificial stem in assembly of an artificial flower plant) to a non-blooming live vegetation stem or branch that is not frictionally receivable in the flower passage, whereby a substitute stem that is frictionally receivable in the flower passage may be custom-formed from various commercially-available wire-like elements to provide (a) single or double free-end twist tie means for attachment of such single flowers to such live stems or branches or (b) means for attaching a plurality of such flowers to a non-blooming live bush in the manner of a string of Christmas tree lights.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Inventor: Walter Potoroka, Sr.
  • Patent number: 8276315
    Abstract: Vase apparatus and decorating methods for associating flowers, and other decorative items with cakes and other food products are described. Vase embodiments include a water-holding reservoir having a bottom wall, an upright rim, and plural flower-stem-receiving wells. Each well is defined by at least one well wall depending from the bottom wall and has an opening capable of receiving water from the reservoir. Vase embodiments may include a reservoir of various shapes and sizes. Vases may be placed on a cake or other food product permitting the cake or food product to be attractively and easily decorated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Inventors: M. Kathleen Meisinger, David A. Meisinger
  • Publication number: 20100095585
    Abstract: The present invention involves a method and apparatus facilitating decorative arrangement of flowers or plants including, in one embodiment, a domed holder having a plurality of openings wherein flower or plant stems may be passed therethrough. In one embodiment the apparatus may be reversibly coupled to a vase, in another embodiment, a spherical apparatus may be utilized within the void of a vase. A spherical apparatus may be suspended for decorative appeal. A foam center may be placed within the spherical embodiment to facilitate plant hydration and stability. Alternative embodiment holders may be heart-shaped, torus-shaped, or ring-shaped, and an alternative embodiment holder may be worn as an adornment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 14, 2008
    Publication date: April 22, 2010
    Inventor: Lori Hall
  • Patent number: 7526893
    Abstract: A method and device for preparing a vase to hold a flower arrangement which is comprised of a waterproof net covering the top opening of the vessel; an elastomic sleeve which is a means to temporarily shape and hold the netting in place; and a strip of floral adhesive which is a means to secure the netting to the outside rim of the opening. The floral stems are guided through the plurality of apertures to form an arrangement that can be safely handled and delivered without loosing its shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2009
    Inventor: Catherine Marie Thoele
  • Patent number: 7406798
    Abstract: A floral arranging vase cover provides enhanced decoration and for supporting floral arrangements within a vase. The floral arranging cover includes a circular ring, inner bands and outer bands. Preferably, the floral arranging cover includes four to twelve inner bands which are arcuate in shape and have first and second ends which rotatably affix to the circular ring. The outer bands are also arcuate in shape and include first and second ends which attach to the circular ring. Preferably, the outer bands project outwardly from the ring and are arranged in an overlapping manner. Moreover, the outer bands are preferably affixed to adjacent bands to prevent their rotation about the circular ring. The floral arranging cover is placed upon a vase with the circular ring substantially adjacent to the vases' rim. The inner bands project inwardly to form a grid-like structure having openings for floral and plant stems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2008
    Inventor: James J. Barrett
  • Publication number: 20080148632
    Abstract: A wrap having a wrap opening formed through a portion thereof for wrapping a floral grouping having a bloom end and a stem end. The stem end of the floral grouping is inserted through the wrap opening in the wrap and the wrap is formed about the floral grouping and encompasses a substantial portion of the floral grouping while a portion of the stem end of the floral grouping remains extended through the wrap opening in the wrap.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 25, 2008
    Publication date: June 26, 2008
    Inventor: Donald E. Weder
  • Patent number: 7310909
    Abstract: A holder for silk flowers including multiple extensions extending laterally outwardly of the holder, a pair of spaced discs respectively interconnected with the inner surface of the holder, a pair of apertures formed respectively in the discs, and multiple pointed prongs extending from the lower disc and into the aperture formed therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2007
    Assignee: D.R. Broel, Inc.
    Inventors: David J. Broel, Ruby E. Broel
  • Patent number: 7263800
    Abstract: A flower web for organizing flowers in a regular or irregularly shaped open top of a vase. The flower web includes inner and outer loops and a plurality of flower dividers. The inner and outer loops share a common center and a common horizontal plane. The plurality of flower dividers are of generally elongated appearance and are in contact with the inner loop and extend radially outward from the inner loop such that the flower dividers intersect and contact the outer loop to define a first plurality of apertures between the inner and outer loops. The plurality of flower dividers extend radially outward for a predetermined distance beyond the outer loop. The underside of the flower dividers is optionally at least partly coated with an adhesive coating. In another embodiment, a peelable strip covers the adhesive coating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2007
    Inventors: Robert Taddeo, John Antonelli
  • Patent number: 7096623
    Abstract: A floral design system is described having a base that is utilized to house water when displaying live flowers. A lid is designed to fit within the base and has a series of openings about its surface. A series of sleeves with a flap attachment configuration comprising upper and lower ridges are attached to the lid through the openings. The sleeves provide openings through which the stems of the flowers are passed to be held firmly in place. The sleeves are made out of a pliable material for conforming to the shape of the stem while providing a tight fit. The bottom of the stems protrudes down into the base for water supply.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2006
    Inventors: Lisa P. Cardamone, Peter T. Cardamone, III
  • Patent number: 7080479
    Abstract: A device for covering the space between a top container rim of an inner plant growing container and the inside wall of an outer decorative container in which the inner plant growing container is placed, includes a plurality of arcuate pieces pivotally joined end to end, the device having opposite unconnected ends. The arcuate pieces are joined in a manner so that the device can be adjustably moved into ring configurations of different diameters to approximately fit within the inner wall of the decorative outer container and rest on the top rim of the inner growing container. Clips or tabs extend downwardly from the device to cooperate with the top rim of the inner container to hold the pieces from moving inwardly, thereby maintaining the adjusted diameter of the device and holding the device in position on top of the inner container. The device can be produced in a plurality of sizes, each size adjustable over a range of diameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2006
    Inventors: Bonnie Dallimore, Jimmy E. Holbrook
  • Patent number: 7020946
    Abstract: A method of making a decorative arrangement includes providing a wet foam, securing a plurality of decorative elements which may, for example, consist of live flowers or other live vegetation, dried flowers or other dried vegetation, artificial flowers or other artificial vegetation and additional ornaments. A plurality of decorative elements are secured to the wet foam and the wet foam is subsequently permitted to dry or dried. The wet foam may be applied to a release surface or to a support structure. Portions of the decorative arrangement may be made by sequential applications of wet foam, if desired. The wet foam, after partial curing, is shaped to provide a nodule within which the decorative elements are placed. The surface of the foam may be wet, as by spraying water thereon prior to shaping and partial curing, and may also be sprayed thereafter as by spraying water thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2006
    Inventor: Camillo Mele
  • Patent number: 7013549
    Abstract: A method of making a decorative arrangement includes providing a wet foam, securing a plurality of decorative elements which may, for example, consist of live flowers or other live vegetation, dried flowers or other dried vegetation, artificial flowers or other artificial vegetation and additional ornaments. A plurality of decorative elements are secured to the wet foam and the wet foam is subsequently permitted to dry or dried. The wet foam may be applied to a release surface or to a support structure. Portions of the decorative arrangement may be made by sequential applications of wet foam, if desired. The wet foam, after partial curing, is shaped to provide a nodule within which the decorative elements are placed. The surface of the foam may be wet, as by spraying water thereon prior to shaping and partial curing, and may also be sprayed thereafter as by spraying water thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2006
    Inventor: Camillo Mele
  • Patent number: 7000347
    Abstract: A device and method for preparing a vase or other container to receive a floral arrangement. The device includes a grid cover that is placed around the open end of a vase or similar container. The grid cover has a flat top surface and a peripheral wall that extends downwardly from the edge of the top surface. The grid cover is made of elastomeric material and is initially smaller than the open top of the vase. The grid cover is stretched over the open top of the vase, wherein the peripheral wall of the grid cover passes over the edge of the vase's open top and retains the stretched grid cover element in place. A plurality of openings are distributed throughout the top surface of the grid cover. As the grid cover is stretched over the top of a vase, the openings become positioned across the open top of the vase.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2006
    Inventor: Linda Roskin
  • Patent number: 6978574
    Abstract: A flower bouquet support including a hanger adapted for suspension from the side wall of a vase. A thumbscrew is threadably secured to the top of the hanger to releasably secure the hanger upon the side wall of the vase. At least one retaining strap is secured to the bottom of the hanger so as to grasp the stems of a flower bouquet positioned adjacent the hanger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2005
    Inventor: Tina M. Valenta
  • Publication number: 20040244285
    Abstract: A floral arrangement is provided for supporting nutrient-receiving floral projections within a sealed liquid solution-filled portion of a container. The arrangement incorporates a free-forming solidifying composition adjacent to the opening of the container, which solidifies to firmly hold the floral projections in place, and to create a spill-proof protective barrier between the liquid solution and a surrounding environment. The arrangement is particularly useful for applications, wherein a soil-free, nutrient-rich environment can be maintained without the need for introducing protective substances into the liquid solution.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2003
    Publication date: December 9, 2004
    Inventors: Marc Fishman, Yale Fishman
  • Publication number: 20030089033
    Abstract: A flower grouping organizer designed to organize a flower grouping of fresh cut flowers, artificial flowers or other floral materials into a pre-selected pattern for display in a vase. The organizer having a pre-selected shape, such as a heart shape. The flower grouping organizer having an outer edge surface, at least one larger drainage opening disposed in or about the center of the organizer, and a plurality of smaller openings sized to receive the stems of the floral grouping, said smaller openings arranged around the periphery of the organizer, and a plurality of cuts disposed between each of the smaller openings and the outer edge surface of the organizer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 8, 2002
    Publication date: May 15, 2003
    Inventor: William D. Wimp
  • Publication number: 20020184818
    Abstract: A device and method for preparing a vase or other container to receive a floral arrangement. The device includes a grid cover that is placed around the open end of a vase or similar container. The grid cover has a flat top surface and a peripheral wall that extends downwardly from the edge of the top surface. The grid cover is made of elastomeric material and is initially smaller than the open top of the vase. The grid cover is stretched over the open top of the vase, wherein the peripheral wall of the grid cover passes over the edge of the vase's open top and retains the stretched grid cover element in place. A plurality of openings are distributed throughout the top surface of the grid cover. As the grid cover is stretched over the top of a vase, the openings become positioned across the open top of the vase.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2001
    Publication date: December 12, 2002
    Inventor: Linda Roskin
  • Patent number: 6457276
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for arranging flowers without a vase. A series of nested members, each having a plurality of flower stem receiving channels, preferably between two and eight flower channels, are placed in nested configuration. Flower stems are placed in each of the receiving channels and the next larger member is placed over the stems. Larger members, for holding more flowers, can be placed over the next larger size. Preferably, one to four layers of members are used to create the flower arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2002
    Inventor: David Immel Masters
  • Patent number: 6447813
    Abstract: The present invention relates to the in situ manufacture of plant extracts from living plants. Since the plant remains intact, a flower or other component of the plant can be extracted one or more times. Following the extraction process, the plant is typically able to continue with its lifecycle. Such extracts have a variety of uses including use for, but not limited to: herbal and homeopathic medicines, hair and skin treatments, and cosmetics. The present invention also relates to apparatus useful for manufacturing plant extracts from living plants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2002
    Inventor: Brent W. Davis
  • Patent number: 6189261
    Abstract: A flexible grid for use in guiding a person to arrange flowers, and the like, includes a number of openings formed therein by woven-together fluffy fabric-coated, flexible wires. The flexible grid may be supported on, as by being bent around, or in an open top of a container to enable a number of different size floral stems to be inserted and frictionally held in the openings. The floral stems and the flexible grid may be removed as a unit from the open top of the container to enable the lower ends of the floral stems to be snipped for better water absorption, or to add water to the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2001
    Inventor: Valerie A. Helgeson
  • Patent number: 6178688
    Abstract: A container system for a floral arrangement, comprising a waterproof container having a base portion which can act as a water reservoir, and a separate insert locatable from above into a lower part of the container, the insert acting to confine from above water within the reservoir, the insert carrying a porous water-retaining material lying within the reservoir, the porous material extending upwardly through the insert so that an upper portion of the material is exposed to receive the stems of cut flowers and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2001
    Assignee: Betty McDowell (Aust.) Pty. Ltd.
    Inventor: Kevin Keating