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Dokumentenidentifikation EP0695271 06.11.1997
EP-Veröffentlichungsnummer 0695271
Titel VASE
Anmelder D'Costa, Vernon Leslie, Hayling Island, Hampshire, GB
Erfinder D'Costa, Vernon Leslie, Hayling Island, Hampshire, GB
Vertreter derzeit kein Vertreter bestellt
DE-Aktenzeichen 69405985
Vertragsstaaten DE, DK, FR
Sprache des Dokument En
EP-Anmeldetag 25.04.1994
EP-Aktenzeichen 949131882
WO-Anmeldetag 25.04.1994
PCT-Aktenzeichen GB9400876
WO-Veröffentlichungsnummer 9425375
WO-Veröffentlichungsdatum 10.11.1994
EP-Offenlegungsdatum 07.02.1996
EP date of grant 01.10.1997
Veröffentlichungstag im Patentblatt 06.11.1997
IPC-Hauptklasse B65D 85/50
IPC-Nebenklasse A47G 7/06   

Beschreibung[en]

The present invention relates to an erectable vase as known for example from DE-A-2 923 455.

The popularity of sending flowers, particularly via telephone orders to networks of florists, has increased. When such flowers are delivered to the recipient away from home, in an office or hospital for example, there is often difficulty in finding a suitable vase for the flowers.

The object of the present invention is to provide an improved vase.

According to the invention there is provided a flower vase of waterproof sheet material as defined in claim 1.

In accordance with a preferred feature of the invention, the apertured stiffening member is set at between 5% and 10% of the height of the vase below the top of the vase when erected. At this height, the stiffening member serves to stabilize the stems of flowers arranged in the vase, so that the flowers form a stable arrangement.

Preferably, the stiffening member has edges each provided with a flange for holding the stiffening member flat when in use holding the mouth of the vase open. Conveniently, one of the flanges of the stiffening member attaches the latter to one of the walls of the vase; and the flange of the stiffening member opposite from the attached one is adapted to be connected to the wall opposite from the attached-to wall, and this former wall is complementarily adapted. The said adaption can consist of a slot along a line of connection of the said opposite flange to the stiffening member and a tongue cut in the said opposite wall, the tongue engaging in the slot in use of the vase to connect the said flange to the said wall.

In the preferred embodiment, the vase has four walls, prior to use two being non-folded and two being folded along their middle to lie between the flat walls, the base being similarly folded and arranged. The stiffening member is attached to one of the non-folded flat walls.

Preferably, the vase includes a detachable greetings card. The greetings card can comprise extensions of the walls of the vase other than the one to which the stiffening member is attached, the greetings card being connected to these walls at perforated lines prior to its detachment.

To help understanding of the invention, a specific embodiment thereof will be described by way of example and with reference to the accompanying drawings, in which:-

  • Figure 1 is a perspective view of a vase of the invention in its erected state;
  • Figure 2 is a perspective view of the vase of Figure 1 in its collapsed state ready for erection;
  • Figure 3 is plan view of a cut sheet before assembly to form the vase of Figure 1; and
  • Figure 4 is a view similar to Figure 1 of the vase during erection, with its greetings card ready for removal and its stiffening member ready for folding down into the mouth of the vase.

The erectable vase shown in the drawings is produced from a single sheet 1 of waterproof card, cut, pre-creased, folded and glued to form a mouth 2, a base 3, a front wall 4 and a back wall 5, and a pair of side walls 6,7. An apertured stiffening member 8 lies within the mouth 2. A tab 41 at one side of the front wall 4 enables the front wall to be glued to the side wall 7.

As shown in Figure 3, the base 3 is made up of four base flaps 34,35,36 and 37, which are respectively joined to the bottom edge of the front wall 4, the back wall 5, and the side walls 6,7. The flaps are conventionally cut and creased for gluing together to form a water tight collapsible base. In so far as the base details as such are conventional, within the capabilities of the man skilled in the art and form no part of the present invention, they will not be further described herein.

After assembly and gluing, the vase is collapsed to its state shown in Figure 2. For this the side walls are creased at 61,71 and the base is creased at 31.

For use, the vase is opened out to the erect state as as shown in Figure 1.

The stiffening member 8 has a circular, apertured cutout 81 for flower stems and integral marginal flanges of its card 82, 83, 84, 85 for holding the member flat in use. These are connected to the stiffening member 8 at respective creases 82', 83', 84', 85'. In the collapsed state of the vase - Figure 2 - the stiffening member 8 and the flanges 82,85 are an extension of the back wall 5, whilst the flanges 83,84 are partial extensions of the side walls 6,7.

On erection of the vase, the stiffening member is folded into the mouth of the vase. The edge marginal flanges 83, 84 extend inwards along the side walls and stiffen the stiffening member in the direction in which the vase tends to collapse due to its side creases 61,71 tending to revert to their collapsed condition. The free end marginal flange 82 engages with a tongue 42 partially cut from the front wall 4, via a slit 82" at its crease 82'. The connected end marginal flange 85 is connected to the back wall 5 of the vase at further crease 85". When the vase has been erected, the stiffening member 8 is tucked into the top end of the erected vase, with the connected marginal flange 85 extending down at the top of the back wall and the free end marginal flange 82 extending up inside the front wall 4 - engaged with the tongue 42.

The preferred vase has a square, 70mm x 70mm base and a height of 185mm in its erected state as shown in Figure 1. The stiffening member is set down from the top of the vase by 15mm, that is the height of the flange 85. The diameter of the aperture 81 is 50mm. This configuration provides a stable arrangement of flowers supported in the vase. The height of the stiffening member in the vase is important. At the above height - or approximately so - the stiffening member holds the stalks for the stable arrangement and for this reason is also referred to as a "stalk stabilizer".

The stiffening member has a greetings card piece 9 initially connected to it at perforations 91. The greetings card is united from two card portions 901,902, when the vase is glued up along tab 41. Further, the greetings card is formed as extensions of the front wall 4 and the side walls 6,7, to the three of which it is connected by the perforations 91. Tearing along the perforations allows the stiffening member to be folded to its use position. At the same time, the greeting card can be stood at the foot of the vase as shown in Figure 1.


Anspruch[de]
  1. Kollabierbare Blumenvase aus wasserfestem Folienmaterial mit einem Boden (3) und Wänden (4,5,6,7), die aus einem Bogen (1) aus dem Material geschnitten sind; und

    einem mit einer Öffnung versehenen Aussteifungselement (8), das innerhalb einer Mündung (2) der Vase im aufgerichteten Zustand anbringbar ist, um die Mündung offen zu halten, und durch das sich die Stengel der von der Vase aufgenommenen Blumen erstrecken können,

    dadurch gekennzeichnet, daß

    das wasserfeste Folienmaterial (1) wasserdicht zur Bildung der Vase vereinigt ist, der Boden (3) und die Wände (4,5,6,7) durch wasserdichte Faltungen miteinander verbunden sind, zwei (6,7) der Wände und der Boden (3) wasserdichte Falzlinien (61,71,31) aufweisen, die planmachbar sind, und wobei die Faltungen bei der Aufrichtung der Vase aus dem kollabierten, im wesentlichen flachen Zustand in einen aufgerichteten Zustand öffenbar sind.
  2. Vase nach Anspruch 1, dadurch gekennzeichnet, daß das mit der Öffnung versehene Aussteifungselement (8) zwischen 5% und 10% der Höhe der Vase unterhalb des oberen Endes der Vase im aufgerichteten Zustand angebracht ist.
  3. Vase nach Anspruch 1 oder 2, dadurch gekennzeichnet, daß das Aussteifungselement (8) Ränder aufweist, die jeweils mit einer Lasche (82,83,84,85) zum Flachhalten des Aussteifungselements, wenn dieses im Gebrauch die Mündung (2) der Vase offenhält, versehen sind.
  4. Vase nach Anspruch 3, dadurch gekennzeichnet, daß eine (85) der Laschen des Aussteifungselements letzteres an einer (5) der Wände der Vase befestigt.
  5. Vase nach Anspruch 4, dadurch gekennzeichnet, daß die Lasche (82) des Aussteifungselements gegenüber der befestigten Lasche (85) dazu eingerichtet ist (82"), mit der Wand (4) verbunden zu werden, die der das Element haltenden Wand (5) gegenüberliegt, und daß diese erstgenannte Wand (4) komplementär gestaltet ist.
  6. Vase nach Anspruch 5, dadurch gekennzeichnet, daß die genannte Gestaltung aus einem Schlitz (82") längs einer Linie (82') des Anschlusses der genannten gegenüberliegenden Lasche (82) an das Aussteifungselement (8) und aus einer Zunge (42) besteht, die in die genannte gegenüberliegende Wand (4) geschnitten ist, wobei die Zunge (42) in den Schlitz (82") im Gebrauch der Vase eingreift, um die Lasche (82) mit der Wand (4) zu verbinden.
  7. Vase nach einem der vorhergehenden Ansprüche, dadurch gekennzeichnet, daß die Vase vier Wände (4,5,6,7) aufweist, von denen vor Gebrauch zwei (4,5) nicht gefalzt und zwei (6,7) gefalzt (61,71) und längs ihrer Mitte gefaltet sind, um zwischen den zwei flachen Wänden (4,5) zu liegen, wobei der Boden in vergleichbarer Weise gefalzt, gefaltet und angeordnet ist.
  8. Vase nach Anspruch 7 wenn abhängig von Anspruch 4, 5 oder 6, dadurch gekennzeichnet, daß das Aussteifungselement (8) an einer (5) der nicht gefalzten flachen Wände befestigt ist.
  9. Vase nach einem der vorhergehenden Ansprüche, dadurch gekennzeichnet, daß sie eine lösbare Grußkarte (9) aufweist.
  10. Vase nach Anspruch 9 wenn abhängig von einem der Ansprüche 4 bis 8, dadurch gekennzeichnet, daß die Grußkarte (9) aus Verlängerungen solcher Wände der Vase besteht, an denen das Aussteifungselement nicht befestigt ist, wobei die Grußkarte vor ihrem Ablösen mit jenen Wänden an Perforationslinien (91) verbunden ist.
  11. Vase nach einem der vorhergehenden Ansprüche, dadurch gekennzeichnet, daß das Folienmaterial der Vase ein wasserfester Karton ist.
Anspruch[en]
  1. A collapsible flower vase of waterproof sheet material comprising a base (3) and walls (4,5,6,7) cut from a sheet (1) of the material; and

       an apertured stiffening member (8) which is arrangeable within a mouth (2) of the vase when erected to hold the mouth open and through which the stems of flowers supported in the vase can extend;

       characterised in that:

       the waterproof sheet material (1) is watertightly joined to form the vase, the base (3) and the walls (4,5,6,7) being interconnected by watertight folds, two (6,7) of the walls and the base (3) having watertight creases (61,71,31), the creases being flattenable and the folds being openable on erection of the vase from a collapsed, substantially flat state to an erected state.
  2. A vase as claimed in claim 1, characterised in that the apertured stiffening member (8) is set at between 5% and 10% of the height of the vase below the top of the vase when erected.
  3. A vase as claimed in claim 1 or claim 2, characterised in that the stiffening member (8) has edges each provided with a flange (82,83,84,85) for holding the stiffening member flat, when in use holding the mouth (2) of the vase open
  4. A vase as claimed in claim 3, characterised in that one (85) of the flanges of the stiffening member attaches the latter to one (5) of the walls of the vase.
  5. A vase as claimed in claim 4, characterised in that the flange (82) of the stiffening member opposite from the attached one (85) is adapted (82") to be connected to the wall (4) opposite from the attached-to wall (5), and this former wall (4) is complementarily adapted.
  6. A vase as claimed in claim 5, characterised in that the said adaption consists of a slot (82") along a line (82') of connection of the said opposite flange (82) to the stiffening member (8) and a tongue (42) cut in the said opposite wall (4), the tongue (42) engaging in the slot (82") in use of the vase to connect the said flange (82) to the said wall (4).
  7. A vase as claimed in any preceding claim, characterised in that the vase has four walls (4,5,6,7), prior to use two (4,5) being non-creased and two (6,7) being creased (61,71) and folded along their middle to lie between the flat walls (4,5), the base being similarly creased, folded and arranged.
  8. A vase as claimed in claim 7, as appendant to claim 4, claim 5 or claim 6, characterised in that the stiffening member (8) is attached to one (5) of the non-folded flat walls.
  9. A vase as claimed in any preceding claim, characterised in that it includes a detachable greetings card (9).
  10. A vase as claimed in claim 8 as appendant to any one of claims 4 to 8, characterised in that the greetings card (9) comprises extensions of the walls of the vase other than the one to which the stiffening member is attached, the greetings card being connected to these walls at perforated lines (91) prior to its detachment.
  11. A vase as claimed in any preceding claim, characterised in that the sheet material (1) of the vase is waterproof card.
Anspruch[fr]
  1. Vase à fleurs repliable en matière en feuille imperméable à l'eau, comprenant une base (3) et des parois (4, 5, 6, 7), découpées dans une feuille (1) de la matière, et un élément de rigidification (8) à ouverture, qui peut être disposé dans l'embouchure du vase lorsque celui-ci est dressé, de façon à maintenir l'embouchure ouverte, et à travers lequel les tiges des fleurs contenues dans le vase peuvent s'étendre,

       caractérisé en ce que :

       la matière en feuille (1) imperméable à l'eau est assemblée d'une manière étanche à l'eau de façon à former le vase, la base (3) et les parois (4, 5, 6, 7) étant mutuellement reliées par des plis saillants étanches à l'eau, deux (6, 7) des parois et la base (3) comportant des plis rentrants (61, 71, 31) étanches à l'eau, les plis rentrants pouvant être mis à plat et les plis saillants pouvant être ouverts lorsqu'on dresse le vase, d'un état replié, pratiquement plat, à un état dressé.
  2. Vase tel que revendiqué à la revendication 1, caractérisé en ce que l'élément de rigidification (8) à ouverture est placé à 5% à 10% de la hauteur du vase au-dessous du haut du vase lorsqu'il est dressé.
  3. Vase tel que revendiqué à la revendication 1 ou la revendication 2, caractérisé en ce que l'élément de rigidification (8) présente des bords pourvus chacun d'un rebord (82, 83, 84, 85) servant à maintenir l'élément de rigidification à plat lorsqu'il est utilisé pour maintenir ouverte l'embouchure (2) du vase.
  4. Vase tel que revendiqué à la revendication 3, caractérisé en ce que l'un (85) des rebords de l'élément de rigidification sert à attacher ce dernier à l'une (5) des parois du vase.
  5. Vase tel que revendiqué à la revendication 4, caractérisé en ce que le rebord (82) de l'élément de rigidification qui est situé à l'opposé de celui (85) qui est attaché est adapté (82") de façon à être fixé à la paroi (4) opposée à la paroi d'attache (5) et en ce que la première mentionnée (4) de ces parois est adaptée d'une manière complémentaire.
  6. Vase tel que revendiqué à la revendication 5, caractérisé en ce que l'adaptation consiste en une fente (82"), située le long d'une ligne (82') de liaison dudit rebord opposé (82) à l'élément de rigidification (8), et une languette (42) découpée dans ladite paroi opposée (4), la languette (42) s'engageant dans la fente (82"), lorsque le vase est utilisé, pour fixer ledit rebord (82) à ladite paroi (4).
  7. Vase tel que revendiqué à l'une quelconque des revendications précédentes, caractérisé en ce que le vase comporte quatre parois (4, 5, 6, 7) dont, avant utilisation, deux (4, 5) ne sont pas pourvues de plis rentrants et deux (6, 7) sont pourvues de plis rentrants (61, 71) et sont pliées le long de leur milieu de façon à être disposées entre les parois planes (4, 5), la base étant pourvue de plis rentrants, pliée et agencée, d'une manière analogue.
  8. Vase tel que revendiqué à la revendication 7 lorsqu'elle dépend de la revendication 4, la revendication 5 ou la revendication 6, caractérisé en ce que l'élément de rigidification (8) est attaché à l'une (5) des parois planes non pliées.
  9. Vase tel que revendiqué à l'une quelconque des revendications précédentes, caractérisé en ce qu'il comprend une carte de salutations (9) séparable.
  10. Vase tel que revendiqué à la revendication 8 lorsqu'elle dépend de l'une quelconque des revendications 4 à 8, caractérisé en ce que la carte de salutations (9) est constituée de prolongements des parois du vase autre que celle à laquelle l'élément de rigidification est attaché, la carte de salutations étant reliée à ces parois suivant des lignes perforées (91) avant sa séparation.
  11. Vase tel que revendiqué à l'une quelconque des revendications précédentes, caractérisé en ce que la matière en feuille (1) du vase est un carton imperméable à l'eau.






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A Täglicher Lebensbedarf
B Arbeitsverfahren; Transportieren
C Chemie; Hüttenwesen
D Textilien; Papier
E Bauwesen; Erdbohren; Bergbau
F Maschinenbau; Beleuchtung; Heizung; Waffen; Sprengen
G Physik
H Elektrotechnik

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