Composition wall for caskets



COMPOSITION WALL FOR CASKETS Filed sept. 29, 1920 INVENToR. A.WEdwards ATTORNEY Patented Sept. 9, 1924.` UNITED STATESv ARTHUR W. EDWARDS, OF SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA. COMPOSITION WALL FOR CASKETS. Application filed September 29, 1920. Serial No. 413,614, To all whom it may concern.' Be it known that I, ARTHUR W. EDWARDS, a citizen of the United States, residing at Sacramento, in the county of Sacramento and State of California, have invented new and useful Improvements in Composition Wallsfor Gaskets, of which the following is a specification. i This invention relates to aburial casket, and more particularly to a composition of material for forming the walls of a casket or other purposes, for which sucha composition wall would be suitable. The object of the invention is to provide such a composition wall for a casket, or for a like purpose, which is extremely inexpensive and light, and yet suficiently durable for the intended use. The invention briefly consists in preparing a composition from rice straw, paper pulp and wood pulp and suliicient water to secure the desired consistency. position formed is then placed in av mold of the desired shape and subjected to a high degree of pressure, either by a hydraulic or screw press. Also, a reinforcing element may be incorporated if so desired. The intendeduse of the invention is illustrated in the accompanying drawings, in which- Fig. 1 is a cross section of the composition when compressed; and Fig. 2 is a side elevation of a burial casket with its walls formedl of the composition shown in Fig. l. Referring further to the drawings, A indicates the composition formed when subjected to pressure and Ci a casket with composition walls as shown in F ig. 1. The bottom and sides of the casket are preferably formed by one mold and compression. The com- Any artistic beauty of the casket could be had by forming the molds to give the desired result. The cover is molded separately and preferably the casket and cover are so formed that the casket can be hermetically sealed. The casket may bev covered in they usual manner and in appearance This element is preferable, but not neces. Y sary, as the composition forms a material sufficiently durable and of sufficient strength for the use intended. While I have shown and described vmy" invention for a particular use, it is toi be understood that I am not to be so limited as indicated by the appended claim. Having thus described my invention, what I claim and desire toseure by Letters Patent is: A burial casket moulded and compressed to shape of fibrous plastic ysubstance consisting of rice straw, paper and wood pulp, the walls and bot-tom of said casket having` connected sheets of reticulated reinforcing material embedded therein. In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand in the scribing witnesses. ARTHUR 7. EDWARDS. itnessesz l It. P. TALBOT, GEORGE L. POPERT. presence of two sub-



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