Frames for pictures and the like

  • US 5,950,342 A
  • Filed: 09/05/1996
  • Issued: 09/14/1999
  • Est. Priority Date: 08/03/1993
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. A system for framing decorative art with frames comprising;

  • (a) a rectangular shaped planar sheet of rigid transparent material having four straight sides and having a front face and a back face;

    (b) a rectangular frame assembly for framing said planar sheet, said frame assembly comprising four separate straight semi-rigid frame parts each said frame part being at least 20 inches long and extending along a respective side of said planar sheet, each of said separate straight frame parts having a pair of oppositely mitered 45°

    ends abutting flatly with and adjoined to the corresponding ends of the neighboring frame parts, and each integrally formed with a substantial L-shaped cross-section such that a continuous rabbet is formed around said frame assembly which faces rearwardly for receiving said front face of said planar sheet therewithin, said continuous rabbet having an end point at each of said corresponding ends of the neighboring frame parts, wherein said rabbet comprises a front portion facing rearwardly and a side portion adjoined thereto, and said front portion of said rabbet is 3/16 or more inches wide, said rectangular frame assembly being adapted to be hung on a wall with a hanger on at least one of said four separate straight frame sides; and

    (c) only one strip of compressible foam tape centered on each of said four frame parts, each of said one strip of compressible foam tape having pressure sensitive adhesive disposed on opposite sides thereof for adherence to said planar sheet and to said frame assembly, each of said strips of foam tape having a length of from 3 to 6 inches and being disposed between said front face of said planar sheet and said frame assembly at each midpoint of each of said frame parts, each of said strips of foam tape being spaced from the ends of the rabbet upon which it is attached;

    said planar sheet is attached to said frame assembly at the location of each of said strips of foam tape supporting said planar sheet on said strips, thus providing strength to said frame assembly and preventing the lateral movement or bowing of any of said frame parts with respect to said frame assembly, and preventing the mitered joints from separating.

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