As a child, I used to love to take things apart to see how they were made. That is probably why I’m fascinated with patent art. Google has a great search engine where you can search for original patents. As it’s coming near Christmas, I thought it would be cool to curate a collection of patents related to Christmas inventions.
I have narrowed down these Christmas inventions to ornaments for the Christmas tree.
The Christmas tree was believed to have originated in 16th-century Germany and was initially decorated with roses made of coloured paper, apples, wafers, and star-shaped pastries.
The first Christmas trees in the UK were believed to have been introduced by the German wife of King George III, Queen Charlotte. In 1800 she had a tree set up at the Queen’s Lodge in Windsor for a children’s party for rich and noble families. Soon having a fir tree at Christmas became popular amongst wealthy families.
As well as being decorated with ornaments, the Christmas trees were also illuminated. First by candles and then by lights after the invention of electricity.
The variety of ornaments on the Christmas tree has expanded over the centuries. The first glass baubles were made in Lauscha, Germany, in the 16th Century. Their popularity grew, as did the range of ornaments on the trees.
In the 1880s, Woolworths started selling the Lauscha glass ornaments throughout the US. At about this time, die-cut fibreboard ornaments also became popular too.
These Christmas inventions patents of tree ornaments can be framed as an alternative Christmas decoration. They would also make an attractive Christmas card.
I have provided two options for each Christmas invention patent listed; you can download the original on a white background or with a more festive red background.
Just click on the patent title you want, and it should automatically open on your device. You can then save this image to your hard drive, print it or send it to an online professional print shop.
The Ornament Related Christmas Inventions Patents
This Christmas invention relates to Christmas tree ornaments and, more particularly, to an improved cap structure.
“The object of this invention is to provide an improved cap and suspension means for a bauble type ornament which will not become loosened by jarring of the tree, as is the case with prior devices.”
There wasn’t much description with this Christmas invention, I think the picture supposedly says it all.
People usually fall into two camps regarding tree toppers, angels or stars. Using a Christmas angel as a tree-topper represents the angel Gabriel from the Nativity of Jesus.
The alternative to an angel on the Christmas tree is a star as a tree topper. The star is supposed to represent the star of Bethlehem.
This Christmas invention is for a star topper made from an alternative material to the normal glass ones.
“My Christmas invention relates to an ornament, and more particularly to a reflector structure to be used in connection with an incandescent lamp, the unitary structure of ornament and lamp being used in the decoration of a Christmas tree. ”
This Christmas invention is not for a tree ornament but a protector for the decorations if they fall from the tree.
“This Christmas invention relates to a Christmas tree ornament protector (i.e skirt) which provides an absorbent impact layer for falling ornaments to prevent them from breaking and also serves as a decorative base.“
“My invention consists in forming a Christmas tree ornament of chenille tinsel and a connected ball, forming a brilliant and attractive article for the purpose intended, as will be hereinafter fully set forth. “
“The primary object of the present invention is to provide a novel ornament in the form of an icicle which is designed to have an illuminating element disposed therein. “
I like the simple design of this ornament. I might even try to make something similar with a green ribbon.
This looks quite a complex ornament compared to others in this post.
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