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Patented Dec. 6, 1966
each angular corner of the mat. These clips 10 are
dimensioned to extend from the respective outer corners
Robert P. Jensen, 918 Van Buren, and Donald W.
Sackett, 323 Selby Sh, both of Owatonna, Minn.
Filed Get. 28, 1964, Ser. No. 407,166
4 Claims. (Cl. 40-154)
Our present invention relates broadly to picture fram
11 of the mat proper, to the inner corner 12 of the open
ing of each said mat 7, thereby covering the matched joint
formed by the assembly of the four mat-board strips.
The end portion of these clips 10 are cut to a 45 degree
angle, see numeral 13 and said clips are obviously of
such length so‘as to coincide with the exact length of the
mating edges of the joint 14 thereby covering said joint
ing materials and more particularly to a method of mak
ing mats for use in the mounting or framing of works 10 in its entirety.
The clips 10 are of unitary construction having a thin
of art such as paintings, drawings, photographs and the
longitudinally disposed central divider 15 for holding
The principal object of this invention is to permit the
use of strips of cardboard or mat-board cut to proper
length and width thus eliminating the necessity of hand
cutting a mat from a sheet of cardboard or mat~board.
A further object of this invention is to provide pre-cut
means for forming a mat for the mounting of pictures,
drawings, photographs, and the like works of art.
A further object of this invention is to provide pre-cut 720
and pre-dimensioned means for forming a mat for use
identical horizontally disposed, upper and lower sections
thereof in spaced relation to thus provide a pair of op
posed longitudinally disposed grooves 17 into which the
angular edgeportions 9 of the mat-board strips are ?tted.
It will be understood that the sections 16 of the clips 10 are
necessarily spaced apart according to the thickness of the
mat-board material, however, this is now generally stand
ardized with respect to the art of framing and mounting
of works of art and the like.
The cross sectional shapeof said clips may be charac
terized as substantially 'H-shape.
graphs, and like works of art wherein the result is at
From the foregoing it will be obvious that to form a
tractive and three dimensioned in effect.
A still further object of this invention is to provide 25 mat of a given size, the mat-board strips 8 of the proper
size are selected and with these elements positioned on
means for producing mats for use in the framing and
in the framing or mounting of pictures, drawings, photo
a ?at supporting surface, not shown, the angular edge
portions 9 of each thereof are properly positioned in abut
duced in kit form and in a plurality of sizes thus making 30 ting engagement and at this'point the clips 10 of the
proper length are then applied to each angular joint 9.
it possible to produce a mat that may be either square
assist in holding the elements thus far noted, in as
or rectangular by assembling pairs of matching strips of
sembled relation, a strip of adhesive tape 18 may be placed
pre-cut mat-board or any suitable material.
transversely across a clip and into holding engagement with
These and other objects of the invention will become
apparent from the following speci?cation and claims when 35 the respective mat-board strips and it will be understood
that with these adhesive strips 18 applied, that side of
taken in conjunction with the accompanying drawing
the assembled mat will become the back thereof.
which forms an essential part of this application and in
The clips 10 may be made of plastic metal, paper board,
which drawing, like characters indicate like parts through
mounting of pictures, drawings, photographs, and like
works of art wherein the mat making materials are pro
out the several views.
or any other suitable material, are opaque, and may be
To the above end, generally stated, the invention con 40 furnished in various colors to match the color of the
mat-board 8.
sists of the following devices and combination of devices
It will be understood that the advantages of this method
hereinafter described and de?ned in the claims.
of producing mats 7 for art work, photographs, and the
Referring to the drawing:
like are that the mat-board strips 8 may be provided in
FIG. 1 is a perspective view showing the several ele
ments of the invention in exploded relation prior to as 45 several standard lengths and widths, the combination of
these lengths making it possible to assemble with square
sembly thereof.
or rectangular mats in a plurality of diiferent sizes without
FIG. 2 is a perspective view of the assembled inven
having to indulge in the time consuming process of hand
tion showing the rear portion thereof.
cutting these materials.
FIG. 3 is a view similar to FIG. 2 showing the front
While there are herein disclosed but a limited number
of the assembled invention.
50 of embodiments of the structure, process and product
FIG. 4 is a top plan view of one of the elements of the
of the invention herein presented, it is possible to pro
invention, a part thereof being broken away and sec
‘duce still other embodiments without departing from the
inventive concept herein disclosed, and it is desired,
FIG. 5 is a side elevational view of the element shown
therefore, that only such limitations be imposed on the
in FIG. 4, and,
appended claims as are stated herein or required by the
FIG. 6 is an end elevational view of the same.
prior art.
Referring now more in detail to the drawing the nu
What we claim is:
meral 7 will hereinafter be applied to the ?nished mat
1. The means for making mats for art work, pictures,
as an entirety comprising four pre-cut and pre-dimen
sioned strips of mat board or the like 8 each of which is 60 drawings, and the like comprising in combination four
pre-cut sections of mat-board all four of which being of
cut at its respective end portions at a 45 degree angle,
identical length to form a ?nished square mat when as
see numeral 9. It is important to note at this point that
sembled or alternatively two of said pre-cut mat-board
these mat-board strips 8 may comprise four of identical
sections being of one length and the other two thereof
length to form a ?nished square mat and/or two of
identical length and two of shorter length to form a 65 being of a contrasting length to form a ?nished rectangu
lar mat, the end portions of each of said mat-board sec~
?nished rectangular mat. Obviously these mat-board
tions being cut at a 45 degree angle and having close
strips may be furnished in a plurality of sizes thereby pro
mating relation the one with the other, :an elongated
viding a ?nished mat in a plurality of different sizes ac
clip having an upper section and a lower section applica
cording to the size of the work of art, not shown, to be
framed or mounted.
70 ble to the respective joints formed by the assembling of
the said mat-board sections, the said upper and lower
The respective section of a ?nished mat are held in
sections of said clips being held spaced apart transversely
assembled relation by means of four clips 10, one for
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by a central longitudinally disposed divider the said clips
being dimensioned to extend the full length of the joint
formed by the abutting engagement of the end portion
preparing a multiplicity of mat sections in a variety
of the mat-board sections and holding said sections in
spaced diagonal lines extending at angles of 45°
of lengths from readily shearable strip material by
cutting said strip material along predetermined,
assembled relation by frictional gripping engagement
relative to one of the longitudinal edges of said ma
each of said sections between the upper and lower sec
the cutting being carried out in alternate cuts oppo
tions of said clips said assembled mats being adapted to
surround the marginal portion of a rectangular picture
or other display.
2. The structure of claim 1 further including a length 10
of adhesive tape dimensioned to span each clip substan
tially at the longitudinal center of each thereof, the end
portion of said tape thence being pressed into adhesive
engagement with the respective sections of the mat-board
sitely to leave each mat section formed with end
edges extending oppositely at 45° angles to a longi
tudinal edge,
preparing a multiplicity of clip members substantially
H-shaped in cross section, each of a maximum length
about equal to the diagonal edges of said mat sec
tions, said clips being processed to provide for each
clip two oppositely opening, longitudinal channels
strips held assembled by the clips.
of widths to closely con?ne the mating edges of the
3. A decorative and reinforcing mat for surrounding
the marginal edges of sheet art work having in combina
mat sections,
selecting from said multiplicity of said prepared mat
four separate mat sections constructed of thin strip
each section having parallel longitudinal edges and
sections two pairs of sections, the sections of one
pair being of substantially equal length to the top
and bottom of the art sheet to be framed and the
diagonal ends oppositely angled at 45° relative to
second pair being of substantially equal length to
the outer longitudinal edge,
said sections being arranged in rectangular frame
form with diagonal mating end edges of adjacent
sections extending in close parallel relationship,
arranging said four selected mat sections rectangularly
in frame-like manner with the diagonal edges of
four longitudinal clips of substantially H-shape cross
section interconnecting the mating end margins of
said four sections,
each of said clips having a pair of oppositely open
ing longitudinal shallow channels of a width for
receiving and con?ning the said mating edges of
the side edges of the art sheet to be framed,
adjacent sections mating,
interconnecting said mating edges with the respective
channels of a clip member,
and ?nally applying short adhesive strips transversely
across each of said clips and adhered to adjacent
portions of mating sections to interlock and retain
all of said parts in assembled relation.
said mat sections,
References Cited by the Examiner
and four short strips, each being disposed transversely
of one of said clip elements and adhesively secured
to surfaces of two adjoining mat sections to thereby
retain said mating edges in their respective receiving
channels and in aggregate to interlock and retain
said four mat sections and clips in assembled re
4. The process of making decorative and reinforcing
mats for framing the marginal edges of art work and
the like in sheet form which comprises,
Quinn ____________ __ 20—92
Steckney _________ __ 20—-92 X
Smith __________ __ 52—282 X
Miller __________ __ 52—282 X
EUGENE R. CAPOZIO, Primary Examiner.
W, J. CONTRERAS, Assistant Examiner,
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