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UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE.
OLIN H. BASQUIN, OF CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, ASSIGNOR TO THE
LUXFER PRISM PATENTS COMPANY, OF SAME PLACE.

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Olin H. Basquin
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FRAMING TILES.
SPECIFICATION forming part of Letter Patent No. 595,259, dated December 7, 1897.
Application filed September 11, 1897. Serial No. 651,349. (No model.)
To all whom it may concern:
    Be it known that I, OLIN H. BASQUIN, a citizen of the United States, residing at Chicago, in the county of Cook and State of Illinois, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Framing Tile Sections, of which the following is a specification.
    My invention relates to framing tiles and the like, and has for its object to provide a new and improved construction whereby a series of transparent tiles, for example, may be bound together.
    My invention is illustrated in the accompanying drawings, wherein—
    Figure 1 is a view of a prism-plate embodying my invention. Fig. 2 is a section on line 2 2, Fig. 1. Fig. 3 shows a modified construction. Fig. 4 is a section on line 4 4, Fig. 3.
    Like letters refer to like parts throughout the several figures.
    My invention is applicable to the framing of any transparent tiles, but I have illustrated it in connection with prism-lights.
    In the drawings I have shown a series of prism-lights A connected in a frame so as to form a prism-plate, the prism-lights being separated by strips of opaque material. When the prism-plate is placed in the window or other aperture through which the light enters, the light coming from the sky strikes the plate at an angle, as illustrated, for example, at B. It will therefore be seen that if the intervening strips C between the prism-lights are placed substantially horizontal, as
shown, for example, by the dotted line D', a large amount of the light will be obstructed— for example, the light between the lines B² and B³. In order to avoid the obstruction of light by these intervening pieces, I bevel the edges of the prism-lights and place these cross-pieces at an angle thereto, so that they will be substantially parallel with the rays of light, as shown, for example, by the full lines in Fig. 2.
    My invention may be applied to any construction or arrangement of tiles or prism-lights, as, for example, when diamond-shaped lights are used and placed on end, as shown in Fig. 3. I have not attempted to illustrate all the uses of my invention, for such uses will be readily understood from the foregoing description. I therefore do not wish to be limited in any manner by the construction shown.
    I claim—
    A plate made up of a series of transparent tile-sections bound together and separated by intervening strips, some of the edges of said sections being beveled, so that when placed together the spaces between them are inclined, the intervening strips being placed in these inclined spaces and so positioned as to allow the light to pass without being obstructed thereby.
OLIN H. BASQUIN.
Witnesses:
    DONALD M. CARTER,
    BERTHA C. SIMS.