Title:
Cosmetic holder
United States Patent 2071747


Abstract:
This invention relates to new and useful improvements in holders for cosmetics, medicated products and the like, such for example as lipsticks, eyebrow pencils, pomades, deodorants and so forth, and where I have used the word "cosmetic" in the specification and claims I use it in a general...



Inventors:
Houlihan, Rudolph N.
Application Number:
US68746433A
Publication Date:
02/23/1937
Filing Date:
08/30/1933
Assignee:
Bridgeport, Metal Goods Mfg Com
Primary Class:
Other Classes:
15/184
International Classes:
A45D40/02
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Description:

This invention relates to new and useful improvements in holders for cosmetics, medicated products and the like, such for example as lipsticks, eyebrow pencils, pomades, deodorants and so forth, and where I have used the word "cosmetic" in the specification and claims I use it in a general sense as meaning any of these products.

An object of the invention is to provide a holder for these and similar materials which may be easily operated by the thumb of the hand in which it is held to project the material for use and retract it after use, and which includes means for positively securing the material in the desired position. It is thus adapted for one hand operation.

Another object is to provide a holder as indicated and which is of simple and economical construction whereby it may be manufactured at low cost.

Other objects and advantages will become apparent from a consideration of the following detailed description taken in connection with the accompanying drawing wherein satisfactory embodiments of the invention are shown. However, it will be understood that the invention is not limited to the details disclosed but includes all such variations and modifications as fall within the spirit of the invention and the scope of the appended claims.

In the drawing: Fig. 1 is a front elevational view showing the improved holder with the parts so positioned that the cosmetic is projected for use; Fig. 2 is a transverse sectional view taken substantially along the line 2-2 of Fig. 1; Fig. 3 is a vertical sectional view taken substantially along the line 3-3 of Fig. 1, the view being on an enlarged scale; Fig. 4 is a detail sectional view taken substantially along the line 4-4 of Fig. 3; Fig. 5 is a view somewhat similar to Fig. 3 but showing the parts with the operating and locking means in released position as when the cosmetic is being projected or retracted; Fig. 6 is an elevational view of a cover or closure member, a portion of the same being broken away to show the structure; Fig. 7 is a view somewhat similar to Fig. 3 but showing a slight modification; Fig. 8 is a similar view showing another modification; Fig. 9 is a view looking from the lower end of Fig. 8; :55 Fig. 10 is a longitudinal sectional view through a portion of a further modified construction; and Fig. 11 is a similar view showing still another construction.

Referring in detail to the drawing and at first particularly tigs. 1 to s hrough 6, the improved cosmetic holder includes a body or casing 5 shown as rectangular in cross section. However, as the description proceeds it will become evident that the sectional configuration of the casing is not controlling but may be varied to suit different tastes, and that my invention may be used equally as well with holders of different shapes of cross section, such for example as round, square, hexagonal, octagonal, oval, and so forth.

Casing 15 is elongated and is provided in one wall with a longitudinally extending slot 16 and with notches I? opening through the edges of said slot. These notches are arranged at spaced points along the slot and are so arranged that the notches in one edge of the slot are directly opposite the notches in the other edge of the slot so that the notches in effect are arranged in pairs and represent spaced enlargements along the .25 length of the slot.

Casing or body 15 has its lower end closed by any suitable means such as a cap 18 which may be either permanently or removably positioned on the body, and it will be noted particularly by reference to Fig. 1 that the slot extends through the upper or open end of the body and terminates in a pair of notches I 7 at the upper or inner edge of the cap IS. When the holder is not in use its upper or open end is closed by a cover member 19 which as shown in Fig. 6 is elongated and is of such length as to extend over all that portion of the body above the inner edge of the cap 18.

Closure 19 is of course hollow and in the lower edge of one of its walls it is provided with a notch 20, the purpose of which will later be described.

Mounted to slide within the body 15 there is arranged a cosmetic carrier 21 comprising a receptacle open at its upper or outer end and including a bottom wall against which may be pressed the inner end of a lipstick or other pencil-like cosmetic 22. As shown, the cosmetic 22 is of considerable greater length than the carrier 21 whereby a large portion of the cosmetic projects beyond the carrier to be available for use.

The carrier is projected, retracted and secured in different positions by a spring element attached thereto. In the form of Figs. 1 to 5 in its bottom wall the carrier 21 is provided with an opening 23 through which is passed an arm 24 of a substantially L-shaped spring, the arm 25 of which is disposed at the side of the carrier and normally engages or bears against the inner surface of the slotted wall of the body. The passing of the arm 24 of the spring through the opening 23 in the bottom wall of the carrier provides a cheap and convenient means for attaching the spring to the carrier and it will be understood that as the arm 25 of the spring presses against a wall of the body the arm 24 of the spring will press against the bottom wall of the carrier.

Extending through the slot 16 is an operating member 26 to be used for shifting the carrier toward and from the open end of the body. This operating member includes a shank 27 and a head 28 the latter being disposed at the outer side of the body 15. As here disclosed the inner end of the shank 27 is passed through the spring arm 25 and riveted over as at 29 whereby the operating member is securely attached to said spring arm. At the outer side of the spring arm the operating member is provided with an enlargement or projection 30 which, as shown, rests directly against the spring arm whereby the latter is clamped between the enlargement and the upset or headed end 29 of the shank of the operating member.

The shank 27 of operating member 26 is of such diameter that it may move freely through the slot 16. However, the enlargement 30 on said shank is of such size or diameter as to be accommodated only in the enlarged portions of the slot, said enlarged portions being represented or formed by the notches 17. It will be apparent that when the operating member is so positioned that enlargement 30 is opposite a pair of the notches 17 the spring 25 will act to shift the operating member outwardly and dispose said enlargement in the notches. The parts are shown in this position in Figs. 1, 3, and 4 and it will be appreciated that with the parts thus positioned the carrier is locked in position in the body. Therefore pressure on the exposed end of the cosmetic in use will not force the carrier back into the casing.

Figs. 1, 3, and 5 show the parts with the carrier adjusted outwardly so that the cosmetic is projected through the open end of the body for use. To shift the carrier in the body the head 28 of the operating member is engaged as by the thumb of the hand supporting the holder and is pressed inwardly to dispose the enlargement 30 at the inner side of the slotted wall of the body. Now, the operating member may be shifted in either direction longitudinally of the slot 16 to shift the carrier toward or from the open end of the body. When the carrier has been shifted as desired its position should be such that the enlargement 30 of the operating member is located opposite a pair of notches 17 and when the operating member is released the spring will operate to dispose the e enlargement in these notches and lock the carrier in this position. The unlocking and shifting of the carrier is a simple and natural operation as a combined pressure and pushing upwardly of the thumb will unlock the carrier and move it toward the open end of the casing. The retracting of the carrier in the casing is as easily performed as it requires merely an inward pressure of the thumb and then a drawing down movement.

If the carrier is thus locked with the cosmetic projected for use, it will be understood that the pressure of applying the cosmetic will not force the carrier and the cosmetic into the casing. The positioning of the enlargement in the notches locks the parts in adjusted position and it will be understood that the innermost notches are so located as to receive the enlargement 30 of the operating member when the carrier is fully retracted. When the carrier is fully retracted the cosmetic is not in use and the cover 19 is applied to the body, the notch 20 at the inner end of the cover accommodating the shank or the stem of the operating member.

Referring now to Fig. 7 the carrier 31 of that figure has a portion lanced and pressed outwardly from a side wall thereof providing a spring arm 32 corresponding in its function with the spring arm 25 of Figs. I through 5. The operating member 26 is connected to the spring arm 32 by heading over the inner end of the U0 shank of said operating member and the spring arm 32 acts to dispose the projection or enlargement 30 of the operating member in a selected one of the notches 17 as will be understood.

Figs. 8 and 9 show a further slight modification and in these figures a portion of the bottom wall of a carrier 33 is lanced and pressed therefrom and bent upwardly into a position at the side thereof to provide a spring arm 34. The operating member 26 is attached to this spring arm 34 and is used for shifting the carrier 33 toward and from the open end of the casing 15 so as to project the cosmetic for use and retract it after use as will be understood. Spring arm 34, of course, acts to supply a certain friction between the carrier and the slotted wall of the body as do the spring arms above referred to and also serves to press the operating member outwardly to dispose the enlargement 30 in a pair of the notches to lock the carrier and cosmetic in adjusted position. As-will be particularly noted in Fig. 9 when forming the spring arm 34 from a portion of the bottom of the carrier a considerable marginal portion of the said bottom wall 33a should be left in place so that the cosmetic will not be pressed through the carrier.

Referring now to Fig. 10, the carrier 35 is shown as having a portion lanced and bent from its bottom wall to provide a spring arm 36. This arm 36 is bent to extend downwardly in a position laterally of a carrier and engages the slotted wall of the body 15 and has the operating member 26 secured thereto as has been described. Spring arm 36 functions exactly as do the spring arms of the figures previously described and further description is therefore believed unnecessary.

According to the form of the invention disclosed in Fig. 11 a carrier 37 has spaced portions 38 lanced and bent therefrom and extending in opposite directions. A bowed spring 39 is provided and has its end portions received under the lanced portions 38 of the carrier whereby the spring is attached to the carrier, and an end or the ends of the spring may slide under these lanced portions when the spring is depressed. The operating member 26 is provided and extends through the slot 16 in the casing 15 and has its inner end portion connected with the bowed central portion of the spring 39 and is adapted to be shifted along the slot 16 to shift the carrier 37 to project or retract the cosmetic 22. The central portion of the spring 39 is normally in engagement with the slotted wall of the casing 15 and serves to project the enlargement 30 of the op-y5 erating member into a pair of the notches 7I to lock the carrier in the desired adjusted position.

From the foregoing it will be apparent that I have provided a cosmetic holder including but a relatively few parts each of which may be made at low cost and which parts may be easily and quickly assembled to provide the complete holder.

Further it will be apparent that the holder may be operated to project or retract the cosmetic by the thumb of the hand supporting the holder.

The spring arm of the various forms will serve to press the enlargement 30 of the operating member against a side wall o te of the body or into a pair of the notches depending on the location of the operating member so that in the first instance there will be friction to retain the carrier in adjusted position and in the second instance the carrier will be locked in adjusted position. Of course, the closure 19 may be applied to any of the various forms disclosed.

Having thus set forth the nature of my invention, what I claim is: 1. In a cosmetic holder, a body having an open end and a slot in one side wall, a carrier in said body and shiftable toward and from said open end, said carrier having an opening in a wall, an L-shaped spring, said spring having one arm disposed in the carrier through said opening and 30 having its other arm located at the side of the carrier and normally bearing against the inner surface of the slotted wall of the body opposite the carrier, an operating member extending through said slot and at its inner end connected with said other arm of the spring and shiftable along said slot to shift the carrier toward and from the open end of the body, said body having notches opening through an edge of said slot, and a projectin on said operating member and adapted to be pressed into a selected one of said notches by said spring on release of the operating member.

2. In a cosmetic holder, a body having an open end and a slot in one side wall, a carrier in said body and shiftable toward and from said open end, said carrier having portions lanced and pressed therefrom at spaced points, a bowed spring having its ends disposed under said portions of the carrier and having its intermediate portion normally engaging the inner surface of the slotted wall of the body, an operating member extending through said slot and at its inner end connected with the spring and shiftable along said slot to shift the carrier toward and from the open end of the body, said body having notches opening through an edge of said slot, and a projection on said operating member and adapted to be pressed into a selected one of said notches by said spring on release of the operating member.

3. A cosmetic holder comprising a body having an open end and a longitudinal slot in a side wall with a series o spaced notches in an edge of the slot, a cosmetic carrier in the body slidable toward and from said open end and guided by the walls of the body, a spring arm connected to the carrier and extending longitudinally thereof between the carrier and the slotted wall of the body, a pin on said arm having a portion of a width greater than the width of th e slot between the notches and of a size to seat in said notches under action of the spring arm to hold the carrier in different adjusted positions, said pin having a re- 3O duced portion outwardly of said first portion of a width to slide through the narrow portions of the slot, said arm being yieldable inwardly toward the carrier to remove the said first mentioned portion of the pin from the notches, and said pin projecting outwardly through the slot and having a head to be pressed inwardly by a finger of the operator to remove said pin from a notch and slide the carrier in the body.

RUDOLPH N. HOULIHAN.