Eyelash curler
United States Patent 2460317

This invention relates to eyelash curlers of the general character of that shown in our Patent No. 2,391,047 and in other prior patents, and wherein a pair of handle members are pivotally connected, one of said handle members tending to move a movable jaw to and from a fixed jaw mounted on...

Tuttle, William R.
Beldue, William J.
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This invention relates to eyelash curlers of the general character of that shown in our Patent No. 2,391,047 and in other prior patents, and wherein a pair of handle members are pivotally connected, one of said handle members tending to move a movable jaw to and from a fixed jaw mounted on the other handle member.

The construction and arrangement of the several parts of these devices is such that the protrusion of the handles causes the device to occupy considerable space, with the result that these devices, while often carried in the handbag of the user, occupy considerable space therein, making them often inconvenient to carry, particularly in a handbag of relatively small capacity.

One of the objects, therefore, of the present invention is to provide an eyelash curler of the character described which will have at least one of its handle portions arranged to fold in such a manner as to materially decrease the size of the device when the handle is to folded, thus making the carrying of the device in a handbag or in any other relatively small receptacle, entirely feasible.

An object of the invention is to provide such a folding handle as will, when in folded position, maintain the jaws of the device in closed relation, thus tending to protect the same against damage while the device is carried in a handbag.

Still another object of the invention is to provide a folding handle in a device of this character, which will be strong, unlikely to get out of order and which will, when folded, tend to render the device compact and easy to carry.

These and other objects are attained by the invention, a more particular description of which will appear hereinafter and be set forth in the claims appended hereto.

In the accompanying drawing, in which an illustrative embodiment of the invention is disclosed, Fig. 1 is a side elevation of an eyelash curler constructed in accordance with the invention, the same being shown in its operative position; Fig. 2 is a similar side view, with the folding handle in its folded position; Fig. 3 is a front view of the device in its folded position, as seen from the right side of Fig. 2; Fig. 4 is a sectional view on the line 4-4 of Fig. 1, looking in the direction of the arrows, and Fig. 5 is a side view of the foldable handle detached from the device.

An eyelash curler of this character includes a relatively stationary element I, and a relatively movable element, the latter in the present construction, being composed of the two parts 12 and 7, pivotally connected as will be explained.

The stationary element includes the finger loop 2 and the spaced side-by-side posts 20 and 21, the latter being formed at the top with the off-set arms 4. Connecting the top of the arms 4 is the fixed jaw 5.

Slidable to and from the fixed jaw 5 is the movable jaw 9 which carries a resilient facing i brought into contact with the lower edge of the fixed jaw when the movable jaw is raised.

The movable jaw is formed at its ends with the loops 10 which embrace the arms 4 and are guided thereon in a manner known in this art.

The portion 7 of the movable element of the device, is in the form of a lever of channel-shape cross-section, as seen in Figs. 3 and 4, and it is pivotally mounted at a substantially central position, on the pin 6, between the flattened portions 22 of the posts 20 and 21. Adjacent to its forward end, the lever 1 is pivotally connected to a wire yoke 8, which is looped through apertures provided near one end of the lever, and extends to the movable jaw 9. The handle portion 12 of the movable element is formed with a flattened extremity 14 arranged to fit within the channel of the lever 7, said portion 14 being apertured at 23 to enable it to be pivotally mounted upon the pivot pin 6. The handle portion 12 is formed with a finger loop 13 and on the flat portion 14 it is provided with a protuberance 15 constituting a detent and adapted to engage with an aperture 16 provided in one of the walls of the lever 7 near the end of the same that is remote from that end near which the yoke 8 is attached.

The normal or operating position of the eyelash curler is seen in Fig. 1, wherein it will be noted that the flattened portion 14 of the handle member 12 is positioned within the channel of lever 7 and the detent 15 on the handle member 12 is in engagement with the aperture 16 in the lever. Through this engagement of the parts, lever 7 and the handle portion 12 are held together as a single element so that at this time, lever 7 constitutes a rigid extension of the handle portion 12. Thus, when the handle portion 12 is moved to and from the loop 2, the yoke 8 will be moved up and down and the movable jaw will be brought to and from the fixed or stationary jaw 5, so that the device can be used for curling the eyelashes in the known manner.

When it is desired to carry the device in a handbag or store it in a small receptacle, the handle portion 12 is folded upwardly, the start of such folding movement being shown in dotted 2,460,317 3 lines in Pig. 1 and the final upwardly-folded posi- to transr tion shown in Figs. 2 and 3. To move the handle movable portion 12 upwardly, it is first freed to permit 2. In such movement by forcing the detent 15 out of handle h the aperture 16 in the lever 7. This allows the 6 ed at the handle portion 12 to be freely swung upwardly pivoted ii upon its pivot pin 6 to reach the position shown die pivot in Fig. 2. the walls It will be noted in Fig. 3 that the wire yoke 8 provided is provided with a cross-piece or brace member 10 the lever 17, such element serving to not only add rigidity pivotal mI and stiffness to the yoke 8 but also serving as a position stop member to limit the upward and forward ing elemf swing of the handle portion 12 to its folded posi- die where tion. When the handle portion 12 is folded as 15 fits withi above described, it will be noted that the over-all the mova width of the eyelash curler is considerably de- a rigid ex creased so that it can be conveniently stored in a connec relatively small space. Moreover, when the han- lever, the dle portion 12 is located in its folded position, the 20 ment to i descent of the movable jaw 9 will be prevented when the by the upwardly folded handle portion 12 being fixed jaw. disposed directly below it and in fact, in contact 3. In a with it, so that the folding of the handle in the handle f( manner set forth not only serves to render the 25 fixed on s device compact for carrying or storage, but serves yoke to a to also hold the jaws in closed relation with the to the sti operative surfaces of the jaws in contact, thereby tween on( preventing the entry of objects between the jaws a movable with resultant damage to the same. 30 die, mear While we have herein shown and described one handle tc embodiment of the invention, it is obvious that movable th same is not to be restricted thereto but is movemenl broad enough to cover all structures coming with- jaw, the in the scope of the annexed claims. 35 ting said What we claim is: yoke upor 1. In an eyelash curling device, a stationary and when handle portion having a fixed jaw at its upper with the fl end, a movable jaw slidable on the stationary handle portion, a movable handle pivoted to the 40 stationary handle, a lever pivoted to the stationary handle on the pivot which attaches the movable handle to the stationary handle, a yoke ex- The foll tending from one end of the lever to the movable ile of thi jaw whereby pivotal movement of said lever will 45 move the movable jaw to or from the stationary jaw, the movable handle being swingable on its Number pivot to cause it to be positioned within said yoke 2,391,047 while the movable jaw is in contact with the fixed jaw, and locking means for holding the movable 50 handle and lever together when the movable han- Number dle is positioned within the lever whereby move- 14,302 ment of the movable handle will cause the lever nit such movement to the yoke and to the jaw attached to the same.

an eyelash curling device, a stationary aving a yoke portion, a fixed jaw mountend of the yoke, a channel-shaped lever n the stationary handle, a movable haned in the stationary handle and between of the lever, said movable handle being with a part fitting between the walls of ,said movable handle being capable of lovement to enable it to be swung to a within the yoke, and co-operating lockents on the lever and the movable hanby the part of the movable handle which n the lever can be locked therein and ble handle thus arranged to constitute :tension of the lever, a movable jaw, and tion between said movable jaw and the movable handle being capable of movets folded position within the yoke only movable jaw is located adjacent to the n eyelash curling device, a stationary ormed with a yoke at one end, a jaw aid yoke, a movable jaw slidable on the nd from the fixed jaw, a lever pivoted ationary handle, a link connection bee end of the lever and the movable jaw, e handle pivoted on the stationary hanis for detachably locking the movable the lever, whereby movement of the handle will move the lever and such t will be transmitted to the movable pivot for the movable handle permithandle to be swung to fit within the a disengagement of the locking means, the movable jaw is moved to contact Ixed jaw.



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