US 1246693 A
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C. M. WOLFE.
MOUTH MIRROR] APPucAnou FILED AuG.29, 19H.
1 ,246,693 Patented Nov. 13, 1917.
UNETED STATES PATENT @FFEQE CLINTON M. WOLFE, OF COEBURN, VIRGINIA, ASSIGNOR 0F ONE-FOURTH TO ALBERT P.
CBOCKETT AND ONE-FOURTH 'lO JOEL Ti. BEVERLEY, BOTH 0F COEBURN, VIRGINIA.
Specification of Letters Patent.
T 0 aZZ whom 2'25 may concern:
Be it known that I, CLINTON M. "WOLFE, a citizen of the United States, residing at Coeburn, in the county of Wise and State of Virginia, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Mouth Mirrors, of which the following is a specification.
The present invention relates to improvements in mouth mirrors for use by dentists and others engaged in dental work, and is specially designed for the purpose of providing a convenient device which may be manipulated with facility for containing medicine with which a tooth is being treated, or for retaining the preparation or material to be used in filling the upper teeth, during which operation the mouth mirror is generally used.
The primary object of the invention is the provision of an attachment for the standard mouth mirror as now in extensive use, by the utilization of which time and labor are saved during the operation of filling the upper teeth or treating the teeth, and which is comparatively inexpensive in cost of production, but comparatively perfect in performing the functions for which it is in tended.
The invention consists in the novel formation and its manner of attachment to the shank of the mouth mirror, of the container or tray to be described hereinafter, as will be set forth in the appended claim.
In the accompanying drawings I have illustrated one complete example of the physical embodiment of my invention constructed and arranged according to the best mode I have so far devised for the practical application of the principles of my invention.
Figure 1 is a perspective view of a standard form of mouth mirror equipped with my invention.
Fig. 2 is a side elevation of the mirror and part of the handle, enlarged, showing the attached tray applied thereto.
Fin. 3 is an enlarged, perspective view of the tray, detached.
Fig. f is a sectional. view of the mirror shank showing the spring clamping jaws grasping it.
In the exemplification of my invention 1 have utilized the well known type of mouth mirror used by dentists, the mirror being indicated by the numeral 1, its curved shank 2 being connected with the socket sleeve 3 for the reception of the handle e. T he inven-' tion essentially consists in a metallic (or other suitable material) tray 5 and in its attachment to the shank or stem 2. And the tray is shaped. especially to conform to the space between the mirror and the upwardly bent part of the shank, the bottom (3 lying or resting on the shank, and a forwardly extending lip or projecting flange 7 being designed to fit neatly over the edge of the mirror 1 and assist in retaining the tray in stable position.
At the rear the tray is provided with an open sleeve 8 of resilient material so that the two jaws 9 9 of this sleeve may clasp or spring about the shank 2 as seen in Figs. 2 and t especially. i
When using the attachment or tray, it is afiixed to the stem 2 by snapping or springing the two jaws 9, 9, over thesteni and shoving the tray down between the stem and mirr r so that the lip or flange 7 will rest on top of the mirror and prevent lateral movement of the parts as well as any further downward movement of the tray.
It will be seen by those familiar with the art that the tray may be used to contain medicine with which the tooth is being treated. or it may contain the preparation or material with which an upper tooth is being filled, and additional uses will be f und by the operator for this facile implement, which will be labor and t me saving.
laving thus fully described my invention, what I claim as new and desire to secure by Letters Patent is:
In a dental device as described the combination with a mouth mirror and its supporting shank, of a tray having resilient clamping jaws grasping the shank, said tray located between the shank and mirror and formed with an upper lip projecting over the periphery of the mirror to render the latter stable.
In testimony whereof I affix mv si iiature.
CLINTON M. WOLFE.
Copies of this patent may be obtained for five cents each. by addressing the Commissioner of Patents, Washington, D. C.
Patented Nov. 13, 1917. i