US 1332420 A
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CONTENTS EJECTOR FOR BOXES.
APPLICATION FILED AUG-13, I919.
Patented Mar; 2, 1920.
ALBERT WARD, OF HASTINGS, FLORIDA.
CONTENTS-EJECTOR FOR BOXES.
Specification of Letters Patent.
Patented Mar. 2, 1920.
Application filed August 13, 1919. Serial No. 317,167.
To all whom it may concern:
Be it known that I, ALBERT WARD, a citizen of the United States, residing at Hastings, in the county of St. Johns and State of Florida, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Contents-Ejectors for Boxes, of which the following is a specification, reference being had to the accompanying drawings.
-This invention relates to boxes for holding cigars, tobacco and the like, and permitting the same to be partially ejected from the box, and has for its object to provide a device of this character which raises the contents of the box within convenient reach, and without assistance from the user when the cover of the box is raised.
Another object of the invention is to provide a box having a plurality of compart ments, in one of which a holder is movably mounted and arranged to raise the contents of said compartment above the edge'of the discharge opening of the box.
Another object of the invention is to provide a mechanism of this character than can be easily incorporated in any conventional form of box used for holding small quantities of cigarettes, tobacco and the like.
These objects are attained by the mechanism illustrated in the accompanying drawings, in which:-
Figure l is a rear view of the box showing the operating spring connected to the holder;
Fig. 2 is a sectional view showing the position of the holder when the cover is closed;
Fig. 3 is a sectional view showing the holder in operation; and
Fig. 4 is a perspective view of the holder.
Referring to the drawings, 5 designates a box of a size suflicient to hold the contents of a package of cigarettes. I do not wish to be limited to this size or use of box as my ejecting mechanism will operate in any size of box. The upper portion of the box 5 has a discharge opening 6, while hinged at one end to the upper portion of the .box is a cover 7 intended to close the discharge opening. Disposed in the box is a partition 8 which divides the box into compart ments 9 and 10. The compartment 9 is intended to hold cigarettes or the like while the compartment 10 is intended to receive matches. One of the walls of the box 5 has a slot 11 positioned centrally of the wall and communicating with the compartment 9.
Slidable within the compartment 9 is a holder comprising a plate 12 constructed in the form of the bottom of the box. Extending from the plate in angular relation thereto is an arm 13, which serves to move the plate 12 of the holder toward the discharge opening of the box. A retracting spring 14 is provided and has one end secured to the exterior surface of the holder containing the slot and its other end extending over the slot 11 and secured to the upper portion of the arm 13. The lower portion of the spring 14. is provided with a finger piece or button 15 intended to expand the spring when it is desired to lower the contents into the box.
In operation, to raise the contents of the box within convenient reach of the operator, the cover 7 is raised, which permits the disengagement of the contents in the upper portion of the box from the cover thereby overcoming the resistance of the spring 14 and permitting the latter to retract and raise the plate 12 of the holder, thereby raising the contents a short distance above the discharge opening. When it is desired to lower the contents of the box, the finger piece or button 15 is grasped by the user and moved downwardly thereby expanding the spring to overcome its retracting force and at the same time lowering the plate 12 into the box. The cover is then lowered and holds the contents therein. It will, of course, be understood that the power of the spring is not great enough to injure the contents of the box by forcing the same into contact with the cover, but is of sutlicient strength to raise the contents of the box above the discharge opening when the cover is swung open.
From the foregoing it will be seen that this novel mechanism after the cover has been raised does not depend on or wait for the user to eject the contents of the box above the discharge opening but operates as the cover is being raised and can be con veniently lowered when the cover is moved to close the discharge opening.
What is claimed is In a device of the character described, a casing having a slot centrally of one of its side walls, a contents released holder slidable in said casing, said holder including a relatively broad extension, said extension being bent at its base in right angular relation to the holder and terminating above the lower Wall of the slot, a spring secured at 5 its upper end to the casing,.1neans for con necting the lower end of the spring to the end portion of the extension in ofiset relation thereto, said spring being arranged to elevate the holder and hold the extension in slidable engagement with the wall of the 10 casing to gnidethe holder centrally thereof.
In testimony whereof I hereunto affix my signature.
' ALBERT WARD.