Search Images Maps Play YouTube News Gmail Drive More »
Sign in
Screen reader users: click this link for accessible mode. Accessible mode has the same essential features but works better with your reader.


  1. Advanced Patent Search
Publication numberUS1459831 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateJun 26, 1923
Filing dateSep 19, 1922
Priority dateSep 19, 1922
Publication numberUS 1459831 A, US 1459831A, US-A-1459831, US1459831 A, US1459831A
InventorsCharley L Jones
Original AssigneeCharley L Jones
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Toothbrush-holding device
US 1459831 A
Abstract  available in
Previous page
Next page
Claims  available in
Description  (OCR text may contain errors)

June 26, 1923.


g'wuentoz Patented dune 26, T1923.

n'rnn s'r'rss oric.


Application sled September 19, was.

To all whom it may concern:

Be it known that Chennai L. Jones, a citizen or" the United States, residing at Altos, in the county of Jackson and State of Oklahoma, has invented certain new and useful Improvements in Toothbrush-Hold ing Devices, of which the following is a specification.

My invention relates to a device for holding and sterilizing a tooth brush.

An important object of the invention is to provide a device of the above mentioned character, which will hold a tooth brush in an air tight receptacle, with the brush end thereof in proximity to a receptacle containing a suitable disinfectant, the construction being such that the brush is securely held in position, and may be conveniently removed from the device, and separated therefrom, for use.

A further object of the invention is to provide a device of the above mentioned character, having means for attaching a tooth brush of dififerent shapes and sizes to the cap element, in a novel and highly ellicient manner.

Uther objects and advantages of the in vention will be apparent during the course of the following description.

In the accompanying drawings forming a part of this specification, and in which like numerals are employed to designate like parts throughout the same,

Fig. l is a side elevation of a device embodying my invention,

Fig. 2 is a central longitudinal sectional view through the same, and,

Fig. 3 is a side elevation of the cap element removed.

In the drawings, wherein for the purpose of illustration is shown a preferred embodiment of my invention, the numeral 5 designates a tube, which is preferably cylindrical, and constitutes the body portion of the device. This tube is preferably formed of aluminum, as this material is light and can be thoroughly sterilized.

The lower end of the tube 5 is internally screw threaded, at 6, for receiving the exteriorl screw threaded portion of a receptac e 7, which is cylindrical, and has a base 8. This receptacle receives and holds a disinfectant 9, which may be of any well known or preferred type. The inner end or the receptacle is circumferentially reduced and is interior-1y threaded, at 10 to engage with the screw threaded end of a perforated cap 11, as shown.

The opposite end of the tube 5 is internally screw threaded as shown at 12, to engage with a shank 13 of a cap element 14. The shank has an inner tapered portion 15, as shown.

The shank 13 is provided with an inclined longitudinal groove or slot 16, extending through its periphery, and made in a width for the reception of the handle oil the tooth brush having the maximum width. This groove of course pames through the periphcry of the shank 13. I prefer to arrange a suspension element 17, which may be in the form of a pin or hook, within the groove 16, and this suspension element is adapted for insertion through the eye ordinarily formed in the handle of the. tooth brush. The sides of the handle may contact with the walls of the groove, and the brush may be supported Within the groove by frictional contact, but it is preferred to also employ a suspension element. However, i contemplate dispensing with the suspension element, in certain cases.

The numeral 18 designates the handle of the tooth brush, which is ordinaril arranged at a slight angle to the bac 19, carrying th bristles 20.

In view of the foregoing description it will be seen that the tooth brush will be suspended in place within the tube 5, in an air tight receptacle, with the brush end thereof in proximity to the receptacle 7 holding the disinfectant. en the cap element It is removed by unscrewing, the handle 18 of the tooth brush may be readily removed trom the suspension element, taken out of the groove 16, and entirely separated from the cap element, whereby the tooth brush is used in the ordinary manner.

It is to be understood that the form of my invention herewith shown and described is to be taken as a preferred example of the same, and that various changes in the shape, size, and arrangement of parts may be resorted to without departing from the spirit of the invention or the scope of the subjoined claims.

Having thus described my invention, 1 claim:

1. A device for holding and sterilizing a tooth brush, comprising a tube, a receptacle for holding a disinfectant removably mountcd in one end of the tube, a cap element detachably mounted in the opposite end of Eli.

the tube and having a longitudinally extending opening removably holding the end of the handle of a tooth brush.

2. A device for holding and sterilizing a groove extending through its perip ery, for

the reception of th handle of the tooth brush.

3. A device for holding and sterilizing a tooth brush, comprising a tube, a cap removably mounted upon one end of the tube and having a shank projecting into the tube,

said shank having a longitudinal groove extending through its peripherg, and a suspension element held within t e groove and adapted for insertion within the opening '0 formed in the handle of a tooth brush.

In testimony whereof I afiix my signature.


Referenced by
Citing PatentFiling datePublication dateApplicantTitle
US2464085 *Apr 27, 1946Mar 8, 1949Hess Ethel MToilet brush container
US2508773 *Oct 26, 1946May 23, 1950Reichmuth Werner KContainer for toothbrushes
US2538337 *Mar 14, 1947Jan 16, 1951Spears Harland SToothbrush holder
US2805454 *Jan 12, 1955Sep 10, 1957Allis Chalmers Mfg CoPortable electric sterilizer
US4884688 *Apr 11, 1988Dec 5, 1989Hurst Joseph STooth brush case
US6012576 *Jul 25, 1996Jan 11, 2000Fujitsu LimitedMethod of storing brush used in substrate surface treatment and container for storing such brush
US6267231 *Mar 16, 2000Jul 31, 2001Arthur Dale BurnsCotton swab storage unit having automatic swab extraction and retention structure and method of manufacture thereof
US8522973 *Jun 16, 2011Sep 3, 2013Dephillia J. McClenon JosephToothbrush holder having illuminating means
US20120318689 *Jun 16, 2011Dec 20, 2012Joseph Dephillia J McclenonToothbrush holder having illuminating means
U.S. Classification206/209.1, 15/185, 206/15.2
International ClassificationA45D44/18
Cooperative ClassificationA45D44/18, A46B17/065, A46B2200/1066
European ClassificationA46B17/06A, A45D44/18