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Publication numberUS1488961 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateApr 1, 1924
Filing dateOct 7, 1922
Priority dateOct 7, 1922
Publication numberUS 1488961 A, US 1488961A, US-A-1488961, US1488961 A, US1488961A
InventorsWilliam S Walbridge
Original AssigneeOwens Bottle Co
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Toothbrush container
US 1488961 A
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April 1, 1924; 1,488,961

W. S. WALBRIDGE TOOTHBRUSH CONTAINER F i1ed Oct. '7, 1922 JNVENTOR' I 'W/LL/AM WALE/P/DGE H/a/v TTOPNEY placed on the than. they would siding at Perry'sburg,

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Application filed October 7, 1922. Serial No. 593,111.

T a all whom it may concern:

Be it known that I, WILLIAM S. WAL- BRIDGE, a citizen of the United States. re-

p in the county of Wood and State of Ohio, have invented new. and useful Improvements in Toothbrush Containers, of which the following is a specification.

11y tooth containers in which new tooth brushes are market for sale.

An object of the invention 1 to provide a novel and practical means to maintain tooth brushes in a sanitary condition while they are on sale. To this end I provide a glass container especially designed for holding the tooth brush and displaying it, while retaining the brush in a closed or sealed container, which prevents the brush from being touched by prospective buyers, as well as protecting it from dust, dirt or other sources .of contamination. In this manner the purchaser is assured that he is obtaining the brush in a sanitary condition, as well as being supplied with a convenient'receptacle in which the brush may be kept after it has been purchased.

Other objects of the invention will appear hereinafter.

In the accompanying drawings: Figure 1 is an elevation view of the container wi h the tooth brush therein.

Figure2 is a similar view looking in a direction at right angles to that'of Figure 1. Figure 3 is atop plan view of the same. Figure 4 is a section at the line IV-IV on Figure-2.

The container A is preferably made of glass and is of a size and shape to form a receptacle for the tooth brush B. The body of the container is approximately triangularin cross section and comprises the three side walls 5,6 and 7. The outer faces of these walls are preferably fiat andare connected by curved portions. 8 9 and '10.

The inner faces 11, 12 and 13 of the side walls may be made slightly convex, as shown, to more nearlyconform to the shape of the brush; The brush bristles 14 fit snugly between the surfaces- 11 and 12 which are divergent but more nearly parallel, owing to the curvatureof the surfaces 11 and 12,

13 forms a support for flat. The surface invention relates to containers for brushes, and more particularly to glass served its primary comprising be if said surfaces were with one side less t the back of the brush. The receptacle A terminates at its upper end in a neckportion 15 which is circular in cross section and is formed with screw threads 16 or other means for securing the cap 17. The cap is preferably provided with perforations 18 t0 permit the circulation of air within the container. The container A and brush B are approximately the same length. The brush handle preferably protrudes a short distance beyond the neck 15 for convenience in removing the brush. It will be noted that the upper end of the brush handle normally rests against the edge of the neck 15. By having the handle protrude, as shown, it may be readily pushed forward to a central position in the neck of the container, permitting it to be easily grasped between the thumb and finger for withdrawin the brush.

It will be noted that the wa 7 of the container is somewhat shorter than the walls 5 and 6, so that the interior of the container will more nearly conform to the sha of the brush and itshandle, thereby holding the brush snugly and preventing rattling or movement of the brush within the container) At the same time the bristles of the brush are not distorted or compressed to an undesirable extent.

Although the container is especially designed for use while the brush is on sale and before it has-been put into use, it will be understood that it forms a convenient container in which the user may keep the brush permanently or'when traveling, etc. The perforated top permits suflicient circulation of air to permit the brush to dry if it has been placed in the container directly after being used. The container with its perforated top may also be used for other purposes by the purchaser after it has purpose of displaying the brush and preserving it in a sanitary condition up to the time of its purchase.

' Modifications may be resorted to within the spirit and scope of my invention What I claim is:

1. A glass container for a tooth brush,

three --walls triangularly ar-' ranged and of a length corresponding to that of the tooth brush to be held therein, the cross section of the interior of the container being approximatel an isosceles triangle an the other sides and forming a substantially flat support for the back of the brush, the inner faces of the longer sides being convexly curved and united by a curved surface of a width to space said sides suificiently to prevent crowding the brush, the container terminating in a circular open end provided with means for the attachment of a closure cap.

2. A tooth brush holding bottle comprising an elongated main body portion of substantial triangular cross-section, one side of said main body portion having its inner face shaped and proportioned to providea seat for the back of the brush and the other 3. A tooth briish holding bottle compris ing an elongated main body portion of substantially triangular cross-section, with one side less in' width than the other sides and shaped and proportioned to provide a seat for'the back of the brush and the wider sides of the body portion tapering towards one another so that their inner faces closely overlie opposite sides of the bristle portion of the brush and thereby retain the brush from substantiallateral m6vement in the bottle. 7 j

4. A packaged tooth brush comprisinga bottle having an elongated main body portion of substantially triangular cross-section, a tooth brush ,therein, one side of said main body portion having its inner face shaped and proportioned to provide a seat for the hack of the brush and the other sides of the body portion tapering towards oneanother so that their inner faces closely overlie opposite sides of the bristle portion of the brush and thereby retain the brush from substantial lateral movement in the container.

Signed at Perrysburg, in the county of Wood and State of Ohio, this 5th day of October, 1922.


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US4884688 *Apr 11, 1988Dec 5, 1989Hurst Joseph STooth brush case
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U.S. Classification206/362.2, 215/902, 215/382, 312/206
International ClassificationA45D44/18
Cooperative ClassificationY10S215/902, A45D44/18
European ClassificationA45D44/18