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Get. 28 1 4- C. E. NASH POWDER RETAINING DEVICE FOR TOILET POWDER BOXES Filed June 24 v INVENTOR. 6 5 60/6 [72256277 /l a /7 .v BY v Patented Oct. 28, 1924.
UNITED CORA ELIZABETH NASH, OF BRONX, NEW YORK.
POWDER-RETAINING DEVICE FOR TOILET-POWDER BOXES.
Application filed June 24, 1924, Serial No. 722,060.
To all whom it may concern:
Be it known that I, Coax ELIZABETH NAsH, a citizen of the United States, residing at the Bronx, county of Bronx, and State of New York, have invented a certain new and useful Powder-Retaining Device for Toilet-Powder Boxes, of which the following'is a specification.
This invention is a retaining device adapted to be associated with toilet powder boxes to preclude waste ofpowder and facilitate proper distribution of the powder on a puff.
In its preferred practical form, the invention consists in providing within the powder box of any conventional form, a correspondingly shaped thin disk of any suitable material such as cardboard, metal, hard rubber, celluloid and in which disk is formed a plurality of perforations. The disk is adapted to rest upon the top of the powder in the box without attachment either to the box or to any other adjunct and, in practice, the perforations are of such size and number that when the disk is lightly pressed or tapped upon the upper side, the powder will work up through the perforations and around the edge of the disk in small, but suflicient quantities'to enable its ready application to a puff applied to the upper surface of the disk. As the powder is used and the quantity thereof diminished, the disk will be lowered by gravity and function as a follower until the powder is completely exhausted and the disk rests on the bottom of the box.
It has heretofore been proposed to employ perforated partitions particularly in vanity cases and it has been the practice to associate with these partitions springs which have the dual purpose of nomally maintaining the partition in elevated osition and for sti rring up and precluding caking of the powder. Such vanity boxes operate upon the principle of exhaust blowers since when a puff is pressed downwardly on the top of the partition, the partition is forced toward the base of the vanity case against the tension of the spring and the compressed air trapped below the partition escapes through the perforations for the purpose of carrying entrained particles of owder and depositing them on the puff. Such constructions are not economical in powder consum tion. and generall exhaust much more pow er than is require or desirable, Moreover, they are expensive and far more complicated than is the present invention.
By utilizing the simple form of perforated disk follower, I am able to obtain proper distribution, economiz in the use of powder and obtain very satisfactory results by a construction, the cost of which is practically negligible and with which springs, agitators or other extraneous adjuncts are not required.
Feature of the invention, other than those specified, will be apparent from the hereinafter detailed description and. claims, when read in conjunction with the accompanying drawings.
The accompanying drawings illustrate one practical embodiment of the invention, but the construction therein shown, is to be understood as illustrative, only, and not as defining the limits of the invention.
Figure 1 shows a powder box embodying the present invention, the box being full of povglder and having a cover associated therewit Figure 2 shows a box with the cover removed, one half of the powder substantially I exhausted, and a powder puff in position to be charged with powder fromthe box; and,
Figure 3 shows the invention as; associated with a powder box of the shallow type.
Referring to the drawings 1 desi nates a powder box of any conventional orm or shape comprising a receptacle 1 adapted to 1 contain powder 2 and with which receptacle i associated a suitable cover 3. 4c designates the follower disk of the present invention, which, in practice, is of a size or shape adapting it to readily fit into the receptacle 1 and rest on the top of the powder contained therein.
The follower disk 4 may be made of any 1 is desi mated 6.
In tv 6 initial packaging 6f the powder,
the parts are associated as shown in Figure 1 of the drawings wherein it will be noted that the disk 4 is resting on the upper surface of the powder which substantially fills the box. The ultimate purchaser receiving the box in this condition may readily remove the cover 3 and may charge the puff which may be of any conventional form, from the box by merely tapping the puff upon the up per surface of the follower disk. Such light tapping whether accomplished either directly with the puff or by the fingers will cause a small amount of powder to sift through the perforations of the disk and around the edge of said disk and settle upon the upper surface of the disk in an evenly distributed condition so that when the pufi is applied thereto said puif will readily pick up the powder and become properly charged thereby.
The perforated follower disk will permit powder to readily pass upwardly therethrough for immediate use while the bulk of the powder will be retained by the disk within the'box even if a full box is shaken side wise or tilted.
lthas heretofore commonly been the practice when charging the puff directly from a powder box to thrust the puff into direct engagement with the bulk of the powder contained in the box. This usually results 111 forcing a considerable quantity of the powder over the edge of the box. even though said box be not entirely filled. This cannot occur with the present invention. Furthermore, when a puff is charged directly from a large body of powder it will invariably pick up more powder than is required and cause not only a wasting of the powder but the application to the face of more than is wanted.
Qrdinarily the disk is made quite thin and if desired may be so thin as to render it flexible, so that it will tend to bulge slightly when the puff is used in order to facilitate the ei'nission. of the powder.
- It is to be understood that the disk is of such size that it is free to gravitate the full. height of the receptacle 1 with the result that as the powder is used, the disk will work downwardly, at all times resting on the surface of the powder, until all of the powder is used. up whereupon the disk will rest upon the bottom of such receptacle.
In Figures 1 and'Q, a relatively deep powder box is shown and the puff shown in Figure 2 is ofa costly variety and is adapted for long continued use.
In the. showing of Figure 3, I have illusvtrailed the invention as associated with a relatively shallow and small box and have illustrated. in this connection one of the well known thin lambs wool puffs which is designated by the reference character 6 I wish it clearly understood however that any desired type of puff may be employed and that the box may be of any shape, size or dimensions.
In practice, the follower or retaining disk may constitute a part of the original package or may be sold separately for use with boxes of particular shapes and sizes.
h Ioreover, the follower or retainer may be constructed for long continued use in permanent powder boxes or jars which are frequently found on dressing tables and are adapted to be replenished from time to time from the boxes in which the goods were originally packaged by the manufacturer. When replenishing such. a permanent box or jar, the disk. of course, is removed and the powder is placed within the jar, whereupon the disk is replaced so as to rest upon the surface of the powder at all times.
In Figure 1, 7 designates a strip of paper or cloth adhesively secured to the disc and receptacle to hold the disc in place until first use whereupon the disc is broken away or the strip torn off to allow the disc to operate freely.
Having thus fully described the invention, what I claim as new and desire to secure by Letters Patent is:
1. An assembly of the character described embodying a powder box comprising a substantially rigid receptacle adapted to contain powder and a cover for said receptacle, in combination with a perforated follower loosely laid on the surface of said powder and free from attachment with the powder container whereby said follower is adapted to gravitate at all times into engagement with said surface of the powder, small quantities of which are adapted to work through the perforations and around the edges of. the follower and rest upon the upper surface of the follower from which said small quantities of powder can be removed by a puff.
2. An assembly of the character described embodying a substantially rigid powder box comprising a suitable receptacle adapted to contain powder and having a suitable cover in combination with a powder retainer comprising a perforated disk having a peripheral contour corresponding to the shape of the receptacle and adapted to loosely occupy a. position within the receptacle and gravitate at all times into engagement with the surface of the powder contained therein, whereby small quantities of powder are adaptedto work upwardly through the perforations and about the periphery of the retainer to impinge a puff seated thereon, said retainer being free from. attachment with respect to the powder container and being capable of removal from the receptacle to permit the replenishing of the receptacle with powder. I
:3. An assembly of the character described e yi g a su stantially rigid rec p acl adapted to contain powder and provided with a suitable cover, in combination with a powder retainer comprising a thin, flat perforated disk of a peripheral contour corresponding to the shape of the container, free from attachment to the powder container, and adapted to be positioned therein and loosely rest at all times upon the surface of the powder in said receptacle, whereby pres- 10 sure on the surface of the disk will effect the emission of the powder through the perforations of the disk and around the edge thereof and cause the distribution of said powder over the upper surface of the disk for the purpose of providing a limited amount of powder from which a p-ufi may be charged upon being brought into contact therewith.
In testimony whereof I have signed the foregoing specification.
CORA ELIZABETH NASH.