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Publication numberUS1586918 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateJun 1, 1926
Filing dateApr 13, 1925
Priority dateMar 24, 1925
Publication numberUS 1586918 A, US 1586918A, US-A-1586918, US1586918 A, US1586918A
InventorsKarl Sakowski Hugo
Original AssigneeKarl Sakowski Hugo
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Container for matches, toothpicks, and kindred articles
US 1586918 A
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June 1 19 26.





" Application filed April 13, 1925, Serial No. 22,788, and in Germany March M, 1925.

. The invention has reference to a container for matches, toothpicks, and kindred articles; and its chief object is to provide a container for articles of the character in-.

'dicated which is of attractive appearance,

7 construction of the new container, is the extensive utilization of the spring action of the cardboard or other material of which the container is made, whereby a number of new and useful'functions are produced.

One ,of the advantages of the improved container is that loose wooden, paraflin, paper or other matches are always kept in proper position, and prevented from sliding or moving in the pocket. For this purse a holding device is arranged on the inside of the front wall of the container pocket, which device is made of thesame material as the body of the container, so that the necessary spring action for the said holding device is thus provided. Additional spring action features are described in detail in the following specification. Referring to the accompanying draw- 1ngs:-

Figure 1 is a plan view of the unfolded blank from which the container is made;

Fig. 2 is a perspective view of a completed container opened;

Fig. 3 is a plan view of a closed container;

Fig. 4 is a longitudinal section of a closedv container, on line A-B, Fig. 3;

Fig. 5 is a similar section on line C-D, g.

Fig. 6 is a transverse section on line EF, Fig. 3.

.As represented in Fig. 1, it will be seen that the improved container is made from a single continuous strip or blank of cardboard or other suitable resilient sheet material which is divided by. fold-lines or the like into six main sections or members,

numbered 1 to 6 and constituting, successively and respectively, a reinforcing section or flap, a cover, a top section, a back, a front section and a holdin device; the arrangement bein such, there ore, that one entire surface of t e strip (in this instance, the outer surface) may receive printed matter, which can be applied thereto at a single operatlon, so to say.

The reinforcing flap 1, which is of substantlally the same size as the cover 2, is folded backward against the inner face of the latter and is glued, stitched or otherwise secured thereto, so that the double edges of the two-ply member thus formed provide adequate finger-hold in opening or closing the container. To prevent the flexibility of the cover from being impaired by the reinforcin flap, however, the said flap is made a triiie shorter than the cover, and the. zone of attachment of the two is limlted to what may be termed the inner or lower half of the flap, the upper or outer half being left free or unsecured. The latter half of the reinforcing flap may, indeed, be bent slightly away from the cover (Figs.

I 2, 4 and 5) so as to press against the upper portions of the matches or other articles when the cover is closed, thus tending to check their movement in the.container.

The outer edge 2 of the two-ply part 12 may, if desired, be slightly curved or otherwise shaped, instead of being straight, as shown; and the adjacent corners 10, 11 and 10', 11 of said part may be, and preferably are, cut away for the purpose of preventing the edges of the said part from touching the fingers holding the container when opening and closing the same, as well as of giving the container an attractive appearance.

The top section 3 serves to connect the cover 2 and the back 4, and is relatively small or short as compared with those parts. It provides the space necessary for the ex- 7 pansion of the pocket hereinafter referred connection is limited to the upper portions of the said edges of the parts, and that the lower portions thereof are left free and unsecured (Fig. 2) the resilience or springiness of the cardboard causing the unsecured edges to move outwardly away from each other. This spring action is utilized,

portions of both members 4 and 5 are bulged or expanded by the spring action aforesaid, as indicated at 32 and 33 (Fig. 2), so that their curved or rounded edges provide a convenient finger-hold, as will be apparent.

The holding device 6, which constitutes the sixth and last section of the stri or blank, is located at the opposite end of the latter from the reinforcing flap 1 and consists of a serrated or indented flap or extension which forms a series of members of triangular or other suitable shape. members are adapted to be folded inward against the inner face of the front section 5 alon their base line 31, which, of course, is the unction line of the parts 5 and -6, and they are normally pressed back and held in that position by the matches'when the con tainer pocket is full, but as the matches are withdrawn, the resilience of the members opposite causes them to move individually in an outward direction so that they'finall extend laterally across the pocket (Fig. 6

and thereby prevent sidewise movement of the remaining matches. It is to be understood, in this connection, that the pocket is designed to receive matches or simllar articles in a loose state, as distinguished from cards or sheets of matches, the matches fillin the pocket and causing it to expand or bu ge, such bulge decreasing as the pocket colla ses consequent upon the removal of the mate es.

The usual striking surface may be provided, and may be arranged either upon the lower portion of the outer face of the back 4, as indicated at 26 in Figs. 4 and 5, or upon the outer face of the cover 2 ad]acent its free edge 2, as indicated at 25in Figs. 1, 3, 4 and 5. Both surfaces may be utilized, as represented in Figs. 4 and 5 or either sur-' face alone, if desired. In both arrangements, it will be observed that the danger of accidental ignition of the matches remainin in the pocket is practically eliminated, for in the case of the surface 26, the

back 4 forms a protecting shield between These the lighted match and the matches in the pocket; and in the case of the surface 25, that surface cannot be used until the con-' tainer is closed.

As previously. stated, one entire face of the strip or blank of cardboard can be utilized to receive printed matter in the form of advertisements, etc.; and such matter can, of course, be applied thereto at a single operation. When the blank is folded and its parts fastened together as above described, to form the finished container, the printing will appear upon the outer faces of the various parts, thus providing ample space for advertisements of comparatively large size.

I claim as my invention 1. A container for loose matches and sim ilar articles, comprising a continuous strip of resilient sheet material consisting of six interconnected sections, to wit: a cover, a reinforcing flap of substantially the same size as the cover folded against and secured to the inner face of said cover, a back, a relatively-small top section connecting the adjacent edges of the cover and back, a front section folded inward toward the back and coacting with the same to form a pocket for the matches, and an inwardly-folded member on the front section adapted to press against the loose matches and hold them in place in the pocket.

2. A container, according to claim 1, in which the holding member embodies a plurality of separate parts which are normally forced against the inner face of the front sectionby the pressure of the loose matches but which are individually movable in an outward direction when the adjacent matches are withdrawn.

3. A container for loose matches and similar articles, comprising a continuous strip of resilient sheet material embodying a back, a cover, a front section folded inward toward the back and secured thereto at its'side edges, said front section and said back coacting to form a pocket for the matches, and a serrated member on the free end of the front section, the teeth of which are folded within the pocket and normally forced against the inner face of said frontsection by the pressure of the matches, but are individually movable in an outward direction when the adjacent matches are withdrawn.

In testimony whereof I have affixed my signature.


Referenced by
Citing PatentFiling datePublication dateApplicantTitle
US2526833 *Feb 4, 1947Oct 24, 1950Sweeney Alfred WMatch holder
US6044848 *Feb 2, 1999Apr 4, 2000Huang; Pin-ChinToothpick assembly
U.S. Classification206/121, 132/321, D27/173, 206/112
International ClassificationA24F27/00, A47G21/12, A47G21/00, A24F27/12
Cooperative ClassificationA24F27/12, A47G21/12
European ClassificationA47G21/12, A24F27/12