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Publication numberUS1662938 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateMar 20, 1928
Filing dateJun 10, 1926
Priority dateJun 10, 1926
Publication numberUS 1662938 A, US 1662938A, US-A-1662938, US1662938 A, US1662938A
InventorsJoseph F Richmond
Original AssigneeJoseph F Richmond
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
US 1662938 A
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March 2o, 192s. 1,662,938

J. F. RICHMoND HUMIDIFIER Filed nine 1o. 192e 31a/manto@ JTR ehmond Patented Mar. 20, 1928.



Application led J'une 10, 1926. Serial No. 115,046.

This invention relates to humidifying devices such as are used 1n connectionwlth humidors, show cases, or other containers wherein tobacco, cigarettes, or cigars are kept or in any place where it is desired to keep articles moist.

The general object of the invention is to provide a jar having a wick formed to provide a relatively large water absorbing and l0 diffusing surface'andv provide means for supportiing the wick on the jar to thereby provide a moistener which will require very little attention and which will keep an .even amount of moisture in the container within which the jar is placed.

A further object is to provide a device of this kind which even when overturned will not spill out the water therein'before the jar can be righted.

A still further object is to provide a de vice of this character'which is very simple, may be cheaply made, is convenient in use, and is thoroughly efective for the purpose intended. l

My invention is illustrated in the accompanying drawings wherein Figure 1 is a sectional View of a humidifier constructed in accordance with my invention' Fig. 2 is a perspective view of the supporting plate;

Fig. 3 is a perspective view of the wick and absorbent member. y

Referring to these drawings 1() designates f a jar designed to contain water. It'may be made of glass, tin or any other non-rustable material. This jar is shown as having a screw-threaded upper end to receive a lid but may be made in any other manner. The

jar is provided preferably with a filling neck 11 normally closed by a screw-threaded or other cap or stopper 12,

Adapted to engage with the screw-threads of the jar is an annular cap 13 having a relatively large opening in the center of the cap and adapted to rest upon the top of the jar beneath the cap is a supporting plate 14 having eitherl a plurality ot openings or a central opening 15. Resting upon this supporting plate is an absorbant member 16 which may be made of blotting paper, very absorbent textile fabric or material like wicking. This is supported by the plate 14 and is clamped down upon the plate by means of the annular top 13. `A wick 17 'eX- tends downward into the water, from the 4nonrustable material.

absorbent member 16, within the jar. This wick may be made of material'like darning cotton'or any other material which will carry water. Preferably the absorbent member 16 will be formed of two thicknesses Aof material and the wick 17 will pass through the lower thickness of material and be knitted or otherwise attached to the absorbent member and this joint will be covered by the upper layer of material. It will be understood, however, that if this ab# sorbent member 16 isk made of wickingV as, for instance, sott darning cotton, it will be in one thickness. Of course, the supporting plate 14 will be of aluminum or some other trated the top 13 as being screw-threaded it is to be understood that any other suitable .joint might be used between this top 13 and the jar in order'to hold the top 13 in place and against any accidental displacement. I do not wish to be limited to the illustrated shape vof the jar as this might be made square, triangular, or have any other convenient shape.

The ar is to be filled with water to about 1/2 of the top. The absorbent disk 16 is disposed upon the plate 14 and these disposed upon the top of the jar and then the top 13 is screwed in place. The absorbent member 16 presents a relatively large area to the air and thus dilfuses a relatively large amount of moisture within the cigar or to bacco case and keeps an even amount of moisture in the tobacco. Inasmuch as the wick 17 is relatively small but extends down to the bottom of the jar, the jar will contain a large amount of water and will, therefore, not have to be filled more than about once a month whereas the ordinary sponge moistener requires to be filled relatively often. Furthermore, if this be overturned, the water will not spill out of the jar Jfor some time whereas the ordinary moistener if tip ped over will immediately discharge its con tents. With my moistener also the top of the jar is entirely covered so that nothing can drop into the water.

The wick 17 must be very loose and sott and any number of wicks may be used if it is desired to increase the flow of water to the blotterror other absorbent p ad 16. I have illustrated a filling neck 11, but it is to be understood that no lilling neck need be used and indeed this would not be desirable on large sized jars. A

WhileJ I have illus- I claim t container, a second fibrous element super- A moistener `for humidors comprising'a imposed upon the first-named element and l0 container7 a supporting plate having an ap- Covering the exposed portions of the wick erture and adapted to he disposed upon the and means for clamping the brous element 5 top of the container, a fibrous Water abto the plate on the top of the container.

sorbing element resting upon said plate and In testimony whereof I hereunto afx having a Wick threaded through the fibrous my signature. element and extendingdownward into the JOSEPH F. RICHMOND.

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U.S. Classification239/45
International ClassificationF24F6/04
Cooperative ClassificationF24F6/04
European ClassificationF24F6/04