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Feb. 11, 1930. J. c. ANDERSON VANITY COMPACT Filed Jan. 14, 1929 big/V701? 74000 63mm! flmmsoa M Z 64 fittes Patented Feb. 11, 1930 JACOB CARROLL ANDERSON, F OSHAWA, ONTARIO, CANADA I VANITY GCUMIPA .G'Illl Application filed January 14, 1929. Serial No. 832,384.
The invention relates to improvements in vanit compacts as described in the present speci cation and shown in the accompanyin drawings which form part of the same.
flie present invention has for its object the production of a vanity com act in which is incorporated an electric lig t that is automatically switched on and off by the opening and closin of the lid. The lamp is de signed to she its light not only u on the mlrror but also upon the articles 0 toilet.
As will be readily realized this illumination is exceedingly desirable in that it enables the user to more clearly observe herself when attending to her toilet and is particularly convenient for dimly lighted places such as theatres, et cetera.
A distinctive characteristic of the invention is that the battery is stored beneath the trays containing the articles of toilet and is removable through a hinged end of the casing, the bulb and switch being mounted upon the swingable end in order to rovide a unitary structure that does not interfere with insertion and removal of the battery.
Referring to the drawings, Figure 1 is a perspective view of a compact constructed and arranged accordin to the resent invention. In this view t e lid is s own open. Figure 2 is a plan view of Figure 1, a ortion of the trays being broken away to s ow the position of the battery therebeneath.
Figure 3 is a transverse section taken on the line 33 of Figure 2 depicting the electric switch closed.
Fi ure 4 is a similar section but illustrating t e lid closed and the switch ope'n.
Fi ure 5 is a perspective view of the compact illustrating the lid open and the hinged end of the casing swung out to permit of insertion or removal of battery, a portion of the near side of the casing being broken away to show the battery to better advantage.
Like numerals of reference indicate correspondin parts in each of the figures throughout the rawings.
In the drawings, the reference numeral 10 denotes in a general way the body of the easing which is preferably but not essentially of an irregular rectangular shape in plan and other divisional elements for holding the articles of toilet. These it is proposed shall extend lengthwise and terminate short of one end of the body so as to leave a space to accommodate the electric 1i ht bulb and switch mechanism. The end oft e body 14 at which this space occurs is hinged as at 14 to the bottom 15 and retained 1n a normally closed position by catches, not shown since they may be of conventional type.
The body of the casing is of a greater depth, than the trays 13 so as to form a compartment therebeneath to accommodate the battery 16. When the hinged end 14 is open this compartment is accessible for the purpose of inserting and removing the battery.
The bulb 17 is fitted in a socket 18 attached to the hinged end 14 and the base of the bulb protrudes through'the socket so as to make, contact with the rong 19 of the battery. A bracket 20 is rigi ly attached to the said end 14 in the vicinity of the hinged side of the lid 11 and has a vertical plunger 21 slidably mounted in it. The upper end of this plunger has a head 22 for contact with the lid aforesaid and is normally held raised by a com-' pression spring 23. The lower end of the plunger projects through the bracket and terminates in a contact 24 that is held in engagement with the contact 25 rigidly extendin from the socket 18.
igidly projecting from the bracket is a finger 26 that has a curled end 27 bearing against the second ron 29 of the battery.
It will be mani est t at by the aforesaid construction the circuit is closed and the lamp lit as long as the lid remains open, but upon its being closed the plunger is depressed, thus shifting its contact 24 away from the contact 25 and opening the circuit.
Furthermore, it will be evident that upon opening the end 14 of the body the electric lamp and its mechanism is thrown clear of the battery thus rendering the lam and switch accessible as well as providing or the batterys removal.
What I claim is: In a vanity compact, a casin body of an elon ated shape in plan, one end of said casing eing hingedly connected, an arrangement of toilet trays in said body terminating short of said hinged end to provide space to accommodatea lamp proper and switch, the depth of the casing body being greater than that of the trays thus leaving a compartment therebeneath, a battery fitted in said com- Eartment, and a lamp ro er and switch unit orne by the inner si eo the hinged end of the casing bod and adapted to electrically contact with t e battery prongs when the hin ed end is closed.
Swned at Oshawa, Ontario, Canada, the 3rd a of J anuar 1929.
ACOB CA ROLL ANDERSON.