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Publication numberUS1838697 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateDec 29, 1931
Filing dateAug 7, 1929
Priority dateAug 7, 1929
Publication numberUS 1838697 A, US 1838697A, US-A-1838697, US1838697 A, US1838697A
InventorsMcatree John L
Original AssigneeScovill Manufacturing Co
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Vanity case
US 1838697 A
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Dec. 29, 1931. J. 1 McATREE VANITY CASE Filed Aug. 7, 1929 INVENTOR C J ee/ /-L, MTORNEYSV l is i L a:


Application fue@ August 7, was; serial No. 384,129.`

This invention relates to certain mentsin vanity cases or boxes.

These vanity-cases are usually small metal p containers capacitated to hold cosmeticsand 5 are of a small size so asto be conveniently carried -in ladies2 pocketbooks, handbags or improvethe like. -Certain types of .these cases are arranged to hold cosmetics yin therform of compacts, as rouge or face powder. These 10 compacts 'are usually madeby moulding the powder onto plates of light metal or glass, whichrare held in the cases'in a variety of ways.` However held, `it is desirable that these compacts be readily removablewhen 15 they are used up so that fresh compacts can be substituted therefor. In marketingthese cases and compacts, adealer will Jfrequently have a case with compacts of a certain kind of powder and the customer while liking the 20 case will often desire a different kind of powder. It is desirable, therefore, that the compacts may be quickly and readily removed 1 and othersY substituted,the means by which `the compacts are held in place being such that full compacts may be removed from the case without injuring the compacts.

It is the special object of the present invention to providea vanity case or box hav- .ing provision for carryingpcompacts which are so constructed and yarranged"that full compactsmay be removedfrom the box and others substituted without'injurv to the comp21-cts, and a box in which used compacts may also be quicklyand lreadily removed-and .other substituted therefor by the user.

A further object of the invention isv to proi vide a box in which the compacts are carried on ka hinge memberso thatany danger of changing droppingV the compact carrier` while the compactisreliminated. '1 p A furtherobj ect of theinvention is to proviclea vanity box or case in which the details of construction are improved and a Ibox of j small form and of attractive appearance.

With-these 'and other objects not specifi?` cally referred to, the invention'consists in.

certain novel parts, arrangements and com! binations which will be described iin connec- `t1on with the accompanying drawings and the novel features .pointedl out in the claims here unto appended. i

I n thesel drawings,--'

Figure` 11s a top view of the'improved box.

'Figure 3 is a side view ofthe box withl 6o thecompact carrier partition or frame raised to compact expelling position; j

Figure 4 is a top view, partly broken away, of an improved catch mechanism which may be used inthe case; Figure 5 is a detail sectional view of the hinge constructionfor uniting the bodyand the cover of the case, the section being taken on line 5 5 of Figure 2, andV f Y.

Figure 6 Ais adetailpsectional view'tak'en on line`6-6 of Figure l Referringnow to these drawings, the case selected to 'illustrate the invention includes a body, a cover, and an intermediate compact carrying partition pivotally associated with l one of these parts, the body shown 'being of light metal and rectangular in section. It will be understood, however, that the inventionis not to be limited to this shape ofbox, but that as to certain of its features the invention may be used in boxes of widely varying characters. Y

Referring, however, to the box illustrated,

this box includes a rectangular body 1 having 'sidewalls 2, and this body is closed by a cover, indicated generally by the numeral 3 and more fully hereinafter referred to.`

' Piyotally associatedl with the box is a partition or frame member which forms one pactv maybe easily and quicklyV removed.V

therefrom. Thisv partition Or frame includes Vside walls 4,' 5, a front wall 6, anda back'wall 7, and extending inwardly from' these walls is a narrow base flange 8, this flange extending around the frame. Intermediate its front and back walls is a partition base flange 9, and seated on this base is a partition plate 10 which divides the frame into two compartments .11, 12, capacitated toholdpowder and rougeA This partition plate 10 may be held in position in any suitable manner, as by nibs, indicated at' 13, .engaging theside wallsz4, 5v of the frame.`

It will be observed that the compartment 11 is smaller than the compartment 12, 'and is designed to hold a rouge cake 14, the compartment 12 holding a powder cake 15, the reason rfor this constructionvbeingthat the powder is more rapidly used than. the rouge.

In the best constructions a separate cover is providedover the rouge compartment 11, this cover being marked 16 andbeing pref-- erably` .pivotally associatedwith thepartition A10-on hinges 17 conveniently formed by slitting the metal of the plate as at- 18 and thenzturningover extensions 19 formed on the cover .to formwhinged knuckles. If desired for convenience, the front edge of the cover `16 is cut awayas indicated at 2O to permittits eaSylifting by the vfinger of the user.

`As .before stated,the Vcover and the compact holding partition vframe are pivotallyv associated,.-I Vhile .the specific means `for effecting this may be, ofcourse, varied With-- in wide limits, in the particular construction shown and described, the back wall'2of the box-,is` slit at spaced points and the metal of theslits is turned over to form thinged knuckles V21, 22 (Figurei), and the-back wall` 7 of the partitionis formed with an offset tongue .26, which is bentover to provide a hinged Aknuckle 27. A pintle pin 28 is passedf through the knuckles 21, 22 and 27 4and thef ends of this pini-are passed through apertures 28 formed in a `flanged kmembci"29 carried by thefcover 3 `andamore specifically hereinafter referredto, the ends of the 'pintle pin being bent around toward eachfl'otheras indicated at 30 in Figure 1 the three parts of the box thus being pivotally associated .in a `very simplcand convenientmannerz It will be noted that the bottom of the compact-carrying.partition frame is'open so that, when the frame isswung on its pivot, vthe compacts can be readily 'forced` pastv holding=nibs 32, 33 by whichI they are held in placelin the frame, thus making it very easy to. remove'used compacts and substitute others... Furthermore, Vby associating the compact-carrying frame with the other parts of theboX,this frame cannot be dropped andthus have a liability of injuring the compacts. Furthermore, .the compaets. can 'be readily and quicklyv changed. by the .seller to suit the convenience of the' from by which the fmember may -be secured to t'he-boxlcover,1which inthe particulanconstruction shown, is a flat sheet of metal, either by soldering or spot welding, or in any other suitable way. AThis flange member forms a 'seat 'for 'the mirror 36 which may be held in position by a bezel 37, which has avclosefrictional flt with the vertical `flange, 34 ofthe member 29.

.llliefbodyandthe cover of the box are provided with complementaryA catch members .of improved construction for 'holding thesefbodies .inclosed relation when not use.

While the specific construction of these-catch membersmay vary .within-certain limits, in.

the particular construction illustrated, the front wall 38 of the flange before referred to, is formed with apair of spaced vflat tongues 39, 40, which act as.` guides for acatch member shown in the formof a fiat `plate 41 which hasafingcr eXtension42 projecting through an aperturef43 in thefront vertical wall of the flangelf and this catch member -is formed withalip 44, arranged .to engagein a notch 45 in thefront wall .of` thebottom of the boxfthis lip extendingthrough a cutout 44 in the bezel 37, before referred to. This catch platey is .preferably spring :controlled and .also preferably .has a slight tipping movement. As shown, it is .formed with a .pair ofv spaced half rounds 4G, 47, in which engages a spring wire 48, the ends of this spring wire. being heldin` position under half rounds 49, 50 formedibyl turning up the metal of the flange 38, before referred to.

It will :be observed .that with the construction shown-and described a thin box of attractive appearancehas been provided, one in which the compacts may be readily changed as zdesired, and one-in which the construction of the parts has been improved and simplified. Furthermore, the construction is such that the rouge and powder now are effectively separated, so that there is no dangerof the rouge coming in contact with the powdenand a readilyusable box provided, and it will be understood, of course, that in the vpresent box, 4suitable puffs or other applicatcrs may be provided over the powder and rouge.'

While thebox has'been shown in its preferred form, it will be understood that certain changes fand: variations may be made in the l.specific construction and arrangement of the box without departing from theinvention as definedrin` the `appended claims.

What I claim is: i

l. In a vanity ease, a body, a cover, Va hinge pivotally uniting these parts, a frame divided into compartments lying in the same plane and having open bottoms pivotally associated With the body, means for holding compacts in the frame, and means for holda cover pivoted to the partition bar and;

ing the body and cover closed with the frame entirely Within the body and resting on the bottom thereof. Y f

2. In a vanity case, a body, alveo-ver, a

hinge pivotally uniting these parts, a framev pivotally mounted on the same hinge, a partition dividing Vthe frame into compartments lying in the same plane and open at their bottoms, means for holding compacts in the frame, a second cover pivotally secured to the partitionand closing one of the compartments, and means for holding the body and cover closed with the frame entirely Within the body Vand restingon the bottom thereof. i

3. In a vanity case, a body, a cover, a hinge pivotally uniting these parts, a partition frame divided into compartments having open bottoms each surrounded Vby an inwardly directed flange, means for hing'ing the frame in the case so that it will lie in the body when the box is closed but may be swung out from the body to expose the bottoms of compacts held in the compartments, and a catch for securing the body and cover in closed relation. v

4. In a vanity case, a body, a cover, a pint-le hinge pivotally uniting thesev parts, a partition frame divided into compartments having open bottoms each surrounded by an inwardly directed ange, means hinging the frame in the case so that it will lie in the body when the box is closed but may be swung out from the body to expose the bottoms of compacts held in the compartments, a second cover pivotally associated with the frame to close one of the compartments, and

, means for holding the body and its cover in closed relation. 5. In a vanity case, a body, a cover, a

hinge pivotally uniting these parts, a frameV pivoted in the case having inwardly extending bottom flanges and a crossflange, a partition bar resting on the cross flange and dividing the frame into compartments, and

closing one of the compartments.

In testimony whereof, I havehereunto set my hand. Y f


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US4826014 *Jun 7, 1988May 2, 1989Revlon, Inc.Compact case with interchangeable cosmetic inserts
US5107871 *Sep 3, 1991Apr 28, 1992Revlon, Inc.Compact container
US5437294 *Mar 4, 1993Aug 1, 1995Lir-Usa Manufacturing Co., Inc.Compact with rotatable panel in base and/or cover
US20090078279 *Dec 4, 2008Mar 26, 2009Avon Products, Inc.Cosmetic Compact
U.S. Classification132/294
International ClassificationA45D40/00, A45D40/22
Cooperative ClassificationA45D40/221
European ClassificationA45D40/22H