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W. M. HAUCH Dec. 5, 1933.
HUMIDOR Filed Ju1y,2l. 1931 2 Sheets-Sheet 1 Inventor Home y W. M. HAUCH Dec. 5, 1933.
HUMIDOR Filed July 2l, 1931 2 Sheets-Sheet 2 iff Invenlor Attorney Patented Dec. 5, 1.933 Y 1,938,384
HUDIIDOR Wendell M. Hauch, New York, N. Y.; vFlora F. `Hauch administratrix of said Wendell M.
Hauch, deceased Application July 21, 1931. Serial No. 552,170
11 Claims. (Cl. 131-30) This invention relates to new and useful im- Figure is a top plan view illustrating a modiprovements in 4containers for cigarettes, tobacco fied form of the invention, and; and other smokers articles, and more particu- Figure 6 is a vertical sectional view taken on 5 larly it `pertains to a device of this character the line 6-6 of Figure 5.
ofthe 'humidor type. Referring specifically to the drawings, the 6@ iOne object of the present invention is to imhumidor consists of a body 10 and a cover 11, prove the construction and mode of operation the cover being removably associated with the of humidors and so to construct such devices that body 10. Suitable partition devices such as 12 they will effect a better conditioning of the armay be employed to divide the interior of the w ticles carried therein. humidor into a plurality of compartments al- 6' A feature of the invention resides in a novel though in certain instances, these partitions may construction for securing and retaining a moisnot be desirable and for this reason they are tening element within the humidor. constructed to be readily removable from the yAnother feature of the invention resides in body 10. The cover 11 is provided with a hana novel construction of carrier for the moistendle portion 13 which serves as a grip which may ing element aforementioned, and in the provibe grasped for the purpose of manipulation of sion of means whereby the extent to which the the cover. moisture is given oil thereby maybe controlled. lIn the illustrated embodiment of the inven- Still another feature of the invention resides tion, 15 designates a moistening element conin a novel yconstruction whereby the moistening tainer and this container is preferably cylindrielernent container together with its associated cal in form and is provided with an opening parts may be bodily removed from the humidor or elongated Vslot 16 extending from the top thereas occasion may require Without damage or inof to a point closely adjacent the bottom therejury to the several parts thereof. of and located in the side Walls. This slot 16 vStill `another feature of the invention resides has two functions; rst, it provides a resiliency in the provision of a novel construction wherein the walls of the moistening element contain- `by the moistening element, its container and aser 15 and secondly, it provides communication sociated parts may be carried Wholly within the between the interior of the moistening element cover portion of the humidor, at the same time container. 15 and the interior of the humidor. providing sufficient space within 'the humidor Means is provided for controlling the size of the for the articles to be carried thereby. slot 16, and in the present embodiment of the Other features of the invention'relate lto cerinvention this means comprises a valve member tain novel Aand improved constructions, arrange- 17 which is preferably of suiicient resiliency to ment .and combinations of parts hereinafter decause a relatively tight sliding t with the inscribed andparticularly pointed out in the claims, terior of the moistening element container 15.,90 the advantages of which will be readily under- This valve member 17 consists of a single piece stood and appreciated by those skilled in the of material and its ends are spaced from each art. other as indicated atlS in thedrawings. One The invention will be clearly understood from of the ends of the valve member 17 is provided the accompanying drawings illustrating the inwith a small lug or projection 19 which occupies 95 vention in'its preferred form and the' following a position in the slot 16 and projects theredetailed description of the construction therein through to provide an operating member for shown. the valve member 17. By means of this project- In the drawings, ing member 19, the valve member 17 may be ro- Figure 1 is a vertical sectional view of a humitated Vwithin the moistening element container dor constructed in accordance with the present 15 and may be positioned therein to vary the size invention, of the opening 16, and thus control the extent to Figure 2 is a sectional view of the cover taken which the moisture is given off into the interior on the line 22 of Figure l, certain of the parts of the humidor from a moistening element car- 00 being shown in plan, ried by the moistening element container.
Figure 3 is a horizontal sectional view taken The reference numeral 20 indicates a moistenon the line 3-3 of Figure 1, ing element. This device may be of any desired Figure 4 is a detail perspective View partly type and in the present illustration is depicted broken away illustrating' the moistening element as a clay tablet which is adapted to be subjectedl Y 05 and valve member, to water or other suitable fluid and thereafter 10 inserted in the moistening element container 15 and within the valve member 17 when the latter is employed, the moistening element container is of such form that it will without change in form take any type of moistening element. Means is provided to position the moistening element 2O and in the present illustration of the invention, this means consists of projections or the like 21 struck inwardly from the valve member 17 and adapted to engage or nearly engage the moistening element 20 and prevent movement and consequent rattling thereof within the moistening element container. At the same time these projections provide adequate space for circulation of air between the moistening element and the walls of the valve member. As will hereafter appear, this valve member may, if desired, be eliminated when control of the moisture is not desired, in
which instance, the projections 21 may be provided directly in the side walls of the moistening element container.
Means is employed to retain the moistening container in position in the humidor, and in the present embodiment of the invention this means consists of a resilient member 25. This member 25 has a main body portion 26 from which a plurality of arms 27 project. In the present embodiment of the invention there are three of these arms 27 and they are curved as best illustrated in Figure 1 t0 provide a sunicient amount oi resiliency to retain the member within the cover in a. manner to be hereinafter described. The main body portion 26 of the resilient member 25 is recessed as at 27 to provide a channel like portion 28, the open side of which is disposed inwardly of the member 26.
The arms 27 of the resilient member 25 are adapted to engage a shoulder or the like`29 formed in the cover 11, and in this form of the invention, this shoulder extends entirely around the cover.
When it is desired to place the resilient member 25 in the cover, it is only necessary to place the same therein and subject it to light pressure when the free ends of the arms 27 snap behind the shoulder 29 and the member 25- is retained in position through the medium of its own resiliency.
The open upper end of the moistening element container 15 is provided with an annular bead or the like 30, and this annular bead is adapted to be receivedwithin the channel 28 to suspend the moistening element container within the cover.
Thus it will be apparent that the resilient member25 may be snapped into position in the cover and the moistening element container 15 due to the resiliency of its walls provided by the Vnotched or cut out portion 16 may be removably engaged with the channel 28 of the resilient member 25.
When it is desired to remove the moistening element container, a slight pull thereon will separate it from the resilient member 25, and the resilient member 25 may be removed if desired merely by springing one of the legs 27 thereof, or the resilient member 25 may be removed before the moistening element container is detached therefrom if desired.
In that form of the invention illustrated in Figures 5 and 6.v the resilient member 25 and the moistening element container are of the same type as that employed in the form of the invention illustrated in Figures 1 to 4. In this modified form of the invention, however, the valve member has been eliminated and the continuous or annular shoulder 29 of the cover 11 is replaced by separate or individual shoulders such as 40 which are provided at suii ably spaced distances to receive the ends of the legs 27 of the resilient member 25. These shoulders are formed by forming recesses or the like 42 in the cover which recesses are of a width substantially the same as the width of the legs 27 of the resilient member 25and said recesses are .adapted to receive the legs of the resilient member 25 when the latter is snapped into position in the cover.
It has been found in actual practice that this construction is quite as eicient as that shown in the preferred form of the invention and this last mentioned construction also lends itself readily i'o eiective ornamentation of the cover 11 as is illustrated in Figure 5. The recesses 42 are of approximately the same contour as the resilient member although as best illustrated in Figure 6, the resilient member 25 does not engage the entire walls of ihe recess.
From the foregoing, it will be apparent that the present invention provides a highly efficient novel construction whereby the moistening element con- 1ainer may be readily attached and detached with relation to the cover and that the humidor may be used either with or without the moistening device. Furthermore, the construction of the present invention provides for complete removal of the means which carries or secures the moistening element container to the cover. Furthermore, since the member 25 is retained within the cover solely by engagement or" the free ends of the resilient legs 2 with one or more 'shoulders formed in the cover, a large latitude of cover form and ornamentation may be resorted to without necessitating any change in the construction oireither the moistening element container or the member 25'.
Having thus described the invention, what is claimed as new and what it is desired to secure byLetters Patent of the United States, is:
1. A hiunidor comprising a body, a cover therefor, a container for a moistening element, and means for removably attaching the moistening element container to the cover, said means comprising a resilient member interposed between the cover and the moistening element container, Vsaid means having a recess for the reception of the moistening element container.
2. A humidor comprising a body, a cover therefor. a resilient member removably engageable with the cover, and a container for a moistening element removably carried by said'resilient member, said moistening element container having resilient side walls to permit of its removable attachment with the resilient member.
3. A humidorcomprising a body, a cover therefor, an inwardly disposed shoulder extending annularly of said cover, a resilient member having removable engagement with said shoulder, and a container for a moistening element removably carried by said resilient member.
4. A humidor comprising a body, a cover therefor, an inwardly disposed shoulder extending annularly of said cover, a resilient member hav- 1 formed therein, said recesses presenting a plurality of inwardly disposed shoulders, a resilient member having arms the free ends of which are receivable in said recesses in engagement With said shoulders to retain said resilient member in place in the cover, and a moistening element container removably carried by said resilient member.
6. A humidor comprising a body, a dome shaped cover therefor, a shoulder formed on the interior or" said dome shaped cover, a resilient member adapted to be sprung into said dome shaped cover and having engagement With said shoulder, and a moistening element container removably carried by said resilient member.
'7. A humidor comprising a body, a cover therefor, a shoulder formed on said cover and projecting inwardly thereof, a resilient member comprising a main body portion having an annular groove therein, a plurality of extending portions adapted te engage behind said shoulder to retain the resilient member in position in the cover, a moistening element container and an annular bead carried by the container and engageable in the annular channel to secure the container to the resilient member.
8. A humidor comprising a body, a cover therefor, a moistening element container comprising a cup-like member having an open end, and a portion cut out of the side Walls thereof to lend resiliency to said side Walls, a bead adjacent the open end of the cup-like member, and means carried by the cover for the reception of the bead of the moistening element container to secure the moistening element container in position in the cover. said last mentioned means comprising a resilient member removably carried by the cover.
9. A humidor comprising a body, a cover therefor, said cover having a plurality of recesses formed in its inner surface, a moistening element container, and means for removably attaching said moistening element container to the cover, said means comprising a resilient memberV having a main body portion formed with a depressed portion to receive the moistening element container, and a plurality of arms extending from said resilient member and adapted to be received in said recesses.
l0. A Vhumidor comprising a body, a cover therefor, said cover having a plurality of recesses formed in its inner surface, a resilient moistening element container, and means for attaching said moistening element container in said cover, said means comprising a resilient member having a centrally disposed recess for the reception of an end of the resilient moistening element container, and arms projecting from the resilient member for removable engagement with the cover.
11. A humidor comprising a body, a cover therefor, a moistening element container having an opening in the side Wall thereof, a valve element for controlling said opening, and a resilient member removably carried by said cover and maintained in position on the cover through the medium of its own resiliency, said resilient member having means for removable engagement with the moistening element container.
WENDELL M. HAUCH.