US 1992442 A
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Feb. 26, 1 935. H. REVELLE 1;992,442
HOLDER FOR TOOTH PASTE TUBES AND THE LIKE Filed May 1, 1955 IN VENT 0R gee/ye Rev //e igfflws ATTORNEY Patented Feb. 26, 1935 UNITED-A STATES PATENT OFFICE HQLDER FOR. TOOTH PASTE TUBES AND V THE LIKE George H. Revelle, Seattle, Wash.
Application May 1 1933, Serial No. 668,739
. 8 Claims. ((21.221-60) i Thisinvention relates to holders for dispensing tubes such as are customarily used for tooth pastes, shaving creams and the like, the object, generally. stated, being the provision of inexi, pensive and especially efilcient structure capable of, firmly supporting the tube andby means'of which the tube contents may be easily discharged without the heretofore" unsightly and wasteful haphazard crushing of the tube. V
More especially, it is a particular object of the present invention to provide aplate conforming to the general profile configuration of the tube and to which the tube may be readily and securely attached. I
A further and more particular object of the invention is the provision of especially simplified spring-clamping structure for the plate whereby the relatively inflexible head of the tube may be securely supported thereby against ordinary lateral, longitudinal and vertical stresses which might act to dislodge the same.
The foregoing, together with further objects and advantages, will become apparent in the course of ,the following detailed description and claims, the invention consisting in the novel construction, adaptation and arrangement of parts hereinafter described and claimed.
In the drawing:-
Figure 1 is a perspective view representing the invention in its now preferred form.
Fig. 2 is a top plan view thereof taken to an enlarged scale with a tube being shown supported thereby.
Fig. 3 is a side elevation of the tube and the supporting holder therefor; and
Fig. 4 is a front elevation of the invention taken on the transverse vertical section line 44 of Fig. 3.
Having reference to the drawing, the letter T is used to designate a tube of the character which the invention is designed to support, the relatively inflexible head thereof being generally cast in lead to provide a shoulder 6 tapering to a discharge neck 7 over which a cap 8 is screw-threadably or otherwise applied. 9 indicates the closed end of the tube which is conventionally sealed by a clip or the like 10.
Especial reference being had to the present invention, the holder for said tube comprises a plate 16 of thin spring metal having its rear portion curvilinear to conform to the rear end 9 of the tube, said curvilinear portion in proximity of its terminus being stamped to form a forwardly directed fan-tail tongue 17 adapted to be expressed upwardly with the finger from the plane of the plate to lodge theclipped end of the tube under the same.
The opposite end of the plate is slit on its. longitudinal median line to provide a pair of fingers 18. The slit, terminating at its inner end in an aperture 19,, accommodateslateralspring of the fingers. As indicated, the outer ends of said-fingers are formed with inturnedhooks providing companion ,jaws 21 collectively conforming to the outercircumference of the tube neck 7, said jaw-forming ends of the fingers'being turned up to locate, the jaws for engagement over the neck.
In using the holder, the sealed end of the tube is first securely lodged under the spring tongue 17. The jaws, being adapted to be sprung 1ater-' ally, enable the user to force the neck of the tube between the same with the hooked ends-snapping into position above the tube neck to secure thesame. It is to be noted that the fingers abut the shoulder portion 6 of the tube head to prevent longitudinalmovement of the tube.
An aperture 23 at the rear end of the plate. accommodates suspension of the samefrom av screw or other suitable supporting member, not shown.
It is my intention to limit the invention only within the scope of the hereto annexed claims.
What I claim, is:
1. A holder for a tube of the character having its rear end sealed by a clip with the head providing anextended discharge neck of reduced dimensions, said neck connecting with the tube by a tapering shoulder, said holder comprising a plate formed to the general profile of thetube and providing a forwardly directed tongue at its rear end adapted to be pressed upwardly from the plane of the plate for compressing the clipped end of the tube therebetween and the plate, the opposite end of the plate being slit on the longitudinal median line of the plate to form a pair of fingers presenting companion jaws at outer ends of the same, said fingers being turned up approximately medially of their lengths and adapted to be sprung laterally from one another for inserting the neck of the tube between the jaw-forming ends of the same.
2. The structure as defined in claim 1, wherein said fingers areturned up to locate the same in abutting engagement to the tube shoulder to co-operate with the tongue in securing the tube against longitudinal movement.
3. In a holder for a tube of the character described having its rear end sealed by a clip and the opposite discharge end connected to a relatively inflexible head providing a shoulder terminating in a reduced neck from which the contents are discharged, a supporting plate, means at one end of the plate for engaging the clipped end of the tube and means at the other end of the plate for engaging the neck of the tube, said neck-engaging means comprising a pair of longitudinally extending spring fingers turned up approximately medially of their lengths and providing companion jaws at outer ends of the same, said fingers permitting spring displacement of the jaws laterally from one another for introducing the neck of the tube between the same,
4. In a holder for a tube of the character described having one end sealed and the other end provided with a relatively inflexible head formed with a tapering shoulder terminating in a neck from which the tube contents are adapted to be discharged, a supporting body member conformed to the general profile of the tube providing means at opposite ends of the same for engaging the sealed and the head ends of the tube, said headengaging means comprising an upturned wing divided longitudinally of its length to provide furcate fingers terminating at the outer ends thereof in companion jaws the aperture between which normally conforms to the approximate circumferential dimension of the head end of the tube, the slit between said furcate fingers of the wing which extends from the jaws afiording spring fiexure of the jaws laterally from one another to enable the head-end of the tube to be introduced between the jaws.
5. In a holder for a tube of the character described having a longitudinally extending discharge neck from one end of the same, a supporting body stamped from sheet metal to provide a pair of upwardly extending fingers at one end of the same having an opening between the outer ends thereof normally conforming to the approximate circumferential dimension of the tube neck, said fingers allowing spring flexure laterally from one another for enlarging the neckreceiving opening to permit the neck of the tube to be introduced in said opening.
6. A holder for a tube of the character described comprising a plate of spring metal having one end slit on the longitudinal median line of the same to provide spring fingers, the outer ends of said fingers being bent upwardly and providing companion jaws having inwardly directed terminals, said fingers being adapted to be spread laterally from one another for engaging the jaws about the tube with the inwardly directed terminals of the same preventing dislodgmentof the tube from said jaws.
'7. In a holder for a tube of the character described, a supporting body member formed from a singlepiece of sheet metal to provide a relatively plane portion adapted to receive the body of the tube thereover, one end of said plane portion being turned up to provide a wing element apertured at its upper end for the reception of the neck of the tube therethrough and the opposite end of said plane portion being stamped to produce a spring tongue, the free end of which extends toward said upturned wing-forming end, saidtongue being adapted to be lifted upwardly from the plane of the body-supportingportion to clip over the rear end of the tube in clamping said rear end therebetween and the body-supporting portion of the holder.
8. In a holder for a tube of the character described, a supporting body member formed to provide a relatively plane portion adapted to receive the body of the tube thereover, the forward end of the body member presenting an upturned wing having an aperture for the reception of the neck of the tube therethrough, the rear end of the body member beingprovided with a spring tongue the free end of which extends toward the forward end, said tongue normally lying flush or approximately so with the plane portion and the free end of the same being adapted to be lifted upwardly from theplane portion to clip over the rear end of the tube in clamping said rear end therebetween and the plane portion of the holder.