BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION
1. Field of the Invention
The present invention relates to novelty toothbrushes and amusement devices, and more specifically, a toothbrush which is constructed to the shape of a musical instrument or a related item.
2. Description of the Related Art
Toothbrushes with whimsical handles are well known in the art. Ornamental designs for the handles of personal grooming aids have remained popular, especially with children. Many toothbrush designs have been fashioned to encourage children to brush their teeth, an example of which is disclosed in U.S. Des. Pat. No. 334,290, issued to John K. Gruberg on Mar. 30, 1993. The instant patent shows a toothbrush cover in the shape of a tennis racket.
U.S. Des. Pat. No. 343,295, issued to Kenneth A. Brown on Jan. 18, 1994, depicts a musical toothbrush having a handle in the shape of a teddy bear's head.
U.S. Des. Pat. No. 402,119, issued to Harry Landauer on Dec. 8, 1998, shows a children's toothbrush having an ornamental design of a dolphin on the handle.
U.S. Pat. No. 4,961,717, issued to Robert C. Hickey on Oct. 9, 1990, describes a toy containing a dental cleaning apparatus. The apparatus is a scale model of a U.S. Space Shuttle. The fuel tank is separable from the shuttle. Dentifrice is applied from the fuel tank and the brush is used either with the nose cone as a grip or with the nose cone inserted inverted in the body so that the body serves as a grip.
U.S. Pat. No. 4,979,258, issued to Elena M. D. M. D. G. Buj on Dec. 25, 1990, characterizes a children's folding toothbrush having an arm joined to the handle. The handle has a cavity for receiving the arm and the bristles of the toothbrush.
U.S. Pat. No. 5,353,464, issued to Atkins, et al. on Oct. 11, 1994, discloses a toothbrush in the form of an animal having its body supported, when not in use, in a general horizontal position. The brush head extends from the end of the handle.
U.S. Pat. No. 5,774,921, issued to Susan Harrison on Jul. 7, 1998, shows a utensil designed for toddlers and small children. The utensil includes a handle in the form of an animal figure having a body which is essentially to scale. The handle carries either a rearwardly extending tail or forwardly extending trunk or other operative utensil portion secured to the limb of the animal figure.
U.S. Pat. No. 5,924,159, issued to David Haitin on Jul. 20, 1999, reveals a novelty toothbrush including a motion sensor mounted in the brush and arranged to provide output signals corresponding to movements of the brush. An audible generator and a controller activates a signal generator in response to the output signals for the motion sensor.
U.S. Pat. No. 5,968,309, issued to Daniel Edward Tarr on Oct. 19, 1999, elaborates on a method for transforming a thermoplastic novelty toothbrush into a costume jewelry piece or toy.
U.S. Pat. No. 6,015,328, issued to Robert Glaser on Jan. 18, 2000, discloses a toothbrush toy having interchangeable, bendable and posable character handles. The toothbrush portion of the invention is detachably secured to a handle portion in the form of an animate character.
WO Pat. No. 94/17691 with a U.S. issue date February of 1994, shows a toothbrush having a signal generating device within a toothbrush that senses wetness.
None of the above inventions and patents, taken either singly or in combination, is seen to describe the instant invention as claimed.
SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION
The present invention is a novelty toothbrush and amusement device with a musical instrument theme wherein either the entire toothbrush or just the toothbrush handle is constructed in the shape of a musical instrument or an item related to a musical theme. Each musical instrument is dimensioned and configured to promote a comfortable grip and constructed in a manner to encourage a person to brush his/her teeth.
Accordingly, it is a principal object of the invention to provide a novelty toothbrush as an amusement device for musicians and children.
It is another object of the invention to provide a novelty toothbrush that includes a handle with a greater surface area for a comfortable grip.
It is a further object of the invention to provide a novelty toothbrush that simulates the appearance of a musical instrument or a related item.
Still another object of the invention is to provide a novelty toothbrush that will encourage children to brush their teeth.
It is an object of the invention to provide improved elements and arrangements thereof in a novelty toothbrush for the purposes described which are inexpensive, dependable and fully effective in accomplishing their intended purposes.
These and other objects of the present invention will become readily apparent upon further review of the following specification and drawings.