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July '14, 1936. w. T. .SPRO LL 2,047,652
PROTECTING CUSHION FOR SPECTACLE CASES Filed April 4, 1935 all! &\\\\ Mll- 3mm ML /6 if. T Sproull Patented July 14, 1936 PROTECTING CUSHION FOR SPECTACLE CASES Wayne T. Sproull, Detroit, Mich.
Application April 4, 1935, Serial No. 14,729
This invention relates to eyeglass cases and more particularly to a means. combined with a conventional eyeglass or spectacle case whereby the lenses in the case will be prevented from being broken when the case is dropped.
An object of this invention is to provide a protecting means in the form of a pair of cushions adapted to be mounted in a spectacle case, the cushions being so constructed as to yieldably contact with the lenses so as to yieldably hold the lenses within the case and thus prevent breaking of the lenses when the case has been dropped.
Another object of this invention is to provide a pair of cushioning members which are so constructed that they may be readily mounted in any of the cases at present in use so that the cushioning members may be sold as a separate article of manufacture and applied to conventional cases by either the purchaser or the dealer at the time of the sale of the article.
'The above and various other objects and advantages of this invention will in part be described in, and in part be understood from the following detail description of the present preferred embodiment, the same being illustrated in the accompanying drawing wherein:-
Figure 1 is a detailed plan view of a conventional spectacle case in open position having a cushioning means constructed according to an embodiment of this invention mounted therein.
Figure 2 is a perspective view of the cover cushioning member.
Figure 3 is a perspective view of the lower cushioning member.
Figure 4 .is a longitudinal section taken substantially through the center of the two cushioning members removed from the case and disposed in confronting position.
Referring to the drawing, wherein like numerals of reference designate corresponding parts throughout the several views, the numeral l designates generally a spectacle case comprising a bottom or base portion I l, and a lid or closure l2, which is hinged, as at [3, to the lower or base portion I l. The spectacle case I0, here shown, is a conventional spectacle case having a hinged lid or cover and, as shown, is only one of a number of different types of case with which the hereinafter described may be combined.
In order to provide a means whereby the spectacles when disposed in the case ID will beprevented from being broken when the case In is dropped or, otherwise jarred, I have provided a pair of cushioning members, generally designated as M and 15.
The cushioning member 14 is adapted to be disposed in the lower base portion H and the cushioning member I is adapted. to be attached to the inside surface of the lid or cover I2. The cushioning member I4 comprises a strip of rubber 5 or other yieldable or shock absorbing material 16, provided with a pair of lens receiving recesses ll disposed in spaced relation to each other and inwardly of the opposite ends of the cushioning member 56. The cushioning or shock absorbin member i5 is constructed of substantially the same character of material as the cushioning member Hi and is provided with reduced lens receiving portions 18 which are spaced apart and disposed in a position to confront the recessed portions ll of the lower or base cushioning member Hi. The two cushioning or shock absorbing members 14 and I5 may be applied to the inside surface of the case It by any suitable adhesive means. Where the two cushioning members I4 20 and i5 are applied to the present construction of a case, the two members l4 and I5 are glued or cemented to the fabric lining, usually provided in the case It].
It will be understood, however, that where the cushioning members l4 and I5 are applied at the factory, the usual felt or plush lining may be dispensed with and the cushioning members applied directly to the surface of the material of which the case I0 is constructed. The two recesses I1 in the lower cushioning member I4 provide a raised central portion l9 and the two reduced portions [8 of the upper cushioning member l4 provide a central raised portion 20 which is adapted to confront the raised central portion I9 5 and engage the bridge of the spectacles on opposite sides thereof so that substantially the entire frame and construction of the spectacles will be cushioned within the case and will be pre-' vented from movement relative to the case, when 40 the case has been dropped. In this manner, the case It can be subjected to exceedingly rough treatment without breaking of the lenses.
By providing the lens recesses l'! between the ends of the member l4, there are provided raised end portions 2| which act as supporting means for the opposite ends of the lenses and the frame of the lenses. Preferably the upper cushioning member i5 is of a length substantially equal to the distance between the inside edges of the raised portions 2| so that the ends of the upper cushioning member 15 will contact with the surface of the lenses, rather than the edges of the eyeglass frame.
It is, of course, understood that various changes of, one of said cushioning members comprising a yieldable member having a pair of spaced apart lens receiving openings disposed one on each side of the center of the member and inwardly of the ends of the member, the other cushioning member having reduced opposite end portions adapted to confront the lens receiving recesses of said one cushioning member, the central portions of each member adapted to contact with each other when the case is closed to yieldably engage the bridge 10 of the spectacles.
WAYNE T. SPROULL.