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March E6, 1937. E. HARRIS Filed April 2, 1955 Patented Mar. 16, 1937 PATENT OFFICE HUMiDon Robert E. Harris, Fort Thomas, Ky., assignor to The Cin-Made Corporation, Cincinnati, Ohio,
a corporation of Ohio Application April 2, 1935, Serial No. 14,287
My invention relates to humidors for condi-V tioning and maintaining the condition by humidiiication of tobacco and 'tobacco products, `such as cigarettes as well ascigars.`
It is the object of my invention to provide a simple humidor in which humidity is readily transmitted to the tobacco and which can be cheaply made out of inexpensive materials, preferably made moisture-resistant, and which is 10 capable of ornamentation and is of pleasing appearance.
My invention consists in novel means for accomplishing these objects; further, in providing a novel humidor comprising a container or body lhaving a receptacle therein .for the tobacco or tobacco products and provided with passages be-` tween the container or body and the receptacle through which the humidity from a moistening element in the container or body readily passes to the contents of the receptacle; further, in providing novel means whereby the humidity from a moistening element reaches the contents of the receptacle; and, further, in providing novel means for circulation of humidity from a moistening element in the container or body and through the receptacle and passages between the respective ends of therecepta'cle.
The invention consists, further, in providing a novel arrangement of body and inner receptacle `spacedfrom the body, and. novel means between the inner receptacle and the body forming passageways for humidity lengthwise of the receptacle, and providing the receptacle with a perforate bottom and a moisteningelement so relatedas to transmit moisture from a moistening element through the p-erforate bottom and the passageway for absorption thereof by the contents of the receptacle.
My invention consists, further, in providing a novel arrangement of an outer body with its lid, an inner tray and a moistening element therefor, an inner receptacle and a corrugated layer thereabout in line with the tray, the corrugations forming passages lengthwise of the receptacle open at both ends of the receptacle for circulation of moisture through thev receptacle, the tray and the passages, whereby to condition `or maintain the condition of the contents of the receptacle. l
My invention consists, further, in novel structures and arrangements of means for providing inexpensive and attractive humidors.
In the drawing:
Fig. 1 is a sidefelevation of myimproveddevice, partly broken away valong different lines for exposing the interior thereof.
Fig. 2 is an axial section of the same, taken on the line 2-2 of Fig. 1.
Fig. 3 is a cross-section ofthe same, takenon 5 the line 3 3 of Fig. 1.
Fig. 4 is an enlarged axial sectional view, partly broken away, illustrating the component parts of my improved device and the coatings for the same; and, Y 10 Fig. 5 is an enlarged cross-sectional dietail View of the same.
An outer container has a body shown at II. It is preferably made of a cylinder I2 of card board or brous tubing, the inner face of which l5 is made moisture-resistant,` as by providing the same with a layer I3 of grease-proof parchment paper pasted thereto.
The outer face of the upright wall of the body is provided with a moisture resistant layer I4, which is preferably a sheet metal foil suitably secured as by pasting to the outer periphery of the wall. This metal foil may be tin Vor aluminum or any similar commercial product, and in practice is provided.y with an ornamental outer surface, as by printing, chemical action, or other surfacetreatment or embossing, which is accomplished in various colors and congurations and surface ornamentations, so as to provide a multitude of highly pleasing designs in inexpensive manner for the outer upright cylindrical face of theI Ycontainer or body.
The `bottom l5 of the body is preferably of metal, such as commercial sheet tin or tin-coated sheet metal. The bottom is inwardly dished to form a lateral cylindrical annular inner Wall I6 about which the lower end of the tubing is located, the outer margin of the bottom forming an outwardly extending flange Il on which the tubing rests and an inwardly curled edge or beady I8 about the lower end of the tubing for securely clamping the lower end of the tubing and the bottom together, preferably forming a hermetically sealed joint.
The lid ZI of the body is preferably of metal 45 metal such as commercial sheet tin or tin coated I sheet metal, similar to the metal of the bottom I5 of the body.
The inner faces of the bottom and of the lid 55.
are preferably treated so as to make them moisture resistant, as by providing the same with coatings of sanitary lacquer, indicated at 24 and 25 respectively on the inner faces of the bottom and the lid.
The outer face of the lid may be provided with a coating 28, for instance, enamel, or other suitable material, which may be applied in various colors or ornamentations and configurations with either harmonious or contrasting artistic effects with relation to the treatments of the body.
A receptacle 3| is provided for the interior of the container. This receptacle comprises an upright wall 32, shown cylindrical, and which is preferably made of cardboard or other fibrous tubing, and isfzprovided with an inner layer 33, which is moisture resistant, and may be a layer of moisture resistant sheeting or metal foil, such as aluminum foil, fixed, as by pasting, `to the inner surface of the Vupright wall of the inner receptacle. The outer face of thewall is preferably made moisture resistant, as by providing the same with'a coating 34 of wax or parafne.
The bottom 31 of the receptacle may be of metal, such as commercial sheet tin or tin coated sheet metal. outer cavity 38 forming an upwardly extending inner annular ange 39 about which the lower end of the wall 32 is located. The bottom is further formed with an outwardly extending flange 46, the outer margin of which is beaded inwardly, as shown at 4|, against the outer face of the lower end of the wall 32 for clamping the bottom to the wall, preferably to form a hermetic seal;
The tubings |2 and 32 with their coatings and layers are preferably made in lengths as tubes, which are cut to desired shorter lengths to provide the cylindrical walls of the container and These cylindrical walls are preferably concentric in thehumidor.
The bottom is preferably perforate as shown by the perforations 45. the bottom is treated so as to make it moisture resistant, as by providing it with a coating 46 `flanged margin 54 to form a resting edge. This and its outer surface is provided with a coating 41. These coatings may be of sanitary lacquer,
suitably applied, similar to the coatings 24 andV tray may be of sheet metal, such as sheet tin or other desirable material, and is preferably made moisture resistant, as by being provided with coatings 55 and 56, at its top and bottom,
/ -as of sanitary lacquer.
The moistening element may be a disk of moisture-absorbing felt, which is laid in the tray.
There is an upright space Sil between the inner face of the upright wall of the container and the outer face of the upright wall of the receptacle, this space in the present exemplification being an'annular space. A flue 6| is located in this'space. There are passages 62, 63 extending lengthwise of the receptacle formed by this'flu'e. It may be termed a separator between the receptacle and the container. It is preferably formed of moisture resistant sheeting, such as glazed corrugated paper or sheeted cellulose acetate or cellulose ester, of which yso-called The bottom is formed with a lowerV rThe inner surface of.
glassine and Cellophane are examples, the same being preferably made moisture resistant in suitable manner.
One of the sheetings 65 is preferably corru` gated, the corrugations extending lengthwise of the receptacle, and another of the sheetings 66 is preferably a plain sheeting. The plain sheeting and the ridges 51 of the corrugations next thereto are preferably secured together, as by pasting, indicated at 68, so as to make a flexible corrugated structure. The opposite ridges 69 of the corrugated sheeting are preferably secured, as by pasting, as indicated at 10, to the outer surface of the upright wall of the inner receptacle. The passages 62 between the corrugated sheeting and the plain sheeting and the passages 63 between the corrugated sheeting and one of the walls of the space 60, exemplified as the wall of the receptacle, are thus formed.
I'he respective ends of the passages are open. The lower end of the receptacle preferably extends lower than the lower end of the separator or layer thereabout, and the upper end of the separator preferably extends above the upper open end of receptacle and is preferably lower than the inside face of the'lid. v
In assembling the parts the tray 5| is dropped into the container, resting on the bottom thereof. The moistening element 52 is soaked with a moistening liquid, for instance, water, and is dropped into the tray.Y The inner receptacle with the iiue 6| thereabout is then dropped into the container. The flue or separator 6| may form a cushion between the receptacle and the body of the container.
The lower end of the receptacle extends downwardly below the upper edge of the side 53 of the tray and is centered in the tray. There is an annular space 1| between the lower end of the receptacle and the annular side 53 for the passage of humidity. The lower end of the flue 6| surrounding the receptacle rests upon the upper edge of the tray, however leaving the lower ends of the vpassages 62,Y 63 open. The upper end of the flue 6| preferably extends above the upper end of the receptacle and is preferably lower than the upper edge of the body, so that the upper ends of the passages are open to the interior of the receptacle when the lid 2| is placed on the body. The parts in the container are preferably removable.'Y
VThe edges 13 and 14 of the inner and outer sheetings of the flue preferably lap upon the opposite mating edges of these sheetings when the flue surrounds the receptacle, these overlapping edges being preferably pasted upon each other and upon the lapping edges of the sheetings thereunder.
The paste used for pasting the sheetings and the various parts of my improved device is preferably a suitable moisture resisting paste.
The contents of the receptacle are shown as cigarettes` 18.
While my improved device is exemplified as a humidor for cigarettes, it will be readily understood that the size thereof may be increased to desirable extent for accommodating cigars of various sizes, and that tobacco may also be readily conditioned and maintained in suitable condition in my improved device.
The receptacle 2|, the .flue or separator 6|, the moistening element' 52, and the tray 5| are preferably readily removed from and replaced in the body, and the contents of the receptacle are readily accessible by lifting the lidY 2|.
The moisture from the moistening element 52 is conveyed to the cigarettes by providing a humidied atmosphere in the inside of the container. The humidity arising from the moistening element passes through the perforations 45 in the bottom of the receptacle and through the passages 62, 63 in the separator or liue 6I as well as through the receptacle 3l and the tray 5l, and humidifles the contents of the receptacle.
My improved device is very effective in conditioning and in maintaining the condition of the cigarettes, cigars, tobacco or other contents of the receptacle and provides for circulation of humidity through the container, the receptacle, the holder for the moistening element and the passages extending lengthwise of the receptacle.
The upper ends of the passages communicate with the upper open end of the receptacle, and the lower ends of the passages communicate with the tray containing the moistening element, providing ready diiusion of humidication throughout the receptacle.
My improved device is readily and economically constructed out of inexpensive materials and provides means whereby highly artistic and pleasing humidors may be constructed.
1. In a humidor, the combination of a container comprising a bottom and an upright enclosing wall extending upwardly therefrom, a removable tray on said bottom formed with an upturned marginal side, a moistening element in said tray, 'an inner receptacle having a perforate bottom and an open upper end, said receptacle being located in said container, a structure about and secured to said receptacle comprising sheetings including a corrugated sheeting secured together to form passages lengthwise of said receptacle with the lower end of said structure in line with and having support on said side whereby to support said receptacle on said side, the lower ends of said passages being open to said tray and the upper ends of said passages communicating with the upper end of said receptacle, and a lid for said container spaced from the upper ends of said passages, constructed and arrangedfor circulation of humidity through said tray, said passages, said receptacle, and said perforate bottom.
2. A humidor comprising a body and a receptacle therein having uprightconcentric cylindrical walls having a cylindrical space therebetween, said body and said receptacle each vhaving a bottom, the bottom of said receptacle being perforate, a removable tray having an imperforate bottom for a moistening element between the bottoms of said body and said receptacle, said tray having an upstanding annular side, an annular separator in said space between said cylindrical walls including sheetings formed with passages between said cylindrical walls extending lengthwise of said walls, the lower end` of said separator resting on said upstanding annular side so Aas to be supported by said side and said annular separator secured to said receptacle so as to support said receptacle, and the lower end of said receptacle extending lower than the lower end of said separator and the upper end of said upstanding annular side and spaced annularly from said annular side, said passages communicating with said tray and the upper end of said receptacle, and a lid for said body.
3. A humidor comprising a container and a receptacle therein, said container and said receptacle having side walls having a space therebe- 4. A humidor comprising a container and a receptacle therein, said container and said receptacle having side walls having a space therebetween and bottoms which have Va space therebetween, the bottom of said receptacle being perforate, a tray located in said last-named space and having an upwardly extending marginal side, and a separator in said first-named space secured to said receptacle and provided with air passages extending lengthwise of said receptacle, said air passages communicating through said secondnamed space with the perforations in said bottom of said receptacle, said separator having attachment to said receptacle for being removed therewith from said container to permit removal of said tray from said container, said separator resting on said side of said tray to form the sole vertically acting support for said receptacle when said receptacle is in said container, the lower end of said receptacle extendingY into said tray, and a lid for said container spaced from the upper end of said receptacle, the upper ends of said passages opening into said container under said lid.
5. A humidor comprising a container and a receptacle therein, said container and said receptacle having side walls having a space therebetween and bottoms which have a space therebetween, the bottom of said receptacle being perforate, and a tray located in said last-named space and having a marginal upwardly extending side, said receptacle comprising a separatorfin said first-named space which rests on said side of said tray to form the sole vertically acting support for said receptacle, and said separator provided with air passages extending lengthwise of said side walls and communicating through said second-named space with the perforations in said bottom of said receptacle.
6. A humidor comprising a container having a cylindrical side wall, a bottom, and a lid, a tray for a humidifying agent in the bottom of said container, said tray having an upwardly extending annular side at said cylindrical side wall, and a receptacle having a cylindrical side wall, a perforate bottom, and a flue surrounding said lastnamed side wall and comprising a corrugated sheet to form passages extending lengthwise of said side wall, said flue supported by said upwardly extending side of said tray to support said receptacle above the lower portion of said tray with the lower ends of said passages communicating with said tray and the upper ends of said passages communicating under said lid with the interior of said receptacle.
ROBERT E. HARRIS.