US 2131500 A
Description (OCR text may contain errors)
p 1938. F. w. CURTIS, JR- 2,131,500
BRUSH Filed March 12, 1937 M INVENTOR- v Q Bi r M mg ATTORNEYS.-
Patented Sept. 27, 1938 UNITED STATES PAT ENroFFicE This inventionrelates to brushes and more particularly to a type of brush adapted to have associated therewith a cake ofsolid soap in such a manner that the soap and brush form a substantially unitary scrubbing unit.
One object of this invention is the provision of a brush of such character which will be relatively simple to manufacture and having a minimum production cost.
An additional object is the provision of a brush adapted to accommodate any one of a variety of sizes of cakes of soap in such a manner that the brush and soap as a unit may be utilized by a bather as necessary. w
As conducive to a clearer understanding of this invention it may be here pointed outthat numerous types of soap now onthe market are of a sinkable or nonbuoyant character and tend therefore to become invisible 'under the surface of the Water during the bath of an individual. Additionally it frequently so happens that in bathing the operations of soaping and subsequent scrubbing of the body entail a needless and unnecessary exertion on the part of the individual.
It is an object of this invention to provide a bathing brush of such a character as to preclude all possibility of temporary misplacement or loss of the soap while bathing and further to provide a brush of such a character that the soaping and scrubbing of the individual may be accomplished in a single operation.
A still further object of this invention is the provision of a brush which provides in and of itself a container of soap in such manner as to obviate the necessity of the provision of a separate drainage receptacle for soap at the termination of the bath.
Other objects will in part be obvious and in part pointed out hereinafter.
The invention accordingly consists in the combinations of elements, arrangements of parts and features of construction, all as will be more fully. pointed out hereinafter and disclosed in the accompanying drawing, wherein:
Figure 1 is a side elevational view of a brush embodying the inventive concept,
Figure 2 is a bottom elevational view of the brush shown in Figure 1,
Figure 3 is a sectional view along the line 33 of Figure 2 as viewed from the top disclosing the brush having a cake of soap assembled in operative relation therewith,
Figure 4 is a side sectional view of a structure embodying a modified form of the inventive concept.
Having particular reference nowto Figure 1 there isgenerally indicated at [0 a handle of any conventional design provided with a plurality of tufts of bristles ll which may be securedthereto, as best shown in Figure 3, by insertion in suitable 5 recesses l2 in the handle portion!!! of the brush.
Bristles l l are arranged, as better shown in Figure 2, in the peripheral band about exterior annular edge of handle I l soas to provide a suitprovide relatively sharp protruding corners to 20,
effect interengagement with a cake of soap when the same is placed thereupon and are of sufficient cross sectional area to preclude the'possibility of inadvertent breakage of the same as would be the case were the blocks of smaller dimension. 25
A modified form of construction is shown in Figure 4 wherein a handle l0 accommodates a plurality of tufts of bristles ll inserted in suitable apertures I2' the tufts of bristles being arranged in a peripheral band similar to that of 30 the bristles shown in the preceding modification. In the form shown in Figure 4 however, a slight recess 20 is cut into the inner surface of handle l0 and in recess 20 are disposed a plurality of pins 2| having enlarged heads 22 which serve a 35 purpose analogous to that of blocks l6 and grooves l5 of the previously discussed modification.
From the descriptions given above the operation of the device of the instant invention should be 40 readily understood. Soap 25, as best shown in Figure 3, is inserted in aperture I3 and placed firmly therein in such manner that blocks I6 engage the upper or adjacent surface of soap 25 in such manner as to hold the same in related as- 45 similar procedure is observed save that in this corrugations l4 may, as best shown in 15 f with respect to the area, so treated, lt will be understood that soap 2 51afterimmersion in water.
will act in the manner normal to soap and diffuse a certain portion of its exterior constituents. to the surrounding tufts of bristles II in such manner that the said tufts will become thor-f';
oughly impregnated with the solventsubstance of the soap and thus effect a simultaneous soap"- ing and scrubbing actionvupon ,the area; so:
It will thus be seen that there is provided in the invention hereinbefore described .a bathing brush accomplishing the objects of this invention as well as others. of'great practical importance, it being understood that upon termination of the bath the bather need not-remove thesoap 25 from receptacle 13 but may merelyby.posi-,,
tioning handle lflupon a suitable surfaceprovide aneffective drainagereceptacle for soap 25, the
liquid residue of which, it will bunderstoodQwill flow through the apertures between the tufts of -bristles l I, thus obviating the necessity for aseparate soap dish 'or other analogous receptacle.
Additionally in the use of the brush as previi ously pointed out, it will be readily understood .that in one comparatively simple operation the bather may accomplish both the soaping and scrubbing actions normally requisite .to bathing in asingle simple operation.
While in the foregoing thehbrush of the l stant invention has been described primarilyas a.
"brush adapted to be utilized .for the bath it will ,tlgclaim as my invention:
1. In a device of the character described, in
',combination, a handle portion, bristles secured to ,saidhandle. portion in a band forming an aperture for themeceptibn of a pre-formed cake of *soap a surfaceppi said handle portion exposed in saidaperture having a plurality of transverselycuvgrooves therein forming rigid projectionsadapted to,have said'cake-of soap impaled thereon: to secure the .same in related assembly to saidhandle and. said bristles.
2. .Ina device of .the character described, a handle portion, bristles se'curedin and projecting outwardly. from a surface of saidhandle portion in aband. formingan aperture for reception of apreforlnedcakeohsoap, spaced rigid soap anchoring projections on" the surface of the handle portion exposed-in said aperture and extending in'substantially parallelrelation to the surrounding bristles, said rigid projections being adapted to havela preformed cake of .soapimpaled thereon to secure the soap'iii related. assembly to the handleandbristles e "3. The structure defined in claim 2 in which said rigid projections haye relatively small crosssectional dimensions and are provided at their freeends' with enlarged anchoring heads.
f e W. CURTIS, JR.