US 2181821 A
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Nov. 28, 1939. SEALS 2,181,821
GOLF BALL 'WARMER Filed Dec. 28, 1958 I Fi .1
INVENTOR JACKSON P 5EAL5 MM W.
ATTORNEYS Patented Nov. 28, 1939 UNITED STATES PATENT OFFIQE 6 Claims.
This invention relates to golf ball warmers and has for its object the provision of a warmer of small size that may be carried in the pocket of the player. A primary object of the invention 5 is to provide an economical warmer using a spirit fuel such as gasoline, alcohol or the like.
Another object is to provide a warmer having a hinged lid whereby a golf ball may be easily inserted or removed.
It is well known by golf players who play in the winter time that the ball cannot be driven as far as in the summer when the ball is warm. The reason for this is that a cold ball does not have the elasticity of a warm ball and it has been the practice by players who realize this to Warm up the golf balls before leaving the club house and to wrap the balls in towels so that the heat is retained until ready for use. By my invention I make it unnecessary to go to this trouble and in addition my device may be used by the player at the same time to keep his hands warm.
Figure l is a front view of my warmer.
Figure 1 is aside view, partly in section, of the device.
Figure 3 is a top plan view of the device.
Figure 4 is a view of the device inclosed in a heat insulating bag.
The warmer consists of a body In, having a wick H reaching down into and preferably filling the fuel containing interior of the body. The wick cover I2 is preferably removable so as to facilitate filling the body with liquid fuel.
The top H! of the warmer consists of a collar portion l5 adapted to fit snugly over the top portion l6 of the body and has an enlarged spherical section l8 for receiving a golf ball. The collar portion is extended to provide communication between the flame and the spherical in- 40 terior of the ball container. One-half I9 of the section I8 is hinged at 20 so as to swing open and permit the insertion of a golf ball into the cavity IS. A latch 22 is provided for securing the lid portion. [9 in closed position. 4 The interior of the cavity I8 is preferably lined with heat insulating material such as asbestos cloth as shown at 25. This cloth preferably extends across the open throat as at 26 to insulate the ball from the direct heat of the flame indicated at 21. It is also necessary to provide vents in the portion M as shown at 30 and 3|.
The operation of the device depends upon the generation of gas by the heat of the flame and for this reason it is found best to place the de- 55 vice in an open top fabric bag 34 as shown in Figure 4. If a cold hand is placed against the body [0 the flame may be seen todiminish, almost immediately, to about half-size, due to the transmitting of heat from the body of the device to the cold hand; this heat otherwise acts as a gas generator. If a layer of cloth is placed between the body [0 and the cold hand then the rate of transmission of heat is greatly reduced 5 so that the rate of generation of gas is maintained and the flame continues to burn almost at its normal size. When the device is in operation and placed in a bag it may be carried in the pocket and will continue to operate satisfactorily as long as the bag is open as at 36 but if the top of the bag is closed the flame may be extinguished. In the absence of a bag it is, found that a fabric cover 38 will give satisfactory results even though it covers only the body portion H) as shown in Figure 2.
What I claim is:
1. In adevice of the character described, a casing formed of a plurality of relatively movable parts, said casing having therein an upper chamber to'receive a golf ball to be warmed, a lower chamber to serve as a fuel receptacle, and a space within the upper chamber formed by cooperating depressions in two of said relatively movable parts so as to hold a golf ball between them, and a heat producing element within the casing receiving fuel from said receptacle for warming the upper chamber.
2. The device of claim 1 in which the casing is relatively shallow in depth except for the bulge to receive the golf ball and each of the two depressions is spherical in shape and roughly as deep as the depth of the casing so that the depth of the casing at the ball carrying space is at least twice the thickness of the rest of the casing. 5
3. A holder for association with a conventional heater to warm a golf ball in cold weather to increase its elasticity, comprising a body having an open end to engage the heater, and a cover for said body, said cover and body having cooperating spherical depressions therein to receive between them a golf ball to hold it in position to receive heat generated by said heater.
4. The device of claim 3 in which the body is metal and telescopes over the heater.
5. The device of claim 3 in which the body is metal, telescopes with the heater for snug engagement and has a plurality of slotted vents adjacent the heat generating portion of the heater.
6. The device of claim 3 in which the body is of metal snugly fitting the heater by having atelescoping engagement therewith, and a heat insulating lining between the ball and the heat generating portion of the heater.
JACKSON P. SEALS.