US 2217644 A
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Oct. 8, 1940. CQNNER 2,217,644
PLURAL COMPARTMENT CONTAINER Filed May 24, 1938 Patented Oct. 8, 1940 I STATES orrlcr.
PLURAL C'OMPARTMENT CONTAINER Benjamin F. Conner, West Hartford, Conn., assignor to Colts Patent Fire Arms Manufacturing Company, Hartford, Conn., a corporation of Connecticut Application May 24, 1938, Serial N0. 209,743 4 Claims. (Cl. 206-1) This invention relates particularly to a plural The several compartment units, whether comcompartment container which may be of small prising two members or three members, are size so as to be adapted for convenient carrying mounted upon and secured to a common base 5. as for instance in a womens handbag. The Each main compartment member I or I is pro- 5 container is adapted for holding various cosmetic vided at its lower end, that is at the end. opposite 5 preparations, although its use is not necessarily the cap member 2, with an outward projecting so limited. The principal object of the invention flange or rib 6. When the compartment member is to provide a pluralcompartment container of is cylindrical, as shown, the flange or rib preferthis general character which is simple and comably extends along the entire periphery, although pact, which is ornamental and attractive in apthis is not essential. The base 5 is provided with 10 pearance and which has its compartments so a plurality of recesses 5 corresponding in numarranged that access may be readily had to the her and in size and shape to the several compartcontents thereof. ment units, and each recess is undercut so as to In the accompanying drawing I have shown be adapted to receive and firmly grip the rib several embodiments of the invention in order on the corresponding compartment member. The 15 that the scope thereof may be fully apparent. resiliency of the material permits the ribbed por- It will be understood that the drawing is intended tion of the compartment member to be forced for illustrative purposes only and is not to be into the recess notwithstanding the undercuts relied upon as limiting or confining the scope of The resiliency of the material of the base permits the invention, the claims forming a part of this the compartment units to be readily detached 20 specification being relied upon for that purpose. at will.
Of the drawing: The base is made of pliable material in order Fig. 1 is a plan view of a container embodying that the compartment units may be readily atthe invention. tached and detached. Flexing of the base as an Fig. 2 is a side view with certain portions entirety is not desirable and any considerable 25 shown in vertical section in order that the details flexing thereof would be definitely objectionable. of construction may be more fully disclosed. In order to resist flexing, the base is made rela- Figs. 3 and 4 are vertical sectional views of the tively thick particularly between the recesses. base taken respectively along the lines 3--3 and As shown in Figs. 3 and 4 the thickness between 4 4 of Fig 2, the recesses is substantially greater than the 3 Figs. 5 and 6 are side views of alternative emmean thickness at the recesses. The compartbodiments of the invention, certain portions bement units, when in place, prevent flexing of the ing broken away in each instance in order that base at the recesses and the much greater thickthe details of construction may be more fully disnessof the base between the recesses effectively 5 l d, resists flexing there.
As shown in Figs. 1 and 2, I provide a plurality It will be apparent that the container illusof compartment units and each unit may contrated may be used to hold a variety of cosmetic sist of a main compartment member I and a cloand other preparations. For instance one comsure or cap member 2. The main compartment partment may contain rouge, and other compartmember I is preferably cylindrical or approximents may contain creams and powders of dif- 40 mately so and the members i and 2 are separably ferent varieties. Access can be readily had to connected as for instance by means of threads at the interior of any compartment member I or l 3. When assembled the two members provide a by removing the corresponding cap member 2. If completely closed compartment, but access to the access is desired to the interior of the compartcontents of the compartment may be readily had ment member I this can be had by removing the 45 by removing the cap member 2. compartment member l therefrom. The entire As an alternative, one or more of the compartcontainer is small and. is adapted to be convenment units may consist of three or more members iently carried. instead of only the two members which have been In Fig. 5 there is shown an alternative condescribed. Such a unit is shown at the left in struction wherein there are six compartment 50 Fig. 2 and it comprises a lower compartment units, each of which may comprise members I and member l and an upper compartment member 2 as already described. The base I has retaining l which are connected with each other by means recesses in opposite faces thereof so that two of threads at l. The cap member 2 may be the rows of compartments units are carried thereby.
same as already described. Fig. 6 shows an alternative construction where- 55 in the compartment members are reversed in position, the cap member l being adjacent the base H and the main compartment member l2 being separated from the base. One or more of the compartment units, as for instance that at the left, may have two compartment members such as w and l2 Each cap member i0 is provided with a peripheral rib is similar to the rib is on the compartment member I shown in Fig. 2. The several ribbed cap members H] are secured to the base I l by means of the undercut recesses, in the manner already described.
It will be obvious that with the construction shown in Fig. 6 access to the interior of any of the members E2 or 42 can be had by unscrewing the member from the corresponding cap member, the latter remaining in engagement with the base. If access is desired to the interior of the compartment member IZ the said member is unscrewed from the member l2 What I claim is:
1. A plural compartment container comprising in combination, a plurality of units each comprising two rigid members separably connected with each other to form a completely closed compartment and one of the members of each unit having an outward projecting rib at the end thereof opposite the other member, and a base formed of pliable resilient material and having a plurality of undercut recesses therein which recesses are of such size and shape as to respectively receive and closely fit the said ribs and to thus detachably hold the several units in normally fixed relation to the base, the said base having a substantially greater thickness between the recesses than the mean thickness at the recesses so as to provide greater resistance to flexing between the recesses.
2. A plural compartment container comprising in combination a plurality of units each comprising two rigid members separably connected with each other to form a completely closed compartment and one of the members of each unit having an outward projecting rib at the end thereof opposite the other member, and a base having a plurality of undercut recesses in opposite faces thereof, the said base being pliable and resilient and homogeneous throughout and having the opposite faces thereof positively held in substantially fixed relationship with each other and the said recesses in the said opposite faces being of such size and shape as to respectively receive and closely fit the said ribs and to thus hold the several units in fixed relation to the base.
3. A plural compartment container comprising in combination a plurality of units each comprising a rigid main compartment member and a rigid cap member separably connected with each other to form a completely closed compartment, the said cap member of each unit having an outward projecting rib at the end thereof opposite the main member, and a base formed of pliable resilient material and having a plurality of unercut recesses therein which recesses are of such size and shape as to respectively receive and closely fit the said ribs and to thus hold the several units in fixed relation to the base.
i. A plural compartment container comprising in combination, two compartment units of equal heights, one unit comprising two rigid members separably connected with each other to form a completely closed compartment and the other unit comprising three rigid members separably connected with each other to form two completely closed compartments and one of the members of each unit having an outward projecting rib at one end thereof, and a base formed of pliable resilient material and having two undercut recesses therein which recesses. are of such size and shape as to respectively receive and closely fit the said ribs and to thus hold the two units in fixed relation to the base.
BENJAlVIIN F. CONNER.