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Publication numberUS2223204 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateNov 26, 1940
Filing dateOct 4, 1939
Priority dateOct 4, 1939
Publication numberUS 2223204 A, US 2223204A, US-A-2223204, US2223204 A, US2223204A
InventorsSims Carmichael Ruth
Original AssigneeSims Carmichael Ruth
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Nail polish protector
US 2223204 A
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26, 1940 I R. s. CARMICHAEL 2,223,204

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Ruth SinisCarrnichael, Davis, Okla. a Application October 4; 1939, Serial No. 297,939

a ,v7 Cla ims. .(Cl. 132-73) This invention'relates to. manicuring devices and more particularly'to' a'finger support or pro- .tector.'for preventinfg'sme'aring or nail polish or dressings after applying :th'esan e to the fin ger nails g I t I V The object of the invention is to'prov ide a'finger support or'protector of simple and inexpensive construction adapted toh old thefingers of thehand in spaced relation toeach other after polish'has been applied tot he finger nails and until'th'e polish'has become thoroughly dry or set, thereby'to prevent accidental smearing of the polish and insuring a smoothlustrousfinish to the finger nails. h

A further object of the invention is to provide a finger rest or support whicl'rwill 'pr'event the fi ngers'from coming in contactfwith'each other e without tiring effort on the handan'd finger mus-' cles' and which may be used with equally'good' results, .in private homes or by beauticians and others in beauty parlorsand the like.'

A further object is to provide: the fingergrest or protector with a pivoted latch ior retaining the f ngers within suitable receiving sockets while the nail polishisf gr'y'in'g; said latch being: proyided-with a. longitudinal slot to accommodate any rings that may beworfn on the fingers'when applying polish to the nails and thus prevent the saidlatch is movedsto closed position.

Astillifur ther object of the invention is gen-.

erally to improve this class ofdevices so as to increase their utility, durabilityand efiiciency.

In the accompanying drawingforming a part of this specification and in which similar numerals of reference indicate corresponding parts in all the figures of the drawing: 1

Figure .1 is a top plan view showing the manner of using my improved finger support or protector,

Figure 2 is a perspective view showing the latch in closed position,

Figure 3 is a similar view showing the latch in open position,

Figure 4 is a transverse sectional view taken on the line 4-4 of Figure 3, and

Figure 5 is a perspective view illustrating a modified form of the invention.

50 The improved protector forming the subjectmatter of the present invention'comprises a. rest or support including a body portion 5 formed of wood, rubber, cork, Cellophane or other suitable material, said body portion having a flat base 55 6 adapted to rest on a table or other support and latchirom exerting pressure onthe rings when having its front wall preferably concave and its' rear wall convex, as shown. i

"Formed in the top of the body portion 5 are I g a plurality of'conver'ging finger-receiving seats or sockets lopening through the front and rear 5 walls of the body portion and separated by"inter-' mediate partitions 8so as to prevent the fingers of the hand from coming in contact with each other while the polish or dressing on the finger nails is drying. The walls of the sockets! diverge w in the direction of the rear wall of the body portion 5 'sothatywhen the hand is supported on said body portion,'the' fingers of the hand will be separated in simulation of a fan and thus prevent the fingers from coming in contact with 15 each [other and smearing the polish or dressing applied to the finger nails;

Pivotally mounted at 9 on one end of the bod I portion 5 is a latch 10 preferably formed of coacting -rela'tively thin rods or wires spaced apart 2o toform an intermediate slot H so as, to accommodate any rings that may be worn onthe fingers at the time the polish is applied to the finger nails and thus prevent the latch from exerting an inward pressureon the rings and hurting 25 the fingers when the latch is moved to closed position. The free end of the latch I0 is provided with an angular portion l2 adapted to engage a resilient keeper [3 secured to the adjacent endof'the" bodytportion 5 to. retain the fin- 3n gers in the sockets 1 while the polish on the finger nails is drying. i

In operatiomthe polish or dressing is applied to the 'finger nails with a brush inthe usual manner and after the finger nails have been coated with the polish the fingers are inserted within the sockets 1 and the latch I 0 swung to closed position in engagement with the keeper I3. When the hand is placed on the rest or support in the manner just described, the tips -of the 40 fingers will be separated so that there is no liability of the fingers contacting with each other and smearing the polish while the polish is drying and all tendency to fold the fingers inwardly to a natural position is resisted by the walls of the sockets I and the latch H). v

Ordinarily, when polish is applied to the finger nails, it is necessary to wait approximately five to twenty minutes for the polish to thoroughly dry and during this interval care must be exero cised to prevent the fingers from coming in contact with each other or with extraneous objects which would tend to smear the polish. This period of waiting with the fingers separated is very tiresome and trying as the natural tendency is and owing to the fact that the topermit' the fingers to assume their normal position with the result that the polish deposited on the fingers becomes smeared, as previously stated. The present device provides a means ior supporting the fingers of a hand in spaced relation while the polish on the finger nails is drying, fingers are locked within the sockets by means of the latch iii any tendency to bring the fingers together or told them in the direction of the palm of the handis eiiectually prevented. Moreover, the device provides a convenient and comfortable rest for the fingers during the drying of the nail polish without tiring effort on the hand and finger muscles so that the application of the polish becomes a pleasure instead of an ordeal. After the polish has become-thoroughly dry or hard on the finger nails or one hand, the latch I is moved to open position and the fingers withdrawn from the sockets I after which the fingers of the other hand maybe inserted in the sockets l to eilfect drying of the polish on the nails of that hand.

If desired, however, the protectors may be made in pairs so that, while the nail polish is drying on one hand, the other hand can be inserted in a companion protector and polish applied to the finger nails, thus reducing the time required on the part of both the operator and the person whose nails are being polished.

In Figure of the 'drawing, there is illustrated a modified form of the invention, in which the body portion v5' is constructed of relatively hard rubber or any other desired material while the upper portion thereof is elastic. In this form of the device, the-elastic material at the side walls of the finger-receiving sockets is curved inwardly to form overhanging resilient retaining lips I having their inner longitudinal edges spaced apart to permit the insertion and removal of the fingers. These lips M by engagement with the fingers serve to prevent accidental displacement thereof while the polish isdrying on the ringer,

nails, thus dispensing with the latch shown in Figure 1 of the drawing. As the retaining lips I are flexible, they willvlikewise accommodate any rings on the fingers and prevent inward pressure thereon.

It will, of course, be understood that the protectors may be made in difierent sizes and shapes and constructed, of any suitable material without departing from the spirit of the invention.

Having thus described the invention, what is claimed as new is:

1. A device of the class described comprising a hand support having spaced sockets formed secting the concave and convex diate slotted portion.


therein and adapted toreeei fingers o 5 hand, and a ring-receiving device mounted on the support and adapted to extend across the fingers at said sockets for retaining the fingers therein.

2. A device or the class described comprising a hand support having a fiat base and provided with a concave iront wall and convex rear wall, there being spaced finger-receiving sockets extending transversely of the support and interwalls thereof, and a securing latch mounted for swinging movement on said hand support and provided with a ring-receiving slot.

' 3. A deviceoi' the class described comprising a concave-convex hand support having spaced finger-receiving sockets opening through the top thereof and defining intermediate tapered partitions, a latch pivotally mounted on one end oi the support and extending over said sockets, and a keeper mounted on the other end or the support for engagement with said latch.

4. A device of the class comprising a hand support having spaced radiating finger-receiving I sockets formed therein and opening through the top and front and rear walls thereof and defin ing intermediate partitions, and a ring-receiving member extending across the upper open ends of the sockets. for retaining the fingers therein.

5. A device of the class described comprising a hand support. having spaced finger-receiving '7. A device of the class described comprising a hand support having spaced finger-receiving sockets formed in the top thereof and defining 7 intermediate partitions, the walls or which 'diverge in the direction of the rear portion of the support, a keeper secured to one end of said support, and a latch pivotally mounted on the other end or the support for engagement with said keeper and having an upwardly bowed interme-

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U.S. Classification132/73, D28/56
International ClassificationA45D29/22, A45D29/00
Cooperative ClassificationA45D29/22
European ClassificationA45D29/22