US 2231364 A
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Feb. 11, 1941; A MAINZER 2,231,364
INDICIA HOLDER Fon cosMETIc CONTAINERS y Filed June 27, 1940 INVENTOR l5' T /r//mr Mainzer BY m/\ ATTORNEY Patented Feb. 11, 1941 UNITED sTATEs PATENT orties INDICTA HOLDER Fon cosMETIc CONTAINERS tion of New York Application June 27, 1940, Serial No. 342,667
My invention relates to a holder for monograms, initials, or other indicia for cosmetic containers of the kind typified by lipstick holders in which the lipstick may be retracted and protracted.
The principal object of my invention is to provide a holder construction by means of which initials, monograms or other indicia, hereinafter brieiiy termed initials for purposes of brevity, may be readily inserted and removed.
The modern trend in the sale of cosmetic holders is to provide the purchaser with an article disclosing his or her initials. If these initials were an integral part of the article it is obvious that a very great number of each kind of articles would have to be kept in `stock to satisfy the demand. To overcome this feature I have devised a construction by which any desired initials or combination of initials may be quickly and readily inserted in position in the article, thus enabling the seller to carry but a normal stock of the particular article and still be in position to supply a practically unlimited number of initials or monograms.
For purposes of simplicity of description I will assume that my invention relates specifically to a lipstick holder although it Will be obvious that the invention is equally applicable to a great number of other devices.
I accomplish the object of my invention by providing such a lipstick holder with a removable sleeve having orices through which initials are displayed and in which the initials are se- D curely, yet removably, retained.
The invention is illustrated in the accompanying drawing in which Fig. 1 is a side elevational view of a lipstick holder showing two initials in place;
Fig. 2 is a vertical cross-sectional View substantially on the line 2-2 of Fig. 1;
Fig. 3 is a fragmentary vertical sectional View on the line 3-3 of Fig. 1.
Fig. 4 is a horizontal sectional view on the 45 line 4--4 of Fig. 2;
Fig. 5 is a detail view, partly broken away, of the cap of the lipstick holder with the initial holding sleeve in place; and
Fig. 6 is an elevation of an initial.
Referring to the drawing, Ill denotes the body of a tubular lipstick holder and II the neck thereof. The neck and body are bounded by a reenforcing bead I2. The body Ill contains the lipstick and the mechanism for protracting and retracting the same, none of which has been illustrated inasmuch as it forms no part of the present invention.
The lipstick holder is normally closed by a cap comprising the head portion or dome I3 and the skirt portion I4 which has a friction fit with the external surface of the neck I I. The dome I3 and skirt I4 are connected by a reenforcing bead I5. It will be noted that the neck II is of smaller external diameter than the body Ill in order that the skirt I4 of the cap may fit on the neck without undue bulge. The parts so` far described, except for the arrangement of the beads are more or less common construction.
The initial holder of my invention comprises a sleeve IE designed to engage the outer surface of the skirt I4. When the cap is in position on the body of the lipstick holder, i. e., when the lipstick holder is closed, the sleeve is positioned between the beads I2 and I5. This sleeve has a friction fit with the outer surface of the skirt I4 and is held securely on the skirt, so that when the lipstick holder is opened by removal of the cap from the body the sleeve remains firmly in position.
I form in the sleeve IS an orifice or a plurality of orifices I 1, through which the indicia, as typied by the initial I8 of Fig. 6, may be displayed. The upper and lower edges of the oriflee or orifices II are bounded by outwardly turned ledges or flanges I9 which constitute seats for the upper and lower edges of the initials I8. This feature is best illustrated in Fig. 3 of the drawing.
It is desirable to divide the orifices I'I into at least two parts by an intermediate bar 20. Althrou-gh two orifices are shown in the drawing fo-r the reception of initials it will be apparent that, without any change in the principle of the invention, a greater or less number of orifices may be provided.
The neck II is preferably provided with a spur or projection 2| to aid in retaining the skirt I4 in releasable engagement with the neck, and the skirt I4 somewhere near its upper end is provided with a spur 22 to aid in retaining the sleeve I6 in releasable engagement with the skirt.
It will be understood that the initials I8 are retained in position in the sleeve I6 solely by being seated in the ledges I9 and by their engagement with the external surface of the skirt I4.
To insert initials, or to replace positioned initials by others, the cap with the sleeve is removed from the body I0 of the lipstick holder. Thereafter the sleeve I6 is drawn downwardly from the skirt I4. This may be done by either exerting a pull on the sleeve or by holding the sleeve firmly in the fingers and pushing the cap unwardly therefrom. When the lower flange I9 has been moved an appropriate distance below the lower edge of the skirt I4 initials, if any, then present in the ledges I9 will drop out and new initials may be inserted by passing such initials upwardly into the orifices therefor, the last part of the inserting motion being accomplished by pushing the sleeve as a whole up until its upper edge strikes the bead I5. If no initials were initially present of course the removal of the initials is unnecessary.
To facilitate the insertion and removal of initials the distance between the upper edge |60. of the sleeve I6 and the top of the upper ledge I9 is greater than the distance between the lower edge H51;` of the sleeve and the lower edge of the lower ledge I9. By reason of this construction the distance which the initials must 4originally be inserted is comparatively small so that the amount of manipulation required in inserting the initials is reduced to a minimum thereby enabling even an unskilled operator to insert and remove initials in a very short time.
While I am aware that it has heretofore been proposed to provide a great variety of indicia holders for diierent kinds of objects, I believe I am the rst to provide a construction embodying the orificed sleeve having a frictional t with a part of the device in which the indicia is to appear and which sleeve is capable of ready application to and removal fromfa part of the article in order that initials or other indicia may be easily and quickly inserted and exchanged when desired.
To avoid cumbersomeness of expression the claims will be directed to a lipstick holder but it will be readily understood that holders for other cosmetics and containers of different kinds to which the invention is applicable are deemed to be included in this expression.
1. A lipstick holder comprising a body portion having a neck and a cap member comprising a dome and a skirt portion releasably engageable with said neck, the combination therewith of a sleeve frictionally and releasably engageable with the outer surface of said skirt and provided with at least one orifice for the reception of initials, means at the edges of said orificesfor supporting said initials and beads carried by the body and cap portions respectively against which opposite edges of said sleeve are adapted to engage when the cap member is in position on the body portion.
2. A lipstick holder comprising a body portion having a neck and a cap member comprising a dome and a skirt releasably engageable with the outer surface of said neck, the combination therewith of a sleeve frictionally and releasably engageable with the outer surface of said skirt and provided with initial receiving orifices, means adjacent the edges of such orices for supporting said initials in position, there being a greater distance between the upper edge of said orifices and the upper edge of said sleeve than between the lower edge of said orifices and the lower edge of said sleeve, a bead carried by the body member and adapted to be engaged by the lower edge of the sleeve and a bead carried by the cap member and adapted to be engaged by the upper edge of said sleeve.