US 2237663 A
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April 8, I941. R. FULLARTON CIGARETTE HOLDER Filed Batch 3, 1938 fuflanl or MMM l tented Apr. 8, 1941 UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE 2,237,663 CIGARETTE HOLDER Richard Fullerton, Detroit, Mich.
Application March 8, 1938, Serial No. 260,539
ll/ly invention relates to cigarette holders, and its principal object is to provide a holder in which the cigarette during its whole period of consumption is enclosed. in such manner that while the burning oi the tobacco contents is effected in a normal manner, the spilling of ashes and other products of combustion is effectually prevented.
"lhe spilling of ashes from cigarettes as well as the burning and marring of tables and other turniture by thoughtlessly placing burning cigarettcs thereupon is a frequent cause of annoyance. Furthermore, the innumerable forest fires which are caused by discarded cigarette butts has become a common scandal in the United States, as well as resulting in an enormous loss'of our timber resources.
another object of my said invention is to provide an enclosed cigarette holder which is so constructed that it may rest upon a supporting surilace without rolling out of position, and which is easily opened and closed for the purpose of insertina a fresh cigarette and discharging the products of combustion.
Another object of my said invention is to provide an enclosed cigarette holder having transparent or translucent portions by which the smolrer may ascertain at all times to what extent the cigarette is consumed.
another object of my invention is to provide simple and effective means for ejecting the stub or unconsumed portion of the cigarette from the holder.
a. turther object of my invention is to provide a holder of the character above recited. which may be manufactured cconomicallyloy modern production methods.
With these and other objects in view, I will now describe a preferred embodiment of my invention with reference to the accompanying drawing, in which- Flmire l is a longitudinal vertical section shows my; a holder constructed in accordance with my invention.
File 211s a section on line 2--ii of Figure l.
Figure 3 is a section on line 3-4 of Figure t.
Figure t is an end elevation taken on line l-t oil Figure l.
Flame ii is a plan view.
Flaure ti is a plan view corresponding to Figure ll hut illustrating the application oi my inventhan to a ladys cigarette holder, with certain modifications, and
Fiuure t is a lraementary longitudinal section at the same showing a modified form of my littl proved ejector mechanism.
Like characters designate corresponding parts throughout the several views.
Referring more particularly to Figures 1 to 5, inclusive, l designates the cylindrical outer shell, of metal or other suitable material, fitting tightly at one end to a mouthpiece 2 of amber. Bakelite" or other material, and 3 designates the outer end or closure 01' the shell. The shell I is provided with a number ofinwardly extending ribs 4 which are so proportioned as to support the cigarette and maintain it in concentric relation with the shell i. The end closure 3 which is so positioned as to be in, horizontally spaced relation to the cigarette C is secured within the end of the shell I by any ordinary means well known in the art and is provided in its upper portion with a series of slots 3i adapted to permit entrance of the air necessary for the combustion of the cigarette.
In the upper portion oi the shell i is a window 40 or transparent or translucent material such as glass or mica, through which the smoker may observe, by the glow from the cigarette, the extent "to which the same is consumed.
The shell i is provided upon its lower side with a flattened portion as indicated at it in Figure 3, or alternatively with a pair of wires It, the arrangement being such in either case that rolling oi! the ciyarette holder upon a supporting surlace is rendered impossible.
In order to quickly and easily eject the stub or uribmned portion oi a cigarette i'rom my improv holder, l2 provide a tongue a formed in tee'ral with the y of the shell l hutpartially separated therefrom by means of slits 5i, and upon the extreme end ot the portion 5 i provide a button at upon the lower end of which is a prone 5t adapted normally to occupy a position, as shown in Flaure l, in which it is clear of the ciuarette it). When, however, it is desired to eject the stuh, the button FF is pressed inwards and at the same time the shell l is withdrawn from its position upon the mouthpiece t and so the stub is removed at the same time as the shell. This heinu done, the pressure upon the button 52 is released and the stub is easily discharged from the shell i so that a new cigarette can be inserted in the openina lit in the mouthpiece and the shell c he replaced. Meanwhile, during the combustion oi the claarette, the ashes will tall into the spaces ll in the shell and will he easily discharaed at the same time as the stub.
in the mocation shown in Figures 6 and l, which illustrate the application at my invention to a cigarette holder more especially adapted for use hy ladies, the continuous member it is replaced by a plurality of gems 4|, either real or imitation, through which the glow-oi the cigarette may be observed during difi'erent stages of its consumption. In this modificationthe end closure, instead 01' being integral with the casing I, as shown in Figures 1 to 5, inclusive, consists of a removable cap 32 which is provided with the openings 3| as shown in Figure 4. In this modification, also, instead of making the ejector member I integral with the shell I, I provide a member 54 which is hinged to the upper member 4 as at 55 and provided with a prong 53 as above described, but in this case a button 52 is connected to the member 54 by means of a stem 58 around which is positioned a helical compression. spring 51 adapted to maintain the member 54 in the inactive position, as shown in Figure 7.
It will be observed from the foregoing description and by reference to the drawing that I have provided a holder which is simple in construction and which will be of great utility in preventing destruction and injury to furniture, as well as fires upon timber lands which has become a. national disgrace, and while I have herein described and shown a preferred embodiment of my invention, it will be readily understood by those skilled in the art to which the same relates that I may make various changes in detail without departing from the spirit of my invention as defined in the appended claims.
Having thus described my said invention, what I claim and desire to secure by Letters Patent of the United States is:
1. A cigarette holder comprising a mouthpiece having a bore adapted to receive the end 01 a cigarette and having thereupon a metallic casing surrounding the cigarette in concentric spaced relation and provided with a plurality of radial, lnlwardly projecting longitudinal metallic fins for retaining said cigarette concentrically therewith and for rapidly conducting heat away from the cigarette.
2. A cigarette holder comprising a mouthpiece having a bore adapted to receive the end of a cigarette and having thereupon a metallic casing surrounding the cigarette in concentric spaced relation and provided with a. plurality of radial, inwardly projecting longitudinal metallic fins, of
a. thickness not greater than that of said casing and extending substantially throughout thelength of the cigarette for retaining the same concentrically therewith and for rapidly conducting heat away from the cigarette.