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Publication numberUS2258543 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateOct 7, 1941
Filing dateJun 14, 1938
Priority dateJun 14, 1938
Publication numberUS 2258543 A, US 2258543A, US-A-2258543, US2258543 A, US2258543A
InventorsGeorge M Cressaty
Original AssigneeGeorge M Cressaty
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Illuminated vanity case
US 2258543 A
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Oct. 7, 1941. c ss 2,258,543

ILLUMINATED VANITY CASE Filed June 14, 1938' G. M. CRESSATY 2,258,543- ILLUMINATED VANITY CASE Filed June 14, 1938 2 Sheets-Sheet 2 Willi IE5 zazaaa wz v5 34 iL 34 92 Q Patented Oct. 7, 1941 UNITED STATE S I PATENT OF-PIC E ,ILLUMINATED VANI Y CASE George M. Crcssaty,,NewYork, N. Y.

Application June 14, 1938, Serial ,No.,213,674

14 Claims.

This invention is directed to a vanity case wherein, through a relative sliding movement of the parts of the case, lighting means for the face of the user may be provided at will.

The vanity case is :of particular form, in that the body in which the cosmetics are carried is mounted for sliding movement relative to the cover section, with the control of a lighting unit carried by the case dependent on the extent of relative sliding movement of the parts.

Aiurther object is the provision of a vanity case having relatively sliding parts and carrying a lighting unit, wherein the energizing of the light .sourceof the lighting unit is automatically accomplishedwhen such parts of the case are moved to substantially their opening limit, with the light source in any other sliding relation completely ,deenergized.

A further object is the provision of a vanity case with relative sliding parts so constructed that the cosmetic-carrying part is completely housed in the cover section when the parts are closed, with the cosmetic-carrying part provided with cosmetic receivers which are fully exposed when the parts of the case are separated to less than their full'limit, whereby the cosmetics are fully avail'able to the user when the vanity case parts are fully opened, under which conditions the light source is energized, or partially opened when the light source is not energized.

A further object is the provision of a vanity case with relatively sliding parts, and carrying a lighting unit with means for automatically energizing the lightingunit when the sliding parts are in one relative sliding relation, and for automatically deenergizing said lighting unit when the sliding parts are in other sliding relations, whereby the user may, by selecting the extent of slidingmovement of the parts, provide alight -ornot, entirely without any attention or action on her part other than that of sliding the parts relatively.

Other objectsand advantages of the invention will become apparent during the course of L the following description and claims, with the accompanying drawings, in which like reference characters refer to similar parts throughout the several views, and in which:

Figure 1 is a perspective view of one form of the improved vanity case, with the parts in open relation;

Figure 2 is a similar view with the parts closed;

Figure 3 is a broken horizontalsection through the case, with the control means for the enerfit gization of the light source in open or non-circuiting relation;

Figurei is asimilar view, slightly enlarged, with thecontrol for the light source shown closed to energize the light source;

Figure 5 is a broken sectional view showing a modified cam arrangement for closing the circuit;

Figure -6 is a plan view of a modified form of vanity case, with the ,parts open;

Figure 7 is a vertical sectional view on the line 1-4 of Figure 6;

Figure 8 is ,a sectional view on'the "line 8--8 of Figure 6; a

Figure -9 is a sectional view'on the line 9-9 of Figure 6; i i

Figure ilOis a sectional viewon the line Iii-l0 of Figure 6';

Figure 11 is a diagrammatic view of the circuit;

Figure 12 is a perspective view of a modified showing the spring strips for preventing casual movement of .the cosmetic or auxiliary sections. With particular reference to the form shown inFigures 1 "to 4, the vanity case is made up of a body section I, in which the cosmetics are carried, and 'a cover section 2, in which the body section is housed when the cosmetics are not in use.

The body is in the "form of a plate I, formed or provided atits inner end, relative to the cover section 2, with a box-like casing '3, forming part of and housing the lighting unit. The

opposite end of the body is formed or provided with a box-like container '4 in which the cosmetics, or certain of them, are carried. The container 4, which may be provided with a hinged lid 5 for access, is ofthe same depth as the easin 3, but of increasedlongitudinal dimensions in order to providethe maximum receiving space for the cosmetics, there being, however, an appreciable space 6 between the proximatewalls of the housing and container.

The cover section 2 is made up of a bottom plate 1, side walls ,8, "and a hinged lid-9, on the inner surface of which is preferably .formed or provided the necessary mirror Ill. The upper edges of the side walls 8 are formed with inturned ledges ll, providing guiding supports for the body section I in its sliding movements relative to the cover section 2.

The housing 3 contains the lighting unit, including batteries l2 removably secured by clips l3, a light socket for receiving a lamp [4, and a circuiting means for controlling the energization of the lamp. This circuiting means includes a conducting strip l5 connecting one terminal of both batteries and one terminal of the lamp socket, and a second conducting strip l6 leading from the other terminal of the socket. A spring switch strip I1 is terminally connected to one battery and supported thereby, being insulated at l8 from the housing. The opposite end of the switch strip H has a contact l9 arranged in line with a contact on the strip I6, and a second contact 2| in line with the otherwise free terminal of the second battery. plunger 22 extends from the switch strip H, which plunger, under the normal resiliency of the switch strip, projects through an opening 23 in the wall of the casing 3. In the normal position of the switch strip [1, the contacts l9 and 20 are spaced, and the contact 2| is out of contact with the terminal of the second battery.

The inner portion of the end of that wall of the cover section 2 next the plunger-carrying wall of the casing 3 is somewhat thickened to form a cam projection 24, adapted to engage and depress the plunger 22 following outward sliding movement of the body section I. This depression of the plunger will move the switchstrip I! to I close contacts [9 and 29, and cause contact 2| to engage the terminal of the secondbattery. The circuit is thus closed and the light is energized.

It will be apparent that, except for a limited distance preceding full opening movement of the body section I, the light source is deenergized, and that energization of the light occurs when the sections are fully opened. The user, by partly opening the parts, may use the vanity case to its full function without use of the light, but, when the latter is desired, the extended opening of the parts will produce the light. Thus, the use or'non use of the light is fully within the selective action of the user, and the control in any position is entirely automatic and requires no attention or action other than the necessary movement of the parts to gain access to the cosmetics.

It will, of course, be appreciated that the, cam section 24 for closing the lighting circuit, which is arranged at the end of the cover section, may be arranged at an intermediate point, or at a plurality of points on the wall of the cover section. In Figure 5, the cam section, indicated at 24, is shown at several spaced points on the cover wall, and any one or more of such are contemplated. Thus, the body section, when moved relative to the cover section, will energize the lighting unit at an intermediate point if only one cam is used, or at several successive points when more than one cam is provided. Energizing or deenergizing of the lighting unit may be effected in any one of several different sliding relations of the sections.

The forward and upper walls of the casing 3 is preferably cutout to receive a lens 25, particularly formed to direct an intensified light mainly through the meeting edges of the lens parts, with the beam controlled in size and shape An operating to illuminate or concentrate on the face of the user. The space has end ledges 26 extending above the plate base to provide a receptacle for a lip stick or the like.

As shown in Figures 6 to 11, inclusive, the vanity case comprises a body section 2'! in which the cosmetics are carried, and a slide section 28 movable within the body section 21. The body section 21 is formed as a rectangular casing 29, closed, except at one end, and provided interiorly with a cosmetic container 30. The container 30 is of somewhat less width than that of the body, providing narrow spaces 3| on each side, the end wall of the body remote from the open end forming the end wall of the container 39 and the upper wall of the body forming the upper wall of the container. The vertical dimension of the container is materially less than that of the body, leaving a space 32 below the container. The portion of the upper wall of the body forming the upper wall of the container is formed as a hinged lid for such container to permit access thereto.

The slide section 28 is provided as a hollow member having a bottom plate 34 with side walls The end of the slide section remote from the body section is formed as a casing 36 for the lighting unit. This casing houses batteries 31, between which is arranged a light socket for receiving a lamp 38. The lamp, or more particularly the lamp-socket terminals, are in a circuit, including a conductor 39 leading from one terminal of the first battery to one terminal of the lamp socket and a conductor leading from the other terminal of the lamp socket to the terminal of the second battery. The remaining terminal of the first battery is connected to a switch strip it, which extends lengthwise of and is insulated from one wall 35 of the slide, While the other terminal of the second battery is connected to a similar switch strip 42, which extends lengthwise and is insulated from the other wall 35 of the slide section. The free ends of the switch strips 4! and 42 have lateral contact lips .3, as shown more particularly in Figure 10.

The slide section 28 slides within the body section 2%, the walls 35 of the slide bearing against the side walls of the body section. The sections 27 and 28 are of such relative dimensions that the slide section may be completely housed within the body section, or the sectionsv may be moved relatively by sliding movement to any desired extent. A contact bar 44 is secured to and insulated from the body section inwardly of and immediately adjacent the open end of the body section. This bar, when the sections are opened to their limit, is in the path of movement of the lips 43 of the switch strips 4| and 42, and, as these lips engage the bar, the circuit is closed and the light energized. In any other relative positions of the slide and body sections the circuit is broken and the light is not energized.

The plate section of the slide 28 beyond the casing for the lighting unit is provided with a mirror 45, and the casing of the lighting unit is formed to receive a lens 46 to increase the intensity of the light and control the spread of the beam for concentrating the light on the face of the user.

The spaces 3i of the body section permit full movement of the side walls and switch strips 4| and 42 of the slide section as such sections are moved together, th space 32 accommodating the plate of the slide section in such movement.

In this modification, as in the construction first described, the user, by moving the slide and-body sections relatively to'less than the limit position, may have full advantage of the mirrorand cosmetics, without, however, energizing the light. By moving the sections 'to their limit positions the circuit is closed as described, and the light is energized, 'The user may thus by convenient selective sliding movement provide for the use or absence of the light as maybe desired, the

movement for either selective result being, so far as the energization or deenergization is concerned, entirely automatic, and requiring neither attention-nor circuit control in anywaybe'yond relative sliding movement of the sections.

In Figures '12 tol5, inclusive, the vanity case is constructed "to provide for sliding movement of the parts, but there is also provided an additional sliding section'arranged as a receptacle, preferably for articles other than cosmetics. The light source is controlled in the sliding movement of the cosmetic-carrying section, the movement of the additional section being without eifect'on the lighting unit. All sections slide into a compact relative small form, and either sliding section may be moved independently of the other at will.

In the preferred details illustrated, the cover section 41 is made up of a bottom plate 48, side walls 49, and a cover plate 50 hinged for movement and preferablyprovided on its inner surface as a mirror 5|. The sidewalls 49 are formed as housings 52, in which are removably arranged batteries 53 ofthe lighting unit. The inner surfaces of the battery housings 52 are formed with a guiding rib 54 extending centrally and longitudinally, and slidably, supported oniand guided on the opposite ribs 54 is a cosmetic section 55, while below, and guided by the ribs 54, is another section '56 supported on the bottom plate 48 of the cover section. This section 56 will be hereinafter termed the auxiliary section.

The lighting "unit includes 'a housing 51' arranged centrally of one end wall of the cover section, within which is arranged a lamp socket and lamp 58, the housing being appropriately providedwith an appropriate lens 59. One terminal of each battery 53 is grounded in its housdoors 63, through which access is gained to the cosmetics within the section. This upper wall of the cosmetic section is extended as a plate 64 of the full width of the section, and serving, when the cosmetic section is fully closed, to cover the lighting unit. Depending from the plate 64 are fingers 65 made of electrical insulating material, movable in a path crossing the strips 60, and serving, when the cosmetic section is fully closed, to move the terminals of the strips 60 free of the contacts 6|. Thus, when the cosmetic section is fully closed the circuit to the lighting unit is broken, and when such section is moved toward open position the circuit is closed, and the lighting unit energized. It is to be noted that in both movements of the cosmetic section the control of the lighting unit,

both as to energization and deenergization, is entirely automatic. i

In order to prevent a'sual outward movement of either the cosmeticor auxiliary sections when "the vanity .case is tilted and: movement of the sections is not desired, spring strips 66, as in Figure 16, are placed between .the sides of the sections and the adjacent Wallruof. "the battery housings 152.. The cosmetic and auxiliary sections "may vbe moved when desired against the restraint of the springs 166 by'pulls 61.

The auxiliary section, 56 may be merely an :opentor door-protected receptacle, or may be interiorly formed for a particular use, asifor cig- EI'ElZtBS-OI'OthEI'294131710198;

. The cosmetic .section is accessible for use of the :cosmetics merely by raising the cover plate 5|, but in this instance the lighting unit is deenergized. If artificial light is desired, the cosmetic section is moved outwardly relative to :the cover sectionfby which movement the lighting unit is automatically energized and the lens of the lighting'unit exposed to permit the user to have the full benefit of the light in the use of the vanity case. The auxiliary section may bemoved at will to gain access to its contents without affecting the lighting unit.

Both the cosmetic and auxiliary sections fit snugly within theicover section to form a .relathis small compact fvanity case, which may be conveniently carried in the purse orpocket.

It will be appreciated that, in the several forms illustrated and described, the severalusections of the vanity case are movable relative to each :other by sliding action. In the'formsillustrated, the sections move in parallel longitudinal planes, but it is obvious that exactlythe identicalresults described may be accomplished where the respective sections slide at irightdangles to each other and that such a specific arrangement is contemplated as within the definition of sliding sections both in the "specification and claims. Furthermore, the relative sections are so connected that either may beheld while the other is moved, or both sections may be moved .rela- :tively :at the same time without in any wayinterfering with the operative function and result describedrin the claims. Also, the respective sections may be made .in any relative sizes, and are preferably so constructed that when in closed arelation they interfit to form a compact vanity case which in appearance presents the size and thickness of a single element only. This relation oftheparts provides for large capacity without increase of size or thickness, and yet, when in use, develops a position in which the lighting unit mayor may not beavailable, in which the mirroris exposed for reflection and in which the contained cosmetics are readily and conveniently available.

All movable parts are thoroughly protected and guarded against breakage or disconnection, thereby permitting a foolproof construction which may be conveniently light, and which, together with the automatic control of the lighting unit, and with this control within the selective operation of the user, provides a vanity case which, while possessing innumerable advantages over the conventional vanity case without light or without extension, is nevertheless, so far as the user is concerned, as conveniently usable with each and every desired function as is such conventional vanity case.

What is claimed as new is:

1. A vanity case including a cover section, a

body section mounted for sliding movement with respect to the cover section, a lighting unit carried with the body section, a cosmetic receptacle carried by the body section in spaced relation with the lighting unit, the space in the body section between the lighting unit and cosmetic receptacle being formed as an open retainer for desired articles.

2. A vanity case having a cover section and a' body section slidably cooperating so that one such section may be substantially completely housed in the other, a mirror carried by one section, a cosmetic receptacle carried by and forming a part only of the other section, a lighting system including a light source, batteries, and circuiting elements completely housed in one of the sections, and means for completing the circuit through such circuiting elements in a predetermined sliding relation of the sections.

3. A construction as defined in claim 2, wherein the means for completing the circuit is operative through relative opening sliding movement of the sections and is inoperative for circuit-closing function in any opening movement of the sections in advance of the predetermined position.

4. A construction as defined in claim 2, Wherein an independent cover is provided for the cosmetic receptacle and operative in any relation of the sections without regard to the energization of the lighting system.

5. A construction as defined in claim 2, wherein the means for completing the circuit includes a member movably mounted in one section, and wherein means are formed on the other section to engage and operate such member in the opening movement of the sections.

6. A construction as defined in claim 2, wherein the means for completing the circuit includes a pin movably mounted in one section and a projection formed on the other section to engage and operate the pin for closing the circuit in a predetermined open relation of the sections.

7. A construction as defined in claim 2, wherein the lighting system and cosmetic receptacle are carried by and movable with one section only.

8. A construction as defined in claim 2, wherein the mirror is carried by the cover section and serves to close and cover the lighting system and cosmetic receptacle when the sections are in completely closed relation. I

9. A vanity case including two relatively sliding sections, one fitting within the other, a lighting unit carried by one section, a cosmetic re- 1;

ceptacle carrier by the other section, a lighting unit circuit normally open in one sliding relation of the sections other than substantially the open limit sliding relation, and means for automatically closing the circuit in such substantially open-limit position.

10; A vanity case including a cover section, a body section slidable relative to the cover section, a lighting unit in the body section, a circuit for the lighting unit including spaced contact bars, and means on the body section electrically to bridge said bars to complete the circuit in a predetermined sliding relation of the cover and body sections.

11. A vanity case including a cover section, a lighting unit in the section, means for energizing the lighting unit, an article-receiving section slidable in the cover section, an additional section arranged in relative sliding relation to the cover section, and means on the additional section for automatically controlling the energization and deenergization of the lighting unit in accordance with the sliding relation of the additional section to the cover section.

12. A vanity case including a cover section, a mirror carried by the cover section, a cosmeticcarrying body having a drawer-like sliding cooperation with the cover section, said body having a lighting unit receptacle and a cosmetic receiving receptacle in spaced relation, a lighting unit in the lighting unit receptacle, energizing means for the lighting unit carried by the lighting unit receptacle, the distance of the lighting unit in relation to the mirror being changed in relative movement of the body section, and means in the body section to control the energization and deenergization of the lighting unit in accordance With the distance spacing of the lighting unit from the mirror.

13. A vanity case including a lighting unit, a cover section, a body section, and a plurality of superimposed relatively-sliding sections mov able in the body section as a unit or separately, one of such sliding sections covering or exposing the lighting unit in its relative limit sliding positions.

14. A vanity case including a lighting unit, a cover section, a body section, a cosmetic receptacle movable in the body section, energizing means for the lighting unit carried by the body section, a switch for the energizing means constructed to close such means for energizing the lighting unit when the cosmetic receptacle is initially moved in one direction relative to the body, said cosmetic receptacle, when moved to its limit relation to the body section in the opposite direction, operating the switch to open the energizing means and at the same serve to conceal the lighting unit.

GEORGE M. CRESSATY.

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Classifications
U.S. Classification362/137, 220/DIG.260, D28/78, 132/288
International ClassificationA45C15/06
Cooperative ClassificationY10S220/26, A45C15/06
European ClassificationA45C15/06