US 2259240 A
Description (OCR text may contain errors)
Oct; 14, 1941. 1.. A. CHAMBERS POWDER DISPENSER Filed Oct. 19, 1940 IN VENTOR. A aura ,4 6%0/77f/J 62.44 6
Patented Oct. 14, i4i
UNITED STATES PATENT QFFICE POWDER. DISPENSER Laura A. .Chambers, StJiIlonis; Mo: Application October 19, 1940; Serial; No. 361,837
9 Claims. -132-82) This invention relates to powder containers and dispensers; more specificallydt relates to small items of this type-commonly employed by women and frequentlytermed compacts, a1 though use of the invention is notlimited'to'this field;
It is the principal-objectof this invention-to render a powder dispenser readily refillable andcapable of dispensing powder in limited and con trolled amounts.
Another object is to" provide adispenser body or housing with a supply chamber surrounding a. well-like discharge chamber, thelatter being formed within the former preferably bya neckv member extending inwardly-from the top of the housing.
In its preferred form the inventionconsists, except for the lidj of a onc -piece flexible struc? ture having a centralwell for receiving a powder, puff and an annular storage chamber suirounding said well capableof receivinga supply-of powder to be discharged into the central wellasde-v from the container rather than into it.' In plac inga supply of'powder in the storage chamber, the neck is turned to.the outwardly extended position and'the powder isintroduced through.
the neck as a funnel. After filling, the. neck is returned to the inwardly=extending position to form the central well for a restricted ,quantityof...
In the accompanying drawing illustratingethe; invention and forming a part, of this. specificae tion- Figure 1 isa top view. of one form of the invention;
Figure 2 is a vertical cross-sectional view of the same and shows a powder duster in the central well.
Figure 3 is a vertical cross-sectional view similar to Figure 2 except that the powder duster is omitted and the neck member which forms the central well in Figure 2 is shown protruding outwardly from the top of the housing.
Figure 4 is a vertical cross section of another form of the invention.
Figures 5 and 6 are vertical cross sections of another form of the invention, the former showing the neck member in the outwardly extending position.
Referring to Figures' 1 to .3'; inclusive, the hous ing -consists ofabottom orfioor member I; side WallsaZ, and a top plate 3 having a substantial opening or well 4 in the central portion-thereof.
AneclLmember 5 is preferably formed integrally with:- top; plate 3. In-fact, it is considered preferableto form the. entire structure'thus far describ'edzin-one integral-.unit; thisconstruction is notessential, however, for the various parts of thezhousing. may beformed separately and assemb1ed.-. Neck Bmay: be turned downwardly, as
shown in Figures 1. and 2, or may be turned upwardly, as shownin FigureB. When turned downwardly, the neck rim isyieldinglythrust against the-base; A. tab l5 may beattached to the: neck.5'to facilitate reversing thedirection ofthesaidneck 5. when filling the supply cham-- A'clid; 6, attached .by" the hinge 'l, is-optional and will beincluded orsnot depending upon the use to which the dispenser is to be put. The lid may, include. azpocket P for a handkerchief, comb, lipstick; or other accessory.
A powder cluster 8 has a handle portion 9 which fitsisnuglyzinto the well 4 being seated partially, at least on neck:5.
The powder from the supply chamber I0 is controllably expelled onto the floorof the well 4 by slightly compressing theu'housi-ng; this operation tends to reduce the;:vo1-ume-of'zthe-chamber I 9 and hence to,force= a limiteda-mountof powder outbetween' the freecend ofthe neck.5 and the inner surface gofrthe. floor; I of the housing or adequate openings-in the edgeofsthe neck.
A perforated disk I 3 -is shown: spaced from the floor of the well-4 :by ,cross.ibars:l4 on its lower face. Disk [3 serves tOuSlft the quantity ofpowder dispensed and the cross bars l4, upon slight rotationor other movement'of diskzlli, act to abrade and break up any powder cakes which may have been formed. The abrading disk I 3 is readily removable for cleaning the same, and when it is removed the entire interior of the dispenser may be thoroughly cleaned.
The species illustrated in Figure 4 consists of a housing having a bottom I, side walls 2' and a top plate 3' and generally simulates the construction shown in Figures 1 to 3 except that the opening in the central portion of top plate 3 is much smaller, reducing the size of well 4'. The flexible neck 5' is reversible, as in previous structures, to enable filling the supply chamber III. In the present structure, however, the powder is dispensed primarily through perforations IS in the top plate 3' of the housing to a pad or puff H.
The species illustrated in Eiguresb and 6 has a bottom 2|, side Walls 22 and top plate 23. The neck member 25 is shown as b'eing of thinner material than other parts of the structure; this is not essential but it is necessary that a substantial portion of the neck be sufiiciently flexible to enable its direction to be reversed. The neck includes a nozzle 26. It may be desirable that the nozzle 26, or other member from which the powder is emitted at 21, and the main body of the housing, be of a more rigid material. This dispenser may be filled through an auxiliary valve 23 in the neck. This valve may comprise an elastic tube which may be turned outwardly and stretched over the mouth of a supply container for filling or may be turned inwardly, as indicated in dotted lines at 28a, and the elasticity of the free end of the tube will resist discharge of powder therethrough particularly in view of the blocking of the base of the tube by theseating of nozzle 26 in the central well, as shownin Figure 6.
While rubber may be the preferred material in fabricating these dispensers, it is not the only material which serves satisfactorily. Difierent parts of a given structure may be formed from metal, wood, plastics or other materials. It may.
be desirable to have at least a portion of the housing formed of transparent or translucent material to permit the user to see the amount of powder in the supply chamber.
p The invention isi capable of being put to a number of uses. For example, the forms illustrated in Figures 1 to 4 are adapted to being used either as dresser powder boxes or as compact units to be carried on the person. The form illustrated in Figures 5 and 6 serves very well as a dispenser for sprinkling powder wherever desired.
While certain embodiments of the invention have been described specifically for illustrative purposes, other modifications will become obvious to persons skilled in the art, and the exclusive use of such modifications as come within the scope of the claims is contemplated.
What is claimed is:
l. A powder dispenser comprising a housing and having spaced apart walls, there being an opening in one of said Walls, a tubular neck member of flexible material with one end communieating with the interior of said housing, said neck member being extensible outwardly from its inner end through said opening to facilitate the filling of said housing and being reversible to extend from said inner end into said housing to form a closed annular reservoir around the member.
substantially the entire structure is formed in tegrally from rubber or like material, the housing being of relatively stiff material and the neck member being of relatively flexible material to facilitate its reversal.
3. A dispenser as described in claim 1 which includes a separate pad fitted in the neck member, when the latter is in its inwardly extending position, and removable therefrom for applying the powder to the desired surface.
4. A dispenser as described in claim 1 in which a tab-like element is provided on the neck member to be grasped by the fingers to facilitate reversing the extension of the neck member.
5. A dispenser as described in claim 1 in which the neck member is provided with apertures near its rim to facilitate the passage of powder from the reservoir into the well defined by the neck memberwhen it extends inwardly, as described.
6. A powder dispenser comprising a housing forming a reservoir and having a bottom Wall and a top wall with an opening, a perforated disk spaced above said bottom wall and of substantially smaller area, a neck member of flexible material connected at one end to the edge of said opening and being capable of extending outwardly from said top wall to form a spout through which the reservoir may be filled or to extend inwardly into said housing with its free end surrounding said disk to form a central well, a removable pufi-like member overlying said disk, and a cover secured to the housing and fitting over said pad.
'7. A powder dispenser comprising a housing forming a reservoir and having a top wall with an opening, a neck member of flexible material connected at one end to the edge of said opening and being capable of extending outwardly from said top wall and provided with a nozzle at its free end, said nozzle being of less diameter than said opening whereby the neck member may be doubled upon itself and the nozzle received through said opening into the interior of the housing.
8. A' dispenser as described in claim ,1 which includes a cover mounted on the upper wall and, when closed, overlying the opening in the upper wall'and the neck member extending inwardly therefrom.
9. A dispenser of the class described comprising a housing having spaced apart walls, there being an opening in one of said walls, a flexible neck member communicating with the interior of the housing through said opening, said neck member being selectively reversible to extend outwardly of the housing from said opening to form a filling spout and to be projected inwardly of the housingfrom said opening with its inwardly projectling portion in contact with the other of said wa s.
LAURA A. CHAMBERS.