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Publication numberUS2367161 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateJan 9, 1945
Filing dateMay 13, 1943
Priority dateMay 13, 1943
Publication numberUS 2367161 A, US 2367161A, US-A-2367161, US2367161 A, US2367161A
InventorsWild Henry W
Original AssigneeWild Henry W
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Soap holder
US 2367161 A
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'H. W. WILD SOAP HOLDER Jan. 9, 1945.

Filed May 13, 1945 HUI INVENTOR Henry W Wild. BY #EW ATTORNEY Patented Jan. 9, 1945 UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE 2,367,161 SOAP HOLDER Henry 'W. Wild, Waterbury, Conn.

Application May 13, 1943, Serial No. 486,797

9 Claims.

This invention relates to a soap holder orreceptacle'and particularly to a soap holder for handling soap in the form of a bar or cake.

7 The primary object of this invention is to provide a soap holding device designed to hold a cake of soap by opposing line or relatively narrow edge contacts whereby an is permitted to circulate around all sides of the soap for purposes of quick drying and hardening the same, thus eliminating undue softening and waste of the soap.

A further object of this invention is to provide posed to the rightof the holder as best shown in Figs; 2 and 3. An upstanding integral wall I2 is provided along the front edge of the base II and is designed to function in the manner of a support fulcrum, wherein its upper edge I3 forms a line or relatively narrow edge contact, for engagement with the underside of a bar of soap I4,

' as shown in Figs. 1 and 4. e

The upper edge of the back portion I is inclined relative to the base I I from which projects .a perpendicular wall I of uniform width and a soap receptacle of the above nature in which the soap-supporting opposing line'or edge contacts are arranged in a converging manner in different planes for the purpose of evenly supporting a cake of soap during its reduction in size incidental to consumption, until the same has reached the minimum size for practical use. The receptacle is preferably designed to engage the bar of soap adjacent'one end and permits the major portion of the bar to overhang its lower terminating in a depending flange I6 also of uniform .width, the lower edge I! of which also provides for a line or relatively narrow edge contact line contact fulcrum in the manner similar to a cantilever, and thus dispose the soap bar regardless of size in a position to be grasped readily and convenient to the user. v

A further object is to provide a structure which is capable of being readily attached to bath tubs, lavatory bowls, sinks and like devices, and the principle of the invention is such that it readily adapts itself to be built into any such devices with all the inherent advantages designated above.

The various objects and features of my invention will be fully understood from the following detailed description of a typical construction and application of my invention, throughout which description-reference is made to the accom-' panying drawing, in which:

' in association with a lavatory bowl.

Fig. 2 is a top plan view of the holder, per se. Fig. 3 is a front elevational view of the same. Fig. 4 is an end view of the same, and

Fig, 5 is a fragmentary front view showing a slight modification of the, holder.

Referring now to the drawing, wherein for the purpose of illustration is shown the preferred embodiment of this invention, the holder is made from a single piece of sheet metal formed to provide a back portion ll] .of a generally tapering shape, a base II perpendicular to and extending outwardly from the lower edge of said back I0 .and also of'a generally tapering shape, the wider portion of both the base and the back being disopposed to the supporting fulcrum edge I3 and against which the upper surface of the bar of soap engages when assembled into the holder. It is to be noted that the distance that the flange I6 is spaced from the back portion I0 is somewhat less than the minimum distance that the left end of the fulcrum wall I2 is spaced from said back portion ill, such that the upper line contact edge I! engaging with any bar of soap, regardless of size,

will always be closer to the innerend of the bar than the lower fulcrum contact edge I3 when such bar is disposed within the holder.

Due to the general tapering shape of the back portion I0 and the base II and their relative arrangement, the fulcrum wall I2 and the flange I6 converge generally toward the left side of the holder, with'the fulcrum contact edge I3 of wall I2 disposed in substantially a horizontal plane while the cooperating opposed contact edge ll of the flange I6 is disposed in a vertical plane. The soap, when assembled into the holder, will be fromthe right end thereof and moved to the left preferably sliding along the fulcrum wall edge I3 until the upper surface of the soap bar contacts or more or less jams against the flange edge I! wherein the soap bar will be embraced on opposite sides only by line contacts with the greater portion of the soap bar projecting beyond the fulcrum Wall I2, thus making use ofv the force of gravity to maintain the bar against the flange edge I! without-having it tip into the holder to contact the base with a resulting messy, obnoxious and wasteful condition. With the [converging arrangement of the edges I3 and I! the bars of soap will be held in a substantially identical manner regardless of its original size or its gradually diminishing size contingent upon its use.

As a convenient means of supporting the holder device upon or adjacent the various bathroom or laundry accessories, a pair of spaced rubber suction cups I8 are secured to the rear wall of the back portion ill of the device as by means of eyelet I!) or any suitable attaching fasteners. With the suction cups l8 attached to the back portion ill the intent is to secure the holder device upon any vertical wall surface, and if desired to manufacture the device so as to arrange it upon a horizontal surface, the suction cups can as easily be attached to the base ll of the device.

In Fig. is shown a modified construction, which may be employed to advantage where soap bars of various shapes are to be used, and is identical in all respects to the preceding form described except that the upper flange contact edg'e l'la is in the form of relatively fine teeth or 's'errations throughout its entire length. This typ of edge is suggested particularly for use where soap bars of elongated oval shape or round ovalshape, as indicated at 20, are to be supported, as it has been determined that soap bars of such shapes are liable to slip and possibly pivot upon the supporting edge 13 unless means are provided to assure a better gripping action than merely straight contact edges against the relatively small surface of the oval'soap bars that would be engaged. The serrated edge Ila will, of course, assure such a gripping edge and function equally as well upon the rectangular soap bars as the oval bars.

The device-as herein set forth is described as an independent and portable one made of sheet metal, however, it is to be understood that the samemay be made of other materials, such as ceramics, plastics, rubberor similar materials, and likewise theprinciple of the device is capable of the variouslavatory services.

,Fro-mthe above it will be seen that a soap holder, is provided whichwlll support the soap in a position whereair may circulate around 'the bar at all times to assure that it will quickly dry,,.

thereby preventing softening of the soap and consequent loss. In actual practise it has been observed that, when a bar of soap is assembled into this l io'lder, there is no drainage that runs ofiinto the'base, but rather the soapbar dries uniformly,v

r the entire area except for the vice'and moved to the left, it is'within'the purview I "of this inventionto "makeit also serve as a left- 'liandedholder, by merely'liaving the line contacts converg'e'to the right rather "than'to the "left. In

, 'thi'smanner two'suppor'ts'could be supplied to be attached to the wall either Side of 'a lavatory bowl or incorporated into various lavatory facilities to 'give proper-balance and pleasing appearance.

, Having described two forms and applications of the invention, I do not wish tobe limited or restricted to the specific forms and applications herein set forth,'but wish to reserve any modifications or variations that "appear to thoseskilled in the art or fall within thesc'op'e'ofthe followin claims.

I claim:

1. A soap holder formed up from a single sheet of material and comprising a back having a base extending from the lower edge thereof and terminating in an upstanding flanged portion arranged at an angle to said back, and the upper edge of said back formed into an inverted channel section with a flanged portion uniformly spaced from said back and arranged at an angle relative to said base, the two flanged portions generally converging at one end of said holder.

2. A soap holder as defined by claim 1 wherein 7 means is provided for detachably securing said of being built in as a fixture or as an integral part 3 holder to a fiat supporting surface.

x 3. A soap holder as defined by claim 1 wherein a pair of suction cups are secured to the rear face of said back.

4. A soap holder comprising a general taperin shaped support back, a base projecting from the lower edge of said back also of general tapering shape and terminating in an upstanding flange or lower support, the tapering back and base converging at a common end, and the upper edge of said back having aprojecting portion terminating in a depending flange or upper support uniformly spaced from said'back.

5. A soap holder as de'fined'by claim 4 wherein the supports are arranged in'age'nerally converging manner at a common'end with that portion of the lower support closest to the back'being spaced a distance greater thanfthe upper support.

6. A soap holder comprising a mounting structure presenting a back wall, "a pair of opposed upper and lower supporting members having soap engaging terminal edges, means supporting the uppermember in spaced relation and parallel to the back wall, means supporting the lower member in spaced relation and biased to the back wall and forwardly of the'upper member, the soap engaging edge ofthe upper member being inclined relative to the lower support'means, and the up I per and lowersoap engaging edgesmutually converging toward'a common end.

'7. A soap holder as "defined by claim '6 wherein one of the terminal edges of the'support members is provided withserrations or teeth-like projec- 'tions.

8. A soap holder asde'finedby claim 6 wherein the terminal edge of the upper-support member is provided with serrations or teeth-like projections.

9. A soap holdercomprising 'amounting structure having opposed forwardly"projecting portions terminating in laterally {disposed support members, one member'disposed forwardly of and parallel to said'mounting structure, and the other member disposed forwardly of said mounting structure and also 'said'first named memberand biased relative to said mounting structure, said members having soap engaging terminal edges mutually converging toward a common end.


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US3869183 *Sep 27, 1973Mar 4, 1975Frank Jr MackShower bath caddy
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US6244778Jan 21, 1999Jun 12, 2001Richard M. ChesbroughUniversal suction-based connection device
U.S. Classification248/206.3, 248/309.1
International ClassificationA47K5/02, A47K5/00
Cooperative ClassificationA47K5/02
European ClassificationA47K5/02