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Publication numberUS2461421 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateFeb 8, 1949
Filing dateDec 5, 1945
Priority dateDec 5, 1945
Publication numberUS 2461421 A, US 2461421A, US-A-2461421, US2461421 A, US2461421A
InventorsWinifred Jacobus
Original AssigneeWinifred Jacobus
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Vanity case and the like
US 2461421 A
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ATTORNEY Patented Feb. 8, 1949 UNITED STATES rarest osrlcs VANITY CASE AND THE LIKE Winifred Jacolcus, New York, N. Y. Application December 5, 1945, Serial No. 632,913

- The present invention relates generally to vanity cases and more particularly to an im- Proved construction with a mirror which may be easily and securely set in position at any desired angle for use as a looking glass.

'- While travelling and at home it is not always possible to find a mirror which may be positioned so as to catch the light at the proper angle and also in a convenient position for use. The fixed mirror of the home, train or boat is often placed 'with regard to the symmetry of the room. furnishings or with regard to some other consideration not related to the convenience of the user. Hand mirrors must. be held in position while using and the user is therefore obliged to complete her'toilet with one hand. The mirrors of prior vanity cases and cosmet c boxes have been of a small order and rather insecurely held in place. The present device combines a vanity case with a sumciently large mirror which may be conveniently adjusted to the desired angle and securely set in position. The m rror is coextensive with the cover of the case and therefore its size is limited only by the size of the case. A further advantage of the device is the stability of the mirror which is achieved by keeping the mirror directly over the case when in position for use.

An object of this invention is to provide an improved vanity case.

Another object of the invention is to provide a compact vanity case with an adjustable mirror.

Another object of the invention is to provide a vanity case with compartments for holding cosmetics and toilet articles with an adjustable mirror attached thereto.

A further object is to provide a vanity case with space for toilet articles and cosmetics, and with a large sized adjustable mirror attached to a sectional inner cover with a protective outer cover overlying the mirror and said case provided with a handle to facilitate carrying.

Other and further objects of the invention will become apparent from the illustrative embodiments about to be described or will be indicated in the appended claims, and various advantages not referred to herein will occur to one skilled in the art upon employment of the invention.

A preferred embodiment of the invention has been chosen for purposes of illustration and description and is shown in the accompanying drawings, forming part of the specification wherein:

Fig. 1 is a perspective view of one embodiment of the invention in the closed position;

3 Claims. (Cl. 132-79) Fig. 2 is a perspective View of the embodiment shown in Fig. 1 illustrating the open position;

Fig. 3 is a sectional view taken along the line 3-5 inFig. 2

Fig. i is a perspective view of the alternate embodiment of the invention in the closed position; Fig. 5 is a perspective View of the alternate embodiment of the invention with the outer cover opened and the mirror in position for use.

Referring to Figs, 1, 2 and 3 which illustrate one embodiment of the invention, there is shown a vanity case 5, having a bottom 2, outer wall portions 3, a mirror 4 mounted on one section 5 of a jointed lei-sectional cover 5, 5', the section 5 being hinged atfi tothe top of one wall of the box. ihe sections 5, ii of the cover are hinged at their juncture l. Inner wall portions S'are recessed to permit the iii-sectional inner cover 5, 5' and the mirror l to lie flush with top edges of the outer wall portions swhen in the closed position (as shown in Fig. l); The inner wall portions 3'. have notches '8 to permit the mirror to be held in piace when the section e of the sectional innertop is lifted upward and section 5 is turned downward. The tab 9 is attached to the m rror l to facilitate lifting the mirror 4 from the recess when in the closed position shown in Fig. 1.

To utilize the vanity case the mirror 4 is lifted from its recess by grasping the tab 9 and lifting vertically. The end ill of the mirror 4 remote from the tab 9 tends to move to a position beneath the tab. The lifting of the mirror 4 by tab 9 causes the sections 5, 5 to be drawn upward at their hinged juncture l. The movement of the end It of the mirror toward a position beneath the tab 9 causes the free unhinged end of section 5 of the inner cover to fold downward. When the mirror l has been raised to the angle desired for use, it is allowed to settle into notches 8, provided along the recessed ledge of the inner walls 3' to hold the mirror in position for use. When it is desired to close the vanity case the mirror 4 is lifted from the notches 8 and allowed to settle into the horizontal position shown in Fig. 1.

An alternate embodiment of the invention is shown in Figs. 4 and 5. The alternate case I I has bottom l2, wall portions l3, with recessed inner wall portions 53' provided with notches IS, a sectional inner cover l5, I5 is hinged at It to the side wall It, the sectional cover is hinged at the juncture ll of the sections I5, l5. A mirror 14 is mounted on section I5 and tab 19 is provided to raise the mirror into position for use. The mirror I 4 is protected by the divided overcover 20, 20' which is held in the closed position (shown in Fig. 4) by snap fastener 2|. The sections 20, 20 are attached to the wall portions l3 by hinges 22, 22', respectively. To give greater protection to the mirror [4 the inside portions of the overcover sections 20, 2B are provided with pockets 23 having elastic article retaining tops 25. Handkerchiefs and other soft articles placed in the pockets 23 further cushion the mirror l4 against damage in the event of jarring or knocking the case II. A handle 24 is provided to facilitate the carrying of the vanity case I l.

The body of the case may be constructed of wood, heavy cardboard, a light metal, or a suitable plastic material. The case may be covered with leather, leatherette, cloth, or some suitable fabric. The inside of the case may be artistically lined with fine cloth. Compartments, as shown at 25, may be positioned in the body of the case. The mirror may be made of metal in order to e iminate the danger attendant on the use of glass.

It will be seen that the present invention provides a useful and compact vanity case in which an adequately sized and effectively and firmly positioned mirror is immediately and conveniently available for use in conjunction with the cosmetics and other toilet articles contained in the vanity case.

As various changes may be made in the form, construction and arrangement of the parts herein without departing from the spirit and scope of the invention and without sacrificing any of its advantages, it is to be understood that all matter herein is to be interpreted as illustrative and not in a limiting sense.

Having thus described my invention, I claim:

1. A vanity case comprising a box-like body, an always outwardly facing mirror serving as a cover for said body, and a connecting member permanently and hingedy connected adjacent one end with said box-like body and adjacent an opposite end with the rear of said mirror and permitting said mirror to be raised and lowered,

said connecting member being enclosed between the back of the outwardly facing mirror and said box-like body when the mirror is in closed position.

2. A vanity case comprising a box-like body, an outwardly facing mirror completely covering an open end of said body when in closed position with its outwardly facing surface substantially flush with uppermost edges thereof when in said closed position, and a connecting member permanently and hingedly connected adjacent one end with said box-like body below the uppermost edge thereof and adjacent an opposite end with the rear of said mirror and maintaining said mirror in outwardly facing relationship with respect to the box-like body when in both raised and completely lowered positions.

3. A vanity case comprising a box-like body having upstanding side and end Walls, an always upwardly facing mirror normally serving as a closure for the body, a prop member having one .end hinged to an end wall of the body and having its opposite end hinged to an intermediate portion of the back of the mirror supporting the mirror for swinging motion through an angle of not more than between a position in which the back of the mirror engages the wal s with the mirror upwardly facing and covering the body and the prop member and a position in which lowermost free edge only of the mirror rests on the body and the mirror is upwardly inclined therefrom.


REFERENCES CITED The following references are of record in the file of this patent:

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U.S. Classification132/316, 248/477, 248/472, 248/454, 312/224
International ClassificationA45C15/04, A45C13/34, A45C13/00, A45C13/02, A45C15/00, A45C5/00
Cooperative ClassificationA45C13/02, A45C5/00, A45C15/04, A45C13/34
European ClassificationA45C13/34, A45C15/04, A45C13/02