US 2487763 A
Description (OCR text may contain errors)
Nov. 8, 1949 w. M. PATTERSON ET AL 2,437,753
PAPER HOLDER AND DISPENSER Filed Feb. 4, 1947 lql.
s m am W 0 Ne w l m A 2w Wa m rative appearance Patented Nov. 8, 1949 2,487,763 PAPER HOLDER AND DISPENSER Wallace M. Patterson and Donald Hammond,
Greenwich, Conn.; said Hammond Application February 4, 1947, Serial No.
said Patterson assignor to 6 Claims. (Cl. 242-5553) Our present invention relates to roll holders, more particularly to paper roll holders of the type used in wash rooms for toilet tissue and for paper towels.
It is among the objects of the invention to provide a holder of the above type of neat and decowhich conceals the paper roll except for the service end thereof, which is of a minimum number of rugged parts, easily assembled by hand, which is durable and which is readily accessible for replenishing a used roll.
According to the invention, the generally rectangular unitary case has hingedly mounted.
thereon a unitary cover, which cover in turn has means for journal support of the core of a paper roll. This journal is preferably in the form of notches in the edges of the end walls of the cover, which end walls have bearing studs extending into corresponding bearing apertures inthe side walls of the case. Preferably the main wall of the cover is curved-to accommodate the convexity of the paper roll and its edges extend along the correspondingly curved front edges of the side walls.
In the accompanying drawings, in which is shown one of various possible embodiments of the several features of the invention,
Fig, 1 is a perspective view of the paper holder in closed position,
Fig. 2 is a view similar to Fig. 1 showing the holder in open position for replenishment,
Fig. 3 is a perspective view of the cover,
Fig. 4 is a perspective view of the case, and
Fig. 5 is a view in longitudinal cross section taken on line 5-5 of Fig. 1.
Referring now to the drawings, the paper holder is preferably made of two unitary pieces which while they may be of metal, are preferably of suitable plastic such as cellulose acetate, Vinylite, Melamine or the like.
The case H1 is desirably generally rectangular, comprising a rectangular back wall H, rectangular side walls It, a rectangular top wall l2 connecting the upper edges of the back and side walls and a rectangular bottom wall l3, connecting the lower edges of the back and side walls. The side walls preferably protrude forward as shown beyond the forward edge l3 of the bottom wall l3 and have small aligned hinge apertures near the lower edges thereof and somewhat forward of edge ii! for mount of the hinged cover 16.
The cover has a main wall l1 and end walls It at right angles thereto, each of which is preferably provided with a unitary hinge stud 19 near the inner edge thereof, for accommodation in the corresponding hinge aperture l5 of the side wall H. Each end wall It of the cover has a iournal notch 20 in the free edge thereof, and said notches are aligned to accommodate the reduced ends ll of the conventional core 22 for the paper roll, the free or service end 23 of which roll extends downward through the gap 24 between the forward edge l3 of the lower wall l3 and the lower edge 25' of the cover l6. In the cover might be arrested in its lowermost position as shown in Fig, 2 for replenishment purposes, by engagement of the outer face of wall l1 against the lower case edge l3 It is preferable, however, to provide the cover with stop studs 26 near the respective hinge studs l9, said stop studs riding in corresponding arcuate slots 21 in the side walls It, the forward end of said slots being engaged by the studs 26 to define the lowermost open position of the cover, as shown in Fig. 2, regardless of any engagement between the edges 25' and iii. If desired, any conventional spring latch (not shown) may be provided in the center of the top wall l2 for releasable hold of the cover IS in closed position, and the upper edge of the cover has a unitary central lip 28 for convenience of manipulation in opening.
While the main wall of the cover may be flat or angular and have any of a wide variety of contours, the particular conformation shown is preferred. In this arrangement as shown. the cover wall has a generally cylindrical curvature which merges at its lower end with a flat wall portion 25 aligned in closed position of the case with the bottom wall l3, as best shown in Fig. 5.
The end walls I8 stiffen and buttress the curved wall I! and the plastic cover with which they are integral and along the curved edges of which they extend; but the end walls are sufficiently resilient to permit slight relative inward displacement thereof in introducing the hinge studs l9 into the corresponding hinge apertures l5 for assembly. In the same operation, the stop studs 26 become engaged in the corresponding arcuateslots 21. The assembly is thus effected in an instant and there is no need for screws, rivets or other fastening means or fastening tools.
The side walls of the case are conformed as shown, with their forward edges l4 curved to substantially the curvature of the cover wall l1, and said curved edges merge with the bottom edges I4 that are aligned with the bottom wall Hi. The core 22 of the roll is readily laid into the journal notches 20 of the open cover as shown in Fig. 2, with the free or service end 23 of the paper roll extending downward between the lower edge the open position along the forward edges [4 thereof extend with little clearance between and of the respective side walls M, as shown, and preferably though not necessarily have frictional hold thereat. outward curvature of the cover wall affords accommodation for the convexity of the roll, as best shown in Fig. 5.
As shown in Fig. 5, the center of gravity of the paper roll extends directly above or may extend somewhat to the rear of the hinge mount l9-|5 of the cover, so that there is no likelihood of the cover springing open under the weight of the paper roll.
The service end of the paper protruding downward, as shown in Figs. 1 and 5, from between the forward bottom edge l3 of the case and the bottom edge 25 of the cover, the paper is readily dispensed.
As many changes could be made in the above construction and many apparently widely different embodiments of this invention could be made without departing from the scope of the claims, it is intended that all matter contained in the above description or shown in the accompanying drawings shall be interpreted as illustrative and not in a limiting sense.
Having thus described our invention what we claim as new and desire to secure by Letters Patent of the United States is:
1. A paper roll holder comprising a generally rectangular case havmg a back wall, side walls, a top and a bottom wall, a cover having end walls side walls, pivot stud connections hingedly mounting said end walls to said side walls, said cover having a main wall with a lower edge adjacent the forward edge of the bottom wall of the case, core releasably and rotatably mounted in said end walls with the free end 2. A paper roll holder comprising a generally aving a back wall, side walls, a
closed position with the paper roll confined in the case, and with th lateral edges of the cover extending along the forward contour of the side walls of the case.
3. A paper roll mounting the core 4. A paper roll holder comprising a case having a back wall, side walls with forward edges curved from the bottom toward the top,
REFERENCES CITED The following references are of record in the file of this patent:
UNITED STATES PATENTS Number Name Date Wagner Dec. 12, 1939 FOREIGN PATENTS Number Country Date 387,571 Great Britain Feb. 9, 1932