US 2504536 A
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April 18, 1950 R. c. KISSELBURG SOAP EJECTOR TRAY 2 Sheets-Sheet l Filed May 5, 1947 I 11 l'eutor Richard Chester Kisse/burg April 1950 R. c. KISSELBURG 2,504,536
SOAP EJECTOR TRAY Filed May 5, 1947 2 Sheets-Sheet 2 Fig. 5.
Juror/tor Richard Chester Kisselburg Patented Apr. 18, 1950 UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE Claims.
This invention relates generally to soap retainers having means for holding and ejecting soap therefrom.
An object of this invention is to provide an extremely simple device for retaining soap having a back member relatively stationary and means pivoted thereto and cooperating therewith for ejecting soap therefrom.
A further object of the present invention is to provide means for resiliently biasing the pivoted member relative to the stationary back member.
A further object of this invention is to provide means on said pivoted member for guiding a conventional bar of soap during the ejection thereof.
A still further object of the present invention is to provide a series of rods and prongs on both of said members for cooperation in handling a bar of soap during the retaining and ejecting function of this invention.
Another object of the present invention is to provide an extremely simple, inexpensive and attractive device of this nature which lends itself well to commercial manufacture and common shop practices.
Ancillary objects and features of novelty shall become apparent to those skilled in the art, in following the description of the preferred embodiment of the present invention, illustrated in the accompanying drawings, wherein:
Figure 1 is a perspective view of the preferred form of the present invention;
Figure 2 is a plan view of the invention disclosed in Figure 1;
Figure 3 is an elevational front view of the invention disclosed in Figure 2 showing a bar of soap therein;
Figure 4 is an elevational side view of the invention disclosed in Figure 3 showing the same in a selected position of operation and showing parts in section to illustrate details of construction;
Figure 5 is a transverse sectional view of the invention disclosed in Figure 3, and
Figure 6 is a plan view of the spring biasing means forming part of the present invention.
Referring now in detail to the illustrated preferred embodiment of the present invention, like reference characters are used throughout to indicate similar elements thereof.
This invention has been developed to provide a device for retaining and ejecting soap. There are many environments in which the invention might be utilized to great advantage, some of which are kitchens, comfort stations, chemistry laboratories and the like.
There are many preferred materials of construction which might be utilized, among which are commercial plastics, light metal, wood and the like. A body member ID is provided for the purpose of retaining a pivoted member thereto as well as for the purpose of forming a relatively stationary base anchoring member. The said body member is composed of a back plate [2 having substantially parallel brackets I4 and I6 respectively extending therefrom. A pair of substantially right angular plates l8 and 20 are secured to the said back plate I2 for the purpose of embracing a stand for detachably securing or mounting the invention.
A frame is pivoted to the said brackets M and 16 respectively for the purpose of retaining soap therein. This frame is preferably composed of side members 22, front and back members 24 and 26 respectively and a plurality of rods extending between the front and back members 24 and 26 respectively. These rods 28 are curved slightly at the ends thereof for receiving and seating a bar of soap thereon.
A shelf 30 is provided on the back plate I12 and may be faired for cleanliness.
Prongs 32 are secured to the said shelf 30 and are of cantilever construction. These prongs are provided with a predetermined curvature to assist in ejecting soap from the rods 28. The actual configuration of the said prongs, of course, may be arrived at by experimentation until the most desired and most satisfactorily operating curvature is obtained. It will be seen at this point from an inspection of Figures 3 and 4 that the bar of soap 34 may be retained on the rods 28 and ejected therefrom by urging the frame member about the pivot pins 36 as an axis. By this movement, the soap 34 is lifted from the rods 28 and slid out of the invention, utilizing the arcuate cantilever bars 32 as skids.
The upper portion of each of the sides 22 act as guides in directing the travel of the bar of soap during the ejection operation. Further, there is provided means for resiliently urging the frame about the said pivot points 36 as an axis. This resilient biasing means is preferably a flat leaf spring 40 having an arcuate extension 42 integral therewith. This extension engages a suitable flange 44 on the lower portion of the front member 24, described above. The opposite end of the said spring All is anchored by any suitable means such as the rivets 46, to the said shelf 30.
The operation of the invention is now deemed quite apparent in view of the structure described herein above. After the soap is placed on the cross members 28 as described, the user of the invention need only to press the frame downward against the force of the spring 40 to have the soap ejected into his hands. It will be seen further that the present invention retains soap in such a position that the majority of the same is exposed to the air for rapid evaporation of liquid thereon. It has been found that the use of a closed receptacle for devices of this nature tends to cause rapid melting of soap.
Due to the extreme mechanical simplicity characterized by the present invention, a. further description is deemed unnecessary. However, it is understood that variations as to size and shape might be made herein without departure from the spirit of the invention. Accordingly, limitation is sought only in accordance with the scope of the following claims.
Having described the invention I claim:
1. Asoap holder and ejector comprising a substantially U-shaped back plate including legs and a web, a frame pivoted to said legs, a plurality of bars attached Within said frame adapted to retain a .bar of soap, a shelf attached to the legs of said U-shaped member beneath said frame, a plurality of cantilever bars attached to said shelf curved upwardly within said frame, said frame swingable downwardly to receive said last mentioned bars between said first mentioned bars thereby ejecting a bar of soap which may be disposed on said first mentioned bars.
2. A soap holder and ejector comprising a sub stantially U-shaped back plate including legs and a web, a frame pivoted to said legs, a plurality'of bars attached within said frame adapted to retain a bar of soap, a shell attached to the legs of said U-shaped member beneath said frame, a. plurality of cantilever bars attached to said shelf curved upwardly within said frame, said frame swingable downwardly to receive said last mentioned bars between said first mentioned bars thereby ejecting a bar of soap which may be disposed on said first mentioned bars, and a leaf spring attached to said shelf engaging said frame to retain said frame in a substantially horizontal position.
3. In a soap holder and ejector, a substantially U-shaped bracket having legs and a web, a shelf attached to the lower portion of said legs, a frame pivotally disposed between said legs, a plurality of upwardly curved cantilever bars attached to said shelf and extending partially within said frame, a plurality of rods secured to said frame flanking said rods whereby upon pivotal movement of said frame said cantilever members become disposed above said rods to eject a cake of soap which may be positioned thereon, said frame including sides, a back and a front, the said sides extending above the upper edge of said front to guide a cake of soap outwardly of said frame.
4. The combination of claim 3 and a leaf spring attached to said shelf engaging the undersurface of said frames to retain said frame in a preselected position.
5. The combination of claim 4 and means attached to the said Web for supporting said bracket.
RICHARD CHESTER KISSELBURG.
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