US 2508773 A
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May 23, 1950 w. K. REICHMUTH CONTAINER FOR TOOTHBRUSHES Filed Oct. 26, 1946 Patented May 23, 1950 UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE Application October 26, 1946, Serial No. 705,919 In Switzerland November 1, 1945 1 Claim.
The object of the present invention is a container for toothbrushes, having a chamber for taking a germicide evaporating substance which can escape into the container through perforations in the chamber.
Antiseptic container of the kind for toothbrushes are already known, and their object is to keep the brush aseptic when not in use. With the known containers the chamber for the disinfectant consists of a capsule unscrewable from the container.
The container according to the invention differs from these known designs in that the chamber for taking the germicide evaporating substance is formed of a two-part box pressed into the container at one end, so that the box is externally level with the adjacent front side thereof, being frictionally retained therein.
The design of the container according to the invention has the great advantage that the chamber containing the germicide, poisonous evaporating substance cannot easily be removed without an exact knowledge of the sealing, whereas with the known container children can easily unscrew the chamber so that there is a danger that the tablets containing the concentrated substance might be taken by children into their mouths.
The accompanying drawing illustrates a form of embodiment of the invention in which Fig. 1 is a longitudinal section of the container, and
Fig. 2 shows likewise a longitudinal section of the container with the single parts taken to pieces.
Fig. 3 is a bottom plan View of the lower portion of the germicide box.
In the embodiment shown, numeral 1 denotes the tubular container made of some non-resilient material. At the bottom the container is closed by a removable cap 2, while at the top a small box is so pressed therein as to lie flush with the adjacent front side la of the container. The box itself comprises a lid 3 with a flange 3a, and a bottom 4 with a flange 4a or in other words a pair of mutually facing trays. These parts are firmly put within each other as shown in Fig. 1. The box 3, 4 serves to take a germicide evaporating substance in the form of a tablet 5, which substance is permitted to escape through perforazoo-15.1)
tions 6 at the bottom 4 into the interior of the container I. In the closed position a in Fig. 1, bottom and lid are frictionally held in the container I.
The flanges 3a. and 4a. are provided in axial direction with a series of slits 8 so as to form segments which open a little out when the box has to be removed. In the closed position they press somewhat against the wall of the container I thus ensuring the required friction-tight sealmg.
If the tablet 5, upon having practically given off the greater part of its evaporating substance, has to be exchanged for a new one, the cap 2 is at first removed from the container and then the box 3, 4 pushed out therefrom by the toothbrush 1. Upon insertion of a fresh tablet, the box parts 3, 4 are again put together and pressed manually into the container till the lid fits the front edge la thereof.
What I claim is:
A tooth brush holder comprising a tubular body having open ends, a removable closure member disposed at each end thereof, one of which closures is formed of a container adapted to retain a germicide evaporating substance therein, the inner end of said container being perforated so as to permit evaporation of said substance into the tubular body, said container being frictionally retained within said body with its outer end disposed flush with the end of said body and being constructed of a pair of mutually facing trays, individually characterized by opposing side walls containing longitudinal slits whereby the segments formed by said slits may frictionally engage the side walls of said tubular body to yieldingly retain the same in place.
WERNER K. REICHMUTH.
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