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Publication numberUS2529257 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateNov 7, 1950
Filing dateNov 9, 1946
Priority dateNov 9, 1946
Publication numberUS 2529257 A, US 2529257A, US-A-2529257, US2529257 A, US2529257A
InventorsKerby Harmon C
Original AssigneeB K Reeves, Woodrow Skirvin
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Paintbrush holder
US 2529257 A
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Nov. 7, 1950 H. c. KERBY PAINTBRUSH HOLDER Filed NOV. 9, 1946 INVENTOR, HnkMoN C KERB); BY 64M/JQ m HT'TORNEK Patented Nov. 7, 1950 ADAIN'BRUSH HOLDER Harmon C. ll-erby, Indianapolis, Ind., assigner to Woodrow Skirrin and B. K. Reeves, doing business as B t W Manufacturing Company, In-

dianapelis, End.

Application November 9, 1946, Serial No. 709,058

(Cl. 22B- 90) l Claim. l

ll'his invention relates to a means for holding a paint brush over and to one side of a paint containing vessel such as the customarily employed can having a friction top closure cap in conjunction with the usual inturned, ribbed flange with which the cap engages.

A primary object of the invention is to provide a brush holder which may be detachably engaged with the paint Ycontainer whereby the brush holder may be used at those times when the container cap is removed and thereafter the brush holder may be disengaged and the cap returned to its place.

A further primary object of the invention is to provide a brush holder of that type where the brush position will be determined to haveV the brush in a substantially horizontal position with the bristle endsioverhanging the paint container, all in such manner that the bristles will be substantially over the paint vessel whereby the paint residue onthe bristles will not come into any appreciable contact with the holder itself, and yet the brush will be supported in a substantial manner.

A further primary object of the invention is to provide a brush holder ofthe type above indicated whereinpaint flowing from the bristles of the brush will be directed back into the paint container rather than being permitted to flow initially into the cap retaining groove around the top of the container.

These and many other objects and advantages of the invention, including the utmost simplicity in structure as well as adaptability to different sizes of brushes, will become apparent to those versed in the art in the following Jdescription of one particular form of the invention as illustrated in the accompanying drawing, in which Fig. 1 is a top plan View of a fragmentary portion of a paint receptacle with a structure embodying the invention applied thereto;

Fig. 2, a vertical section on the line 2 2 in Fig. 1; and

Fig. 3, a View in outside end elevation of the brush holder.

Referring to the drawing, in which like characters of reference indicate like parts in the several views thereof, the invention is intended to be applied to the standard receptacle I which is provided with the usual flange Il around its top end, this flange I I being so formed as to provide an annular groove I2 therearound to receive the downturned flange of a cap frictionally therein, the cap not being herein shown since it constitutes no part of the invention. The structure forming the invention is applied to the can I0 only when the cap is removed.

The brush holder is formed preferably out of some substantially rigid material such as sheet metal to have a substantially flat area I3 generally triangular in shape. From the outer marginal portions of this area I3, the material is carried abruptly upwardly to form the side flanges I s and I5 respectively. The outer end of this at area I3 terminates in a straight edge `line I6 and the outer ends of the respective flanges I4 and I5 terminate at the outer ends of this line It. The length of this line I6, which is equivalent to the spacing apart of the outer ends of the flanges M and l5 adjacent the area I3, is made to be such that the handle of a paint blush (not shown) will be freely received therebetween but without appreciable side movement.

The inner end of this area I3 terminates in an arcuate line I'I conforming in general to the curvature of the flange II of the can IU to which the holder isto be applied. Then the material is bent around and downwardly from the plane ofthe area I3 by a rounding rib I8 shaped and proportioned to t down and around the horizontally inturned edge I9 provided at the top of the innermost part of the flange Il. spaced apart relation, the material is carried further downwardly from this rib I8 to form a plurality of separate tongues 2l), here shown as three in number, which yieldingly and elastically engage under the lowermost portion of the flange II by reason of the foot portions 2I bent therearound from the tongues 20.

Referring to Fig. 1, it is to be noted that the side flanges I4 and I5 diverge one from the other inwardly from the line I6 throughout the major length of the area I3 to merge into the straight length portions 22 and 23 respectively which eX- tend upwardly from the area I3 from parallel base lines therealong and continue to the outer ends of the arcuate line I'I. The width of the area I3 between the straight flange portions 22 and 23 is made to be such that the handle body of the brush may be received therebetween without appreciable lateral movement, particularly for the larger sizes of brushes normally employed in painting building structures. In other words, the holder is designed to hold the upper handle portion of the brush, that is that portion into which the bristles are entered and secured, between the flange portions 22 and 23 and to have the handle properly extending therefrom on out Then through the opening between the anges I3 and I4.

The lat portion I3 is provided with upwardly extending members 24 and 25 spaced inwardly from the respective flanges I4, 22 and I5, 23 in substantial parallelism therewith, these members in the present showing constituting ribs upwardly pressed from the material forming the portion I3. The outer ends of these members 24 and 25 terminate substantially in line with the ends of the line I6 at their outer ends,l and by their rear ends on a line substantially tangential to the line I1. Then, spaced between the outer end portions of these members 24 and 25 is a central member 26 likewise extending above the level of the area I3 into the plane defined by the tops of the members 24 and 25. In the form herein shown, this member 26 is a rib upwardly pressed from the material forming the area I3. Preferably this member 26 continues by a short length from its outer end so as to leave a major portion of the area I3 free of any obstruction between its inner end and the line I1. By reason of the existence vof these members 24, 25, and 26, the brush is held above the portion I3 in spaced relation. This structure not only permits ready draining of paint from under the brush into the can over the rib I8 without entrance into the Ygroove I2, but at the same time, permits the holder to be used on one can after another holding diierent paint colors without contamination of that ldifferent color with the paint on the brush' bristles. This is particularly true where paint has been poured from the receptacleY IB 'over the holder. Since the brush handle proper is supported above the level of the area I3 and extends principally therebeyond, this handle portion does no't become coated with paint, and consequently, the operator may keep his hands free of paint.r Since the length of the arcuate line I'I is much less than half the circumference of the opening in the can I0, the can may be carried about by the usual bail without having to remove the brush holder.

While the invention has been herein described in reference to the one particular form in minute detail, it is obvious that structural changes `may be employed without departing from the spirit of the invention, and I therefore do not y 4 desire to be limited to that precise form beyond the limitations which may be imposed by the following claim,

I claim:

A paint brush holder for use with a paint bucket having an inturned annular flange around its top edge, comprising in combination a planar floor member having an innen-arcuate edge Dortion conforming substantially to the curvature of the flange on said bucket, said arcuate edge portion extending downwardly over said flange; a plurality of elastic tongues extending below said arcuate edge portion; a foot on each of said tongues turned outwardly to engage the under side of said ange; said floor member having opposite side edge portions extending outwardly from the ends of said arcuate edge portion in parallel relation to each other and then converging inwardly one toward the other to an outer floor terminal transverse edge; flanges turned up from each of said side edge portions; said floor member and said flanges dening an opening at said terminal edge to receive the handle of a paint brush; and a pair of upwardly extending ribs on said floor member spaced inwardly from and substantially parallel to said side edge portions, said floor and edge anges being proportioned, when a brush is positioned on said floor with its handle extending outwardly through said opening beyond said transverse edge and with the heel of said brush in abutment with theconverging side flanges, to have the bristles of said brush overhang the arcuate edge portion and have the brush held against lateral and outward movement over said loor member, and to have the brushV held in spaced aboveV relation over said floor by said upwardly extending ribs.


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

UNITED STATES PATENTS Number Name Date 1,764,763 Stang June 17, 1930 2,418,502 Ferguson Apr. 8, 1947 2,420,487 Long May 13, 1947

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U.S. Classification248/110
International ClassificationB44D3/12
Cooperative ClassificationB44D3/123
European ClassificationB44D3/12F