US 2529569 A
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Nov, 14 31950 J 2.. OVERTON 2,529,569
TRAVELING BAG COMBINED WITH REMOVABLE AND CONTINUOUSLY SELF-RIGHTING COSMETIC TRAY Filed Nov. 29, 1946 III Patented Nov. 14, 1950 TRAVELING BAG. COMBINED WITH REMOV- ABLE AND CONTINUOUSLY SELF-RIGHT- ING COSMETIC TRAY John L overton, Seattle, Wash. Application November 29, 1946, Serial No. 712,955
This. invention relates to a'ladys travelling bagand' particularly a' bag of that character which contains or is adapted to contain a complement of cosmetic preparations such as nail polish, polish remover, powder, rouge, perfumes, and the like.
'Theprincipal object of the present invention is to provide a travelling bag of the above nature, and which may be either fitted or unfitted, characterized intha t'the cosmetics are carried, or adapted to be carried, within a tray which is so associated with the latter as to be self-righting and thus maintain a substantially upright position irrespective of whether the supporting case may be laid upon its front, back, top or bottom wall, thus to safeguard the cosmetics carried by the tray against being spilled in the course of handling the case while in'transit and in consequence protecting the lining "of the case, together with miscellaneous lingerie items and the like which may be-contained therein, against damage.
The invention has the further and important objectofdevising a fitted or unfitted travelling case in' which the cosmetictray may be removed bodily from the case and set intact upon a vanity, dresser, or other convenient stand.
With the foregoing and other more particular objects and advantages in view and which will appear and be understood in the course of the following description and claims, the invention consists in the novel construction and in the adaptation and combination of parts hereinafter described and claimed.
In the accompanying drawing:
Figure 1 is a view partly in end elevation and partly in transverse vertical section illustrating a ladys fitted or unfitted travelling case constructed in accordance with the now-preferred embodiment of the present invention.
Fig. 2 is a similar view excepting that the case, in order to give significance to the self-righting nature of the cosmetic tray, is here shown as lying upon its side rather than upon its bottom.
Fig. 3 is a fragmentary plan view of the case, shown open.
Fig. 4 is a fragmentary detail horizontal sectional view drawn to an enlarged scale on line 4-4 of Fig. 2.
Fig. 5 is a fragmentary detail transverse vertical section on line 55 of Fig. 4; and
Fig. 6 is a detail longitudinal vertical section on line 66 of Fig. 5.
Referring to said drawing, the case proper is of the usual box-like construction composed of a '3 Claims. (01. 19'0-'51) I .2 bottom section, denoted by the numeral l0, anda top section II hingedly connected as at [2 thereto, with the top section as well as the bottom section each having substantial depth. These sections are each interiory' separated by one or more partitions, as l3 and M, to divide the same into several compartments, denoted l5 and J6 in the instance of the bottom section and I! and I8 in the instance of the top section. When the top is closed, registration is had as between the compartments I5 and ll and between the compartments It and 18. While deemed to be self-evident, it may be here pointed out that partition 13 may, if desired, project above the, side walls of the bottom section distance corresponding to the approximate depth .of the ,top section, thus obviating need for a separate partitioning wall within the .top section. The case provides the usual carrying handle l9. 1
Removably received in the compartment IE to extend transverse to the latter is a cosmetic tray.
While the design of the .tray and the material of its composition is of no particular moment, the same is preferably produced from plastic and is described along the sides and bottomby a unitary wall 20 which, considered in transverse verti-,
cal section, is substantially semi-circular other than for a modifying chord which produces a fiat base 2|, and the end walls 22 for the tray are approximately of a disc shape apertured to provide fingerholds 23 therein. The tray is provided interiorly with suitable dividing walls 24 and is equipped with the usual shirred elastic straps 25 for receiving and holding cosmetic containers in place.
Made integral with the tray and projecting outwardly from each of the end walls on a coinciding axis central to the latter there is provided a pivot pin 26, and for the reception of these pivot pins a surface slot 2! is cut in the inner face of each side wall of the cases bottom section II], the slots being open at the top and eX- tending to a point approximately central to the over-all width and height of the registering compartments l6 and I8. For holding the pins within the related slot and acting in complement with the footing wall of the latter to produce bearing for the pins, the invention provides a locking arm 30 pivoted as at 3| to the case and formed along its lower edge with a re-entrant notch 32 serving a saddling function relative to the pin. The arm has an out-turned lip 33 which seats upon the upper edge of the bottom part coincident with the saddling of the pin, and the looking process is accomplished by then closing the top part II of the case to have the latter bear 3 upon the lip. In lieu of the described slot and locking arm arrangement, it is apparent that any one of a number of other removable mountings might be employed.
As will, it is believed, be well understood from an inspection of the drawing, the weight center of the tray, both when empty and filled, lies below the pivotal axis of the pins, and the tray hence occupies an upright position irrespective of whether the case is set upon its top, bottom, front or back wall. The swivel mounting allows the tray to incline freely in relation to the case proper throughout a full 360 arc, and the result is to entirely obviate a likelihood of powder and liquid being spilled whil handling the case in transit. While the damage may be inconsequential in the instance of powder,.,considerable annoyance is attached thereto, and it is not unusual to find that the stoppers for bottles containing nail polish, polish remover, and other cosmetic liquids are imperfectly applied by a user and a spilling of these liquids, a not infrequent occurrence with prior overnight travelling cases excepting where the same are handled with the greatest of care, may cause irreparable injury to the inside of the case as well as to the delicate fabrics of lingerie or'other wearing apparel contained within the case. When the case is not in use, the tray of the present invention may be readily removed by the act of retracting the locking arms into the position shown by dotted lines in Fig. 6, whereupon the tray is lifted to withdr'awthepins from the slots and the same canbe then set upon a vanity or such other convenient rest as may be desired, the flat base of the tray giving stability when so' used.
No unnecessary limitations are to be implied from the foregoing description having reference to my illustration of the now-preferred'embodiment, it being the intention that all forms of construction and variations in detail coming within the scope of the hereto annexed claims are to be considered-as comprehended by'the invention.
What I claim, is:
1. A ladys travelling case comprising hingedly connected'top and bottom sections producing the case proper and having coplanar partitions serving as a continuous separating wall dividing the interior of both the top and bottom sections into a cosmetic compartment and a clothing compartment when the case is closed with each said compartment being open to the top when the case is open, and a tray for the reception of cosmetics rotatably supported by the side walls of said cosmetic compartment for continuously self-righting movement, the weight center of the tray 1ying below the swivel axis thereof.
2. The travelling case of claim 1 wherein said tray has a flat bottom and wherein means are provided for permitting the tray to be disassociated from the case.
3. The structure of claim 1 in which, for the mounting of the tray, the tray presents co-axial swivel pins projecting from opposite ends thereof and with 'the side walls of the bottom section being formed with surface slots accommodating theprojecting ends of said pins, and wherein keeper devices are provided which are pivotally attached, to the bottom section and arranged to besWung into and out of positions whereat the same lock the pins in the slots, the keeper devices being held in said pin-locking position by forceof pressure derived from the top section when the latter occupies its closed position.
JOHN L. OVERTON.
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