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Publication numberUS2570314 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateOct 9, 1951
Filing dateMay 5, 1949
Priority dateMay 5, 1949
Publication numberUS 2570314 A, US 2570314A, US-A-2570314, US2570314 A, US2570314A
InventorsEve Brand
Original AssigneeEve Brand
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
US 2570314 A
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Oct. 9, 1951 E1 BRAND 2,570,314

COMPACT Filed May 5, 1949 "W nm' l" Patented Oct. 9, 1951 UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE 3. Claims.

This, invention relates generally to the cosmetic art, and more particularly to an improved rcosmetic compact.

As is well known in the art, most cosmetic compacts. are provided with a small mirror usually fitted into the inner surface of the lid of the compact. When'the lid is closed, therefore, the

outer surface thereof. is disposed adjacent the powder or rouge and the applicator pad used in conjunction therewith. As the compact is car- ;ried in the usershandbag various bumps and jars tend to shake loose small particles of powder which come to rest upon the surface of the mirror, interfering with the reflective properties thereof. Since the powder is generally of extremely fine grain, it tends to smear over the surface of the mirror very readily, necessitating relatively frequent cleaning.

It is, therefore, among the principal objects of the present invention to provide a compact in which the above mentioned disadvantage has been substantially eliminated.

. Another object of the present invention herein lies in the provision of a compact in which the contents of the compactduring this procedure.

Still another object of the present invention lies in the provision of a compact in which the mirror is rotatably mounted within the lid thereof, and which automatically pivots upon the opening or closing of the lid.

Another feature of the invention lies in the fact that the mirror element is resiliently urged into position when the compact is closed.

A further object of the present invention lies in the provision of a compact having the above mentloned advantages in which the cost of manufacture may be of a relatively low order with consequent wide sale, distribution, and use.

These objects and features, as well as other incidental objects and advantages, will become more fully apparent during the course of the following disclosure, and be pointed out in the appended claims.

On the drawing similar reference characters have been employed to designate corresponding parts throughout the several views.

Figure 1 is a front view of the embodiment,

partly broken away to show internal detail.

:Figure 2 is a right side elevational view.

Figure 3 is a rear elevational view.

Figure4 is aview. in perspective of the embodimentshowing an opened position thereof.

Figure 5- is an enlarged vertical sectional view as seen from-the plane 5-5 on Figure 4 Figure 6 isan enlarged fragmentary vertical sectional viewas seen from the plane B6 on Figure 1.

Figure 2 is an enlarged fragmentary vertical sectionalview as seen from the plane 7-4 on Figure 1.

The device, generally indicated by reference character In, includes broadly a main body element I2, a lid element I4, and a mirror element -16.

The main bodyelement l2 isof substantially box-like construction, and includes a bottom wall l8, side walls- -2D-, 22,24 and 26, and an upper wall 28. Disposed in the surface of the upper wall 28 and extending downwardly substantially tothe bottom wall L8 is a powder retaining recess 30, in which. both powder'32- and a puff Sui-maybe disposed. A'foraminous member 36 may be disposed within the recess in a well known manner when the powder employed is to be used ina finely divided state, although the same maybe omitted where the-powderis inserted into the compact in cake. form.

The lid element I 4 is of construction generally similar to that of the main body element l2, and

includes atop wall 38, a lower wall All, side walls 42,44, 46,and 48.- Thehinge member 50 pivotally interconnects thelid element M to the main body element [2, thus enabling it to be opened and closed readily. The lid element It is maintained in a closed position by any suitable means as for example the sliding member 52 which engages the stud 54 on the wall 28.

The lid element 14 has disposed therein a shaped orifice 5B which corresponds generally in shape to the recess 30, although, of course, not necessarily so. The orifice 56 extends from the top wall 38 through the lower wall 40, both walls being cut out in order that the mirror element may be pivotally disposed therein.

The mirror element l6, as has been mentioned, is pivotally secured within the shaped orifice 5B, and includes the mounting member 58, in which is disposed a mirror member 60. The mirror member may be of the conventional type having a silvered inner surface 62, while the mounting member 58 is preferably formed from a single stamping, the side portions 64, 66, 6B and 10 of which may be bent about the mirror to retain the same therein.

Extending from the side portions 66 and I is a pair of short pins 12 and 14 each of which is engageable in an orifice in each of the bounding surfaces of the orifice 56, thereby providing for th pivotal mounting of the mirror element IS.

The pin 12 is connected to one end of a small torsion spring 16 which tends to exert a counter clockwise torque upon the pin as seen on Figure B. The other terminus of the spring '16 is suitably fixed to' any convenient portion of the lid element I4, as for example the inner surface of the lower Wall 40. The pin 14 has attached thereto a flexible connecting member 18 which extends through a small orifice 80 in the lower wall40 (see Figure 4), and is secured to theupper wall I main body element I2 the mirror member 60 is facing outwardly of the device. Upon reopening of the device, the connecting member 18 again becomes taut, and the mirror is rotated clockwise as indicated by the dot dash line portion on Figure 5 so that the mirror member may be 'facing the user when the device is in the position shown on Figure 5. In order that the mirror does not continue to rotate when it has reached the proper position, a small projection 82 is provided on the side portion 66 which engages the lid element l4, further opening of the compact and 'further rotation of the mirror being thereby prevented.

It may thus be seen that I have invented a novel and useful improved cosmetic compact structure, in which the mirror element is at all times completely shielded from the efiects of powder which may loosen from the surface of The length of the connecting member 4 cation, for obvious modifications will occur to those skilled in the art to which the present invention pertains.

I claim:

1. Cosmetic compact construction comprising: a main body element, a lid element hingedly connected to said body element, and a mirror element; said lid element having an aperture disposed therein; said mirror element being pivotally disposed within said aperture; and means to pivot said mirror upon movement of said lid element with respect to said main body element; said means including a resilient component.

2. Cosmetic compact construction comprising: a main body element, a lid element hingedly connected to said body element, and a mirror element; said lid element having an aperture disposed therein; said mirror element being pivotally disposed within said aperture; and means to the powder pufi or the powder recess, The deno special skill in operation, being completely automatic. 7 V I wish it to be understood that I do not consider the'invention limited to the exact details or structure shown and set forth in the specif pivot said mirror upon movement of said lid element with respect to said main body element; said means including a torsion spring.

3. Cosmetic compact construction comprising: a main body element, a lid element, and a mirror element; said lid element being pivotally associated with said main body element; said mirror element being pivotally associated with said lid element; and means associated with said main body element serving to rotate said mirror element with respect to said lid element when said lid element is moved with respect to said main body element, said means including a flexible elongated connecting member.


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U.S. Classification132/304
International ClassificationA45D33/00
Cooperative ClassificationA45D33/008
European ClassificationA45D33/00V1