US 2583207 A
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Jan. 22, 1952 K 2,583,207
SOAP HOLDER Filed July 15, 1948 I EL \WWWW W 4 I I .5 36 'INVENTOR.
Patented Jan. 22, 1952 UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE SOAP HOLDER Harland H. Buck, Toledo, Ohio Application July 15, 1948, Serial No. 38,850
. 1 Claim. (01. 45-28) This invention relates to soap holders.
An object of this invention is to provide 'a holder for a cake of soap wherein the soap is supported on a plurality of pointed elements thereby permitting a wet cake of soap to dry on all sides as well as preventing the formation of the well known undesirable puddle about the cake which renders a soggy mass of at least'a portion of the cake.
Another object of the invention is to provide a self-draining mounting for the pointed elements and the device itself.
Still another object is to provide a soap holder which may be readily attached or detached to a fixed or movable bracket thereby allowing cleansing of the parts when desirable.
And another object of the invention is to provide a plurality of soap supporting pointed elements such as bristles of various lengths so distributed as to form a dished soap receiving area which is effective in preventing the soap cake from accidental slipping from the holder.
Other objects and advantages of this invention relating to the arrangement, operation and function of the related elements of the structure, to various details of construction, to combinations of parts and to economies of manufacture, will be apparent to those skilled in the art upon consideration of the following description and appended claim, reference being had to the accompanying drawings forming a part of this specification wherein like reference characters designate corresponding parts in the several views.
Referring to the drawings:
Fig. 1 is a side elevation of an embodiment of the invention;
Fig. 2 is a view on the line II--II, Fig. 1;
Fig. 3 is a plan view of the supporting area for the soap;
Fig. 4 is a fragmentary side elevation of a modified mounting for the holder, parts being broken away; and
Fig. 5 is a view on the line V-V, Fig. 4.
Main support Ill which may be a wall adjacent a tub, sink, wash bowl or the like has bracket l2 fixed thereon by some suitable mounting means such as screws l4. Tongue portion l6 of the bracket extends outwardly and downwardly preferably over the washing receptacle such as the tub, etc., and has attached to its upper face adjacent its free terminus, base member. Hi. This may be accomplished by some fastening means herein shown as a pair of screws 26.
The upper surface or face 22 of the block or 2 base member 18 is a plane substantially parallel to the tongue l6 thereby being canted or disposed on an incline so there will be no moisture accumulations thereon, the drainage therefrom flowing into the washing receptacle.
Theface 22 has a plurality of seats Z l arranged in a predetermined pattern, each seat mounting a tuft of bristles 26. These bristles are ofvarious lengths so distributed that the outer bristles forming the perimeter of the cluster have their free or upper ends terminating in a plane 28 substantially horizontal with the angle 30 between it 7 and the main support I0 approximately 90. The
bristles mounted inwardly from this perimeter are gradually shorter thereby forming a con caved or dished supporting area 32 for a cake of soap 34 to be placed thereon. This insures the soap, particularly if wet, against accidental slipping irom the holder and in connection with the multi-pointed support forms a substantial mount. This point support also permits the soap to dry on all sides, avoids formation of a puddle thereabout and in connection with the canted base carries all drainage away from the soap and from the holder.
The bristles collected into tufts provide strength for the supporting area preventing the bristles collapse even when wet and carrying a large cake.
While in some instances it may be desirable to permanently mount the holder on the bracket as in hotels, other installations may call for a manually removable mount, a typical illustration thereof being shown in Figs. 4 and 5. To this end the tongue l6 may be provided with a small pressed-out dome portion 36. The under side of the base I 8 has a channel 38 thereacross with a seat 40 intermediate its length. The channel engages the tongue and at the proper position the dome and seat nest, thereby holding the soap support in proper position on the bracket and also furnishing a removable mount.
While a typical form of the device is shown, a wide variation of designs, styles and materials may be employed. The bracket, while herein shown as being substantially L-shaped, may be of an individual motif or configuration or design to match a set of accompanying toilet fixtures and may be mounted on a wall or hung on another toilet fixture.
The base l8 may be of wood, metal or some plastic and have an attractive color. The bristles may be natural or artificial, the latter probably being the more desirable due to their moisture shedding properties. The outline and contour of the base may also be varied as well as the distribution of the bristles.
It is to be understood that the above detailed description of the present invention is intended to disclose an embodiment thereof to those skilled in the art, but that the invention is not to be construed as limited in its application to the details of construction and arrangement of parts illustrated in the accompanying drawings, since the invention is capable of being practiced and carried out in various ways without departing from the spirit -of the invention. The lan-' guage used in the specification relating to the operation and function of the elements of the invention is employed for purposes of description and not of limitation, and it is not intended to limit the scope of the following claim beyond the requirements of the prior art.
What is claimed and it is desired to secure by United States Letters Patent:
A soap holder comprising a substantially L- shaped bracket having one extent adapted to engage a main support and another extent providing an outwardly and downwardly extending tongue, a dome portion struck out from said tongue intermediate its length, a base element having a channel across its lower side with a seat formed intermediately the channel extent, said base mounted on said tongue with the tongue tal plane with the elements inwardly therefrom providing the area with a contour dished toward said base.
HARLAND H. BUCK.
REFERENCES CITED The following references are of record in the file of this patent:
UNITED STATES PATENTS Number Name Date 1,267,353 Baker May 28, 1919 2,230,709 Walters Feb. 4, 1941 FOREIGN PATENTS Number Country Date 10,136 Great Britain 1914 29,147 Great Britain 1909