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Publication numberUS2588611 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateMar 11, 1952
Filing dateMar 26, 1948
Priority dateMar 26, 1948
Publication numberUS 2588611 A, US 2588611A, US-A-2588611, US2588611 A, US2588611A
InventorsBreen Frederick M
Original AssigneeBreen Frederick M
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Cosmetic container
US 2588611 A
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March 11, 1952 F. M. BREEN 2,588,611

COSMETIC CONTAINER Filed March 26, 1948 FIG. I.

Patented Mar. 11, 1952 UNITED STATES PATENT mm 2,588,611 COSMETIC CONTAINER Frederick M. Breen, White Plains, N. Y.

Application March 26, 1948, Serial No. 17,241

This invention relates to combined containers or compacts suitable for cosmetics and is herein disclosed in some detail as embodied in a combined powder or rouge or cream holder and lipstick holder.

It is generally the practice for powders or creams to be carried in relatively large mouthed pans or cans to enable a user to gather up the material as on a suitable swab or puff, as the case may be, and the covers of the pans 01' cans are usually tight-fitting and circular. Often the tops are screwed on, or held frictionally sufliciently tight to protect the contents from deterioration, and it is often difficult to properly seize the relatively thin top to rotate it to the extent needed or otherwise open the container.

The lipstick holder is mostly a relatively narrow cylinder, and is herein disclosed as mounted on the cover and adapted to form a handle for the cover of the compact or container adapted to be held by the fingers thus enabling the cover to be turned or otherwise opened easily even if held on by strongfriction or suction.

Thus the cover, including the lipstick holder, is thick enough to be grasped in the hand and thus greatly facilitate the opening or closing of the powder container. That is true even if the pan of the compact is thin, since the cover, at least, is easily held.

As a result the user finds her lipstick holder in a convenient place, and the compact in an easily used form.

The device illustrated is conveniently molded out of any one of a number of kinds of plastic, and the lipstick holder may be so designed that it adds almost no weight to the compact beyond the necessary weight of a separate holder. In fact, by reason of the strengthening effect of the molded-on cover part, the holder cylinder and the flat cover mutually strengthen each other, and at the same time make a convenient unit of all essential elements, yet occupying no excess space.

Other features and advantages will hereinafter appear.

In the accompanying drawings:

Fig. 1 is an exploded side view of the device, mostly in section on the line II of Fig. 3.

Fig. 2 is a side view of the device closed, on a smaller scale.

Fig. 3 is a top view of the same.

Fig. 4 is an end view of the same.

Fig. 5 is a view showing how the device fits the hand in closing or opening.

In the form shown the device includes a bottom member or pan I0 having an upturned flange 1 Claim. (Cl. 132-82) .II adapted to fit into the depression I2 of a top :member I3, and surrounding a powder holding depression I4 in the pan member II];

The top I5 of the flange I I is adapted to lie against the ceiling I6 of'the depression I2 to form a tight fit and at the same time the horizontal annular shelf I1 is adapted to be brought against the horizontal annular rim I8 of the top member I3.

In the form shown the top I5 and shelf I! are carried into position by threads I8a projecting from the inner face I9 of the boundary wall of the depression I2 which are engaged by external threads on the outer face of the flange II as the pan member In is turned on the top member I3. The threads Ito and 20 may be interrupted and so pitched that less than a quarter turn of the pan l0 seats its flange top I 5 against the ceiling I6.

The bottom 2I of the pan member II) may be flat, but the upper face of the top member I3 is shown as arched at 22, and as further swelled out or enlarged at 23 to provide a covering for a transverse, longitudinal opening or cavity 24 adapted to receive a lipstick 25, for example, and to support the lipstick in the opening 24 by the base (usually metal or synthetic resin) 26 on which the lipstick 25 is mounted.

In the form shown, the opening 24 is separated at its bottom from the depression I2 by a wall 21, which may be thinner than the bottom wall 28 of the pan I0, and the sides of the swelling 23 may be of about the same thickness. The opening 24 extends a short distance beyond the center of the top from its mouth, and may be rounded on at its closed end 29.

The exterior of the swelling as shown springs from the edge of the top member I3 and rises and spreads until the sides are of adequate thickness around the opening 24, and the arch 22 rises about a third of the diameter of the opening, so that at the summit the arch 22 is only slightly undercut. It will be-observed that the end of the swelling is spaced above the arch 22, this arrangement facilitating gripping the swelling to efiect removal of the cover. The opening 24 may be slightly inside the edge of the top member I3, so that the end of usual milled head so of the lipstick mounting 26 lies substantially above the edge of the pan Ill. The milled head 30 is itself of advantage in affording a grip on the lipstick and swelling jointly when removing the cover;

The device provides not'only a small combined compact and holder, but also provides an easily opened device when the pan I0 is used to hold 3 semi-liquid cream or other cosmetic which tends to seal the edges I5 and tends to keep a vacuum as the parts begin to be separated. The firm grasp on top and bottom given by the present invention enables the device to be opened easily despite the pressure resulting from the vacuum.

Having thus described one embodiment of the invention in some detail, what is claimed is:

A circular container adapted to hold paste or powder, a threaded flange projecting above the side of the container, an annular shelf outside of the flange, a cover for said container, said cover having an opening, threaded walls bounding the opening against which the flange is adapted :to lie, a ceiling against which the top of the flange is adapted to strike, and a transverse swelling on the top adapted to be grasped by the fin ers to turn the cover on the threads, said transverse swelling merging at one end thereof with the upper surface of the cover and being spaced above the upper surface of the cover at the other end thereof to facilitate manual access between the cover and said one end or said transverse swe1l FREDERICK M. BREEIL 4 REFERENCES CITED The following references are of record in the file of this patent:

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U.S. Classification220/212, 220/200, 220/296, 132/297, 401/52
International ClassificationA45D33/00, A45D33/28
Cooperative ClassificationA45D33/28
European ClassificationA45D33/28