US 2593054 A
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A ril 15, 1952 s. c. REAGAN, sR.. ETAL 2,593,054
SCISSORS TYPE CIGARETTE HOLDER Filed Jan. 7, 1948 Sydney 6. Reaga n, 5r. Ollie Rea on i -4 Claude .Wood
Ger/rude Wood 40 3a 36 32 IN V EN TORS BY 29% W Attorney:
Patented Apr. 15, 1952 SCISSORS TYPE CIGARETTE HOLDER Sydney 0. Reagan, Sn, and Ollie Reagan, Falls Church, Va., and Claude E. Wood and Gertrude Wood, Maplewood, Mo; l
Application January 7, 1948, Serial No;848" Y This invention comprises novel and useful improvements in a scissors type cigarette holder and more specifically pertains to a cigarette holder which will prevent the dropping of ashes from a cigarette and which will conveniently support the cigarette when the device is laid upon an ash tray or the like.
The principal objects of this invention are to providea cigarette holder which will at all times prevent the accidental dropping of ashes from the cigarette while not interfering with the smoking of the cigarette; and which will at all times conveniently support a cigarette and retain the smokersend thereof in a sanitary manner when the device rests upon an ash tray.
.An important feature of the invention resides in the provision of a cigarette holder which has a scissors type of clamping jaws for easily and securely engaging or holding a cigarette; and which jaws are so designed as not to interfere with effective combustion of that portion of the cigarette which is engaged between the jaws.
A further feature of the invention resides in the provision of a cigarette holder having a foraminous screen or sleeve secured to one of the clamping jaws thereof for preventing the dropping of ash from the cigarette while affording an adequate supply of air for combustion.
Yet another feature of the invention resides in the provision of a cigarette holder as set forth in the preceding paragraphs wherein a foraminous sleeve portion is cut away to afford easy insertion of the cigarette withinthe sleeve, and wherein the movable jaw. of the holder is. con-. toured and shaped to overlie the cut away portion of the sleeve and complete the screening. enclosureof the cigarette. r
Subordinate objects and features of the invention reside in the provision of a cigarette holder which shall be of light weight, of simple construccigarette and of attractive appearance.
These, together with various ancillary features and objects of the invention which will later become apparent as the following description proceeds, are attained by this device, a preferred embodiment of which has been illustrated by way of example only in the accompanying drawings, wherein:
Figure 1 is a perspective view of the invention,
the position of a cigarette therein being indicated in dotted lines and the manner of supporting the holder in the hand of the user being likewise indicated in dotted lines;
Figure'2 is a side elevational view of the holder. parts being broken away and shown in section;
2 Claims; (01. 131-474) Figure 3 is a top plan view of the holder; and, Figure 4 is an enlarged transverse verticalsecti'onal view taken through the upper and-lower jaws and the ash retaining screen of the holder. Referring now more specifically to the accom' panying drawings, wherein like numerals designate similar parts throughout the various views, the numeral I0 designates the handle of the cigarette holder which'may be of any suitable material and appropriately shaped to enable the user to comfortably handle and manipulate thesame. Extending from the end of the handle [0;
within which it is secured in any suitable'and conventional manner, is the shank [2 of a fixed or' lower arm I4 whose outer extremity is integrally provided with an arcuate lower jaw I6.
As will readily be seen by reference to Figure l,-
the lower jaw I6 is'preferably in theform' of an arcuate or semi-cylindrical sleeve which extends transversely of the arm l4, and hasi tsinnersur face preferably contoured to conform to the convex shape of a cigarette or cigar which the device is adapted to hold.
' As shown best'in Figures 1 and the l'owerarm I I by-a hinge pin 24, and the inner endof the lever tion, easily applied to or removed frorn the or upper arm 22 is providediwith a finger grip portion 26; .Aswill readily be seen by reference to Figure'l, the finger grip portion 26 overlies the handle 10' and is inconvenient position-for easy manipulation the thumb o'f the men-whereby one hand'may be employed to securely grip and hold the handle I0 and manipulate the finger -ripZG. At' its other extremity, the'lever 22 or upper arm is provided with an integral; transversely dis posed movable jaw 28'. 'As will be seen by =reference to Figures 1 and 2,"this"upper jaw 28 is similar=in shape to-the lower jaw l6, and-has substantially the same curvature in order to enable the two jaws to encompass and embrace forfirn'i frictional retaining engagement, 'a cigarette or cigar 30-therebetween-f A coil wire spring 3-4] is coiled about the pivot pin 2% and has its extremities anchored against the solid portion of the bracket I8, and the un- Particular attention is now directed to Figures 1 and 4, wherein there is disclosed a cylindrical sleeve of foraminous material, which may be wire screen, perforated sheet metal or the like, this member constituting an ash retainer and is designated by the numeral 32. The outer end of this member is closed as shown at 34 in Figure 4, and its inner end which is open is rigidly secured to the fixed jaw l6. Thus, the ash retaining screen is rigidly carried by and supported by the fixed jaw I6 in any suitable and conventional manner of fastening as by welding and extends laterally from the handle 10. 1,
Particular attention is now directed to Figures 3 and 4, from which it will be seen that the upper half of the screen 32 at its open end, is provided with a notch or cut away portion 36 of the same shape and contour asthe movable jaw 38. This cut away portion is provided for the purpose of permitting easier insertion of a cigar or cigarette into the open end of the. screen 33 upon the uncut lower portion of the same and permits the placing of the end of a cigarette or cigar through the notch 36 and resting upon the lower surface of the screen 32 and fixed jaw l6, whereupon the cigarette may be readily pushed into the screen any desired distance. The movable jaw 28 is provided with a nose portion 38 which corresponds in shape to the notch 36 and is adapted to overlie and fit therein as shown in Figures 3 and 4. Thus, this nose portion provides a closing means for the notched or cut away portion of the screen while at the same time providing the frictional gripping engagement in conjunction with the fixed jaw [6 as set forth hereinbefore. In order to insure that sufficient air may be supplied for combustion of the cigarette, and to permit consumption of even that portion of the cigarette which lies between the upper and lower jaws, this upper jaw is provided with a plurality of apertures or openings 40 by means of which air for combustion may be drawn into the cigarette, when the latter has been consumed up to and including a part of the cigarette retained between the aws.
From the foregoing, the construction and operation of the device will be readily understood and further explanation is believed to be unnecessary. Among its advantages are the features that the burning end of a cigarette is completely encased within a protective screen which prevents direct contact of the burning portion with the person or clothing of a smoker or with other objects, thereby avoiding injury or damage to the same while affording 'sufiicient air for satisfactory combustion of the tobacco, and simultaneously catching and retaining the ash and preventing the dropping of the same. Further, the holder provides a means for adequately supporting the cigarette when the smoker desires to place the same upon an ash tray; and when the device is so positioned, by reason of both of the weight of the device lying upon the burning side of the cigarette, there is no danger that the cigarette when placed upon an ash tray, for any considerable length of time. will become unbalanced and fall upon the table or other surface. Thus, this device prevents marring of such a surface when a cigarette has been permitted to burn for a con siderable length of time when resting upon an ash tray, thus protecting damage by the burning cigarette; while at the same time, the aforementioned weight of the article prevents the cigarette from tipping over after such partial combustion thereby maintaining the smokers end in a sanitary and unsoiled condition.
When it is desired to remove the consumed or partially consumed cigarette, it is merely necessary to grasp the handle l0 and finger grip portion 26, in one hand, release the jaws and shake the cigarette and its ash into a waste receptacle. It should be further noted that by this holder a cigarette may be substantially completely consumed in view of the provision for assuring an adequate supply for combustion, thus contributing to the economy of the smoker and preventing any danger of soiling or burning his fingers.
It is to be understood that the accompanying drawing and attached specification or illustrative of the principles of the invention only and are not to be construed as a limitation thereof, since it is desired to make use of all suitable modifications and equivalents as limited by the scope of the appended claims.
Having described the invention, what is claimed as new is:
1. A cigarette holder including a handle having a fixed ja/w, a lever hinged to said handle, a movable jaw on said lever, spring means biasing said jaws into closing position and a cigarette receiving sleeve extending laterally of said handle for enclosing the burning end of a cigarette and retaining the ash therefrom, said movable jaw having a plurality of perforations to admit combustion supporting gases to a cigarette clamped in said jaws, the open end of said sleeve being notched on its upper surface to provide clearance for inserting a cigarette therein.
2. The combination of claim 1 wherein the end of said movable jaw is contoured to fit said notched end.
SYDNEY C. REAGAN, SR. OLLIE REAGAN. CLAUDE E. WOOD. GERTRUDE WOOD.
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