US 2609817 A
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P 1952 A. FALCONE I 2,609,817
INHALER Filed Jun s, 1950 INVENTOR. ANTHONY FALCON E;
Patented Sept. 9, 1 952- 2,609,817 QINHALER Anthony Falcone, Newark, N. J. Application June 3, 1950,sernrnaieasor M invention relates to inhalers whereby gas or vapor maybe drawninto the mouth and throat for relieving unpleasant breath or tor medicinal purposes or the like.
An important objetfofthe: invention is to provide a device of-the above mentioned character which may be made sm'allahd compact to be conveniently carried in the pocket and which may be quickly and conveniently used 'for inhaling the vapor or air. i i
A further object of the invention is to provide a device of the above mentioned character which is extremely simple in construction and is formed of few and simple parts which are readily adjustable for arranging the tubular absorbent element in position.
A further object of the invention is to provide a device or the above mentioned character which is vapor tight when 'closed preventing evaporation of the perfume, chemical or medicine.
Other objects and advantages of the invention will be apparent during the course of the following description.
, In the accompanying drawings forming a part of this application and in which like numerals are used to designate like parts throughout same:
Figure 1 is a plan view of the inhaler, the cap being removed,
Figure 2 is a longitudinal section taken on line 2--2 of Figure 3, parts in elevation,
Figure 3 is a transverse section taken on line 3-3 of Figure 4,
Figure 4 is a longitudinal section taken on line 2--2 of Figure 3, all parts being shown in section,
Figure 5 is a horizontal section taken on line 5-5 of Figure 6,
Figure 6 is a longitudinal section taken on line 6-6 of Figure 3, the lower portion of the device being shown in elevation, and, a
Figure 7 is a horizontal section taken on line 1l of Figure 4.
In the drawings, where for the purpose of i1- lustration is shown a preferred embodiment of my invention, the numeral l0 designates a casing,
which is preferably cylindrical and preferably formed of transparent material, such as plastics material. This casing ID has one end covered or closed by a bottom ll, preferably integral therewith and this bottom has a raised central projection or portion I2, concentric with the side of the casing i0 and of a smaller diameter to be spaced therefrom. Surrounding the raised projection l2 and spaced therefrom is an annular group of spacing lugs l3, and these lugs are circumferentially spaced and formed integral with H 1 ,1 Claim, (or 128-4200) the bottom Ii. The casing is provided at its top or opposite end witha reduced portion I l, forreceiving a removable tubular cap 'l5, a lso--preferably formed of transparent plastics material. The
cap is removably mounted upon the reduced] portion I4 and has a snug fit thereon to provideagas tight joint which will prevent the evaporation of the-volatile perfume; chemical or medicine.
The numeral [6 designates a tubular suction element to be placed in themouth, or inserted in the nose. The tubular suction elementhas a bore 11 extending through its opposite ends. The tubular suction element is preferably provided with flattened faces IB'fas shdwn. Formed integral with the tubular suction "element" nearits inner or lower end i9 arelongitudina'l" ribs 20, which i are circumferentially'spaced, providing longitudinal'air recesses or passages,2 I; The ribs have inner taperedportionsjZ'Z; which may be readily inserted within the reduced portion M. The ribs 20 have a snug fit within the reduced portion l4. When the-tubular suctionelement i6 is inserted Within the reduced portionll l of the casing H], the sides of the recesses or passages 2| remain uncovered, at their outer or upper ends since these recesses or passages project upwardly or outwardly beyond the portion l4, while the remaining portion of the recesses or passages 2| are covered by the portion H. The lower or inner portion of the tubular suction element has a reducedexte nsion 23 forming a shoulder 24, and theribs 20 project inwardly or downwardly beyond the shoulders 24, forming notches 24.
The numeral 25 designates a tubular absorbent element, which may be formed of fibrous material, such as cardboard or the like. This tubular absorbent element receives at one end the reduced extension 23 and the end of the element 25 is inserted into the notches 24', and contacts with the shoulder 24, and the longitudinal ribs 26 engage over the end of the tubular absorbent element 25, holding it upon the reduced extension 23'. The lower or inner end of the absorbent element 25 rests upon the stop lugs [3. It is thus seen that the tubular absorbent element 25 and the lugs I 3 limit the inward movement of the tubular suction element It, whereby the upper or outer ends of the recesses 2 I remain uncovered.
The element 25 has a smaller exterior diameter than the internal diameter of the casing l 0, providing a passage 25'. This passage 25 leads into the recesses 21. The inner end of the element 25 is spaced from the bottom ll, whereby the openings l3 between the lugs l3 place the pas- 3 sage 25 in communication with the interior of the element 25.
In the use of the device, the cap may be removed from the casing l0 and the tubular suction element is removed from the portion It. The tubular absorbent element 25 is now applied to the reduced extension 23 and will be held thereon by frictional engagement with this extension and the ribs 20. The volatile liquid such as perfume, chemicals or medicine is now applied to the tubular absorbent element 25, which may be dipped into the volatile liquid, or the liquid applied thereto in any suitable manner. The tubular suction element It with the tubular absorbent element 25 applied thereto is now inserted into the casing inner end of the element 25 will rest upon the stop lugs I3, while the ribs will frictionally engage with the reduced portion M. The tubular suction element may be placed in the mouth or nose and the user will then inhale. Air ,will be drawn inwardly through the recesses 2| and travel longitudinally through the passage exterior ly of the element 25 and then pass through the openings 13 and enter the inner end of the tubular element 25 and then pass through the tubular suction element I6.
teriorly of the element 25 and will become laden with the vapor from the volatile perfume, chemical or medicine. When a sufiicient amount of vapor has been inhaled, the cap i5 is applied to the reduced portion l4, and the casing [0 completely closed so that the volatile perfume or the like will not evaporate and may be used at a subsequent time.
It is to be understood that the form of my invention herewith shown and described is to be taken as a preferred example of the same and that various changes inv the shape, size and arrangement of parts may be resorted to without departing from the spirit of my invention or .the scope of the subjoined claim.
[0, and the V The air is thus caused to travel in opposite directions exteriorly and in- 4 Having thus described my invention, I claim: An inhaler comprising, a tubular casing having one end open and its opposite end closed, said closed end having circumferentially spaced lugs extending axially of the casing and terminating near the closed end, a tubular suction element provided at its inner end with circumferentially spaced axially extending ribs of substantial length forming recesses between them, the inner ends of the recesses being open, the ribs slidably engaging within the upper end of the tubular casing, the suctionelement having a reduced inner extension and the lower ends of the ribs extending longitudinally over the reduced extensionto form notches, a tubular absorbent element having one end receiving the reduced extension and entering the notches for engagement behind the lower ends of the ribs to be held in place thereby, the tubular absorbent element having a smaller exterior diameter than the interior diameter of the tubular casing and being of a length to contact with the lugs and be held spaced thereby from the closed end of the tubular casing and also serving to limit the inward movement of the tubular suction element so that the outer ends of the recesses between the lugs remain uncovered by the tubular casing, and a cap removably mounted upon the open end of the tubular casing.
REFERENCES CITED The following references are of record in the file of this patent:
UNITED STATES PATENTS Seaver Dec. 14, 1948