|Publication number||US2613527 A|
|Publication date||Oct 14, 1952|
|Filing date||Jun 29, 1950|
|Priority date||Jun 29, 1950|
|Publication number||US 2613527 A, US 2613527A, US-A-2613527, US2613527 A, US2613527A|
|Inventors||Harris Garrett H|
|Original Assignee||Harris Garrett H|
|Export Citation||BiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan|
|Patent Citations (8), Referenced by (20), Classifications (16)|
|External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet|
Oct. 14, 1952 G. H. HARRIS I 2,613,527
TIME CONTROLLED CIGARETTE CASE Filed June 29, 1950 mun. Illnul Garret! H. Harris IN V EN TOR.
WWW 3% Patented Oct. 14, 1952 UNITED STATES rATENrorFice g i 2,613,527 I TIME CONTROLLED CIGARETTE CASE Garrett H. Harris, Jacksom'Miss.
Application June 29, 1950, Serial No. 171,028 7 This invention relates to improvements in smokers articles,
An object of this invention is to provide an improved cigarette case with means incorporated therewith serving the broad purpose of preventing access to the interior of the case for removal of cigarettes at any time other than that allowed by the timing mechanism incorporat'ed in the case whereby the smoking habit of an individual may be reduced. 7
Another object of this invention'is to provide an improved device f the character to be described which is adapted to contain cigarettes, said device including a case having a closure thereon which is hinged and aIockingdeVice holding the closure in the closed condition until such time that a timing device operates a bolt to allow the closure who opened. The device also includes a structure for automatically stoppin the operation of the timing device while the closure is in the open condition so'that the full period betweenopeningsof the closure is not' reduced.
Ancillary objects and features ofdniportance will become apparent 'in'following the description of the illustrated form ofthe' invention.
In the drawings:
Figure 1 is a perspective view of'thedevice';
Figure 2 is a longitudinal sectional view taken substantially on the line 2=2 .of Figure 1 and in the direction of the arrows;
Figure 3 is a plan view of the device with the closure in the open condition;
Figure 4 is a fragmentary sectional view taken substantially on the line44 of Figure 3 and in the direction of the arrows, and;
Figure 5 is a sectional view taken'substantiall on the line 5--5 of Figure 2 and in the direction of the arrows to show the stoparrangement for the timing device.
In this invention I have provided a-case it which includes side walls 12 and I4, endwalls or panels l6 and I8, a bottom 20 and which is provided with an open top 22. .A closure 24- is hinged as at 26 to the case land is adapted to open and close the opening 22 in the case. The compartment 28 is adapted to contain cigarettes.
A horizontal artition orishelf'3n is disposed in the'case adjacent the bottom 20 thereof and it, together with the bottom 2|] forms a hanger for the various components of a timer or timing mechanism generally indicated at 32.
The timing mechanism consists of a watch spring 34 mounted on the shaft 36 which also has a gear 38 thereon, similar to the main spring of 7 Claims. (01. 70-273) 2 a watch and its assembly. A ratchet Gil, which may be of the spring loaded type, is used to engage the gear tfi perrnitting the spring mechanism'to'operate for thepurpo se of driving the gear train including gears 48-, 4-2, 43; M, 45 and 15, each of which are mounted on suitable shafting. The winding pinion l! is mounted on the shaft or winding stem 43-. This winding stem passes through openings in the horizontal partition 30 and the upper shelf 3!. The upper shelf 3i 'to-. gether with the vertical partition 52 forms a winding stem compartment 54 in the Case Iii. .A winding button 56 is disposed at the upper end of the shaft it] and on the shelf 3 l, but below the closure 24. At the lower end of theshaft 48 there is another winding button 58 which is employed for the purpose of operating the pinion 5?. This lower button may be provided witha slot so, to accommodate a coin for the winding function.
The gear 46 is fixed at the lower end of a shaft 62 which is disposed in the compartment 64, defined by the vertical partition 65 and the upper horizontal shelf 66 in the open end 12 of the case H). A bolt keeper 68 is secured to the upper end of the shaft 62 andis adapted to overlie the inwardly extending flange ill at oneend of the closure 24 inorder to hold the closure in the closed condition. There is .a flat portion .12 on the bolt 63 which; when disposed parallel with and adjacent to the flange 'Hl will permit the closure to be-released Orlifted.
A rod-14 is mounted for reciprocation in the compartmentM and the upper end thereof passes through an opening in the shelf 66. The lower end of the rod 14 has a stop 15 fixed thereto with a slhall prong 18 forming a part' thereof and adapted to engage in the teeth of the gear 45 in order to prevent rotation of the gear train and hence the timer.
The rod 14 is mounted for vertical reciprocation and is adapted to be operated by the-flange 10 of the closure 24. When the closure is in the closed condition, the rod M is forced downwardly against the opposing force of the spring which bears against the collar 82 carried by the rod .14 and-against the upper surface of the horizontal partition 30. 7 Therefore, when the closure 24 is raised, the spring lifts thestoplt'sothat theprong "l8 thereof'may engage in the teethin order to stop the movement or the timer.
The operation of the device is as follows:
The compartment '28 is charged with cigarettes, cigars or the like. Then the spring mechanism or the timer 32 is wound tightly by the button 5 3 when the closure 24 is open. Thereafter the closure 24 is pulled down so that the open top 12 of the case is closed. At this time the rod 14 is pressed downwardly against the force of the spring 80 to thereby release the stop 18 from the gear train which forms a part of the timer. Accordingly the shaft 62 begins to rotate thereby causing the bolt 68 to rotate and cover a part of the flange 10, holding the closure 24 in the closed condition. At this time no cigarettes may be removed and access to the interior of the device is prohibited in the absence of the actual breaking of it.
In the event that the owner of the device forgets to wind the mechanism so as to cause a complete cycle of operation for opening the closure 24, he may employ the button 58 to wind the mechanism of the timer to thereby again initiate operation thereof.
Having described the invention, what is claimed as new is:
1. A device to hold cigarettes comprising a case with an opening, a closure arranged to close said opening, a bolt carried by said case to retain said closure in the closed position, a timer connected with said bolt to release said bolt from said clos ure at predetermined intervals, and means carried by said case and controlled by said closure to stop said timer when said closure is in the open position.
2. The combination of claim 1 and said stop means including a rod mounted for reciprocation in said case, a member at the lower end of said rod to stop said timer, and a spring reacting on said rod and said case and urging said rod in a direction to cause said member to stop said timer.
3. A device for retaining cigarettes comprising a case with an opening, a closure hinged to said case and adapted to overlie the opening and be hingedly moved to a position remote from the opening to thereby render the interior of the case accessible, a horizontal partition disposed in said case adjacent the bottom thereof, a gear train arranged between said horizontal partition at the bottom of said case, a spring mechanism con nected with said gear train to cause operation of said gear train, a bolt, said closure having an inwardly directed flange at the top thereof and said bolt being engageable with the upper surface of said flange to hold said closure in the closed condition, a rod mounted for rotation in said case and having said bolt flxed to the upper end thereof, the lower end thereof being fixed to one of said gears of said gear train whereby when said gears are operated said bolt is constantly rotated, said bolt being of such shape that upon a predetermined amount of rotation it is freed from said flange so that said closure may be hingedly operated, and means arranged in said case for winding said spring mechanism.
4. A device for retaining cigarettes comprising a case with an opening, a closure hinged to said case and adapted to overlie the opening and be hingedly moved to a position remote from the opening to thereby render the interior of the case accessible, a horizontal partition disposed in said case adjacent the bottom thereof, a gear train arranged between said horizontal partition at the bottom of said case, a spring mechanism connected with said gear train to cause operation of said gear train, a bolt, said closure havin an inwardly directed flange at the top thereof and said bolt being engageable with the upper surface of said flange to hold said closure in the closed condition, a rod mounted for rotation in said case and having said bolt fixed to the upper end thereof, the lower end thereof being fixed to one of said gears of said gear train whereby when said gears are operated said bolt is constantly rotated, said bolt being of such shape that upon a predetermined amount of rotation it is freed from said flange so thatsaid closure may be hingedly operated, means arranged in said case for winding said spring mechanism, said last mentioned means comprising a shaft mounted for rotation in said case with a winding button at at least one end thereof, and said shaft being. fixed to one of said gears of said gear train.
5. The combination of claim 4 and a stop disposed beneath said horizontal partition, a momrocable rod carried by said case and having said stop secured to the lower end thereof, said stopbein arranged to engage and hold one of the gears of said train to stop said gear and thereby stop the operation of all of the gears of said train, and the upper end of said reciprocable rod being disposed at the opening in said case so that when said closure is being moved to the closed position it urges said reciprocable rod axially and in a direction to space the stop from the gear which it stops.
6. The combination of claim 4 and vertical partitions in said case defining chambers, one of said chambers having said shaft disposed therein and the other of said chambers having said first mentioned rod therein.
7. The combination of claimd and a stop disposed beneath said horizontal partition, a reciprocable rod carried by said case and havin said stop secured to the lower end thereof, said stop being arranged tov engage and hold one of the gears of said train to stop said gear and thereby stop the operation of all of the gears of said train, the upper end of said reciprocable rod being disposed at the openings in said case so that when said closure is being moved to the closed position it urges said reciprocable rod axially and in a direction to space the stop/from the gear which it stops, and said reciprocable rod having a spring operatively connected therewith and re acting thereon to oppose the closure caused operation of said reciprocable rod.
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|U.S. Classification||70/273, 206/301, 221/15, 968/812, 131/242, 312/73, 131/270, 131/231, 206/265|
|International Classification||G04F3/00, A24F15/00, G04F3/02|
|Cooperative Classification||G04F3/025, A24F15/005|
|European Classification||A24F15/00B, G04F3/02C|