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March 17, 1953 E. DE KOLB 2,631,317
PERFUME APPLICATOR Filed Feb. 18, 1949 FIG. I
BY Enc de Kolb Patented Mar. 17, 1953 UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE PERFUME APPLICATOR Eric de Kolb, New York, N. Y., assignor to Gourielli, Inc., New York, N. Y., a corporation of New York Application February 18, 1941-9, Serial No. 77,247
This invention relates to a perfume applicator, and more particularly to a perfume applicator of the type comprising a casing, for instance of metal or plastic, and, disposed in said casing, an absorbent pad which may be saturated with perfume and which serves to transfer the perfume by contact to the skin or other surface to be scented.
One object of my invention is to provide a perfume applicator of this type which permits easy and accurate application of perfume to either very small or large areas of the skin or other surfaces, as may be desired.
Another object of the invention is to provide a perfume applicator which can be worn attached to a necklace, bracelet or to a garment, and yet allows perfume to be applied to any desired part of the skin or other surface.
A still further object of the invention is to provide a perfume applicator of the type described which, upon opening of the casing, presents a part of the absorbent pad projecting ap-- preciably from the casing so that the applicator, can be used without danger of the skin being scratched or delicate fabrics being damaged by contact with the edges of the casing.
According to one embodiment of my invention, the perfume applicator comprises a casing which encloses the absorbent pad tightly so as to prevent evaporation of the perfume when the applicator is not in use, but which can be easily opened to expose part of the absorbent pad when it is desired to daub perfume on any part of the skin or clothing.
Generally, the applicator comprises a hollow main casing portion including substantially flat spaced parallel internal wall surfaces of peripheral configuration in the shape of a circular segment bounded by a cord, the segment appre ciably exceeding a semicircle. An arcuate internal cylindrical wall surface extends perpendicularly between the flat spaced wall surfaces at their respective peripheries. The absorbent pad is resilient and is positioned between the flat spaced inner walls, being removably held in the hollow main casing portion by the arcuate internal wall surface. Since the circular contour of the arcuate internal wall surface appreciably exceeds a semicircle, the resilient absorbent pad may be removed and replaced at will, but will not fall out of the main casing portion. The absorbent pad may also be slightly thicker at its central portion than at its peripheral portion.
A hollow cover portion removably engages the main casing portion. The absorbent pad extends outwardly beyond the main cover portion, and the cover portion has a cavity formed therein shaped to enclose the projecting portion of the absorbent pad.
The main casing and cover portions are preferably exteriorly shaped to form a flat circular disc when the main casing and cover portions are in engagement with each other.
The various features of the invention will be understood more fully from the following detailed description and claims, in connection with the accompanying drawings in which a preferred embodiment of my invention is illustrated by way of example.
In the drawings:
Fig. l, a, b, c, is an exploded front elevation on a somewhat enlarged scale of a perfume applicator according to my invention, partly broken away.
Fig. 2 a, b, c, is a section along line IIII of the device shown in Fig. 1.
Fig. 3 is a perspective View of the casing of the applicator shown in Figs. 1 and 2 in closed position.
Fig. 4 is a partly sectional front elevation of the applicator shown in Fig. 1 with the parts in open position.
Referring now to the drawings, and first to Figs. 1 and 2, the perfume applicator comprises, generally speaking, three parts, namely, an absorbent pad in, a main casing part l2, and a cover part 14.
The generally flat, resilient absorbent pad H may be a sponge or felt pad adapted to be saturated or soaked with perfume. The pad H) is preferably shaped as a flat circular disc.
The central portion I6 of the pad H] may be slightly thicker than its circumferential portion is (see Fig. 2b). The casing I2, [4 may be made of metal or of a plastic such as Bakelite. In the illustrated embodiment of the invention, the main casing part 12 is generally shaped as a flat hollow body with an exterior outline corresponding to that of a greater segment of a circle appreciably exceeding a semi-circle and having a slightly larger external diameter than the pad it. The casing part 12 is open along the chord or chordal plane 28 of the circle. The pad in is inserted in the cavity 22 of the casing part l2 with a portion or segment 24 of the pad It projecting from the open end 28 of the casing part I2 (Fig. 4).
The cavity 22 formed in the main casing portion of the applicator has two substantially flat spaced parallel internal wall surfaces of circular segmental peripheral configuration bounded by parallel chords which lie in the plane 28. These circular segments appreciably exceed sem1- circles. The spaced internal wall surfaces are interconnected by an arcuate internal cylindrical wall surface which extends perpendicularly between the circular portions of the peripheries of the spaced parallel internal wall surfaces.
The generally fiat absorbent disc member 50 is disposed between the spaced wall surfaces. The radius of curvature of the arcuate cylindrical internal wall surface is approximately equal to the radius of curvature of the circular absorbent disc H3 or, because of the resiliency of the absorbent material, may be slightly smaller than the radius of curvature of the disc !0. As clearly shown in Fig. 4, the disc ill will be removably held within the cavity 22 by the portion of. the. arcuate Wall surface lying between the chordal plane 28 and the diametrical plane parallel to plane 28, since these two areas of the arcuate wall surface extend inwardly toward eachother. Because the configuration of the circular segments. appreciably exceeds a semicircle, these portions of the arcuate cylindrical wall surface will provide enough inward extension to hold the absorbent pad 12 removably within the cavity 22, a segment 24 of the absorbent pad 10 extending outwardly beyond the chordal plane 28.
The portion 25 of casing part 12 adjacent to the chordal plane or open end 28 is reduced in thickness for av purpose described hereinafter. Preferably, the reduced portion 25 of easingpart. 1.2 is the portion of the latter exceeding a semicircle.
The cover part I 4 of the casing is preferably shaped as a flat hollow body which in the embodiment of the invention. illustrated has the outline of a semi-circle having the same diameter as the outline of casing part 2. The cover portion M has a cavity formed therein shaped to enclose the outwardly projecting portion 2d of the absorbent disc 10 which extends beyond the chordal plane 28. The; cover part, 14. is open along the diameter 36 of the semi-circle. The wall thickness of the cover part 14 is less than that of the casing part. 12 and such that the cover part I4 can be pushed over the. reduced portion 26' of casing part 52 where it will beheld in. position by friction. fit and forms a. vaportight closure. In. closed position- (li'ig. 3), parts i2 and 43 together form. substantially a. cylindrical disc similar to a watch casing or a locket.
An eyelet 30;, preferably made of metal, is secured to the. cover part H3 at the middle. 32 of its circular circumference, 38-. The eyelet. 30 may be provided with a. projection 34 which may be screwed, soldered or. welded to the cover part M.
By means of the eyelet 3%} the cover part i4,
and with it the entire casing I2, M, may be. at-
tached to a necklace, bracelet, pin or the like, so that the perfume applicator may be worn like a watch or locket.
The cover part [4 encloses the projecting seg ment 2 of the pad Hi When the parts are in closed position. If it is desired to apply perfume to any part of the skin or to any other surface, the; casing part l2 together with the pad I is separated from the. cover part 14. The casing part 12 and pad ID are. then entirely independent of the cover part. ti and can be brought to any desired position. while the cover part I remains attached to the necklace, bracelet or pin that carries it.
The outer surface of the. exposed segment 24 of the pad It, being: curvedalong thearc: of a circle, it is possible.- to apply perfume as. may be desired. either to. a. very small area of. the skin or: other surface to be; scented, by tangential point contact or to a larger surface by a friction less rolling contact or by brushing of the pad over the surface to be scented. In either application, there is no danger of the skin of the user being scratched or delicate fabrics being damaged by contact with the edge 28 of casing part I2.
I have described twopreferred embodiments of my invention, but it is to be understood that this disclosure is for the purpose of illustration and that. various omissions or changes may be made without departing from the spirit and scope of the invention as set forth in the appended claims.
1. An applicator of the class described, comprising: a hollow main casing portion having a cavity therein bounded by two similar substantially fiat spaced parallel internal wall surfaces of circular segmental peripheral. configuration bounded by parallel chords and appreciably exceeding semicircles; an arcuate internal cylindrical wall surface further bounding; said cavity and extending perpendicularly between said spaced wall. surfaces at the circular portions of their respective peripheries; and a. generally flat resilient absorbent circular disc member of thickness. approximately equal to the distance between said spaced wall surfaces. and of a radius of curvature aproximately equal to the; radius. of curvature of said circular segments disposed between said spaced wall surfaces and removably held in said hollow main casing portion by engagement with said arcuate cylindrical wall: surface and extending outwardly past the plane of said parallel chords and beyond said hollow main casing portion.
2. An applicator according to claim 1, wherein said generally flat absorbent disc member is slightly thicker at its central portion than at its peripheral portion.
3. An applicator according to claim 1, further comprising a removable hollow cover portion for said main casing portion engaging said main casing portion, said cover portion having a cavity therein shaped to enclose said outwardly extending portion of said absorbent disc member.
4'; An appl-icatoraccording toclaim 3', wherein said main casing portion and said hollow cover portion are exteriorly shape to form a fiat circula-r disc of slightly larger diameter than said absorbent disc member when said main casing and cover portions are in engagement with each other.
ERIC DE KOLB.
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