US 2707595 A
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2 Sheets-Sheet 1 Filed Jan. 13, 1953 Martin R Bro wn INVENTOR.
May 3, 1955 BROWN 2,707,595
ROLL PAPER DISPENSER Filed Jan. 15, 1953 2 Sheets-Sheet 2 Fig. 4
Martin -R Brown INVENTOR.
United States Patent 6 This invention relates to new and useful improvements in roll paper holding devices and the primary object of the present invention is to provide 'a novel and improved spindle construction for yieldingly engaging and supporting thecore of a rollof paper.
Another important object of the present. invention is to provide a roll paper holder involving a spindle having a tapered end portion that supports a rubber spider element having fingers Lfor frictionally and 'yieldingly engaging the inner periphery of .a core to retain the core of a roll ofpaper upon the spindle.
A further object of the present invention is to provide a roll paper dispenser including a spindle-and means removably securing the spindle to one of the roller supporting arms of a bathroom fixture.
A still' fur'ther aim of the present invention :is to provide a roll paperholder thatis extremely simple and practical in construction, strong and reliable in use, small and compact in "structure, neat and attractive in appearance, inexpensive to manufacture and otherwise well adapted for the purposes'for which the same is intended.
These together with other objects and advantages which will become subsequently apparent reside in the details of construction and operation as more fully hereinafter described :and claimed-[reference being had to the accompanying drawings forming-a part hereof, wherein which:
Figure 1 is a perspective view of one embodiment of the present invention secured to a supporting structure and showing a roll of paper applied to the holder in dotted lines;
Figure 2 is a horizontal sectional taken substantially on the plane of section line 2-2 of Figure 1;
Figure 3 is a perspective view of the present invention in slightly modified form;
Figure 4 is a perspective view of the present invention in further modified form applied to one of the roller supporting arms of a bathroom fixture;
Figure 5 is a vertical sectional view taken substantially on the plane of section line 55 of Figure 4; and,
Figure 6 is a vertical sectional view taken substantially on the plane of section line 66 of Figure 5.
Referring now to the drawings in detail, and more particularly to Figures 1 and 2, wherein for the purpose of illustration, there is disclosed one embodiment of the present invention, the numeral 10 represents a spindle or short rigid shaft having a cylindrical end portion 12 that is permanently fixed to or which forms an integral part of one flange 14 of an angle mounting base or bracket 16. The spindle 10 is disposed perpendicular to the flange 14 and parallels the other flange 18 of the mounting base 16. The flange 18 is formed with a plurality of apertures 20 that accommodate fasteners 22, whereby flange 18 may be secured against a structural member S, such as the vertical face of a wall.
The outer periphery of the tapered end portion 24 of spindle 10 is cut away to form a reduced cylindrical end like numerals refer to like parts throughout, and in or supporting lug 26 that is disposed coaxial with portion 12. A resilient, preferably rubber, spider element 28 is formed with a central aperture 30 that accommodates the reduced end or lug 26 (Figure 2) and hugs said reduced end or lug 26 so that said spider element 28 frictionally grips said end or lug 26. The radially projecting arms or fingers 32 of the spider element 28 terminate in lips 34 which define an imaginary circle substantially equal to the diameter of cylindrical portion 12.
A retainer cap 36 smaller in diameter than said end or lug 26 is provided with a recess 38 whose walls frictionally engage the periphery of the lug 26. The cap 36 retains the spider element 28 on the end or lug 26 and is spaced from the spider element so that the spider element may rotate on the end or lug 26.
In practical use the form of the invention thus described, the core C of a roll of paper P is fitted over the spindle 10 and the lips 34 of fingers 32 will engage the inner periphery of the core C to yieldingly hold the roll of paper on the spindle even though the roll P is rotated during removal of paper therefrom.
Figure .3 illustrates the invention in slightly modified form wherein the mounting base 16a comprises a substantially square plate that is centrally fixedly attached to or formed with the cylindrical end portion 12a of spindle 10a. The spindle lila is similar to spindle 10 since its tapered end 24a is provided with a reduced outer end (not shown) that holds the rubber spider element 28a in a retainer cap 36a.
Attention is next directed to Figures 4, 5 and 6 wherein there is illustrated the present invention in further modified form. In this embodiment, the cylindrical end portion 12b of the spindle 10b is formed with a smoothly rounded lug 13 that is disposed .remote from the tapered end portion 24b of the spindle 10b.
The tapered end portion 24b is cut away at its outer end to form a reduced cylindrical end or lug 26b that extends through the central aperture 30b .in a rubber spider .element 28b. The radially projecting arms or fingers 32b of the spider element 28b terminate in lips 34b which lie on lines tangential to the periphery of cylindrical end portion 12b. A cap element or retainer 36b is frictionally fitted over end 26b and retains the spider element 28b on the end 26b. The cap element 361) is spaced from the spider element 28b to permit the latter to rotate on end 26b.
The spindle 10b is specifically designed to be used with a bathroom paper holding fixture F having the usual parallel roller supporting arms A and A that are formed with opposed sockets S and S in their inner faces. Lug 13 is seated in recess for socket S and the fiat end of portion 12b, on which the lug 13 is formed, engages the inner face of arm A.
Means is provided for removably securing the spindle 10b to the arm A. This means comprises a U-shaped resilient or wire member 15 having leg portions 17 whose outer ends are suitably anchored within bores 19 formed in the end portion 12b.
The leg portions 17 are bent spirally to include coil portions 21 whereby the member 15 may be extended to frictionally engage over the arm A to secure the spindle 10b against and perpendicular to the arm A as shown in Figure 5.
In practical use of the device shown in Figures 4, 5 and 6, the spindle 10b is removed from arm A by merely sliding the member 15 past the arm A. Then, the spindle 10b is inserted into the core C of a roll of paper P with the lips 34b engaging the inner periphery of core C to hold the roll of paper upon the spindle. Then, the member 15 is again slipped over the arm A until the lug 13 snaps into the socket S. The paper may then be removed from the roll and the roll is permitted to rotate while yieldingly held relative to the spindle b.
Through use of the disclosed paper holding spindle, waste of paper is prevented as the braking action atforded the paper core by the rubber spider permits the unrolling of as much papr as desired. Excess paper will not be unrolled by the momentum of the roll as in presently used holders. Since the core of the paper is yieldingly gripped by the rubber spider, the paper may be unrolled and detached with one hand.
What is claimed as new is as follows:
1. A paper holding member comprising a spindle having a tapered end, and a resilient spider element rotatably mounted on said spindle outwardly of said tapered end and having radially projecting fingers extending outwardly beyond said tapered end to yieldingly engage the inner periphery of a core of a roll of paper said spider element frictionally gripping said spindle to brake rotation of the core.
2. A paper holding member comprising a spindle having a cylindrical end portion and a tapered end portion, said tapered end portion having a reduced outer end, a resilient annular spider element, said spider element including radially projecting arms extending outwardly beyond the periphery of said tapered end portion and terminating at an imaginary circle equal to the diameter of said cylindrical end portion to coact with the latter in engaging the inner periphery of a core of a roll of paper said spider element frictionally gripping said reduced outer end to brake rotation of the core.
3. A paper holding member comprising a spindle having a cylindrical end portion and a tapered end portion, said tapered end portion having a reduced outer end, a resilient annular spider element, said spider element including radially projecting arms extending outwardly beyond the periphery of said tapered end portion and terminating at an imaginary circle equal to the diameter of said cylindrical end portion to coact with the latter in engaging the inner periphery of a core of a roll of paper, said spider element frictionally gripping said reduced outer end to brake rotation of the core, and a retainer cap smaller in diameter than said spider element fitted on said reduced end to retain the spider element on said reduced end.
4. The combination of claim 2 and a mounting base fixedly attached to the cylindrical end portion of said spindle.
5. The combination of claim 4 wherein said spindle is disposed perpendicular to said base.
6. The combination of claim 2 and a mounting base fixedly attached to the cylindrical end portion of said spindle and having relatively perpendicular flanges one of which parallels the spindle and the other of which is disposed at right angles to the spindle.
7. In a bathroom paper holder including a pair of parallel spindle holding arms one of which is provided with a recess, a roll paper holder comprising a spindle having a cylindrical end portion and a tapered end portion, a lug extending longitudinally from the cylindrical end portion and seated in said recess, resilient loop forming means attached to said cylindrical end portion and frictionally fitting over and straddling said one arm to secure the spindle to said one arm, and means carried by the tapered end portion of said spindle for engaging the inner periphery of a core fitted over said spindle to brake rotation of the core.
8. The combination of claim 7 wherein said last named means comprises a resilient spider element having radial fingers extending outwardly beyond the periphery of said tapered end portion, and a retainer cap on said tapered end portion securing said spider in place.
9. The combination of claim 7 wherein said securing means comprises a U-shaped resilient member having leg portions whose outer ends are embedded in the cylindrical end portion, said leg portions frictionally engaging over opposite sides of said one arm and having coiled portions to permit the U-shaped member to he slid over said one arm.
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