US 2852144 A
Description (OCR text may contain errors)
R. A. RENO Q 2,852,144
BRUSH HOLDER Sept. 16, 1958 2 She ets-Sheet 1 Filed May 9, 1955 mmvrox. Robert H. Reno J H orey R. A. RENO BRUSH HOLDER Sept. 16, 1958 2 Sheets-Sheet 2 Filed May 9, 1955 INVENTOR. RobeT't H. Reno H 501%ey 2,852,144 Patented Sept. 16, 1958 BRUSH HOLDER Robert A. Reno, Worcester, Mass., assignor to Chester J. Spiewak, Worcester, Mass.
Application May 9, 1955, Serial No. 506,832
2 Claims. (Cl. 211-65) This invention relates to a brush holder and more particularly to apparatus arranged to maintain paint brushes in suspension in a container of solvent.
In maintaining paint brushes in a usable condition, one must use considerable care to assure that the used brush is not exposed to the air, since any slight residue of paint will cause the bristles to become hard and no longer useful. Furthermore, one must see that the brush does not rest on its bristles, since they are easily set in curved condition that makes it difiicult to paint. The best way that has been discovered to store a paint brush and to assure that these conditions are met is to hang the brush by its handle in a container with the bristles hanging in a solvent solution. Many devices have been evolved for effecting this suspension, but none has been entirely satisfactory. Some of the drawbacks shared by these previously-known devices are that they will not accommodate a plurality of brushes, that they are not adapted to various sizes and shapes of containers, that they will not suspend brushes of various lengths in small amount of solvent. These and other deficiencies of the prior art are obviated by the present invention in a novel manner.
It is therefore an outstanding object of the invention to provide a brush holder which is rugged and dependable in construction and which may be easily and inexpensively manufactured.
Another object of this invention is the provision of a brush holder that may be used on containers having vari ous sizes and shapes of openings.
A still further object of the present invention is the provision of a brush holder that will suspend a paint brush or the like in a container with the bristles hanging near the bottom thereof in a shallow pool of solvent, this being done irrespective of the depth of the container or the length of the brush.
it is another object of the invention to provide a brush holder which will not become inoperative when covered with dirt and paint.
With these and other objects in view, as will be apparent to those skilled in the art, the invention resides in the combination of parts set forth in the specification and covered by the claims appended hereto.
The character of the invention, however, may be best understood by reference to certain of its structural forms, as illustrated by the accompanying drawings in which:
Figure 1 is a perspective view of apparatus embodying the principles of the instant invention,
Figure 2 is a view of a portion of the invention taken on the line llll of Figure 1,
Figure 3 is a sectional View of a portion of the invention taken on the line Ill-4H of Figure 1,
Figure 4 is a view of a portion of the invention taken on the line iVIV of Figure 1, and
Figures 5 and 6 are perspective views showing two other modes of operation of the invention.
Referring first to Figure 1, wherein is best shown the general features oi the invention, the brush holder, in-
dicated generally by the reference numeral 10, is shown in use with a container 11 and a brush 12. The holder comprises a main member 13 and a main member 14 joined in fixed parallel relationship by a clamping member 15. The main member 13 is made up of a left section 16 and a right section 17, while the main member 14 is composed of a left section 18 and a right section 19. The clamp 15 consists of an upper half 20 and a lower half 21 joined by an eye bolt 22. Each of the sections 16, 17, 18, and 19 of the main members comprises an elongated horizontal portion at one end of which is formed a relaitvely short vertical portion with a hook portion formed at its lower end; for instance, the left section 18 of the main member 14 has a horizontal portion 23, a vertical portion 24 and a hook portion 25. The entire section 18 is stamped from sheet metal and, therefore, is rather thin, as is apparent from the drawings. The surface facing the main member 13 is provided with semi-cyclindrical serrations 26, best shown in Figure 2. The hook portion 25, best shown in Figure .4, consists of a part 27 extending laterally from the lower part of the vertical portion 24 and defining therewith a generally V-shaped notch 28 facing upwardly and semi-circular notch 29 facing downwardly. Preferably, each main member is formed in one piece and the left and right sections made by severing the piece centrally thereof; each main member has the horizontal portions in side-by-side or overlapped condition, as is best seen in Figure 3. This same figure shows the manner in which the left section 16 and the right section 1'7 of the main member 13 are held together by the clamp 15, the
left section 18 and the right section 19 of the main menu,
ber 14 being held in the same way. The facing surfaces of the halves 2t? and 21 of the clamp 15 are formed with grooves 31), 31, 32 and 33 which retain the main members. The grooves 3i) and 32 are in opposed relation and serve to clamp and retain the sections 16 and 17 of the main member 13, while the grooves 31 and 33 are similarly opposed and clamp the sections 18 and 1% of the main member 14. A nut 34 cooperates with the eye bolt 22 to hold the halves of the clamp 15 in clamping relation to the main members.
The operation of the apparatus of the invention will now be readily understood in view of the above description. Figures 1, 5 and 6 show the use of the brush holder in three different ways. In Figure 1, for instance, it is shown in use with a long brush and a short container, wherein the brush must be held as high as possible to avoid striking the bristles on the bottom of the container. The holder is placed on the container with the vertical portions extending downwardly and the lip or edge of the container residing in each of the semicircular notches of the hook portions, for instance, the notch 29 of the hook portion 25. In this situation, the horizontal portions of the main members are positioned as high above the bottom of the container 11 as is possible with this apparatus. The brush is placed between the main members, for instance, with its handle of oval cross-section lying between the sections 16 and 18, the major axis of the oval lying parallel to the sections. Then, the brush is twisted through ninety degrees and locks in place with the ends of the ovals lying in the Serrations 26, as shown in Figure 2. If the brush is of medium length or the container is of medium height, the holder is used in the manner shown in Figure 5, wherein the horizontal portions rest on the lip of the container and the vertical portions hang down along the sides. It the brush is short or the container is long, the holder may be used in the manner indicated in Figure 6. The holder is inverted from the position shown in Figure 1, the lip of the container residing in the V-shaped notches of the hook portion, for instance, the notch 28 of the hook portion 25. In this situation the horizontal portions are as close to the bottom of the container as it is possible to get with this invention. It should be noted that the distance between the hook portions may be adjusted by loosening the eye bolt 22 and its nut'34; the horizontal portions of the sections of the main member are then slid over one another until the desired distance between the hook portions is obtained. Then, of course, the bolt 22 is tightened so that the clamp 15 holds them in the selected position. In the situation shown in Figure l, the distance to be adjusted is that between the semicircular notches; in the situation shown in Figure 6, the distance between the V-shaped notches is adjusted. For the use indicated in Figure 5 the vertical portions are moved toward one another so that they embrace the sides of the container and prevent the holder from being displaced from the container.
It is obvious that minor changes may be made in the form and construction of the invention without departingfrom the material spirit thereof. It is not, however, desired to confine the invention to the exact form herein shown and described, but it is desired to include all such as properly come within the scope claimed.
The invention having been thus described, what is claimed as new and desired to secure'by Letters Patent 1. A brush holder comprising two main members, a clamp member holding the main members in fixed relationship, each main member consisting of two sections, each section having a horizontal portion, a vertical portion extending at a right angle from one end of the horizontal portion, and a hook portion extending from the other end of the vertical portion, the ends of the horizontal portions of the sections of each main member being held adjustably in over-lapped position by the clamping member, the clamp also serving to hold the horizontal portions associated with one main member in spaced parallel relation to the horizontal portions of the other main member, the facing surfaces of the said horizontal portions having serrations formed therein to grip a brush inserted between the main members, the clamping member comprising two halves whose facing surfaces are formed with grooves, the grooves being located in opposed pairs, each pair clamping and retaining therebetween the horizontal portions of a main member.
2. A brush holder comprising two main members, a clamp member holding the main members in fixed relationship, each main member consisting of two sections, each section having a horizontal portion, a vertical portion extending at a right angle from one end of the horizontal portion, and a hook portion extending from the other end of the vertical portion, the ends of the horizontal portions of the sections of each main member being held adjustably in over-lapped position by the clamping member, the clamp also serving to hold the horizontal portions associated with one main member in spaced parallel relation to the horizontal portions of the other main member, the clamping member comprising two halves Whose facing surfaces are formed with grooves, the grooves being located in opposed pairs, each pair clamping and retaining therebetween the horizontal portions of a main member.
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