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June 23, 1959 L. HOL ZER 2,891,472
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HAND STAMPING DEVICE Filed June 8, 1956 2 Sheets-Sheet 2 IN VE NTOR LORENZ HOLZER I I l I f By i Attorneys United States Patent 2,891,472 Patented June 23, 1959" ice HAND STAMPING DEVICE Lorenz Holzer, Regensburg-Reinhausen, Germany Application June 8, 1956, Serial No. 590,252
Claims priority, application Germany June 11, 1955 2 Claims. (Cl. 101-333) The present invention relates to a hand stamping device, more particularly, to a combined stamp and stamp holding apparatus.
The conventional oflice hand stamping device is retained upon a stamp stand or holder which is especially provided for this purpose. These holders, however, frequently occupy considerable valuable space upon a desk, have a minimum of styling so as to be undecorative, and are seldom modem or efficient in design. Moreover, stamp holders are essentially dust catchers and in most cases do not provide a uniform arrangement for supporting all of the stamping devices.
Suitable stamping pads must be used in conjunction with the stamping device. These stamp pads are separate from the stamping devices and may become misplaced, so that they are not available when needed. In addition, if the container enclosing the stamp pad has been left open inadvertently, papers and documents lying upon the desk easily may become stained when contacting the exposed inked surface.
Stamping devices 'which stamp individual words must be readjusted if the text is to be changed and in most cases it is necessary that both hands be utilized for the manipulation. Resetting of these stamping devices is also time consuming and requires particular care, since the types are only readable in reverse print or by reading the type in a mirror. The printing of the adjustedstamp text also requires particular attention because when one line of text is being stamped the print can quite easily be squeezed to one side and results in blotting of the text. These word stamping devices usually contain narrow, one-line type plates. Where the operations require a large number of terms to be stamped at various times on documents it is very cumbersome to have readily available all of the necessary stamping devices.
The conventional stamping device must be applied to the ink pad prior to each use. Thus, several separate operations are required: (a) removing the stamping device from the stamping device holder; (b) applying ink to the type plate of the stamping device; and c) stamping the type plate on the document at the desired position.
The present invention provides a hand stamping device and stamping device assembly which overcomes the above-mentioned disadvantages.
The stamping device of the subject invention comprises a plurality of nested stamping devices wherein the type plate on one stamping device engages an ink pad on the adjacent stamping device. Consequently, all of the type plates are fully inked and ready for application immediately upon removing the stamping device from the assembly. The entire stamping assembly is supported upon a base plate which receives the lowermost stamping device which may not have a type plate. The open top of the topmost stamping device is covered with a rigid or movable enclosure which functions as the handle of the top stamping device.
It is, therefore, the principal object of this invention to provide a combined hand stamping device and stamping device holder which eliminates the necessity for sep-' arate stamp stands and holders- It is another object of this invention to provide a stamping device assembly which is self-inking and eliminates individual inking pads.
It is a further object of this invention to provide a. stamping device assembly wherein the nested stamping. devices may be readily arranged in any sequence so as to be quickly applied to documents in a predetermined sequence.
It is an additional object of this invention to provide a stamping device assembly wherein the labels of individual stamping devices are readily visible so as to quickly ascertain the typeplate of any particular stamp-- ing device.
It is still another object of this invention to provide a stamping device assembly which requires a minimum of space, is convenient and readily accessible, and is functional and decorative.
Other objects and advantages of this invention will be readily apparent upon reference to the accompanying description when taken in conjunction with the following drawings wherein:
Figure l is a front elevational View of the stamping device assembly with the stamping devices in their nested position;
Figure 1 is a side elevational view of the stamping device assembly illustrated in Figure 1;
Figure 3 is a front'elevational view of the topmost of the stamping devices shown in Figure 1;
Figure 4. is a front elevational view of one of the intermediate stamping devices illustrated in Figure 1;
Figure 5 is a front elevational view of the lowermost of the stamping devices shown in Figure 1, together with the base for receiving said device;
Figure 6 is a sectional view taken along'the line 6--6 of Figure 4 and showing the inking pad within a stamping device; 4
Figure 7 is a front elevational view of a modification of the stamping device assembly illustrated in Figure 1; and
Figure 8 is a side elevational view of the modified stamping device assembly of Figure 7.
Turning now to the drawings and more particularly to Figure 1 wherein like reference symbols indicate the same parts throughout the various views, 1 refers generally to the stamping device assembly of this invention which comprises a topmost stamping device 2, a plurality of intermediate stamping devices 3, and a lowermost stamping device 4 which is seated upon a base 5.
The stamping devices as shown in Figures 3 through 5 are substantially conical in shape and have side walls 6, front and rear walls 7 and 8, respectively, and a bottom wall 9.
The topmost stamping device 2 has a rounded closure. member 10 which covers the open top face thereof. The. closure member 10 may be either rigidly attached to the: stamping device or may be removable therefrom. This, member 10 serves as a handle to facilitate gripping of the, topmost stamping device.
Labels 11 are provided adjacent the top edge of each of the front and back walls of the intermediate and topmost stamping devices. bels indicate the type plate that is on the bottom of each of the stamping devices.
A type plate 12 is attached to the exterior face of the bottom wall of the topmost and all of the intermediate stamping devices. In addition, supporting bases 13 which are spaced at opposite ends of the type plate 12 are mounted on the exterior face of each of the bottom Walls.
of each of the intermediate and topmost stamping devices.
The inscriptions upon these la--.
An inlging pad 14is mounted on the interior face of the bottom wall of each of the intermediate and the lowermost stamping devices. This inking pad is more clearly shown in Figure -6. Theirelationship of the type plate and the inking pads are suchuthat when the, stamping devices are in their nested position, as shown in Figures 1 and 2, the typeplate of the upper of two adjacent stamping devices is in contact with the inking pad. This arrangement insures 'a fully inked type plate at all times.
The lowermost of the stamping devices 4 does not have a type plate and is received in a recess 15 in the base 5. The base 5 is of suificient Weight and. area. so as to pro vide stability to the entire stamping device assembly.
Proceedingnext to Figures 7 and 8, there isshown a modification indicated at 16 of the stamping device assembly previously described. The modification 16 comprises the same individual stamping devices'except that the lengths of the stamping devices are graduated in such a manner that the assembly resembles a pyramid,,that is, the length of the topmost stamping device is shorter than the length of the lowermost stamping device,
The entire assembly of stamping devices is mounted upon a base 17'which has a vertically upstandingmember 18 adjacent one edge thereof. Various indicia On the member 18' will indicatethe series of 'stampingdevices supported upon the base 17.
In using the stamping devices of this invention, it is not necessary to individually remove any one, of the stamping devices. Instead, the stamping device which is to be used is gripped by the fingers along the labels 11. This device, together with all of the stamping devices nested therein, is lifted ofi and the type plate on that stamping device is applied to the paper. Upon comple tion of the task, the stamping device is merely inserted in the open device and the result is a neat appearing stamping device assembly.
When it is desired to apply the individual stamping devices in sequence, the devices may be arranged-in the assembly in the proper sequence. This sequence is easily determined by examining the labels 11 which are clearly visible when the devices are in the nested position.
Thus it can be seen that the present invention provides fora combination stamping device assembly. No individual stamping device holder is necessary. In addition, the individual stamping devices are self-inked so as to be fully inked at all times. This feature eliminates 4" the necessity of an individual inking pad. The entire structure of this invention is simple. The result is an efficient and neat appearing device for use in modern offices.
It will be understood that this invention is susceptible to modification in order to adapt it to difierent usages and conditions, and, accordingly, it is desired to comprehend such modifications within this invention as may fall within the scope of the appended claims.
What is claimed as this invention is:
1. A hand stamping. device for upright nesting. position on a surface when not in use comprising a plurality of thin-walled cup-shaped hollow members having sloping side walls to form a cross-section tapering inwardly from top to bottom, each of said hollow members having an unperforated bottom wall and being open at the top, said side walls having such a slope that said hollow members are adapted to be nested together for the greater portion of the height of their side walls, a type 'plateion the exterior surface of the bottom wall of each of said hol-- low members, spaced supporting means on the exterior surface of said bottom wall adjacent the outer edge thereof, an inking pad on the exterior of the bottom walls of each of said hollow members, and a base having a re-' cess for receivingthe bottom walLof the lowermost of the nested hollow members whereby the entire assembly of hollow members is supported in vertical position upon 1 said base, saidbase having an area-greater than that of any of said hollow members and having awei-ght. considerably greater than any of saidrhollow m'embers' to providestability for the entire assembly of hollowmem'-* bers'when supported in the vertical position upona surface.
2. In a hand-stamping-device as-claimed-in-claim 1, with said base havinga height considerably less than the height of any of said hollow members so as to comprise substantially a flat member so that virtually all' of the height of the hand stamping device comprises the assembly of hollow members.
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