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Publication numberUS2943344 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateJul 5, 1960
Filing dateNov 21, 1955
Priority dateNov 21, 1955
Publication numberUS 2943344 A, US 2943344A, US-A-2943344, US2943344 A, US2943344A
InventorsReed Norman H
Original AssigneeReed Norman H
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Shoe shine kit
US 2943344 A
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July 5, 1960 N. H. REED SHOE SHINE KIT Filed Nov. 21, 1955 nl lu f/ MWmH-feeaa WMM,


United States Patent 2,943,344 sHoE SHINE KIT Norman H. Reed, Norwood Park Township, Cook County, Ill. (4541 N. Newland, Chicago 34,111.)

VFiled Nov. z1, 195s, ser. No. 548,110

1 claim. (ci. 1szss) My invention relates to a shoe shine kit, and more particularly, to a shoe shine kit including a hollow brush in which a dauber and a receptacle for shoe polish are mounted.

One of the diiculties in providing a practical shoe shine kit is that some manner must be devised to contain shoe polish so that it is readily available when needed, but will be completely covered and securely retained in the receptacle provided therefor so that it does not dry out and does not spread to the users hands and clothes. Moreover, the three essential elements of any shoe shine kit, that is, the brush, the shoe polish container or receptacle, and the dauber for applying the polish to ones shoes, must be integrated into a small, compact unit that permits ready access to the dauber and shoe polish when needed and provides an acceptable form of brush for application to ones shoes.

The principal object of my invention is to provide a highly integrated shoe shine kit in which the three essential elements thereof are readily accessible and usable when desired, and in which a receptacle for shoe polish is provided that completely covers the polish and that may be securely united with the other elements of the kit.

Another object of the invention is to provide a shoe shine kit including a brush that protects or shields the users fingers when the brush is being used to polish ones shoes.

A further object of the invention is to provide a simplified shoe shine kit in which the dauber and shoe shine container are stored in a hollow brush until needed.

Other objects, uses and advantages will be obvious or become apparent from a consideration of the following description and the drawing.

In the drawing:

Figure 1 is a perspective view of a preferred form of my new shoe shine kit, showing the dauber and polish container elements applied to the hollow brush thereof;

Figure 2 is a longitudinal cross sectional view of the new kit;

Figure 3 is a cross sectional view along line 3-3 of Figure 2; and

Figure 4 is a view similar to that of Figure 2, but on a small scale and with parts broken away and the dauber and polish container elements displaced from the hollow brush.

Reference numeral of Figure l generally indicates my improved shoe shine kit, which includes, as indicated in Figures 2 and 4, a tubular container in the form of a hollow Ibrush l14 comprising a tube 16 having a layer 17 of lambs wool or the like secured thereto on one side thereof, a dauber 18, and a receptacle or container 20 for shoe polish 22, the latter two members being frictionally received in the tube 16.

The tube 16 of the illustrated embodiment may be formed from any suitable material having the desired characteristics and is round in cross sectional configuration. As indicated in Figure 3, the layer I17 of lambs wool, which may include tanned hide 24 and bers 26, is secured by glue or the like about less than degrees of the outer surface of tube 16, so that the .uncovered portion of tube 16 provides a hand gripping portion having a particular signicance hereinafter described.

The dauber 18 comprises a quantity of relatively stiff bristles 28 secured within the round recess 3l) formed in the handle 32 of the dauber. The dauber handle 32 is formed with an enlarged or capped end 34 knurled as at 36, which provides a hand gripping portion for ease in handling the dauber. The dauber handle 32 includes a stepped portion 35, the outer surface of which has a diameter substantially equal to the internal diameter of tube 16 so that dauber 18 is frictionally retained in tube 16 when positioned as shown in Figure 2.

The receptacle 20 comprises a tubular cylinder or casing 38 formed from any suitable material, one end of which is xed to the plug element 40 of like material having an enlarged or capped end or base 42 knurled as at 43, which forms a hand gripping portion for ease in handling the receptacle. The-outside diameter of the cylinder or casing 38 is substantially equal to the inside diameter of the tube 16 so that the receptacle or casing will be frictionally retained in the tube when positioned as shown in Figure 2. The inside surface of the cylinder 38 is screw threaded at the inwardly directed end thereof to Screw threadedly receive the cap or closure 44 that includes the upstanding flange `46 for turning the cap or closure 44 with respect to the cylinder 38.

The capped ends 34 and 42 of the dauber and receptacle respectively are made similar in size and configuration in the illustrated embodiment, so that the kit as a whole presents a symmetrical and pleasing appearance, as indicated in Figure 1.

In use, the dauber 18 and the receptacle 20 are re- -moved from the hollow brush 14 and Shoe polish applied to ones shoes in the usual manner after removing the cap or closure 44 from the cylinder 38 so that access may be had to the shoe polish 22. The tube 16 is then grasped in one hand with the fingers and thumb abutting the ends 50 of the layer of lambs wool or the like, and the brush applied to the shoes. It will lbe noted that the ends 50 of the layer of lambs wool of the illustrated embodiment act to shield and protect the fingers and thumb from contact with the shoes and the shoe polish being applied. After use, the dauber 18 and the receptacle 2l) are reinserted into the tube 16 to the positions shown in Figure 2. The cap or closure 44 seals the polish in receptacle 28 from the open air, and thus prevents drying, and since the screw threaded end of cylinder 38 is positioned within the tube 16, the polish 22 is doubly protected from drying. The frictional fit or' the dauber within the tube 16 is such that the bristles 26 are substantially sealed from the open air, thus insuring that they will not become too stiff and hard due to drying of polish on them.

rfhe foregoing description and the drawings are given merely to explain and illustrate my invention, and the invention is not to be limited thereto, except insofar as the appended claim is so limited since those skilled in the art who have my disclosure before them will be able to make modifications and variations therein without departing from the scope of the invention.

I claim:

A shoe shine kit comprising a cylindrical tube having at least one open end, a cylindrical shoe polish receptacle member proportioned to be frictionally received within said one end of said tube, said receptacle member comprising a sleeve-like casing iixed at one end thereof to a plug element that closes said one end of said casing,

the other end of said casing being formed with an internally screw threaded portion, a disc-like closure member having an externally screw threaded portion adapted to be turned into said internally screw threaded portion of said casing and including an annular shoulder that abuts the terminous of said other end of said casing when said closure member is turned into said screw threaded portion of said casing, said closure member being formed with an -upstanding ange projecting externally of said casing and serving as a handle for said closure member, said plug element being formed with an annular shoulder proportioned to abut against said one end of said tube when said casing is received within said tube.

References Cited in the file of this patent UNITED STATES PATENTS Goodrich Mar. 25, Haswell Feb. 7, Haswell June 13, Holm et al Sept. 21, Connor May Z1, Broussard Nov. 25,

FOREIGN PATENTS Switzerland I une 2, France May 26,

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Referenced by
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US3964122 *Oct 15, 1974Jun 22, 1976George KurdyDental hygiene device
US4715496 *Jan 21, 1986Dec 29, 1987Bramlage Gesellschaft Mit Beschrankter HaftungShoe polish can
US4909650 *Apr 19, 1988Mar 20, 1990Ronnie GilbertPine tar applicator
US5135112 *Jul 5, 1990Aug 4, 1992Melvin KamenCosmetic compact case with telescopic cover and removable applicator
U.S. Classification401/125, 15/184, 401/27, D03/200, 15/209.1, 401/18, 15/258, 15/235
International ClassificationA47L23/05, A47L23/00
Cooperative ClassificationA47L23/05
European ClassificationA47L23/05