US 3039709 A
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June 19, 1962 H. BOLGER 3,039,709
TOILET TISSUE HOLDER AND STORAGE COMPARTMENT Filed June 14, 1960 ;F] g J uvmvnm HENRY BOLGER ATTORNEYS United States Patent ()fifice 3,039,709 Patented June 19, 1962 3,039,709 TOILET TISSUE HOLDER AND STORAGE COMPARTMENT Henry Bolger, 3706 NE. 116th Ave., Portland, Oreg. Filed June 14, 1960, Ser. No. 35,939 2 Claims. (Cl. 24255.3)
This invention relates to a toilet tissue holder and storage compartment, and has as its primary object the provision of an improved toilet tissue holder including a storage compartment within which additional rolls of toilet tissue may be retained.
An additional important object of the invention is the provision of such a device wherein, when a roll is completely used, an additional roll may be substantially automatically positioned for use by the movement of an operating lever.
An additional object of the invention is the provision of such a device wherein means are provided for the storage of three or, if desired, more, additional rolls of paper, other than the one which is being currently used.
Still another object of the invention is the provision of such a device which is of the same width as the conventional holder, but which includes an elongated recessed storage compartment and an ornamental hinged cover substantially flush with a wall surface.
A further object of the invention is the provision of a device of this character which is sturdy and durable in construction, reliable and eificient in operation, and relatively simple and inexpensive to manufacture and install.
Still other objects reside in the combinations of elements, arrangements of parts, and features of construction, all as will be more fully pointed out hereinafter and disclosed in the accompanying drawing wherein:
FIGURE 1 is a front elevational view partially broken away showing one form of tissue holder and storage compartment constructed in accordance with the instant invention.
FIGURE 2 is a side view, partially in elevation and partially in section of the device of FIG. 1, the different position of certain elements being indicated in dotted lines, and
"FIGURE 3 is an enlarged bottom plan view, partially sectioned, of the device of FIGS. 1 and 2, an alternative position of adjustment of certain parts being indicated in dotted lines.
Similar reference characters refer to similar parts throughout the several views of the drawing.
Having reference now to the drawing in detail, the device of the instant invention comprises an elongated boxlike receptacle which is adapted to be positioned in a recess 10a in a wall W of a bathroom, in any convenient location. Receptacle 10 has a lower opening 1011, within which is positioned a first roll R of toilet tissue. The receptacle is provided with a pivoted cover 11 hingedly mounted on a pin 12 and provided with an operating knob 13. The knob 13 is adapted to engage a conventional ball catch 14 positioned at the top of the receptacle so that the same may be svwing to open position for the reception of additional rolls of toilet tissue R R and R respectively.
Receptacle 10 is adapted to be held in position within recess 10a in any desired conventional manner, as by means of screws S.
The lower roll of toilet tissue R is adapted to be secured in position on a pair of oppositely disposed studs 15 and 15a which are carried respectively on the vertical legs 17 and 17a of L-shaped operating levers, the horizontal legs of which are indicated at 16 and 16a, respectively.
Horizontal legs 16 and 16a are mounted for sliding movement in offset brackets 18 and 18a, respectively, carried by the underside 19 of receptacle 10. Each of horizontal legs 16 and 16a is offset as at 20 and 20a, respectively, and pivotally secured as by means of pivots 21 and 21a to opposite sides of a central pivot 22 which mounts a lever 23 on the bottom 19 of receptacle 10. The end of lever 23 extends outwardly through a slot 24 in the lower wall 25 of casing 10 which surrounds opening 10b, and is provided with an operating knob 26. A spring 27 is connected as at 28 to the opposite end of lever 23 and, at its opposite end to a lug 29 carried by bottom wall 19, and serves normally to bias the lugs 15 and 15a, through their vertical arms 17 and 17a into a position in the hollow core of roll R to retain the roll in position while tissue is unreeled therefrom.
Inwardly extending lugs or projections 30 and 30a are carried by the upper portions of vertical legs 17 and 17a above the top of tissue roll R and normally, with the operating lever 23 in the position shown in full lines in FIG. 3 engage beneath roll R and hold the same in its raised or stored position. Pivots 31, and an opposite pivot (not shown) connect the upper end of the legs 17 and 17a to a pair of opposed levers 32, which are pivotally mounted on pivots 33 carried by projecting lugs 34 mounted on the side walls of casing or receptacle 10. The upper ends of levers 32 carry projections or lugs 35, which are normally retained in the full line position disclosed in FIG. 1 when the operating lever 23 is in the full line position with members .15 and 15a engaging in the central core of roll R Since the opposite members 32 are substantially identical in construction, only one is here disclosed.
From the foregoing the use and operation of the device should now be readily understandable. When the roll R is used, lever 23 is moved by operating knob 26 to the dotted line position indicated in FIG. 3. This operation through the horizontal legs 16 and 16a moves the vertical legs 17 and 17a outwardly to the dotted line position indicated in FIG. 1, releasing the projections or lugs 15 and 15a from the core of roll R permitting the core to be removed. At the same time, lugs 30 and 30a are moved outwardly to the dotted line indicated in FIG. 1, permitting the roll R to fall in the position formerly oc cupied by roll R At the same time the projections 35 engage in the tissue of roll R retaining the same in its upper position. Upon release of operating knob 26 spring 27 biases lever 23 back to the full line position, at which time the lugs 30 and 30a are moved inwardly and the lugs 35 released from roll R which falls in the position formerly occupied by roll R When roll R has been used the operation is repeated until all four of the rolls are used. At any time during the operation of the device additional rolls may be inserted into the storage cabinet merely by opening the cover 11 by means of the handle 13.
From the foregoing it will now be seen that there is herein provided an improved toilet tissue holder and storage compartment which accomplishes all the objects of this invention, and others, including many advantages of great practical utility and commercial importance.
As many embodiments may be made of this inventive concept, and as many modifications may be made in the embodiment hereinbefore shown and described, it is to be understood that all matter herein is to be interpreted merely as illustrative and not in a limiting sense.
1. A toilet tissue roll holder and storage receptacle comprising, in combination, a receptacle having means defining an opening in the lower end thereof dimensioned to hold a single roll of toilet tissue in exposed position for use, said receptacle being dimensioned to hold a plurality of additional rolls in storage position above said first-mentioned roll, a pair of pivotally mounted arms extending laterally on opposite sides of said opening, a plurality of projections formed on said arms, adjacent one end thereof adapted to engage the opposite ends and the core of the first-mentioned roll, lugs on opposite ends of said arms from said projections adapted to engage beneath the next adjacent roll normally supporting the next adjacent roll out of contact with the first-mentioned roll, and means for moving said arms laterally to permit release of the core of the first-mentioned roll from said projections when said first-mentioned roll is used, and simultaneously to move said lugs to permit the next adjacent roll to fall by gravity into a position in said opening to permit the ends of its core to be engaged by said projections upon return movement of said means to move said arms laterally, said means for moving said arms laterally comprising horizontal extensions carried by each of said arms, each of said extensions having an offset portion thereon, said receptacle having a bottom, a lever pivotally mounted to said bottom, the oiiset portions of said horizontal extensions being pivotally connected on opposite sides of the pivotal connection of said lever, means projecting outwardly of said receptacle for moving said lever, additional levers pivotally mounted on the sides of said casing extending vertically, each additional lever being pivotally connected at one end to the upper end of one of said arms, and additional lugs on the other end of each of said additional levers, said additional lugs engaging the roll above the next adjacent roll to hold the same in position when said arms are moved to a position to disengage said projections from the core of the first-mentioned roll.
2. The structure of claim 1 wherein spring means are provided for returning said arms to projection engaging position.
References Cited in the tile of this patent UNITED STATES PATENTS 2,620,991 Detfenbaugh Dec. 9, 1952