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Dec. 11, 1962 F. N. SUGGS TOILET TISSUE ROLL HOLDER Filed Feb. 3, .1961
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' 3,067,963 TOILET TISSUE ROLL HOLDER Fletcher N. Suggs, 822 Lamar St., San Antonio, Tex. Filed Feb. 3, 1961, Ser. No. 86,966 1 Claim. (Cl. 242-551) This invention relates to a support and holder for a roll of toilet tissue and has to do, more particularly, with a holder which is characterized by a structurally novel fixture, said fixture embodying an attaching bracket supporting a shaft on which the tissue roll is suspended and rotatable.
In carrying out the preferred embodiment of the invention, a fixture of one-piece form is here being used. It is both desirable and feasible to do what is actually being done by utilizing a single length of bendable, but suitably stout rod stock. In fact, the rod material herein dealt with is ideal in achieving the end product and improved result sought. To be sure, many and various forms and types of roll holders are known but none seem to fill the bill as efiiciently as the one herein, and for the first time, revealed.
Looking toward the ends desired, a simple practical and economical holder has been perfected. When holders are required for use in public toilets and barracks housing military personnel, matters of simplicity in design, and strength and durability are necessary to reckon with; so, it can be said that such prerequisites as these are taken into account and satisfied here With a view toward advancing the art a single solid steel rod approximately in cross-section is employed. It may be stainless steel with a suitably polished finish. If made of cold rolled steel the finish will then be either nickel plate or chrominum. While the balanced design presents an original and an attractive appearance this design feature is primarily one to promote rigidity, to facilitate application and removal on a support surface and to distribute stress and strain to the end that durability is assured.
Another improvement has to do with the fact that the holder under consideration has no removable parts to get lost, no moving partsto wear out. It is devoid of locks and latches which are found in prior art adaptations and which quickly get out of order. It is easy to install and remove and keep clean, is simple of manufacture, and is such that not trouble whatsoever is encountered in ,applying a roll of toilet tissue and subsequently removing the cardboard core or sleeve.
These together vwith other objects and advantages which 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 like numerals refer to like parts throughout, and in which:
FIG. 1 is a view in perspective of the improved holder showing how it is constructed, installed and used.
FIG. 2 is a view of the same with the roll of toilet tissue removed to expose the component parts of the holder; and
FIG. 3 is a section on the vertical line 33 of FIG. 2. looking in the direction of the arrows.
Briefly summarized the holder comprises a one-piece rigid fixture having an attaching bracket, an offset shaft 3,067,963 Patented Dec. 11, 1962 ice for the roll of tissue and a rigid connection between the shaft and bracket.
More specifically, the fixture is preferably fashioned from a length of stainless steel which is bent upon itself to define the aforementioned bracket 6. This bracket is adapted to be vertically mounted upon a wall or other rigid support surface 8. It is U-shaped and therefore embodies coplanar arms or limbs. The upper limb 10 corresponds in length with the companion lower limb 12 and the right hand end portions of the limbs are joined together by a curvate bight portion 14. Both limbs are provided with holes intermediate their ends to accommodate attaching and retaining screws or equivalent fasteners 16. The left hand end portion of the limb 10 (left in the drawing of course) supports the outwardly disposed spaced parallel member which is here described as the shaft or limb 18. In top plan one can picture this part of the over-all rod as defining a pair of adjoining generally U-shaped portions. The curvature end' or bight portion, denoted at 20, joins the left hand end portion of the limb 10 with the limb 18. The corresponding end of limb .12 is free and underlies the bent portion 20 as denoted at 22. The shank or shaft proper 18 is about the same in length as the limb 10 and the right hand terminal end portion in FIG. 2 is bent laterally toward the support as at 24 and provides a suitable hook-like terminal or, alternatively, a stop shoulder. Thus when the sleeve or core A of a roll of tissue paper B is-mounted on the shaft 'andsupported for rotation and endwise displacement in one direction is prevented by the bend 20 while endwise displacement in the other direction is pregenerally U-shaped portions. The curvate end or bight shaft is appreciably less than the diameter or cross-section of the sleeve A so that as brought out in dotted lines in FIG. 3, there is no chance of the sleeve A binding on the shaft. Moreover the bend 20 is non-yielding and consequently there is no likelihood of the full roll jammin against the bracket 6 when being used.
It is submitted that the holder herein shown, described and claimed constitutes a distinctive and an improved contribution to the art. Being of the configuration and design shown it is not only a product which will appeal to manufacturers and retailers but one which will serve the purposes for which it is intended insofar as purchasers and users are concerned.
The foregoing is considered as illustrative only of the principles of the invention. Further, since numerous modifications and changes will readily occur to those skilled in the art, it is not desired to limit the invention to the exact construction and operation shown and described, and accordingly all suitable modifications and equivalents may be resorted to, falling within the scope of the invention as claimed.
What is claimed as new is as follows:
A one-piece unitary holder for rotatably supporting a roll of toilet tissue from a planar supporting surface, said holder comprising a bracket constructed of a simple elongated bar disposed in first and second adjacent U-shaped portions each including a pair of generally parallel limbs interconnected by means of a bight portion, one of said limbs bieng common to both of said U-shaped portions whereby three generally parallel limbs are defined by said bracket, one end of said bar comprising the free end of said first U-shaped portion, the other end of said bar comprising the free end'of said second U-shaped portion, the medial plane of said first U-shaped portion being disposed in angular relation to the medial plane of said second U-shaped portion, said U-shaped portions opening in opposite directions, the limbs of said first U-shaped portion having each a single aperture at substantially its mid-portion for the reception of a fastener tfor mounting said holder on said supporting surface, said other end of said bar including a terminal end portion which is angulated at its free end toward the medial plane of said first U-shaped portion. 7
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