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May 28, 1963 S. LEVINE COSMETIC MASS HOLDER Filed Aug. 15, 1960 II E A? .32
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SOL LE VINE BY MWa ATTOPNEYS United States Patent 3,091,329 COSMETIC MASS HOLDER Sol Levine, Bantam, Conn., assignor to Dorset-Rex, Inc., Thomaston, C0nn., a corporation of Connecticut Filed Aug. 15, 1960, Ser. No. 49,728 2 Claims. (Cl. 206-56) The present invention relates to holders for cosmetics, and more particularly to holders for semi-solid cosmetic masses such as lipstick and the like.
It is the object of the present invention to provide an improved cosmetic holder having novel means for supporting and protecting the cosmetic mass received therein, which holder is readily and economically manufactured and assembled from a minimum of elements and wherein the protecting means is quickly and easily positioned to expose the desired amount of cosmetic mass for use.
It is a specific object to provide a novel type of swivel cosmetic holder wherein the cosmetic mass is rigidly supported and a protective sleeve is quickly rotatable inwardly and outwardly as desired to expose and protect the cosmetic mass.
Other objects will be in part obvious and in part pointed out more in detail hereinafter.
The invention accordingly consists in the features of construction, combination of elements and arrangement of parts which will be exemplified in the construction hereafter set forth and the scope of the application which will be indicated in the appended claims.
In the drawings:
FIG. 1 is a perspective view of a cosmetic holder embodying the invention with the cap removed and in condition for use;
FIG. 2 is a sectional view of the holder in FIG. 1 without the cap and with the sleeve fully extended; and
FIG. 3 is a sectional view similar to FIG. 2 with the sleeve partially retracted.
A cosmetic holder constructed in accordance with the present invention is generally shown in FIG. 1 of the drawings in which the tubular cap 2 has been removed and the cosmetic mass 4, such as lipstick and the like, is exposed for use.
Referring in detail to the construction of the holder, the integrally formed tubular outer casing 6 has an elongated outer wall 8 with a collar 10 providing an abutment for the end of the cap 2 which is frictionally engageable thereon from either end. Several protuberances 12 spaced about the periphery of the upper and lower portions of the outer wall 8 insure close-fitting engagement between the cap 2 and easing 6 and additionally serve as bear-ing surfaces for sliding movement of the cap on the casing. Integrally formed with the bottom of outer wall 8 is an end wall 16 which has an upstanding peripheral lip 18 about a centrally disposed aperture 14 to provide a mounting seat spaced inwardly from and coaxial with the casing outer Wall 8.
Securely fixed in this mounting seat 14 is the reduced neck portion 20 of the elongated cylindrical supporting column 22 of the tubular mass container 24, and the closed end wall 26 of the column 22 registers with the end wall 16 of the casing 6 so as to form a closed and substantially continuous end wall surface. The neck portion 20 is most conveniently fixed into the seat 14 by expanding the neck into firm engagement by a suitable die although adhesives and heat bond-ing are preferable when plastics are employed for one or both members. The opposite end of the mass container 24 is expanded outwardly to provide a cosmetic cup 28 which projects outwardly of the open end of the casing 6 and has its outer periphery spaced inwardly from the inner periphery of the casing 6. The cosmetic mass 4 is received within the cup 28 and is 3,09l,329 Patented May 28, 1963 retained therein by several indents 30 spaced about the periphery of the cup.
Extending substantially the entire length of the cylindrical supporting column 22 there is provided a spiral track 32, most conveniently formed by rolling or otherwise impressing a spiral groove in the column. Since the neck portion 20 is securely fixed into the mounting seat provided by the rimmed aperture in the casing, the mass container 24 cannot be pulled out or turned in the casing and the cosmetic mass 4 is rigidly supported in the holder providing stability and enabling greater accuracy and ease of application.
The tubular sleeve 34 is disposed between the casing 6 and mass container 24 for slidable movement therebetween and has a reduced neck portion 36 at its inner end which closely overlies and slidably engages the column 22. The cup 28 and easing wall 8 are dimensioned so that the body of the sleeve 34 closely overlies their opposed surfaces to prevent any looseness and wobbling therebetween. As best illustrated in FIG. 3, a follower 38 on the neck portion 36 of the sleeve, most conveniently formed by staking a projection into the neck portion itself, is engaged in the spiral thread 32 so that the sleeve 34 is movable outwardly and inwardly of the casing and relative to the rigidly mounted cosmetic mass by rotation of either the casing or the free end of the sleeve relative to the other. The peripheral rib 40 adjacent the outer end of the sleeve 34 engages the inner surface of the upper end of the cap 2 and cooperates with the casing outer wall 8 to provide stability for the cap and prevent wobbling. Outward movement of the sleeve 34 is limited by the length of the thread 32 and by the abutment of the reduced neck portion 36 against the bottom of the expanded cup 28.
The several elements are preferably of generally cylindrical outer configuration in the illustrated embodiment because of ease of construction and minimum overall width for the holder to accommodate the rotation of the sleeve; however, outer configurations other than cylindrical can be employed for the casing 6 and cap 2 including oval, triangular, diamond, crescent and hexagonal.
The several elements of the holder are readily and economically fabricated in conventional forming equipment. The speed of movement and range of adjustment for the sleeve 34 may be adjusted by varying the pitch of the thread 32. In assembling the holder, the mass container 24 is first inserted into the sleeve 34 and the follower 38 engaged in the spiral thread 32, and then this subassembly is inserted into and fixed in the casing 6. When it is desired to incorporate the cosmetic mass 4, it is only necessary to insert the mass into the cap 28 and press it in firmly to embed the indents 30 into the semisolid mass.
As will be readily apparent from the drawings and preceding description, the holder of the present invention economically and simply provides a swivel type of cosmetic holder from a minimum of parts with relative ease of fabrication and assembly. The holder provides a rigid support for the cosmetic mass and a sleeve which can be readily retracted to expose sufiicient cosmetic mass for use or extended to protect the mass during nonuse. The relative simplicity of the several elements enables the use of plastics as well as metals, and a wide choice of design for the overall configuration.
As will be apparent to persons skilled in the art, various modifications and adaptations of the structure above described will become readily apparent without departure from the spirit and scope of the invention, the scope of which is defined in the appended claims.
1. A cosmetic holder comprising an integrally formed tubular casing having an outer wall and an end wall having an aperture therein with an upstanding lip spaced from and extending parallel to the outer wall and defining a seat, said casingouter wall 'having a radially expanded collar portion intermediate its length; an integrally formed cosmetic mass container extending coaXially in said casing and having an elongated cylindrical supporting column with a reduced neck portion and a closed end wall at one; end fastened in said lip. and having .an enlarged cosmetic mass receiving cup at the, other en d said cup extending outwardly of said casing and, having its outer 5 periphery, spacedinwardly therefrom, said supporting column having a spiral grooye therein; a cylindrical sleeve disposed be-' tween the-casing outer Wall and mass container and extending outwardly-pt saidcasing for slidablemovernent, said-sleevehaving a reduced neck portion at'itsinner end slidable 'on said supporting column. and'a follower on said neck portion engaged in saidspiral'groove. for movement;
inwardly and outwardly of the casing by rotation therebetween,- said holder maintaininga cosmetic massin a rigid; positionrelative to the casing 'land said sleeve swivelingoutwardly andinwardly of the casing toprotect and exposeacosmetie mass in response to relative rotation of f the sleeyevandcasing; and 'a tubular cap havingla wall at-one end thereof and having its other end frictionally engagedoir'the outer Wall of saidcasing inabutment;
against said collar, said cap being engageable .to extend overthe cosmetic mass inione'position thereof andupon the-other end of said;casing for readylmanipulation of the,
2. A cosmetic holder comprising an integrally formed tubular casing having an outerwall and an apertured end wall With-a concentric upstandinglip parallelrto and spaced.
from theouter wall defining a seat; an integrally formed tubular mass container extending coaxially within said. casing outer wall and having a supporting columnprovided with a reduced neck portion having a closed end wall fixed in said lip and an expanded cosmetic'mass receiving cup at the opposite end extending outwardly of said casing adapted to retain and fixedly supporta cosmetic mass in a fixed position relative," to the casing, said supporting column being providedwith aspiral'trackg'anda tubular sleeve disposed between said casingouterwall-and'rnass container and slidable longitudinally therebetween, said sleeve having areduced'neck portion at its innerend overlying the supporting column and 'being dimensioned so as to closely engage the cosmetic mass receiving cup to sup port the sleeve precisely relativeto said cup thereby to prevent-contact between a cosmetic mass mountedin said cup and said sleeve, a follower on said' sleeve engaged in the track of the columnar portion for movement outwardly and inwardlyofthe casing in response to rotation to pro tect'andexpose a cosmetic mass received in said holder, and atubular cap engaged on the outer wall of said casing,
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