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Publication numberUS3094237 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateJun 18, 1963
Filing dateDec 28, 1961
Priority dateDec 28, 1961
Publication numberUS 3094237 A, US 3094237A, US-A-3094237, US3094237 A, US3094237A
InventorsRyuji Tsubosaka
Original AssigneeYuichi Sano
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Fixable ash tray
US 3094237 A
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Jun 18,1963 RYUJI TSUBOSAKA 3,0

FIXABLE ASH TRAY Filed Dec. 28, 1961 2 Sheets-Sheet 1 INVENTOR RYuJ/ TSUBOSAKA,

ATTORNEY June 1963 RYUJ] TSUBOSAKA 3,094,237

I FIXABLE ASH TRAY Filed Dec. 28, 1961 2 Sheets-Sheet 2 fiYuJ/ 751/505): KA, INVENTOR BY MM ATTORNEY United States This invention relates to an ash tray which can be fixed to a suitable place where people smoke in an automobile, railroad train, electric train, all kinds of ships and airplanes, and other places in ordinary houses or offices, etc. whereby ashes or cigarette butts thrown into an inlet opening are dropped into a heap chamber by means of a push button system, and keep the inlet opening being concealed within the tray without exposing it outside while the tray is not in use, so as to always maintain it cleanly and sanitarily and prevent any 'fire hazard.

In the fixable ash tray of this type used heretofore in the seats of an automobile or railroad train etc., cigarette butts or ashes thrown into the ash tray are opened to the view, or cigarette butts or ashes are usually rubbed around the inlet opening with resultant dirtiness as can be seen in said seats, etc., and in the tray of a type wherein a cover is provided, the cover is moved manually when closing or opening it, however, one cannot deny that it is rather unpleasant to handle such dirty ash tray, and the appearance of the tray itself is not good at all.

A main object of the present invention is to provide an ash tray fixable to the wall of a suitable place where people smoke in the seats or passenger quarters in various vehicles, ships, airplanes and buildings, whereby causes cigarette butts or ashes thrown into the inlet opening to drop into a heap chamber, so as to he disappeared by means of a push button, and causes the inlet opening to be concealed within the tray without appearing outside.

A next object of this invention is to provide a fixable ash tray comprising a fixable casing and a receptacle member which is rotatable Within said casing with a transversal axis as the center and to provide means for causing the inlet opening to appear by operation of the push button, although the inlet opening of the receptacle member is concealed manually.

Another object of the invention is to provide means for manual rotation of the receptacle member within the fixable casing, and'means for opening the bottom of the inlet opening at a moment said inlet opening is concealed within the said casing, following the rotation thereof, and then by gearing a closing operation thereof together, so as to remove all cigarette butts and the like completely from the receptacle member when the tray is not in use.

An additional object of this invention is to provide means for removing all contents from the heap chamber, enabling to clean said chamber which is arranged at the internal bottom of the receptacle member within the fixable casing while said receptacle member is in a state being concealed within said casing by causing said heap chamber to be pushed out to the front.

FIG. 1 is a whole perspective view showing the inlet opening when it appeared outside.

FIG. 2 is a cross sectional view showing a middle portion of FIG. 1.

FIG. 3 is a cross sectional view showing a state when the receptacle member having the inlet opening is being concealed in the fixable casing so as to conceal the inlet opening.

FIG. 4 is a cross sectional View of the receptacle member showing the push button means. I

FIG. 5 is a diagram showing a specific movement of the receive dish when concealing the receptacle member within the fixable casing, and A in the figure shows the locking lever being contacted with locking seat, showing a state just before opening operation; B shows the slide head subsided over the locking seat showing an opened state; C shows the locking pawl of locking lever being locked on the stop edge of the locking seat, showing a state when bottom of the inlet opening being closed by the receive dish and the receptacle member is being stopped; and

FIG. 6 is a perspective view of the locking lever and locking seat.

The mechanism and operation of the tray according to the present invention is explained referring to accompanying drawings as follows:

A fixable casing 10 with a hollow 11 of laterally long rectangular shape within inner walls thereof on its front has two flat sides 12, 12, and flat bottom face 13 which forms its bottom, but upper and lower faces 14, 14 are of round shapes, so as to be adapted for rotation of the receptacle member 17 as hereafter described. And, the whole of exterior portion of the hollow 11 is embedded into the fixing surface; securing it in a manner causing only front surface of the casing to appear outside. And a spring seat 15 is provided at almost middle area of bottom face 13 of said hollow 11 and has a locking seat 16 on the right side of said spring seat 15 with a little space therefrom. The functions of said spring seat 15 and locking seat will be apparent from the descriptions hereafter. The receptacle member 17 assembled within the hollow 11 of said fixable casing is semicircular shape, and adapted to both upper and lower faces 14, 14 of said hollow 11, so that it can rotate without causing any gap on the contacting points at all, and the receptacle mem ber is supported within the hollow 11 by inserting projected shafts 18, 18 projecting on the center of on both sides 12, 12 into shaft receiving holes at equivalent positions on both sides 12, 12 of the fixable casing 10.

On the top of said receptacle member is formed an inlet opening 19 having a bottom opening which can be closed by a receive dish 20 which will contact from the inside thereof. And, a heap chamber 21 seat at lower portion of the receptacle member 17 is supported within the said receptacle member 17 in a manner able to expose the interior of the heap chamber by inverting the whole of itself to the front by means of a hinge 22 located at the lowest portion as its center. Besides, a pressure spring 27 is interposed at middle of a bracket 26 which supports a shaft rod 24 of a push button 23 projecting on the right side surface of the receptacle member 17, shown in the drawing, pushes out the push button 23 constantly in the direction of its projection, and the tip of said shaft rod 24 bends upwardly, and contacts a pin 30 secured to one end of the locking lever 29 with an elongated hole 28 provided at the extreme end portion by inserting thereinto in a manner leaving slight gaps on the periphery.

The other end of this locking lever .29 which is spaced with the center shaft 31 thereof extends into interior of the hollow 11 of the fixable casing 10 and forms an upward locking pawl 32 and slide head 33, and the center shaft 31 of said locking lever 29 is connected with a shaft of an ear-piece 34 on one side of the above described receive dish 20, and because another ear-piece 35 of the receive dish 20 is axially supported loosely by a shaft on the opposite side of the inlet opening, the receive dish 20 moves forwardly and rearwardly with the movement of the locking lever 29. In the case as shown in the drawing, the receive dish 20 is closing the inlet opening 19, but if the receive dish 20 moves forward in such state, it results in the opening of the bottom of the inlet opening. Such receptacle member 17 is constantly pressed in the direction of the front by a spring 36 supported by a spring seat 15 previously provided on the inner bottom face of the hollow 11 of the fixable casing 10, and the locking seat 16 is fixed at a position where a slide head portion 33, which is an extension of the locking lever 29; comes to 3 contact precisely on the interior bottom face of said hollow 11.

And, a cut-out 37 having slide edge 38 and stop edge 39 is bored in the surface of this locking seat 16, and when the receptacle member 17 rotates so as to conceal the inlet opening 19 on the top of the said member 17 Within the fixable casing 10, the slide head 33 of the locking lever 29 subsides sliding over the slide head 38, and when the cut-out 37 engages thereafter, the locking pawl 32 on the tip of locking lever 29 which is constantly pressed in the upward direction is locked by the stop edge 39 of the locking seat 16. The movement of the locking lever 29 at a moment it subsides sliding over the slide edge 38 operates the receive dish 20 into its opposed state by the center shaft 31, and then when the locking pawl 32 is locked on the stop edge 39, it functions to return the receive dish 20 into its closed state. And the fact that the locking pawl 32 on the tip of the locking lever 29 is locked by the stop edge 39 means simultaneously that the receptacle member 17 comes to support the inlet opening 19 as it remains being concealed within the fixable casing 10. Further, when the locking of the locking pawl 32 and stop edge 39 is released by pressing the push button 23, the receptacle member 17 is automatically rotated by an elastic force of the spring 36, causing the inlet opening 19 to appear to the outside surface with resultant returning to a normal state suitable for the use.

In the construction of the ash tray according to the present invention, pushing operation of the push button 23 moves the locking lever 29, and because the receive dish 20 is moved in the direction of an opening in the inlet opening 19, cigarette ashes and butts or the like thrown into the inlet opening 19 are dropped into the heap chamber 21, whereby not only maintain the inside of the inlet opening 19 always clean, but also functions to extinguish fire and smoke. Furthermore, if the receptacle member 17 is pressed upwardly when the tray is not in use, the inlet opening 19 is kept in an state being concealed within the fixable casing 10. At such juncture, it functions to drop the contents in the inlet opening 19 down into the heap chamber 21, and when the push button 23 is pressed at the time of using it subsequently, the receptacle member 17 is pushed out, so as to cause the inlet opening 19 to appear outside immediately. Accordingly, if the ash tray is used by fixing it at a suitable place where people smoke in an automobile, railroad train and other vehicle or ships, it can be used as a most decent butts container undoubtedly, and also can obtain a very clean and sanitary smoking appliance which serves to prevent a fire.

What I claim is:

1. A fixable ash tray comprising a laterally long hollow fixable casing which will be embedded into a wall surface at a suitable place where people smoke in an automobile, railroad train, airplane, ship, and building, etc., having a semicircular receptacle member supported by lateral pivots within said casing, said receptacle member having an inlet opening, a receiving dish pivoted in said receptacle member which can receive ashes from the inside of said inlet opening; a push button arranged on a flank of said receptacle member, and means for causing the casing to be in an opened state by moving said receive dish forwardly through pushing of said button, means for closing the bottom of said inlet opening by pivotal movement of said receive dish when the pressure on said push button has ceased, a locking pawl and slide head formed on the tip of a locking lever connected with a shaft for moving the receive dish to close and open said inlet opening of said receptacle member and a locking seat is mounted on the inner bottom face of the fixable casing and is formed with a surface having a cut-out providing a slide edge and a stop edge, and characterized in that when the receptacle member moves said inlet opening within the fixable casing, so as to conceal it therein, said slide head slidably contacts the surface of said locking seat.

2. A fixable ash tray comprising a laterally long hollow fixable casing which will be embedded into a wall surface at a suitable place where people smoke in an automobile, railroad train, airplane, ship, and building, etc., having a semicircular receptacle member supported by lateral pivots within said casing, said receptacle member having an inlet opening, a receive dish pivoted in said receptacle member which can receive ashes from the inside of said inlet opening; a push button arranged on a flank of said receptacle member, and means for causing the casing to be in an opened state by moving said receive dish forwardly through pushing of said push button, means for closing the bottom of said inlet opening by pivotal movement of said receive dish when the pressure on said push button has ceased, said receive dish having an ear piece at each end thereof, each ear piece being pivoted on a shaft, the shaft of one of the ear pieces having a locking lever (fixed thereon arranged to be operated by said push button.

3. A fixable ash tray comprising a laterally long hollow fixable casing which will be embedded into a wall surface at a suitable place where people smoke in an automobile, railroad train, airplane, ship, and building, etc., having a semicircular receptacle member supported by lateral pivots within said casing, said receptacle member having an inlet opening, a receive dish pivoted in said receptacle member which can receive ashes from the inside of said inlet opening; a push button arranged on a flank of said receptacle member, and means for causing the casing to be in an opened state by moving said receive dish forwardly through pushing of said push button, means for closing the bottom of said inlet opening by pivotal movement of said receive dish when the pressure on said push button has ceased, said receptacle member having a hinge section forming a heap chamber capable of swinging to the front.

References Cited in the file of this patent UNITED STATES PATENTS 2,323,884 Will July 13, 1943 2,377,713 Penney June 5, 1945 FOREIGN PATENTS 738,011 Germany Aug. 11, 1943 801,758 Germany Jan. 22, 1951

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Referenced by
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US7771216Mar 6, 2007Aug 10, 2010Intier Automotive Inc.Rotating power outlet assembly or door
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Classifications
U.S. Classification220/477, 296/37.9, 220/478, 224/282
International ClassificationA24F19/00
Cooperative ClassificationA24F19/0057
European ClassificationA24F19/00H