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FIG Z Jan. 4, 1966 c. M. NORMAN WAX DISPENSER AND APPLICATOR Filed June 12, 1963 INVENTOR.
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[lillllllllllllllll] ATTORNEYS United States Patent 3,226,762 WAX DISPENSER AND APPLICATO Chester M. Norman, 907 Ripple Ave.,
Pacific Grove, Calif. Filed June 12, 1963, Ser. No. 287,373 r 1 Claim. (Cl. 15+558) The present invention relates generally to dispenser and applicator containers and more particularly to a container :for dispensing and applying a material of wax-like consistency. i v I .Heretofore various containers have been used to dispens'e and apply such materials of wax-like consistency as lip balm, lipstick and stick type deodorants and such containers havebeen quite satisfactory since the material was of the type that could be applied directly from the body of the material to the surface being treated. I A different situation and method of application exists withsuch wax-like materials as paste .type shoe Wax, gelled petrolaturn and leather conditioners and preservatives wherein .the product must not only be applied but must be rubbed into the surface being treated, in even, relativelyrthinlayers. In order to apply such wax-like material to leather goods and the like it is desirable to use an applicator of some form on which is first deposited a limited amount. ofsaid material and then the applicator isused' to work the deposit of material into the-surface being treated, such as a boot, shoe, handbag, ballglove, etc. An attemptto apply such a material as a paste wax directly from. the body of Wax to a shoe, for example, would be unsuccessful since the amount of such material applied couldnot be restricted and the body of material would not be a satisfactory applicator for rubbing the wax in'to the shoe. t i t 'Itis, therefore, a-main object ofthe present invention to provide-a sturdy container which is suitable for both dispensingandapplying a wax-like material to a surface into which said material must be rubbed.
It is another object of this invention to provide a container-fordispensing and applying a wax-like material which includes an applicator pad and means for depositing alimited amount of said material on the applying surface of said pad.
It is still another object of thepresent invention to provide a container for dispensing and applying a material of wax-like consistency, which container includes an applicator pad that is adapted to apply said material to a wide variety of contoured surfaces including restricted and hard-to-reach portions thereof. 1
Yet another object of this invention is the provision of a container for dispensing and applying a wax-like material from which container substantially all of said material can be dispensed.
Other objects and advantages ofthe present invention will be apparent from the description and the drawings.
In the drawings:
FIG. 1 is a side elevational view of one form of the container of the present invention.
FIG. 2 is a vertical cross-sectional view of the container of FIG. 1 taken along line 2-2 thereof.
FIG. 3 is a cross-sectional view taken along line 3-3 of FIG. 2.
FIG. 4 is a vertical cross-sectional view of a modification of the present invention, a portion thereof being broken away.
As seen in FIG. 1, container 1 may be formed with a tubular sidewall or body 2, which may be covered at one end with a close fitting cap 3. Body 2 may be of any desired shape including rectangular or elliptical as well as the cylindrical tubular form illustrated. The end of body 2 opposite cap 3 may be closed by a serrated turn plate 4 rotatably secured to body 2.
3,226,762 Patented Jan. 4, 1966 Body 2is adapted to enclose a column of material 7 of wax-like consistency (FIG. 2) that may be, in the present example, paste type shoe wax.
The top of body 2, as seen in FIG. 2, is closed by a rigid endwall 8 which is rigidly secured in any suitable manner to said body around the periphery of said endwall. Endwall 8 is preferably concavo-convexly formed so that it may better resist the thrust of wax 7 when it is forced thereagain st. v
Tightly bonded to theaxially outer surface of endwall 8 is an applicator pad 9. Pad 9 may be made-of any suitable, relatively soft fabric, such as a nap-like or pile type fabric, or it may be made of a plastic or foam plastic material or may even contain bristles. Pad 9 should be formed with relatively sharp corners in order to effectively apply and spread wax into crevices such as those around the heel and sole and tongue of footwear.
As seen in FIGS. 2 and 4, a plurality of perforations 10 extend axially through pad 9 and endwall 8 and are coincidentally formed therein to provide passageways for wax through said endwall and pad to the applying surface of said pad.
Wax 7 can be forced through endwall 8to the applying surface of pad 9 in-limited quantities by any desirable means. That illustrated in the drawings contemplates the use of ascrew-threaded travel rod 11, extending axially of body 2 and through the center of the column of waxlike material 7, that is rigidly secured to the inner surface of turn plate 4 for rotation therewith.
lnterposed between the wax-like material 7 and the inner surface of turn plate 4, and operatively connected to rod 11, is a pressure plate 12 which is adapted to travel along rod 11 upon rotation thereof. Pressure plate 12 is restrained-from possible rotation with rod 11 by a slot,
and key relation between a point on the periphery of said plate 12 and the seam 14 of body 2 of the container (FIG.
\ 3). In tubular bodies and shapes other than cylindrical,
no such restraining means is needed since the shape of the body and pressure plate would not permit rotation. f It should be understood that a finger manipulated pressure plate alone would also be adequate even if slightly less convenient.
In FIG. 4 several modifications are illustrated in combination with the more basic elements. The sidewall or body 15 and the perforated endwall 16 may be in the form of a drawn or spun metal can in which endwall 16 is formed integrally with the body 15.
Applicator pad 17, bonded to the outer surface of endwall 16, may be formed with a concave applying surface thereon in order to more easily conform to the contoured surfaces of items to which the wax-like material 7 is applied. This would permit more uniform spreading of the wax on certain articles since it would provide greater surface-to-surface contact between pad 17 and the contoured surface to which the wax is applied. By making the applying surface of pad 17 concave a sharper corner is provided at the intersection of said surface and the side surfaces, which corner is needed to apply wax to crevices and restricted areas.
It is important that the apertures or perforation- 18 be coincidentally formed in both pad 17 and endwall 16 in order to provide passageways for the wax 7 from the column thereof to the applying surface of said pad.
It should be noted that in any modification of the invention cap 3 should be made to fit as closely as possible around the applicator pad. This prevent drying out of the pad and hardening of the Wax by minimizing their ex posure to air.
Turn plate :4 and travel rod 11 rigidly secured thereto may be substantially the same as in the previously described form of the invention, 'said turn plate being rotatably secured to the lower end of body 15. However,
pressure plate 19 may be formed with a concave surface thereon facing endwall 16, the convex surface of said endwall facing said pressure plate. By this structure it can be seen that substantially all of the waxlike material enclosed within body 15 between said pressure plate and said endwall will be dispensed from the container when the cooperating surfaces of said member are brought into mating engagement.
In use, having removed cap 3, a small amount of wax 7 is deposited on the applying surface of pad 9 (FIG. 2) by turning turn plate 4 in the proper direction. This causes pressure plate 12 to ride along travel rod 11 in the direction of endwall 8, squeezing the wax-like material 7 in that direction. Material 7 i broken down by engagement with endwall 8 and is forced through the perforations 10 therein and through pad 9 to the applying surface thereof. The amount of material 7 deposited on pad 10 is effectively controlled by the degree to which the means for so depositing said wax is manipulated.
The deposit of wax on pad 9 is then applied onto and rubbed into the surface being treated by the wax. When the initial deposit of wax has been properly applied to the surface being treated and thus expended the process of depositing more wax on the applying surface of the appli cator pad is repeated.
It can be seen that in rubbing the wax into the surface being treated, the applicator pad 9 has the backing of the rigid endwall 8 and no pressure is transmitted back to the column of wax 7.
Since it is obvious that the container herein described is adaptable to use with a wide range of materials of wax-like consistency which must not only be applied, but must be rubbed into a surface in relatively thin, even layers, use of the container is not intended to be limited to the specific materials mentioned. Further, the detailed description of the preferred forms of the invention is not intended to be limiting, as other forms and modifications may occur to those skilled in the art which do not depart from the spirit of this invention and which come within the scope of the appended claim.
In a dispenser and applicator for dispensing and applying material of wax-like consistency which dispenser and applicator includes a tubular body for said material having a pair of opposed endwalls, one endwall being stationary and the other endwall being movable toward said one endwall for forcing said material toward said one endwall in a material dispensing operation, and means connected with said other endwall for so forcing said material, the improvement that comprises:
(a) said one endwall being circular and of concaveconvex cross-sectional contour with its concave side facing axially outwardly of said container and formed with a plurality of spaced openings disposed over the entire area thereof from substantially its circular edge radially inwardly, through which openings the wax-like material within said tubular body is adapted to be discharged upon said movement of said other endwall toward said one endwall,
(b) an applicator pad of relatively soft material of substantially greater thickness than the thickness of said one endwall covering and bonded to said concave surface of said one endwall and extending substantially to the circular outer edge thereof;
(c) said applicator pad being formed with an open ended passageway in axial alignment with each of said openings in said one endwall for simultaneous passage of material discharged through said openings and said pad to the axially outwardly facing surface of said pad whereby upon movement of said other endwall toward said one endwall said wax-like material will be substantially simultaneously discharged from said passageways for application over the entire axially outwardly facing surface of said pad.
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