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Publication numberUS3291295 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateDec 13, 1966
Filing dateMay 13, 1964
Priority dateMay 13, 1964
Publication numberUS 3291295 A, US 3291295A, US-A-3291295, US3291295 A, US3291295A
InventorsCaligiuri Gerald J
Original AssigneeCaligiuri Gerald J
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Paint container and brush holder
US 3291295 A
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Dec. 13, 1966 G. J. CALIGIURI PAINT CONTAINER AND BRUSH HOLDER Filed May 15, 1964 Pam 6 United States Patent ()fifice 3,291,295 PAINT CONTAINER AND BRUSH HOLDER Gerald J. Caligiuri, 3205 SE. Fairlane Drive, Des Moines, Iowa Filed May 13, 1964, Ser. No. 367,025 10 Claims. (Cl. 206-153) This invention relates to a paint container and a brush holder and in particular to a paint brush holder mounted in the lid of a paint container.

Touch up painting in particular often goes undone because it is considered too much trouble to gather together the painting materials required and clean the paint brush when the job is completed. The lid on the paint can is frequently sealed shut and is difiicult to remove. Oftentimes the brush cannot be found as it has been misplaced and of course when the user is through painting he is faced with a messy job of cleaning the paint brush and letting it dry.

Thus it is an object of this invention to provide a paint container and brush holder that keeps the paint, container and brush together as a unit at all times.

A further object of this invention is to provide a paint container and brush holder wherein the paint brush never needs to be cleaned.

A still further object of this invention is to provide a paint container and brush holder wherein the paint brush may be readily removed from the holder and used in a painting operation.

A still further object of this invention is to provide a paint container and brush holder wherein the paint brush is suspended within the paint container and thus prevented from becoming dry.

A still further object of this invention is to provide a paint container and brush holder wherein a hole is formed in the lid of the paint container and the handle of the brush serves to fill a portion of the hole as it is yieldingly clamped by resilient sealing means included in the paint brush holder.

A still further object of this invention is to provide a paint container and brush holder which is simple in design, economical to manufacture and refined in appearance.

These and other objects will be apparent to those skilled in the art.

This invention consists in the construction, arrangements, and combination of the various parts of the device, whereby the objects contemplated are attained as hereinafter more fully set forth, specifically pointed out in the claims, and illustrated in the accompanying drawings, in which:

FIG. 1 is a perspective view of the paint container and brush holder;

FIG. 2 is a fragmentary perspective view of the paint container and brush holder showing in particular one frame member of the brush holder pivoted to its open position;

FIG. 3 is a cross-sectional elevational view taken along line 3-3 in FIG. 1;

FIG. 4 is an elevational cross-sectional view taken along line 4--4 in a position which is at 90 to the view illustrated in FIG. 3;

FIG. 5 is an enlarged fragmentary side elevation View taken along line 5-5 in FIG. 4 showing in particular the hinge connection between the two frame members forming the brush holder;

FIG. 6 is a fragmentary top plan view of an alternate embodiment of the paint brush holder mounted in the lid of a paint container; and

FIG. 7 is an elevation cross-sectional view taken along line 77 in FIG. 6.

The paint container and brush holder unit is referred 3,2912% Patented Dec. 13, 1966 to in FIG. 1 by the reference numeral 10 and includes a paint container 12 having a paint brush holder 14 m6ounted on its top and yieldingly holding a paint brush 1 The paint container 12 preferably has a lid 20 of non metallic material such as plastic or the like. An enlarged rectangular opening 22 is formed in the center of the lid 20. The paint brush holder assembly includes a first U-shaped frame member 24 having a recess 26 extending around its peripheral outside lower face and receives the peripheral edge forming the opening 22 in the lid 24) in mating sealing relationship. The U-shaped frame member 24 includes a first leg portion 28 having a hinge portion 30 which extends outwardly of the opening 22 and a shoulder 32 at the juncture of the hinge portion 30 and the leg 28 engaging the peripheral edge 34 of the opening 22. The opposite leg portion 36 of the frame 24 extends the full width of the opening 22 and terminates in mating engagement with the peripheral edge 34.

A second frame member 38 is pivotally connected to the hinge portion 30 of the first frame member 24. A 90 leg portion 40 is provided on the outer free end of the frame member 38 and terminates in a finger engaging portion 42 which extends at an angle outwardly therefrom. As shown in FIG. 4, a detent 42 is provided in the 90 portion 40 and is yieldingly received in a hole 44 in the leg 36 of the frame 24 when the paint brush holder 14 is closed.

A pair of resilient elements 46 and 48 are secured to the inner peripheral surfaces of the frame members 24 and 38 respectively. The resilient material may be of sponge rubber or the like and is provided with a generally rectangular enlarged opening 56 in the resilient element 46. The opening 50 is positioned on the center axis passing through the container 12 and the opening 22 in the lid 20. The resilient element 48 secured by adhesive or the like to the frame member 38 terminates short of the 90 portion 46 and defines a slot 52 therebetween. When the frame member 38 is pivoted to its closed position as shown in FIG. 1, the leg 36 of the frame member 24 is received in the slot 52 in mating and sealing relationship with the resilient element 48.

The opening 50 in the resilient element 46 is of such a size that it will yieldingly clamp the handle 60 of the paint brush 16 when the brush holder assembly 14 is closed as viewed in FIG. 1.

It is thus seen that the interior of the container 12 is sealed from the atmosphere by the non metallic material in the lid 20 engaging the recess 26 in the frame member 24 and the resilient material 48 on the frame member 38 sealing the only remaining peripheral edge 34 of the opening 22. Accordingly, when it is desired to use the brush 16, it is only necessary to manually move the frame member 38 outwardly to its position illustrated in FIG. 2 by using the convenient finger engaging portion 42 on the frame 33. Upon completion of a painting operation, the brush 16 is returned to its position within the enlarged opening 50 and the frame member 38 pivoted to its closed position of FIG. 1. It is obvious that the design of the paint container and brush holder is such that the interior of the container 12 and the paint brush 16 are sealed from the outside atmosphere.

An alternate form of the paint brush holder assembly is illustrated in FIGS. 6 and 7 and referred to generally by the reference numeral 70. It includes a rectangular L- shaped frame 72 placed over an enlarged opening 74 in the lid 76 of a paint container. Adhesive 80 or the like is provided to secure the frame 72 to the top surface of the lid 76 adjacent the opening 74. A single piece of resilient material 82 such as rubber or the like is secured to the interior peripheral surface of the frame 72 and is provided with a center opening 84. The size of the opening 84 is such that it will yieldingly clamp the handle 60 of the paint brush 16.

Some changes may be made in the construction and arrangement of my paint container and brush holder without departing from the real spirit and purpose of my invention, and it is my intention to cover by my claims, any modified forms of structure or use of mechanical equivalents which may be reasonably included Within their scope.

I claim:

1. A paint brush container and brush holder, comprising,

a paint container having a lid with an enlarged opening formed therein,

a continuous frame member on said lid over said opening,

adhesive means holding said frame member in sealing relationship to said lid,

resilient sheet material positioned in said frame and secured to the inner peripheral edge thereof closing said opening in said lid, and

an opening provided in said sheet of resilient material receiving the handle of a paint brush and yieldingly holding it in an upstanding position with its brush portion in said paint container and said handle extending upwardly through said opening in said resilient material and upwardly thereabove and said opening in said sheet material being substantially smaller than the area of said sheet material.

2. A paint brush container and brush holder, comprising, a paint container having a lid with an opening formed therein,

a frame unit secured to said lid and having a pair of pivotally interconnected frame members extending around said opening, the free ends of said frame members being detachably interconnected, one of said frame members adapted to pivot away from said other frame member to an open position, and

a sheet of resilient material secured to each of said frame members, said sheets of resilient material on said frame members being in sealing engagement with said opening when said one frame member is in its closed position, one of said sheets of resilient material having an opening in its edge engaging the adjacent edge of said other sheet of resilient material and receiving the handle of a paint brush yieldably holding it in an upstanding position with its brush portion in said container and said handle extending upwardly through said opening in said resilient material and upwardly thereabove, and said opening in said sheet material being substantially smaller than the area of said sheets of resilient material.

3. The structure of claim 2 wherein said sheets of resilient material are each disposed in a common plane which is parallel to the top surface of said lid.

4. The structure of claim 2 wherein said sheet of resilient material on said one frame member is secured thereto and is movable with said one frame member.

5. The structure of claim 4 wherein said sheets of resilient material formed from sponge rubber.

6. The structure of claim 4 wherein a latch means interconnects the free ends of such frame members.

7. The structure of claim 6 and said other frame member has an elongated bar portion and a pair of integral parallel leg portions at opposite ends thereof, said one frame member being pivotally connected to the free end of one of said leg portions and detachably connected to the free end of the other leg portion.

8. The structure of claim 6 wherein said latch means includes a detent means and said one frame member having a finger engaging portion on its free end for locking and unlocking said detent means.

9. The structure of claim 7 wherein said other frame member includes an elongated recess on its outer side extending lengthwise of said base portion and said leg portions and the peripheral edge forming the opening in said lid being disposed in said elongated recess.

10. A paint brush container and brush holder, comprising,

a paint container having a lid with an enlarged opening formed therein, a frame member secured to said lid over said opening and extending completely around said opening,

resilient sheet material positioned in said frame and secured to the inner peripheral edge thereof closing said opening in said lid, and

an opening provided in said sheet of resilient material receiving the handle of a paint brush and yieldably holding it in an upstanding position with its brush portion in said container and said handle extending upwardly through said opening in said resilient material and upwardly thereabove, and said opening in said sheet material being substantially smaller than the area of said sheet material.

References Cited by the Examiner UNITED STATES PATENTS 402,679 5/ 1889 Leggett 206-153 726,724 4/ 1903 Merrill 206-153 826,844 7/1906 Gebhardt 206-153 2,785,692 3/ 1957 Gordon 215-43 X FOREIGN PATENTS 71,445 11/1893 Germany. 18,591 of/1892 Great Britain.

LOUIS G. MANCENE, Primary Examiner.

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Classifications
U.S. Classification206/15.3, D32/54
International ClassificationB44D3/12
Cooperative ClassificationB44D3/121
European ClassificationB44D3/12B