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Publication numberUS3333536 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateAug 1, 1967
Filing dateOct 29, 1964
Priority dateOct 29, 1964
Publication numberUS 3333536 A, US 3333536A, US-A-3333536, US3333536 A, US3333536A
InventorsMessersmith William P
Original AssigneeMessersmith William P
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Stamp with automatic inking means
US 3333536 A
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BY WWW 19M 3,333,536 Patented Aug. 1, 1967 Fire 3,333,536 STAMP WITH AUTOMATIC INKING MEANS William P. Messersmith, 144 E. Leon Lane, Cocoa Beach, Fla. 32931 Filed Oct. 29, 1964, Ser. No. 407,344 9 Claims. (Cl. 101-333) The present invention is generally concerned with hand stamps, and more particularly relates to the provision of such a hand stamp incorporating an automatic self-inking means.

Basically, it is a primary intention of the instant invention to provide a hand stamp which incorporates an automatic inking means and can conveniently be manipulated by one hand.

In conjunction with the above object it is also a significant object of the instant invention to provide a stamp wherein the die, during non-use, is automatically telescopically received within a protective cap within which an inking pad is orientated.

In conjunction with the above object, it is also an object of the instant invention to provide a hand stamp wherein the ink pad containing cap is removed laterally away from the die by the actuation of a single plunger so as to expose the die for use in the conventional manner.

Further, it is an object of the instant invention to incorporate means within the stamp so as to automatically return the cap upon release of the plunger.

Furthermore, it is a significant object of the instant invention to provide for a unique arrangement of elements and mechanical movements wherein the entire device can be incorporated into a relatively slender tubular housing which can be carried in the manner of a conventional pocket pencil, the die and inking pad both being completely concealed.

Also, it is an object of the instant invention to provide a device which will insure, through the basically simple construction thereof, troublefree and consistent operation.

These together with other objects and advantages which will 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:

FIGURE 1 is a perspective view of the device of the instant invention;

FIGURE 2 is an enlarged cross-sectional view taken substantially on a plane passing along line 2-2 in FIG- URE 1;

FIGURE 3 is a cross-sectional view similar to FIG- URE 2 illustrating the pad containing cap pivoted out of the way of the die;

FIGURE 4 is a cross-sectional view taken substantially on a plane passing along line 44 in FIGURE 2;

FIGURE 5 is a transverse cross-sectional view taken substantially on a plane passing along line 55 in FIG- URE 2;

FIGURE 6 is transverse cross-sectional view taken substantially on a plane passing along line 6-6 in FIGURE 2;

FIGURE 7 is a perspective view of the crank shaft cage or enclosing member;

FIGURE 8 is a perspective view of the die;

FIGURE 9 is a partial elevational view illustrating a modified form of the cap; and

FIGURE 10 is a partial front view of the modified cap of FIGURE 9. 7

Referring now more specifically to the drawings, reference numeral 20 is used to generally designate the combination stamp and self-inking means of the instant invention. This device 20 includes an elongated hollow tubular or cylindrical housing 22 having an elongated hollow actuating plunger 24 telescopically received within the upper end thereof. The actuating plunger 24 includes a closed top or upper end 26 and an open lower end 28 communicating with the hollow interior of the housing 22. A suitable die 30, of for example rubber, is fixed within the lower or second open end of the housing 22 by means of a cup-like retainer 32 which, in addition to mounting the die 30 so as to project beyond the lower end of the housing 22, also closes off the lower end of the housing 22.

The ink pad 34 is positioned within the bottom of a circular cap 36 which in turn telescopically receives both the die 30 and the lower end of the housing 22 so as to provide a complete closure therefor. The cap 36 also includes an integral longitudinally projecting wall portion 38 which lies along that side of the housing 22 toward which the cap 36 is to be pivoted, as shall be explained presently. In addition, the cap 36 is provided with a pair of diametrically opposed longitudinally extending integral arms 40' which lie adjacent opposite sides of the housing 22 and in general alignment with a pair of diametrically opposed slots 42 extending longitudinally into the housing from the lower or second end thereof.

Extending transversely across the housing 22 and through both of the slots 42 is an elongated shaft 44 having a centrally located crank 46 therein, this shaft 44 having the opposite projecting ends thereof rigidly fixed to the upper ends of the arms 40 whereby movement of the shaft 44, whether longitudinally or rotationally, will effect a simultaneous movement of the cap 36. In addition, it will be noted, from FIGURE 2, that the crank 46 is angled slightly forward relative to the longitudinal center line of the housing 22 along the desired path of rotational movement. An elongated control rod 48 has the lower end thereof pivotally engaged with the crank 46 and projects therefrom longitudinally through the housing 22 and through the hollow plunger 24 for pivotal engagement, at its upper end, with a transverse shaft 50 fixed across the interior of the plunger 24 adjacent the upper end thereof, this rod 48 of course extending centrally through the housing 22 and the plunger 24.

The hollow plunger 24 is biased outwardly relative to the first or upper end of the housing 22 by-means of an enlarged expanded coiled compression spring 52 received about the rod 48 and retained, at the upper end thereof, by the rod mounting shaft 50, and at the lower end thereof by an annular stop or ring 54 fixed peripherally about the interior of the housing 22. Upward or outward movement of the plunger 24 will of course be limited by engagement of the inking pad 34, within the cap 36, with the-die 30, the cap 36, as noted supra, being fixed to the shaft 44 which is in turn pivotally engaged with the lower end of the rod 48.

In order to prevent a premature rotation of the shaft 44, through the pressure exerted on the crank 46 by a depression of the plunger 24, a crank enclosing member or cage 56 is slidably mounted within the housing 22. This member 56 is cylindrical in shape and includes transverse slots 58 extending inwardly from the opposite edges thereof to approximately the central plane of the unit 56, these slots 58 receiving the crank shaft 44 therethrough in a manner so as to provide for a simultaneous longitudinal movement of the shaft 44 and the member 56, while at the same time allowing for a rotational movement of the shaft 44 relative to the member 56. In addition, the member 56 includes an integral guide plate 60 projecting in parallel spaced relation to the upper end thereof and including the slot or recess 62 therein through which the rod 48 passes, the slot 62 guiding the rod during the lateral movement thereof resulting from a rotation of the shaft 44 and crank 46 thereon.

Further, it will be noted that another smaller, and preferably slightly stronger expanded coil compression spring 64 is received about the rod 48 and positioned between the upper surface of the plate 60 and a stop collar 66 fixed to the rod 48. In this manner the member 56 is resiliently biased downwardly relative to the rod 48 in a manner so as to retain the crank 46 in its uppermost position until a resistance is encountered suflicient so as to overcome the biasing force of the spring 64, this being achieved upon contact of the lower end of 56 with the upper surface of the die retainer 32. However, as will be appreciated from a comparison of FIG- URES 2 and 3, the relationship between the bottom of the member 56 and the top of the die retainer 32 is such so as to insure a positive orientation of the cap 36, aside from the uppermost portion of the vertically projecting wall section, below the die 30 whereby a rotation of the cap 36, effected through the crank 46, will result in a rearward pivoting of the cap 36.

In actual operation, when it becomes desirable to expose and use the die 30, the housing 22 is grasped, for example by engaging two fingers under the outwardly projecting diametrically opposed arcuate fingergrips 68, and the plunger 24 is depressed. Upon inward movement of the plunger 24 against the biasing force of the spring 52, the rod, through the shaft 44 effects a longitudinal outward movement of the cap 36, the spring 64 engaged between the sliding member 56 and the stop collar 66 on the rod 48 keeping the shaft 44 from rotating, the major amount of the pressure being transferred from the rod 48 to the shaft 44 outward from the crank 46 by the spring 64 and. the member 56. After the cap 36 has moved longitudinally beyond the die 30, the mem-.

her or shaft cage 56 engages with the upper surface of the die retainer 32, thereby preventing further longitudinal movement of the member 56 and, upon the con tinued application of pressure to the plunger 24, effects a compression of the spring 64 and a consequent rotation of the shaft 44 through the crank 46, resulting in a rearward pivoting of the cap 36 upwardly from the lower end of the housing 22 so as to completely expose the die 30 for use in a conventional manner. Upon release of the plunger 24, the crank 46 will initially return to its original upwardly angled position, thereby returning the cap 36 to longitudinal alignment with the lower end of the housing 22, with the cap 36 then being quickly snapped into enclosing relationship to the die 30 and lower end of the housing 22. Incidentally, it will be appreciated that the alignment of the cap 36 with the lower end of the housing 22 is effected by engagement of the upper end of the vertically projecting wall portion 38 with the side of the housing as illustrated in phantom lines in FIGURE 3. The shaft 44 is at all times received within the inner ends of the member slots 58, the slots 58 extending through the vertical edges of the member 56 so as to allow for a simple assembly of the entire device.

FIGURES 9 and illustrate a slightly modified form of the device wherein a transversely elongated die 70 is provided, along with a suitable mounting block 72 and adapter 74 for engagement within the lower end of the housing 22. To accommodate this elongated die 70, an elongated cap 76 is provided, this cap 76 also including a raised rear wall portion 78 for alignment of the cap 76 upon a subsequent enclosing of the die member 70. The arms 80, which in the modified form are also rigidly fixed to the opposite ends of the shaft 44, project forwardly along opposite sides of the housing 22 in alignment with the vertical slots 42 therein, these arms 80 being integral with integral rear extensions 82 projecting vertically beyond the vertical rear wall portions 78. This cap 76 is, along with the inking pad 84 therein, of course moved in the same manner as the cap 36.

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:

1. A hand stamp comprising an elongated tubular housing, a hollow actuating plunger telescoped in one end of the housing, a die fixed in and projecting from the second end of the housing, an elongated rod projecting longitudinally through said housing and into said hollow plunger, means pivotally fixing one end of the rod within the plunger, a pair of diametrically opposed longitudinally extending slots in said housing adjacent the second end thereof, a shaft extending transversely across the housing with the opposite ends thereof projecting through said slots, a centrally located crank in said shaft, the second end of the rod being pivotally fixed to said crank, a cap loosely telescoped over the second end of the housing, said cap including a pair of opposed arms positioned on opposite sides of the housing and rigidly fixed, adjacent their ends, to the opposite ends of the shaft, ink pad means in the inner end of the cap, means resiliently biasing said plunger outwardly of said one end of the housing and, through the rod, the ink pad into engagement with the die, said slots being of a length sufficient so as to allow, through pressure on the plunger, movement of the cap longitudinally beyond the second end of the housing, means restricting movement of said cap to solely a longitudinal direction until a movement thereof beyond the second end of the housing, and means limiting the longitudinal movement of said cap beyond the second end of the housing, said crank effecting a lateral pivoting of the cap subsequent to a longitudinal movement of the cap beyond the second end of the housing.

2. A hand stamp comprising an elongated tubular housing, a hollow actuating plunger telescoped in one end of the housing, a die fixed in and projecting from the second end of the housing, an elongated rod projecting longitudinally through said housing and into said hollow plunger, means pivotally fixing one end of the rod within the plunger, a pair of diametrically opposed longitudinally extending slots in said housing adjacent the second end thereof, a shaft extending transversely across the housing with the opposite ends thereof projecting through said slots, a centrally located crank in said shaft, the second end of the rod being pivotally fixed to said crank, a cap loosely telescoped over the second end of the housing, said cap including a pair of opposed arms positioned on opposite sides of the housing and rigidly fixed, adjacent their ends, to the opposite ends of the shaft, ink pad means in the inner end of the cap, means resiliently biasing said plunger outwardly of said one end of the housing and, through the rod, the ink pad into engagement with the die, said slots being of a length sufiicient so as to allow, through pressure on the plunger, movement of the cap longitudinally beyond the second end of the housing, stop means fixed within said housing, said means biasing said plunger comprising an elongated spring engaged between said stop means and said plunger, a member slidably mounted in the housing adjacent the second end thereof, said shaft :being rotatably received through said member so as to effect a movement of the member longitudinally in said housing in response to movement of the shaft through the rod and plunger, a stop fixed to the rod inward of said member, a spring engaged between said member and said rod stop biasing said member and said rod stop apart, means limiting the outward movement of said member and the shaft relative to the second end of the housing, said second spring resisting movement of the rod stop toward the member and consequently rotation of the shaft prior to engagement of the member with the means limiting outward movement thereof, said crank effecting a lateral pivoting of the cap subsequent to a longitudinal movement of the cap beyond the second end of the housing and an overcoming of the resistance of said second spring.

3. The device of claim 2 wherein the means limiting outward movement of the member is orientated so as to allow a projection of the cap beyond the second end of the housing prior to engagement of the member.

4. The device of claim 3 wherein said crank is angled forwardly, relative to the longitudinal axis of the housing, in the direction of desired rotation.

5. The device of claim 4 including means for aligning said cap with the second end of the housing upon release of pressure on the plunger.

6. The device of claim 5 wherein said last-mentioned means includes an integral extension on said cap engageable with the housing.

7. The device of claim 2 including means for aligning said cap with the second end of the housing upon release of pressure on the plunger, said last-mentioned means including an integral extension on said cap engageable with the housing.

8. A hand stamp comprising an elongated tubular housing, an actuating plunger telescoped in one end of the housing, a die fixed in and projecting from the second end of the housing, an elongated rod fixed to the plunger and extending longitudinally through said housing, a cap telescopically enclosing the second end of the housing and the die projecting therefrom, and means engaged between the rod and the cap for effecting an initial longitudinal movement of the cap beyond the die, for an exposing of the die, and a subsequent lateral swinging of the cap upon a longitudinal movement of the rod through an inward movement of the plunger, said means engaged between the rod and cap including a single shaft extending transversely across the housing and rotatable through at least one longitudinally extending slot therein, said cap having at least one arm fixed to the outer end of the shaft, a crank defined on an intermediate portion of said shaft, said rod being pivotally engaged directly with the crank, and means for preventing rotational movement of the shaft prior to longitudinal movement of the cap beyond the die.

9. A hand stamp comprising an elongated tubular housing, a hollow actuating plunger telescoped in one end of the housing, a die fixed in and projecting from the second end of the housing, an elongated rod projecting longitudinally through said housing and into said hollow plunger,

means pivotally fixing one end of the rod within the plunger, a pair of diametrically opposed longitudinally extending slots in said housing adjacent the second end thereof, a shaft extending transversely across the housing with the opposite ends thereof projecting through said slots, a centrally located crank in said shaft, the second end of the rod being pivotally fixed to said crank, a cap loosely telescoped over the second end of the housing, said cap including a pair of opposed arms positioned on opposite sides of the housing and rigidly fixed, adjacent their ends, to the opposite ends of the shaft, ink pad means in the inner end of the cap, means resiliently biasing said plunger outwardly of said one end of the housing and, through the rod, the ink pad into engagement with the die, said slots being of a length sufiicient so as to allow, through pressure on the plunger, movement of the cap longitudinally beyond the second end of the housing, a member slidably mounted in the housing adjacent the second end thereof, said shaft being rotatably received through said member so as to effect a movement of the member longitudinally in said housing in response to movement of the shaft through the rod and plunger, means engaged between said member and said rod inward of said member for biasing said member and said rod relatively away from each other, means limiting the outward movement of said member and the shaft relative to the second end of the housing, said biasing means between said member and said rod resisting movement of the rod toward the member and consequently resisting rotation of the shaft prior to engagement of the member with the means limiting outward movement thereof, said crank effecting a lateral pivoting of the cap subsequent to a longitudinal movement of the cap beyond the second end of the housing and an overcoming of the biasing force of the biasing means engaged between the rod and member.

References Cited UNITED STATES PATENTS 681,554 8/1901 Jamieson 101333 1,627,132 6/ 1925 Wendel 10748 2,008,725 7/1935 Parker 10747 WILLIAM B. PENN, Primary Examiner. ROBERT E. PULFREY, Examiner. F. A. WINANS, Assistant Examiner.

Patent Citations
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US1627132 *Jun 25, 1925May 3, 1927Wendel William FIce-cream disher
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US3706274 *Feb 24, 1971Dec 19, 1972Pitney Bowes IncOscillatable ink pad and print member
US3730084 *Feb 24, 1971May 1, 1973Pitney Bowes IncSelectively actuable means for printing heads
US5014617 *Jun 28, 1989May 14, 1991Eugene LesykSelf-storing and inking stamp
US5152216 *May 24, 1990Oct 6, 1992Leonard BourgeoisApparatus for date-stamping an interior surface of a container
WO2007021916A2 *Aug 11, 2006Feb 22, 2007Growmax Investments LimitedToothbrush
Classifications
U.S. Classification101/333, D18/15
International ClassificationB41K1/42, B41K1/00, B41K1/56
Cooperative ClassificationB41K1/42, B41K1/56, B41K1/006
European ClassificationB41K1/00C, B41K1/42, B41K1/56