US 3559854 A
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United States Patent 72 Inventor OlgaH.Loveland 5 Glen Errol] Road N.W., Atlanta, Ga. 30327  App]. No. 764,864  Filed Oct. 3, 1968  Patented Feb.2, 1971  MAKEUP BRACELET 5 Claims, 3 Drawing Figs.
 U.S.Cl 224/28, I 63/1: 132/82  lnt.Cl A44c 5/00, A45d 33/18  Field of Search 224/28-2, 26 5; 132/79, 82, 83; 63/]; 206/38 [5 6] References Cited UNITED STATES PATENTS 1,584,205 5/1926 Zaldo 224/28(.2) 1,975,507 10/1934 Hackel 132/82(.1) 2,235,350 3/1941 Anderson .1 224/28(.2)
FOREIGN PATENTS 760,792 l2/l933 France 63/1 819,512 7/1937 France 224/2802) Primary Examiner-Robert G. Sheridan Attorney-Newton, Hopkins and Ormsby ABSTRACT: A makeup bracelet in which cosmetics are carried for use by the wearer The bracelet comprises generally an annulus having a central passage therethrough through which the wearer inserts her arm. a groove extending around the periphery of the annulus and a plurality of radially spaced recesses formed in the annulus. A plurality of cosmetic cartridges are received in the recesses around the periphery of the annulus and are provided with projections for locking the cartridges in place in the recesses. Lips are provided on the cartridges for removing the cartridges from the recesses. A secondary groove extends between each of the recesses for receipt of the lips of the cartridges therein and a cover ring fits within the peripheral groove around the annulus to cover the cartridges in the recesses.
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MAKEUP BRACELET BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION 1. Field of the Invention This invention relates generally to a bracelet, and more particularly to a bracelet which carries therein cosmetics for use by the wearer.
2. Discussion of the Prior Art Several types of makeup bracelets are known in the prior art, however, almost all of these bracelets have a bulky and unattractive appearance. This substantially precludes the use of these bracelets with evening wear, such use being the primary reason for a makeup bracelet. Most of these prior art bracelets simply carry standard cosmetic equipment therein which must be removed from the bracelet prior to use. Due to the use of standard cosmetic equipment, most of the prior art makeup bracelets are relatively heavy and therefore cause the wearer to become tired quickly when wearing the same.
SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION These and other problems and disadvantages associated with the prior art are overcome by the makeup bracelet disclosed herein in that the cosmetics are hidden from view until use so that the bracelet has an overall pleasing appearance. This renders the bracelet suitable for evening wear. Moreover, it is unnecessary for the cosmetic containers to be removed from the bracelet when the wearer is using the cosmetics. This provides a bracelet light in weight which does not cause the person wearing the bracelet to become tired quickly.
The apparatus of the invention comprises generally an annulus having a passage therethrough through which the wearer inserts her arm. The annulus defines a groove extending around the periphery thereof and a plurality of radially spaced recesses formed therein for the receipt of the cosmetic cartridges. A plurality of cosmetic cartridges are provided which fit within the recesses formed in the annulus and are provided with locking projections for securing the cartridges within the recesses of the annulus. The cartridges are also provided with projecting lips whereby the cartridges may be easily removed from the bracelet when the cosmetic carried therein needs replenishing. A secondary groove extends between each of the recesses in the annulus for receipt of the lips of the cartridges therein and a split, resilient cover ring is provided which fits within the peripheral groove around the annulus to cover the cosmetic cartridges within the recesses.
These and other features and advantages of the invention disclosed herein will becomes more apparent upon consideration of the following specification and accompanying drawings wherein like characters of reference designate corresponding parts throughout the specification and the drawings and wherein:
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS FIG. 1 is an exploded perspective view of one embodiment of the invention;
FIG. 2 is a top plan view shown partially in cross section and with one of the cartridges exploded therefrom of that embodiment of the invention shown in FIG. 1; and,
FIG. 3 is a cross-sectional view taken along line 3-3 in FIG. 2.
These FIGS. and 'the following detailed description disclose a specific embodiment of the invention, however, the inventive concept is not limited thereto since it may be embodied in other forms.
DESCRIPTION OF ILLUSTRATIVE EMBODIMENT Referring to the FIGS. the embodiment of the invention illustrated herein comprises generally an annulus 10, a plurality of cosmetic cartridges 11, and a cover ring 12. The cosmetic cartridges 11 are carried within the annulus 10 and the cover ring 12 fits around the annulus 10 to cover the cartridges 1].
The annulus defines a passage 14 therethrough through which the wearer's arm fits during use. The passage 14 is here shown as hexagonal, however, it is to be understood that differently shaped passages 14 may be defined through the annulus 10.
The annulus 10 may be constructed of any material, however, it is desirable that the annulus 10 be light in weight and resilient. One such material that may be used successfully is any of the plastic materials.
The ann'ulus 10 defines a peripheral flat bottomed groove 15 therearound into which the cover ring 12 fits. A plurality of radially spaced recesses 16 are provided about the annulus l0.
While any number of recesses 16 may be provided, there are six such recesses shown. Each recess 16 opens into the bottom of the peripheral groove 15 and has a first dimension transverse to the width of the groove 15 less than the width of the groove 15. The recesses 16 receive the cosmetic cartridges 11 therein to be selectively covered by the ring 12. Each recess 16 defines a locking groove 18 on opposite sides thereof for use in retaining the cosmetic cartridges 11 in the recesses 16. While the locking grooves 18 illustrated extend transversely of the sidewalls of the recess 16, they may extend thereacross at different angles and have different shapes.
A secondary groove 19 extends along the bottom of the peripheral groove 15 between adjacent recesses 16. This groove permits easy removal of the cartridges 11 from the recesses 16 to replenish the cosmetic C carried in each car tridge 11 as will be explained. I
The cartridges 11 are slidably received In each of the recesses 16, each cartridge including a pair of sidewalls 20 spaced apart by end walls 21 and a bottom wall 22. The outer edges of the sidewalls 20 are arcuate as indicated at 24 to define an arcuate mouth M along the outer edges of the cartridge 11. The sidewalls 20, the end walls 21, and the bottom wall 22 define a cosmetic cavity 25 into which any of a number of different cosmetics may be placed. Each end wall 21 is provided with a transversely extending locking projection 26 which fits within the locking groove 18 of the recesses 16. The resiliency of the annulus 10 is sufficient to permit each cartridge 11 to be snapped into and out of position within the recess 16.
A lip 28 extends outwardly from the outer edge of each of the sidewalls 21 to provide a means for removing the cartridge 11 from the recess 16. The lips 28 fit within the secondary groove 19 between the recesses 16 and are arranged so that a space is defined between the groove 19 and outer end of the lip 28. This allows the wearer to grasp the lip 28 and remove the cartridge 11 from the recess 16 to replenish the cosmetic C.
The cover ring 12 is split as indicated at 29 and is made of a resilient material so that it may be expanded to fit over the outer periphery of the annulus 10. The ring 12 will then snap back together when it is placed within the peripheral groove 15 to cover the open mouth M of each of the cartridge 11 in the annulus 10. The ring 12 may be decorative to provide an attractive appearance for the bracelet.
In use, it will be seen that the wearer will wear the bracelet just as a conventional bracelet. When the wearer desires to use the cosmetics C in the bracelet, she simply expands the cover ring 12, removes it from the groove 15, and uses the cosmetics C in conventional manner. After the user has finished using the cosmetics C, she simply expands the ring 12 again and places it back in the groove 15 to cover the exposed cartridges 1 1.
When it is desirable to replenish the cosmetic C in the cartridges 11, the wearer simply grasps the cartridge 11 which is to be replaced by the lips 28 and removes the same from the recess 16. The wearer then takes a new cartridge 11 with a cosmetic C therein and replaces the cartridge 11 by pressing thereon to force the cartridge 11 into recess 16. The wearer then replaces the cover ring 12 as set forth hereinabove.
The cosmetic C in each of the cartridges 11 may be retained therein in conventional manner using a well known bonding agent to keep the cosmetic in a pressed form. In this manner, there will be no loose cosmetic falling from the bracelet during use.
When an individual applicator A is needed for a particular cosmetic C in the cartridge 11, the arcuate edges 24 of the sidewalls 20 may be provided with inwardly facing flanges 30 as seen in FIG. 3. The applicator A is pressed into the cartridge 11 past the flanges 30 and will be retained therein by the flanges when the ring 12 is removed from the groove 15. The applicator A may be provided with gripping edges to perform the same function without flanges 30.
While the annulus 10 is disclosed as a unitary member, it may be hinged at one point therealong and split diametrically opposite thereto so that the annulus 10 may be opened to fit over the wearers arm. The resiliency of the cover ring 12 is sufficient when snapped in the peripheral groove 15 to hold the annulus l closed around the arm of the wearer.
While specific embodiments of the invention have been disclosed herein, it is to be understood that modifications, substitutions and equivalents may be used without departing from the inventive concept as set forth by the appended claims.
l. A makeup bracelet for carrying cosmetics for use by the wearer comprising an annulus having a passage therethrough through which the wearer places her arm, a plurality of cartridges radially spaced about the perimeter of the annulus for carrying cosmetics therein, said cartridges being removably carried by said annulus, means for selectively covering said cartridges when the wearer is not using the cosmetics therein, said annulus defining a peripheral groove therearound and said means for covering said cartridges comprising a ring member adapted to fit within said peripheral groove. said ring member being resilient and being splittransversely of its width at one point along its length, allowing said member to be expanded when placed in or removed from said peripheral groove and to be contracted to lock itself in said groove. said annulus defining a plura'lity of radially spaced recesses therein which open into said peripheral groove, each of said recesses being constructed and arranged to removably receive one of said cartridges therein, said ring member covering said cartridges when said ring member is placed in said peripheral groove, and said annulus further defining a secondary groove between each of said recesses, each of .said cartridges including a lip projecting therefrom and constructed and arranged to fit within said secondary groove when said cartridge is in one of said recesses.
2. A bracelet as in claim 1 wherein locking means are provided for securing said cartridges in said recesses.
3. A bracelet as in claim 2 wherein said locking means comprises a groove in'a wall of one of said recesses and a projection on a wall of the cartridge adapted to be received in said recess, said projection corresponding in shape to the groove and adapted to be received therein.
4. A bracelet as in claim 1 wherein the outer edges of the sidewalls have an arcuate form corresponding to the curvature of the said peripheral groove.
5. A bracelet as in claim 1 wherein two of the sidewalls of one of the cartridges are provided with inwardly extending flanges adapted to retain a cosmetic applicator in position within said cartridge.