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Publication numberUS380894 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateApr 10, 1888
Filing dateJan 24, 1888
Publication numberUS 380894 A, US 380894A, US-A-380894, US380894 A, US380894A
InventorsChaeles S. Homer
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
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Description  (OCR text may contain errors)

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Patented Apr. 10,1888

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SPECIFICATION forming part of Letters Patent No. 380,894, dated April 10. 1888.

(No model.)

To ctZZ whom, it may concern:

Be it known that 1, CHARLES S. HOMER, of the city, county, and State of New York, have invented a certain new and useful Improvement in Packages for Oils, &c., of which I declare the following to be a full, clear, and exact description, reference being had to the accompanying drawings, forming part of this specification.

This invention relates to the packing or inclosing of oils, colors, liquids, or semi-liquids in tubes; and the invention consists in combining with a compressible tube sponge or other absorbent material saturated with oil or other fluid or semi-fluid substance, as and for the purpose hereinafter particularly shown, described, and claimed.

In the accompanying sheet of drawings, Figure 1 is a side view of the exterior of the package; and Fig. 2 is a vertical section of the same in the plane a: m, Fig. 1, showing the interior of the package.

Similar letters of reference indicate like parts in the several views.

It is common to fill easily-compressible tubes of tin-foil with pigments ground in oil for artists use, and such packages are convenient and serviceable, for the colors are easily obtained by compressing the tubes, while at the same time the air is excluded and oxidation prevented or retarded. So long as the paints in the tubes are of the well-known pasty con sistency, the foil tubes answer every purpose, but the thin and compressible character of the tubes, which renders them valuable for paints, makes them unsuitable for holding the oils, spirits, and driers, which are as essential to the artist as are his, colors; hence the oils, driers, and spirits are supplied in glass bottles to the user, while his colors are in the more convenient tubes.

The inconvenience incident to the use of glass bottles for containing artists oils and spirits is too well known to need specification.

the point of saturation the oil,

To do away with this inconvenience and to enable compressible tubes to contain as well the oils, spirits, and driers as the colors or paints is the sole purpose of my invention, and to that end I take the well-known compressible tube A, of tin-foil, pack its interior with sponge, B, or some other absorbent material, permitting the absorbent to take up to spirit, or whatever fluid substance it is desired to employ. The absorbent being so charged, the surplus oil is drained from the tube and the tube closed at the butt a in the usual manner, when the operation iscompleted.

To use the tube filled as above described, it is only necessary to unscrew the cap 12 and compress its sides, as when using a color-tube, and this operation compresses the sponge or absorbent in the tube and expresses its oil, &c., which finds exit through the mouth of the tube in a fine stream or in drops, as may be desired, and this operation may be continued until the absorbent in the tube has given up practically all the oil, 800., which it contained.

From the foregoing it is obvious that since the oil or spirit is, until wanted, contained in the cells or pores of the absorbent, there is no free oil within the tube to find its way by leakage through the many small crevices that the thin and compressible nature of the tube necessitates.

Having now described my invention, what I claim as new, and desire to secure by Letters Patent, is-

In combination, a thin compressible tube provided with a mouth and stopper, and an absorbent substance filled to saturation with a fluid, as and for the purpose described.


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