US 3910229 A
An adjunct having utility in a bathroom and particularly as a substitute for the customary removable tissue roll holders which is capable of discharging a liquid to a length of toilet tissue as it is unwound from the web.
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United States Patent [191 Spencer TOILET ROLL PAPER MOISTENING DEVICE  Inventor: Henry C. Spencer, Suite 4 2637-26th Ave. North, St. Petersburg, Fla. 33713  Filed: July 30, 1974  Appl. No.: 493,136
 US. Cl 118/43; 118/325  Int. Cl. B05C 11/00  Field of Search 118/43, 325; 134/122  References Cited UNITED STATES PATENTS 1,279,961 9/1918 Anable 118/43 X 2,746,798
5/1956 Wardell 118/325 1 Oct. 7, 1975 3,199,490 8/1965 Karlik 118/43 3,796,185 3/1974 Boone 118/325 FOREIGN PATENTS OR APPLICATIONS 7,715 5/1914 United Kingdom 118/43 Primary ExaminerMervin Stein Assistant ExaminerSteven Hawkins Attorney, Agent, or FirmEdwin E. Greigg  ABSTRACT An adjunct having utility in a bathroom and particularly as a substitute for the customary removable tissue roll holders which is capable of discharging a liquid to a length of toilet tissue as it is unwound from the web.
7 Claims, 5 Drawing Figures US. Patent Oct. 7,1975
TOILET ROLL PAPER MOISTENING DEVICE BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION This invention relates to new and useful improvements in holders for replaceable paper rolls and more particularly concerns holders of the type which are adapted to serve as an adjunct to bathroom fixtures.
As is well known, toilet tissue well other wound paper toweling are supported on an elongated core formed of relatively stiff material such as paper laminations which are spirally wound'one upon another and adhesively secured to each other. Later, one end of the web of toilet paper is fastened to the core and a suitable supply wound thereabout and the finished roll is packaged for sale.
Heretofore, the mandrel for supporting the roll of toilet paper has comprised a wooden, spindle like body, one end of which is provided with a spring urged element that is reciprocable in the spindle and capable of retaining the roll of toilet paper in proper position in the holder therefore that is mounted on or in the bathroom wall. However, neither the customary bathroom wall mounted holder in which toilet tissue is held for use, nor the core on which the tissue is mounted form any part of this invention, and this narrative is only to properly orient the inventive concept to the art to which it relates.
SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION Accordingly, the principal object of this invention is to provide an entirely new hollow mandrel body which is associated with an L-shaped arm that includes not only a surface against which an extent of tissue may be brought into contact with for severing portions therefrom, but also can apply a fragrance thereto from a suitable chamber as the length of tissue is withdrawn from the roll and passed over the exterior thereof.
Another object of the invention is to provide an arrangement of elements whereby the L-shaped arm and the mandrel body may be rotated and held in an upward inoperative position.
These and other objects and advantages will become more apparent from a reading of the following specifications taken in conjunction with the drawing.
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS FIG. 1 is a perspective view of the mandrel body and its associated L-shaped arm member;
FIG. 2 is a cross sectional view, showing the configuration of the liquid dispensing chamber and arm,
FIG. 3 is a side elevational view showing the arm in full line lowered position and in a dotted line upper position.
FIG. 4 is a cross section on line 4-4 of FIG. 2 and FIG. 5 shows a detail of the dispensing arm.
DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENT FIG. 1 is a perspective view of this improvement in toilet paper roll holders mounted in a wall supported bracket ready for use.
Turning now to the view in FIG. 2 of the drawings, it clearly shows that the hollow mandrel body is arranged to permit entry of the liquid carried therein to the conduit 12 provided in the end cap 14. The mandrel body is also provided adjacent to the L-shaped arm carrying end thereof with a shoulder or flange 16 which terminates in a reduced exteriorly threaded area 18. The cap 14 is complementally threaded at 20 to receive the threads 18 formed on the terminus of the mandrel 10and a suitable O-ring type seal member 22 is interposed between the flange 16 and the end wall of the cap 14 to prevent leakage as well as dehydration of the liquid from the chamber 11.
FIG. 3 also shows the L-shaped arm rotated about its axis in the bracket member 19 (one shown) and there retained in its upwardly extending inoperative dotted line position by leaning against the wall 21 as well as being shown in its dependent operative position.
FIG. 2 shows clearly in cross section the general configuration of the hollow horizontal arm 41 which includes a secondary chamber 38 that is fed liquid from chamber 11 and the secondary chamber in turn feeds the liquid to the capillary-type perforations 40 (see FIGS. 4 and 5) that are furnished in the horizontal arm. It will be understood that these capillary-type openings extend substantially the full length of the arm and lie closely adjacent to the longitudinal edge 42 thereof so that an extent of the web may be pulled taut thereagainst to sever a length from the roll.
Also, shown in this view is a supplemental hollow plastic cap 21 which includes an integral axially extending support element 23 arranged for cooperation with the bracket member 19. The interior wall 25 of this cap 21 is formed complementally to the periphery of the reduced area 27 provided on the mandrel 10. As shown, the end wall 29 of the mandrel includes a protuberance 31 having a shoulder 33 and together with a similar protuberance 35 provided on the interior end wall of the hollow cap 21 forms the support means for a spring element 37. Thus, it can be readily understood from the foregoing that on the one hand the hollow cap 21 is held captive but can slide freely relative to the mandrel 10 to permit convenient assembly and disassembly of the mandrel 10 from the bracket members 1919, but on the other hand the cap cannot be lost by reasons of the novel design described hereinbefore.
FIG. 4 shows clearly in cross section a view on line 4-4 of FIG. 2 and reveals the cutting edge 42 for the tissue and one of the series of perforations identified as 40.
It is contemplated that the hollow mandrel body as well as the L-shaped arm may be constructed of a potentially thermo-setting resin or a thermoplastic resin.
It will be apparent to those skilled in the plastics art that elements comprising this construction can be con veniently molded. For example, the cap 14 as well as the arm 28 may be made integrally by a one-step molding operation and the arm 41 can also be molded and later assembled with the terminus of arm 28 by heat and pressure.
What is claimed is:
1. In combination in a paper roll holder of the character described, a mandrel body having a first chamber capable of containing liquid and including opposite end portions, means extending normal to said mandrel body associated with at least one of the end portions of said mandrel body said means having a terminus and capable of carrying a liquid to an arm extending parallel to and spaced from said mandrel body said arm further including a second chamber and a plurality of minute perforations which serve to emit the liquid from said first chamber to said second chamber and therefrom captive cap means.
5. The combination as claimed in claim 1, in which the means extending normal to said mandrel body is threadedly engaged therewith.
6. The combination as claimed in claim 5, in which the means comprises a threaded cap member.
7. The combination as claimed in claim 4, in which a seal means is interposed between the cap member