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Publication numberUS418793 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateJan 7, 1890
Filing dateOct 28, 1889
Publication numberUS 418793 A, US 418793A, US-A-418793, US418793 A, US418793A
InventorsWilliam Hawn
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Alternating medicine-case
US 418793 A
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SPECIFICATION forming part of Letters Patent No.418,793, dated January 7, 1890. Applicationfiled October 28,1889. Serial No, 328,383. (No model.)

To @ZZ whom it may concern:

Be it known' that I, WLLIAM HAWN, a citizen 'of the United States, residing at Knoxville, in the county of Knox and State of Tennessee, have invented certain new and usefullmprovementsinAlternatingMedicine- Cases; and I do hereby declare that the following is a full, clear, and exact description of the'same, reference being had to the annexed drawings, making a part of this speciflcation, and to theletters of reference marked thereon.

This invention relates to certain new and useful improvements in alternating medicine-cases; and it has for its object among others to provide an improved case for holding medicines, provided with compartments for tumblers, cups, or vials, containing each a different medicine. The case is provided with a lid or cover divided in unequal parts hinged together, the hinging being to one side of the middle, between the two extremes of the cover. The cover is so pivoted to the l partition between the compartments of the case, that it may be turned around horizontally. On'the under surface of the hinged cover is placed or afxed a dial-plate having movable hour and minute hands.

'The noveltyT resides in the peculiarities of construction and the combination, arrangement, and adaptation, of parts, wherebythe desired end as above outlined is accomplished, all-as more fully hereinafter described, shown in the drawings, and then particularly pointed out in the appended claims. v A

The invention is clearly illustrated in the accompanying drawings, which, with the let- .ters of reference marked thereon, form a part of this specification, and in which p Figure 1 is a central longitudlnal vertical section through a case constructed in accord- Fig. 2 isa side eleance with my invention. vation of the same with the hinged cover thrown up. Fig. 3 is a top plan of the same with the cover or lid closed .and shown partially turned round on its pivot.

Like lettersof reference indicate like parts throughout the several views.

Referring now to the details of the drawings by letter, A ldesignates a case of any suitable material and size, and while I have in the present instance shown it as containing but two compartments I do not intend to limit myself to such number, although the following description will be confined to the number shown. I also contemplate making the cases of diiferent sizes, some small enough with suitable cut-away portion, to form finger holds or places b, to facilitate the grasping of the glass when it is desired to remove the same from the case.

C is the lid or cover. It is connected tothe central partition c of the case by means of the vertical pivot or screw d in such a manner that it may be turned horizontally on said screw or pivot, a washer e being sometimes provided between the head of the screw and the top of the cover to prevent wear on the top of the cover.` This lid is formed of two portions, one of which is larger than the other, the small portion E being hinged to the larger by means of suitable hinges f. It will thus be seen that one part of the cover is rigid 'and cannot `be moved to get at the contents of the glass within the compartment which it covers until the said cover is turned round on its pivot. The hinged portion of the lid or cover carries upon its under surface a dial-plate D and movable hour and minute hands, as shown in Figs. l and 2.V Above the dial are the words Take this at.

The operation is simple and apparent. The medicine is placed in the dierent glasses, and that in one glass taken, say, at twenty minutes past nine oclock. Supposing that this kind of medicine is to be taken at intervals of two hours; after the dose has been taken thedial-hands are changed to indicate twenty minutes past eleven and the hinged cover turned down and the cover turned on its pivot tillthe parts are reversed-that is, the hinged portion is over the other compartment and the rigid portion over the compartment from which the medicine has just been taken. This completely covers the glass from which the medicine has just been taken,


secured to the case, whereby either one or.

both of the compartments may be uncovered at will, substantially as described.

2. rlhe combination, with the case divided into two compartments, and a removable tumbler or glass in each compartment, each compartment being provided with iinger-holds b, of a cover connected with the case to revolve horizontally and divided into two unequal portions, the smaller of which is hinged to the larger, and a dial and movable hands upon the under surface of the hinged portion, substantially as described.

In testimony that I claim the above I have hereunto subscribed my name in the presence of two Witnesses.

'WILLIAM I'IAWN. Witnesses:


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US4205620 *Nov 30, 1978Jun 3, 1980Keys Marva JPill dispensing assembly
Cooperative ClassificationA61J7/04