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H. H. CHILLBERG.. TOILET PAPER HOLDER.
N0. 557,553. Patented Apr. 7, 1896.
NITED STATES ATENT @FFICE.
HENRY HARRISON CHILLBERG, OF CHICAGO, ILLINOIS.
SPECIFICATION forming. part of Letters Patent No. 557,553, dated April '7, 1896.
Application filed February 9, 1895. Serial No. 537,813. (No model.)
To aZZ whom it may concern.-
Be it known that I, HENRY HARRISON OHILLBERG, a citizen of the United States, residing at Chicago, in the county of Cook and State of Illinois, have invented a new and useful Toilet-Paper Holder, of which the following is a specification.
This invention relates to an improvement in that class of toilet-paper holders which are made capable of holding separate sheets of paper, as distinguished from rolls, and in a manner which will enable the user to readily withdraw the paper as he may desire and without removing but one sheet at a time.
The object of my invention is to make it impossible for more than one sheet to be withdrawn at each operation, therebypreventing the wasting or stealing of the paper.
A further object is to improve the construction of prior devices, with a special view to making the withdrawal of the paper easier than ordinarily. Other objects are contemplated, and these will be set forth as the specification progresses.
To the above-stated ends the invention consists in a box having an open side provided with a hinged lid or cover capable of being locked in a closed position, said lid or cover having formed therein an opening by which access may be had to the paper contained in the box. It is essential, however, that this opening be only large enough to expose a portion of the paper inward from the edges of the sheet, so that the edges of the sheets will be hidden and protected, whereby it is made impossible for them to be grasped, which operation is essential to the withdrawal of large quantities of paper. The interior of the box is provided with an expansive and preferably helical spring, which presses against a movable back plate, the said back plate being in turn arranged to press the toilet-paper into engagement with the inner side of the lid or cover. In the drawings all of these features are fully illustrated, and therein- Figure 1 represents a perspective View of a toilet-paper holder constructed after the manner of my invention. tion thereof.
The box comprises a back 1, having the end Fig. 2 is a vertical see- Fig. 3 is a crosssection of the and side boards 2 and 3 secured to its edges, so as to form the box. The box may also be made of metal. The outer side of the box has no permanent cover and is provided with the swinging lid 4:, which. is hinged to the lower end of the box by means of the hinges 5 or any other device that may take the place of hinges and which is provided at its upper end with the hooks 6, which form a part of the lock 7 of the end piece 2 of the box, and by which the lid or cover 4 may be locked in a closed position. Any other form of lock may be used.
8 indicates the key with which the lock is operated, and which is made to be removable, so that it may be taken out when the lock is once secure.
9 indicates two openings which are formed in the back 1 of the box and which are provided for the passage of screws or other fastening devices by which the arrangement may be fastened to the wall or any other convenient object.
10 indicates a screw which is fitted in the back of the box and which is provided to hold the helical spring 11 in place. Any other form of fastening device may be used. This spring has a normal tendency outward, it being of the expansive class, and bears against the back plate 12, so as to push the same in a corresponding direction. The plate 12 is of a size equal to about the interior size of the box and is capable of movement therein.
Formed in the lid or cover 4 is the opening 13. This opening 13 is preferably square in form, but can'be of any other form, and is of such a size that a wide margin will be left around its top and sides, while the lower edge or bottom will have a still wider margin, as may be seen by reference to the drawings. This is the opening before referred to as that provided for permitting access to the paper.
14 indicates the paper, which may be of any kind, and which is of a size which will permit it to be snugly received within the box. The paper is arranged so that the plate 12 will bear against its rear side and so that the spring 11 will press the paper against the inner side of the lid or cover 4:. This will leave a portion of the paper exposed, but will completely hide and protect the edges of the paper and make it an utter impossibility for said edges to be reached for the purpose of removing large quantities of the paper.
The sides 3 of the box are each provided with slots 15, extending through them and provided with glass observation-plates, which are securely held in position, or the slots may be narrow and without glass, and which serve as a means for viewing the interior of the box. This enables persons to see the amount of paper in the box, and to thereby ascertain when the paper needs replenishing. absolutely necessary that both of the sides be formed in this manner, but it is preferable, since it increases the convenience of the arrangement.
In the use of the invention the box is suspended from or secured to the wall or any other convenient object, so that the lid or cover 4 will be outward. It will be understood that the paper must have been first secured in place, as explained. The paper is now withdrawn by simply rubbing the fingers over the outer sheet, which will cause them to partially adhere thereto, and thus facilitate the pinching of the said outer sheet, whereupon it may be readily withdrawn, as will be understood. If it is desired, the fingers may be moistened before this operation, and this will assist in theadherence of the fingers and paper. This is not essential, however.
It must be remembered that the cover fits close against the edges of the box sides to prevent the formation of any spaces for the removal of the sheets of paper other than through the opening 13 and that the said opening 13 is eccentrically disposed in the said cover, so that the sheets can be readily withdrawn one at a time from beneath three marginal edges of the opening, so as to obviate tearing, while the fourth side is comparatively wide to properly clamp the paper between the cover andthe plate 12. Moreover, by havin g the three narrow margins bordering upon the It is not be readily made.
opening 13 the paper is readily accessible from the front or the sides of the box, the fourth or wide margin coming opposite the wall to which the box is attached. It is essential that the observation-openings be in transverse alinement and in opposite sides of the box, so that it may be readily determined when the paper is nearly used without requiring the opening of the cover. If a single opening were employed, the interior of the box would be dark and the observation could not Hence the best results are had by providing the parts and disposing them in the manner set forth and illustrated.
l-Iaving described the invention, I claim- A toilet-paper holder constructed substantially as herein shown and described,- and consisting of a box of approximately rectangular shape having observation-openings in its sides in transverse alinement, a movable cover extending in parallelism with the boxbottom and closing the open side of the box, and fitting close against the edges of its sides and ends, and having an opening through which the paper is drawn, one sheet at a time, and crumpled, said opening being eccentrically formed therein with narrow margins on three sides and a comparatively wide margin on the fourth side, the edges of the cover bordering upon the opening being beveled or outwardly flared and a spring-pressed plate to support the pile of toilet-paper and hold the topmost sheet against that portion of the cover surrounding the opening therein, substantially as set forth for the purpose described.
In testimony that I claim the foregoing as my own I have hereto affixed my signature in the presence of two witnesses.
HENRY HARRISON CHILLBERG. W'itnesses:
M. J. BRoDERIcK, JNo. l3. HAYES.