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Publication numberUS853096 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateMay 7, 1907
Filing dateJun 16, 1906
Priority dateJun 16, 1906
Publication numberUS 853096 A, US 853096A, US-A-853096, US853096 A, US853096A
InventorsHenry H Lewis
Original AssigneeHenry H Lewis
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Depilatory instrument.
US 853096 A
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'PATENTED MAY 7, 1907,



' dSpecication of Letters Patent.

A Patenten tray 7, 19o?.

Application filed June 16. 1906. Serial No. 322,105.

To all whom it 1v1/any concern:

Be it known that I, HENRIY H. LEWIS, a

' citizen of the' United States of America, re-

siding at Louisville, in the county of J efferson and State of Kentucky, have invented new and useful Improvements in Depilatory Instruments, of which the following is a specification.

This invention relates to van instrument designed for the ready, convenient and expeditious removal of surplus hairs, its objectl being to provide a depilatory device combining in a single instrument a needle for destroying the follicle or root-germ of the hair by electrolytic action and forceps or tweezers for plucking the hair so destroyed, whereby the operation of destroyinga hair and plucking it may be performed in a single operation, the loss or mislayal of one tool pre-- vented while the other is in use, and the necessity and inconvenience of handling separate tools and the,` loss ofvtime occasioned thereby avoided.

The preferred embodiment of the invention is illustrated in the accompanying drawings, in which Figure 1 is a vertical longitudinal section of the instrument, and Fig. 2 is a detail looking toward the point of the needle and jaws of the forceps.

Referring to the drawings, the numeral 1 designates the body or handle of the instrument, which may be o f ornamental structure and is composed of hard rubber or some other suitable insulating material This body or handle is provided with a longitudinal bore or socket terminating at a point adjacent the forward end thereof and receiving -a tubular conducting core 2. 'Alined-trans- .versef assages- 3. and 41 are res ectively forme in thehandle and core for t e recepv tion of the terminal 5 of an electric conductor 6, whichmay be connectedn practice` with anyA suitable source of sup ly, of. electricity. The terminal is clampe in position by the pointed end of a binding 'screw 7 u vthreaded into the outer end of thel core and' clamped against the same by'clampingrmgs or bands 13 and 14. The forward or free'- ends of the handle 9 carry extracting jaws 15, and from said jaws and between the same and the Shanks 10, the said vhandles are curved or bowed outwardly to forman enlarged or widened intervening space, such space and the reduced formation of the tapered forward end 11 of the handle permit ting of the disposition between the -jaws of the depilatory needle and its chuck and of the free movement of said handles toward and from one another to force the jaws 15 together and permit them tospread apart.v The handles 9 are made of spring metal to permit of such movement, and the inner faces' of-thejaws are recessed, as shown in Fig'. 2, to permit them to move in close engagement with the needle the operation of gripping ahair.

The needle 16-has its point end projecting between and beyond the jaws and its shank portion clamped between the spring jaws of a chuck 1,7. vThe chuck comprises a- Stem' slotted at its outer fiend't form said jaws and'externally threaded for the reception of a clamping nut 18 having an insulating cover 19. By adjusting'the nut in and out on the threaded tapered portion 'of the "chuck the needle may be 'clamped or released,l as will be readily understood. The rear end or shank portion of the chuck fits within an openi in the tapered forward end 11'of the han le and is provided with a threaded portion 2O engaging the threaded forward portion of the conducting core 2.

In operation., the tool is held inthe hand at a point in advance of the conductor 6,.

and the point of the needle inserted so that the current passing therethrough will destroy the hair follicle and the tweezers or forceps then compressedto close the'jaws 15, aften which the tool is withdrawn, thus in one operation destroying the hair follicle and removing the hair. By this method it is an -easy matter to destroythe'Jhair with the needle and lto extract it from its follicle' without the necessity of-first Ausing 'and removling a needle and then separately employing a. air of e ilat-in forceps, and the ossi- .bility of ldsi'ng P treated and ofnotbeing fable to l'ocate it withoutl time and trouble. The time .necessary-for the application of the current and thea plication ofthe forceps to a is fur'- ther essened'nearly'jone-half, thus enabling IOO IOR

e location of the-hair IIO an operator to do `aj)proximately double the1 l amount of work in a given time than is possible under the old method of treatment of separately employing the needle and forceps.

A distinct advantage of the invention is that only one hand is required for the manipulation of the needle and forceps, whereas 4 under the old method of treatment both hands were needed, 'or it was necessary to lay the forcepsaside during the applicationy ment which may be quickly and conve iently manipulated and which may be produced at a comparatively low cost.

Having thus described the invention, what is claimed as new, is

1. An instrument of the character described comprising a handle, forceps'carried thereby, an epilating needle supported by the handle andprojectingbetween the jaws of the forceps, and 'means for supplying an elec tric current tosaid needle.

2 An instrument` of the character de-y scribed comprising a'handle, forcepscarried thereby, a needler arranged in juxtaposed relation to the forceps, and means'forA supplying an electric'current to said needle.

3, An instrument of the `character described comprising an linsulating handle, forceps carried' by the handle,l a needle carried by the handle and projecting between the jaws of the forceps, said needle being insulated from the forceps by the handle, and

means for supplying an electric current to said needle. c, j

4; An instrument of the character described comprising a handle., arneedle mounted upon oneend of the handle, current transmitting means extending through the handle j and connected with the needle, and forceps mounted upon the handle and having jaws disposed in juxtaposition to and on opposite sidesof the needle. v

' 5. A device of the character described comprising a handle, a needle. mounted upon one end of the handle, means supported by the handle for transmitting an electric current to -the needle, and forceps comprising hand pieces secured at one end to the handle and provided at the opposite end with jaws arscribed com rising a handle of insulating material, a chuck supported upon one end of the handle, 'a needle carried by thel chuck, a conductor extending through the handle land electrically connected with the fchuck, and forceps supported by the handle and having extracting jaws disposed adjacent the point of the needle.

7. An instrument of the character described comprising a handle of insulating material, .a-conducting core inserted' in the handle, means for connecting a conductor terminal therewith, a chuck mounted uponone end of the handle and electrically connected with the core, -a needle carried by said chuck, forceps supported by the handle and having the jaws thereof disposed in juxtaposition to the point of the needle.

8. A device of the character described comprising an insulating handle having a longitudinal bore and transverse passages, a tubular core inserted in said bore and having transverse openings in alinement withsaid transverse passages, a uset screw inserted in one end of the core and adapted to'clamp a conductor terminal fitted in the transverse passages, a chuck mounted upon the handle and' connected with the other end of the core, a needle held by the chuck, and forceps composed of members dis osed upon opposite sides of the chuckand iiaving jaws arranged upon o posite sides of and adjacent'to the point o .the needle. v

9. A tool of the character described 'comprising a handle, an epilating needle carried thereby, forceps mounted'upon the handle and having jaws disposed adjacent the point of the needle, said forceps being1 insulated from the needle, land means for transmitting an electric current to the needle.

In testimony whereof, I aflix my signature in presence of two witnesses.





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Cooperative ClassificationA61B18/14