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Publication numberUS900758 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateOct 13, 1908
Filing dateJul 6, 1908
Priority dateJul 6, 1908
Publication numberUS 900758 A, US 900758A, US-A-900758, US900758 A, US900758A
InventorsTheodore Miller
Original AssigneeTheodore Miller
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Manicure implement.
US 900758 A
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Patented Oct. 13, 1908.

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' Specification of Letters Patent.

Patented Oct. 13, 1908.

Application filed .Tuly G, 1908. Serial No. H2307.

To all whom it may concern:

Be it known that I, THEODORE MILLER, a citizen of the United States, residing at New York, in the county of New York and State of New York, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Manicure Implements, of which the following is a full, clear, and exact description, such as will: enable others skilled in the art to which it ap pertains to make and use the same.

This invention relates to toilet articles, and more particularly to manicure implements.

One of the objects of the invention is to provide a manicure implement of new and improved construction which canbe manufactured at a relatively small cost.

Another object is to provide an implement of the class described which may be conveniently carried in the pocket.

A still further object is to provide a buffer or polisher for the nails which. will be conformable to the surfaces of nails. of any shape or size and having meansenabling it to be securely gripped by the fingers of the user.

Other objects will be in part obvious an in part pointed out hereinafter.

The invention accordingly consists in the features of construction, combinations of elements and arrangement of parts which will be exemplified in the construction hereinafter set forth, and the scope of the application of which will be indicated in the following claims.

In the accompanying drawings, wherein I have illustrated one of various possible embodiments of my invention, Figure 1 is a view in perspective, showing a buffer con-f structed in accordance therewith, and illustrating one manner in which the same may be used; Fig. 2 is a view in plan of the buffer showing the finger clips in erect positions; Fig. 3 is a view in section taken on line 33 Fig. 2; Fig. 4: is a similarview taken on line 44, Fig. 2; Fig. 5 is a View in perspective of one of the finger receiving devices showing the manner in which it is fastened to the buffer; and Fig. 6 is a View in elevation of one end of the resilient strip, showing the openings for receiving the fastening means of the finger receiving devices.

Similar reference characters refer tosimilar parts throughout the several views of the drawing.

Referring now to the drawing, 1 indicates a strip of resilient material, preferably rec tangular or oblong, as shown, and having its end portions rounded. This strip which forms the body portions of the manicure implement may be formed of any suitable ma terial having the property of resiliency. I preferably employ celluloid in this relation, by reason of the fact that it can be procured at a relatively small cost. Secured to one of the surfaces of the strip 1, preferably by means of an adhesive, is a strip 2, the outer edges of which extend uniformly beyond the edges of strip 1 to form a soft yielding flange 3. This latter strip is preferably formed of a soft fibrous material such as chamois skin, and is adapted to be used as a buffer or polisher.

In order to render the implement capable of being securely gripped by the fingers of the user, finger receiving devices, herein shown as rings 4, are mounted upon strip 1 at either end thereof and fastened thereto by means of depending portions or lugs 5 which extend through openings or slots 6 formed in said strip, said lugs being bent up underneath strip 1 in the manner shown in Fig. 3 of the darwing. Strip 2 being secured to the under surface of strip 1 covers the bentup portions of lugs 5. Pivoted as by means of lateral lugs or pintles 7 in raised portions 8 formed upon rings 4 are clips 9, said clips being adapted to stand erect upon the strip as shown in Fig. 2 of the drawing or to incline thereon as shown in dotted lines of Fig. 8. Clips 9 are held in the position shown by means of a shoulder 10, which engages the upper surface of the strip, said shoulder being adapted to be carried over a dead center point when the clip is swung, whereby the same is held in an erect or inclined position as will be readily understood. Extensions 11 of clips 9 engage with. the upper surface of strip 1 and prevent the clips from moving from their erect positions when engaged by the fingers of the user, as shown in Fig. 1 of the drawing.

The use of my improved bufier, which should be obvious, is' substantially as follows: The clips 9 are first swung to their erect positions whereupon they may be grasped by the fingers of the operator, as shown in Fig. 1 of the drawing, the thumb and fourth finger engaging the same and resting in the rings 4;. The strip of chamois skin or buffer is then pressed against the nails whereupon the device is bent so as to conform to the contour or bulge of the nail to be polished. The buffer is then passed forward and backward over the nail to polish the same, and it will be observed that the buffer will reach all portions of the surfaces of the nails, the flexible flange surrounding the resilient strip reaching the part thereof adjacent the matrix. Inasmuch as this flange is soft and pliable any chance of injury to the surrounding cuticle of the nail is eliminated. The rounded ends of the device may be used for pushing back the euticle from the surface of the nail and during this operation the surrounding flange likewise prevents any injury to the matrix of the nail It will accordingly be seen that I have provided a manicure implement possessing, 1 among others, all the advantages above enumerated. The device may be readily *arried in the pocket, and being cheap to mamifacture, it constitutes an article which may be discarded when worn or soiled. The rings and movable clips form means whereby the device may be firmly gripped by the fingers, and the fact that said clips may be caused to lie flat upon the surface of the device when not in use, renders the same capable of being readily carried in the pocket.

As many changes could be made in the above construction and many apparently widely different embodiments of this invention could be made without departing from the scope thereof, it is intended that all matter contained in the above description or shown in the accompanying drawings shall. be interpreted as illustrative and not in a limiting sense. It is also to be understood that the language used in the following claims is intended to cover all of the generic and specific features of the invention herein described and all statements of the scope of the invention, which, as a matter of language, might be said to fall therebetween.

I claim:

1. A manicure implement, comprising a strip of resilient material having a. soft pliable strip secured to one surface thereof, said resilient strip being provided at either end with finger clips.

2. A manicure implement, comprising a strip of resilient material having a. soft pliable strip secured to one surface thereof and having movable finger clips located at either end thereof.

3. In a manicure implement, in combination, a strip of resilient material, a strip of soft pliable material secured to one surface of said'resilient strip and )1Ojecti11g beyond its lateral edges, finger rings secured to said resilient strip at either end thereof, and finger clips pivotally mounted upon said finger rings.

at. In a manicure implement, in combination, an elongated strip of resilient mate rial, a soft pliable strip secured to one surface of said resilient strip and projecting beyond. its lateral edges, a plurality of linger rings mounted upon the opposite surface of said resilient strip, and linger clips pivotally mounted upon said linger rings and adapted to lie in erect or inclined positions with respect to said strip.

5. In a manicure implement, in combination, an elongated strip of resilient mate rial having rounded end portions, a linger receiving member fastened to either end of said strip, a finger clip carried by each of said linger receiving members and provided with 11 ans for holding the same in erect or inclined positions with respect to said strip, and a soft bull'er member cemented to the opposite side of said strip.

6. in a inanicnrc implement, in combination, an elongated strip of resilient mate rial provided with rounded end portions, :1 soft buffer member cemented to one surface of said strip and projecting uniformly beyond the edges thereof to form a surrounding yielding flange, linger gripping means mounted upon the opposite surface of said resilient strip at either end thereof, said finger gripping means comprising rinw' secured to said strip, and clips pivotally mounted in said rings and. having means engaging said strip whereby said clips may be held in erect or inclined positions upon said strip.

In testimony whereof l allix my signature, in the presence of two witnesses.

THEODORE lilll ilil llt.

lVitnesses H. M. Semiram s, PAUL A. lVoLrr.

It is hereby certified that in Letters Patent No. 900,758, granted October 13, 1908, upon the application of Theodore Miller, of New York, N. Y., for an improvement in Manicure Implements, an error appears in the printed specification requiring correction, as follows: In line 82, page 1, the word darwing should read drawing and that the said Letters Patent should be read with this correction therein that the same may conform to the record of the case in the Patent Oflice.

Signed and sealed this 10th day of November, A. 1)., 1908.


Acting Commissioner of Patents.

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Cooperative ClassificationA45D29/04