US 928542 A
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R. M. RYAN.
TOOTH BRUSH HOLDER.
APPLICATION FILED JAN. 6, 1909.
Patented July 20, 1909.
ROBERT M. RYAN, OF NEW YORK, N. Y.
Specification of Letters Patent.
Patented July 20, 1909.
Application filed January 6, 1909. Serial No. 470,945.
To all whom it may concern:
Be it known that 1, ROBERT M. RYAN, a citizen of the United States, residing at New York, borough of Manhattan, in the county of New York and State of New York, have invented a new and useful Tooth-Brush Holder, of which the following is a specification.
This invention relates to a holder for tooth brushes and the like. The principal objects of simple Way and so that the entire holder can be removed and cleaned at Will Without permanently disarranging the parts and withoutnecessitatin any exact adjustments in re-assembling t e parts; also to provide means whereby the air can circulate through the holder while the brush is in position and means for at the same time preventing the entrance of dust and the like, such means being so placed and so arranged that it serves also conveniently for holding'and keeping a dlsmfectant in proper position with respect to the brush while in the receptacle.
It will be understood. that while this invention is particularly adapted for a toothbrush holder and is so described herein, yet it is capable for use as a receptacle for bolding other articles such as sur eons, dentists and similar instruments and t e like.
Further objects and advantages of the invention will appear hereinafter.
Reference is to be had to the accompanying drawings in which- Figure 1 is a front elevation of one embodiment of the invention. Fig. 2 is a similar view of a blank of sheet metal from which the back shown in Fig. 1 may be made. Fig. 3 is an elevation of the top or cover of the receptacle artly'in section. Fig. 4 is a similar view of t e lower ortion thereof. 'Fig. 5 is a bottom Ian of t e to 'or cover. Fig. 6 is a plan of t e bottom. ig. 7 is an elevation of the same partly in section, and Fi 8 is a similar-view of the'cover part of the ottom.
Although many other'materials can be employed, the back or base on which the receptacle is supported is shown in the drawings as formed from a sheet metal blank 10. This blank is stamped out with a series of integral tongues 11 arranged near the top and bottom respectively of the back. The blank is also rovided with a stamped-out spring 13 at the ottom and with a similar, stamped-out spring 14 at the to at each side of each spring the metal is s own cut, out and rolled back to form a hinge joint 15. These spring hinges and tongues are of course integral with the back when the latter is formed of sheet metal and are all formed practically by one operation but if formed of other material they are placed in position in any other ordinary Wa The main body of the receptacle comprises a glass tube or cylinder '16 which is designed to be held by the tongues 11 which are ent around it. These tongues are of sufficient resiliency to ermit this glass tube to be wlthdrawn direct y forward and to permit it to be re laced. This is convenient in cleaning the tu e. The rece tacle or holder has "two 010- sures one at eac end, the bottom one comrising a small casing in two parts 17 and 18 aving a pair of parallel horizontal walls which are perforated to permit the clrculation of air. These two parts have matching circular grooves 19 and 20 which fit each other so that they can be ressed together and will stay in place. Wit in these walls is held a body of cotton 21 or sim lar fibrous material acked with sufficient tightness to prevent tlie passa e of dust or small part1- cles therethrough ut so as not to prevent the circulation of air. This fibrous material preferably is saturated with a liquid disin fectant and as is readily understood will hold the same so as to act on the contents of the receptacle for a long time. It is introduced through an opening which is closed by a swinging door 22. The bottom 1s hmgedto the back by a hinge pin or pintle 2 3 passing into the hinge joints 15 on either side of the spring 13 w ich normally bears on a rearward projection 24 on this bottom and holds it closed. 4 the receptacle by pressing down on a pro o The tooth-brush is introduced into tion 25 to swing the whole bottom downf- Then the tooth-brush is introduced from below and the bottom swung upwardly and latched so as to hold the tooth-brush in position. It will be seen that the bottom has an annular groove 26 in the upper face thereof for receiving the lower edge of the glass tube.
The top 27 of the device is made similar to the bottom but is shown as having a hemispherical upper surface 28. The two walls of the top are perforated in the same manner as in the bottom and it is provided with a fibrous material 29 for the same purpose. This top is hinged to the back b a pintle 30 in a similar way to that descril ied above and it is provided with a downwardly projecting part 31 fitting within the glass cyli n der so that this cylinder is normally surely held between the bottom and top but when it is desired to remove it, the bottom is pressed down as described above and the top is lifted slightly on its pivot which permits the cylinder to be turned forward without hindrance. When the cylinder is replaced the top and bottom snap into position and securely hold it. 'In this way a receptacle is secured which is entirely antiseptic and which is very freely removed and cleaned and which has the other advantages referred to above.
While I have illustrated and described a preferred embodiment of the invention, I am aware that many modifications may be made therein by any person skilled in the art without departing from the scope of the invention as expressed in the claims. Therefore, I do not wish to be limited to all the details of construction shown and described, but
What I do claim is 1. As an article of manufacture, a holder for tooth brushes and the like comprising a back, a vertical glass cylinder supported by said back, and a removable top and bottom for said cylinder sup orted by the back, said back having pivoted means for holding the bottom in position, said means being capable of yielding and swinging downwardly to permit the bottom to be drawn down so as to allow the contents of the cylinder to be drawn out from below.
2. As an article of manufacture, a holder for tooth brushes and the like comprising a back, a glass cylinder supported by said back, and a removable closure for the end of said cylinder pivoted on the back inde- Eendently of the cylinder and comprising a ollow hemispherical member aeked with cotton or the like and provider with perforations through its outer convex side to permit circulation of air, and having an inner member removably fitted in the open end of said hemispherical member, provided with a projection fitting in the end of the cylinder and having a perforated inner end, and having a swinging door in its inner end.
3. As an article of manufacture, a holder cylinder, a hollow member packed with cot.
ton or the like and provided with perforations through its outer side to permit GIICU- lation of air, and having an inner member removably fitted in the open end of said member provided with a projection fitting in the end of the cylinder and having a perforated inner end.
4. As an article of manufacture, a'holder for tooth brushes and the like comprising a back formed of sheet metal provided with integral resilient tongues projecting therefrom and arranged in pairs, a glass cylinder held on the back by sail tongues, which embrace the cylinder on opposite sides, and means carried by said back and movable 1ndependently of the tongues and cylinder for closing the top and bottom of the cylinder,
whereby the cylinder with its closures is re movable from the back by a straight forward ull.
5. s an article of manufacture, a holder for tooth brushes and the like compnslng a back formed of sheet metal provided with integral tongues projecting therefrom, a glass cylinder held on the back by said tongues for receiving the tooth brush, and means earned by said back for closing the top and bottom of the cylinder, said means comprising -a s ring integral with the back for hold ng the bottom in position capable of yielding to permit the bottom to be withdrawn and the contents of the cylinder to be removed.
6. As an article of manufacture, a holder for tooth brushes and the like comprising a back formed of sheet metal, a glass cylinder held on the back for receiving the entlre tooth brush, a removable imperforate vend closure for the cylinder, a hinge joint for theclosure integral with the back, and a spring integral with the back for holding the closure in position capable of yielding to permit the closure as a whole to be withdrawn and the contents of the c linderrto be removed.
7. As an artic e of manufacture, a holder for tooth brushes and the like comprislng a trans arent cylinder, a removable bottom there or for permitting the contents of the cylinder to be removed downwardly, and a cover having perforations for permitting the circulation of air and provided with means for preventing the entrance of dust, said cover having means for engaging the top of the cylinder and holding it in posltion and being removable to permit the cyllnder to be withdrawn.
8. As an article of manufacture, a holder for tooth brushes and the like comprising a back, a bottom pivoted on the back, means for yieldingly holding the bottom in hon- -zonta1 position, a top pivoted on the back,
and a cylinder, said top and bottom being provided with projections fitting Within the ends of the c linder for holding them,
whereby said cy inder is removable from the back. I
In testimony whereof I have hereunto set ROBERT M. RYAN.
ANNA H. PU .VOGEL, EDNA MAY Fox.