US 1226231 A
Description (OCR text may contain errors)
J. E. MACK.
HOLDER FOR TOI LET ARTICLES.
APPLICATION FILED MAR-13,19l6.
Patented May15, 191?.
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J. E. MACK.
HOLDER FOR TOILET ARTICLES.
APPLICATION FILEDMAR. :3, I916.
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Patented May 15, 1917.
Application filed March 13, 1916. Serial No. 83,916.
useful Improvements in Holders for Toilet Articles, of which the following isa speciv,
fication, reference being had therein to the accompanying drawing.
This invention relates to a holder for toilet articles, and particularly to a holder or support designed for use as a bath room or analogous fixture for holding receptacles containing tooth paste and other dentifrices, sterilizing receptacles for tooth brushes, tumblers and other articles.
The primary objectof the invention is to provide a device of this character adapt ed for conveniently holding various articles or appliances of the character set forth, and which may be attached to a wall or other suitable support.
A further object ofthe invention is to provide a holder for toilet articles and the like which is simple and inexpensive of construction, convenient in use, and may be made as ornamental and attractive in appearance as desired.
The invention consists in the features of construction and the combination and arrangement of parts hereinafter described, set forth in the appended claims and illustrated in the accompanying drawings.
In the drawings Figure l is a perspective view of the device showing a number of articles supported thereby;
Fig. 2 is a vertical front to rear section through the device taken on a line intersecting the brush receptacle and showing the latter supported in position;
Fig. 3 is a similar view taken on a line to show the supported collapsible tube and tumbler; and
Fig-4: is a plan view of the sheet metal blank from which the holder is made. in carrying my invention into practice, I; provide a holder 1 of the character and for the purpose described, which is struck'up from a rectangular or oblong rectangular blank 1 of sheet material, shown particularly in Fig. 4. Thesheet material of'which the holder is made may be aluminum, nickel plated copperor brass, or any other metal, plain or surfaced finish in any other desired manner. Bronzed, oxidized or enameled sheet metal may vportions 2, 3, 4, 5,
be employed if desired, and the device may be finished so as to be ornamental and attractive to any degree according to the taste or fancy of the manufacturer and'user. As shown, the blankl is divided by the transverse dotted lines into 6 and 7, separated from each other by similar dotted. lines 8. In making the completed article from the blank so formed, and which is provided with the features of construction hereinafter described, the material is bent along the dotted lines-so that the portions 2 and 6 will form a back plate, adapted to rest against a wall or other support, while the portions 3, 4 and 5 are bent along the dotted lines to provide a transversely and horizontally extending rib or offset 9, while the portion 7 is bent forwardly to provide a bottom shelf 10.
The back plate is provided, preferably at suitable points adjacent to its upper edge and along the bottom of portion 6, with openings 11 for the passage of fastenings whereby the device may be secured to or hung from a wall or other support. The upper portion 2 of the said back plate is also provided with means for receiving and holding collapsible tubes or other like containers in which tooth paste or other similar substances may be stored. Such means for holding and supporting a tube of paste or the like consists of a portion 13 of metal bent forwardly at an angle to provide a horizontal ledge 13 on which the lower end of the article rests, and a series of retaining strips or fingers 14 which project forwardly in oppositely disposed sets or series and have their free ends bent laterally toward each other to provide a cage to hold the article. As shown in the present instance, two cages with bottom ledges of the construction dethe sheet metal on parallel lines, as shown in Fig. 4, in such manner as to separate the part 13, except at its lower edge, from the blank and to separate the fingers 14 from each other and alternately at opposite ends from the blank, the fingers thus being arranged in staggered relation or disposed on lines between each other, so that a strong and durable form of cage may be produced from a port-ion of the sheet metal holder in a convenient manner and of such a construction as to firmly and securely support the article to be held therein. The bendmg forward of the ledge and fingers produces openings in the portlon 2 of the plate, which will be closed by the wall or surface against which the plate rests, thus prev-entmg rearward displacement of the tubes or other containers 12 arranged therein.
In the production of the holding rib or offset 9 a projecting supporting member 1s formed which includes the upper and lower horizontal walls-3 and 5 connected by the vertical wall 4, and it is evident that the wall 3 may be'employed like the part 10 as a shelf for supporting various articles to be held in place and which are customarily used with dentifrices or other toilet appliances. The walls 3 and 5 ofthe holding rib are shown as provided ad acent each end with receiving openings 15, from the walls of which V-shaped retaining tongues 16 are bent. These openings and tongues, as-will be seen by reference to Fig. 4, are produced by radially slitting the metal from the center toward the periphery of a marginal circle and then bending the portions between the slits downwardly to simultaneously form the openings and tongues. Into each pair of superposed openings may be fitted a container 17 in which may be inclosed a tooth brush 18, which may be submerged in a liquid germicide contained therein to always keep the brush clean and sterile, and this container may be opened at one end for the insertion and removal of the brush and provided with a cap or other closure 19 for sealing when not in use. These containers will be held from displacement by frictional engagement with the spurs and when in position will rest at their lower ends upon the bottom shelf 10, thus enabling them to be conveniently reached, removed and replaced, and when fitted in position to be held against rattling from vibration or other causes. Of course, the holder may be constructed to receive any convenient number of these brush containers, and each container maybe adapted to hold more than one brush and may be of the construction described or any other suitable construction. In practice, glass containers with metal screw tops are designed to be employed, but the containers may be made entirely of metal or other suitable material.
The shelf 10, in addition to serving as a support for one or more containers 17, is also designed to serve as a support .for one or more tumblers or like articles 20, and for the purpose of holding each tumbler in position against any possibility of displacement I provide the portion 6 ofthe back plate with a retaining tongue 21 formed by splitting the metal and bending a portion thereof outwardly at a downward and for ward angle. When the tumbler is placed in position it is inserted at an angle so as to readily applicable for general use in these particulars.
It will be observed that the construction of the support as a whole is such as' to enable it to be readily, conveniently and inexpensively stamped from sheet metal or other sheet material, and it therefore may be manufactured and sold in its simplest form at a very low cost. However, as previously described, inexpensive metals and finishes may be employed or the article may be made as ornamental and costly inappearance and finish as desired.
It will be evident that the device may be secured to a wall or other support by means of ordinary nails or other fastenings, thus obviating the necessity of employing special fastenings to hold the same in place.
Having thus described my invention, 1 claim:
1. A device of the character described comprising a back plate having upper and lower portions, a shelf projecting forwardly from the lower portion of the back plate, and a channeled offset portion connecting the upper and lower portions of the back plate and arranged above the shelf, said offset presenting top, bottom and front walls, said top and bottom walls having openings for the passage of articles to rest upon the shelf.
2. A device of the character described comprising a back plate, a shelf projecting forwardly from the lower portion of the back plate, and an offset projecting forwardly from the back plate above the shelf and presenting superposed walls, said walls having sets of registering openings therein, said parts being formed from a single blank of sheet metal, and spring tongues formed upon the walls of the openings for frictional gripping engagement with articles extending therethrough.
3. A holder of the character described comprising a body of sheet metal consisting of a back plate, a flange free shelf projecting forwardly from the lower portion of the back plate, a supporting member projecting forwardly from the back plate above the shelf and perforated to receive and support articles designed to rest upon the shelf,
the said supporting member having means for frlctionally engaging the article, and struck out article supporting means upon ghe back plate above said supporting mem- 4:. A device of the character described comprising a body of sheet metal formed to provide a back plate, a shelf projecting forwardly from the bottom portion of the back plate, article holding means upon the upper portion of the back plate, a perforated supporting member projecting forwardly from the intermediate portion of the back plate, and depending tongues surrounding the perforations for frictional engagement with an article.
5. A device of the character described comprising a body of sheet metal formed to provide a back plate, a shelf projecting for wardly from the lower portion of the back plate, and a supporting portion projecting from the back plate above the shelf, said supporting portion being of channeled form and embodying upper and lower walls and a front wall, said upper and lower walls being provided with receiving perforations, and tongues depending from the offset portion surrounding the perforations for frictionalengagement with a container.
6. An article of the character described comprising a body of sheet metal formed to provide a back plate, a forwardly projecting shelf at the lower portion thereof, a forwardly projecting supporting member above said shelf and embodying upper and lower walls and a front wall, sald upper and lower walls having receiving perforations, and vertically alined frictional retaining tongues upon the walls of said perforations.
7 A device of the character described comprising a back plate having upper and lower portions, a shelf projecting forwardly from the lower portion of the back plate, a channeled ofiset uniting the upper and lower portions of the back plate and presenting top, bottom and front walls, the said top and bottom walls of the offset being provided with registering openings therein for passage of articles to rest upon the shelf, article holding means associated with said openings, and article supporting means formed upon the upper portion of the back plate.
8. A device of the character described comprising a back plate composed of upper and lower portions, a shelf projecting forwardly from the lower portion of the back plate, a supporting member of channeled form offset from the back plate above the shelf and connecting the top and bottom portions of said back plate, said offset presenting top, bottom and front walls, and having openings in its top and bottom walls for the passage of articles to rest upon the shelf, the walls of said openings being provided with article gripping means, and means upon the upper portion of the back plate for supporting other articles.
S). A device of the character described in- .sets of tongues being arranged in staggered relation to each other.
In testimony whereof I hereunto afiix my signature in the presence of two witnesses. JAMES EDWARD MACK. Witnesses:
A. H. Gnovnn, JOHN J. FARRINGTQN.