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Publication numberUS1530162 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication date17 Mar 1925
Filing date27 Nov 1923
Priority date27 Nov 1923
Publication numberUS 1530162 A, US 1530162A, US-A-1530162, US1530162 A, US1530162A
InventorsFiske Foreman Lillian
Original AssigneeFiske Foreman Lillian
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Automobile vanity case
US 1530162 A
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Application filed November 27, 1923. Serial No. 677,335.

To all whom it may concern:

Be it known that I, LILLIAN FISKE Fonn- MAN, a citizen of the United States, residing at Paducah, in the county of McGracken and State of Kentucky, have invented new and useful Improvements in Automobile Vanity Cases, of which the following is aspecification. I

This invention relates to cases or receptacles for holding face powder, rouge, or other similar material, and commonly known as vanity cases.

The object is to provide a case of this character which may be applied to the steering wheel of an automobile in a central position thereon, whereby a lady driving the machine may always have the means at hand to powder her face, and a handy mirror in exact position for her to view the operation.

Another object is to provide a vanity case to take the place of the usual binding nut for holding the steering wheel on the steering post, and at the same time always being in a position directly in front of the driver.

A full and complete understanding of the invention may be obtained from a consideration of the following detailed description, taken in connection with'the accompanying drawing forming a part of this specification, it being understood that while the drawing shows a practical form of the invention, the latter is not to be confined to strict conformity with the showing thereof, but may be changed or modified, so long as such changes or modifications mark no material departure from the salient features of the invention, as specifically pointed out in the appended claims.

In the drawing, in which similar reference characters designate corresponding parts throughout the several figures Figure 1 is a side elevation of a steering *wheel, partly broken away, and having the improved vanity case applied thereto.

Figure 2 is a detail plan view of the central portion of the steering wheel and showing the lid of the case thrown back as when in use.

Figure 3 is a transverse section through Fig. 2.

s illustrated in the drawin the invention comprises a box or receptac e formed of some Suitable metal and including a base plate 1 having an integral, upstanding flange 2 around the periphery thereof. As shown thebase plate and flange are round, but of course the same may be hexagonal or other attractive shape, and the same may be nickeled or highly polished to further enhance the appearance of the same.

On the under side of the base plate 1, there is provided an integral nut or enlargement. 3 projecting from the central portion of the same, and the said enlargement is provided with exterior faces 4 preferably 'in the form of a hexagon for the reception of a suitable wrench in applying the same in position.

The enlargement 3 is provided with a threaded socket or bore 5 which, when the device is applied in position, is adapted to receive the threaded end 6 of the steering post 7 of a Ford car or similar car, in which the steering wheel is held by a nut. When the box or receptacle is screwed onto the post, the lower face of the enlargement 3 is adapted to bear against the upper face of the steering wheel 8 and retain the same in position.

By reason of the inclined position of the steering post 7, the box or receptacle is arranged at an angle, thus affording easy access to the contents thereof by the operator of the car who may also readily see into the same. A cake of prepared powder or rouge 9 is adapted to be frictionally heldin the box, together with a small puff 10 as is usual in such devices, and the interior of the box may be divided into compartments, if desired, to hold difi'erent articles.

At the highest point of the flange 2 of the box, a lid or cover 11 is hinged, as at 12, the

said cover comprising a flange 13 corresponding in size and shape to the flange 2 of the box and adapted to close down on the same, as illustrated in Figure 1, and to be held in closed position by any suitable look ing means 14: which will permit the lid or cover to be unlocked and raised by one hand.

A mirror 15 is located within the lid or cover, and when the latter is swung into open position, as shown in Figure 3, the operator of the car may readily look directly into the said mirror without moving her position.

The top of the lid or cover is formed into a spherical dome 16 which may be nickeled or highly polished to add to its ornamental qualities, and which may also serve to indicate to the eye of the driver the approach of another vehicle from the rear and along one side, as will be understood.

The dimensions of the vanity case are such that it does not project 'over thes okes of the wheel, and the general shape 0 the device prevents it from serving as an obstruction in the shifting of the wheel.

From the foregoing it will be seen that a simple device has been provided for supplying the wants of lady drivers of automobiles with means of facial adornment, and that the said device adds nothing to the wheel, but takes the place of the usual clamping nut, and that the same is always within easy reach and the contents easily removed with.- out stopping the car, or without the necessity for removing both hands from the steering wheel.

What is claimed is 2-- 1. The. combination with an automobile steering wheel having a steering post extending above the same, of a vanity case adapted to be operatively mounted on the wheel, and a lid hinged to the case and adapted to swing forwardly to disclose the interior of the case, saidllid having an exterior convex steering wheel having a steering post extend:

ing above the same and provided with threads, of a vanity case, an inte 'ral projection formed on the under side of the case and having a threaded bore for connection with said post, and a lid hinged to the case and adapted to swing forwardly to disclose the interior of the case, said lid having an exterior convex reflecting surface so positioned when closed that objects at the rear are visible to the driver.

In testimony that I claim the foregoing as my own, I have hereto afiixed my signature.


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U.S. Classification224/276, 74/543, 359/871, 132/301, 16/441
International ClassificationB60R15/00
Cooperative ClassificationB60R15/00
European ClassificationB60R15/00