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April 5, 1938i
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MANICURE
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2,113,547
KIT
Filed Dec. 5, 193e
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Patented Apr. 5, 1938
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UNITED STATES
PATENT gOFFICE
2,113,547
MANICURE KIT
Stuart S. Joslyn, Chester, Conn., assignor to
Hamilton C. Bates, Chester, Conn.
Application December 5, 1936, Serial No. 114,426
7 Claims. (Cl. 132-78)
This invention relates to improvements in kits walls 4 extend upwardly at right angles to the
and is directed more particularly to the pro
bottom wall 2 which is substantially flat, as
vision of an improved manicure kit or case for shown, and are integral therewith.
carrying and displaying various manicure arti
That is, the bottom and end walls may be
5 cles.
formed of a U-shaped member, such as of sheet
It is one of the principal objects of the inven
metal, with the bottom of the U serving as wall
tion to provide a case having folding side walls
2 and arms of the U serving as walls 4. As will
and >arranged so that the contents may be readily appear, walls 4 are adapted to move outwardly
removed yet means is provided to prevent un
away from one another so as to increase the nor
10 wanted displacement of the contents. The case
mal distance between their said upper ends.
is simple in form so as to be economical to
manufacture and is attractive in appearance.
it is formed so that the arms .are more or less
It is another principal object of the invention
Íspring-like so that they may be urged outwardly
Preferably where the U-shaped member is used,
to pro-vide a case which is so constructed as to
away from one another and tend to assume a
conveniently carry various articles such as mani
cure items and also to hold those items in dis
normal parallel and upright position when re 15
leased.
There are side wall members Il] hingedly asso
ciated with opposite sides of the bottom wall 2 so
play position. As a particular feature the kit
is arranged to hold bottles or the like and yield
ing means is provided to hold the bottles against
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accidental displacement.
As another object of the invention, the mani
cure kit includes a buffer and according to the
preferred form of the invention the buñ‘er parts
are arranged to co-operate with other parts of
the kit to form a compact and neat case with
the handle of the buffer adapted to function
as the carrying handle of the kit. Further, by
reason of the special construction, the buffer
is adapted to serve more or less as a cover or
30 top member of the receptacle.
Various other novel features and advantages
of the invention will become more apparent after
a reading of the following description, refer
as to be adapted to swing between an upright
closing position in abutting relation with the u
end walls 4 as shown in Figs. 1 and 2 and a posi
tion away therefrom, as shown in Fig. 4. With
the side walls in closing position, they co-operate
with bottom and end walls 2 and 4, respectively
to form a folding receptacle having an open
upper side.
.
If desired, there may be an auxiliary bottom
wall 2’ disposed adjacent wall 2 and the walls
ID may b_e hinged to this, all as shown. Further,
if desired, a covering C of suitable material may i
be secured to inner surfaces of walls IG and ex
tend over the wall 2, as indicated in Fig. 4.
The yielding end arms or walls 4 are provided
ence being had to the accompanying drawing,
with suitable openings I2, preferably adjacent
wherein:
Fig. l is a side elevational view of a kit
their upper ends. Then what may be called a
cover or top member I4 is provided to extend
embodying the features of the invention;
Fig. 2 is a top elevational view of the kit shown
in Fig. 1;
Fig. 3 is a longitudinal sectional view on the
line 3_3 of Fig. 2;
Fig. 4 is a transverse sectional view through
the bottom of the kit shown in Fig. 1; and
Fig. 5 is a partial perspective view to explain
certain details of the invention.
Referring now to the drawing more in detail,
the invention will be fully described.
The case of this invention broadly includes
bottom, side and end walls with a removable top
wall or cover member which according to the
preferred form of the invention is novelly adapt
ed to perform a double function, as will appear.
In the drawing there is shown a bottom wall
member 2 and end walls 4 extending upwardly
55 from opposite ends thereof. Preferably the end
across the open side of the receptacle and it has
tongues I5 extending from its opposite ends.
The member I4 is of such size and shape that
it may extend as shown in Figs. 2 and 3 with its
tongues I5 seated in slots I2. Thus, since, as
stated, the walls 4 tend to retain the position
shown in Figs. 2 and 3, the member I4 is yield
ingly held in position but may be removed by
moving the upper ends of walls 4 outwardly rela HÃ Ul
tive to the bottom wall.
Preferably there is provided on the member I4
a handle part I6 which may, of course, take va~
rious forms. With this arrangement, the han
dle I6 is adapted to serve as the handle of the CII O
kit since when the tongues I5 are in engagement
with slots I2 and the kit is lifted up by the han
dle the tongues bear on the upper edges of the
slots so as to move the end Walls 4 and associated
parts upwardly.
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According to the preferred form of the inven
tion, the kit is particularly adapted for contain
ing manicure items such as a nail file, a buffer,
bottles of nail polish, polish remover and the like.
By reason of this special construction, I have
found that bottles or the like can be safely yet
removably held in place within the kit.
For purposes of description, I have shown in
Fig. 3 a plurality of bottles B supported on the
bottom wall of the kit between the end Walls 4.
Of course, when the side walls I0 are swung up
wardly into abutting relation with the end walls,
they are disposed adjacent the bottles.
If desired, a frame-like member such as 20
may be provided and this is adapted to rest on
the bottom of the kit between the end walls 4.
It is preferably of such size as to fit more or less
snugly between the end Walls 4 so that it tends
to stay in place and it is arranged to surround
the bottles and tend to prevent lateral movement
thereof and keep them in alignment. Of course,
if desired, it may have a bottom so as to be tray
like in nature and the bottom wall will, of course,
rest on the bottom of the kit.
It will be appreciated that it may be desirable
to provide some means for retaining the side
walls I0 in upstanding relation, as shown in Figs.
1 and 2. Although various kinds of retaining
means may obviously be provided, I have shown,
for purposes of description, fasteners F which
tion that the yielding surface of the body B’ is in
engagement with articles carried in the kit.
That is, where bottles B, for example, are sup
ported on wall 2, the closure or buffer parts are
disposed directly over them with the upper ends
of the bottles and yielding surface of the closure
in abutting relation. It will be seen that the bot
tles are thus more or less held in engagement
between the closure and wall members, I4 and
2 respectively, and it is for this reason that I 10
sometimes refer to the closure or support part as
a hold-down member. Obviously, of course,
when the closure is released from engagement
with the receptacle, the bottles may be removed
upwardly from between the walls.
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It is desired to point out that while I have
shown and described a particular manner of re
leasably associating the closure with the recepta
cle, other means may be provided. That is, the
closure I 4 may be caused to engage either the end 20
walls 4 or side walls I0 or both, and the tongue
and slot and yielding end wall arrangement re
ferred to is not the only suitable means.
It will be seen that the kit of this construction
is compact and convenient and that it is eco 25
nomical to manufacture and easy to assemble.
Not only does the closure member eñiciently func
tion as a cover for the contents of the receptacle
vide such a top or closure member for the re
as well as provide means for carrying the kit,
but it carries on its inner side an important part 30
of the kit and in addition serves to hold down
other articles within the kit.
Further, it is not essential that the side walls
I0 be folding. 'I‘hat is to say, the receptacle of
the construction may vary widely in form and 35
ceptacle as will perform a double function. I
have already described how it is adapted to ex
have relatively rigid or stationary walls with the
top member removably associated therewith. In
tend across the open side of the receptacle above
the bottom wall 2 and between the end and side
some cases too, the side walls may be transparent
and this, of course, renders the contents visible.
While I have described the invention in great 40
detail and with respect to a preferred form there
’are common in form with one end attached to one
wall IU and extending across to the other wall IU,
to which its other end may be attached.
Now I have stated above that I preferably pro
40 Walls, 4 and I0.
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As is well known, one of the principal manicure
articles is what is called a manicure or nail buifer.
Although these may vary greatly in detailed con
struction, they commonly include a support, a
handle and a yielding working body part.
By reason of the construction of this invention,
my manicure kit includes a buffer and it is an
important part of the kit-construction. That is,
it not only is adapted to serve its ordinary bufñng
functions but it co-operates with various other
parts of the kit so as to be capable of serving
other functions.
Speciñcally, I utilize the closure member I4 as
the above-mentioned supporting member of the
buffer and the handle IB as the handle of the
buffer. It will be seen then that since the part
I4 is readily removable the buffer may be readily
included in the kit without loss of its buiiing
function and at the same time it may serve to
cover or close the receptacle while its handle is
also the carrying handle for the kit.
The yielding working part of the buffer is in
dicated by B’. While this may vary in structure
it preferably does not differ appreciably from the
working parts now known. Generally it consists
of a yieldable mass of felt, cloth, rubber-like ma
terial or the like and covered by a piece of chamois
or similar bufûng material.
In any event, the body B" is associated with
the side of the support I4 which is opposite the
handle I6 so that when in engagement with the
receptacle the body is inside. According to the
present preferred form of the invention, the parts
of the kit are of such relative sizes and so located
75 relative to one another when in assembled posi
of, it is not desired to be limited thereto since
many changes and modifications may be made
therein without departing from the spirit and
scope of the invention. What it is desired to 45
claim and secure by Letters Patent of the United
States is:
1. As a new article of manufacture, a kit of the
class described comprising in combination, a bot
tom wall, end walls extending upwardly from op 50
posite ends of said bottom wall, side walls hinged
ly associated with opposite sides of said bottom
wall for swinging between positions in abutment
With opposite sides of said end walls and posi
tions away therefrom, and a removable top mem 55
ber associated with said end walls whereby the
kit may be lifted by means of the top member.
2. As a new article of manufacture, a kit of the
class described comprising in combination, a bot
ytom supporting wall, end walls extending up 60
wardly from opposite ends of said bottom wall,
side walls hingedly associated with opposite sides
of said bottom wall for swinging between posi
tions in abutment with opposite sides of said end
walls and positions away therefrom, and a re 65
movable hold down member associated with said
end-walls whereby the kit may be lifted by means
of the hold-down member, said hold-down being
provided with a yielding part for yieldingly bear
ing on articles supported on said bottom wall.
3. As a new article of manufacture, a kit of the
class described comprising in combination, a bot
tom wall, end walls extending upwardly from op
posite ends of said bottom wall which are pro
vided with slots, side walls hingedly associated
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with opposite sides of said bottom wall for swing
ing between positions in abutment with opposite
sides of said end walls and positions away there
from, and a top member having tongues engage
able with said slots whereby the kit may be lifted
by means of the top member.V
4. As a new article of manufacture, a kit of the
class described comprising in combination, a
bottom wall, end walls extending upwardly from
opposite ends of said bottom wall which are pro
vided with slots, side walls hingedly associated
with opposite sides of said bottom wall for swing
ing between positions in abutment with opposite
6. As a new article of manufacture, a kit of the I
class described comprising in combination, a bot
tom. wall member of a certain area, end and side
Walls extending upwardly from adjacent the
marginall edges of said wall member to form a
`receptacle, an opposite pair of said walls being
yieldable outwardly and provided with alignedY
slots, and a top member including an upper rela
tively rigid part of approximately the same area 10
as said wall member having tongue-like exten
sions on its opposite ends and a lower yieldable
from, a top member having tongues engageable
surfaced part for yieldingly bearing upon articles
within the receptacle all adapted and arranged
whereby said yieldable walls may be urged out
with said slots whereby the kit may be lifted by
means of the top member, and means for hold
ing said side walls in abutment with the end
walls.
wardly so as to move said slots apart to permit
insertion of said extensions therein and may
then; be released to lock the top member and walls
together so that the kit may be lifted by means of
sides of said end walls and positions away there
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the kit may be lifted by means of the top member.
5. As a new article of manufacture, a kit of the
class described comprising in combination, a bot
tom wall member of a certain area, end and side
walls extending upwardly from adjacent mar
ginal edges of said wall member to form a re
25 ceptacle, an opposite pair of said walls being
the top member.
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7. As a new article of manufacture, a manicure
kit of the class described comprising in combina
tion, a U-shaped frame member providing a bot
tom wall member and end walls extending up
wardly from its opposite ends, side walls extend
yieldable outwardly and provided with aligned
slots, and a relatively rigid top member of ap
ing upwardly from opposite sides of said wall
member, the said frame and walls cooperating to
proximately the same area as said wall member
form a receptacle, and a manicure buffer device
and having tongue-like extensions on its oppo-site
30 ends, all adapted and arranged whereby said
yieldable walls may be urged outwardly so as to
move said slots apart to permit insertion of said
extensions therein and may then be released to
lock the top member and walls together so that
extending across the top» of said receptacle in
cluding an upper relatively rigid supporting part 30
in removable engagement with said end walls and
a lower yieldable-surfaced part disposed within
the receptacle.
STUART S. JOSLYN.
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