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June 2%, 1938.
H. NOFZ
2,121,488
TOOTH BRUSH HOLDER
Filed Dec. 26, 1935
INVENTOR.
HENRY Iva/=2
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ATTORNEY.
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TOOTH BRUSH HOLDER,
Hem-y Nofz, Berkeley, Calif.
‘Application December 26, 1935, Serial No. 56,127
6 Claims. (01.‘ cos-15.1),
The invention relates to a tooth brush holder
which is arranged .to support a plurality of
brushes with their head portions enclosed.
An object of the invention is'to provide ‘for
the selective and‘ ready removal of a tooth brush
from the holder.
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;'Another object is to effectively protect‘ the
heads of the mounted brushes from dust and
other‘ contamination.
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A“ further object is to provide a particularly
free edge portion of the ?ange may circumferen
tially .grip the outer cover face for holding the
cover to the base. It will be noted that the cover
element. 1 is shaped as a usual drinking glass or
tumbler, ‘and preferably comprises such an article
for minimizing the cost of the present holder. ‘
, At the portion thereof rearwardly of the ends
of the ?ange 9, they base plate 8 extends to ‘a
straight edge from which‘ a ?ange l2 extends
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transversely of the plate and oppositely of the {6
?ange ‘P9. Double key-hole slots ‘l3 are provided
in the ?ange l2, said slots extending in perpen
The invention possesses other ‘objects and fea
dicular relation to the line of juncture of the
- tures of advantage, some of which, with the' ?ange with the plate 8, and being arranged to
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simple and compact holder of the character de
scribed.
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foregoing, will be set forth or be apparent in the
following description of a typical embodiment
thereof, and in the accompanying drawing, in
which.
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simultaneously engage the shanks oil headed 15 I
screws ‘M which are engaged in any upright
supporting‘ wall for mounting the assembly on
the wall.-
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Figure 1 is a front elevationof the holder
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Interiorly thereof, the plate 8 is provided with
mounted on a wall, and with a- tooth brush sup
an opening l5 for receiving the head of a tooth
portedly engaged therein.
brush i6 therethrough. Notches H are provided
in the plate 8 to extend from the edge of .the
opening l5, said notches being somewhat larger 09
than the shank of the tooth brush handle ad
jacent the toothbrush head; A generally U
shaped member ID is suitably ?xed, as by gluing,
against the face of the plate 8 at the same side
thereof as the ?ange‘ll, said member‘overlying gs
the notches l1 and extending slightly into the
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Figure 2 is a plan view of the holder, a trans
parent cover member thereof being partly broken
away.
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Figure 3 is an underneath plan view of the
holder, a shutter element thereof being disposed
in an inoperative position.
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, Figure 4 is‘ a vertical section of the holder
mounted in inverted position with relation to its
‘disposal in Figure 1, the section being taken . opening‘ I5 .oppositetand between the notches.
generally at the broken line 4-4 in Figure-‘3. ~
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The member I8 is preferably formed of resil
ient sheet rubber or the like, and is provided with
In its present embodiment, the holder of my in
vention essentially comprises a base element ‘6
arranged to provide a support for a plurality
of tooth brushes and carrying a transparent cover
element 1 which extends transversely from one
side thereof to cooperate with‘ the base for pro—
viding an enclosure for the heads of brushes
mounted on the base. As particularly shown,
the element 6 is shaped of a single piece of sheet
material to provide a planar support plate 8
having a major and forward portion of circular
toward a common point centrally of the plate 8. '
" The head, or cross, portions of the slots l9 are
arranged to receive and grip the shanks of tooth- gs -
outline and provided with a ?ange 9 at its
periphery for receiving the rim of the cover mem
ber 1.
The cover element 1 is shown as having a coni-c
cally tapered side wall 10 extending from a closed
cross-section, the present disposal of the slots »
circular end ll, said cover being 'widest at its
56 open end where it engages the plate 8. The
lip portion of the cover ‘I is arranged for tight
and releasable engagement within the. ?ange 9,
and the inner face of said ?ange'is conically
tapered in generally complementary relation to
55 the outer face of the cover wall l0 whereby the
T-shaped slots at the notches‘ l9, said slots having or,
the stem portions thereof extending from the
edge of the interior opening of the member 18
brushes for support thereat, with the bristles of
the brushes mounted in the different slots being
directed inwardly from the plate edge in such
manner that the heads of the mounted brushes
do not contact one another. Since the shanks 0g
of most toothbrushes are generally elliptical in
I9 is operative to position the mounted brushes
in the desired position.
~ It will now be noted that a brush l6 which is 95
mounted in a slot 19, as is shown in Figure 1,
may be dismounted by moving it laterally
through the stem portion of the slot which re
‘ceives it to the central plate opening l5, and
then moving the brush longitudinally through 03
and from said opening, the brush being held at
its handle portion‘and the cover element re
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maining in its mounted position on the base ele
ment in unitary association therewith. The ar
ragement is such that any brush may be removed
or replaced with respect to a given slot without
interference with other brushes mounted in the
holder.
For hygienic purposes, it is most desirable that
the holder space which receives the brush heads
be generally closed for protecting said brush
10 heads from dust and other contamination.
Ac
cordingly, means are provided for closing the
desired, a pleasantscenting of the brushes. The
material 1! may be fully volatile, or may com
prise a porous body carrying a volatile material;
in the latter case, the material 29 may be in
the form of a relatively solid wafer for place
ment in the receptacle 2.. Since the provision of
the material 28 would generally be of use only
when the holder is disposed as in Figure 1, the
said material may be gravitationally held in the
cup 2!.
If, however, the assembly is to be in
plate opening ll except while a brush is being
vetted, as in Figure 4, the material 2! would
.elther be fixed in the cup "or removed before the
mounted or dismounted on the holder. As par
assembly is inverted.
ticularly shown,‘ a shutter plate II is mounted
is on the plate 8 for movement in its plane to and
from an operative position with respect to the
opening ll. Said shutter II is mounted at the
opposite side of the plate 0 from the cover ele-,
ment and the ?exible member ll, and is of such
20 form that it extends between the handles of the
brushes in the holder when it is operatively dis
As ‘illustrated, the shutter 2! is eccentrically
.pivoted to the base plate 0 at one side thereof by
25 means of a pivot pin 22 for its swinging to and
from its operative position. An extension 23 of
the shutter 2| is provided with a notch 24 for
receiving the shank of a headed pin 25 mounted
in the plate when the shutter II closes the open
30 ing ll, and an integral handle extension 28 is
provided on the shutter for facilitating its ma
nipulation. When the shutter it engages the pin
28, it closes the holder space and is spaced from
the member ll opposite the opening I! and the
35 notches il in the plate 8, whereby the holder
space is not completely sealed and a limited
circulation of outside air is permitted for said
space. The permitted circulation has been found
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From the foregoing description taken in con
nection with the accompanying drawing. the
advantages of the construction and method of
use will be readily understood by those skilled in
the art to which the invention appertains. While
I have described the features and the use of the
device which I now consider to be a preferred 20
embodiment of my invention, I desire to have it
understood that the showing is primarily illus
trative, and that such changes may be made as
fall within the scope of the following claims.
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I claim:
1. In a holder for tooth brushes, a casing de
fining a space for containing the head portions
of a plurality of tooth brushes and having an
opening in a ?at side thereof for the movement
of the heads of the brushes longitudinally there
through into and from the casing space, means
at the edge of said opening for laterally receiv
ing and resiliently and sealedly gripping the
handles of the inserted brushes having their
heads disposed in said space, and a shutter plate 35
mounted on the aforesaid casing side at its outer
face and for movement in a plane parallel to
that of the side to sealedly close or to open said
su?icient to dry the head of a brush which is
opening while one or more brushes are mounted
damp when mounted in the holder, yet prevents
in the holder.
a free circulation of dust-laden air through the
space or the entrance of all but the smallest of
?ying insects.
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It will now be noted that the described holder
assembly is arranged to be mounted on the
screws It with the closed cover element 1 above
the plate 8, as in Figure 1, whereby the handles
of the mounted brushes will depend from said
plate and the member is thereabove, the‘brush
heads being fully enclosed in a dry condition.
If, on the other hand, the assembly is mounted
on the support screws it in the inverted position
shown in Figure 4, the element 1 may contain
a sterilizing liquid for temporarily or constantly
receiving the brush heads. Or, if desired, the
inverted unit may contain a tooth-treating or
cleaning material for application by a brush
dipped therein. In this manner, a single unit
having the described structure may be utilized
in several useful ways.
As shown, that portion of the shutter 2i which
is arranged to lie opposite the opening II when
the shutter is operatively disposed is outwardly
offset to provide a cup-like receptacle 2.. Said
receptacle is arranged to receive a material I!
which includes one or more volatile constituents
having antiseptic and/or insect-repellent proper
ties, whereby, when the holder space is closed,
said space may receive and retain the vapors of
70 said materials and so sterilize the brush heads
therein. Many suitable volatile substances are
available for the present purposes, pine oil and
peppermint oil and Wintergreen 011 being noted
as examples of substances which are usable to
accomplish the desired results, including. if
so
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2. In a holder for_tooth brushes, a casing de
fining a space for containing the head portions
of tooth brushes and having an opening in a flat
side thereof for the movement of the heads of
the brushes longitudinally therethrough into and
from the casing space, means at the edge of said
opening for laterally receiving and resiliently and
independently gripping the handles of the in
serted brushes having their heads disposed in
said space, and a shutter plate mounted on the 50
aforesaid casing side at its outer face and ar
ranged for movement in a plane parallel to that of
the side to close or open said opening while one
or more brushes are mounted in the holder and
providing a depression for carrying a charge of 55
a volatile antiseptic material, said depression
registering with the casing opening when the
shutter is in operative position and being acces
sible from without the casing when the shutter is
inoperatively disposed.
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3. In a holder for tooth brushes, a casing
de?ning a cylindric space for containing the head
portions of a plurality of tooth brushes and hav
ing an interior opening in an end thereof for
the movement of the brushes longitudinally 65
therethrough into and from the casing space,
means at different edge points of said opening
for laterally receiving and resiliently and seal
edly embracing the handles of the inserted
brushes having their heads disposed in said 70
space, and a shutter plate pivoted to the afore- ,
said casing end at its outer face and eccen
trically of the casing axis and for movement in
a plane parallel to that of the end to close or
open said opening while one or more brushes
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are mounted in the holder with their handles
engaged by the aforesaid handle-embracing
means.
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4. In a holder ~for a tooth brush, a casing
de?ning a space for containing the head portion
of a tooth brush and having an opening in a
lower side thereof for the movement of ‘the head
of the brush longitudinally therethrough into
and from the casing space, means at the edge
of said opening for laterally receiving and seal
edly gripping the handle of the inserted brush,
and a closure plate operative at the outer face
of said casing side to sealedly close or to open
said opening while the brush is mounted in the
15 holder and provided with a depression for carry
ing a, charge of a volatile antiseptic material,
said depression registering with said casing open
ing when the shutter is in operative position and
being accessible from without the casing when
the shutter is inoperatively disposed.
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5. In a holder for a tooth brush, a supporting
plate of relatively unyielding material and pro-'
vided- with an interior opening having one por
tion thereof arranged to permit the free move
ment of a tooth brush head longitudinally there
through and a connected second portion ar
ranged to laterally receive the handle portion of ‘
an inserted tooth brush when the tooth brush
head is vabove the plate and the tooth brush
handle extends through the plate, a member of
resiliently yielding sheet material ?xed to the
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plate at its upper side and spanning said second
portion of the opening and provided with a
‘Ir-shaped slit extending from an interior point
of the second portion .to the ?rst portion of the
opening and arranged to receive the handle of 5
the brush by its lateral movement into the slit
from the ?rst portion of the opening to embrace
the handle and support the brush by simultane
ously engaging the handle by and between sheet
member portions which de?ne the sides of both 10
slit parts.
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6. In a holder for a tooth brush, a supporting
plate of relatively unyielding material provided
with a transverse opening having an open side '
and arranged to laterally and freely receive the 15
handle of a tooth brush from its said open side
when the tooth brush ‘head is at one side of the
plate and the handle extends transversely‘
through the plane of the plate, and a member of
resiliently yielding sheet material ?xed to the 20
plate and spanning the opening and provided ‘
with a T-shaped slit therethrough having one
7 part thereof extending from an interior point
of the opening to the edge of the member at the
open side of the opening for the lateral move
ment of the handle into and through said slit
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part to embrace the handle and support the -
tooth brush by simultaneously engaging the han
dle by and between sheet member portions which
de?ne the sides of both slit parts.
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HENRY NOFZ.
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