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Nov. 15, 193$.
c‘ 3 HUMPHREY
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2,136,508
DISPENSING TOP FOR CONTAINERS
Filed May 20, 1936
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ATTORNEYS
2,136,508
Patented Nov. 15, 1938
UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE.
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2,136,508
DISPENSING TOP FOR CONTAINERS
Clen S. Humphrey, Brooklyn, N. Y.
Application May 20, 1936, Serial No. 80,661
2 Claims. (Cl. 221-61)
This invention is directed to a dispensing top pensively produced and which is highly efficient
for a container and while not necessarily re
stricted to such use, the same is primarily de
signed as a dispensing top for tooth powder
5‘ containers. ‘
The invention comprehends a dispensing top
for ‘tooth powder containers which is so con
structed and arranged as to provide means
whereby the requisite quantity of tooth powder
10' may be applied to the cleansing area de?ned by
the ends of the bristles of the tooth brush di
rectly from the container and in such a manner
as to avoid waste while at the same time oh
viating the previous unsanitary, messy practice
15 of ?rst depositing a quantity of the powder from
the container in the palm of the hand.
Due to the fact that the free ends of the
bristles of tooth brushes de?ne cleansing areas
which vary widely in size and contour, the pres
20 ent invention further provides a dispensing top
structure for a ‘powder container which is so
constructed as to permit of the forming of out
lets therein which will substantially conform to
the size and contour of said cleansing areas in
25 order to deposit the powder wholly within the
con?nes of said brush cleansing areas.
More particularly the invention resides in the
provision of a dispensing top structure of the
indicated character which consists of a hollow
30 substantially hopper-shaped breast element hav
ing an integral upstanding neck which is of sub
for its intended purpose.
With the above and other objects in view, ref~
erence is made to the following speci?cation and
accompanying drawing in which there are 11- 5
lustrated several preferred embodiments of the
invention, while the appended claims cover
variations and modi?cations which fall within
the scope of the invention.
In the drawing:
10
Fig. l is a collective perspective view illus
trating a dispensing top structure for a container
with the closure cap removed therefrom and
shown in juxtaposition thereto.
Fig. 2 is a vertical sectional View of the top 15
structure with the cap applied.
Fig. 3 is a similar sectional view taken on a
plane indicated by the line 3-3 in Fig. 2.
Fig. 4 is a view similar to Fig. 3 illustrating
the top structure in inverted position with the 20
closure cap removed and illustrating the manner
in which the contents are applied to a tooth
brush.
Fig. 5 is a similar view taken approximately
on the line illustrated at 5—5 in Fig. 4.
25
Fig. 6 is a top plan view of a modi?ed form
of the invention.
Fig. 7 is a similar view of a further modi?ca
tion.
Referring to the drawing by characters of ref- 30
erence, ll] designates a portion of a container
stantially oblong con?guration in horizontal
body and H generally the dispensing top struc
cross section, which is preferably formed in
tegral with the restricted upper end of the breast
element and in which said neck includes par
ture consisting of a breast element l2 which is
allel elongated side walls and parallel opposite
end walls with inwardly directed ?anges span
ning either the side or end walls of both of them
so as to de?ne webs joining said walls, the free
40 edges of which ?anges and/or walls de?ne an
outlet opening corresponding approximately to
the contour of the cleansing area of the tooth
brush bristles and of slightly lesser size than the
same to direct the tooth powder thereonto and
45 wholly within the con?nes thereof, the flanges
in addition to serving as means for strengthen
ing the side and end walls of the neck and ren
dering them rigid, also function as means
adapted to contact with the free ends of the
50 bristles to prevent the same from protruding
into the outlet opening and clogging the same.
Other objects of the invention reside in the
provision of a dispensing top structure for con
tainers which is comparatively simple in its con
55 struction and mode of use, which may be inex
of hollow substantially hopper shape and formed
with an integral upstanding neck l3 at the re- 35
stricted upper end thereof. As illustrated in Figs.
1 to 5, inclusive, the neck which is substantially
of oblong con?guration in horizontal cross sec
tion, includes parallel elongated side walls l4 and
parallel opposite end walls l5, said end walls 40
being provided with inwardly directed ?anges
l6 extending towards each other and spanning
the side walls so as to de?ne webs joining the
same, the free edges of the flanges and the free
edges of the side walls l4 de?ning an outlet 45
opening ll corresponding to the contour of the
cleansing area de?ned by the free terminals of
the bristles B of the tooth brush and of slightly
lesser size than the same so as to direct the
tooth powder thereonto and wholly within the 50
con?nes thereof when the top structure is dis
posed in the inverted position illustrated in Figs.
4 and 5..
A closure cap, designated generally by the ref
erence character 18, is adapted to be remov- 55
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ably ?tted over the neck and conforms generally
to the shape thereof and said cap includes op
posite resilient side walls l9 which are normally
bowed inwardly towards each other to provide
UK a tension for frictionally retaining the cap on
the neck, the walls l9 being provided adjacent
their upper portions with longitudinally extend
ing beads 20 to facilitate the removal of the cap.
As illustrated in Fig. 6, the side walls M of
10 the neck III are provided with inwardly directed
?anges 2| extending longitudinally and joining
the ?anges or webs l6 provided on the end walls
l5 so that the inner free edges of the flanges
l6 and 2| de?ne an outlet opening 22.
In the variation of the invention illustrated in
Fig. 7, the ?anges l6 are omitted on the end
walls l5 of the neck 13, while the side walls I 4
are formed with inwardly directed longitudinally
extending ?anges 23 which span the opposite end
walls l5 and de?ne together with the free edges
of the end walls l5 and the inner edges of the
?anges 22 an outlet opening 724.
What is claimed is:
1. A dispensing top for tooth powder contain
ers including a hollow hopper-shaped breast ele
ment, an integral upstanding oblong neck at the
restricted upper end of said breast element, said
neck including parallel elongated side walls and
parallel opposite end walls and inwardly directed
?anges on two opposite walls de?ning together
with the remaining walls a single oblong outlet
opening, and a closure cap removably ?tted over
said neck: conforming generally to the shape
thereof and including resilient side walls cor
responding to the side walls of the said neck,
said side walls being bowed longitudinally in 5
ward towards each other to provide a tension
for frictionally impinging the side walls of the
closure cap against the side walls of the neck
to retain the cap in place against unintentional
displacement.
10
2-. A dispensing top for tooth powder contain
ers comprising a hollow substantially conical
breast element, and an upstanding hollow neck
formed at the upper restricted end of the breast
element, said neck including parallel elongated 15
side walls and parallel opposite end Walls and
inwardly directed ?anges formed on two of said
opposite walls extending inwardly therefrom and
perpendicular thereto and joining the remain
ing adjacent walls to de?ne together with the 20
edges of the ?anges and said adjacent walls, an
outlet opening of a size and contour to direct a
quantity of the tooth powder onto and wholly
within the con?nes of the cleansing area of a
tooth brush when the container is inverted and 25
positioned thereover, said ?anges presenting sub
stantial surface areas with which the free ends
of the tooth brush bristles are adapted to con
tact to prevent the entrance of the same into
the outlet opening.
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CLEN S. HUMPHREY.
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