Patented Nov. 5, v1946 UNITED` 2,410,487 STATES p l SMOKER’S 2,410,487 ARTICLEPATENÍÍLY _ Y', l ÜFFICE Y , Erie W. Eweson, New York, Nfr.- » t, Application January 25, 1944,l -serial Nol` '519,673 5 Claims. l This invention relates to a smoker’s article, particularly to a tray for holding cigarettes and cigars, and has for an object the provision of improvements in this art. A particular object is to provide a support adapted to hold a cigarette with a gripping action and which will automatically extinguish it when it has burned back to the gripping elements. Another object is to provide a holder having a Wide horizontal groove for supporting a cigar or cigarette and for directing a cigarette into a gripped or snuñing position in a smaller and deeper groove at the end of the larger groove. (0143142405 Y 2 cigarette which is pushed more or less vertically therein, as shown in the center of Figs. 2 and 3, to snuff it. The bottom of the small groove is open and slightly rounded and sloping on an arc from the bottom of the large groove to the bottom and outer end of the small groove. By continued pushing a cigarette may thus be made to clean the groove after the glow has been extinguished. In any event, the ashes will drop out of the steep bottomed groove by gravity and any succeeding cigarette Will push out the stub of any preceding cigarette which may be wedged in the groove. It is very easy to introduce a cigarette into Other objects will be apparent from the follow the small groove inasmuch as the curved shape ing description of an exemplary embodiment, 15 of the large groove, intended primarily for cigars, reference being made to the accompanying draw serves as a guide for placing a cigarette into the ing wherein: small groove. When, for instance, a cigarette Fig. 1 is a plan View of a smoker’s tray embody is lying horizontally in the large groove it needs ing the invention; but a slight pressing touch with a iinger and ' Fig. 2 is a vertical section taken on the line 20 the cigarette will be gripped and held along its 2-2 of Fig. 1; and length in a sloping position by the small groove, Fig. 3 is a vertical section and elevation taken where it will burn for a time, as sometimes de on the line 3_3 of Fig. 1. sired, but will be extinguished when it has burned A plurality of holders I0 may be provided on 'rack to the gripping edges of the groove. More an ash and stub receiving tray I2 of any suitable 25 over, when snulìng o-ut a cigarette by placing it material and form. One convenient arrange vertically in the small groove, one needs but to ment is to have a plurality of holders spaced aim for the large groove, the shape of which guides around the rim I 4 of the tray. Or the holder, the cigarette end into the small groove. single or duplex, may be provided Within the rim As the drawing clearly shows, in this embodi I4 where any stubs falling out will drop within 30 ment event the lowermost portion of the small the tray and not outside. Or the holders may be groove is located at a considerable height above provided both inside and o-n the rim, as shown. the ash receiving bottom of the tray, so high in Each holder is formed with a horizontal shelf fact, that when a full length cigarette is wedged or ledge I6, preferably grooved on a large radius centrally in the groove its lower end does not to take cigars as well as cigarettes. In Fig. 2 35 touch the bottom of the tray. a cigar is shown in the grooved ledge of the holder The combination of the two grooves is there on the left side. Cigars are generally self-ex fore important. If a cigarette extinguishing de tinguishing and do not require special precautions , vice is to be practical it must not only be simple to prevent them from falling 01T the holder after to use and inexpensive to manufacture, but the burning. Cigarettes, however, tend to remain burning even beyond the edge of a support on device must be pro-vided in such a manner as to Y make a smoker-notably a cigarette smoker instinctively aware of its availability and pur poses the moment he puts his cigarette down on which they merely rest and this will result in their falling oiï the support and causing ñre or damage to furnishings. Besides, a self-burning or self the ash tray. The present invention meets these smoking cigarette makes an objectionable odor. 45 requirements in a special manner. For holding and extinguishing cigarettes a While one embodiment of the invention has second and smaller groove I8 istherefore pro been speciñcally described by Way of illustration, vided at the bottom of the large groove I6 and at it is to be understood that there may be various one end thereof. The smaller groove in eleva Within the limits of the prior art tion is formed somewhat-in the shape of a broadly 50 embodiments and the scope of the subjoined claims.. truncated V or in the shape of a L! with diverging I claim: sides and of a size to grip and hold a burning 1. A smoker’s article comprising a support hav cigarette when placed therein with a slight pres ing a horizontal groove of a size to receive and sure in a slanting position, as shown on the right hold a cigar, said support having a small groove side of Fig. 2, or to wedge the burning end of a at one end of and within the large groove of a 2,410,487 3 size to grip a cigarette, the small groove in end elevation having the shape of a truncated V, and the large groove having an extended portion which is not touched by the small groove. . 2. A smoker’s article comprising a support hav ing a horizontal groove of a size to receive and hold a cigar, said support having a small groove at one end of and within the large groove of a size to grip a cigarette, the small groove in end elevation having the' shape of a truncated V and having its bottom -sloping upwardly in an up wardly concave arc from the outer end to the inner end in the bottom of the large groove, and the large groove having an extended portion which is not touched by the small groove. 3. A smoker’s article comprising.- a 'tray hav- ` „ ing a raised edge, said edge having a transverse grooved ledge at the top of a size to hold a cigar 4 and also a small groove in the inner end only of the large groove, the small groove being of a size to grip a cigarette, being open at the inner end and having an inclined bottom and inner end wall of increasing width from bottom to top. 4. A smoker’s article comprising a tray having a raised edge and a, raised interior member, said member having a large transverse groove and a smaller truncated V-shaped groove in the bot tom yof one end only of the large groove opening to the end of the larger groove. 5. A smoker’s article comprising a tray having ' a raised edge and a raised interior member, said member having a large transverse groove of a size to hold a cigar and at each end of the large groove having a smaller groove of a size to grip a cigarette. " ERIC W. EWESON.