‘ Jan. 7, 1947. > ~ H. J. scoTT ’ 2,413,998 DEP ILAT OR Filed‘ Aug. 18, 1945 ’ 'INVENTOR , Jforafc'o JERTLSCOZE BY ' . ATTORNEY v Patented Jan. 7, 1947 ‘2,413,998 V UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE 2,413,998 DEPILATOR Horatio John Scott, Mayfair West, Johannesburg, Transvaal, Union of South Africa Application August 18, 1945, Serial No. 611,379 3 Claims. (Cl. 128-355) 1 2 This invention relates to depilators ‘or to in struments used for pulling or plucking hairs from It is stated that the plucking of the hair is not the skin or for such like operations. The object of the invention is to provide an in so painful if the skin is held taut about the hair while it is jerked or plucked out. The instrument described is provided to per strument embodying tweezers for easily gripping form depilatory operations with the least pain. and holding the hair to be plucked and at the same time provide a pad to hold the skin sur rounding the hair taut and to press the skin away from the hair whilst pulling the hair from the skin In operation the jaws 2 of the tweezers grip the hair to be removed in the usual manner and close to the skin. The sheath is pressed down over the tweezers by the palm of the hand of the opera during the plucking operation. A further object 10 tor, the grip on the hair being maintained by is to provide such an instrument which can easily the thumb and ?rst ?nger pressing the grips 6, be manipulated if desired with one hand. A still ‘l towards one another. The edge [4 of collar l3 further object is to make the sheath surrounding makes contact with the skin round the hair while the tweezers of glass, plastic or other transparent at the same time it is moving down to encircle material. 15 the ends of the jaws 2 of the tweezers. Pressure The preferred form of the invention is illus is exerted on the tube so that the portion of the trated in the accompanying drawing in which: skin against which the edge I4 is pressed is held Fig. I shows in perspective the complete in taut and the hair in the centre of such patch of strument with the tweezers extended. skin is removed by jerking the tweezers into the Fig. II is a similar view with the tweezers with 20 sheath by upward movement of the grips 6, ‘I in drawn and ' the slots Ill, II while at the same time the skin Fig. III shows the tweezers separated from its is pressed away from the gripped hair. sheath. The collar l3 may be made of rubber or other The tweezers i are double jawed at 2 while its material which will tend to hold the surface of arms 3, 4 are united at 5 with preferably an out 25 the skin against slipping when it is pressed wardly springing bend. The outward spring of against the latter. When the sheath is made of the jaws 2 is conveniently due to the spring of transparent material the action of the tweezers the metal at the bend 5. is visible during all stages of the operation. About the middle of the length of the arms 3, 4 The invention provides a simple tool which is are ?nger grips ii, ‘I formed by outwardly, and 30 useful in depilatory operations. It is ef?cient and somewhat squarely, bent portions in the length its use relieves the patient of much pain. of the arms 3, 4. What I claim as new and desire to secure by These specially shaped tweezers l are provided Letters Patent is: with a sheath 8 which, as shown is a ?attened 1. A depilator comprising a sheath, tweezers tubular structure closed at 9 and having its sides adapted to slide within the sheath, a collar on the cut away to provide slots H], H. The sheath 8 end of the sheath to make contact with the skin may be made from a cut blank sheet of metal bent around the hair to be removed, slots in the sides and folded over to the form shown. Before the of the sheath, and ?nger grips on the tweezers folding operation is complete the tweezers l are extending through the slots in the sheath. inserted between the folded portions of the tube, 40 2. A depilator comprising a sheath, tweezers that is, before they make contact at the join adapted to slide within the sheath, a collar of shown at l2. When the sheath is made of glass, rubber like material on the end of the sheath to plastic or other transparent material the sheath make contact with the skin around the hair to may be made in two halves with the split length be removed, slots in the sides of the sheath, and wise and after the tweezers are in place the two 4:5 ?nger grips on the tweezers extending through halves may be united in any well known manner. the slots in the sheath. Or again end 9 may be left open temporarily and A depilator comprising a sheath of trans suitably closed after the tweezers are in place. parent material, tweezers adapted to slide within It is a collar-like end opposite to 9. It is open the sheath, a collar on the end of the sheath to to allow the ends 2 of the tweezers to be pro 50 make contact with the skin around the hair to jected from or withdrawn into the sheath. The be removed, slots in the sides of the sheath, and tweezers are a loose ?t in the sheath and while ?nger grips on the tweezers extending through the jaws 2 may be easily projected from or with the slots in the sheath. drawn into the end [3 the tweezers cannot nor mally be removed due to the grips 6, ‘I protrud 55 HORATIC J'OHN SCOTT. ing through the slots 10, II.