Jan. 14, 1947. ' " 2,414,230' C. E. JOHNSON 4@OLDER AND DISPENSER FOR TOOTHPICKS Filed Jan. 14, 1944 ' Y //D INVENTOR. Cf/HRL E5 E. Jo/f/vso/v BY ` _` We@ Patented Jan. 14, 1947 2,414,236 UNITED STATES PATENTfoFFicE 2,414,230 HQLDER AND DISPENSER FOR TOOTHPICKS Charles E. ll’ohnson, Memphis, Tenn. Application January 14, 1944, Serial No. 518,276 1 claim. (Cl. S12-73) 1 2 This invention relates to a holder and dispenser for tooth picks, and particularly to such a holder in which the tooth picks may be readily placed will protect the undispensed tooth picks against from the following specification upon reference to the accompanying drawing, in which: Fig. 1 is a sectional elevation of the preferred form of the holder. Fig. 2 is a side elevation thereof; and Figs. 3 and 4 are fragmentary sectional ele unsanitary handling. vations, showing respective modiñcations which and which will dispense single tooth picks with a minimum of jamming or packing and which may be made in the head without departing Tooth picks are usually about two and one from the spirit of my invention. half inches in length, vary roughly around one Referring now to the drawing, in which the tenth of an inch in mid diameter and are ta 10 various parts are indicated by numerals: pered at both ends for a substantial portion of _ The holder comprises a barrel portion Il, hav ing a bottom head I3 and a top head I5.4 One of these heads, here indicated as the top l5, is are grasped near the middle so as not to disturb this parallelism, a bunch may be removed from 15 made removable for filling purposes, the head and the barrel having complementary threads Il. the package and inserted endwise into a suit The barrel H is preferably a hollow prism, ably shaped container. In many cases also their length. They are usually sold in pack ages in which they lie parallel, and Vprovided they round bundles are sold which are adapted as they which may be a cylinder, and is here so shown. It may be of metal glass, plastic or other de are to such placing. Their pointed 'ends permit ready passage through an opening in the holder 20 sired, or obtainable, material, though preferably the material is transparent so that the content for expulsion, but tend, with very little provo may be observed. Conveniently the barrel may cation, toward point concentration and engage be some one and one-half inches inside diameter ment of several at one time with the discharge and should be some three and one-half inches opening, causing jamming if the hole be made small enough for discharge of one only, or greater 25 deep, this being some one inch more than the length of the usual tooth pick. jamming if larger, or in the latter event, equally The top head of the holder has a central aper unwanted dispensing of several at one time ture~ i9 which is of suñiciet size to permit dis should jamming not occur, sanitary requirements requiring that those not needed or wanted be thrown away. The objects of the invention are: To provide a holder in which a bundle of tooth picks may be placed at one time and thereafter be loosely held; To provide such a holder which has a height or length suiliciently in excess of the length of pensing tooth picks singly, but too small to per mit passage of more than one at a time, a hole one-eighth inch in diameter being a satisfac tory size. A portion 15A of the head immedi ately around the aperture I9 is substantially ñat, to avoid any tendency to concentrate the points of the tooth picks toward the hole, this flattened portion having an areal diameter roughly half that of the head. Surrounding this area the the ordinary tooth pick to permit substantial 1on head may be provided with an inwardly pro gitudinal movement of the tooth picks loosely jecting cylindrical shoulder section 15B» from the disposed within the holder, such excess length 40 inner end of which a connecting portion 15C of being preferably between one quarter and one the head extends outward to the barrel, this half the tooth pick length, whereby an expelling latter portion -being ilat or even very shallowly throw may be made; inwardly dished. To provide a holder which is apertured to 'I’he heads |5D and 15E, shown respectively in freely pass a single tooth pick only at one time; 45 Figs. 3 and 4, include the same ilat areal sec To provide a holder in which the apertured dis tions around the apertures IBD, ISE, respectively, pensing head is substantially flat and at right and there function as does the head l5. In Fig. angles to the length of the barrel in a zone 3 the head around the area is domed toward around the dispensing opening whereby side the barrel, whereas in Fig._4, the entire head is thrust tending to effect concentration of sev 50 fiat. eral of the picks and jamming in the hole is To fill the holder, the removable head is taken avoided. ofi and a bundle or bale of tooth picks suiiîcient The means by which the foregoing and other to loosely fill the barrel is placed therein and objects are accomplished, and the manner of the head replaced. In dispensing, the barrel I3 their accomplishment, will readily be understood 55 is held in the hand and the mass of tooth picks 2,414,230 4 therein thrown by hand movement toward the apertured head. One only of the tooth picks should enter the hole I9, or 19D, or 19E, and be projected partially or entirely therethrough, this ybeing promoted by the tendency of the picks to ' remain in parallelism while resting on the bot tom, and of the points to retain the spacing made by the larger mid diameters of the picks, the flat surface around the hole having no tendency to concentrate the points, and rejecting the re,-V mainder without crowding them together, or jamming the one being ejected. I claim: A tooth pick container and. dispenser»A compris ing a receptacle open at its upper end and a head removably secured thereon, said head in cluding a flat disc portion of about one half head diameter, centrally apertured to provide a dis pensing opening of diameter to freely pass a sin gle tooth pick only, an annular inwardly stepped shoulder around said disc portion, and an an nular disc extending therefrom to the surround ingl wall of said receptacle, said annular disc beingy inwardly dished. to restrain shift of said tooth picks toward said central disc and dis pensing opening. CHARLES E. JOHNSON.