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Feb. 27, 1962
- J. R. Tum-:K ETAL
2 sheds-sheet 1
Filed April 20, 1960
Feb. 27, 1962
Filed April 20, 1960
2 Sheets-Sheet 2
United States Patent O
Patented Feb. 27, 1962
FIG. 2 is a side exterior view of thelsaid holder em
bodying our invention;
FIGS. 3 and 4 are fragmentary sectional views taken
on the lines 3_3 and 4_4 respectively of FIG. 2;
FIG. 4a is a magnified view of the insert attaching
James R. Turek, Johnstown, Pa., and Eugene C. Petrie,
Elmhurst, and Robert B. Attridge, Evergreen Park,
lll., assignors to Crane Co., Chicago, lll., a corporation
of Illinois
means employed in FIG. 4; ,
FIGS. 5, 6 and 7 are views of a modiíied form of our
Filed Apr. 20, 1960, Ser. No. 23,398
3 Claims. (Cl. 45-28)
invention; and
FIGS. 8 and 9 are of side and plan sectional views re
This invention relates generally to bathroom trimmings 10 spectively of a further modified form of the invention.
Similar reference numerals refer to similar parts
accessory to bathtub, lavatory, and closet bowl installa
throughout the several views.
tions. More particularly, it is concerned with the type
of trimmings ordinarily identified as a soap holder or a
Reference is now made to FIG. l. A soap holder or
tumbler holder.
In order to have a better appreciation ‘of the advantages
of this particular contribution, it should be understood in
tumbler holder housing 1 is shown which may be made
either of sheet metal, plastic, or other suitable composi
tion. It comprises a frame of generally rectangular con
iiguration as shown at 2. The housing 1 at its rear por
tion as at 3 is of generally semi-cylindrical recessed con
figuration, although the form of the latter is not particu
most cases soap holders, or tumbler holders, on occasion
are provided with a removable supporting insert member
generally made of plastic, glass, metal, or other suitable
materials, the purpose obviously being to allow for ease
larly significant. It will be understood that the housing
1 is formed so as to be mounted within a suitably formed
recess or hole in the wall of a bathroom or the like, the
in maintaining a sanitary condition within the recesses of i
the said holder. In this connection, it is of course desir
able also that such insert member be not only firmly posi
tioned during use against both lateral as well as longitu
engaging edges indicated at 4 of the frame making abut
ting contact preferably with the face of the bathroom wall
dinal movement in relation to the floor or base of the re
so as to thereby conceal the otherwise rough hewn and
cessed holder, but also that the said supporting insert
unsightly edges of the wall opening. For purpose of at
member may be easily removed without requiring special
tools. Further, it should be easily and conveniently re
tachment to the wall as indicated at 5 and 6, the rear Wall
portion of the opening 3 of the housing 1 may be suitably
secured to construction headers (not shown) by means of
placed by the average home owner or tenant or other
30 nails or screws or the like (also not shown) and with
the frame firmly positioned with its surface 4 against the
It is therefore one of the more important objects of the
vertical wall surface of the room in which it is installed.
present invention to provide a bathroom fixture of the
The removable insert member generally designated 7
type hereinafter described in which the insert member by
(FIG. 3) serves as the carrier or support for either soap
the relatively simple maneuver of lifting and/or tilting
the insert member upwardly, permits of the said insert to 35 or a tumbler. The usual ribs 40 serve as contacts for the
soap or tumbler. 'Ihe novel means of attachment of the
be easily removed. Also, by an opposite entry approach
insert to the housing 1 forms the subject matter of this
from the forward and open end of the soap holder hous
ing the said insert member may be installed by sliding it
At the rear portion of the semi-circular portion 3 of
inwardly relative to the housing base. After a limited de
the housing, a means of attachment of preferably a half
gree of such movement inwardly to bear against a rear
wall defining the inner limits of the housing the insert
bolt construction, generally designated 8, is attached by
member may then be permitted to move in a direction ar
means of a peened over form or rivet form of connec
cuately toward the base or ñoor of the housing and en
gage a button or pin, the latter positively or frictionally
tion, as at 9. It will be noted that the lower half of the
bolt head 11 extends downwardly after predetermined
engaging a groove or recess provided on an upturned wall 45 inward movement of the insert member 7 to the position
surface either inwardly or outwardly of the insert.
illustrated. It is then mounted within the recess 12 for
A further object is to provide for a composition, plastic
suitable engagement therewith as indicated more clearly '
in the enlarged view shown in FIG. 4a. Initially being
relatively loosely’ received therewithin and with a suñi
can be securely attachecd thereto at either a rear portion 50 cient clearance between the pin or button-head 8 and the
recess 12, it allows for the insert member to be inserted
of the housing or at side portions thereof.
(and removed) when the insert assumes the position and
A further object is to provide for a fixture of the char
in the manner indicated by the dotted lines shown in FIG.
acter hereinabove referred to in which a semi-concealed
4. In the latter position, it will be noted that the insert
pin or button is provided in the back of the housing or on
the side walls of the housing whereby to positively or 55 inner corner portion 13 serves as the bearing or pivot point
when the insert 7 is tilted upwardly in being removed (or
frictionally hold the said insert member in place.
mounted) and allows for the easy removal (or assembly)
A further object is to provide for an insert member in
within the housing of the said insert member from or
which the attachment arrangement therefor permits of the
upon the floor or base 10. At its forward portion, the
employment of a close-fitting insert or soap holder tray 60 insert 7 as shown more clearly at 14 is provided with a
in the housing and thus results in a more sanitary assembly
downwardly extending ñange whereby to assist in obtain
with the housing.
ing a grip upon said forward portion of the insert when
or metal tray or holder in which by predetermined slid
ing movement relative to the housing opening the insert
Y A further object is to provide for a bathroom soap
the latter is being positioned within the housing recess 3
holder construction in which simple, economical and posi
as hereinabove described.
tive retention means and easy removability are con 65
As shown more clearly in the transverse plan sectional
view of FIG. 3, the insert member 7 ûts relatively snugly
on its peripheral portion primarily for the purpose of pro
viding a tight juncture therewith and therefore providing
greater sanitation. In the latter connection, it will be
veniently provided.
Other objects and advantages will become more readily
apparent upon proceeding with the following descrip
tion read in light of the accompanying drawings, in which
FIG. 1 is a side exterior view of a soap-or tumbler
holder embodying our invention;
70 noted that preferably the upstanding peripherally curved
wall 15 of the insert member 7 being preferably made of
In this modification, it is to 4be noted that‘fo-r the
resilient material _is taperedand `sprung slightly outwardly.
Thus, as more clearly show-n in FIG. 2, a peripheral line
engagement as -at 16 is effected with the semi-circular sur
purpose of frictionally holding the insert member 7 firmly
in the housing 1, each of the oppositely disposed slotted
face 3 of the Vhousing opening. The immediatelyde
scribed structural provision accordingly lpermits the in
portions 25 is provided with the surface 27 which in ex
tending larcu-ately inwardly slightly functions as a cam
sert wall 15 to function in a limitedly resilient manner.
l By reason Vof such resilient structure and the engagement
like configuration. Thus, the pins 271 as they initially enter
the horizontal slot 2,5 will follow a radius departing from
with the semi-cyiindrical surface 3, the insert bolt head on
its rounded surface 17 initially engages the recess at 18,`
as shown more clearly in FIG. 4a. The over-all effect is
to assure greater stability and firmness of ñt vin the’posi
tioning of the insert member. At the same time, there is
thus ran allowance for slight resilient displacement of the
insert wall 15 outwardly when the insert upper edge 18
of the recess 1,2 contacts the slightly rounded area de
fined byl the surface 19 of the bolt 8. Such contact will
' that defining the insert outer surface 15.
will frictionally or slidingly engage vthe inner end surface
portions 28 of the pins 21. The latter members are
riveted firmly in place in a `manner similarfto that de
scribed in connection with the other figures. The over
all effect of the said frictional engagement between the
surface 27 of the insert member and the inner end sur
face 23 of the pin 21 is to function substantially in the
samerm‘anner as the pitched vertical surface 20 of FIG.
take place immediately upon positioning the insert mem
ber 7 within lthe housing, which is shown in FIG. 4, and
then takes the final position shownmore cle-arly in FIG.
Therefore, as
the insert member is moved inwardly toward the surface
V3 of the housing 1, each of the surfaces 27 of the grooves
7 when the insert member is -fìnally positioned firmly in
place on the housing door or base 10.
It has been found that such structure with its re-V
si'liency eliminates prior objectionable breakage Yat’such
In-this construction, it will also be understood that
the insert member 7 when being assembled within the
holder housing 1 is tipped slightly upwardly .so that its
location, and it also provides a nice easily attained adjust
ment to result in the desired secure assembly of the in
sert within „the said soap holder housing.
There hasïaccordingly been provided an insert retain
lower corner surface 13 serves as the s‘lidable contact
pivot point during such time as the pins 2~1 are moving
in the slot portion 27 toward the portion 26. The ulti
ing structure capable not only of holding the insert firmly
against relative movement, but it also permits the insert
mate connection as the pins 21 enter the latter slot por
tion to engage the pin end surface 28 provides the as
surance of a tight and sanitary juncture between the said
A further modified form of -attachment may be used to
obtain a .similari-beneficial result in which side portions 30 inner surface 3 of the housing andthe upper peripheral
wall surface 15 of the insert member 7. Y
instead of the rear or inward portion of the insert 7 may
In other respects, the operation of the modified forms
be used to effect the attachment of the said member.
_ to be easily installed and removed.
follows the general principle of securement described in
As shown more clearly in FIG. 5, the side disposed pins
the first mentioned figures.
2-1 are mounted so that the inner portions thereof as at 22
extending through the wall of the housing 1 engage the 35 It will be clear that the embodiments here _illustrative
of the inventionare relatively economical and simple
vertically disposedslots 23. The detailed construction ofV
in construction, and provide an ease of installation or
the siot 23 is „more clearly set forth lin the fragmentary
section in FIG. 7, the slot being inwardly tapered as in
removal viu'th respect to the insert member from the said
housing that is highly desirable.
dicated at 2.0 so 'as to provide the slot lower widened por
It Will also be apparent that although several embodi
tion las at ,the open end 24. Thus, it will be apparent that 40
ments of the invention have been shown, many other
-the oppositely disposed slots 23 extend downwardly pref
changes in constructionY may be made without departing
from Vthe scope of the invention as set forth in the follow
erably tothe base surface 10 of the housing and upon
which surface the said insert member is supported, the
slots vterminating Awith said open end. In this modified'
construction, as distinguished from that shown in FIG. 4,
in installing the insert member it is simply slipped over
ing claims.
the inner end portions of buttons or pins so that the op
positely disposed slots L23 correspond with theV pins 21.Y
Therefore, by simply moving the entire insert member 7
frame and anopening extending rearwardly of the frame,
downwardly in a direction'toward the housing base or floor ’
10, the insert is placed fu’miy and securely in position`
a pin mounted on a wall defining a rear limit of the open
ing within said frame of the housing, the pin having a
Y head, the underside of the head being tapered and spaced
.from said opening rear limit, a soap supporting insert
. Aand thereby held against accidental removal. Y In this con
struction, it will likewise be yappreciated that the upper
for entering and conforming with the base, the said
insert having a rear wall substantially conforming with
the wall defining said rear limit of the housing opening,
outer edge of the insert yas indicated at 16 of the wall 15
of the insert 7 bears securely 'and in substantially ñuid
tight relation against the inner periphery of the semi-cylin
the said rear wall of the insert being formed with a socket,
the upper portion thereof being suitably cut away to
drical surface 3 tozencourage the easy maintenance of a’
sanitary condition.
We claim:
1. A soap `holder or the like for mounting in a wall
opening, said holder having a housing with a base and
defined at a forward portion thereof with a marginal
Specifically, soap suds, water, and ,
closely engage a shoulder portion of said pin formed by
the like are effectively prevented from entering upon the
said tapered underside of the head .whereby to maintain
Vsurface 3 behind the insert wall 15. YIt has been found
the said insert against substantial endwise movement rela
that this arrangement also keeps the screws or bolts 16-’
' tive to thesaid housing base, an outer peripheral portion
from being adversely affected by moisture to ,cause ycorro
of the said insert at this stage of its> positioning on the
sion or rusting, and so forth, otherwise resulting if a
being snugly drawn against inner wall .surfaces de
tight joint is not provided Vbetween the insert 7 and the» -base
65 fining the said opening to form a relatively tight joint
housing surface 3.
Y In FIGS. 8 and 9, la stillv further modified form of in
n 2. A recessed rsoap holder for mounting in a wall open->
sert means of Iattachment to the soap-holder housing is
ing, said holder having a housing with a base and de
illustrated. In this structure, the insert member generally
fined at a forward portion thereof with a marginal frame
designated 7 is provided on its outer periphery at op
and an opening within the frame rearwardly thereof, a
positely disposed side portions thereof with an angular 70 pin mounted on a rounded Wall defining a rear limit of
form of groove or slot V25, and having upwardly extend
the opening within said frame of the housing, the said
ing vertical slotted portion 26 which in the final position
pin having a head portion spaced from the rounded wall,
ing of the insert 7 fits over the inwardly projecting pin
a soap supporting insert for entering and conforming
21 on Veach side thereof as shown -more clearly in FIG.
with the base. the said insert having a rear Wall conform
ing with the rounded wall defining said rear limit of the
the housing, the pin having a head portion in spaced
housing opening, an upper surface on the rear wall por
relation to said wall deñning the rear limit of said open
ing, a soap supporting insert for entering and conform
ing with the base, the said insert having a rear wall con
forming with the wall defining said rear limit of the hous
ing opening, the said rear wall of the insert being relieved
at an upper portion thereof and of inverted T-conligura
tion when viewed in plan and engaging an inner end
tion of the insert being relieved at an upper portion there
of, the head portion of said pin being downwardly tapered
on an Iinner transverse edge for engaging an inner ver
tioally extending surface of the upper relieved portion of
the insert to retain the said insert against substantial end
wise movement relative to the said housing base, at least
an outer arcuate portion of the insert bearing snugly
against an inner annular portion of the rounded wall de
ñning the opening within the frame and rearwardly
3. A soap holder for mounting in a Wall opening, said
holder having a housing with a base and deiined at a
forward portion thereof with a marginal frame and an 15
opening Within the frame, a pin mounted on a wall de
ñning a rear limit of the opening within said frame of
downwardly tapered portionv of said pin head to retain
the insert against substantial endwise movement relative
to the said housing.
References Cited in the ñle of this patent
Hallenseheid __________ __ Dec. 4, 1951
Borah _______________ __ Feb. 3, 1959
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