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Jan. 1, 1963
1 MCILWAIN
3,071,141
COMBINATION CIGARETTE GRASPER, SUPPORT, AND LIGHTER
Filed March 8, 1961
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Jan. 1, 1963
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3,071,141
COMBINATION CIGARETTE GRASPER, SUPPORT, AND LIGHTER
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Fiied Mar. 5, 19:51, Ser. No. 95,772
8 Claims. (Cl. 131-259)
This invention relates generally to the class of smokers’
accessories and is directed particularly to a new and
novel device designed to facilitate the handling of a
cigarette or like article.
This application is a continuation'in-part of my pend
sideration of the following detailed description taken in
connection with the accompanying drawings forming part
of the speci?cation, with the understanding, however,
that the invention is not con?ned to a strict conformity
with the showing of the drawings but may be changed or
modi?ed so long as such changes or modi?cations mark
no material departure from the salient features of the in
vention as expressed in the appended claims.
in the drawings:
FIG. 1 is a view in edge elevation of the combination
cigarette grasper, support and lighter of the present in
ing application Serial No. 721,032, ?led March 12, 1958,
vention showing the lighter and the grasper in end-to-end
and now abandoned
relation and illustrating in broken outlines a cigarette
Many persons who smoke cigarettes work under 15 held in the grasping device and also illustrating in broken
conditions where the hands are either wet a good deal
lines the lighter swung to a right angular position to
of the time or may be dirtied with paints, grease or oils,
function as a supporting base.
as a result of which it is di?icult for them to remove a
FIG. 2 is a longitudinal sectional view taken in the
cigarette from a package and place it in the mouth with
plane of line 2——2 of FIG. 1, through the cigarette grasp
out wetting the cigarette or otherwise damaging it so that 20 ing device and extended into a portion of the lighter
it is difhcult or unpleasant to smoke. For example, per
with the ?ngers and spring in elevation, illustrating the
sons working around automobiles frequently have oil
interior mechanism in both full lines and in dotted lines,
and grease on their hands and if such persons desire to
the dotted line position of the parts illustrating the in
smoke, they must stop to clean their hands so that grease
wardly pivoted positions of the levers and the outwardly
will not get on the cigarette as it is removed from the 25 pivoted separated positions of the grasping ?ngers for
package and thus make the smoking of the cigarette
taking hold of a cigarette at an end thereof.
di?icult.
FIG. 3 is a view in side elevation of the cigarette grasp
In addition to the foregoing, in working under condi
er and the lighter to which it is hingedly attached, with
tions such as those above referred to, when it is desired
the lighter in right angular relation to the grasper.
to lay aside the cigarette momentarily, there may not 30
FIG. 4 is a partial section taken substantially on the
be any clean place on which to lay the cigarette or, if
line 4-d of FIG. 2.
a great deal of oil or grease is around, it may be danger
FIG. 5 is a view in perspective of one of the grasping
ous to lay the cigarette down on the edge of a bench or
?ngers.
other structure in the customary manner.
FIG. 6 is a fragmentary detail illustrating the hinge
In view of the foregoing, it is a particular object of the 35 connection between the lighter and the grasping device.
present invention to provide a device by means of which
FIG. 7 is a view looking at the top or outer end wall
a cigarette may be readily grasped and withdrawn from
of the casing as it would appear with the ?nger members
a package and placed in the month without the necessity
removed.
of touching the cigarette with the hands.
FIG. 8 illustrates in edge elevation a second embodi
Another object of the invention is to provide a novel 40 ment of the combination cigarette grasper, support and
device by means of which the cigarette may be grasped
lighter showing in broken lines the lighter extended later
for removal from the mouth and laid aside on a support,
and which will keep the cigarette out of contact with the
supporting surface or structure, thereby avoiding the
ally in supporting position.
FIG. 9 is a longitudinal section taken substantially on
he line 9-—9 of FIG. 8 through the casing only and
possibility not only of damaging the cigarette through 45 showing the elements within the casing in elevation with
contact with oils, greases or the like, but also avoiding
the grippers in closed position.
the possibility of the cigarette burning down and scorching
FIG. 10 is a view corresponding to FIG. 9 but showing
the surface of the supporting body.
Still another object of the invention is to provide a
new and novel combination cigarette grasping device, sup
port and lighter wherein the device for grasping and
supporting the cigarette is attached in a novel manner
to the lighter whereby the lighter and the grasping device
can be arranged one with relation to the other so that
the levers pressed inwardly to open or separate the grip
pers.
FIG. 11 is a view in side elevation of the grasper and
lighter, the lighter being in angular relation to the grasper
to present the outer end of the lighter to View.
FIG. 12 is a partial sectional view taken substantially
on the line 12-42 of FIG. 9.
the lighter may function as a supporting foot for the 55
FIG. 13 is a view in perspective of one of the grasping
grasping device and maintain the latter in an upright
position.
Still another object of the invention is to provide a
cigarette grasping device and a cigarette lighter wherein
the device and lighter are hingedly coupled together so
that they may be arranged relative to one another either
in a common plane to facilitate the easy handling of the
?nger members of the second embodiment shown in
FIG. 8.
Referring now more particularly to the drawings, FIGS.
1 to 7 illustrate a ?rst embodiment of the invention
wherein the numeral 18 generally designates that portion
of the device hereinbefore refer-red to as the cigarette
grasper and holder or support while the numeral 12 gen
cigarette grasper or use of the lighter, or the two mem
erally designates a lighter of a conventional design.
bers may be placed in right angularly related planes where
No details of the lighter construction are illustrated as
the lighter may be used as a supporting base for the 65 any suitable type of lighter may be employed in combina
cigarette grasper or in one embodiment of the invention
tion with the grasper with the exception that the lighter
the two members may be disposed in side by side parallel
must be of ?at form such as is commonly carried in the
relation for convenience in carrying the combination de
pocket and which comprises the lower or body portion 14
vice in the pocket.
and the cap or cover portion 16 which is hinged across
Other objects and advantages of the invention will be
come apparent as the description of the same proceeds
one narrow side to the bottom portion
4 as: indicated
at 18. The numerals 2t} and 22 designate, respectively,
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the wide side faces of the body portion 14- of the lighter
54 thereof are disposed in the end wall openings 45 of
while the numerals 23 and 24 designate the narrower sides
the casing with the concave or semi~circular relation, as
shown in FIG. 2.
The ?ngers 52 are each so positioned that the aperture
57 of the body portion will lie below the upper outer end
wall 44 as shown in FIG. 4, and each ?nger has extended
through the aperture 57 thereof a pivot pin 58 which
spans the space between the walls 255 and 30 of the eas
ing and is secured at its ends in such walls so that the
10 ?ngers may rock relative to one another.
or edge faces, the hinge portion 18 between the body and
cap being here shown as extending across the narrower
side 24.
The cigarette grasper lltl embodies an elongate flat hol
low shell or housing body which is generally designated
26 and is of the same width across the wider side faces 28
and fail as the side faces 20 and 22 of the lighter and it
is also of the same width across the narrower edge faces
31 and 32 as the narrower side or edge faces 2-3 and 24
of the lighter. In length, the casing 26 may be somewhat
greater than the length of the lighter as illustrated.
The grasper device 163 has the flat transverse bottom
wall 33 which is of the same dimensions as the adjacent
bottom wall
for the lighter body and the two bodies
lit and 12, or the grasper 10 and lighter 12, are joined
together by a piano type hinge 36 which extends across
The normal closed position of the grasping ?ngers is
that in which the slotted ears 55 extend inwardly substan
tially in parallel relation as shown in full lines in FIG. 2,
and the pair of cars 55 of each member 52 receives
between them the upper inner corner portion of a lever 47,
as shown in FIG. 4, and each of the levers carries a trans
verse pin member 59 which extends into the slots 56 of
the adjacent pair of ears 55.
When the levers are in their normal parallel relation
the ‘width or wide side of each of the two bodies along
an edge thereof. As here illustrated the hinge extends 20 with the ?ngers in closed position, as illustrated in FIG.
2, the lever pins 59 will be disposed in the upper or outer
along the edge formed by the intersection of the walls
ends of the slots 56 and it will thus be seen that when
28 and 33, of the grasper 26 and along the edge formed
the levers are pressed inwardly, to rock on the pivot pins
by the intersection of the walls 2t} and 34, of the lighter
48, the lever pins will force the ?ngers to swing on their
12. This piano type hinge has the conventional inter
engaging or interdigitating hinge knuckles 38 through 25 pivots 53 and will slide in the slots 56 toward the inner
or lower ends of the latter. This action will elfect the
which extends the hinge pintle 39. This pintle in the
separation of the ?ngers or the opening of the cigarette
present case is modi?ed from the conventional construc
grasping means to the positions shown in dotted outlines
tion of piano hinge structure in that it has a head 40 at
in FIG. 2.
one end and the opposite end projects beyond the termi
Each of the ?nger members 52 carries upon the outer
nal hinge knuckle 38 and is screw threaded as indicated
side of the body portion 54 the short projecting tail piece
at 41 to receive a knurled thumb nut 42. By tightening
the nut 42 on the pintle, the lighter and cigarette grasper
can be secured against relative turning movement, for the
purpose hereinafter set forth. By means of this hinging
540: which functions to close the outer part of the opening
45 when the grasping ?ngers are in normal closed position.
Thus it will be seen that by extending the top wall across
it will be seen that the lighter may be folded ?at against 35 between the body portions 54- of the ?ngers as indicated at
46 and by providing the tail pieces 54a which close the
the side Wall 23 of the grasper casing.
outer portions of the openings 45 when the ?ngers are in
closed position, no openings are left which detract from the
appearance of the grasping device.
of a slot, and the upper outer end of the casing 26 has a
In order to maintain the levers in their normal parallel
?at transverse wall 44 in which are formed the two spaced 40
Each of the narrow side or edge walls 31 and 32 of the
casing 26 has an elongate opening 43 therein in the form
rectangular openings 45 (see FIG. 7), which openings 45
relation as shown, or to return them to this relationship
are separated by the central transverse portion 46 of the
after being pressed for the opening of the ?ngers, a spring
end wall.
means of suitable character as illustrated in FIG. 2, is in
Positioned in the casing 26 and extending longitudinally
through the major portion of the length thereof are the
terposed between the spaced opposed edges 49 of the levers.
This spring means which is generally designated 60, is
two long ?at levers 47. These levers 47 are supported
for pivotal movement in a common plane each in one of
the openings or slots 43. Each lever is mounted for such
pivotal movement on a transverse pivot pin 48 which
passes through the lower end of the lever and is secured '
in the side walls or side panels 28 and 3d, of the casing.
formed from suitable ?at spring metal and comprise a
pair of end joined, relatively long spaced arms 61 which
terminate in the laterally extending bifurcated portions
62 in which the opposing edges 49 of the levers are re
ceived. In order to maintain the spring 60 in the position
shown, the edges 49 of the levers may be suitably notched
for interengagement with that adjacent portion of the
The levers 47 have their inner longitudinal edges 49 in
arm 61 lying between the furcations.
spaced relation and the levers are of substantial width
whereby when they are in parallel relation, as shown in
It will be understood, of course, that any other suitable
type of spring means may be employed for urging the
FIG. 2, an outer longitudinal portion of each will project
levers 47 outwardly to their normal positions after they
through the adjacent slot 43 and extend a slight distance
have been swung inwardly.
beyond the side edge wall in which the slot is formed.
As an example- of another type of spring means which
This projecting portion is designated Sllv for each of the
may be employed, reference is had to the second embodi
levers.
The outer top corner portion of each lever is rounded 60 ment of the invention illustrated in FIGS. 8 to 13. In
this second embodiment it will be obvious from the illus
as indicated at 51, and this rounded edge will contact the
tration and from the succeeding description thereof that
adjacent top edge of the slot 43 and prevent the upper
the different type of spring shown may readily be em
end of the lever from being forced outwardly beyond the
ployed between the levers 46 and 47 for urging the upper
position in which it is shown in FIG. 2.
Projecting from the upper outer end of the casing 26 so ends of the levers apart or outwardly in the same manner
as the spring 60.
are two opposed coacting cigarette grasping ?nger mem
bers each of which is generally designated 52. Each of
In the illustrated second embodiment of the invention
these ?nger members 52 comprises an outer end curved
the numeral 75 generally designates the grasper unit which
jaw 53 which is joined by means of a body portion 513
has pivotally attached to the bottom end thereof the light
to a pair of spaced longitudinally slotted ears 55. The
er unit which is generally designated 76.
slots of these ears are designated 56 and at the upper end
The lighter‘ unit '76 may be of any standard type as de
of each slot a pivot pin aperture 5‘? is formed transversely
scribed in connection with the unit 12 and accordingly
through the body 54. The jaw v53 of each ?nger has a
no detailed description of the unit 76 will be given other
substantially semi-circular inner face 53:; and when the
than to designate the body portion 77 and the cap portion
two ?ngers 52 are in operative position, the body portions
78 which is pivotally attached as at ‘79 to the body por
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tion. Additionally, the body portion 77 has the bottom
end wall 80 which in the present form of the invention
carries two hinge ears or lugs 81 by means of which the
lighter is pivotally connected with the grasper unit 75
in the manner hereinafter described.
The pivotally coupled grasper unit '75 and lighter 76
are preferably of the same width and thickness.
The grasper unit 75 comprises the casing 32 which
may be formed in any suitable manner of metal or any
other material having the desired characteristics of rigidity
6
the bottom wall 37 of the casing upon which they rest,
to a point above the upper ends of the openings 88. Each
of the bars is of relatively narrow width so that when they
are disposed within the casing as shown in FIG. 9, with
the outer sides ltiil against the inner surface of the side
edge walls, the inner sides or faces N41 of the bars will
be approximately in line with the center of the adjacent
lug ltltl and of the pivot pin lying thereabove. The bars
162 forming the two levers are preferably of rectangular
cross section with the inner and outer surfaces and sides
and wearability to make it suitable for use. If the casing
parallel.
is made of metal it may be drawn in the desired shape from
Each of the bars has its bottom outer corner rounded
a single piece of material or if the casing is made of ma
of]? slightly as indicated at res, which rounded corner lies
terial suitable for mounting it may be formed in a mold.
in the juncture of the bottom wall 87 and a side edge
The casing 82 embodies the two Wide side walls 83 15 wall 85 or 86. At its top end each of the lever bars
and 84, the narrow edge walls 35 and 8d and the bottom
terminates in the oblique face 1%, the high side of which
wall 87. The casing as shown is relatively long as com
oblique face intersects the short longitudinal face 167 of
pared to its width and the edge walls have substantial por
a notch
formed in the inner face lit-t of the bar at its
tions thereof cut away midway between the top and bot
top end. Each notch MS has a lug 2% engaged thereon
tom ends and the cut away portions are also extended 20 as shown and the lug bears against the longitudinally ex
slightly into the side walls forming the long laterally di
tending face m7 of the notch.
rected openings 88.
Disposed within the casing and resting upon the bottom
l The outer or top end of the casing 82 is open as shown
wall 87 is an elongate spring member which is generally
in FIGS. 9 and 10 and the top ends of the side walls 85
designated 169 and which functions to normally urge the
and 86 terminate a slight distance short of the open top 25 ?nger members toward closed position and also to urge
of the casing. The open top of the casing is designated
the levers fill outwardly. This spring member MP9 is
89 and the top edges of the side edge walls are designated
formed in one piece from a suitable length of ?at spring
90.
metal and comprises the bottom portion lltl with which
Extending transversely of the casing between the wide
are joined the two long side arms
The middle or
side walls 83 and 84 are the two spaced parallel pivot 30 bottom portion lid of the spring rests upon the bottom
pins 91 and 92. These pins are disposed approximately
wall 87 and is of a length to keep the lower ends of the
inthe plane of the top edges 9th of the side walls 85 and
bars 1&2, which forces the levers 191, in position against
36 and each pin has mounted thereon for rocking move
the walls 85 and 86. In other words, the lower ends of
ment a grasping ?nger which is generally designated 93
the bars are thus con?ned between the lower ends of the
and which is shown in perspective in FIG. 13.
35 arms ill of the spring and the adjacent side edge walls.
As will be seen upon reference to FiG. 9, the thickness
Each grasping ?nger comprises a body portion 94 which
has a thickness approximating the depth of the casing be
of each of the lugs is slightly greater than the depth of
tween the wide walls 83 and 84 and a width from the back
the notch in which it is located so that the lug projects
slightly beyond the inner face 104 of the lever which
face 95 to the front face 96 approximating half the width
of the casing between the walls 85 and 86. The body 943 40 engages it. The arms ill of the spring are of sui?cient
length to extend to a point in close proximity with the
of each ?nger member has a pivot pin opening 97 formed
undersides of the bodies 9-3 and to overlap and lie against
therethrough to receive a pin It or 92 and as will be seen
the adjacent lugs res.
particularly upon reference to FIG. 9, when two of the
The spring arms 111 are biased to move apart or
grasping ?ngers are mounted upon the pivot pins and are
separate and thus it will be seen that they will constantly
in normal closed relation the inner or front faces 96 will
press against the lugs 1th’) of the ?nger members so as to
lie in opposed contacting relation in a plane passing
rock the ?nger members into jaw closing position and also
midway between the narrow side edge walls 85 and 86,
while the outer or back faces 95 of the bodies 913 will be
to rock the upper ends of the levers outwardly so that
positioned against or in close proximity to the inner faces
of the adjacent walls $5 and 36.
Each grasping ?nger member includes an upwardly
normally when the jaw 98 of the grasping members or
projecting jaw 93 which through the major portion of its
?nver members are in closed relation the levers will lie
in parallel relation and a substantial portion of each lever
will be exposed in the adjacent opening 3 of the casing.
By compressing the levers fill, as by squeezing the
extent is curved or arcuate, being approximately semi
grasper device in the hands, the upper ends of the lever
circular on its inner face, which face is designated 99 and
will be forced inwardly as shown in FIG. 10, so as to rock
when the two bodies 94. are mounted upon their respective
pivot pins and are in closed relation the ends of the jaws 55 the ?nger elements $3 on their pivots to open or separate
the jaws. The undercut faces 9a’ of the bodies 594- will be
will come into close relation one with the other to form
swung towards one another and may be brought into
a substantially circular opening of a size to receive a cig
engagement to limit the swinging of the finger members
arette such as that shown in broken lines in FIG. 8.
and where the arms ill of the spring are of su?icient
Each of the bodies 93 has a lower portion of the
60
length they may also come together as shown in this
face 96 undercut as indicated at as’ and projecting down
wardly from each body 94 substantially in line with the
pivot pin opening @‘7 is a lug Mil.
?gure.
in the ?rst described embodiment of the invention the
grasper unit and the lighter unit are shown pivotally joined
together by a piano hinge which is so located with re
mounted upon their respective pivot pins the lugs ltltl
will project downwardly approximately to the top edges 65 spect to the adjacent ends of the two units that the units
may be folded into side-by-side relation. While any
of the adjacent openings 33 and they will be in spaced
suitable type of binge may be used for joining the units
relation with the adjacent side edge walls to receive the
75 and 76 of the second embodiment, there are here
upper end of a lever member about to be described.
shown pivot ears formed integral with the bottom wall 87
Disposed within the casing to extend longitudinally
thereof are two levers which are of duplicate form and 70 of the casing 82 and designated 112, located so as to re
ceive between them the hinge lugs 81 carried by the bottom
each of which is designated 101. Each of these lever
end of the lighter casing. Thus the overlapping lugs 31
members ltll is in the form of a long bar E02 having a
and 112 may be joined together by suitable coupling screws
thickness approximating the depth of the casing between
113, which, in order to permit pivotal movement of one
the walls 83 and 84 and having a length to extend from
unit relative to another, may be threaded only in the
As shown in FIG. 9 when the ?nger members are
amidst
‘2?
portions thereof extending through the lugs
and left
unthreaded in the portion extending through the lugs 112.
it will be apparent, of course, that in the second em
bodiment where a different type of hinge connection is
Also, in order that the screws may be kept in the desired
tightened condition, a suitable loci; washer
may be ap
plied to the inner end of the screw between the adjacent
provided between the two units, the pivotally connected
lugs 81 and I!’ will be held sufficiently tightly together
to maintain the necessary friction to prevent lcose pivotal
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lug S1 and a nut member 115 threaded onto the screw.
action between the two units so that the use of the lighter
In the ?rst described embodiment the hinge connection
between the corresponding bottom edges of the two
unit may be readily effected as a cigarette support in
the manner described.
I claim:
1. A smoker’s accessory comprising an elongate ?at
units is such that the two units may be dispo:ed in any
one of three re ated positions. Thus tie units may be
disposed in end-to-end or bottomwto-bottom relation as
shown in FIGS. 1 and 2, to facilitate grasping the com
casing having wide face walls, narrow side walls and
transverse end walls, one of said end walls having two
spaced openings and each of said narrow side walls hav
bination device either to effect the opening and closing
ing a longitudinal slot, a pair of ‘elongate ?at levers posi
of the jaw members or when reversed so that the cover
of the lighter is uppermost instead of the jaw members, 15 tioned in opposed spaced relation in and longitudinally
of the casing, each lever having an outer longitudinal
to permit the ready use of the lighter. Secondly, the
lighter unit may be disposed in right angular relation
edge portion projecting through a longitudinal slot, means
with the grasper unit as it is shown in dotted lines in
PEG. 1, or the lighter unit and the grasper unit may be
pivotally supporting each lever at the end thereof remote
from said one end wall for in-and-out swinging move
folded into side—by-side parallel. relation. By employing
ment, a pair of elongate ?nger members each pivotally
supported within the casing adjacent‘ to an opening in
the thumb nut d2 which is threaded on the hinge pintle
4-3, the knuckle members of the hinge may be compressed
said one end wall for swinging on an axis directed trans
or squeezed together so as to secure the two units in any
versely of the wide face walls, each ?nger member hav
ing an outer jaw end extending through the adjacent
one of the selected related positions. When the relative
positions of the units are to be changed obviously a 25 opening, said jaw ends being adapted to grasp a body
such as a cigarette upon oscillation of said ?nger mem
slight loosening of the nut will permit this, whereupon
bers, a coupling between an inner end portion of each
the nut may again be tightened to keep the units in the
newly disposed relationship.
in the second illustrated embodiment where the type
of hinge illustrated is slightly diilerent, the two units
may be disposed in either of two related positions, one
being in end-to-end relationship and the other in right
angular relationship.
in both embodiments the disposition of the lighter unit
in right angular relation to the grasper unit permits the
employment of the lighter unit as a supporting base to
hold the grasper unit in upright position on a supporting
surface so that the grasper unit may be employed for
?nger member and the adjacent lever whereby upon in
ward swinging of the levers said ?nger members will be
swung to separate said jaws, and spring means connected
with the levers and urging outward swinging thereof.
2. The invention according to claim 1, wherein said
operative couplings each comprises a slotted tail piece
forming an extending part of a ?nger and a pin carried
by the associated lever and slidably engaged in the tail
piece slot.
3. The invention according to claim 1, wherein said
spring means comprises a substantially V-shaped piece
of spring metal interposed between and attached to the
supporting a lighted cigarette.
In the use of the combination device in both of its 4.0 opposed edges of the levers.
embodiments, when a smoker desires to extract a ciga
4. A smoker’s accessory comprising a ?at casing hav
ing opposite wide face walls, narrow lateral walls con
rette from a package without touching the cigarette with
his ?ngers, the opened-out device as illustrated in FIG. 1
necting the same and an end wall, each of said narrow
or MS. 8 will be l7rasped in such a way as to facilitate
lateral walls having a longitudinal opening therein, a
pair of elongate levers in spaced relation in and extending
the pressing of the levers 47 or fill inwardly to elfect
the opening or separation of the cooperating jaws 53 or 45 longitudinally of said casing, said levers having remotely
related portions extending partially beyond said wall open
98. The end of the cigarette is then positioned between
ings, said levers each being supported at an end thereof
the separated jaws and the compression upon the levers
adjacent to said end wall for rocking movement whereby
relaxed to permit the jaws to close and grasp the cigarette
the opposite ends of the levers may be moved toward and
whereby the cigarette may be withdrawn from the pack
age, being held by one end as shown in FIG. 2 so that
away from one another, a pair of ?nger members each
the opposite end of the cigarette can be placed in the
positioned in the casing at the opposite end of a lever,
smoker’s mouth. Compression or squeezing together of
each ?nger member having a jaw pontion extending longi
the levers will then, of course, open the jaws and release
the cigarette and the device may then be inverted to
place the lighter uppermost in a position where it can
be used to light the cigarette.
tudinally out of the casing, pivot means supporting said
?nger members for movement of said jaw portions toward
any underlying supporting surface, as quite frequently
ing pontions projecting from said top end movable lever
and away from each other, means forming a loose cou
pling between the said opposite end of each lever and a
After the cigarette has been extracted from the pack
?nger member, and a spring means between said levers
and biased to urge said opposite ends of the levers apart
age in the manner described and placed in the mouth and
and simultaneously eifect swinging of said ?nger mem
lighted, the lighter can be swung to a right angular rela
tionship with the grasper or to the position in which 60 bers to move the said jaw portions thereof together.
the lighter is shown in broken lines in FIGS. 1 and 8, so
5. A smoker’s accessory comprising in combination, a
pair of elongate ?at units of approximately the same
that when the smoker desires to remove the cigarette
width and thickness and each having a top end and a
from the mouth and lay it aside, he can grasp the ciga~
rette across the diameter thereof as shown in dotted lines
bottom end, a hinge coupling between said bottom ends
in FIGS. 1 and 8, and then lay the lighter ?at on a sup 65 of the units for relative pivotation of the units about an
porting surface so that the cigarette grasping device will
axis extending across the width thereof, one of said units
maintain
upright position and the cigarette will be
comprising a lighter, the other unit constituting a grasping
prevented from becoming soiled or contaminated by any
means for an elongate body such as a cigarette, the said
substance which may be on the underlying support. Also,
other unit comprising a hollow casing, a pair of grasp
as will become readily apparent, this manner of placing 70 ing members pivotally supported within the casing ad
the cigarette when it is not being smoked will avoid the
jacent to the top end thereof and having opposed grasp
possibility of the cigarette burning down and scorching
members within the casing operativeiy coupled with said
occurs when a lighted cigarette is placed on the edge of a
75 grasping members in such a manner that when the levers
table or other article of furniture.
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are moved in one direction rocking movement of said
grasping members and separation of the said portions
thereof will be eitected, means whereby manual pressure
may be applied to the lever members to move the latter
in said one direction, and spring means between the lever
members and operative to effect movement of the lever
members in the opposite direction and to reversely rock
said grasping members.
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and extend into said wide portions whereby portions of
the sides of each lever member are exposed together with
remotely related portions of the two lever members.
8. A smoker’s accessory comprising an elongate ?at
casing having opposite wide face walls, relatively narrow
lateral walls and a bottom wall, each of said lateral Walls
having a long opening therein and each opening extending
into a face wall, a pair of elongate lever members disposed
6, A smoker’s ‘accessory comprising an elongate casing
longitudinally in spaced relation in the casing and rock
embodying a longitudinal body wall having a top end and 10 iably supported at their bottom ends for swinging their
having a bottom end wall, the body wall having opposite
top ends toward and away from one another, said lever
elongate openings therein, a pair of elongate spaced mem
members each having a substantial portion thereof lying
bers in the casing each being exposed for a substantial
in an opening whereby manual pressure may be applied to
longitudinal portion thereof through an ‘opening whereby
the lever members, a pair of ?at ?nger members posi
manual pressure may be applied to the members, means 15 tioned in the top end of the casing, each adjacent to the
supporting said lever members at the bottom ends thereof
top end of a lever member, each ?nger member having a
whereby the top ends of the members may be moved to
curved jaw extending upwardly from the top end of the
ward one another upon application of said manual pres
casing and having a lug projecting downwardly into the
sure thereto, a pair ‘of ?nger members at the top end of
casing, each lug engaging the inner side of an adjacent
the ‘casing each positioned above the top end of a lever 20 lever member, and a spring member between said lever
member, pivot means supporting said ?nger members for
members and having free end leg portions each engaging
"turning about parallel axes, said ?nger members having
the inner side of a lug and biased to turn the ?nger
opposing cooperating grasping jaws projecting from the
members in a direction to close the jaws and to move
top end of the casing, a lug carried by each of said ?nger
the top ends of the lever members apart.
members and disposed between the top ends of the lever 25
members and each engaged by one lever member, and
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spring means between the lever members operatively en
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gaging the lugs and biased to urge swinging of the ?nger
members in a direction to e?ect separatory movement of
the top ends of the lever members and swinging of the 30
?nger members in a direction to close the jaws.
7. The invention according to claim 6, wherein said
casing is ?at and the body wall includes opposite wide
side. portions and relatively narrow lateral portions and
said opposite elongate openings are in the lateral portions 35
1,482,654
1,641,517
1,692,652
McGillicuddy _________ __ Feb. 5, 1924
Yessaian _____________ __ Sept. 6, 1927
Habbart _____________ __ Nov. 20, 1928
16,044
Great Britain _________________ __. 1889
498,634
Italy ________________ __ Sept. 30, 1954
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