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Feb. 12, 1963
H. EVANS
3,077,199
COMB CLEANER
Filed Jan. 13; 1961
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INVEN TOR.
HAYDE N EVANS
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United States
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Patented Feb. 12, 1963
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end with a tang guard 9. The base 7 is of generally
rectangular cross section and is recessed along its length
on each side at 10 terminating at 11 inwardly of the
tang guards 9. The lower edge of the base is chamfered
3,077,1§9
COMB CLEANER
Hayden Evans, 127 Robinson Place,
Shrewsbury, NJ.
Filed Jan. 13, 1961, Ser. No. 82,586
1 Claim. (Cl. 132-41?)
on each side at 12 towards the roots of the tangs 9
and terminates with a central apex 13 as is conventional
in the manufacture of hair combs.
This invention relates generally to hair combs, and
more speci?cally to improvements in comb cleaning de
The cleaner comprises an elongated sleeve having
spaced sides 14 and connecting ends 15. The sides are
10 bent inwardly centrally of their width so as to conform
vices for use in combination with combs.
with the shape of the recessed portion 10 and the cham
The concept of a cleaner for a comb is not new, and
fered edge of the comb base. The lower edges 16 of the
several proposals have been made in an attempt to ?nd
sleeve are bifurcated along their length and adapted to
a solution to the problem of keeping combs clean dur
crimpingly receive a continuous line of small bristles 18
ing use. Known devices however have not proved satis
factory, for reasons of poor design or lack of efficiency 15 which project outwardly from the edge and are adapted to
meet with each other through the spaced tangs so as
in operation. I propose to provide a cleaning means
to embrace both sides and edges of all the tangs.
having novel and improved structure which enables sim
In one embodiment of the invention indicated in FIGS.
ple and e?icient operation and which has a second im
1, 3 and 4, the tang guards 9 are provded with an in
portant function of removing lint, dandruff or other
20 wardly directed groove 19 adapted to terminate at 29
foreign elements from the hair during combing.
inwardly spaced from the pointed end 21 of the guard.
It is a primary objective of the invention to provide
A lug 22 projects from the ends 15 and is adapted to slide
ably engage Within the groove 19 thus restricting the
movement of the cleaner within the bounds of the groove
of the above class which is so constructed that it may 25 19.
Another embodiment is shown in FIGS. 5 and 6‘. In
be manufactured by high production techniques enabling
this design, opposed parallel grooves 23 are formed along
retail at reasonable cost.
opposite sides of the guards 9. The grooves terminate
I have achieved the above objectives and improvements
short of the lower ends of the guards to retain the cleaner
by providing an elongated sleeve which is slideably sup
on the comb. The sides 24 of the sleeve terminate with
ported and retained on the comb by grooves formed in
inwardly projecting arms 25 adapted to engage in the
the end tangs of the comb. The spaced sides of the
grooves 23.
sleeve are adapted to slope inwardly towards the tangs
In both the above means of slidingly retaining the
of the comb and terminate with projecting bristles which
a dual purpose comb cleaning device which is efficient
and effective in operation.
Another object of this invention is to provide a device
The
cleaner, a common means of releasably locking the same
sleeve is adapted to clip into engagement against the sides
in the raised position is shown in FIG. 2. A small raised
dimple 26 is formed centrally of the recessed portion
10 and is adapted to register and engage in a stamped de
meet each other between the tangs of the comb.
of the comb handle or base and the bristles may be ac
tuated forwardly over the length of the tangs to ter1ni—
nate therebeyond.
pression 27 formed on the inner side of the sleeve 14. An
Further objects and advantages of this invention will 40 external depression 28 is formed on the opposite side
to provide means enabling the thumb to dislodge the
become apparent from the following more detailed de
sleeve for operation.
scription of a preferred embodiment thereof, taken in
When in the retracted position, the brush portion of '
conjunction with the attached drawings wherein:
the cleaner embraces the strands of hair being combed
FIG. 1 is a side elevation of the comb cleaner mounted
on a comb in the retracted position.
45 and frees them of lint and other foreign matter or un
wanted elements. The sleeve may be moved when desired
FIG. 2 is a cross sectional end elevation taken along
to clean the tangs as indicated in FIG. 2, and should
the line 2-2 of FIG. 1, and showing the cleaner in
broken lines being advanced along the length of the tangs
for cleaning.
FIG. 3 is a fragmentary side view shown partly in cross
section of one means of slideably retaining the cleaner
extend so that the brush portion extends beyond the
points or ends of the comb tangs, enabling ready clean
ing of the brush with the ?ngers. The cleaner may be
removed from the comb by either ?exing the tang guards
or slightly splaying the sides of the sleeve to relieve the
groove engaging arms 25.
FIG. 4 is a cross sectional end elevation taken along
Having described the invention in a preferred form,
the line 4—4 of FIG. 3.
FIG. 5 is a fragmentary side elevation of one end of the 55 it will be appreciated that some modifications may be
made to the precise con?guration, without departing from
comb showing an alternative method of retaining the
the scope or spirit of the invention as de?ned by the fol
cleaner in engagement with the comb.
lowing claim.
FIG. 6 is a fragmentary cross sectional plan view taken
on the comb.
I claim:
along the line 6—~6 of FIG. 5.
Similar reference characters indicate corresponding parts 60 In combination with a hair comb having spaced tangs
and terminating tang guards depending from a handle, a
throughout the several views in the drawings.
comb cleaner comprising an elongated sleeve having spaced
Referring now to the drawings in detail, the numeral
sides selectively engageable within a recess formed along a
7 represents the base or handle of a comb having spaced
lower portion of each side of the handle, each of said
tangs 8 depending from one edge and terminating at each
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sleeve sides having an inwardly directed lower edge, bristles carried by said lower edge of each sleeve side, said
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' grooves guiding said comb cleaner for movement relative
to said comb.
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bristles of both‘sleeve sides extending inwardly toward
each other and intersecting with each other between said
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spaced tangs, each one of said tang guards having a 5
groove extending parallel to said tangs, each end of said
.
UNITED STATES PATENTS
2,610,638
Franklin ____________ __ Sept 16’ 1952
211,565
Switzerland ____________ __ Dec. 2, 1940
sleeve being adjacent one of said tang guards, and a lug
projecting from each end of said sleeve slidably received
within said groove of said adjacent tang guard, said
.
References cued m th“ ?le of thls patent
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