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Aug. 13, 1963
w. G. TYELLEFSEN
3,100,842
TOOTH BRUSH HOLDER AND STERILIZER
Filed June 15, 1961
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INVEN TOR.
WALTER GOODNl/V TELLfFSE/V
ATTORNEY
United States Patent 0 ” IC€
3,100,842
Patented Aug. 13, 1963
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3,100,842
TOOTH BRUSH HOLDER AND STERILIZER
Walter Goodwin Tellefsen, Fassaic, NJ., assignor of one
fourth to Gerald Leon Ritter, Bergen?eld, N..I., one
fourth to John Charles Kopf, Brooklyn, N.Y., and one
fourth to Pasquale Carmine Trotta, Nutley, NJ.
from being pushed all the Way through and to stop it in
the proper position with respect to the housing 11.
FIGURES 4 and 5 show fragmentary sections of two
diiferent arrangements of the member 7 and housing 1.
In FIGURE 4, the member 7 is shown mounted below
the lower edge 6 of the housing a distance slightly greater
than the width of the tooth brush 13 at the bristle end,
while the upper edge 8 of the member 7 is spaced hori
zontally from the lower edge 6 of the housing a distance
This invention relates to tooth brush holders and has 10 just a little greater than the thickness of the tooth brush
for its principal object to provide a tooth brush holder
handle 14. With this arrangement, a tooth brush may
in which the bristles of the brushes will remain sterilized
be held horizontally and the bristle end of the brush with
Filed June 15, 1961, Ser. No. 117,374
11 Claims. ((11. 259-51)
the bristles pointing inwardly may be inserted between
at all times.
Another object of the invention is to provide a tooth
the edge 6 and the housing 1, and the handle 114 of the
brush holder into which tooth brushes may be placed 15 brush brought downwardly to leave the brush suspended
and from which they may be removed without touching
with the bristles resting on the upper edge 8 of the mem
ber 7.
the bristle end of the brushes.
Another object of the invention is to provide a tooth
In the arrangement of FIGURE 5, Which may be
brush holder which also acts as a holder for a cup, the
preferred, the upper edge 8 of the member 7 is just
rim and inside of the cup, as well as the bristles of the 20 su?iciently below the lower edge 6 of the housing to
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brushes, being subjected, when not in use, to steriliz
permit the detachment of the member 7. However, the
ing radiation.
member 7 is smaller in overall width in this case,‘ so that
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Still another object of the invention is to provide a
the horizontal distance between the lower edge 6 of the‘
tooth brush holder in accordance With the above objects
housing and the upper edge 8 of the member 7 is
which is made of two simple parts, easily separated and 25 slightly wider than the width of the bristle end of the
cleaned.
brush \13. With this, arrangement the brush may be
held with handle vertical and the bristles pointing in a
The invention is illustrated in the accompanying draw
ings, in which:
direction parallel with the sides of the housing and the
FIGURE 1 is a sectional side view of a tooth brush
bristle end inserted between the member 7 and the hous
30 ing 1. Then the brush may be turned so that the bristles
holder embodying the invention;
face inwardly and the brush will be supported with the
FIGURE 2 is a part-sectional front view of the holder
bristles resting on the upper edge 8 of the member 7,
of FIGURE 1;
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as before. In this form, less of the radiation will pass
FIGURE 3 is a plan view, partly in section, of the
out of the space between the two members than with
holder of FIGURE 1; and
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FIGURES 4, and 5 are fragmentary sectional views of 35 the other.
two different forms of the supporting arrangement for
A ‘desirable-feature of the invention is the continuous
sterilization of the brushes supported in the holder. To
the brushes.
this end I provide a source 15 of sterilizing radiation
Referring now more speci?cally to the drawings, the
within the housing 1, located at about the center thereof,
holder comprises a plate :1 which is adapted to be fas
tened against the wall in any desired manner, indicated 40 so that radiation will fall on the bristles of all the
brushes in the holder. This source may be one of the
by the screw holes in. A housing 2 is preferably made
standard electric lamps for emitting ultraviolet light which
integral with the plate 1, as by molding the entire ar
rangement out of plastic, or it may be attached to the
are now on the market.
plate in any desired manner. The housing 2 preferably
lamp may be attached to a container 17 which may be
has straight sides 3, a rounded front 4, and a convex
top'S, although the shape of it is not important. The
bottom of the housing is open, leaving a lower edge 6.
Cooperating ‘with the housing 2 is a member 7,
A suitable socket 16 ‘for the
mounted in the housing and which house the necessary
“ transformer or voltage regulator.
A cord (not shown)
may be provided for ‘connecting to the electric light cir
cuit, or, of course, the lamp may be operated by batteries,
formed of the same material as the housing, and made 50 if desired.
A feature of the invention is the double purpose of
in the form of a collar, open at the top to provide an
the member 7: that of serving to hold a cup 18‘ as well
upper edge '8 and also at the bottom to provide a lower
edge 9, the upper edge 8 having the same con?gura
tion as the lower edge 6 of the housing. The member
7, however, is smaller in overall width than the over
all width of the housing and the walls thereof prefer
ably slope inwardly towards the ‘bottom, as shown in
the ?gures. The arrangement is such that, the distance
between the edge 6 of the housing and the edge 8 of
as the tooth brushes. In order to accomplish this, the
member 7 is provided at its lower edge 9 with asubstan
tially semicircular inwardly turned ?ange 19 into which
the rim 20 of the ‘cup will‘easily ?t.
The ?ange, of
course, is eliminated at the front to permit the cup to
be inserted and withdrawn while standing in front of the
holder.
It will be evident from an inspection of the several ?g
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ures that radiation from the source 15 will not only bathe
The member 7 is preferably made detachable from
the bristles of any brushes that are in the holder, but
the plate 1, so that it may be easily removed for clean
will also fall upon the rim 20 of the ‘cup 18 as well as the
ing purposes. To this end any'suitable detachable con
inside of the cup. Thus the brushes and the cup will
nection may be provided. In FIGURE 1, however, I
be sterilized at all times.
have shown a pair of opposed, ‘curved ?anges 9 and
It will be noted that there are no individual slots or
1h, integral with the plate, between which a portion of
notches for the brushes. This means that the number
the back 11 of the member 7 may slide. The ?anges are
of brushes that can be inserted in the holder is limited
horizontal when the holder is in place on the wall, and
only by the width of the brushes and the distance from
the member 7 may be removed by sliding it towards
the plate 1 around the edge of member 7 and back to
the right, as shown in FIGURE 2. A suitable stop 12 70 the plate again. Although, in use, the front of the holder
may be provided to prevent the portion of the back 11
will probably be left free of brushes so that the cup‘ may
the member 7 is the same at the sides and front.
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near the upper edge of the member for catching any drip
be easily withdrawn, there is no reason why brushes can
not be inserted at the front, if desired.
A small shelf 21 may be provided on the inner wall
of the member 7, near the upper edges thereof, and
this shelf may extend inwardlyland upwardly to catch any
drip which might fall from any brush and prevent it
from reaching the cup.
As has already been stated, the member 7 may be
mounted on said plate andlhaving an open bottom, a mem—
except by the limitations contained in the appended
ing a pair of ?anges extending inwardly on opposite sides
from the bristles of a brush supported in said holder.
6. A tooth brush holder comprising a supporting plate,
adapted to be mounted on a ‘vertical plane, a housing
ber open at the top and having an upper edge with the
same con?guration as the lower edge of said housing, said
member having an overall width less than the overall
width of said housing by an amount slightly greater than
easily removed for cleaning by sliding it to the right
until the portion 11 of the back of the member has been 10 twice the width of the bristle end of a tooth brush, meas
ured transversely of the bristles, and means for remov
moved clear "of the ?anges 9 and 10'. This same proce
ably mounting said member on said plate just below the
dure is used to remove and renew the ultraviolet lamp 15.
lower edge of said housing, whereby after insertion, a
It will be evident from the above ‘description that I
tooth brush may be suspended by its bristles resting on
have provided a tooth brush holder which is simple in
construction, facilitates easy insertion and withdrawal of 15 the upper edge of said member.
7. A tooth brush holder, as de?ned in claim 6, further
the brushes without touching the bristles, acts at the same
comprising a source of radiation within the housing with
time as a cup holder, and, more important, maintains
the radiation directed towards the open bottom of said
both the brushes ‘and the cup in a sterile condition at all
housing.
times. Variations of what has been shown and described
8. A tooth brush holder, as de?ned in claim 7, in which
may be made without departing from the spirit of the
the member is also openrat the bottom, further compris
invention, and I do not therefore desire to limit myself
of the bottom edge of the member adapted to receive the
claims.
rim of a cup for supporting said cup below said member
What I desire to claim and secure by Letters Patent is:
1. A tooth brush holder comprising a housing open at 25 and in the path of the radiation from said source.
9. A tooth brush holder, as de?ned in claim 8, further
the bottom, a member open at the top and having an
comprising an inwardly and upwardly extending shelf near
upper edge with the same configuration as the lower edge
of said housing, and means for supporting said member
the upper edge of the member for preventing any drip
below said housing, the overall width of the upper edge
from a tooth brush in said holder from passing into a
cup supported by said member.
of said member being less than the overall Width of the
lower edge of said housing, such that the horizontal
component of the distance between the two edges at all
points is less than the overall dimension of the tooth
brush at the bristle end, measured lengthwise of the
bristles, while the space between the edges is greater
than the width of said toothbrush at the bristle end, meas
ured transversely of the bristles, so that the space be
tween said edges is su?icient to permit the insertion of
the bristle end of said tooth brush, whereby said tooth
10. A tooth brush holder, as de?ned in claim 6, in
which the housing and plate are integral and the means .5‘
for removably mounting the member on said plate com
prises securing means on said plate and means on said '
member adapted to cooperate with said securing means
when said member is moved in a predetermined direction
with respect to said plate.
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11. A tooth brush holder comprising a supporting plate,
adapted to be mounted in a vertical plane, a housing
brush may be inserted into said space between said mem 4.0 mounted on said plate and having an open bottom, a
ber and said housing and suspended so that the bristles
member open at the top and having an upper edge with
the same configuration ‘as the lower edge of said housing,
of said brush rest upon the edge of said member.
said member having an overall Width less than the width
2. A tooth brush holder, as de?ned in claim 1, further
of said housing by an amount slightly greater than twice
comprising a source of radiation within said housing with
the radiation directed towards the sides and open bottom 45 the thickness of ‘a tooth brush handle, and means for
of said housing.
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3. Atooth brush holder, ‘as de?ned in claim 2, in which
the member is also open at the bottom, further compris
ing a pair of ?anges extending inwardly on opposite sides
of the bottom edge of the member adapted to receive the 50
rim of a cup for supporting said cup below said member
and in the path of the radiation from the source.
4. A tooth brush holder, as de?ned in claim 3, further
comprising an inwardly and upwardly extending shelf
removably mounting said member on said plate below
said housing so as to leave a space between each side of
the lower edge of said housing and the corresponding
edge of said member sut?cient to insert the bristle end
of a tooth brush, whereby after insertion, a tooth brush
may be suspended by its bristles resting on the upper edge
of said member.
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References Cited in the ?le of this patent
near the upper edge of the member for preventing any 55
UNITED STATES PATENTS
drip from a tooth brush in said holder from passing into
51,993,460
Steuernagel __________ __ Mar. 5, 1935
a cup supported by said member.
2,572,697
Buckner _____________ _ .Oct. 23, 1951
5. A tooth brush holder, as de?ned in claim 1, further
comprising an inwardly ‘and upwardly extending shelf
2,592,131
Farrar ______________ __ Apr. 8, 1952
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