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Nov. ‘ 16, 1948'.
Filed March 19, 1945
F! E 7
Patented Nov. 16, i948
Harry F. Waters, New York, N. Y.
Application March 19, 1945, Serial No. 583,459
3 Claims.
(Cl. 120--18)
The improved holder comprising the present in
vention is primarily adapted for use in adjustably
and removably retaining pencil lead, crayon,
chalk, charcoal or other Suitable substance in
proper position for writing or drawing purposes.
The invention however is capable of other uses
Figure 4 is a top plan view of the structure
shown in Figure 3.
Figure 5 is a side elevational view of another
modi?ed form of manipulating sleeve with cer
‘ tain portions thereof broken away to more clearly
and the same may, if desired, with or without
reveal the nature of the invention.
Figure 6 is a side elevational View of yet an
stances or materials, as for example, lipstick, eye
other modi?ed form of manipulating sleeve, and
Figure 7 is a plan view of the sleeve shown in
brow make-up, antiseptic sticks and the like, and 10
Figure 6.
modi?cation, be employed for holding other sub
in such instances the substance or material will
be adjustably held for proper application thereof.
It is among the principal objects of the inven-'
tion to provide a holder of this type which is
Referring now to the drawings in detail, and
particularly to Figures 1 and 2, in the preferred
embodiment the invention involves in its general
organization a generally ?exible, tubular, open
extremely simple in‘its construction, yet in which 15 ended holder proper which is designated in its
entirety at IE! and which consists of a pair of
intertwined spiral elements which are formed of
flexible or yielding material. These elements [2
dislodgment while at the same time provision is
and M are of such pitch and extent that the two
made for progressively feeding the element into
and out of the holder proper for storage therein 20 of them, when assembled, present adjacent con
volutions that in their entirety cooperate to make
or for use as the case may be.
up a generally cylindrical tubular element in
An equally important object of the invention
which there is adapted to be received a crayon
is to provide a holder for a crayon or the like
IE ‘or other rod-like material. If desired the two
which is comprised of a minimum number of
spiral members l2 and 14 may be formed of
parts, all of which may be easily assembled there
metal or of a plastic material and they may be
in, resulting in an article which may be manu
the element or substance to be held may readily
be inserted and ?rmly held in position against
factured at a small cost.v
Another object of the invention is to provid
a crayon holder which, when assembled and the
colored in a contrasting manner in order to
present a pleasing and aesthetic effect to the eye.
If a crayon or pencil lead is employed, the same
crayon installed therein, may be easily manipu 30 may be provided with a pointed end [8 and one‘
end‘ of the member I0 may have applied thereto
lated, by one hand if desired, to feed the crayon
into or out of the same with a minimum of effort.
Another object is to provide a crayon holder
which is attractive in its design, andv which at
tractiveness is made possible and enhanced by
the particular mechanical construction employed
for feeding the crayon into and out of the holder
\ ,
With these and other objects in View which
will become more readily apparent presently, the
invention consists in the‘novel construction, com
bination and arrangement-of’parts now‘ to be
more fully illustrated, described and claimed.
In the accompanying single sheet of drawings
several embodiments of the invention have been
shown. In these drawings:
a conventional cup-shaped eraser 19. If the ele
ment I6 be a lipstick or the like a suitable cap
may be substituted for the eraser I9‘.
The ‘crayon i6 is adapted to ?t snugly within
the holder Ill and its upper end is received within
the central bore of a hollow tubular sleeve 20
which is formed of relatively thin material. The
sleeve is formed with opposed trunnions 22 of
pin-like formation and of an extent su?‘icient to
cause them to project through the adjacent con
volutions of the holder elements 12 and I4.
A?ixed to the outer ends of the trunnions 221
is a manipulating sleeve 24, likewise formed of
relatively thin material which may be either
metal or plastic or other suitable material. The
sleeve 24 is adapted to ?t snugly about the exte
rior of the member 10 and toward this end its
Figure 1 is a side elevational View of an assem
bled crayon holder constructed in accordance
internal diameter is approximately the same as
with the principles of the present invention.
Figure 2 is a fragmentary side elevational view, 50 the maximum external diameter of the spiral
partly in section, of the holder shown in Figure 1.
Figure 3 is a fragmentary side elevational view,
partly in section, of a modi?ed form of manipu
lating sleeve designed for use 'in the holder proper
of Figure 1.
elements I2 and M of the member 10.
From the above description it will be seen that
as the sleeve 24 is rotated in one direction or
the other the inner sleeve 20 will be rotated there
with, thus causing the crayon IE to follow the
same rotational movements. The trunnions 22,
at the same time the use of plural independent
riding in, one direction or the other between the
elements is not to be disregarded.
Having described the invention, what I claim
adjacent convolutions of the members l2 and I4,
will serve to carry the entire crayon-holding unit
and desire to secure by Letters Patent is:
1. As a unitary article of manufacture, a crayon
holder comprising a substantially tubular mem
ber consisting of a plurality of adjacent strips of
material arranged in parallel relationship and
20, 22, 24 in a longitudinal direction relative to
the member Ill and the crayon is will be fed into
or out of the latter as desired.
The nature of the material of which the spiral
members I2 and M are formed is such that a
each following a spiral path about a common
certain degree of friction will exist between the 10 central axis, said member being adapted to re
trunnions 22 and edges or“ the members 12 and
ceive therein in slidable relationship a crayon,
I 4 so that writing pressure may be applied to
and a manipulation member designed for attach
the pointed end H; of the crayon IS without dis
ment to the crayon and projecting outwardly be
turbing the desired adjustment of the latter.
tween adjacent convolutions of said strips a slight
In Figures 3 and 4 a modi?ed form of crayon 15 distance beyond the con?nes of the tubular mem
holding manipulating member is shown. In this
ber, said tubular member forming a shank for
form of the invention the trunnions 22' are in
the crayon holder adapted for direct contact with
the form of ?at struts which occupy planes which
the ?ngers of the user.
are at an angle to the axis commensurate with
2. A holder for crayons or the like comprising
the angle of pitch of the convolutions of the two 20 a tubular member formed of adjacent strips of
spiral members which cooperate to make up the
material which are of spiral form and arranged
holder 10 of Figure 1.
in parallel relationship with adjacent convolu
In Figure 5 the construction of the crayon hold
tions thereof arranged contiguously, said holder
ing member 26", 22", 24" is similar to that of
being adapted to receive therein a crayon for
the preceding ?gures with the exception that the
projection ‘from an end thereof, a manipulating
central holding sleeve 20” is slit longitudinally
holder for said crayon having frictional engage
as at 2!" so that the sleeve may yield and grip
the upper end of the crayon with a yielding fric
tional ?t.
As shown in Figs. 6 and 7, a special sleeve 24a
is provided with a series of three inwardly di~
rected stepped radial lugs 22a adapted to directly
engage the crayon, the angle of pitch of the lugs
conforming to the angle of pitch of the convolu
tions of the ?exible holder, which in this case will
consist of three intertwined spiral elements, as
contrasted with the pair of intertwined spiral
elements l2 and hi of Figs. 1 and 2.
The inner ends of these members or lugs 22a
ment with the latter and having a portion ex
tending radially outwardly and projecting be
tween adjacent‘ convolutions of said strips and
_ available exteriorly of the tubular member for
manual adjustment.
3. As a unitary article of manufacture, a crayon
holder comprising a substantially tubular mem—
ber consisting of a plurality of adjacent strips
of material arranged in parallel relationship and
each following a spiral path about a common axis
and designed for reception therein of a crayon
or the like, and a ring-like manipulating member
surrounding the tubular member and having an
may be bevelled so that these ends may serve 40 internal diameter slightly larger than the external
as cutting threads for reception of the end of
diameter of the latter, said manipulating mem
the crayon when the latter is twisted or threaded
ber including a plurality of substantially radial
into the space existing centrally between the
and inwardly extending arms which are axially
members. In this manner the crayon will be
displaced and which pass between adjacent con
?rmly and frictionally held in position within the
volutions of said strips and are adapted to engage
manipulating holder,
said crayon in holding relationship.
The invention is not to be limited to the exact
arrangement of parts shown in the accompany
ing drawing or described in this speci?cation as
various changes in the details of construction 50
The following references are of record in the
may be resorted to without departing from the
?le of this patent:
spirit of the invention. Only insofar as the in
vention has particularly been pointed out in the
accompanying claims is the same to be limited.
For example, while the holder H1 is shown as
being comprised of two substantially contiguous
spiral elements 12 and it, these two elements
may well be formed integrally, thus forming a
single spiral member. In such an instance the
single spiral member is of a pitch angle which 60
renders the adjacent convolutions thereof con
tiguous or nearly so. In the following claims
such an interpretation may be given thereto while
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