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April 25, 1950 H. HORNING WINDSHIELD FOR CIGARETTE LIGHTERS Filed Sept. 27, 1949 INVENTOR. Her-man J-[orning BY War-11,945
Patented Apr. 25, 1950 l TE D PATENT orrlce V ascaorz V 'wiNrismernroiteieAaerre mowers fliannan llothhig, New YorleN. Y. Applicationseiiteiiibei' fi, 194i), Serial No. 118,054
3 Glaiiiisi inventio remtes to new movements in lighters for cigars and- "cigarettes aniihasioran object, the provisionof a simple, efiifcierit, durable, economical, easily operated windshield for-such lighters.
In brief and 'general terms, the invention is ad to beas'sociatled with a lighter in "which awmk'is I is'posedon the to'p' surfacetherebfaid ja'centoiieedg'e; *P'referablythe lighter is of the type in which by the depressihirof'an 'arm, a fliht mechanismis" turned-tdthrow a spark toward the wick at the same time that a cover is lifted from the wick to exp'o'sethe'same', and in which when the wickis covered, immediately the arm or depressable bar is released.
In lighters of this type, 'however-efficient they may be in producing a flame from the wick by'striki ng aspark from the flint, the endurance of the "fiaiiie' is exceedingly rno mentary'. when there iseiiywmdbiowm ;andtet at eridjvariousiattenip' s have been made eretoforefto pro;- vide Windshields which havetak'e'h the "form of somewhat U-shapedplates disposed'around three sides of the flame to protect it from the wind and enable'itto f unction. A
' n the "present" vention, "the'wihdshield in the form of a somewhat U-shaped plate which is attached to the outside of the lighter and embraces the end and side wall thereof on that side of the lighter which contains the wick. This windshield plate is slotted and, inset in the slot thereof, ride pins fixed to the side of the lighter. Normally, the windshield plate is disposed in a position so that its top edge is flush with the top surface of the lighter, but is so arranged that it can be lifted to project above the top surface and therefore surround the wick on three sides as desired. The windshield plate is provided with suitable ventilating holes which ventilate the flame when the plate is elevated and the curvature of the slot in the plate and its relation to the pin which rides in the slot is such that the windshield, when elevated, can be moved to one side or deflected to provide ample air passage up along the flame. After the windshield has been used, the plate may be moved back to normal position and then downwardly to be disposed in a manner embracing the end and sides of the lighter, so as to be out of the way when not in use.
This invention therefore, obviously may be applied to almost any type of lighter by merely applying a properly shaped plate to the outside of the lighter on the side where the wick is disposed and suitably slot it and relate the slot to a fixed pin on the lighter, to permit the plate to be moved "ii 'useriii up and down. This'improvement therefore, is in the form of an "attachment, -'it does not require any si'ibstantialalteration in the structure 4 of the lighter itself and yet provides a very simple ar'id efiicient-windshield.
Fig. 2 is -a similar view showing the windshield moved up and laterally "deflected into operative position;
Fig. 3 is a horizontal section taken alo'ng'the- This wick isriorniallyclosed by a'c'ap-'or cover [2 Fig. '4 is a perspective viewofth'e'windshield plate by itself.
Referring now merely to thespecific form of the invention shown in the drawings which, it is understood, is only one form which the invention may assume, it 'is to be noted that I have shown a usual standard form of lighter havinga body portion ill on the top surface of which is disposed "a wick 'l l near one end of said surface.
whicli'i's piv'otedand operated 'by a finger-deressew mte-orpar isinthe usual manner. In order to provide this or any other standard form of lighter with a windshield which does not require any special or major alteration of the lighter body construction I have provided a windshield plate I4 which, as shown in Figure 3, particularly is substantially U-shaped and conformed to the curvature of the side walls of the lighter body [0 on the side thereof where the wick II is disposed. At opposite faces of this windshield plate M, are formed slots I5 and a headed pin or rivet I6 is fixed through the body of the lighter and has its headed ends projecting through said slot.
The bottom of each slot has an off-set portion 11. The windshield plate above the top of the slot is also provided with a plurality of air ventilating holes l8.
In view of the fact that the windshield late is of a shape conformed to the shape of one side of the lighter and its height is substantially the 7 same as that of the body of the lighter, it will assume the position shown in Figure 1, when not in use, so that it is not in the way and no parts of which project in any objectionable manner. In order to operate the plate to act as a windshield, it is merely necessary to move it up to the position shown in Figure 2, wherein the'pin I6 will now ride in the lower end of the slot l5 and by reason,
er the ofi-set portion n in said slot ma be slightly deflected as shown in Figure 2, to provide ample air passage around the wick with the air passing up around the wick through the ventilating openings l8.
After the windshield has been used, in order to render it inoperative and restore it to normal position, it is merely necessary to move it to the right from the position shown in Figure 2 and then press it down to the position shown in Figure 1.
It is thus obvious that I have provided a very simple, eflicient, durable, economical and very easily operated attachment which provides an efficient windshield for practically any type of lighter without requiring any major alteration in the lighter construction.
While the invention has been described in detail and with respect to the preferred form shown in the drawings, it is not to be limited to such details and forms since many changes and modifications may be made in the invention without departing from the spirit and scope of the inventionin its broadest aspects. Hence, it is intended to cover any and all forms and modifications of the invention which may come within the language or scope of any one or more of the appended claims.
What I claim as my invention is:
1. A windshield for lighters which comprises a somewhat U- shaped plate adapted to lie normally alongside the walls of the lighter on the side thereof adjacent the wick, said plate having a slot in its sides, and a pin on the lighter riding in said slot to permit the plate to be moved upwardly to extend above the top surface of the lighter around the wick to act as a Windshield said slot provided with means to permit the upper end of the plate to be swung laterally a predetermined amount away from the wick when the plate is moved upwardly as specified.
2. A combination of a lighter having a body portion with projections on the opposite side walls near the end thereof where the wick is disposed, a windshield plate disposed in embracing relation to the walls of the lighter at this side thereof and lying normally along the outside of the said walls, said plate having slots therein in which said projections ride to permit the plate to be moved up to' act as a windshield around the wick and to lie normally around the lighter body when in inoperative position said slots provided with means to permit the upper end of the plate to be swung laterally a predetermined amount away from the wick when the plate is moved upwardly as specified.
3; In combination a lighter body having a pin extending therethrough from one side face to the other adjacent one end wall adjacent the end where a wick is disposed, the ends of the pin projecting beyond the walls of the body at each end thereof, a windshield plate shaped to conform to the end and side walls of the body and adapted to lie normally in embracing relation with respect thereto on the outside of said walls, said plate having a slot in each side to receive the ends of said pin, the height of the plate permitting it to lie with its upper and lower edges within the top and bottom edges of the lighter when in normal inoperative position, said plate when moved up adapted to project above the top of the lighter to be disposed around the wick of the lighter to act as a windshield, the bottom of the slot being oif-set to permit the plate to be laterally deflected, and the plate above the slot having holes to permit air to pass through to ventilate the flame issuing from the wick.
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