Patented Jan. 1, 1889
To all whom it may concern:
Be it know that I, Christopher W. Robertson, of Somerville, in the county o Fayette and State of Tennessee, have invented a new and useful Improvement in Chewing Gum Lockets, of which the following is a specification.
The Object of my invention is to provide a locket of novel form and construction for holding with safety, cleanliness and convenience for use chewing-gum, confections or medicines, which may be carried in the pocket or otherwise attached to the person, as lockets are ordinarily worn; and the improvement consists, essentially, in a locket having an anti-corrosive lining, and it also consists in certain details of construction and combination of parts, herinafer particularly described, and designated in the claims.
In the accompanying drawing, Figure 1 is a perspective representation of my improved locket opened; Fig. 2, an enlarged section thereof closed; Fig, a perspective of one of the glass linings detached, and Fig. 4 a similar representation of an inner cushion or pad to be placed between the lining and the metal back of the locket.
The locket-case A consists of two sections, A1 A2, hinged together at a, in any well known or preferred manner, and having a neck, a1, and ring a2, to which a guard or chain may be attached. A concavo-convex lining, B, of glass, crystal, porcelain or other non-corrosive material, is fitted in a bezel or metal ring, C, which protects its edge against chipping and prevents it from being crushed by the pressure of the locket-case sections A1 A2 when snapped together, is fitted within rim-flanges a3 of the casing-sections, and may be easily removed or replace therefrom for convenience of construction, repairs, or for cleansing the linings.
A cushion or pad lining of rubber or other elastic material, C1, shaped to fit against the inner surface of the locket case, is placed between said case and the crystal or lining B, and serves to protect the said lining B from breakage when the contents of the locket are pressed tightly between the case-sections. The gum is pressed into a wafer from between the concave surfaces of the lining B, and the gum is permitted to be easily removed therefrom, while the smooth or glazed surface of the lining will prevent it from adhering thereto.
As the lining B is made of non-corrosive material, any of which may be employed without departing from my invention, the saliva of the mouth or other substance held within the locket will not act upon it chemically, and a case of any preferred material may thus be used. Chewing-gum maybe thus be carried conveniently upon the person, and is not left around carelessly to become dirty or to fall in the hands of persons to whom it does not belong, and be used by ulcerous or diseased mouths, by which infection would be communicated by subsequent use to the owner.
I claim as my invention and desire to secure by Letters Patent-
1. A locket having hinged sections, each of which is fitted with an anti-corrosive lining, substantially as described, for the purpose specified.
2. A locket having hinged case-sections, each of which is fitted with a concave crystal removable form the case-sections, substantially as and for the purpose described.
3. The combination, in a locket, of the hinged case-sections, the concave linings, and separate rings forming rims for the protection of the edges of the linings, substantially as set fort.
4. The combination, in a locket, of the hinged case, the concave fragile lining, and the pad-lining placed between said case and concave lining, substantially as described.Christopher W. Robertson Witnesses: T.S. Gallaway R.L Montogomery