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US3866747A
US3866747A US32238973A US3866747A US 3866747 A US3866747 A US 3866747A US 32238973 A US32238973 A US 32238973A US 3866747 A US3866747 A US 3866747A
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    • B65CONVEYING; PACKING; STORING; HANDLING THIN OR FILAMENTARY MATERIAL
    • B65DCONTAINERS FOR STORAGE OR TRANSPORT OF ARTICLES OR MATERIALS, e.g. BAGS, BARRELS, BOTTLES, BOXES, CANS, CARTONS, CRATES, DRUMS, JARS, TANKS, HOPPERS, FORWARDING CONTAINERS; ACCESSORIES, CLOSURES, OR FITTINGS THEREFOR; PACKAGING ELEMENTS; PACKAGES
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    • A24TOBACCO; CIGARS; CIGARETTES; SIMULATED SMOKING DEVICES; SMOKERS' REQUISITES
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    • A24F15/18Receptacles or boxes specially adapted for cigars, cigarettes, simulated smoking devices or cigarettes therefor for pocket use combined with other objects

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A case for holding both a cigarette pack and an additional smaller article, such as a lighter, match book, keys or the like. The cigarette case has separate large and small pockets for receiving the cigarette pack and the article, respectively, and a hinged cover for closing the top opening of the larger pocket through which a cigarette pack is inserted into the pocket and cigarettes are removed from the pack, the cover in its open position serving to retain miscellaneous articles while the case rests on a table surface or the like. Two illustrative forms of the cigarette case are described. One described cigarette case has a folded paper board construction which may be formed to a flat partially folded configuration for inclusion as a give-away premium in a cigarette carton or the like and erected to its final configuration of use by the carton purchaser. The other described cigarette case is injection molded from plastic.

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United States Patent [191 Scholz [4 1 Feb. 18,1975

1 1 CIGARETTE CASE [76] Inventor: William A. Scholz, 555 Armsley Sq.,

Ontario, Calif. 91761 22 Filed: Jan. 10, 1973 21 Appl. No.: 322,389

[52] US. Cl 206/94, 206/127, 206/236, 206/268, 206/273, 229/15, 229/23 R, 229/44 [51] Int. Cl. A241 15/18, B65d 85/10 [58] Field of Search 206/30, 31 A, 31 R, 38 B, 206/4l.l R, 41.2 B, 41.3, 48; 229/23 R, 23

Primary ExaminerWilliam 1. Price Assistant Examiner-Bruce H. Bernstein Attorney, Agent, or FirmBoniard I. Brown 57 ABSTRACT A case for holding both a cigarette pack and an additional smaller article, such as a lighter, match book, keys or the like. The cigarette case has separate large and small pockets for receiving the cigarette pack and the article, respectively, and a hinged cover for closing the top opening of the larger pocket through which a cigarette pack is inserted into the pocket and cigarettes are removed from the pack, the cover in its open position serving to retain miscellaneous articles while the case rests on a table surface or the like. Two illustrative forms of the cigarette case are described. One described cigarette case has a folded paper board construction which may be formed to a flat partially folded configuration for inclusion as a give-away premium in a cigarette carton or the like and erected to its final configuration of use by the carton purchaser. The other described cigarette case is injection molded from plastic.

15 Claims, 12 Drawing Figures sum 2 or 3 PATENTEU FEB] 81975 E E it w CIGARETTE CASE BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION 1. Field of the Invention This invention relates generally to accessories for cigarette smokers and more particularly to an inexpensive cigarettee case for holding a pack of cigarettes and an additional smaller article, such as a lighter, match book or other item.

2. Prior Art A wide variety of accessories for smokers have been proposed. Among these accessories are cigarette cases. Some cigarette cases are designed to hold only cigarettes after removal from their pack. Other cigarette cases are designed to receive a cigarette pack. Typical examples of the existing cigarette cases are described in the following patents: U.S. Pat. Nos. 2,944,555, 3,018,878, 2,782,910, and 1,554,477.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION This invention provides a novel cigarette case of the type which is designed to hold a cigarette pack. The case is characterized by a novel construction which permits the case to hold both a cigarette pack and an additional smaller article, such as a lighter, match book or other item.

To this end, the cigarette case has separate large and small pockets. The large pocket is sized to receive a cigarette pack and has a top opening through which the pack may be inserted into the pocket and cigarettes may be removed one by one from the pack for smoking, even with the case in the users garment pocket. A cover is rotatingly hinged to the case for normally closing this opening. The smaller article pocket is located at one'side of the larger pocket and is sized to receive articles of the type mentioned above. This smaller pocket provides a convenient place for keeping such articles when not in use and enables the contained article to be quickly located, when needed, even while the case is in the users pocket. Also, placement of such articles in the cigarette case avoids cluttering of a table or work space by the articles. With the cover in its open position and resting on a surface, such as a table, it serves to retain miscellaneous articles such as keys or jewelry, thus preventing clutter and greatly reducing the likelihood of forgetting or losing the articles.

Two different forms of the cigarette case are described. One described case is constructed from two precut blanks of suitable sheet material, such as paper board, which are scored or creased along predetermined fold lines. The main body of the case is erected from one blank by folding the latter along its fold lines. The hinged cover of the case is formed by folding the other blank along its fold lines. This cover has pivot or hinge portions which are inserted through openings in certain walls of the folded case body to pivota'lly join the cover to the body. According to a feature of the invention, this version of the cigarette case may be formed to a flat partially folded configuration for inclusion as a give-away premium in a cigarette carton or the like.

The second described cigarette case has a molded plastic construction. In this version, the case body and cover are injection molded from plastic and then assembled to form the finished case. According to a feature of this version of the cigarette case, the case body and cover have mating molded journal and opening or slot formations which snap into engagement when the cover is assembled on the case body to form pivots for the cover. The cover and body have additional molded recess and detent formations which provide a latch for releasibly locking the cover in closed position.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS FIG. 1 illustrates a cigarette case according to the invention having a folded paper board construction with the hinged cover of the case in closed position;

FIG. 2 illustrates the cigarette case in FIG. 1 with its cover in open position;

FIG. 3 is an enlarged section taken on line 3-3 in FIG. 1;

FIG. 4 is an enlarged section taken on line 44 in FIG. 1; 7

FIG. 5 illustrates the flat blank from which the body of the cigarette case in FIGS. 14 is erected;

FIG. 6 illustrates the flat blank from which the case cover is erected;

FIGS. 7 and 8 are views of opposite sides of the cigarette case when formed to a flat partially folded configuration for inclusion as a give-away item in a cigarette carton;

FIG. 9 is a perspective view of the cigarette case at one stage in its erection from the flat configuration of FIGS. 7 and 8 to its finished configuration of FIG. 1;

FIG. 10 is a perspective view of a modified, molded plastic cigarette case according to the invention;

FIG. 11 is an enlarged section taken on line 1l11 in FIG. 10; and

FIG. 12 is a section taken on line 12-12 in FIG. 11.

DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENT The cigarette case 10 of FIGS. 1-9 has a folded paper board construction and includes a main body 12 and a hinged cover 14. The case body has a hollow rectangular portion 16 providing a relatively large rectangular pocket 18 for containing a cigarette package and a hollow lower side portion 20 providing a smaller pocket 22 for containing an article such as a lighter, match book, keys or the like. The body portion 16 has a top opening 24 through which a cigarette pack may be inserted into the pocket 18 and cigarettes may be removed from the pack for smoking. In the bottom of the body portion 16 is an opening 26 through which a finger may be inserted to extend the pack from the case to offer a person a cigarette, or to eject an empty cigarette package through the top opening 24. The outer side wall of the smaller pocket 22 has an opening 27 through which the article in the pocket may be engaged by a finger or the like to aid in removing the article from the pocket. In the ensuing description, it is assumed that the side of the cigarette case shown in FIG. 1, that is the side at which the smaller article pocket 22 is located, is the front side of the case.

Cover 14 is hinged to the case body portion 16 for hinging between its closed position of FIG. 1 and its open position of FIG. 2. In its closed position, the cover closes the top opening 24 of the cigarette case. In its open position, shown in FIG. 2, the cover exposes the top opening and provides a base for supporting the case body 12 in its illustrated upright position. In this open position, cover 14 provides'a retainer or receptacle for various articles, such as keys, jewelry, lighter or matches. This retainer prevents the forgetting and loss of articles, particularly at such locations as restaurants and cocktail lounges.

The case body 12 is formed from the precut blank 28 of FIG. by folding the blank in the manner described below. The surface of the blank shown in FIG. 5 is the inner surface of the blank.

Blank 28 is cut from suitable sheet material, such as paper board. Recalling that the article pocket 22 is located at the front side of the case body 12, the blank comprises, from right to left in FIG. 5, an inner right edge wall forming panel 30, a front side wall forming panel 32, an inner left edge wall forming panel 34, a side wall forming rear panel 36, an outer right edge wall forming panel 38, a front pocket wall forming panel 40, and an outer left edge wall forming panel 42. These panels are joined to one another along intervening scored or creased fold lines 44, 46, 48, 50, 52 and 54. Joined to the lower ends of the outer side panels 38, 42 along scored or creased fold lines 56 are flaps 58. A bottom wall forming flap 60 is joined to the lower end of the pocket wall forming flap 40 along a scored folded line 62. A flap 64 is joined to the lower edge of the bottom wall forming flap 60 along a scored fold line 66. The pocket wall forming flap 40 has a slot 68 entering its upper end. Joined along a scored fold line 70 to the bottom of the slot 68 is a tongue 70 which is bendable along a scored fold line at its mid-section to define a support section 72.

It is worthy to note at this point, the various shapes and sizes of the panels 30, 32, 34, 36, 38, 40 and 42 of the blank 28. Panels 30, 32 and 36 are rectangular in shape, while panel 34 is rectangular in shape except for its sloping upper edge 74. Panels 38 and 42 are mirror images of one another and have generally L-shapes. The vertical portions or legs of these L-shaped panels are similar in shape and size to the panel 34 and have sloping upper edges 76, 78. The horizontal lower portions or legs of the panels 38, 42 join the intervening pocket side wall panel 40 along the fold lines 52, 54. The lower edge 80 of the panel 30 is located a distance above the lower edges of the panels 32, 34 and 36, which are colinear with one another and located a distance below the upper edge 86 of panel 36. The sloping upper panel edges 74, 76, 78 extend from the level of the panel edges 82, 84 upwardly to the level of the panel edge 86. Panels 34, 38, 42 and bottom flap 60 have openings 88, 90, 92, respectively.

Blank 28 is erected from its flat configuration of FIG. 5 to its folded configuration of FIGS. 1 and 2 to form the cigarette case body 12 by folding the panels of the blank on their folded lines. The sequence in which the panels are folded may vary. Accordingly, while one folding sequence will'be explained, it should be understood that the described sequence is purely illustrative and not limiting in nature. It should be recalled in regard to folding of the blank that FIG. 5 shows the inner surface of the blank.

According to one folding sequence of the blank 28, the blank panels are folded forwardly, i.e., toward the viewer in FIG. 5, 90 in sequence, starting with the right -hand panel 30. That is to say, panel 30 is first folded forwardly 90 relative to the adjacent panel 32. Panel 32, and hence also panel 30, are then folded forwardly 90 relative to the following panel 34. This same folding procedure is followed for each of the panels 34, 36 and 38 in succession to form a partially folded body struc ture. It is evident that in this partially folded body structure, panel 36 is parallel to and spaced forwardly from, that is spaced toward the viewer from, the pocket side wall panel 40, panels 34 and 38 extend rearwardly from the panel 36 toward the panel 40 in planes parallel to one another and normal to the panels 36, 40, panel 32 is parallel to and located between the panels 36, 40, and panel 30 extends forwardly from the panel 32 in contact with the inner surface of panel 38. Panel 30 is adhesively bonded or otherwise secured to the panel 38. Panel 42 is then folded forwardly on its fold line 54 against and is adhesively bonded or otherwise secured to the outer surface of panel 34. The cigarette case body is completed by folding the flaps 58 inwardly toward one another across the bottom opening of the partially folded body structure and then folding the bottom wall forming flap 60 against the folded flaps 58 in such a way that the tongue 60 enters between the lower edge of panel 36 and the adjacent edges of the folded flaps 58. The pocket tongue is folded forwardly toward the panel 32 to its horizontal position of FIG. 3, and its support section 72 is bent to its vertical position of FIG. 3.

It will now be understood that the blank 28, when folded in the manner explained, forms the, cigarette case body 12. As noted earlier, this body contains a large pocket 18 for receiving a cigarette package and a smaller pocket 22 for receiving a smaller article, such as a lighter, match book, keys or the like. Large pocket 18 has front and rear side walls formed by the panels 32, 36, edge walls formed by panels 30, 38 and 34, 42,

respectively, and a bottom wall formed by flaps 60. The

smaller article pocket 22 has front and rear side walls formed by the panels 40, 32, edge walls formed by the lower forwardly projecting portions of the panels 30, 38 and 34, 42, and a bottom wall formed by the bottom flap 60.

It is significant to note here that the large pocket 18 is sized to receive a cigarette package to a position where the bottom of the package rests on the bottom wall 60 of the pocket. In contrast, the smaller pocket 22 is sized to receive a lighter or match book to a posi tion where it rests on the inturned tongue 70 and support section 72. As noted earlier, the slot 68 in the front wall forming panel 40 of the pocket 22 is provided to receive a finger or other implement for aiding removal of the article from the pocket.

The cigarette case cover 14 is formed from the precut blank 94 in FIG. 6.,I-Iere again, FIG. 6 shows the inner surface of the blank. Blank 94, like the blank 28 for the cigarette case body 12, is cut from suitable sheet material, such as paper board. Blank 94 has a pair of outer elongate arm-like panels 96 joined at their upper ends, along fold lines 98, to a narrow intervening front panel 100. Joined along fold lines 102 to the upper end edges of the panels 96 are flaps 104. A top wall flap 106 is joined along a fold line 108 to the upper edge of the intervening panel 100. This top wall panel is bisected by a fold line 110 parallel to the fold line 108 into two top wall portions 112 and 114. Along the upper edge of the top wall portion 114 are a pair of small tabs 116 which are insertable into slots 118 along the fold line 108, as explained below. The lower ends of the arm panels 96 have narrow, wedge-shaped notches 119 and are rounded, as shown, to provide generally semicircular hinge tabs 120.

Cover 14 is erected from the blank 94 by folding the blank on its, fold lines as will now be described. First,

the elongate arm panels 96 are folded forwardly 90, i.e. toward the viewer in FIG. 6, on their fold lines 98. The flaps 104, which fold forwardly with the panels, are then folded 90 inwardly toward one another along their fold lines 102 to positions where the flaps are located along and in front of the top wall panel hinge line 108. The top wall forming panel 106 is now folded on its fold line 108 forwardly 90 over the inwardly folded flaps 104, after which the top wall portion 114 is folded on its fold line 110 back under the flaps and the top wall tabs 116 are inserted into the slots 118 to lock the latter wall portion in position.

The cover 14 is positioned on the cigarette case body 12 with the front cover panel 100 located at the front side of the body and the cover arm panels 96 straddling the body edgewise and seating slidably against the outer edge wall panels 38, 42 of the body. The lower semi-circular tabs 120 on the cover arm panels 96 are inserted through the body edge openings 90 to pivotally attach the cover to the body. These body openings have the generally hour-glass shape illustrated in FIG. 5 and cooperate with the upper notched edges of the tabs 120, in a manner which will be understood from the illustrated geometry of the parts, to lock the tabs to the body 12 and permit hinging of the cover between its closed position of FIG. 1 and its open position of FIG. 2. In the closed position of the cover, its front cover panel 100 seats against the front wall panel 32' of the body and the cover top wall 106 overlies and closes the top opening in the cigarette case body 12. In its open position, the cover extends forwardly of the body to provide a base for supporting the body in its upright position.

It will be observed that the body blank cutaway portion 80 and opening 88 register with the hinge openings 90 to permit insertion of the cover tongues 120 through the latter openings, as explained. The blank opening 26 provides an opening in the bottom of the case body 12 through which a finger or an object may be inserted to push the cigarette package to extend it from the case to offer a cigarette to a person, or to eject an empty package. As noted earlier, the pocket 18 of the cigarette case body is sized to receive an article such as a lighter, match book, keys or the like.

It will be recalled that the cigarette case may be included as a give-away premium in a carton of cigarettes. To this end, the assembled body 12 and cover 14 of the case may be partially unfolded to their condition of FIG. 9 and then flattened, as shown in FIGS. 7 and 8, for placement in the carton. The purchaser erects the flattened case to its finished condition of FIGS. 1 and 2.

The modified cigarette case 10a of FIGS. 10-12 has a body 12a and hinged cover 14a, each injection molded from plastic. The shapes of the body and cover are essentially identical to those of the body and cover of cigarette case 10, except that the lower wall of the lower side portion 20a slopes upwardly in the forward direction, as shown. Accordingly, it is unnecessary to describe the body 12a and cover 14a in elaborate detail.

The cover 14a has arms 96a which straddle the body 12a in its edgewise direction. The lower ends of these arms are hinged to the body edge walls 122a by cylindrical pins or journals 124a which are integrally molded on the arms and project rotatably through bearing openings or slots 126a in the edge walls 122a.

The arms are sufficiently flexible to permit the positioning of the journals in the slots. At the upper ends of the respective body edge walls 122a are integrally molded rounded detents 128a which are engagable in either pair of indentations or recesses a or 132a in the inner surfaces of the cover arms 96a for releasibly locking the cover in closed position. The elongated slots 126a and the spaced-apart pairs of indentations 130a and 132a provide for the selective accommodation of either a regular size or an elongated king-size pack of cigarettes. With the detents 128a engaging upper recesses 130a and pins 124a engaging the lower portions of slots 126 a, as shown in FIG. 12, the case is adapted for a regular size cigarette pack. With the detents engaging the lower indentations 132a and pins 124a engaging the upper portions of the slots 1260, the cover is positioned to accommodate a king-size cigarette pack. With a king-size pack, the slots permit downward relative movement of the cover 96a in its open position so that the cover lays flat on a supporting surface, in the general manner indicated in FIGS. 2 and 3.

The inventor claims:

1. A cigarette case for containing a cigarette pack and an additional article such as a match book, lighter. keys or the like, comprising:

a hollow rectangular body having from and rear side walls, edge walls and a bottom wall joined to one another along their edges to form a first rectangular pocket opening through the upper end of said body for receiving a cigarette pack, portions of said edge and bottom walls extending forwardly beyond said front side wall, and an additional wall extending between said edge wall portions forwardly of and in spaced parallel relation to said front wall and joined along its edges to said edge and bottom wall portions to form with said wall portions and said front side wall a second upwardly opening pocket located at the front side of said front side wall and externally of said first pocket for receiving said article,

a cover, and

hinge meansjoining said cover to said body for movement between a closed position wherein the cover closes the top opening of said first pocket and open position wherein said top opening is uncovered.

2. A cigarette case according to claim 1 wherein:

said body and cover are constructed of folded sheet material, such as paper board.

3. A cigarette case according to claim 1 wherein:

said body and cover are injection molded from plastic.

4. A cigarette case according to claim 1 wherein:

said bottom wall has an opening to said first pocket and said additional wall has an opening to said second pocket.

5. A cigarette case according to claim 1 wherein:

said cover includes arms straddling said body edgewise and having lower ends adjacent the lower ends of said body edge walls, and a top portion extending between the upper ends of said arms for closing said top opening in the closed position of said cover, and

said means pivotally connecting said lower cover arms ends and edge walls.

6. A cigarette case according to claim 5 wherein:

said hinge means comprise hinge portions at the lower ends of said cover arms defined by edge slots in the arms engaging in hinge openings in said body edge walls having edges enagagable by edges of said arm slots to lock said arm hinge portions in said hinge openings.

7. A cigarette case according to claim 6 wherein:

said hinge openings have substantially hour-glass configurations, and said arm edge slots are narrow and wedge-shaped, whereby the cover arms are locked to and rotatably hinged to the body edge walls.

8. A cigarette case according to claim wherein:

said hinge means comprise interengaging pivot journals and openings on and in said cover arms and body edge walls.

9. A cigarette case according to claim 8 wherein:

the openings are vertically elongated slots in the body edge walls, whereby the cover is vertically adjustable when closed to accommodate cigarette packs of differing sizes.

10. A cigarette case according to claim 1 wherein:

said cover includes arms straddling said body edgewise and having lower ends adjacent the lower ends of said body edge walls, and a top portion extending between the upper ends of said arms for closing said top opening in the closed position of said cover,

said hinge means pivotally connect said lower arm ends to said body edge walls,

said cover in open position extends outwardly from the lower end of said body flush with said body bottom wall to form a base for supporting said body in upright position.

11. A cigarette case according to claime 1 wherein:

said cover includes arms straddling said body edgewise and having lower ends adjacent the lower ends of said body edge walls, and a top portion extending between the upper ends of said arms for closing said top opening in the closed position of said cover,

said hinge means pivotally connect said lower arm ends to said body edge walls,

said cover in open position extends outwardly from the lower end of said body flush with said body bottom wall to form a base for supporting said body in upright position, and

said cover arms and top portion form a retainer for miscellaneous articles when the cover is in open position on a supporting surface.

12. A cigarette case according to claim 1 wherein:

said body and cover are constructed of folded sheet material such as paper board and have portions which may be unfolded to place said case in a partially folded condition wherein the case may be flattened for placement in a cigarette carton or the 8 like. 13. A cigarette case according to claim 1 wherein: said body and covr are formed from folded blanks of sheet material, such as paper board, said body blank having a number of fold lines defining an edge wall forming panel at one end of the blank, a following side wall forming panel, a following edge wall forming panel, a following side wall forming panel, a following edge wall forming panel, a following article pocket side wall forming panel, and a following edge wall forming panel at the opposite end of the blank, flaps hinged along the lower edges of the last two mentioned edge wall forming panels, a bottom wall forming panel hinged along the lower edge of said article pocket side wall forming panel, and a flap hinged along the lower edge of said bottom wall forming panel, and said cover blank having a number of fold lines defining a front wall forming panel, arms hinged at their upper ends along opposite ends of said cover wall forming panel, flaps hinged along the upper ends of said arms, and a top wall forming panel hinged along the upper edge of said cover front wall forming panel and having a bisecting fold line parallel to the top wall hinge line. 1 14. Means for erecting a cigarette case body comprismg:

a blank of sheet material having a number of fold lines, and said fold lines definingan edge wall forming panel at one end of the blank, a following side wall forming panel, a following edge wall forming panel, a following side wall forming panel, a following edge wall forming panel, a following article pocket side wall forming panel, and a following edge wall forming panel at the opposite end of the blank, flaps hinged along the lower edges of the last two men tioned edge wall forming panels, a bottom wall forming panel hinged along the lower edge of said article pocketside wall forming panel, and a flap hinged along the lower edge of said bottom wall forming panel. 15. Means for erecting a cigarette case cover comprising:

a blank of sheet material having a number of fold lines, and said fold lines defining a front wall forming panel, arms hinged at their upper ends along opposite ends of said cover wall forming panel, flaps hinged along the ends of said arms, and a top wall forming panel hinged along the upper edge of said cover front wall forming panel and having a biscesting fold line parallel to the said upper edge of said cover front wall.

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1. A cigarette case for containing a cigarette pack and an additional article such as a match book, lighter, keys or the like, comprising: a hollow rectangular body having front and rear side walls, edge walls and a bottom wall joined to one another along their edges to form a first rectangular pocket opening through the upper end of said body for receiving a cigarette pack, portions of said edge and bottom walls extending forwardly beyond said front side wall, and an additional wall extending between said edge wall portions forwardly of and in spaced parallel relation to said front wall and joined along its edges to said edge and bottom wall portions to form with said wall portions and said front side wall a second upwardly opening pocket located at the front side of said front side wall and externally of said first pocket for receiving said article, a cover, and hinge means joining said cover to said body for movement between a closed position wherein the cover closes the top opening of said first pocket and open position wherein said top opening is uncovered.
2. A cigarette case according to claim 1 wherein: said body and cover are constructed of folded sheet material, such as paper board.
3. A cigarette case according to claim 1 wherein: said body and cover are injection molded from plastic.
4. A cigarette case according to claim 1 wherein: said bottom wall has an opening to said first pocket and said additional wall has an opening to said second pocket.
5. A cigarette case according to claim 1 wherein: said cover includes arms straddling said body edgewise and having lower ends adjacent the lower ends of said body edge walls, and a top portion extending between the upper ends of said arms for closing said top opening in the closed position of said cover, and said means pivotally connecting said lower cover arms ends and edge walls.
6. A cigarette case according to claim 5 wherein: said hinge means comprise hinge portions at the lower ends of said cover arms defined by edge slots in the arms engaging in hinge openings in said body edge walls having edges enagagable by edges of said arm slots to lock said arm hinge portions in said hinge openings.
7. A cigarette case according to claim 6 wherein: said hinge openings have substantially hour-glass configurations, and said arm edge slots are narrow and wedge-shaped, whereby the cover arms are locked to and rotatably hinged to the body edge walls.
8. A cigarette case according to claim 5 wherein: said hinge means comprise interengaging pivot journals and openings on and in said cover arms and body edge walls.
9. A cigarette case according to claim 8 wherein: the openings are vertically elongated slots in the body edge walls, whereby the cover is vertically adjustable when closed to accommodate cigarette packs of differing sizes.
10. A cigarette case according to claim 1 wherein: said cover includes arms straddling said body edgewise and having lower ends adjacent the lower ends of said body edge walls, and a top portion extending between the upper ends of said arms for closing said top opening in the closed position of said cover, said hinge means pivotally connect said lower arm ends to said body edge walls, said cover in open position extends outwardly from the lower end of said body flush with said body bottom wall to form a base for supporting said body in upright position.
11. A cigarette case according to claime 1 wherein: said cover includes arms straddling said body edgewise and having lower ends adjacent the lower ends of said body edge walls, and a top portion extending between the upper ends of said arms for closing said top opening in the closed position of said cover, said hinge means pivotally connect said lower arm ends to said body edge walls, said cover in open poSition extends outwardly from the lower end of said body flush with said body bottom wall to form a base for supporting said body in upright position, and said cover arms and top portion form a retainer for miscellaneous articles when the cover is in open position on a supporting surface.
12. A cigarette case according to claim 1 wherein: said body and cover are constructed of folded sheet material such as paper board and have portions which may be unfolded to place said case in a partially folded condition wherein the case may be flattened for placement in a cigarette carton or the like.
13. A cigarette case according to claim 1 wherein: said body and covr are formed from folded blanks of sheet material, such as paper board, said body blank having a number of fold lines defining an edge wall forming panel at one end of the blank, a following side wall forming panel, a following edge wall forming panel, a following side wall forming panel, a following edge wall forming panel, a following article pocket side wall forming panel, and a following edge wall forming panel at the opposite end of the blank, flaps hinged along the lower edges of the last two mentioned edge wall forming panels, a bottom wall forming panel hinged along the lower edge of said article pocket side wall forming panel, and a flap hinged along the lower edge of said bottom wall forming panel, and said cover blank having a number of fold lines defining a front wall forming panel, arms hinged at their upper ends along opposite ends of said cover wall forming panel, flaps hinged along the upper ends of said arms, and a top wall forming panel hinged along the upper edge of said cover front wall forming panel and having a bisecting fold line parallel to the top wall hinge line.
14. Means for erecting a cigarette case body comprising: a blank of sheet material having a number of fold lines, and said fold lines defining an edge wall forming panel at one end of the blank, a following side wall forming panel, a following edge wall forming panel, a following side wall forming panel, a following edge wall forming panel, a following article pocket side wall forming panel, and a following edge wall forming panel at the opposite end of the blank, flaps hinged along the lower edges of the last two mentioned edge wall forming panels, a bottom wall forming panel hinged along the lower edge of said article pocket side wall forming panel, and a flap hinged along the lower edge of said bottom wall forming panel.
15. Means for erecting a cigarette case cover comprising: a blank of sheet material having a number of fold lines, and said fold lines defining a front wall forming panel, arms hinged at their upper ends along opposite ends of said cover wall forming panel, flaps hinged along the ends of said arms, and a top wall forming panel hinged along the upper edge of said cover front wall forming panel and having a biscesting fold line parallel to the said upper edge of said cover front wall.
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