US 1172155 A
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w, MAYER L c. SL LEVY. CONDIMENT HOLDER.
APPLICATION FILED DECl 12, 1914.
Patente Feb. L5, 1.916.
V I 'WILLIAM MAYER AND CHARLES S.
Llilif, F Stahl' FRANCISCO, CALXFO'RNIA.
.Specification of .tctters letent.
Application, filed, @ec-einher 159:, 1911i.
This invention relates to condiment holders of that class which are adapted, to dispense two different cont1 iiments, such salt and pepper.
he invention has for its object to prode. 'a device of this class comprising` a receptaclehaving a partition wall whereby it is divided intoy two con'ipartments in combination' with a cover having distributing apertures and provided with a simple and eliiective valve mechanism, whereby the distributing'apertures are normally obstructed, but be readily manipulated so as to 'uncover the distributing apertures communicating "with one or the othercoinpart nient. "v M A further object oi"A the invention is to produce a device of the class described provided with' a guardv washer -to'form an extended l supporting andl bearing surface for the valve mechanism.
,W'ith these and'other ends inview which will"readilyl appear as the nature of thehinvention' is' betterunderstood, the same consists in the improved construction and novel "arrangement" and combination. of parts `wliichlwill be hereinafter fully and-particularly pointed out in the claims.
' l'n the accompanying drawing has been illustrated a simple and preferred form of theinvention, it being,` however, understood that no limitation is necessarih7 made to the precise structural details therein exhibited, Vbut that changes, alterations and' modificationsl within the scope of the claims may be resorted to when desired.
In the drawing,'l?igure'1 is a pers pective vie-w of the cap of the improved condiment holder with parts broken away to expose the underlying construction. F is a "plan view"showing the'cap detached and inverted. Figi?) is a 4front view of the condiment holder with the cap attached and witlrparts broken away. Fig. l is a top plan' view of the device. Fig. 5 is a transverse sectional view taken on the line -5 in Figfyll. Fig 6 is a horizontal sectional View taken 'on thek line 6-6 in Fig. 5. Fig.
descrit v springbeing exerted against the Patented Feb.. 15, 19.1.6. serial no. ateneo.
is a. sectional detail view 1 Corresponding parts in the several Vfigures are denoted by li i... VThe improved device consists of a receptacle 10 of glass or other material having a transverse partition wall 11 .whereby coin partments 12, 13 are formed for "the recep-` tion of two condiments, such as saltand pepper. The upper endo ternallj,7 threaded, as et acorrespondingly threaded cap 15 made eferably of metal, and the top of which is provided with different sized apertures 16, l? adapted to communicate with the comtaken on.
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the receptacle is eX-. at lei, tor the reception ,A
partments l2 and 13, respectively. For the Y purpose of normally obstructing these aper tures two approximately semi-circular` valve members 18, 19 are provided, said valve members being positioned at opposite sides of a brace bar 2O wii'ch is secured onthe under face of the apertured top portion of the cap. Each of the valve members is pro- ,vided with a pivot lug` Q1, said pivotlugs projecting into a recess 22 in the brace bar,
engagement with one of the rivets 23, whereby the brace bar is secured in position. The brace bar has a second recess 24 at the front end thereof for the accommodation oan arm o lever 25 which' second rivet 26, wherebg.r the brace barV lis secured` in position. The arm or leveri is provided with a. handle 257 that extends through a slot 28 in the forward portion of the cap.
The valve members 18, 19 are peripherally Lrooved, as seen at 28, for the accommodation of the end portions of an arcuate spring` 29' that extends through the4 rearwardportion or" the brace bar 20, the tension of said of the valve members, both ol' whichlwill thereby be force-d n'ormally in the direction of the brace bar in which position the t[sifting,- apertures 16 and 17'.will be obstructed. The valve members p spectively "with different sized apertnres'd 31 which, wh^n said valve members are forced outward 'against actuating spring may be placed in registry with 'the apertures 16, 17, respectively.. Suchl outward movement ot' either-valve member may be accomplished by pressure thereagainst of the lever 25. v The latter is provided ywith a. recess 32 wherein'f-liggsor V18, y19 are provided, re-
where said lugs are superposed in pivotal pivotally engages a outeredgefs lthe tension of. the l 85 l structing position.
Itis desired to note that the parts are to be so -arranged that in order to actuate the projecting from the respective valve me bers near their forward. ends are gided. milar lugs'or tongues 34 near the rear ends of the respective valve memlbers are guided in the recess 3 5 in the brace ar. v
Fitted; in the cap directly below the brace bar, lever and valve members is a washer 36 having openings 37, 38 communieating with the compartments 12, 13, respectively, when the cap is applied in position foruse, it being obvious that the engaging .I threads ofthe cap and the receptacle must be lof-such extent that the cap will be seated the compartments when the vopenings 37, 38 communicate with 12, 13, and it being, furtheremore, obvious that the said openings 37, 38 must be in registry with the respective valve members.
I shifting apertures -willv normally be obstructed.' By pressing the handle of the 30.
lever in one direction or the other, and
' at the same time inverting and shaking'the device the' contents of either compartment will be permitted to sift out. As soon as the handle of the lever is released, the valve member or members will be restored to ob-` obstructing valve associated with the salt compartment,'the lever will be pressed in the direction in which thecap is turned to tighten it upon the receptacle. Thus, when- `ever salt is used, the tendency will be to .tighten the cap.
Inasmuch, as 4salt is used much more frequently than pepper it is obvious that this arrangement will tend to maintain the cap normally in a tightly seated position.
For the purpose of assisting in preventing f the cap from being dislodged or unscrewed by the exertion of moderate pressure on the lever handle, there' is formed in the threaded portion of the cap an indentation producing on the inner face a bulb or projection 42;- the threaded portion of the receptacle is provided with a notch i3 forming a seat for said `aaib. The notch and the bulb must obviously be so disposed as to engage with one another wher the cap is screwed down to its seated position. The resiliency of the metal of which the cap is preferably composed will 'permit the bulb to ride over the screw threads of the receptacle while the cap is being applied. When the cap reaches its seatthe bulb will drop into the notch and,
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while not preventing the unscrewingmf the cap by the exercise of due force, it Awill largely tend to prevent the accidental dislod'gment of the cap.
Having thus descrlbed the invention, what l. A condiment holder having two compartrnents, in combination with a top or cap having sifting apertures,A spring-actuated valve members normally obstructing the4 sifting apertures and having apertures which may be placed in registrytherewith, and a lever whereby either valve member may be displaced against the tension of its actuating spring while 'the other valve member remains in its obstructing position.
2. In a two -compartment condiment holder, a sifting top consisting of a cap havingap-ertures, a brace bar engaging the under face of the top portion of said cap, said brace bar having recesses, approximately semi-circular valve members having lugs engaging one of said recesses, a lever engaging the other recess and having a handle projecting through the wall of the ca-p, said wall being slotted for the passage there of, a rivet extending through the brace bar and through the lugs of the semi-circular valve members, said rivet constitutingl a pivot member for said lugs, and a second rivet extending through the brace bar and through the lever, said rivet constituting a fulcrum for the lever, said valve members being provided with apertures adapted to register with the sifting 4apertures in the cap.`
3. In a two-compartment condlment said rivet constituting a'. pivot member for said lugs, and a. second rivet extending through the' brace bar and through the lever, said rivet constituting a fulcrum for fthe lever, said valvey members being provided with apertures adapted toregister with the sifting apertures in the cap; and an arcuate spring extending through the brace bar and engaging the peripheral portions of the valve members, the latter being grooved-for the reception of the end portions of said spring.
4. In a twocompartment condiment holder, a receptacle having a transverse partition, a sifting cap having apertures communicating with the compartments at the opposite sides of the partition, spring-actuated valve members normaly obstructing the sftlng apertures in the cap, sald valve members being provlded with apertures yf'w'hieh maybebroughtinfregstry with the sifting fapertures when said valve members are displaced against the tension ofthe actuating spring, andi-a=1e\er whereby said valve members may be actuated, said cap being provided With a Washer or diaphragm l0 having openings ahnine with the valve 'membersl and communicating with the comv partments of the holder.
In testimonywhereof We aiX our signatures in presende of tWo `Witnesses.
WILLIAM MAYER. CHARLES s. LEVY.
Witnesses: EMMA C. MAYER,
ELIZABETH A. LEVY.