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Publication numberUS1301676 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateApr 22, 1919
Filing dateJan 2, 1918
Priority dateJan 2, 1918
Publication numberUS 1301676 A, US 1301676A, US-A-1301676, US1301676 A, US1301676A
InventorsThomas W Fitzgerald
Original AssigneeThomas W Fitzgerald
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
US 1301676 A
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1 31L 676., Patented Apr. 22, 1919.



Specification of Letters Patent.

Patented Apr. as, rare.

application filed January 2, new. serial No. 210.024.

To all whom it ma concern:

Be it known that l, THOMAS W. rm-

GERALD, a citizen of the United States, residing at New York, in the county of New York and State of New York, have invented new and useful Improvements in Container- Covers, of which the following is a specification.

This invention relates to loss preventing devices and particularly tothat class of devices which are used for the purpose of preventing the loss of closures of vessels or containers.

The invention is primarily designed for use in connection with tubular tooth paste containers, in which threaded caps are customarily employed for the purpose of sealing the discharge end of said container. In this class of closure, and container the two parts frequently become separated or one lost from the other and as a consequence thereof, the contents of the container is subjected to atmospheric action which causes it to harden at the discharge end of the container and prevent a uniform or proper discharge of the contents when desired for use. This also results in loss by evaporation of the medicinal constitutents contained in tooth paste or dentifriees and the loss of the sealing cap therefore affects an injury to the contents other than the mere hardening of the same at the discharge end of said container. Incident to the size of the containers of the. described character, the closures thereof, are frequently so small that should they be dropped upon the floor when removed, it is almost impossible to locate them. Furthermore, such closures are fre quently dropped down the drain pipe when handling the container over a toilet bowl or are otherwise very easily permanently lost from the container.

It is with these objects in view that I have designed a simple and extremely practical loss preventing device which isapplicable to containers regardless of, their size, and which will operate to permit the closure cap to be freely separatedfrom the discharge end of the container when desired and at the same time, held associated with the container so as to positively prevent loss thereof, while the former is in use.

One of the principal features of the invention resides in the provision of a flexible connection between the crown of the closure cap and breast of the container body, re-

lating the points of connection therefor with such regard to each other as to prevent said flexiblev connection from interfering with manipulations by the hand of the closure cap and also prevent said flexible connection from twisting around the cap when ad- JllStiIlg the latter.

Another object of the invention resides in the construction of a device of this character which will include a flexible connection and means for expeditiously eflecting anapplication thereof to the container and cap.

A still further object of the invention is to provide a loss preventing device in which its essential instrumentalities may be'struck up as integral parts respectively.

In the drawings Figure 1, is a perspective view of the de vice showing the application thereof to a flexible tube and threaded cap;

Fig. 2 is a vertical section there'through.

Fig. 3, is a plan view of the flexible connection.

Fig. 4 is a plan view of a slightly modified form of flexible connection.

Fig. .5, is a similar view of a still further modified form of flexible connection.

The flexible tube 8, herein illustrated, can be of any suitable well known design except for the slight modifications in the construction thereof, which will be presently depose to be hereinafter referred scribed. Said tube 9, the thickness of preferably greater than the thickness is provided with a breast the walls of which being of the walls of the tube to a considerable extent.

of the receptacle and cap a I proper, in order that the shape of the tube can be uniformly maintained and rigidity given'to the discharge end of the tube. At the center, the tube is provided with an exteriorly threaded neck 10, on which is adjustably mounted, a correspondingly threaded closure cap 11. a

his cap is provided with a crown 12, having a vertical shank 13, upstruck therefrom preferably at the center, and formed at'its upper end to provide a head 14, the latter being spaced from the crown for a purto. On the breast 19, and also preferably upstruck therefrom, is an eye member 15. A flexible connection 16, is extended between the eye member 15, and shank 13, on the crown of the being provided with eyelets 17. This tape is adapted to be passed through the aye-member 15, and then folded on itself rom the .center in order that the eyelets 17, can be brought into alinement wit each other and the two then passed over the head 14, Where they will be interposed between the latter and the crown 12, of said closure cap. The length of the tape or flexible connection is proportioned with respect to the distance between the shank 13, and eye member 15, so that when the cap is applied, the connection is sufiiciently slacked to permit the cap to be rotated on the neck 10, without the tape winding around the cap or in any way interfering with manual manipulatlons thereof when removing the cap from or applying the same to the receptacle. When the cap is removed from the neck, the connection 16, supports the same at one side of the. rece tacle where it can always be conveniently ound when it is desired to again seal the discharge neck 10, and render the same properly airtight.

In lieu of the tape 01' ribbon connection 16, a relatively small chain 18, may be substituted and folded upon itself and the free ends of the chain provided with eyelets 19-19.

A further modification of flexible connecneonate tion is suggested in Fig. 5, and the same com prises a single length of chain 20, in which one end is adapted to be connected to the eye let 15, and the other end to the shank 13, off the closure cap; The head 14, in the preferred embodiment of the invention may be slit on lateral lines 21, in order that it is rendered slightly resilient. This will permit the eyelets 17 of the tape 16, to freely pass on to the shank. The arrangement will also accommodate in a similar manner, the receiving terminal of either of the connections shown in Figs. 4 and 5, of the drawings.

The manner of attaching the flexible connection to the headed shank 13, establishes a swivel-like arrangement between the parts in order that the cap can be properly rotated without interference of the tape.

What is claimed as new is The combination with a container having a threaded neck portion, of a cap threaded thereon and including a head and a reduced neck portion, a flexible device secured to the container, a ring on said device and loosely encircling the neck, the neck being of re- 5% silient material and being split vertically, providing elements retaining the ring and securing device from displacement.

In testimony whereof I aiiix my signature.


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U.S. Classification220/288, 220/375, 222/543, 47/41.1
Cooperative ClassificationF01P11/0214, B65D39/084