US 1320757 A
Description (OCR text may contain errors)
J. M. HOTHERSALL.
SHEET METAL CONTAINER.
APPLICATION FILED SEPT- 1. 1915.
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JOHN M. HOTHER SALL, OF BROOKLYN, NEW YORK, ASSIGNOR TO AMERTCAN CAN COMPANY, OF NEW YORK, N. Y., A CORPORATION OF NEW JERSEY.
Specification of Letters Patent.
Patented Nov. 4, 1919.
Application filed September 1, 1915. Serial No. 48,392.
closure is soldered in place and adapted to I be torn away along the lines of solder to open it.
A principal object of this invention is the provision of a container of this kind which may be more readily opened than has. been possible prior to my invention.
With containersof this character it has been customary to provide a key which, by gripping a tongue provided upon the closure has caused the seal to be broken upon rotation of the key winding the tongue and subsequently the cover sheet about it. Considerable force has been necessary frequently in opening containers of this character in the past and it is a purpose of this invention to reduce materially the force required in such an operation and indeed to provide a container which may be opened without the use of a key at all if desired, it only being necessary for the person opening the container to grasp the tongueand pull it back to tear loose the solder connections.
A further object of this invention is the provision of a closure of this character which may be applied to containers of relatively large capacity. Where keys have been used in the past it has been desirable that the containers be of small capacity to permit relatively easy operation of the keys.
It is a further object of this invention to provide such a container which will be cheap to manufacture and which will present a pleasing and saleable appearance.
Other objects and advantages of the invention will be apparent as it is better understood from the following description when considered in connection with the accompanying drawing illustrating a preferred embodiment thereof.
Referring to the drawing,
Figure 1 is a perspective View of the con- 'away the cover parts.
tainer embodying my invention showing it partially opened Fig. 2 1s a top plan View of the containershown in Fig. 1 with the parts arranged in closed position; and
Fig. 3 is a section taken substantially on the line 33 of Fig. 2.
In accordance with my invention I provide two cover sheets instead of a single one, which cover sheets are arranged to each cover a portion of the opening in the box or container. They are connected along an obliquely extending line which intersects the side walls of the box or container at angles. Each part is provided with a tongue which may be grasped by the hand of the opener in place of the key to tear It will, however, be understood that the keys may beused to open a container embodying my invention without departing from the spirit and scope of the invention. This arrangement of the cover parts permits starting of the opening operation at a solder point, further pulling away of the cover increasing the width of application of the opening force as the operation proceeds and the power to apply the force increases.
Referring to the drawing a rectangular metal body 4 having inwardly extending horizontal flanges 7, 8 at its open edge is provided for the purpose of illustration. Upon this flange are secured the parts, two in the present instance, 5 and 6, of the closure. Each of these parts covers substantially a half of the opening and each is soldered at two sides to two intersecting flanges 7, 8. Each part is cut on an oblique line 9 extending across the body. The edges of the two parts which will be brought together along the line 9 overlap, as seen at 10 in Fig.2, and they are soldered together as indicated in dotted lines when they overlap. The upper part 6 is provided at its sharper angle corner with a tongue 11 over lyingthe part 5, and the under part- 5 is provided with a similar tongue 12 similarly located and underlying the part 6. The adjoining edges of the two parts are so arranged as to dispose the tongues 11 and 12 well within the box or container edges so that they do not protrude or extend into position to be easily bent or kinked. When it is desired to open the container the tongue 11 is grasped preferably by the hand of the operator, or it may be grasped by a key,
and the part 6 drawn back, as shown in Fig. 1. It may, of course, if deslred, be drawn all the way off. The contents may then be stood from the foregoing description, and
it will be apparent that various changes may be made in the form,construction and arrangement of the parts without departs ing from the spirit and scope of the invention or sacrificing any of its material advantages, the form hereinbefore described being merely a preferred embodiment thereof.
I claim v A sheet metal container comprising a body having a top portion which is bounded by a diagonal line extending from one side of the body, at a point spaced from the corner, to near the opposite side of the body, and thence along said opposite side at a distance therefrom; and a closing plate adapted to be soldered to the body and to the diagonal part of said top portion, said plate lapping over said top portion for a short distance and along said diagonal line, and being formed with a free tongue extending outward transversely to said diagonal line and toward the end of the body over the said to portion, and arranged between the side 0 the body and the diagonal line where the latter is spaced from the corner of the body.
Signed in the presence of two subscribing witnesses.
JOHN M. HOTHERSALL Witnesses: v
D. F. MENNIS, C. W. GRAHAM.