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Publication numberUS1581818 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateApr 20, 1926
Filing dateJan 23, 1923
Priority dateJan 23, 1923
Publication numberUS 1581818 A, US 1581818A, US-A-1581818, US1581818 A, US1581818A
InventorsHorton Albert J, Kyle Sheffield Washington
Original AssigneeSheffield
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
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US 1581818 A
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April 20 1926. 1,581,818

W. K. SHEFFIELD ET AL COVER RETAINER Filed Jan. 23, 1923 3 1%; may

Patented Apr. 20, 1926.

UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE.

WASHINGTON KYLE SHEFFIELD AND ALBERT J. HORTON, OF NEW LONDON,'CON- v NECTICUT; SAID HORTON ASSIGNOR TO SAID SHEFFIELD.

COVER RETAINER.

Application filed January 23, 1923. Serial No. 614,426.

To all whom it may concern:

Be it known that we, WASHINGTON KYLE SHEFFIEIJ), a citizen of the United States, residing at New London, in the county of New London and State of Connecticut, and ALBERT J. HoR'roN, a citizen of the'United States, residing at New London, in the county of New London and State of Connecticut, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Cover Retainers, of which the following is a specification.

The present invention relates to an improved form of cap retaining means, shown in the accompanying drawings as being attached to a collapsible tube of the well known type and cap therefor, such tubes being used for holding tooth paste, cold cream, and the like, though it is noted that the inventlon is not limited in its application to containers and caps therefor.

One of the important advantages of our device is that owing to its construction it is adapted to be readily removed from a used tube and cap and as readily replaced upon a new tube and cap, without provislon of an means u on the cap or tube other than 1s provide in the present method of manufacture of such tubes and caps.

Another important advantage of our device is its simplicity and economy of manufacture. In ordinary manufacture of these tubes and caps it is now common and standard practice to provide the caps with a knurled portion for use in manually unscrewing the ca and to provide immediately below the urled portion thereof a neck formed by a groove of substantial depth and a lower flan e. Also, in the standard manufacture of t e tubes it is customary to provide upon the threaded opening thereof a neck formed by a clearance between the threaded portion and the tapered shoulder of the tube, whereby to permit of mechanical threading of the said portion during manufacture 1n a clean manner without run-- ninginto the shoulder. This groove is commonly known as the clearance and by tak ing advantage of these standard conditions upon both the tube and cap we have devised a ca clip which comprises two wire grips of slmilar construction joined together by some suitable form .of chain, which chain preferably in the present instance consists of a standard type of ball chain which is now being manufactured in large quantities at a low cost. We have selected this form of chain both for its neatness in' appearance and its extreme adaptability to the requirements in its present use.

v It will be noted .in the drawings herein that the clips are made of stock spring wire, and may be formed in many ways wherein advantage is taken of the resiliency of the wire itself to form a loop which may be resiliently engaged or disengaged with the clearance portion of the threaded nipple of the tube or the groove in the cap.

Another advantage in our device is that, aside from its complete assembly, all of the coacting parts readily lend themselves to machine manufacture with a minimum amount of hand labor, and therefore make for great economy in manufacture, and the construction of the device is so simple that a minimum amount of labor is expended in assembling the device for use on tubes of this class.

Still another important advantage of .our device is that due to its construction as shown, its appearance is highly ornamental and therefore becomes an advertising asset of value on this account alone.

In the accompanying drawing, showing by way of example four of many possible embodiments of the invention, Fig. 1 is a fragmentary, approximately full size, view of a tube showing .our device attached thereto.

Fig. 2 is a substantially full size perspective viewof our device disengaged from the tube and cap.

Fig. 3 is a side elevation of the clip shown in F g. 4; Fig. 4 being one form of our clip construction.

Fig. 5 is a side view of the cap clip shown in Fig. 6; Fig. 6 being another form of construction of our clip. 7

Fig. 7 is a side elevation of another modified form of clip as shown in Fig; 8; Fig. 8' being a plan View thereof.

Fig. 9 is a side elevation of the construction shown in plan in Fig. 10, which is still another form' of clip construction.

Fig. 11 is a plan view of another form of modified clip of similarconstruction to those shown in Figs. 4, 6, 8 and 10.

Fig. 12 is a view showing the plan of readily shaping the cap clip so that it may .not be expanded unduly in placing it over the neck of the cap.

By referring to the drawings it w1ll be seen that our device comprises a collapsible tube or container 10 provided with an outlet neck or nipple externally threaded at its outer end 11 and having a plain or clearance portion 12 between said threaded end 11 and the tube 10. An internally threaded cap, adapted to be screwed on said threaded end 11, has an outer enlarged knurled end 15 and a laterally extending flanged inner end 16 forming a circumferential groove between the flange 16 and knurled. end 15.

Clips 18, each formed of a single piece of spring wire consisting of two oppositely curved grip arms 20, Figs 6,- are adapted to be snapped or sprung into and out of said groove 17 or onsaid clearance 12. The clip attached to the tube may be chased or screwed over the threaded end 11 to clearance 12, as well as snapped thereon. Each clip 18 is provided with an arms-connecting loop "P01431011 22 having its outer end 23, Fig. 5, bent at an angle to said arms 20 to form-an engaging seat loop 25.

A chain 30, made of balls pivotally connected to each other, connects said clips 18 to each other by having its end balls 31 passed between said arms 20 and outwardly therefrom until each said end ball 31 rests in or engages in said seat 25.

To attach a clip to the cap the free ends of the arms 20 are placed in the groove 17 Fig. 12, and the arms forced apart sufiiciently by the flange 16, employing the extending loop portion 22 as a lever, to ahow the arms to pass thereover and seat themselves in the groove 17. To remove the clip it is only necessary to press upwardly on the loop portion 22 which will force the arms 20 apart and allow the flange 16 to pass therebetween.

In the modification shown in Fig. 11, the loop portion 22 is slightly constricted to prevent the clip 18 from'disengaging from the chain when our device is not applied to a tube.

Another form of clip, 18", for accomplishing the same result, is shown in Fig. 10, in which the loop portion 22 is given a half turn relative to the arms 20", thereby forming seat eye 25 in which rests the end ball 31 of chain 30, the arms 20 being slightly sprung apart to permit passage therebetween of'the ball-connecting portion of the chain.

Figs. 4 and 8 show the arms 20 and 20 extended to meet each other; this form of clip being adapted for screwing on threaded nipples, such as nipple 11, Fig. 1.

\Ve claim:

1. The combination with the neck of a container and a removable closing cap for the neck, of spring clips each having arms connected at their inner ends by a loop portion of the clip and spaced apart at their outer ends, the arms of one clip being claspingly engageable around the neck of the container and the arms of the other clip being claspingly engageable around the cap of the container, and a series of members flexibly connected to form a chain, adjacent flexibly connected members of said chain at one end of the chain being removably engageable with the loop portion of the clip which engages said neck and adjacent flexibly connected members of said chain at the opposite end of the chain being removably engageable with the loop portion of the clip which engages said cap.

2. The combination with the neck of a container and a removable closing cap for the neck, of spring clips each having arms connected at their inner ends by a loop portion of the clip and spaced apart at their outer ends, the arms of one clip being claspingly engageable aroufid the neck of the container "and the arms of the other clip being claspingly engageable around the cap of the container, the loop portions of the clips being inclined to the plane of the arms of the clips and providing means for springing the arms out of said engagements for releasing the arms, and a series of members flexibly connected to form a chain, adjacent flexibly connected members of said chain at one end of the chain being removably engageable with the loop portlon of the clip which engages said neck and adjacent flexibly connected members of said chain at the opposite end of the chain being removably engageable with the loop portion of the clipv which engages said cap.

3. The combination with the neck of a container and a removable closing cap for the neck, of spring clips each having arms connected at their inner ends by a loop portion of the clip and spaced apart at their outer ends, the arms of one clip being clasp1nglyengageable around the neck of; the contalner and the arms of the other clip being claspingly engageable around the cap of the container, and a series of spherical members flexibly connected to form a chain, the loop portion of the clip engageable with said neck being claspingly engageable around said chain in the space formed between two adjacent flexiblyconnected members at one end of the chain and the loop portion of the clip engageable with said cap being claspingly engageable around said chain in the space formed between two adjacent flexibly connected members at the op posite end of the chain.

4. In a device of the character described, 139

the combination of spring clips eachhaving adjacent flexibly connected members of said arms connectedat their inner ends by a loop chain at the opposite endof the chain being 10 portion of the clip and spaced apart'at their removably engage-able with the loop portion outer ends, and a chain formed of a series of the other of said clips for connecting the of flexibly connected members, adjacent flex clips.

ibly connected membersof said chain at one end of the chain being removably engageable. W. KYLE SHEFFIELD. with the loop portion of one of the clips and ALBERT J. HORTON.

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US4817450 *Nov 30, 1987Apr 4, 1989Spedco, Inc.Pressure/temperature test plug assembly
US5031589 *May 12, 1989Jul 16, 1991Motorenfabrik Hatz Gmbh & Co. KgSafety device for preventing the loss of container closure plugs
Classifications
U.S. Classification220/375
International ClassificationB65D35/42, B65D35/24
Cooperative ClassificationB65D35/42
European ClassificationB65D35/42