US 1711678 A
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May 7, 1929. T. HARDING CROWN' CAP REMOVER Filed Jan. 12, 1928 INVENTOR YZMM A TTORNEYS.
Patented May 7, 1929. r I
UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE.
THOMAS HARDING, OF NEWARK, NEW JERSEY, ASSIGNOR T0 J. L. SOMMER MANU- FACTURING (30., A CORPORATION OF NEW JERSEY.
Application filed January '12, 1928.
This invention relates in general to a device for removing crown caps from bottles, and more particularly to such a device adapted for permanent attachment to a wall or refrigerator which supports and holds the device in proper position to engage a bottle cap.
Known devices of this general character include a metal plate having a body portion secured to a wall, and an outwardly project-.
ing portion having an opening, the edge of which is adapted to engage the edge of the crown cap sothat upon swinging movement of the bottle relative to the device, the cap is pried off the bottle. These devices have a very serious objection in that the bead at the m outh of thebottles is frequently chipped, and inmany instances large pieces cracked from the mouth of the bottle, dueto the natural forceful contact of the cap with the metal device as the cap is pushed by the holder of the bottle into engagement with the device.
The primary object of my invention is to provide a crown cap remover of the general character described embodying novel and im- F proved features of construction, whereby the possibility of chipping or cracking the mouth of the bottle during the cap-removing operation is reduced or eliminated.
Another object is to provide a crown cap remover for attachment to a wall or the like havin novel and improved features of con structlon whereby a portion of the wall at the point normally first engaged bythe bottle cap is exposed through the cap remover so as to form a cushion for the cap to absorb or reduce the force of the impact on the cap as it is manipulated into position for removal by the device.
Further objects are to provide in such a device a main portion to be secured to a wall or the like, and an outwardly projecting portion at its top formed with an opening to partially receive a crown cap, so that the edge of the opening may engage under the cap to remove the same, said main portion having an opening in relation to thefirst-1nentioned opening to expose the wall therethrough, whereby the cap contacts with the wall as it is brought into engagement with the device for removal, and to obtain other advantages and results as will be brought out in the following description.
Referring to the accompanying drawings, in which corresponding and like-parts are designated throughout the several views by the same reference characters,
Serial No. 246,139.
Figure 1 is a perspective View of a crown cap remover embodying my invention, show ing the same applied to a vertical wall;
F lgure 2 is a transverse vertical sectional view through the device as shown in Figure 1, and
Figure 3 is a horizontal view, taken on the line 33 of Figure 1.
Specifically describing the illustrated embodiment of the invention, the reference character l designates the main portion of the device which is preferably formed of sheet metal and is approximately flat so as to lie flat against a vertical wall A, such as a refrigerator or a door frame. Said main portion is formed with a plurality of openings to receive screws 2 for securing the device to the wall. The top portion 3 of the device projects outwardly from the wall at an angle to the main portion 1 and is formed with an opening 4 to partially receive a crown cap B which is usually applied to a bottle of the type shown at G. The outer edge of the opening 4 is formed with a lip 5 to engage under the edge of the cap B, as shown in The main portion 1 is provided with an opening 6 adjacent the opening 4 and in such relation thereto that as the bottle and cap are moved into engagement with the device, as shown in dot and dash lines in Figure 2, the cap enters the opening 6 and contacts with the wall A exposed therethrough. The wall A which is usually of wood, or may be of any material relatively softer than the metal of which the cap-removing device is formed, serves in effect as a shock absorber or cushion and reduces the force of the impact incident to pushing the bottle upwardly, as shown in Figure 2 of the drawing. This operation is usually rather careless and accompanied by considerable force due to the manual operation. From the dot and dash line position shown in Figure 2, the bottle is manipulated upwardly as usual into the solid line position, where the edge of the cap is brought down over the lip 5. The base of the bottle is then pushed downwardly, and the part 7 of the top portion 3 serves as a bearing or fulcrum for the cap so that the cap vention to provide any suitable cushioning surface in place of the surface provided through the opening 6, but the specific construction described is simple and inexpensive and enables the device to he made of one piece of material and to utilize the normal resiliency of the surfaces to which such devices are ordinarily applied.
Having thus described the invention, What I claim is:
Acrown cap remover comprising a single piece of sheet metal having a flat main portion to be secured against a support and a top portion projecting at an angle to said main portion and formed with an opening having at the portion of its edge farthest from said main portion an overhanging lip to engage under the edge of a crown cap, said main portion having an opening in spaced relation to said opening in the top portion to form a narrow resilient portion between said openings to act as a hearing for the cap, said opening in the main portion being of a size to permit a crown cap on a bottle to pass through it without touching said main portion the cap is moved into engagement with said lip.