US 1810491 A
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5J u ne,16. 1.931'. E. N. MCCLURE GOLF BALL CONTAINER Filed NOV. 8. 1928 25 Figure 2/is a section on an enlarge Patented June 16, 1931 ERL N. MCCLURE, or cHIcAeo,-ILL1NoIsff v com* BALL CONTAINER Aprilcaaonfma November s, 1928;; 'serial-Napalaeie i My invention rrelates'to a golf ball receptacle,` andparticularly' to a receptacle for golf'r1 balls'whichrisadapted to-be secured to, or mounted upon the golf bag. One object is l V5 the provision f' of'` a vreceptacle ofV the type v described which shall'serve also as handle for the bag. Anotherfobject is theprovision of improved means'for permitting the manual removal of one of af'series oi golf balls while 10 preventingthe escape of any/:other balls of the seriesduringfthe removal of one such ball;
l Another Objectisy the provision ot means for'p'rev'entingthelundesired escape ofgolballs lfrom' the Vcontainer, while permitting 1.5 ready insertion of golfballs into thereontainer and easyremoval,l manually, of golf balls -from the Y container Other objects will appear from timeto time in the courserorn the specification and claims;V i
20 `VI illustrate my-mventionmore orllessdi-k agrammatically in the; accompanying drawings, Wherein-' Y o lFigure l'i's a side elevatlonfwithparts 1n Y sectlon; f f
along-the line2-2 of Figure 1?; f
-Figure 3 is `alongitudinal axialV section.
throughthegolf ball'containeryf Y yFigure 4c is a section V"along the line 4 4: ofFigure3; i Figure -is a view similar to Figure 3 with the p'arts'indiferent-positionyand l Figure 6 is afkdetail; f l Y "Likeparts are indicated byfhke'symbols throughout the specification and drawingsflr.-y l A generally indicates a golflbag, the details of which form no part of the present invenf tion. Counted upon the upper edge A1 of the bag is the golf ball receptacle lherein shown as the tube kB. The tube B isshown full line inFigure l in position to 'serve as a han dle for thegolf bag.' VWhen so` used5 its upper portion is surrounded bythe strapor band B1 locked or secured as at B? and expanded or' spread as at B3*B3"to engagethe edges i of lthe bag. f Anysuitable means'may be employed for securing the upper partof the tube tothe golf bag but I illustrate it herein,l
as in Figure 2, as secured to the upper bandl i5@ or ringof the bag, as byltherivetsBIt if itis desired to dispense-with theeinpioy;
scale will berealized that I illustratethisprimarily as an exampleyit" being realized thatl donotk wish to befrestricted to thisspeciiic'dispfosition yor securing means. When theI device `is f .l used for a handle I vmayemploy the boot'rC 55 for thelower fend -of theftube,-thef'-boot being provided witha flexiblestrap or thong" C1 which maybe riveted o'r-bolted or other- Wise secured as at Gzto thebag.l 60 mentof 'the tube B7 as ahandlethe` securing means mayberever'sed,andthe tube befpositioned withi'nthe-bag.`f--` '25V di '-fl Turning -tothegoltl ballreceptacle andthe r e. control mean`s1therefor,the'tube Bis pro-V 55 vided with a bottomE against which isvcompressedthe coil/spring El; which tends, in the Aform her-ein showmto thrustthefba'lls upwardly.- The positioning ofi the discharge aperture at the upper end of .the tubel is preferred, butfit'Willberealized that ai prac-k tical exemplilication '-V 'of` my invention j may be produoedinfwhich the balls are removed v from the-lower endofthe tubeorv at some point inthe tube,othery than theluppereend. 75 However 'in the form shown herein the balls areupwardly thrust Abythe coil springiE1. Y
Y, Preferablythe balls are manually removable and-Iprovidezthe me`ans, shownin detail A in Figures Sto Ggin'clusive7 wherebythe ad- S0 mission ofthe balls to the tubek is made easy while the removalof the balls from thetube canbe manually effected, the balls being ref moved -one byr one.;` VThe-upper end ofthe tube is lindicatedascut away as at' E2A to per mitre'ady manual access tothe uppersball of the series. Thisball, however ,`is normally held jin Vpositiony against. the thrust of f the springEl by themechanism below described. Referring particularlylto the control mechanism I employ at eaclrsideofthe tubefidentical stop elements, generally indicatedasG each suchI element'y being pivoted, intermediate its ends, as aty G15 the `pivotpenetrat'ing thecavities `Ginfthe opposed walls of` the 95 housing G lTh'emember terminatesatits lower end ina solid stop portionfGri.v It vhas pivotedto its upper end' the stopfelement G5 at the endsfof which are the antigfriction members or rollers G6. The opposite'end ofthe M tion of parts without departing from the spirit of my invention. I therefore wish my description and showing to be takenas in a broad sense illustrative or "diagrammatic rather than as limiting meto my specilic showing. Y l ,l
The use and operation ofmy invention are as follows:
A series of bal-ls may be thrust into the opening ofthe tube. As each ball is manually thrust downwardly into the tube it engages the 'anti-friction members G6 on the stop element G5 andftilts that sto-p element- G5 into theiposition shown in dotted line at the left of Figure f3. 'Ilius' the balls are admitted to the tube without disturbing the general position of the member G,v the spring G7 being weaker than ythe springG10. i Once the ball has penetrated past the member G5 that member springs back into the full line position of Figure 3 and is in effect rigid in relation to the member G, so far as upward thrust in response to the sprin E1 is concerned. The thrust of the spring 1 is insufficient to overcome the spring G10, and the balls are nor mallyr held against release.
-When the user wishes to-remove aball he grasps it, theaperturesE2 admitting his tingers,and pulls it upwardly-against the anti- 'friction members G6 Yand the'levers Gs on which they are mounted. In response to `this 'manually'v applied upward? movement of the ball the members G are tilted into the position shown in full line in Figurel 5. That is to say, the member G5, with its anti-friction rollers G6, isi. thrust back out of the line of movementY of the ball, whereas the' member Gt is thereby rotatedrinto the line of movement of the remaining balls, preventing their upward-movement, as shown in Figure 5. When the ball has beenrcompletely removed the members G snap back into the full line'position ofFigure 3 andthe series of balls is upwardly moved, by the spring E1,until the uppermost o r outermost ball of the series engages the anti-friction elements G6. The tube B maybe removed from the golil bag ifdesired. Y ,Y Y ,s This can'be done by loosening the bolt B2 and its nut in such Jfashion that the tube'may be slid upwardly through the colla;1 B1. In
^ such case it is removed romthe boot C.
I claim.: Y s j I `l. The combination with 'a'golf bag of a combined handle and golf ball carrier, including' a rigid tube secured to and spaced from the upper portion of the bag, said tube hav said aperture.
3. The combination with a golf bag of a golf ball carrier, such carrier including a tube normally secured in relation to said bag, said tube having a dispensing aperture at its upper end and means for normally preventing the passage of golf balls therethrough, and a Shoe for the lower end of said tube'7 and a connection between-said shoe and the golf bag.
4. The combination withya golf bag of a golf ball carrier, such carrier-including a tube normally secured in relation to said bag, said tube 'having al dispensing aperture at its upper end and means fo'r normally preventing the passage of golf balls therethrough, and a-shoe for thelower end ofsaid tube, and a flexible .connectionbetween said shoev and the golf bag. ,Y Y j A 5. As a new article oie-manufacture a4 golf ball receptacle including atubular member adapted to receive a series of golf balls stacked one upon the other. and having a dispensing aperture for the balls, dispensing means mounted adjacent said aperture normally preventing the passage of golf balls from within the tube outwardly through the aperture while permitting balls to be passed inwardly through said aperture, said ydispensing means including a movable stop member having-a portion engaging the outermost ball of the seriesv toprevent its escape ,from the tube, and a second portion movable across the path of movement ofthe remaining V'balls in the vtube 'in response to thrust upon the lirst mentioned portion. of they stop member incident tomanual outward movement ofV thev outermost ball, the tube adjacent said stop member beingprovided with ball `exposing openings whereby the ballsmay be grasped for movement past-the stop' memer. v 4 6,. As a new articleof manufacture, a golf ball receptacle Aincluding -a` tubular member adapted to receive a series of golfballs stacked one upon the other rand having a dispensing aperture for-the balls, dispensing means mounted adjacentsaid aperture normally preventing the passage ofgolf balls from within the tube outwardly through the aperture while permitting balls to be passed inwardly through said aperture, -said .dispensing means including a movable stop member having a portion engaging the outerball exposing openings whereby the balls may be grasped for movement past the stop memben 7. As, a new article of manufacture a golr" ball receptacle including a tubular member adapted to receive a4 series of golf balls stacked one upon the other and having a dispensing aperture for the balls, dispensing means mounted adjacent said aperture normally preventing the passage of golf balls from Within the tube outwardly through the aeprture while permitting balls to be passed inwardly through said aperture, said dispensing means including a pivotally mounty ed stopmember having a portion extending across the aperture and engaging the outer most ball within the tube, said stop member having a second portion movable to a position extending across the aperture and engaging the next adjacent ball in response to thrust upon the first mentioned portion of the stop member incident to manual outward movement of the outermost ball, spring means associated with the stopV member and yfunctioning to yieldably maintain the same with the first mentioned ball engaging portion of the stop lmember extending across the aperture and the second mentioned ball engaging kportion being retracted to leave the aperture clear, the tube vadjacent said stop member being provided with ball exposing openings whereby the balls may be grasped for ymovement past the stop member, and antifriction means mounted uponk the ball engaging end of the first mentioned portion of the stop member whereby to facilitate the passage of balls to and from the tubular member. 1 v
8. As anew article of manufacture a golf ball receptacle including a tubular member adapted to receive a` series of gol'l' Vballs stacked one upon the other and having a dis-.
pensing aperture for the balls, dispensing means mounted adjacent said aperture northe tubularfmember when the stop member is, rocked on its pivot,1the outermostarm Ibeingrpivotally connected to the stop mem-k ber, spring means maintaining said pivoted arm projecting laterally from the stop member, kadditional spring means maintaining the stop member with the pivoted arm extended across the dispensing aperture in engagement with the outermost ball of the series, said pivoted arm `yielding inwardly to permit a free passage of balls into the tube, the tube adjacent said stop member being provided with ballV exposing openings whereby said balls may be grasped for outward movement, thestop member yieldably rocking on Vits pivot due to thrusty upon the outermost arm by the `outward movement of the ball to dispense said 4ball and'y to move the inner arm acrosstlie aperture to retain the other ballswithin the tubular member.y
Signed' at Chicago, county of Cook and State of. illinois, this 6th day of November,
EARL N. M CCLURE.
mally preventingthe passage of golf balls Y from within the tube outwardly through the aperture while permitting balls yto be passed inwardly through said aperture, said dispensingv means including a pivoted stop member, an arm carried by the stop member on either side of its pivot, said arms being alternately movable across the aperture of