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March 28, 1933. R H LEw|$ 1,903,185
RECEPTACLE HAVING A HANDLE Filed March 31, 1931 5 ATTORNEYS Patented Mar. 28, 1933 UNITED STATES PATENT'OFFICE ROBERT E. LEWIS, OF AKRON, OHIO, ASSIGNOR T0 FIRESTONE BATTERY 0F AKRON, OHIO, A CORPORATION OF DELAWARE RECEPTACLE HAVING A HANDLE Application filed March 31, 1931. Serial No. 526,609.
This invention relates to receptacles having one or more handles, and more especially it relates to receptacles composed of molded material and having removable metal handles secured thereto.
The invention is of primary utility in battery ar construction, wherein the large compartment ars are of such great Weight as to make it impractical to mold the handles integrally therewith.
The chief objects of the invention are to provide an improved metal handle for molded receptacles which handle will have greater strength than similar handles heretofore provided to obviate loosening of the handle after it is once applied to the receptacle; and to provide a handle of the character mentioned which consists of a single piece of metal.
Of the accompanying drawing:
Figure 1 is an end elevation of a receptacle embodying the invention in its preferred form.
Figure 2 is a section on the line 22 of Figure 1.
Figure 3 is a fragmentary elevation of a modification of the invention; and
Figure 4 is a section on the line 44 of Figure 3.
In the illustrative embodiment of the invention shown in the drawing, the receptacle 10 is a compartment battery jar composed of molded dielectric material such as hard rubber, asphaltum, or other suitable composition, and 11 is a handle mounted upon the upper marginal portion of one of the end-walls thereof.
The external face. of said end-wall is formed with a rectangular recess 12 therein near the top thereof, said recess having its upper margin, at least, slightly undercut as shown at 13, Figure 2. The inner face of the end-wall is recessed or rabbeted at 14, at
the upper margin thereof.
The handle 11 consists of a single sheet of metal that is so cut and shaped as to provide a pair of legs or supports 15, 16 at each end thereof, and a tubular hand-grip portion 17 betwen said pairs of legs. The respective leg portions 16 are connected by a web 18 at their lower ends, and the lower margin of said webs is formed with a pair of spaced-apart angularly-directed flanges 19, 19 which engage the undercut margin 13 of the recess 12 when the handle is mounted upon the receptacle.
The leg portions 15 are generally parallel to the respective leg portions 16, and are spaced apart therefrom, the lower end portion of each leg 15 being bent at right angles to provide a portion 20 which seats upon the upper margin of the end-wallof the recep-- tacle, the portion 20 having a downwardly bent end portion 21 which is positioned in the recess or rabbet 14 in the inner face of the end-wall of the receptacle.
The members 15, 16 of each pair of legs are drawn toward each other, to cause the handle structure 11 firmly to grip the receptacle 10, by means of a screw 22 that extends through a suitable aperture in the leg member 15 and is threaded into a threaded boss 23 a truss effect that adds greatly to the lateral rigidity of the handle so that the latter is not easily accidentally bent.
In the modification shown in Figures 3 and 4, the receptacle 10' is identical with the receptacle 10 of the preferred embodiment. The handle 11 however, differs somewhat from the preferred handle 11 in the feature" of the respective supporting legs 15*, which are not integral with the handle structure,
but consists of separate members. Each of the members 15 has an upper end portion 15 that is bent at right angles to its adjacent structure, and the end of said angular por tion 15 bears against the end portion of the hand-grip portion 17 as is shown in Figure 4, to retain the member 15 in spaced relation to the leg 16 when the screw 22 is set upp- The arrangement preserves most of the advantages inherent in applicants invention, including the feature of the truss construction which imparts lateral rigidity to the handle.
Other modifications are possible within the scope of the appended claim, which are not limited wholly to the specific constructions shown and described.
What is claimed is:
The combination with a battery box having an upwardly extending portion above an upper edge thereof and a recess on an outer face thereof below said upwardly extending portion, said recess defining a shoulder, of a handle comprising a metallic loop provided with downwardly extending inner and outer leg members, said members being spaced apart, said inner leg member having a shoulder thereon for seating on the upper edge of said upwardly extending portion and having a downwardly extending portion below the shoulder on said inner leg member for engaging the inner face of said upwardly projecting portion above the upper edge of the box, said outer leg member having a portion thereon for engaging below the shoulder on the outer face of the box, and bolts extending through the leg members above said upwardly projecting portion for drawing said legs toward each other tightly against the box, said leg members being spaced apart sufiiciently to permit tightening of said bolts so as to spring said leg members without contacting one another whereby the handle will not rattle on the box and whereby the bolts will not loosen under vibrations.
ROBERT H. LEWIS.