US 1924926 A
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Aug. 29, 1933. l.. BQGRAY v RECEPTACLE PROTECTOR Filed Aug. 29, 1952 @V6 l INVENTOR, Zaz B. G'ry.
ATTORNEY Patented Aug. 29, '1933 UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE 4 Claims.
'Ihis invention relates to moisture-collecting attachments for receptacles of any kind, and has for a primary object the provision of a unique protector for receptacles whereon collects moisture due to the presence of ice or cold liquids therein.
One of the more important aims of the instant invention is to provide a receptacle protector that will be effective in absorbing the moisture at the bottom of the receptacle; may be attached to receptacles of various diameters; will retain the collected moisture Within the protector after it has been collected; and will present an extremely neat appearance when in use.
A yet further object of this invention is the contemplation of a protector of the character mentioned that is highly decorative; may be formed to present many different eects as to color and design; and may also be utilized to carry advertising matter, if desired.
Another object of the invention is the provision of a receptacle protector which is formed of materials that present an aesthetic eiect and may be used on tableware wherever necessary, the inherent adjustable feature allowingattachment to articles of different diameters Without alteration of the protector or use of dilerent sizes.
Other objects, including all structural details and properties of materials, will appear during the course of the following specification, referring to the accompanying drawing, wherein:
Figure 1 is a side elevation of a receptacle protector embodying this invention and attached to an ordinary glass.
Figure 2 is a vertical central sectional view through the protector, the receptacle being in elevation.
Figure 3 is a central section through the protector, showing the same collapsed for packing.
Figure 4 is a plan view of the protector before its formation into a cup-shaped body.
Figure 5 is an enlarged, detailed view of one form of retaining member, and,
Figure 6 is a side view of a pitcher having protector secured thereto.
The form of protector illustrated is sufficient to teach the many possible modifications that might be followed in manufacturing the article.
In practice it is preferable tov cut the material forming the laminations disk-shaped as shown in Fig. 4. Decorative eilects are obtained by changing this exact form or by breaking the continuous annular edges with scallops or the like.
Receptacle 8 is usually circular in cross-section at or near its bottom so the cup-shaped the .layer 16 and from this line upward, layers 14 and body 10 merely receives the receptacle 8 as shown in Fig. 2.
Body 10 is made of -a number of layers of material, having different absorbent properties and all combining to create a laminated body having the ability to preclude dripping of condensate from the bottom of thev receptacle with which itis associated.
Outer lamination 12 is fabric or other decorative material. The next layer of material 14 should be transparent, non-absorbent material and must extend above the innermost layer of moisture absorbent material 16 which is of ordinary blotting paper or stock having like characteristics.
As illustrated, all layers of the above-mentioned materials are turned upwardly to form a cupshaped body 10, and it is around the side of this body 10 that the adjustable retaining member 18 is placed. Member v18 circumscribes body 10 and since the same is a continuous elastic ring, glass 8 of any diameter may be gripped thereby so long as its diameter is not less than the minimum diameter of member 18.
Layer or lamination 14 may be of the well known nitrocellulose material known in the trade as cellophane, and must be non-absorbent to retain the moisture collected by layer 16. Member 18 cireumscribes the side of body 10 on a plane substantially the same as the plane of the top of 16 may flare to create the effect desired.
In the case of receptacles 20, such as shown in Fig. 6, member 18 must be broken to allow passage through handle 22. In such cases, a clip 24 such as shown in Fig. 5 is used. The character and 0 operation of this article 24 is Well known and understood from Athe illustration thereof. For receptacles 8, not having handles or other irregular obstructions, an ordinary rubber band or elastic ring is utilized to form member 18.
It is desired to pack these protectors in a flat condition and, also, to have all parts thereof maintained in assembled condition. To fulll this point rigid, disk 26 is employed between the layers or laminations of iiexible material 12, 14 and 16. Disk 26 assists in creating a bottom to body 10 and when the same is pressed down, as shown in Fig. 3, member 18 draws the annular side of cupshaped body radially and inwardly over disk 26.
In this manner of construction no adhesives need be employed in making the protector. Member 18 serves to hold the parts assembled and then, later, acts to retain the protector in operative position.
It has been discovered that the use of colored material for laminations 14 creates an especially effective article. Where such is the case, fabric 12 may be eliminated.
Many alterations in specic details of construction might be followed without departing from the spirit of the invention or scope of the appended claims.
Having thus described the invention, what is claimed as new and desired to be secured by Letters Patent is:
1. A receptacle protector of the character described comprising a laminated, cup-shaped body; a rigid stiffener disk between two of said laminations in the botom of said cup-shaped body; and a continuous resilient member circumscribing the side of said body, said member being` of smaller diameter than the disk when the protectoris, vnot in place on a receptacle, whereby to contract the sides radially and inwardly over said disk.
2. In a receptacle protector of the kind specified, a laminated, cup-shaped body; and a resilient band circumscribing the side of said body intermediate the top and bottom thereof, the outer most lamination being formed of fabric, moisture absorbent material extending above the other laminations of said body, and flaring outwardly away from the receptacle as its edges is approached.
3. In a receptacle protector of the kind specifled, a laminated, cup-shaped body; and a resilient band circumscribing the side ofl said body intermediate the top and bottom thereof, the innermost lamination being formed of moisture absorbent material, the other laminations including one of non-absorbent material, said inner lamination terminating on substantially the same plane as the said resilient, circumscribing band whereby the edge thereof is maintained against the side of the receptacle.
4. A receptacle protector of the character described comprising a cup-shaped body having a rigid, substantially disk-shaped bottom, and a flexible side extending from the edge of said bottom; and a resilient member on the side of the body, said resilient member being of smaller diameter when contracted, than the substantially disk-shaped bottom to contract the sides radially and inwardly over the rigid bottom of the cupshaped body.
LOIS B. GRAY.