US 1929788 A
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Oct. 10, 1933. J. G. MYERS ET AL CUBE SUGAR DISPENSER Filed Sept. 19, 1931 2 Sheets-Sheet l 3mm John G M yer; JOhZIDAFIOlI/JMIW? 4M 4, 6M
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CUBE SUGAR DI SPENSER Filed Sept. 19, 19151 2 Sheets-Sheet '2 TIE- $2M A dtmm Patented Oct. 10, 1933 umrso STATES PATENT orFrc-s CUBE SUGAR DISPENSER Application September 19, 1931 Serial No. 563,712 4 Claims. (01. 31 2-94 Our invention relates to dispensing apparatus for the delivery of cubes of sugar, such devices 7 being intended particularly for restaurant use,
whereby a patron may deliver from 'acontainer' as many single cubes as he may desire without the necessity of handling the cubes at all, and indeed without the likelihood that the cubes will be handled by any person, since they may be dumped fromthe boxes in which they are sold i the receptacle of which a large number of cubes of sugar may be deposited without any necessity for placing them inorder; and which has means 'JtO segregate individual cubes in pockets of a step-by-step rotatable wheel, straightening out such cubeslas may not lie-fiat upon'the bottom of the pockets, or which may tend to project one corner above the level ofthewheel; which will separate all other cubes from the cubes thus tion to, provide ,mechanism having the advantages indicated above, wherein the devices for handling', pocketing, and straightening out the cubes, and the devices insuring their delivery in proper; order to the pockets, will take but a small portion of the space within the receptacle, to the end that the volume within the receptacle may be largely devotedto holding the cubes, and its capacity may be as'great as possible.
I Other objects, and more especial-ly'those per- ,asshown in the'accompanying drawings, described in the specification, and morep'articularly definedin the claims terminating the same. ,In the accompanying drawings wehave shown. our invention, insofar as is concerned the sugar handling mechanism, ina preferred form, and.
insofar as the feed mechanism is concerned, thatshown is illustrative of a form which may be:
found suitable; The specific form of the feed.
means has no essential relationship with the specific form of the sugarhandl'ing devices.
Figure l is an elevation of this machine in position for use.
Figure2 is a vertical axial section through the container and associated devices, taken at right angles to Figure 1.
FigurefB is a plan view of the receptacle, the cover being omitted.
Figure 4 is a transverse section through the bottom of thereceptacle showing the feed mechanism. j 3
Figure 5 is a vertical section through the rece'ptacle showing the shield in edge view. ,65
Figure 6 is a section substantially on the line 6-6 of Figure 5.
Essentially the device comprises areceptacle 1, preferably cylindrical in shape, or at least cylindrical in its bottom portion, a wheel 2' resting upon the bottom 10 of the receptacle and having pockets 20 therein, preferably formed in its periphery, a shield 3 to separate all other cubes from onewhich has been received in a pocket moving into registry with a discharge chute 11, 15 by means of which cubes aredischarged from the receptacle, and mechanism for advancing the wheel 2 step by step, such means terminating in a convenient operating member, such as the button 4 placed conveniently to be pressed by the '30 7 thumb of the users hand, the fingers of which grasp the handle 12 which supports the receptacle. The receptacle ordinarily would have a cover 13, which might be of glass, so that the patron may see whether or not there is sugar 5 in the receptacle.-
The wheel 2 may be made in variousways, and it may conveniently be formed of a sheet of metal, peripherally slit and then transversely slit at the base of the peripheralv slits, to form flaps 21, which are bent downwardly to form the sides of the pockets 20. The inner sides of 'the pockets may be left open, or they may be completed, partially at least, by a downwardly turned flange 22 secured to and projecting downwardly from the wheel '2 to a point ad acent the bottom 10 of the receptacle, whereby to direct individual cubes, as nearly as possible :in proper position, to enter the' 'pockets '20, yet
such means must not take up any large part ;of. the space within the receptacle. As a con- ":venient means of accomplishing these two ends,
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r height substantially equal to that of a sugar cube tacle, and above the discharge chute, its leading portion, in the direction of advance of the wheel,
being substantially level with the wheel, and its upper surface curving upwardly and rearwardly to separate all other cubes from that in the pocket which is moving into discharge position, and to direct such other cubes upwardly along the wall of the receptacle and inwardly upon said cone. r
JOHN G. MYERS.
JOHN D. ARROWSMITH.