US 20060124492 A1
A bottle is comprised of a centerboard and pockets attached to the centerboard on opposite sides thereof wherein the pockets have an open top, a generally peripheral semi-cylindrical side wall and an air passage in the bottom of the pocket. The pockets and the centerboard are fabricated from an elastomeric material so that a bottle may be snuggly inserted within the carrier. Two or more bottles are typically provided in pockets arranged on opposite sides of the centerboard of the carrier device.
1. A bottle carrier comprising, in combination:
a centerboard having a generally flat, planar configuration, a front side, a back side, a lower end, an upper end, and first and second lateral sides generally connecting the lower end and upper end;
a handle at the upper end for manual transport of the carrier;
a reinforcing element generally at the upper end to maintain the generally flat planar configuration of the centerboard generally at the upper end;
a first pocket attached to the front side of the centerboard between the first and second lateral sides, said first pocket including a bottom side, an open top, a generally arcuate lateral side extending between the first and second lateral sides; and
an air passage generally at the bottom side of the first pocket;
a second pocket attached to the backside of the centerboard, said second pocket including a bottom side, an open top, a generally arcuate lateral side extending between the first and second lateral sides, and an air passage generally at the bottom side of the second pocket,
at least one of said first and second pockets formed from a generally elastomeric material whereby a bottle inserted into said pocket is engaged by the elastomeric material and snuggly held against the centerboard.
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In a principal aspect the present invention relates to a bottle carrier and more particularly, to a bottle carrier designed to carry two or more bottles, for example, glass bottles.
When attending recreational events, it is often desired to provide liquid refreshment retained in bottles. The bottles may be fabricated from plastic and glass or other materials including clay or ceramics. Often it is desirable to provide two or more bottles for such an event. Packaging or carrying the bottles is often a challenging undertaking. That is, containers or cases which hold the bottles are often bulky and potentially unsightly. Further, the bottles or containers may not be adequately protected. That is, they can be easily broken if the container or carrier associated therewith is not adequately protective.
Thus, there has developed a need for an improved bottle carrier. For example, a bottle carrier which would be useful for easily carrying two or more water bottles would be especially beneficial.
Briefly, the present invention comprises a bottle carrier which includes a centerboard or center element with a handle. The centerboard is a generally planar member with first and second pockets arranged on or affixed to the opposite sides of the centerboard. The pockets are each constructed from an elastomeric material and include a peripheral or lateral wall which is generally semi-cylindrical in shape and a bottom wall with an air passage so that when bottles are inserted into the pockets, air will not inhibit sliding placement of the bottle fully within the pocket. The elastic material forming the pockets facilitates holding and gripping the bottles which are being carried in a safe or protected manner. Two or more such pockets may be incorporated in a bottle carrier of the type described.
Thus, it is an object of the invention to provide an improved bottle carrier.
It is a further object of the invention to provide a bottle carrier wherein the bottles are snuggly held within pockets associated with the bottle carrier.
A further object of the invention is to provide a bottle carrier which enables easy carriage of two or more bottles.
Another object of the invention is to provide an inexpensive, highly durable and functional bottle carrier device.
These and other objects, advantages and features of the invention will be set forth in the detailed description which follows.
In the detailed description which follows, reference will be made to the drawing comprised of the following figures:
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Referring therefore to the figures, the two bottle carrier construction includes a center board or element 20 which is a generally flat planar elongate member having an upper end 22, a lower end 24, a first lateral side 26 and a second lateral side 28. The lateral sides 26 and 28 are generally parallel and connect the edges of the upper and lower ends 22, 24. In practice, the centerboard 20 may be fabricated from an outer layer 30 of elastomeric fabric with a generally rigid or stiff polypropylene board stiffening member 32 encapsulated by a second elastomeric or fabric covering 34. The member 32 provides a means for rendering the center board generally rigid, particularly at the upper end 22, to facilitate the placement of bottles within the carrier and for attachment to a handle 36. That is, the member 32 may be incorporated in upper end 22 only or throughout the length of centerboard 20.
A binding 38 is provided around the peripheral edges of the centerboard 20. The binding 38 is thus sewn to effect assembly of the component parts. Board 20 is preferably comprised of the outside layers 30 and 34 and the member 32 at the upper end 22.
Affixed to the center board 20 on the opposite or front and back sides thereof are first and second pockets 40 and 42, respectively. In the embodiment shown, each of the pockets 40 and 42 is substantially identical in size and configuration. Each includes a generally semi-cylindrical outer wall 44 and 46, respectively and a bottom wall 48 and 50, respectively with at least one air passage 52 and 54, respectively through the bottom wall 48 and 50, respectively. The first pocket 40 includes a downwardly depending or concave upper margin or edge 56 when the pocket is viewed in elevation, for example, as illustrated in
An important feature of the invention is the material which is used for the first pocket and second pocket 40 and 42. That material is an elastomeric material such as styrene butadiene rubber (SBR). The binding 60 is also preferably slightly elastomeric. Thus, the pockets 40 and 42 have the capacity to stretch somewhat.
As a result of the construction, a bottle 70 in
It is to be noted that the centerboard 20 has an elongate configuration and is generally planar. However, the material used for the fabrication of the centerboard 20 may be identical to the material used for the construction of the first and second pockets 40 and 42. Thus, when a bottle 70 is inserted into the pocket 40, for example, not only will the outer wall or lateral side wall 44 deform elastically to hold the bottle 70 in place, but the centerboard 20 associated with the lateral wall 44 forming the pocket 40 will also deform slightly. Preferentially, the pockets 40 and 42 are symmetrical and positioned on opposite sides of the centerboard 20. Further, a handle 36 is attached by sewing or tacking, for example, tacking 74 and 76 to the centerboard 20.
The utilization of elastomeric materials as described insures that the bottles will be kept tightly contained within the carrier. Further, because the elastomeric material is generally resilient, it serves a protective function for the bottles within the carrier. Again, the binding associated with the edges of the pockets, for example pocket 88, is fabricated from an elastic material which tends to retain the contents of the carrier in a safe and secure position.
Many variations of the construction are possible. That is, the size of each of the pockets may be varied. The diameter of the pockets may be varied. The shape of the pockets may be varied. The height of the pockets may be varied. The number of pockets mounted on a centerboard, both the front and back thereof may be varied. Thus, the invention is to be limited only by the following claims and equivalents thereof. What is claimed is: