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Publication numberUS20070017924 A1
Publication typeApplication
Application numberUS 11/185,451
Publication dateJan 25, 2007
Filing dateJul 20, 2005
Priority dateJul 20, 2005
Publication number11185451, 185451, US 2007/0017924 A1, US 2007/017924 A1, US 20070017924 A1, US 20070017924A1, US 2007017924 A1, US 2007017924A1, US-A1-20070017924, US-A1-2007017924, US2007/0017924A1, US2007/017924A1, US20070017924 A1, US20070017924A1, US2007017924 A1, US2007017924A1
InventorsThomas Hundley
Original AssigneeHundley Thomas E
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Insulated beverage bottle holder
US 20070017924 A1
Abstract
A thermally insulated beverage bottle holder that includes a sleeve constructed of flexible thermally insulating material having the general shape of a beverage bottle, the sleeve having a generally bottom cylindrical portion defining a first opening at the bottom first end thereof and an upper tapered portion that converges in size to define a second opening at the top second end thereof, whereby a beverage bottle can be inserted through the bottom first end of the sleeve with the top of the bottle exposed at the tapered top second end for access by a user to the contents of the beverage bottle. A securement member has one end thereof attached to or integral with one side of the sleeve and is removably attachable at the second end thereof to an opposite side of the sleeve and spans the bottom first opening of the sleeve in securing a beverage bottle within the sleeve. One or more magnets are incorporated into the structure of the securement member or sleeve to provide for removable attachment of the bottle holder to a metal surface.
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1. A thermally insulated beverage bottle holder comprising:
a) a flexible sleeve of thermally insulating material, said sleeve having a generally cylindrical bottom portion defining a first opening at the bottom first end thereof and an upper tapered portion that converges in size to define a second opening at the top second end thereof, whereby a beverage bottle can be inserted through the bottom first end of the sleeve with the top of the bottle exposed at the tapered top second end for access by a user to the contents of the beverage bottle;
b) a securement member having first and second ends, said first end of said member attached to a first side of said sleeve;
c) means for attaching said second end of said member to a second side of said sleeve, whereby said member spans said first opening of said sleeve in securing a beverage bottle within said sleeve; and
d) at least one magnet attached to at least one of said member and said sleeve for magnetically holding said sleeve to a magnetically susceptible surface.
2. The beverage bottle holder of claim 1 wherein said securement member is a strap.
3. The beverage bottle holder of claim 1 wherein said sleeve and said securement member are formed of a single piece of insulating material.
4. The beverage bottle holder of claim 1 wherein said securement member includes a disk shaped portion therein near said first end thereof for covering said first opening of said sleeve in securing a beverage bottle within said sleeve.
5. The beverage bottle of claim 1 wherein said means for attaching said second end of said member to said sleeve comprises a hook and loop fastener.
6. The beverage bottle holder of claim 1 wherein said at least one magnet is a neodymium containing magnet.
7. The beverage bottle holder of claim 1 wherein said insulating material is selected from the group consisting of synthetic polymers, natural and synthetic rubbers, and neoprene.
8. The beverage bottle holder of claim 1 wherein said at least one magnet is attached to said member or said sleeve by a means selected from entrapment between sewn layers of fabric and by adhesive.
9. The beverage bottle holder of claim 1 further comprising means for attaching said member at a location intermediate said first and second ends thereof to said sleeve on said first side of said sleeve near said first opening of said sleeve.
10. A thermally insulated beverage bottle holder comprising:
a) a flexible sleeve of thermally insulating material, said sleeve having a generally cylindrical bottom portion defining a first opening at the bottom first end thereof and an upper tapered portion that converges in size to define a second opening at the top second end thereof, whereby a beverage bottle can be inserted through the bottom first end of the sleeve with the top of the bottle exposed at the tapered top second end for access by a user to the contents of the beverage bottle;
b) a securement member having first and second ends, said first end of said member attached to a first side of said sleeve;
c) elastic means on said second end of said member for resiliently attaching said second end of said member to a beverage bottle disposed within said sleeve, whereby said member spans said first opening of said sleeve for securing a beverage bottle within said sleeve; and
d) at least one magnet attached to at least one of said member and said sleeve for magnetically holding said sleeve to a magnetically susceptible surface.
11. The beverage bottle holder of claim 10 wherein said elastic means comprises an elastic loop attached to or integral with said second end of said member.
12. The beverage bottle holder of claim 10 wherein said sleeve and said securement member are formed of a single piece of insulating material.
13. The beverage bottle holder of claim 10 further comprising a disk shaped element attached to or integral with said member for covering said first opening of said sleeve in securing a beverage bottle within said sleeve.
14. The beverage bottle holder of claim 10 wherein said at least one magnet is a neodymium containing magnet.
15. The beverage bottle holder of claim 10 wherein said insulating material is selected from the group consisting of synthetic polymers, natural and synthetic rubbers, and neoprene.
16. The beverage bottle holder of claim 10 wherein said member is attachable to said first side of said sleeve at two spaced apart locations.
17. A thermally insulated beverage bottle holder comprising:
a) a flexible sleeve of thermally insulating material selected from the group consisting of synthetic polymers, natural and synthetic rubbers, and neoprene, said sleeve having a generally cylindrical shape defining a first opening at the bottom first end thereof and a second opening at the top second end thereof;
b) a securement member having first and second ends, said first end attached to a first side of said sleeve;
c) means for attaching said second end of said member to said sleeve on a second side of said sleeve, whereby said member spans said first opening of said sleeve for securing a beverage bottle within said sleeve; and
d) at least one neodymium magnet attached to at least one of said member and said sleeve for magnetically holding said sleeve to a magnetically susceptible surface.
18. The beverage bottle holder of claim 17 wherein said sleeve and member are formed of a single piece of said insulating material.
19. The beverage bottle holder of claim 17 wherein said member has width near said first end sufficient to substantially cover said first opening of said sleeve.
20. The beverage bottle of claim 17 wherein said means for attaching said second end of said member to said sleeve comprises a hook and loop fastener.
Description
    FIELD OF INVENTION
  • [0001]
    The present invention relates generally to insulated beverage container holders, and more particularly, to a flexible insulating beverage bottle holder including magnets incorporated into the structure for removably supporting the holder on a metallic surface.
  • BACKGROUND OF INVENTION
  • [0002]
    Thermally insulated beverage container holders are well known in the art for use in maintaining the temperature of the contents of the container for consumption by the user. Conventional beverage container holders configured for receiving a single can or bottle are available in a variety of shapes, some configured to accommodate the shape of a beverage can, and others configured to accommodate substantially the shape of a beverage bottle. Beverage container holders considered to be related to the invention disclosed herein are described in published U.S. Patent Application Publications 20040104320 and 20050001125, the teachings of which are incorporated herein.
  • SUMMARY OF INVENTION
  • [0003]
    The present invention provides a novel thermally insulated beverage bottle holder, which in a particularly useful embodiment thereof includes a sleeve constructed of flexible thermally insulating material having the general shape of a beverage bottle, the sleeve having a generally cylindrical bottom portion defining a first opening at the bottom first end thereof and an upper tapered portion that converges in size to define a second opening at the top second end thereof, whereby a beverage bottle can be inserted through the bottom first end of the sleeve with the top of the bottle exposed at the tapered top second end for access by a user to the contents of the beverage bottle. A securement member, such as a strap, has one end thereof attached to or integral with one side of the sleeve and is removably attachable at the second end thereof to an opposite side of the sleeve and spans the bottom first opening of the sleeve in securing a beverage bottle within the sleeve. One or more magnets are incorporated into the structure of the securement member or sleeve to provide for removable attachment of the bottle holder to a metal surface.
  • [0004]
    The present invention provides a thermally insulated beverage bottle holder comprising: a flexible sleeve of thermally insulating material, said sleeve having a generally cylindrical bottom portion defining a first opening at the bottom first end thereof and an upper tapered portion that converges in size to define a second opening at the top second end thereof, whereby a beverage bottle can be inserted through the bottom first end of the sleeve with the top of the bottle exposed at the tapered top second end for access by a user to the contents of the beverage bottle; a securement member having first and second ends, said first end of said member attached to a first side of said sleeve; means for attaching said second end of said member to a second side of said sleeve, whereby said member spans said first opening of said sleeve in securing a beverage bottle within said sleeve; and at least one magnet attached to at least one of said member and said sleeve for magnetically holding said sleeve to a magnetically susceptible surface.
  • [0005]
    The present invention also provides a thermally insulated beverage bottle holder comprising: a flexible sleeve of thermally insulating material, said sleeve having a generally cylindrical bottom portion defining a first opening at the bottom first end thereof and an upper tapered portion that converges in size to define a second opening at the top second end thereof, whereby a beverage bottle can be inserted through the bottom first end of the sleeve with the top of the bottle exposed at the tapered top second end for access by a user to the contents of the beverage bottle; a securement member having first and second ends, said first end of said member attached to a first side of said sleeve; elastic means on said second end of said member for resiliently attaching said second end of said member to a beverage bottle disposed within said sleeve, whereby said member spans said first opening of said sleeve for securing a beverage bottle within said sleeve; and at least one magnet attached to at least one of said member and said sleeve for magnetically holding said sleeve to a magnetically susceptible surface.
  • [0006]
    The present invention further provides a thermally insulated beverage bottle holder comprising: a flexible sleeve of thermally insulating material, said sleeve having a generally cylindrical bottom portion defining a first opening at the bottom first end thereof and an upper tapered portion that converges in size to define a second opening at the top second end thereof; a securement member having first and second ends, said first end of said member attached to a first side of said sleeve; means for attaching said member at a location intermediate said first and second ends thereof to said sleeve on said first side of said sleeve near said first opening of said sleeve; means for attaching said second end of said member to said sleeve at a second side thereof, whereby said member spans said first opening of said sleeve; at least one magnet attached to at least one of said member and said sleeve for magnetically holding said sleeve to a magnetically susceptible surface.
  • [0007]
    The present invention provides a thermally insulated beverage bottle holder comprising: a flexible sleeve of thermally insulating material, said sleeve having a generally cylindrical bottom portion defining a first opening at the bottom first end thereof and an upper tapered portion that converges in size to define a second opening at the top second end thereof; a securement member for spanning said first opening of said sleeve and securing a beverage bottle within said sleeve, said member having first and second ends, said first end attached to one side of said sleeve; means for attaching said second end of said member to said sleeve whereby said member spans said first opening of said sleeve; at least one magnet attached to at least one of said member and said sleeve for magnetically holding said sleeve to a magnetically susceptible surface.
  • [0008]
    The present invention also provides a thermally insulated beverage bottle holder comprising: a flexible sleeve of thermally insulating material, said sleeve having a generally cylindrical shape defining a first opening at the bottom first end thereof and a second opening at the top second end thereof; a securement member having first and second ends, said first end attached to a first side of said sleeve; means for attaching said second end of said member to said sleeve on a second side of said sleeve, whereby said member spans said first opening of said sleeve for securing a beverage bottle within said sleeve; at least one magnet attached to at least one of said member and said sleeve for magnetically holding said sleeve to a magnetically susceptible surface.
  • BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS
  • [0009]
    The invention will be more clearly understood from the following detailed description of representative embodiments thereof read in conjunction with the accompanying drawings that form a part of this disclosure, wherein:
  • [0010]
    FIG. 1 is a perspective view of one representative embodiment of an insulated beverage bottle holder of the invention in the form of a flexible insulating sleeve;
  • [0011]
    FIG. 1 a shows a partial perspective view of another embodiment of the invention having an alternative attachment structure for the securement member;
  • [0012]
    FIG. 1 b shows a partial perspective view of yet another embodiment of the invention having a second alternative attachment structure for the securement member;
  • [0013]
    FIG. 1 c shows a partial perspective view of yet another embodiment of the invention having a third alternative attachment structure for the securement member;
  • [0014]
    FIG. 2 shows plan views of insulating material layers die cut to the configuration useful in assembling the insulating sleeve depicted in FIG. 1;
  • [0015]
    FIG. 3 is a plan view of an alternative die cut layer of insulating material useful in assembling the structure of the FIG. 1 insulating sleeve;
  • [0016]
    FIG. 4 is a perspective view of a second representative embodiment of the invention having an alternative attachment structure for the securement member;
  • [0017]
    FIG. 5 shows a perspective view of an embodiment having substantially cylindrical shape; and
  • [0018]
    FIG. 6 shows an alternative securement member attachment arrangement for the insulated beverage bottle holder of the invention.
  • DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION
  • [0019]
    Referring now to the drawings, FIG. 1 shows a perspective view of one embodiment of a holder 10 of the invention in the form of a flexible insulating sleeve 11 into which a beverage bottle 12 has been inserted for the purpose of insulating the contents of bottle 12. Sleeve 11 has a bottom body portion 13 of generally cylindrical or tubular shape defining an opening 14 at a first end 15 sized for receiving the larger bottom portion of bottle 12 when inserted through opening 14 into sleeve 11 to the arrangement suggested in FIG. 1. Upper body portion 16 is configured with a tapered portion 17 that converges in size to the second upper end 18 to accommodate the upper tapered portion of a bottle 12, and defines an opening 19 of suitable size to expose the upper cap end of bottle 12 so as to allow access to the beverage contents of bottle 12. A securement member 21 has a first end 22 attached to a first side 36 of the first end 15 of the sleeve 11, and a second end 23 attached to a second side 37 of the sleeve 11. The securement member 21 is shown spanning across the first bottom opening 14. The member 21 is shown having a disk shaped bottom element 20 that is sized to cover opening 14, and which can be attached to or made integral with sleeve 11, in order to provide an insulated bottom to sleeve 11 in further insulating bottle 12 at its bottom end. In FIG. 1, securement member 21 is shown as a strap portion 38 integral with (i.e., a continuous piece of material with) bottom element 20. FIG. 1 a shows structure representative of attachment of a separate strap 38 to the disk shaped portion. Accordingly, as shown in FIG. 1 a, disk shaped element 201 can include a small tab portion 202 for attachment as by sewing at 203 to sleeve 111, and a first end 221 of strap 38 can be attached as by sewing at 222 to disk shaped element 201.
  • [0020]
    Referring again to the FIG. 1 embodiment, securement 21 has near the second end 23 thereof an attachment means 24 for releasably attaching end 23 of member 21 to the second side 37 of sleeve 11 as at a corresponding mating attachment means 25. Any of numerous conventional attachment means 24 and 25 can be selected for use in the invention as would occur to the skilled artisan practicing the invention in accordance with these teachings, including buckles, snaps, hook-and-eye, or other arrangements, the specific attachment means selected in a particular structure built in accordance with the invention not considered limiting of the invention or of the appended claims. In one particularly useful arrangement, attachment means 24 is one part of a hook and loop (viz., VELCRO™) fastener attached (as by sewing) near the second end 23 of member 21 and corresponding attachment means 25 is the other part of the hook and loop fastener is attached (as by sewing) to the side of sleeve 11.
  • [0021]
    Sleeve 11, bottom element 20 or securement member 21 can be fabricated of any suitable material known in the field of the invention, consistent with the respective function of each within the structure of holder 10, and holder 10 can be sized to accommodate a wide range of beverage bottle 12 sizes. The material comprising sleeve 11 should be selected as flexible enough to facilitate the insertion of a range of bottle 12 diameter sizes and durable enough to withstand multiple uses. Accordingly, candidate materials of construction for sleeve 11 include synthetic polymers, such as plastic, or polyethylene vinyl chloride, polychloroprene or neoprene rubber, foam, or natural or synthetic rubbers, or other suitable conventional material, including any of those listed in the published applications hereinabove referred to and incorporated herein, as being previously used in conventional insulated beverage container holders. Neoprene is a desirable candidate material as being inexpensive, tough and durable, flexible, resistant to damage from water or other liquids, and demonstrates good resilience. The outer surface of the sleeve 11 can be further embossed, painted or otherwise provided with indicia defining a logo, advertising slogan, decorative feature or the like, or can be further covered with a layer of plastic or natural or synthetic fabric 29 supporting such decorative, ornamental or advertising indicia. Member 21 can comprise the same material that comprises sleeve 11 or a material dissimilar to that used for sleeve 11, such as any natural or synthetic fabric, leather or other material as would occur to one practicing the invention.
  • [0022]
    It is noted that disk shaped element 201 of the FIG. 1 a embodiment can, in alternative arrangements, comprise a flexible insulative material such as that which comprises sleeve 11, or a different, substantially rigid material (such as a plastic disk) that would provide a more stable base for supporting a beverage bottle on a horizontal surface than a flexible material would provide.
  • [0023]
    Referring now to FIG. 1 b, it is seen that in an alternative embodiment of the invention, the disk shaped element 20 of the securement of 212 of FIG. 1 can be dispensed with. In the FIG. 1 b arrangement, securement member 212 is attached at end 232 thereof to the side of sleeve 112 as by sewing as at 223. The other end of member 212 includes the attachment means described above for member 21 of the FIG. 1 embodiment, and member 212 can therefore be applied across opening 142 at end 152 of member 112 so as to span opening 142 to secure a beverage bottle within sleeve 112.
  • [0024]
    FIG. 1 c shows still another embodiment of the invention wherein securement member 213 includes a generally circular portion 214 and tab 215 near its end 224. Member 213 is attached to the end 153 of sleeve 113 by any suitable means known in the art, such as by sewing at 225. Circular portion 214 is preferably configured to substantially define the shape of opening 143 at end 153 of sleeve 113 and serves the function just described for bottom element 20 of the FIG. 1 embodiment.
  • [0025]
    In using the invention as defined in any of the foregoing embodiments, and referring now specifically to the FIG. 1 embodiment as exemplary, a bottle 12 to be thermally insulated is inserted cap end 26 first into sleeve 11 through opening 14 in the bottom end 15 of sleeve 11 until the larger diameter bottom portion of bottle 12 is substantially covered. The flexibility of the material comprising sleeve 11 allows the sleeve to substantially conform to the tapered shape of the upper end of bottle 12 and to the larger diameter lower portion of bottle 12 for a wide variety of bottle shapes and sizes. Element 20 is then applied across opening 14 to substantially cover and insulate the bottom end of bottle 12. Member 21 is then attached at end 23 thereof to the side of sleeve 11 at part 25 of the attachment means to secure bottle 12 within sleeve 11. In the embodiments shown in FIGS. 1 a, 1 b, and 1 c, a beverage bottle can be inserted upwardly through the respective openings 141, 142 or 143, and the respective members 211, 212 or 213 attached similarly to member 21 of FIG. 1.
  • [0026]
    In accordance with another feature of the invention, and with reference again to FIG. 1, one or more small magnets 28 can be incorporated into the structure of member 21 (such as by entrapment between sewn fabric layers comprising member 21) or adhesively attached thereto at any selected location along the length of member 21 in order to provide magnetic means for removeably attaching beverage holder 10 to a surface that demonstrates ferromagnetic susceptibility, such as an iron or steel surface of a lounge chair or table, steel posts, fencing or lattice structures, a metallic surface on or within a vehicle or appliance, metal cabinets or other ferromagnetic metallic surface. Alternatively, the magnets can be incorporated into the side wall of sleeve 11 at substantially any location thereon, such as at 28 a, or into the disk shaped bottom element 20 as at 28 b, as by entrapment between sewn layers or using adhesives or other conventional means occurring to the skilled artisan.
  • [0027]
    Magnets 28 contemplated for use in the structure of the invention can comprise any magnetic material having sufficient magnetic field strength to support holder 10 with bottle 12 enclosed therein, as would be selected by one practicing the invention guided by these teachings, the specific selection of magnetic material not considered limiting of the invention or of the appended claims. Commercially available rare earth containing magnets (such as are available from K&J Magnets, Inc., Jameson, Pa.) demonstrate adequate magnetic field strength for the intended purpose herein. In particular, commercially available neodymium containing magnets having a maximum magnetic energy product of from about 30 million to about 40 million Gauss-Oersted (MGOe) proved satisfactory in sample beverage bottle holders built in demonstration of the invention. In a particularly useful embodiment built in demonstration of the invention, small ( inch square by 1/32 inch thick) magnets of neodynium-35 magnets (Nd2Fe14B) having a magnetic field energy of about 35 MGOe were included in the structure of holder 10. In the units built in demonstration of the invention, one or more inch square magnets were sewn beneath the VELCRO™ on the material layer comprising member 21.
  • [0028]
    Reference is now made to FIG. 2 in conjunction with FIG. 1. FIG. 2 shows plan views of layers 30 a and 30 b of insulating material selected for use in the structure of sleeve 11 of FIG. 1 and cut into shapes 31 a and 31 b that in the assembled condition define holder 10 of FIG. 1. Any conventional cutting means can be used to produce shapes 31 a and 31 b in the insulating material, a particularly useful, economic and efficient method being conventional die cutting. Shapes 31 a and 31 b are joined along the respective sides, side 32 a with side 32 b and side 33 a with side 33 b, resulting in the shape of holder 10 depicted in FIG. 1. Shapes 31 a and 31 b are preferably joined by sewing together using a pair of stitch lines 34 a (shown in FIG. 1 as a dashed line) and 34 b (shown in FIG. 1 as a hidden line).
  • [0029]
    In the FIG. 1 embodiment made and assembled in demonstration of the invention, layers 30 a and 30 b comprised neoprene sheet. The neoprene sheet can have a thickness of about 1/16 to about inch, a particularly useful thickness being about ⅛ inch that was used demonstration of the invention. Holder 10 can have any convenient length and diameter in order to accommodate commercially available beverage bottles, the specific length and diameter not considered limiting of the invention or of the appended claims. Sleeve 11 at its upper and lower portions are preferably sized and shaped to snugly fit the size and shape of commercially available beverage bottles. The demonstration example holder was about eight inches in overall length with the larger diameter portion 13 being about five inches long and about three inches in inner diameter at opening 14, and upper tapered portion 16 being about three inches in length and tapering to an opening 19 diameter of about one inch to about one-and-one-half inches. The neoprene selected for use in the demonstration example holder 10 was flexible enough to stretch to accommodate a range of beverage bottle diameters.
  • [0030]
    Referring again to FIG. 2, the structure of holder 10 comprising shapes 31 a,31 b stitched together as above described can be completed by including in one of the shapes, for example 31 a, a die cut portion 36 that can define a bottom element serving the function described above for bottom element 20 in holder 10 of FIG. 1. A securement member can then be attached to die cut portion 36 in manner substantially as described above for member 211 in the FIG. 1 a embodiment.
  • [0031]
    Referring now to FIG. 3, shown therein is a plan view of a layer 40 of material cut to define a shape 41 as an alternate embodiment of the invention to that shown in FIG. 2. Layer 40 can be cut as by die cutting as in the FIG. 2 embodiment, and comprises any of the materials described above for layers 30 a and 30 b. Layer 40 can be rolled to the generally cylindrical or tubular shape of holder 10 illustrated in FIG. 1 in which side 42 and side 43 abut and are stitched together along the line of abutment. The abutting edges 44 and 45 are then stitched together along that line of abutment.
  • [0032]
    Referring now to FIG. 4, shown therein is another embodiment of the invention having an alternative securement member attachment structure. In FIG. 4, beverage bottle holder 50 is defined by insulating sleeve 51 having structure similar to that of holder 10 of FIG. 1, and, accordingly, includes lower body portion 53 defining a bottom located opening 54 at a first end 55 and an upper body portion 56 tapered as at 57 to define opening 59 in second end 58. In the holder 50 embodiment, securement member 61 is attached at a first end 62 thereof to sleeve 51 as by attachment means 63, which can be a firm attachment as by sewing or a releasable attachment as by any of those described above in relation to the FIG. 1 embodiment. Member 61 is further firmly (as by sewing) or preferably releasably attached to sleeve 51 as at attachment means 64 (such as VELCRO™) near the bottom first end 55 of sleeve 51 in spaced apart relationship to the place of attachment of first end 62. The remainder of member 61 can be substantially identical to that depicted for member 21 in FIG. 1, including the releasable hook and loop or other attachment means on the other distal end of member 61 and on sleeve 51 as at an attachment location 66 opposite the attachment location of first end 62. Further, the portion of member 61 that spans opening 54 can have structure substantially similar to that of member 211 and disk 201 of the FIG. 1 a embodiment or of member 213 including portion 214 of the FIG. 1 c embodiment. Magnets 68 can be included as by entrapment between sewn fabric layers defining member 61 near first end 62 and/or in the structure of the second end of member 61 and/or sleeve 51 similarly to that described for member 21 of FIG. 1. A beneficial feature of the attachment arrangement for member 61 as shown in FIG. 4 resides in wider use to which sleeve 51 may be put. For example, the user of bottle holder 51 can conveniently support holder 50 on metallic surfaces of the kind described above for the FIG. 1 embodiment or on or about the user's person by inserting a belt (indicated as 70) or other support member under member 61 between first end 62 and attachment means 64. The holder 50 can then be removed by simply pulling belt 70 from under member 61 or by releasing member 61 from sleeve 51 at attachment locations 66 and 64.
  • [0033]
    Referring now to FIG. 5, shown therein is an insulated beverage bottle holder 80 wherein sleeve 81 of holder 80 is substantially cylindrical in shape without the tapered upper portion that characterizes holder 10 of FIG. 1. A disk shaped bottom element 82 and securement member 83 are preferably formed integrally with sleeve 81 as a single die cut piece. Sleeve 81 is substantially rectangular in shape in the die cut piece, the rectangular shape being coiled to the configuration shown in FIG. 5 and sewn along stitch line 84 to define the shape of holder 80. Holder 80 can comprise any of the materials appropriate for previously described embodiments. In a demonstration unit made in accordance with these teachings, holder 80 comprised neoprene sheet. Similarly to the structure of holder 10 of FIG. 1, member 83 includes near end 85 thereof one part 86 of a hook and loop (viz., VELCRO™) fastener attached (as by an adhesive or by sewing), and corresponding attachment means 87 is the other part of the hook and loop fastener and is attached (as by an adhesive or by sewing) to the side of sleeve 81 as suggested in FIG. 5. One or more small magnets 88 are incorporated into the structure of member 83 similarly to the structure of the FIG. 1 embodiment.
  • [0034]
    Referring now to FIG. 6 of the drawings, shown therein in partial cutaway is a further embodiment of the invention including an alternative arrangement for releasably securing the securement member. In the FIG. 6 embodiment, securement member (strap) 71 of holder 70 has an elastic loop 73 at the end 74 of member 71. Loop 73 can be a separate strip of elastic material or elastic cord sewn as at 75 onto the end 74 of member 71. Alternatively, loop 73 can be integral with member 71 formed by cutting a short slit 76 in strap 71 near its end 74 to define the desired loop structure. Similarly to the structure of member 61 of FIG. 4, the portion of member 71 that spans the bottom opening of sleeve 70 can have structure substantially similar to that of member 211 and disk 201 of the FIG. 1 a embodiment or of member 212 of the FIG. 1 b embodiment or of member 213 including portion 214 of the FIG. 1 c embodiment. Member 71 is secured in place by simply stretching loop 73 over the top cap end of bottle 72 for resiliently holding member 71 in place and spanning the bottom opening of holder 70 in securing a beverage bottle 72 within holder 70.
  • [0035]
    The invention therefore provides a novel flexible thermally insulating beverage bottle holder including magnets incorporated into the structure for removably supporting the holder on a metallic surface. It is understood that modifications to the invention may be made as might occur to one with skill in the field of the invention within the scope of the appended claims. All embodiments contemplated hereunder that achieve the objects of the invention have therefore not been shown in complete detail. Other embodiments may be developed without departing from the spirit of the invention or from the scope of the appended claims.
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Classifications
U.S. Classification220/737
International ClassificationB65D25/00
Cooperative ClassificationB65D81/3876
European ClassificationB65D81/38K
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