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Publication numberUS2024227 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateDec 17, 1935
Filing dateDec 2, 1933
Priority dateDec 2, 1933
Publication numberUS 2024227 A, US 2024227A, US-A-2024227, US2024227 A, US2024227A
InventorsJones Herbert W
Original AssigneeAmerican Can Co
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
US 2024227 A
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N SR" 2,024,227

CONTAINER Filed Dec. 2, 19

Patented Dec. 17, 1935 fuses writs Brooklyn :American Can" CompanygvaNew corporation! New; Jersey present'invention re a es test-ants I has pfarticularreference to snap j'closure conta 'e'rsof "non-circular or rectangular sha The invention contemplates the provis on o a V container or box of rectangular shapehaving'an open mouth which isclo'sed by a snap cover fitting over the mouth and sides and engaging beneath the bottom of the container, the sides oi the cover being adapted to be sprung away irom the sides of the container to release the cover member for opening of the container.

An object of the present invention is the provision of a rectangular container having a snap closure or cover with a surrounding flange or side wall cut away in part to form flexible fingers for engaging beneath the bottom of the container or box and having a flexible top for springing the fingers into and out of engaging position.

Numerous other objects and advantages-oi the invention will be apparent as it is better understood from the following description, which, taken in connection with the accompanying drawing, discloses a preferred embodiment thereoi.

Referring to the drawing:

Figure l is a perspective view of a container or box embodying the present invention;

Fig. 2 is a view similar to Fig. 1 illustrating the parts of the same in released and separated position; and

Figs. 3 and 4 are enlarged transverse sectional views taken substantially along a plane indicated by trace lines 3-3 in Fig. 1, the two views show ing the parts in different positions.

The container or box illustrated in the drawing as a preferred exempliflcation oi the present invention comprises a body member broadly designated by the numeral I I and a cover member generally indicated by the numeral I2.

The body member II is rectangular in shape with rounded corners, is preferably drawn from one pieceof sheet material and embodies vertical side walls l5 extending up from the bottom wall I6. Sides and bottom are merged in a rounded edge I I and the top is open, leaving an open mouth I8.

The cover member I2 is used for closing the box and is of the same rectangular shape as the body I I, being slightly larger to provide for a snug fit when in closing position. This cover I2 consists of a flexible top which is surrounded by narrow depending peripheral or side flanges 22 which merge on the four sides into four fingers 23.

The center part of the top M has two spring positions, one above and one below a plane extending through the edges of the top wall. In the first agozazzr ing or box releasing positions.

There is a finger on each side of the cover flange 22 and spaces 24 at the rounded corners of the cover flange separate adjacent fingers and i0 tion thecurredhock 26 01' each finger clamps around lower body edge l1 and firmly grips the engaged bottom wall I6, the curvature of the clamping hook-21o! each flnger corresponding to the round d fi gefill oi the body as illustrated in Fig. 3."

It will be understood that when the cover I2 is placed on the body I I its top 2| is depressed and its fingers 2} are in their open position with the hooked edges 2, spreadapart, this position being illustrated in Fig. 4. After the parts are assem- 30 bled the coveris locked on the body by side pressure against opposite fingers 23 which by reason of their spring construction lift or snapthe top 2| oi the cover from its depressed position into its raised and domed position of Fig. 3. To open the container it is merely necessary to reverse the process that is, press down on the top 2 I. This causes the fingers 23 to spring out and their hooked ends 26 to unlock from thebody edge II thereby releasing the'grip oi the hooks and plac- 40 ing the cover in position so that it may be easily lifted oi! oi the body.

This construction provides a simple, easily opened or closed container or boxoi rectangular form and one which may be easily manipulated with one hand, the particular shape of the box being adaptable to certain kinds of contents such aspills, tablets, etc., where conservation 01' internal space is an important feature. 1

It is thought that the invention and many of its attendant advantages will be understood from the I foregoing description, and it will be apparent that various changes may be. made in the form, construction and arrangement of the parts without departing from the spirit and scope oi the invention or sacrificing all of its material advantages. the form hereinbeiore described being merely a preferred embodiment thereof.

I claim:

1. A container comprising in combination, a rectangular body having side and end walls and a bottom wall, and a cover member for closing the body having ,a continuous depending peripheral flange enclosing the open end of the body and a series oi spaced fingers extending downwardly from said flange adjacent opposite walls of said body and to points below the bottom of thebody and having hooked ends adapted to engage beneath said bottom wall, said cover having a flexible center portion for springing said fingers com-' pletely out of and into engagement with said bottom wall to permit said cover tobe liited from said body.

2. A container comprising in combination, a

spaces, each finger extending downwardly from said flange along and adjacent a side or end wall of said body and terminating in hooked ends adapted for engagement beneath said bottom, said cover having a flexible center portion for moving said fingers completely out of and 5 into engagement with said body to permit said cover to be lifted from said body.

v3.5a container comprising in combination, a rectangular body member having side walls, an open top and a closed bottom, and a rectangular 10 "cover member having a continuous depending peripheral flange adapted to fit over the open top of said body member to close the container and having a depending finger i'ormed integrally with said flange on each side of said cover member, said ll fingers depending adjacent and normally closely enga ing the side walls and terminating in hooked 'end portions adapted for gripping beneath said

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U.S. Classification220/281
International ClassificationB65D43/02
Cooperative ClassificationB65D2543/00537, B65D2543/00805, B65D2543/00527, B65D2543/00685, B65D2543/00194, B65D43/0212, B65D2543/00935, B65D2543/00277, B65D2543/0062, B65D2543/00759
European ClassificationB65D43/02S3E