US 2050756 A
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Aug. 11, 1936.
s. Kugso DISPENSER Filed July 2, 1935 INVENTOR ASKu/bo BY* @ww um ATTORNEY Patented Aug. 1l, 1936 DISPENSER Shoiehi Kuba, Lodi, Calif.
Application July 2, 1935, Serial No. 29,485
This invention relates to dispensers, my principal object being to provide a table dispenser for granular material, preferably sugar, and from which a metered amount of the material may be discharged at the will of the user.
A further object is to provide a dispenser of this character for sugar or the like which will be exceedingly sanitary and therefore especially adapted for use in restaurants, hotels and other public eating places, as well as for home use. The supply of sugar or other material is always enclosed and cannot be contaminated from outside sources, thereby assuring the user that the material as dispensed from the device is in a perfectly clean and sanitary condition.
A further object of the invention is to produce aV simple and inexpensive device and yet one which will be exceedingly eiTective for the purpose for which it is designed.
These objects I accomplish by meansof such structure and relative arrangement of parts as will fully appear by a perusal of the following specification and claims.
In the drawing similar characters of reference indicate corresponding parts in the several views:
Figure l is a perspective view of my improved dispenser, looking at the front of the same.
Figure 2 is a central transverse Vertical section of the dispenser.
Referring now more particularly to the characters of reference on the drawing, the numeral I denotes a container of suitable size and shape for table use. This container is providedwith a false bottom 2 some distance from its lower end, which has a downward slope toward the front and terminates in an outlet 3 adjacent the front wall of the container. The space above the bottom v2 forms the sugar or material retaining compartment 4, there being a vertical windfow 5 in the front wall of the compartment to indicate the amount of sugar therein.' A removable lid 6 on the container enables such supply to be replenished when necessary. A handle 'I of suitable form and size is mounted on the container at the back.
The front wall of the container below the compartment li is provided with a rectangular opening 8 along the bottom of which a combination metered receptacle and spout is pivoted as at 9. This spout comprises walls I@ and IIla radiating from the hinge or pivot 9 and Set substantially Sii to each other, and side Wings II whose outer edges are curved concentric with vsaid pivot. The wall Il) is vertical and without an excessive tilting of the container 10 being necessary, I may provide said spout with a false bottom I2 extending tothe wall Ilia from adjacent the outer edge of the wall IB and sloping away from the latter.
The outlet 3 communicates with the spout 15 when the latter is in its inward or closed position, and to conne the sugar within the spout as well as to close Vthe spout when the latter is swung outwardly to a discharge or dispensing position, I mount a curved plate I3 on the spout which cooperates with a similarly curved plate I4 xed in the container and depending from the opening 3. Both plates are concentric with the pivot 9 and extend the full width of the spout between the wings II; the plate I3 projecting some distance on opposite sides of the wall IOa as clearly shown in Figure 2.
The plate I4 actually extends to the front of the container at the sides of the outlet 3 to provide close contact with the edges of the wings 30 II and thus prevent spilling ofthe sugar from the side edges of the spout. The plate I3 is arranged so that before the spout has reached. its discharging position, said plate has covered the outlet 3 thus preventing further dropping of 35 sugar from the outlet into the spout.
The spout is normally maintained in its closed position by a tension spring I5 applied thereto, and is moved outwardly at the option of the operator and against the resistance of the spring by a segmental gear. I6 fixed with the spout within the container and concentric with the pivot 9. This gear meshes with a pinion II mounted in a fixed position in the container, while a smaller pinion I8 fixed with the pinion II is engaged by a rack I9. This rack is provided with a rigid upward extension 2i) slidably guided in a bearing sleeve v2I and projecting through the back of the container near'the top at an acute angle thereto to a termination above the handle 1, where it is provided with a finger pad 22.
The extension and pad are disposed centrally of the handle in a transverse plane so that it canv be conveniently depressed by either a right or left hand person. Also said pad is placed relative to the handle so that it may be readily depressed by the thumb of the hand grasping the handle. The gearing is arranged so that with a relatively small amount of depressing movement of the nger pad and rack, the spout will be rotated through an arc of substantially In operation, when it is desired to discharge sugar from the dispenser into a cup for instance, the operator merely lifts the container by the handle holding the same so that the spout when swung down will be over the cup. He then presses down on the pad 22 which rotates the pinions and gear and causes the already loaded spout to swing down and discharge its contents into the cup. When the pressure on the pad is released the spring i5 of course acts to immediately return the spout to its closed position, where it will again instantly fill up readily for a subsequent dispensing operation.
From the foregoing description it will be readily seen that I have produced such a device as substantially fulfills the objects of the invention as set forth herein.
While this specification sets forth in detail the present and preferred construction of the device, still in practice such deviations from such detail may be resorted to as do not form a den parture from the spirit of the invention, as dened by the appended claims.
Having thus described my invention, what I claim as new and useful and desire to secure by Letters Patent is:
1. A dispenser comprising a container to removably rest on a at surface and having vertical walls, a compartment for material formed in said container and having a bottom above the lower edge of the walls, said bottom having an outlet adjacent the front wall and said wall having an opening below said bottom, a combif nation spout and metering receptacle, a pivot.
for'v said receptacle on the front wall along the bottom of the opening, said receptacle including -V walls radiating from the pivot and one such wall extending vertically and closing said opening when the receptacle is in communication with the bottom outlet and is disposed inwardly of the front wall of the container, and means operable from the back of the container forswinging the receptacle outwardly about its pivot.
` 21A dispenser comprisingv a container? to re,- movably rest on a flat surface and having vertical walls, a compartment for material formed in said container and having a bottom above the lower edge of the walls, said bottom having an outlet adjacent that-ront walll and saidfwall having an opening below said bottom, a combination spout and metering receptacle, a pivot for said receptacle on the front wall along the bottom of the opening, said receptacle including walls radiating from the pivot and one s uch wall, eX- tendng vertically andclosne said. Opening when the receptacle is in communication with the' bot: tom outlet and is disposed inwardly of the front wall of the container, means for swinging the receptacle from such position outwardly about its pivot. andl a .false bottm the receetaele extending inwardly thereoi in energies relation to and from the outer edge, of said one wall.
3. A dispenser comprising a container to removably rest ona flat surface and having 'vertical walls, a compartment for material formed in said container and having a bottom above the lower edge of the walls, said bottom having an outlet adjacent the front wall and said wall Vtainer and engaging'the gear adjacent its upper end when the receptacle is in said inward position, and meansoperable from the back of the container for rotating said pinion.
LA dispenser comprising a container to removably rest on a flat surface and having vertical walls, a compartment for material formed in said container and having a bottom above4 the lower edge of the walls, said bottom having an. outlet adjacent the front Wall and saidwall having an opening below said bottom, a combi-A nation spout and metering receptacle, a pivot for said receptacle on the front wall along the bottom of the opening, said receptacle includ-A ing walls radiating from the pivot and one such wall forming a closure for said opening when the receptacle is inwardly of said front wall. and is in communication with the outlet, asegmental spur gear xed with and depending from the receptacle concentric with saidy pivot, andfwithin the container, a pinion mounted within the. con: tainer and engaging the gear, a handle on the back of the container, and means to rotate the pinion from the handle and including a depress-- ible rack bar slidably mounted in the.` container and projecting to ar- 1 upper termination behind and adjacent the container and above the handle, in transverse alinement therewith, and: an operating element on the upper en d of` theY ban.
5. A dispenser comprising a container. to. re-- movably rest on a flat surface andf having vertical walls, a compartment for material formed in said container and having a bottom above, the lower edge ef the walls,s,aid bottom having an outlet adjacent the front wall and saidwall having an opening below. Said' bottom, a combination spout and metering receptacle, a pivot QI;` said-receptacle. o n the front Wall along the bottom of the opening, said receptacle including walls radiating from the pivot and one such wall forming a closure for said opening when the receptacle is. inwardly of saidy front wall and' is in gmmunication with the outlet, a segmental spur gear ined with and depending from the recepg; tacle concentric with said pivot, and Within the container, a pinion mounted within the container and engaging the gear, a vertical loop-like handle o n the back of the container, a rack baf vertical in a transverse plane extending downwardly from a point adjacent the pointbf counection of the handle with the container and above said handle to a lower termination'inside the container below the chamber, an element on the upper end of the bar engageable by a finger ofthe hand grasping the handle to `de-l press the bar, and gearing connections between the rack bar adjacent its lower end and said gear to rotate the latter in a direction to, 4swing the receptacle forwardly with the depression o'f the rack bar. v
Y SHOICHI KUBG.