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Publication numberUS2066183 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateDec 29, 1936
Filing dateMar 22, 1935
Priority dateMar 22, 1935
Publication numberUS 2066183 A, US 2066183A, US-A-2066183, US2066183 A, US2066183A
InventorsMchaffey William T
Original AssigneeMchaffey William T
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Closure cap for receptacles and bottles
US 2066183 A
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Dec.29, 1936. WTMEHAFFEY 2,066,183



Patented Dec. 29, 1936 UNITED STATES CLOSURE GAP FOB BECEPTACIES AND BOTTLES William .T. Mehafley, Brooklyn, N. Y.

Application March 22, 1935, Serial No. 12,467

This invention relates to new and useful improvements in closure caps for receptacles. such as bottles, and it has more especially for its object to provide a bottle cap in combination with a timing device for use in connection with medicine bottles, whereby the important work of a nurse attending a patient may be considerably facilitated, and at the same time greater accuracy assured, as to the dispensation of medicine to the patient as the timing device embodied in said bottle cap will make it possible for a nurse always to adjust, or set the device ahead for the exact hour, when the next dose of medicine is to be given to a patient, thereby avoiding forgetfulness, or irregularity in this respect on the part of the nurse.

As the construction of my device is comparatively simple, the cost of manufacturing should be proportionately low.

With the above and other objectsin view, this invention consists of the novel features of construction, combination and arrangement of parts, hereinafter fully described, claimed and illus trated in the accompanying drawing forming part of this specification, and'in which similar characters of reference indicate corresponding parts in all views, and in which:

Figure 1 is a perspective view of my device mounted on a bottle.

Figure 2 is a top plan view of said device.

Figure 3 is a vertical transverse sectional view through my device, and the neck of a bottle.

Figure 4 shows a vertical transverse sectional view through the bottle cap proper. Figure 5 illustrates a slight modification of my device. Figure 6 is a top plan view of the modified construction shown in Figure 5; while Figure 7 shows a vertical transverse sectional view of said modification. Figure 8 shows my device attached to a chart. Figure 9 illustrates my device modified as to the time-indicating means; while Figure 10 is a. vertical transverse sectional view of my device, as shown in Figure 9. Figure 11 shows my watch-device displayed upon a circular surface suitable for attachment to an object. Figure 12 is a transverse sectional view of a further modification of a. cap-member embodying my device. Figure 13 is an elevational view of the movable rim, relative to same, showing a cut out portion therein. Figure 14 shows a plan surface of a disk member forming part of said device, the revolvable rim being removed. Figure 15 is a somewhat perspective top plan view, showing another slight modification of my said device, substantially along the principles disclosed in the views 12, 13, and

14; while Figin'e 16 is a somewhat perspective view of a disk member, or lower part of my device, with the revolvable rim portion removed.

Referring more particularly to the drawing, ll indicates a bottle cap made of any suitable ma- 5 terial, such as metal, glass or bakelite. The said bottle cap, which, if desired, may be screwthreaded, as shown at I l in Figure 3, serves the conventional purpose of a stopper relative to a bottle, and it is especially thought to be of great value 10 when used as a closure-means for a medicinal bottle or receptacle. The said bottle cap is upon its top formed with a circular depression l2, while time-indicating numerals 1 to 12 are marked or imprinted upon the top surface l3 of the flange, 15 which surrounds the said depression l2. Conventional watch-pointers l4 and I5 are secured to the bottom of the depressed area l2 by means of a pivot II, or in any suitable manner.

The said depressed area may be either of ,a 20 concave or convex form, with the pointers correspondingly bent. Thus, as has been shown in Figure 4, the said depressed bottom I! is slightly convex with the ends of the pointers l4 and I5 bent slightly downwardly, which arrangement protects the said pointers from bending in shipment.

It will be evident that the said bottle cap, as a sheer novelty, will afford excellent advertising space upon the side thereof, and also upon the 80 depressed area.

In Figure 5 is shown a modification of my device to the eilect that the said bottle cap may be secured to a bottle or receptacle by means of the fangs or depending portions l6 being clamped on to the bottle neck; said depending portions are formed in one piece with the cap proper, which in this instance would be made preferably of metal; said depending portions naturally would allow for further advertising space. I

The said cap, with its characteristic top portion, may also be formed with a flat bottom, and secured to a cardboard, or package, as shown especially in Figure 8.

In Figures 9 and 10 a further modification of my device has been shown to the effect that the depressed area !2 herein has been formed with two concentric grooves l8 and I9, each of a substantially circular shape in cross-section. The distance between the edges of the upper or open portion of the said grooves is, however, slightly smaller than the diameter of said grooves, which arrangement serves the purpose of holding in place within said grooves two ball-members, only one of which the ball member 20 maybe seen in the drawing, and which balls are made of a somewhat springymaterial so that they may be snapped into said grooves in which they are otherwise adapted to move comparatively freely.

To said balls are integrally attached upright pins, one of which may especially be seen at 22, and to said pins are in turn integrally secured short triangular pointers a and 24, adapted to register with and indicate the timing relative to the numerals arranged as described before upon the flanges surrounding the depressed area, but which numerals may also be imprinted .upon the depressed area itself.

In Figure 11 the time-indicating means is shown arranged upon a circularmember II, with plenty of space for advertising, said member may in turn in a label-like manner be attached to a package, or receptacle.

In Figure 12 is shown a transverse section of a modification of the cap member, to the eflect that the rim portion 28 is revolvable with respect to the other part of the cap member, the rim may be attached to the said other part in any suitable way, for instance by having its flanges bent, as shown at 21, and mapped into a slight recess 28 formed upon said other part; the rim is upon its top made with a slight cut-out portion 29 in order that, when said rim is revolved, the numerals, as shown in Figure 14, at the periphery of the other part of the cap member, may then be visible through said cut-out portion in the rim, and the latter thus adjusted to indicate the desired time.

In the Figures 15 and 16 a somewhat similar arrangement has been made. In these modifications the numerals are, however, upon the topof the rim, as shown at ll, whereas a pointer is arranged upon the disk, as shown at ii, for cooperation with said numerals. The rim revolves upon the other or lower part of the cap member, as it is held in position by means of a stud 32 formed upon the latter; this stud is adapted to ntanopeningflintherhmasthelatteris mounted upon said other part of the cap memher, a slight convex enlargement may be formed upontherimaiongthe sidethereoi',asshownat It, to accommodate said stud during the revolving motion of the rim.

This latter arrangement may, however, be subiect to varied changes.

It is obvious that changes may be made in the form, construction and arrangement of the veral parts, as shown, within the scope of the ppended claims, without departing from the spirit of the invention, and I do not therefore wish to limit myself to the. exact constructionand arrangement shown and described herein.

. What I claim as new. and desire to-secure by Letters Patent of the United States, is:-

1. In a device of the class described, a closure cap forcreceptacles, bottles, and the like, said closure cap being formed with a central depression at its top, two concentric grooves arranged in said depressed area, time-indicating numerals arranged at the periphery of the cap, and means movably mounted in each of said grooves, and adapted to cooperate with said time indicating numerals.

2. In a device of the class described, a closure cap for receptacles, bottles, and the like, said closure cap being formed witha central depression at its top, two concentric grooves arranged in said depressed area, bail members mounted in said grooves, respectively, and having an upright integral therewith, pointers secured to said up rights, and time indicating numerals arranged at the periphery of the cap and adapted to cooperate with said pointers.

3. In a device of the class described, a closure cap for receptacles, bottles, and the like, said closure cap being formed with a circular depression at its top, a' rim surrounding said depression, two concentric grooves formed in said depression and being of a substantially circular shape in crosssection,-triangular time-indicating pointers secured to pins, the latter being mounted upon balls, respectively, said balls being adapted to move in the grooves and to be retained by the latter, and time-indicating numerals arranged upon the top-surface of the rim portion for cooperation with said pointers, substantially as shown and described.


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U.S. Classification116/308, 215/230
International ClassificationA61J7/04, A61J7/00
Cooperative ClassificationA61J7/04
European ClassificationA61J7/04