US 2083624 A
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June 15, 1937. E, wATgoN 2,083,624
CONDIMENT SHAKE P.
Filed Nov. 28, .1934
BY [fr/7232 l Vafsan.
Patented June 15, 1937 UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE CONDIMENT SHAKER Ernest Watson, Wauwatosa, Wis.
Application November 28, 1934, Serial No. 755,086
This invention relates to condiment shakers and particularly to anti-clogging attachments therefor.
An object of the present invention is to provide in a condiment shaker a simple inexpensive device which will discourage clogging and which may be operated to effectually remove any obstruction that may occur Within the discharge end of the shaker.
Another object is to provide a device of the character mentioned which may be readily applied and effectively used without modification to any of the various forms of condiment shakers now in use.
Other more specific objects and advantages will appear, expressed or implied, from the following description of an illustrative embodiment of this invention.
The single figure of the accompanying drawing is a sectional view of a conventional condiment shaker equipped with an anti-clogging attachment constructed in accordance with the present invention.
For purposes of illustration and explanation an embodiment of the invention is shown and will be described as applied to the perforated cap it of a condiment shaker ll, although it is equally applicable without change to other types of condiment shakers wherein the perforated discharge end constitutes an integral part of the container.
The anti-clogging device shown comprises a rather stiff brush having a multiplicity of rela-. tively long inverted bristles l2, preferably of wire, which project upwardly from the lower end of an appropriate stem l3 suspended within the discharge end of the shaker II. The stem [3 projects loosely through a central perforation I4 in the cap l0 and is equipped at its exposed upper end with suitable manipulating means, such as a loop-l5, which coacts with the cap Ill to support the stem and brush.
In this instance the stem i3 is formed of wire strands twisted one upon the other and upon the bristles I2 previously inserted therebetween. The
' bristles, thus anchored to the stem, are ultimately bent upwardly along and about the stem 13 to form the brush, the ends being trimmed so as to properly engage the interior of the cap ID, as indicated. The device is applied to the cap merely by projecting the stem I13 and bristles l2 downwardly through the perforation [4 until the bristles clear the perforation, whereupon they spring apart into the positions shown and prevent withdrawal of the device from the cap.
It has been found that a brush constructed and mounted in the manner described does not interfere with the normal flow of the contents of the shaker to and through the perforated cap, but on the contrary the vibratory action of the bristles during the shaking process tends to keep the contents of the shaker in a loose flowable condition. Furthermore by manipulation of the loop IS the brush may be rotated about its central longitudinal axis in a manner to thoroughly clean the inner surface of the cap and particularly those areas in and about the perforations thereof, to thereby clear all obstructions and eliminate clogging.
Various changes may be made in the embodiment of the invention hereinabove specifically described without departing from or sacrificing the advantages of the invention as defined in the appended claims.
1. The combination with a condiment shaker having a perforated discharge portion, of an inverted brush mounted in aid portion for rotation and oscillation about a substantially central vertical axis of said discharge portion and having bristles extending upwardly for contact with said portion.
2. The combination with a condiment shakerhaving a perforated discharge portion, of an inverted rotatable brush. loosely suspended in said portion and having an operating stem extending upwardly through the latter and also having bristles extending upwardly for contact with the latter.
. 3. The combination with a condiment shaker having a perforated discharge portion, of an anticlogging wire brush mounted in said portion, said brush comprising a stern rotatably supported at one end in said portion and depending therefrom, and a multiplicity of bristles attached to the other end of said stem and. extending upwardly for contact with the internal surfaces of said portion.
4. An anti-clogging device for condiment shakers having a perforated discharge portion, said device comprising a brush having a stem, and a multiplicity of longitudinal bristles extending along and about said stem, said stem having a portion extended in the same general direction as the individual bristles from the point of connection therewith beyond the free ends of the latter for mounting in the perforated discharge portion of the shaker.
5. An anti-clogging device for condiment shakers having a perforated discharge portion, said device comprising a brush having a twisted wire stem, and a multiplicity of longitudinal Wire bristles fixed to one end of said stem, said stem extending in the same general direction as the individual bristles from the point of connection therewith between and beyond the free ends of the latter to provide a portion for mounting in the perforated discharge portion of the shaker.