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Publication numberUS2108063 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateFeb 15, 1938
Filing dateApr 11, 1935
Priority dateApr 11, 1935
Publication numberUS 2108063 A, US 2108063A, US-A-2108063, US2108063 A, US2108063A
InventorsHothersall John M
Original AssigneeAmerican Can Co
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
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Feb. 15, 1938. J. M. HOTHERSALL 2,108,063

v CONTAINER Filed April 11, 1955 -im if. m W.

ATTORNEY v Patented Feb. 15, 1938 UNITED srarss saint orrics American Can Company, New York, N. 35., a corporation of New Jersey Application April 11,

4 Claims.

The present invention relates to powder orthe like dispensing containers and has particular reference to a top construction having cooperatively arranged eccentric devices for opening and closing the dispensing opening or-openings.

.An object of the invention is the provision of an improved top construction for a powder or the like dispensing container wherein rotation of an outer top part causes actuation.,of eccentrically disposed means foropening and closing a dispensing aperture or apertures in an inner top part through which the contents of the container are dispensed.

Another object isthe provisionof such a dispenser top construction wherein sifter or pouring perforations in atop part maybe selectively brought into or out of registration with corresponding dispensing perforations in another top part for dispensing the container contents or for closing the container.

Another object is the provision of such a dispenser top construction which'pro'vides a tight and smoothsealing contact between the various parts without outwardly protruding parts, thereby sealing the container against accidental escape of contents, especially when finely powdered products are to be packed therein, while at the same time permitting easy and smooth opening and closing.

Numerous other objects and advantagesof 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 thereof.

Referring to the drawing:

Fig. 1 is a perspective view of a container having a dispenser top construction embodying the instant invention;

Fig. 2 is an enlarged fragmentary top plan view of the dispenser top illustrated in Fig. 1 showing the dispensing perforations closed or out of regis try, parts of the top-being'broken away;

Fig. 3 is a View similar to Fig. 2 showing the dispensing perforations open or in registry for a dispensing operation; and

Fig. 4 is a vertical cross sectional view of the upper part of the container and the dispenser top as taken substantially along the line 4-4 in Fig. 3.

A preferred form of the invention which is illustrated in the drawing comprises a container having a cylindrical body I I, closed at its bottom by a bottom end i2 secured to the body in any suitable manner. At its upper end the body is closed by a cover or breast l3 having 2. depending 1935, Serial No. 15,872 (Cl. 221-454) annular flange or wall M which frictionally engages or slips over a reduced or necked in wall part l5 formed in the upper end of the body. The breast !3 above the flange l 4 extends inwardly and upwardly to provide a tapered wall part l3a, a curved wall part or channel l8 and a vertical Wall part Hi. This latter wall section merges. into a substantially flat horizontal top 2| which constitutes the stationary or fixed member of the dispenser top construction. It will be readily seen that instead of having a separate cover or breast the body It may be directly provided with a top wall like wall 2|.

A movable member or closure of the dispenser top construction is carried in a circular recess or depression or pocket 26 of the top 2| and comprises a disc 25 (Figs. 2, 3 and 4) having its bottom surface 2l lined with a gasket 28 of any suitable material which makes tight sealing contact with the bottom of the recess while the upper surface of the disc is flush with the upper surface of the topl2l. The disc is rotatable in the pocket 2% and is provided for this purpose with a centrally disposed depending projection or pivot 29 which pivots in an indentation 3| formed in the recess wall of the top 2|.

The recess or pocket 26 and the disc 25 carried therein are eccentrically disposed relative to the top 2i and the geometrical center of the top is caused to be positioned within the boundary of the recess. About this center a dispensing perforation or opening32 is formed in the recess 26 and is normally covered by the disc25.

For uncovering the dispensing opening32 so as to dispense the container contents, the disc 25 is in the preferred illustration herein provided with a circularly arranged group of sifting perforations 33 and a single circular pouring perforation 34 which may be selectively brought into registration or alined with the perforation or dispensing opening 32 of the top recess 26 by rotating the disc about itszp-ivot' 29.

Rotation of the disc 25. is effected by a second movable member or closure in the top construction which comprises an outer rotatable cup shaped outer closure 35 having a fiat top wall section 37, which in part engages the upper surface of the stationary top 2!. The cover is formed with a depending flange or wall section 38 which is parallel with and rotatably hugs the vertical wall section l9 of the breast l3. The bottom marginal part of this flange is bent under the bottom of the wall section l9 and into engagement with a portion of the curved wall section it for holding the outer closure in place so that it can be rotated concentrically around the top 2!. This outer closure 36 is also provided with a central circular dispensing opening 39, which is in permanent alignment with the circular opening 32. The outer closure 36 also holds the disc 25 in the pocket 26 intermediate the outer closure and the inner top 2!.

Rotation of the disc 25 by the closure member 36 is effected by a depending finger, tongue or lug 4| which is struck out from the top wall section 3'! of the closure. The lug 4! depends through a radial slot 42 formed in the disc 25 (Figs. 3 and 4) and terminates in an arcuate clearance groove 43 formed in the bottom wall of the pocket 26. When the outer closure member 36 is rotated on the stationary top 2i the side of the slot serves as a cam for the engagement of the lug 4! to revolve the disc 25 on its axis 29 within the confining pocket 26, said axis being eccentric to the common longitudinal axis of the container and rotatable actuating closure member 36.

The position of the radial slot 42 in the disc is preferably directly opposite the sifter perforations 33 so that when the lug 4! is intermediate the extremes of its travel the perforations 33 are in alignment with the dispensing openings 32 and 39, as shown in Fig. 3. When the outer closure 36 is turned clockwise from the position shown in Fig. 3 the disc alines the pouring opening 34 with the dispensing openings 32 and 39, the outer end of the slot 42 acting as a stop against which the lug engages for properly alining the perforations. Similarly, when the closure 36 is turned counter-clockwise to the position shown in Fig. 2 communication between the openings 32 and 38 is entirely cut oil by the unperforated part of the disc 25. The movement of the disc and closure in this direction is also properly limited by engagement of the lug 4| with the outer end of the slot 42.

It is thought that the invention and many of its attendant advantages will be understood from the 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 of the invention or sacrificing all of its material advantages, the form hereinbefore described being merely a preferred embodiment thereof.

I claim:

1. A dispensing top for a container having in combination, a stationary top adapted to be attached to a container and having a depressed circular pocket, a dispensing opening formed in and eccentric to said pocket, 2. disc seated in said pocket and rotatable therein and having sifting openings and a closing portion and a slot extending radially toward the periphery of said disc, and an outer closure rotatably mounted on said top and formed with a dispensing opening in line with the path of said sifting openings and closing portion of said disc and having a depending finger engaging the slot of the disc, the outer end of said radial slot constituting means for limiting the rotary movement imparted by said outer closure through said finger to said disk in both directions to open and close said dispensing opening.

2. A dispensing top for a container having in combination, a stationary top adapted to be attached to a container and having a depressed circular pocket, a dispensing opening formed in and eccentric to said pocket, a disc seated in and pivotally connected with the bottom of said pocket and rotatable therein and having sifting openings and a closing portion and a radially disposed slot extending toward the periphery of said disc, and an outer closure rotatably mounted on said top and formed with a dispensing opening in line with the path of said sifting openings and closing portion of said disc and having a depending finger engaging the slot of the disc, the outer end of said radial slot constituting means for limiting the rotary movement imparted by said outer closure through said finger to said disk in both directions to open and close said dispensing opening.

3. A dispensing top for a container having in combination, a stationary top adapted to be attached to a container and having a depressed circular pocket, a dispensing opening formed in and eccentric to said pocket, a disc seated in said pocket and rotatable therein and having sifting openings and a closing portion and a radially disposed slot extending toward the periphery of said disc, a gasket arranged on the face of said disc, and an outer closure rotatably mounted on said top and formed with a dispensing opening in line with the path of said sifting openings and closing portion of said disc and having a depending finger engaging the slot of the disc, the outer end of said radial slot constituting means for limiting the rotary movement imparted by said outer closure through said finger to said disk in both directions to open and close said dispensing opening.

4. A dispensing top for a container having in combination, a stationary top adapted to be attached to a container and having a depressed circular pocket, a dispensing opening formed in and eccentric to said pocket, a disc seated in said pocket and rotatable therein and having sifting openings and a closing portion and a slot extending radially toward the periphery of said disc, an outer closure rotatably mounted on said top and formed with a dispensing opening in line with the path of said sifting openings and closing portion of said disc and having a depending finger engaging the slot of the disc, and an arcuate groove in said pocket for receiving the lower end of said finger to insure continuous driving engagement of said finger with said disc.

JOHN M. HOTHERSALL.

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Classifications
U.S. Classification222/507, 222/480, 222/548
International ClassificationB65D47/04, B65D47/26
Cooperative ClassificationB65D47/265
European ClassificationB65D47/26D4