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' April 26,1938.
R. e. SMYTHE CONTAINER OPENER Filed Feb. 17, 1936 J '25 I 24 Egg j 24 15 .2
I r 22 I] 11 23 4 3 a I v T llaam l pyqazzql INVENTOR Patented Apr. 26, 1938 TEDSTA'FE TE T F CONTAINER, OPENER Richard G. Smythe, New Yon-kin. Y. k Application February 17, 1936, Serial No. 64,315 2 Claims- (oL 65-4 This invention relates to container openers and more particularly to openers for removing stoppers and covers from containers such as bottles, jars, cans and the like.
One of the principal objects of the invention is to provide improved means for removing corks and other types of stoppers from containers of the above-mentioned types of containers.
Another object is to provide a device for removmg the cork types of stoppers, which has an increased lifting power over those now known to me. A further object is to provide in the same device an eiilcient means of unscrewing metallic screw caps from containers, and also means for lifting "pressure-type caps from food jars such as the Anchor type caps. Still another object is to provide a means in the same device for lifting ice cubes and other articles.
The means I prefer to employ for accomplishing the above-mentioned objects, together with other advantageous and novel features of my improved container opener, are illustrated in the Gil drawing accompanying and forming part of' this specification, and in which- Fig. 1 is a front elevation of one form of my improved container opener.
Fig. 2 is a central vertical section of the same taken on the line 22 of Fig. 3, and
Fig. 3 is a transverse section of the same taken on the line 3-3 of Fig. 1.
Referring to the drawing, the numeral 2 indicates the frame of the device and said frame has a base portion 3 of annularform adapted to rest on the mouth of a bottle when extracting the stopper therefrom, two upright portions 4, each having a series of teeth 5 formed thereon, and a connecting portion 6 which includes two pairs of pivotal portions 8. There are two slots 3, each of which separates the two pivotal portions of a pair of the same, and said slots serve as working spaces for two gear segments Ill, each segment joined to a lever I l which extends outwardly.
There are two pivot sleeves l2, one for each a pair of pivotal portions 8, and two bolts or screws l3, one for each such pivot sleeve i2, said sleeves having collars II which are clamped adjacent the outer faces of the rearward pivotal portions of the pairs of the same, while the bolts l3 bear 50 against the washers l5 and these against the forward pivotal portions of said pairs and hold the sleeves fixed so that the respective gear segments can turn thereon, thus permitting their respective levers to turn about the pivot sleeves l2. The washers ii are preferably interposed between which are used in the hooks 23.
thescollars and the screw heads and the adjacent faces of the pivotal portions 8.
Guide. ways ll preferably having rectilinear surfaces are formed in the frame between the pairs of pivotal portions 8, and slidable toand 5 fro in said ways is a member l3 provided with gear elements such as the circular apertures I, there being a setof said elements on each side of said member I! and with which the gear elements 20 of the segments in mesh for causing the mem- 10 her I! to reciprocate when the levers II are swung. At the lowerpart of the member I! is secured a stopper extracting device 2| preferably helical in form and preferably non-rotary.
Each of the levers II has a series of teeth 22 16 formed opposite the teeth 5 on the frame uprights 4. Outward of the teeth 22 are hooks. 23
removing covers from jars and cans and the operation of which will presently be described. There is a ring 24 which is so placed in'the aperture 25 of the member l8, which ring acts as a stop to limit the downward movement of the member ID and also may be used to hang the device to a hook or peg.
The operation of my improved container open- 25 er is as follows: I
For extracting corks and like stoppers from bottles, the annular base member 3 is placed on and pressed against the bottle mouth and the levers II are then pulled by hand outwardly and upwardly, causing the gear segments ID to move the reciprocating member l8 downward and with it the extracting device 2i, down into the cork or stopper. The levers H are then moved in the op-. posite direction, thus pulling the extractorand 35 with it the cork, upward. The pair of levers exerts great force for pulling stoppers, as both hands can be applied to thelevers for moving the same.
For removing screw caps from bottles and jars 40 the caps are placed between the set of teeth 5 and the lever teeth 22 and the lever H is then pulled toward the'frame 2 thus causing the caps to be very tightly held, and the device is then swung so as to unscrew the caps.
Pressure type caps are removed by means of The free end I la of one of the levers H is placed on top of a cap and the hook 23 is placed under the flange or turned under part of the cap and the remainder of the opener is then grasped in the hand and pulled upward, causing the cap to be lifted at one side from the bottle or jar on which it is placed.
The device is used for lifting ice cubes and other articles by placing its annular base portion a a on top of the cube and closingthe lower ends I In of the levers ell against the cube and lifting it'as desired. 7 Thus the cubes can, be lifted Irom one receptacle to another without use of special 7 tongs and without touching them with the hand.
What I claim is:,- 1
posed sets of spaced annular sockets a stopper extractor secured to the-lower part'of the verti- 'cal1y movable member, two-gear segments between" said plates each-engaging a set of (said sockets, and two levers one on each segment, said irame and the pairs of spaced plates thereof 'en-,
-a,11c,aee r closing and eflectiveasguards for the movable gear elements. 2. A container opener comprising which includes a portion to rest on the mouth of the container, two spaced plates, portions connecting the plates, said portionshaving rectangu a frame I lar slots therethrough and two struts connecting the plates with .the flrst-me'ntionedpo'rtion, tw
member recipr'ocative in'said slots and .flxed levers pivoted-bysaid platea; gear elements movi f able withfsaid levers onefset for each ,lever, a
against rotation'therein and having spaced-aper turesoppositely and meshing respective- I 1y with the lever gear elements for reciprocating. said member, and .a stopper extracting means fixed on the lower part' oi! and movable with the} j reclprocative member,sa1d frame andthe pairs of a r spaced plates thereof enclosing and effective as? I 1 guards for the movable gear elements,