US 2145761 A
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I Jan. 31, 1 939. I F. c #ISHER TAP KNOB 2 Sheets-Sheet l Fil ed Aug, 15,1958
Attorneys Jan. 31, 1939. F. c. FISHER I 2,145,761
TAP KNOB Filed Aug; :s, 1958 2 Sheets-Sheet 2 In ventor J? afar/Jar A iforneys Patented Jan. 31, 1939 UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE TAP KNOB Francis .0. Fisher, Syracuse, N. Y.
Application August. 3, 1938, Serial No. 222,925
'2 Claims. (01. 40-8) This invention relates to faucet or tap. knob forming apart of bar-counter equipment, and
more particularly to an improved handle or knob for. such type of faucets or tap valves. 7
'Ihe'knob of the invention embodies certain knew and useful improvements over the handle knob for tap valves illustrated, described and claimed in Patent No. 2,112,017 granted to me under date of March 22, 1938, and entitled Faucet indicatorknob and adapter; and over ,the handle knob or tap valve illustrated, de-
scribed and claimed in my co-pending application Serial No. 187,976, filed January 31, 1938, and entitled Indicator tapknob.
The tap knob or handle illustrated in my referred to patent-and co-pending application, and the present application are all of the type pro- 1 videdfor displaying thereon the trade-mark or branded insignia in accordance with what is now practically a uniform requirement that the dis- Ip'enser of alcoholic beverages give some positive "indication'to the customers of the fact that there gisbeing drawn for consumption the requested a brand or beverage. 25.;
In; accordance with the present invention the jtap knob. or handle is provided with a detachable plate on which the trade-mark or branded positioning of the handle or knob 'nection with the insignia is displayed, and the knob or handle and plate are complementarily equippedso that the plate may be readily associated with or removed from the knob or' handle thus permitting the ready substitution of one plate bearing one branded insignia or'trade-mark for another.
Further in accordance with the present invention improved means is provided for detachably securing the knob to the fork of the faucet or in:- Figure 1 is an elevational view of the improved knob.
Figure'2 is aview taken at right angles to Figure 1. I g
' Figure 3 is a top plan view of the knob. Figure 4 is a vertical sectional view through the knob.
Figure 5 is a view similar to Figure 4 but taken at right angles to Figure 4 and with the tap valve stem removed and the stud shown in. elevation.
' the tapered bore 9 provided therefor in the Figure 6 is a bottom plan view of the assembly shown in Figure 4.
Figure 7 is a view similar to Figure 5 but with the trade-mark or indicia plate removed, and also with the stud removed.
Figure 8 is a perspective view of the indicia plate.
Figure 9 is a plan view of the indicia plate.
Figure 10 is a transverse sectional view through the indicia plate.
Referring more in detail to the drawings it will be seen that inaccordance with the presentinvention the improved tap valve handle or knob, indicated generally by the reference numeral 5, embodies a lower substantially uniformly tapered section 6 and an uppersection I. The lower section 6 increases in diameter as it merges with the top or upper section I as shown.
As is well known the stem portions of tap valves vary slightly in diameter and to that end there is snugly fitted within the lower half or section 6 of the knob or handle 5 a metallic insert 8 that, in accordance with the invention herein illustrated, and as shown, is hexagonal and is slightly tapered to wedgingly fit within portion 6 of the knob.
The insert 8 is split at its upper or inner end .as at I!) so as to have a substantially contractingand expanding action, and due to the inherent tendency of the split insert to expand the same will be more positively retained within the bore. 9 of the'knob.
The insert 8 is provided with a two diameter threaded bore, embodying a threaded diameter 1 and a threaded diameter l2.
The bore diameter [2 is adapted to accommodate an internally and externally threaded bushingl3 that in turn is adaptedto accommodate an internally and externally threaded bushing [4.
As is well known valve faucets forming part of a bar-counter equipment have the shanks of the stems thereof provided with threaded sockets and the diameters of these sockets are not unistud and an end threaded diameter I! that is still of slightly less diameter than the diameter of the threaded section 16 of the stud, the threaded end I! of the stud being provided for engagement with a valve fork socket of one diameter and the threaded end lb of the stud being adapted for threaded engagement with the valve fork socket of a slightly larger diameter.
The threaded diameter l5 of the stud is adapted to screw into the bushing I as shown, and of course when the selective end l6 or I! of the stud is threaded into the fork socket the knob is then threaded home on the diameter [5 of the stud.
Also for filling up the space or slack between the end of the fork socket and the lower terminal of the knob body section 6 there is provided a washer l8 as shown.
A salient feature of the present invention is in having the top section 1 of the knob 5 provided at opposite sides thereof with flat portions l9 tilted upwardly relative to the vertical as shown, with these flat portions l9 at the extreme top of the knob being separated by an elongated slot 20, the entire knob body being hollow as clearly shown in the drawings.
The fiat faces IQ of the top section 1 are provided with substantially rectangular recesses 2| in which seat the indicia bearing wings or sections 22 of a metallic indicia bearing plate 23.
The plate 23 is formed from a single blank of metal cut, shaped and dimensioned to provide an elongated rectangular metallic plate bent on parallel fold lines 24 to provide the aforementioned indicia bearing wings or sections 22 connected at their upper edges by a bridge portion 25 formed between the fold lines 24.
The plate 23 is adapted, as shown, to straddle the upper section I of the knob with the indicia bearing wings or sections 22 of the plate fitting within the aforementioned recesses 2|.
At the lower edges thereof the plate sections 22 are provided with resilient tongues or anchoring flanges 26 which, as the plate is positioned on the top of the knob spring into notches or recesses 21 provided therefor internally of the knob at the junction of the parts or sections 6, l of the knob as clearly shown in Figures 5 and 7. Also at opposite ends of the bridge 25 the plate 23 is provided with angular substantially channelshaped anchoring tongues or elements 28 that are adapted to spring or snap into engagement with recesses 29, provided internally of the knob at opposite ends of the slot 24 and as will be clear from a study of Figures 4 and 7.
Thus it will be seen that the anchoring tongues 26 and 28 serve to positively and efiicientlysecure the indicia plate on the knob permitting, at the same time, a quick removal of the plate where the substitution of a plate bearing certain indicia for a plate bearing other indicia is desired.
In connection with the above it will be understood that the trade-mark or branded insignia on one wing 22 of the plate will correspond with 5 the trade-mark or branded insignia on the other wing 22 of the plate.
With the knob placed on the stem of the tap valve plate 23 will be disposed so that one wing 22 thereof will face toward the front of the 10 counter so that the indicia or trade-mark thereon will be in full'view of the customer while the other wing 22 of the plate will be in a position so that the trade-mark thereon will be in full View 7 construction, utility and advantages of a knob or handle embodying the features of this invention will be had without a more detailed description thereof. 20
Having described the invention, what is claimed as new is:-- v
1. A molded handle knob for a tap valve having an upper section provided at opposite sides thereof with substantially fiat portions tilted upwardly 5 relative to the perpendicular and having recesses therein, and a substantially V-shaped indicia bearing plate straddling the upper portion of said knob and having indicia bearing wings fitting within said recesses, said knob having in 30 terior keeper notches therein and spring tongues connected with the plate and engaging the notches for releasably holding the plate on the knob.
2. A molded handle knob for a tap valve having an upper section provided at opposite sides thereof with substantially flat portions tilted upwardly relative to the perpendicular and having recesses therein, and a substantially V-shaped indicia bearing plate straddling the upper portion of said 49 knob and having indicia bearing wings fitting within said recesses, said knob being interiorly provided at the lower edges of said recesses with keeper notches and also at the extreme top of the knob and intermediate said flat and inclined 5 portions with additional keeper notches, and said plate having at the lower edges of the indicia bearing wings thereof integral spring tongues adapted to engage in the first-mentioned keeper recesses, said plate at the angle between said indicia bearing portions thereof and at opposite edges of the plate being also provided with additional spring keeper tongues adapted to spring into engagement with the second-mentioned keeper notches whereby to releasably retain said 55 plate engaged with the upper portion of the knob.
FRANCIS C. FISHER.