US 2255633 A
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L. L. WAGNER 0AM CARRIER Sept. 9, 1941.
Filed Aug; 28, 1959 Patented Sept. 9, 1941 CAN CARRIER Lucius L. Wagner, Ocean Park, Calif., assignor to Morris Lavine, Los Angeles, Calif.
Application August 28, 1939, Serial No. 292,195
My invention relates to can carriers and more particularly to a carrier which can be attached to and detached from a five gallon can with ease and convenience for carrying the can, filled or empty, as the case may be, thus making it possible to use such cans for a great variety of purposes after they have been emptied of their original contents.
It is quite common to take square cans in which oils of various kinds are originally sold and delivered and to so open them that the open end is smooth and the can is then usable by janitors and others who have use for such five gallon cans for scrubbing purposes, or for carrying liquid from place to place and for emptying the same by pouring the contents out of the.
smooth open top.
The object of my invention is to provide a strong, simple and practical device which can be quickly applied to a can, filled or empty, with a minimum of tipping or movement of the can, and by means of which said can can be carried conveniently and safely, and also, to provide a device of the character referred to, in which the handle portion can be turned down to the side of the can so as to leave the entire open top free for any purpose whatsoever, such as dipping a heavy mop thereinto, or if the can is filled with something which it may be desired to dip out with another and smaller can or dipper, this can be done easily and without any interference from the handle or other portion of the can carrier.
In order to explain my invention more in detail, I have shown the same on the accompanying sheet of drawings, in which:
Figure 1 is a perspective view of a can with my invention about to be applied thereto;
Figure 2 is a side elevation showing the finalv movement in applying the carrier to the can, and showing how little it is necessary to tip or raise one side of a can in order to straighten up the main portion of the carrier to the operative position, shown in light broken lines;
Figure 3 is a side elevation of a can with my carrier applied thereto, and with the handle turned down to one side so as to leave the open end of the can free for any use whatsoever; and Figure 4 is a plan view looking down on Fig. 3. Referring now in detail to the drawing, the type of can with which my device is to be used is designated C, of which there are a great many made available for use, if a convenient carrier is to be had with the can, as it can be easily picked up and carried from place to place.
My device as here illustrated, is composed of a main or vertical loop, made of two parts 5 and 6, pivotally connected at I and 8, one side of the upper part 5 being extended along side the lower part 6, and provided with a hole 9, adapted to spring over a little teat H], on the side of the lower part, as indicated clearly in Figs. 1 and 3. In order to prevent the accidental displacement of the end of said upper part extension, designated 5', I have provided a retaining device ll, adapted to be turned to prevent release of the lower end of said extension 5, as seen in Fig. 1, or to permit it to be released, as indicated in Fig. 3, whereby said upper part or member can be turned down to one side of the can C, as indicated in said figure. Said upper part 5 is provided with a handle H, by means of which the carrier, with can, can be easily carried.
Pivotally mounted within the upper part of the lower loop part 6, is a surrounding loop I2, pivoted, as at l3, l3, said loop l2 being of a size to fit around the can C, as indicated, and which can be conveniently moved down over the can, with the member 5'6 in the position shown in full lines in Fig. 1, and thence to the position shown in full lines in Fig. 2, whereupon, by slightly tilting the can, as indicated, the lower end of the member 6 can be moved under the can to the dotted line position, the surrounding loop l2, moving up as said parts come to the dotted line position shown in said Fig. 2, which is the carrying position. In the present showing, the pivot pin 3, at one side of the surrounding loop l2, also constitutes the interlocking teat I0, extended to receive the hole 9, in the extension 5' of the upper member 5, when in operating position, as seen in Fig. 2, broken line position.
The device is most conveniently and quickly applied to a can, especially if it be a full can, in the manner indicated in Fig. 1, being moved down over the can to the full line position indicated in Fig. 2, and then tilting the can slightly and straightening up the device to the position indicated by the light broken lines.
If the can is to be used in any way requiring that the top be free and unobstructed, the latch button II is turned, as indicated in Fig. 3, and the upper part 5 is turned down to the position as indicated in Figs. 3 and 4.
Thus I have provided a simple, practical and safe device to be used in carrying cans which have no handle or other means for gripping them, and while I have shown one practical embodiment thereof, I do not limit the device to the showing made, except as I may be limited by the hereto appended claim.
A can carrier of the character shown and described and consisting of a vertical loop of fiat bar material adapted to fit snugly around a can vertically and extend above the top of said can, said loop being jointed at its opposite sides at a point below the top of the can to which-it is applied, whereby its upper part can be turned down around the top .portion of. the can, one. side of said upper (part of said loop being extended below the pivot joint and along side of the lower part of said vertical loop, latch means between the extended end of said upper part and the side of the lower part of said vertical loop for holding said upper and lower parts of said vertical loop in rigid vertical alinement with each other, and a horizontally surrounding loop adapted to fit snugly around the can to be carried and pivotally connected at its opposite sides to the opposite sides of said vertical loop intermediate the top and bottom of the can, whereby the vertical loop, when latched in vertical form can be rocked as a complete loop on its pivot to move the lower end of said loop out to one side from under the can by the upper portion of said loop.
LUCIUS L. WAGNER.