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Publication numberUS2307087 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateJan 5, 1943
Filing dateSep 16, 1939
Priority dateSep 16, 1939
Publication numberUS 2307087 A, US 2307087A, US-A-2307087, US2307087 A, US2307087A
InventorsWhite Richard J
Original AssigneeAmerican Can Co
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
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R. J. WHITE Jan. .5, 1943.

CONTAINER Filed Sept. 16, 1939 mfi ATTORN EY Patented Jan. 5, 1943 UNFTED Te rm orr ea CONTAINER Application September 16, 1939, Serial No. 295,339

4 Claims.

The present invention relates to containers such as hinge cover tablet boxes and the like and has particular reference to releasing the cover from a closed and locked position so that the box may be readily opened.

An object of the invention is the provision of a hinge cover tablet box or the like wherein the front edges of the box cover and body are formed with locking nodes and a pressure opening projection so that a pressure applied on the projection at the front edge of the body will spring it inwardly sufficiently to release the locking nodes and thereby permit easy opening of the cover by a hinging action thereof.

Another object is the provision of such a tablet box wherein the cover is secured in place by a pintle hinge, the pintle of which is retained under tension so that when the cover is released from a closed position, the tension in the pintle will quickly snap the cover open into a partially opened position where it will remain until further opened by hand.

Numerous other objects and advantages of 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:

Figure 1 is a perspective view of a tablet box embodying the instant invention, the view showing the cover of the box in closed position;

Fig. 2 is an enlarged rear elevation of the box shown in Fig. 1;

Figs. 3 and 4 are enlarged sectional views taken substantially along planes indicated by the lines 3-3, 44 in Fig. 1, the two views showing the cover in different positions, Fig. 4 illustrating portions of a hand in the act of initially opening the box; and

Fig. 5 is an enlarged fragmentary front elevation of a modified form of the box shown in Fig. 1.

As a preferred embodiment of the instant invention, the drawing illustrates a rectangular shaped sheet metal tablet box which includes a body member II and a cover member 12 permanently connected by a pintle hinge 13. These box members are preferably of a shallow, onepiece die drawn construction.

The body member I l comprises a flat bottom wall section I5 (Fig. 3) which at its outer edges merges into a continuous, surrounding upright wall IS. The upright wall includes a front wall section IT, a rear wall section l8 and a pair of connecting side wall sections l9.

against inadvertent opening.

The cover member l2 comprises a semi-fiattended, dome shaped top wall section 2| which at its outer edges merges into a continuous, surrounding and depending flange wall 22. The flange wall includes a front wall section 23, a rear wall section 24, and a pair of connecting side wall sections 25. When the cover is in closed position on the body these depending cover wall sections extend'down adjacent to and outside of the corresponding wall sections of the body.

The hinge I3 preferably includes a straight wire pintle 2'! (Figs. 2 and 3) which is tightly secured in a hinge lug 28 formed in the rear wall section 2 5 of the cover. The ends of the pintle extend beyond the cover hinge lug 28 and are disposed in a pair of spaced hinge lugs 29 formed in the rear wall section N3 of the body II.

The rear wall section H; of the body, if de-- sired, may be offset or flexed inwardly a slight distance at its intermediate portion to accommodate and insure clearance for the inner terminal portion of the cover hinge lug 28, in which the pint1e2'l is tightly secured, as best seen in Figs. 3 and 4.

When the cover is in closed position the inside surface of the top wall section 2!, adjacent the hinge engages against the top edge of the body rear wall section, 18 or at the opposite end portions of the latter and hence raises the cover hinge lug 28 slightly out of alignment with the. body hinge lugs 29. This springs the wire pintle into a curved position as shown in Fig. 2 and thus puts the pintle under a tension so that opening of the cover as hereinafter explained will be facilitated.

The cover is locked against accidental opening when in closed position on the body. For this purpose the body front wall section I? is provided with a pair of spaced outwardly projecting nodes or projections 33 (Fig. 4). Similar nodes or projections 34 (see also Fig. 1) are formed in the cover front wall section 23. These two pairs of nodes engage or lock together when the cover. is in closed position and thus retain the cover Provision is made for easy opening cover when desired. This is effected by means of an outwardly extending button 36 (Figs. 1, 3 and 4) which is formed in the front wall section ll of the body ll. middle of the wall section, between the two spaced locking nodes 33. erably of oval or wheat shape as shown in Fig. 1 so that it is more easily actuated by thumb pressure. The frontwall 23 of thecover is relieved of the The button is located in the 1 This button is prefalong its front edges.

or cut away in an arcuate or curved clearance section 37 in order to clear the button and facilitate easy engagement and manipulation thereof.

A slight thumb pressure on the button 36 while holding the back edge of the box with forefinger and middle finger, moves the front wall section I"! of the body inwardly sufiiciently to disengage the body nodes 33 from the cover nodes 34, thereby releasing the cover for its initial opening. This releasing of the cover permits the hinge pintle to spring back into its original straight position and in so doing it snaps the cover upwardly into its initial or partially opened position as hereinbefore mentioned and as shown in Fig. 4. The initially "opened cover may thereupon be grasped with the other hand and raised into a fully open position to gain access to the box interior.

Upon closing the cover it may be again locked into position by a mere pinching of the box This action will snap the locking nodes into re-engagement and thus lock the cover in place.

Fig. illustrates a slightly different embodiment of the inventioninvolving a slightly difa.

ferent shape as to some parts without in any way altering the operation. In this modifiedform'a round opening button 41 -is substituted for the wheat shaped button in .thefront wall I? of the body ll and a rounded clearance section 42 is in the same manneras the wheat-shaped button.

It is thought that the invention and many of its attendant advantages willbe understood from the foregoing'description, and itwill be appar ent that various changes may-bemade in the form, construction and arrangementof the'parts without departing from the spirit and scope of the invention orsacrificing all ofits material advantages, the form hereinbefore described-being merely a preferred embodiment thereof.

I claim:

1. A hinge cover tablet box orthe like, comprising a body member having front and rear Walls, a cover member also having front and rear 'walls telescoping over .said bodymember walls, hinge elements including a wire pintle disposed'and housed -within the rear walls of the body and the cover members for permanently securing said members together andfor-allowing hinging movement of the cover member rela'tive to the b'ody'member, a pair of spaced cover-locking nodes formed in the front walls of each of 'said members for locking the-cover in'close'd position, and aproje'cting button formed on the front wall-of'the bodymember and located-between the locking nodes'thereof so that pressure applied to the button will-force the front wail of the body member inwardly su'fliciently to disengage said body nodes'from-said 'cover nodes. rear walls of the body and'covermembers housing said wire pintle being arranged and'dimensioned relative toeach other so that saidpintle is distorted and thereby placed under spring tension by a pulling action exerted thereon when the cover is in closed and locked-position, said cover being partially opened when said body nodes aredisengaged by the spring ten'dencyof said pintle to resume its normal'shape.

2. A hinge cover tablet box and the like, comprising '-a body I member and a cover -member hingedly connected thereto by means of a normally straight resilient pintle secured at its opposite ends to one of said members and at its intermediate portion to the other of said members, and means for securing said members in closed position, the said hinge connection being such that when the cover is closed a portion of the same engages a wall of said body member at the rear thereof with sufiicient pressure to spring said pintle out of line and place the same .under tension, whereby inward pressure exerted upon said box adjacent said securing means to release the same from engagement permits said "and raise said cover to elevated position by a rocking movement about said engaged portions of said members as a fulcrum.

3. A hinge cover tablet box and the like, comprising a body member and a cover member hingedly connected thereto by means of a normally straight resilient pintle secured at its opposite ends to said body member and atits intermediate portion to said cover member, and latch .members at the front of the box for resiliently securing said membersin closed position, the said hinge connection being such that when the :cover isclosed the top wall of the same engages therear wall of saidbody member with sufficient pressureto draw the intermediate por tion of said pintle out of alignment with the opposite .ends thereof and place the same under spring tension, wherebyinwardpressure exerted upon the front of .said box to release said latch members from engagement permits said pintle to resume its normally straight position by virtue of its inherent spring tension to raise said cover to partially open. position by a rocking movement about said engaged portions of said members 'as a fulcrum.

4. .A hinge cover tabletbox and the like,:comprising a body member having upstanding walls and a cover member having a depending flange wall enclosing the'walls of said .bodymember, said cover member being hingedly connected to said body member by means of a normally straight resilientpintle secured at its opposite ends-to spaced lugs on therear wall of said body member and at its intermediate portion to an intermediately disposed-lug: on said cover member, spaced integrally formed outwardly rextending projections on the front walls ofsaid body and cover members adapted to be resiliently engaged to releasably secure said members in closed position, and an outwardly extending buttonon said body member disposed'between said1;projections and adapted'to be manually'engaged'to yieldablypress the front wall of-said body member inwardly to disengage .said projections, the said hinge connection betweenrsaid body and cover members being such that when theucover is closed the rear of the top wall of the same engages the'rear wall of said bodyimember with sufiicient pressure to flex the-intermediate portion of said pintleoutwardlynoutiofalignment with theoppositeends thereof and place the same underspring tension, whereby inward pressure exerted upon said button to release-said 'projections from engagement permits said pintle-to return to its normally straightwposition by virtue of its inherent spring tension, thereby raising said cover to partially open 'position bya rrocking movement about said engaged portionsof said body andcovermembers as a fulcrum.

.RICIlIdlAlEtD J. WHITE.

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Classifications
U.S. Classification220/283
International ClassificationB65D43/16
Cooperative ClassificationB65D2251/105, B65D2251/1075, B65D43/165
European ClassificationB65D43/16C1A