US 2330961 A
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1943- c. M. DYKES 2,330,961
BOTTLE CARRIER Filed Jan. 15, 1945 2 Sheets-Sheet 1 Oct. 5, 1c DYKES BOTTLE CARRIER Filed Jan. 15, 1943 2 sheets-Sheena I 4 I Inventor Patented Oct. 5, 1943 UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE 2,330,961 BOTTLE CARRIER Coy M. Dykes, Sparta, Ga.
Application January 13, 1943, Serial No. 472,233
2 Claims. (01. 294-87) The present invention relates to new and useful improvements in bottle carriers and has for its primary object to provide, in a manner as hereinafter set forth, a device of this character com-- prising a novel construction and arrangement whereby a plurality of beverage bottles, for example, may beconveniently lifted and transported with one hand.
Another very important object of the invention is to provide a carrier of the aforementioned character comprising unique means for firmly gripping-and retaining the bottles.
Other objects of the invention are to provide a bottle carrier of the character described which will be comparatively simple in construction, strong, durable, highl efficient and reliable in use, light in weight and which may be manufactured at low cost.
All of the foregoing and still further objects and advantages of the invention Will become apparent from a study of the following specification, taken in connection with the accompanying drawings wherein like characters of reference designate corresponding parts throughout the several views, and wherein:
Figure 1 is a, top plan view of a bottle carrier constructed in accordance with the present in-- vention.
Figure 2 is a view in side elevation of the dewhich has been illustrated comprises a substantially rectangular plate I of suitable material, preferably cardboard, which plate may be of any desired dimensions. The board I has formed therein a plurality of circular openings 2 for the reception of the neck portions 3 of the bottles 4 to be transported.
Outer and intermediate clutches 5 and 6, respectively, are mounted on the board I for engagement beneath the usual circumferential ribs I on the necks of the bottles 4 for anchoring said bottles in the openings 2. The .clutches 5 and 6 are also preferably of cardboard, or wire.
The clutch 6 is in the form of a resilient strip mounted transversely on the board I and pivotally secured thereto at an intermediate point, as at 8. Arcuate recesses 9 are provided in the side edges of the intermediate clutch 5. The outer clutches 5 are substantially V-shaped and their bight portions are formed to provide substantially segmental, apertured ears I0 which the recesses 9 accommodate and which are pivotally secured, as at I I, to the board I. It will thus be seen that the clutches 5 and 6 are capable of limited swinging movement in a horizontal plane on the board I. The end portions of the clutches 5 and 6 pro ject over the openings 2 and have formed therein arcuate recesses I2 for the reception of the necks 3 of the bottles. A flexible strand I3, constituting a carrying handle, has its end portions an.- chored in the board I at points between the legs of the substantially V-shaped clutches 5.
It is thought that the manner of using the device will be readily apparent from a consideration of the foregoing. Briefly, the bottles 4 to be transported are arranged in rows and spaced to conform to the openings 2. The board I is then slipped downwardly on the bottles, the necks of said bottles projecting upwardly through the openings 2. The clutches 5 and 6 engage the bottles and are fixed upwardly until the ribs I on said bottles have passed said clutches. The board I is then lifted through the medium of the loop or handle I3 and the clutches 5 and 6 close automatically due to their resiliency and frictionally bind the bottles in the openings 2 for suspending said bottles from the board when said board is lifted. The arrangement of the clutches 5 and 6 and the openings 2 is such that, when the board I is lifted, the lower ends of said bottles tend to swing inwardly toward a common center. The pivotal mountings of the clutches 5 and 6 on the board I permit said clutches to automatically adjust themselves to properly engage and retain the bottles in conjunction with the remote wall portions of the openings 2. If desired, the walls of the openings 2and the recesses I2 may be waterproofed with parafilne or other suitable material if the bottles to be handled are wet. Thus, the cardboard or other materialmay be protected against saturation and softening as a result thereof.
It is believed that the many advantages of a bottle carrier consructed in accordance with the present invention will be readily understood and although a preferred embodiment of the device is as illustrated and described, it is to be understood that changes in the details of construction and in the combination and arrangement of parts maybe resorted to which will fall within the scope of the invention as claimed.
Having described the invention, what is claimed asnewis:
1. A bottle. carrier comprising a board having a plurality of openings therein for the reception of bottles, substantially v-shaped, resilient clutches mounted on the board, the blght portions 01' said clutches including apertured ears pivotally secured to the board, the free end portions of the clutches extending over the openings and having arcuate recesses therein for the reception of the bottles, said clutches being engageable with the bottles ior anchoring said bottles in the openings, and means for lifting the board.
2. A bottle carrier oI-the character described comprising an elongated board having a plurality of openings therein for the reception of bottles, an elongated clutch member of resilient material mounted transversely on the board and pivotally secured at an intermediate point thereto, the
end portions of said clutch projecting over cer-' tain oi the openings, said clutch having arcuate recesses in its longitudinal edges, and substantlally II -shaped clutches of resilient material mounted on the board, said V-shaped clutches comprising bight portions including substantially segmental, apertured ears pivotally secured to the board and rotatably engaged in the recesses, the end portions or the substantially v-shaped clutches extending over the remaining openings, the free ends of the first and the second-named clutches having arcuate recesses therein for the reception or the bottles, said clutches being engageable with the bottles for anchoring said bottles in the openings.
COY M. DYIQ'JS.