US 2377520 A
Description (OCR text may contain errors)
June 5 1945. RQBINSQN J L 2377520 BOTTLE CARRIER Fil'ed March 9; 1944 2 Sheets-Sheet 1 W. .M 7 2 m 3 0 c 1 R L mm o 0 Z .2 7 ,2
J 5, J. ROVBINSCDN, JR ET AL 2,377,520
IBVOTTLECARRIER Filed March 9, 1944 2 Sheets-Sheet 2 Joseph Robinson Jr? Mark L. Se iber'i' 37 Patented June 5, 1945 BOTTLE CARRIER Joseph Robinson, Jr., Ohio, assignors to and Mark L. S eibert, Dover, Marsh Wall Products, In-
corporated, Dover, Ohio, a corporation of Ohio Application March 9, 1944, Serial No. 525,674
The invention relates to holders for beverage bottles and more particularly to a carrier adapted for use inthe transportation of bottled goods in small quantities such as one-half dozen.
It is customary under present practice to package bottled soft drinks in cardboard carriers of the six bottle type so" that they may be easily transported by the customer. Owing to this nature of the material, such carriers do not afford much protection to the bottles and are not serviceable for using more than once.
Furthermore such cardboard carriers as are now in general use cannot be easily stacked one upon another because of the handles which protr-ude above the tops of the bottles and interfere with the placing of one carrier upon the top of another.
with stop means for limiting the upper move- The object of the present invention is to provide a bottle carrier which will afford maximum protection to the bottles contained therein.
Another object is to provide a bottle carrier which may be used repeatedly for storing and ,transporting bottled goods.
Still another object is the provision of a bottle carrier of such construction that it may be easily stacked with similar. carriers.
A further object is to provide a bottle carrier formed of two side wall members.and a bottom wall member of Masonite board, fiber board or other suitable sheet material, attached together by means of two binder brackets of sheet metal or the like.
A still further object is to provide a carrier of the character referred to .in which the sheet metal binder brackets also form guides for a vertically slidable partition and handle member which may be collapsed for stacking the carriers one upon another and extended for carrying a carrier by hand.
Another object is to provide a bottle carrier of this type in which the side wall members are provided with rounded comers having a radius less than that of the bottles so as to cushion thebottles located in the corners of the container.
Still another object is to provide such a bottle carrier in which all of the parts of the carrier are assembled by means of the combined binder and guide brackets.
A further object of the invention is to provide a binder and guide bracket formed of a single piece of sheet metal, or the like, having a vertical attaching portion for connecting opposed edges of the side walls together, a horizontal lower flange for connecting the bottom wall to the side ment of the partition and handle member.
The above objects, together with others which will be apparent from the drawings and description, or which may be later referred to, may be attained by constructing the improved bottle carrier in the manner illustrated in the accompanying drawings. in which:
Eigure 1 is an isometric view of a bottle carrier constructed in accordance with the invention;
Fig. 2 a transverse sectional view through the bottle carrier, showing the manner in which the slidable partition and handle may be collapsed to permit stacking of the bottle carriers, one upon another.
Fig. 3 an isometric view of the binder and guide bracket;
Fig. 4 a longitudinal, vertical section through the bottle carrier, and
Fig. 5 a top plan view of the carrier.
Referring now to the drawings, in which similar numerals refer to similar parts throughout, the improved bottle carrier to which the invention pertains may be formed generally of two similar wall members 10, a bottom member I I. and a partition and handle member l2, which may be Masonite board, fiber board, ply wood, metal or other suitable sheet material, the bottom member II and partition and handle I? being preferably of greater thickness than the wall members II.
All 01' these sheet material members may be assembled together to form the complete bottle carrier by means of a pair of'binder and guide brackets indicated generally at 13 which may be formed of sheet metal or the like.
The bottom member II is of oblong shape and of proper size to support the number of bottles which it is desired to carry. Such carriers are usually made to hold six bottles and as shown in the drawings, two parallel rows of three bottles each, as indicated at M, may be contained in the carrier, the two rows of bottles being spaced by the partition and handle member as best shown in Fig. 5.
The corners of the bottom member are preferably rounded, as at II, and each or the wall members l0 forms one complete side wall l6 and two halves of the end walls II, by bending opposite ends ot the wall members to fit around the rounded comers I! of the bottom member, as indicated at I.
walls, and spaced guide flanges for slidably It should be noted that the rounded corners ll of the wall members are on a smaller radius than that of the bottles ll, so that each comer bottle in the container has only a two point contact with the walls, as indicated at l9, thus cushioning the comer bottles against shock or impact against the corner portions of the carrier.
The binder and guide bracket I3 is preferably formed from a single sheet of metal, the side portions of which are folded back upon itself, as at 20, to a point near the vertical, longitudinal center of the bracket and then bent outward at right angles forming the spaced pair of guide flanges 2| which may be cut out at their lower portions, as at 22, in order to reduce the weight. A horizontal flange 23 is bent outwardly at right angles to the normal plane of the bracket at the lower end thereof.
In assembling the bottle carrier the guide flanges 2| of the brackets are inserted between the opposed edges of the end wall portions I1. at opposite ends of the carrier, the folded portion 20 of the brackets being butted against the outer surfaces of the end wall portions l1 and attached thereto as by the wire stitches or staples 24.
The bottom member I I, which has been inserted within the lower end of the wall members, rests upon the horizontal bottom flanges 23 of the brackets and fits beneath the lower ends 26 of the bracket flanges 2| and is connected to the horizontal flanges 23 as by the wire staples or stitches 21. Thus the wall members and bottom be pulled-upward to the full line position shown in Fig. 2, bringing the hand grip opening 3| above the tops of the bottles so that the user may easily member are securely attached together in proper position by means of the brackets I3.
The partition and handle member comprises the lower or partition portion 29, of suitable dimensions to extend longitudinally through the center of the carrier from one end thereof to the other, and preferably from the bottom memberto' the upper edges of the wall members, and the tapered handle portion 30 extending upwardly from the partition portion and provided with the hand grip opening 3|, by means of which the carrier may be manually transported.
The vertical edge portions of the partition and handle member l2 are slidably received between the guide flanges 2| of the bracket, and rivets, or other suitable stop members 32, are located through apertures 33 in the flanges I and through the vertical slots 34 in the edge ortions of the partition and handle member, thus limiting the sliding movement of the partition and handle member relative to the carrier.
For storage or transportation the partition and handle member l2 may be collapsed or telescoped within the carrier to the lowered position shown in Figs. 1 and 4, and shown in broken lines in Fig. 2 so that the upper end thereof is below the tops of the bottles l4, permitting the filled carriers to be stacked one upon another.
When it is desired to carry the bottle carrier by hand, the partition and handle member may insert his hand therethrough to carry the device.
From the above it will be evident that a strong, durable and simply constructed bottle carrier is provided in which all of the members forming the carrier are assembled and attached by means of the two brackets l3, which provide for rigid attachment of the wall and bottom members and sliding. attachment of the partition and handle member, so that the improved bottle carriers are adapted for stacking upon each other or for manual transportation. i
l. A bottle carrier comprising a pair of opposed, similar, sheet material wall members, each forming one complete side wall and halves of two end walls of the carrier, a sheet material bottom member located at the lower edges of the Wall members, a binder and guide bracket located at each end of the carrier, each bracket having a vertical portion overlapping and attached to opposed edge portions of the wall members, a horia-I similar, sheet material wa-ll members, each forming one complete side wall and halves of two end walls of the carrier, a sheet material bottom member located at the lowen edges" of the wall members, a binder and guide bracket located at each end of the carrier, each bracket formed of a single sheet of metal'having its opposite side portions folded back upon itself to a point near the center of the bracket and then bent inwardly forming a guide channel disposed between the opposed edges of the wall members, means attaching the folded portions of the bracket to the opposed .edge portions of the wall membersQa horizontal flange at the lower end of each bracket attached to the adjacent end portion of the bot-' tom member and' a partition and handle member JOSEPH RoBINsoN, JR. MARK L. SI/QIBERT.