US 2441346 A
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May 11, 1948- v J. F. CURRIVAN BOTTLE CARRIER Filed Jan. 31, 1946 FI -l.
i atented May 11 1948 UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE 2,441,346 BOTTLE CARRIER John F. Currivanplilast Hamptom Application January 31, 1946, Serial No. 644,546
3 Claims. (Cl. 224-45) This invention relates to bottle carriers of the type in which a number of beverage bottles, usually six, are suspended from the carrier which has a cord or other means by which it is held. The object of the invention is to provide a bottle carrier which may be inexpensively stamped from a blank without any waste of the blank material and fabricated with the minimum number of operations. A further object of the invention is to provide a bottle carrier of the type indicated which will present a substantial part of its surface area for bearing advertising matter of the particular beverage. A still further object of this invention is to provide a bottle carrier which will permit the facile insertion and removal of bottles. The improved carrier is preferably formed to be used for six pint bottles.
For the attainment of the foregoing and such other objects of the invention as may appear or be pointed out herein, I have shown an embodiment of my invention in the accompanying drawings, wherein:
Fig. 1 is a top plan view of the improved carrier as arranged for six bottles;
Fig. 2 is a view in elevation with the elements in bottle holding position;
Fig. 3 is a perspective View;
Fig. 4 is a plan view of a modification.
Referring to the drawings a rectangular piece of material, preferably fibre board die cut to form a rim member I and a central relatively immovable gripping member 2.
The rim member has straight inner wall edges except at the corners, which may be rounded. It is the gripping member 2 which is formed with curved apertures for receiving the bottle necks? and the rim member holds the bottles against the gripping member. To this end each longitudinal margin of the member 2 is formed with a curvilinear aperture at 2 For ease of bottle insertion this aperture, in each case may outwardly merge into a wider cut-away portion faced laterally by the edges of the gripping member.
A single strap or cord 3 is employed both to centre the gripping member, to permit such movement thereof as to enable reception and also removal of bottles, and as a carrying handle. The strap 3 preferably lies diagonally of the. gripping member 2 and passes through apertures at 4 to the lower face of the carrier at such face each end portion 3 of the strap is led somewhat in a line at right angles to the longitudinal axis of the carrier and to the rim member to which said end portion of the strap is secured, as by a staple fastener 5.
It will be seen that the gripping member may be moved upwardly away from the rim member and then tilted in such manner that one side will be raised for insertion of these bottles. This follows because there is slack in the handle-i. e. the strap portion above the gripping member, in the position of Fig. 1, is sufficiently long to aiford an adequate hand grip and also permit an upward sliding movement of the gripping member relatively to the strap.
When one side of the gripping member is raised to an incline three bottles may be inserted in the appropriate apertures at each side of the gripping member until the :bottle neck beads lie above the upper plane of the rim. Where the handle then is gripped, the weight of the bottles will cause the gripping member, hanging from the strap to assume horizontal position below the beads of the bottle necks. The rim in conjunction with the gripping member holding the necks in place.
In Figure 4 I have shown the strap apertures spaced in a line running centrally and longitudinally of the gripping member and the end sections of the strap below the gripping member extending approximately 90 from the handle area for attachment to the rim member. This facilitates operation of the device and may be regarded as a preferred form.
Having thus described my invention, what I claim and desire to secure by Letters Patent, is:
1. A bottle carrier comprising a rim member having a continuous inner edge formation, a gripping member formed of a section interiorly cut from the rim blank and adapted to fit within the same, the gripping member being formed with opposed sets of curvilinear apertures, and a strap member forming a handle area at one face of the gripping member and passing through spaced apertures in the gripping member, each end section of the strap being extended under the gripping member and to the rim member and being secured to the latter, as and for the purpose set forth.
2. A bottle carrier formed from a single sheet of rigid material and consisting of a rim member and a gripping member cut from the interior of the blank sheet in such manner that the rim member thus formed is provided with substantially straight inner edges and thereby lacking re-entrant apertures, the gripping member being formed with opposed sets of curvilinear apertures, and a strap member passing through spaced apertures substantially in a line centrally of the gripping member and in a longitudinal line with respect to the latter, the end sections of the strap thence extending transversely of the gripping member and being secured to the rim member as and for the purpose set forth.
3. A bottle carrier constructed from a unitary sheet of substantially rigid material and consisting of a rim member having a central aperture and a gripping member formed of the area cut away to provide said aperture, the inner edge of th m member einair em re-e aa apertures, and the gripping member .ha gopp osed curvilinear apertures adaptedto receive the necks of bottles, and a flexible carrier element passing, through spaced holes formed in the gripping member and having its ends attached torthe rim.
JOHN "F; CURRIVAN;
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