US 2484148 A
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Oct. 11, 1949. H. E. BEATTY ET AL 2,484,148
CONDIMENT HOLDER Filed April 3, 1946 lriventorg A No rneys #4 mmwW/uazzm Patented Oct. 11, 1949 CONDIMENT HOLDER Horatio E- Beatty, Elberfeld, and Thomas W. Mullen, Evansville, Ind.; said Mullen assignor to said Beatty Application April 3, 1946, Serial No. 659,374
The present invention relates to condiment holders, such as are customarily used for salt, pepper and other seasonings.
An important object of the invention is to provide a holder which will substantially prevent the formation of clogs, especially in the instance of salt, the device operating when inverted and shaken to always maintain the salt loose and. lumpless.
Another object of the invention is to provide a condiment holder especially constructed for agitating and breaking up lumps of salt as the latter is dispensed through the dispensing openings thereof.
A further object of the invention is to provide a condiment holder head or top structure which may be bought independently of conventional receptacles, thus permitting the improved head structure to be bought by householders and others, to be applied to the containers they presently have on hand.
Still a further object of the invention is to provide a condiment holder which can be easily constructed and which will retail at a very nominal price.
These and other objects and advantages of the invention will become apparent to the reader of the following description.
In the drawings:
Figure 1 is a top plan view:
Figure 2 is a fragmentary vertical sectional view taken on line 2-2 of Figure 1;
Figure 3 is a fragmentary vertical sectional View showing the shaker inverted and the head portion of the cap in contents discharging position;
Figure 4 is a section taken on line 4-4 of Figure 2 Figure 5 is an enlarged fragmentary detailed sectional view through the cap and head structure, showing the cap slightly elevated;
Figure 6 is a top plan view of the head portion with the cap removed.
Referring to the drawing, numeral 5 denotes a container preferably cylindrical and which may be of transparent material, such as glass or plastic. The upper open end of the container has external threads 6 with which engage the thread formed skirt 1 of an annular head structure 8, the upper portion of this head structure 8 being curved inwardly and provided with a top 9, The
top 9 has a circular opening l0 and. projecting into this opening from the top 9 are axially directed lugs H.
Numeral I2 is a convex shaped and perhaps hollow body having a flat bottom 13, from which depends a skirt l4 snugly slidable through the opening it of the top 9, and this skirt l4 has longitudinal slots I5 extending from the bottom i3 to a point adjacent the lower edge of the skirt [4, the slots l5 receiving the lugs H and serving as openings through which the contents of the container 5 can be shaken, as when the device is inverted to the position shown in Figure 3.
The closure body I2 has its bottom resting flatly on the top 9, when the holder is in upright position, this serving to exclude moisture from reaching the contents of the container 5. When the container is inverted, as shown in Figure 3, the contents will fall into the skirt l4 and be caused to run out through the slots [5 by a shaking motion of the holder, and any lumps that may form and lodge in the slots, are broken into grains during the up and down movement of the body 12 by the lugs H which move longitudinally in the slots l5 and serve to clean the slots as Well as limiting longitudinal movement of the closure.
Upon return of the holder to an upright position, the closure body l2 will return to a position resting upon the top 9, thus closing off the interior of the container against the admission of moisture.
While the foregoing description sets forth the invention in specific terms, it is to be understood that numerous changes in the shape, size and materials may be resorted to without departing from the spirit and scope of the invention as claimed hereinafter.
Having described the invention, what is claimed as new is:
A condiment holder comprising a container having its upper end open, a head removably carried by the upper end of said container and a top wall formed with an opening and with lugs spaced from each other circumferentially of the said opening and extending inwardly thereof, a closure having a body formed with a solid bottom normally resting fiat against the top wall of said head to close the opening therein, and an annular skirt extending downwardly from the body and fitting snugly in the opening and being slidable longitudinally through the said opening, said. skirt being formed with longitudinally extending slots spaced from each other circumferentially of the skirt, said lugs fitting into said slots and. serving to limit outward longitudinal movement of the skirt through the opening and constituting members for removing clogged. material lodged in the slots.
THOMAS W. MULLEN.
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Number UNITED STATES PATENTS Name Date Wallace Nov. 9, 1886 Nixon et al Nov. 10, 1908 Vance Jan. 10, 1911 Carlisle May '7, 1918 Weidlich June 24, 1919 Peterson Nov; 10, 1925 Reiner Jan. 7, 1930 Manger Nov. 11. 1941