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Publication numberUS2558414 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateJun 26, 1951
Filing dateDec 14, 1948
Priority dateDec 14, 1948
Publication numberUS 2558414 A, US 2558414A, US-A-2558414, US2558414 A, US2558414A
InventorsBlackman Edward L
Original AssigneeBlackman Edward L
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Drip tray for human feeding, etc.
US 2558414 A
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June 26, 1951 BLACKMAN 2,558,414

DRIP TRAY FOR HUMAN FEEDING, ETC

. Filed Dec. 14. 1948 INVENTOR. EDWARD L. BLACKM N.

ATTORN Er.

Patented June 26, 1951 UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE DRIP TRAY FOR HUMAN FEEDING, E'ro.

Edward L. Blackman, New York, N. Y.

Application December 14, 1948, Serial No. 65,120

7 Claims. (Cl. 65-'-29) The improvements relate primarily to small trays Or the like with absorbent bottoms and. adapted to catch particles of solid food and drops of liquid food which may fall from the fork, spoon or cup while being conveyed to the mouth or" a person eating, and are particularly useful to sick patients, invalids, small children and also normal persons who enjoy eating in bed. They have many other uses, however, as will be seen by the following description, including use for eating on airplanes, while driving and aboard boats. They can also be employed in connection with picnic lunches and buiiet suppers, etc. and with paper plates 01' plates of other material.

Among the objects of the improvements are the provision of a disk, preferably of absorbent material such as blotting paper and with a nonabsorbent bottom coating, and a holder in which it is removably and replaceably carried composed of a piece of resilient wire formed into a plurality of superposed rings with an extending handle, all of strong, light and efficient form, which may be held in one hand of the person using it or of the nurse or other person attending him while the other hand is employed in the feeding operation or otherwise. Other uses and advantages will be apparent from the following specification, in which the accompanying drawing is referred to, and in which drawing- Figure 1 is a plan of an absorbent tray and holder embodying the invention;

Fig. 2 is a medial cross section of the same substantially on the line 2-2 of Fig. 1.

Fig. 3 is a modified handle member.

1 The disk I is composed of a flexible sheet of fibrous absorbent material, preferably of the blotting paper order, and has a coating of waterproof or moisture resistant material I on its under side so that liquid will not pass through it while it is in use but will spread thereon and be absorbed thereby. It has a notch I" in its edge at one point so that it can pass the upper and inner loop or ring 2 of the holder near its handle and where it passes downwardly to form the lower and outer loop or ring 3, so that it will fit in between the two rings, extend beyond them all around and be held in position firmly between the said loops.

The rings or loops 2 and 3: are made of a single piece of resilient wire or the like bent in fiat spiral form, the ring 2 being smaller and slightly above the loop 3 but normally engaged therewith throughout itsperi-phery or at a number of points therein. The wire after forming the ring 2 turns downwardly, and outwardly, as indicated at 4 and is formed into the outside lower ring 3 substantially parallel with ring 2 but slightly below it, so that when the disk I is inserted between the two rings they will grip it between them and also depress the central portion of the disk while slightly elevating its edges so as to form it into a shallow saucer shape and prevent liquid or solids from spilling over the said edges. The ring 2 also forms a guard around the periphery of this cen tral portion to assist in this function.

The radially projecting handle members 2' and 3' of the rings 2 and 3 are integral with their respective rings and terminate in small IOODSOI' beads 2", 3 which are the terminals of the wire of which the entire holder is formed. As the handle member 3 is on a little lower plane than the member 2, and these members are turned vertically away from each other, when these members are pressed together, they not only contract the rings but cause them to separate to a sufficient extent to permit the disk to be easily ins'erted or removed. When the disk is inserted in the holding rings and the handle members re: leased the latter can be used as a handle to hold the tray in position; or these members may be extended to pass over the shoulders or wholly and partly around the neck and over the shoulders of the person to whom they are applied (Fig. 3) to position and support the tray without the use of the hands; and in this particular size and form the device can be used as a catch tray in dental work or for treatments of the oral cavity generally. This modification is illustrated in Fig. 3, in which the handle or supporting members 2 and 3 extend upwardly, over the shoulders and partly around the neck of the wearerindicated at A-and then downwardly behind the shoul ders. Moreover, the beaded ends 2" and 3" of the handle may be turned vertically so that when brought together they will overlap and interlock and maintain the position of the said members.

Various modifications of the details herein described and shown and various uses of the improvements may be made without departing from the scope of the invention.

What I claim is:

1. In a device of the character described, a piece of spring wirelike material formed into a plurality of approximately parallel but non-coincident inner and outer loops with its ends separated and extending away from said loops to form a handle holding and loop flexing member, a sheet of flexible absorbent material adapted to be inserted between said loops and held in position by their sheet-gripping and flexing spring action, span the space enclosed by them and extend beyond them and forming therewith a tray with a relatively rigid border com' posed of the loops and having an absorbent upper interior portion and a relatively impervious bottom with a holding and carrying member projecting from the edge thereof at a portion of its circumference.

2. In a device of the character described, a piece of spring wirelike material formed into a plurality of approximately parallel but non-coincident inner and outer loops with its ends separated and extending away from said'loops to form a handle and holding and loop flexing member, a sheet of flexible absorbent fibrous material having a nonabsorbent under surface adapted to be inserted between said loops and held in position by their sheet-gripping and flexing spring action, span the space enclosed by them and extend beyond them and forming therewith a tray with a relatively rigid border composed of the loops and having an absorbent upper interior portion and a relatively impervious bottom with a holding and carrying member projecting from the edge thereof at a portion of its circumference, said extending ends when'compressed toward each other constructed and arranged and adapted to cause separation of the loops to permit free insertion or removal of said sheet.

3. In a device of the character described, a piece of spring wirelike material formed into a plurality of approximately parallel but non-coincident inner and outer loops with its ends separated and extending away from said loops to form a handle and holding and loop flexing member, a sheet of flexible absorbent material having a moisture resistant under surface adapted to be inserted between said loops and held in position by their sheet-gripping and flexing spring action, span the space enclosed by them and extend beyond them and forming therewith a tray with a relatively rigid border composed of the loops and having an absorbent upper interior portion and a relatively impervious bottom with a holding and carrying member projecting from the edge thereof at a portion of its circumference.

4. In a device of the character described, a piece of spring wirelike material formed into a plurality of approximately parallel but, non-coincident inner and outer loops with its ends separated and extending away from said loops to form a handle and holding and loop flexing member, a sheet of flexible absorbent material adapted to be inserted between said loops and held in position by their sheet-gripping and flexing spring action, span the space enclosed by them and extend beyond them and forming therewith a tray with a relatively rigid border composed of the loops and having an absorbent upper interior portion and a relatively impervious bottom with a holding and carrying member projecting from the edge thereof at a portion of its circumference said gheet being formed into a shallow bowl-like conour.

5. In a device of the character described, a piece of spring wirelike material formed into a plurality of approximately parallel but non-coincident inner and outer loops with its ends separated and extending away from said loops to form a handle and holding and loop flexing member, a sheet of flexible absorbent material adapted to be inserted between said loops and held in position by their sheet-gripping and flexing spring tend beyond them and forming therewith a tray with a relatively rigid border composed of the loops and having an absorbent upper interior portion and a relatively impervious bottom with a holding and carrying member projecting from the edge thereof at a portion of its circumference said loops being spaced one slightly outside the other and exerting pressure on the portion of the sheet between the loops upwardly while the other exerts pressure thereon downwardly to give the sheet a concave form.

6. In a device of the character described, a piece of spring wirelike material formed into a plurality of approximately parallel juxtaposed loops with its ends extending away from said loops to form a handle and holding member, a sheet of flexible absorbent material adapted to be inserted between said loops and held in position by their convergent spring action, span the space enclosed by then'i and extend beyond them and forming therewith a tray with a relatively rigid border composed of the'loops and having an absorbent upper interior portion with a holding and carrying member projecting from the edge thereof at a portion of its circumference said extending ends being spaced apart and adapted, constructed and arranged when pressed toward each other to contract said loops and separate them vertically of material.

7. In a device of the character described, a piece of spring wirelike material formed into a plurality of approximately parallel juxtaposed loops with its ends extending away from said loops to form a handle and holding member, a sheet of flexible absorbent material adapted to be inserted between said loops and held in position by their convergent spring action, span the space enclosed by them and extend beyond them and forming therewith a'tray with a relatively rigid border composed of the loops and having an absorbent upper interior portion with a holding and carrying member projecting from the end thereof at a portion of its circumference said ex tending ends being spaced apart vertically and laterally and adapted, constructed and arranged when pressedtoward each other to contract said loops and separate them vertically to permit the insertion and removal of said sheet of material.

EDWARD L. BLACKMAN.

REFERENCES CITED The following references are of record in the file of this patent:

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Classifications
U.S. Classification2/49.4, 24/550, 128/846, 224/201
International ClassificationA47G19/08, A47G19/00, A47G23/00, A47G23/06
Cooperative ClassificationA47G2023/0675, A47G19/08
European ClassificationA47G19/08