US 2563698 A
Description (OCR text may contain errors)
Aug. 7, 1951 N. B. WHITEBREAD RECEPTACLE RETAINING DEVICE Filed Jan. 15, 1949 Patented Aug. 7, 1951 UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE RECEPTACLE RETAINING DEVICE Ned B. Whitebread, Sterling, Ill., assignor, by mesne assignments, to Kolite, Inc., Chicago, 111., a corporation of Illinois Application January 13, 1949, Serial .No. 70,640
i This invention relates to a receptacle retaining device and more particularly it has to do with improved means for securing a receptacle such as a bowl to a table top or the like.
It is well known that when babies reach a certain age they develop a tendency to pick up the bowlout of which theyare eating and throw it to the floor. .Since such bowls are generally made of :china or plastic they are usually broken on contact with the floor. Heretofore many devices the person attending the baby to remove the bowl from the high chair when it is necessary to refill it.or wash it.
It is therefore an important object of the pres ent invention to provide an improved device for firmly securing a.bowl to the trayof a high chair or the like.
Another object of the present invention is to provide a device for securing a bowl to the tray of a high chair which cannot be unfastened by the child but is readily removable by the person serving the child.
A further objectof the present invention is to provide a means for securing a bowl to a table top which may be removed from the bowl and cleaned or laundered when necessary.
A still further object of the invention is to provide a clamping device which is simple in construction and operation and economical to manufacture.
According to the general features of the present invention there is provided a strap assembly which has a central portion made up of two strap members which may be separated and disposed around :the bowl on the "tray of the high chair. A plurality of clamp elements having hooked upper end portions are threaded on the strap and are arranged around the bowl with the hooked upper ends disposed over the rim of the bowl. When the strap is secured around the tray the central portion of the strap forms a clamping circle around the bowl and holds it securely on the tray.
Other and further features, objects and advantages of the present invention will be apparent to one skilled in the art from the following tie- 2 tailed description of the annexed sheets of drawlugs.
lifting up the bowl, it usually isdiilicult also for V On the drawings: Figure 1 is a fragmentary perspective view of the tray of a highchair on which a bowl is secured by means of a clamping strap assembly constructed according to the teachings of the present invention. v
Figure 2 is a vertical sectional view taken substantially centrally through the bowl and high chair tray, showing the strap assembly secured on the tray.
Figure 3 is a perspective view of the receptacleretaining device of the present invention shown detached from the bowl and the high chair tray.
As shown on the drawings:
In Figure 1, the numeral [0 indicates the tray of :a high chair of standard construction having a flat central portion l2 and border member I l defining the edgesof the tray. A bowl iii, of the type usually used for feeding infants, is shown heldon the tray is by a strap assembly [8.
The assembly I8 includes a first strap 28 having an automatic strap locking buckle .22 at one end and a metal end piece .24 at the other end.
An auxiliary strap 26 is sewed to the first strap 2b as at points .28 and 3B. A metal clamp element Or clip 32 is provided with a bent over upper end 34 and .a pair of slots 35 disposed substantially vertically in the .body of the clamp. The strap 20 is disposed through the slots 36 of the clamp 32 while strap 26 is-disposed through a pair of slots 49 in a clamp 42 which is identical to the clamp 32.
The straps Z0 and .26 are disposed through one of the slotsin clamp members or clips 4 which are identical to the clamps 32 and 42. One of the clamps M is disposed between each of the clamps 32 and 42 and the sewed joints 28 and 3B.
Thus, as shown in Figure 3, the strap assembly I 8 may be arranged so that its central portion forms a circular retaining band with the clamp elements 44 defining the point at which the straps .213 and 26 circular portion begins. Thus, asshown in Figures land 2, the straps may be placed over a bowl with the hooked upper edges of the metal clamp members disposed over the rim of the bowl. The strap is then adjusted to fit snugly around the bowl. In Figure 1, the clips 32 and 42 are shown as being disposed at points on the rim of the bowl. It will be understood, of course, that these elements may be spaced around the bowl in any desired position. If the bowl is not perfectly round, the strap elements may be disposed at the most advantageeus point. Also, while it is shown in this drawin that only two side elements 32 and 42 are used, it will, of course, be understood that as many of these elements may be used as the shape or size of the bowl dictates.
The strap assembly 18 is fastened to the tray by means of the automatic locking buckle 22. For convenience of illustration the buckle in Figure 1 is shown on the upper edge of the tray. By proper adjustment of the strap, this buckle may be disposed around on the under side of the rim section at a point where the child cannot see it and will -not be tempted to tamper with its operation.
The strap may be made of-any flexible material such as heavy canvas. It is desirable, of course, that this material be washable so that it may be kept in a sanitary condition. Also, the metal clamp 32 should be washable, and. of course, these clamp elements may be made of plastic.
From the foregoing description, it is seen that there is provided in this invention a novel clamping device for securing the bowl out of which a child is being fed to the tray of the high chair. This strap element is very simple in construction and operation and is arranged to effectively grip the edge of the bowl to hold it firmly against removal. Further, the locking buckle on the strap assembly may be disposed out of the reach of the child so that he cannot release the bowl from its position. 011 the other hand, h b Wl may be quickly and easily removed by the person who is attending the child and may be removed from the bowl itself for easy. laundering and washing of the bowl.
It will, of course, be understood that various details of construction may be varied through a wide range without departing from the principles of this invention and it is, therefore, not the purpose to limit the patent granted hereon otherwise than necessitated by the scope of the appended claims.
I claim as my invention:
1. A device for securing a bowl to a tray or the like comprising a pair of clip elements arranged to engage opposite upper inside portions of the bowl, and flexible strap means connected to said clip elements and arranged to extend beneath the tray so that the bowl and strap means together form a complete loop around the tray, said strap means including a pair of flexible strap portions disposed between said clip elements for disposition on opposite sides of the bowl.
2. A device for securing a bowl to a tray or the like comprising a first pair of clip elements arranged to engage opposite upper inside portions of the bowl, flexible strap means connected to said clip elements and arranged to extend beneath the tray so that the bowl and strap means together form a complete loop around the tray,
said strap means including a pair of flexible strap portions disposed between said clip elements for disposition on opposite sides of the bowl, and a second pair of clip elements each disposed on one of said pair of flexible strap portions for engaging circumferentially spaced edge portions of the bowl.
3. A device for securing a bowl to a tray or the like comprising a pair of clips having hooked I ends arranged to extend over circumferentially spaced edge portions of the bowl, a first flexible strap portion movably extending through said clips and arranged to extend around one side of the bowl, a second flexible strap portion movably extending through said clips and arranged to extend around the other side of the bowl, and means securing said strap portions together at points thereon spaced from said clips and outside of the bowl.
4. A device for securing a bowl to a tray or the like comprising a pair of clips having hooked ends arranged to extend over circumferentially spaced edge portions of the bowl, a first flexible strap portion movably extending through said clips and arranged to extend around one side of the bowl, a second flexible strap portion movably extending through said clips and arranged to extend around the other side of the bowl, means securing said strap portions together at points thereon spaced from said clips and outside of the bowl, and adjustable flexible strap means connected to said strap portions and arranged to extend beneath the tray so that the bowl, strap portions and strap means together form a complete loop around the tray.
NED B. WHITEBREAD.
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