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Jan. is, 1952 2,582,313
W. T. DODSON SALT AND PEPPER DISPENSER WITH A LONGITUDINAL HELICAL PARTITION AND A SNAP-ON BOTTOM CLOSURE STRIP Filed Aug. 3, 1948 000 coco fooooqo INVENTOR. WILLIAM T DODSON rm A zforzwy:
Patented Jan. 15, 1952 OFFICE S-ALT-AND-PEPPER DISPENSER WITH A LONGITUDINAL HELICAL PARTITION AND A.SNAP- ON BOTTOM CLOSURE- STRIP H 7 William T. Dodson, Taft, Calif.
. Application August s, 1948, Serial No. 42,212
This invention relate s to condiment dispensers,
and more particularly to a combined salt and pepper dispenser.
A main object of the invention is to provide a novel and improved combination salt and pepper dispenser which is very simple in construction, neat in appearance, compact in size, and easy to manipulate.
A further object of the invention is to provide an improved combination salt and pepper dispenser which has no moving parts, which is inexpensive to manufacture, and which provides independent flow of salt or pepper, as desired.
Further objects and advantages of the invention will become apparent from the following description and claim, and from the accompanying drawings, wherein:
Figure 1 is a side elevational view, partly broken away, of a combination salt and pepper dispenser constructed in accordance with the present invention, said view being taken on line I-l of Figure 3.
Figure 2 is another side elevational view, partly broken away, of the condiment dispenser of Figure 1, taken on line 2-2 of Figure 3.
Figure 3 is a top view, partly broken away of the condiment dispenser of Figure 1.
Figure 4 is a bottom view of the condiment dispenser of Figure 1.
Referring to the drawings, II designates the hollow body of the dispenser, said body being generally cylindrical and being formed at its top with a rounded dome-like portion 12. The bottom end of the body II is provided with a generally flat wall I 3. Secured vertically in the body it is a partition member l4 formed at its intermediate portion with a helical twist it of substantially 180 degrees, dividing the interior of the body into two compartments, designated respectively at 24 and 23'. Bottom wall !3 is formed with a pair of apertures l5, l6 communicating respectively with the compartments 24 and 23. The side portions of the dome-like top It, as viewed in Figure 1, are formed with respective perforations l5 and 25, the perforations l5 communicating with the compartment 23' and the perforations 25 communicating with the Coll-lpartment 24. The bottom wall is is formed with a diametral channel-like recess !9 containing the apertures I6, l6, which receives a cover strip 51', said strip being provided with upstanding projections [8, I8 fitting into the respective apertures [6, I6 and acting as plugs therefor. Designated at 20, '20 are opposed lugs projecting outwardly from the bottom end of the body H 1 Claim. (o1. 222 -142.4
at the ends of the diametral recess 19. Cover strip I1 is formed at one end with a hook portion 2| which engages overthe lug 2i) and. at the other end with a resilient arm 22 which releasably engages over the lug 20'. The strip I! may be removed by disengaging the resilient arm 22 from the lug 2G and swinging the strip I1 downwardly, thereby withdrawing the plugs l8 and I8 from the apertures l6 and I6.
The compartment 23 may be filled with salt and the compartment 24' may be filled with pepper. The apertures l5 are relatively large in size as compared with the apertures 25 in accordance with the different grain sizes of salt and pepper.
To dispense salt, the body H is tilted in the direction of the apertures l5, as viewed in Figure 1. The salt will then flow from the compartment 23' out of the apertures l5, the pepper being restrained from flowing due to the fact that the apertures 25 will be facing upwardly when the body II is tilted to a position wherein the apertures l5 face downwardly. Similarly to dispense pepper, the body I! is tilted in the direction of apertures 25, as viewed in Figure 1. Under these conditions, the salt is restrained from flowing due to the fact that the apertures i5 will be facing upwardly when the body I l is tilted to a position wherein the apertures 225 face downwardly. The helical twist I4 reduces the head acting on the pepper when the salt is being dispensed, as above described, preventing the pepper from piling up against the apertures 25, even when the body I I is inclined to a position substantially beyond horizontal with the flat end'of the bodyelevated considerably with respect to the rounded end i2. Said helical twist I4 acts in the same way to reduce the head acting on the salt when the pepper is being dispensed.
When the dispenser is empty, it may be readily refilled by removing the cover strip IT, as above described, and by pouring salt and pepper into the respective compartments 23 and 24 through the apertures 16 and I6.
While a specific embodiment of a combination salt and pepper dispenser has been disclosed in the foregoing description, it will be understood that various modifications within the spirit of the invention may occur to those skilled in the art. Therefore it is intended that no limitations be placed on the invention except as defined by the scope of the appended claim.
What is claimed is:
A condiment dispenser comprising a hollow cylindrical body having a dome-shaped end wall at one end and a flat end wall at its other end,
a helical partition secured in said body and extending from one end wall to the other dividing the interior of said body into two similar longitudinally extending chambers, said top wall having two separated groups of apertures therein disposed one group at each side of said partition and said bottom wall having two spaced apart apertures therein disposed one at each side of said partition and communicating with the corresponding chambers, said bottom wall also having a shallow recess extending diametrically thereacross and including the bottom wall apertures, lugs projecting outwardly from said body one at each end of said recess, a resilient strip disposed in said recess and releasably engaged at its ends with said lugs, and plugs secured to said strip at spaced apart locations therealong and respectively received in said bottom wall apertures to close the latter.
WILLIAM T. DODSON.
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