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Publication numberUS2602309 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateJul 8, 1952
Filing dateOct 30, 1945
Priority dateOct 30, 1945
Publication numberUS 2602309 A, US 2602309A, US-A-2602309, US2602309 A, US2602309A
InventorsDoyle William V
Original AssigneeDoyle William V
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Individual creamer
US 2602309 A
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' J ly 8, 1952 w. v. DOYLE INDIVIDUAL CREAMER Filed 001:. 30, 1945 Patented July 8, 1952 UNITED STATES EPA-TENT @FFLCFE a Y 2.602,309 Y I I INDIVIDUAL CREAMER WilliamY. Doyle, ome a-.111. v I Application October 30, 1945, Serial No. 625,489

The present invention relates to. an individual v creamer and especially to a novel construction 'of container for cream or the like adapted to be associated and carried with any cup and saucer without danger of spilling the contents of the creamer. I

Among the objects of thepresent invention is to providea novel construction of creamer which is so constructed, arranged and designedas to be approximately Wedge-shapedand to substantially conform to. the shapeor contourof any cup, "and saucer' with which'it used. Difliculty' has been experienced withinjdividualcreamers ofrthe type now employed in that) these "membersjare so designed and constructedthatthey ,mustteither be carried separately from the cup andsaucer and thus make it impossible fora waitress or 'person serving to carrythese articles in onejhand, ,or they are carried insucna position.ithatlthey are unstable and easilytipped and thecontents spilled. 7

It is, therefore, an important.object of the present invention to provide a noveLindividual creamer having-substantially the shape of ,a Wedge so that when it ;is placed in position, is wedged into the space between the cup'and saucer and heldsecurely in position by virtue of this wedged position-and gravityv v I,

It is-a further objectofdthe present invention to provide an individual creamer'receptacle which is so' constructed and arranged as togpreyentthe contents from being spilled {when placed ,upon the saucer, ;plate or similar. support. This,.is accomplished by making "the. creamer, receptacle ofsuch contour that when itisfilledandplace'd upon thesaucer, plateyor thelike, vthe contents thereof-are disposed below the upper'li of. the


Figure 1 is a view in perspective of a coffee,

5 Claims. (CI. 6531) tea, or other cup and saucer providedwith a-novel individualcreamer.

. Figure 2 is a view in vertical cross-section through the cup, saucer and individual creamer and showing. the position of the creamer and the level of the contents thereof when placed' upon 'thesaucer.

Figure 3 is a view similar to Figure? but disclosing another and important form of creamer which is of universal application and shown mounted in position upon a cup and saucer. This form is especially adapted to fit any-cup and saucer combination.

a Figure 4 'is a "view in' vertical cross-section showing the creamer of Figure 3 in; position for filling and further showing it filled .a predetermined amount.

Figure 5 is a view similartojFigures'2 and.3, but showing a furtheralternate construction or individual creamer or receptacle.

Figure ,6 shows two creamers or receptacles :of the type shown in Figure 5 inp'nested relationiand .filled. for use.

Referring more particularlytdthedisclosure in the drawings, the novel embodimentshown'in Figures .1 and 2 comprises a saucer l. andjcup 2 of the type employed in serving .cofieetea, .or thelike. Mounted uponthis saucerpand conforming substantially to the contourthereof and to that of the curved side .ofthe .cup,.1i's: an individual creamer or receptacle Shaving itsinner side wall 4 so dishedor concaved as tosubstantiallyconform to the exterior of the side wall. 5 of the cup. The rearor outer wall 6 of 'the creamer or receptacle may besuitably contoured in any manner asto substantially conform to the edge of the saucer, while thebase i is shownflat or substantially fiat but may be provided witha vrecess or depression 9 adapted to receive .the

annuiar lip or rim I!) of the .outwardlyand upwardly flared side wall 8 of the saucer, This stabilizes the position of the creamer orreceptacle and prevents accidental or unintentional-displacement thereof as the cup and saucer are carried by the waitress or server. .Althoughfthe recess is preferably arcuate, it may have any contour that will receive the edge of the saucer, but due to thesubstantially wedge shape formed by the side 4 and base 1, the creamer or receptacle will normally be securely held without such recess, or by employing such a recess, theside wall need not necessarily contact the cup but the receptacle may be retained on any saucer, plate orthejlike and with or without a cup, bowl orthe like.

The base 1 of the creamer is preferably substantially fiat so that when it is removed from the cup and saucer to be filled with cream or the like, it may be placed and retained in an upright position during the filling operation. The upper edge II when in the position to be filled, is inclined toward the rear face 6 thereof so that the creamer may be filled only to the level I2 and when mounted upon the saucer in Figure 2 the upper level of the contents is disposed below the upper edge ll of the creamer and this upper edge is in a substantially horizontal plane.

Figures 3 and 4 disclose another and highly important construction of creamer or receptacle l3 that may be employed with any combination of saucer or plate M and cup or bowl I5, whereas that shown in Figures 1 and 2 is preferably made and used as part of a saucer and cup combination in which the creamer substantially conforms to the contour of the cup. In this "latter form of invention shown in Figures 3 and 4, the rear wall I6 of the creamer or receptacle may be formed in substantial accordancewith the disclosure in Figures. 1 and 4, although it may be rounded or of any other configuration.- The wall llis preferably inclined as shown rather than concaved as in Figure l, but .due tothe wedge-shape formed by this side-wall [land the base l8, the creamer or receptacle will be securely retained on the saucer or plate by reason of its wedge-shape and gravity without danger of displacement.

In Figures 5 and 6 is disclosed another form of creamer or receptacle l9 having a side wall and base '2! similar to those of the device of Figures 3 and 4, but in which the rear wall is provided with an inclined portion 22 disposed at approximately the same angle as the side wall 20, and a substantially vertical portion 23. By making the creamer, or receptacle with the inclined portion 22, they may be nested together when" placed on a table, tray or other substantially horizontal support for filling, carrying, storage or other purpose. Furthermore, it may be preferable to insert a weight or the like 24 in the wedge-shaped corner or angle to give these receptacles greater stability when placed on such a horizontal surface. This weight may be of lead or janyother heavy metal or material suitable for thepurpose.

"It' will be readily appreciated that the individual creamer or receptacle shown in the drawings may be so contoured as to very closely approximate the shape of the cup and-saucer as in Figures 1 and 2, although for universal apr pli'cation, I preferthe forms shown in Figures 3,14, 5' and 6 which may be used with approximately any shapeof cup or bowl and saucer or plate now on the market and form a unique assembly therewith. The creamer or receptacle may also be made of various kinds of material, either like that of the cops or bowls and saucers or plates with which it is to be osed or in contrasting colors or materials depending upon the individual taste.

,It will be readily seen that the novel creamers, jugs or receptacles being of substantially wedgeshape, and especially the form shownin Figures 5 and 6, they may be nested together for convenience in filling, storing, shipping or for carrying where a number of these creamers are carried on a tray.

f From the above description and the disclosure in the drawings, it will be appreciated that the present invention eliminates the inherent disadvantages of individual creamers or receptacles now employed, is easily carried and obviates any danger of spillage of the contents as each is firmly held when placed in the position shown in Figures 1, 2, 3 and 5, thus permitting the waitress or server to carry the cup, saucer and creamer or receptacle in one hand and with security. In this connection it should be noted that the creamer or receptacle substantially conforms to the edge of the saucer orplate, although it may be contoured in virtuallyany fashion, while the base of the creamer or receptacle may be tilted at a considerable angle without danger of spillage. For this reason, it may be employed with a very deep saucer or plate as wellas with a saucer or plate that has but little concavity.

Although the present invention has been disclosed as relating primarily toa creamer, this receptacle may be employed for serving various forms of a flowing or fluid mass, such as syrup, sugar or the like, and maybe used with a plate, bowl or any combination thereof. This receptacle may be used in serving cream with a bowl of cereal, syrup for -a plate of pancakes or waifles, etc. In that case, the receptacle would preferably be provided with arecess or depression for receiving the annular lip ofthe plate. Having thus disclosed my invention, I claim:

1. An individual creamer comprising av container foruse with acup having an upwardly andoutwardly flaring side wall and a concave saucer havingan outwardly and upwardly projecting rim spaced outwardly from the cup. said container being open-at the top and having connected side walls, and Ea base supported on the rim ofthe' saucer, one of said side walls being upwardly and outwardly inclined from and at an acute angle withrespect to the base and substantially conforming to the upwardlyand outwardly flaring side wall of the cup whereby the creamer, when placed on the saucer with the upwardly and outwardly inclined side wall of the container in contact with the adjacent side wall of the cup, is held securely upon the rim and wedged between it andthe adjacent side wall of the cup.

2. In combination with acup having an upwardly and outwardly flaring side wall, a concave saucer for receiving the cup and provided with an outwardly flared and upwardly extending annular rim spaced circumferentially outward from the sidewall of the cup and forming an acute angle therewith, and an individual creamer comprising a container open at the top and having connected side walls and a base supported at its forward end upon the interior of the saucer adjacent the bottom of the cup and adjacent its outer end upon the rim of the saucer, one of said side Walls being disposed at an acute angle with the base and substantially conforming to and bearing against the upwardly and outwardly flaring side wall of the cup with the side wall and base of the container wedged between the side wall of the cup and the rim of the saucer whereby the container is held firmly in position and the liquid contents of the container is held against spillage.

An individual creamer comprising a container for use with a cup having an upwardly and outwardly flaring side wall and a saucer having'anroutwardly and upwardly projecting rim spaced outwardly from the cup, said container having connected side walls providing an opening at the top and a base supported on the saucer and provided on its under-surface with an-arcuate groove for conformably receiving the outer circumference of the rim of the saucer, one of said side walls being upwardly and outwardly inclined at an acute angle with the base and wedged between it and the exterior'side wall of the cup.

4. In combination, a saucer having a flat central portion and an annular marginal portion extending outwardly and upwardly therefrom, a cup! seated upon said central portion of the saucer, and a flat bottomed jug supported upon the upper face of the marginal portion of the saucer and provided with a side face extending upwardly from its base, said face having a surface contour conforming to the surface contour of the side wall of the cup, said jug resting against the cup with its contoured side face in surface contact with the side wall thereof.

5. In combination, a saucer having a fiat central portion and an annular marginal portion extending outwardly and upwardly therefrom, a cup having its outer side surface curved circumferentially and from top to bottom seated upon the central portion of the saucer, and a fiat bottom jug supported upon the upper face of the marginal portion of the saucer and having a side face portion curved laterally and longitudinally to conform to the curvature of the side wall of the cup, said jug resting against the side wall of the cup with its curved side face portion in surface contact therewith.


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U.S. Classification220/23.83, D07/505, 220/23.2, 131/241
International ClassificationA47G19/22
Cooperative ClassificationA47G19/22
European ClassificationA47G19/22