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Publication numberUS2611510 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateSep 23, 1952
Filing dateAug 12, 1949
Priority dateAug 12, 1949
Publication numberUS 2611510 A, US 2611510A, US-A-2611510, US2611510 A, US2611510A
InventorsWillits Harry H
Original AssigneeWillits Harry H
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Grease shield for skillets
US 2611510 A
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GREASE SHIELD FOR SKILLETS Filed Aug. l2, 1949 JNVENroR. HAQQY v-LvvlLLlTvL-Iy A-ranu EYs Patented Sept. 21?, 1952 :This invention relates to grease shields, vand more particularly to a shieldmountable on-an oljrdinary `skillet to ,prevent` grease from spatteringfrom the skillet onto objects and surfacesfadjacent the skillet vor ontoa person using the skillet.

kIt is among the objects lof the invention to provide animproved grease shield of simplified,

one-'piece construction which can be easily and' economically'` manufactured from readily available sheet material, such as Duralumin or stainless steel, and will extend at least half-way around a skillet and from the rim of the skillet to a location substantially above the center thereof, which is easily adjustable to t skillets of several different sizes, which iits entirely within the skillet so that grease cannot drip from the shield to the outside of the skillet, and which is mountable on the skillet by merely placing it thereon, yet will not accidentally fall oi of the skillet during use.

Other objects and advantages will become apparent from a consideration of the following description and the appended claim in conjunction with the accompanying drawing, wherein:

Figure 1 is a side elevation of a skillet with a grease shield illustrative of the invention operatively mounted thereon;

Figure 2 is a top plan view of the skillet and grease shield illustrated in Figure 1; and

Figure 3 is a cross-sectional view of a fragiii mentary portion of the skillet and grease shield Y on the line 3-3 of Figure 2. With continued reference to the drawing, the numeral I0 generally designates a skillet of ordinary construction, and the numeral II gener ally designates the grease shield of the invention' shown operatively mounted on the skillet I 0.

The skillet I 0 has an annular side wall I2, and

a bottom wall I3, and the edge of the side wall, opposite the bottom wall constitutes a rim which may or may not have a bead or flange I4 formed thereon. A handle I5 is secured at one end to the side wall I2 of the skillet and projects radially therefrom.

As explained above, the skillet-I0 is of wellknown construction and constitutes no part of the present invention, except in the combination thereof with the improved grease shield.

The grease shield II is a body of thin sheet metal, such as Duralumin or stainless steel, hav? ing at least a moderate degree of resiliency, and,

isVarcuately-curved in one direction on a radius approximately the same as the radius of curvaturev of the rim of the skillet on which the shield is to be used tov include an angular interval of ap prcximsely isoaegrees.- frmsbody has asub-r stantiallystraighttop .edge I6, fand has an outwardly-deflected wing, as indicated at II'and I8; at each lendthereof:y 'Ihe bottoniV edge I9- of the shield-is arcuately. curved and inclined toward the top edge I6 from the mid-length location'of thebottom edgetoward each ofthe wings I I and I8, so that whenzthe'fshield is operatively-posi` tionedon a Yslrilletfeas illustrated in Figures 1 and-v2', it will incline inwardly and upwardly'vfro'm the rim of the skillet. l

Two tabs 20 and 2| of U-shaped cross-section extend outwardly from the bottom edge I9 of the shield body at spaced-apart locations substantially symmetrically disposed relative to the midlength location of the bottom edge of the shield to receive the rim of the skillet. Each of these tabs is elongated longitudinally of the bottom edge I9 of the shield and has its bight portion positioned somewhat above the bottom edge I9, so that when a skillet rim is received in the tabs, the bottom edge of the shield will be disposed within the skillet and somewhat below the skillet rim, so that any grease dripping from the shield will drip back into the skillet, and not outside of the skillet. v

The material of the shield is preferably slotted, as indicated at 22, at the inner side of each tab, and at each end of each tab, so that the tabs vare connected to the bodyr of the shield by integral lower and upper corners, respectively, so that y the shield presents nov sharp corners or angles which could possibly injure a person using it.

The body portion of the shield can be slightly bent, as well as the tabs 20 and 2|, to increase or reduce the curvature of the body portion by an amount suiiicient to cause the shield to t skillets of several diiferent sizes and once the shield has been shaped to properly t a particular skillet or frying pan, it can be mounted on the skillet or Afrying pan by merely placing it thereon and, because of the construction and arrangement ofthe tabs and the wings of the shield, will not accidentally fall oil :the skillet during use. Ob-

viously, the shield may be placed atany .desiredv angular position around the rim of the skillet and, when removed from the skillet, it is extremely easy to clean and requires little space for storage. The invention may be embodied in other specific forms without departing from the spirit or essential characteristics thereof. 'I'he present embodiment is, therefore, to be considered in all respects as illustrative and not restrictive, the scope of the invention being indicated by the appended claim ratherlthan by the foregoing description, and all changes which come within the meaning and range of equivalency of the claim are, therefore, intended to be embraced therein.

What is claimed is: Y

A skillet grease shield comprising a one-pi ece body of sheet metal arcuately curved `in one direction on a radius of curvature slightly lessthan i l the radius of curvature of the rim of a lskillet on which the shield is to be used, said body having a length suilicient to include an angle of approximately M30-degrees and having ,spaced-apart means along oneedge formountingit on the rim cfa' skillet so that` it is disposedalmost entirely within the skillet rim, said` one edge being arcuate ly curved so that said shield will incline upwardly andinwardly from a skillet rim von `Whichit is mounted, and said means for mounting said shield on therim ofra skillet 'comprising a pair of elongated tab's of U-shaped cross-section extending from the convex side of said shield at said one edge of the latter and disposed at opposite sides of the mid-length location of said one edge, and outwardly-deflected wings disposed one at each end of said body and recessed at their ends adjacent said one edge of said body to receive a skillet rim.

HARRY H. WILLITS.

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

UNITED STATES PATENTSl Number Name Date 220,364 Fowler Oct. 7, 1879 429,169. Durgy June 3, 1890 848,698 l Smith Apr. 2, 1907 849,228 Giessel Apr. 2, 1907 884,870 Sikes Apr. 14, 1908 1,017,753 Harrison Feb. 20, 1912 1,381,248 Stevens June 14, 1921 1,384,120 Craft July 12, 1921 1,682,095-7 Reyther Aug`.' 28, 1928 1,865,736 Astley July 5, 1932 2,148,181 Andreolo `Feb.l 21, 1939 2,198,158 Fletcher Apr. 23, 1940 FOREIGN PATENTS Number Country Date Y 160 Great Britain Jan. 3, 1907 101,512 Great Britain Sept. 28, 1916 Great Britain May 29. 1935

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Classifications
U.S. Classification220/731, 126/299.00C, D07/402
International ClassificationA47J37/10
Cooperative ClassificationA47J37/101
European ClassificationA47J37/10A