US 2639804 A
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May 26, 1953 E. MERAHN SIMULATED GoLE CLUB BEVERAGE AND cUP CONTAINER Filed Jan. 7, 1950 INVEN TOR. EMANUEL MERAHN ATTORNEY Patented May 26, 1953 UNITED STATES :PATENT OFFICE SIMULATED GOLF CLUB BEVERAGE AND CUP CONTAINER 4 Claims. l
This invention relates to golf clubs and to beverage containers and dispensing devices.
An object of the invention is to provide a novel form of article which has the outward appearance of a genuine golf club, `and in addition is provided with means for receiving beverages and :also cups or glasses for use therewith.
Another object of the invention is to provide a .novel dual purpose article which may be carried by the golfer along with his other .golf clubs in his golf bag, .as he plays on the golf course, and which, while having the appearance of a golf club, actually has a beverage container in its handle por-tion, and has concealed in the head of the golf club, one or more beverage cups into which the beverage may be poured whenever desired.
A further object of the invention is to provide novel means whereby a golf player may unobtrusively carry with him a source of liquid refreshment, which, being 4styled just like a golf club in size and appearance, will t right into his golf bag so as to be protected thereby against the elements, and can be carried right along onto the playing golf course for use when needed.
Still another object of the invention is to provide a novelty article of the type described, which is simple in design, inexpensive to manufacture, attractive in appearance, and highly eective and convenient when in use.
Other objects and advantages of the invention will become apparent from the following description of a preferred embodiment thereof as illustrated in the accompanying drawings, and in which,
Fig. 1 is an elevational view of my novelty golf club and beverage container and dispenser.
Fig. 2 is a sectional elevation showing the upper portion of the golf club of Fig. 1, particularly the beverage containing means therein.
Fig. 3 is a perspective View of the lower portion of the golf club of Fig. l, with the cup receiving recess in open position, and showing the beverage cups exploded therefrom.
Fig. 4 is a sectional plan view taken on plane 4- of Fig. 2.
Fig. 5 is a sectional elevational View taken in plane 5 5 of Fig. 1.
When playing golf, the player usually must carry his heavy golf bag and its assortment of clubs and golf balls, tees and the like, over rolling terrain, often remaining out in the weather for several hours. Even when a caddy is employed for this work, the exertion and exercise in the open air has its eiect upon the golf player, as
he walks about on the golf course, up hills `and over rough terrain, in the course of the game. A source of liquid refreshment is thus necessary, and the present invention discloses novel means for carrying such liquid and dispensing means therefor, right in the golf bag, so it can be used at any time.
In order to understand clearly the nature of the invention, and the best means for carrying it out, reference may now be had to the drawings, in which like numerals denote similar parts throughout the several views.
As shown, the beverage container and dispenser has the appearance of a regular golf club l0, with a wooden or steel shaft lf2 interconnecting the handle end I4 and the head end It of the club. The head i8 of the club is shaped just like a regular wood or driver type club head, being conveniently formed of suitable material such as wood, and appropriately curved in the same manner as for a conventional driver.. The head It may be interconnected with ,the shaft I2 in any well known manner.
A recess 2t is formed or cut into the plane face surface 22 of the club head, and it may be rounded yas shown, either cylindrical or frustoconical, with its inner end 2d forming a surface against which `several beverage cups or glasses 26, 28, 3@ and 32 may be disposed, one inside the other. These cups may be formed of glass, metal, or plastic materials, the latter being very convenient and less liable to breakage than the glass ones. A plate 34, formed of metal or other suitable material, simulates the hitting face of the club, and is disposed normally against the surface 22 of the club head body, being slidably or otherwise suitably attached, such as for example by being hinged or pivoted thereto by means of the screw 36 which penetrates the plate 34 and is threaded into the club head body.
Fig. 3 illustrates how the hitting plate 34 may be extended to its solid line position at 40, to expose the cups in the recess 2li, affording access thereto for insertion or removal. Suitable well known latch means may if desired, be carried by the hitting plate 34 and the club head body I8, to retain the hitting plate in any position, either retracted, or extended. The surface of the hitting plate 3d may be suitably marked or scored or ribbed, to further take on Ithe usual appearance of the hitting plate of a regular golf club of this type.
A tubular ferrule 42 extends over the upper end of the golf club shaft I2, as seen best in Figs. 1 and 2, being secured thereon in any suitable manner, as by means of a rivet 44. A hollow tubular container housing 46 is threaded at 48 onto the upper portion of the ferrule 42 as seen in Fig. 2, being provided With an axial bore i! to receive the glass or plastic or metal vial 52 which is closed at its bottom end, and adapted to receive the liquid beverage to be consumed by the golfer or golfers when needed.
The vial may have i-ts neck 54 reduced at the top to extend through the reduced upper end portion 56 of the container housing 46, which thus nrmly secures the Vial or bottle Within the housing 45. A cork 58 is carried on the undersurface of the cap 69, so that when the cap 60 is in position as shown, the cork seals the vial against leakage and at the same time retains the cap in position. Any other suitable type of closure for the vial may be employed instead of the cork 5B. To obtain some of the liquid, it is only necessary to pull or twist the cap and cork off, and pour the liquid into one of the glasses normally disposed in nested form in the recess 24 in the club head, and removed therefrom at this time. The cap may also be threaded to the upper end of the housing 46 if desired.
The golf grip or handle 465 is covered with tape 62 in any well known manner to avoid slippage of the hands of the golfer.
Although I have shown and described the container for the beverage as being in the form of a glass vial it is understood that any other suitable liquor holding chamber may be employed such as, for example, the making of the upper handle end of the club hollow or tubular.
Although I have described my invention in specic terms, it will be understood that various changes may be made in size, shape, materials and arrangement without departing from the spirit and scope of the invention as claimed.
1. A simulated golf club comprising a shaft, a club handle carried on the upper end of said shaft, with a rst recess formed in said club handle, liquid vial means disposed in said rst recess to receive liquid, closure means for said rst recess, for confining said liquid in said vial means, a club head carried on the lower end of said shaft, with a second recess formed in said club head, a plurality of beverage receptacles disposed in said second recess in said club head, to receive, when removed therefrom, liquid poured out of said liquid vial means, and closure means in said club head for closing said second recess.
2. The construction according to claim 1, wherein said beverage receptacles comprise beverage glasses, in mutually nested posi-tions.
3. The construction according to claim l, wherein said recess in said club head opens upon the hitting face of said club head, and wherein said closure means comprises a plate pivotally carried thereon, said plate being coextensive with said hitting face of said club head.
4. A simulated golf club comprising a shaft, a handle ferrule secured to the upper end of said shaft, a vial container housing threaded onto the upper end portion of said handle ferrule and having a recess formed therein, a liquid vial disposed in the recess of said Vial container housing, a closure cap removably sealing said liquid vial against leakage of liquid therefrom, a golf club head secured to the lower end of said shaft, a relatively plane hitting surface formed in said golf club head, With a recess formed in said hitting surface and penetrating into said golf club head, at least one beverage dispensing container in said recess, and a hitting plate pivotally carried by said club head in overlying position to said head recess, for closing the same, and being retractable to aord access to said recess, whereby upon removal of one of said beverage dispensing containers from said head recess, and removal of said closure cap from said Vial container housing, liquid may be poured vinto said dispensing container for drinking the same therefrom, said hitting plate being substantially coextensive with said vplane hitting surface.
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