US 2678142 A
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May 11, 1954 W. J. CREED MOUTHPIECE FOR BOTTLES Filed Sept. 7, 1951 i Q-llwvmvroa.
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-Anobject of this invention is to provide areinovabl'e mouthpiece for a bottle which covers 'theedge of lip at theniouth of the'bottle so that the user 'can drink' out of the bottle without touching the glass thereof when drinking from thebottlem Glass bottles often have imperfections, small cracks at the -mouth; and Sometimes sharp edges "further object of this for' a 'bottle tocover any imperfections, sharp 'A further object of this inventionis to provide 'a mouthpiece havingba trough-'like 'tongue from which :the user can drink; the liquid discharging a from the bottleii flowing ,along. the trough;
T iTheiabove andiothe'r objects and featuresr of the invention will in. part be trapparent' and will in'part be obvious from thedetailedde'scription san'dthe drawingginwhichz T iFigurehl a plan :view of ;a blank from which a mouthpiece constructed in accordance with piece" constructed in accordance with" another embodiment of this invention;
Fig. 5 isa viewin section, taken along a. line VV in Fig. 4; i M
gr his a view in section taken along-the same in transverse section-showing Fig. 8 is a. fragmentary view transverse'secstructed in accordance with afurther embodiment Fig; 9 is -a---perspective view showing mouthpiececonstructed in-acco'idaiice with aih'rther embodiment of this invention;
the bottle and mouthpiece of Fig. 10. 'mthe followingdetailed description and the bottle; Thus; the mouthpiece permits drinkingdirect from the bottle. i
i Fig; 10 isa perspective view showing a bottle on which is mounted a mouthpiece constructed in accordance witha further embodiment of this invention; and
'Fig. 11 is a view intransverse section showing p rawing like reference characters indicate like parts. i
The mouthpiece illustrated in Figs; 2 and 3 is formed from a blankofthe typeillustratedin main portion [2. Then the blank is shaped'so that the lower part of the main portion forms a cylinder IT as shown in Fig. 2. Cylinder ll fits inside the mouth of a bottle 11 as shown in Fig. 3. The upper part of the main portion l2 of the blank and wings I3 and I4 are folded into an annular ferrule or ring I8 of channel section. "The ring or ferrule fits over and embraces the mouth of the bottle, while the tongue projects parallel to 'but spaced from the axis of the bottle "and cap; Tongue I6 is shaped to form a trough along which fluid can flow from the bottle. When in" use; the bottle is tilted to approximately the position shown in Fig. 3, whereupon, the contents of the bottle flow out through "the mouth thereof and'along the tongue. The user can drink directly from the tongue and the users mouth need iiottouch any'portion of the glass of the sanitary I Assuown'm Figs. 1 and 2, a small opening l8' "isfprovided"atthe'top edge of the ferrule at the center of the tdngue. drainage or any man amount of liquid which This opening permits may pass'b twem the cylinder n and the wall oi th'ebottle'. Any liquid which passes therebetwe'eh i'sfdis'h'arg'ed' thro'ughbp'ening l8 and "onto tHetongueI'G' along with the rest i J Th liquid issuing from the bottle.
" shown in Fig'. 2, ferrule l8 and the cylinder r1 are'sp1itas indicated at [9, so thatg'when the inouthpiece is mounted upon a bottle; the tion, of a bottle equipped with a mouthpiece conedges of the split can be advancedtowar'd each o her; The split fgive's" spring action to the ferrule bottle, theferrule engages the mouth' of the Bettie-use ia'ylinder I1 is inside of and firmly engages the interior of tlibottlel i The mouthpiece may be made from the type of paper or paperboard used in forming drinking cups. Such material is sufficiently resilient to hold the ferrule and cylinder firmly in engagement with the walls and mouth of the bottle.
In Figs. 4-7 inclusive is shown a device which includes a ferrule 2| and a tongue 22. Ferrule 2| and tongue 22 are formed as separate pieces. Ferrule 2| includes an inner flange or cylinder 23 which fits inside a bottle 24 as shown in Fig. 7, and also an annular ring 26 of channel shape. Ring 26 embraces and fits over the mouth of the bottle 24. The ferrule 2| is provided with a split 26. Tongue 22 overlies the split. The tongue is attached to ferrule 2| by staples 21 or the like,-
provided on opposite sides of thesplit. As shown in Fig. 5, tongue 22 normally is substantially in flatwise engagement with the outer flangeof ferrule 2|. However, when the edges of the split 26- are urged together to the position shown in Fig. 6, as when the mouthpiece is mounted on the bottle, tongue 22 is separated from the ferrule at its center by a short space 28. When the mouthpiece is in use, the resilience of the, material of the ferrule causes the cylinder and ring to firmly engage the walls of the bottle so that little or no liquid passes between the cylinder 23 and the inside wall of the bottle. Any liquid which passes therebetween is discharged on the tongue. As shown, tongue 22 is sufficiently long to overhang both edges'of the outer flange o-f ferrule 2| to catch ,anyliquid which may reach the edges.
In Fig. 8 is shown a mouthpiece which is intended for use with a bottle 3| having a relatively wide mouth. This mouthpiece includes a ferrule 32 which is of substantially the same shape and construction as the ferrule portion of the device shown in Figs. 2 and 3. However, the tongue 34 of this mouthpiece is integral with the inner flange of the ferrule and extends inside the ferrule and parallel to the axis thereof, asshown W in Fig. 8, to provide means from which it is possible to drink directly from a bottle having a relatively wide mouth.
In Fig. 9 is shown a device having a ferrule 36 and a tongue 3'! formed from separate pieces. The ferrule 36 is generally similar to the-ferrule portion of the mouthpiece shown in Fig. 2, but is provided with an inner flange or cylinder 38 which terminates in a plurality of teeth 39. Teeth 39 are cut from the material of cylinder38 and are normally bent outwardly from inner flange 38 so that when the mouthpiece is mounted on a bottle, the teeth 39 resiliently engage the interior of the mouth of the bottle. The ferrule 36 is split, as indicated at 39', so that the ferrule is resilient and can firmly engage the mouth .of a
bottle. The ferrule is provided with an opening 40 in the mouth thereof opposite the center of tongue 31. Opening 40 serves the same purpose as does-the opening l8 of thedevice shown in Figs; 1-3 inclusive, and catches any liquid which may escape between cylinder 38 and the wall of the bottle.
In Fig. is shown amouthpiece 4|. Mouthpiece 4| includes a ring 42 and a tongue 43integral therewith. Ring 42 fits overand embraces the mouth of a bottle 44 with tongue 43 extending parallel to the axis thereof. Mouthpiece 4| may be formed of resilient plasticmaterial or the the mouth of thebottle.
The mouthpieces shown in Figs. 1-9 inclusive are all formed of sheet material such as thin paperboard or the like. The material used in forming drinking cups and the like is suitable, and the mouthpieces may be sufiicien'tly inexpensive to be discarded after use. The mouthpiece of Figs. 10 and 11, on the other hand, may be made of more durable material and may be .cleaned and reused.
From the foregoing, it will be apparent to those skilled in this art, that various modifications and changes may be made in the illustrated embodiportion adapted to be received in the throat of the bottle and an annular return bend flange at its outer end adapted to receive the lip of the bottle, said flange and cylindrical portion being split longitudinally and being normally greater inv diameter than the lip and throat, respectively, whereby upon insertion of the cylindrical portion in the throat and the flange over the bottle lip, the ferrule resiliently engages. the throat and lip, and. a spout integral with the outer flange of the ferrule and connected theretov by a return bend at-the, side of the ferrule opposite the split, the free end of the spout projecting substantially parallel to and in a direction oppositegto the flange of the ferrule.
2. A one-piecemouthpiece of sheet material for a bottle which comprises an annular ferrule of channel shape in section having substantially coaxial inner and outer flanges and a web therebetween adapted to receive and embrace the mouth of the'bottle, said ferrule being split and resilient and normally being of greater diameter than the bottle, whereby, when the ferrule is I connected thereto by a return bend at, the .side .ofthe ferrule opposite the'split, the free end- .of
said tongue projecting substantiallyparallel .to and in a direction opposite to the flanges ofthe ferrule.
3. A mouthpiece in. accordance with claim 2 characterized by the fact that there is an opening in the web of the ferrule at substantially'the center of the tongue fordischarge of liquid from between the bottle and theferrule.
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