US 2760687 A
Description (OCR text may contain errors)
Aug. 28, 1956 w. SPIER ET AL SQUEEZE CONTAINER FOR LIQUID HAVING RESERVOIR NECK Filed May 1, 1953 FIG. 2.
s m w m m United States Patent SQUEEZE CONTAINER FOR LIQUID HAVING RESERVOIR NECK Irene Winston Spier and I. Martin Spier, Wilton, Conn., and Wade Morrison Wybrants, Bronxville, N. Y.
Application May 1, 1953, Serial No. 352,514
3 Claims. (Cl. 222-180) This invention relates to a dispensing container for dispensing a pre-determined amount of liquids of all kinds, including liquid shampoos, liquid hair preparations,
It is particu' 1 liquid cosmetics and toilet preparations. larly adapted for bathroom use for dispensing saponaceous liquids for the hair, while taking a shower or bath.
Its principal object is to provide a compressible liquid container which has an improved detachable or integral spraying spout or discharge tube, embodying the following advantages:
(a) The container can be conveniently suspended from the shank of the handle of a bathroom fixture or from a shower curtain bar after use during a shower or bath;
([1) A pie-determined amount of liquid, suflicient for a single application, can be economically dispensed therefrom;
(c) It is provided with a reservoir adjacent the discharge end of the spout, the said reservoir being adapted to retain a sutficient amount of liquid for a single application, and also serving as the retaining means whereby the device can be suspended from a smooth circumferential surface;
(d) Self-closing valve means prevent the liquid contents thereof from flowing out of the container of its own accord no matter in what position the container is set, and also to prevent waste of liquid when the container is compressed; and
(e) The entire unit is graceful and pleasing in appearance in addition to the foregoing utilitarian features.
Other objects and advantages of the invention are stated in the annexed description and drawing, which illustrates preferred embodiments thereof.
In the drawing:
Fig. l is a front elevational view of the device;
Fig. 2 is a vertical section through the spout or nozzle member and the upper portion of the body of the container;
Fig. 3 is a sectional view on the line 3-3 of Fig. 2; and
Fig. 4 is a view similar to Fig. 1, but showing the improved spout attached to a receptacle of different shape than that depicted in Fig. 1.
Referring to Fig. 1, B designates the compressible body portion of the device, which is formed in the nature of a container or receptacle of the configuration shown in the said figure. The said body B is preferably made of polyethylene. The said body B can also be made from a suitable resin or plastic, such as cellulose acetate, polysterene, cellulose nitrate of the type of Celluloid, Pyralin, vinyl plastics of the type used in making tubing and the like. A receptacle or container made of such material is resilient and easily bendable by finger pres sure. Said body B can either be in the shape shown in Fig. l or it may be in the form of a conventional bottle BB shown in Fig. 4.
As shown in Fig. 2, the upper end of body portion B terminates in a neck 10, having an inwardly extending annular shoulder 11. The outer wall of neck has the 2,760,687 Patented Aug. 28, 1956 conventional thread 12, by means of which the improved discharge nozzle or spout N can be removably secured to the neck of body portion B.
Orgionally, spout N can be integral with body portion The construction of nozzle or spout N is clearly illustrated in Figs. 2 and 3. The said spout is of general gooseneck configuration, and like body portion B can similarly be made of a suitable plastic. The base of spout N is provided with the internal thread 13 for engagement with the thread 12 of neck 10 for detachably securing the same to body portion B of Fig. 1 or the body portion BB of Fig. 4.
A spherical reservoir 14 is formed at the depending discharge end of spout N, the said reservoir being spaced from body B or BB. Reservoir 14 has a two-fold function. First, it serves as a chamber for holding a prerequisite amount of liquid sufficient for a single application apart from the liquid contained within the body of the container. Secondly, it serves as a hook or retaining member, whereby the device as an entire unit can be conveniently suspended from the shank of the handle 1 pf a bathroom fixture or from a shower curtain bar after use during a shower or bath.
Reservoir 14 is provided with the integral self-sealing valve V, through which the liquid contents thereof are ilischarged. The said valve consists of a pair of protruding parallel flexible lips or flaps 15 and 16 which normally abut each other in face-to-face position, and which are separated from each other when pressure is applied to the body B or BB. The said lips 15 and 16 are positioned adjacent the relatively small opening or bore 17 formed in' the forward end of reservoir 14, the said lips completely covering the said opening, as clearly shown in Figs. 2 and 3.
To use the device, it is inverted so that liquid flows from body B or BB into reservoir 14, reservoir 14 being sized to hold a selected amount of liquid. When the device is returned to its erect position, the liquid in reservoir 14 remains there. By applying moderate pressure on body portion B or BB, lips 15 and 16 of valve V is caused to separate and the liquid contents within reservoir 14 are discharged therefrom through opening 17 and said valve lips. Upon releasing the pressure applied, body B or BB will quickly return to its normal shape and valve lips 15 and 16 will abut each other in face-toface relation.
There have been described preferred embodiments of the invention, but numerous changes and omissions and additions can be made without departing from its scope. It is not desired to restrict the invention herein to any material or method of manufacture or shape. The shape of body B in Fig. 1 is purely for ornamental effect, to be symmetrical with the hook-shape configuration of spout N. The gooseneck shape of said spout is utilized, first, in order to direct the liquid discharged therethrough downwardly, and secondly to provide hook means for suspending the device. The said spout may optionally be made and sold as a separate article of manufacture so that it can be applied to any container body made of compressible material which is threaded to receive the same. The size of reservoir 14 is of course variable, depending upon the amount of liquid desired to be discharged in a single application.
What is claimed is:
1. A dispensing container for liquids comprising a compressible hollow body portion formed in the nature of a receptacle, an arcuate spout having an intake end communicating with the interior of said body portion at the top thereof and terminating at said top and terminating at its free end in a hollow reservoir portion of enlarged diameter, the spout being inthe form of an invented U when the container is in an upright position with the reservoir portion located below the apex of the U, said reservoir portion having a discharge opening therein, the under-surface of the spout being spaced an appreciable distance from the container body portion and forming an open hook whereby the container may be hung from a support.
2. A dispensing container according to claim 1 in which the hollow body portion has a threaded neck at its upper end, the spout having an internally threaded end opposite the reservoir member for removable attachment to said neck.
3. A dispensing container according to claim 1 in which said body portion and spout are formed from flexible plastic material, said reservoir member having a pair .4 of integral flexible lips projecting outwardly therefrom on either side of said discharge opening and normally disposed in flush abutment to form self-sealing valve means for said reservoir member.
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