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A. L. GREY March 19, 1957 COMBINED CONTAINER CAP AND CREVICE BRUSH Filed April 24, 1951 ALANLGREY United States Patent CONIBINED CONTAINER CAP AND CREVICE BRUSH Alan L. Grey, New York, N. Y.
Application April 24, 1951, Serial No. 222,640
3 Claims. (Cl. IS -138) This invention relates to new and useful improvements in a combined container cap and brush.
More particularly, the present invention proposes a novel cap for closing the neck opening of a bottle containing a liquid silver polish and which includes on the top thereof tufts of bristles arranged in a manner to form a brush to be used for working the polish into the deep crevices and decorations'on the surface of flat and hollow silverware which are not easily reached or cleaned by the usual polish applying cloths.
Another object of the present invention proposes characterizing the combination cap and brush by an internally threaded cap body for threaded engagement onto the externally threaded neck of the polish bottle and over which a bristle mounting member is positioned in a manner to have the tufts of bristles mounted thereon to form the brush.
The present invention proposes forming the bristle mounting member of two parts comprising a bottom part fixedly mounted on the cap body and atop part rotatively mounted on the top wall of the cap body in a manner so that a discharge hole in the top part can be aligned with a discharge port formed in the top wall of the cap body to have the liquid cleaner discharge through the aligned hole and port directly onto the bristles when the bottle is inverted eliminating the need for removing the cap.
Still further, the present invention proposes the provision of means on the peripheries of the parts of the bristle mounting member in a manner to indicate whether the cap parts are in their open or closed positions.
A still further object of the present invention proposes the provision of means on the rotative cap part for indicating the location of its discharge hole and slightly longer bristle tufts on the rotative part diametrically opposite the discharge hole in a manner so that the longer tufts opposed to those directly over the discharge hole can be used for working the polish on the surface of the silver article without applying further polish.
It is a still further object of the present invention to provide a combined cap and brush which is simple and durable, which is effective for its intended purposes and which can be manufactured and sold at a reasonable cost.
For further comprehension of the invention, and of the objects and advantages thereof, reference will be had to the following description and accompanying drawings, and to the appended claims in which the various novel features of the invention are more particularly set forth.
In the accompanying drawings forming a material part ofthis disclosure:
Fig. 1 is a perspective view of a silver polish bottle having a combined cap and brush constructed in accordance with the present invention.
Fig. 2 is a partial vertical sectional view taken on the line 22 of Fig. l, but with the brush enclosing hood in position on the combined cap and brush.
Fig. 3 is a partial vertical sectional View taken on the plane of the line 3-3 of Fig. 1.
Fig. 4 is an exploded view of the cap parts shown in perspective and in the same relative positions as in Fig. l. Fig. 5 is an enlarged vertical sectional View taken on the line 5- 5 of Fig. '1 with a portion of the neck o'f'the bottle broken away.
Fig. 6 is a developed view showing the peripheries of the metallic bands which surround the cap parts.
Fig. 7 is a fragmentary view similar to Fig. 1, parts being omitted.
Fig. 8 is a plan view of Fig. 7.
Fig. 9 is a fragmentary side elevational view of Fig. l.
T he combined cap and brush, according to the present invention, is shown applied to a bottle 20 having an ex ternally threaded neck 21 and an outwardly projected collar 22 immediately below the neck 21.
The combined cap and brush includes a cap body 25 which is pressed from a sheet of metal to have a top. wall portion 25* for extension across the top of the neck 21. The top wall portion 25 continues about its periphery into a depending skirt wall portion 25" embossed with threads for threaded engagement with the external threads of the neck 21 for holding the cap body in position thereon. The skirt wall portion 25 in turn continues into an outwardly extended flange portion 25 which is seated down on the collar 22 when the cap body 25 is in position on the neck 21, as shown in Fig. 2.
Fitted over the top of the cap body 25 and seated down on the top face of the flange portion 25, there is a bristle mounting member 26 from the top face of which there extends a plurality of tufts of bristles 27 forming a brush. The bristle mounting member 26 is formed of wood, synthetic resinous material, metal or the like. The outer periphery of the flange portion 25' of the cap body 25 is formed in a head 28 which surrounds the bottom corner of the bristle mounting member 26.
A hollow hood 29 is shaped of metal or the like and is arranged to be positioned over the top of the brush and down over the bristle mounting member '26 until its bottom edge rests on the bead 2%, see Fig. 2., so as to enclose and protect the bristles 2'7 when the brush is not being used. Frictional contact between the surfaces of the bristle mounting member 26 and the hood 29 are depended upon to retain the hood in position on the bristle mounting member 26.
The hollow hood 29 may be removed from its position. and turned upside down to form a cup or receptacle so that some of the polish may be poured from the bottle 29 into the receptacle 29 and then the bristles 27 of the brush may be dipped into the polish well 29 to absorb some of the polish which is to be used for cleaning.
The bristle mounting member 26 is of two-oart construction consisting of a bottom part 26 and a top part 26". The bottom part 26 surrounds the skirt wall portion 25 of the cap body 25 and is fixedly secured thereto. The bottom part, 2 6 has its top face flush with the top face of the top wall portion 25 of the cap body, see Fig. 5. Surrounding the bottom part 26 there is an indicating band 36 which is fixedly secured to the bottom part. The indicating band 36 is of a height less than the height of the bottom part 26 so that the top portion of the bottom part 26 projects above the top of the indicating band. 7 i
The top part 26 of the bristle mounting member 26 has its bottom face resting flush on the top faces of. the top wall portion 25 and the bottom part Zo -and.
top part 25 The bottom portion of the band 32 sun rounds the portion of the bottom part 26 which pro-- jects above the top edge of the indicating band 30 to thereby assist the pintle pin 31 in maintaining the con- The pin 31 is passed through concentric aper-;
However, the band 32 centric relationship between the parts 26 and 26 of the bristle mounting member.
The top part 26 of the bristle mounting member 26 has an eccentric discharge hole 33, see particularly Pig. 5. The top wall portion 25 of the cap body 25 is formed with a complementary eccentric discharge port 34. In a certain rotative position of the top part 26' relative to the cap body 25, the discharge hole 33 is aligned with the discharge port 34 so that the contents of the bottle can be discharged directly onto the bristle tufts 27 by merely inverting the bottle and without having to remove the cap from the neck of the bottle. The assembled bottle and cap can be used in the nature of a one-piece fountain dauber for working the polish into the deep crevices and decorations on the surface of the silverware.
Means is provided on the indicating bands 30 and 32 for indicating when the discharge hole 33 is in alignment with or out of alignment with the discharge port 34. The indicating means comprises an arrow 35 formed on the periphery of the indicating band 32 and identified by the word Open. The arrow 35 is to be aligned with an unidentified arrow 36 on the band 30, as shown in Figs. 6 and 7, to indicate that the hole 33 is in alignment with the port 34, as shown in Fig. 5. The indicating band 30 is formed with an arrow 37 identified by the word Close. The indicating band 32 has an unidentified arrow 33 which in the rotative position of the top part 26 can be aligned with the arrow 37 to indicate the closed position of the cap in which the discharge hole 33 will be out of alignment with the discharge port 34.
Thus, the invention provides a convenient means whereby the cap can be used for daubing the silver polish into the deep crevices and decorations of the silverware without having to remove the cap from the neck of the bottle.
According to the invention, the top part 26 of the bristle mounting member 26 is formed with an indicator 40 for designating the exact location of the discharge port 34 and the discharge hole 33 when they are in alignment. In that aligned position it is appreciated that the bristle tufts 27 located directly above the discharge hole 33 will be the wettest while the bristle tufts 27 directly opposite the discharge hole 33 will be somewhat drier.
7 Therefore, the bristle tufts 27 directly opposite the indicator 40 are made somewhat longer than the remaining groups of bristle tufts 27. The longer bristle tufts 27 located at the drier area of the brush can be used for working the silver polish into the deep crevices and decorations on the surface of the silverware without actually applying additional polish to the silverware as the wetter bristle tufts 27 adjacent the indicator 40 will be out of contact with the surface of the silverware. It is appreciated, of course, that when it is desired to use only the longer bristle tufts 27 the bottle must be held in an angular position in which no additional polish will come out of the discharge hole 33 and excessively wet the bristle tufts above that hole, or, if desired, the top part 26 can be rotated to the normal closed position to restrict the further discharge of the silver polish.
Thus, convenient means is provided whereby the cap can be used for daubing the silver polish into the deep crevices and decorations of the silverware without having to remove the cap from the neck of the bottle. If desired, the combined cap and brush may be removed from the bottle 20 and some of the silver polish contained in the bottle spilled directly onto the tufts of bristles 27 and 27 which form the brush. The brush can then be gripped by the bristle mounting member which then functions as a handle so that the brush can be used for brushing the silver polish into the deep crevices and decorations on the surface of the fiat or hollow silverware or the like.
In the foregoing description, the features of the present invention are described as applied to a bottle for silver polish, but it is appreciated that the novel features can be employed in connection with bottles for dispensing other types of cleaners, solvents, polishes and the like without departing from the scope and intent of the present invention. For example, the bottle could contain a spot remover, a liquid shampoo or the like for up holstered furniture and rugs, liquid shoe polish, a liquid polish for cleaning and blackening coal-burning kitchen stoves and other similar liquid preparations.
it is to be understood that the bristle mounting member 26 may also be threaded and screwed on a bottle, container or any pliable tube, without a separate metallic screw portion to form a cap of the said container or the like.
While I have illustrated and described the preferred embodiment of my invention, it is to be understood that I do not limit myself to the precise constructions herein disclosed and the right is reserved to all changes and modifications coming within the scope of the invention as defined in the appended claims.
Having thus described my invention, what I claim as new and desire to secure by United States Letters Patent 1. A combination cap and brush for an outlet of a bottle containing a fluid, comprising a cap adapted to be mounted on the bottle outlet and having a top wall portion, said top wall portion having an eccentrically disposed discharge port, a bristle mounting member rotatably mounted on said top wall portion and having an eccentrically disposed discharge opening adapted to be moved into registry with said discharge port, a plurality of bristle tufts of various lengths extending outwardly from said bristle mounting member, the bristle tufts farthest from the discharge opening being the longest, indicia means on said cap and bristle mounting member to indicate the relative positions of said discharge port and said discharge opening, said cap including a skirt wall portion depending from the top wall portion, said bristle mounting member including a top part and an annular skirt depending from said top part over the skirt wall portion of the cap for relative rotation therebetween, and a pin rotatably connecting said cap and bristle mounting member at their centers.
2. The combination of claim 1 wherein the indicia means comprises an indicator formed on the top part of the bristle mounting member for designating the registry of the discharge port and discharge opening.
3. The combination of claim 1, wherein said skirt wall portion is internally screw threaded for coacting with threads on said bottle outlet in seating the same, said combination comprising an outwardly extending radial flange on the bottom end of said skirt wall portion, a head on the peripheral edge of the flange, and an indicating band on the cap between the skirt wall portion and said bead, the bottom edge of the annular skirt of the bristle mounting member terminating on the top edge of the indicating band.
References Cited in the file of this patent UNITED STATES PATENTS Italy Sept. 17, 1931