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Publication numberUS2805561 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateSep 10, 1957
Filing dateApr 9, 1954
Priority dateApr 9, 1954
Publication numberUS 2805561 A, US 2805561A, US-A-2805561, US2805561 A, US2805561A
InventorsEmmert George W, Reinecke Jean O
Original AssigneeEmmert
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Pitcher construction
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Septfl, 1957 G. w. EMMERT ETAL 2,805,561

PITCHER CONSTRUCTION Filed April 9. 1954 2 Sheets-Sheet 1 2 39' 6 JNVENTORS.

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BY Jean Qjezece; M) uw, [xA/154W Sept- 10, 1957 G. w. EMMERT ET A1. 2,805,561

PITCHER CONSTRUCTION Filed April 9, 1954 2 Sheets-Sheet 2 Q N LQNQ Q1 Si; Q

ilnited States Patent@ PTCHER CNSTRUCTION George W. Emmcrt, Winnetka, and Jean 0. Reinecke, @air Park, lll.; said Reinecke assignor to said Erinnert Application April 9, 1954, Serial No. 422,104-

1-4 Claims. (Cl, 65-66) to provide an inexpensive but attractive double wall, heat insulating pitcher that is complete with a handle, pivoting cover, and means for directing and metering or controlling the flow of liquid from a pouring lip and at the same time preventing solids such as ice from being poured from the pitcher when the pitcher is tilted to pouring position. An-

other object of the invention is to provide a pitcher of this character comprising a minimum number of parts, all of which may be molded in an ordinary molding machine in finished form ready for assembly. A further object of the invention is to provide a pitcher of the foregoing kind that may be quickly and easily assembled by the manufacturer or the housewife without need for cementing or otherwise permanently fastening any of the individual parts together, and without the use of auxiliary hinges or additional fastening members of any kind.

The parts of the pitcher are so constructed and arranged that they may merely rest upon each other when the pitcher is in its normal upright position with its cover closed, but when the handle of the pitcher is grasped in the hand and the thumb is used to raise the cover preparatory to pouring from the pitcher, all of the essential parts, including the body portions of the pitcher and the cover, are held together by the grip of the hand to prevent relative displacement when the pitcher is tilted to pouring position.

in Aits preferred embodiment the pitcher comprises an outer pitcher body shell with an inner shell nested therein in spaced, heat insulating relationship. The top of the inner shell extends upwardly above the outer shell and has an upper handle-half formed thereon which mates with a lower handle-half formed on the outer shell. A cover rests loosely and freely on the top of the pitcher in its normal closed position and has a rearwardly extending lever thereon resting on the upper portion of the handle. Gripping the handle in the hand, preparatory to pouring, holds the two handle-halves together and thus overcomes any tendency the inner shell might have to slip from the outer shell when the pitcher is tilted. Pressure by the thumb on the extremity of the lever on the handle pivots the lever on the handle and raises the cover for pouring. This same pressure on the lever holds the cover in place in its open position on the top yof the pitcher and prevents its displacement therefrom during pouring. Pivoting movement lof the cover to its open position furthermore carries a depending ange adjacent the front end of the cover forwardly land upwardly into close fit with the interior of the front wall of the pitcher body in the vicinity of a pouring lip formed therein. This ange has an opening therein opposite the lip through which the liquid contents Iof the pitcher are directed and metered into the lip during pouring t-o prevent spilling, the flange at the same time serving to prevent solids of substantial size from being poured from the pitcher and preventing escape of the liquid contents other than through the metering openingv in the flange.

In its preferred form the pitcher is comprised of only three pieces: the inner and outer body shells with the handle-halves formed thereon; and the cover with its operating lever and depending flange formed integrally thereon. It will be readily apparent that these three parts may be easily molded of any of a variety of suitable materials, including inexpensive thermoplasti-cs, and that their shapes and `contours are such that the molds in which they are formed may be easily separated and may be of simple and, relatively inexpensive construction. This feature, plus the simple manner in which the parts are assembled to provide a complete pitcher, renders the pitcher very inexpensive and suitable for mass production on a large scale with a minimum of manual labor and handling.

` These and other objects and -advantages of the present invention will be apparent from the following description, taken with the accompanying drawings wherein:

Fig. l is a perspective View of a preferred embodiment of the invention, showing the cover of the pitcher in its pouring posit-ion wherein the front portion of the cover is elevated or raised with respect to the front of the pitcher and a pouring lip formed thereon;

Fig. 2 is a top plan View of the pitcher with the cover in its closed position, a part of the top portion of the cover being cut away for clearness of illustration anda fragmentary part of the double walls of the pitcher being shown in cross-section along a horizontal plane through the upper portion of the body of the pitcher; Y

Fig. 3 is a vertical longitudinal cross-section of the pitcher showing the cover thereon in its closed position; and

Fig. 4 is Aan elevation of the back of the pitcher, with parts of the pitcher `being cut away to show its internal construction. f f

The pitcher illustrated in the drawings is of double wall heat insulating construction and includes inner and outer shells 10 and '11, respectively, which nest'within each other as best seen in Fig. 3. base or bottom wall 12 from the edges of which its side walls extend upwardly for a short distance to form a base cavity 13. From this base cavity the walls of the outer shell flair outwardly slightly to provide a shoulder 14 on the interior of the outer shell around the upper edge of the base cavity 13, and then extend upwardly and slightly divergently along graceful lines terminating in an upper edge 1S. On the back wall 16 (Fig. 3) of this outer shell there is formed the lower half 17a of a handle designated generally by the numeral 18. The lower half of the handle which may be formed integrally with the outer shell of the pitcher, extends rearwardly from the back Wall 16 of the outer shell and then diagonally outwardly and down` wardly therefrom, the uppermost portion of this lower half of the handle being substantially on a level with the upper edge 15 of the outer shell.

The inner shell 10 is provided with a bottom wall 19 from the edges of which the walls of the inner shell extend upwardly along lines conforming generally to the contour of the upstanding walls of the outer shell. The pitcher has a somewhat outwardly curved but generally rectangular cross-sectional shape, and the'bottom wall 19 of the inner shell is provided with short depending webs Z0 at each of its corners extending downwardly into the base cavity 13 of the outer shell in mating relationship with the side walls of the cavity. The opstanding walls of the inner shell 1t) immediately above the bottom wall 19 thereof ilair outwardly slightly and rest upon the shoulders 114 for-med'on the interiorvof the outer Patented Sept. 10, 1957.

The outer shell 11 has a Y shell adjacent the base cavity. As best seen in Fig. 3, the lowermost part of the inner shell cooperates with the bottom portion of the outer shell, and the shoulders 14 therein, to locate the lower portion of the inner shell in spaced relationship with the interior surface of the walls of the outer shell to provide heat insulating space therebetween.

The upstanding walls of the inner shell are flared sharply outwardly at the top edge 15 of the outer shell to provide an upper rim portion 21 having a shoulder 22 formed around its lower edge resting upon the upper edge of the outer shell. The contour of the upper rim portion 21 of the' inner shell conforms `to the contour of the outer shell so that in appearance the rim portion provides an unbroken upward continuation of the pitcher body.

A pouring lip designated generally by the numeral 23 is formed in the front wall of the upper rim portion 21 of the inner shell, the front wall of the main body portion of the inner shell below the upper rim portion also being curved outwardly at 24 (Fig. 3) to conform generally to the shape of the lip. The front wall of theV outer shell likewise is curved outwardly at 25 to conform vto the curvature of the front wall of the inner shell so as to maintain the space therebetween, as best seen in Fig. 3.

The upper rim portion 21 of the inner shell terminates in an upper edge 26, and an upper half 17b of the handleV 18 is formed on the back wall of the rim portion. The upper handle-half 17b extends rearwardly from the back wall of the upper rim portion and then diagonally downwardly therefrom and is of such size and shape as to mate with the lower half 17a of the handle, as illustrated in Figs. l and 3. The upper half 17b of the handle, at its uppermost portion 27 (Fig. 3), extends' rearwardly on a level with the upper edge 26 of the rim portion 21 and then downwardly and again rearwardly to provide a knurled platform 28 located somewhat below the level of the upper edge 26 of the rim 21.

A cover designated generally by the numeral 29 rests freely upon the upper edge 26 of the rim 21. The cover is of the same general size and shape as the top of theV pitcherand is provided with a forwardly extending front portion 30 which covers the lip 23 when the cover is in its closed position. If desired, the cover may be provided with a handle 31 by means of which the cover may be lifted from the pitcher.

A lever 32 integral with the back of the cover extends rearwardly therefrom and rests freely upon the uppermost portion 27 of the upper half 17b of the handle 13 immediately ahead of the knurled platform 28 when the coveris in its normal closed position. The intermediate portion of the lever 32 is provided with a down-. wardly extending transverse tongue 33 which rests freely in a transverse groove 34 provided in the portion 27 of the handle-half l1711. If desired, the lever 32 may be provided adjacent its extremity with a downwardly ex- .tending bump button 35 disposed above the knurled platform 28.

A downwardly extending U-shaped flange member 36 is provided on the under side of the cover 29 adjacent its front and side edges. The front panel 37 of this downwardly extending flange is provided with a metering opening 38 therein at a position substantially opposite the lip 23. When the cover is in its closed position the front panel 37 and side panels 39 of the flange are spaced slightly inwardly from the front and side walls of the upper rim portion 21 of the inner shell so as to provide a very loose fit therewith, as best illustrated in Fig. 2. In this condition the flange assists in retaining the closed cover on the top of the pitcher. On the other hand, when the cover 29 is pivoted upwardly to its raised or pouring position illustrated in Fig. 1, the lower edge portion of the front panel 37 of the flange is carried forwardly and upwardly in an arcuate path towards the inner surface of the front wall of the rim portion 21 adjacent the lip 23 to tighten the iit therebetween for a purpose explained hereinafter in detail.

From the foregoing description it will be seen that the complete pitcher, in its preferred form, is comprised of only three separate parts, all of which may be molded in hnished form in an ordinary production molding machine. Because of the relatively simple shapes and contours of the parts, the molds therefor do not require complicated cores or other parts of difficult construction` nor is any problem raised thereby that would present dliiculty in separating the mold halves or in withdrawing the molded parts from the molds. The ease with which the parts of the present pitcher may be molded may be contrasted, for example, with the diflcult problems involved in molding an ordinary pitcher of the type having an ice retaining .flange extending across the top of the pitcher body per se adjacent a pouring lip. ln such constructions the liange must be omitted until after the core of the body mold has been removed, in which case the ange in a separate operation must thereafter be cemented in place, or the bottom of the pitch body must be omitted to permit removal of the core. In the latter case, the bottom of the pticher must be cemented in place in a separate operation. Obviously, the present construction avoids such expensive and time consuming operations.

Assembly of the present pitcher is extremely simple and may be carried out either by the manufacturer or by the housewife or other ultimate purchaser since none of the parts need to be cemented together and no auxiliary hinges or other connectingr members are employed. ln assemblying the pitcher, the inner shell 1t) s simply slipped downwardly inside the outer shell 11, bringing the lower portion of the inner shell to rest on the shoulders 14 adjacent the bottom of the outer shell, with the flanges Ztl on the lower end of the inner shell tting into place against the upright walls of the lower cavity 13 at the bottom of the outer shell. To assist in bringing the shoulder 22 on the outer shell easily into proper contact and register with the upper edge 15 of the 'outer shell, the inner shell may be provided with a plurality of curved outwardly extended guide ilanges 40 which engage the inner walls of the outer shell as the two parts are moved together, thereby guiding the two into proper register. The flanges 40 may also serve to prevent relative lateral movement of the upper portion of the outer shell with respect to the inner shell when the two are assembled.

As the inner and outer shells are moved into assembled relationship, the upper and lower handle-halves 17b and 17a are moved together and into mating relationship to form a hollow handle assembly. Proper registering of the two handle-halves is assured by an interlocking arrangement which also prevents lateral relative movement between the two halves while they are in assembled position. This interlocking arrangement is provided by an upstanding post 41 on the lower half 17a which is received by a corresponding slot 42 provided in the upper half of the handle, as illustrated in Figs. 3 and 4.

Assembly of the pitcher is completed simply by placing the cover 29 on the pitcher in the position shown in 2, 3 and 4 in the drawings. In this normal position, wherein the cover is closed, the cover rests freely upon the top of the pitcher and the tongue 33 on the lever 32 rests freely in the rounded transverse groove 34 provided inthe portion 27 of the upper handle-half 17h. Accidental dislodgment of the cover from the pitcher when in closed position is prevented -by the llange 36 and the presence of the tongue 33 in the groove 34, but the cover may br: completely removed simply by lifting it upwardly off of the pitcher.

When 011e desires to pour from the pitcher, the handle 18 is gripped in the hand in the usual manner and t'nc thumb of the gripping hand is pressed downwardly upon the outer extremity of the lever 32 on the cover. This pressure on the lever causes the lever to be pivoted on the rear edge 27a of the uppermost portion Z7 of the upper handle-half 17h, bringing the stop button 35 downwardly into engagement with the platform 28. This movement raises the front of the cover' to the position shown in Fig. l wherein the ange 36 is exposed and the opening 38 therein is elevated to a position directly opposite the pouring lip. The tongue 33 is raised only slightly in the groove 34 during this movement, but the lower portion of the front panel 37 of the ange 36 is moved upwardly and forwardly into close fit with the inner wall of the pitcher in the vicinity of the pouring lip. In this raised position slippage between the lever 32 and the upper portion of the handle-half 1711 is prevented Iby the presence of the tongue 33 in the groove 34 and further stability is given to the cover by pressure of the button 35 on the ribbed platform 2S and `by the side panels 39 of the flange 36.

When the cover is in its raised position, as just explained, t-he lower edge of the front panel 37 is in sul'- ciently close tting relationship with the front wall of -the pitcher to prevent any appreciable ow of liquid therebetween. Thus, when the pitcher is tilted, the liquid therein is metered through the opening 38 into the pouring lip to insure against pouring so fast as to spill the liquid. At the same time the fiange 36, and particularly the panel 37 thereof, prevents ice or other solids of appreciable size from being poured from the pitcher.

The normal grip of the hand around the handle 18 holds the two halves thereof firmly together and thus avoids any tendency the inner shell iii might have to slip out of the outer shell while the pitcher is in pouring position. Similarly, pressure of the thumb upon the lever 32 holds the tongue 33 in the groove 34 and the button 35 against the platform 28, thereby preventing the cover from slipping from the pitcher during pouring. When pouring is completed, the pitcher is returned to its upright po-istion, thumb pressure on the lever 32 .is released, and the cover returns by gravity to its normal closed position covering both the top lof the pitcher and the pouring lip.

The foregoing description has been given for clearness of understanding only, and no unnecessary limitations should he inferred therefrom, for it wil ybe apparent to those skilled in the art that various changes may be made in the construction shown and described without departing from the spirit and scope of the appended claims.

We claim:

l. A pitcher comprising, a pitcher body having a pouring lip in a front wall thereof and a handle extending rearwardly and downwardly from a rear wall thereof, a readily removable cover on said pitcher having a normally closed position wherein said cover rests freely upon the top of said pitcher and may be quickly and completely removed therefrom, said cover having a pouring position while on said pitcher wherein the front of said cover is raised a predetermined distance with respect to the front of said pitcher and said pouring lip, said handle having an upstanding projection formed thereon adjacent said rear wall, a rigid lever on said cover extending rearwardly therefrom over said handle, with an intermediate portion of said lever resting freely upon the upper surface of the upstanding projection on said handle, downward finger pressure upon the rearward extremity of said lever being operative to pivot said intermediate portion of said lever upon the edge of the upper surface of said projection remote from said rear wall to raise said cover from said closed position to said pouring position, cooperating means on said lever and the upstanding projection on said handle for preventing slippage of said intermediate portion of said lever with respect to said upstanding projection during said pivoting motion therebetween, and a depending flange on said cover having a depending length at least as great as said predetermined distance and extending downwardly inside the upper interior ofsaid pitcher and fitting loosely within `the 'upper' interior surface of said front wall in the vicinity of said pouring lip when said cover is in said closed position, said flange having an opening therethrough adjacent said lip, the lower portion of said flange during said pivotal movement of said cover from its said closed position to its pouring position being carried upwardly and forwardly toward the inner surface of said front wall of said pitcher to tighten the t therebetween, said flange serving when said cover is in said closed position to assist in retaining said cover on said pitcher and serving, when said cover is in said pouring position, to direct the liquid contents of said pitcher through said opening therein and then into said pouring lip, thereby preventing spilling of said liquid and preventing passage of relatively large solids from the interior of said pitcher when said pitcher is tilted for pouring.

2. The combination set forth in claim l, wherein said slippage preventing means comprises tongue and groove means between said intermediate portion of said lever and the upstanding projection of said handle, said tongue freely resting in said groove when said cover is on said pitcher and being freely withdrawn therefrom when said cover is removed from said pitcher.

3. A pitcher comprising, a pitcher body having a pouring lip in a front wall thereof and a handle extending rearwardly and downwardly from a rear wall thereof, a cover for said pitcher having a normally closed position and havinga pouring position in which the front of said cover is raised a predetermined distance with respect to the front of said pitcher and said lip, a lever integral with said cover and extending rearwardly therefrom over said handle, an upstanding projection on said handle transverse thereto and positioned thereon to freely support an intermediate portion of said lever in pivotal engagement, downward linger pressure upon the rearward extremity of said lever being operative to pivot said intermediate portion of said lever upon said upstanding projection to pivotally raise said cover from its said closed position to said pouring position, and a depending flange on said cover having a depending length at least as great as said predetermined distance and extending downwardly inside the upper interior of said pitcher and fitting loosely with the upper interior surface of said front wall in the vicinity of said pouring lip when said cover is in said closed position, said ange having an opening therethrough adjacent said lip, the lower portion of said flange, during said pivotal movement of said cover from its said closed position to its pouring position, being carried upwardly and forwardly toward the inner surface of said front wall of said pitcher to tighten the t therebetween, said flange serving when said cover is in said closed position to assist in retaining said cover on said pitcher and serving, when said cover is in said pouring position, to direct the liquid contents of said pitcher through said opening therein and then into said pouring lip, thereby preventing spilling of said liquid and preventing passage of relatively large solids from the interior of said pitcher when said pitcher is tilted for pouring.

4. A pitcher comprising, a pitcher body having a pouring lip in a front wall thereof and a handle extending rearwardly and downwardly from a rear wall thereof, a readily removable cover on said pitcher having a normally closed position wherein said cover rests freely upon the top of said pitcher and may be quickly and completely removed therefrom, said cover having a pouring position while on said pitcher wherein the front of said cover is raised with respect to the front of said pitcher and said pouring lip, a rigid lever on said cover extending rearwardly therefrom over said handle, an upstanding projection on said handle transverse thereto and positioned thereon to freely support an intermediate portion of said lever in pivotal engagement, downward nger pressure upon the rearward extremity of said lever being operative to pivot said intermediate portion of said lever upon said 7 upstanding projection to raise said cover from said closed position to said pouring position, and cooperating means on Said lever and handle for preventing slippage and longitudinal movement of said intermediate portion of said lever 4with respect to said `opstanding projection during said pivotal movement therebetween, said slippage preventing means'comprising cooperating tongue and slot means between said intermediate portion of said lever and said handle, said tongue freely resting in said slot when said cover is on said pitcher and being freely withdrawn therefrom when said cover is removed from said pitcher.

5.` A pitcher comprising, a pitcher body having a pouring lip in a front wall thereof, a cover for said pitcher having a normally closed position and having a pouring position wherein the front end of said cover is raised a predetermined distance with respect to the front of said pitcher and said lipa depending ange on said cover having front and side portions extending downwardly inside the upper interior of said pitcher and fitting loosely with respect to the upper interior surfaces of the front and side walls of said pitcher, respectively, when said cover is in said closed position, said front portion of said flange having a depending length at least as great as said predetermined distance and having an opening therein adjacent said lip, and means for pivotally moving said cover from its said closed position to said pouring position, said front portion of said fiange, during said pivotal movement of said cover, being carried upwardly and forwardly toward the inner surface of said front wall of said pitcher to tighten the fit therebetween, said flange serving when said cover is in said pouring position, to direct the liquid contents of said pitcher through said opening therein and then into said pouring lip to prevent spilling of said liquid and to prevent passage of relatively large solids from the interior of said pitcher when said pitcher is tilted for pouring.

6. A pitcher comprising, a pitcher body having a pouring lip in a front wall thereof, a cover for said pitcher having a normally closed position and having a pouring position wherein 1Ehe front end of said cover is raised a predetermined distance with respect to the front of said pitcher and `said lip, a depending iiange on said cover extending downwardly inside the upper interior of said pitcher a distance at least as great as said predetermined distance and fitting loosely with the upper interior surface of said front wall in the vicinity of said pouring lip when said cover is in said closed position, said fiange having an opening therethrough adjacent said lip, and means for pivotally moving said cover from its said closed position to said pouring position, the lower portion of said fiange, during said pivotal movement of said cover, being carried upwardly and forwardly toward the inner surface of said front wall of said pitcher to tighten the fit therebetween, and said flange serving when said cover is in said pouring position, to meter and direct the liquid contents of said pitcher through said opening therein and then into said pouring lip to prevent spilling of said liquid and to prevent passage of relatively large solids from the interior of said pitcher when said pitcher is tilted for pouring.

7. The combination set forth in claim 6, wherein said flange occupies a position substantially parallel to said inner surface of said front wall in the vicinity of said pouring lip when said cover is in said closed position.

8. The combination set forth in claim 6, wherein said cover in said closed position covers the entire top of said pitcher and said pouring lip.

9. The combination set forth in claim 6, wherein said cover is of single-piece construction and said fiange is integral therewith.

10. A heat insulating pitcher assembly comprising, inner and outer pitcher body shells having heat insulating space therebetween, an upper portion of said inner shell engaging and resting upon the upper edge of said outer 8 shell and extending upwardly therefrom, a pouring lip in the front wall of said upwardly extending upper portion of said inner shell, a first handle portion extending rearwardly and then downwardly from the back wall of said upwardly extending portion of said inner shell, a second handle portion extending rearwardly and then downwardly from the back wall of said outer shell adjacent said upper edge thereof, said second handle portion occupying a position immediately below said first handle portion and mating therewith to provide a complete handle which when gripped in the hand will hold said handle portions together and thereby tend to retain said inner shell in fixed position in said outer shell when said pitcher is tilted for pouring, a readily removable cover on said pitcher having a normally closed position wherein said cover rests freely upon the top of said upwardly extending portion of said inner shell and may be quickly and completely removed from said pitcher, said cover having a pouring position while on said pitcher wherein the front of said cover is raised with respect to said pouring lip, a lever on said cover extending rearwardly therefrom over said first handle portion, with an intermediate part of said lever resting freely upon a part of said first handle portion adjacent the rear wall of said upwardly extending portion of said inner shell, downward finger pressure upon the rearward extremity of said lever being operative to ivot said intermediate part of said lever upon said first portion of said handle to raise said cover from its said closed position to said pouring position, cooperating means on said lever and said first portion of said handle for preventing longitudinal movement of said lever with respect to said first portion of said handle during said pivoting motion therebetween and while said cover is in said pouring position, and a depending flange on said cover extending downwardly inside the interior of said upwardly extending portion of said inner shell. in the vicinity of said pouring lip and fitting loosely with said front wall thereof when said cover is in said closed position, said fiange having an opening therethrough adjacent said lip, the lower portion of said flange, during said pivotal movement of said cover from its said closed position to its pouringposition, being carried upwardly and forwardly toward said front wall to tighten the fit therebetween, said flange serving when said cover is in said closed position to assist in retaining said cover on said pitcher and serving, when said cover is in said pouring position, to direct the liquid contents of said pitcher through said opening therein and then into said pouring lip, thereby preventing spilling of said liquid and preventing passage of relatively large solids from the interior of said pitcher when said pitcher is tilted for pouring.

ll. A, heat insulating pitcher assembly comprising, inner and outer pitcher body shells having heat insulating space therebetween, an upper portion of said inner shell engaging and resting upon the upper edge of said outer shell and extending upwardly therefrom, a pouring lip in the front wall of said upwardly extending upper portion of said inner sheil, a rst handle portion extending rearwardly and then downwardly from the back wall of said upwardly extending portion of said inner shell, a second handle portion extending rearwardly and then downwardly from the baclt wall of said outer shell adjacent said upper edge thereof, said second handle portion occupying a position immediately below said first handle portion and mating therewith to provide a complete handle which when gripped in the hand will hold said handle portions together and thereby tend to retain said inner shell in fixed position in said outer shell when said pitcher is tilted for pouring, a readily removable cover on said pitcher having a normally closed position wherein said cover rests freely upon the top of said upwardly extending portion of said inner shell and may be quickly and completely removed from said pitcher, said cover having a pouring position while on said pitcher wherein the front of said cover is raised with respect to said pouring lip, and a lever on said cover extending rearwardly therefrom over said rst handle portion, with an intermediate part of said lever resting freely upon a part of said irst handle portion adjacent the rear wall of said upwardly extending portion of said inner Shell, downward finger pressure upon the rearward extremity of said lever being operative to pivot said intermediate part of said lever upon said first portion of said handle to raise said cover from its said closed position to said pouring position.

12. A heat insulating pitcher assembly comprising, inner and outer pitcher body shells having heat insulating space therebetween, an upper portion of said inner shell engaging and resting upon the upper edge of said outer shell and extending upwardly therefrom, a pouring lip in the front wall of said upwardly extending upper portion of said inner shell, a first handle portion extending rearwardly and then downwardly from the back wall of said upwardly extending portion of said inner shell, a second handle portion extending rearwardly and then downwardly from the back wall of said outer shell adjacent said upper edge thereof, said second handle portion occupying a position immediately below said first handle portion and mating therewith to provide a complete handle which when gripped in the hand will hold said handle portions together and thereby tend to retain said inner shell in tixed position in said outer shell when said pitcher is tilted for pouring, a readily removable cover on said pitcher having a normally closed position wherein said cover rests freely upon the top of said upwardly extending portion of said inner shell and may be quickly and completely removed from said pitcher, said cover having a pouring position while on said pitcher wherein the front of said cover is raised with respect to said pouring lip, a lever on said cover extending rearwardly therefrom over said irst handle portion, with an intermediate part of said lever resting freely upon a part of said lirst handle portion adjacent the rear wall of said upwardly extending portion of said inner shell, downward tinger pressure upon the rearward extremity of said lever being operative to pivot said intermediate part of said lever upon said tirst portion of said handle to raise said cover from its said closed position to said pouring position and cooperating means on said lever and said rst portion of said handle for preventing longitudinal movement of said lever with respect to said first portion of said handle during said pivoting motion therebetween and while said cover is in said pouring position.

13. A heat insulating pitcher assembly comprising, inner and outer pitcher body shells having heat insulating space therebetween an upper portion of said inner shell wardly and then downwardly from the back Wall ofV said upwardly extending portion of said inner shell, and a second handle portion extending rearwardly and then downwardly from the back wall of said outer shell adjacent said upper edge thereof, said second handle portion occupying a position immediately below said irst lhandle portion and mating therewith to provide a complete and unitary handle which when gripped in the hand will hold said handle portions together and thereby tend to retain said inner shell in xed position in said outer shell when said pitcher is tilted for pouring.

14. A heat insulating pitcher assembly comprising, inner and outer pitcher body shells having heat insulating space therebetween an upper portion of said inner shell engaging and resting upon the upper edge of said outer shell and extending upwardly therefrom, a pouring lip in the front wall of said upwardly extending upper portion of said inner shell, `a lirst handle portion extending rearwardly and then downwardly from the back Wall of said upwardly extending portion of said inner shell, and a second handle portion extending rearwardly and then downwardly from the back wall of said outer shell adjacent said upper edge thereof, said second handle portion occupying a position immediately below said irst handle portion and mating in interlocking fashion therewith to provide a complete handle which when gripped in the hand will hold said handle portions together and thereby tend to retain said inner shell in iixed position in said outer shell when said pitcher is tilted for pouring.

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Classifications
U.S. Classification222/131, 220/592.2, 222/472, D07/318, 215/12.1, 220/592.16, 222/465.1, D07/316, D07/322, 222/547, 222/473, 222/545, D07/317
International ClassificationA47G19/00, A47G19/12
Cooperative ClassificationA47G19/12
European ClassificationA47G19/12