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Feb. 4, 1958 E. w. SMALLEY ET AL 2,822,115
COMBINATION BAIT BOX AND CARRIER Filed Oct. 24, 1955 INVENTOR. EDWARD w SMALLEY FRED TERESKI' United States Patent- 2,822,116 coMBINATioNmrT'Box ANDCARRIER Edward W. Smalley, Centralim-and Fred Tereskh Galvin, Wash...
Application0ctober24,1955,' sei'ial No. 542319 1 Claim. (or. 224-) This invention relates to a combination bait box and carrier.
Heretofore, it was customary to pack bait in a carton for storage and merchandising purposes and use a separate container for carrying the bait after purchase of the bait by a fisherman.
The primary object of the invention is to provide a box or carton for bait, which box or carton also serves as a bait container for suspension from the belt of a fisherman during his use of the bait. thereby necessitating no transfer of the bait from one holding medium to another from initial packaging to bait use.
The novel features that are considered characteristic of the invention are set forth with particularity in the appended claims. The invention itself, however, both as to its organization and its method of operation, together with additional objects and advantages thereof, will best be understood from the following description of a specific embodiment when read in connection with the accompanying drawings, wherein like reference characters indicate like parts throughout the several figures and in which:
Fig. l is a perspective view of the bait holding box or carton of the present invention utilized as a belt suspended bait carrier;
Fig. 2 is a perspective view of the carton when utilized as a shipping box or carton for the bait;
Fig. 3 is a perspective view of the end of the shipping box or carton disclosing the manner in which the ends are assembled;
Fig. 4 is a fragmentary, sectional view taken substantially on the plane of section line 44 of Fig. 1, disclosing the completed end formation of the body, and
Fig. 5 is a view of the blank from which the box is prepared.
Referring now to the drawings in detail, the combination bait-tackle box and carrying container is designated in its entirety by the letter B.
Noting Fig. 5, it will be seen that the box B is formed from a single, generally rectangular blank of material 1, having longitudinal score lines 8 dividing the blank into top fiaps 5 and 6, side walls 3 and 4, and bottom wall 2. Transverse score lines 10 provide end flaps 9 at the ends of side wall panels 3 and 4, end walls 7 at the ends of bottom wall 2 and top end flaps and 16 at the ends of top fiap 6. The blank is severed between the end flaps and end walls so that the end flaps and end walls are hinged to the blank only along the transverse score lines 10, while the top flaps 5 and 6 are hinged only to the longitudinal score lines 8 defining their connections to the top edges of the side walls 3 and 4.
The top flat 6 is provided with a transverse slot 13 adjacent each transverse score line 10 within the top flap area defined between the transverse score lines 10. Each top end flap 15 and 16 is also provided with a transverse slot 13 adjacent the associated score line 10 whereby a pair of slots 13 is provided adjacent each end of the top flap 6 for suspending the container 01 box B from a ice fishermans -belt bl the like in =--a manner to -b'e l sub'se que'ntlydescribed. e
The end-walls.-7 attached to"the ends of -the'bottom wall or panel 2'ofther-box-ihave tabs -12 struck therefrom while: the end -=flaps;9 atrthe endsfof theside 'wallpanels 3 and 4 are each provided awitlr'a rlongitudi'nal slot 11 cooperating-with an 'associated "tab- 1 2 in -holding the blank in box form afteritsformation-through proper folding'or bending along the -scoretlines-. 8 'and--10.-:
To form the box theside walls-.3 and 4-are bent along the fold lines 8 attaching-v them-:to-the -side- -edges--of: the bottom wall 2 upwardlyuto-a positionparallel to one another and at right angles to the bottom wall 2. When in this position, the end flaps 9 at the ends of each of the side walls are folded to overlapping relation with one another so that their slots 11 are in registry with one another. End walls 7 are then swung upwardly at right angles to the bottom 2 into overlapping relation with the already overlapped end flaps 9 at each end of the box now taking shape.
However, as the end walls 7 are swung upwardly, the tabs 12 struck therefrom are bent inwardly and passed through the registering slots 11 of the end flaps 9 at each end of the box. After passing through the registering slots 11, each of the flaps 12 is then bent downwardly in the manner shown particularly in Fig. 4 to lock the ends in position and thus lock the blank in its box form so that bait may be packed therein for shipment, display, storage or use.
After the bait has been packed in the box it may be sealed therein in a very simple manner by folding the top flap 5 over the top of the box and then folding into overlying relationship therewith the top flap 6. To secure the flaps 5 and 6 in their overlapping position, either, or both, of the mating surfaces or any portions of the mating surfaces of the fiaps 5 and 6 may be adhesively coated so that they are securely held together to maintain the box in a closed condition. Additionally, to prevent spillage, the top end flaps 15 and 16 may be folded down over the end walls 7 and lightly adhesively secured thereto with the top end flap 15 and 16 covering the registering slots 11 through which the tabs 12 pass so that the container is reasonably sealed against any spillage. Of course, the entire container may be encased within an airtight casing for hermetically sealing the bait in a cold packed condition for transportation and storage.
After the fisherman purchases the bait in the box described, the top flap 6 may be loosened to open the box whereby the flap 5 can be swung outwardly to expose the contents of the box and, in addition, the top flap 6 may serve as a belt carrier for the box, whereby the box can serve as a bait container for the fisherman.
Thus, as the top flap 6 is raised, the top end flaps 15 and 16 are unfolded along their associated score lines 10 into alignment with the major portion of the top flap 6. Then the fishermans belt 14 or similar member, may be passed behind the surface of the flap 6 between the pairs of slots and in front of the surface of the top flap 6 between the slots of each, or vice versa, whereby it serves as a carrier for suspending the box from the belt. When so carried, the bait may then be withdrawn from the box by the fisherman as needed and there is no necessity for transferring the bait from the box in which it is packed to a separate container since the box construction of the present invention provides both a shipping container and a bait box.
Although a certain specific embodiment of the invention has been shown and described, it is obvious that many modifications thereof are possible. The invention, therefore, is not to be restricted except insofar as is necessitated by the prior art and by the spirit of the appended claim.
Patented Feb. 4, 1958' That which is claimed is:
A box formed from a single rectangular blank of material divided by longitudinal score lines intotop flaps, side walls, and a bottom wall, and having transverse score lines forming top end flaps at the ends of one of the top flaps, end flaps at the ends of the side walls, and end walls at the ends of the bottom wall, said end flaps overlapping one another at each end of the box and having registering horizontal slots, said end walls each having a tab struck therefrom passed through said registering slots, and then downturned toward parallel relation with said flaps to secure said flaps and said end wall at each end of said box in abutment with one another, said top flaps overlapping one another and closing the top of the box, said one top flap overlying the other top 15 2,731,191
4 flap, said top end flaps protectively overlapping the portions of said end walls from which said tabs project into said end flap slots, said one top flap and said top end flaps being provided with adjacent parallel slots for attaching the same to a belt.
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