US 28693 A
Description (OCR text may contain errors)
UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE.
DANIEL H. SHIRLEY, OF BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS.
Specification of Letters Patent No. 28,693, dated June 12, 1860.
To all 'whom it may concern:
Be it known that I, DANIEL II. SHIRLEY, of Boston, in the county of Suffolk and State of Massachusetts, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Pla-tes for Table Purposes, and that the following description, taken in connection with the accompanying drawings, hereinafter referred to, forms a full and exact speciication of the same, wherein I have set forth the nature and principles of my said improvements, by which my invention may be distinguished from all others of a similar class, together with such parts as I claim and desire to have secured to me by Letters Patent.
The present invention consists in forming upon the rim of a plate used for table purposes one or more depressions or receptacles for the reception of any desired articles of food such as sauces, vegetables, condiments, &c., whereby they may be kept separate from each other and all within convenient reach in one and the same dish and whereby many small plates that are now necessarily used in connection with a large one may, if desired, be dispensed with.
One form in which my improved plate may be made is represented in the accompanying drawings, of which- Figure l is a plan or top view of a plate with my improvements applied thereto.
Fig. 2 is a central vertical section of the same. Fig. 3 is a plan or top view on a small scale showing a modified arrangement 3 of my new plate.
a a in the drawings represent the main body of the plate, and b b the rim. In the rim b b are formed a series of shallow grooves or depressions c c, d d, e e, &c., of any desired form and size for the reception of such articles of food or condiments as may be desired so that they may be all kept separate from each other.
In Fig. 3 the body a a of the plate is rep- 4 resented as eccentric to the circle of the rim and Various other forms may be given to the plate and to the receptacles in the rim thereof, at pleasure. The receptacles c, cl, e, Sac., may also be formed by means of partitions 5 on the rim of the plate raised sufliciently to form receptacles of the requisite depth.
Having thus described my improvements,
I shall state my claim as follows:
What I claim as my invention and desire 5 to have secured to me by Letters Patent is- A plate formed with one or more depressions or receptacles in its rim for the purpose specified.
D. H. SHIRLEY.