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Publication numberUS2895654 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateJul 21, 1959
Filing dateNov 23, 1956
Priority dateNov 23, 1956
Publication numberUS 2895654 A, US 2895654A, US-A-2895654, US2895654 A, US2895654A
InventorsRieke Glenn T
Original AssigneeRieke Metal Products Corp
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Bail handled closure cap
US 2895654 A
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July 21, 1959 G. T. RIEKE BAIL HANDLED CLOSURE CAP Filed Nov. 25, 1956 INVENTOR. 6L s/v/v 7. Ens/ 5.

Glenn T. Rieke, Auburn, Ind.,

. manipulating and like wherein said cap is integrally ,pull on the cap as well as bail becomes useful if not essential.

-;upper exposedposition United States Pate 2,895,654 BAIL HANDLED CLOSURE CAP assignor'to Rieke Metal Products Corporation, Auburn, Ind.,- a corporation Application November 23, 1956, SerialNo. 623,854 7 Claims. craze-s29 This invention relates to a bail handled closure cap of a character to be internally threaded for screw threading into closing position upon an externally threaded member, such as acontainer neck, spout or the like.

Said invention is particularly applicable for use in extending a flexible pouring sp'oult, as shown and described in my Letters Patent No. 2,661,128, granted December 1, 1953 entitled Tamper and Seal Proof Flexible Pouring Spout.

One object of the invention is to provide a screw cap for closing or sealing a container, pouring spoutor the formed, preferably of plastic material, with a bail or handle byimeans of which it may be conveniently finger gripped for exerting an axial pull thereon. In instances of various -us-ages, such as hereinafter described,*it is desirable to exert an axial screwing or unscrewing it by gripping and rotating. 'It is in such usages that a It is further important in some usages that such abail normally lie to one side of the cap in concentricfrelation with approxi- .ma.tely one-half of its periphery tothereby be out of the but wherein it may be raised to an beyond the top of'the cap for finger gripping to exert a pull thereon.

The particular 'feature o-f this invention resides in'providing such a cap and bail preferably out of a semi resilient material such as a plastic, rubber, synthetic-rubber way and not exposed,

and the like, whereby the bail may be formed integrally with the base rim of the cap to normally lie 'in'spaced concentric relation therewith, but when placed in :use may be bent or twisted approximately ninety-degrees to an outer finger gripping position under such inherent tension as to return it to its normal position upon being released. By means of this arrangement the'cap andbail may be cast and formed in one integral piece in an economical manner without the use-of'connecting elements.

One particular advantageous use of the invention is in combination with a flexible pouring spout of thecharacter disclosed -in the above-letterspatent, and as further illustrated herein.

The full nature of the'invention'willbe understood from the accompanying drawings and thefollowing description and claims:

Fig. 1 is a section through a flexible pouring spout for a container with the handled cap in its nested and sealed position.

Fig. 2 is the same as Fig. 1 showing the pouring spout extended by the pull exerted thereon by the handled cap with the bail in operating position.

Fig. 3 is a perspective view of the cap with the bail in normal nesting position.

Fig. 4 is the same as Fig. 3 showing the bail in its extended operative position.

In the drawings there is shown a flexible pouring spout closure for a container indicated at 10, said container having an opening provided therein surrounded by an upturned flange 11. The flexible pouring spout is pref- Tree erably formed of a semi-resilient material, such as .polyethylene :plastic or rubber compositionto includea somewhat frusto-conical :bodyportion 12 terminating in a tubular neck portion 13 with which it is joined by a shoulder portion .14. This formation is such that when therpouring spout is not in use or in closed position, it may be nested within the container, as, shown in Fig. 1. This may be accomplished by forcefully pushing the'neck portion inwardly, so displacing the shoulder portion .14 that the neck portion will nest within the body portion and with the body, portion flexed about its periphery to extend inwardly of the container. By pulling out on the neck portion the body "portion will be-caused 1to flex about its periphery to anextended position, as shown in Fig. 2 with the body and shoulder portions being :reversed. In thenestedposition the pouring spout will be embraced within the body portion while inthe extended position it will extend therefrom for dispensing fluid or the likev from the container.

The periphery of the bodyportion 12 terminates in a sealing ring 15 formed to seat over and embrace the flange 11 of the container and be secured thereabout by a suitable clamping ring 16. Said clamping ring 'not only clamps the resilient material of the sealing ring 15 to the container, but is provided with an inner re- 'cessed portion 17 to receive a metal tamper-proof sealing member 18.

The mouth of the neck portion 13 may "be initially sealed by an internally formed diaphragm 19 adapted to be cut out about :its periphery by a cutting. imple- ,ment when the spout is first conditioned for pouring.

formed of the same seml-resilient or plasticxmaterial as the spout and 'knur'led about its periphery for convenience in gripping and rotating it to or from the closing position with the spout. About the inner oropenedge of the cap there is formed a rim portion 22 with which the bail'23 is integrally formed. For this purposegthe bail is connected with the cap through opposed and substantially diametrically-extending or horizontal .tfingers' or bosses 24. Each finger terminates with .a circumferentially extending reduced and flattened neck or fhinge portion 25 in turn oining the. ends of the bail with the respective fingers or bosses. v

The formation and structureabove described is such that the normal untwisted position of the fingers, :neck

portions and bail retain the bail substantially. in-nthe plane of the rim .portion22, whichplane is-gparallel to the plane in which the top ofthe cap lies,',or in:lateral offset concentric relation with the periphery of the :cap. In'thisposition, and as-shown in Figs. 1 and 2, thebail will lie Within the .fold of the spout or :otherwise. out :of

- the way .of :any top sealing member, such as: member 18.

When the spout is to be put into use with the member 18 removed, the cap 20, as shown in Fig. 1 may be shifted to one side for raising the bail from its nested to an exposed position for finger gripping. The bail may then be brought into the position of Fig. 4. In this position it will provide a convenient finger grip to exert a pull on the cap, which is useful, for example, in pulling the spout from its nested position in Fig. 1 to its extended position in Fig. 2. Thereupon the cap may be unscrewed and the spout ready for use. In moving the bail to its outer operating position it will be readily bent at the flattened neck portions 25 which in turn will slightly twist the fingers 24. However, said fingers and neck portions 25 will be under sufiicient tenthe broad scope of the invention, reference being had to the appended claims.

The invention claimed is:

1. In a normally nesting extensible plastic closure for containers having a body portion peripherally secured to the container for flexing between a nesting position within the container and an extended position exteriorly therefor, a spout portion of less diameter integrally joined therewith through a flexible reversible offset shoulder and adapted to nest within said body portion in spaced relation therewith when in its nesting position and be extended from said body portion through the reverse flexing of said shoulder portion, a bail handled closure cap of flexible plastic material in screw threaded engagement with the pouring end of said spout to provide a removable closure therefor, said cap including'a skirt portion, and a bail having its terminal ends fixedly secured to diametrically opposite sides of said skirt portions for normally supporting said bail in the transverse plane thereof and in substantially spaced relation therewith to normally nest and body portion when in their nesting position, the

portions of said bail adjacent the terminal ends thereof being flexible for permitting said bail to be forcibly moved from its nested position to an exposed position over the top portion thereof in pulling said body and spout portions from nested to extended position.

2. In a flexible plastic extensible pouring spout for containers adapted to be pulled axially from a nested to an extended position, a bail handled closure cap threadedly received over the pouring end of said spout to provide a removable closure therefor, and a bail having its terminal ends integrally connected to opposite sides of said cap to normally lie on one side thereof embraced within said pouring spout when in its nested position, the portions in said bail adjacent the terminal ends thereof being flexible for permitting said ball to beforcibly moved under tension from its nested position to an exposed position over the top portion of said cap for finger gripping thereof in pulling said spout from nested to extended position.

3. In a flexible plastic extensible pouring spout for containers adapted to be pulled axially from a nested to an extended position, a bail-handled closure cap threadedly received over the pouring end of said spout to provide a removable closure therefor, and a bail having its terminal ends integrally connected to opposite sides of said cap to normally lie on one side thereof embraced within said pouring spout when in its nested position, the terminal ends of said bail including diametrically opposed fingers extending radially from said cap adapted to fiex and twist for permitting said bail to be forcibly moved in the space between said spout of said cap for finger gripping under tension from its nested position to an exposed position over the top portion of said cap for finger gripping for pulling said spout from its nested to extended position.

4. In a flexible plastic extensible pouring spout for containers adapted to be pulled axially from a nested to an extended position, a bail handled closure cap threadedly received over the pouring end of said spout to provide a removable closure therefor, and a bail having its terminal ends integrally connected to opposite sides of said cap to normally lie on one side thereof embraced within said pouring spout in its nested position, said terminal ends including opposed finger portions extending radially outward from said cap connected to the bail proper through reduced neck portions, said fingers and neck portions being formed of flexible material to permit flexing and twisting under tension upon said bail being forcibly moved from its nested to exposed position for finger gripping thereof in pulling said spout from its nested to extended position.

5. A bail handled closure cap of flexible and resilient plastic having a top portion, a depending skirt portion, said skirt portion having bosses extending from diametrically opposite sides thereof, flexible hinge members connected to said bosses and extending therefrom circumferentially with respect to said skirt portion, and a bail connected at its ends to said hinge members, said skirt, bosses, hinge members and bail being formed in a single integral structure normally to position said ball in a plane substantially parallel to the plane of the top of said cap.

6. A bail handled closure cap having a top portion, a depending skirt portion, said skirt portion having bosses fixed thereto and extending from diametrically opposite sides thereof, flexible hinge members connected to said bosses and extending laterally therefrom in a plane parallel to the planeof said top portion, and a bail connected at its ends to said hinge members, said bosses, hinge members and hail being formed in a single integral structure of flexible and resilient material normally to position said bail in a plane substantially parallel to the plane of the top of said cap.

7. A bail handled closure cap having a top portion, a depending skirt portion, said skirt portion having bosses fixed to and extending from diametrically opposite sides thereof, flexible and resilient hinge members connected to said bosses and extending laterally therefrom in a plane parallel to the plane of said top portion, and a bail connected at its ends to said hinge members, said hinge members being fixed to said bosses and to said bail normally to position said bail in a plane substantially parallel to the plane of the top of said cap.

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Classifications
U.S. Classification222/529, 222/541.2, 222/562, 222/530, 222/465.1, 220/212.5, 220/758
International ClassificationB65D47/06
Cooperative ClassificationB65D47/063
European ClassificationB65D47/06A1