US 2921706 A
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Jam 19, 1960 E. JOHNSON 2,921,706
PROTECTING JACKET FOR LIQUID CONTAINERS Filed Feb. 5, 1958 FIG. Z-
INVENTOR TTORNIZY United States Patent PROTECTING JACKET FOR LIQUID CONTAINERS Elvin Johnson, Phoenix, Ariz.
Application February 5, 1958, Serial No. 713,354
1 Claim. (Cl. 215-12) This invention relates to a protecting jacket comprising a body constructed preferably of rubber and designed primarily for encasing a pitcher or similar container in which iced liquids are contained, thereby to prevent condensation forming on the outer surface of the pitcher or container from passing downwardly over the surface of the pitcher to damage the surface on which the pitcher is resting.
A further object of the invention is to provide a jacket constructed of rubber or other suitable material which will conform to the general contour of the pitcher or container over which the jacket is stretched.
Another important object of the invention is to provide a jacket having spaced vertical ribs formed on the inner surface thereof adapted to contact the pitcher or container surface holding the jacket in spaced relation with the container surface and at the same time providing channels with the surface of the pitcher or container, which channels direct moisture caused by condensation, into an annular chamber at the bottom of the jacket.
Still another object of the invention is to provide a transversely disposed rib extending across the inner surface of the jacket at the front of the jacket to prevent the liquid from the annular chamber at the bottom of the jacket, passing from the jacket, when the pitcher or container is tilted in the pouring of liquid from the pitcher or container.
With the foregoing and other objects in view which will appear as the description proceeds, the invention consists of certain novel details of construction and combination of parts, hereinafter more fully described and pointed out in the claim, it being understood that changes may be made in the construction and arrangement of parts without departing from the spirit of the invention as claimed.
In the drawing:
Figure 1 is an elevational view illustrating a jacket constructed in accordance with the invention as fitted over a pitcher.
Figure 2 is a transverse sectional view taken on line 22 of Figure 1.
Figure 3 is a vertical sectional view through the pitcher and jacket.
Figure 4 is a plan view of the jacket.
Referring to the drawing in detail, the reference character 5 indicates a pitcher in which iced liquids are contained and on which condensation forms, due to certain atmospherical conditions.
The reference character 6 indicates the jacket, forming the essence of the present invention, and as shown the jacket is of the general contour of the pitcher. However, the jacket is preferably constructed of rubber or similar plastic material having yieldable qualities, so that the jacket may be stretched over the pitcher or container and will conform to the shape of the pitcher or container.
As shown, the jacket is provided with an annular enlargement 7 formed at the base thereof, the enlargement rising a substantial distance above the bottom of the jacket providing a support for the bottom of the pitcher or container, as better shown by Figure l of the drawing.
Thus it will be seen that due to this construction, an annular chamber is provided between the bottom of the pitcher or container and the bottom of the jacket between the wall of the jacket and the edge of the annular enlargement.
Formed integral with the inner surface of the pitcher or jacket, are substantially vertical ribs 8, which ribs terminate at points adjacent to the bottom of the jacket and communicate with the annular chamber, so that condensation forming on the wall of the pitcher and moving through the passageways or channels between the ribs 8, will find its way into the annular chamber at the bottom of the jacket and remain trapped against accidental displacement when the contents of the pitcher or container are being poured.
As shown, the ribs 9 at the front portion of the container or the portion of the jacket directly below the spout of the pitcher, terminates short of the upper edge of the jacket providing a space for a transverse rib 10 which partly encircles the inner surface of the jacket, the ribs being inclined downwardly as clearly shown by Figure 1 of the drawing.
Thus it will be seen that due to the presence of the transverse rib, when the pitcher or container 5 is tilted in pouring liquid therefrom, any liquid which may be trapped in the annular chamber 11 formed at the bottom of the jacket will be guarded against passing from the space between the jacket and pitcher to the end that when the pitcher or container is again set upright, the liquid caused by condensation will be returned to the annular chamber 11.
It will be obvious that because of applicants structure, the jacket may be readily removed from a pitcher of a particular shape and positioned on a container or pitcher of practically any desired shape, the jacket being of flexible material, conforming to the shape of the pitcher or container so that the jacket will not detract from the general attractiveness of the pitcher construction.
It is also to be understood that it is contemplated to manufacture the jacket in various color designs to meet various requirements of use.
Having thus described the invention, what is claimed is:
The combination with a pouring receptable for containing liquids, having a pouring spout, of a jacket conforming to the shape of said receptacle encasing said receptacle, said jacket comprising a flexible body having a side wall and bottom and pouring spout, an annular enlargement rising from said bottom, the edge of said enlargement being spaced from said wall of the jacket providing an annular channel between said enlargement and wall of the jacket, spaced vertical ribs formed on the inner surface of said side wall providing longitudinally extended channels therebetween, the lower ends of said latter channels terminating short of said annular channel and communicating therewith, through which condensation from said pouring receptacle and drippings pass into said annular chamber, and a transversely downwardly inclined rib intersecting said longitudinal channels in spaced relation with the ends of said channels adjacent to the pouring spout only, preventing the flow of liquid from said channels upon tilting the receptacle forwardly in pouring the contents therefrom.
Moore Sept. 6, 1921 Swofford Apr. 26, 1938