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Publication numberUS2929601 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateMar 22, 1960
Filing dateFeb 3, 1955
Priority dateFeb 3, 1955
Publication numberUS 2929601 A, US 2929601A, US-A-2929601, US2929601 A, US2929601A
InventorsAnderson Arthur E
Original AssigneeAnderson Arthur E
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Detachable base for upright containers
US 2929601 A
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United States Patent DETACI-IABLE BASE FOR UPRIGHT CONTAINERS Arthur E. Anderson, Moutclair, NJ.

Application February '3, 1955, Serial No. 486,006

1 Claim. (Cl. 248-346) This invention relates to containers, and more particularly to a detachable base for upright containers.

The invention is particularly applicable to metal cans of rectangular configuration, sometimes. called flat cans. Such cans are popular because they'store in minimum space, but they have the disadvantage of being relatively unstable against accidental tipping. This is of concern when working with cleaning fluid, polishes, liquid wax, and the like.

The primary object of the present invention is toprovide a detachable base which will greatly increase the stability of such cans. Indeed the stability may be so increased that the can may be placed on an irregular surface, such as that of upholstered furniture, or an automobile body. Still another object is to provide a base having a relatively smooth bottom surface such that the can may be rested on a highly polished surface, for example furniture or a car body, without danger of scratching the same. Still another object is to guard against drip of contents from the can. Still another object is to provide a single base which may be used with cans of different size.

To accomplish the foregoing general objects, and other more specific objects which will hereinafter appear, my invention resides in the detachable base, and its relation to upright containers, as are hereinafter more particularly described in the following specification. 'Ihe specification is accompanied by a drawing, in which:

Fig. 1 is a plan view of a base embodying features of my invention;

Fig. 2 is a fragmentary section drawn to enlarged scale and taken in the plane of the line 2-2 of Fig. 1;

Fig. 3 is a fragmentary section drawn to enlarged scale and taken in the plane of the line 3-3 of Fig. 1;

Fig. 4 is a fragmentary section drawn to enlarged scale and taken approximately in the plane of the line M of Fig. 1;

Fig. 5 is a section through the base, taken approximately in the plane of the line 5-5 of Fig. 1; and

Fig. 6 is a perspective view showing the base in use with a can of large size.

Referring to the drawing, and more particularly to Fig. 6, I provide a detachable base 13 for an upright container C, the said base being substantially larger in area than the base of the container, in order to increase the stability of the container against accidental tipping. The base includes means 12 to grip the bottom of the container. The base preferably includes a drip rail 14 entirely around its periphery.

The means 12 for gripping the container preferably take the form of spaced undercut abutments, and in the preferred and simplest form of the invention the base and the abutments 12 and the drip rail 14 are all made of a single integrally molded piece of material, typically rubber in a nearly hard but slightly yieldable condition. Some of the modern plastics materials of slightly yieldable character also may be employed. The base is preferably square in configuration, thereby giving the flat can approximately the same stability in a direction across the bottom as well as in a direction along the bottom.

Referring now to Fig. 1, it will be seen that there is another pair of abutments 16 disposed on a line transer- C verse to the pair of abutments'12. The spacing between the abutments 16 differs from that between the abutments 12. More specifically, the abutments 16 will re ceive andgrip a can of small size, say one 'pint capacity,- while the abutments 12 will receive and grip a can of large size, say one quart capacity. Thus the base has a plurality of undercut abutments sospaced and so located as to receive and grip the bottom' of cans of a plurality of different sizes. I 1

Referring now to Figs. 4 and 5, each abutment 16 is undercut at 18, or differently expressed, is provided with an overhanging lip 20. Similar'remark applies to. the abutments 12, 'and the proportioning of the parts is such as to'receive the conventional bead 22 (Figs. 5 and .6): at the bottom of the can. The spacing between the abut-v ments is preferably made slightly less, say ;2".less,=than the dimension of the can, so that the can will be held not only by the undercut, but also with a frictional grip.

Referring now to Figs. 1 and 2, the baseis preferably provided with a fifth abutment 24, and this is suitably located to act as a stop or locating means for cans of both sizes. A pint can, shown in broken line outline at 26, may be placed on the base between the lower abutment 12 and the abutments 16 shown in Fig. 1 and then slid sideward between the abutments 16, until its motion is arrested by the stop 24. A large can, indicated by the broken line 28, may be placed on the base to the right of the abutments 12 as viewed in Fig. 1, and then slid sidewardly toward the left until its motion is arrested by the abutment 24. 'Thus the abutment 24 serves to center either size of can in relation to the respective abutments.

The rail 14 may be given any desired configuration, and that shown in Fig. 3 is merely an example. The rail is preferably substantial in height, say A", in order to effectively prevent drip.

The size of the base is not critical, but should be substantially larger than the bottom of the can. In one typical example the base is 7" on each side, and this increases the stability of the can so much that it may be tipped about the edge of the base some 45 without danger of turning over. A base of still larger area would increase the stability still more.

In respect to the material of the base, it should be understood that when rubber is used it is vulcanized to nearly harden the same. It may be somewhat yieldable in order to frictionally grip the can, but it is not soft enough for the baseto simply bend at the edge of the can bottom when the can tips, and instead must be rigid enough to remain fiat when the can tips, so that.

' figuration. When the abutment is made integral as here shown, the lip is preferably sloped as shown, to facilitate withdrawal from the mold despite the undercut, which is possible because the material is still hot.

It is believed that the construction and method of use of my improvedbase, as well as the advantages thereof, will be apparent from the foregoing detailed description. Whether made of rubber or a plastic such as polyethylene, the base is smooth enough and soft enough to avoid scratching a polished furniture surface. The increased '7 stability ,yvork easier. that the need not worryfcontinuoii'sly over "the "possibility of tipping the *eflge iiriiandf a canof'smaH-size in' di am'etrieal relation can. Moreover,'the large area base makes it possible to 0 rest the can on somewhat angular portions of an auto- ;mobile bodywhen-polis'hing the same, or.on:upholster,ed

furniture, or other relatively irregular surface. Thee-an is readily removed from the base-when'storingithe can, at which time the basemaybe stood edgewise-along'side the can in order to occupy minimum space. V.

t It .will be apparent that while-I have shown and describednmy invention in a preferred form, changes'may be made in the structure shown without departing from the v scope ofthe invention, as sought to be defined in the. following claim.

vI claim: V V g .i. V

A. frictional. non-marring detachable base, for upright rectangular or so-called flat metal eans,v said base being generallyfiat and approximately-square in configuration and substantially larger in areathan the base of the; can inorder to greatly" increase its stability' against. accidental tipping, a drip rail around'the'per-iphery'of the base, said i i flat base having a first. pair of fixed :opposed 'und'ercut i a'butments spaced from the drip rail and so'spaced apart asto receive and grip the ends of the beaded bottom to' the, can,1said.,base having asecond pair of fixedxtop-v posed undercut abutments disposed on a line perpendicular to the first pair of abutments and so spaced as to re-' ceive and grip the ends of the beaded bottom edge portion of a can of large size in diametrical relation to the can, and a fifth abutment so located as to act as a stop or locating abutment for both sizes of cans, said abutments, base and drip rail'all being made of'a single characteristics of rubbenf I f inte'giallymoldedpi'e'ce of material having-the physical References Cited in the. file ofthis patent V UNITED STATES PATENTS Germany June 10, 1914

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U.S. Classification248/346.4
International ClassificationA47G23/00, A47G23/02
Cooperative ClassificationA47G23/02
European ClassificationA47G23/02