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Publication numberUS327099 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateSep 29, 1885
Publication numberUS 327099 A, US 327099A, US-A-327099, US327099 A, US327099A
InventorsWilliam Painter
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
William painter
US 327099 A
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Patented Sept. 29, 1885.

INVENTOR MM PM fw; ATTORNEY in cup-shaped form, with its convex side in- 'by mechanical means exterior to the bottle,

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BFECIFICATION forming part of Letters Patent No. 327.099, dated September 29, 1885.

Application filed June 5, 1885.

To ctZZ whom it may concern:

Be it known that 1, WILLIAM PAINTER, of Baltimore, in the State of Maryland, have invented a new and useful Improvement in Bottle-Stoppers, of which the following is a full and exact description.

My invention is particularly designed for use with bottles or similar vessels containing fluids under pressure from eft'ervescence or otherwise; but it is adapted as well for use where such pressure does not exist.

Stoppers have heretofore been made secure against internal pressure in one of two waysas by using a tie-wire, also by special stopperriety; or by placing the stopper inside the bottle and so arranging it that the stopper is forced against a seat or packing by the pressure within. The first of these methods is objectionable because of the expense, and in some cases the inconvenience of its use and liability of accidental opening, The second is so for the same reasons, and for the addiside of the bottle is an obstruction to ready and effectual cleansing both of the bottle and stopper. Stoppers secured by external fasteniugs are retained solely by the power of the device to overcome the internal pressure. Those within the bottle are retained because they present a solid mass too large to pass through the bottleneck. In neither case referred to does the lateral expansion of the stopper itself against the interior of the bottlemouth enter as an element of its action in resisting internal pressure, as it does with stop pers made according to my method.

My invention differs from all others in the respects named. It is made of thin material, and placed within the bottle. neck or mouth ward, so that it presents the resistance of an inverted arch or dome having its haunches supported by contact with the walls of the bottle-mouth, which are preferably indented or grooved to afford a more secure hold. Pressure upon an arch is always transferred in part as lateral pressure against its abutment, while a similar pressure upon a solid body having the same convexity does not tend to I displace the abutment laterally, but to shear of the bottle neck and stopper.

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off the edges of such solid body. This physical principle illustrates the actual difference between my cup-shaped disk-stoppers and all others with which I am acquainted.

In the accompanying drawings, Figure 1is a perspective of an ordinary bottle with my stopper inserted. Fig. 2 is a vertical section Figs. 3 and& 5 show methods of removing the stopper. Figs. 5 and 6 illustrate the difference in action between my inverted-arch stopper and an ordinary internal stopper. Figs-7,8, and 9 are modifications of the invention.

A is an ordinary bottle with a slight internal groove, 12, within the neck near the top, and C is the disk-stopper in place. I prefer to provide the bottle-neck with a groove, because it makes the action of the stopper sure, notwithstanding the usual internal variation in sizes of necks incident to the manufacture of bottles, and also of any variations there may be in the material from which the diskstoppers may be made, but the groove need not be more than one-sixty-fourth of an inch in depth. Were it practicable to'secure uniforinity in the respects named, the groove would not be required, and it may be dispensed with, asshown in Figs. 7 and 8. With compartively low internal pressure the groove is not necessary in any case.

The stopper 0 is a circular disk of some suitable flexible mate rial. It may be normally somewhat concave, but the fiat form answers 3 the purpose best. The disk is made considerably larger than the neck of the bottle, so that when it is forced thereinits edges are contracted and it assums the form of an inverted arch or dome supported by pressure against 0 the internal walls of the bottle-neck, asshown.

As in all structures of that form,pressure upon the arch will be in part transmitted to the abutment. as before described, therefore, the stopper being capable of expanding, pressure 5 upon the arch will be transferred laterally to the bottle-neck, and will cause the resistance of the stopper to increase measurably in proportion to the pressure upon it up to that point at which the arch will be crushed.

If the stopperis made from material having considerable resilience or inherent expansive force, or if the interior of the bottleunouth be roughened, sufficient adhesion will result without the use of the groove to secure the initial hold,when anyadditionalpressure willincrease its holding power, as explained, and any usual internal pressure will be resisted.

For general purposes two-pl y rubber pack ing of common quality answers well for making the disks. The material known as linoleum (made principally of ground cork) also serves an excellent purpose, and is still cheaper than rubber packing. Many other materials, metallic as well as non-metallic, are available. Metal disks require a packing ma terial to be usedin connection with them, and such disks are preferably employed with hot tle-necks havingapacking-shoulder, as in Fig. 7, wherein (Z is the metal disk, 6. the packing of rubber or other suitable material, andfthe shoulder against which the packing rests. In this case the metal disk is provided with a hole h, by which it may be extracted. disks require great strength of bottle-neck to avoid breaking, and are therefore not consid ered as desirable for general purposes as disks made entirely of comparatively soft material, in which case the edges should remain soft and elastic to give a proper bearing.

To remove my disk-stoppers, a simple wire hook, It, as shown in Fig. 3, maybe employed. The point pierces the disk and either forcibly reverses the arch or lifts up one edge, thereby releasing the disk. To facilitate the piercing of the disk, a pit or cavity, extending part way through the disk may be employed. By simply applying pressure against one edge of the disk, so as to force it inward and tilt or partially rotate it, its hold is released, when the internal pressure causes it to fly out. This action is shown in Fig. 4. No special tool is required in opening the bottle in the way last described. Any object capable of applying the requisite pressure to the edge of ihe disk will answer.

\Vhen a groove in the bottleneck is employed, the concave form shown in Fig. 2 is preferred, the groove forming approximately a section of a hollow sphere in which the disk may be caused to partly rotate or tilt in the act of extracting it by forcing one edge inward. as described. An angular or abrupt groove would in a measure retard such action.

It is sometimes desirable to remove the diskstopper from the bottle without the use of a tool. In such cases I form the disks with a lug or ear,q. (Shown in Figs.5 and 9.) A slight pull on the ear starts the disk from its position, and it is thus easily extracted. 1 may also attach to the disk an eye ofwire, li.. -the shank ofa button, or a string,cord,or other device to facilitate its removal; but for general use the simple circular disk is preferred.

The groove in the bottle-neck may be of any desired form,concave, as in Fig. 2,V-shaped, or otherwise. Aslight stricture atits top may be employed, as in Fig. 3, or a series of fine grooves or corrugations may also be employed instead of asingle groove.

The thickness of disks, their stiffness, 820.,

Metal are dependent on the uses to which they are applied and the pressure'they are subjected to, and may be varied with such conditions. By my method of sealing bottles against internal pressure, as described, I am enabledto produce stoppers with the least possible quantity of materiahand that of a very cheap kind. The stoppers require simply to be cut from a sheet by a hollow punch or a punch and die. They can therefore be produced at a small portion of the cost of any other stopper I have knowledge of, and require no fastenings of any kind,as they are self-retaining. They are easily and quickly extracted, are neat in appearance, and leave the bottle and its mouth entirely clear ofall obstructions.

A great saving of bottles results from the use of my disk-stoppers. They are extremely cheap, and when bottles are lost or broken the cost of the bottles alone is sacrificed, which is not the case when any of the usual forms of fastening are employed. Moreover, by reason of the uniformity of the material employed a perfectly tight seal is always secured, and the contents of the bottle cannot become fiat.

While I have described several forms in which my arched disk-stopper may be used, many variations in details of construction and application will suggest themselves; and I do not therefore confine myself to these herein described.

Having described my invention,I claim 1. A bottle-stopper consisting of a disk of -fiexible material, cupshaped, placed in the bottle-neck with its convex side inward and its. concave side outward, and with its edge abutted against the bottleneck, whereby internal pressure upon said stopper will betransmitted as lateral pressure against the bottle neck, and resistance to displacement will in crease with an increase of internal pressure,as set forth.

2. A bottle provided with a groove, recess, or cavity within its neck, combined with a stopper consisting of a flexible disk, cup-shaped, having its convex sideinward, and its concave side outward,and its edge seated in said groove, substantially as and for the purpose set forth.

- 3. The combination of a bottle provided with a neck-opening, and a cup-shaped stopper of flexible material seated therein with its convex side inward and concave side outward, substantially as set forth.

4.. A bottle-stopper consisting of a disk of flexible material capable when compressed cir cumferentially in arched form of resiliency toward at less arch, and adapted to be forced into the bottle-mouth with its convex side inward and its concave side outward, with its edge abutting against the bottle-neck, said disk being provided with a lug, whereby it may be extracted, substantially as set forth.




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