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Publication numberUS3317069 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateMay 2, 1967
Filing dateMay 6, 1965
Priority dateMay 6, 1965
Publication numberUS 3317069 A, US 3317069A, US-A-3317069, US3317069 A, US3317069A
InventorsChin Wesley S C
Original AssigneeChin Wesley S C
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Bottle cap and stand
US 3317069 A
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May 2, 1967 1 w. s. c. CHIN 3,317,069

BOTTLE CAP AND STAND I Filed May 6, 1965 United States Patent 3,317,069 BOTTLE CAP AND STAND Wesley S. C. Chin, P.0. Box 8412, 3934 S. Bronson Ave.,

This invention relates in general to a bottle closure device, and relates particularly to such a closure device which will serve as a stand to hold the bottle in an inverted position.

It is common knowledge that ketchup is a problem to remove from the bottle in certain instances. Particularly, it is a time-consuming nuisance to attempt to get a small quantity of the semi-fluid substance out of the bottom area of the bottle.

Accordingly, it is an object of this invention to provide a stand which will hold the bottle in an inverted position and thus cause the substance to drain to the neck portion of the bottle during storage periods.

It is a further object of this invention to provide a cap which serves as a replacement for the conventional ketchup bottle cap and also serves as a stand.

It is still a further object of this invention to provide such a combination cap and stand adaptable for various sizes of bottles.

In accordance with these and other objects which will become apparent hereinafter, a preferred form of the present invention is disclosed in the accompanying drawings wherein:

FIGURE 1 is a top-plan view of a stand adapted principally to hold a bottle with the cap remaining therein;

FIGURE 2 is a section taken along line 22 of FIG- URE 1;

FIGURE 3 is a plan view of an embodiment which serves both as a cap and stand; and

FIGURE 4'is a section taken along line 4-4 of FIG- URE 3;

Referring now to the single sheet of drawing, two acceptable embodiments of the invention are set forth for the purpose of teaching the adaptation and use of the invention to two conditions.

FIGURES 1 and 2 illustrate a stand having a side wall support structure 11 which is formed as a frustum of a cone.

Suspended within the supporting frustum is a cap-engagement collar 14, having a plurality of sections 16 through 19, each of lesser diameter than the former. Finally, a bottom wall 20 closes this cap-engagement collar.

The sections 16 through 19 are dimensioned to accommodate the most popular-size ketchup bottle caps. Thus, if the purchased bottle fits the section 16, then the side wall of section 16 will provide lateral stability for the bottle, and the bottle will rest physically on a shoulder 21 which is created between sections 16 and 17. In like manner, each particular bottle, when inserted into the cap-engagement collar, will find its proper dimension and seat upon the shoulder or the bottom 20, as the case may be.

Thus, a convenient stability stand is provided in order that the bottle may be held in an up-ended condition and the ketchup, or whatever semi-fluid substance is contained in such bottle, will collect in the neck region.

It is entirely a choice of design for appearance as to the diameter of the base of the frustum section 11, but functionally, such base will be selefited at not less than the dimension of the bottle base for which it is designed. Thus, the bottle will be as stable in the up-ended condition as it is in the conventional position.

The modification shown in FIGURES 3 and 4 is preferred in some respects in that the necessity of removing the conventional screw cap from the bottle is eliminated. This embodiment employs a frustum section 25 as the means of establishing the outer stability diameter. A reverse wall ,27 is united at an apex 29 with the wall 25 and thereby provides a V supporting wall and also provides the outer wall of a well 37.

Centrally of the well 37 is a two-section plug 32, having a small plug section 34 and a large plug section 36. Each of the sections 34 and 36 is somewhat conical in side wall section in order that the side wall may slope outwardly and downwardly. Thus, a slight accommodation is provided for various bottle opening sizes and tight sealing is assured. It has been found that the two-size plugs, together with the shoulder w-all therebetween, will accommodate virtually all ketchup bottles being marketed. A modification of dimension is all thatwill be required in the event that manufacturers do change the neck diameter of such bottles.

The embodiment of FIGURES 3 and 4 enables both the safe inverted storage and the elimination of the timeconsuming problem of taking off and replacing the cap.

While the instant invention has been shown and de scribed herein in what is conceived to be the most practical and preferred embodiments, it is recognized that departures may be made therefrom within the scope of the invention which is, therefore, not to be limited to the details disclosed herein but is to be aiforded the full scope of the invention as hereinafter claimed.

What is claimed is:

1. A combination bottle cap and stand, comprising:

a one piece bottle plug having a base adapted to seat upon a planar surface, said plug having a stepped concentric form around a central longitudinal axis for fitting a plurality of differing size bottle openings;

a well surrounding said plug and attached to the base of said plug, said well defined by an annular wall extending on a plane substantially normal to said axis of said plug, and an upwardly and outwardly slloping wall extending less than the altitude of said P 8;

stand means for projecting outwardly to a stability position on said plane, said stand means comprising an upwardly and inwardly sloping wall beginning on said plane and extending to a juncture with said outwardly sloping well wall, said well wall and stand wall having an inverted V cross sectional configuration;

whereby, said plug may project into the mouth of a bottle and close said mouth, and the well may provide additional sealing closure for the bottle as Well as to catch any inadvertent seepage from said bottle, and the stand means provides stability against tipping of a bottle held in an inverted position upon said plug.

2. A combination bottle cap and stand, comprising:

a one piece bottle plug having a base adapted to seat upon a planar surface, said plug having a bottle stopper form around a central longitudinal axis;

a well surrounding said plug and attached to the base of said plug, said well defined by an annular wall extending on a'plane substantially normal to said axis of said plug, and an upwardly and outwardly sloping wall;

stand means for projecting outwardly to a stability position on said plane, said stand means comprising an upwardly and inwardly sloping wall beginning on said plane and extending to a juncture with said outwardly sloping well wall, said well wall and stand wall having an inverted V cross sectional configuration;

whereby, said plug may grip the mouth of a bottle and close said mouth, and the well may provide additional sealing closure for the bottle as well as to catch 3 4 any inadvertent seepage from said bottle, and the 2,963,256 12/1960 Borah 248346 stand means provides stability against tipping of a 2,990,080 6/1961 Harris 215-48 X bottle held in an inverted position. FOREIGN PATENTS References Cited by the Examiner 5 1,007,178 95 F nce. 1,082,517 6/1954 France.

UNITED STATES PATENTS 200,288 7/1908 Germany 1,571,254 2/1926 PC0116 248-346X 1,789,789 1/1931 Tallmadge 248-346 JOSEPH R. LEcLAIR, Primary Examiner.

1 33 2; 215 47 1O FRANKLIN T. GARRETT, GEORGE 0. RALsToN, 2,496,792 2/1950 Hellberg 248-346 X Exammm' 2,872060 2/1959 Bnme et a1. 215 47 D. F. NORTON, Assistant Examiner.

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Classifications
U.S. Classification215/353, 215/319, 215/355, 215/393, 215/228, 248/346.5, 215/354
International ClassificationB65D39/00, B65D41/02, B65D51/24, B65D39/04
Cooperative ClassificationB65D51/249, B65D41/02, B65D39/04
European ClassificationB65D39/04, B65D41/02, B65D51/24L