US 3334791 A
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Aug. 8, 1967 c. L. METZLER ETAL 3,334,791
DISPENSER WITH TWO-PART WALL MOUNTING Filed Feb. 7, 1966 FIG. 4
INVENTORS CHARLES L. METZLER JOHN D. WARK HENRY A. HOLZWARTH BY w,
ATTORNEY 3,334,791 DISPENSER WITH TWO-PMIT WALL MOUNTING Charles L. Metzler,
Alpine, N.J., and John D. Wark, Freeport, and Henry A. Holzwarth,
Bayside, N.Y., assignors to Sterling Drug Inc., New York, N.Y., a corporation of Delaware Filed Feb. 7, 1966, Ser. No. 525,590 7 Claims. (Cl. 222180) This invention relates to a new and improved bracket and holder for a container from which it is desired to dispense materials, particularly in a sanitary manner, and the improvement resides in the provision of such a device which is easy to apply as for instance to a wall, and which is simple in construction and inexpensive to manufacture and at the same time provides for easy removal and application of containers thereto.
The invention comprises essentially a two-part molded plastic bracket or the like device, one part of which is adapted to be mounted on a wall or other support and in which there is integrally provided a connection for a container such as a squeeze bottle, e.g., hollow projection with internal threads, said projection intersecting a groove in the top portion of said part, said groove being adapted to receive the other part, a snap-in top member provided with a flexible dip tube in position to extend into the container held on the bracket, and said snap-in top member having an enclosed passage with a free open end in a communication with the dip tube, so that simply by screwing the container into the bracket and then snapping in the top member with the dip tube extending into the container, a squeeze bottle dispenser of a very simple but easily operated and sanitary easily cleaned design is provided.
Other objects and advantages of the invention will appear hereinafter.
Reference is to be had to the accompanying drawings in which:
FIG. 1 is a view in side elevation showing the invention, part being in section;
FIG. 2 is a top plan view of the bracket with the snap-in top removed;
FIG. 3 is a top plan view of the snap-in top;
FIG. 4 is a side view thereof looking in the direction of arrow 4 in FIG. 3, and
FIG. 5 is a bottom plan view of the bracket and snapin top combined, with the container removed.
In illustrating the present invention, the same is shown as comprising e.g. a plastic injection molded bracket generally indicated by the reference numeral 10. This bracket has a rear wall 12 with means to fasten it to a support such as a pair of holes 14 for the application of headed fasteners or the like for securing the same to a wall or other vertical support.
The bracket has a pair of side Walls 16 and 18 which gradually converge toward each other away from Wall 12 toward the front end of the bracket, and it is provided with a generally continuous top member 20 which is provided with a longitudinal groove generally indicated at 22 therein. The groove itself is open at one end and is provided with a horizontal bottom wall 24 from which depends a generally cylindrical hollow projection 26 which is screw-threaded internally thereof for the reception of a container 28 having mating external screw threads at the top or neck portion thereof. The projection 26 includes a web or partition 26a with a central depending cylinder 26b. The entire bracket as described is molded in one piece.
It will be seen that the Wall 24 and groove 22 is depressed and this accommodates and frictionally holds the snap-in top part generally indicated at 30. This snap-in t0p has a pair of opposite side edges which just fit in the groove 22 so as to be friction-ally held therein. This top has a downwardly projecting element at 32 which holds the dip tube 34, and extending therefrom it has a longitudinally extending element 36 having a passage 38 in it. The projecting element 32 fits and is received in the depending cylinder 26b in the web 26a, the dip tube 34 passing through the cylinder 26b.
At the forward end of the snap-in top 30 there is a depending terminal lip 40 behind which is the forwardly extending and terminal downturned lip 42 of the element 36. The passage 38 is provided with an opening at 44 for the expression of the contents of the container 28, preferably a squeeze bottle. Therefore it is only necessary to squeeze the bottle for the contents to be expelled through the dip tube, passage 38, and orifice at 44.
To accommodate the lip construction 40 and 42, the wall 24 is provided with a notch or recess 46 so that externally the lines and planes of the parts are generally smooth and coextensive when snapped together.
The containers 28 are easily exchanged, and if necessary, the top 30 is easily snapped out, cleaned, and replaced. The hands of the user receive the container contents at a point removed from the container, and the parts are clearly inexpensive to mold of plastic or similar materials.
Having thus described our invention and the advantages thereof, we do not wish to be limited to the'details herein disclosed, otherwise than as set forth in the claims, but what we claim is:
1. A dispenser comprising a first part adapted for mounting on a support and including a top wall, a groove in said top wall, a bottom wall for said groove, said groove being generally open at one end, and a depending container-receiving member on said bottom wall, said container-receiving member having an opening therein communicating with said groove,
a second part comprising to top, said top being relatively elongated and having a size and shape to fit into said groove, means forming a passage along said. top to a point adjacent an end thereof, on orifice at said end, said end being generally coterminous with the open end of said groove,
and means on said top for the conduction of material from a container on said depending container-receiving member into said passage to be led to said orifice.
2. The dispenser of claim 1 wherein said top snaps into said groove and is removably and frictionally held therein.
3. The dispenser of claim 1 wherein the top includes a terminal portion comprising a downturned lip, the orifice being in the lowermost part of said lip.
4. The dispenser of claim 1 wherein the top includes a terminal portion comprising a downturned lip, the orifice being in the lowermost part of said lip, and said bottom wall of said groove having a notch for reception of the lip.
5. The dispenser of claim 1 wherein the top includes a terminal portion comprising a downturned lip, the orifice being in the lowermost part of said lip, and said bottom wall of said groove having a notch for reception of the lip, the surfaces of the top and the adjacent surfaces of the first part being aligned and generally coterminous to provide for a smooth surfaced dispenser.
6. The dispenser of claim 1 including a dip tube on said top and communicating with said passage and means in the first part receiving and holding the dip tube.
7. The dispenser of claim 1 including a web in said depending container-receiving member, said web having an aperture therein, and means connected with said top 4 comprising means for leading material from a container to said passage.
References Cited UNITED STATES PATENTS ROBERT B. REEVES, Primary Examiner.
and depending through and received in said aperture and 10 HADD S. LANE, Assistant Examiner.