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Publication numberUS3923211 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateDec 2, 1975
Filing dateOct 10, 1974
Priority dateOct 10, 1974
Also published asCA1023304A1
Publication numberUS 3923211 A, US 3923211A, US-A-3923211, US3923211 A, US3923211A
InventorsSpreen Fred John
Original AssigneeLawrence Peska Ass Inc
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Retractable pouring spout
US 3923211 A
Abstract
A retractable pouring spout longitudinally communicates through a circular aperture contained in a top base of a cylindrical shaped can. The retractable pouring spout includes a plurality of rod members having an affixed top and bottom annular members, wherein rod members are slidably contained within the circular aperture. A flexible plastic cylindrical shaped sleeve is affixed to the top annular member and a bottom surface of the top base of the can such that the sleeve covers the rod members, when the rod members are extended above the top base of the can. The liquid of the can passes through the plastic sleeve and outward through the top annular member.
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United States Patent n 1 Spreen Dec. 2, 1975 1 1 RETRACTABLE POURING SPOUT [75] Inventor: Fred John Spreen, Bayonne, NJ.

[73] Assignee: Lawrence Peska Associates, 1nc.,

New York, NY. a part interest [22] Filed: Oct. 10, 1974 [21} Appl. No.: 513,883

[52] U.S. Cl 222/528; 222/530 [51] Int. Cl. B67D 3/00 [58] Field of Search 222/527, 528, 529, 530. 222/538 [56] References Cited UNlTED STATES PATENTS 542,978 7/1895 Saunders 138/172 X 2,773,632 11/1956 Dobbins 222/538 3.310.206 3/1967 Littlefield 222/530 X Primary Examiner-Stanley H. Tollberg Assistant ExaminerHadd Lane A'tmrney. Agent, or Firm-Richard E. Nanfeldt [57 ABSTRACT A retractable pouring spout longitudinally communicates through a circular aperture contained in a top base of a cylindrical shaped can. The retractable pouring spout includes a plurality of rod members having an affixed top and bottom annular members. wherein rod members are slidably contained within the circular aperture. A flexible plastic cylindrical shaped sleeve is affixed to the top annular member and a bottom surface of the top base of the can such that the sleeve covers the rod members; when the rod members are extended above the top base of the can. The liquid of the can passes through the plastic sleeve and outward through the top annular member.

1 Claim, 5 Drawing Figures US. Patent Dec. 2, 1975 RETRACTABLE POURING SPOUT SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION My invention relates to a unique and novel improvement in pouring spouts for a can, especially for a cylindrical oil can.

A plurality of pouring spouts for cans have been employed in US. Pat. Nos. 1,687,316; 1,839,728; 1,863,272; 1,874,008; and 2,295,967 have been employed, but these previously issued patents are inapplicable to my present invention for a plurality of reasons.

It is a primary object of my present invention to provide a retractable pouring spout for a can, especially for a cylindrical shaped oil can.

It is a further object of my present invention to provide a means of positively sealing the can, when the pouring spout is retracted within the can.

A still further object of my present invention is to provide a retractable pouring spout of light weight construction, simple design and low manufacturing cost.

Briefly, my present invention comprises a retractable pouring spout longitudinally slidable within a circular aperture of the top base of the can. The pouring spout consist of a plurality of rod members having an affixed top and bottom annular members, wherein rod members are slidably contained within the circular aperture. A flexible plastic cylindrical shaped sleeve is affixed to the top annular member as well as a bottom surface of the top base of the can such that the sleeve covers the rod members, when the rod members are extended above the top base of the can. The liquid of the can passes through the plastic sleeve and outward through the top annular member. A twist top communicates with the top annular member, when the pouring spout is retracted within the can.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS The objects and features of the invention may be understood with reference to the following detailed description of an illustrative embodiment of the invention, taken together with the accompanying drawings in which:

FIG. 1 illustrates a side elevated view of the pouring spout retracted within a cylindrical can;

FIG. 2 illustrates a side elevated view of the pouring spout in an extended position from the can;

FIG. 3 illustrates a top view of the pouring spout in a retracted position within the can;

FIG. 4 illustrates a side cross sectional view of the pouring spout retracted within the can; and

FIG. 5 illustrates a top view of the pouring spout assembly.

DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENT Turning now descriptively to the drawings, in which similar reference characters denote similar elements throughout the several views, FIGS. 1-3 show a retractable pouring spout for a cylindrical shaped can 11, wherein the spout 10 can be easily pulled out or retracted into the can 11 in a longitudinal direction. The cylindrical shaped can 11 has a circular bottom base 12, longitudinal cylindrical shaped sidewalls l3, and a circular top base 14. The top base 14 contains a circular aperture 15, wherein the spout 10 is pulled outward from the top base 14 of the can 10 in a longitudinal direction.

Referring to FIGS. 2, 4, 5 the retractable pouring spout 10 comprises a plurality of elongated rod members 16 communicating with a bottom annular member 17 and a top annular member 18, wherein the outside diameter of top member 18 equals the inside diameter of aperture 15 and the outside diameter of the bottom member 17 exceeds the inside diameter of the aperture 15. The four rod members 16 are longitudinally placed within the cylindrical can 11, wherein top member 18 is contained with aperture 15 as well as protruding slightly above the top base 14 of the can 11. A twist top 19 engages a top annular member 18, wherein the cylindrical can 11 is sealed closed. A soft flexible plastic cylindrical sleeve 21 is joined to the lower surface 23 of the top annular member 18 as well as to a bottom surface 20 of the top base 14 of the can 11. As the top annular member 18 is pulled upward and longitudinally out of the can 11 through aperture 15, the flexible plastic sleeve 21 covers the outside of the rod members 16 as they are longitudinally pulled outward from the can 11, through aperture 15. The bottom annular member 17 engages the bottom surface 20 of the top base 14 functioning as a stop mechanism for the retractable pouring spout assembly.

In the fully extended pouring spout assembly as shown in FIG. 2, the liquid 22 poured from the can 10 passes through the bottom annular member 17, the plastic sleeve 21 contained around the plurality of rod members 16 and outward through the top annular member 18.

Hence, obvious changes may be made in the specific embodiment of the invention described herein, such modifications being within the spirit and scope of the invention claimed, it is indicated that all matter contained herein is intended as an illustrative and not as limiting in scope.

Having thus described the invention, what I claim as new and desire to secure by Letters Patent of the United States is:

1. In combination a retractable pouring spout and a can, which comprises:

a. said can having a base, an upwardly extending sidewall, and a top, said top having a circular aperture therethrough;

b. a bottom annular member of a larger diameter than said circular aperture;

c. a top annular member of a diameter equal to said circular aperture;

d. a plurality of rod members communicating between said top and bottom annular members, said rod members and said top annular member slidably through said circular aperture;

e. a flexible plastic cylindrically shaped sleeve affixed to a bottom surface of said top of said can and a lower surface of said top annular member, said sleeve covering the outside surfaces of said extended rod members; and

f. a twist top engaging said top annular member protruding above said top of said can.

Patent Citations
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US542978 *Feb 23, 1895Jul 16, 1895 Culvert
US2773632 *Jun 5, 1953Dec 11, 1956American Can CoNozzle container with flexible telescoping pouring spout
US3310206 *Mar 8, 1965Mar 21, 1967R W Shore Mfg Co IncPull-out spout assembly
Referenced by
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US5489046 *Mar 9, 1992Feb 6, 1996Wickham; Sandy J.Squeezable dispenser with a recessed bottom spout
US6112949 *Sep 28, 1998Sep 5, 2000Robert V. RhodesDual cap dispenser
Classifications
U.S. Classification222/528, 222/530
International ClassificationF16N3/00, B65D25/44, F16N3/04, B65D25/38
Cooperative ClassificationB65D25/44, F16N3/04
European ClassificationB65D25/44, F16N3/04