US 551424 A
Description (OCR text may contain errors)
(No Model.) y i L. E. WHEELER.
4Patented Dec. 17, 1895.
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LINN EDSON VHEELER, OF NEYV BRUNSWICK, NEW JERSEY.
SPECIFICATION forming part of Letters Patent No. 551,424, dated December 17', 1895.
August 10, 1895. Serial N0. 558,912. (No model.)
To all whom, if may con/cern,.-
Be it known that I, LINN EDSON WHEELER, a citizen of the United States7 residing at New Brunswick, in the county of Middlesex and Sta-tc of New Jersey, have invented a new and useful Combined Bottle-Stopper7 Measurer, Spoon, and Dropper, of which the following is a specification.
This invention relates to a combined bottlestopper, measurer of liquid, medicine-spoon, and dropper, and aims to provide a device for the purposes aforesaid which will accurately measure the required amount of liquid and which can be used with fluids ot' any nature and which will be simple and attain the desired results in a successful and satisfactory manner.
Other objects and advantages are contemplated and Will become apparent as the nature of the invention is understood from the following description and the drawings hereto attached, in Which- Figure l is a side elevation of the invention. Fig, 2 is a longitudinal section thereof. Fig. 3 is a modification.
Like numerals of reference designate corresponding parts in all the gures of the drawings.
The tube l is transparent or semi-transparent .and is properly graduated to indicate any required amount of medicine or liquid to be dispensed and one end is tapered and otherwise formed to approximate the shape of a spoon, as shown at 2, and the extremity is apertured, as shown at 3, for the ingress and egress of the fluid. The opposite end of the graduated tube is formed with a stopper i and is provided with a compressible bulb 54 which is detachably fitted thereto and which is retained in place by being sprung into the contracted portion formed between the stopper i and an outwardly-extending flange (5 at the end of the said tube. That side of the compressiblc bulb adjacent to the stopper i is flattened and fits thereagainst and is supported thereby, the said stopper forming a backing for the inner flattened side of the bulb. The stopper ai may be an integral part of the tube, in which instance it will be formed of glass, or it may be a separate part and applied thereto in any convenient manner. For fluids which have a tendency to disintegrate or dissolve Stoppers as usually providedr it is preferred to have the stopper i formed of glass, as this substance is not affected by iiuids such as are stored in glass vessels. ln order to protect the compressible bulb 5 from injur the end of the graduated tube l will be closed by means of a glass stopper 7, which latter is fitted to and removed from the tube l after the bulb 5 has been detached.
Obviously when the device is used for closing a bottle containing a fluid or medicine which Will not affect the bulb the glass stopper 7 Will be omitted, thereby obviating the necessity of removing and replacing the bulb when it is required to use the graduated tube for measuring a desired quantity of the fluid contents of a bottle.
The outer end of the graduated tube is reduced and the stopper 4 is fitted thereon, thereby stren'gthening and reinforcing the same, and a portion projects a short distance beyond the ends of the stopper 4 to rece-ive the bulb 5 and is outwardly flanged to retain the said bulb in position when its flattened side is sprung over the flange G. The stopper e will be provided in various sizes to adapt the device for different-sized bottles and the graduated tube will be provided in different sizes according to the nature of the requirement.
In some instances the stopper and bulb Will be integrally formed, and such a construction is shown in Fig. 3, in which the neck portion of the bulb 5 is enlarged so as to form the stopper l, the latter being sprung over the outer flanged end of the graduated tube l. The approximately spoon-shaped end 2 of the graduated tube may have any desired form approximating that of a spoon and may be an integral part of the tube or may be formed of metal and secured thereto in any convenient manner, the met-al end being provided on such devices as are designed for administering medicine to delirious persons, thereby obvia-ting injury by the breaking of the spoon-- shaped end should the patient clinch the teeth upon the device While in the act of administering the medicine.
The stopper will conform to the neck of the bottle, and as intimated may be either an integral part of the compressible bulb or the graduated tube and will vary in size accord- IOC) ing to the form and size of the bottle to be closed thereby, and it is to be understood. that in the embodiment of the invention various changes in the form, proportion, and minor details of construction may be resorted to Without departing from the spirit or sacrificing any of the advantages oi this invention.
Having thus described the invention, what is claimed as new isl. The herein described combined bottle stopper, measurer, dropper, dto., comprising a graduated tube, provided at one end with an approximately spoon -shaped extremity which is apertured, and having a stopper, and a compressible bulb at the opposite end, substantially as set forth, for the purpose described.
2. A combined bottle stopper, measurer, dropper, &c., comprising a graduated tube having one end approximating the form of a spoon and apertured for the ingress and egress of liquid, and having a stopper at the opposite end which end projects a short distance beyond the stopper and is form ed With an outwardly extending flange, and a compressible bulb detachably lit-ted to the stoppered and flanged end of the graduated tube, substantially in the manner set forth, for the purpose described.
In a combined bottle stopper, measurer, dropper, rbc., the combination with the graduated tube having its upper end thickened to forni a stopper and having a portion projecting a short distance beyond the stopper and outwardly flanged, of a compressible bulb 1 having a flattened side which is detachably tted to the projecting end of the tube and which is supported and backed by the said stopper, substantially as shown, and set forth.
et. The herein shown and described combined bottle stopper, measurer, dropper, rbc., comprising a graduated tube having one end approximating the forinof a spoon and apertured, and having its opposite end reduced and reinforced by means of a stopper, and having a portion projecting beyond the said stopper and outwardly hanged, a second stopper for closing the flanged end of the graduated tube, and a compressible bulb having a flattened side which is adapted to be detachably fitted to the projecting end of the graduated tube and Which is supported and fitted against the outer end of the stopper encircling the reduced extremity, substantially as set forth, for the purpose described.
In testimony that l claim the foregoing as my own l have hereto aflixed my signature in the presence of tWo Witnesses.
LINN EDSON NVHEELER. lWitnesses:
EMMA B. WHEELER, M. D. MULLIGAN.