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Publication numberUS734165 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateJul 21, 1903
Filing dateOct 22, 1901
Priority dateOct 22, 1901
Publication numberUS 734165 A, US 734165A, US-A-734165, US734165 A, US734165A
InventorsHarry Drewery
Original AssigneeHarry Drewery
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
US 734165 A
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UNITED STATES Patented July 21, 1903. PATENT OFFICE.



SPECIFICATION forming partof Letters Patent No. 734,165, dated July 21, 1903.

Application filed October 22, 1901. Serial No. 79,566. (Nomodel) v To all whont it may concern:

Beit known that I, HARRY DREWERY, a citizen' of the United States, residing at Soda Springs, in the county of Bannock and State 5 of Idaho, have invented a new and useful CondimentHolder, of which the following is a specification.

This invention relates to receptacles which are adapted to deliver their contents in small quantities, and is particularly designed to provide an improved device of this character which is adapted for use as a condimentholder wherein different articles-such as pepper, salt, &c.n1ay be separately held within a single container and individually delivered therefrom in a convenient and effective manner.

It is furthermore designed to provide for separately covering and uncovering each compartment of the container, so that the contents of one or more compartments may bedelivered at the same time.

A further object is to facilitate the opening and closing of the difierent compartments and to arrange the closing means so that it may not be obstructed or interfered with by the contents of the device.

With these and other objects in view the present invention consists in the combination and arrangement of parts, as will be hereinafter more fully described,'shown in the accompanying drawings, and particularly pointed out in the appended claim, it being understood that changes in the form, proportion, size, and minor details may be made within the scope of the claim without departing from the spirit or sacrificing any of the advantages of the invention.

In the drawings, Figure 1 is a perspective view of a condiment-holder constructed and arranged in accordance with the present invention. Fig. 2 is a cross sectional view taken through the cap and the adjacent body portion thereof. Fig. 3 is a detail view of one of the slidable closures. Fig. 4 is a cross-sectional View of the body of the container.

Like characters of reference designate corresponding parts in all the figures of the drawings.

Referring to the accompanying drawings, 1 designates the body of the present container, which may be of any preferred form,

although shown in the drawings as substantially cylindrical in shaper The interior of this body is divided into a plurality of compartments by means of the longitudinal partitions 2, so that different articles may be conveniently carried by a single container as, for instance, common pepper, Cayenne pepper, common table-salt and celery-salt. Although but fourcompartments have been shown, it Will of course be understood that any number may be provided without departing from the spirit of the present invention. The tops of all the compartments are closed by means of a single cap 3, which has a screwthreaded marginal flange 4 to detachably engage the screw-threaded portion 5 of the eX terior of the body, the top of the capbeing provided with sets of perforations 6, 7, 8, and 9, communicating with the respective compartments. It will of course be understood that these sets of perforations are of difierent sizes, according to the character of the material contained within the individual compartments. Within and rigidly carried by the cap there is a bottom plate 10, which is fitted snugly within the rim t and adjacent to the inner side of the top of the cap and is provided with a plurality of upstanding projections 11, which are struck therefrom and designed to engage the top of the cap, so as to space the bottom plate at a slight distance below said top. This bottom plate is also provided with sets of perforations 12, corresponding to the sets of perforations in the top of the cap and through which the contents of the several compartments may be discharged. For individually controlling the respective sets of perforations each set is provided with a segmental closure-plate 13, which is mounted between the bottom plate and the top of the cap and adapted to slide radially, and also provided with a set of perforations 14, correspondingto the adjacent sets of perforations in the top of the cap and in the bottom plate, whereby when all of the three sets of perforations are alined the contents of the adjacent compartments may be discharged through the perforations, and when the closure-plate is moved so that the perforations thereof are out of alinement with the other perforations the compartment is closed and the contents thereof cannot be ICQ shaken therefrom. To facilitate the manipulation of each closure-plate, the latter is provided with an upstanding stem or fingerpiece 15, which works in a radial slot 16, formed in the top of the cap, and is provided With a slide 17, which Works upon the top of the cap and is designed to normally close the slot. It will here be noted that the opposite ends of the slot form stops for engagement by the stem or finger-piece, so as to limit the inward and outward movement of the slidable closure, and thereby accurately aline the perforations of the plate with the perforations of the top of the cap preferably when the plate is at its outer limit.

An important feature of the present invention, as clearly indicated in Fig. 2 of the drawings, resides in the fact that the plate 10 snugly fits the rim or flange of the cap or top and overlaps the upper edge of the receptacle, whereby the upper edge of the receptacle closes the openings formed by the upstruck projections 11, and thereby prevents portions of the contents of the receptacle from working through said openings and into the space between the plate and the cap or top.

From the foregoing description it will be observed that the slid able closures are mounted between the top and bottom plates of the cap and are therefore freely movable and not liable to become clogged by the material heldin the container.

sures are readily accessible and may also be conveniently manipulated to cover and uncover the respective sets of perforations. Also as the bottom plate fits against the top Furthermore, the 010- of the receptacle it is firmly clamped in place by' the cap, so that it cannot be shaken loose when the condiment-holder is used.

In view of the fact that the compartments are individually controlled, one or more of the same may be opened at the same time for the discharge of the contents of one compartmentor of as many compartments as may be desired.

What I claim is- The combination of a receptacle having a plurality of compartments and provided with threads,ascrew-cap havingapendent threaded flange for engaging the receptacle and provided with perforations and having slots, a bottom plate arranged within the cap and having perforations and provided at its edges with projections engaging the cap and spacing the bottom plate therefrom, said bottom plate being arranged to engage the receptacle, whereby it will be clamped against the same by the cap, a plurality of closure-plates having perforations and arranged in the space between the bottom plate and the cap, and finger-pieces connected with the said plates and extending through the said slots and provided with exterior slides concealing the slots, substantially as described.

In testimony that I claim the foregoing as my own I have hereto'aflixed my signature in the presence of two witnesses.




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Cooperative ClassificationA47G19/24