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Publication numberUS901286 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateOct 13, 1908
Filing dateAug 9, 1906
Priority dateAug 9, 1906
Publication numberUS 901286 A, US 901286A, US-A-901286, US901286 A, US901286A
InventorsJeffrey T Ferres, Walter H Fairchild
Original AssigneeJ W Sefton Mfg Company
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
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US 901286 A
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901,286, Patented Oct. 13,1908.



D L I H G R T. A F H W & S E R R E m Tu PAPER/BOX.


Patented .Oct. 13, 1908.


, United States, residin son county, Indiana,- ave invented certain I of the blank of t e outer shell of the UNITED STATES Parana? OFFICE. F



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lballwhomitmycommi' Be it known that we, Jamar T. FERRES and WAuran H. FAmomLmbitizens of the at Anderson, Madinew and useful Improvements in Paper Boxes, of which the following is a specification.

erabl those which are ma e from corruga Ra r board and the object thereof is to prom e simple and eilicient means whereby the box after being foldedin shape and sealed may be readily opened for any purpose such as for inspection or for obtaining access to and removln the contents. These opening means are suc to permit of the openi of the box in convenient manner and without liability of any damage or injury whatsoever to the contents and moreover such means, in their preferred-form as herein illustrated, are such as to leave the top of the box intact after the box is o ned and to permit the same to be used as.'a id, which in the meant instance, is hinged to the body of the Our invention may be embodied in boxes of diflerent character and'construction but for the sake of convenience and for definite descri tion we will describe the same as embodi in a folding box made of double-faced corrugated paper board which is formed in two parts or shells, an inner shell and an outer shell, although as will be evident the .employment of the inner shell is not essential or required except for a heavy box. Our invention is therefore not restricted ex-' cept as specifically claimed in some of the claim to the special features of construction 0 the particular box herein illustrated and about, to be described.

In the drawin Figure 1 is a pers ecti ie ex 1 lustr'at' the tearing tape or string in place thereon; ig. 2 a 'lperspective of the blank of the inner shell; 'ig. 3 a perspective of the box folded with the exce tion of the topextensions which, when fol ed down, form the lid of the box; Fi 4 a transverse section on the line 4-4 of lug. 8; Fig. 5 a rspective of the box complete in assembl form and showing the same partially opened; Fig. 6 a cross section of the box after being opened by said opening means and illustrating the Our invention relates to pa r boxes pref-' wise the wa lid in open condition; and Fig. a section on the line 77 of Fig. 5.

Referring to the my invention as illustrated in the drawings, the particular box herein illustrated is comof two main arts or shells, an outer shell or. box and an inner shell or box nested therewithin, the blanks of which shells are illustrated in Fi 1 and 2 respectivel Referring to t e outer shell, whose hlank is illustrated in Fig. 1 the same comprises 05 the four side walls 1, 2, 3 and 4 of which the last three are in the present 'instance hin ed togetherby their own material while the 1st one is hinged to side wall 2 in suitable manner as b means of the hinge-tape 5. The side wal s 1 and 4 are arranged to be hinged V together by means of the hinge-tape 6. The

e walls are each provided with extensions 1, 2, 3 and 4 at their opposite ends to form the top and bottom res ectively for the box 7, 8, 9 and 10 of which the side walls 7 and 8 are hinged by their own material and like- Is 9 and 10, the airs of walls bein in the present instance hinged together on t e hinge-line between the walls 8 and 9 in suitable manner as by means of a hinge- 86 tape 11, the two walls 7 and 10 bein hinged by a similar hinge-ta 12. The wa ls of the inner shell are of-a size a little smaller than the sides of the outer shell'with. the result that the inner shell is arranged to be inserted 90 i or nested within the outer shell, as indicated in Figs. 3, 4 and 6.

In practice, in assemblin the box the bottom is formed and scale by folding the lower'end extensions 1, 2, 3 and 4 inwardl in pairs, the two lower extensions 1 an 3 bein first folded inwardly and then the two 0t er corresponding extensions 2 and 4, or vice versa. The two pairs of.

theseextensions, thus forming the bottom of present embodiment of tween the two pairs of J 1.0 to be contained'withinthe box are.1ntro- :-:s duced therein, after whichasthe' top extenaii/ sions are folded over "in a manner similfllufi;

, nee-ted or associated wit to the lower extensions as already described and the pairs of extensions are likewise glued or otherwise secured together with the result that the box is firmly and tightl glued and sealed at all points including bot ends. The box will now a pear as shown in Fig. 5 with the exception t at the box is not partially torn as illustrated therein.

In a .box which is constructed and is sealed as hereinbefore described itis difficult to open the box without the expenditure of considerable time and labor and without dan er of damaging the goods therewithin especia llly if the box is opened by cutting the same.

It is the object of our invention toprovide simple and ellicient means for opening a paper box of the character hereinbefore described or boxes of'similar character and as herein shown we obtain this object by providing a tape or strin which is so conthe box. that the action of pulling upon one end thereof tears or rather severe the box, preferably through a plurality (in the present instance three) of the side walls thereof, leaving the top of the box intact and ca able of being used as a lid or the like to c ose the box after the same has been once 0 ed either by the consumer or jobber or I g a railway for instance or inspection purposes.

As herein shown the tape or string 13 is secured in suitable manner upon theinne'r side or surface of the three side walls 2; 3 and 4 which are selected as the ones to be severed in the o ration of opening the box. This tape may securedatanynumber of points along its len suflicient to hold the same in proper re tionship and cooperation with such side walls butby. preference and as shown in the drawings we secure the same by gluing it directl tp'the 'mrface of said'three side w s 2', '4. This tapeis secured to the side walls a short distance from the upper edge-or top'thereof but in the present instance, for a purpose hereinafter made apparent, the extreme ends of thetape are'curved upwardly so as to emerge at the upper corners of the sidewalls 2'and 4. Moreover one or both'ends {of the tape may be caused to extend slightly extraneous of the box so that the same maybe grasped or caught by the operator.

In ractice, the operator takes hold of the end 0 the ta and pulls upon the same say forwardlyo the box,'that is to-fthe Is in Fig. 5,.with the result that the side walls of the box are severed transversel ,as shown in Fig. 5 wherein the first part o the operation is indicated. According totheconstruction illustrated in the draw' onl three of the side walls are thus seve so at the top of the box with those portions ofthe-sidewalls the. employees of.

. will 8180436 unde tapes 5 and 6 would'be transversely slotted or cut across se -as to the box, after bein opened, is capable of serving as a lid in cated in Fig. 6 in which the lid is shown as thrown open. In other words, the box which was closed and sealed and unprovided with alid or cover is thus not onl opened by the severing of the side walls described, but also provided with a lid or cover in the act of and as an incident to the opening of the box. By running the extreme ends of the tape 13 to the corners of the side walls 2-. and! thelid is caused to open and close without difficulty or interference; Moreover, when an inner shell is employed, as in the present instance, thatportion of the side walls thereof which project above the severed portion of the side walls of the outer shellconstitute a flange, Fig. 6, for the lid and enable the latter to fit closely upon the box pro r and to enable the same to be again secure y closedwhen it is desired to do so after the box has been once 0 ned.

.As hereinbefore stated it is prefera le to so arrange the tape 13 as to cause a severing of only three of the four side-walls of the box so that the-top ma be leftintact and hi! ed upon such curt side wall. 1 It will belfiavious, however, that the tags 13 maybe extended across said fourth si e .wall 1- so that the box may be severed as toall four of e manner clearly indi-- its sides and .the top bebodily removed. It.

that in this event the operation transv y. thereof. Further more, it will be 'nnderstoodthat anysuitable means ma be provided for securing the tape 13 inits .roper place on thednnersurfaced the si e walls of the box .but-itiis at present preferredto-secure the same by glue I mg, it being desirable that thetape should have intimate contact and anchorage; asito its entirelengthto facilitate its severing. ac-v rmit of-the-severing tion. This tape could be at the I corners between the side walls v2 and 3 and? and 4 but the'secu entire length is. pre erred ashereinbefore stated, more particularly for the reasonthat the tensile strain on the-.string-isthereby ,reduced and the severing or cutting action :of the tape increased. In ractiee-- and as herein shown, where we cul s oy-the double faced corrugatedpa r boa for thewouter shell, for instance, e co tions extend or-run transversely of the she o r*b ody-=.of the box and" the.=tape extends or runsparallel with said co such ta is pulledzthe side walls forming tiona,; with thee result-that when .11 of the tape along'its the y of the box are severed along. the

line of the corrugations, the. severingaction being '1 more $8.81 and readily done'when' this relative a Altho we have herein referred severing deviceas {a .atringnr-tapebec ause such .ment of the corrugaw tions: and tape obtains. I

is the device employed by us, yet it will be understood that any equivalent device for accomplishing the same result iswithin the scope of our invention and. claims, for in.- stame, a small wire could be substituted for the string or tape. It will also be understood that where the length of the box exceeds the width and it is desirable that the top and bottom should be composed of two thicknesses of material over the entire surface, the flaps 1 on piece 1 Fi 1 may be made longer so as to meet the l laps 3' and thus cover the entire top and bottom with two thicknesses of material, not leaving the space between the flaps as shown in Fig. 5, or if the tape 13 is attached to the sides of 1, 2 and 3, and the flaps 1', 2" and 3 made long enough so flaps 1 and 3 will meet, the fla )s 4 can be shortened to meet 2.

e claim: 1. In a paper box, the combination, with the two ply side walls and ends thereof, of

a tape or string positioned at the inner surfaceof a plurality of the outer set of side walls whereby upon pulling the tape such walls are severed and e box thereby opened.

2. In a paper box, the combination, with the two ply side walls and ends thereof, of a tape or string secured to the inner surface of a plurality of the outer set of side walls and ha'vin an end extending extraneous of the box, w iereb upon pullin the tape such walls are sever-er and the box t ereby opened.

3. 'In a paper box, the combinatmmwith the side walls and ends thereof, of a to or string glued along its length to the inner surface of a plurality of the side walls and having an end extendin extraneous of the box whereby u n pul ing the tape such \val s are severediihd the box thereby opened.

4. In a paper box, the combination of the side walls and end extensions which are secured together to form the ends of the box and to seal the same, and a tape or string positioned at the inner surface of a plurality of the side walls near one end of the box and adapted to be pulled to sever such side walls whereby the'box is opened and whereby said end' ma still serve as a cover in connection with t e upper portion of the box'so severed.

5. In a paper box, the combination of the adapted to be pulled to'sever such side walls,

whereby the box is opened and whereby said end together with the upper portion of the box so severed may serve as a lid hinged on :the remaining side wall of the box.

6. In a paper box, the combination of the side walls and end extensions which are secured together to form the ends of the box and to seal the same, and a tape or strin arran ed on the inner surface of three 0 the side walls near one end thereof and adapted to be pulled to sever such side walls whereby the box is opened and whereby said end together with the upper portion of the box so severed may serve as a lid hinged on the remaining side wall of. the box, the main portion of the tape being same distance from the on of the box but the endsithereof extendin obliquely to the corners of those side we s in which they terminate.

7. In a paper box, the combination of an outer shell or box comprising side walls and end extensions arran gether to form scale inner shell or box com eorrespondin with an ends for the box, an sed of side walls fitting within the side walls 0 the outer shell, and a tape or string ositioned at the inner surface of the outer s ell near one end thereof and below the top plane of the inner shell, whereby, when the tape is ulled the outer shell is severed, that end 0 the shell adjacent thereto remaining intact and the inner shell forming a flange therefor. A

8. In a paper box, the combination of an outer shell or box com risin four side walls, three of which are orme .from a single blank and the fourth of which is separate 'tioned at the a but hinged thereto, and a tape or string secured to the inner surface of said series of three side walls and having an end extending extraneous of the box at a point adjacent the line of hinging of said fourth side wall whereby when the tape is pulled the body of the side walls is severed.

9. In a paper box, the combination of a shell or box comprising four side walls, end extensions hinged thereto and arran d to be folded to form ends of double thickness and to be secured together, and a tape or string positioned at the inner surface of the shell or box near an end thereof whereby when the string is pulled the shell is severed and the. box opened, a rtion of the side walls remaining-attaches to those extensions forming one of the ends to form a cover for the box.

10. In a paper box, the combination, with the side walls and ends thereof formed of two plies of double-faced corrugated board, of a tape or string .secured to the inner facing of the outer ply of said board whereby upon ulling the tape suchply is severed and the v x thereby opened.

11. In a paper box, the combination of a shell or box formed of double-faced corru ted board and consisting of four side we ls 1, 2, 3 and4having at opposite ends the pairs of extensions 1 and 3 and likewise the extensions 2' and 4 being foldable inwardly to form the ends of the shell or box, and a tape 18 secured to the inner face or surface hem v V I imm nand: extreneou'eof the box at t ehinge" between one ofthe'eide wells' and the remaining side wall, whereby when the taflhis' bggoulled'eaid side are severed an x thereby 0 ed one of said ends and the uppeteeverefifirtihn of the body of the boxto the cover., v

. 112'. a, paper-box, the combination of a c-box roper formcdof doubleqfaced corru board and consisting of side walIq together and end extep sione'ed'e ted secured togetherto form the en of transversely of the bod of the be; and 'atape eecuredto the innerfzce three of. the side walls and arallel with said corrugations, whereby w en the tape is pulled the side walls one. severed along the line'of the corrugations.


Witnesses;"' Y

7 D. H. Domini,

Gown M. T Arnon;

or surface of e um boxythe corrugetions of the run- I

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Cooperative ClassificationB65D5/543