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Publication numberUS985020 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateFeb 21, 1911
Filing dateMay 2, 1910
Priority dateMay 2, 1910
Publication numberUS 985020 A, US 985020A, US-A-985020, US985020 A, US985020A
InventorsWilliam Abraham Edwards
Original AssigneeWilliam Abraham Edwards
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
US 985020 A
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985,020. Patented Feb.21,1911.





Specicaton of Letters Patent.

Patented Feb. 21, 1911.

Application led May 2, 1910. Serial No. 558,878.

To all whom it may concern:

Be it known that I, I/VILLIAM ABRAHAM EDWARDS, a citizen of the United States, and a resident of Pine Blu, in the county of Jefferson and State of Arkansas, have made certain new and useful Improvements in Dinner-Fails, of which the following is a specification.

My invention relates to improvements in dinner pails, and it consists in the combinations, constructions and arrangements herein described and claimed.

An object of my invention is to provide a device in which there are a number of separate trays for carrying articles of food, with means for Ventilating each tray.

,4 further object of my invention is to provide a device in which the trays are readily accessible, with means for locking them when in position.

A further object of my invention is to provide a carrying means for liquids, this carrying means being arranged on the outside of the main frame of the device in such a manner that they cannot be removed until the cover' is raised.

Other objects and advantages will appear in the following specification and t-he novel features of the device will be particularly pointed out in the appended claims.

My invention is illustrated in the accompanying drawings in which similar reference characters indicate like parts in the several views and in which- Figure 1 is a perspective view showing the trays assembled in the frame; Fig. 2 is a central longitudinal section through the device; Fig. 3 is a perspective view of the main frame; Fig. 4 is a perspective view showing the trays and the inner cover, and Fig. 5 is a view of the carrying case.

In carrying out my invention I provide a main frame like that shown in Fig. 3. This frame, as will be seen from the drawings,

consists of a bottom 1, having a flange 2 at its edges. The fiange is provided with the integral upright portions 3 which are joined together at their tops, on one side, and at the two ends, by the members 4. It will be noted that the end members 4 are shorter than the end members 2, the end uprights 3 being centrally disposed of the device.

An outside cover 5 is hinged to the side member 4 and is provided with the end eX- tensions 5a and 5b. On the inner side of the cover 5 maybe arranged holders for various articles. Thus 6, designates a holder for toothpicks, 7 for matches, S for a comb, and 9 for a mirror. To the outside of the cover are attached the pivoted hooks 5. The cover 5 is provided with a wire loop 10' which is adapted to enter the wire loop 11, of a triangular locking member 12, which is pivotally connected to one of the side members 2 at 13, as shown in Figs. 1 and 3.

The trays are shown in Fig. 4. The bottom tray 14 is of rectangular shape of greater depth than the other trays. The central tray 15 is provided with the longitudinal partition 16, while the upper tray 17 is provided with a transverse partition 18. Each of these trays is provided with screened ventilating windows. Secured in the upper tray is an alcohol lamp 19 of any suitable form. tVhile I have described a series of trays of a particular form, it will be understood that the form of the trays may be varied. The inner cover 20 is provided with the spring members 21 and 22 at the ends of the device. These are soldered or otherwise secured to the cover at one end and are free at their other ends, being bent upwardly as shown in the drawing, and beingvprovided on their ends with the loops 21a and 22L respectively. This cover has a bail 23.

Referring now to Figs. 1 and 2, it will be seen that I have provided the cans 24 and 25 at opposite ends of the device. These cans have hooks 24a and 25at respectively, which are arranged to be inserted in the respective sockets 24b and 251, which are secured to the central end members 3. The carrying case is shown in Fig. 5. It consists preferably of a box 26 made of heat resisting and water resisting material, and having a flap 27 arranged to be locked by a locking device 28 to the side of the case. It is also provided with a strap 29 for convenience in carrying it on the shoulder of the owner.

From the foregoing description of the various parts of the device, the operation thereof may be readily understood. The various articles of food are placed in their proper receptacles and the trays are assembled within the main frame as shown in Figs. 1 and 2. The inner cover 20 is placed above the cap 19:t of the lamp 19 and the outer cover 5 is pressed down against the springs 21 and 22. The locking member 12 is then swung inwardly so that the eye or loop 10 passes through the loop 11. Now

vwhen the pressure is relieved, the Ytension of the inner springs 21 andf22 of the Vcover forces the loop 10 to the upper part of the eye, thereby preventing these two members from becoming disengaged. The receptacleY underneaththe respective extensions 5ay and tion of air in the trays.

5b-and are therefore prevented from disengagement from the sockets Aeven if the pail should be overturned. The pressure of the innercover 2'0 ,on'the cap 19a of the lamp It-prevents the cap from coming of.' Moreover, thepressure is transmitted from one tray Vto. the other so that the trays` are held securely in place. The Ventilating windows 1415*,v` 15al and 17a maintain -a good circula- --The frame,-bear1ng the trays,`is designed tobe carried in the carrying case 26. When therdevice is -to be used, Athe case may be unlocked and the device may be 'drawn out Y by means oftheV lifting lhooks-c. By pullingfforwa-rdly now onfthe member 12, the

locking member 1Q may be released so as to allow thecover to be swung upwardly, as shown' in Fig.l 3. This will permit lthe receptacles '24 and `25 to be removed, and will allovvthe trays also to be removed. Byv

swinging the locking lmember 12 down wardly, access is permitted to the trays from theV front. This I consider one of the special features of my invention. f

I claim l. A dinner pail comprising a main frame, having a bottom and uprights on its rear side and on its ends, a cover provided with centrally disposed extensions at opposite ends thereof, centrally disposed zsockets secured to said end uprights,recep tacles carried in said sockets, a locking member on saidvmain frames adapted to lock said cover in position, whereby the receptafeles are prevented from withdrawal from their socketsby the extensions on the cover.

v2. In adinner pail,`, a 'main frame provided --with a bottom and having uprights on its rear Sideand its ends, vsockets carried byrsaid end uprights, receptacles normally disposed in said sockets, a cover hinged to the rear side member, having extensions adapted to project over the receptacles held in'said sockets, a series of ventilated trays, an inner cover disposed above the uppermost of said ventilated trays, springs secured to the upper side of said inner cover, and a locking member pivotally mounted 4on the bottom member of the frame, and adapted to hold the cover of said main frame in engagement with the springs on said inner cover Ifor keeping'said trays iny position.


' J; F. J onns L. A. ROWAN.

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Cooperative ClassificationB65D1/36, A45C11/20