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Publication numberUSRE16842 E
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateJan 3, 1928
Filing dateMay 10, 1926
Publication numberUS RE16842 E, US RE16842E, US-E-RE16842, USRE16842 E, USRE16842E
InventorsJvrancis H. Hampton
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
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Jam-3, 1928.

F. H. HAMPTON FUNNEL Original Filed May 10. 1926 NVENTOR.

A TTORNEYS Reiuued Jan. 3, 1928.



Original Io. 1,618,531, dated-February 22, 1927, Serial No. 108,108, nied'na 1o, 192s. Application to: 1 reissue fled November 11, 1927.v Serial 110. 232,695.

.My present invention relates. to improvements in funnels of the collapsible type and adapted for use in the performance of the functions of, a siphon.

While the funnel of my invention is. Well adapted for use in many ways in filling receptacles with fluent material, it is particularly designed asv an accessory for automobiles, and for this purpose the funnel is fash- 1 ioned with a telescoping structure which may readily be collapsed into compact form for storage when not in use, and which may with equal facility be extended for use when uired.

adapting it for use as a siphon, and a hose is utilized as part of the equipment for. use in filling a gasoline supply tank of an automobile. As an emergency device, the funnel and its siphon features are capable of use in transferring a quantity of gasoline from one automobile tank to the tank of another automobile. finds that his supply of gasoline is exhausted, instead of being compelled to walk to the nearest gasoline station, he may borrow a temporary supply from a generous and more fortunate driver by utilizing the funnel and its uipment for siphoning a quantity of gasohne from one tank to another.

The invention consists in certain novel combinations and arrangements of parts as will hereinafter be more fully set forth and claimed.

In the accompanying drawings I have illustrated one complete example of the hysical embodiment of my invention wherem the parts are combined and arranged in accordance with the best mode I have thus far devised for the practical application of the principles of my invention. Figure 1 is a view in side elevation of a funnel embodying my invention.

Figure 2 is a vertical sectional view of the telesco ing funnel, showing its collapsed position y dotted lines, and also showing in dotted lines the extended hose or flexible tubing used when siphoning the fluent material or liquid. 7 Figure 3 is a top plan view, enlarged, of

the funnel, with the hose coiled in its place.

The funnel is of standard shape and may be made up in standard sizes, in sectional, telescopic structure, of which 1 designates the main sect-ion of inverted,frusto-conical The funnel is also provided with means Thus when a driver on the road shape, and provided with a tapering, arinular flange 2 at its lower end. Within the flange 2 the section 3 is suspended, and the succeeding sections 4, 5 and 6 of succesively smaller diameter and tapering in shape, complete the sectional, telescopic structure of the funnel. In dotted lines Figure 2 the funnel is shown in collapsedposition, and a handle 7 at the lower end of the lowermost funnel 6, is grasped to pull the successive sections to y the full line orextended positions of Figures 1 and 2. In collapsing the funnel the sections are successively pushed one within another in usual manner.

At approximately midway the height of the main section 1 is arranged a fixedpplate 8 in the formof a circular disk, and this disk, which is preferably of metal, is fashioned with a number, as four, of radiating arms 9, each of which is attached to the section 1 by a rivet as10 near its juncture with the disk or plate.

The arms extend upwardly and outwardly to form flaring, spring retainers, as will be described.

In the fixed plate are formed a suitable number of ports or openings with screens 11 extended across the ports for straining or filtering the gasoline or other liquid passing through the funnel, and below the fixed plate is a rotary bottom plate 12 of a diameter to freely turn within the funnel section and guided by a bolt or pin 13 which projects upwardly through an arcuate slot 14 in the fixed vplate. The movable plate also has a number of ports or openings 15, complementary to the ports or screened openings 11 of the fixed plate, and it will be apparent that the movable plate may be turned to closed position to shut ofl passage of air through the screened ports and ingress of air to the interior'of the funnel when it is being utilized as a siphon. During the ordinary use of the funnel, the screenedports 11 and ports 15 are of course made to register for the passage of the liquid therethrough. When the device is used as a siphon, however, these ports are closed by turning the bottom late.

At the center of the double-thick partition formed by the plates 8 and 12 is, fashioned a tubular boss 16, and a suitable length of hose 17 is attached thereto by the head 18, which head fits tightly over the enlargement of the boss, and permits freedom in moving the tube or hose as required.

In Figure 2 flle hose cor tithe is shown coiled around the inner face of the fiaring wall of the main section, and retained in" place by the resilient anmsfi oithe-fixed partition or strainerQ With the coils in place as shown, the ham nel may be used in the ordinary manner. Any suitable meanemay be employed for starting the siphoning'mtion. For example, the rubber tube may be uncoiled and its free and inserted-beneath tlie levelof the'liquid in a supply tank, the spout sections extended and lowered below'the level of such liqnidand thereupon, with the screened ports open, liquid may be poured from a third plate rota V to close'the portswhen-there ls-a cient column in the-funnel to start the siphoning action; If: desired, the lower -gut 9ection may be initially closed-by the gero f the operator until a siphon startcolumn is obtained whereupon the funports may be'clesed ands-och liquidallowed to escape by removal of' the finger. A third method of use is possible. Clioslng 'the f'hnnel ports by rotation of the plate-12 'enablesthe user to fill then or portion of the funnel bowl, and then 3c the funnelto si honing position as above described the s phon may be started by merely: rotating the plate or valve 12 until its ports 15 register withrthose covered by screens 11. A fourth siphon starting method is-disclosed in'a companion ap plioation, Serial Number'164,666, filed January -81, 1W7, in which the extension of: funnel ut' sections isutilized-rtocreate a vacuum andstart' the siphon. Thisrequiresthe use muknzmdified spout sections not disclosed or eihimedhorein, the claimsvof' this applicafunnel. vesselthron such ports und themovable biomto tlvms fm' retaintition of specific t pa in, the funnel bowl.

Having thus in y described my invention, what I claim as new and desire to secure by Letters Patent is I. The comhinatiom withv a: seetiomhtdescopic funnel having a partition and screened ports, and means for closing the ports, of a hosea'ttached'to-the partition for communication with the interior ofthe-funnel, and means for: retaining the hose in coiled position in the main section of the 2. The combinationgwith a funnel having a partition with screened ports, and means forclosing the ports, of a. hose attached to the partition for communication. with the interior of the funnel, and resilient retaining arms for holding'the hose in: coiled position above the partition.

The combination with afunnel'having a partition and screened ports therein, and a rotatable ported closure forsaidi'screened ports, of a hose attached-tothe partitionfor communication with the interiorof the innnel, resilient retaining-arms on the rtitiqm for the coiled hose, andmeans for f i fstening said arms to the funnel; I v 4: The combination-with a telescopic funnel having aj partition and screened ports therein, a rotatable ported disk-closum having a guide pin for engagement with a slot in the partition, and an open boss on tlic partition, of a hose attached'to said boss, resilient retaining armson the partitionfor the coiled hose, 'and means for fastening said arms to the-funnel.


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