DECANTER HAVING SHOCK ABSORBER
This is a continuation-in-part of my copending application entitled Decanter Having Shock Absorber. Ser. 5 No. 662,790 pending filed Mar. 1, 1991.
BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION
1. Field of the Invention
This invention relates in general to liquid containers 10 and more particularly, to a container, decanter, or pot for carrying hot liquids, such as coffee and the like, and having an exterior shock absorber ring or band.
2. Description of the Prior Art
As is well known, coffee, tea and other hot beverages
or soups are commonly served in glass containers, de-
canters, or pots. Such liquids often are elevated to boil-
ing temperatures capable of scalding the skin of an indi-
vidual and inflicting serious injury, some involving
third degree burns. One cause of burns from hot bever- ^°
ages, such as coffee, has frequently resulted from the
service techniques of servers in restaurants and the like.
For example, a waiter or waitress may have to serve
either caffeinated or decaffeinated coffee to particular
customers at a table. For convenience, the servers will
simultaneously carry two separate containers or decant-
ers of hot caffeinated and decaffeinated coffee to a table
for pouring. On occasion the waitresses or waiters carry
the two separate glass pots in one hand and the contain-
ers bump into each other.
In certain cases, the two decanters hit each other with a force sufficient to break at least one of the decanters and spill dangerously hot coffee on a customer who sustains injury. In other situations, the contact creates a ^ crack to form a weakened stress area. This condition of the cracked container is often overlooked by the server, and the decanter eventually shatters to potentially cause serious burns to individuals.
For many reasons, glass decanters are the preferred $q containers for serving hot coffee and the like. None of the known containers formed from glass or other equally fragile material have effectively solved the serious problem of breakage of glass service containers as frequented in use in the manner previously discussed. 45
SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION
It is an objective of the present invention to provide an improved container or decanter for serving hot liquids, such as coffee, tea, soup, and the like, that is capa- 50 ble of withstanding shocks and resisting breakage. The container of the invention includes means forming a shock absorber positioned on the glass decanter in an area adjacent its maximum diameter. The shock absorbing means may be formed in the shape of external band 55 or ring fabricated from a resilient material, such as, for example, polypropylene, plastic, rubber, and the like. The presence of the shock absorbing band of the invention not only minimizes damage from impact with a second container having the shock absorber of the in- 60 vention, but also can minimize damage from impact with the glass of other decanters not having such a shock absorber or from impact against the side of a table and the like. By reducing the shock between bumping decanters or against other objects, the possibility of 65 injury to individuals from scalding liquids can be reduced for the benefit of restaurants and similar applications. The shock absorbing ring includes a shock ab
sorbing cavity creating an air cushion at areas of maximum impact for further protection and effectiveness.
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS
FIG. 1 is front elevational view, with parts in section, of a container having a first embodiment of the shock absorber band of the invention;
FIG. 2 is front perspective view of the shock absorber band of the invention of FIG. 1;
FIG. 3 is a side elevational view of a second embodiment of the shock absorber of the invention;
FIG. 4 is a sectional side elevational view taken through the vertical center line of the shock absorber of FIG. 3; and
FIG. 5 is an enlarged partial sectional view of FIG. 4.
DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED
Referring now to FIG. 1, there is illustrated a container or decanter for serving hot liquids, such as coffee and the like, and generally designated by reference numeral 2. The container 2 includes a symmetrically formed glass bowl 4 capable of retaining liquids at boiling conditions. The glass bowl 4 includes a flat bottom 6 and an upper annular glass rim 8 defining a top dispensing opening 10. A conventional plastic pouring lip structure 12 having an integral handle 14 is fitted in a known manner on rim 8 for proper dispensing of the hot liquid. As seen in FIG. 1, the bowl 4 further includes a continuous circumferentially arranged wall 20 forming the liquid receiving cavity of decanter 2. The upper portion 22 of wall 20 increases in diameter in a downward direction from rim 8 with a small outward bowed curved configuration as seen in the cross sectional view of FIG. 1.
The lower portion 24 of wall 20 forms an outward belly-like shape 26 defined by a curvature of the wall 24 having a constant radius for an extent generally from the bottom of upper wall portion 22 to approximately the flat bottom 6. The circular cross section of lower portion 24 establishes a maximum circumferentially extending diameter of bowl 4 at area 32 as shown in FIG. 1.
In FIGS. 1 and 2, there is shown a first embodiment of the snap-on band or ring 40 of the invention in the form of a continuous ring and positioned circumferentially about bowl 4 in generally symmetrical relationship with the line coinciding with the maximum diameter of bowl 4. The band 40 is preferably formed from a suitable elastomeric shock absorbing material, such as, for example, polypropylene, plastic, rubber, and the like. The length of band 40 is selected to interfit with bowl 4 with sufficient frictional contact to maintain the band 40 in position during use.
The upper and lower edge portions 42 and 44 of band 40 are sloped or tapered, such as at a 45 degree angle or other amount, with respect to the horizontal axis. The sloped edges 42 and 44 insure contact between the band 40 and the outer convex shape of bowl 4 at the edge portions of the band 40 to prevent separation from the bowl 40 and prevent foreign material, such as grease, coffee and the like, from seeping between the band 40 and bowl 4. The thickness of band 40 is selected to be of a sufficient amount to minimize damage to the bowl 4 dependent on expected impact conditions and the shock absorbing characteristics of the material of band 40.
As an aid to insure proper retention of the band 40 on the curved outer shape of bowl 4, a portion of the inte