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Патент USA US2105027

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Jan. 11, 1938.
Filed July 9, 1936
' 2,105,027
Patented .Fan. ii, 193%
George 0. Davis, Chicago, 111.
Application .Fnly 9, 1936, Serial No. 89,695
2 Claims. (91. 220-85)
My invention relates to cover means adaptable
for use with the tops of containers, such for one
example as beer cans.‘ One purpose is the pro
vision of absorptive means for absorbing the liq
uid which may escape from the neck of a con
tainer when it is opened or when it is poured.
Another purpose is the provision of a cover
which may be employed with or added to a can
or other container which, at a point particularly
10 perceptible to the eye, can carry advertising de
vices, slogans, information, directions or the like.
Another purpose is the provision of a readily
applicable cover of the type herein described
which may be readily applied to a can or other
15 container, either before or after the ?lling or
packing of the container.
tising, or the like, which may be applied to the
It will be understood that my cover is adapted
for use with a wide variety of containers. It may
be employed, for example, on cans of the type 5
shown in the drawing in which the sloped upper
portion 2 is surrounded at its lower edge by a
gutter 4. ()ne of my covers iii may be slipped
over the portion 2, with the neck 6 extending
through the aperture ll.
Preferably the material of which the cover is
formed is su?iciently resilient to have a locking
e?'ect, the tongues l6 formed between adjacent
slots l2 ‘tending to move back into the plane of
the body portion l0. Thus the edges de?ned by 15
the aperture ll tend to lock themselves beneath
Other objects will appear from time to time
in the course of the speci?cation and claims.
the neck 6 or the cap 8, preventing unintended
I illustrate my invention more or less diagram
in eiiect grip the neck and hold the cover or “bib"
20 matically in the accompanying drawing wherein
Figure 1 is a side elevation of a known type of
container, with my cover in place and the cap on
the container;
Figure 2 is a view similar to Figure 1 with the
25 cap removed and with parts broken away;
Figure 3 is a plan view of one of my covers,
illustrating the application of printing or ad
vertising material thereto;
Figure 4 is a side elevation of one of the covers
30 before it is positioned on the container; and
Figure 5 is a plan view of a variant form of
Like parts are indicated 'by like symbols
throughout the speci?cation and drawing.
35 .Referring to the particular type of container
herein shown, but not intending to limit the use
of my cover to this container, l indicates a cylin
drical can body provided with an upwardly ex
tending top 2 which is crimped over the end of
40 the body I as at 3, forming a circumferential
gutter 4. The portion 2 has a neck 5 at its upper
end and an outward extension or ?ange 6, com
pleted by an inwardly turned portion ‘I. 8 indi
45 cates the usual cap or seal which may be applied
to the container in any suitable manner, and does
‘ not of itself form part of the present invention.
Ill indicates one of my covers which is pro
vided with a central aperture II and slots I2
50 herein shown as radial. The cover may be pro
_ vided with a circumferential edge l3 concentric
with the aperture II, or it may be formed in any
other suitable way but I illustrate, for example in
> Figure 5, a cover having a scalloped edge I‘.
55 I5 indicates any suitable design, printing, adver
displacement of the member ID. The tongues IS
?rmly in place.
The member I 0, if made of liquid absorbent 2°
material, will absorb or “blot” the slight amounts
of liquid which escape from the neck of the con
tainer when the container is opened or when it is
tilted for pouring, or for direct drinking from
the neck. In such case, the member ID prevents
spilling the liquid. When it is not used, with
cans of the type shown in the drawing herein,
the gutter 4 may have a perceptible amount of
liquid in it and, as in the use of a beer can, if 30
the user drinks directly from the can, the beer
may be spilled down his shirt front.
The body l0 may be of any desired thickness.
Material of the general thickness and type of
ordinary blotting paper is one practical sub
stance to use.
It is highly advantageous to employ an at
tachment of this kind for advertising purposes.
For instance, they may be printed with the name
or insignia or slogan of some organization, or of
the town, or with any other material appropriate 40
for or of interest to the people likely to use the
can in question. Under some circumstances it
may be advantageous to apply these “bibs” on
the containers when they are being packed, but 45
a prime use is the supplying of these “bibs” to
the particular organizations, inns, or locations
desiring to use them. For example, a hotel or
tavern may be supplied with “bibs” containing
its name. They may be made for special picnics, 50
for gatherings of particular orders or societies, or
for conventions.
The “bib’f may be made of any suitable mate
rial, absorbent or otherwise, and it may be
molded or otherwise formed to conform to the 55
part of the can to which it is opposed. The out
er edge may conform to the rim, or it may be
spaced inwardly therefrom, or it may be formed
irregularly as by scalloping, as shown at It in
Figure 5. What is essential is that it shall be
locked about the neck of the container with
which it is used and that some means, for ex
ample the tongues and slots shown, shall be pro
vided for permitting it to he slipped over the
10 neck and for holding it in relation to the con
tainer aiter it has been slipped over the neck
or cup.
It will be realized that, whereas I have de
scribed and illustrated a practical and operative
device, nevertheless many changes may be made
in the size, shape, number and disposition of
parts without departing from the spirit of my
invention. I therefore wish my description and
or more, whereby the cover member as a whole
may be ?tted over the container neck and locked
in position in relation thereto.
I claim:
1. In combination with a container for liquids
having a neck, and a gutter surrounding said 5
neck, a liquid absorbing member substantially
the entire area of which conforms generally to
the contour of the upper portion of the container
adjacent said neck, apertured to permit the pas
sage of the neck therethrough, and means for 10
holding it in position in relation'to said contain
er, the outer edge of said member extending
into said gutter.
2. In combination with a container for liquids
having a neck and a gutter surrounding said
neck and an intervening generally conic con
drawing to be taken as in a broad sense illus
necting portion between said gutter and neck, a
liquid absorbing member in the form of a trun
trative or diagrammatic, rather than as limiting
me to the precise showing of the description and
cated centrally apertured cone substantially the 20
entire area of which conforms generally to the
contour of the upper surface of the container
adjacent said neck, the lower edge of which ex
' For example, it will be understood that where
as one of these covers or “bibs" may be su?i
tends into said gutter, the upper edge thereof . '
cient, and may be employed of varying thickness,
having a plurality of radial slits communicating
therewith, and a closure for said container
adapted to surround and overlie the upper edge
of said member.
two or more may be employed simultaneously.
It will be understood that where I employ the
term “slit” or “slits", I wish it to be interpreted
as of su?icient breadth to cover‘any openings
communicating into the central aperture, one
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