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Jan. 25, 1938.
G. B_ JENKlNsoN
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CAP REMOVER FOR CONTAINERS AND THE LIKE
Filed Feb. 24, 1936
2,106,639
Patented Jan. 25‘, 1938
2,106,639
UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE "
George Brockley Jenkinson, Prescott, Ontario,
Canada
. _ Application February 24,1936, Serial No. 65,505
1 Claim.
‘This invention‘ relates to a cap remover for con
tainers and the like.
An object of the invention is to provide a device
of this character which may be readily made out
of ‘bar-"like material to provide an opener either
(01. 65-116)
cap remover shown in engagement with the cap
of a bottle.
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‘ Figure 9 is a similar view to Figure 7, showing
the same cap remover in an alternative position
engaging the cap of a bottle, and
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vin the form of a simple one-piece member which
v Figure 10 is a transverse section of bar-like ma
will e?‘iciently remove the caps» from containers, terial alternative to Figure 3 from which the cap
.bottles'and the like upon a downward pressure on remover in some forms may be constructed. .
Y its handle or shank or may be made in the form
Referring to the drawing, and particularly Fig
10 of a‘ composite member which will remove caps
ures _1 to 3, A indicates a cap remover for con
either by downward pressure or an upward pres
tainers, bottles and'the like which-is constructed
sure on its shank or handle.
A further object of the invention is to provide
I' a, device of this character which may be readily»
15 made in several forms.
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from a single piece of bar-like material and bent
to form a shank l0 having at one end a cap en
gaging member B. The cap engaging member is -
formed with a portion ll inclined to the normal
With these and other objects in view the inven- " plane of the shank It], the outer end of the in
tion consists in an opener formed from bar-like clined portion being bent to form a second portion
material providing a shank formed with a cap- en ’ I2 which extends substantially at right angles to
gaging member formed at one end thereof, having ' the ?rst portion, the outer end of the second por
20 a portion projecting therefrom at an incline, a
tion being again bent as at l3 to provide a third
second portion bent substantially at right angles
to the ?rst portion and a third portion bent sub
portion extending substantially at right angles to 20
the second portion and substantially parallel to
stantially at right angles to the second portion, . the ?rst portion, the third portion being of lip-.
the third portion being of lip like character and like character as indicated at M, thinner and
being thinner and wider than the other portions, wider than saidother portions, to ?t under and
to ?t under and engage the edge of a bottle cap.
- In a second form this structure is coupled with a
‘ second element having a shank designed to abut
the shank of the ?rst element and having a cap
engaging member at one end of the shank in‘the
form of a projecting lip terminating intermediate
the ends of the cap engaging member of the ?rst
element to ‘?t under and engage the edge of a
caplor to ?t on top of the cap when the cap en
“ ' gaging member of the other element_ ?ts under
engage the edge of a cap. The edge of the lip-like
portion I4 is formed concave or inwardly curved
as at I5 so as to ?t around the bead of the neck of
a bottle or container without catching the bead
or neck, the ‘juncture of the side edges and curved
portion l5 of the lip forming projecting points l6
which project under the edge of the cap along
with a portion of the curved edge I 5 positively to ~
engage with the edge of the cap. The inclined
portion II is designed to lie along the top of the
and engages the edge of the cap as described in ‘ cap of a container or the like during the process
of removing the said cap, the second portion l2
‘accompanying drawing which form part of “ the ?ts around the edge of the cap and, the lip l4
" j'same.
under the edge. In this position the shank III] is
In the drawing, Figure 1 is a side elevation of ‘ projecting upwardly at an' incline from the cap
one form of construction according to the present so that under downward pressure the shank will
invention.
fulcrum on the slightly'curved part I‘! at the point
' Figure 2 is‘a bottom plan view of Figure 1.
where the inclined portion I I joints the shank l0
Figure 3 is a section on the line 3-3 of Figure 2. ‘and the lip 14 will readily lift off a cap from the
Figure 4 is a side elevation partly in section of container. The inclined portion II is preferably
an alternative form of cap remover.
of a length slightly shorter than the width of a
Figure 5 is a section taken on the line 5-5 of standard container cap to provide for the appli
Figure 4.
cation of considerable force at the lip l4 when the
Figure 6 is a further alternative construction of shank is depressed, but of course the opener would
cap remover.
operate quite efficiently if the shank portion were
Figure '7 is a fragmentary bottom plan view of of a length slightly greater than the width of the
Figure 5 showing the construction of the engag
cap.
I
ing lips of the remover as employed in the struc
The
shank
l0
may
be encased in a suitable
ture of Figure 5 and Figure 6.
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handle if desired, but in a simple form of opener
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Figure 8 is a fragmentary pictorial view of the it is preferable to leave it without a special handle.
‘they following speci?cation and illustrated in'the
2,106,639
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In this construction the extreme end of the shank
may be tapered as at l8 and upwardly bent as at
19- to provide a utility member having a screw
driver-like end 20 which may be used as a screw
driver and also may be conveniently used as a
pry to- lift the lids of paint cans and the like.
The bar-like material from which the construc
tion is formed may conveniently be half section
material as indicated in Figure 3 formed with an
upper rounded surface and a ?at base. On the
10 other hand it may conveniently take a form ellip
tical in cross-section, as indicated in Figure 10.
as projections interengaging between the shanks
to assist in preventing relative longitudinal move
ment of the shanks. This type of construction
To provide a composite member wherein the
caps may be removed with a downward pressure
or an upward pressure on the handle of the opener
may be ?nished with the usual ferrule or the
like 26.
This general construction may be given another
formation which I have devised and which is
shown in Figure 6, wherein the shanks l0 and 2|
are continued to form handle portions 21 and 28.
In one form of construction the shanks may be 10
formed separately, the extensions thereof being
curved at 29 and 30 to provide a relatively wide
and readily gripped handle, the shanks being
preferably welded together at 3| and the free
ends of the extensions welded together as at 32.
On the other hand, this construction can be
formed from a single member wherein the cap
Figure 4 it will be seen that the shank ID of one engaging portion B is formed at one end of the
element is relatively shorter than that shown in V piece and the cap engaging portion 22 for the sec
Figure 1, and is provided with a similar cap en
ond element C is formed at the opposite end,
a second element is provided.
On referring to
gaging member B having the various portions I I,
A second element C is coupled
with this structure having a shank 2| which abuts
the shank it! of the ?rst element and is formed
with a cap engaging portion 22 at the end of the
shank 2| in the form of a projecting lip disposed
in alignment with the shank and terminating in—
termediate the ends of the cap engaging member
of the ?rst element. The cap engaging member
of the second element is of lip like form having a
reduced outer edge 23 thinner and wider than its
30
shank, the upper surface 24 being in the same
plane as the upper surface of its shank which is
disposed below a parallel plane intersecting the
lip H of the cap engaging member
element whereby the lip 14 ‘of the cap engaging
member B of the ?rst element may project below
the edge of the cap while the, cap engaging lip 23
whereupon the whole piece of material is bent to
provide the skeleton handle construction illus
trated in Figure 6 and the shanks l0 and 2| are
welded together to form the complete article.
It will be apparent from the foregoing that I
have provided a complete and simple cap re
of element C bears upon the top of the cap as
illustrated in Figure 8. Thus the cap may be
removed by applying a downward pressure to the
handle of the cap remover, the latter fulcruming
on the lip 23. Alternatively the lip 23 may ?t be
neath the edge of the bottle cap with the lip- l4
bearing on top of the cap whereby the cap may
be removed by applying an upward pressure to the
handle, in which case the cap remover fulcrums
on the lip M, the ?at surface 24 of lip 23 ?rmly
j engaging the lower edge of the cap, and if desired
the lip 23 might be concaved or formed with a
curved portion similar to the portion 15 shown .
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in Figure 2.
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The abutting shanks I0 and 2| of each element
are carried according to Figure 4 in a handle
' 24, and they may be formed in any suitable way
in CA
to prevent twisting within the handle. For in
stance, each shank may be provided with a ?ange
the lower surface of which constitutes a continu
ation of the ?at abutting surfaces of the shanks so
that the flanges projecting into the material of
the handle will prevent turning. On the other
60 hand the external surfaces of the shanks might
be roughened to ful?ll this function. At the same
time the shanks may be formed with means such
mover which can be made in various convenient
forms and which will operate e?iciently.
Various modi?cations may be made in this in
vention without departing from the spirit thereof 30
or the scope of the claim, and therefore the exact
forms shown are to be taken as illustrative only
and not in a limiting sense, and it is desired that
only such limitations shall be placed thereon as
‘are disclosed in the prior art or are set forth in 35
the accompanying claim.
What I claim as my invention is:—
_A cap remover for containers and the like com
prising a pair of bar-like elements abutting one
another, each having a shank connecting with a 40
handle, one of said elements being formed with a
cap engaging member at one end of the shank,
said cap engaging member having a portion pro
jecting at an incline to the plane of the shank,
a second portion bent substantially at right angles
to the ?rst portion and a third portion bent sub
stantially at right angles to the second portion
so as to. extend substantially parallel with’ the
?rst portion, said third portion being of lip-like
character to engage the edge or top of a container '
cap, vthe second element having a cap engaging
member in the form of a projecting lip in align
ment with the shank and terminating inter
mediate the length of the cap engaging member
of the ?rst element, the cap engaging member of ;
the second element engaging either the edge or
top of the container cap according to the position
of the cap engaging member of the first element
when applied to a bottle cap whereby a container
cap may be removed in two ways, by upward or
downward pressure on the handle.
GEORGE BROCKLEY J ENKINSON.
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