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May 31, 1938.
2,1 19,463
Filed Aug. 12, 19:57
3 SheetS-Sheet 2
.lesiar L. LEM/1'5
May 31, 1938.
1.1.. LEWIS
Filed Aug. 12, 1937
5 Sheets-Sheet 55
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Les'zzsr' L. LEWjE
Patented May 31, 1938
Lester L. Lewis, Cabot, Pa., assignor to Lew
ritchReceptacle Corporation of Pennsylvania,
Pittsburgh, Pa.
Application August 12, 1937, Serial No. 158,789
2 Claims.
This invention relates to improvements in con
tainers of .the type designed to prevent misrep
resentation regarding the contents and as such
is in the form of a nonure?llable receptacle.
In the art to which the present invention re~
lates e?orts have been popularly -made<to pre
vent the re?lling of receptacles, such as bottles,
in order to avoid the possibility of either the oiier
ing of a spurious substitute or the illegal mar
10 keting of a re?lled bottle or other receptacle.
Quite extensive e?orts have, accordingly, been
exerted in the direction of preventing the re?lling
of bottles and like receptacles, and containers
and such receptacles have come to be commonly
is known as non-re?llable bottles even though it is
well known ‘that it is practically impossible to
actually prevent re?lling because of the advance
that has been made in the welding of glass by
which it is possible to either remove the bottom
2.0 of a glass receptacle and re-weld it in a manner
not observable, or it is possible to drill through an
appropriate part of the Wall of the receptacle
and after ?lling weld the opening thus formed in
a not readily detectable manner.
It is, therefore, not sufficient to provide means
to prevent liquid being introduced into a bottle
or other receptacle through the opening from
which liquid is intended to be discharged. Ac
cordingly, the present invention provides the
30 novel combination of means for preventing the
re?lling of a receptacle through the port or open
of the contents of a receptacle and means co
operating therewith ior precluding further dis
charge after an amount has been discharged sub
stantially equal to the capacity of the receptacle. 5
The invention also includes in greaterv detail
in such an arrangement means for preventing
repetition of the measuring operation or restora
tion thereof to a condition enabling such repeti
The invention also comprises certain other
novel constructions, combinations, and arrange
ments of parts as subsequently speci?ed and
In the drawings:
Figure 1 is a sectional elevation of a structure
embodying the features of the present invention,
parts of the receptacle being broken away for the
saving of space;
Figure 2 is a complete section through the
said parts taken on substantially, the same plane
as the plane of the section of Figure 1;
Figures 3, 4, 5, and 6 are horizontal cross sec
tions taken substantially on the planes indicated
respectively by lines 3-3, 4—4, 5-—-5 and 6-6 25
of Figure 2 and looking downward, the parts be
ing in the non-discharging position or position for
?lling the discharge tube;
Figures 7, 8, and 9 are similar cross sections on
the same planes as seen respectively in Figures 30
3, 4, and 5, with the parts set to the discharge
.regularly discharged with means for preventing
Figure 10 is a view similar to Figure 6 of a '
slightly modi?ed embodiment;
it shall have been completely discharged through
the regular discharge opening.
In other words, the novel idea of the present
invention is directed to preventing discharge of
49 the contents of a receptacle after the receptacle
has ‘once been emptied rather than, or supple
mental to, the eiiort to prevent re?lling, so that
thepresent invention may be tersely described as
Figure 11 is a view similar to Figure 2 of an- 35
other modi?cation;
Figures 12, 13, and 14 are transverse, horizontal
sections taken respectively on the planes indicated
by lines l2—l2, l3—l3, and i£i—l4 of Figure 11;
Figure 15 is a fragmentary central vertical sec
tion through a modi?ed form of the ‘bottle.
Referring to the drawings by numerals, I in
a combination of parts providing a non-re-empty
dicates a bottle or other container or receptacle
able receptacle.
having an appropriate discharge port or ori?ce A5
usually delineated by a neck or tubular extension
2 of the receptacle 5. A discharge outlet nozzle
3 preferably leads laterally from the tubular ex
tension 2 for directing liquid discharged from
With this and more detailed objects in view as
will in part hereinafter become apparent and in
part be stated, the invention includes means in
combination with a receptacle, to control the
50 once emptying of the contents of a ?lled recepta
cle, and thereafter prevents a second emptying
thereof, unless accompanied by such breakage
as to plainly indicate the fact of the second
the measuring type for governing the discharge
ing through vwhich its contents is intended to be
discharge of the contents of the same receptacle,
35 if the receptacle be re?lled by any means after
(Cl. 215-—18)
The invention further comprises a control of
the neck 2. Seated within the neck 2 and clos- 50
ing the same is a stopper controlling thedis
charge of liquid from container l and precluding
re?lling of the container through the said neck.
The said stopper consists of a tubular housing
or jacket 13 arranged within the neck 2 and snugly 55
?tting the same throughout a substantial portion
ister with the slot II, and, on the other hand,
of its length from its outer end inward.
when any one of the slots I3 is in register with
the slot I l the several slots I4 will be out of reg?
ister withlall of the slots l2, as, seen, in Figure 9.
Thus, to pour liquid from the container [through- 7
, passageway of the neck 2 is tapered preferably
from its outer or upper end toward its inner
'end or end integral with the receptacle I, and the
taper preferably extends throughout that por
the spout or nozzle 3, the liquid must ?rst enter ,
tion snugly engaged by the housing, 4, "as
the discharge tube or shell I0 through‘ the slots
clearly seen in Figure ,1, and the housing is cor
respondingly tapered through, that portion of
'10 the housing which snugly engages the surround
I4 from the slots I2, and then the shell must be
advanced angularly approximately 45° until one
of the slots I3 arrives at registration with the 10'
ing wall of the neck 2. Of course, the extent of. slot II, whereby the supply from the chamber 6
'such engagement is susceptible of variation, but 7 is cut off from the discharge.‘ tube In, and the
it is preferablethat the same shall extend past contents of that tube alone'can be discharged
‘the outlet nozzle 3 and ‘a suflicient distance at through the nozzle 3.
Tocontrol the possible relationships of the dis- ’
15 each side of the same to insure against the possie
bility of leakage either from the bottle l’ to the charge tube or shell Ill and the housing'4, the
housing 4 has its lower end closed by a pref-l
nozzle 3 or conversely.
Below or inward of the tapered portion or 'erably integral solid portion l5 which is formed,
' the neck 2 with which the housing 4 snugly with an axial internally-threaded passageway
l6 through which is threaded a stem I‘! carried 20'
engages, the neck is provided with an enlarge
ment a?ording an annular chamber 6 surround
by and preferably formed integral with the 'bot- '
tom l8 of the discharge tube ‘or shell Ill. The bot-'
' The housing or jacket 4 is‘constructed to be locked, ' "tom l8 seals the lower end of the tube-Ill,
The“ upper end of the shell [0 is preferably‘
to the neck ‘,2 so that; after'in'sertion' of the
housing, it can not be removed. This c-anybe closed by an appropriate cover or cap [9 that is
formed integral with or otherwise welded or
accomplished in any of various ways by the pro
ivision of an appropriate elastic or resilient de-i sealed‘ to the walls of the shell, ID for sealing
ing the inner or_lower portion ofv the housing 4.
tent adaptedito be sprung’ into place but inca
pable of being removed without breaking-some
'part of the assembled structure. Such a detent is
shown in the drawings andcconsists, of a split
washeri'l seated in an annular groove'8 in the
the chamber thereof against; access. The threade '
ed stem I‘! m addition to having the regular
thread, spiral 20 is formed with :longitudinal so
grooves 21 extending along the stem and inter-v >
secting the several'helices of the thread 20, so
that, the remaining portions of the thread 20
circling groove 9, formed in the inner surface present a series of exposed ends alined along'the
'1 portion of the neck 2. Obviously, the split washer several grooves 2t. VA, pawl, 22 is pivoted, asat 35
‘I will, in‘ operation, be sprung'into the groove 8 ' 25, to the lower extremity of the housing 4 in
position to ‘have, its, free end engage in any one
and then’ the housing or jacket 4 inserted longi
' ,tudi-nally m the neck 2 until the ring 1 reaches of the several grooves 2!, as. best seen in Figure
the groove 9 where 'it will spring out into' a 6; and the spring 26 stresses the, pawl into such'
seated po'sition‘in the groove 8 whileehaving a engaging position. A cap. 23‘ is ?xed to the lower ,'
substantial portion still remaining in the groove end of the housing 4, surrounds; the stem, t1, and'
8'._ 'Thus, the housing or jacket 4' can not be re-. encloses; the pawl 225.
.To‘ the lower end of the stem IT is. ?xed’a
moved; from the bottle neck’ without breakage stop
24 which is. merely anenlargement of knob
of‘ the parts.
Within the housing 4 is arranged; a shell 10 ‘or button-like form located; to come in contact 45;
“which, because of its function, may be considered: ' with the lower, end of the cap 23‘ and thereby
" afdischarge tube 'or measuring receptacle. The prevent further threading movement of the stem
shell. ID’is snugly nested in and extends for the l‘lj upward.
housing orfjacket 4 and also seated in an en-,
greater‘ partegoil- the, length of i the housingZ or r .
jacket 4. “
The several parts; with the'exceptiorr of the!
spring washer’ ‘l and the pivot ,for- the ‘pawl 22‘,
A'fport of slot-like form l'l 'isprovided; through are formed- of- glass or- other» appropriate ceramic
7' the" wall: of jacket or housing 4 in register'with, material, and so, far‘ as possible each-part is‘
the nozzle 3, and the lower portion, of the house. either- origi-nally formed-j integral or glass welded-i,
For instance, the cap or cover 129518 die cast in‘ihg4 ,is' providedg with a number ofslots/or ports " tegral;
with the shell l0‘, and‘ the closure or- head‘
12- opening] into the chamber-f6.’ Itifollowsxthat
if, the shell: to were not present liquid-could; l8. of- stem I1_ ‘is either formed‘. integral: with‘, or
?ovvreadilylfrom the container I througha the, ' weldedL to the surrounding: walls oi theshell I101;
7 slots t2 and either out through the slot ll, or It is preferable to have either the part I191 or;
through the 'open end! of the jacket or housing the part l8; originally, formed‘ separate and'zsub60, 4; butv the shell 10 closes the outer end of hous-? sequently anchored tothe shell [0 forconvenience
'ing- 4-"a'nd at times closes the “slot HEY that is, of'manufacture; ‘but these parts, however origi-i
when the- parts are in the non-discharging posi
tioniasrseen inFigmies 2-and-3J
a The. shell I0 is, however, provided with a series 1
. 6'0)
nally made; are connected" in ‘the course of as-v
sembly tocbe asnearly as possible integral so that.
access can not be had, or, improper use made'o?'
the parts without such injury thereto as to indl'and! another series of'slots or ports M in the’ cate thelack of genuinenessof an altered of’ the slots l2. The slots 14, however, are The stem I;‘|, whichis also of glass, has the knob
' “distributed angularly about the shell H] to be ‘or step 24; also welded onto its lower end. Of
‘spaced. approximately 45° from an alinement'with course,where- the di?iculties of welding preclude,
cementing may be'resortedto, butthe'wel‘ding
- .theslot' l3. ' The relative location -of the slots
is preferred as more, effectively dependable to
l3'with respect to the slots [4 will be readily ap
parent from a comparison of Figures '7 and 9, and avoid undisclosed tampering.
It will be noted,'as seen in Figure- 6, that‘ the
is also seenv inv Figure 2., Thus, when the slots
engaging end portion of the pawl'22 is shaped: to
14 are in register with the slots [2, as seen in
present an abutting shoulder tothe thread; pro
75 Figures. 2 and 5, theislots l3twill be out of reg
of ports or slots [3» in, the zone of [the slot ll
jections or ends along each of the grooves 2|,
while the pawl presents a rounded portion in the
‘and dropping into the next groove 2|. The op
erator hearing the resulting sound will discon
opposite direction, so that the stem I1 is free to
be rotated in a contra-clockwise direction. Dur
tinue movement of the shell I 0 and either invert,
or suiiiciently nearly invert, the bottle or recep
tacle | to enable liquid to ?o-w along the chamber
6 through the slots l2 and I4 and into the dis
ing such rotation, the pawl 22 successively swings
upon its pivot out of one of the grooves 2| against
the pressure of spring 26, rides across the thread
segments, and drops into the next groove 2|, and
so on, as the stem 23 is rotated. The thread 20
10 is of the righthand variety so that, should the
stem ll be revolved clockwise instead of contra
clockwise, the stem would be caused, owing to its
thread engagement with the base or bottom l5
of housing 4, to- move inward or downward; but
15 the presence of the pawl 22 and its action with
respect to the thread segments precludes the pos
sibility of any such movement. Pawl 22, there
fore, permits only such rotation of the stem I‘!
as will cause the stem to travel outward through
20 the bottom |5 of housing 4.
Of course, when the receptacle of bottle I is
?rst ?lled and the housing 4 and its carried parts
are inserted, the stem I‘! will be in its lowermost
position, and the stop 24 is located to contact with
25 the cap 23 in timed relation to the exhaustion of
the contents of the bottle to avoid any appreciable
further movement of the parts after exhaustion
of the contents of the receptacle I. Furthermore,
the stop 24 is located with respect to the threads
30 such that, when the pawl 22 drops into the last
groove 2| which it can engage as the stop 24 con
tacts, the cap 23 and slot l3 will preferably be
out ‘of alinement with the slot ||. Of course, the
grooves 2| are located relative to the location of
35 the slots l3, l4 and I2 such that, when the pawl
22 engages any one of the grooves 2| where the
slots l3 and H are in registration, the next step
bringing the pawl into engagement with the next
groove 2|, causes the shell ID to have such angu
lar advance as to bring the slots | 4 ‘and I2 into
registration, so that the slot | | is closed, and these
successive relationships are maintained by the
successive step-s represented by the succeeding
grooves 2| in their relation to pawl 22 as the stem
45 I1 is revolved.
To avoid delay in the rate of discharge from
the discharge tube or shell I0, it is desirable to
provide means for admitting air to the interior
of the shell II! when liquid is to be delivered there
from. For this purpose, a preferably minute port
2‘! is formed through the neck 2 and through
the housing 4, preferably at a point diametrically
opposite from the nozzle 3. The shell It] is pro
vided in line with each of the slots |3 with a
series of miniature ports 28 alined vertically and
spaced apart equal to the longitudinal travel of
charge tube |ll until it is ?lled. The operator then
turns the knob IQ for one more click which cuts
off the registration of slots | 4 with slots l2, and
brings a slot l3 into register with the slot II, and
at the same time brings a port 28 into register
with the port 21. The contents of the discharge
tube may thus be freely discharged through the
spout or nozzle 3.
This operation may be re
peated step by step until the entire contents of 615
the bottle has been discharged, and at that time
the stop 24 will either be in contact with the cap
23 or sufficiently near to the cap to preclude any
appreciable introduction or removal of liquid;
It should be understood that should an operator L20
choose at any time he can, when a slot I3 is in
register with a slot | |, pour liquid into the spout
3 sufficient for ?lling the discharge tube I0, and
then by turning the tube Hi to the next notch and
thus bringing the slots I2 and M into register, F25
cause the thus introduced liquid to enter the re
ceptacle I. _Such an introduction of liquid, how?
ever, can not be of any pro?t to the operator,
since he has lost just that much in the longitu
dinal thrust of the tube Ill, which thrust is the
controlling factor in emptying the receptacle.
When the shell or tube II! has reached its maxi
mum limit of longitudinal thrust there is nothing
that can be done to allow the'contained liquid to
escape, if there be any contained liquid. Accord T135
ingly, the length of the stem I‘! is preferably
slightly longer and the number of available
notches over which the pawl 22 may travel slight
ly greater than that required for‘ theactual com~
plete emptying of the receptacle I, so as to in
sure against accidental movement of the operat
ing knob l9 having the eifect of rendering some
of the original contents inaccessible.
After the bottle has once been completely
emptied and the discharge tube or shell ID has
reached the limit of its longitudinal travel from
which it can not be backed off, any ?lling of the
bottle as by the removal of the bottom and the
re-welding of it will be of no avail, since it is not
possible, having once emptied a bottle, to re
empty it. Accordingly, the present invention in ~50
volves not only a non-refillable receptacle in the
sense in which that term is generally accepted,
but also includes the capacity to resist re-empty-'
ing. Thus, re?lling is effectively discouraged.
By these means not only is the public assured 555
the shell Ill incident to a complete rotation or v of the genuineness of the original contents, but ‘
movement thereof through 360°. In other words, the possibility of’ marketing a receptacle bearing
the distance from one port 28 to the next lower a revenue stamp that has once been used is de
60 port 28 of the several rows of ports below the
several slots |3 is equal to the spacing of the
thread helices of thread 20. Thus, when'a slot
|3 comes into register with slot ll, one of the
ports 28 comes into register with port 2'! and al
65 lows su?icient admission of air to permit free dis
charge of the contents of the discharge tube It].
. The operation should be obvious from the fore~
going, but may be brie?y stated, after the parts
have been assembled with the receptacle | ?lled
and the closure l9 resting on the upper end of
housing 4, or substantially so, to consist of turn
ing the closure l9, which thus serves as a knob,
that is in the direction which is contra-clockwise.
The ?rst tiu‘ning movement will result in the
75 pawl 22 rising over one of the thread segments
The matter of effectiveness of construction of
course possesses the possibility of some variation,
but in order to insure the best results it is de
sirable wherever there is not an actual glass weld
between two glass portions to provide a fusible
cement between the separate parts that are
brought together and to fuse the cement after the
application. For instance, the housing 4 is pref
erably coated with a fusible cement especially at
its outer end portion, which cement is fused after
the insertion of the housing 4 in the neck 2._ The
relatively tapered contacting faces of the two
parts insures a tight joint in the ?rst place, and
the fused cement precludes possibility ofv separa
tion in addition to the capacity of the washer 1.
" 2,119,463
tion as shown and described with reference to the
other ?gures, changed only in details of con—~
Where the'operating knob or closure l 9_ is formed
separately from> and connected to the shell. I0,
struction and differingchie?y in the fact that. c
' gglass'fusing is preferred; or in lieu thereof the
the number of intake and discharge ports orslots
for the discharge tube is varied. .By virtue of the _
part {I9 may have a shank extending into the
vupper end portion‘of the shell Ill and ?xed there
to by the use. offrus’ible cement fused after the
use of only a single intake and a single discharge
opening l4’ vand [3’, the lateral extent thereof
The part l8 isv shown as having been
can be substantially increasedpas plainly seen in
inserted into'and closing the lower end of the
Figures 12 and‘ 13, so that movement of liquid into‘
and out of the shell [0’ may be accomplished more 11!)
shell [0, and when thus made separate and intro
=10 duced is similarly’ fused and anchored so as-to
rapidly. The bleeder port or miniature port, for
admitting air to the discharge tube at the ‘time
of discharge is not required in this embodiment,
preclude possibility of separation during use.
Likewise, the knob or' stop 24 is effectively either
glass-fused orcemented with a fusing cement and
since the port I3’ is 'su?icientl'ylarge to discharge
the liquid and at the same time admit the required
air after the manner of discharging liquid from
' fused to the stem IT. The cap 23 is similarly ?xed
‘to the'lowerend of ‘ the housing 4. It is to be
noted that theicap 23 has an opening for the pas
sage of the stem‘ [1 only very ‘slightly larger than
‘the overalldiameterof the thread 20 so that an
the‘neck of an ordinary bottle.
also that in this embodiment only ‘two. of the. ‘
grooves 2i ’ are required to provide the necessary
instrument cannot'be introducedrto relea'sethe
notches for the action of the pawli22f ,7 since these!)
pawl 22,'even-if the‘bottom of the receptacle I
.is removed beiorethe stop 24v has reached its
‘seated position ‘against the cap 23.
It will be noted "
tube I0’ is turned throughilii?iv with each (move
e In Figure 10, the structure is the same as that
above described "with the exception of the pawl
ment for ?lling or emptying. ~ The parts being in ' '
the position seen in'Figure 11, theliquid will ‘flow
freely through the opening’ I'A' into the discharge
'which is seen as a-spring 29. The other parts
tube It!’ when the receptacle!’ is *inverted or
the same reference numerals and thersame-dee
gives. the knob IS’ a sufficient turn to bring the
isjwelded-at 30 in the material’ of the'cap 23 in-'
brings the port MP to a closed position at'a,v point " V
:25 '
being identical with 'those'above described bear ' partially inverted, and thenthe operator merely
scription applies,"except that the spring pawl 29‘ port- l3’ into register with the slot‘ Hi.’ -This
‘stead of being pivoted to ,thelower end of the dis‘ diametrically opposite the slot 12''; and the liquid
I “ In Figures 11 to 14'; inclusive,‘is illustrated a
.slightly'modi?ed embodimentbf the structures
above described in ‘which the receptacle I’ has
351 the neck 2' provided witha spout3’. A tubular
housing 4' is seated in' the neck 2', and locked
therein by the spring washerrl seated in the
grooves8' and 9’. The neck z’iisformed'with
the enlargement? providing the chamber 6'. A.
shell I0’ is nested in the housing 4’ in leak-tight,
V .40
engagement therewith and serves as a discharge
tube. 'A, slot ll’ opens through thewall of’ the
housing 4’ to the spout 3', and a slot I2" opens
‘through the wall of the housing 4’ to the cham
can be discharged from the tube I0’? without any
further liquid escaping from the receptacle’ I’, k
*The other parts being su?iciently nearly identi
cal with those above described, the balance, of
the operation and the reasons forthe construc
tions employed are obvious,
' a
> I
The modi?cation'd-isclosed in Figure 13’ is sub
stantially the same as that shown in Figures 1
In this case, however, the housing v4!: is
and 2.
provided with a groove. 3|, preferably located 40
diametrically opposite to the nozzle 73, to regis- '
ter with either of the diametrically opposite ports
32, which replace’ the series of ports’ 28 in the
shell I0". Of course, these ports 32 :are arranged
ber ‘6'.’ A slot I3” is formed in the shell? ID" to so as to register with the groove‘ 31‘ when'the
"45 at times register with slot H", and a slot I4’ is shell 10" is in liquid discharge position. 7 Only
formed in the wall of the shell I0’ to at times ‘two of the ports I4 are employed in thisform
register with the slot I2’. Slot 14' is diametri 'of the invention; namely, the two diametrically’
ica-lly opposite slot 13' in shell 10', The" lower opposite to each other and angularly displaced
end of shell I0’ is closed by an integral solid through 90 degrees with respect to the ports 32.
the remaining parts of this modi?cation are
so portion I:5'..having an axially arranged'threaded Since
passageway I6’ through which isthreaded the the same in every respect as the corresponding
stem‘ 1]’. Stem’ l‘l' is‘form'ed integral'with and partsof Figures 1 and 2, the‘ same reference nu
' extends downward from the bottom 18’ which in.
turn isintegral with the side walls of. the shell
its .10’. In thisembodiment, the operating knob I9’
is indicated as having the shank 19'’ extending
into thequpper end of the shell l0’ and welded.
thereto in the most e?ective’ available manner.
Of course, the'housing 4' is also preferably weld
ieduto the 'neck"2".j_rThe stem H1 isiprovided
merals are applied to said parts.
It will, of course, be understood that reference
herein and in the appended claims to the capac
ity of the present invention to preclude re-ernpty
ing of a container refers to the fact that thecon- '
tainer cannot _a second time be re-emptied'
through the natural or prepared ori?ce for emp
6.0 ~
tying without some defect or alteration ~ occur
with the threadspirall 20’ having diametrically" ring or developing and becoming apparent show
opposite longitudinal grooves ‘2|’ ‘located to re ' ing the fact that the container has been re-?lled‘
The house 4 (or 4' or '4'’) may be considered
ceive the spring pawl 22',oneend of which is free '
to engage the stem 11' and the other end of which a valve casing, and the shell ormeasuri-ngdis :65
‘is welded into ‘the‘cap-23’, which cap is‘in turn. charge tuber ID (or I0’ or ID”) may be. consid-’ -
welded .or otherwise effectively anchored torthe
lower'endjof .the housing :4’; "A stop or knob 24’
iis‘welded or otherwise effectively anchored to
the stem H’ for limiting the extent of possible
. upward longitudinal movement of the stem,
downward longitudinal movement thereof being
Tprohibit'ed bylthe pawl 22'; '
' The structureseen in Figures 11 to 14 will thus
1.75 be seen to be an exactuembodiment of the inven
ered a rotary valve cooperating. withits valve '
casing to alternately turn on and off communi
cation with the in'terior ‘of container [by an air- j
lock action, so that at no time is there direct 70
communication from the exterior to’ the interior .
of the container, and the. successive steps of in- .
' '
tercommunication are ‘accompanied by \propork
tionally progressive movement of a stop that
eventually terminates the possibility of further 75
air-lock action of the valve. The valve can not
both communications at any time, a stem pro
be backed or reversed in its movement because of
jecting from said valve and screw-threaded
the action of the pawl 22, and it can not be ro
through a portion of said casing, the stem hav
tated in the direction of advance because of the ing longitudinal grooves across the threads there
stop 24. While it is a fact that the valve or dis
of, a pawl pivoted to the casing and resiliently 5
charge tube 10' in thus operating does actually
measure, or can be caused to measure, the quan
tity discharged, it is not merely a measuring de
vice. The operator, if he chooses, can discharge
10 less than a full tube [0 at any time, but if he
does so, he risks not being able to completely
empty the bottle for lack of sufficient opportunity
for movement of the stop 24. It is not possible
to discharge an amount more than one full tube
15 ID at a time.
The capacity of the device, how
ever, to thus e?ect a measuring action is but an
incident to its further and more important ca
pacity to preclude discharge of more than an
amount equal to the containing capacity of the
It serves both to prevent re?lling
and to prevent re-emptying, so that attempts at
spurious ?lling through other avenues than the
discharge port are effectively discouraged.
20 receptacle I.
What I claim is:
1. The combination with a receptacle having
an intake and a discharge ori?ce, of a valve cas
ing ?xed in said receptacle, a valve rotatable in
said casing and having intake and discharge ports
adapted to be brought alternately into communi
cation with the interior of the receptacle and
with the exterior thereof and located to avoid.
stressed into engagement with the notches
' formed by the intersection of the threads with
said grooves, and a stop at the free end of the‘
stem, to limit the total possible movement of
said valve in the direction permitted by the ac 10
tion of the pawl.
2. The combination with a receptacle having
an intake and a discharge ori?ce, of a cylindrical
valve casing closed at one end and ?xed in said
receptacle, a valve rotatably and slidably mount~ 15
ed'in said casing and having intake and discharge
ports adapted to be moved alternately into com
munication with the interior and exterior of the
receptacle, said casing having its closed end lo
cated within the receptacle and provided with 20
an axial internally screw-threaded aperture, said
valve having a screw-threaded stem engag
ing the threads of said aperture, and a stop at
the free end of the stem to limit the total possi
ble movement of the valve in one direction axially 25
of said casing, said stem being provided with
grooves extending lengthwise thereof,>a pawl piv
oted in said casing, and means ,for holding the
free end of said pawl against the grooved stem
to prevent rotation of the valve in one direction.
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