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Aug. 3o, 1938.
Filed Oct. 5, 1936
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Henry Hughes, Toronto, Ontario', Canada, as
signor to James Morrison Brass Manufactur
ing Company Limited, Toronto, Ontario, Can
ada, an incorporated company
Application October 5, 1936, Serial N0. 104,059
1 Claim. (Cl. 225-5)
This invention relates to new and useful im
provements in faucets particularly adapted for
j application to beer kegs. It has become the
practice, in the shipping and sale of beer by the
5 keg to provide the keg with a tapping device such
as described and illustrated in United States
Letters Patent No. 2,008,642 granted July 16th,
1935, to the James Morrison Brass Manufactur
ing Company, Limited, the assignee of my entire
10 interest in the invention described in the said
Letters Patent. The general object of the in
vention therein described is to provide a faucet
for beer kegs which may be shipped with its
container and to this end it may be built in the
15 keg or applied to it at the time the container is
filled with the contents to be shipped therein
and dispensed therefrom and thus supply the
consignee with a pouring or dispensing device
that is immediately available for use.
However, since beer and certain other liquids
are subject to a special tax which is paid in the
form of stamps attached to the container in
which the same are shipped and sold, it being
compulsory to so attach the said stamp to the
25 container that the stamp will be mutilated and
destroyed when the container is opened.
The object of my present invention is to pro
vide faucets used in the dispensing of beer and
other liquids which are subject to such tax with
30 a device for mutilating and destroying said special
stamps so that they cannot be used again when
the faucet has once been opened.
The manner in which I accomplish this object
is set forth in the following description and illus
35 trated in the accompanying drawing in which:
Fig. 1 is a fragmentary vertical section of a
keg showing a faucet applied thereto- which em
bodies the subject matter of this invention.
Fig. 2 is a plan View of Fig. 1 and
I Fig. 3 is a perspective view of Fig. 1, showing
a seal being broken by my device.
Like characters of reference refer to like parts
throughout the specification and drawing.
For the purpose of fully illustrating my inven
45 tion and the manner in which it is constructed
and employed, I propose to describe it as used in
connection with a faucet constructed in accord
ance with the said Letters Patent No. 2,008,642
but it is to be understood that I do not limit
50 my invention to such construction as it will be
apparent that the same can be employed with
other types of faucets. Since the construction
of that invention is well known, I will only de
scribe such .parts of the faucets as is necessary to
55 clearly illustrate the construction and use of my
present invention.
In the drawing I0 indicates the side of a keg
which is constructed in the usual manner of
staves, II indicates the chime and I2 indicates
the end closure wall which is located inwardly
from the chime and has mounted thereon a faucet
which comprises a hollow housing I3 provided
with a swivel spigot I4 and a valve operating
handle I5. Attached to the underside of the valve
handle I5 is the sealing and seal breaking device
which is the subject matter of the present inven
tion which comprises a plate I6 engageable with
the outer surface of the end closure wall I2, and 10
arm I'I one end of which is attached to the said
plate and the other end securely attached to the
valve handle I5, the portion of the arm between
the operating handle and the plate being curved
or bent so that when the valve operating handle 15
is in closed position, the plate I6 will lie flat
against the outer surface of the end closure wall
I2. It will be understood, of course, thatthe
said arm and plate, if desired, may bey made an
integral part of the valve operating handle. 20
Since some types of faucet, employed for dispens
ing liquid do not control the discharge of liquid
by a separate valve as illustrated in the `said .
patent but control it by the swivel spigot, it will
be necessary in suchcases to attach the arm I'I
to the swivel spigot, and in which case the spout
of the spigot serves as 'the valve operating handle.
The valve operating handle is sealed in its
closed position, as illustrated in Fig. 2 by pasting
the stamp which is indicated at I8 over the plate
and to the end closure wall. When the valve
operating handle is moved towards it open posi
tion, as illustrated in Fig. 3, a portion of the
stamp comes away with the plate thus mutilating
the tax stamp so that it cannot be used -again 35
for the same or any other purpose.
In the foregoing description I have set forth
the preferred embodiment of my invention but
I do not limit my invention to the particular con
struction shown and described, as it will be ap
parent that the same is subject to alterations
and modiiications without departing from the
scope of the appended claim.
Having thus fully described my invention what
I claim is new and desire to secure by Letters
Patent is:
A faucet for liquid containers comprising a
housing mountable on the wall of a keg, a swivel
spigot secured in said housing, a valve operating
handle attached to said housing, and means per
manently attached to‘said handle for sealing the
handle to a wall of said keg, said means compris
ing a plate engageable with the wall when said
handle is in closed position and an arm uniting
said plate to said handle and moveable therewith, 55
said plate being adapted to break and mutilate
a seal when said handle is moved in any direction.
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