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Nov. 8, 1938.
B. F. SMIGGEN
2,135,854
DISPENSING DEVICE
Filed June 16, 1957
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INVENTOR.
ATTORNEY.
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Patented Nov. 8, 1938
2,135,854
UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE
2,135,854
DISPENSING DEVICE
Boleslaus Frank Smiggen, Detroit, Mich.
Application June 16, 1937, Serial No. 148,497
3 Claims.
(Cl. 312—151)
the inwardly projecting internally threaded
My invention relates to a new and useful im
provement in a dispensing device and particularly
relates to the mounting of a dispensing device in
a hollow body such as a table leg or the like in
5 such a manner that it can be concealed within
uses, it is particularly adaped as a means for dis
a press ?t in a sleeve 22 which projects centrally
retaining the dispenser in concealed position
20 while at the same time permitting its ready re
lease for movement into accessible position.
Another object of the invention is the provision
of means for readily moving the container from
concealed to accessible position with a slow, silent
25 movement.
.
Other objects will appear hereinafter.
The invention consists in the combination and
arrangement of parts hereinafter described and
claimed.
The invention will be best understood by a ref -
erence to the accompanying drawings which form
a part of this speci?cation and in which—
Fig. 1 is a side elevational view of a table with
the invention applied.
Fig. 2 is a central, vertical, sectional view
through the table leg showing the invention ap
plied.
Fig. 3 is a view similar to Fig. 2 showing the
receptacle moved to accessible position.
40,
The
the hollow body and moved outwardly therefrom
at will.
While the invention will lend itself to various
receptacle in such a manner that it could be
moved downwardly into the hollow leg of a table
15 so that the top of the dispensing container will
lie ?ush with the top of the table and thus a?ord
no obstruction to the normal use of the table.
Another feature of the invention is a means for
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trically opposite slots 19 formed therein.
lower end of this tube I8 is closed by suitable plug 5
28 and pressed into the upper end of the tube i8
is a bushing 2|. The upper end of the tube is
welded or otherwise suitably secured, such as by
10 pensing salted peanuts and the like in such places
as restaurants, taverns, etc. The present inven
tion will permit the mounting of the dispensing
30‘
sleeve ll into which is threaded the lower end
of a guide strip l8 having the elongated diame
Fig. 4 is a sectional view taken on line 4-4 of
Fig. 2.
Fig. 5 is a sectional view taken on line 5-5 of
Fig. 2.
Fig. 6 is an enlarged, fragmentary, sectional
4.5 view illustrating the locking mechanism in look
ing position.
Fig. '7 is a view similar to Fig. 6 showing the
locking mechanism moved to releasing position.
I have illustrated the invention used with a
50 table having a top [2, a hollow leg l3 and a base
M. Formed in the table top I2 is an opening [5
registering with and concentric with the hollow
leg IS. ‘The lower end of the leg I3 is closed by
the cap l6 which is cup-shaped and which has
5.5: a central opening formed therein, surrounded by
outwardly from the plate 23 which is formed cup- 10
shaped and which is attached to the inverted
cup-shaped plate 24 having the enlarged central
opening 25 formed therein. Projecting at its
opposite ends through the slots 19 is a cross-head
26 projecting centrally upwardly from which is a 15
stud 2i, pressed over which is the lower end of a
tube 28. Mounted on the cross-head and snugly
embracing the lower end of the tube 28 is a bush
ing 29 which forms a snug ?t in the tube l8.
Formed in the tube I8 is a plurality of openings 20
30 which, when the device is moved to the posi
tion shown in Fig. 3, are covered by the bush
ing 29.
Securely clamped on the tube l8 above the
~ openings 30 is a band 3| having the lugs 32 and 25
33 projecting radially outwardly therefrom
diametrically opposite to the radially projecting
lugs 34 and 35. Between the pair of lugs 32 and
33 is rotatably mounted a pulley 36, and a pulley
31 is rotatably mounted between the pair of lugs 30
34 and 35. Passing around the pulley 36 is a
cord or other ?exible element 38 one end of which
is attached to one end of the cross-head 2t and
the other ‘end of which is attached to the cir
cular weight 39. A cord or other ?exible ele- 35
ment 40 passes around the pulley 31 and one end
thereof is attached to the opposite end. of the
cross-head 26, while the other end of the cord
40 is attached to the circular weight 39 at a
point diametrically opposite to the point of at- 40
tachment of the cord 38 therewith. The con
struction is such that upon movement of the
weight 39 from the position shown in Fig. 2 to
the position shown in Fig. 3, the tube 28 will be
thrust upwardly from the position shown in Fig. 45
2 to the position shown in Fig. 3 and the weight
39 normally tends to maintain the tube 28 in its
upwardly thrust position as shown in Fig. 3.
The tube 28 projects through a base plate M
which has the inwardly punched neck forming 50
portion 42 in which the tube 28 engages in a
press ?t.
This base plate 4! is cup-shaped to
provide the peripheral upwardly projecting ?ange
43 which is internally threaded. This base plate
4| forms the bottom of the receptacle and thread- 55
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ed into the ?ange 43 is the cylindrical body 44
which is threaded on the periphery at its upper
end to receive the cap or closure 45 which is
threaded thereon. The tube 28 projects at its
upper end through a central opening formed in
outlet spout but these dispensing receptacles are
the plate 46, the tube 28 being projected through
spout may be provided. The device also may be
constructed of the coin operated type if desired.
It is believed obvious that I have provided a
the plate 46 in apress ?t. This plate 46 is formed
cup-shaped to provide the upwardly projecting
flange 4'! which is provided with a lip or outward
10 ly turned ?ange 48 adapted to overlie the cylin
drical member 44 and rest upon a suitable gasket
45 positioned on the upper edge of the cylindrical
body 44. The construction is such that as the.
cap 45 is threaded into position, it will clamp the
15 ?ange 48 against the gasket 49 and the gasket
49 against the body 4-4. Formed in the plateAB
are openings 50 which would permit the ?lling of
the receptacle. Mounted on the upper surface of
the plate 46 is a plate 5| having its peripheral por
tion upset as at 52 to provide a saucer-like con
struction. A locking mechanism 53 operated by
a key 54 is mounted on the cover or cap, 45 and
provided with a rotatable pin 55 to which is at
tached a locking disc 56 which may be rotated to
engage beneath the upset portion 52 so that the
cap would belocked in position on the receptacle.
Secured to the under surface of. the base 4!
is a plate 5'! carrying the annular abutment mem
ber 58 which is formed from rubber or other
suitable yieldable material, and attached to en
gage the under surface of the table top I2 when
the receptacle is in the positon shown in Fig. 3.
Carried by the plate 51 are guide strips 59
through each of which slidably projects a latch
member 60.
These latch members are connected
at their inner ends by the links 61 and 62 to the
actuating rod 63 which slideably projects into
the tube 28 and through bushings 64 and 65
mounted in the tube 28.
The cover 45 is pro
40 vided at its center with the inner pressed portion
66 to provide a cavity 61 in which engages the
head 68 formed on the upper end of the rod 53.
A spring 69 lies in the cavity 61, embraces the
rod 63, and engages at one of its ends the head
63 and at its opposite end the plate 5| so as to
normally retain the rod 63 in the locking posi~
tion shown in Fig. 3. The ends of the latch
bolts ?ll are beveled so that when the receptacle
is forced downwardly into the position shown in
Fig. 2, the latch bolts riding over the plate 24 will
be retracted and enter the opening 25 andthen
spring outwardly to engage the under surface
of the plate 24 as shown in Fig. 6. In position
ing the receptacle downwardly from the position
shown in Fig. 3 into the position shown in Fig. 2,
the weight 39 will be raised. When it is desired
to release the receptacle for movement upwardly,
a downward pressing of the head 68 will force
the rod 63 to rock the links 6| and 62 from the
position shown in Fig. 6 to the position shown in
Fig. 7, thus retracting the latch bolts 60 so as‘ to
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no sudden jar or shock resulting from sudden
contact of the ring 58 with the table top l2.
The cylindrical body 44 is not illustrated as an
clear the opening 25, whereupon the weight 39
moving downwardly will raise the receptacle into
the position shown in Fig. 3. As the bushing 29
of a well-known type and any type of an outlet
simple,
compact,
durable
and
economically
manufactured dispensing device which may be
easily and quickly moved from concealed to ac
cessible position and vice versa.
While I illustrated and described the preferred
form of construction, I do not wish to limit myself
to the precise details of structure shown, but de 15
sire to avail myself of such variations and modi?
cations as may come within the scope of the ap
pended claims.
What I claim is:
1. A device of the class described, comprising: 20
a table top having an opening formed therein; a
hollow supporting leg for said table top and regis
tering with said opening and projecting down
wardly
therefrom;
a receptacle;
means
for
mounting said receptacle for slideable movement 25
into said leg and outwardly therefrom through
the opening in said top; a cap for closing the
lower end of said leg; a plate mounted in said
leg intermediate its ends; a tube connected at
one end to said plate and projecting downwardly 30
therefrom and connected at its opposite end to
said cap; a tube projecting downwardly from
the bottom of said receptacle and slideably pro
jecting into said ?rst-named tube, said ?rst
named tube having elongated, axially directed,
diametrically opposite slots formed therein; a
crosshead slideably engaging in said slots and
projecting at its opposite ends beyond the pe
riphery of said ?rst-named tube and connected
to the end of said second-named tube; a pair of 40
spaced pulleys rotatably mounted within said
leg and positioned upwardly from said cap; a
weight; and’ a pair of cords each connecting at
one end to said weight and extending around one
of said pulleys and connecting to one end of said 45
crosshead, said weight effecting the outward
thrust of said receptacle through said opening
upon the downward movement of said weight.
2. A device of the class described, comprising:
a table top having a central opening formed
therein; a hollow supporting leg for said table
top registering with said opening and projecting
downwardly therefrom; a receptacle; means for
mounting said receptacle for slideable movement
into said leg and outwardly therefrom through
the opening in said tube, said receptacle, upon
being inwardly thrust, terminating with its outer
end ?ush with the upper surface of said top;
a stationary plate mounted in said leg having an
opening formed therein; a tube extending cen
trally of said receptacle; a rod slideably ex
tended through said tube; latch members carried
by said receptacle and adapted for passage
through said opening upon the thrust of said
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receptacle inwardly, said latch members being as
adapted for engagement beneathv said plate for
latching said receptacle within said’leg; and
enters the non-slotted portion of the tube [8, a
compression of the air in the upper end of the
tube l8 will be effected but this air will be allowed
to bleed gradually through the openings 30‘ so
70 that while the receptacle moves radially upwardly
upon release of. the latch bolts, this rapid move
ment is checked as it approaches the upper posi
tion of movement and the last part of the move
means connecting said latch members with said
rod for effecting, upon a downward thrust of said
rod, the withdrawal of said latch members to in
ment is a slow one so that the receptacle gradu
' ally assumes its uppermost position and there is
therein; a hollow supporting leg for said table
top registering with said opening and projecting
operative position.
3. A device of the class described, comprising:
a table top having a central opening formed
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downwardly therefrom; a receptacle; means for
mounting said receptacle for slideable movement
into said leg and outwardly therefrom through
the opening in said table top, said receptacle,
upon being inwardly thrust, terminating with its
outer end ?ush with the upper surface of said
top‘; a stationary plate mounted in said leg hav
ing an opening formed therein; a tube extending
centrally of said receptacle; a rod slideably ex
10 tended through said tube; latch members car
ried by said receptacle and adapted for passage
through said opening upon the thrust of said
receptacle inwardly, said latch members being
adapted for engagement beneath said plate for
latching said receptacle within said leg; means
connecting said latch members with said rod for
effecting, upon a downward thrust of said rod,
the withdrawal of said latch members to inopera
tive position; and gravity operated means in said
leg, below said plate, for moving said receptacle
outwardly through the opening in said table top
upon release of said latching means.
BOLESLAUS \FRANK SMIGGEN.
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