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Sept. 3, 1946. w._1-; PUNTE 0' ' _ 2,406,900 _ ADHESIVE TAPE CONTAINER- WITH NESTING' FEATURE-y Filed June‘ 30, 1944 Patented Sept.'3, ‘1946 2,406,900 UNITED‘ STATES PATENT¢JOFFICE ADHESIVE TAPE CONTAINER WITH NESTING FEATURE William F. Punte, Passaic, N. ‘J., assignor to Con tinental Can Company, Inc., New York, N. Y., a corporation of New York Application June 30, 1944, Serial No. 542,959 1 Claim. (Cl. 220—97) 1 The invention relates to new and useful im provements in a container for an adhesive tape spool. An object of the invention is to provide a con tainer which is so constructed that the adhesive tape spool may be completely housed therein and quickly removed when it is desired to use the 2 container, and the lower lower bead l0, and the extend slightly over the holding the spool or reel end I4 rests upon the projections or detents edge or head l5, thus against accidental dis placement, but permitting of its removal, when desired. The upper end M of the spool or reel terminates short of the upper end of the con tape. ‘ tainer, thereby leaving a space for the reception A further object of the invention is to provide of the reduced end portion 9 of the next con a container of the above type wherein the upper 10 tainer. The reduced end portion 9 of the upper and lower ends thereof are so shaped and dimen container engages the companion container with sioned that the lower end of one container may in the stiffening bead 6, and the bead l0 stiflens be inserted to a limited extent into the upper the reduced end portion 9, these contacting parts end of a companion container to facilitate the having proper functional engagement so that they stacking of the containers and to prevent lateral 15 will not improperly separate, but may be sep shifting of one container on the other in stack. arated, when desired. The beads 6 and I0 serve In the accompanying drawing forming a part to regulate this frictional engagement. of this application and in which like numerals Any numberlof containers may be stacked one are employed to designate like parts throughout upon another and the stacked containers will .be the same maintained in alignment for the reason that the Figure 1 is a central vertical section through a bottom portion of one container extends into the plurality of containers, in the nested condition, container which supports the same a su?icient and extent to prevent any lateral movement of one Figure 2 is a plan view of one of the containers. container relative to the other. The shoulder 8 In the drawing, wherein for the purpose of forms a stop to limit the extent to which the bot illustration is shown a preferred embodiment of tom portion of the upper container is telescoped my invention, the numeral 5 designates contain into the lower container. The curved portion H ers, which are preferably cylindrical. These con of the hollow bead I!) together with the curved tainers may be formed of metal, paper or plas- ' portion 1 at the mouth of the container on which tics. Each container 5 is rolled at its top to pro 30 others are to be stacked facilitates the insertion duce an outer bead 6, which is preferably circu of the bottom portion of the container into the lar in cross-section, and preferably hollow. This mouth of a companion container. When the con bead provides an outwardly ?aring portion of tainers are stacked, it will be noted that the beads mouth 1, at the upper end of the container. The B and l 0 are opposed to each other and therefore upper end is open as shown. the parts whichlare telescoped together are ri The container 5, near its opposite or lower. end gidi?ed and this enables a ?rm friction grip be_ is offset inwardly providing a tapered shoulder tween the containers when they are stacked, per 8, and a reduced portion 9 of relatively short mitting the same to be readily separated by a length. The material of this end portion is rolled little force. It will be noted also that the spool to produce a hollow bead l0, upon the inner side which is housed in the container is yieldingly held of said reduced end portion 9. This bead I 0 is by the detents l2 and by placing a little pressure circular in cross-section, providing a tapered out_ against the spool through the bottom end of the er wall II at the lower end of the container. container it can be readily released from these de This facilitates the insertion of the reduced end tents and removed from the container. portion 9 of one container into the ?aring end 1. It is to be understoodthat the form of my in of the companion container. The beads 6 and I0 vention herewith shown and described is to be stiffen the’ container at their ends. taken as a preferred example of the same and Each container is providedwith inwardly ex that various changes in the shape, size and ar tending projections or detents l2, arranged near rangement of parts may be resorted to without and spaced from the inclined shoulder 8, asv departing from the spirit of my invention or the shown. The numeral l3 designates a spool for scope of the subjoined claim. holding adhesive tape or the like and this spool I claim: ‘includes ends l4, provided with rounded edges or A container for an adhesive tape spool com beads Hi. prising a cylindrical body portion open at both In use, a spool or reel 13 is placed within each 55 ends and having the wall thereof at its upper end 2,406,900 I 3 4 rolled outwardly into a hollow bead and having its wall at the lower end thereof offset inwardly and inwardly rolled into a hollow bead, said in wardly offset portion being dimensioned so as to providing a shoulder for limiting the extent to which the o?set portion of the wall can be insert ed within the open end of the companion contain er, said shoulder being substantially in the plane which tangentially contacts the upper surface of the bead at the open end of the companion frictionally engage within the open end of a, com panion container for the securing of one container to another in stacked relation,'s'aid o’ifset portion where it joins the remainder of the body wall container. 7 " WILLIAM F. PUN'I'E.