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Sépt.10,1946.
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" w. A. BERTRAM
_ BOTTLE HOLDER AND‘ CARRIER
Filed March 31, 1945
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Patented Sept. 10, 1946 '
UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE
2,407,529
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BOTTLE HOLDER AND CARRIER
William A. Bertram, Chicagmlll. » .
Original application March 15, 1944, Serial No.
526,519.
Divided and this application March
31, 1945, Serial N0. 585,939
5 Claims.
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(Cl. 224.—-45)
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package, the holes‘ being symmetrically ‘arranged
This is a division of application Serial No.
in two rows of three each, each hole being larger
526,519, filed March 15, 1944, and relates to bottle
holders and carriers for beverage bottles or the
at one end than the other and oppositely placed
in the two plates for fully opening and closing
like, which shall be strong and safe, of conven
ient and ready application, which packs or folds
with limited relative sliding movement of the
into a small ?at'space whennot in use, is simple
plates on each other, and the holes being of a
general key-slot or keyhole formation, the-better
to. manufacture and of low cost, and in which the
holder when loaded may be locked in carrying
to grip the necks of the bottles for carrying pur
poses and substantially avoiding the tendency of
position sothat the package, if desired, may be set
down or set aside without becoming unlocked or 10. the bottles to slide'the plates back to open-posi
loosened as to the bottles and when picked up
tion because they side or transverse thrust due-to
againthe package is ready to be carried‘as in the
the weight of the bottles is taken up in the plates
themselves and does not tend to separate and
?rst instance.
Further objects and advantages will appear slide them‘ back to open position.
from the description and claims to follow'and'the
The handle formation for carrying theloaded'
accompanying drawing, in which—
carrier comprises the extensions I‘! rand-‘l8 of the
Fig. 1 is a plan View of the bottom member or
sheet of one form of the. device;
lower plate [-0 which may be-bent up or hinged
Figs. '1 and -2, of heavy cardboard, thin metalor
other suitable material, whichare placed'face to
ienceand importance to theldealersand shoppers.
This is conveniently and preferably provided for
face on each other and-preferably sl-idably con
nected for limited" relative movement, as ‘by means
{13.5 one of the ends, suchfor instanceas the end l1,
along the dotted lines I9 and brought together
Fig. 2 is a similar view of the top plate or sheet
over the top plate H asindicated in Fig. 3, where
of the same;
20 they are provided with suitable hand holes 20 for ‘
Fig. 3 is a perspective View of the device as
the passages-of the ?ngersof the hand to enable
sembled and in bottle-carrying position ona. set
the extensions I1 and ill to be suitably grasped
for-carrying'purposes. Means-are preferably pro
of bottles;
vided also for locking together the contacting
Fig. 4 is a plan view ofanother form of the de
vice in bottle-loading position; and
ends of these extensions [land ldwhereby the
Fig. 5 is a similar view of'the device in bottle
loaded'package may be set down or temporarily
released-without the bottles or carrier becoming
loaded condition.
Referring to this drawing and-?rst to thefcr-m
loosened or released and remains ready to be
shown in Figs. 1, 2 and 3, the body portion or
picked up vagain and carried without attention
bottle-receiving portion comprises two sheets or
being paid to the safe carrying condition of the
plates It} and II shown, respectively, inplan' in
carrier and bottles. This is of special conven
in this instance by leaving the tab 2| ‘intact with
of one or more pinsorrivets, hole and slot con
and when thetwo endsrare brought ‘together, as
nection l2, l3" and M as indicated, the hole and
pin in this instance being shown in the lower
plate I10 and the slot through which the rivet or
pinlz projects and is slidable being shown in the
in Fig. 3, by bending or- pushing the tab through
the opening 2B-of the other end and up against
the side thereof, as shown in Fig. 3. This ‘not
only-locks the two ends together but affords a
rounded and smoother lower edge of the-cross
bars, which is easier On the ?ngers. and handin
upper'plate Hand located central-lyof the plates.
If two such connections wererused, for instance,
they would. preferably be v'lecatednea-r the ends;
as in Figs. 4 and 5.
carryingthe package.
In'this- way the plates do
ati‘ve
not become
slidingseparated
movement
or is
outguided
ofip-lace
and-limitedto
and the
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that required for the satisfactory operation‘ of
the device.
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These plates to and it -are~provided,srespec
ti-vely, with co-operating bottle-‘neck receiving
to
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Thev upper plate H is preferably a little longer
than the body portion of plate Ill and a little
wider at the ends whereby to provide the. locking
sleaze. at the four corners thereof When the ends
Hand [6 of- the other plate H] are. brought up to
carrying position. Theselugs ensure theplates
.lllqand :l I being in. bottle-carrying position when
apertures l5 and I 6 in any desired. number, ar
the. carrier is- loaded'and maintain and lockv the
rangement. and form capable of performing their
same in that; condition. until the ends 11 and 18
are again opened.
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desired functions, but preferably, as indicated,
The operation will be obvious. With the, plate
wherein six bottles may be, accommodated, this
being the most usual and convenient commercial 55 H shifted endwise to the open positiony,_th_at. is,
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The handle formation for carrying the loaded
carrier in this instance comprises the integral
central bars 30 formed by cutting out the mate
with the larger ends of the holes in line, the de-v
vice is slipped down over the heads and necks of
the upright bottles. The upper plate IE! is then
rial of the plates 25 and 26 on either side thereof
shifted to bring the narrower parts of the com
bined openings together beneath the bottle heads ill to provide room for grasping the same by the
?ngers and hand of the person carrying the
but engaging the necks thereof, in which condi
package.
tion the heads cannot pass when the device is
In use, the plates are slipped to their open
lifted and the bottles may be carried thereby.
position, being guided and limited in such move
The ends l1 and I8 of the lower plate are then
brought up together as indicated in Fig. 3, and 10 ment by the rivet and slot connection, so that
especial attention does not have to be given
the tab 2| passed through the corresponding
thereto
by the operator to align the holes in
opening in the other and bent up to lock the two
bottle-head receiving position. They are then
ends together. The locking lugs 22 at the corners
slipped down over the heads and necks of the
of the upper plate are engaged by the edges of the
bent-up ends I‘! and I8 and lock the plates to 15 bottles and the plates slipped or squeezed back
into bottle-neck gripping position. This latter
gether during carrying and whenever the ends
may be accomplished without special manipula
l1 and I8 are together. In this Figure 3 the
tion or attention to the details by merely pressing
bottles are indicated at 23 and their heads at 24.
on the ends of the two plates, since they are
In this condition the- bottles may be carried
securely, safely and conveniently, and there is no 20 preferably constructed to align their end edges
when in such gripping carrying position. The
danger of losing the same, as frequently happens
two handle portions 36 are likewise brought into
when paper bags or boxes are used for carrying
alignment by the shifting of the plates to grip
the bottles and become weakened by dampness
ping position and together form a strong and
from the bottles or from the outside. Also, the
carrier and package remain locked in their carry 25 convenient handle for carrying the loaded car
rier. The handle portions 38 alone may be used
ing position and condition, so that it may be set
for shifting the plates into gripping or closed
down without becoming loosened, and picked up
position, since the two are o-ifset when opening
again without readjustment of the carrier or bot
or loading, as indicated in dotted lines in Fig. 4,
tles or thought or attention thereto.
When it is desired to release the carrier from 30 and superposed, as shown in Fig. 5, when closed
or in bottle-gripping and carrying position. And
the bottles the handle is unlocked, the ends I‘!
in the latter the two-part handle gripped by the
and [8 opened and the plate ll shifted back to
hand while carrying the package keeps the plates
opening position, when the device may be lifted
in carrying position against any tendency to slide
from the bottles or the bottles dropped therefrom.
them apart by the bottles while being so carried.
The manufacture of the device is comparatively
The latter effect is, of course, greatly reduced by
simple, since it is mainly a punching or stamping
the gripping of the bottle necks on the sides
operation in the ?at, the completed article is
transversely as well as longitudinally of the holes,
shipped in the flat and does not take up much
the side thrusts being taken up by the plates and
room and is not liable to injury, and may be used
over and over again if desired. The rivet and 40 not tending to slide the plates longitudinally
apart.
slot connection of the plates, or its equivalent,
In this form of the invention the two plates 25
prevents them from becoming separated, avoids
and 26 are merely flat plates and preferably iden
the necessity on the part of the dealer of select
tical, so that manufacturing and handling costs
ing and assembling the plates perhaps from dif
ferent packages, keeps them together and pre 45 are reduced, the plates when assembled being
merely reversed so that the slots point in oppo
vents the loss of one or the other plate in case
site directions; they remain flat at all times and
the device is laid aside for further use, holds the
do not take up much room for packing, shipping
plates together in proper position while applying
or storing, and are sturdy, safe, reliable and con
the device to the bottles in case of a tendency
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to catch on some of the bottles or at some points 50 venient for carrying.
In both forms the carrying plates are similarly
constructed with the carrying holes, which are
expansible and contractible by merely sliding one
upon the other, and with the two plates con
while slipping it into position over the heads of
the bottles, and assists in limiting the sliding
movement of the plates on each other and par
ticularly to open them properly for application
to the bottles without reouiring special attention “ nected together to prevent separation, to guide
and limit their movement and to aid in applying
thereto on the part of the operator.
same to the bottles, and with a handle formation
The carrier when applied as shown in Fig. 3
from the plates themselves. In both, the handle
presents a package at once pleasing in appear
formation keeps the plates gripped upon the bot~
ance and con?dence-inspiring in its sturdiness.
In the form of the invention shown in Figs. 4 6 tles while carrying the load. They are conven
ient and efficient are cheap to manufacture. pre
and 5. two flat plates 25 and 215, face to face and
vent any possibility of the bottles drooping and
slidab-le on each other, are provided, bottle head
breaking. and do not gather moisture and become
and neck receiving holes 21, preferably of key
weak. Various changes and alterations may be
slot form, co-onerating as in the ?rst form de
scribed to permit the passage of the heads and 65 made without departing from the principle and
scope of the invention as set forth or intended
necks of bottles 23 when slid into the position
to be set forth in the appended claims, as follows.
shown in Fig. 4, and to grip the necks 24 thereof
I claim:
beneath their enlarged heads when the plates are
1. A bottle holder and carrier comprising two
shifted back to the position of Fig. 5.
The plates 25 and 26 are connected together 70 juxtaposed face-to-face sheets slightly shiftable
on each other, said sheets having overlapping
openings forming passages therethrough expan
while permitting their slidable shifting back and
forth preferably by rivet or pin and slot connec
tion 28 and 29 similar to that of Figs. 1, 2 and 3,
and are located preferably near each end as .
indicated.
sible when the sheets are shifted into one posi
tion to enable a bottle head and neck to pass
75 through the passage and contractible when the
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sheets are shifted into another position to grip
the neck and prevent withdrawal of the bottle,
the lower of said sheets having its ends extended
and bent up and over the other to form, when
brought together, a handle for carrying the
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4. A bottle’ holder and carrier comprising two
juxtaposed face-to-face sheets slightly shiftable
on each other, said sheets having overlapping
openings forming passages therethrough expan
sible when the sheets are shifted into one posi
tion to enable a bottle head and neck to pass
through the passage and contractible when the
sheets are shifted into another position to grip
the neck and prevent Withdrawal of the bottle,
loaded carrier, and the other sheet having end
notches to engage the said raised ends when in
carrying position, whereby to put and keep the
sheets in carrying position when the device is
10 and a pin and slot connection between the two
loaded and being carried.
sheets to secure them together and to limit their
2. A bottle holder and carrier comprising two
shifting movements, the lower of said sheets hav
juxtaposed sheets face to face and laterally shift
ing its ends extended and bent up and over the
able, said sheets having overlapping openings
other to form, when brought together, a handle
providing passages through the sheets which may
be expanded or contracted by the shifting of 15 for carrying the loaded carrier, and the other
sheet having end notches to engage the said
the sheets, said passages when expanded enabling
raised endswhen in carrying position, whereby
the heads and necks of bo-ttles'to be passed there-i
to put and keep the sheets in carrying position
through and when contracted enabling the sheets
when the device is loaded and being carried.
to engage the neck and prevent withdrawal of
5. A bottle holder and carrier comprising two
the bottles, and a handle for the carrier con 20
juxtaposed face-to-face sheets slightly shiftable
sisting of integral bars of the sheets overlying
on each other, said sheets having overlapping
each other in the loaded position of the sheets
openings forming passages therethrough expan
and maintaining the sheets in bottle-carrying
position when the load is being carried.
sible when the sheets are shifted into one posi
3. A bottle holder and carrier comprising two 25 tion to enable a bottle head and neck to pass
through the passage and contractible when the '
?at sheets placed face to face and relatively shift
sheets are shifted into another position to grip
able in their planes, said sheets having overlap
the neck and prevent withdrawal of the bottle,
ping holes which may be expanded or contracted
the lower of said sheets having its ends extended
by the shifting of the sheets, said holes when
expanded permitting the heads and necks of 30 and bent up and over the other to form, when
brought together, a handle for carrying the
bottles to be passed therethrough and when con
loaded carrier, and the two sheets co-operatively
tracted preventing withdrawal of the heads there
engaging when the handle is so formed to lock
of, and a handle for the carrier centrally of the
the sheets in carrying position when the device
sheets consisting of integral bars of the sheets
formed by ?nger passages therethrough on either 35 is loaded and being carried.
side of the bars and overlying each other in the
WILLIAM A. BERTRAM.
loaded position of the sheets.
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