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Nov. 19, 1946.,
Filed Nov. 1e, :1940
2 Sheets~$heet 2
Patented Nov. 19, 1946
Jean F. De Villard, Chicago, Ill., assignor, by
to Charles W. Stiefel, Jr.,
Application'November 16, 1940, Serial No. 365,996
1 Claim.
(Cl. 224~45)
This invention relates to a bottle carrier of
the type disclosed in my copending application,
Serial No. 324,980, filed March 20, 1940, which
involves a stamped sheet of blank cardboard, or
cotton nbre with side braces cut therefrom.
These stamped blanks are sold and stored in
sheet form and when it is desired to use one, it
is folded into shape and the cut braces are man
-ually pulled out of their slots and directed out
wardly. This operation involves time and labor;
then sometimes the braces tend to spring back
into their slots. Further, such carriers have not
been suñîlciently reinforced in the past with the
>result that in carelessly handling the same when
loaded, they might fracture and cause the bot
tle to drop upon the feet ofthe person carrying
the load, and a damage suit would result.
My new form of bottle carrier constitutes a
notable improvement upon the prior carriers in
that the, braces are cut and creased in such a
manner that they automatically rise and assume
proper positions when the blank is folded into a
essary manual operation.
Further the blank is reinforced in such a man-4
ner that it is not likely to tear and fracture and
drop the contents when used in transporting a
elevation of the braces.
In referring now to the drawings which ‘illus
trate a preferred form of this invention, it will
be noted with reference to Fig. 7 that the carrier
is formed from a substantially rectangular blank
l which may be made of any suitable desired
length in accordance with the height of the bot
tles it is designed to support and which may
be made of any suitable material such as Vcotton
Along each side of the blank I there is a rein-`
forcing lip or ñange 2 which is marked off from
the main body of the blank by crease lines' 3.
ends 4 spaced inwardly short distances from the
ends of the blank. The lips or flanges Zare _sev
ered at the points 5 for a purpose that willlater
appear and they are provided with the V creases
6 a short distance beyond the cuts 5 for folding
purposes during assembly.
In addition, the carrier is provided with inter
locking parts to maintain the same in carrier form ’r
after the blank has been folded up.
illustrating in diagrammatic form the automatic
These reinforcing flanges terminate in bevelled
bottle carrier, thereby eliminating the usual nec
Fig, 6 is a fragmentary sectional view
upon the line VI-VI of Fig. 3;
Fig. 7 is a plan view of the blank cut and
creased and ready to be folded‘up to form the
carrier shown in Figs. 1 and 2; and
Fig. 8 is a sectional `view through the blank
The bottom portion or base 'I of the carrier is
defined upon the blank I as existing between the
crease lines 8. Spaced inwardly a short distance
Further the sides of the carrier are `provided
from each crease line 3, there is a cut or incision
. with separate apertures which may be provided
9 which extends across the base ‘I of the blank
and a short distance into the side portions I0.
' From the ends of each incision 9, there extend
crease lines II which slope toward each other at
angles of about 45° to the incision 9. These
crease lines II extend from the incisions 9 to
the crease line 3. It will be noted that the lips
are also creased Yin alignment with the crease
lines 8 as indicated at I2. From the crease lines
I2, there extend crease lines I 3 which slope slight
with flaps for receiving the necks of the bottles.
With these and other features in view, the
invention comprises the novel structure and comn
bination of parts hereinafter described and more
particularly pointed out and defined in the ap
pended claim.
In the accompanying drawings which illustrate
a preferred form of this invention and in which
similar reference numerals refer to similar fea
tures in the different views:
ly >toward each other as they pass over the braces
M which, it will be noted, are defined by the
Fig. 1 is a top plan view of a bottle carrier in
volving this invention;
Fig. 2 is a sectional View taken upon the line
II-II of Fig. 1 looking in the direction of the
arrows and showing bottles in dotted lines;
Fig. 3 is a sectional view taken upon the line
Ill-III of Fig. 2 looking in the direction of the
Fig. 4 is a fragmentary sectional View taken
upon the line IV-IV of Fig. 2;
Fig. 5 is a fragmentary sectional View,y taken
upon the line V--V of Fig. 3;
' `
lines 3, 9 and Il.
These sloping crease lines I3, it will be noted,
are inwardly offset from the bottom crease lines
8, and constitute offset breakers that are mainly
instrumental in connection with the crease lines
II to cause the braces I4 to automatically rise .
upon crease lines 3 as hinges when the blank is
folded into a carrier.
l At the upper ends of the parts I0 of the blank
I that serve as the lower side portions of the
carrier, there are spaced partially cut out strips
I5. These strips I5 are so` cut out from the main
body of the blank, that their .sides are severed
from the main body of the blank by the irregular
cuts I6 and Il while the upper portions I8 and
portions are folded up about the crease lines 8
as axes, the teat y2Ib is then inserted in the slot
22 and the tongues 3| and 33 are inserted re
spectively through the slots- 30 and 32 whereby
the lower portions I9 are not severed from the
the parts will take the positions shown in Figs.
blank. The strips I5 are thus hinged at their
1 to 3, the connecting strips I5 and 35 assuming
upper and lower ends.
substantially a horizontal position.
Between each =pair of strips or connectors I5
It is an important feature of vthis invention
and at the lower ends thereof there is an incision
that when the side portions IIJ> turn or bend
2l] which causes that portion between the strips
upwardly with reference to the crease lines 8 as
I5 to become iiaps. The flap at one end is des 10 shown in Fig. 8, the braces I4 will be automat
ignated 2I, while the flap at the other end is`
designated 2Ia. The flap 2| is formed with a
loc-king slot 22 for receiving .a teat 2 Ib on the ñap
y2 l a to fasten the sides together.
Flaps 23 are also yformed adjacentY the outer 15
`edges of the connectors I5 by incisions 24 and 25.
The incisions 2‘4 are in alignment with the in
cisions 2l! while the incisions 25 extend parallel
to the crease lines 3 and spaced a short distance
inwardly therefrom. The incisions 25 extend 20
downwardly a short distance below the incision
24 and converging crease lines 26 extend there
from to the crease lines 3 for folding purposes.
One of the crease lines 26 upon each edge of the
blank extends from- the lower end of the incision 25
ically elevated into substantially vertical posi
tions as shown in Fig, 3. In their elevating
movements, the braces I4 will turn upon the
crease or border lines 3 as axes.
For it will be
evident 'that as the lower Side portions I0 are
folded up, the braces I4 cannot fold upon the
lines 8 but there will be a tendency to shorten
them by the pressure at each end. Ordinarily
this pressure would cause the same to bow in one
or the other direction, but due to the offset break
er creases I3, the portion between such creases
I3 will move toward theirV end of the carrier._ »
To make it a little plainer, it will be evident
that as the crease lines il are brought closer
together as the sides of the carrier are folded up,v
the pressure exerted against the ends of ,the
' When the blank is folded up into carrier form
braces I4 will cause the braces I4 »to spring up
as shown in Figs. 1 and 2, the naps 2l and 23
and outwardly due to the offsetcrease lines I3.
form three apertures through which the bottles
In other words, the braces I4 Vrespond to the
are adapted to be inserted Vinto the container. 30 movements of the side portions I0 with respect
These apertures are clearly shown in Fig. 1 and
to the bottom 1. When the sides are folded up
are designated 21, 28, and 29; the carrier being
„the braces i4 pop up and outwardlyA and they
designed in the present instance to carry siX bot
recede when the sidesl are- lowered. Thus, the
tles, three on` each side.
The curved lobes I5@
yon the strips or connectors I5 serve as bendable
filler members for bearing against the upper por
tions of the bottles. Of course, when the blank
`is folded into carrier form, the naps 2l, 2Ia and>
23 will move inwardly out of the plane ofr the
movement of the sides controls the braces I4 and
this automatic action of the braces I4 eliminates
the tedious manual operations that were hereto
fore required in such carriers.
It will also be evident that the reinforcing lip or
flange 2 greatly increases the strength ofthe car
rier. The free portions of thev flanges 2 contig
uous to or under the braces I4 also form the sup
port for such braces and allow the same to be
brought clear to the outer side edges of the car
blank and assume vertical positions as shown in
Figs. l and 2.` Inthis operation, the teat 2lb
can be inserted in the locking slot 22 to fasten
the upper neck parts of the carrier together.
I VFor further fastening the upper parts of the
rier; and atv the same time, they prevent the
carrier together, the handle aperture 30 is adapt 45 ñanges I4 from flipping downward 'and'. assist in
ed to receive a locking flap or tongue 3I cut from
the other side of the carrier as is well known in
art.l For further security, a second slot 32
>is formed> beneath the slot 3E) for receiving a’
the upward flipping action thereof.
' '
When the carrier is ready for loading, the' bot
tles can be placed, in the pockets one at atime or
several can be simultaneously placed therein,‘s`o
tongue-33 cut from the opposite side of the car 50 the loading can‘be expedited over certain car
rier. vThus the upper parts of the carrier are
riers now in use.
adapted to be securely fastened together.
Y To complete the blank so that it is ready for
use, the lips 2 are folded over upon the back or
I am aware that numerous changesmayî'be
made and various details of construction may be
varied without departing from the principles of
outer edge portions of the blank and portions
this invention, and AI do not propose limiting the
glued thereto. rIt might be mentioned that the
patent granted otherwise than necessitated ‘by`
portions of the lips 2 above or beyond the upper
the prior art and appended claim.
creases ‘6 are secured or glued to the reverse Side
cf theblank, and the parts between the inci
sionsv 5 and the creases I2 are also glued or se
-cured to the reverse side of the blank. The por
I claim as my invention:
» i
In a bottle carrier formed from a blank made
from cardboard‘or like material to afford, when '
erected, a bottom wall, side walls joined along
tions of the lips 2- between the incisions 5 and
fold lines to opposite side edges of said bottom>
creases 6 are free. It will be noted that cuts 34
wall, bottle receiving sections joined along fold
extend from the incisions 25 to the apices of the
65 lines to the upper edges of the respective `side
creases E whereby the portions 35 which are par
walls, a handle section joined along fold- lines to
tially cut from the blank by the incisions 25 and
the other edges of the two bottle receiving sec
34 cooperate with the adjacent part'of the lip 2
tions so as to project upwardly therefrom, bottle
to form a connection between the side portions IB
retaining end walls formed from the material
andy the handle 'portions of the blank. At the
of said> bottom wall adjacent to the last rnen
same time, these connecting strips 35 form the
tionedl fold lines, and bellows fold means joining
outer walls of the bottle apertures 27 and 29, as
opposite ends of said bottle retaining walls tothe
shown ‘in Fig. l. Due to the cuts 34 and the
opposite side walls to maintain said ‘retaining
creases 26, the flaps 35 will fold upright when
>walls in upright positions when said carrier is
in use, as shown in Fig.Y 1.
erected> andl to effect erecting movementfof said
In forming the blank into a carrier, the side 75.
retaining end Walls when in the course of erection of said carrier said side walls are bent up-
against the outer faces of the Walls to which they
are joined, and the naps joined to said end walls
wardly With relation to said bottom Wall, reen-
alfording supporting strips substantially in the
forcing Iiaps joined along fold lines to the oppoplane of said bottom wall and supported in part
side end edges of said side walls and to said re- 5 by said retaining end Walls when said retaining
taining end walls, the flaps joined to said side
end Walls are in their upright positions.
Walls being folded .along said fold lines to lie flat
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