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Патент USA US3023948

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March 6, 1962
Filed Feb. 24, 1959
CLARKNU: A. lounsou
BY Wz?
United States
Patented Mar. 6, 1962
the rear wall 12 immediately below the slot 16 is a
Clarence A. Johnson, Minneapolis, Minn, assignor to
Standard Packaging Corporation, a corporation of
Filed Feb. 24, 1959, Ser. No. 794,916
5 Claims. (Cl. 222—478)
transverse bead 17 which is employed in securing the
cover to the case.
The portion of the front, rear and
side walls which extends above the inner peripheral shoul
der 15 is designated as the upper wall 18.
In FIGURE 4 is represented a resilient closure member
or cover 20. The shape of the cover 20 corresponds
generally to the top of the case 10‘ immediately above
the peripheral shoulder 15, except at the front and rear
This invention relates to a dispensing receptacle and
particularly to an improved condiment dispenser for items
portions which have extensions which will be described
such as salt and pepper. It is a primary object of this 10 hereinafter. The front portion of the cover has an out
invention to provide a condiment dispenser which can be
wardly extending tongue or dispensing lip 21 which ?ts
‘easily ?lled, and easily cleaned.
closely into the elongated aperture 14 in the front wall
It is a further object of this invention to provide a con
11 so as to substantially ?ll it. The rear of the flexible
diment dispenser with an enlarged ?lling opening, whose 15 cover 20 has a latch extension 22 formed thereon, with
top surface is coextensive with the cover.
a downwardly extending lip 2211 which is engageable over
Another object is to provide a condiment dispenser for
home use, which has constructional features which per
mit easy manufacture and provide structural rigidity and
a pleasing design.
Another object of this invention is to provide a two
piece condiment dispenser which can be quickly opened
for ?lling or cleaning.
Still a further object is the provision of a condiment
dispenser having a plurality of dispensing openings which
are easily accessible'and easily cleaned.
Still a further object is the provision of a grooved dis
pensing cover which is snap positioned on the receptacle
the transverse bead 17 when the cover is attached. The
normal resiliency of the ?exible cover 20 permits the
downwardly extending lip 22:; to be urged out of contact
20 with the transverse head 17, and the cover can then be
lifted upwardly from the case so as to withdraw the dis
pensing lip 21 from the elongated aperture 14. It can
thus be seen that the ?lling opening for the condiment
dispenser is coextensive with the top opening therein,
25 thereby providing easy access for ?lling or cleaning.
Referring now to FIGURE 3 we observe the under
surface of the ?exible lid or cover 20. Formed at the
front end thereof and extending into the dispensing 'lip
21 are a plurality of dispensing grooves 23.
These and other objects will become apparent upon 30 grooves are generally semi-cylindrical and are parallelly
a full consideration of the following speci?cation and
disposed along the longitudinal axis of the dispenser. The
the accompanying drawing which illustrate the invention
grooves 23 extend inwardiy well past the front wall 11
and are thereby in immediate communication with the
In the drawing forming a part hereof:
receptacle portion of the condiment dispenser. Because
FIG. 1 is a front perspective view of my condiment 35 the grooves are semi-cylindrical in construction, they are
FIG. 2 is a cross section thereof taken approximately
easily cleaned and the user does not meet the di?iculties
often encountered in dispensers where circular holes are
at the longitudinal center line thereof;
FIG. 3 is a top plan view of the condiment dispenser
employed. In the old type of dispensers the granular
substance being dispensed often becomes clogged and it
with the cover in place;
40 is necessary to employ a tapered instrument to disengage
FIG. 4 is a plan view of the underside of the cover,
accumulated material from the individual opening. In
showing the dispensing grooves at one end thereof;
applicant’s device the case is easily washed and the cover
FIG. 5 is a fragmentary transverse cross section taken
member can also be washed and the dispensing grooves
on the lines 5—5 of FIG. 3, showing the cover in place
cleared without undue effort. Any accumulation of mate
and the disposition of the dispensing grooves; and
rial can be readily removed because of the easy access
FIG. 6 is an end view of the cover member showing 45 to the dispensing grooves 23.
the dispensing grooves.
Referring now to the drawing in detail, it will be seen
that the embodiment of the invention which has been
Other types of dispensers known in the art employ
complex plunger mechanisms which can be easily clogged
and the instrument rendered inoperable because the Work
ing parts of the dispenser are not readily accessible. Also,
illustrated comprises a container or case 10 of suitable
plastic. The case 10 has a front wall 11, a rear wall 12 50 as has been pointed out many of the present day dis
and two side walls 13 which intersect with each other
pensers have only small ?lling openings and are therefore
and the recessed bottom 19 with generous radii to provide
di?icult to use.
a pleasing appearance and structural rigidity. Front wall
It is to be understood that my invention is not limited
11 is of greater heighth and less width than rear wall 12
to the speci?c details of construction shown and de
and both front wall 11 and rear wall 12 taper slightly
scribed but includes all modi?cations coming within the
outward from bottom to top. This is best illustrated in
scope of the appended claims and their equivalents.
I claim:
FEGURE 2. Stated otherwise, the walls of the case 10
taper slightly outward from the bottom to the top, there
1. A condiment dispenser comprising an outer case
by providing an increasing cross sectional area as the
having front, rear, side and bottom walls, the front wall
60 of said case having a rectangular aperture formed therein
top of the case It} is approached.
Front wall 11 has disposed therein near the top there
near the top thereof, the rear wall of said case having a
of an elongated aperture 14, which is cooperable with
notch along its upper periphery with a transverse bead
disposed immediately therebelow and extending outward
the resilient cover 20 as will be described hereinafter.
The lower portions of the Walls 11, 12 and 13 terminate
from the outer surface thereof, a shoulder disposed along
a centrally disposed slot 16 at the top extremity thereof.
the inner surface of the walls of said case and positioned
in spaced relation from the open top of said case, an
extending lip on the forward edge of said cover member
in an inner peripheral shoulder 15 which is located near 65 the inner periphery of said case near the top thereof, a
resilient cover member engageable with said shoulder and
the top of the case 10. The rear wall 12 is formed with
The portion of the rear wall 12 at the slot 16 is on the
same plane as the inner peripheral shoulder, and the
bottom surface of the elongated aperture 14 is also 70 engageable within the aperture in the front wall of said
located in the same plane. Extending rearwardly from
case, the undersurface of said cover having a plurality
of parallelly disposed dispensing grooves formed therein
extending inwardly from the outer edge of‘ said extending
edge; a bead member extending outward from the 'outer
facing surface of the rear Wall of said case adjacent the
lip beyond the thickness of said front wall, and a latch
notched portion therein; a ?ange extending along the
member formed on the rear edge of said cover member
engageable within the notch in the rear wall of said case
and cover the transverse bead thereon.
2. A salt or pepper shaker comprising an outer case
inner periphery of said case in spaced relation from the
top edge of the side, front and rear Walls; a ?exible cover
substantially parallel with the bottom wall of said case
recessed therein and seated on said ?ange in spaced rela
tion from the top of the case, the leading edge of said
cover having a tongue extending in tight engagement
having front, rear, side, and bottom walls and an open
top, the front wall of said case having a discharge chute
disposed therein near the top thereof, a shoulder extend
ing along the inner periphery of said case near the top
thereof, a resilient cover engageable with said shoulder,
said cover having a tongue member insertable into the
discharge chute of said case, a plurality of parallelly dis
posed dispensing raceways formed in the under surface
of said cover, said raceways providing communication
from the inside of said case through the discharge chute
formed in the front wall thereof, and cooperable fasten
ing means formed on the rear of said cover and the
outer surface of the rear wall of said case to releasably
hold said cover in place.
through the rectangular aperture of the front ‘wall of
said case, the cover further having raceways on the bot
tom surface thereof extending from the leading edge of
said tongue rearward over the interior of said case to
allow granular material to pass therealong out of said
case when manually tilted; and a clasp integrally formed
along the trailing edge of said cover extending down
around said head and ?exibly cooperable with the bead
to engage said cover in position.
5. A device for dispensing granular material compris
ing a hollow case open at the top and having an aperture
in its forward surface, the upper edge of the rear of said
case having a notched portion and a bead extending out
3. A condiment dispenser comprising a hollow casing,
said casing havinU an elongated aperture therein near the
wardly from its outer facing surface adjacent the notched
top thereof, a transverse bead disposed on the outer sur~
portion; a ?exible cover recessed Within the case in spaced
face of said casing opposite the aperture therein, a shoul
der disposed around the inner periphery of said casing in
spaced relationship from the top thereof, a resilient cover
member coextensive with the top of said casing and
recessed therein for seating engagement on said shoulder,
relation from the top edge thereof, a portion of the lead
ing edge of said cover extending through the aperture
in the forward surface of said case and having a series
of raceways on the under surface thereof to provide a
dispensing conduit for the flow of granular materials
an extending lip on one edge of said cover engageable 30 from the interior of said case out through the aperture;
and depending clasp means integrally joined to the rear
within the aperture in said casing, the under surface of
said cover and said lip having a plurality of parallel dis
of said cover to engage the bead on the outer surface
pensing grooves formed therein extending from within
said casing through the aperture to the outer surface of
said casing, and a latch member formed on the rear edge
of said cover member engageable over the transverse
head on said casing.
4. A dispensing case for granular material having bot
tom, side, front and rear walls, the front wall being of
greater elevation than the rear wall and the top edge of 40
the side Walls being tapered and integrally joined to the
front and rear wall, the front Wall having a rectangular
aperture therein in spaced relation from its top edge and
the rear wall having a notched portion along its upper
of the rear wall of said case.
References Cited in the ?le of this patent
Dunlap et al ___________ __ Sept. 5, 1876
Williamson ___________ __ Dec. 1,
Pickles ______________ __ Oct. 30,
Hobson ______________ __ May 21,
Punte _______________ __ Dec. 26,
Rueger ______________ __ May 19,
Von Duyke __________ __ Sept. 30, 1952
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