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July 31, 1952
Filed Aug. 29, 1958
3 Sheets-Sheet 1
John H. Smith
July 31,1962 -
‘ Filed Aug. 29, 1958
s Sheets-Sheet 2
John H. Smith
Raymond H. Miller
BY “ME/1%‘
July 31, 1962
Filed Aug. 29, 1958
3 Sheets-Sheet 5
John H. Smith
Raymond H. Miller
United States Patent O?tice
Patented July 31, 1962
FIGURE 9 is a detailed sectional view showing the
construction in which blanks may be employed for block
ing out certain coin receiving slots in the coin control
John H. Smith, 1806 E. Long St., Columbus 3, Ohio, and
Raymond H. Miller, Columbus, Ohio; said Miller as
siguor to said Smith
Filed Aug. 29, 1958, Ser. No. 758,045
8 Claims. (Cl. 104-87)
FIGURE 10 is a perspective view of the stopper for the
container when the same is removed or replaced; and
FIGURE 11 is a perspective view of one of the blank
members used in the coin mechanism.
The present invention generally relates to a dispensing
Referring now speci?cally to the drawings, the numeral
apparatus and more particularly to a coin controlled liquid 10 10 generally designates the coin controlled liquid dis
penser of the present invention and generally incorporates .
An object of the present invention is to provide a liquid
a casing designated by the numeral 12 and including a
dispenser in which a coin controlled mechanism will ac
base plate 14, side walls 16, a rear wall 18, a front wall
curately dispense a predetermined quantity of liquid in a
26 and a top wall 22. Disposed in inverted relation on
novel manner.
the casing 12 is a liquid container 24 which may be of
A further object of the present invention is to provide
glass, metal or any other suitable construction with the
a coin control mechanism for a liquid dispenser in which
device preferably being adapted for use with a conven
the coins act as a connecting means between a rotatable
tional glass container such as a bottle or the like. A
shaft and a cam for actuating the dispenser.
holddown rod 26 is inserted through the top Wall 22 and
Yet another object of the present invention is to provide 20 has a downwardly curved upper end 28 engaging the
a dispenser in accordance with the preceding objects in
which a siphoning action is employed for discharging
liquid from one area of the dispenser to a discharge area.
Yet another important feature of the present invention- 7
uppermost part of the container 24. The lower end of
the holddown rod 26 is received within a cylindrical bore
30 in a bracket member 32 secured to the base plate 14.
Adjacent the lower end of the rod 26, there is provided
is to provide a Vertically removable cylindrical member 25 a notch 34 for receiving a rotatable latch 36 mounted
receiving the neck end of an inverted bottle so that by
lowering the same, a predetermined quantity of liquid
will be discharged from the bottle into a cylindrical mem
on a pivot shaft 38. One end of the pivot shaft 38 is
provided with an o?set arm 40 and an axial spring 42
urging the cam latch 36 to a retracted position. When
ber which causes flow of liquid from a siphoning tube
the latch 36 is in engagement with the notch 34, the hold
for controlling the ?ow discharge and cutting oh’ the ?ow 30 down rod 34 will be retained in position for holding the
in a rapid manner to prevent dripping from the discharge.
container 24 in position.
Other objects of the present invention will reside in
Insertable through the front wall 20 is a coin box 44
its simplicity of construction, ease of operation, adapta
which will engage the offset end 40 and hold the latch
tion for its particular purposes and its relatively inex
36 in locking position. Thus, as long as the coin box 44
pensive manufacturing cost.
is in the casing 12, the holddown 26 will be retained in
These together with other objects and advantages which
position. The coin box 34 may be provided with any
will become subsequently apparent reside in the details
suitable lock mechanism and may be provided with either
of construction and operation as more fully hereinafter
described and claimed, reference being had to the ac
companying drawings forming a part hereof, wherein like
numerals refer to like parts throughout, and in which:
FIGURE 1 is a perspective view of the coin controlled
liquid dispenser of the present invention;
FIGURE 2 is a vertical sectional view taken substan
a key lock or a combination type locking mechanism
whereby the container 24 cannot be changed until such
time as the coin box 44 is removed.
Disposed on the upper end of the casing and projecting
through the top wall 22 is a coin receiver generally desig
nated by the numeral 46 which includes a pair of spaced
vertical plates 43 and 50 divided into a plurality of ver
tially upon a plane passing along section line 2-2 of 45 tical passageways 52 by a plurality of transverse par
FIGURE 1 illustrating certain details of the actuating
titions 54. Disposed between each of the partitions 54
mechanism for the vertically movable cylindrical mem
and extending through the wall 50 is a plurality of coin
receiving apertures 56 which are generally in alignment
FIGURE 3 is a plan sectional view taken substantially
for receiving various sized coins inasmuch as the aper
upon a plane passing along section line 3—3 of FIGURE 50 tures 56 are of a size to receive various size coins. Suit
2 illustrating further structural details of the vertically
able indicia may be provided adjacent each aperture for
movable cylindrical member and the guide means for the
indicating the type of coin to be inserted into that par
ticular aperture. As shown in FIGURE 4, the wall 50
FIGURE 4 is a vertical sectional view taken substan
is cut away to de?ne a recess 58 for permitting the coins
tially upon a plane passing along section line 4-4 of 55 60 to rotate away from the coin receiving device 46 to
FIGURE 2 illustrating further structural details of the
a position in 180° relation to the entry for permitting
actuating mechanism for the liquid dispenser;
the coins to be discharged vertically into the coin box.
FIGURE 5 is a detailed sectional view taken substan
Disposed in alignment with and below the passageways
tially upon a plane passing along section line 5—5 of
60 52 is an operating shaft 62 journaled in bearings 64- at
FIGURE 4 illustrating the structural arrangement of the
the front and rear of the casing respectively. Mounted
discharge adapter;
on the shaft 62 is a plurality of cylindrical members 66
FIGURE 6 is a sectional view taken substantially upon
each of which are provided with inwardly extending radial '
a plane passing along section line 6—6 of FIGURE 4
notches 68 therein for receiving the periphery of the
illustrating the coin controlled mechanism;
coin 60 substantially as illustrated in FIGURE 6 as well
FIGURE 7 is a detailed sectional view illustrating the 65 as in FIGURES 4 and 9. When the coins 60 are dis
structure of the vertically movable cylindrical member
and the relationship of the neck of the bottle thereto;
posed in the notches 68, the cylindrical members 66 are in
terlocked. The rearmost cylindrical member 66 may be
FIGURE 8 is a detailed sectional view taken substan
keyed to the shaft 62 for rotation therewith whereby the
tially upon a plane passing along section line 8-8 of
coins 60 keying the remainder of the cylindrical members
FIGURE v6 illustrating further structural details of the
66 to each other will cause rotation thereof with the shaft
operating knob;
Thus, the shaft 62 may be used to rotate a cam
depending central portion 130 having an internally
threaded bore 132 for receiving a stopper 134 having a
member 71) will be operative only when the proper num
ber of coins are disposed in the apertures 56for interlock
ing all of the cylindrical members'66 to form a single
longitudinally extending externally threaded stud 136
thereon which is screw-threadedly engaged with the in
ternally threaded socket 132. Also provided in the cylin~
drical member 128 is an opening 138 receiving and
mounting a siphon pipe 140. ‘The annular ring 1124 is
provided with an opening 14-2 for~communicating the
vIn the event it is necessary or desirable to use or
‘require only a certain number of coins, blank members 72
may be employed for interconnecting the cylindrical
members 66.
These blanks may be of any convenient
interior ‘of the annular ring 121} with the exterior of the
construction and are shown in FIGURES 9 and 11 for
annular ring 120 thus assuring communication with the
siphon tube 140. The aperture 142 is shown aligned
with the siphoning tube 140 but the same may be mis
aligned therewith and the siphoning tube 146 will be com
the purpose of interlocking adjacent cylindrical members
66 and thus reducing the number of coins necessary to
operate the cam 70.
Mounted on the outer end of the shaft 62 is an operat—
ing knob 74 with the knob 74 being provided with an
axial bore 76 receiving the coil spring 78 and a spring de
tent 80 with the outer end of the bore 76 being closed
by a’ screw ‘threaded plug 82. A fastening member 84 is
threaded into the end of the shaft 62 for retaining the
knob 74 on the shaft 62. A cam member 86 is provided
on the shaft 62 and is engaged with the spring urged de
tent 80 and also is engaged with lugs or notches on the
knob 74 with the lugs or notches being designated 88.
The lugs or notches 88 on the knob 74 engage a stop
member 90 mounted on the front wall 20 which limits ro
tation of the knob 74 to approximately 90°. With the
detent 80 engaging one axial face of the cam designated
by the numeral 92, the cam 86 can be caused to rotate
municated with the area or space between the inner sur
face of the cylindrical member 128 and the outer surface
of the annular ring 120 below the seal 126. The depend
ing stud 134) on the outer cylindrical member 128 is slid;
ably received in a vertical sleeve 144 having a notch 150
therein. Attached to the stud 1‘39 and extending out
wardly through the notch 150 is an opening arm 152 rest~ -
ing against an adapter plate 154 on the upper endof a
compression coil spring 156. The lower end of the coil
compression spring 156 rests against an adapter’158 on
the base of the casing. The outer end of the arm >152 en
gages a guide member 166 for guiding the vertical move?
ment of the arm 152 under the. in?uence of a depend
ing projection 16.2 on a pivotal lever 164 mounted on a
pivot pin 166 adjacent the front wall of the casing with
the free end’ of the lever 164 being engaged by the cam
approximately 90 degrees thus rotating the shaft approxi
mately 90°. The knob 74 then may be reversed or turned
counterclockwise for riding the Spring detent 86 up the
ramp 94 of the cam until it drops behind another vertical
face 92 after which the knob 74 may be rotated another
90° for turning the shaft 62 another 90° thus completing
the 180° turn for the shaft 62. This will assure sequen-
tial operation of the shaft 62 thus causing sequential op
eration of 'the cam 70‘for operating the dispensing mecha
The outer cylindrical member 128 is provided with a
member 70 journaled on the shaft 62 and attached to the
forwardmost cylindrical member 66 whereby the cam
70 which is in the form of a circular plate having a pair a
of diametrically opposed recesses 168 defined by a radial ,
face and a face extending perpendicular to the bottom
edge of the radial face whereby rotation of the cam 70
through 180° will cause a depression of the lever 164 and
an upward movement thereof back to a normal position
thus providing one cycle of operation. The depending
nism to permit gravitational ?ow of liquid from the con- '
stud 162 is adjustable as is a limit stud 170 engaging the
112 for sealingly engaging the neck of the bottle or con
member 186 is disposed on the outer end of the tube
184 and secured thereto as by setscrew 188 forming a
upper edge of the lever 164 for limiting the upward move
tainer 24 and assuring that the ?ow of the liquid from the
container 24 will be completed due to the necessity of 40 ment thereof whereby the stud 170 is mounted on a
bracket 172.
turning the knob 74 back thus providing a sequential or
The siphoning tube 140 extends horizontally and then
delayed operation.
turns upwardly as designated by the numeral 174 with
Extending through and received within the top wall 22
there being provided an inverted U-shaped portion 176
is a cylindrical member 96 having an upper plate 98 of
and a depending vertical portion 178 in parallel relation
circular shape received in a peripheral groove ‘100 in the
to the vertical portion 174 which extends into the open
top wall 22. The plate 98 is provided with a central
upper end of a small discharge receptacle 180v which is
opening 102 de?ned by a depending inner cylindrical
formed in a supporting block 182 ‘attached to the front
member 104. The inner cylindrical member 194 termi
wall 20. Projecting downwardly at an angle to the block
nates in an inwardly extending ?ange 106 having a cen
132 is a discharge tube i184 which extends into the re
tral opening 108 therein. Disposed against the inner sur
ceptacle 180 adjacent the bottom thereof and ‘has the
face of the inner cylindrical member 104 is a cylindrical
inner end de?ning a portion of the periphery of'the re- '
gasket or seal 1'10v constructed of resilient material such
ceptacle 180. The lower end of the tube 184 is also
as rubber or the like with the upper end of the cylindrical
beveled in the same manner and an adapter or support
seal 110 having an inwardly extending enlargement or rib
tainer 24. The lower end of the cylindrical sealing gasket
110 is provided with ‘an inwardly extending ?ange‘ 114
nondripping discharge tube.
Referring back to the construction of the coin control
mechanism, attention is directed to FIGURE 4 in which
inverted bottle 24. Disposed on the outer surface of the
cylindrical member 104 is an annular ring 116 which is 60 the cylindrical members 66 are illustrated as having dia
metrically opposed ?attened portions 67 for engagement
externally threaded as indicated at numeral 1118. Screw
with a ?at leaf spring 69 whereby the ?at leaf spring 69
threadedly engaged with the annular ring 11118 is an'outer
is mounted for engagement with the ?attened portion
annular ring 120 which is internally threaded as indi
67 thus forming means for holding the members 66 in
cated by the numeral 122. The internally threaded ring
120 is adjustably mounted on the externally threaded 65 the desired position so that the coins will be received
in the notches 68 and will be discharged therefrom into
ring 116 and the outer circumference of the annular ring
the coin box 44.
120 is provided with a‘ peripheral groove 124 for receiv
In operation, the bottle or container is installed and
ing an O-ring 126, which sealingly and slidably engages
locked in position by inserting the coin box and the
an outer cylindrical member 128 which is arranged tele
scopically with the cylindrical member 96 and is in sliding 70 device is then ready for operation. By inserting the
engagement therewith whereby the O-ring seal 126 will
proper coin in the proper aperture ‘56, the coins will in
terlock the cylindrical member 66 whereby rotation of
seal the interior of the cylindrical member .128 with the
annular ring 1120. The annular ring ‘120 will also form " the knob 74 will cause corresponding rotation of the shaft
a limit for the upward movement of the cylindrical mem
62. This rotation will be in a sequential manner as
ber v128.
75 previously described and rotation of the shaft 62 will
' underlying and engaging the free end or bottom end of the
cause rotation of the cam 70 through the interlocked
3. The combination of claim 1 wherein said container
is provided with a holddown member, said holddown
member being locked into said casing, and means for
releasing said holddown member, said means including
members 66. Rotation of the cam 70 will cause down
ward pivotal movement of the lever 164 which in turn
causes downward sliding movement of the arm 152 there
by causing downward movement of the stud 130 and the
outer cylindrical member 128. This will lower the static
level of liquid con?ned within the outer cylindrical mem
ber 128 and the annular ring 120 thus permitting a pre
a coin receiving box and a latch mechanism operable in
response to presence of the coin receiving box whereby
the container will be held in the casing as long as the
coin receiving box is in position.
4. A dispensing device comprising a container hav
determined quantity of liquid to be discharged from the
container 24 into the increased volume de?ned by down 10 ing a downwardly facing opening, seal means normally
ward movement of the cylindrical member 128. The
closing the opening, and coin control means for tem
siphon tube 140 is rigid with the cylindrical member
porarily releasing the seal means for discharging a quan
128 and moves downwardly therewith thus providing a
tity of liquid from the container, said coin control means
constant elevation relationship between the siphoning
including a series of cylindrical members journaled on
tube 140 and the cylindrical member 128. Inasmuch as
a shaft, at least one of said cylindrical members being
downward movement of the cylindrical member 128
locked to the shaft, each of said cylindrical members
varies the elevational relationship between the liquid in
the container 24 and the liquid within the cylindrical
member 128, the additional quantity of liquid discharged
having facing notches therein whereby coins will engage
the notches in adjacent cylindrical members for inter
locking the cylindrical members, each of said notches
into the cylindrical member 128 will cause ?ow of liquid 20 underlying a vertical passage in a coin feed mechanism
material over the inverted U-shaped portion 176 of the
thus guiding the coins into the notches for interlocking
siphoning tube 140 thus cause ?ow into the receptacle
the cylindrical members for causing rotation of an op—
As soon as the ?ow starts over the inverted
erating cam mounted on the shaft and connected to one
U-shaped portion 176 of the siphoning tube 140, the de
of the journaled cylindrical members upon deposit of a
proper number of coins and operation of the shaft.
5. The combination of claim 4 wherein said ‘shaft is
provided with an operating knob, and cam means for
limiting movement of the knob to a partial cycle of op
eration and requiring return to an initial position to com
pending vertical portion 178 will cause a siphoning ac
tion in the tube 176 which will siphon a certain amount
of the liquid out of the tube 140 ‘and out of the cylindri
cal member 128 due to the well known siphoning action
whereby the ?ow of liquid will be promptly and accurate
ly cut o?? so that the same relationship of the elevation 30 plete the cycle for assuring delay in the ?nal movement
of the knob and shaft thus permitting the entire meas
member 128 exists and provides a normal condition
ured quantity of liquid to discharge from the container
of liquid in the siphoning tube 140 and in the cylindrical
which is overbalanced by discharge of the liquid 24 into
the cylindrical member 128. The stopper 134 may be
into the dispenser.
6. A dispenser comprising a casing, means on said
adjusted to normally form a closure for the lower end 35 casing for retaining a supply of liquid material to be dis
of the container 24 and may be removed with the con
pensed, dispensing means for controlling the ?ow of
tainer 24 if the container 24 is pressed downwardly thus
liquid from the liquid retaining means, said dispensing
compressing the inwardly extending ?ange 114 whereby
means including a vertically movable receptacle having
the stopper 134 will be frictionally engaged and by ro
a static liquid level therein forming a seal for the retain
tation of the container 24, the stopper 134 may be ex 40 ing means whereby liquid will flow from the retaining
tracted from the socket 132 and engaged in the open
means into the receptacle when the receptacle is lowered,
end of the container 24 thus sealing the container for
means for temporarily lowering said receptacle, and a
permitting easy removal thereof without spilling and also
for permitting insertion of a new or replenished con
tainer without spilling therefrom.
The foregoing is considered as illustrative only of the
principles of the invention. Further, since numerous
modi?cations and changes will readily occur to those
skilled in the art, it is not desired to limit the invention
to the exact construction and operation shown and de
scribed, and accordingly, all suitable modi?cations and
equivalents may be resorted to, falling within the scope
of the invention as claimed.
What is claimed as new is as follows:
1. A dispensing device comprising a casing, a container
detachably mounted on said casing, said container hav
ing an open end facing downwardly, vertically reciprocal
syphon tube movable with the receptacle whereby liquid
will be discharged from the receptacle by the syphon
tube when the liquid level in the receptacle is raised in
relation to the syphon tube whereby the syphon tube dis
charges a quantity of liquid to bring the liquid level in
the receptacle to a predetermined level in relation to
the syphon tube.
7. The combination of claim 6 wherein means is pro
vided for limiting the downward movement of the re
ceptacle for controlling the quantity of discharge from
the syphon tube when thereceptacle is depressed.
8. The combination of claim 6 wherein said casing is
provided with a discharge adapter having an inclined
discharge tube therein, a block on the inner surface of
said casing and having the tube extending into the wall
seal means normally forming closure means for the open
thereof, said block having a recess in the upper end for
end of the container, and means for temporarily releas
receiving the vertically extending terminal end of the
ing the seal means for permitting discharge of a pre
syphon tube for permitting vertical movement of the
determined quantity of liquid from the container, said
syphon tube.
releasing means including a cam rotatable on a shaft,
and removable means forming an interlock between the
shaft and cam for rotating the cam only when the last
named means is present, said seal means including a 65
siphon tube movable vertically therewith for dispensing
only when the seal means is lowered.
2. The combination of claim 1 wherein said sealing
means for the container includes a vertically movable
References Cited in the ?le of this patent
cylindrical member having a stopper thereon whereby 70 1,619,245
downward movement of the cylindrical member and
stopper will permit discharge of liquid from the bottle
into the cylindrical member.
Fisher _______________ __ May 5,
Franklin ____________ .__ Feb. 19,
Williams ____________ __ Mar. 28,
Danenhower ________ __ Nov. 11,
Donathan ____________ .._ Mar. 1, 1927
White ______________ __ June 18, 1929
Bell ______________ .._,.._. Oct. 18, 1955
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