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Sept. 18, 1962
C. L. MORRIS
3,054,502
LUNCH PAIL
Filed Aug. 1'7, 1960
Corbin L. Mar/is
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3,054,502
Patented Sept. 18, 1962
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Corbin L. Morris, 434- lVioni-ovista Ave, Monrovia, Calif.
Filed Aug. 17, 1960, Ser. No. 50,198
4 Claims. (Cl. 206—4)
on the rear wall 8 of the box 6. With the tray 20 mount
ed above the bottle 17 the food in said tray will not be
damaged should said bottle leak or be broken. Access
to the vacuum bottle 17 is readily had by removing the
food tray 20.
The foregoing is considered as illustrative only of the
principles of the invention. Further, since numerous
This invention relates to new and useful improvements
modi?cations and changes will readily occur to those
in lunch pails or boxes of the type accommodating a
skilled in the art, it is not desired to limit the invention
vacuum bottle, and has for its primary object to provide,
in a manner as hereinafter set forth, a device of this 10 to the exact construction and operation shown and de
scribed, and accordingly all suitable modi?cations and
character wherein the Weight is so distributed as to pre
equivalents may be resorted to, falling within the scope
vent the pail from readily tipping over.
of the invention as claimed.
Another very important object of the present inven
What is claimed as new is as follows:
tion is to provide, in a lunch pail of the aforementioned
1. A lunch pail comprising, in combination, a gen
character comprising a box adapted to receive a vacuum 15
erally rectangular, open box including a bottom, end
bottle and having a removable food tray mounted there
walls, a front wall, a rear wall and a hinged cover on
in, novel means for supporting said bottle and said tray,
said rear wall, a pair of generally U-shaped cradles re
with the former beneath the latter, in said box.
movably mounted transversely at longitudinally spaced
Other objects of the invention are to provide an im
proved lunch pail or box of the character set forth which 20 points in the lower portion of the box and resting on the
bottom, a vacuum bottle removably mounted in the
will be comparatively simple in construction, strong,
cradles, and an open-top food tray vertically slidably re
durable, compact, of light weight, attractive in appear
movably mounted in the upper portion of the box and
ance and which may be manufactured at low cost.
retained therein and closed by the cover when said cover
These together with other objects and advantages which
will become subsequently apparent resides in the details 25 is in closed position, said tray resting on the ends of the
cradles and on the bottle and supported thereby in
of construction and operation as more fully hereinafter
elevated position in the box and retaining said cradles in
described and claimed, reference being had to the accom
the box and the bottle in said cradles whereby, when the
panying drawings forming a part hereof, wherein like
cover is open, the assembly comprising the tray, bottle
numerals refer to like parts throughout, and in which:
and cradles may be removed leaving the box clear.
FIGURE 1 is a perspective view of a lunch pail con
2. A lunch pail in accordance with claim 1, wherein
structed in accordance with the present invention with
the cradles include ?at, generally U-shaped intermediate
portions thereof broken away;
base portions receiving the vacuum bottle therein and
FIGURE 2 is a view in transverse section through the
resting on the box bottom for supporting said cradles
device;
FIGURE 3 is a top plan view of the device with the 35 against rocking movement thereon.
3. A lunch pail comprising, in combination, a generally
cover and removable food tray omitted;
rectangular, open box including a bottom, end walls, a
FIGURE 4 is a view in vertical longitudinal section
through the invention; and
FIGURE 5 is a detail view in perspective of one of the
vacuum bottle cradles.
Referring now to the drawing in detail, it will be
seen that the embodiment of the invention which has
front Wall, a rear wall and a hinged cover on said rear
wall, a pair of generally U-shaped cradles removably
40 mounted transversely at longitudinally spaced points in
the lower portion of the box and resting on the bottom,
a vacuum bottle removably mounted in the cradles, and
an open-top food tray vertically slidably removably
been illustrated comprises a generally rectangular box of
mounted in the upper portion of the box and retained
suitable dimensions and material which is designated gen
erally by the reference character 6. The box 6 includes 45 therein and closed by the cover when said cover is in
closed position, said tray resting on the ends of the era
a bottom 7, a rear wall 8, a front wall 9 and end or
dles and on the bottle and supported thereby in elevated
side walls 10, the latter having ventilating openings there
position in the box and retaining said cradles in the
in as indicated at 11.
box and the bottle in said cradles whereby, when the
The box 6 further includes a cover 12 hingedly mounted
for vertical swinging movement on the upper portion of 50 cover is open, the assembly comprising the tray, bottle
and cradles may be removed leaving the box clear, said
the rear wall 8 thereof, as indicated at 13. The cover
cradles comprising ?at outturned end portions engaged
12 is provided with a handle 14. Suitable latches 15
on the front wall 9 of the box secure the cover 12 in
beneath the tray and abutting the front and rear walls
of the box for retaining the cradle against lateral displace
Mounted in the lower portion of the box 6 is a pair 55 ment therein and for preventing spreading of said
cradles.
of generally U-shaped cradles 16 for the reception of
4. The combination of claim 3, said cradles further
a conventional vacuum bottle 17. In the embodiment
comprising ?at, generally U-shaped intermediate base por
shown, the cradles 16 include ?at, downwardly offset in
tions receiving the bottle therein and resting on the bot
termediate base portions 18 which rest on the bottom
7 of the box 6. The cradles 16 further include outturned 60 tom for retaining said cradles against rocking movement.
end portions 19 which abut the walls 8 and 9 of the
References Qited in the ?le of this patent
box 6 and which are adapted to receive thereon a re
movable food tray 20 for supporting said tray in the
UNITED STATES PATENTS
upper portion of said box over the vacuum bottle 17.
65
898,007
Rowe _______________ __ Sept. 8, 1908
It is thought that the use of the device will be readily
1,773,663
Dickens _____________ __ Aug. 19, 1930
apparent from a consideration of the foregoing. Brie?y,
1,867,455
Humphrey ___________ __ July 12, 1932
the cradles 16 may be ?xed in the box 6 in any suitable
2,783,874
Brown et al. __________ __ Mar. 5, 1957
manner. The construction and arrangement is such that
2,960,216
Brady _______________ __ Nov. 15, 1960
most of the weight of the device is in the lower portion
thereof, particularly when the vacuum bottle 17 is full. 70
FOREIGN PATENTS
Thus, the pail is prevented from being easily tipped over.
This also applies when the cover 12 is in open position
256,804
Great Britain _________ __ Aug. 19, 1926
closed position.
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