Title:
Infant's drinking cup
United States Patent 2414697


Abstract:
This invention relates to drinking cups, and more particularly to an infant's drinking cup. A main object of the invention is to provide a novel and improved drinking cup especially adapted to eliminate the spilling of milk or other fluids by children when learning to drink from a cup. A...



Inventors:
Pettersson, Everett W.
Application Number:
US61564845A
Publication Date:
01/21/1947
Filing Date:
09/11/1945
Assignee:
Pettersson, Everett W.
Primary Class:
Other Classes:
138/44, 220/288, 220/367.1
International Classes:
A47G19/22
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Other References:
None
Description:

This invention relates to drinking cups, and more particularly to an infant's drinking cup.

A main object of the invention is to provide a novel and improved drinking cup especially adapted to eliminate the spilling of milk or other fluids by children when learning to drink from a cup.

A further object of the invention is to provide an improved infant's drinking cup of very simple construction which is easily taken apart for cleaning and reassembled for use, and which will positively prevent liquids, such as milk and the like, from splashing or spilling when the cup is tilted at various angles.' Further objects and advantages of the invention will appear from the following description and claims, and from the accompanying drawing, wherein: Figure is a top view of a cup according to this invention.

Figure 2 is a side elevational view of the cup of Figure 1.

Figure 3 is a vertical cross-sectional view of the cup of Figure 1 shown in tilted position with liquid contained therein.

Referring to the drawing, 1 designates the generally cylindrical body portion of the cup, said body portion being formed with a large side handie 12 adapted to be readily grasped by a small child. Threadedly engaging the rim of body por- 3 tion I I is a cover or guard member 13 comprising an annular flange element 14 having a web portion 15 formed with a central depending cavity 16 having an aperture 18 formed therein communicating with the interior of the cup. Adjacent the 3 periphery of web portion 15 an arcuately shaped opening 17 is formed, the web 15 being downwardly turned at said opening to serve as a splash guard adjacent the opening.

In use, the milk or other liquid is poured into 4' the cup, cavity 16 and opening 18 admitting the liquid into the interior portion of the cup. The cup is filled until the liquid level is just below opening 18. nder these conditions liquid cannot be spilled from the cup except through the 41 drinking opening 17. The downturned lip at opening 17 minimizes splashing and spilling of liquid through said opening when the child tilts or shakes the cup.

The cup may be cleaned by unscrewing the cover member 13 from the body portion of the cup and cleaning the parts separately. With the cover member 13 removed, the body portion II may be used as an ordinary cup. In this manner the child may continue to use the same cup after having learned to drink therefrom without splashing or spilling the liquid contents thereof.

The cup may be made of any suitable material such as metal, plastic, ceramic materials, or the like. It may be made of transparent material such as glass, in which case it may be provided with a marking, as at 19 in Figure 2, to indicate the proper level of fluid for splash-proof cooperation with the cover member 13.

While a specific embodiment of an infant's drinking cup has been disclosed in the foregoing description, it will be understood that various modifications within the spirit of the invention may occur to those skilled in the art. Therefore, it is intended that no limitations be placed on the invention other than as defined by the scope of the appended claims.

What is claimed is: a 1. In a drinking cup, the combination of a cup and a cover removably mounted on the rim of the cup, said cover having an indented cupshaped recess in the outer surface with an opening in the lower surface thereof and positioned 0 at one side of the cover, and a depending centrally positioned tubular element with a relatively small opening in the lower end thereof extending from said lower surface of the cover into the cup.

5 2. In a drinking cup, the cornbination of a cup having a handle and a cover threaded on the rim of the cup, said cover having an indented cupshaped recess in the outer surface with an opening in the lower surface thereof and positioned 0 at one side of the cover, a lip on the under side of the lower surface of the cover providing a guard around the edge of the opening In said lower surface of the cover, and a depending centrally posi. tioned tubular element with a relatively small opening in the lower end thereof extending from said lower surface of the cover into the cup to a point substantially midway of the height thereof.