Title:
Combined funnel and container device
United States Patent 3874429


Abstract:
A combined funnel and container device comprising first and second hollow plastic bottles, each bottle having a reduced diameter open neck with external threads at one end. The other end of one bottle is cut away. The other bottle is disposed in vertical upright position. The one bottle is disposed in vertical inverted position with its vertical neck extending above and abutting the upright neck of said other bottle. A manually operable connector sleeve detachably secures the abutting necks together in a leak proof meanner. The inverted bottle functions as a funnel to conduct liquid into the upright bottle. The inverted bottle can then be removed and the upright bottle capped.



Inventors:
LAFARGE KENNETH K
Application Number:
05/447567
Publication Date:
04/01/1975
Filing Date:
03/04/1974
Assignee:
THE RAYMOND LEE ORGANIZATION, INC.
Primary Class:
Other Classes:
141/332, 215/390
International Classes:
B67C11/00; (IPC1-7): B67C11/00
Field of Search:
141/84,98,319,331,332 215
View Patent Images:
US Patent References:
3217917Connector1965-11-16George
3195752Container1965-07-20Cox
3169562Combination cap and coupler1965-02-16Gogel
2773521Coupling for squeeze bottles1956-12-11Persson



Primary Examiner:
Norton, Donald F.
Claims:
Having thus described this invention, what is asserted as new is

1. A combined funnel and container device comprising:

2. The device of claim 1 wherein said connecter defines a hollow vertical cylinder open at both ends with internal threads cooperating with the neck threads whereby rotation of the cylinder in one direction secures the necks together and reversal of rotation forces the necks apart.

Description:
SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

This invention is directed toward a combined funnel and container device. The funnel can be used to conduct liquid into the container. After the funnel is removed, the container can be capped to store the liquid.

More particularly, the device includes first and second like hollow plastic bottles, each bottle having at one end a reduced diameter open neck with external threads.

One bottle is disposed in vertically upright position. The other bottle has an opposite end cut away and is disposed in vertically inverted position with its neck abutting and extending above the neck of the one bottle.

A manually operable connector sleeve detachably secures the abutting necks together in a leak proof manner. The connector defines a vertical hollow sleeve open at both ends with internal threads cooperating with the neck threads whereby rotation of the cylinder in one direction secures the necks together and reversal of rotation forces the necks apart.

The inverted bottle serves as a detachable funnel which can be used to conduct liquid into the upright bottle. The inverted bottle can then be disconnected and the open neck of the upright bottle capped to permit the liquid to be stored as desired.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

In the drawings:

FIG. 1 is a side view of the invention; and

FIG. 2 is an enlarged detail view of a portion thereof.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF PREFERRED EMBODIMENT

Referring now to FIGS. 1 and 2, two originally identical plastic bottles 10 and 12 each have at one end a vertical open neck 14 of reduced diameter with an external thread 24. The opposite end of bottle 12 is cut away to form end opening 16.

Bottle 10 is disposed in vertically upright position. Bottle 12 inverted vertically is disposed above bottle 10 with the necks abutting and vertically aligned. Since one neck is inverted and the other is upright, the threads on the outside surfaces thereof have opposite directions of rotation.

A manually rotatable sleeve 18 defining a vertical hollow cylinder open at both ends has upper and lower internal threads 20 and 22 which also have opposite directions of rotation.

When the cylinder is disposed between the two necks, rotation in one direction pulls the necks together in water tight manner, while rotation in opposite direction pushes the necks apart to separate same.

The inverted bottle can be used as a funnel as previously described.

While I have described my invention with particular reference to the drawings, such is not to be considered as limiting its actual scope.