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Dispensing Containers
William Moor



A cricket dispenser has a hollow tubular container with a conical funnel portion on one end formed of transparent plastic with a rotary transfer disc having a plurality of inwardly extending recesses extending in from its edge being mounted adjacent the apex of the conical portion so that alignment of one of the recesses with the interior of the conical portion permits a cricket in the container to enter the recess head first as a result of its natural instinct. The disc can then be rotated to a second position to present the tail portion of the cricket in the recess to the user to permit easy removal of the cricket by the user. A shroud encloses the disc for preventing escape of the cricket until the disc is in the proper position to permit controlled removal of the cricket; the shroud is of transparent plastic to permit visual confirmation of the presence of a cricket in the disc prior to rotation of the disc for dispensing the cricket.


A container is provided for receiving a quantity of crickets or other insects, and a number of separate insect-receiving chambers are attached to the container. An entrance gate between the container and the plural chambers permits access to only one chamber at a time, so that an insect can enter each of the chambers in turn from the container by manipulation of the entrance gate. An exit gate allows an insect to be removed from only one of the chambers at a time, in turn, and the entrance gate and exit gate are interconnected in offset relation so that the entrance gate and the exit gate cannot be concurrently aligned with the same chamber.


This invention relates, in general, to containers and more particularly to container dispensing apparatus for singly discharging articles from a storage container. The general object of the invention is to provide a dispensing storage container for small articles which, upon each actuation, will dispense a single article therefrom. Another object of the invention is to provide a dispensing closure apparatus for a container for singly dispensing articles from the container. A further object of the invention is to provide a dispensing closure apparatus for sealing a container to protect the contents thereof from dust, moisture, and atmospheric contamination. Still another object of the invention is to provide a dispensing closure apparatus for sealing a storage container, which closure apparatus maintains its sealing qualities while articles are being dispensed from the container. A still further object of the invention is to provide a unitary dispensing closure apparatus which will serve as a primary closure or sanitary seal for a container. A more particular object of the invention is to provide a dispensing closure apparatus for a storage container for singly dispensing small articles of uniform shape and size, such as pills and the like, from the container.


This invention relates to fishing bait containers and, more particularly, to fishing bat containers of the type having a bait dispenser and gripper. Heretofore, fishing bait containers for grasshoppers, cockroaches, and the like have been available, some of these containers including features which make it unnecessary for the fisherman to physically touch the bait while impaling the same on a fishing hook. Such containers usually include a gripping element adjacent an outlet thereof which may be independently manipulated to grip the bait for impaling the same on a fish hook. However, such containers with bait grippers are not always convenient to operate because care must be taken in positioning the bait adjacent the gripper element and this element independently manipulated at the very time when the fisherman's hands are occupied with holding a fishing rod, a fishing hook, and the bait container itself. It is an object of this invention to provide a bait container, a gripper and dispenser which is uncomplicated and convenient to use. It is a further object of this invention to provide a bait container and dispenser having a bait gripper which makes it unnecessary for a fisherman to physically touch the bait as the bait is impaled on a finishing hook but requires no care in positioning the bait adjacent to the gripper to permit such impalement. It is still another object of this invention to provide a bait container and dispenser having a bait gripper which requires no independent manipulation to grip the bait prior to or during the impalement on a fishing hook. In achieving these and other objects which will become apparent hereinafter, the present invention provides a bait container and dispenser comprising a container portion, outlet means on the container portion, closure means removably positioned in the outlet means to close the same, said outlet means comprising spring means permitting free movement of bait through a portion of the outlet means but gripping the bait in said portion in response to removal of the closure means.


The present invention relates to dispensing boxes which are carried in the pocket and enable a pastille or the like to be extracted at will therefrom without necessity to open the box. These boxes enclose in particular pharmaceutical pastilles. Boxes of this type are known in which is rotatively mounted a wheel with pastille receiving notches which, when the wheel is rotated, come successively in alignment with an opening formed in the lateral wall of the box so as to permit distribution of pastilles. A knurling is provided on the periphery of the wheel on which the user exerts a pressure with his finger for rotating the wheel. The arrangement has a certain number of drawbacks. It is necessary that the opening in the lateral wall of the box be large enough to allow a large portion of the periphery of the wheel to protrude there through so as to permit rotating the wheel. Consequently, the contents of the box are poorly protected from the atmosphere and might become very easily impaled or soiled. Another source of soiling of the contents of the box is the contact of the fingers of the user with the wheel distributing the pastilles. Further, owing to the knurling formed on the periphery of the wheel, the number of notches formed therin must usually be restricted to two. It is consequently rather difficulty to cause a pastille to enter these notches for its extraction of from the box. In this respect it must be mentioned that these boxes are sometimes intended to contain pastilles whose rapidity of absorption by the user is an essential factor. This is the case, or example, when these pastilles are intended for a patient having angina pectoris who must take one of these pastilles as soon as he feels the start of an attack. It is consequently important that the box be very easy to operate since in his nervous state at the start of an attack, the manual dexterity of the patient is very diminished. The small number of notches in the wheel is therefore a serious drawback, particularly when it is considered that in his nervous state the patient is liable, in continuously operating the wheel to obtain the pastille, to cause two or more of them to fall from the box.


The invention relates to line bait container and is particularly directed to a cricket or grasshopper dispenser. The well known affinity of some species of fish for crickets and grasshoppers has made the cricket a popular bait. However, the lively behaviour of a cricket or grasshopper, when placed in a conventional bait box or other container, makes the capture and threading of the cricket on the hook difficult. The live cricket mus be stored in a closed container to prevent escape and upon opening the container it is not unusual for some of the bait to climb from the box before one of the crickets can be captured. It is, thus, and object of the invention to produce a live cricket dispenser which permits removal of a single cricket at a time, preventing the loss of bait. A further object of the invention is to design a cricket dispenser which permits the cricket to be threaded upon the hook while still in the dispenser thus preventing damage to the bait by manual handling. Yet another object of the invention is to design a cricket dispenser which is small, lightweight, rustproof and may be easily carried on the person of a fisherman.


The present invention relates to a carrier and dispenser for small cylindrical objects, such as the flints used in pocket cigarette lighters. A particular object is to provide a carrier and dispenser of a flat shape so that it may readily be carried in a pocket or handbag so that spare flints will always be available. One of the problems in carrying flint is that they are relatively brittle and tend to powder away, especially at the sharp edges. An advantage of the present invention is that the flints are carried in an orderly, stacked arrangement so that they cannot tumble about and become powdered. The improved carrier also provides a very convenient method of dispensing. These flints are rather tiny objects and therefore somewhat difficult to handle. The preset dispenser selects a single flint from the supply in the carrier and puts it in a dispensing position properly aligned to slip into the flint-tube of the lighter. A further advantage of the invention is that the carrier and dispenser can be economically manufactured and is quite simple and rugged in construction, since it is preferably made of two simple pieces of molded plastic material.


This invention relates to a bait dispenser, and more specifically provides a receptacle for retaining insects and means for trapping insects therein. An object of this invention is to provide a bait dispenser having a receptacle for retaining insects and bait therein and a second smaller receptacle forming a closure for the bait receptacle wherein the second receptacle may be rotated to provide access into the interior of the bait receptacle. Another object of this invention is to provide a bait dispenser having a roughened interior surface wherein the insects may climb around the interior of the dispenser, thereby avoiding the crowding of insects. A further object of this invention is to provide a bait dispenser wherein the insects trapped on the interior thereof may be easily dispensed for use without the escape of the insects remaining in the dispenser. Yet another object of this invention is to provide a bait dispenser having the means for supporting the mouth thereof in spaced relation to the ground surface and also having means for securing the dispenser to a convenient supporting object. These together with other objects and advantages which will become subsequently apparent reside in the details of construction and operation as more fully hereinafter described and claimed, reference being had to the accompanying drawings forming a part hereof, wherein like numerals refer to like parts throughout.


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