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Apriläo, 194s.
2,440,179
. v. F. MABLI
TWINE MOISTENING AND DISPENSlNG DEVICE
Filed Feb. e, 1945
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Patented Apr. 20,` 1948
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UNI-TED- STATES .PATENT @Fries
VictorrF; Mabli, Tarrytown, N. Y.
Application Ferrúary 6, 1945; seriarivo; 57h-¿43a
3 Claims.V
(Cl. 91-46) `
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This> invention relatesV to dispensing` devices,
and more particularly to a- twinejdi'sp‘enser- flor
maintaining a supplyí'of twine'for'iood‘wrapping
a « simple; inexpensive unitary`- and .sanitary . twine"
in4 a sanitary >con'dition‘and- adapted‘to‘ progres#
sively wet lengths of the twine as the> twine-
v These vand eotheril doiectsg-` advantagesïand .novelA
is withdrawn from the dispenser.`
dispenser for prcigressivelyf- wetting“ twine>` as itr
is:withdrawn-foruse;>
thel following?, description and; accompanying
drawing;
meat trade, wherein'vajri‘ous meats. such asp'ot
roasts, boned roasts; poultry, legs;of`1amb', etc.,are trussed with' twine >to maintain utheir shape. 10l
In order to> effective1y'truss1such .meatl cuts', the`
twine. is d'esirably‘ wet "before'it is ti'edl‘around .the
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L features of theninventionfwiizl b'e apparentzfrom'
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The invention. is particularly" usefulv in“ the
meat;
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Hitherto, no’effective means hasv been pro
vided for wetting the. twine as it’ is" used for'
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Fig, 1» is;afside-elevatiorrlview of=aïltwine~dis=
penser according. to,V l theI presenti invention;` n ,
Fig. 2»
a longitudinal sectional iview fthrough-`
thedispensernshown.inxlîëigg1f;L
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Figs; 3- and 4~ are 4elevatiomviews;` part1y~~l in
section of modified forms of twine guiding liquid
well'covers.k
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Generally speaking» according to thee' presen-tf
wrapping the meats. Among various"expedients>
invention; ' aV unitary v, casingf` _isy ` formed . v of any
hitherto used is that of estimating the required
suitable material Y sucnlfaseglasss Vsynthetic resins;
length of twine,vpulling„ it on" from,the'ba'nll'` or
metals; or> otherA Y suitable `n_nattei-'ials.f> Desirabl-y;
cone, andcutting it o'ff`b‘y; hand before ,wetting
the` casing: is. molded. fromv‘ af- rsi-iitalcle-v plastic
expedient' 20 having characteristics adapting it;_forirelatively-y
the twine to wrap» the. meat.
is not’ only> wastefulof twine, lcfutv is also time
rough-usage,
wf_:l1',»„¿as1 being» attractive‘in ap-4
consuming;
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pearance..4 Thei- casingis formedfwith a-pair Y„of>
Alternatively, the entire rolllo‘f twine hasïbeen
wells,l 4~located »adjacentfeachothern One-ç of-A thel
wet', Aeither by inimer'sio?'in waterorothe'rï nieans.«
When the entireircil‘of‘twine is wet; the portion
no1;A used"becomesïmilclewed and'lias an offensive
wells<~forms- a sanitary. enclosures-¿fol? 'a- supply-of «
onany o'ther'typie oîineat product;
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>It'is‘among'tlìe"_objects ofl'this invention to‘pr'o.
vide means vfor' ' maintainíngia supply off twine,
in- asanitary cieamanufnandy condition :to pro.
vidëaßanitj'ary, clean and handy, twine .dispenser
including means for` progressively _dispensing
twine ‘v therefrom; to provide a *sanitary twine
enclosingidisp‘enser ‘inelùdingjmeans for progres'
sively'wettingjtwîne Ias_it' iswitlidrawn there.
twine; such 4as aiball of¿„twine, .andthe-other,- welll
is„adapted=to hold a~supplyfcf liquid,l sucht as
water, if. it isf desired, torprogressivelmwetïthe»
twine as-A it:> is. withdrawn, froml`v the twine'< well;
30.7 Passage means >are Wformed f in , the». „casing inten~`
connecting the wells,n and. alsol connecting the
liquid and> twinev wellsfçoy the exterior of the
casing.> Coversare providèdifonboth the wells,
and thee liquidlwell 1 cover isf-,formed `_with>` means
proj ectingdòw'nwardlv` into .the .well .and >adapted ,
toA guide the.=twine',„a's„it., `witl'idrawri `from the
twine well; through, liquid. in> .the liquid wells-_ to
from;A toi provide a. ÍEWÍÍIQ dispenser* comprising
a; unitary _casing? formed", to' maintain a supply
progressively `wetev the` twine as it.y is withdrawn from the'> `dispenser. Tfiefcasing is pre-fn»
sîveljffwet" the“ `twine ' as," it is" withdrawn from,
erably .formed with.V a„recessfed`..bottom wall» to
contain sand ».orî other. weighting-,material to»` pro-~
vide4 stability for. the„casing-` onits support.4 ‘ns
the'casing; Vto ‘pTOVÍde‘a twine' dispe,n‘s'erlv compris-
ing` aiv unitary;- sanitary> twinev enclosing casing,
havingV` a, twinezxcompartment,_ a: liquid coi‘î?ipaid;Am
meent," ar twine inlet‘passa'gaatwine outlet pas
sage;` and1 means associated: with the.. casing for
guiding tiief twineïthrough liquid:- in‘the liquid'
compartment' asjthe *twine> isV withdrawn: from
the casing;~ izo-provide ,sucha twine dispenser
includingvv a“ coverI for the" liquid`> we'll‘ provided“
witlifmeans- för guiding the twine through liquid;
initheî‘well as> the twine is witl'idrawn‘`- from the
casing;> to providesuch‘ a dispenser`n including
cooperating means cn-the casing and liquid‘well'
cover.- for-"aligning guidemeansßon 'the Icover with"
twine withdrawing passages; andA to provideI
an additional feature, during manufacturethe`
casing may be providedtwithsuitable meansV suoli4
asA slots Iadapted to holdraz'or blades. Orother.
cutting implements for cutting> oiidésiredll'engths
of
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Referring to theV drawing, twine diiiipen'ser.v
I0 Vis shown as comprising a' unitary. casing having:
„_ a twine wellorzcompartment I5; a Well'rovr 'conif
partment 2D adapted to contain..liquid,‘,aftwine
inlet 25 and a twine outlet 30. 4 Covers' I'I ancll'ly2l
are' provided for wells I5v.and'20`.. Th‘e casing.
may also be formedwith a rib or fillet;V |,3‘ pro
t vided with a" slot; 141 for receiving;aïrazor- blade
or^other suitable implement for'cuttin'g' oit’ de
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sired lengths of twine. The outer edge of pocket
by reason of its threading through eyes 33 and 34
I3 is recessed as at I6 to enable a user to grip a
razor blade inserted in slot I4.
to insure thorough wetting of the twine.
Referring to Fig. 2, well I5 is preferably gen
erally cylindrical in shape and provided with a
corresponding amount is wet by passage through
liquid 28 in well 120. The twine is thus progres
As twine 35 is withdrawn from nozzle 22, a
sively wet as it is withdrawn from casing I0.
The amount of twine submerged in liquid 28 cor
responds exactly to the amountrof twine with
drawn from nozzle 22. Therefore, the'end of
prevent collapsing thereof and is guided through
an eyelet I8 integral with cover II. If twine 35 10 twine 35 may be grasped and the meat wrapping
done by withdrawing the twine from nozzle 22.
is wound in a cone too tall to ñt in well I5, the
When the wrapping is completed, the twine is cut,
cone is supported outside casing III, as on a
spindle, and twine 35 is threaded through inlet 25 ' as by the razor disposed in slot I4. As distin
guished from prior art expedients, it is not neces
and eye I8. At least the portion of twine 35 in
casing I0 is thus maintained in a sanitary 15 sary to estimate the amount of twine necessary
neck I'I screw threaded to receive cover II. Well
I5 is adapted to contain a ball of twine 35. Twine
35 is withdrawn from the center of the ball to
condition.
< -for wrapping a particular piece of meat and then
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A wall I9 separates twine well I5 -from liquid ’
well 20, and a passage 2| is formed through wall
I9 for guiding twine 35 from well I5 to well 28.
Twine outlet passage 30 extends outwardly from 20
well 28 through the front wall 23 of casing I0, and
>wet the same by hand. It is merely necessary to
withdraw the twine from the dispenser as it is
used and' in the exact amount needed. The re
mainder of the twine in well I 5 is not wet during
this procedure, and this twine is maintained in
a dry condition whereby it is effectively adapted
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for future use. The result is an eflicient and
Well 20 is likewise desirably cylindrical in
economical progressive wetting of the twine only
shape, although any desired conñguration may
be used. Well 20 is provided with a neck 24 25 in the amount needed for actual use in a given
having a partial thread `26 adapted to cooperate
Desirably, the bottom of dispenser I 8 is Yre
is formed with a nozzle portion 22.
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with a thread 2'I on a cover I2. 'Threads' 26 and
2'I are so related that only a quarter> turn of cover
cessed as at 36 to receive a supply of sand, water,
or other weighting material 3'I which is designed
I2 is necessary to connect the cover to neck> 24.
to make the dispenser weigh enough so that.v it
The purpose of this arrangement will be apparent 30 will have stability upon a supporting surface. A
hereinafter. Well 20 is adapted to contain suit
bottom cover plate 38 may be provided for-space
able supply of liquid, such as- water, indicated
33 to seal the sand, water or other weighting
at 28.
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means therein. If desired, cover plate 38 may be
provided with a. suitable plug. (not shown)n for
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with well 20 for guiding twine 335 through'liquid
replenishing the supply of material >in space 35,
Means are provided in operative association
28 as the twine is withdrawn from well I5 through
well 20 and out through nozzle 22. As shown in
Figs. 3 and 4 illustrate alternative arrange-V
Fig, 2, this means comprises spaced lingers 3| and
ments for submerging twine 35_in liquid 28. _ In
32 formed integrally with cover _I2 and extending
Fig. 3, cover I2’ is provided with a ñnger 3|!
downwardly to a point near the bottom of the 40 formed with a guiding slot 4| for twine 30.v In
well, Fingers 3| and 32 `are formed> with eyes .33
the same manner as described in connection with
for guiding twine 38. An eye 34 is formed in
Fig. 2, when cover I 2' is turned a quarter turn to
tegral with icover I2 between lingers 3| and 32
engage its thread 2'I’ with the thread 26 of well
and along with eyes 33. As will be noted in Fig. 2,> 45 28, slot 4| will be aligned with passages 2| and 25.
twine 35, in passing between the two eyes 33 goes
In Fig. 4, cover 42 is provided withra rib 43
through eye _34. Therefore, vthe twine is lim
adapted to extend into liquid 28 and guide twine
mersed in water 28 for a greater length of time
35 through the liquid. As in the two previous
than it would otherwise be if only a single finger
examples, rib 43 will be disposed transversely with‘
3| were provided with dispensing the twine be 50 respect to passages 2| and 25 when cover 42 is
if necessary.
neath the surface of the water.
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The operation of the described device is as fol
lows. Covers || and `I2 are removed from the
device, and liquid well 20 is ñlled with liquid 28 to
a point slightly below the level of outlet passage 55
22. A ball of twine35 is placed in twine well |j5
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secured to well 20 by engagement of its thread 4`|V
with thread 26 of neck 24. The arrangements
of Figs. 3 and 4 have an advantage over that
shown in Fig. 1 in that it is not necessary to
thread the twine 35 through eyes 33. It is merely
necessary to engage slot 4| or rib 43 with the
and the end of the twine withdrawn from the
twine and then screw covers I2’ or 42 in place.
centerof the ball is guided through eye I8V on
Th'e described arrangement provides an effec
cover I I and through passage 2|. Thereafter,
tive means for maintaining twine in a sanitary
cover II is securely fastened to neck |‘I of well 60 condition pending its use in wrapping food prod
I5 to enclose the twine therein. Twine 35 is then
ucts. The dispenser may be used either with a
guided, in sequence, through eye 33 of ñnger 3|,
ball of twine or with a cone ol’ twine. If a ball
eye 34 and eye 33 of finger 32 and thence out
of twine is used, the latter is fully enclosed within
wardly through passage 25. When cover I2 is
compartment I5 and the twine 35 is withdrawn
place on neck 24 of well 20, eyes 33 and 34 will 65 from the center of the roll to prevent collapsing
have their openings extending transversely of the
thereof. When the dispenser is used with a cone
well with respect to passages 2| and 25. How
of twine and the cone is too large to fit within
ever, when cover I2 is screwed on to neck 24
compartment I5, th'e twine from the cone is
through interengagement of threads 26 and 21,
threaded through inlet 25 and at least that'por
only a quarter turn of cover I2 with respect to 70 tion of the twine in the dispenser is maintained
Well 2U is provided, which eifectively aligns eyes
in a sanitary condition prior to use. The dis
33 and 34 with passages 2| and 25. When cover
penser may be used with or without water in
I2 is fastened to well 20, the portion of twine 35
between passages 2| and 25 is submerged at least
compartment 20. When used without water, it
forms a sanitary enclosure for th‘e twine, pro
twice beneath the water or other liquid is well 20 75 tecting it from the action of the elements `and
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maintaining it in a clean and handy condition.
When water is added to compartment '28, the
twine is progressively wet as it is withdrawn from
the dispenser which increases the facility with
which the twine is used to wrap various meat
products.
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2. A sanitary twine dispenser comprising, in
combination, a twine compartment; a water con
tainer; enclosure means for said compartment
and container protecting twine and water therein
from atmospheric contamination; guide means
within said enclosure means effective to guide
The dispenser i-s economical in use, as only
necessary lengths of twine need be Withdrawn
therefrom, as they are used, with the main sup
twine, from a supply thereof in said compart
ment, to said water container; means within said
enclosure means in advance of said guide means
ply of twine being m-aintained in a sanitary con 10 and effective to guide the twine into said con
dition. The unitary casing I0 provides an at
tainer; Iand passage means for withdrawing twine
tractive, easily handled `device for dispensing
from said dispenser.
twine and may be readily manufactured by in
3. A sanitary twine dispenser comprising, in
jection molding, die casting, or by any other suit
combination, a twine compartment; a water con
able process, and from a variety of material such 15 tainer; enclosure means for said compartment
as glass, synthetic resin and other materials.
and container protecting twine and water therein
While specific embodiments of the invention
from atmosph'eric contamination; guide means
have been shown and described in order to illus
within said enclosure means effective to guide
trate the principles thereof, it will be understood
twine, from a supply thereof in said compart
that the invention may be otherwise embodied -20 ment, to said water container; ñnger means car
without departing from such principles.
ried by said enclosure means effective to immerse
Wh’at is claimed ist
the twine in water in said water container; and
1. A twine wetter and dispenser comprising a
passage means for withdrawing twine from said
dispenser.
unitary casing formed with a twine compartment,
a water compartment adjacent thereto, a passage 25
VICTOR F. MABLI.
connecting said compartments to provide for
REFERENCES CITED
twine to be withdrawn from said twine compart
ment into said water compartment and a passage
The following references are of record in the
opening externally from said water compartment
ñle of this patent:
to provide for twine to be withdrawn from said 30
UNITED STATES PATENTS
casing; a cover for said water compartment;
spaced fingers integral with said cover projecting
Number
Name
Date
into said water compartment and formed at their
131,786
Sargent et al _______ __ Oct. 1, 1872
inner ends with eyes to guide the twine through
666,182
Cardwell _________ __ Jan. 15, 1901
water in said water compartment to wet the twine 35
667,820
Esch _____________ __ Feb_ 12, 1901
as the twine is withdrawn from said casing
through the passage opening externally from said
water compartment; eye mean-s integral with said
cover between said fingers to guide the twine
therebetween; and cooperating means on said 40
casing and cover effective to align said eyes with
said passages when said cover is secured to said
casing.
924,683
1,203,294
1,272,456
Marshall _________ __ June 15, 1909
Will _____________ __ Oct. 31, 1916
Kamphefner ______ __ July 16, 1918
1,335,667
Doering _________ __ Mar. 30, .1920 «
1,715,649
1,810,007
Filsinger _________ __ June 4, 1929
Fischer __________ __ June 16, 1931
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