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Universal pan and pot lid holder

Imported: 24 Feb '17 | Published: 06 Jan '04

German Borodulin, Alexander Shkolnik

USPTO - Utility Patents

Abstract

A universal pot and pan lid holder is composed of two cylindrical segments having through aligned circular slots and radial outward projections. The projection of one of the segments passes through the circular slot of the other segment and vise verse. The side edges of the cylindrical segments, which face each other, define an opening between them for access to the interior of the holder. In an assembled state of the segments they form a substantially cylindrical body with open ends and an access opening in the side of the body, so that the holder can rest on a support surface with its lower edge and provide the upper edge for temporary supporting pot or pan covers or lids during cooking. The diameter of the cylindrical body should be smaller than the diameter of the lids to be supported. The segments have recesses in the aforementioned projections for insertion of protruding portions formed on additional support member, so that this member can be inserted and stored together with the holder in a storage position, in which both segments are shifted with respect to each in a circular direction to a position of maximum overlapping and minimum space occupied by the device.

Description

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

FIG. 1 is a general three-dimensional view of a universal pan and pot lid holder of the invention in an assembled state.

FIG. 2 is a three-dimensional view of the holder of the invention with one segment removed and a pan lid supported by the holder.

FIG. 3 a three-dimensional view of a removable segment with radial extensions as supporting legs.

FIG. 4 a three-dimensional view of a removable segment with a flat supporting portion.

FIG.5 is a three-dimensional view of al removable segment of FIG. 4 in a position with its flat side facing up for supporting kettles, pans, pots, etc.

FIG. 6 is a three-dimensional exploded view of a pan and pot lid holder made in accordance with another embodiment of the invention, according to which the main portion of the holder can be further disassembled, so that the holder may consist of many separate parts.

FIG. 7 is a three-dimensional view of a pan and pot lid holder that consists only of two relay moveable overlapped semi-cylindrical segments.

FIG. 8 is a top view of the holder

92 in the direction of arrow A in FIG. 7, the segments having slots cut in their side walls.

FIG. 9 is a fragmental vertical sectional view along line IX—IX of FIG.

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FIG. 10 is a view of the holder with segments overlapped to a maximum condition by moving the handles towards each other for supporting knives, spoons, forks, napkins, etc.

FIG. 11 is a view of the holder of FIG. 8 with means for guide slots for supporting an additional removable segment.

FIG. 12 illustrates a fragmental view of the holder provided with a rotatable perforated disk for opening and closing perforations of the strainer.

Claims

1. A universal pan and pot lid holder comprising at least a first member, a second member, said first member and said second member having means for moveably connecting said first member and said second member to each other, at least one of said first and said second members having means for imparting an additional function to said universal pan and pot lid holder, said holder having at least one open end and a side wall with an opening for access, to the interior of said holder through said opening, wherein said first member and said second member each comprises a cylindrical segment which is a part of a cylindrical body having a cylindrical surface, an upper edge, and a lower edge, said first and said second cylindrical segments each having a through slot, said through slots of said first cylindrical segment and of said second cylindrical segment being aligned with each other, said first cylindrical segment having a first radial outward projection which projects outside said holder through said through slot of said second cylindrical segment, while said, second cylindrical segment having a second radial outward projection which projects outside said holder through said through slot of said first cylindrical segment, at least one of said cylindrical segment having means for preventing disconnection of said segments in a radial direction, so that said first and second cylindrical segments are moveable with respect to each other in a circular direction but prevented from movement with respect to each other in the radial direction.

2. The holder of claim 1, further provided with a cylindrical support which has a circular slot into which said holder can be inserted with said lower edges of said cylindrical segments, so that said open end being located on the side opposite to said cylindrical support, said circular slot serving for guiding said lower edges when said first and said second cylindrical segments are moved in the circumferential direction with respect to each other.

3. The holder of claim 2, further provided with a removable support member comprising a plate with legs and side projections, said first radial outward projection and said second radial outward projection have portions that project outside said holder, said portions having recesses for insertion of said projections.

4. The holder of claim 3, wherein said first member and said second member are moved in said circular direction between a first position in which said opening for access to the interior of said holder has a maximum value and a second position in which said opening for access to the interior of said holder has a minimum value, in said second position the distance between said projections being equal to the distance between said recesses, so that said projections can be inserted into said recesses.

5. The holder of claim 4, wherein said plate comprises an additional cylindrical segment substantially of the same radius as the radius of said first member and of said second member, said first member and said second member having facing edges between which opening for access to the interior of said holder is formed, said facing edges having recesses, said minimum value of said opening for access to the interior of said holder is smaller than said distance between said projections of said removable support member, so that said facing edges can be adjusted to a position, in which s said projections of said removable support member can be inserted into said facing recesses to form a together with said first member and said second member a complete closed cylindrical body.