Imported: 24 Feb '17 | Published: 06 Jan '04
USPTO - Utility Patents
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.
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.
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