No. 824,160'. y PATENTBD JUNE 26, 1906-.
` J. UTTBR'BACK.
FRUIT PICKING BAG.
APPLICATION FILED NOV. 14, 1905.
UNITED STATES PATENT oEEmE.
VJAMES UTTERBASK, or HoNEoYE FALLS, NEW YORK, rAssieNon or ONE- HALF TO FORREST H. UTTERBAOK, OF HONEOYE FALLS, NEW YORK.
i FRUIT-PICKING BAG.
Application filed November 14, 1905. Serial No. 287,306.
T0 all whom it may concern: l V
Be it known that I, JAMES UTTERBAGK, a citizen of the United States, residing at Honeoye Falls, in the county of Monroe and State of New York, haveinvented a new and useful Fruit-Picking Bag, of which the following is a specification-.
This invention relates to fruit-picking bags.
The obj ect of the invention is to providev a bag having a novel arrangement of fruit-receiving openings or mouths that are so constructed @and arranged as while remaining open at all times for the reception of the fruit they willin no wise interfere with the movements of the operator in climbing a ladder or in moving about the branches of a tree; furthermore, to provide a novel form of closure for the bottom of the ba which may be operated without removing the bag from the wearer to discharge the contents thereof.
With the above and other objects in view, as will appear as the nature of the invention is better understood, the same consists in the novel construction and combination of parts of a fruit-picking ba as will be hereinafter fully described and c aimed.
In the accompanying drawings, forming a part of this specification, and in which like characters of'reference indicate corresponding arts, Figure 1 is a view in perspective exhib.- iting the bag as it appears when in fposition upon a wearer, the view being taken om the front of the bag. Fig. 2 is a similar view taken from the rear of the bag.
As'will hereinfter appear, the novelty of the present invention resides more particularly in the arrangement of two mouths or openin s, whereby the picker will be free to use bot hands vthe bag.
In the embodiment of the invention herein shown, 1 designates the bag, which may be made of any suitable material, preferably of heavy canvas constructed by folding a length of canvas upon itself and stitching along the sides, the bottom of which is normall open,
but is adapted to be closed by a rawing string or cord 2, which is threaded through gromets 3, secured around the bottom. The free ends of the drawing-cord are secured in the eye of a snap-hook 4, the hook of which is adapted to engage a ring or loop 5, carried by a keeper 6, secured to the upper edgbe of the bag. It will be lseen by reference to ig. 2 that so long as the snap-hook is in Specicaton of Letters Patent.
engagement with the loo 5 the bottom of thebag 11 Will remain c osed; but as'lsoon as it is detached from the loop the weight of the contained fruit will force the bottom of the bag open, and thus permit its contents to discharge into a suitable receptacle. y
Arranged, respectively, on one' edge and intermediate of the width of the bag at its upper end are two mouths 7 and 8,' the mouth 7 being adapted to receive the fruit picked by the lleft hand of the operator and the mouth 8 the fruit picked by the right hand. In order to hold the two mouths open, there is anelastic reinforce 9 and 10, respectively arranged at the rim of each mouth, said reinforces being constructed of any suitable material, preferably of resilient wire. The reinforce 9 of the mouth 7 terminates at one end short of the u per end of the mouth, as at 10, while the ot er end of the reinforce is continued to the upper edge of the bag and is bent at right angles to itslength, as at 11, and secured in position by a keeA er 12, the function of which will present appear. The reinforce 10 has its terminalls approximately at right angles to its length and secured between the plies of the bag, as clearly shown in Fig. 1. By the employment of the reinforces the mouths will always be held open to permit the hands of the operator to be thrust therein; but they will yield to pressure, as when the bag contacts with the rung of the ladder or the limb of a tree,.
and thus not present obstructions that Will interfere with the Workmen; As shown in Fig. 1, the two mouths are dis osed at aproXimately lright angles to eac other, and this will facilitate the placing of fruit within the bag in a manner that will be obvious. The bag herein shown is ada ted for use by a right-hand person; but to a apt it for a lefthand person it will be necessary to reverse the positions of the pockets, as will be ap-' parent.
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13l bent l In order to suspend the bag upon the workl men, there is a harness or suspender provided vconsisting of two straps 14 and 15, that are adjustab e lengthwise by means of buckles 16 and 17. One terminal of the strap 14 is sewed or otherwise secured to the upper edge lor end of the bag at 18, and the other terminal, that carries the buckle 17, is passed through a loop 19, secured by the keeper 12 to the upper edge ofthe bag. One terminal of the strap 15 is secured intermediateof the ends of the strap 14 at 20, and the other terminal, that carries the buckle 16, is passed through a loop 21, that is secured by the keeper 6 to the up er edge of the bag, this latter keeper, as before pointed out, serving to hold the loop 5 in position.
When the bag is to be positioned u on the operator, his head is thrust between t e loo formed by the member a of the strap 14 an the strap 15 and his left arm is thrust between the loop formed by the member b of the strap 14 andthe strap 15, and this will bring the mouth 7 on the left-hand side and the mouth 8 in front of the wearer, so that both of the mouths are most conveniently positioned for receiving the fruit. When the bag is filled, it will only be necessary for the operator to release the snap-hook from engagement with the loop 5, when the contents of the bag may be discharged, and upon the hook being again brought into engagement with the loop the mouth of the bag will be closed.
The device herein described while simple in character will be found thoroughly efficient for the purposes designed and will in a ready and practical manner obviate objectionable features heretofore present in articles of this character.
Having thus described the invention, what is claimed is 1. A fruit-picking bag having a closed top and a pair of mouths one of which is disposed at the front and the other at one side of the ba A fruit-picking bag having a closed top, an open bottom and means for closing the same, and a pair of mouths one of which is disposed in front and the other at one side of the bag.
3. A fruit-picking bag having a pair of mouths arranged one in front and one at the side of the u per portion thereof, and means for holding t ie mouths open and permitting them to yield to pressure.
4. A fruit-picking bag having a closed top, a pair of mouths one of which is disposed at the side and the other at the front of the upper portion thereof, keepers combined with the upper portion of the bag, and Suspenders secured to the keepers.
In testimony that I claim the foregoing as my own I have hereto aflixed my signature in the presence of two witnesses.
A. D. GATES, C. A. SHUART.