Patent No. 366207A: Beer-Pitcher

Today in 1887, US Patent 366207 A was issued, an invention of Fred E. De Jean, for his “Beer-Pitcher.” There’s no Abstract, although in the description it includes this summary:

This invention relates to pitchers into which frothy drinking liquids-such as ale, beer, &c.aredrawn, and from which they are poured for consumption.

It is well known that in drawing beer, etc., from a barrel much froth is formed on its surface, which causes delay in pouring the same into tumblers and tankards, and time has to be allowed for the beer to settle, and in no case is the beer perfectly clear and liquid.

My invention has for its object to obviate these annoyances, and to cause the beer or other liquid to be strained and settled immediately, and to be drawn from the bottom of the pitcher in any desired quantity, free from froth or any annoyance.


Patent No. 1031950A: Sanitary Vacuum Beer-Mug

Today in 1912, US Patent 1031950 A was issued, an invention of Walter J. Miller, for his “Sanitary Vacuum Beer-Mug.” There’s no Abstract, although in the description it includes this summary:

The main object of the invention is to provide a device especially adapted for use as a beer mug, in which the beer will be retained in fresh and sparkling condition for considerable time.’

Another object of the invention is to provide a device of this character which, to a real extent, safeguards the liquid contained therein from contamination.

Another object of the invention is to provide a sanitary beer mug or drinking vessel which can be readily washed or cleaned both inside and out.


Patent No. 3256627A: Ornamented Drinking Glass

Today in 1966, US Patent 3256627 A was issued, an invention of James Eugene Adair, assigned to Fishlove & Co., for his “Ornamented Drinking Glass.” There’s no Abstract, although in the description it includes this summary:

The principal object of the invention is to provide an aesthetic, entertaining or amusing novelty item in the form of an ornamented drinking glass such as is commonly used for mixed drinks, beer, highballs, or the like, the glass having an opaque side wall but being provided with one or more transparent portions or peep holes, and also having ornamentation on regions thereof opposite the peep holes, such ornamentation being visible through the peep holes, transversely of the glass and through liquid such as the glass may contain. Such liquid produces effects of magnification and distortion, especially when transparent solids such as ice cubes are immersed therein, so that the ornamentation as viewed through the peep holes has an enlarged and/or animated appearance.


Patent No. 28771A: Beer-Pitcher

Today in 1860, US Patent 28771 A was issued, an invention of Oliver Z. Pelton, for his “Beer-Pitcher.” There’s no Abstract, although in the description it states that Pelton has “invented a new and Improved Beer-Pitcher,” with additional information:

A represents a beer pitcher or can constructed of tin, britannia or any other suitable material, and of any desirable size. cover B, is attached to the body of the same by means of a hinge a., and a knob b, serves to open and close said cover.

The cover shuts down into a rim c, on the top edge of the pitcher, and in order to make it close tight, it is provided with a groove (Z, near to its edge to receive a ring e, of india rubber or any other suitable material. This ring projects slightly beyond the surface of the cover, and if the cover is closed, it shuts down perfectly tight, so that no part of the contents of the pitcher can escape.

The contents of the pitcher are poured out through the spout C, which is furnished with a strainer f in the usual manner. Behind the spout is the movable partition D, which tits into grooves or gnides g, so that it can be drawn out and put in at pleasure. Instead of making this partition to fit into the guides g, it might, however, be attached with a hinge or in any other convenient manner, enabling the same to be brought into such a position that it can easily be cleaned. I prefer, however, to arrange it in such a manner that it can be taken out altogether, so that the inside of the pitcher, as well as the partition itself, can be reached everywhere.


Beer In Ads #1579: The Wife Most Likely To Be Kissed …

Sunday’s ad is for Owens-Illinois Glass, 1958. Owens-Illinois is still a going concern, making glass worldwide. It’s a big company. According to Wikipedia, “Approximately one of every two glass containers made worldwide is made by O-I, its affiliates, or its licensees.” In the late 1950s, they were trying to persuade people that “The wife most likely to be kissed … always puts Beer on her shopping list. Especially in “No-Deposit, No-Return Bottles.” Of course, this was also a time when it was “her shopping list” and not just “the shopping list.”


Patent No. D135747S: Design For A Holder For Beer Foam Scrapers

Today in 1943, US Patent D135747 S was issued, an invention of Joseph Austin, assigned to the F. & M. Schaefer Brewing Company, for his “Design for a Holder for Beer Foam Scrapers.” There’s no Abstract, though it’s described incredibly simply in the application, stating only that it’s an “ornamental design for a holder for beer foam scrapers, substantially as shown and described.” Which is funny, because that’s about the only description there is.

Patent No. 1094469A: Beer-Stein

Today in 1914, US Patent 1094469 A was issued, an invention of Thomas P. Pick, for his “Beer-Stein.” There’s no Abstract, but the description states that the “invention relates to improvements in beer steins and the like and has for its object to provide a device of this character with a hinged cover which may be detached therefrom at will.”

Patent No. D9211S: Design For Beer-Mug

Today in 1876, US Patent D9211 S was issued, an invention of John Oesterling and Julius Palme, for their “Design for Beer-Mug.” There’s no Abstract, but it’s claimed that they have “invented a new and useful Improvement in Design for Beer-Mugs or Ale-Glasses, with or without foot or stein; and we do hereby declare the following to be a full, clear, and exact description thereof, reference being made to the accompanying drawing forming part of this specification, and illustrating our design as applied to a beer-mug. Our design is intended for beer-mugs or ale glasses, with or without foot or stems, and consists in forming the exterior of an ale or beerglass of a series of planes upon one or more of which star-shaped figures are formed.”


Patent No. 4322008A: Drinking Container

Today in 1982, US Patent 4322008 A was issued, an invention of Ira Schneider, for his “Drinking Container,” or mug. Here’s the Abstract:

The present invention relates to a drinking container for increasing the number of and ostensibly decreasing the size of bubbles in a drinking liquid having dissolved gases contained therein. The container is provided with a roughened region on its normally smooth interior surface. The roughened region is preferably located at the bottom of the container and may be produced by grinding, sand blasting, acid etching, and the like. It is a feature of the disclosure that the roughened region may be formed of a separate element mechanically locked to the container.


Patent No. D6506S: Design For A Beer-Mug

Today in 1873, US Patent D6506 S was issued, an invention of J. Ernest Miller, for his “Design For a Beer-Mug.” There’s no Abstract, and even less information aprt from the following, that the “nature of my design is fully represented in the accompanying drawing, to which reference is made,” which is the same as saying just look at the damn drawing, will you?