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US3504832A
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    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A47FURNITURE; DOMESTIC ARTICLES OR APPLIANCES; COFFEE MILLS; SPICE MILLS; SUCTION CLEANERS IN GENERAL
    • A47GHOUSEHOLD OR TABLE EQUIPMENT
    • A47G23/00Other table equipment
    • A47G23/06Serving trays
    • A47G23/0625Serving trays with thumb holes, handles or the like positioned below the tray facilitating carrying the tray with one hand
    • BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
    • B60VEHICLES IN GENERAL
    • B60NVEHICLE PASSENGER ACCOMMODATION NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR
    • B60N3/00Arrangements or adaptations of other passenger fittings, not otherwise provided for
    • B60N3/001Arrangements or adaptations of other passenger fittings, not otherwise provided for of tables or trays
    • B60N3/002Arrangements or adaptations of other passenger fittings, not otherwise provided for of tables or trays of trays
    • YGENERAL TAGGING OF NEW TECHNOLOGICAL DEVELOPMENTS; GENERAL TAGGING OF CROSS-SECTIONAL TECHNOLOGIES SPANNING OVER SEVERAL SECTIONS OF THE IPC; TECHNICAL SUBJECTS COVERED BY FORMER USPC CROSS-REFERENCE ART COLLECTIONS [XRACs] AND DIGESTS
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    • Y10STECHNICAL SUBJECTS COVERED BY FORMER USPC CROSS-REFERENCE ART COLLECTIONS [XRACs] AND DIGESTS
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April 7, 1970 I P. CORVETTI 3,504,832

FOOD AND DRINK SERVING TRAY Filed April 22, 1968 INVENTOR.

PA TRICK CORVETT/ United States Patent U.S. Cl. 224-48 5 Claims ABSTRACT OF THE DISCLOSURE A serving tray having bottom handle means and means to use an arm of the server as a tray support when the hand of the server grasps the handle means.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION My tray comprises a hollow vertical cylinder open at both ends. The axial length of the cylinder is substantially smaller than the diameter thereof. A horizontal disc is disposed in the cylinder intermediate its ends, the top surface of the disc being adapted to receive items to be served. Handle means is secured to the bottom surface of the disc. A portion of the cylinder wall extending from a point substantially coincident with the disc to the bottom end is cut away to form an arm receiving hole through which an arm of a server extends when the hand of the server grasps the handle means.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS 6 shows my tray adapted for household use;

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF PREFERRED EMBODIMENT Referring now to FIGS. 1-5, a hollow vertical cylinder 10 has an axial length which is substantially smaller than the diameter. A horizontal disc 12 is disposed in the cylinder intermediate the open top and bottom ends thereof, but closer to the top than the bottom end. The top surface of the disc is fiat and can support items to be served such as glasses 14. The portion of the cylinder wall 16 intermediate the disc and top end serves as a peripheral lip. A large radius rounded fillet 18 connects the top surface of the disc to the inner surface of the cylinder walls to eliminate dust and dirt collecting edges. This will facilitate cleaning of the tray and ensure proper cleanliness at all times.

First and second parallel horizontal spaced apart rails 20 extend along the bottom surface of the disc. The midpoints of these rails are joined by a transversely extending horizontal member 22 which serves as a handle. In the region of the handle, the disc has a finger receiving recess 24 through which the fingers can extend when the handle is gripped by a hand 24 of a server 26.

A portion of the cylinder wall extending from a point substantially aligned with the disc to the bottom end of the cylinder is cut away at 28 in the form of a semi-cylindrical channel whereby the arm 30 of the user can extend therethrough and further support the tray. The shape of 3,504,832 Patented Apr. 7, 1970 the cutaway is such as to enhance stability of the tray in use.

The entire tray can be molded into a single integral piece of plastic, or of course can be made of any other material.

In FIG. 6, the skirt defined by cylinder 10 is sharply reduced in width as shown at 32 but the rails 20 remain to act as a support when the tray is positioned on a table or the like.

In FIGS. 7-9, the tray is as shown in FIGS. 2 and 5 but has a fixed vertical support 34 disposed in 28 and pivotally supporting a bracket in the shape of an inverted U having two legs 38 adapted to detachably engage a rolled down window 40 of an automobile for curbside service. The bracket can be folded or pivoted horizontally out of the way when the tray is carried. A resilient ball 41 is retained between legs 38 below support 34, in order to cushion the serving tray against the edge of window 40.

While I have described my invention with particular reference to the drawings, such is not to be considered as limiting its actual scope.

Having thus described this invention, what is asserted as new is:

1. A serving tray comprising:

a hollow vertical cylinder open at both ends, the axial length being smaller than the diameter thereof,

an integrally formed fiat surface disposed in the top portion of said cylinder and recessed below the top rim of said cylinder for receiving items to be served,

a concave semi-cylindrical channel integrally formed and extending along the entire diameter in the bottom end of said cylinder, said channel being open to the bottom and both sides of said cylinder, to receive a portion of the arm of the server, and

handle means integrally formed in midsection of said channel for supporting the tray and its contents.

2. The serving tray as recited in claim 1 wherein said handle means comprises a horizontal hand grip extending transversely across said channel along the bottom of said cylinder and forming a finger receiving recess between the top of the hand grip and the wall of the channel.

3. The serving tray as recited in claim 1 wherein said handle means comprises a vertical support member depending the wall of said channel and extending toward the bottom of said cylinder, a U-shaped bracket pivotably retained in said support member and having a pair of extending parallel legs for detachably engaging a vertical panel.

4. The serving tray as recited in claim 1 wherein said recessed top surface and the top rim of said cylinder define a rounded annular fillet to facilitate cleaning and scouring of said tray.

5. The serving tray as recited in claim 3 additionally comprising a resilient ball retained between said pair of extending legs below said vertical support member, said ball serving as a cushion for mounting the serving tray.

References Cited UNITED STATES PATENTS 1,953,933 5/1934 Gundelach 224-48 2,039,922 5/1936 Neats et a1. 224-45 2,092,176 9/1937 Lyon 224-48 3,414,157 12/1968 Wright 206- XR FOREIGN PATENTS 813,481 2/1937 France.

ALBERT J. MAKAY, Primary Examiner U.S. Cl. X.R. 206-72; 211-88

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US3941286A (en) * 1974-10-08 1976-03-02 Perkinson John W One-handed serving tray
US3955672A (en) * 1975-02-28 1976-05-11 Brundage Keene N Plate assembly
US4015543A (en) * 1974-10-29 1977-04-05 Stankowitz Arthur J Platform support structure
US4638910A (en) * 1984-09-20 1987-01-27 Sani-Fresh International, Inc. Cleaning wand caddy
US4732274A (en) * 1985-07-10 1988-03-22 Bouton James A Portable tray table
US4867330A (en) * 1988-11-02 1989-09-19 Venne Maurice Y P Serving tray
US4966297A (en) * 1989-07-20 1990-10-30 Doty Robert W Food and beverage snack tray
GB2234158A (en) * 1989-07-24 1991-01-30 Kid Design Group Ltd Improvements relating to trays
US5132501A (en) * 1991-09-16 1992-07-21 Green William F Microwave potato holder apparatus
US5353952A (en) * 1993-06-25 1994-10-11 Donche Mark L One-handed party and utility plate
US5361932A (en) * 1992-06-12 1994-11-08 Friedrich Peter W Drinking vessel support means and plate assembly
US5363862A (en) * 1993-05-24 1994-11-15 Mercier Charles W Disposable surgical instrument passer
US5769264A (en) * 1997-03-17 1998-06-23 Rio Properties, Inc. Wine tasting pallet
US5797495A (en) * 1993-01-12 1998-08-25 Lerrick; Andrew J. Serving tray
US5803305A (en) * 1997-08-04 1998-09-08 Perlis; Robert Combination buffet plate and cup holder
US5810220A (en) * 1996-06-17 1998-09-22 Petersen; Robert Forearm postal tray
US5971139A (en) * 1997-04-15 1999-10-26 Bradley; Vincent H. Food and beverage tray
US6092689A (en) * 1999-10-05 2000-07-25 Bennett; Krisitn Bowl with gripping means
US6145906A (en) * 1997-11-03 2000-11-14 Wright; Richard L. Serving tray
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US6264026B1 (en) 1997-04-15 2001-07-24 Vincent H. Bradley Food, beverage and utility tray
US6520366B1 (en) 2000-03-28 2003-02-18 Vincent H. Bradley Beverage container holders
US20040084463A1 (en) * 2002-11-01 2004-05-06 Gerard Belasalma Serving tray
US20050017134A1 (en) * 2003-07-24 2005-01-27 Hooper Patricia E. Glass and bottle holders
US20050056192A1 (en) * 2003-09-12 2005-03-17 Denis Marchand Serving tray
US6923485B1 (en) * 2002-01-04 2005-08-02 Todd Bauswell Ergonomic container
US20060032780A1 (en) * 2004-08-16 2006-02-16 Ronda Heyn Serving tray and method for its manufacture
US20060049194A1 (en) * 2002-11-26 2006-03-09 Superior Devices, Llc Free moving system for stable, manual support food and drink items
US20060060740A1 (en) * 2004-09-20 2006-03-23 John Sollazzo Ergonomic beverage serving tray
US20070215512A1 (en) * 2006-03-17 2007-09-20 Jason Bellissimo Tray with improved stability
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US20080023482A1 (en) * 2006-07-31 2008-01-31 The Round, Llc Service caddy for transporting items
US20090065391A1 (en) * 2005-09-01 2009-03-12 Mcewin Ben L Food or drink tray
US20100000904A1 (en) * 2008-07-01 2010-01-07 Lanita Cox Modular stemware and serving set
US20100108560A1 (en) * 2007-03-29 2010-05-06 Macarthur-Onslow Rohan J Tray
US7717483B1 (en) * 2007-09-19 2010-05-18 Peter Bombara Server tray assembly
US20100133268A1 (en) * 2008-12-02 2010-06-03 Peter Miller Fast Food Utensil
US20100230419A1 (en) * 2009-03-12 2010-09-16 Silfred Joseph Food and drink tray
US20110031158A1 (en) * 2009-08-06 2011-02-10 Phyllis King Ergonomically Designed Tray
US7975623B1 (en) * 2007-06-14 2011-07-12 Gassick Robert Serving tray systems
US20130057005A1 (en) * 2010-03-02 2013-03-07 Safetray Products Limited Tray and device for stablising a tray
USD737632S1 (en) 2013-05-10 2015-09-01 Jenna K. Miller Bowl with handle support
US20160123702A1 (en) * 2014-10-31 2016-05-05 Unseen Tactical, Llc Storage clipboard with quick-access weapon holder
US9549629B2 (en) 2013-07-23 2017-01-24 Brigitte Bourget Serving tray system
US20170172329A1 (en) * 2015-12-16 2017-06-22 Vic Wickstrom Dining service system
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US2039922A (en) * 1935-11-19 1936-05-05 Clarence P Neats Lap tray
FR813481A (en) * 1936-09-29 1937-06-02 Serving plate
US3414157A (en) * 1965-06-23 1968-12-03 Thomas E. Wright Combined litter container and tissue dispenser

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US3941286A (en) * 1974-10-08 1976-03-02 Perkinson John W One-handed serving tray
US4015543A (en) * 1974-10-29 1977-04-05 Stankowitz Arthur J Platform support structure
US3955672A (en) * 1975-02-28 1976-05-11 Brundage Keene N Plate assembly
US4638910A (en) * 1984-09-20 1987-01-27 Sani-Fresh International, Inc. Cleaning wand caddy
US4732274A (en) * 1985-07-10 1988-03-22 Bouton James A Portable tray table
US4867330A (en) * 1988-11-02 1989-09-19 Venne Maurice Y P Serving tray
US4966297A (en) * 1989-07-20 1990-10-30 Doty Robert W Food and beverage snack tray
GB2234158A (en) * 1989-07-24 1991-01-30 Kid Design Group Ltd Improvements relating to trays
US5132501A (en) * 1991-09-16 1992-07-21 Green William F Microwave potato holder apparatus
US5542577A (en) * 1992-06-12 1996-08-06 Friedrich; Peter W. Plate assembly gripping member
US5361932A (en) * 1992-06-12 1994-11-08 Friedrich Peter W Drinking vessel support means and plate assembly
US5797495A (en) * 1993-01-12 1998-08-25 Lerrick; Andrew J. Serving tray
US5363862A (en) * 1993-05-24 1994-11-15 Mercier Charles W Disposable surgical instrument passer
US5353952A (en) * 1993-06-25 1994-10-11 Donche Mark L One-handed party and utility plate
US5810220A (en) * 1996-06-17 1998-09-22 Petersen; Robert Forearm postal tray
US5769264A (en) * 1997-03-17 1998-06-23 Rio Properties, Inc. Wine tasting pallet
US5971139A (en) * 1997-04-15 1999-10-26 Bradley; Vincent H. Food and beverage tray
US6264026B1 (en) 1997-04-15 2001-07-24 Vincent H. Bradley Food, beverage and utility tray
US5803305A (en) * 1997-08-04 1998-09-08 Perlis; Robert Combination buffet plate and cup holder
US6145906A (en) * 1997-11-03 2000-11-14 Wright; Richard L. Serving tray
WO2000074543A1 (en) * 1999-06-02 2000-12-14 Manshtein Tanja Auxiliary device for serving
US6702166B1 (en) * 1999-06-02 2004-03-09 Tanja Niemivuo Auxiliary device for serving
US6092689A (en) * 1999-10-05 2000-07-25 Bennett; Krisitn Bowl with gripping means
US6520366B1 (en) 2000-03-28 2003-02-18 Vincent H. Bradley Beverage container holders
US6923485B1 (en) * 2002-01-04 2005-08-02 Todd Bauswell Ergonomic container
US20040084463A1 (en) * 2002-11-01 2004-05-06 Gerard Belasalma Serving tray
US20060049194A1 (en) * 2002-11-26 2006-03-09 Superior Devices, Llc Free moving system for stable, manual support food and drink items
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US20050017134A1 (en) * 2003-07-24 2005-01-27 Hooper Patricia E. Glass and bottle holders
US20050056192A1 (en) * 2003-09-12 2005-03-17 Denis Marchand Serving tray
US20060032780A1 (en) * 2004-08-16 2006-02-16 Ronda Heyn Serving tray and method for its manufacture
US20060060740A1 (en) * 2004-09-20 2006-03-23 John Sollazzo Ergonomic beverage serving tray
US20090065391A1 (en) * 2005-09-01 2009-03-12 Mcewin Ben L Food or drink tray
US20070215512A1 (en) * 2006-03-17 2007-09-20 Jason Bellissimo Tray with improved stability
US20070256956A1 (en) * 2006-05-03 2007-11-08 Desiree Kellough Method and apparatus for serving beverages and for concealing and storing waitresses' cash
US7542910B2 (en) * 2006-05-03 2009-06-02 Desiree Kellough Method and apparatus for serving beverages and for concealing and storing waitresses' cash
US20080023482A1 (en) * 2006-07-31 2008-01-31 The Round, Llc Service caddy for transporting items
US20100108560A1 (en) * 2007-03-29 2010-05-06 Macarthur-Onslow Rohan J Tray
US7975623B1 (en) * 2007-06-14 2011-07-12 Gassick Robert Serving tray systems
US20110315595A1 (en) * 2007-06-14 2011-12-29 Gassick Robert Serving tray systems
US7717483B1 (en) * 2007-09-19 2010-05-18 Peter Bombara Server tray assembly
US20100000904A1 (en) * 2008-07-01 2010-01-07 Lanita Cox Modular stemware and serving set
US20100133268A1 (en) * 2008-12-02 2010-06-03 Peter Miller Fast Food Utensil
US20100230419A1 (en) * 2009-03-12 2010-09-16 Silfred Joseph Food and drink tray
US8272512B2 (en) * 2009-03-12 2012-09-25 Silfred Joseph Food and drink tray
US20110031158A1 (en) * 2009-08-06 2011-02-10 Phyllis King Ergonomically Designed Tray
US20130057005A1 (en) * 2010-03-02 2013-03-07 Safetray Products Limited Tray and device for stablising a tray
US8794686B2 (en) * 2010-03-02 2014-08-05 Safetray Products Limited Tray and device for stabilising a tray
USD737632S1 (en) 2013-05-10 2015-09-01 Jenna K. Miller Bowl with handle support
US9549629B2 (en) 2013-07-23 2017-01-24 Brigitte Bourget Serving tray system
US20160123702A1 (en) * 2014-10-31 2016-05-05 Unseen Tactical, Llc Storage clipboard with quick-access weapon holder
US20170172329A1 (en) * 2015-12-16 2017-06-22 Vic Wickstrom Dining service system
US9687098B1 (en) * 2016-08-03 2017-06-27 Patrick L. Liles, Sr. Server tray support

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