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They Invented What? (No. 120)

Posted in They Invented What? by Jake Ward on November 26, 2008

U.S. Pat. No. 4,934,420: Gravy separating device.

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What is claimed is:

1. A device for separating liquids having different specific gravities, comprising:
          a funnel-like separating member having a funnel section, an opening in an upper end of said funnel section and conduit means coupled to and extending down from a lower end of said funnel section for supplying liquid from said funnel section;
          said separating member being at least partially transparent to permit viewing of liquids therein;
stop cock means positioned in said conduit means for selectively permitting passage of liquid through said conduit means;
          a container having an open upper end;
cover means removably mounted on said container in covering relation to the open upper end of said container, said cover means having an opening therein for receiving said conduit means so as to support said separating member thereon, said conduit means being separable from said cover means; and
          wherein said conduit means includes an upper tube portion having a first dimension and a contiguous lower tube portion in fluid communication with said upper tube portion, said lower tube portion having a second, lesser dimension, such that a shoulder is provided between said upper and lower tube portions, said shoulder, said upper tube portion and said lower tube portion having dimensions such that said lower tube portion fits within said opening in said cover means and said shoulder sits on an upper surface of said cover means to support said conduit means and said separating member thereon.