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Publication numberUS1100624 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateJun 16, 1914
Filing dateMay 13, 1913
Priority dateMay 13, 1913
Publication numberUS 1100624 A, US 1100624A, US-A-1100624, US1100624 A, US1100624A
InventorsFannie B Shideler
Original AssigneeFannie B Shideler
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
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. APPLICATION FILED MAY 13, 1913. A 1,100,624, Y Patented June 16, 1914.

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To all whom yit may concern Be it known that I, FANNIE B. SHIDELER, a citizen of the United States, residing at Indianapolis, in the county of Marion and State of Indiana, have invented new and useful Improvements in Toys, of which the following is a specication.

This invention relates to toys; and it has for its object the provision of a simple, strong and durable device of this character which will be interesting, entertaining, and amusing and of a form to permit of its being readily operated by small children.

A further object of the invention is the provision of a spiral spindle having a gravitationally controlled revolving runner thereon and swinging grotesque figures which are designed to have imparted thereto various amusing movements under the centrifugal action of the runner in its course of travel in the length of the spiral spindle.

Another object of the invention is the provision of means for facilitating the operation of restoring the runner after it has traveled to a predetermined point in the length of the spiral.

A still further object of the invention is the provision of a toy wherein the grotesque figures thereon will be free for movements to erect positions when reversing the toy to effect the return of the runner.

With these and other objects in view, the invention consists of certain novel features of construction, combination and arrangement of parts, as will be hereinafter described and claimed.

In the accompanying drawings Figure 1 is a perspective view of the toy; and Fig. 2 is a vertical section on line 2-2 of Fig. 1.

The toy comprises identical supporting bases 1, which may be in the form of light metal disks whereby the attaching convolute ends 2 of a spirally wound spindle 3 may be soldered thereto. The spindle 3 is crimped throughout its length and is disposed axially of the supporting disks 1 by offsetting the terminals 4: of the convolute portions 2. From the branches or offset portions 4, the spindle has extended ends 5 alined with the spiral portion of the spindle and provided with fixed stop forming collars 6 which may be soldered or otherwise suitably secured to the portion 5 at a point remote from the bases 1. A runner l7 is Specification of Letters Patent.

Application filed. May 13, 1913.

Patented June 16, 1914.

Serial No. 767,324.

mounted to travel on the spindle 3 between the bases 1 and, as illustrated said runner comprises a ring 8 of wire or the like having the outer ends of wire spokes 9 soldered thereto. The inner ends of the spokes are soldered or otherwise suitably secured to a metal disk 10, the latter having a central opening 11 therein for receiving the spiral portion of the spindle and for permit-ting the follower to follow the spiral course of the spindle and to revolve in its course of travel, as will be understood. Equidistantly around the ring 8 are arranged supporting posts 12 having circular passages 18 which receive correspondingly formed portions 14 of de vices for supporting the grotesque gures 15. Each of these figures comprises side plates 1G disposed at the opposite sides of the ring 8 and secured to the squared ends 17 of the supporting device of the adjacent post 12 of the ring. The lower extremities of the limbs 18 of the grotesque figures are weighted by xing thereto small elements 19 of lead or the like whereby the gures gravitationallv assume erect positions normallv.

From this construction it is seen that the toy may be supported from either one of the bases 1 and the runner 7 initially disposed immediately at one side of an adjacent stop 6. Under this position of the runner, and assuming the device to be in a vertical position it is obviously seen that the follower will gravitationally travel toward the opposite end of the toy and in such travel it will be revolved and under centrifugal action of the runner the objects 16 will be tilted to various natural and amusing positions. When the follower reaches the end of the stop, the top may be reversed and through the form of the figure 16, the latter will swing gravitationally to correct or operative positions for the next movement of the runner. The stops 6 limit the movement to the runner in such way as to freely permit the yligure 16 to turn on their pivots upon the posts 12 when the toy is inverted.

From the foregoing description, taken in connection with the accompanying drawing,

resorted to Without departing from the principle or sacriieing any of the advantages of this invention as claimed.

Having thus described my invention, What I claim is A toy comprising a vertical spiral spindle, a runner mounted to travel on the spindle and including a ring embracing the spindle and provided With equidistantly spaced posts, an object associated With each post and embodying spaced portions located at the sides of the ring, and a pin passing through the spaced portions of the objects and iinding a pivotal mounting in the post and having squared extremities secured to the spaced portions of the objects.

In testimony whereof I aiix my signature in presence of two Witnesses.


Copies of this patent may be obtained for five cents each, by addressing the Commissioner o Patents, Washington, ZD. C.

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U.S. Classification446/241
Cooperative ClassificationA63H1/06