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Publication numberUS1208431 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateDec 12, 1916
Filing dateMay 10, 1915
Priority dateMay 10, 1915
Publication numberUS 1208431 A, US 1208431A, US-A-1208431, US1208431 A, US1208431A
InventorsOscar S Wilcox
Original AssigneeLansing Van Auken, Oscar S Wilcox
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Holder for spinning-tops.
US 1208431 A
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Description  (OCR text may contain errors)


' APPLICATION FILED 11m10.191s. l

Patented Dec. 12, 1916.





l Epecication of Letters Patent.

Patented Mee.. t2, NW6.

.applica-una niet may 1o, 1915. serial no. argom.

l To all wwm 'it may concern Be it known that l, @SCAR S. Wrnoox, a citizen of the United States, residing at Troy, county of Rensselaer, and State ofV l cation.


Reference lmay be had to the accompanying drawings, and the reference characters marked thereon, which form a part of this specification.

Similar characters refer to similar in the several gures therein.

The principal object of the invention -is to facilitate the spinningof a top by means of a cord wound. around the top-spindle.

Figure l of the drawings is a View in perspectlve of my improved holder for spinning tops. Fig. 2 is a view in side elevation of the top and cord inserted in the holder ready for spinning. Fig. 3 is a view of the same in elevation looking toward the cordreceiving end of the holder.'

Referring to the drawings wherein the invention is shown in preferred form, l is a parts lspinning top of ordinary form having a spindle, 2, adapted to receive a cord, 3, detachably wound thereupon. rlhe top-holder,

t, has at one end a handle, 5, and its other end is provided with a transverse o enbearing-slot, 6, leading into a bearing, for the spmdle, 2, of the top, which bearing-slot may extend inwardly in any desired direction from the edge of the holder. The topreceiving end of the holder is also provided with an open slot, 8, in al pla'ne parallel with the holder, which slot, 8, intersects the bearing-slot 6.- The slot, 8, is adapted to freely receive a cord, 3, suitable for spinning the top, and the bearing-slot, 6, is adapted to receive the spindle of the top with the cord Awound thereon.

The operation of the device is as follows: rll`he cord, 3, is wound upon the spindle, 2, of the top while the top is removed from the holder; and the top-spindle with the winding of cord thereonv is slid inwardly along the slot, 6, to the bearing, 7, while the end of the cord traverses, and is held projecting outwardly from, the slot, 8, approximately in line with the slot, 6. rlhe topbody is then permitted toA rest upon thel holder, 4.-, which is grasped by the handle, 5, while the cord, 3, is quickly drawn Vout laterally through the slot, 8, causing the top to be rapidly rotated. rllhe rapid rotationf of the top is likely to cause it to automatically 'jump from .the holder to the floor or table; but should it not do so, it is very easy for the operator to drop the top out through the open'slot, 6, upon the Hoor or table.

rlhe top and holder may be made of wood, metal or other suitable material.

ll prefer to form the spindle, 2, with a cord-receiving portion of reduced diameter, leaving a circular boss, 9, on the spindle immediately beneath the body ofl lthe top,

f which boss contacts with the wall of the bearing, 7, and prevents the cord from rubbing upon said wall.

What ll claim as new and desire to secure by Letters Patent is:

The combination of a top having a comparatively flat under-face and a depending spindle, a holder provided at one end with a handle and at its opposite end with a comparatively flat top-receiving and supporting portion in which is formed an open bearing slot extending inwardly from an edge of said portion and with an open cord-receiving slot intersectingisaid bearing slot, the top being adapted to rest on the upper surface of said top-receiving portion with its said depending spindle locatedat the innermost end of the bearing slot, whereby only the under face of the top and its said depending spindle frictionally engage the holder, and a cord adapted to be Wound upon the top spindle and to traverse and project youtwardly through the cord-reclaim" ing slot so that by drawing the cord outwardly from the top the same may be set ini @UAR S. WILCUX.

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US3815911 *Feb 3, 1972Jun 11, 1974Ideal Toy CorpRacing tops
US8715032Jul 15, 2011May 6, 2014Tomy Company, Ltd.Spinner for toy top
U.S. Classification446/263
Cooperative ClassificationA63H1/04