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Publication numberUS1388677 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateAug 23, 1921
Filing dateAug 9, 1920
Priority dateAug 9, 1920
Publication numberUS 1388677 A, US 1388677A, US-A-1388677, US1388677 A, US1388677A
InventorsWeatherly Bessie M
Original AssigneeWeatherly Bessie M
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
US 1388677 A
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spcmcatioa of Letters Patent. Patented Ang. 23, 1921,

Application led August 9, 1920. Serial No. 402,133.

To all whom it may concern Be it known that I, `Bessin M. WEATHERLY,

a citizen of the United States, residing at Rome, in the county of Floyd and State of Georgia, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in a Doll, of which the following is a specification.

This invention relates to dolls and more particularly to clown dolls.

The object of the invention is toprovide a doll of this character which is amusing to young children and which may be `used by grown-ups as an ornamental pin cushion.

Another object is to provide sucha doll which is inexpensively produced and which may be made to assume a sitting posture by reason of its peculiarly shaped body andthe combined ornaments and props carried thereby and the peculiar connection of the legs thereto.

Another object is to provide such a doll the hands and feet of which are suspended by flexible elements to adapt them to kick and swing freely to simulate dancing when the doll is moved bodily or shaken.

With these and other objects in view, `the invention consists in certain novel features of construction as hereinafter shown and described and then specifically pointed out in the claims and in the drawings illustrative of the preferred embodiment of the invention.

In the accompanying drawing:

Figure l represents a front elevation of the doll embodying' this invention in upright suspended position.

Fig. 2 is a front elevation of the doll with its clothes removed, and with parts broken away.

Fig. 3 is a longitudinal section through the body in sitting posture showing the combined props and ornaments in operative position as props.

Fig. 4 is a detail rear View showing the connection of the head with the body.v

In the embodiment illustrated the doll is shown in the form of a clown and comprises a body l substantially rectangular in form having a blunt lower end 2 to adapt it to sit in upright position as shown in Fig. 3. This body is preferably composed of a casing 3 of any suitable fabric stuffed or filled with any suitable filling, cotton or other soft material 4 being preferably used. A head 5 is also composed of a stuffed fabric casing properly shaped to represent a human head and which is fastened to the upper end of the body by stitching having a substantially rigid connection therewith so that the head will not `wabble when the Vbody is moved. This head 5 may be decorated in any suitable manner and a face having any desired characteristics may be printed thereon. A clowns cap 6 is here shown fiXedly secured to the head 5 and has a peaked upper end 7 with stiifening disks 8 and 9 secured to opposite sides thereof to forni combined ornaments and stiffeners for the cap.

Suspending from the lower end of the body or trunk are feet 10 the legs which connect them with the body being in the form of limp fabric members 1l. These legs l1 as shown are composed of a single strip of woven fabric secured intermediate its ends to the lower end of ,the body and having the feet 10 attached to the terminals thereof.

n Hands l2 are connected by similar tapelike strips 13 to the upper portion of the body to form limber or limp arms. This peculiar connection of the hands and feet ermit them to swing and kick freely w en the body is suspended and. oscillated or shaken, a resilient suspension strapla being preferably attachedto the peakof the cap for this purpose.

The body and limbs of this doll are incased in a suitable dress l5 which is preferably that of a clown although not necessarly so. This dress is made bifurcated and in one piece with the lower ends of the legs gathered and secured firmly to the ankles at a point below the connection of the limbei' legs therewith. The sleeves are similarly constructed and attached to the hands 12 at the wrist. The neck portion of the garment is also gathered tightly around the neck and secured, being here shown ornamented with a rufHe although it may obviously be otherwise decorated.

Stitched or otherwise suitably attached to the front of the dress l5 are two longitudinally alined disks 17 and 18 of any suitable or desired size composed of fabric covered cardboard or other suitable material having sufficient rigidity to adapt the disks to operate as props when the doll is arranged in sitting posture. These disks are spaced apart a suilicient distance to permit the dress 15 to move freely and yet when the doll is placed in sitting posture as shown in Fig. 3 their adjacent ends or pcrimeters will abut and the lower disk resting at a diametrically the head or in both.

sittin position opposite point on the seat or other support will operate to assist in holding the doll in as is shown clearly in Figs. 3 an 4.

Y The. dress 15 may be sewed or otherwiseV y fastened on the doll and permits the legs and 'arms to swing freely in any direction.

When the peak of the cap grasped and aV vertically v reciprocating movement imparted thereto the feet and handsv of the doll will svvncr andkick in4 all directions which will greatly amuse smallchildren.

The doll may also be usedas. a -pin cushion by grown-ups when in' sitting position,

the pinsbeing stuck either in the ibaek or The preferred embodiment of the inven tion is disclosed in the drawings and 'set forth. in the specification,- vbut it willfbe derstood that any modicati'onswithin the v scope ofthe claims may beL made in the construction Without departing. from lthe pr-'1nvciple of the invention or sacrificing `any of its advantages.

What Iclaim is: Y y l. A doll of vthe class described, compris- V ing a stuffed fabric body andfoot and hand .mexnbers, flexible strips connecting said footV and h'andmembers to said body, and a headY carried by the upper end of said Vbody and having a .comparatively stiff .connectlon therewith, aloose bifurcated dress encompassing said body and limbs, the legs and' sleeves being gathered lat their free ends andl secured to said handsvand feet, adjacent their connection with said strips, and 'com-V bined props and ornamentsmounted on the siting front of said dress and adapted to assist in holding the doll in erect sitting posture.

2. A doll of the class described, comprisa stuffed fabric body and foot and hand `members, iexible strips connecting said foot and hand members to said body, a head carried by the upper end of said body, a loose bifurcated dress. encompassing said body and limbs, the legs and sleeves of said garment or dress being gathered at their free ends and secured to said hands and feet adjacent their connection with said strips, and longitudinally alined stiiening plates mounted on the front of said dress and n close proximity to. adapt them to fold at substantially right.-

angles to assist in-holding the doll in erect posture.

doll of the class described comprising a substantially rectangular stuffed fabric body having a stuffed head medly secured to one end, a exible strip secured midway its ends. to =the upper portion of said body v'with the endsof said strip projecting lat- BEssIE M WEATHERLY.

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US4296567 *Apr 22, 1980Oct 27, 1981Kamar International, Inc.Figure toy with flexible appendages
US4540378 *Nov 29, 1984Sep 10, 1985Cusimano Sharon IStuffed figure having positionable arms
US7722428 *Nov 19, 2007May 25, 2010Midknight Creations, LlcPull toy
U.S. Classification446/369
International ClassificationA63H3/02, A63H3/00
Cooperative ClassificationA63H3/02
European ClassificationA63H3/02