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Publication numberUS1394670 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateOct 25, 1921
Filing dateFeb 25, 1921
Priority dateFeb 25, 1921
Publication numberUS 1394670 A, US 1394670A, US-A-1394670, US1394670 A, US1394670A
InventorsDa Costa Arthur V
Original AssigneeDa Costa Arthur V
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Swinging figure toy
US 1394670 A
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Patented Oct. '25, 1921.

(1 non a UNE'IED STAT tries.


Application filed February 25, 1921.

To all whom, it may concern:

Beit known that I, ARTHUR V. DA (loses, a citizen. of. the United States, residing at Providence, in the county of. Providence and State of RhodeIsland, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Swinging Figure Toys, of which. the following is a specification.

This invention relatesto an improved construction of animated toy; and the object of this invention is to provide an article of this character which is simple and inexpensive yet strong and durable in construction, the same comprising essentially a hollow body portion in which an object is flexibly mounted to move about and present a lifelike appearance when the body itself is agitated.

A further object of the invention is to mount this object within the body on a flexible stem so that when the body is agitated the object will swing from side to side and strike the walls thereof producing a noise and serving as a childs rattle.

With these and other objects in view, the invention consists of certain novel features of construction, as will be more fully described, and particularly pointed out in the appended claims.

In the accompanying drawing.

Figure l is a side elevation showing one f rm of my improved toy.

Fig. 2 is a central sectional elevation through the body of the toy, showing the means of flexibly mounting the vibrating obj ect therein.

Fig. 3 is an enlarged detail showing the vibrating stem in coiled form.

In the construction of my improved animated toy the one illustrated is made to perform the function of a rattle, and in order to construct the same in a simple and inexpensive way and also provide a toy of this character which is extremely strong and durable and one which will withstand the necessary shocks and jars to which childrens toys are subjected, I form the same of sheet material, preferably of celluloid, by pressing or molding the same into the deslred form, the body portion being preferably constructed in halves 10 each formed in a concavo-convex shape with; their opposite convex surfaces outward.

The meeting edges 11 of these halves are Specification of Letters Patent.

Patented Get. 25, 1921.

Serial No. 447,632.

adapted to extend one within the other and be connected together preferably by the use of cement. Either one or both of these halves is preferably made of transparent material so that the antics or movements of the object within, presently described, may be visible.

In order to mount an object 12 within the hollow body portion so that it will have the greatest possible amount of flexibility and exhibit the greatest activity or movement when the body is moved, agitated or thrown about, I mount this object on a flexible stem 13 and I preferably form the stem of wire wound in coil form, as illustrated in Fig. 3, I then mount one end of this coil in a cup 14: and the opposite end in a cup 15 both of which cups are preferably formed of celluloid and are connected to the wire by means of cement which is deposited into the cup upon the convolutions of the coil inclosed therein.

By forming these cups of celluloid the lower cup 14 may be readily cemented to the inner wall of the celluloid body, and the object 12 which is also preferably made of celluloid may be readily cemented to the upper cup 15, thereby providing an extremely strong and durable construction and.

at the same time one of minimum expense.

In the construction of this'form of toy I preferably position the vibrating object Within the chamber so that it will readily contact with the opposite side walls thereof when the body is manipulated or moved about to produce a noise and so serve the purpose of a childs rattle.

In some instances I may secure a cap 16 on the top of the body into which the ends of a ring 17 may be set, roviding a convenient handle for the manipulation of the toy.

I do not wish to be restricted to the particular form or shape of this toy as shown, as the same may be made in any desired bulbous form to provide different attractive designs.

The device is extremely simple and practical in construction and inexpensive to manufacture.

The foregoing description is directed solely toward the construction illustrated, but I desire it to be understood that I reserve the privilege of resorting to all the mechanical changes to which the device is susceptible, the invention being defined and limited only by the terms of the appended claims.

I claim:

1. An animated toy comprising a bulbous transparent hollow body, a flexible stem havingone end connected to one of the walls of said body and arranged to extend outward thereinto, and an object mounted on the free end of said stem within the body to vibrate and strike the inner walls of the body when the latter is agitated from side to side.

2. An animated toy comprising a bulbous 15 transparent hollow body, a flexible stem comprising a coiled spring connected at one end to one oi the Walls of said body and arranged to extend outward thereinto, and an object mounted within the body on the free end of said stem to vibrate and strike the inner Walls thereof When the latter is agitated laterally to serve as a rattle and a handle on the body by which it may be agitated.

An animated toy comprising a bulbous transparent hollow body formed oi celluloid,

a flexible stem formed of coiled Wire having ear-h end cemented into a cupshaped member, the cup at one end being connected to the wall of the body, an object connectedto the 1 cup at the free end of the stem to vibrate n-ith'in the body when the latter is agitated from side to side, and a handle on said body by which the same may be agitated.

In testimony whereof I a-fiix my signature.


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U.S. Classification446/422, 446/486, 116/155
International ClassificationA63H5/00
Cooperative ClassificationA63H5/00
European ClassificationA63H5/00