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Publication numberUS1411944 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateApr 4, 1922
Filing dateNov 5, 1920
Priority dateNov 5, 1920
Publication numberUS 1411944 A, US 1411944A, US-A-1411944, US1411944 A, US1411944A
InventorsWagner Errett B
Original AssigneeWagner Errett B
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
US 1411944 A
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Patented Apr. 4, 1922.





Application led November To all whom it may concern:

Be it known that I, ERRETT B. VAGNnr., a citizen of the United States, residing at Pittsburgh, in the county of Allegheny and State of Pennsylvania, have invented new and useful Improvements in Toys, of which the yfollowing is aspecilication.

My present invention has reference to a toy, in which a jointed figure having a weighted outer end is connected to a cylindrical member which is susceptible to a rocking movement and'by such movement the figure is caused to assume various grotesque positions on the cylinder and also whereby the said figure influences the rocking movement of the cylinder inbcth directions past a dead center between the figure and cylinder.

A further object is the production of a toy in which a fanciful ligure will be caused to assume grotesque positions around a roller member which is susceptible to a rocking movement, the initial position of the figure being such as to represent an attempt at rolling the figure, and the remaining positions being such as to amusingly arrange the figure in various positions aroundthe cylinder to represent the cylinder turning the figure instead of the figure rolling the cylinder.

A further object is the production of a toy of this character which shall be of a simple construction, easily and cheaply manufactured, readily operated and one which will produce a high degree of amusement.

The foregoing, and other objects which will appear as the nature of the invention is better understood, may be accomplished by a construction, combination and operative assemblage of parts, such as is disclosed by the drawings which accompany and which form part of this application.

In the drawings Figure 1 is a side elevation of a toy constructed in accordance with this invention, the full lines illustrating the initial position of the cylinder and figure, the dotted lines showing the various positions assumed by the figure when the cylinder is rocked.

Figure 2 is a sectional view approximately on the line 2-2 of Figure 1.

Figure 3 is an end elevation looking toward the line 3-3 of Figure 1.

The improvement contemplates the employment of a liat base 1 which may be constructed of light wood or any other deslred Specification of Letters Patent.

Patented Apr. 4, 1922.

5, 1920. Serial No. 422,031.

material. t its ends, the base is provided with transversely arranged depending blocks Qthat provide feet for sustaining the base a desired distance above the support for the toy. Y

'Ihe base, slightly beyond the center thereof has one or a number of angle openings 3 through which pass flexible elements a that also pass under the base 1 and between two of the blocks at what I will term the forward end of the device. the strands 4 arey provided with rings 5, and the inner ends, which extend through the openings 4; over the base 1 are secured, in any desired or preferred manner, as at 6, to a cylindrical member 7. The member 7 is designed to represent a barrel, and is susceptible to a slight rolling or rocking movement by a pull on the flexible elements 4;.

To the periphery of ythe cylinder; 7 at points diametrically opposite the connecting means 6 for the iexible elements t there is preferably removably connected angle members 8 that are shaped torepresent the arms or forelegs of the figure 9.n The members 8 are pivoted, as at 10 to the body 11 ofthe feet. To the body there is pivoted,.as at 13 members that represent the legs of the said figure. The legs have their foot portions 14 weighted. v

The figure in the showing of the drawings represents a clown, but, of course, any other grotesque igure may be employed. The weighted foot portions 14 of the figure normally sustain the body thereof angularly with respect to the base so that the initial position of the figure is such as to represent an attempt at rolling the cylinder 7. A pull on the flexible elements 4 through the medium of the operator grasping the rings 5 will partly roll or rock the cylinder, bringing the same toward what I will term the forward end of the device. This, ofk course, causes the jointed figure to be turned with the cylinder, and as soon as a dead center is reached between the figure and the cylinder, the weighted foot portions of the said figure will cause a further turning of the cylinder, the movement of the cylinder and figure being represented by the dotted lines in Figure 1 of the drawings. When the cylinder and figure have been turned to their fullest extent, the figure will assume an upside down position at the forward end of the platform, and the flexible element between the apertures 3 and the cylinder 7 The outer ends of will be arranged at an opposite angle to the initial arrangement thereof, so that `.a further pull on the iexible elements ivlll roll or rock the cylinder toward the rear of the platform.

y Having thus described the invention, what I claim, 1s

1. A member susceptible to a rocking motion on a surface, a jointed figure including a body section and end sections, one of said end sections secured to the outer surface of the rocking member and the other end section being weighted, and the Weighted end section designed to swing beyond the center of the rockin member, when initial motion is imparted t ereto and the figure `brought to one position thereon, to further rock the said member and to halt such movement of the member when the weighted end of the ligure gravitates into contacting engagement with the surface on which the member is arran ed.

2. n a toy, a horizontally disposed base, a member free mounted thereon and susceptible t0 a rocking or rolling motion thereover, flexible means connected to the outer surface of the member for imparting such rocking tion with respect to said member, designed to have its Weighted ends swung beyond the center of the member to further influence the rocking or rolling movement of the member and to halt such movement when the Weighted ends of the figure gravitate into contact Withthe base, on the side thereof opposite thatV first occupied by the figure, and when so arranged to bring the ieXible operating means to a position to permit of a further rocking or rolling of the member on the base in an opposite direction. i

3. In a toy, an elevated base having openings therethrough, a cylindrical member arranged on the base, exible elements `connected thereto and passing throughthe re-v ferred to openings in the base and designed when pulled to exert a partial rocking or rolling movement to the member, and a joint ed Vfigure having an outer weighted end and an inner end which is secured on thevperiphery of the cylinder at a point diagrammatically opposite the connection of the flexible elements therewith, whereby, when a pull is exerted uponsaid elements and the cylinder is rocked or rolled, the figure Will be brought to a position to bringthe weighted end thereof angularly with res ect to the cylinder to cause a further rocking or rolling movement of the cylinder in the same direction of its travel and to further bring the flexible elements at an angle opposite to their initial arrangement to permitof a fur ther pull thereon moving the cylinder in an opposite direction.

In testimony whereof I afiiii my signa;

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U.S. Classification446/324
International ClassificationA63H13/12, A63H13/00
Cooperative ClassificationA63H13/12
European ClassificationA63H13/12