US 1499539 A
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Juny 1. 1924.
1,499,539 E. E. LANDON SOUNDING TOY Filed April 17 1922 Patented July l, i924.
ERNEST E. LANDON, OF WASHINGTON, DISTRICT F COLUMBIA.
Application filed April 17, 1922. Serial No. 553,539.V
T 0 @ZZ w from t may concern Be it known that ERNEST E. LANDON, citizen of the United States, residing at Vsashington, District of Columbia, has invented certain new and useful Improvements in Sounding` Toys, of which the following is a specification.
This invention relates to games and toys and has special reference to a rolling sound in toy.
ore particularly the invention relates to a combined rattle and rolling toy such as are used for the amusement of small children.
One object of the invention is to provide an improved general construction ofdevices of this character A second object of the invention is to provide an improved toy of this character having novel sound producing means therein.
A third object of the invention is to provide an improved toy of this character which maybe used either as a ball, a rattle, or a trundling sounding toy.
With the above and other objects in view, the invention consists in general of certain novel details of construction and combinations of parts hereinafter fully described. illustrated in the accompanying drawings, and specifically claimed.
In the accompanying drawings, like characters of reference indicate like parts in the several views;2 and Figure 1 is a transverse section through a toy constructed in accordance with this invention, certain modifications being shown in dotted lines. v
Figure 2 is a detail section at right angles to Figure 1 the sounding devices being shown in a position different to Figure 1.
vFigure 3 is a face view of one of the sounding elements.
Figure 4 is a modification of the sounding element shown in Figure 8.
Figure 5 illustrates a collapsible frame used in a modified form of the toy suitable for shipping in a knocked down state.
In the embodiment of the invention herein illustrated the device is disclosed in connection with a ball although other forms of rolling toy will readily suggest themselves and the term ball as used hereinafter is not intended to be interpreted strictly as a spherical closed device but ',may be of various types, sich as a structure @i retnlated material as would be formed by a series of Zone like bands intersecting each other at angles but in the spec-ic form herein dis- Closed the body of the ball is preferably made in two halves suitably united at their edges and these halves may be made of Celluloid, rubber or other material and in fact they may even be made of light reticulated construction as shown in dotted lines at 11. Vithin this body is positioned an annular band 12 which may be made of light metal such as aluminum or may be made of any other suitable material. Notches 13 in this band receive an elas-v tic band 14 which eXtends diametrically across each side of the band 12 and on the two parts of this elastic band or oord are positioned the noise producing devices or tympani each of which consistsof a plate of metal 15 dished to provide a peripheral flange 16. Through the sides of the dished portion of each tympanum extend openings 17 which are offset from the diameter or axis of the same so that more weight is distributed on one side of the elastic cord which passes through their openings than lies on the other side thereof. Thus the heavy side of each tympanum tends to hang down and, as the ball is rotated, this tendency causes the tympani to strike together. Different sounds will be produced in accordance with the points at which the tympani contact. These tympani may be of any desired shape. As for instance they may be circular as shown in Fig. 3 or oval as shown in Fig. ll. These tympani are preferably held in position by beads or knots 18 and attached to the elastic cord within each tympanurn is a clapper 19 so that the noise is produced by the tympani striking together and the clappers striking the tympani.
Sockets 20 may be provided at opposite points on the band 12 so that a handle 21 or trundling stick may be attached to the ball thus enabling it to be used as a rattle or trundling toy.
If desired, especially when the lattice work exterior, is used, a second ring 22 may be arranged at right angles tothe first, the two rings being, if desired, pivotally connected so that they may be collapsed as in Figure 5 for shipment.
There has thus been provided a simple and eflicient device of the kind described and for the purposes specified.
lt is obvious that millor changes may be made the form and construction of the desired to -conine the invention to the eX-V act form herein shown an-d described, but it vis wished to include all such asv properly come Within the scope claimed.
Having thus described the invention, what is claimed asnevv, :--v Y l. .In a sounding; toy, a hollow ball, a pair of elastic members extending across lthe interror of said ball in parallelism, and tympani each mounted for vswinging movement `on a respective member saidelastic members and .tympani beinglposi-tioned that swinging` Vmovement 'of the latter cause them to strike together. y l 2.. In a sounding toy, Aa hollo'u7 ball, a pair .of elastic members .extending across the interior of said ball in parallelism, tympani each mounted for swinging movement on a respective member, Ysaid velastic members and Vtympani being' positioned that swinging movement-s of the lattercause them to strike together, and clappers mounted on said elas- 'tic members and positioned to strike said tympani'.
3. n a sounding toy, a hollow ball, a ring mounted Within said ball, Icords extending,-
` diametri-cally of vrespective sides of the ringT in parallelism, and dished tyinpani each having one of said cords extendingr through it from side to side in displaced relation from the diameter of the respective tvmpanum and parallel thereto.
4. In a sounding tov, a hollow ball. a ring` mounted within said ball, cords extendingr diametrically of respective sides of the ring in parallelism`r dished tvmpani each havin;r one of said cords extending through i1; from side to side in displaced relation from the diameter of the respective tympanuui and parallel thereto, and clappers swingingly secured to the cords Within the (lished portions of the tvmpani.
5. In a device of the kind described. a pair ot hollow hemispheres adapted to bc united at their edges to form a ball.y and a collapsi ble supporting frame within said heinispheres, and consisting; of a pair of' rings pivoted to swing; at right angles to earh other and to rest one within the other.
6. In adevice ot the kind described, a ball having` a reticulated exterior and provided u'ith an interior supporting traine, said exterior being 'formed in two unitahle parts and said supportingframe being;- collapsible.
ln testimony whereof I allix my si gnature.
ERNEST E. LANDON.