US 1544512 A
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M. wElss TOY DEVICE Filed April 2.0. v1925 2 sheets-sheet 1 .im so, 192s 1,544,512
INVENTQR /Mzx )Vaas BY f ATrRNEY June 3o, 1925. 1,544,512
M. WEISS I' TOY D'EvIcE Filed April 20, 1925 2 Sheets-Sheet 2 A'ITRNEY Patented June 30, 1925.
MAX WEISS, OF NEW YORK, N. Y.
Application led April 20, 1925. Serial No. 24,324.
To all whom t may concern:
Be it known that MAX lVnrss, a citizen of the United States, residing at New York, in the county of Bronx and State of New York, has invented certain new and useful Tmprovements in Toy Devices,of which the following is a specification. The invention relates to toy devices, more particularly to such as are actuated by a ball or like member travelling under the. action of gravity. It has for its object to provide an inexpensive construction for a toy device of this character and wherein various members may be actuated in a predetermined timed relationship. The invention has for a further object to provide a construction which will admit of convenient interchange of the members actuated by the said rolling ball member.
The nature of the invention, however, will best be understood when described in connection with the accompanying drawings, in which- Fig. 1 is a plan of the novel toy device as embodied by way of example in al musical apparatus.
Fig. 2 is a longitudinal vertical section therethru taken on the line 2-2, Fig. 1.
Fig. 3 is a side elevation thereof.
Figs. l and 5 are fragmentary detail views illustrating a modification and wherein different members which may be actuated from those indicated in the previous figures.
Referring to the drawings, 10 designatesa suitable frame or board member in which is provided a longitudinally directed sinuous passageway or slotted guide 11 aording a tortuous path for the actuating member. The latter is in the nature of a metal ball, marble or like spherical member 12 designed to roll along the slotted guide 11 from one end of the board to the other when the latter is given thenecessary inclination. This may conveniently be eected by means of an end member 13 hingedly secured to one end of the board, as indicated, and whereby the said end is lifted and supported in elevated position to give the desired inclination to the board. This end member, moreover, may be folded under when the toy is not in use thereby providing a substantially flat package for shipment.
Along the side. edges of the board 10, furthermore, there is directed inwardly a series of parallel lateral slots or recesses 14 which are disposed with respect to the sinuhad to Fig. 4 of the drawings,
ment shown in Figs. 1 to 3, is in the nature F of a striker member having a hammer 16 at the outer end for engagement with aA sounding member or bar 17 which may be of metal or other suitable material. A said bar is located transversely of the longitudinal axis 7 of a corresponding recess; and may be mounted over spaced pins 18 upon either side of such recess and which are adapted 'to lfit within registering perforations 19 of a bar. This will enable an interchange to be readily accomplished so that different tunes of a simple character may be played thru the hammers striking the respective bars when the former are properly actuated, and as will hereinafter be set forth.
- To accomplish this oscillation of the lever or striker members 15,-the inner end of each of said members is designed to project beneath the tortuous passage-way 11, preferably at the curved portions or bends thereof; and all are so arranged with respect thereto that contact will be had successively with thel portion of the ball member 12 projecting thru the slotted guide as the ball rolls over an end to cause thereby the other end 16 to be raised or lowered in accordance with the particular manner of pivoting the levers.
A very simple means for mounting the levers consists in providing the under side of the board 10 with lugs or ears 2O upon either side of the respective levers and from 'which are extended lateral spurs or trunnions 21 litting in bearing openings 22 of the ears. In this manner, a very simple and inexpensive mounting is provided, as the ears 20 as well as the pins 18 may be cast or moulded as an integral part of the board 10 simultaneously with the provision of the tortuous guide-way 11 and recesses 14; while the lever member may readily be struck up from metal in a simple operation.
Of course, means may be carried directly by the lever ends 16 and the sounding bars 17 removed. For example, reference being a small bell 25 is shown attached to the respective end of a Yzo lever `member which bell Will vbe sounded Whenthe lever is oscillated as 'hereinbetore set forth; or, in place of the bells a Figure 26, animal, clown, etc., Fig. 5 may be attached and be caused to simulate dancing thru oscillation of the lever.
I claim l. A toy comprising` an inclined member provided With a tortuous open guide-Way to receive a ball designed to roll'lirom top to bottom of said member and to project thru the guide-Way, said member being provided with inwardly directed recesses along each of the side edges, levers oscillating `Within the said recesses, vpivotally secured to said member and having an end disposed in the path of said ball.foreontacttherewith, and means actuated by the opposite ends of the respective levers when the latter are oscillated by the ball.
2. Aftoy comprising a Amember provided with `a tortuous open'guide-Way to receive a ball `designed vto roll from top to bottom of said member and to project thru the guide-Way, said :member being provided Withinwardly directed recesses along each oft fthe -s'ide edges, -a support member hingedly secured to one end oi :the guideway =member ito also .give the samethe de sired degree of inclination, levers oscillating' Within `the said recesses, pivotally `seq cured to thevunderside ot' said member and having an end disposed in the path of said ball for ,contact therewith, and means actuated -by the opposite ends ot' the respective levers when the latter are oscillated by the ball.
3. A toy comprising an .inclined member provided With a tortuous open guide-Way toreceivea ball` designed to lroll from top .to bottom of said member and to project thru the guide-Way, said member being provided with inwardly directed recesses along each ot the side edges, levers oscillating Within the said recesses, pivotally secured to said member and having an end in the path of 4said ball for contact therewith, and sounding' bars mounted over the respective recess-es iand Aadapted to be struck by the respective ends of the levers.
fi. A toy comprising an inclined member provided with .a tortuous open guide-Way toreceive a ball designed to roll :from top to bottom of said member and to prcjectfthru the guide-Way, said member being vprovided with inwardly direct'edvrecesses along each of the side edges, levers oscillat writ-hin the said recesses, pii-fetallv secures te :said member and having an end disposed in the path/ said ball for Contact tlieie'-,itli, and interchangeable sounding bars mounted over the respectivo recessesfand adapted to be struck by :the respective ends of the levers.
f3. A toy comprising an inclined Vmember provided with a tortuous open guide-way to receive a ball designed to rell 'treni top to bottom of said member and to prejecthru `the guide-nay, said member being provided with inwardly directed recesses along each of the side edges, ears provided on the underfacc of said member, levers pivotally mounted in said ea'rs, extending into the respective recesses and Ahaving an end disposed in the path et' said ball for Contact therewith, and means actuated bythe opposite yends ofthe respective levers when 'the Y latter are oscillatedby'the ball.
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