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Publication numberUS1701219 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateFeb 5, 1929
Filing dateJun 23, 1927
Priority dateJun 23, 1927
Publication numberUS 1701219 A, US 1701219A, US-A-1701219, US1701219 A, US1701219A
InventorsTeason Adam G
Original AssigneeTeason Adam G
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Somersaulting toy
US 1701219 A
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Feb. 5, 1929.

A. G. TEASON SOMERSAULTING TOY Filed June 25, 1927 Patented Feb. 5, 1929.



Application filed June 23,

This invention relates generally to animated toys, and has more particular reference to a doll or figure that can be made to perform somersaults, although certain features of the invention are applicable to dolls generally.

1n the accompanying drawing forming part of this specification, in which like numbers of reference denote like parts wherever they occur,

Figure 1 is a vertical central sectional view of doll that illustrates one form of the invention;

Figure 2 is a perspective view of a modified form of doll as it appears with the dress removed; and

Figure 3 is a perspective view of a third embodiment of the invention.

The form of the invention exhibited in Figure 1 comprises a fiexurally resilient stay or elongated support, preferably in the form of a flat slender rod or blade 1 of resilient steel or other suitable material, and a flexible figure or body 2 that is supported or reinforced thereby. The ends of the rod are enlarged to form anchorages for the attachment of the head and feet, respectively, of the figure thereto. The enlargements preferably consist of wooden blocks 3 and 4, respectively, that are slitted at 5 to receive the ends of the blade 1 and to hold the same therein securelv by friction or otherwise. The head 6 may lie formed of a cover or shell of hide or cloth 7 or solid or hollow moulded rubber that encloses the block 3 and that may be provided with a suitable stuffing or filling 8, such as cotton. The feet 9 may be formed of flaps of leather or other suitable material, and secured to the bottom of the block 4 in any suitable manner, as by means of a tack 10 having a rubber or cushioned head 11. A flexible covering or dress 12 may be placed around the intermediate portion of the blade 1, the upper and lower ends thereof being preferably stitched to the head 6 and feet 9, respectively. A hoop 13 may, if desired, be secured, as by stitches 14, to the inner side of the middle portion of the dress. The suit 12 may be provided with arm sleeves 15; and hands 16, cut fromv flaps of leather or other suitable material, may be stitched to the inner sides of the sleeves 15. A suitable hat 17 may be stitched or otherwise secured to the head 6.

1927. Serial No. 200,856.

\Vhen the doll is held erect on the left h and 18, with the forefinger 19 of the right hand on top of the dolls head 6, as shown in full lines in Figure 1, and the head pushed downward and slightly backward until the spring 1 is flexed from its normally straight position to the bowed position shown in dotted lines, and the forefinger 19 is then slid off the head rearwardly, the spring 1 is released and tends to straighten to its normal position, throwing the head rapidly forward so that its momentum carries the doll into space in a somersaulting motion. If the spring 1 be bent forwardly, the doll will somersault in the opposite direction.

The doll of Figure 2 embodies features of the doll of Figure 1, and, in addition thereto, bears an additional block 20, having arms 21 pivotally connected to opposite sides thereof. The rods 21 enter the sleeves of the dolls dress, and swing on their pivots 22 when the position of the doll is changed.

Figure 3 illustrates a modification in which a stuffed sack 25 simulating a headis placed over the block 3, the lower open end of the sack being drawn together around the blade 1 and held in that position by means of the encircling cord 24 tied therearound. The lower block 25 may serve as a base on which to restthe blade spring 1.

The stay spring 1 may be used inside of or to support inflated rubber balloons, or a cutout figure of any character and of suitable material may be attached thereto. A wooden or wire rod may be substituted for the flat steel spring. However, the steel blade preferred because of its greater flexibility.

Having thus fully described this invention, I hereby reserve the benefit of all changes in form, arrangement, order, or use of parts, as

it is evident that many minor changes may be made therein without departing from the spirit of this invention or the scope of the following claims.

I claim:

1. An article of thecharacter described comprising a fiexurally resilient rod, a head borne by one-end thereof, feet borne by the other end thereof, a flexible covering for the intermediate portion of said rod and means secured to the inner portion of said covering and adapted to space the same about said rod.

2. An article of the character described and adapted to space said covering about said rod to permit the flexing of the latter therein. 10

In testimony whereof I hereunto aflix my signature.


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US5083966 *Jan 29, 1991Jan 28, 1992Imagination Factory, Ltd.Poseable soft doll
U.S. Classification446/324, 446/382
International ClassificationA63H11/00, A63H3/00, A63H3/04, A63H11/08
Cooperative ClassificationA63H11/08, A63H3/04
European ClassificationA63H11/08, A63H3/04