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Publication numberUS1800775 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateApr 14, 1931
Filing dateJun 2, 1930
Priority dateJun 2, 1930
Publication numberUS 1800775 A, US 1800775A, US-A-1800775, US1800775 A, US1800775A
InventorsBostwick William P
Original AssigneeBostwick William P
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
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Apr 1931- w. P. BOSTWICK FIGURE TOY Filed June 2. 1930 2 Sheets-Sheet 1 In van (or MAL/6M PEAAKEUJTkV/(K 1 Allomey April 1931- w. P. BOSTWICK 1,800,775

FIGURE TOY Filed June 2, 1930 2 Sheets-Sheet 2 Inventor Allorney Patented Apr. 14, 1931 rarest series WILIiIAM P. BOSTVTIOK, F SHORT BEACH, CONNECTICUT FIGURE TOY Application filed June 2, 1930.

This invention relates to toys, and more particularly it pertains to figure toys.

It is an object of the present invention to provide a figure toy especially of the doll type, which may be operated to imitate certain movements or gestures, characteristic of the particular thing of which the toy is an imitation.

It is another object of the invention, so to construct a figure toy of the aforementioned character that it may be grasped by one hand of an operator and by slight pressure exerted upon the limbs of the toy, the same may be caused to perform movements in imitation of the action it is desired to depict.

Other objects of the invention relate to certain novel and improved constructions, arrangements and combinations of parts hereinafter described and particularly pointed out in the claims, the advantages of which will be readily understood and appreciated by those skilled in the art.

The invention will be clearly understood from the accompanying drawing illustrating the invention in its preferred form, and the following detailed description of the construction therein shown.

In the drawings;

Figures 1 and 2 are perspective views re-.

spectively showing diiferent positions of the limbs of a figure toy in imitation of a doll, during the operation thereof,

Figure 3 is a longitudinal sectional view taken through the body of the toy,

Figure 4 is a view in front elevation of the body of the toy, the clothes being removed therefrom, and;

Figure 5 is a horizontal sectional view taken on the line 55 of Figure 4.

In its present embodiment the invention is illustrated in a figure toy which takes the form of a doll, and in the drawings which form a part of this application, and depict the invention, 10 designates the body of the doll, 11 the head, 12 the arms, and 13 the lower limbs or legs.

The body 10 consists of a back member 14 formed preferably of wood and a curved or lowered portion 15 preferably formed of sheet metal, secured at its ends as at 16 tonthe serial No. 458,974.

sides of the back member 14. The head 11 has a neck and shoulder portion 17 and may be secured thereby to the body portion 10, by screws or the like 18.

Extending transversely of the lower poris a block 23, located in the space between the projections 22 of the legs, and the back member 14, and arranged upon the front face of the block 23, there are two stops preferably in the form of pins 24 which function to limit the movement of the legs about their pivotal point 20 in one direction. The upper ends of the extensions 22 are normally maintained in engagement with the stops 24 by means of a spring 25 herein illustrated as of the bowed type, secured as at 26 to the block 19 and having its free ends engaging the legs 13 as at27. By this construction, pressure applied to the lower ends of the legs 13, to move them in the direction of each other, places the spring 25 under tension, as the legs are rocked about their pivotal points to move the upper ends of the extensions 22 outwardly in Figure 4. Relief of pressure upon the legs 13 causes the legs to be moved in the opposite direction under the influence of the spring 25, moving the upper ends of the extensions inwardly in Figure 4 into engagement with the stops 24 thus which serve to normally position the legs as illustrated in Figure 4.

A plate 28, is secured as at 29 to the under side of the neck and shoulder portion 17 and this plate has downwardly extended ends 30 whic'hserve as stops for limiting the outward movement of the upper ends of the extensions 22 which engage these stops when the lower ends of the legs are moved towards each other.

Secured as at 31 to the under side of the block 23, there is a plate 32, and the ends of said plate 32zproject beyond the body portion ice ' hands.

for'movingsaid arms about of the doll as at 33. The arms 12 are pivotally mounted as at 34 upon the ends 33 of the plate 32 in a manner which permits'of their swinging in a horizontal plane, to a position 7 where the hands 35 of the arms will engage I each other in front of the doll. Each of the hands .35 is formed with an inwardly disposed fiat face 36, and when the hands. are brought'together. in front of the doll contact of these faces produces a noise in imitation of that produced by aperson clapping the.

theulink 37 connects the right 'armqwith the left leg, and the link 38 connects the left arm with the right leg-thereof. I V I From the foregoing, it'will be apparent that Iwhen the lower ends of the legs are movedtowards each other, the arms will be relieving the pressure upon thelower end of the legs, said last mentioned means comprising a compression spring interposed between the leg members.

3. In a figure toy, "a body portion, legs pivotally mounted on the body portion, arms pivotally mounted on'the body portion and adapted for movement toward and away from each other, means for moving said arms about their pivotal] points in one direction upon application of pressure to the lower ends of the legs,.and means for operating said legs and arms in the opposite direction upon relieving the pressure upon the lower ends of the legs, said last mentioned means comprising a bowed spring mounted on the body portionand having its {free ends engaging the leg members of the doll.

In testimony whereof I aflix my signature. I

.- WILLIAM P. Bos wIc moved to bring: the hands together, and the 7 spring will be placed under tension. Im-

mediately pressure upon the legs is relieved, thespring 25acts to return the legs and arms to initial position. Thus it willbe apparent that by a series. of movements of the legs the toy maybe made to bring the hand portions of the arms 12 togetheiyjand thus imitate a child or person performing the act of clapping hands. I

Whil'e :the inventionhas gbeen herein illusin trated in a preferred form, it is. to be under stood-thatit isnot to .belimited; to the cone 'struction herein shown, but may be embodied inother forms which fall within the scope ofsthe appended claims. I i

. Having thus describedv the invention, what is claimed as new and desired to'secure 'by' U; 3'. Letters Patent, is 2' 1.' In a figure toy, a bodyportiomrigid legs I I pivotallymountedon the body portion, arms pi'votally mounted on thebody. portion and adaptedfor movement toward and away plane, means their pivotal points in one direction upon. application of from each other in a horizontal pressure tothe'lower ends of the-legs, and

means for automatically operating said legs and arms in' the opposite'direction uponrelievingthe pressure upon the lower ends of the legs. 1 i 1 a 2. In a figure toy,.a body portion, rigid legs pivotally mounted on the body portion, arms.

pivotallymounted' on the body portion and adapted for movement toward afnd'away from each otherQmeans for moving said arms Z about their pivotal points in one direction upon application of pressure to the lower endsof'the legs, and means for operating said legs andarms in the opposite direction upon

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U.S. Classification446/336, 446/298, 446/297
International ClassificationA63H3/00, A63H3/20
Cooperative ClassificationA63H3/20
European ClassificationA63H3/20