US 2620594 A
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Dec. 9, 1952 F. PARISI MUSICAL DOZING ANIMAL TOY Filed Sept. 6, 1949 Y M m m A K M. 5%
Patented Dec. 9, 1952 v 2,620,594 MUSICAL DOZING 'IlOYL Fra k r sh New or sN, Application September 6, 1949,; SerialNo. 114;11 1
This invention-is atoyadaptedfor slow. side-v wise; or; endwisemovement simulating, for. ex.-.
wound by a key, the latterjhaving an extension or attaghmnt which rotates with the keyas the springunwinds and which is I adapted to: engag a support-upon which the toyis'placed, the -support;act ing as an abutment-for; said extension. Theextension, asit-rotates, raises the body-of the toy gradually and permits it to lower gradually.
Various further and more specific objects, features and advantages will clearly appear from the detailed description given below taken in connection with the accompanying drawings which form a part of this specification and illustrate merely by way of example some embodiments of the device of the invention.
The invention consists in such novel features, arrangements and combinations of parts as may be shown and described in connection with the apparatus herein disclosed by way of example only and as illustrative of a preferred embodiment.
In the drawings:
Fig. 1 is a front elevation of a toy animal embodying the invention;
Fig. 2 is a top plan view thereof;
Fig. 3 is a left-hand side elevation of Fig. 1, showing the movement of the animal during operation of the device;
Fig. 4 is a schematic view of a clock mechanism embodying the invention in a modified form; and
Fig. 5 is a schematic view of a clock mechanism embodying the invention in a further modified form.
In the following description and in the claims, parts will be identified by specific names for convenience, but such names are intended to be as generic in their application to similar parts as the art will permit. Like reference characters denote like parts in the several figures of the drawing.
Referring now more particularly to the drawing, there is disclosed a stufied toy animal H1, in this specific instance, simulating a cat or kitten. Characteristic. of a. Cat/:01:- kitten who-.is .in arestingordozing. position, its front legs ,I HEX-.-
tend outward .either in an outstretched:or.-folded=v position substantially parallel with itsbody; l 0a,, while its .hind legs. I 2'1extend' on stretch outwards springwoundz mechanism I 51;: which is .capableof being woundbyazkey. l6, which key. is-adapted:
to rotate as the spring-unwinds.-
The mechanismi I 5 'is solocated that itsuwinde. ing shaft" is. adapted: to engage the stem ll: of the key :I 6 at: or adj acent the-bottom of body. 1 0a of thetoy animal; Stem l'lihas. an angular) ex.- tension Iii-which is adaptedL-toengage intermittently with the support upon which the toy animal is reclining or otherwise placed.
The key may comprise the conventional wing key used in clock mechanism, to which there is attached an extension which is adapted to intermittently engage the support; or the key (as indicated in Figs. 1 to 3) may have the angular or lateral arm or extension I8.
It is quite apparent that after the springmechanism has been wound with key It and the toy animal laid upon the flat support 20, such as a table, that, as the spring unwinds its shaft will rotate key 16. When and while arm or extension [8 of key l6 engages the support 20 and continues to rotate, the body Illa of the toy animal, in fact substantially the entire toy animal, will vary slowly sway forward laterally; and when and while extension 18 during its rotation disengages from support 20, due to the toy animal tending to right itself on account of the action of gravity, the body of the toy animal will slowly sway backward. Thus, the for-ward and backward slow swaying of the toy animal will simulate the dozing action of a real animal, as indicated in Fig. 3.
Fig. 4 schematically illustrates a clock mechanism embodying the invention in a modified form. In this figure the numeral 25 represents the clock mechanism having a winding key 26 provided with the stem 21 and wing extension 28. Attached to a rotatable part 29 of the clock mechanism, is an arm 30 at the free end of which is rotatably mounted a roller or wheel 3!. As the clock spring unwinds shaft 29, in turning will rotate arm 30. During rotation of arm 39, the wheel 3| when engaging the support 20 will revolve, thus producing a smooth and less frictional result therebetween.
Fig. 5 schematically illustrates a clock mechanism embodying the invention in a still further modified form, and as particularly adapted for use in connection with causing another part of the toy animal to sway or otherwise move, for example its tail 35. Connected with a rotatable part 36 of a conventional clock spring mechanism 31 is an eccentric member 38. Fulcrumed to the animals tail 35 at 35a is an arm 39 having at its free end a roller or wheel 43 held in contact with eccentric member 38 by a spring 41 having one end attached to arm 39 and its other end attached at 42 to the frame of clock mechanism 31. It is apparent that as the spring of the clock mechanism unwinds rotating eccentric member 38, arm 39 will cause the tail 35 of the toy animal to swing or wag as indicated in broken lines, Fig. 5. A conventional winding key 43 is provided to wind up the spring of the clock mechanism.
In order to add to the attraction of the toy animal, a musical device'may be associated with or incorporated in the spring-wound clock mechanism, so that as the spring unwinds the music will play. Spring-wound musical devices are conventional and well known to those skilled in the art. Hence, it is not considered necessary to depict the same in the drawing.
Although I have described my improvements with considerable detail and with respect to a certain particular form of my invention, I do not desire to be limited to such details since many changes and modifications in the form, arrangements, proportions and sizes thereof may well be made without departing from the spirit and scope of my invention in its broadest aspect.
Having thus described my invention, what I 4 claim as new and desire to secure by Letters Patent, is:
A toy figure comprising a body adapted to be placed upon a support, a musical device disposed within said body, a spring motor disposed within said body and operatively connected to said musical device for actuating the latter during the unwinding of the spring motor, a rotatable shaft connected to said spring motor for winding the latter and extending out of said body, said shaft being rotated by the spring motor during unwinding of the latter, and a winding key on said shaft outside of said body, said key being formed to engage the support when said body is placed upon the latter and, when rotated with said shaft by the unwinding action of said spring motor, to cause said body to rock back and forth in a movement simulating a dozing action and simultaneously with the actuation of said musical device, said key and body being arranged so that the center of gravity of the latter at all times lies between the point of contact of said body with the support and the point of contact of said key with the support.
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