US 2687302 A
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Aug. 24, 1951 F. A. STIEGLER 2,687,302
souuomc TOY BALL Filed Feb. 21, 1952 INVENTOR FRANK A.STIGLER WEmMflma/n wad/0M;
ATTORNEYS Patented Aug. 24, 1954 UNITED STATE T OFFICE 1 Claim. 1
This invention relates to toys, and more particularly to a musical toy ball.
A main object of the invention is to provide a novel and improved sounding toy in the form of a ball, said toy being simple in construction, being inexpensive to manufacture, and affording a substantial degree of amusement to small children playing therewith.
A further object of the invention is to provide an improved jingling ball which is of sturdy construction, which provides a jingling sound regardless of the direction in which it is rolled, and being especially suitable for the entertainment and amusement of small children.
Further objects and advantages of the invention willbecome apparent from the following description and claim, and from the accompanying drawings, wherein:
Figure 1 is an elevational View of an improved sounding toy ball constructed in accordance with the present invention.
Figure 2 is a cross sectional view taken on the line 2-2 of Figure 1.
Referring to the drawings, the improved toy ball is designated generally at and comprises a hollow, spherical rubber body l2 formed integrally with a plurality of internal smaller hollow balls iii of spherical shape arranged on a common major circle of said spherical body and having common tangential wall portions H! with the main body 12. As shown in Figure 2, the inner balls l3 may be spaced at equal angles around a common diametrical axis of the main body l2, as for example, may be spaced at 120 angular spacings where three smaller balls I3 are employed.
The common wall portions I4 are each formed with a plurality of apertures l5, as for example with three apertures 15 defining the apices of an equilateral triangle, as shown in Figure 1. Disposed inside each of the smaller balls I3 is a substantially spherical jingle bell it of conventional construction, the bell it being substantially smaller in diameter than the inside diameter of the ball l3 in which it is disposed, whereby the jingle bell may roll freely inside said ball responsive to movement of the large ball II.
It will be readily apparent that rotation or movement of any kind of the large ball I2 will cause the jingle bell elements I6 to move inside their spherical compartments [3 and to produce a musical jingling sound which will be of considerable amusement and interest to small children.
The remainder of the body [2 is imperforate, whereby the spherical body l2 may be employed in the manner of an ordinary rubber ball and whereby the ball has a considerable degree of resiliency due to the air or other gas enclosed therein.
The toy may be made in any suitable size and may have suitable decorative patterns or designs on its exterior surface to enhance its attraction to small children.
The apertures l5 may be made sufiiciently large to allow free passage of sound therethrough, and any suitable number of apertures may be employed.
It will be understood that the body l2 may be formed of any suitable material, such as rubber, plastic, or the like. In the preferred embodiment of theinvention, the body 12 is formed of rubber to provide maximum resiliency for the toy. The jingle bells [0 are substantially larger in diameter than the apertures 15 to prevent removal of said jingle bells from the small balls l3, but said jingle bells are, of course, much smaller in diameter than the balls I3 to allow the jingle bells to move freely in said small balls 13.
While a specific embodiment of an improved sounding toy ball has been disclosed in the foregoing description, it will be understood that various modifications within the spirit of the invention may occur to those skilled in the art. Therefore, it is intended that no limitations be placed on the invention except as defined by the scope of the appended claim.
What is claimed is:
A rollable sounding toy comprising a substantially spherical hollow rubber ball formed integrally on its inner surface with a plurality of internally projecting smaller hollow substantially spherical balls having common tangential wall portions with said first ball and arranged on a common major circle of a said first mentioned ball, said common wall portions each being formed with a plurality of apertures connecting the interiors of the smaller balls with the outside of the first named ball, and a substantially spherical jingle bell of greater diameter than any of said apertures disposed loosely in each smaller hollow ball to provide a jingling sound effect through the apertures responsive to the rotation of said first hollow ball, the remainder of the first hollow ball being imperforate.
References Cited in the file of this patent UNITED STATES PATENTS Number Name Date 589,500 Freeman Sept. 7, 1897 2,003,957 Salisbury June 4, 1935 2,211,102 Davis Aug. 13, 1940 2,499,483 Foy Mar. '7, 1950 FOREIGN PATENTS Number Country Date 420,524 Italy Apr. 23, 1947