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P 1956 E. o. STANCLIFF 2,761,683
CHILD'S PLAYPEN AND MOVABLE CHAIR Filed March 14, 1955 INVENTOR. '.L EL- EDWIN CD-S'TANCLJF'F ATT'ORNEYS childs play pen and movable chair.
United States Patent Olhce 2,761,683 Patented Sept. 4, 1956 CHILDS PLAYPEN AND MOVABLE CHAIR Edwin 0. Stancliff, Bakersfield, Calif.
Application March 14, 1955, Serial No. 493,918
2 Claims. (Cl. 27233) The present invention relates to improvements in a It consists of the combinations, constructions and arrangement of parts, as hereinafter described and claimed.
Among the objects of this invention, it is proposed to provide a play pen in which a child may be confined, while at the same time affording attractions whereby the child may be entertained and exercised.
More specifically stated, I provide a circular enclosure having an upright cylindrical wall which serves to confine the child. Within this enclosure there is mounted a movable chair, that is guided for movement in an endless path adjacent to the cylindrical wall. Moreover, a stationary but endless hand-grasping member is positioned within the enclosure for grasping by a child seated in the chair. In this manner, the child may pull itself round and round by aid. of the hand-grasping member, thereby deriving both exercise and pleasure.
Another object resides in the provision of a device of the character described which is simple in construction, durable and efficient for the purpose intended.
Drawing For a. better understanding of my invention, reference should be had to the accompanying drawing, forming part of this specification, in which:
Figure l is a top plan view of my childs play pen and movable chair; and
Figure 2 is a vertical sectional view taken along the plane II-ll of Figure 1.
While I have shown only the preferred form of my invention, it should be understood that various changes, or modifications may be made within the scope of the appended claims without departing from the spirit thereof.
Detailed description In carrying my invention into practice, I provide a circular enclosure indicated generally at A. It includes a bottom wall having an upright cylindrical wall 11 rising therefrom. The latter wall provides an annular rim 12 at its top, which may be reinforced by rolling over the upper edge of the wall 11 (see Figure 2).
This enclosure has a movable chair B disposed therein for movement in an endless path adjacent to the cylindrical wall 11, as suggested by the arrows 14 in Figure 1. In its structural features, the chair provides a seat 15 mounted on legs 16 at a convenient height above the bottom wall 10 for a child. As shown, the chair further includes a back 17 and an arm-rest 18. Casters 19 (or Wheels) are anchored to the lower ends of the chair legs to ride on the bottom wall 10.
For the purpose of guiding the chair B along its endless path, an extension 20 is secured to the chair to project upwardly therefrom. This extension is provided with a pair of grooved rollers 21 which are arranged to ride on the annular rim 12. As disclosed in Figures 1 and 2, the extension provides guards 22 that overlie the rollers to prevent injury of the child as the rollers move along the rim of the enclosure.
It will be noted that a post 23 is arranged axially relative to the circular enclosure. Any suitable means may be employed for removably anchoring the post to the bottom wall 10. For this purpose, a flanged fitting 24- has been illustrated as being secured to the bottom wall by screws 25. This fitting has a socket 26 into which the lower end of the post has been inserted, with a set-screw 27 being provided for anchoring the post in the socket.
As shown in the drawing, a wheel-like member C is mounted horizontally within the enclosure. This member includes a hub 28 which is removably fastened to the upper end of the post 23 by a set-screw 29, and a plurality of spokes 30 are fixed to this hub to project toward the cylindrical wall 11. An endless hand-grasping member 31, such as a rope, is secured to the outer ends of the spokes. Eyelets 33 may be provided on the spokes so that the rope may extend therethrough.
The wheel-like member C and its rope-like member 31 are stationary and are mounted horizontally at a convenient elevation above the bottom wall 10 so that the endless member 31 may be readily grasped by a child seated in the chair B. Thus the child may advance the chair round and round in the enclosure, while in the chair, by pulling on the member 31. This will afford both amusement and exercise to the child.
When the enclosure A is to be used strictly as a play pen, the chair B, the wheel-like member C and the post 23 may be readily removed from the enclosure.
1. In a childs play pen and movable chair: a circular enclosure defining a bottom wall having an upright cylindrical wall rising therefrom; the latter Wall providing an annular rim at its top; a chair disposed within the enclosure adjacent to the cylindrical wall thereof, and having casters, or the like, disposed for riding on the bottom wall of the enclosure; an extension secured to the chair and projecting upwardly therefrom; this extension being provided with a pair of grooved rollers which are arranged to ride on the annular rim of the enclosure, whereby the chair is supported and guided for movement in an endless path.
2. In a childs play pen and movable chair: a circular enclosure defining a bottom wall having an upright cylindrical wall rising therefrom; the latter wall providing an annular rim at its top; a chair disposed within the enclosure adjacent to the cylindrical wall thereof, and having casters, or the like, disposed for riding on the bottom wall of the enclosure; an extension secured to the chair and projecting upwardly therefrom; this extension being provided with a pair of grooved rollers which are arranged to ride on the annular rim of the enclosure. whereby the chair is supported and guided for movement in an endless path; a post anchored to the bottom wall of the enclosure, and extending upwardly in axial relation with the circular enclosure; spokes supported by the post and projecting toward the cylindrical wall; and a stationary endless hand-grasping member fixed to the spokes, and being positioned for grasping by a child seated in the chair, whereby the child may pull itself round and round in the enclosure by aid of the endless member.
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