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Publication numberUS2952093 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateSep 13, 1960
Filing dateApr 24, 1958
Priority dateApr 24, 1958
Publication numberUS 2952093 A, US 2952093A, US-A-2952093, US2952093 A, US2952093A
InventorsGeorge Matthay
Original AssigneeGeorge Matthay
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Self playing musical coin bank
US 2952093 A
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Sept. 13, 1960 5. MATTHAY" 2,952,093

. SELF PLAYING MUSICAL COINYBANK 7 Filed April 24, 1958 2 Sheets-Sheet 1 INVENTOR.


Sept. 13, 1960 s. MATTH-AY saw PLAYING MUSICAL com BANK 2 Sheets-Sheet 2 Filed April 24, 1958 WWW? U IISELF'PLAYING'MUSICAL co N BANK George'Matt hay, 9610 -S. Damen Ave., Chicago 43, Ill. Filed Apr. 24, 19 58, SerQNo 730,585

-1 Claim. c1. 46-3) 7 This invention relates to toy banks and more particularly to a bank embodying an audible sound device.

It is an object of the present invention to provide a toy bank for encouraging the accumulation of money which produces an audible signal in response to the insertion of a coin therewithin.

Another object of the present invention is to provide a bank having an audible signal device which operates by means of a spring, such spring being wound up in response to the insertion of a coin into the inlet slot thereof.

Still a further object of the present invention is to provide a coin controlled musical bank of the above type having an auxiliary sound device therewithin that is simultaneously operated with a music box so as to produce a composite sound in response to the insertion of a single coin therewithin.

Other objects of the invention are to provide a bank bearing the above 'objects in mind which is of simple construction, has a minimum number of parts, is inexpensive to manufacture and eflicient in operation.

For other objects and for a better understanding of the invention, reference may be had to the following detailed description taken in conjunction with the accompanying drawing, in which:

Figure 1 is a longitudinal sectional view of a toy bank made in accordance with the present invention with the parts in a normal inoperative position;

Figure 2 is a bottom plan view of the bank shown in Figure 1;

Figure 3 is a view similar to Figure '1, showing the parts in an actuated position;

Figure 4 is a side elevational view, in reduced scale, of the bank shown in Figure 3; and

Figure 5 is a perspective view of the bank shown in Figures 1 to 4.

Referring now more in detail to the drawing, a novelty bank made in accordance with the present invention is shown to include a casing 12 of any desired size and shape which is supported upon a sturdy base 13 embodying a central opening extending upwardly therethrough. The upper end of the casing 1 2 is provided with a coin inlet slot 15 that communicates with the interior compartments 16 thereof, while the bottom end thereof is provided with an outlet opening 17 for removing the coins deposited therewithin. This outlet 17 is normally closed by means of a closure plate 19 which is hingedly supported by means of hinges 18 attached thereto and adjacent to the opening in the base, said plate provided with a self contained lock for securing it in a closed position. This plate is also provided with a keyhole 20 for receiving a key for actuating the lock to enable the plate to be rotated to an open position to remove the coins from the interior thereof. I

A segment gear 22 is slidably supported within the compartment 16 immediately adjacent to the inlet slot 1-5 upon a guide pin 23. This gear is in meshing en- :UP Ed 5W5 P ten 0 2,952,093 Patented Sept. 13, 1960 gagement with a pinion 24 that is in driving engagement with another pinion 25 associated with a music box 216. This music box 26 has a spring mechanism that is responsive to rotation of the drive pinion 25 to energize the spring and eflect operation of the sounding mechanism. A spring and clutch mechanism (not shown) associated with the segment gear 22 and the pinion 24 normally returns the segment gear 22 to the normal position shown in Figure 1 so that it is retained in the path of. movement of coins entering the compartment 16 through the coin slot 15. A rigid bracket 27 positions and supports the music box and related mechanism 26 within the compartment, out of the way of the accumulated coins 28 in the bottom of the bank.

Another sounding device, which may be in the form of a talking wire recording unit is also supported within the compartment 16 upon a bracket 32. This mechanism includes a bellows 31 and a lever 29 which is centrally supported upon a pivot pin 30. One end of the lever 29 is disposed in the path of movement of coins entering the compartment 16 through the slot 15, while the opposite end thereof is in motion transmitting relationship with the adjacent end of the bellows 31.

It will now be recognized that with the parts disposed in the normal position illustrated in Figure 1, a coin 34 being forced into the coin slot '15, as shown in Figure 3, is operative to eifect movement of the sector gear 22 to an adjusted position 22a and rotation of the lever 29 to an adjusted position 29a in which it compresses the bellows 31 to the compressed position 31a. As the sector gear 22a and bellows 31a return to their normal positions 2'2, 31, their associated mechanisms emit an andible signal which can be in the form of music, voices, or the like, without further external winding or energization of any type.

While various changes may be made in the detail constrnotion, it shall be understood that such changes shall be within the spirit and scope of the present invention as defined by the appended claim.

What I claim as new and desire to protect by Letters Patent of the United States is:

A coin-controlled musical toy bank comprising, in combination, a hollow body casing of substantially heartshaped configuration, a sturdy base, said hollow body casing embodying an interior compartment having curved top and side walls intermediate flat vertical front and rear walls, said sturdy base having flat vertical front and rear walls and a central opening extending upwardly therethrough and between said front and rear Walls thereof, the lower portion of said hollow body casing being vertically mounted within said opening in said sturdy base, said front and rear Walls of said hollow body extending beyond the periphery of said top and side Walls of said compartment, an inlet slot in a flat portion of said top wall of said compartment and arranged longitudinally therein for receiving coins to be deposited within said compartment, an opening in the bottom of said compartment, a closure plate hinged adjacent one side of said opening for closing said opening in the bottom of said compartment, locking means arranged with said closure plate, a keyhole in said plate for receiving key means for actuating said locking means to enable said closure plate to be hingedly moved to an open position for removing coins from the interior of said compartment, a pair of sound emitting devices arranged within said compartment and spaced longitudinally apart from each other and at a short distance below and away from the ends of said inlet slot, a pair of brackets arranged transversely between the front and rear walls of said compartment for supporting said sound emitting devices, a pair of movable means mounted in said compartment adjacent the ends of said inlet slot for producing a cam- 3 ming action in conjunction with a coin entering said inlet slot to thereby actuate said pair of sound emitting devices, said pair of sound emitting devices including one spring energized unit and one collapsible sound unit, said pair of movable means consisting of a bell-crank lever and a segment gear in meshing engagement with a pinion, said bell-crank lever having two arms normal to each other, one arm in cooperative relation with the collapsible sound emitting device and its other arm in cooperative relation with a coin entering the inlet slot,

said segment gear being displaceable between an initial position beneath said inlet slot and an adjusted position displaced therefrom in response to the insertion of a coin in said inlet slot, and said segment gear meshing with said pinion in cooperative relation with a. second pinion gear operatively connected with said spring energized sound unit whereby a dual musical melody may be emitted from said pair of sound emitting devices.

References Cited in the file of this patent UNITED STATES PATENTS 528,277 Porter Oct. 30, 1894 10 2,304,415 Lawson Dec, 8, 1942 2,447,296 Wall Aug. 17, 1948 FOREIGN PATENTS 299,813 Switzerland June 30, 1954

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Referenced by
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US3258100 *Jul 14, 1965Jun 28, 1966Taff John LToy telephone musical bank
US5304084 *Nov 2, 1992Apr 19, 1994Liao Fu ChiangAudible coin bank
US5944254 *Apr 16, 1997Aug 31, 1999Liu; JackSavings coin box with controllable music box
U.S. Classification446/9, 446/197, 446/188, 446/318
International ClassificationA63H5/00, A45C1/12, A45C1/00
Cooperative ClassificationA63H5/00, A45C1/12
European ClassificationA63H5/00, A45C1/12