US 3571811 A
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United States Patent Henry Allen Wilson 81 Atherton Ave, Atherton, Calif. 94025  Appl. No. 825,734
 Filed May 19, 1969  Patented Mar. 23, 1971  Inventor  TOY HAT 3 Claims, 6 Drawing Figs.
 U.S. Cl 2/195, 273/ 106  Int. Cl A42b l/02  Field ofSearch 2/195, 196, 199, 205; 273/106, 106.2; 46/51, 37, 74
 References Cited UNITED STATES PATENTS 1,677,122 7/1928 Johnson (273/106UX) 1,962,927 6/1934' DeBats 46/37 2,562,685 7/1951 Adams (273/106UX) 2,682,666 7/1954 Mayer 2/175 3,359,678 12/1967 Headrick 46/74 Primary ExaminerPatrick D. Lawson Assistant Examiner-George H. Krizmanich AttorneyEverett G. Clements ABSTRACT: The sailor type hat is constructed for dual uses due to its unitary structure having differently contoured surfaces on opposite sides thereof whereby said unitary surfaces of the device cooperate to provide a cool lightweight head cover as well as an improved discus-shaped throwing game piece. The contoured surfaces on opposite sides of the unitary head cover cooperating when twirled in throwing produces therein improved lift and controlled flight through the air over long distances.
' mvmvron HENRY ALLEN WILSON TOY HAT.
The improved results are thus obtained by the unitary constructed hat device of plastic material having oppositely spaced different contoured cooperating surfaces joined only at their peripheries to provide a central dome-shaped top surface portion surrounded by a relatively narrow rim and an oval embossed lower surface portion extending into the dome embossment of the top surface and also having a rim portion joined to the rim of said top surface.
An object of my improved device therefore comprises a dual use unitary structure having spaced walls providing a hat having an annular brim which is joined at its periphery but which is concentric with the central embossment of the upper wall and eccentric with respect to the head receiving embossment of the lower wall to provide also a light discus-type toy having improved controllable aerodynometric characteristics.
A still further object of my invention comprises the making of an improved structure in one piece with the top and bottom walls differently contoured and spaced for fitting comfortably on the head and without the rapid transfer of heat from the top surface.
Another object of my invention comprises an integral structure having top and bottom walls which are differently contoured in the same direction yet generally spaced except at the annular periphery thereof, where joined.
Other objects and advantages of my invention may be suggested by the following description particularly when considered in conjunction with the accompanying drawings wherein: I
FIG. ,I is a perspective view in section showing the spaced wall structure of the unitary device with the general relationship of the nested embossments of the top and bottom wall portions;
FIG. 2 is a top plan view of the device and the truly circular dome-shaped embossment of the central top wall portion with the relatively narrow brim extending uniformly and concentrically about the embossment; 7
FIG. 3 is a transverse section taken on line 3-3 of FIG. 4;
FIG. 4 is a bottom view of the device shown in FIGS. 2 and 3 with the oval concavity in the lower wall extending within the dome of the outer wall;
FIG. 5 is a perspective view of the device of FIG. 1 when worn as a hat; and
FIG. 6 is a view showing the device of FIG. 1 being used as a controlled throwing and spinning game device.
Having broadly described the hollow multiple use device as shown in the several FIGS. the structure which makes such dual usage possible, I will now describe and explain how the structural relationship of parts cooperate to produce new and improved results when used as shown and described.
In FIG. 1 is shown my improved light weight unitary sailortype hat which is to be worn usuallyby those engaged in the selling or serving of a product advertised with and by the hat itself. It is intended that the hat be given away or sold with the advertised product after which it may be used as a hat or aerial game device or both for which it is particularly suited. In this connection it will be noted that the head device noted generally as 10, comprises a top dome-shaped central portion 11 and a bottom centrally concaved portion 12, each providing a relatively narrow surrounding rim portions which are slightly spaced form each other but joined at their outer peripheries to provide a brim for handling the device 10 when used as a hat and as a grasping edge and buffer when the device is used as a toy aerial projectile of the discus-type. For some purposes it is preferred that the device 10 be blow molded i.e. formed integral of relatively thin plastic material such as polyester or it maybe preferable to construct the device with separate upper layer 11 and lower layer 12 from thin sheets of suitable plastic material but in either case the top and bottom layers are preferably shaped as shown in FIGS. 1 and 4 respectively i.e. with the upper or top layer I! having a central dome-shape and the lower layer 12 a central concaved shape which extends within the dome of the outwardly embossed top layer. By reference now to the lower layer as shown in plan, in FIG. 4, the centrally concaved portion 12 IS shown generally egg or oval shapedso as to better fit comfortably on the head or heads of a large number of people. when worn as a hat as shown in FIG. 5. To insure accurate and reliable fastening of the concaved oval shaped portion of the hat device on the head of a wearer, an elastic band 16 is secured as shown fastened to oppositely disposed edges 17 of the oval head-receiving concaved portion 12. It has been found that this common or unidirectional embossment of the top and bottom spaced layers of the device 10 provides improved aerodynamatic properties to the device when used as a toy discus i.e. for longer flights with more accurate control when hurled as an aerial projectable in playing the game. as shown in FIG. 6.
Having fully described my invention to those in the art to which this invention relates, many changes in construction and widely differing embodiments and applications of the invention will suggest themselves without departing from the spirit and scope of the invention. The disclosures and the description herein are purelyillustrative and are not intended to be in any sense limiting.
1.- A toy hat comprising spaced nested embossed segments having central dome-shaped portions with laterally extending rims secured together at the peripheries, the embossed portion of the inner segment being of oval contour and the embossed portion of the outer segment being circular.
2. A toy hat as defined in claim I wherein the segments are formed of a plastic.
3. A toy hat as defined in claim 2 wherein the peripheries are in a plane located between the top and bottom of the embossment of the inner segment.