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Publication numberUS3591181 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateJul 6, 1971
Filing dateJul 25, 1969
Priority dateJul 25, 1969
Publication numberUS 3591181 A, US 3591181A, US-A-3591181, US3591181 A, US3591181A
InventorsStewart Lawrence W
Original AssigneeStewart Lawrence W
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
A colored speed top game device
US 3591181 A
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United States Patent w: 3,591,181

I 72] Inventor Lawrence W. Stewart .l42 l2/l9bS Pawelka 46/72 N87 W l57l4 Kenwood Blvd.. Menomonee 11430.38! 4/I969 Phipps 46/72 5305' Primary lzxammer-- Anton U Uechsle I I PP Assistant Examiner Marvin S Sisklnd [22] Filed July 25, I969 |45| Patented July 6, 19'" [S4] A COLORED SPEED TOP GAME DEVICE 1 Claim, 7 Drawing Figs.

[52] US. CL". 1.. 273/101,

/6 273/96 R ABSTRACT: A toy top which is made to spin by a string or l llll- CL other means, the top being rotatable about a downwardly exl l Field ofsfll'flh 1 e tending spindle and the top being made in any of various 1 2.63.69. 2 3 273/95. I0 colors so as to be attractive in appearance while in motion. The top is combined with a holder in which the top is held [56] ndennc Clad rotatably free for rotating the top to a high speed and a paddle UNITED STATES PATENTS having a hullaeye imprinted upon its upper side. The paddle in 2,857. I 63 l0/l958 Lykes. 46/72 used as a surface on which to catch the top.

PATENTEDJUL 6197] 3.591181 SHEET 2 (IF 2 A COLORED SPEED TOP GAME DEVICE This invention relates generally to toy tops.

A principle object of the present invention is to provide a color speed top that comprises a rotatable member that is brightly colored in any of various colors so as to make a pleas ing visual effect while in rotation, the top being made of plastic or the like material.

Another object of the present invention is to provide a game device including a color speed top which may be made either solid or in the form of a shell, the shell being perforated by a series of openings so as to create a resonance chamber therewithin and thus produce an audible whistling sound as the openings are rotated in the air, the sound gradually changing in pitch as the top begins to slow down.

Yet another object of the present invention is to provide a game device including a color speed top wherein the surface thereof is of different colors which blend together as the top rotates so to form a secondary color.

Yet a further object is to provide a game device including a color speed top that is provided with separate associated parts comprising a top holder and a motor operated contact wheel for developing a high rotational speed to the top so that the same will spin for a relatively long period of time.

Still another object of the present invention is to provide a game device including a color speed top which further includes an associate part comprising a paddle upon which the spinning top may be caught after being released.

Yet a further object of the present invention is to provide a game device including a color speed top wherein the associate paddle may be used in a competitive game and wherein the upper side of the paddle is divided into a bulls-eye for giving different score ratings according to the skill of a player in catching the top.

Other objects of the present invention are to provide a game device including a color speed top which is simple in design, inexpensive to manufacture, rugged in construction, easy to use and efficient in operation.

These and other objects will be readily evident upon a study of the following specification and the accompanying drawings wherein:

FIG. I is a perspective view of the present invention,

FIG. 2 is a cross-sectional view thereof taken on the line 2-2 of FIG. 1,

FIG. 3 is a perspective view of a companion top comprised as a shell,

FIG. 4 is a cross-sectional view taken on the line 4-4 of FIG.

FIG. 5 is a side elevation view of a top being accelerated in rotational speed by associate parts comprising a holder and an electrical motor operated wheel,

FIG. 6 is a perspective view of the top with an associate paddle, and

FIG. 7 is a side view of the paddle shown partly in cross sec tion as viewed on line 7-7 of FIG. 6.

Referring now to the drawings in detail, the reference nu meral 10 represents a color speed top according to the present invention wherein there is a one-piece member II ofgenerally conical configuration and including a circular end wall 12 and a conically, downwardly tapered sidewall 13 that terminates at an apex 14 wherein there is a lower end of an externally extending spindle IS.

The outer surfaces of the top may be attractively colored in one or several colors so as to make a pleasing appearance during rotation. Such colors may be either in the form of bands or vertical strips around the conical sidewall or which may comprise any pattern upon the end wall 12.

As shown in FIG. 2 of the drawing, the top 10 is made solid and may accordingly be made of plastic or other desirable material.

In FIGS. 3 and 4 of the drawing, a companion top 16 is shown to comprise a member 17 that is hollow on the inner side thereof to form an mternal compartment 18. The top [6 likewise includes a circular upper end wall 19 and a conical wall 20 tapered to an apex 21 adjacent a spindle 22. The sidewall 20 may he provided with a plurality of openings 23 there through communicating with the interior compartment 18, the openings 23 being arranged in a gradually decreasing or enlarging arrangement so as to cause a change in pitch if one side thereof is exposed to a wind.

The conical sidewall 29 is further colored with seven different colors arranged in vertically extending strips, as shown in FIG. 3, so that the colors will blend together as the top rotates. Accordingly such colors may comprise, for example, alternate blue and yellow areas which during rotation thus cause a combination secondary color comprising green.

Likewise, other combinations of primary colors may be used for creating secondary colors. Thus a red and blue will create a purple. Thus a red and yellow will produce an orange.

A concentrically positioned opening 24 on the end wall [9 may serve to receive the spherically configurated spindle I5 of the top 10 so as to produce a diabolo when enjoined for being spinned in a conventional and well-known manner.

In FIG. 5, a further modified construction is shown to in clude a speed top 25, a holder 26, and a motorized spinner 27. The top 25 has a conical depression 28 in an upper end wall 29 thereof for receiving one jaw of the holder. The jaw 30 comprises a rotatable spool 31 upon a pin 52 at the end of one arm 33, the opposite end of the arm forming a handle 34. Another arm 35 is attached pivotally free by means of a rivet 36 to the arm 33, the end of the arm 35 having a pin 37 supporting rotatably free a spool 38 having a depression 39 therein for receiving a spindle shaft 10 of the top 25.

A collar 41 on the top 25 serves to frictionally bear against the end of the spindle 38 so that the end of the spindle 40 does not become worn out while the top is being rotated.

The motorized spinner 27 comprises an electric motor 42 powered either by batteries or an extension cord 43 connected to a plug 44 receivabie within a house outlet electric socket. The motor 42 has a motor shaft 45 on which there is mounted a contact wheel 46 which may be placed against the conical side of the top 25 so to cause the same to be driven to a relatively high rotational speed.

The holder 26 further includes a trigger 47 on the end of arm .35, and there is a compression coii spring 48 normally urging the arms to pivot and cause their jaws to open up and thus release the top supported there between.

The present color speed top includes an associated part comprising a paddle upon which the top 25 may be caught. The upper side of the paddle 49 may have a bullseye 50 im printed thereupon, the bulls cye 56 being divided into different scoring zones by means of raised ridges 51.

In operative use, after the top 25 is brought to a high rota tional speed by being grasped within the holder 26 and powered by the motorized spinner, the person releases the trigger 47 thus causing the arms to pivot and jaws to part thus releasing the top so that the same a? the same time is tossed through the air and allowed to fali to the paddle 49. Depending on the person's skill. the top will land on various zones of the bulls-eye thus providing the player a score. Thus a competitive game may be played between several players. Thus the device may be used as a shuttle cock tossed between several players. Various other games may thus be provided.

What I now Claim is:

1. In a colored top game device, the combination of a member of conical configuration including a circular top wall and a conical sidewall that is downwardly tapered toward an apex adjacent a downwardly extending spindle, said top wall and said sidewall being attractively colored for a pleasing appearance while spinning, said sidewall being colored in vertical stripes of different colors so that the colors blend together during rotation and thus form a secondary coior, said member being made of plastic and said member being comprised of a hollow shell having a plurality of openings therethrough for producing a whistling sound as said top rotates, said game associate part compnsmg a paddle havmg a hulls eye 1m printed upon the upper side therenfwhlch 1s dwnded mm score zones upon whlch sand lop may be caugh!

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U.S. Classification273/412, 446/259
International ClassificationA63H1/22, A63H1/00
Cooperative ClassificationA63H1/22
European ClassificationA63H1/22