US 3620531 A
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United States Patent [111 3,620,531
 Inventor Robert F. Larkin  References Cited 209 Cornly Road, Lincoln Park, NJ. 07035 UNITED STATES PATENTS  P 495,922 4/1893 Wilcox 272/89  Filed Oct. 20, 1969 2,757,7 l4 8/1956 Hurley 272/89  Patented Nov. 16, 1971 FOREIGN PATENTS 1,437,343 0/1966 France 272/89 Primary Examiner-Richard C. Pinkham Assistant Examiner-Theatrice Brown  52: 3: :L f g g ABSTRACT: My invention comprises a frame with a downwardly extending center support. A swing is provided with an upwardly extending section joined by a cable to the support. Handle means manually operable by a user of the swing and pivotally secured to the section engage the support 88, 89, 90 in such manner that the user can swing in any direction.
CHILD'S SWING SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION This invention is of a new type of childrens swing which will allow the child to swing in all directions. To pump the swing, the child pulls (or pushes) on the handle. The handle is attached to the swing through a spherical bearing which allows the handle to be pulled in any direction. At the top of the handle is a ring. This ring reacts the child's pull against the center support and causes the swing to move. The handle, in effect, is a lever with its fulcrum at the point of contact of the ring. The pivot of the swing is a wire rope between the center support and the swing. This allows movement in all directions. When the swing is in motion, the handle moves with it, and allows the child to apply more pull. The spherical tube ends will prevent the ring from jamming and kicking back. The swing is bent so that the center of gravity of the child is on the pivot centerline. The overall structure of the swing is four legs attached to the center support. These legs are equally spaced and will distribute the loads caused by the swinging motion of the child.
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS In the drawings:
FIG. I is a side view of my invention;
FIG. 2 is an enlarged detail view of certain parts of my invention;
FIG. 3 is a view ofone ofthe parts of FIG. 2;
FIG. 4 is a view taken along line 4-4 in FIG. 1;
FIG. Sis a view taken along line 5-5 in FIG. 1;
FIG. 6 is a top view of my invention; and
FIG. 7 is a view taken along line 7-7 in FIG. 1.
DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF PREFERRED EMBODIMENTS Referring now to FIGS. 1-7, a support has four legs 10 extending outward and downward from a central flat member 12 and a short vertical member 14 extends downward from member 12. The bottom end of member 14 has an opening 16 through which a cable 18 extends, a swaged ball 20 on the top end of the cable preventing it from falling out of member 14. The top end of swing 22 has a slot 24 adapted to detachably receive another swaged ball 26 on the bottom end of the cable whereby the swing hangs downward from member 14. A horizontal seat 28 is secured to the bottom end of the swing.
An elongated handle 30 has a bottom end with bicycle grip 32 which can be held by a child resting on the seat. Handle 30 at a point intermediate its ends is secured by pivot means 40 to the swing adjacent its top end. This pivot means includes a flanged type spherical bearing 34 permitting movement of the handle in any direction.
A horizontal ring 36 is welded at 38 to the handle adjacent its top end and encircles member 14. The swing can then be used as previously described.
While I have described my invention with particular reference to the drawings such is not to be considered as limiting its actual scope.
Having thus described this invention what is asserted as new is:
I. In combination: a supporting frame having a vertically downward extending member; a swing having vertically displaced top and bottom ends; a cable connecting the bottom end of said member to the top end of the swing; a horizontal seat secured to the bottom end of the swing; handle means connected to said swing and means connecting said handle means to said member for a limited amount of universal pivoting of said handle means relative to said member whereby said handle means may be manually operable by a child disposed on the seat to enable the child to swing in any direction. 2. The combination as set forth in claim 1 wherein said handle means includes an elongated handle pivotally connected at a point intermediate its ends by a pivot mec amsm to the swing at a point adjacent the top end of the swing.
3. The combination as set forth in claim 2 wherein said pivot mechanism includes a spherical bearing permitting the handle when held by one end to be moved in any direction.
4. The combination as set forth in claim 3 wherein said means connecting said handle means to said member includes a horizontal ring disposed around the vertical member with a loose fit and welded to the other end of the handle.
5. The combination as set forth in claim 4 wherein said frame includes a plurality of spaced legs extending outward and downward.
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