US 364573 A
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J. H. BRINKOP.
170. 364,573. Patented Julie 7,1887.
' UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE. l
JOI-IN H. -BRINKOR OF QUINOY, ILLINOIS.
SPECIFICATION forming part of Letters Patent No.v364,573, dated June 7, 1887.
Application filed March 2G, N87. Serial No. Eil-2,555. (No model.)
To all whom, it may con/cern:
Be it known that I, JOHN H. BRINKOP, of
- Quincy, in the county of Adams and State of Illinois, have invented a new and usefull Improvement in Decoys; and I do hereby declare that the following is' a full, elcar, and exact dc scription of the same.
My invention relates todecoys for-ducks or other water-fowl.
coy. Fig. 2 is a plan view of the floating support. Fig. 3 is a plan View of the decoy. Fig. 4 is a transverse section through the head and the body portion of the same.
In these drawings, A represents the body of the decoy. It is composed of sheet material, either of wood or metal, pasteboard or pulp, properly waterproofed and capable of being struck up out of thin sheets,or otherwise formed of felt, pulp, or plastic material, as a thin shell, hollow and fitted to be nested, as boxes and culinary vessels are nested, for transportation.
They may be struck up or otherwise t formed to simulate the bird to be decoyed', and
are properly painted for that purpose. The head B is separately formed of like material and inthesame way, being struck up or molded or formed otherwise of thin sheets, or of felted, pulped, or plastic material, as a thin shell. The special means shown for attaching it to the body of the decoy are thin strips of metal These are inserted through slits in the material of the head, and are fixed to the head and bent outwardly, as shown in Fig. 4. There are corresponding slits through the body-in proper position, and the headis connected to the body by springing together the sides of the neck, to which t-he strips are attached, and causing the outwardly-bent ends to engage The objects which I hav/e had in mind in` with the slits in thc body. Any other of many suitable means of connection may be used; but these are simple and convenient. may thus be removed for packing.
The fioaliug support of the decoy is shown in- Figs. 1 and 2. This consists of aboard or flat piece of any suitable material, preferably wood, as represented at O. It has a central slot, c, in or near the center of the length of which is pivot-ed astandard, D, provided with a weight, d, the whole being adapted to lie in the slot when turned in the plane of the board. The upper end has a button, e, adapted to pass through a hole in the back of the decoybody, at or near the center of gravity thereof. The button-disk c passes through a hole, g, in a slide, G, on the back of the decoybody, registering, when the slide is drawn back, with a hole inthe back of the body, and is held by means of a slot in the same slide opening into The headv the hole, and fitted tothe neck or shank of the l button. This shank is long enough and fits loosely enough in the slot to allow the decoy to be loosely balanced on the standard, so that it Amay tip and turn freely as the wind and waves, however light, may move it, and thus simulate the movements of a duck or other waterfowl sitting on the water. -The button may be fixed directly to the end of the standard; but I have preferred to attach it to a socket, H, which tits over the end of the standard, preferably split, to hold it with an elasticcontact.
The end of the slot is formed with an enlargement, K, to receive the weight d. To hold the standard in proper vertical position, it is pivoted cna pin, Z, with a notch, m, in the edge of the board or support, and a spring on the side opposite the notch, so that when the standard is turned to a position vertical, or approximately so, or approximately at right angles to the plane ofthe board, the spring presses the standard into the notch and holds itin this position. This notch may be omitted, or may be supplied by other devices. larged opening,A L, similar to K, is formed in the other end of the slot to receive an anchoring-weight, k, formed to fit the opening. It isheld therein by the string which is drawn through a hole, p, in the end of the board, and may be coiled around pins q q. A knot in the end of the rope serves to hold it in place when IOS the line is 1ct ont to allow the anchor to go to the bottom.
I claim as my inventionl. A decoy consisting of a body and a snitable iioat therefor, combined with a detachable head having attachingstrips, adapted to enter slits in the body, substantially as described.
2. In combination with the hollow body of a decoy, made of thin material, a float having a standard connected therewith, pivotal connections between the standard and the body, whereby free motion is permitted to the body, and the weight en lower end ot" the standard, substantially as described.
3. In combination with the hollow body of a decoy, astandard attached to a float, detachable connections between the top of the standard and the body, and the weight connected to the lower end ofthe standard, substantially as described.
4. The combination, in a decoy, ofthe floatl therein, a detachable connection between the 3o standard and the body ofthe decoy,and means, substantially as described, for holding the standard upon the float in a vertical position.
6. In combination, a slotted iioat, a standard adapted to fold within the slot and to be detaehably connected with the dceoybody, and a weight on the lower end of the standard, substantially as described.
7. The combination, in a decoy, ot` a float, body, and snpporting-standard, the saidstandard being pivoted within the float and provided with a button, and a body having a slotted slide adapted to the button of the standard, substantially as described.
8. The combination, in a decoy, ol" a body, a float, a standard supporting the body, a sleeve upon the end of said standard provided with a button, and a slotted slide on the back ot' the decoy adapted to engage willi the button, substantially as described.
In testimony whereof I have signed my name to this specification in the presence of two subscribing wtnesses.
JOHN H. BRINKOP.
J. B. SHMvGo, JI. M. BAr'rnRorB.