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Publication numberUS593056 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateNov 2, 1897
Publication numberUS 593056 A, US 593056A, US-A-593056, US593056 A, US593056A
InventorsJoseph N. Maingot
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
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No. 593,056. Patented Nov. 2,1897




SPECIFICATION forming part of Letters Patent No. 593,056, dated November 2, 1897'.

Application filed March 24, 1897.

To all whom it may concern.-

Be it known that I, JOSEPH N. Mnmeor, of Grenada, IVindward Islands, have invented a new and useful Improvement in Exercising Apparatus, of which the following is a full, clear, and exact description, reference being had to the accompanying drawings, forming part of this specification, in which Figure 1 is a side elevation of a dumb-bell provided with apparatus for striking a musical note constructed in accordance with my invention; and Fig. 2 is a side elevation of the same, partly in section, showing the internal mechanism.

My invention relates to exercising apparatus, such as dumb-bells, Indian-clubs, Wands, Ate. which are held in the hands of the person and is designed to provide mechanism contained in or attached to the apparatus by which a musical note may be struck at any desired moment during the movements of the same. It is also designed to provide a series of dumb-bells or similar exercising devices of this character each of which shall strikea different note in the octave, thus providing for the playing of a tune during the use of the apparatus by a number of persons.

In the drawings, 2 represents an ordinary dumb-bell, one of the bulb-shaped ends 3 of which is partially cut away and provided with a bell 4, which is struck by a hammer 5, secured at the end of a spring 6, which is carried by a lever 7, pivoted within the dumbbell and having an operating handle or knob 8 projecting through the handle of the dumbbell. The dumb-bell is suitably cored out to receive the mechanism, the lever being pivoted within a small hollow casting 9, which is forced into the cavity of the dumb-bell. Secured within this casting is a bent spring Serial No. 629,104. (No model.)

10, which bears upon the lever and normally holds the hammer out of contact with the bell, which is secured to the ing by a screw 11.

It is apparent that while a dumb-bell of this description is being used a note may be struck by depressing the knob upon the lever and that if a series of eight dumb-bells are employed, each striking a different note in the octave when these dumb-bells are used by a number of persons, simple tunes may be played by their actuating the striking mechanism at suitable intervals. Additional dumb-bells may be. employed for striking sharps or flats of the notes, and mechanism of some similar character may be employed on other exercising apparatus.

I therefore do not wish to restrict myself to any particular exercising apparatus nor any particular mechanisinfor producing the musical note, as I consider myself the first to end of the castemploy in an exercising apparatus a sound- I my hand.




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Cooperative ClassificationA63B21/075