Search Images Maps Play YouTube News Gmail Drive More »
Sign in
Screen reader users: click this link for accessible mode. Accessible mode has the same essential features but works better with your reader.

Patents

  1. Advanced Patent Search
Publication numberUS602294 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateApr 12, 1898
Filing dateOct 8, 1897
Publication numberUS 602294 A, US 602294A, US-A-602294, US602294 A, US602294A
InventorsBenjamin Arnold
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Island
US 602294 A
Abstract  available in
Images(1)
Previous page
Next page
Claims  available in
Description  (OCR text may contain errors)

(No Model.)

B.ARNOLD.

FOOT BALL.

8.. 9 00 1 2 1 r p A d e t n 6 t a P Inventor.

Witnesses de/ rzd UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE.

BENJAMIN ARNOLD, OF EAST GREENWICH, RHODE ISLAND.

FOOT-BALL.

SPECIFICATION forming part of Letters Patent No. 602,294, dated April 12, 1898. Ais ncanifileapctobers, 1897. Serial No. 654,502. (No model.)

To all whom it may concern.-

Be it known that I, BENJAMIN ARNOLD, of East Greenwich, in the county of Kent and State of Rhode Island, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Foot-Balls and the Like; and I do hereby declare that the following is a full, clear, and exact description thereof, reference being had to the accompanying drawings, and to the letters of reference marked thereon, which form a part of this specification.

This invention relates to the mode of constructing foot-balls andthe like.

The object of the invention is to construct a ball that will be capable of being inflated by the hands without the use of any other extraneous meanssuch as blowing up with the mouthwith or without the help of a tube, which is so liable to be lost or mislaidand that will be capable of being still more inflated and kept so by the operation of kicking the ball when in use. It is fully explained and illustrated in this specification and the accompanying drawings.

Figure l is a representation of the ball in elevation with the inflating side in front. Fig. 2 is a Vertical section of the ball taken through its center on line 00 min Fig. 1. Fig. 3 is a vertical section of the ball turned over a quarter-turn to the right, with the representation in elevation of. a foot kicking the ball to show the operation of the inflating de- Vices. Figs. 4 and 5 are respectively top and side views of the spring used in the inflatingchamber.

This invention is intended to apply more especially to the ordinary rubber foot-ball, (represented in the drawings by the letter A.)

The improvement consists in putting a partition a. in the ball at one side to form a chamber o. The partition a is preferably made of the same shape and material as that portion of the ball that forms the outer side of the chamber and is made air-tight, except as to the valves cl 6 in both of its sides. These valves both open inwardly-the Valve 01 into the chamber 0 and the valve 6 into the inside of the ball. A double involute spring n (shown separately in Figs. 4 and 5, top and side views, respectively) is placed in the chamber 0 to keep its sides apart when not forcibly driven together, as in Fig. 3.

The operation is this: When the outer wall of the chamber 0 is tapped with the fingers quickly and with some force, the outer wall will be pushed in more or less and the air in the chamber will be forced through the valve 6 into the ball, and will be prevented from returning by the closing of the Valve. Then the spring n will push the outer wall out to its normal position again, drawing the air from the outside in through the valve d to refill the chamber, and as the air is prevented by the valve from escaping outward a succession of the taps on the outer wall will pump in air into the ball until it is filled. In playing with the ball whenever the toe of the boot I) incidentally or purposely strikes the outer wall of the chamber 0, as in Fig. 3, the

air will in like manner be forced from the chamber, by the pushing in of the outer wall, into the ball until the pressure in the ball becomes so great as to prevent any more air from entering. In this way instead of the ball growing slack and flabby in playing it will, even if slack at the start, be pumped up tight, and the air injected will also have the advantage over the heated breath with which a ball is usually inflated in not being subject to shrinkage from cooling.

The shape and position of the chamber may be varied and there may be more than one, and also the position of the valves and the kind of spring used, so long as the parts act together substantially as set forth.

The invention is also applicable to air cushions and beds and other like articles the usefulness of which depends on inflation.

Having thus described my improvements, I claim as my invention and desire to secure by Letters Patent In a foot-ball orlike body, a partition placed across from side to side in the ball and attached thereto at its edges, to form a chamber the outer wall of which will be flexible and easily depressed, a valve in the outer wall of said chamber opening into it, a valve in the inner wall of the chamber opening into the ball, a spring to press the outer and the inner walls apart, substantially as described.

In testimony whereof vI have hereunto set my hand this 5th day of October, A. D. 1897.

BENJAMIN ARNOLD. In presence of- HOWARD E. BARLOW, J AMES E. ARNOLD.

Referenced by
Citing PatentFiling datePublication dateApplicantTitle
US6287225 *Jan 6, 2000Sep 11, 2001Spalding Sports Worldwide, Inc.Self contained sport ball inflation mechanism
US6409618Jun 15, 2000Jun 25, 2002Spalding Sports Worldwide,Inc.Self-contained sport ball inflation mechanism
US6422960Jun 14, 2000Jul 23, 2002Spalding Sports Worldwide, Inc.Self contained sport ball inflation mechanism
US6439950Jun 30, 2000Aug 27, 2002Goldman Toy Group, Inc.Inflatable toy
US6450906Jun 14, 2000Sep 17, 2002Spalding Sports Worldwide, Inc.Self contained sport ball inflation mechanism
US6491595 *Nov 14, 2000Dec 10, 2002Spalding Sports Worldwide, Inc.Method of manufacturing a sport ball having a self-contained inflation mechanism
US6702699 *Jun 25, 2002Mar 9, 2004Russell Asset Management Inc.Self-contained sport ball inflation mechanism
US6887173Aug 1, 2002May 3, 2005Russell Asset Management, Inc.Inflatable articles with self-contained inflation mechanism
US6916262Dec 17, 2002Jul 12, 2005Russell Asset Management, Inc.Sport ball with energy absorbing foam at varying locations
US6935977 *Apr 4, 2003Aug 30, 2005Russell Asset Management, Inc.Sport ball with pump having pressure relief and/or pressure indication capability
US6966857Dec 19, 2003Nov 22, 2005Russell Asset Management, Inc.Sport ball with self-contained dual action inflation mechanism
US6997829Dec 3, 2003Feb 14, 2006Russell Asset Management, Inc.Sport ball with self-contained dual action inflation mechanism
US7014582 *Dec 22, 2003Mar 21, 2006Russell Asset Management, Inc.Sport ball with self-contained inflation mechanism having pressure relief and indication capability
US7033292Aug 21, 2003Apr 25, 2006Russell Asset Management, Inc.Sport ball with self-contained inflation mechanism having pressure indication
US7175553 *Jan 13, 2005Feb 13, 2007Russell CorporationSport ball with self-contained inflation mechanism and pressure indicator
US7278937 *Jan 13, 2005Oct 9, 2007Russell CorporationSport ball with self-contained inflation mechanism having pressure relief and indication capability
US20040110582 *Aug 21, 2003Jun 10, 2004Kennedy Thomas J.Sport ball with self-contained inflation mechanism having pressure indication
US20040180740 *Dec 19, 2003Sep 16, 2004Russell Asset Management, Inc.Sport ball with self-contained dual action inflation mechanism
US20040198147 *Dec 3, 2003Oct 7, 2004Russell Asset Management Corporation, Inc.Sport ball with self-contained dual action inflation mechanism
US20040242354 *Dec 22, 2003Dec 2, 2004Russell Asset Management, Inc.Sport ball with self-contained inflation mechanism having pressure relief and indication capability
US20050124445 *Dec 15, 2004Jun 9, 2005Veilleux Thomas A.Avoidance of resonance in the inflatable sport ball by limiting the critical ratio
US20050159257 *Jan 13, 2005Jul 21, 2005Russell Asset Management, Inc.Sport ball with self-contained inflation mechanism having pressure relief and indication capability
EP1289607A1 *Jun 13, 2001Mar 12, 2003Spalding Sports Worldwide, Inc.Self contained sport ball inflation mechanism
WO2001095982A1 *Jun 13, 2001Dec 20, 2001Spalding Sports Worldwide IncSelf contained sport ball inflation mechanism
WO2002060542A1 *Jan 17, 2002Aug 8, 2002Spalding Sports Worldwide IncAvoidance of resonance in inflatable sport ball
Classifications
Cooperative ClassificationA63B41/12