Samuel xmcclaik o of philadelphia
US 61846 A
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TO ALL WHOM IT MAY CONCERN:
Be it known that I, SAMUE@ McCLAIN, of the city of Philadelphia, in the county of Philadelphia, and in the State of Pennsylvania., have invented an improved Whistle and Bird-Call; andI do hereby declare that the following is a. full, clear, and exact description thereof, reference being had to theaccompanying drawings and to the letters of reference thereon marked. i
The nature of my invention consists in constructing an instrument to emit sounds in imitation of birds, animals, 85o., at the will of the performer, as will more fully hereinafter appear.
To enable those skilled in the art to make and use my invention, I will describe its construction and operation. In thedrawingsl A A are pieces of morocco leather, or other suitable material, cut in the shapeshown in `Figures 1 and 2, or any other .convenient form. These pieces are Vintended for the purpose of holding the piece of thin skin, bladder, or other similar material, (its form being shown `at Figure 3,) between the'teeth, and also assisting in part to keep thejteeth from touching, but more particularly to cause a slight separation of the lips, forming an aperture for the emission of the breath. Figure 4, C, is a piece of tin, or any substance that will answer its purpose of giving stiffness to the leather, andprevent the teeth of lowerjawlocking with those of the upper, it thus causes anopening through which the breath may be forced. Thepiece B is placed between the two pieces A, and theedges are sewn or fastened together; then the piece C is secured in like manner, in the position shown in Figure 5. Y
Before operating thc call, it should be soaked in wateriuntil it is soft, which willuotbe longer than five minutes. Now place the instrument or call with its curved edge in the mouth, far enough in for the teeth of the performer to rest upon the piece C, when the call is ready or in position. 'Begin breathing easily through the opening between your teeth over the exposed part of piece B, (markedb, fig. 2,) from the vibrations of` which the sounds are produced; gradually increase your breathing force until youV have reached the utmost of your power, you will b so doing acquaint yourself with the various notes or octave ot tle culll Breathing slowly or quickly produces long or short notes. By pressing or closing the teeth with force, ahigh note is given out; releasing the pressure, u low note. After a little practice, a person who has a little taste for music, and isqa tolerable mimic, can imitate all sounds, from the deep grunt of the .swine to the shrill chirp of a. Week-o1d chick. The power of the instrument is only-limited by the perfectness of the ear or taste for music of the performer,
and his perseverance.
signed my name this 9th day of August, 1866.
Having thusfully described my invention, what I claim as new, and desire to'secure by Letters Patent,is
The construction and arrangement of pieces A A B and C, substantially in the manner and for the purpose eet forth.
In testimony that I claim the above-described u:improvements in whistles and hirdcalls,i I have hereunto iSAMUEL MccLAiN.
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