US 685345 A
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No. 685,345. l Patented 0eme, |90:`
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(Application med Jan. 19, 1901.)
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CHARLES F. PERKINS AND ROBERT YV. IRWIN, OF GRAND RAPIDS,
SPEGIFEGATON forming part of Letters Patent N o. 685,345, dated ctober 29, 1901. Application filed January 19, 1901. Serial No. 43,935. (No model) T0 @ZZ whom it may concern:
Be it known that we, CHARLES F. PERKNS and ROBERT W. IRWIN, citizens of the United States, residing at Grand Rapids, Michigan, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Toy Eggs, of which the following is a specification.
Our invention relates to improvements in toy eggs; and the object of the invention is to provide an extremely simple form of article not liable to get -out of order and which may be operated successfully by the application of heat to cause the imitation chicken within to break the egg-shell.
The invention is illustrated in the accompanying drawings, in which- Figure l is a side elevation of the chicken and shell after hatching. Fig. 2 is a central vertical section before the breaking of the egg-shell, and Fig. 3 is a transverse section. Fig. 4 is a detail of a modication.
In the drawings, a represents the shell,
which is made of plaster-of-paris in two parts,
which are secured together by glue. The butt-end of the shell a is preferably made thicker than the front portion and has embedded therein a block or plate b, preferably of metal, which forms a seat for a helical spring c, the end coil of the spring being secured by threading it through eyes struck up from the metal. At the opposite end the spring carries a frame-piece, which is preferably provided with a tubular portion d, which fits within the coil of the spring, while its forward end is sharpened, shaped, and colored to represent the bill of the chicken. y This frame-piece we cover with yellow cotton to represent. the head or front portion of the chicken, the cotton being held in place by a metal cross-bar e, which also assists in breaking the shell in the manner hereinafter described.
A cord f is secured to the block or frame on which the cotton is secured, and before the two parts of the shell are secured together this cord is passed to the rear and through 'a hole h in the shell, and the spring is compressed, bringing the parts in the position shown in Fig. 2. A knot is provided on the stringin such a position that when the spring is compressed the knotted end rests in the countersunk portion of the hole in the shell and a drop of hot sealing-wax is placed around the knot, so that it eectually holds it, and thereby maintains lthe spring compressed. The two parts of the shell are then put together and the joint concealed by wash, when the egg is ready to be hatched. This is accom plished by applying heat to melt the wax,- whereby the spring being released propels the frame forward against the inside of the smaller end of the egg and the impact causes the shell to be fractured.
Instead of ,usin g a metal plate to secure the spring to we may, if desired, use a wooden plate and secure the end coil of the spring by Y staples, as' shown in Fig. 4.
Having thus described our invention, what we claim ism- 1. A toy egg comprising a shell, an imitation spring-pressed chicken therein, means independent of the forward portion of the shell for retaining the chicken in a retracted position and for releasing it to allow it to spring forward to fracture the shell, substantially as described.
2. kA toy egg comprising a shell, a spring mounted therein, an imitation chicken-head carried by said spring, a cord secured to the head and passing backward through the spring and means for securing the cord to hold the spring compressed, substantially as described.
3. In combination, the shell, a spring mounted therein, an imitation chicken-head carried by the spring, a cord secured to said head and passing backward through the spring, a knot on said string, seated in an opening in the shell and a fusible material in said opening around the knot, substantially as described.
4. In combination, the shell,a wooden block in the butt-end thereof, a spring carried by said block, an imitation chicken-head carried Y by said spring, astring secured to the chiekenwhereby the Iehicken-head is caused to frac- Io head and passing backward through an openture the shell, substantially as described.
ine: in the shell, and a fusible material se- In testimony whereof We afx our signacuring said string,r in the opening, substantures in presence of two Witnesses.v 5 tially as described. d CHARLES F. PERKINS.
- 5. A toy egg comprising a shell of fractnr- 1- ROBERT W. IRWIN. able material, arigid plate fixed in the butt Witnesses: of said shell, a spring pressed imitation H. G. TRACY, e
chicken-head carried by said plate and means H. JL WATROUs.