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I PATENTED MAY 26, 1903. 1). J. WILSON. TOY. APPLICATION FILE]? APR. 1, 1903.
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UNITED STATES Patented May 26, 1903.
DAVID J. WILSON, OF WASHINGTON, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, ASSIGNOR TO THE HERRELL ESPEY COMPANY, OF WASHINGTON, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, A CORPORATION OF VIRGINIA.
SPECIFICATION forming part of Letters Patent No. 729,473, dated May 26, 1903.
Application filed April 1, 1903. Serial No- 150.56l. (No model.)
To aZZ whont it may concern:
Be it known that I, DAVID J. WlLsON, a citizen of the United States, residing at Washington, in the District of Columbia, have invented certain newjand useful Improvements in Toys, of which the following is a specification.
This invention relates to certain new and useful improvements in toys, it pertaining more especially to what are known as return-balls or miniature punching-bags, and has for its object to provide a striker, the same being secured to the free end of the elastic cord to which the return-balls are attached and adapted to be carried by the user for retaining the ball or other object in mo tion.
To the accomplishment of the general object stated and others which will more fully appear the preferred embodiment of the invention consists in the construction and arrangement of parts to be described, illustrated in the accompanying drawings, and defined in the appended claims.
In said drawings, Figure 1 is a perspective view of my improved toy, showing the striker in position upon the hand; and Fig. 2 is adetail sectional view of the striker.
Referring to the numerals of reference employed to designate corresponding parts in the several views, 1 denotes an inflated object such, for instance, as a miniature punching bag or toy balloonhaving attached thereto in any suitable manner an elastic cord 2, to the free end of which is secured my improved striker, the same adapted to be carried by the user upon either hand, and when thus carried a slight motion of the hand will send the inflated object rapidly rebounding from the hand to the utmost stretch of the elastic cord, said object returning each time to be again tossed by the striker.
The striker comprises a plurality of fingerloops 3, preferably made from a single piece of elastic ribbon, the ends-4 of which are folded toward each other and sewed or otherwise secured near the center, thus forming two connected elastic loops adapted to receive the fingers on the hand, the said striker being made of elastic material to accommodate itself to different-sized hands. It is obvious, however, that the striker could be made from two pieces of elastic ribbon, each piece folded upon itself to form a loop, the meeting ends of one loop being sewed or otherwise secured to the meeting ends of the other and in this way providing the connected loops, as above described. It will also be understood that I do not intend to limit myself to the number of loops for each striker, as there may be two or more, one for each finger, if desired.
The striker is provided intermediate its ends with an eyelet 5, through which the free end of the elastic cord 2 is adapted to pass and be securely fastened in any preferred manner, as clearly shown in the drawings. This connection between the elastic cord and the striker is preferably made so that it can be e'asilydetached and the cord lengthened or shortened, as desired, it being obvious that the shorter the cord the quicker the inflated object will return after being struck by the striker.
It is apparent that in carrying out my invention some changes from the combination herein shown and described may be made,
elastic cord secured thereto between the loops,
and adapted to carry a return-ball.
2. A toy comprising a striker madeup of aplurality of connected elastic finger-loops, and an elastic cord secured thereto between the loops, and adapted to carry a return-ball.
3. A toy comprising a striker made up of a plurality of connected finger-loops and pro- Vided intermediate its ends with an eye, and
In testimony whereof I have signed my name to this specification in presence of two DAVID J. \VILSON.
an elastic cord secured to said eye and adapted to carry a returmball.
4. A toy comprising a striker made up of witnesses. a plurality of connected finger-loops, an elasg' tic cord secured thereto between the loops, Witnesses:
and a return-ball secured to the free end of GEORGE L. GORMAN,
ihe said cord.
ERNEST G. THOMPSON.