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Publication numberUS777478 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateDec 13, 1904
Filing dateNov 25, 1901
Priority dateNov 25, 1901
Publication numberUS 777478 A, US 777478A, US-A-777478, US777478 A, US777478A
InventorsJesse Minor
Original AssigneeJesse Minor
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
US 777478 A
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SPECIFICATION forming part of Letters Patent No. 777,478, dated December 13, 1904:. Application filed zlovcmhc. 25, 1901. Serial No- 83,5'77. (N0 model.) i

This invention relates to certain new and,

useful improvements in exercising-balls, and has for its object the provision of novel means whereby a person can easily exercise with the ball alone, not requiring the assistance of a partner to exercise with the ball.

Another object of the present invention is to provide a ball with one or more handles whereby it may be conveniently grasped and exercised for the development of all the muscles of the body.

My invention further contemplates to construct a ball of the above-described class that will contain a number of weights that maybe easily removed and others substituted for the purpose of regulating the weight of the ball.

The present invention further contemplates to construct a ball that will be simple in its construction, strong durable, and comparatively inexpensive to manufacture.

With the above and other objects in view the invention consists in the novel combina tion and arrangement of parts to be hereinafter more fully described, and specifically pointed out in the claims.

In describing the invention in detail reference is had to the accompanying drawings, forming a part of this specification, and where in like numerals of reference indicate corresponding parts throughout the several views, in which Figure 1 is a side elevation of my improved exercising-ball. Fig. 2 is a central vertical sectional view thereof, taken on the line 2 2 of Fig. 1. Fig. 3 is a side elevation of one of the springs that may be attached to the handles. Fig. 4: is a vertical sectional view of one of the weights- Fig. 5 is a top plan view of the same.

In the drawings the reference-numeral 1 represents the inner casing, which incloscs the spherical body 1 and which may be composed of any suitable material, having formed there in graduated recesses 2 3 and t 5, which extend inwardly and are seated in similar recesses formed in the body 1. In said recesses on one side are secured lugs 6 and on the op posite side spring-pressed pins '7. The reference-numeral 8 re 'iresents weights which are of various sizes, said weights having formed on their upper faces recesses 9, forming a central grip 10. The weights are held within the respective recesses 2, 3, I, and 5 by placing them back of the lugs 6 and the spring-pressed pins 7, the latter being depressed to permit of the placing of the weights in position. It will be observed that the weights may be rcadil y removed when desired by depressing the pins 7 within their sockets.

The reference-numeral 11 represents the outer covering of the ball, which is preferably provided with a band 12 secured thereto, said band carrying handles l I, which are attached. at 15 to the band, or they maybe attached to either the inner or outer parts and have interposed bet weenthe' grip of the handle and the securing-point springs 16. The handles 14 may be attached directly to the covering, if desired, or they may be attached to the band. These handles may be constructed with a spring 16, as shown, or the springs may be dispensed with.

The reference-numeral 17 represents a door formed in the outer covering, which is hinged at 18 and may be suitably secured at 19 for the purpose of holdmg the outer weight in' position and securing the door to the cover. The door 17 conforms in contour to the spherical casing 1, of which it forms a part. Two doors are provided, one for each opening to the graduated recesses.

It will be seen that bythis construction an exercisingball may be easily handled and certain movements obtained that could not be accomplished with the devices that are spherical in form without handles.

The many other advantages obtained by the use of my improved exercising-ball will be readily apparent from the foregoing description, taken in connection with the accompanying drawings.

It will be noted that various changes may be made in the details of construction without departing from the general spirit of my invention.

Having fully described my invention, what I claim as new, and desire to secure by Letters Patent, is-

1. In combination, a spherical casing having graduated recesses in opposite sides thereof, adapted to receive weights, and means for holding said weights in the recesses while permitting their removal at will, substantially as described.

2. In combination, a substantially spherical body and a casing inclosing the same with recesses extending into the body, means for removably securing weights in said recesses, and an outer covering for the casing, substantially as described.

3. In combination, a substantially spherical body and a casing inclosing the body with graduated recesses extending therein on opposite sides of the body, to receive weights, means for securing said weights in position,

a covering for the casing, and handles, substantially as described.

at. In combination, a substantially spherical body, and a casing inclosing the body with graduated recesses extending therein on 0pposite sides of the body to receive Weights, and doors for inclosing the openings to said recesses, substantially as described.

5. In an exercising-ball, a body, a casing provided with recesses to receive weights, a covering for thecasing, and handles arranged at opposite sides of the body.

6. In an exercising-ball, the combination of a body, a band secured thereto, hand-grips, and resilient connections between the said hand-grips and band.

7. The combination in an exercising-ball having a graduated recess, of means at each grade for securely holding a Weight in a grade.

In testimony whereof I aflix my signature in the presence of two Witnesses.

JESSE MINOR. Witnesses:


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Cooperative ClassificationA63B21/072, Y10S273/20