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Patented Apr. 20, ‘1948
, 2,440,172
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Thomas Gibbons,‘ Ghicago, 111., ’
Aijpplication?ctobcr 9, 194598erial‘Noi-i?zliz?
5~Glaims. (015272-152)
1.
‘ My invention relates to toys i ‘for l ‘ amusement
5911 this seat :the i child .is: usually ‘resting . and
purposes, generally, characterized as hobby
in: straddled relationship: thereto. ‘The seat 78 is
horses primarily‘ because 'they‘h-ave ‘ a‘ horse head
inithe structurethereo'f, even though ithelhead
connected by- la bolte?i’an‘d ‘nut 1‘! Otto the‘ resilient
element that a-b‘entlpor-tion I12 thereof. The
embracing-my invention.
terminus a P3 ‘< bent in substantially 1 parallel rela
structure simulating anyother animaliimay be 6 resilient element 'i-L, {which-mama’; spring of
utilized with the generar elemental v-s'tructur
suitable strength andrcross-‘sectionghasr its- other
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tionship to- the‘ ‘bent. portion [2, hand. outwardly
provide: a I ?gure ‘head of ' arr-animal @which‘ is :pro~
with ~respect:1thereto, *Ithe saidwend .13 being
vide‘dwwitha seatzportion mounted on a resilient 10 moored‘ to a." base, generally, ».-designated ‘525, and
An ‘important object of my invention is to
‘element, ?in {turn mountedlon'a ‘base 1so as .to
‘having a "rear :foote elementizii ‘i'tov. insure stabil
permit achildl-to- be seated: on th‘e'seat‘portion
ity-‘thereof.
andrmotivate himselfsor ‘herself in an arcuate
movement .relative ~ to ' :the ‘point. of l: anchorage of
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secured izthereto :a' bracket
‘EArhaVin-g; an.» upright:portionez?ssuitabiy thread
the said resilient element-with respect to ‘the x15 -ed:.to;~receive:theithreadediportion:of ‘the adjust
said baseelement.
ing; screw'i’id, theiheadzizafof whichiis‘manipu
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.A'nothennbject ofumyiinvention is toaprovide
lated CIOCkWiSGiGI'.JCOll?tEI‘kléIDékWiSB rdepending
in a :‘toy of ‘the aforementioned character a‘d
on‘ whether it - isgdesiredetolmovezthe‘i'block . I81 to
justable slide meansawhich.will1vary;the point
by either lengthening the ?exure portion ofthe
the :left of :Fig. 1; "iOlf‘itO??IBii'I‘iQlflt, .sas 'shown- :by
the :dottedllirres. The :block 3 k8: is :provided with
a. {dovetailedslideaportionz121?; which-:operates .rsli‘d
ably; instheadovetaileslot :15 5-in- thei'base, :"the send
resilient element or shortening the same, and
corelatively resulting in the increased or de
oftthesscrewi??z'being ?lletedr‘zasratr 21min ‘order
tomeiceive theicylindricaltbody'z'portionw? ofsthe
from .which'the :resiiient element is caused to
?ex or to afford articulate or radial movement
creased resiliency which is-directly proportional 25 nail Lac-and perm-itzrotatiomof the¢screw>20~with '
to the length of the exposed surface of the resil~
‘Ar-further objector-my invention is to;pr0.vide
respect ‘to i-thev .blockz'l8.
:av rotation‘ ,of
.thejhead‘c?iiiwillz be translated tozimpart 1a :Lfor
wardznraaz'retarding ‘zmovement :to {the block. 1&8.
a ‘toy ‘of-the aforementioned-i'charactergwhich
Thezspringrelement lzlzzhasiit‘sznortionwlcasecured
construction, simple in its organization of ele
scnewsdfi;
lent 'element.
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will * furnish’ amusement; which ‘ is~practical in“ its 30
?mnly: to. :the; :basenby. :virtue: not: ,rnu-ts 5M‘ :and
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mental units to the extent that it will be ren
dered economical to manufacture in quantity
A child seated on the reclining portion 8 may
use the toes of the feet pressed against the
production.
ground to urge himself upwardly, and the spring
Other features and objects of my invention 35 II will thus be subjected to a ?exure action which
may be inferred from the accompanying draw
will result in a series of movements of the re~
ings, having further reference to the elucidation
thereof in the ensuing description, wherein like
symbols are used to designate like parts; and,
40
in which,
clining portion 8, thus a?ording an arcuate
movement about the mooring portion [3 of the
spring I I and aifording amusement to a child
seated astraddle on the reclining portion 8. The
Fig. 1 is a front view of my invention.
base 26 of the device may rest or be permanently
Fig. 2 is a top view thereof.
secured to any support, such as the ground sur
Fig. 3 is an enlarged fragmentary, cross-sew
face, or may be mobile and moved about to
tional view showing the adjustable features as
different locations, or the foot portion 21 may be
applied to the tensioning means, an important 45 ?rmly fastened and secured to a supporting sur
feature of my invention.
face. The operation of my invention is readily
Fig. 4 is a transversal cross-sectional view
obvious and self evident and is believed to re
taken, substantially, on the line 4—4 of Fig. 1.
quire no further elucidation.
Referring to the Various views, my invention
Although I have herein described rather suc
is, generally, designated 5, and it consists of the 50 cinctly the nature of the construction of my
con?guration of the head of an animal, gener
invention and the operation thereof, and inas
ally, designated 1, provided with a handle por
much as it is susceptible of modi?cations and
tion 6 transversally secured at a convenient por
improvements, I hereby reserve the right to all
. tion with respect to the seat portion 8, which
modi?cations and improvements coming within
is also secured to the head ‘I.
55 the scope and spirit of my invention, also such
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improvements as are impliedly embraced in the
accompanying drawings, as'well as those that
fall within the purview of the foregoing de
element secured to the said wedge element en
scription.
gaging removably the tip of the said adjusting
screw permitting rotation and preventing with
drawal thereof.
4. In a hobby horse toy of the character de
scribed, resiliency adjusting means comprising,
Having thus described and revealed my in
vention, what I claim as novel and desire to
a support secured to the said base, a dovetailed
secure by Letters Patent, is:
wedge element slidably secured to the said base
1. A hobby horse comprising, a seat, a base,
and having its inclined plane surface in inti
resilient means interconnecting the said seat to
the said base, and resiliency adjusting means 10 mate contact with the lower surface of the said
resilient means, an adjusting screw threadably
slidably secured to the said base adjacent the
engaging the said support and revolubly engag
mooring point of the said resilient means to the
ing the said wedge element, and a pin element
said base for varying the ?exure of the said re
secured to the said wedge element engaging re
silient means, the said resiliency adjusting means
including an angular support secured to the said 15 movably the tip of the said adjusting screw per
mitting rotation and preventing removal thereof.
base having a threaded portion in its upright
5. A hobby horse comprising, a seat, a base,
portion, an adjusting screw threadably connect
resilient means interconnecting the said seat to
ed to the said threaded portion, the said screw
the said base, and resiliency adjusting means
being provided with a ?lleted portion at its end,
a dovetailed slide element slidably secured to 20 slidably secured to the. said base adjacent the
mooring point of the said resilient means to the
said base and provided with an inclined plane
said base for varying the ?exure of the said re
surface in intimate contact with the lower sur- silient means, the said resiliency adjusting means
face of the said resilient means, and a pin ele
including, an angular support secured to the
ment secured to the said slide element and en
gaging the said ?lleted portion.
25 said base having a threaded portion in its up
2. In a hobby horse toy, ‘resiliency adjusting
right portion, an adjusting screw threadably con~
means comprising, an angular support secured
nected to the said threaded portion, the said
screw being provided with a ?lleted portion at
to the said base having a threaded portion in its
upright portion, an adjusting screw threadably
its end, a dovetailed slide element slidably se
connected to the said threaded portion, the said 30 cured to the said base and provided with an in
screw being provided with a ?lleted portion at its
clined plane surface in intimate contact with the
end, a dovetailed slide element slidably secured
lower surface of the said resilient means, and a
to said base and provided with an inclined plane
pin element secured to the said slide element
and engaging the said ?lleted portion, the said
surface in intimate contact with the lower sur
resilient means comprising, a ?at spring element
face of the said resilient means, and a pin ele
having a body portion and two mounting end
ment secured to the said slide element and
engaging the said ?lleted portion.
portions bent angularly transversally and out
3. A hobby horse comprising, a seat, a base,
wardly with respect thereto, the said end portions
being in parallel relationship.
resilient means interconnecting the said seat to
the said base, and resiliency adjusting means 40
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THOMAS GIBBONS.
slidably secured to the said base adjacent the
REFERENCES CITED
mooring point of the said resilient means to the
The following, references are of record in the
said base for varying the ?exure of the said re
?le of this patent:
silient means, the said resiliency adjusting
means including, a support secured to the said
UNITED STATES PATENTS
base, a dovetailed wedge element slidably secured
Number
Name
Date
to the said base and having its inclined plane
1,216,755
Whitten ________ __ Feb. 20, 1917
surface in intimate contact with the lower surface
1,890,699
Shoemaker ______ __ Dec. 13, 1932
of the said resilient means, an adjusting screw
threadably engaging the said support and revolu
bly engaging the said wedge element, and a pin
2,129,176
Holman ________ __ Sept. 6, 1938
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