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Oct. 27, 1942‘.
w, N, WHEELER
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EYE CLOS-ING DEVICE‘S FOR DOLLS
,Filed Aug. 13, 1941
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Oct. 27, 1942;
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2,300,079
EYE CLOSING DEVICES FOR DOLLS
Filed Aug. 13. 1941
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Inventor
W/L A MM /V. WHEEL ER,
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Attaruey
Patented Oct. 27, 1942
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UNITED STATES RATENT OFFICE.
2,300,079
EYE CLOSING DEVICES FOR DOLLS
William N. Wheeler, Lexington, Ky.
Application August 13, 1941, Serial No. 406,708
3 Claims.
This invention relates to an eye closing device
for dolls, the general object of the invention being
to provide lids for the doll with means whereby
the lids will close when the doll is held in the
arms of a child and the doll rocked back and
(01. 46-166)
4 and a stop [8 is formed on the depending part
of the portion 2 of the bracket for engagement
by one of the ears 5 for limiting forward move—
ment of the weight 4. Another stop I9 is formed
on the horizontal portion of the part 2 of the
bracket for limiting movement of the weight 4
downwardly when the doll is held in substantial
ly horizontal position. These stops ll, i8 and L‘!
forth whereby the doll will have the appearance
of gradually dropping off to sleep when it is
rocked back and forth in the arms of the child.
This invention also consists in certain other
can be provided with rubber covers so that the
features of construction and in the combination 10 parts striking them will not make any noise.
and arrangement of the several parts to be here
As will be seen from Figure 1, when the doll is
inafter fully described, illustrated in the accom
held in an upright position the weight 4 will swing
panying drawings and speci?cally pointed out in
forwardly until the upper ear 5 will engage the
the appended claims.
stop I3 and in this position of the weight 4 the
In describing the invention in detail, reference 15 lid forming members 20 will be in raised and
will be had to the accompanying drawings where
open position so that they will not cover the eyes.
in like characters denote like or corresponding
These lid forming members are formed on the
parts throughout the several views, and in which:
ends of a substantially T-shaped member 21, the
Figure 1 is a fragmentary vertical sectional
inner end of which is fastened to the weight 4.
view through the head of a doll constructed in 20 Also when the upper ear 5 of the weight 4 is en
accordance with this invention with the lids be
gaging the stop !8 the head 1 of pin 6 will be
ing open or raised.
resting on the stop I‘! and out of engagement with
Figure 2 is a similar view but showing the parts
the sloping part I6.
into position when the doll is in a horizontal po
Then when the doll is placed in a substantially
sition and this view showing the lid closing the
horizontal position, such as when the child holds
eye, this view also showing parts of the invention
the doll in its arms to cause the doll to go to
in section.
sleep, the weight 4 will move downwardly slightly
Figure 3 is a bottom plan view of the invention.
until the head 1 engages the part It‘ when fur
Figure 4 is a section on the line 4—4 of Figure 2.
ther downward movement of this weight 4 is
In these drawings the letter A indicates a part
stopped. Then when the doll is given a rocking
of the head of the doll and the letter B indicates
movement, such as when a child is rocking it to
one of the eyes of the doll and in carrying out
sleep, the weight l3 will cause oscillation of the
the invention a slot I is formed in the head above
arm l2 which imparts oscillatory movement to the
each eye. A bracket C is suitably supported in
strip 8 and this causes the sloping part [6 to rock
the head and includes a forwardly extending part
back and forth against the head 1.
2 which carries a pivot pin 3 for a weight 4. This
Now when the doll is held horizontally, the
weight is formed with the perforated ears 5
part N5 of the strip‘ 8 inclines downwardly rear
through which passes for sliding movement a rod
wardly of the head 1 of rod 6 and said head rests
6 having a disk~shaped head 1 at its outer end.
on said part. Since, as we have seen, the rod 6
A curved strip 8 has an enlarged part 9 at one
is slidable and rotatable in the ears 5 of the
end thereof which is carried by a pivot pin l0
weight 4, also the head 1, when the strip 8 is 0s
held for pivotal movement in a part II of the
cillated in the manner described about the axis of
braket C and an arm I2 is connected with this
the pin l0 and because of. the described inclina
part 9 and extends at substantially right angles
tion of the part l6, said head ‘I and pin are os
to the strip 8 and has a weight I3 at its free end.
cillated by frictional engagement of the part IS
The inner end of the arm is enlarged and has a
with the head 1, the latter rolling on said part
short arcuate shaped slot I4 therein for receiving
16 and riding down said part gradually under
a pin l5 carried by a part of the bracket for limit
the influence of gravity, the pin 6 sliding rear
ing oscillating movement of the arm I2, and the
wardly in the ears 5. When the head ‘I rides
strip 8. The free end of this strip has a part l6
clown and off the inclined part 16, the weight 4
thereon which slopes slightly downwardly and
forwardly and this part terminates in a hori
zontal part ll which forms a stop for the head ‘I
is released and drops against the stop l9, the head
1 sliding ?atwise on the curved strip 8 down the
same.
Such action of the weight 4 swings the
of the pin 6. The curved part of the strip is of
member 2| to move the lids 20 over the eyes of
channel shape in cross section as shown in Figure 55 the doll to close the same.
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Thus a doll constructed in accordance with
this invention will have the appearance that it
is gradually dropping oil to sleep as it is being
rocked in the arms of a child as the lids will close
during the rocking motion.
It is thought from the foregoing description
that the advantages and novel features of the in
vention will be readily apparent.
doll is in a horizontal position, the weight hold
ing the lid forming members upwardly and in
eye uncovering position, a bar pivotally connected
with the supporting member and having a slop
ing part at its free end terminating in a hori
zontal stop forming part, a pin slidably carried
by the weight and having a head thereon for
engaging the stop forming part when the doll is
in a vertical position, a weighted arm connected
It is to be understood that changes may be
made in the construction and in the combination 10 with the pivotal point of the bar and extending
at right angles therefrom and imparting an oscil
and arrangement of the several parts provided
latory movement to the bar when the doll is
that such changes fall within the scope of the
rocked and held in a horizontal position, whereby
appended claims.
Having described the invention, what is claimed
as new is:
1. In a doll having slots in its head above the
eyes, a supporting member in the head, a weight
the head of the pin will engage the sloping part
and the rocking movement will cause the pin to
travel down the sloping part, after which the
head of the pin will pass off the sloping part
and permit the weight to cause the lid carrying
member to move to a position where the lids will
pivoted to the supporting member, a T-shaped
bar connected with the weight and having lid
forming members on the ends of its head. for 20 cover the eyes, a stop member on the supporting
member for limiting downward and forward
passing through the slots to cover the eyes when
movement of the weight when the doll is in ver
the doll is in a horizontal position, the weight
tical position and a stop member for limiting
holding the lid forming members upwardly and
downward movement of the Weight when the doll
in eye uncovering position, a bar pivotally con
nected with the supporting member and hav 25 is in horizontal position and means for limiting
the oscillating movement of the weight carrying
ing a sloping part at its free end terminating in
arm.
a horizontal stop forming part, a pin slidably
3. In a doll having slots in the head thereof
carried by the weight and having a head there
above the eyes, a pair of eyelid members adapted
on for engaging the stop forming part when the
doll is in a vertical position, a weighted arm con 30 for movement into and out of said slots into eye
opening and closing positions, respectively, and
nected with the pivotal point of the bar and ex
means to move said lid members including a
tending at right angles therefrom and impart
weight pivoted in said head for swinging move
ing an oscillatory movement to the bar when the
ment under the in?uence of gravity when the
doll is rocked and held in a horizontal position,
whereby the head of the pin will engage the 35 doll is tilted from upright to reclining position,
and means to control swinging of said weight
sloping part and the rocking movement will cause
comprising a counterweighted bar pivoted in said
the pin to travel down the sloping part, after
head for oscillation laterally under rocking of
which the head of the pin will pass off the slop
the doll while in reclining position, a member
ing part and permit the weight to cause the lid
carrying member to move to a position where the 40 on said weight engaging said bar in the upright
position of the doll to block swinging movement
lids will cover the eyes.
of the weight, said member being rotatable and
2. In a doll having slots in its head above the
slidable on said weight to disengaged position
eyes, a supporting member in the head, a weight
under oscillation of said bar to thereby free the
pivoted to the supporting member, a T-shaped
bar connected with the weight and having lid 45 Weight for swinging movement in the reclining
position of the doll.
forming members on the ends of its head for pass
ing through the slots to cover the eyes when the
WILLIAlVI N. WHEELER.
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