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Патент USA US2134891

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NOV- 1, 1938;
Filed April 19, 1957
Patented Nov. 1, 1938
John B. Reinhart, Jr., Kirkwood, Mo.
Application April 19, 1937, Serial No. 137,786
1 Claim. (Cl. 43-3)
This invention relates to duck decoys and has
located on the interior of the same and thereafter
for its main object to provide an inexpensive de
vice that will closely simulate a duck floating the casing is ?lled with ground cork, kapok, or
some other suitable buoyant material or sub
on the water with its head submerged or pro
jecting downwardly into the water in search of
To this end I have devised a novel duck decoy
composed of a fabric casing ?lled with a buoyant
substance or material and shaped and constructed
so as to present the appearance of a ?oating duck
in the'act of feeding. Any suitable fabric may be
used in constructing said casing and, while the
shape or form of the casing may vary somewhat
without departing from the spirit of my inven
tion, I prefer to construct it so that after the
buoyant material has been introduced into the
casing, there will be produced a buoyant body of
substantially ellipsoidal shape in transverse sec
tion and in longitudinal section whose greatest
diameter is adjacent the front end of said body,
the outer surface of the casing being painted,
printed, or otherwise treated so as to represent
the feathers or outer covering of a duck.
Figure 1 of the drawing is a top plan view of my
improved duck decoy.
Figure 2 is a side elevational view of said decoy.
Figure 3 is a front elevational view.
Figure 4 is an enlarged longitudinal sectional
view taken on the line 4-—4 of Figure 1.
Figure 5 is an enlarged transverse sectional
view taken on the line 5-5 of Figure 1; and
Figure 6 is a detail view illustrating how the
casing is constructed.
stance 4, the open end of the casing being closed
in any suitable way but preferably by forming 5
folds or pleats 5 in the pieces of fabric and join
ing said pieces together by stitches 6 as shown
in the drawing.
After the casing has been ?lled and closed up
as above described, it will constitute a decorated
buoyant body of substantially ellipsoidal shape in
longitudinal and transverse section which, when
placed in the water, will present the appearance of
a duck in the act of feeding with its head sub
merged, the unsubmerged portion of the device 15
that is positioned above the surface of the water
having substantially the same convexed form as
the back of a duck and being of the same general
outline as the body of a duck. The entire upper
half or unsubmerged portion of the device is
formed by one of the pieces a: of fabric, and the
entire lower half or submerged portion of the de
vice is formed by the other piece of fabric, said
two pieces of fabric being joined together by a
horizontally disposed seam‘ 3 that is located at ap
proximately the surface of the water. This meth
od of constructing the device is advantageous in
that it is inexpensive and it produces a fabric
decoy whose exposed part or top half is con
tinuous or unbroken and not marred by scams or
In order that the decoy may be easily attached
to an anchor employed to hold it in position, a
In the accompanying drawing which illustrates
the preferred form of my invention, A designates
cord, ring or other suitable device 1 is attached to
a casing made preferably of a light weight ?ex
ible fabric and composed of two ?at pieces a:
chor line or chain 8 as shown in Figure 1, the de
of approximately the shape shown in Figure 6,
each of said pieces 2: having a square end I and
curved peripheral edges 2 which are of such shape
that each of the pieces at in general outline repre
sents an ellipse having one of its ends cut off.
Each of the pieces :0 is provided on one side with
painted or printed ?gures or characters desig
“ nated by the reference character F so as to simu
late the feathers or outer covering of a duck.
In constructing the casing A the two pieces a: of
fabric are arranged in superimposed relation with
the printed or painted surfaces of same facing
each other and the curved peripheral edges 2 of
said pieces are then joined together by stitches 3,
thereby producing a casing which is open at one
end. The casing is then turned inside out so as to
expose the printed or painted surface of the cas
ing and to cause the seam 3 of the casing to be
the front end of the same so as to receive an an- 35
vice '! being preferably attached to the casing
by wrapping portions of the pieces of fabric a:
around the device 1 preparatory to inserting the
stitches 6 previously mentioned employed to close
up the open end of the casing.
A decoy of the construction above described
can be manufactured cheaply enough to bring it
within the financial reach of practically all duck
hunters. It is very efficient in use because it 45
presents a very realistic or life-like appearance of
a duck ?oating on the water with its head sub
merged in the act of looking for food and it has
the added advantages of being light in weight, 50
capable of being handled roughly in transit or
storage without liability of breakage or destroy
ing the coloring matter on same that simulates
the feathers or outer covering of a duck and it is
equipped with an anchor-attaching device ‘I that 55
is not liable to become accidentally detached from
the decoy.
Having thus described my invention, what I
claim as new and desire to secure by Letters
Patent is:
A duck decoy consisting of a buoyant body of
substantially ellipsoidal form in longitudinal and
transverse section, having its greatest diameter
located adjacent the front end of said body, said
10 body comprising a casing made up of two pieces
of fabric each of which, in general outline, re
sembles an ellipse having one of its ends cut o?,
said pieces of fabric being joined together by a
seam that extends horizontally around said body
adjacent the center of same, and an anchor at
taching device connected to the front end of said
body by pleated portions of the casing that are
wrapped around a part of said device and secured
to the seam by stitches.
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