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July 30, 1946.
R. P. CCJRDQN
52,404,941’
TOY TOP
Filed May 20, 1%; '
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Patented July 30, 1946
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UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE
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TOY TOP
Ralph P. Cordon, New York, N. Y.
Application May 20, 1944, Serial No. 536,446
2 Claims. (Cl. 46-64)
1
This invention relates to new and useful im
provements in a toy top.
More particularly, the invention proposes an
improved toy top which is made from two parts,
one a dome shaped-like top portion having a
projecting axial pin, and the other a cylindrical
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opening I5 in the side of the hand piece I2 and:
is attached to and wound around the pin I I. The
top III, the hand piece I2, and the pin I I may all
be constructed of wood. The hand piece I2 is
shown formed externally with a series of steps I6,
I'I, I8, etc., which are for decorative purposes.
hand piece for rotatively supporting said top and
The hand piece I2 is formed with a recess I9
having an axial opening through which said pin
formed inwards from its top end providing a
passes. A string for spinning the top passes
space 26 for the string I4 when it is wound around
through an opening in the side of the hand piece 10 the pin II. A small boss 2I is formed upon the
and is attached to and wound around said pin.
bottom face of the top I0 and engages the top
It is proposed to construct said parts of the
face of the hand piece I2 for reducing the fric
top of a very simple design so that the top may
tion between these parts while the top is spinning.
be cheaply manufactured. It may be constructed
The outer end of the string I4 is provided with a
of wood, either hard or soft, since the parts are
adapted for spinning. The top could also be con
small ring 22.
The operation of the top is as follows:
structed of plastic composition, or other ma
terials.
The invention contemplates a modi?ed form
First the string I4 is wound around the pin
I I. Then the hand piece I2 is held in one hand
while the string I4 is pulled to spin the top II] in
characterized by an arrangement whereby the
one direction. When the string I4 is fully extend
dome-shaped top may be caused to bob up and
ed it is released so that the spinning top rewinds
down on the hand piece during its spinning op-'
the string on the pin I I, but in opposite direc
eration.
tion. When fully rewound the string may be
Another object of the invention is the con
pulled again to spin the top. In this way the
struction of an article as mentioned which is 25 top may be spun inde?nitely.
simple and durable and which may be manufac
In Figs. 5-7 a modi?ed form of the invention
has been disclosed which is substantially identi
tured and sold at a reasonable cost.
For further comprehension of the invention,
cal to the prior form distinguishing in the fact
and of the objects and advantages thereof, ref
that the top I0 is provided with a pin I I’ having
erence will be had to the following description 30 a tapered portion 25 connecting with a bottom
and accompanying drawing, and to the appended
small diameter portion 26. The hand piece I2’
claims in which the various novel features of the
is formed with a horizontal cut 21 extending
invention are more particularly set forth.
In the accompanying drawing forming a ma
terial part of this disclosure
Fig. 1 is a side elevational view of a top con
structed in accordance with this invention.
Fig. 2 is a vertical sectional view of Fig. 1.
Fig. 3 is a horizontal sectional View taken on
the line 3-3 of Fig. 2.
Fig. 4 is a horizontal sectional view taken on
the line 4—4 of Fig. 2.
Fig. 5 is a side elevational view similar to Fig.
l but illustrating a modi?ed form.
Fig. 6 is a horizontal sectional view taken on
the line 6—6 of Fig. 5.
Fig. 7 is a, perspective view of the top portion
of the top shown in Fig. 5.
through an angular distance of about 300°. A
vertical cut 28 extends from the horizontal cut
21 down to the bottom of the hand piece. The
hand piece I2’ is formed with an opening I3’
which is of a slightly larger diameter than the
reduced end portion 26 of the top I0. This open
ing I3’ has a tapered portion 25’ complementary
to the tapered portion 25.
In other respects this form of the invention is
similar to that previously shown and like refer
ence numerals identify like parts in each of the
several views.
45
The operation of this form of the invention is
as follows:
The top I0 is spun ?rst in one direction and
then in the other in the same way as previously
The toy top, in accordance with this invention,
described in reference to the ?rst form of the in
includes a dome-shaped top I0 having an axial 50 vention. However, simultaneously with the spin
pin I I projecting from its bottom. A cylindrical
ning of the top portion we may compress and
hand piece I2 is provided for rotatively support
release the resilient side portions of the hand
ing said top I 0 and is formed with an axial open
piece I2 de?ned by the cuts 21 and 28 slightly
ing I3 through which said pin II passes. A string
below the upper end of the tapered portion 25.
I 4 for spinning the top I0 passes through an 55 When this is done the tapered passage 25' will
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press against the tapered portion 25 causing the
pin II’ to rise on each compression and to fall
down when the compression of the hand piece
12' is released. In this way the top 10 may be
caused to bob up and down simultaneously with
its spinning operation.
wound around said pin, and means for causing
said head to bob up and down during its spinning
While I have illustrated and described the pre
ferred embodiments of my invention, it is to be
understood that I do not limit myself to the
operation, including compressible resilient por
tions on said hand piece, and a tapered portion
on said pin engaging a complementary socket
portion on said resilient portions.
2. A vtoy top, comprising a dome-shaped head,
an axial pin projecting from the bottom of said
head, a cylindrical hand piece for rotatively sup
precise constructions herein disclosed and the 10 porting said head and having an axial opening
through which’ said pin passes, a string for spin
right is reserved to all changes and modi?cations
coming within the scope of the invention as de
?ned in the appended claims.
Having thus described my invention, what I
claim as new and desire to secure by United
States Letters Patent is:
l. A toy top, comprising a dome-shaped head,
an axial pin projecting from the bottom of'said
head, a cylindrical hand piece for rotatively sup
porting said head and having an axial opening
through which said pin passes, a string for spin
ning said top passing through‘ an opening in the
side of said hand piece and attached to and
ning said top passing through an opening in the
side of said hand piece and attached to and
wound around said ‘pin, and means for causing
said head to bob up and down during its spinning
operation, including a tapered portion formed
on said pin and engaging a complementary socket
portion formed on said hand piece, and said hand
piece being formed with several cuts de?ning re
silient portions which may be squeezed and re
leased to act against said tapered portion and
cause the head to rise and fall while in motion.
RALPH P. GORDON.
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