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Aug, 20, 1946. _
F, PORCgLU
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TOY
CLOCK
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24mm
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Filed Feb. 21, 1945
IN VEN TOR.
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Patented Aug. 20, 1946»
vUNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE
2,406,251
TOY CLOCK
Frank Porcelli, Rego Park, N. Y.
Application February 21, 1945, Serial No. 579,101
4 Claims. (01. 46-175)
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The present invention relates to toy clocks for
very young children.
An object of the invention is to provide a toy
clock incorporating a nursery rhyme action which
may be actuated by young children without an
undue amount of prior instruction.
Another object of the invention is the provision
of a toy clock of the character described which
provides action, sound and visual appeal to young
children and which is also educational in that the
reading of time may be learned with its aid.
Afurther object is the provision of a toy clock
of the character described in which a nursery
which nails I3 comprise. As the spinner thus
rotates, the spring ?nger 20 engages nails I3
consecutively and each time it engages each said
nail, a clicking sound is effected. Also in con
sequence of said spinning action, the mouse I8
will be caused to move around the face of the
clock and with it, of course, the pointer I9. Since
there are twelve equally spaced nails I3 corre
sponding to'the twelve numerals on the face of
the clock, each time the pointer I9 effects a 30°
movement, a clicking sound is heard thus simu
lating the striking of the hours.
In carrying out the motif of the rhyme action,
the words “Hickory, Dickory Dock the mouse ran
rhyme action is coordinated with the passing of
time registered on said clock by a ticking sound 16 up the clock” are printed on the face of the clock
and the representation of a grandfather’s clock
occurring at every hour.
and two small mice is also placed thereon. The
Still another object is the provision of an im
clock is also provided with minute and hour hands
proved type of construction of toy clocks in which
2| and 22, respectively, which are pivotally
the ticking means serves to hold the di?erent
parts thereof together.
These and other objects are attained by mech
anism shown in the accompanying drawing in
20 mounted on the face of the clock by means of
pin 23.
The device herein described is susceptible of
many variations. Spacers 25 and 26 are shown
in Fig. 2 as spacing the clock face from the spin
Fig. 1 is a face view of the clock herein claimed,
incorporating the action of the nursery rhyme 25 nor on the one hand, and the spinner from the
vertical support on the other. These spacers may
known as “Hickory, Dickory Dock,” etc.;
or may not be used in the construction of the
Fig. 2 is a vertical section of the toy clock
device depending on whether it is desired to pro
shown in Fig. 1;
vide easier movement of the parts relative to each
Fig. 3 is a fragmentary front view of the tick
other or to provide a less extensive device. The
ing mechanism of said clock on the line 3—3 of
spring I‘! shown in Fig. 2 may or may not be used
Fig. 2; and
to support the mouse I8. If used, a vibratory mo
Fig. 4 is a sectional View of a modi?ed embodi
tion is imparted to the mouse in addition to its
ment of the toy clock shown in Figs. 1, 2 and 3,
arcuate movement effected by the turning of the
said sectional view being solely of the mouse at
35 crank. The spring may be dispensed with as
taching means shown in Figs. 1 and 2.
shown in Fig. 4 where a spacer 21 and a nail or
Referring now to Figs. 1 to 3, inclusive, the toy
screw 28 take the place of the spring, the mouse
clock I0 comprises a base II and an upright post
being ?xedly mounted on the crank or spinner
or standard I 2 aiiixed to said base. Twelve nails
by means of said elements.
or pins I3 arranged in a circle and equidistant
from each other, are set into post I2. Fixedly 40 Any nursery rhyme action may be incorporated
into the device which would be appropriate there
mounted on said nails concentrically therewith
to. For example, aside from the nursery rhyme
is the clock face or dial I4. Rotatably mounted
referred to in the drawing, the nursery rhyme in
on said nails between the post on the one hand
which “the cow jumped over the moon” may be
and the dial on the other, is a spinner or crank
l5 whose length exceeds the diameter of the dial 45 applied to the device.
I claim:
or clock face to a substantial extent. At one end
1. A toy clock including a clock face and a sup
of the spinner is a handle I6 and at the other
port therefor, said clock face being affixed to said
end of the spinner, mounted by means of spring
support by means of a plurality of spaced pins
I1, is a ?gure of a mouse I8. It will be noted
that affixed to the mouse is a pointer or indicator 50 set in a circle, a spinner rotatably mounted on
said pins, 2. ?nger on said spinner yieldably en
I9 which points to the center of the clock face. A
gaging said pins, a handle at one end of said
?at spring ?nger 20, affixed to spinner I5, yield~
spinner and an indicator at the other end point
ingly engages nails I3.
ing to the clock face.
To operate the device, the handle I6 is grasped
2. A toy clock including a clock face and a sup
and. the spinner caused to rotate around the hub
which
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port therefor, said clock face being af?xed to said
support by means of twelve equally spaced pins
which are set in a circle to form a hub, each pin
corresponding to one of the twelve numerals nor
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thereof and an indicator on said character point
ing to the numerals on the face of the clock.
4. A toy clock including a clock face and a sup~
port therefor, and movable minute and hour
mally found on a clock face, a spinner rotatably
hands on said clock face, 'said clock face being
mounted on said hub, a ?nger on said spinner
a?ixed to said support by means of twelve equally
yieldably engaging said pins, a handle at one end
spaced pins which are set in a circle to form a
of the spinner and an indicator at the other end
hub, said pins corresponding to the twelve nu
thereof pointing to the numerals on the clock
merals on the clock face, a crank, of a length
face.
10 exceeding the diameter“ of theiclock‘ lface rotat
3. A toy clock including a clock face and a sup
ably mounted on said hub, a spring steel ?nger
port therefor, said clock face being af?xed to
said support by means of twelve equally spaced"
pins which are set in a circle to form a hub, saidc
pins corresponding to the twelve numerals on 15
the clock face, a crank rotatably mounted» on said?
hub, a leaf spring ?nger on said crank yieldably,
engaging said pins to effect a clicking sound,‘ a
handle at one end of the crank, a representation
of a nursery rhyme character at the other end 20
on said crank yieldably engaging said pins to pro
vide a clicking sound each time the crank effects
an' angular movement of 30°, a handle at one end
of said crank, a representation of a mouse at the
other'end'of said crank a?ixed thereto by means
of ,alspringmember, and an indicator on said
mouse pointing to the numerals on the face of
the clock.
FRANK PORCELLI. '
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