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Sept. 17, 1946,.
J. A. JOWETT
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SOUNDING DEVICE
Filed Aug. 41, 19'45
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Patented Sept. 17, 1946
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UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE
2§407,702
SOUND’ITNG DEVICE
Joli-11A. Jowett, Scottsville, N. Y.
Application August 11, 1943, Serial No. 498,437‘
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2 Claims.
(o1. 116--149)
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My invention relates to a sounding device or
or any other suitable material against which a
bell, particularly a sounding device adapted for
striker or hammer 22 is adapted to normally rest.
use at dinners or meetings, for example, for
The striker 22 may be of metal and may be con
nected by a rod 23 to a lever 24 which extends
outward beneath the lip 26 of the bell, as shown
calling the meeting to order.
An object of my invention is to provide a
sounding device or bell of simple construction
which is more convenient to use.
Another object of my invention is to provide
a bell structure which is equipped with a hand
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actuated striker within easy reach of the user.
My invention further contemplates the pro
in the drawing. If desired the parts 22, 23 and
24 may be ‘a single piece construction with the
outwardly projecting end 2'! constituting a ?nger
piece for actuating the striker.
Mounted on the base or sup-port I1 is a bracket
28 which has a pair of arms 29 through which a
pin 3| extends. The pin also extends through 4
vision of a bell in which means is provided to cut
the lever 24 and constitutes a pivot for the lever.
off the vibration or sounding of the bell, if de
Normally the striker assembly is weighted so that
sired.
Other objects and advantages of my invention 15 it will freely swing about the pivot with the
striker 22 in engagement with the bumper 2|.
will be set forth in the claims and will be ap
However, I preferably provide the striker assem
parent from the following description, when
bly with a spring 32, one end of which engages an
taken in connection with the accompanying
element 34 provided on the lever 24 and the other
drawing, in which:
Fig. 1 is a view, partially in section, showing 20 end of which bears against the base. The inter
mediate portions of the spring are coiled about
the sounding device or bell construction of my
the pin 3|, as shown most clearly in Fig. 2, so
invention;
that the spring will urge the striker assembly
Fig. 2 is a view taken substantially on the line
into the position shown in Fig. 1.
2—2 of Fig. 1;
Normally the parts are in the position shown
Fig. 3 is a view similar to that of Fig. 1 with 25
in Fig. 1 and when the user desires to call a
the bell in a closer adjusted position with respect
meeting to order he merely presses 0n the ?nger
to the base or support.
piece 21 as many times as desired until order is
It is the usual practice at meetings of various
obtained. It will be appreciated that the bell
kinds to provide the president or the person who
when struck will resound and continue to vibrate
conducts the meeting with a bell or other sound
perhaps long after it is desired that the bell
ing device which is normally struck by a gavel or
should cease to resound. Quite frequently the
wooden hammer for the purpose of sounding the
user of a bell with an ordinary gavel sounds the
bell. Quite frequently the gavel is misplaced or
bell and then places his hand on the bell in
not within convenient reach of the user so as to
cause delays when it is desired to call the meeting 35 order to prevent it from continuing to resound.
With my bell I have provided novel means for
to order or to restore order.
doing this automatically when desired.
The sounding device or bell of my invention
To accomplish this the clamping nut I8 is
I preferably comprises a bell l I of metal or any
loosened and threaded upward on the rod and
suitable material. While I have shown a hell it
the clamping nut l9 shifted upward to engage
will, of course, be appreciated that other shapes
the bottom of the base or support. With the
of sounding devices may be used. The bell has a
parts in this adjusted position as shown in Fig.
rod l2 upon which it is supported, the upper end
3 the bell is moved closer to the base so that the
of the rod 12 being threaded and extending
lower lip 26 of the bell is engaged by the top sur
through the top of the bell for the reception of a
nut I3 which may be ornamental, if desired.
45 face of the lever 21 when the parts are in their
normal position as shown in Fig. 3.
The lower end of the rod 12 is threaded, as
The spring serves to press the lever tightly
shown at M, and is adapted to extend through
against the lip of the bell so as to cause the bell
an opening It provided in a base or support ll.
to cease to vibrate. In practice, the user presses
The base may be of any suitable shape and may
downward on the lever 2‘! which’ causes the bell
be of wood or other desired material. Threaded
to be struck. He thereupon releases the ?nger
on the rod is a pair of nut and washer assemblies
piece 2? and the spring returns the parts to the
l8 and I9 which when tightened against the base,
position shown in Fig. 3, with the lever tightly
clamp the base between them so as to support the
pressed into engagement with the lip of the bell.
bell rigidly in an upright position.
Carried on the rod [2 is a bumper 2| of rubber 55 Thus the bell is sounded once and immediately
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the vibration or continued sounding of the bell is
when shifted toward the base the manually actu
cut oil. Of course, the user may strike the bell
any desired number of times.
While I have shown and described the pre
. ferred form of my invention, it will be appreci
ated end of the lever will engage the lip of the
bell under the in?uence of said spring to cut oil
the sounding of the bell after being struck.
2. A device of the character described com
prising, in combination, a base, a bell having a
lower lip, an element for supporting the bell
ated that various changes and modi?cations
may be made therein, particularly in the form
and relation of parts, without departing from the
from the base, a lever having a fulcrum on the
base and having a manually actuated end ex
spirit of my invention as set forth in the ap
pended claims.
I claim:
1. A device of the character described com
prising, in combination, a base, a bell having a
lower lip, an element for supporting the bell from
the base, a lever having a fulcrum on the base
and having a manually actuated end extending
beneath the lip, a striker attached to the opposite
10 tending beneath the lip, a striker attached to
the other end of the lever, a spring normally
urging said striker out of engagement with the
~ bell, and means enabling the bell and said man
ually actuated end to be shifted with respect to
15 each other so that said manually actuated end
will engage the ‘lip under the in?uence of said
[end of the lever, a spring normally urging said ‘
spring when desired to cut off sounding of the
bell after being struck.
' striker out of engagement with the bell, said bell "
being shiftable toward and from the base so that 20
JOHN A. J OWE'I'I‘.
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