Sept. 17, 1946,. J. A. JOWETT ‘ SOUNDING DEVICE Filed Aug. 41, 19'45 Em m: / 1 29 . 2,407,702 Patented Sept. 17, 1946 _ 2,407,702 UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE 2§407,702 SOUND’ITNG DEVICE Joli-11A. Jowett, Scottsville, N. Y. Application August 11, 1943, Serial No. 498,437‘ ‘ 2 Claims. (o1. 116--149) 1 2 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 10 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 1 l, V 2,407,702 4 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‘.