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Sept. 24, 1946'.‘
2,408,262‘ ?
'4 Filed Jan. 17., 1945
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Patented Sept. 24, 1946
vSidney L.‘L0ng, Minneapolis,
Application January 17, 1945, Serial No. 573,203
1 Claim.
My present invention, relates toimprovements
in spinning tops of the type in which spinning
action is imparted thereto by pulling a cord
wound thereon.
An object of this ‘invention is to provide a top
in which friction is reduced to .a minimum, while
spinning movement is being imparted to the top
or while the top is lifted from the support, on
which it ‘is spinning, and held while it continues
(Cl. ~ ‘Hi-J71)
' A long, round, hollow handle I!) is loosely
mounted on the‘ Upper section of the spindle 8.
This handle l0 comprises upper and ‘lower sec
tions l'! and [2, respectively.‘ The handle section
i2 ‘is in the form of a tube, the lower end of
which ‘is closed by a plug l3 glued or otherwise
secured thereto. In the center of the plug 13 is
a hole through which the spindle 8 extends loosely
intothe handle 10. Obviously, the plug it affords
10 a bearing for the spindle 8. The upper section
to spin.
I l of the handle I0 is in the form of a long cap
Another object of ‘the invention is to provide
having ,on its lower end a capping ?ange l4 tele
a top that Will spin on a support when turned
either side up.
Still another object of the invention is to pro
vide a novel handle for a top on which the top
rotates while spinning movement is being im
parted thereto or by which handle the top may
be picked up while spinning and moved from one
support to another or turned end for end and
replaced on a support while the top continues to
Other objects of the invention will be apparent
7 from the following description.
scoped onto the upper end portion of the lower
section l~'2 of said ‘handle and secured thereto by
glue or otherwise.
The handle H1 is held on the spindle 8 by a
retaining'pin I5 having an oval head It. This
head I6 affords a bearing point, when the top is
spinning in the position as shown in Fig. 4, as
will presently appear. The retaining pin [5 ex
tends loosely through a hole in the top of the
upper or cap section II of the handle “land is
driven into the upper end portion of the spindle
8 at the axis thereof.
By reference to Fig. 3 it will be noted that the
tion consists of the novel construction and ar 25
upper end of the spindle 8 is rounded and that
rangement of parts hereinafter described and de
the handle it, at its upper end, rests thereon
?ned in the claim.
and supports said handle with its lower end out
In the accompanying drawing, which illustrates
of contact with the body 6 and with the head 16
the invention, like characters indicate like parts
'30 of the retaining pin I5 out of contact with the
throughout the several views.
upper end of said handle.
Referring to the drawing:
A nick H, in the form of a transverse cut is
Fig. 1 is a plan view of the improved top;
formed in the lower section of the spindle 8 just
Fig. 2 is an elevation of the same;
below the disk 1. The purpose of this nick I1 is
Fig, 3 is a view principally in central vertical
To the above end, generally stated, the inven»
Fig, 4 is a, view of the improved topas it spins
When turned upside down; and
Fig. 5 is an elevation of the improved top
turned into the position in which it is held while
winding a cord thereon and in pulling the wound
cord therefrom.
The body 6 of the improved top is a large and
relatively thin disk. Attached to the body 6,
in axial alignment therewith, and on the under
side thereof, is a disk ‘I of a. much smaller di
ameter than the body 6. This disk 1, in actual
35 to frictionally hold one end portion of a cord :1:
while winding the same on the spindle 8 and
during the pulling of said cord to unwind the
same, from the spindle 8 and thereby impart spin
ning action to the top. The transverse width of
the nick I1 is such as to pinch the cord in, as the
same is placed thereon, and thereby frictionally
hold the same. At the completion of the unwind
ing of the cord as as the same is pulled from the
‘ spindle 8, the end portion thereof held in the
45 nick I‘! will be pulled therefrom without inter
fering with the spinning of the top. By reference
to Fig. 3, it will be noted that the handle Ii)~ is
supported entirely from the rounded upper end
of the spindle 8. When the top is spinning in
the top.
A round spindle 8 extends axially through the 50 the position shown in Fig. 4, the handle I0 is
supported entirely on the head I6 of the retain
body 6 and the disk ‘I and is rigidly secured there
ing pin l5.
to. The section of the spindle 8 below the disk
The specific mounting of the handle It on the
‘I is much shorter than the upper section of said
spindle 8 is highly important as it reduces fric
spindle and terminates’ in a conical bearing
55 tion to a minimum. The length of the handle I0 '
point 9.‘
manufacture, will be made of a much heavier ma
terial than the body 6 and acts as a balance for
is such that it extends substantially completely
across a person’s hand while holding the top as
within the scope of the invention herein disclosed
and claimed.
shown in Fig. 5, and imparting spinning move
ment to the top by pulling the cord :2 therefrom.
wood or other non-metallic material with the ex
This is important as it permits a good grip on the
ception of the small retaining pin I 5.
handle l0 so that the same may be ?rmly held in
a constant position without putting undue fric
tion on the spindle 8 while the same is being ro
tated in said handle by the pulling of the wound
cord :0 from the spindle 8.
At the completion of the unwinding of the cord
a: from the spindle 8, the top is turned into an
upright position and the handle Ill released to
drop the top, either end up, onto a support on
The top described is constructed entirely of
What I claim is:
A spinning top having a disk-like body, a
spindle extending through the body at the center
thereof and rigidly secured thereto at its inter
mediate portion, said spindle, at its lower end,
terminating in a bearing point, a IOng tubular
handle having an upper closed end and a lower
open end completely enoasing the upper section
of the spindle, said spindle extending loosely
which it continues to spin for a long time due 15 through the open lower end of the handle, said
to the high speed at which the top is rotating at
the time the cord as is unwound therefrom. This
high speed, at which the top is rotated can only
be obtained when there is a minimum amount of
friction between the spindle 8 and the handle I 0,
as in the novel handle l0 and the mounting there
of On the spindle 8.
handle, at its upper end, being supported on the
upper end of the spindle with its lower end out
of contact with the body, and a stud on the upper
end of the spindle and extending loosely through
a hole in the outer end of the handle at the cen
ter thereof, said stud being of a smaller diameter
than that of the spindle and having a head hold» -
ing the handle on the spindle and spaced from the
handle l0 and the spindle 8 permits the spinning
upper end of the spindle to permit relative axial
top to be picked up by the handle l I], tossed into 25 movement of the spindle and the handle without
the air and then caught on the hand where it
coming in contact with the body of the top, said
will continue to spin or it may be dropped onto
ends of the handle a?‘ording bearings for the
a support. Or the spinning top may be tossed
spindle and the stud and holding the handle
into the air in such a manner that it will be re
spaced outwardly of the spindle, spinning move
versed and then caught on the hand where it will
ment being imparted to the top by winding a cord
The minimum amount of friction between the .
spin on its other end or it may be dropped onto
a support.
From what has been said, it will be understood
that the top described is capable of modi?cations
as to details of construction and arrangement 35
on the lower section of the spindle and pulling
the same therefrom while holding the top by its
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