Sept. 24, 1946'.‘ 2,408,262‘ ? S. L. LONG ' TOP '4 Filed Jan. 17., 1945 V//I///// _ ll IIJIIIII d M a. \ 7 V z” 2,408,262 Patented Sept. 24, 1946 . ‘UNITED "STATES > PATENT OFFICE _ 525408262 TOP vSidney L.‘L0ng, Minneapolis, Application January 17, 1945, Serial No. 573,203 1 Claim. . '1 . , My present invention, relates toimprovements in spinning tops of the type in which spinning action is imparted thereto by pulling a cord wound thereon. .7 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 spm. 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. ‘ ' V 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» section; 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 2,408,262 3 4 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 handle. SIDNEY L. LONG.