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Oct, 22, 194s° ’
Filed Sept. 2, 1944
2 Shé'et'S-Sheet l
Oct. 22, 1946.
Filed Sept. 2,.1944
2 Shegts-Sheet 2
Patented Oct. 2-2, 1946
Rudolph G. Schneider, Houston, Tex, assignor to
American Furniture & Toy Company, Houston,
,Applica'tion'september 2, 1944, Serial No. 552,515
1 Claim. (Cl. 2s0_1.19)
This invention relates to novel improvements
characterizing what is believed to be an ingeni
ous and new type rocking toy, such as is espe
cially, but not necessarily, adapted for indoor use
by small children ranging from two to four years
in age.
More particularly, I have evolved and pro
duced a simple and practicable indoor rocking
Referring now to the drawings by distinguish
ing reference ‘numerals, it will be seen that the
frame 6 comprises a pair of duplicate members
having horizontal converging frontal portions 1
and rearwardly and downwardly diverging and
gradually curved rear leg portions 8. The ex
treme converging ends of the portions ‘l are
secured to a perpendicular post Q, as exposed
in Figure 5. A suitable seat ‘board IE3 is secured
vehicle through the use of which a child can ride
back and forth in a room on the same path, 10 atop the horizontal upper‘ edge portions of the
this with reliability and safety, the same having
combined advantages of a rocking hobby-horse
and a tricycle-type “kiddie” car.
Another object of the invention has to do with
the provision of a multiple-wheeled toy vehicle
in which the occupant rocks to and fro instead
members ‘I. The frame structure may also be
said to include 'an integral rigidly ‘mounted
horse’s head II with outstanding hand-grips II la.
The rear Wheel assembly comprises a wooden
axle l2 and a pair of duplicate wheels l3 of a
predetermined diameter.
These wheels, as
of in a continuous forward motion.
shown in Figures 1 and 2, are provided with con
In carrying‘out the principles of the invention,
centric rigidly secured hub-collars Ill. The
I have perfected a toy in the form of an innova
wheels and hub-collars are ?rmly ?tted on the
tion which is simple and economical in construc 20 axle, that is, have driving friction ?t on said
tion, is made wholly of wood, is sturdy and
axle and therefore rotate with the axle, as is
particularly designed for. longevity, the construc
tion and arrangement being such as to minimize
The preferred embodiment of the invention
is characterized by a frame rockably mounted
on a rear wheel-supported axle, said‘ frame being
provided at its forward end with a perpendicu
obvious. The anchored lower ends of the diverg
ing legs 3 have loose rocking connections with
the axle at points slightly inward of the hub
oollars. Thus, the rear wheel assembly sup
ports the rear end portion of the frame structure
and the frame structure rocks, as a unit, on the
lar post, this extending at right angles to the
The front wheel assembly, this the propulsion
frame proper and having rockable connection 30 phase ‘of the structure, is illustrated to advantage
to a pair of larger front wheels, this through
in Figure 3. Considering this ?gure in conjunc
the medium of an eccentric axle connection.
tion with the other ?gures, it will be seen that
Other features and advantages will become
the two front wheels are considerably larger in
more readily apparent from the following de
diameter than the rear wheels and are denoted
scription and the accompanying illustrative
In the drawings, wherein like numerals are em
ployed to designate like elements and parts
throughout the views:
and distinguished by the reference numerals l5.
They are juxtaposed and in close spaced paral
lelism .and are rigidly or frictionally mounted on
the end of a horizontal stub front axle l6. Here
Figure 1 is a side elevational view of a wooden 4-0 again, I provide hub-collars ll, these being nailed
and glued to the inner faces of the Wheels and
toy constructed in accordance with the principles
of the instant invention showing the parts in
the positions assumed when they are at rest.
Figure 2 is a front end elevation, that is, a view
observing Figure l in a direction from left to
Figure 3 is a fragmentary sectional and ele
vational view of the front wheel and axle assem
bly, this being on the plane of the line 3—3 of
Figure 1 looking in the direction of the arrows.
Figure 4 is a top plan view of Figure 1.
Figure 5 is a side elevational view, similar to
Figure 1, showing the relationship of parts ac
complished to provide the rise and fall or rocking
also having snug friction ?t on the axle to rotate
therewith. Thus, the two wheels, axle and hub
collars all operate in unison. The lower end of
the post or standard 9 has loose rocking connec
tion, as at 18, with the intermediate portion of
the axle, this ?tting nicely between the adjacent
surfaces of the hub-collars l'l. The pedals are
in the form of dowel pins l9 and these are dis
posed opposite one another, that is, the pedals on
opposite sides are in alignment with each other.
They, too, are eccentric in respect to the central
axial points of the wheels l5. Likewise, the
wheels have eccentric connection to the axle as
55 sembly, as brought out in Figures 1, 2 and 5.
characterizing the invention:
motion of the vehicle because one foot- or the
The following are believed to be advantages
other is always pushing against the movement of
the body swinging with the rocking vehicle,
It operates with ease, this due to the hardwood
dowels bearing on soft wood and because both
_ therefore counteracting the rocking movement
which is assisted to a large degree by a child
swinging the upper ‘part of his body to and fro
time. Generally speaking the device is well bal
in a natural manner.
anced and devoid of objectionable wobbling
A careful consideration of the foregoing de
scription in conjunction with the invention as
It is evident that by bringing the front bearing
points closer to the center points of the coacting 10 illustrated in the drawings will enable the reader
to ‘obtain a .clear understanding and impression
Wheels, the rocking motion is decreased and the
of the alleged features of merit and novelty suffi
force required to rock the vehicle is proportion
cient to clarify the construction of the invention
ately decreased.
as hereinafter claimed.
The sturdy wheel and bearing construction and
Minor changes in shape, size, materials and re
operation is obtained by securing the wood dowel
arrangement of parts may be resorted to in actual
axles tight to all wheels, with additional 3-inch
practice so long as no departure is made from
and'21/2-inch diameter wood reinforcing plates
the invention as claimed.
fastened to all wheels and allowing the axles to
I claim:
turn loosely in the frame members of the vehicle,
turning with the wheels. This keeps both front 20 An all wood wheeled toy of a non-steerable
rocking type adapted to move back and forth in
wheels in alignment with each other at all times,
a straight path comprising a front standard hav
and also keeps the wheels in a rigid and straight
ing rigid handle means connected with its upper '
upright position at all times. There are no hear
end portion, a pair of complemental, opposed
ing points to wear large and allow the wheels to
frame members having frontal horizontal por~
bend or sway sidewise. They are glued to the
tions secured at their outer ends to the upper
axle in addition to nailing. This is the secret of
end portion of said standard and having rear,
the more successful operation and lasting quality
‘downturned and diverging opposite end portions,
of this vehicle.
a seat board secured to the upper edges of the
This rocking vehicle is designed principally for
feet push the. pedals in the same direction at one
two-year to four-year old children.
This is an indoor rocking vehicle, and by rock
30 horizontal portions of said frame members, a
front wheel assembly comprising a relatively
ing over the high point of the wheel swing, a
"child can ride back and forth in a room on the
same path without .continually running into fur
niture and marring the same, which is a furni~
ture-saving feature.
- The same amount of rocking motion is obtained
short, horizontal axle extending through and be
yond a bearing formed in the lower end of said
standard, relatively large wheels in parallelism on
opposite sides of said standard, the outer ends of
said axle being eccentrically and rigidly connect
ed to said wheels at predetermined points, and
relatively small hub collars ?xedly secured to
as in a 33-inch long rocking hobby-horse, but
the axle-end and inner surfaces of the respec
this vehicle only takes up 24 inches of space and
is'therefore more compact and not as bulky in 40 tive wheels, said hub collars riding in limited
movable contact with adjacent opposite faces
The mounting of both foot pedals in the same
relative position on the front wheel is one of the
best advantages of this rocking vehicle over other
types, as it allows full body swing and motion and
push on both wheels at the same time forward
of said‘ standard, and a rear wheel assembly com
prising a longer axle having small wheels secured
to its outer ends, said axle having its end por
tions extending through bearing holes in the ter
minals of said frame members, and small hub
collars secured to the inner faces of said last
named wheels and riding in limited contact with
adjacent surfaces of said frame members.
'or backward, in rhythm with the rocking motion
of the vehicle. Pedals mounted on opposite ends
of the front wheels, as in a regular tricycle, do
not allow the body to swing to and fro with the ,
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