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Fçb. 6, 1962
C. GOMEZ ETAL.
3,019,553
WOODEN MUSICAL TOY
Filed Oct. 23 , 1959
2 Sheets-Sheet 1
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ARLGS
JUAN R. ViCTOR
Feb. 6» 1962
c. GOMEZ ETAL
3,019,553
WOODEN MUSICAL TOY
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Filed Oct. 23, 1959
2 Sheets-Sheet 2
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3,019,553
Patented Feb. 6, 1962
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24, however, has a rounded top end 28. The strips 24 y
3,019,553
constitute clappers.
WOODEN MUSICAL TOY
The hinge connection between the body 12 and each
strip 24 includes a hinge leaf in the form of a metal plate
Carlos Gomez, 914 Jefferson Ave., and Juan R. Victor,
916 Jefferson Ave., both of Brooklyn, N.Y.
Filed Oct. 23, 1959, Ser. No. 848,246
2 Claims. (Cl. 46-191)
30, rectangular in shape, fastened ñatwise against the
body 12 at its juncture with the handle 16 by means of
tacks 32 extending through holes 34 in the plate. A pair
of spaced knuckles 36 is formed on the top edge- of» the
plate 30 at the ends thereof. rA similar hinge leaf in
This invention relates to a sounding device and more
particularly to a sounding device of the clapper type.
, An important object of the present invention is to pro
10 the form of a metal plate 38 of similar dimensions as
the plate 30 is` fastened ñatwise against the adjacent sur
face of the strip 24 at the top end thereof by means of
tacks 40 extending through holes 42 in the plate 38. A
mic sounds similar to drum beats or the sounds produced
pair of spaced knuckles 44 are formed on the top edge
in tap dancing.
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Another object of the invention is to provide a clapper 15 of plate 38 inwardly of the ends thereof and a lug 46 is
vide a clapper which is very simple in construction, which
is easy to use, and which may be operated to give rhyth~
formed on the same edge in the space between the`
which is very inexpensive to manufacture, which is sturdy
in construction and which provides asubstantial degree
of entertainment and amusement.
knuckles and extending outwardly of the plate in the
plane of the body thereof._ The lug is offset from the`
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plane of the knuckles on the leaves. The knuckles 44
A further object of the kinvention is to provide a elap
per having akhinged strip and hammer on each side of 20 on plate 38 fit in between the knuckles'36 on plate30 and
are disposed in alignment therewith so that the hinge
the strip of wood forming the body of the clapper so as
leaves are connected by a hinge pin 48 extending through
to provide a more lively repetition of hammer strokes
the openings in the aligned knuckles. A metal dishthan clappers having a spring tongue and hammer on one
shaped button S0 is mounted on the inner surface of each
side only of the body.
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It is also an object of the invention to provide a clap 25 strip 24 at the central bottom end thereof and is fastened
thereto by protruding prongs 52 spaced around the ‘pe
per that maybe used for beating time either in solo or in
riphery thereof extending into notches 54 in the surface
accompaniment to musical instruments, preferably string
of the strip. The semi~spherica1 members 20 on the body
12 are disposed in the path of movement of the buttons
For further comprehension of the invention, and of
the objects and advantages thereof, reference will be had 30 50 on the strips 24, which buttons serve as hammers for
instruments.
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to the following description and accompanying drawings,
and to the appended claims in which the various novel
striking the members 20.
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In accordance with the invention resilient means for
urging the strips 24 inwardly toward the body 12 is pro
features of the invention are more particularly set forth.
vided in the form of a coiled spring 56 extending through
35 a transverse opening 58 in the body 12 at its juncture with
of this disclosure:
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the handle 16. The opening terminates in enlarged
FIG. l is a front elevational view of a clapper embody
In the accompanying drawings forming a material part
ing the invention.
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countersunk portions 62. The ends of the spring impinge
against the lugs 46 with the hinge pin acting as a fulcrum.
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FIG. 2 is an edge view thereof showing in full lines
the clapper elements swung to open position away from
` An outward thrust against the lug 46 forces the outer
FIG. 3 is a vertical sectional view taken on the plane
In FIG. 7, there is shown a modified form of resilient
the clapper body and showing in dot-dash lines the clap 40 upper end of the strip 24 above the hinge line outwardly
and the remainder of the strip inwardly.
per elements in striking sound-producing position.
means for urging the strips 24 inwardly toward the body
of the line 3-3 of FIG. l, with the clapper elements in
12. This takes the form of rubber pads 60 seated in the
the position of FIG. 2.
FIG. 4 is a top plan view of the strip forming the body 45 countersunk portions 62 of the body 12 impingiug against
the lugs 46 and urging them away from the body.
of the clapper.
In use, the handle 16 is held between the fingers of
FIG. 5 is a top plan view of one of the hinge leaves.
the hand and the device shaken whereby the clappers 24
FIG. 6 is a similarview of another hinge leaf.
FIG. 7 is a view similar to FIG. 3 of the top end of a 50 are vibrated causing the hammers 50 to strike against
the members 20 on the body 12 producing a sound. With
clapper embodying modified means for urging the clapper
a clapper on each side of the body, a lively repetition of
elements to striking sound-producing position.
hammer-strokes is produced. The operator can also pro
Referring in detail to the drawings, in FIG. 1 a clapper
duce very pleasing rhythmic sounds simulating the sounds K
made in accordance with the invention is shown and
of a tap dancer or the sounds produced by a drum. By
designated generally by the reference numeral 10. The
clapper 10 comprises a substantially rectangular strip 12
of wood forming the body of the clapper. One end of
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skillfully manipulating the device, the clapper may be
used for beating time either in solo or in accompaniment
to musical instruments, preferably string instruments.
the strip is rounded as indicated at 14, and the other end
It is to be understood that this musical toy may be
continues into a central extension of reduced width serv
made
of wood, plastic or any other suitable material in
ing as a handle 16, the body and handle merging grace 60
yany size or »shape and it may be decorated as desired.
fully by means of curved shoulders 18. A semi-spherical
also `the hinge and spring construction may be changed
metal member 20 is mounted on each of the front and
as desired.
rear sides, as viewed in FIG. 1, of the strip 12, at the
While we have illustrated and described the preferred
center of the bottom rounded end 14 thereof and is fas
embodiments of our invention, it is to be understood that
tened thereto by means of an integral pin 22 radiating 65 We do not limit ourselves to theprecise constructions
from the central interior surface thereof as seen in
herein disclosed and that various changes yand modifica
tions may be made within the scope of the invention as
On each ofthe front and rear sides of the strip 12, as
deñned in the appended claims.
viewed in FIG. 1, another wooden strip 24, of similar
Having thus described our invention, what we claim as
dimensions as the strip or body 12 and having a similar 70 new, and desire to secure by United States Letters Pat
ent is:
rounded bottom end 26, is hingedly connected to the
l. A sounding device comprising a flat wooden body
body 12 at its juncture with the handle 16. Each strip
FIG. 3.
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of. substantially `rectangular Shape, a handle forming an
extension of one end thereof, wooden clappers hingedly
on the vfree ends of the clappers, a metal sernicircular
member fixed on each side of the body at its other end,
in the path of movement of the hammers on the clap
pers, said members constituted by metal dish-shaped but
-tons, the hinge connections between the lbody and clap
pers each comprising a hinge plate on the body spaced
from said handle, knuckles at ends of the plate, another
connected at one end to the body, on both sides thereof
at opposed points intermediate the ends of said body and
spaced from the handle, hammers immovably mounted
on the free ends of the clappers, a metal semicircul‘ar
member fixed on each side of the body at its other end,
in the path of movement of the hammers on the clap
pers, s_aid members constituted by metal dish-shaped but
hinge plate on the adjacent clapp‘erwith knuckles at the
top thereof in line with the first-named knuckles a hinge
tons, the hinge connections between the body and clap 10 pin extending through the openings in the aligned
pers each comprising a hinge plate on the body spaced
from said handle, knuckles lat ends of «the plate, another
hinge plate on the adjacent clapper with knuckles at the
top thereof in line with the ñrst-named knuckles, a hinge
knuckles, and resilient means for urging the hammer car
rying ends of the cl'appers toward the body including
countersunk portions at the ends of the transverse open
ing in the body at its juncture with its handle, an integral
lug on each hinge plate of the clappers extending up
pin extending through the openings in the aligned
knuckles, resilient means for urging the hammer carrying
ends of the c_lappers toward the body including a trans
verse opening in the body at its juncture with its handle,
an integral lug on each hinge plate of the clappers ex
tending upwardly and overlapping and disposed closely
adjacent the adjacent end of the opening, and a coiled
spring in the opening, the ends ofthe spring impinging
against the lugs whereby :the lugs are urged outwardly
away from the body and the hammer carrying the ends
of the cl'appers are urged inwardly toward the body.
2. A sounding device comprising a ñat wooden body
of substantially rectangular shape, a handle forming an
extension of one end thereof, wooden clappers hingedly
wardly and overlapping, being disposed closely adjacent
the adjacent countersunk portion in the body and a rub
ber pad in each countersunk portion, said pads impinging
`against the lugs whereby the lugs are urged outwardly
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away from the body and the hammer carrying ends of
the `clappers are urged inwardly toward the body.
References Cited in the tile of this patent
UNITED STATES PATENTS
976,718
1,567,803
1,711,309
Bartholomae _________ __ Nov. 22, 1910
Ludwig _____________ __ Dec. 29, 1925
Escovar ______________ __ Apr. 30, 1929
2,713,805
Flores ____»_ ____ _a ____ _- July 26, 1955
604,485
France ______________ _.- Jan. 26, 1926
connected at one end to the body, on both sides thereof
FOREIGN PATENTS
at vopposed points intermediate the ends of said body and
spaced from the handle, hammers immovably mounted
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