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Feb. 26, 1963
s. c. BUTLER EI'AL
PERCOLATOR TOYS
Filed Aug. 29, 1960
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Patented Feb. 26, 1963
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of illustration and explanation. The accompanying draw
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‘PERCOLATGR TOYS‘)
Stanley C. Butler, 15272 Penn Ave., San Lorenzo, Caii?,
and De Loss 1.. Marsh, 212 Revere Ave., Hayward,
Calif.
Filed Aug. 29, 196i), ?er. No. 52,449
2 Claims. (Cl. ‘til-186.22)
ings are not to be taken as limiting this invention; those
skilled in the art to which this invention pertains will
realize that these drawings are intended to illustrate the
nature of the invention and to designate clearly a pre
ferred embodiment of the invention. Obviously the di
mensions and relative sizes of the various parts of the
construction shown can be changed to adapt the inven
tion for different uses and conditions.
This invention relates to “percolator” toys.
As an aid to understanding the invention it may be
One of the most common household appliances is the 10
stated in summary form that it concerns toy “percolator”
“percolator” coffeepot, which generally comprises a pot
devices comprising a container capable of being ?lled
with a spout and handle, a cover or top with a trans
to a desired level with liquid, conduit means for con
parent (usually glass) center section, an upright tube
veying air into the interior of the container which are
with a domed base which rests on the bottom of the pot,
and a cup-shaped ?lter holder which rests on the tube 15 adapted to prevent back-?ow and which terminate at
a point within the interior of the container below the
or the pot adjacent the top of the upright tube so as
to surround the tube. When the pot is ?lled with water
to below the bottom of the ?lter holder and the holder
desired level of liquid, tube means for directing a flow
steam in the chamber de?ned by the bottom of the pot
and the domed base of the upright tube, thereby forc
of air and liquid upwardly within the container and hav
ing a base adapted to be open to the ?ow of liquid with
in the container below the desired level of liquid when
the container is ?lled with liquid and further adapted
ing Water up and out of the top end of the tube, so that
to receive a flow of air from the conduit means so as
is ?lled with ground coffee, heating the pot generates
to mix it with the liquid, all so that the mixture is
upon being discharged from the top end of the tube the
forced upwardly through the tube means which terminate
water falls into the ?lter holder, passes through the
co?fee therein, and then falls back into the bulk of 25 at a point above the desired level of liquid in the con
water within the pot. This invention relates to toys,
which are capable of effective operation as well as of
amusement and education, in which “percolation” and
bubbling e?fects similar to those of a genuine household
“percolator” co?eepot are achieved by forcing liquid 30
through a tube by means of compressed air rather than
by the generation of steam, and in which a potable
concoction may be obtained by placing various ?avoring
and/ or coloring materials in a ?lter holder.
tainer, and means for forcing air through the conduit
means into the interior of the container adjacent thebase
of the tube means. The invention is also summarized in
the appended claims.
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FIG. 1 illustrates a toy “percolator” device 10 which
includes an open-topped pot or container .12 formed by
side wall 14 and bottom wall 16. The removable lid
18 is formed with horizontal ?ange 20 and vertical flange
22 around its outer edge so as to generally conform to
It is well known that all people, especially children, 35 the horizontal cross-sectional shape of the container 12,
so that the lid 18 may, as shown in FIG. 1, be supported
are attracted by and receive great amusement value from
by the top edge of the side wall 14. The lid 18 may be
toys which realistically simulate common functioning
formed so as to ?t very loosely over side wall 14, so that
utilitarian operations and devices. Similarly, toys which
it is held against undesired dislodging by bubbling im
can teach children how to put together or operate com
mon household appliances in a neat and orderly man 40 pact of water from below by gravity alone; or alternative
ner, while being sufficiently realistic and interesting to
hold the children’s attention, are known to be popular
and desirable, particularly with parents. Like all simula
tor training devices, they do, in a sense, have an educa
tional value.
Further, toys or devices which not only 45
simulate functional operations, but which also actually
produce pleasing or desired results in addition to amuse
ment or educational values, are particularly desirable.
It is an object of this invention to provide safe, in
expensive, and durable devices having these amusement,
educational and utilitarian values. It is a further object
of this invention to provide toys which simulate the
bubbling or “percolating” operations of household ap—
pliances. Another object of this invention is to provide
a toy which realistically simulates the appearance and 55
operation of a common “percolator” cotl‘eepot without
the application of heat or boiling, and which is also
capable of preparing and producing ?avored and/or
colored drinks. Other objects and advantages of the
invention will be more fully apparent from the remainder 60
of this description, including the appended claims and
the accompanying drawings in which:
FIG. 1 is a vertical section of a toy device according
to the invention;
P16. 2 is a cross-sectional view taken at line 2—2 of 65
FIG. 1;
FIG. 3 is a cross-sectional view taken at line 3—3 of
FIG. 1; and
ly ?anges 20 and 22 may be formed to conform closely
to the cross-sectional shape of side wall 14 so as to provide
a “tight” ?t which further secures the lid 18 against such
dislodgement. Also, other means for covering or closing
the open top of the container 12, such as hinged lids, or
caps may be used in place of the lid 18.
The lid 18 is desirably formed with the domed shape
illustrated in FIG. 1, and includes transparent top wall
section or member 24, joined to lid 18 around the center
of the complete lid 18. The lid 18 and the container
12 may be formed of metal, plastics, glass or other ma
terial; the transparent top wall member 24 of the lid 18
is formed of glass or transparent plastic, although alter
natively the entire lid 18 may be formed of such trans
parent materials, as may the container 12 and almost all
the remaining structure of the device it). The transparent
top wall member 24, if not an integral part of the lid
18, may be either ?xedly or removably joined to the re
mainder of the lid 13 by conventional joint means 26.
A spout or means 23 for pouring liquid out of the con
tainer 12 is preferably formed in side wall 14. The com
plete toy device ltl also desirably includes hollow handle
means 30 for holding the toy device 10, mounted at its
upper end 31 on the exterior of side wall 14 and at its
lower end 33 on the exterior of base wall 32. Base wall
32, which may comprise an extension of side wall 14,
is mounted on container 12 so as to be capable of sup
porting the container 12 and so as to enclose an open
bottomed base section or housing 34 formed by bottom
FIG. 4 is a partial cross-sectional view taken at line
4--4 of FIG. 1.
70 wall 16 of container 12 and base wall 32. In the pre
In all ?gures of the drawings like numerals are used
to designate like parts where convenient for purposes
ferred embodiment of the invention, base housing 34 is
formed with a generally rectangular horizontal cross-sec
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tion. Base wall 32 is formed with periodic recessed por
tions 36 along its bottom edge, so that when the container
at the juncture of the short leg 74 and the base 76 of
member 70, the edges of short leg 74 and base 76 are
12 is resting on a ?at surface the open bottom of the
joined to the bottom wall 16 so as to form a continuously
base housing 34 communicates with the outside atmosphere
through the spaces provided by the recessed portions 36.
enclosed pipe or conduit with free communication be
tween the interior of the conduit or pipe formed by short
leg '74 and the space enclosed by the base 76 and the
A generally vertical retainer wall 38 is mounted on base
wall 32 so as to divide base housing 34 into two sections
and so as to aid in retaining a power source, such as a
bottom wall 16. The open top or end 89 of the short leg
74, which is also the open top or end 60 of the complete
conduit means 64 of which short leg 74 forms a part, is
common “?ashlight” electric battery 40, in one portion
of the base housing 34. The battery 40, which in as 10 located well beneath the desired level (indicated at 82)
to which the container 12 may be ?lled with liquid.
sembly of the complete toy device It} may be inserted
The tube member 84 provides a means for directing
through the open bottom of the base housing 34, is re
upwardly a flow of air and liquid within the container 12.
siliently held in place by pressure between its contact
Tube member 84 includes a domed or bell~shaped base or
point 42 and the resilient electrically-conductive member
bottom portion 86, of larger diameter than the upper tube
44, which is mounted on base wall 32 and operatively
portion 88 of tube member 34, which is adapted to ?t
connected with conventional circuit means 46, and by
over and largely enclose short leg 74 of member 70,
pressure between the base 43 of the battery 40 and the
forming in eifect a mixing chamber above and around
resiliently-mounted electrically-conductive lug 50 which
is also operatively connected to conventional circuit means
46. Drive means, such as the electric motor 52 which
is capable of being operated by the battery 46, are mount
ed on base wall 32 in the other portion or" the base housing
34 de?ned by retainer wall 38. Electric motor 52 is op
eratively connected with battery 40, by the conventional
the end 89 of the conduit means 64. The bottom edge
of the base portion 86 rests on top of the base 76 of
member 70 and on top of the three lugs 92 mounted on
and extending upwardly from the bottom Wall 16 of the
container 12, so that when the container 12 is ?lled with
liquid the liquid may ?ow through the spaces between
circuit means 46 via the switch means 54 which are 25 the lugs 92 and the base 76 into the interior of the tube
member 84. The tube member 84 is formed of such
dimensions that when its base portion 86 rests on the lugs
92 and on the base 76, the open top end 94 of tube
member 84 is located at or near the level of the top
extends outside base housing 34, through aperture 57 in 30 of the container 12 and beneath the lid 18. Tube mem
ber 84 may be ?xedly attached to lugs 92 or base 76,
base wall 32. Means for pumping air, such as rotary
but in the preferred embodiment it is removable and
vane compressor 58, are also mounted on base wall 32
simply adapted to rest on lugs 92 and base 76.
in the other portion of the base housing 34 de?ned by
The cup-shaped ?lter holder 96, formed with perfora
retainer wall 38 adjacent the lower end 33 of handle
means 30. Compressor 58 is operatively connected to 35 tions 98 extending through its central portion, is mounted
around the upper tube portion 88 of the tube member 84
electric motor 52 by coupling means 60, so as to be
so that tube member 84 extends through the central por
capable of being driven by electric motor 52.
tion of ?lter holder 96 and so that the bottom of the
The rotary vane compressor 58 draws in air from out
capable of interrupting the circuit between the battery
40 and the electric motor 52, so that the motor 52 may
be driven or stopped by movement of controlling switch
member 56, which is a part of switch means 54 which
?lter holder 96 is above the desired level of liquid indi
side the base housing 34 through the spaces de?ned by
the recessed portions 36 in the bottom edge of base Wall 4.0 cated at 82 and below the top of the container 12. Filter
holder 96 may be mounted around upper tube portion
32. The air is discharged through outlet port 62 of rotary
88 either ?xedly, as in the preferred embodiment shown,
vane compressor 58. The outlet port 62 is operatively
or removably as by forming a ?ange on the exterior of
connected to duct or conduit means 64 for conveying air
upper
tube portion 88 upon which the ?lter holder 96
from the compressor 58 into the interior of the container
12. In the preferred embodiment of the invention as 45 may rest. Alternatively, the ?lter holder 96 may rest
upon or be attached to the side wall 14 of the container
shown in the drawings, duct means 64 comprise, in effect,
12.
a continuous conduit which extends through an aperture
In operation of the invention, the container 12 may
66 in base wall 32 adjacent outlet port 62 into the hollow
be ?lled with liquid, such as water, milk, fruit juice, etc.,
interior of the lower end 33 of handle means 30, through
the hollow interior of the remainder of handle means 50 to the desired level indicated at 82. Flavoring and/or
coloring additive materials, such as water-soluble choco
30, thence through an aperture 68 formed in side wall 14
late, cocoa, dehydrated milk, and various proprietary
adjacent the upper end 31 of handle means 3%? and thence
through the piping member 70 into communication with
the interior of container 12. The piping member 70,
which is generally U-shaped and includes a long leg 72,
preperations for ?avoring or coloring, etc., may be placed
in the ?lter holder 96.
The tube member 34 and the
?lter holder 96 may then be inserted through the open
a short leg 74 and a base 76, is mounted on the interior
top of the container 12 so as to ?t over the top end 80
side of side wall 14 and the interior side of bottom wall
16 of the container 12. The long leg 72 of member 70,
which is generally shaped in horizontal cross-section as
of the conduit means 64, and the lid 18 placed over the
top edges of side wall 14 so as to close or cover the
container 12. In this condition, the liquid flows through
a section of a circle, is mounted on side wall 14 with its 60 the spaces between the lugs 92 into the interior of the
top edge 78 adjacent the top edge of the aperture 68
formed in the side wall 14. The top edge 78 of leg
tube member 84 up to the level of liquid within the
container 12. The liquid also flows through the open
72 of member 70 is formed bent over so as to enclose
top end of the conduit means 64 and ?lls short leg 74
the upper portion of the aperture 68. The long leg 72
of member 70, base 76 of member 70 and long leg 72
of member 70 is continuously joined to side wall 14 along
its edges so as to form, with side wall 14, a pipe or
conduit communicating with the hollow interior of the
handle 30. The base 76 of the member 70 is similarly
formed with arcuate cross-section and joined along its
of member 70 to the level of liquid within the con
tainer. However, since the conduit means 64 communi
cate with the rotary compressor 56 only through the
interior of the handle 30, which at its top end 31 is above
the level of liquid within the container 12, no back-?ow
‘two edges to the bottom wall 16 of the container 12 so 70 of liquid into the compressor 58 occurs. Other means
as to form a further section of conduit or pipe com
for preventing back-?ow, such as check valves, are not
municating with the conduit formed by the long leg 72
preferred. When the switch member 5'6 is moved so that
.of member 70. The short leg 74 of member 70, which
switch means 54 complete the circuit between battery 49
is generally circular in cross section, extends upwardly
and electric motor 52, the electric motor 52 operates and
‘from the center of bottom wall 16 of the container 12; 75 drives the compressor 58, thereby forcing air through
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outlet port 62 and conduit means ‘64. This forces the
liquid in conduit means 64 into the mixing chamber 90
formed by the domed base portion 86 of tube member
84. As the liquid is forced out the top end 80 of the
conduit means 64 some will escape downwardly through
the base portion 86 of the tube member 84 and out be
tween the lugs 92, but because of its direction of ?ow
and the shape of the base portion 86, the bulk of it will
be forced up the upper tube portion 83 of tube mem
ber 84. After all the water has been forced out of con 10
duit means 64, the air forced out the top end 80 of con
duit means 64 will constantly mix with water forced by
hydrostatic pressure into the mixing chamber 90 and in
a “bubbling” action the mixed air and water will be forced
up the tube member 841 and will bubble out the open
top end 94 of tube member 84 in an action very similar
in appearance to the “percolating” of a common house
hold coffeepot. The water bubbling out the top end 94
of tube member 84 then falls down into the ?lter holder
96, where it mixes with and drains through the ?avoring
and/or coloring additive materials in the ?lter holder 96,
and then passes through the perforations 98 in the ?lter
holder Q6 and falls back into the main body of liquid
within the container 12. No heating or boiling is neces~
sary to achieve this operation, although of course pre
heated liquid may be used in operation of the invention,
or ice cubes placed in the ?lter holder 96 or the main
body of liquid within the container to obtain hot or cold
drinks. Other heating or cooling means associated with
the toy device it) are not preferred.
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in this way a potable concoction may be prepared,
giving children or other operators of the toy device 10
the pleasure of preparing a usable product as well as
conduit means for conveying air into the interior of
said container, said conduit means leading from out
side said container through a point above the desired
level of liquid within said container and ending at a
point ‘within the interior of said container below
said desired level of liquid, said conduit means in—
cluding a hollow handle member rigidly a?ixed to
the exterior side of said container;
tube means for directing a ?ow of air .and liquid with
in said container, said tube means having a top and
having a base portion adapted to substantially en
close the end of said conduit means within the inte
rior of said container, said tube means being adapted
to be mounted within said container so that the top
end of said tube means is above said desired level
of liquid when said base portion of said tube means
substantially encloses said end of said conduit means,
said base portion being formed so as to permit the
flow of liquid from the interior of said container
into said tube means when said tube means is so
mounted;
means for pumping air operatively connected to said
conduit means so as to be capable of forcing air
into the interior of said container through said con
duit means, so that air so pumped is capable of
forcing a ?ow of air and liquid up through said tube
means to discharge from said top end of said tube
means;
?lter means mounted around the exterior of said tube
means for holding additive materials above said
desired level of liquid and below said top end of
said tube means, so that liquid discharged from said
top end of said tube means may pass through said
additive materials and through said ?lter means and
fall into the liquid at said desired level of liquid;
spout means formed in said container for pouring
“ ercolating” effect can, of course, be achieved without
liquid out of said container, said spout means being
any use of additive materials in the ?lter holder. Simi
located above said desired level of liquid; and
larly, although the desired level of liquid is indicated at
means for covering the open top of said container,
82, the toy device 10 will operate so long as the level 40
said covering means including a transparent top wall
of liquid is above the top end 80 of the conduit means
member.
64 or the mixing chamber 90, and below the spout or
2. A percolator toy as de?ned in claim 1, wherein
pouring means 28 and the highest point of the conduit
said conduit means include an elongated arcuate piping
means 64.
member attached to the interior side of said container
In view of our invention and disclosure variations and
so as to enclose a space communicating at one end with
modi?cations to meet individual whim or particular need
the interior of said hollow handle member, said piping
will doubtless become evident to others skilled in the
member including at the other end thereof a cylindrical
the amusement of watching operation of the device it},
and in the case of children, giving them training in 35
assembling and operating the unit. The bubbling or
art to obtain part or all of the bene?ts of our invention,
including its safety, economy and durability, without
copying the construction shown, and we, therefore, claim
all such insofar as they fall within the reasonable spirit
and scope of our invention.
We claim:
1. A percolator toy comprising:
a container having an open top and capable of being
?lled to a desired level with liquid;
leg extending upwardly from the center of the bottom
of the container.
References Cited in the ?le of this patent
UNITED STATES PATENTS
1,080,340
1,306,688
Heissenbuttel __________ __ Dec. 2, 1913
Downham ___________ __ June 17, 1919
2,675,641
Baggott _____________ __ Apr. 20, 1954
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