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Патент USA US3083501

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April 2, 1963
3,083,498
R. A. KELLEY
TOPS
Firled Feb. 15, 1960
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Patented Apr. 2, 1963
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extent that would otherwise be required. It is desired
that the holder 10 be capable of being moved slightly
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TOPS
out of a position perpendicular to the ?y wheel 5 and
to remain in a selected position during use as it is the
Richard A. Kelley, 174 Taft Ave., Portland, Maine
Filed Feb. 15, 1960, Ser. No. 8,775
3 Claims. (CI. 46—65)
angular relationship, other than a straight angle relation
ship, between the axis of the wheel 5 and that of the pen
that results in a path in the form of connected loops and
determines the particular form thereof. In FIG. 2, this
angular relationship is exaggerated ‘but the axis as estab
The present invention relates to tops and to the bodies
thereof.
For many years, tops of various types have proved to
be popular toys and the principal objective of the present
lished by the wheel 5, when rotating, is indicated by the
invention is to provide a top whose pivot is part of a
writing element and is so arranged and disposed, pref
broken line 11, while that de?ned by the pen 8 is indi
cated at 12. Since these axes do not de?ne a straight
angle, the ball travels along a path recorded on a suitable
erably adjustably, relative to the axis of the body that,
when the top is in use, its path is recorded by its pivot
as a series of interconnected loops.
In accordance with the invention, this objective is at
surface as a series of interconnected loops visible through
15 the fly wheel as the series is formed.
I claim:
tained by connecting a writing element, usually and pref—
1. A top comprising an elongated holder of polygonal
erably a pen of the ball-point type, to the body so that
cross section and including a writing element as the sur
the axis of its writing pivot meets the axis of the body
face engaging pivot, and a body member including an
at an angle that is a small departure from a straight angle 20 axially located annular member of deformable stock
whereby the path of the pivot, as the top is spun on a
through which said holder extends and which frictionally
sheet of paper, for example, is recorded in the form of
engages said holder, said member maintaining said holder
interconnected loops. In order that the path may be
at a predetermined angle relative to the axis of said mem—
varied, the connection between the axes is adjustable and
her, as it rotates, such that the path of said element is
it is preferred that the body be in the form of a ?y wheel 25 in the form of connected loops.
through which the recording of the path of the top may
2. A top comprising an elongated holder of polygonal
be watched.
In the accompanying drawings, there is shown an il
lustrative embodiment of the invention from which these
cross section and including a writing element of the ball
point type as the surface engaging pivot, and a body mem
ber including an axially located annular member of de
and other of its objectives, novel features, and advantages 30 formable stock through which said holder extends and
will be readily apparent.
which frictionally engages said holder, said member main
In the drawings:
taining said holder at a predetermined angle relative to
FIG. 1 is a plan view of a top in accordance with the
invention, as seen from above, and
FIG. 2 is a section taken approximately along the in
dicated lines 2—2 of FIG. 1.
In the embodiment of the invention shown in the draw
ings, the body of the top is indicated at 5 and is shown
as a ?y wheel of transparent stock. The ?y wheel 5
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the axis of said member as it rotates, such that the path
of said element is in the form of connected loops.
3. A top comprising an elongated holder that is polyg
onal in cross section and that includes a writing element
as the surface engaging pivot, and a ?y wheel including
an axial sleeve of deformable stock through which said
holder extends and which frictionally engages said holder,
has an axial hole 6 in which there is anchored an annular, 40 said sleeve maintaining said holder at a predetermined
resiliently deformable member 7 conveniently in the form
of a rubber sleeve.
acute angle relative to the plane de?ned by said wheel as
it rotates such that the path of said element is in the form
As illustrative of a writing element, there is generally
of connected loops.
indicated a conventional pen 8 of the ball-point type whose
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ball 9 is a pivot for the top and whose holder 10 is polyg
References Cited in the ?le of this patent
onal in cross section. The hole 6 and sleeve 7 of the ?y
UNITED STATES PATENTS
wheel are dimensioned to permit the pen holder 10 to be
inserted therethrough and to be frictionally held there
541,802
Barus _______________ __ June 25, 1895
by. The cross sectional shape of the holder 10 ensures
Simon _______________ __ Oct. 21, 1919
50 1,319,123
that when the top is spun by means of the holder, an ef
FOREIGN PATENTS
fective driving connection therebetween is established
without the necessity of compressing the sleeve 7 to the
591,256
Germany _____________ __ Jan. 18, 1934
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