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HOWARD TILDEN OF BOSTON MASSACHUSETTS.
Letters Patent No. .dated Jaavuary 12 1869.
The Schedule referred to in these Letters Patent and making part of the same.
To all whom it may concern:
Be it known that 'I HOWARD TILDEN of Boston Suffolk county in the State of Massachusetts have in-vented a new toy for children which I name and call
The Flying Comet;" and I hereby declare the following to be a full and exact description thereof reference being had to the accompanying drawings forming part of this specification.
The object of my invention is to provide for children a mechanical toy that shall be at once harmless and amusing; and this purpose I accomplish by combining and arranging a bow cylinder cord and rod in such a manner that when the rod which passes loosely through the cylinder is drawn back and then released it is suddenly and swiftly thrown forward within the cylinder by the elasticity of the cord or bow or both *gill arrested by a shoulder formed upon it and projects rapidly through the air from its extremity any suit-able missile or flier that may be loosely suspended upon it for that purpose; and by providing also a suit-able missile or ffier to be projected from the end of the aforesaid rod.
In the following more exact description of my invention I shall refer to the drawings hereinbefore mentioned of which
Figure 1 is a plan or top view of my new toy as lying on a horizontal surface the position of the parts when drawn for discharge being shown in red;
Figure 2 a view of the bow and a cross-section of the cylinder; and
Figure 3 the flier.
A is a short cylinder of tin or other material hav'-ing attached to it and across it.the arms or bow B.
The rod C passes loosely through the cylinder A anti is provided with a shoulder D of greater diameter than the interior of the cylinder and also with a knob E at the Iarger end and a flattened or other-shaped point at the smaller end.
The cord F passes through the rod C and its ends are fastened to the ends of the bow B. This bow may be formed of rigid wires or other material and the cord F be elastic or the bow maybe a spring and the cord non-elastic or both may be elastic at the same time as may.be preferred.
Fig. 3.shows a missile or flier adapted to the above-described device. It consists of a flat or conical centre-piece a of sheet-metal or other material having attached to its 'exterior edge several wings b formed of wires covered with paper or cloth or of sheet-metal or other material and set obliquely or inclined 'both in reference to the:plane or base of the 'centre-piece and to its axis each wing being also inclined laterally in the same direction after the manner of the thread of a screw or like the arms of a steamer's propeller-wheel so that when discharged or thrown the resistance of the air will give it a rapid rotary motion onthe principle of the common windmill or like the ordinary shuttle-cock.
The centre-piece a is perforated to fit loosely the point on the end of the rod C said point being flattened or otherwise shaped so as not to turn in the centre-piece or if the centre-piece be conical the point of the rod may be of the same shape and be provided with a projection at one side to fit a score in the edge of the centre-piece to prevent one from turning relatively to the other.
The flier being placed on the end or point of the rod C the cylinder and bow are held in one hand while with the other the knob E is grasped and the rod drawn back the cord or bow or both yielding. The knob is then suddenly released when the elasticity or elastic force of the cord or bow causes the rod C to spring forward swiftly in the cylinder till arrested by the shoulder D and the . flier is sent flying through the air like a comet or meteor.
The wings of the flier may be of divers colors; and as the arrangement of its wings will cause it to rotate rapidly as it advances through the air a fine effect will be thus produced.
Under favorable circumstances a light pin-wheel of fire-works may be attached to the flier concentric with it and lighted at the instant of discharge care being taken to place it in such a manner that its tendency to rotate may conspire with and not oppose that of the flier.
In drawing back the rod C it may be turned at the same time in a direction opposite to that in which the ffier is arranged to rotate the cord F winding on the rod C so that when released the rod revolving to re-turn to its former position will give an. impulse of rotation to the flier at the start. For the same purpose I contemplate placing a fixed pin on the rod C to slide in a spiral slot in the cylinder A so that when the rod is drawn back it will necessarily rotate in one direction and return in the opposite direction when released.
If preferred the cord F may be connected with a loose collar on the rod C so as to allow the latter to turn without winding the cord around it.
The foregoing being a full description of my new toy
What I claim and desire to secure by Letters Pat- . ent is
As a new article of manufacture the above-described toy-gun having a rod C holding a cord r' and arranged to traverse and rotate within the cylinder A substantially as described. for the purpose set forth.
Gu$TAVUS A. SO] LERLY