Search Images Maps Play YouTube News Gmail Drive More »
Sign in
Screen reader users: click this link for accessible mode. Accessible mode has the same essential features but works better with your reader.


  1. Advanced Patent Search
Publication numberUS1130324 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateMar 2, 1915
Filing dateAug 22, 1913
Priority dateAug 22, 1913
Publication numberUS 1130324 A, US 1130324A, US-A-1130324, US1130324 A, US1130324A
InventorsRobert C D Owen
Original AssigneeRobert C D Owen
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Building-block for wall constructions.
US 1130324 A
Abstract  available in
Previous page
Next page
Claims  available in
Description  (OCR text may contain errors)


1,130,324, Patented Mar. 2, 1915.



To all whom it may concern:

Be it known that I, ROBERT C. Owen, subject of the King of Great Brita n, residing at Vancouver, Province of British Columbia, Dominion of Canada, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Building-Blocks for Vall Constructions, of which the following is a specification.

This invention relates to an improvement in building blocks.

The primary object of the invention 1s to provide a toy building block Which may be used in the building of various constructions, and in which the blocks may be quickly assembled in the formation of a wall, or other structure and effectually held against displacement.

A further object of the invention is to provide a structure in which the blocks of one row interlock with the rows of blocks above and below the same, the arrangement beingsuch that in the assembling of the blocks they may be inserted from, the center or both ends of a wall in the building of the same.

Another object of the invention is to provide a block in which no particular care need be taken in matching the blocks.

For a full understanding of the invention reference is to be had to the following description and accompanying drawings, in which Figure 1 is a perspective view showing the arrangement of the blocks in a wall construction. Fig. 2 is a perspective view of one of the blocks. Fig. 3 is a perspective "iew of one of the corner blocks, and Fig. 4 is a perspective view showing a slightly modified form of block, which constitutes a key block. Fig. 5 is a detail perspective view of the underside of a corner block.

Corresponding and like parts are referred to in the following description and indicated in all the views of the accompanying rawings by the same reference characters. In the drawing, 10 designates the line block which is substantially oblong, the upper face of the same being formed with a dove-tailed groove 11 which extends its entire length and opens through the ends thereof. The lower face of the block is formed with a dove-tailed rib 12 which extends the entire length of the block. This rib is in direct alinement with the groove on the reverse face of the block.

In the construction of a wall, the blocks Specification of Letters Patent.

Application filed August 22, 1913.

Patented Mar. 2, 1915. Serial No. 786,173.

are placed one upon the other, the ribs on the under face of an upper row of blocks being inserted in the grooves in the upper face of an under row of blocks. The blocks in one row, as in the assembling of the usual wall construction, may be disposed in staggered relation with respect to the blocks of the rows which lie above and below the same, thereby forming a compact wall in which the blocks of each row are held against movement transversely of the Wall.

Particular attention is called to the fact that all of the blocks are of the same dimensions and the ribs on all the blocks are of the same construction and that it is unnecessary to match them in assembling a wall or other structure. It will also be seen that the structure is such as may be easily and economically manufactured from various materials.

The corner blocks 13, are each formed with a longitudinal groove 14: which opens through one end of the block but terminates short of the opposite end thereof. A transverse groove 15 opens through one side of the block and extends to a point adjacent the opposite side, the end wall 16 of said groove being beveled. The lower faces of the blocks 13 are formed with longitudinal ribs 17 which are to be engaged in the transverse grooves of subjacent blocks, and When the end of such rib engages the beveled end wall 16 the end of the upper block willbe in the vertical plane of the side of the lower block and the blocks will be interlocked. The rib 17, of course, terminates short of that end of the block illustrated in Fig. 3,

having the transverse groove and has a beiieled end corresponding to the beveled wa l 16.

In the form shown in Fig. 4, the grooves of the blocks 19 are formed with straight side walls 18. These blocks constitute keyblocks, that is, in the laying of the Wall, two of such blocks may be placed end to end. It will be noted that the dove-tailed ribs of the next row of blocks may be inserted within the grooves 18 of the key-blocks, and the line blocks then moved longitudinally of the wall, the corner blocks being moved into place along the two sides or branches of the wall alternately. From the foreg ing, it will be obvious that the blocks may be readily assembled, and when assembled they will be effectually held against displacement.

It will be noted that a block of this character when constructed of wood or any other suitable material may be used in the building of toy structures, such as houses, towers and bridges, and that they-will provide a much more substantial structure than blocks whichare merely placed one upon the other. It will also be observed that while the blocks when assembled are efltectually held against displacement, the assembling of the blocks may be accomplished in a simple manner and that as the blocks need not be matched, the loss of one or more blocks from a set will not prevent the remaining blocks from being used. Asthe blocks may be easily assembled, a child will quickly learn to manipulate them and will train the eye and hand while amusing himself.

What I claim is I 1. A set of building blocks comprising line blocks, key blocks and corner blocks, all of said blocks having longitudinal dove- "tailed ribs on their under sides and longitu- -walls, the their upper sides with longitudinal grooves tailed ribs on their under sides, the key blocks being provided in their upper sides with longitudinal grooves having parallel line blocks being provided on having undercut walls and the corner blocks being provided in theirupper sides with longitudinal and transverse grooves having undercut walls.

In testimony whereof I afiix my signature in presence of two witnesses.

ROBERT C. D. OWEN. [1,. s.] Witnesses:


Referenced by
Citing PatentFiling datePublication dateApplicantTitle
US2472363 *May 22, 1944Jun 7, 1949Douglas G B HillBuilding block
US2513596 *Nov 6, 1948Jul 4, 1950Chicago Lighthouse For The BliChild's block set
US2565823 *Apr 1, 1946Aug 28, 1951Clarence PoolToy building blocks and base
US2902853 *Jul 15, 1957Sep 8, 1959Lofstrom Dennis EBuilding construction
US3220141 *Jul 2, 1962Nov 30, 1965Halsam Products CompanyBuilding blocks connectable in slideable or non-slideable relationship
US3273719 *Jun 24, 1964Sep 20, 1966Robert Krause KG Zweigniederlassung WeilheimRack for towels, papers, films, and the like
US4514104 *Jun 18, 1982Apr 30, 1985Monitronik LteeSelf-supporting element for mosaic display panel
US4728492 *Feb 4, 1986Mar 1, 1988Hochtemperatur-Reaktorbau GmbhRoof reflector for a small high temperature reactor
US4764143 *Mar 14, 1986Aug 16, 1988Daniel LowAssembly toys for joining cylindrical objects
US4816212 *Jan 21, 1987Mar 28, 1989Hochtemperatur-Reaktorbau GmbhGraphite side reflector
US5379540 *Nov 17, 1993Jan 10, 1995The Howard CompanyModular sign system
US5975500 *Jun 30, 1997Nov 2, 1999Orton; Michael VCast concrete fence posts and cast concrete bases for said posts
US6050044 *Jul 29, 1998Apr 18, 2000Kitsilano Industries Inc.Building block
US6612784Dec 28, 2001Sep 2, 2003Anchor Wall Systems, Inc.Modular retaining wall system
US6758636Dec 28, 2001Jul 6, 2004Anchor Wall Systems, Inc.Segmental retaining wall system
US6921231Mar 12, 2004Jul 26, 2005Anchor Wall Systems, Inc.Segmental retaining wall system
US7892119 *May 24, 2007Feb 22, 2011John MarshallFletching system and method therefor
US8020328 *Nov 16, 2007Sep 20, 2011Erez LaviConnecting elements for construction
US8136325 *Oct 20, 2005Mar 20, 2012Van Lerberg David PLandscaping wall structure and form
US8267817May 25, 2010Sep 18, 2012Marshall Jr John FFletching system and method therefor
US8382616Feb 26, 2010Feb 26, 2013John MarshallFletching system and method therefor
US8617010Jan 29, 2013Dec 31, 2013John F. Marshall, Jr.Fletching system and method therefor
US8870691 *Nov 6, 2013Oct 28, 2014John F. Marshall, Jr.Fletching system and method therefor
US9404612May 22, 2014Aug 2, 2016Charles Mark LashinskeElectrical connector and system for electrical outlet
US9441774May 22, 2014Sep 13, 2016Charles Mark LashinskeHanging device and method therefor
US20040102132 *Nov 25, 2002May 27, 2004Stephanie MillerConstruction toy formed of connectable components
US20040179903 *Mar 12, 2004Sep 16, 2004Anchor Wall Systems, Inc.Segmental retaining wall system
US20080176683 *May 24, 2007Jul 24, 2008John MarshallFletching system and method therefor
US20080224470 *Nov 16, 2007Sep 18, 2008Lavi ErezConnecting Elements For Construction
US20100151976 *Feb 26, 2010Jun 17, 2010John MarshallFletching system and method therefor
US20100234150 *May 25, 2010Sep 16, 2010John MarshallFletching System and Method Therefor
USRE39922Jul 8, 2004Nov 20, 2007Anchor Wall Systems, Inc.Segmental retaining wall system
EP1196662A1 *Jan 27, 2000Apr 17, 2002Anchor Wall Systems, Inc.Segmental retaining wall system
EP1196662A4 *Jan 27, 2000Jan 8, 2003Anchor Wall SystSegmental retaining wall system
U.S. Classification446/127, 403/381, 376/459
Cooperative ClassificationA63H33/082