US 1167452 A
Description (OCR text may contain errors)
APPLICATION FILED MAY 24. 1915.
1,167,452. Patented JalLll, 1916.
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WARD, OF JERSEY CITY, NEW JERSEY.
Application filed May 24, 1915.
To all whom it may concern Be it known that I, Bnnrnano G. WARD, a citizenof the United States, residing at Jersey City, in the county of Hudson and State of New Jersey, have invented ertain new and useful Improvements in Game Apparatus; and I do declare the following to be a full, clear, and exact description of the invention, such as will enable others skilled in the art to which it appertains to make and use the same.
This invention relates to improvements in games and more particularly to apparatus of this character.
The object of the invention is to provide a simple game which requires considerable skill and patience to be successfully played and which is adapted to be played by any number of players.
Another object is to provide a board and game pieces constructed to cooperate to accomplish the object sought to be obtained, the board being provided with openings or seats the size of which may be varied to render the playing of the game easy or very difficult, as desired.
Another object is to provide an improved form of game piece for use in playing this game.
lVith these and other objects in view, the invention consists of certain novel features of construction and the combination and arrangement of parts hereinafter fully described and claimed.
In the accompanying drawing: Figure 1 represents a plan view of a game board con structed in accordance with this invention, showing a plurality of game pieces mounted thereon ready for use; Fig. 2 is a transverse section thereof taken on the line 2 Q .41 Ol 1; Fig. 3 is an enlarged detail perspective view of one of the playing or game pieces; Fig. is a section through one of the seats in the board showing one of the game pieces in side elevation therein; Fig. is a transverse vertical section of one of the game pieces; Fig. 6 is a side elevation of the board.
In the embodiment illustrated a board 1 is shown which may be of any suitable or desired configuration and composed of any suitable or desired material, being here shown constructed of wood and rectangular in form having an upstanding flange 2 around the edge thereof, the flange at the sides thereof being preferably made higher Specification of Letters Patent.
Patented J an. ill, 1916.
Serial No. 3037?.
at the rear portion of the board than at the front thereof as is common in boards of this character, the end flange which connects the high portion of the side flanges, being also higher than the front flange. This board 1 is shown provided with a plurality of seats 3, any desired number of which may be employed and which may be arranged in any desired position, ten of said seats being here shown arranged in the form of an isosceles triangle with the vertex thereof extending toward the front of the board. These seats 3 are here shown in the form of circular apertures extending entirely through the board 1 but this need not necessarily be so providing that they are of sufficient depth to receive and retain the game pieces hereinafter described. Arranged adjacent each of the seats 3 is a number a which may be or may not be used in connection with the playing of the game, according to the wishes of the players, as the game may be played for points without using the numbers.
The players or game pieces are designed to be used in playing this game, any desired number of which may be employed, four being here shown, and each of which is constructed in the form of a substantially cylindrical block having a reduced cylindrical extension 6 at one end of a length corresponding to the depth of the seat 3 in which it is to be mounted, said extension having a flat surface engaging face 7 which 0 is designed to slip over the surface of the board 1 during the playing of the game, said board being preferably waxed or polished to reduce the friction to a minimum. This block 5 is provided at its juncture of its reduced extension 6 with the body portion thereof, with an annular shoulder 8 which projects laterally and is designed to rest on the upper face of the board 1 when the block is disposed in one of the seats 3 as is shown clearly in Fig. to prevent all possibility of the block passing through said seat, which is shown slightly greater in diameter than the extension 6 to facilitate the seating of the block in one of the seats 3 during the playing of the game. llhis block 5 is provided intermediately of its ends with an annular groove 9 which is designed to receive a cushion member 10 here shown in the form of an annular rubber ring mounted in said groove, which is designed to receive the impact when a piece is pro jected against one of the side flanges of the board or against another piece during the playing of the game and which causes the piece to rebound when contacting with another object. This cushioning ring is preferably round in cross section and is sprung into the annular groove 9, said groove being so shallow as to cause the ring to project beyond the surface of the piece, as is shown clearly in Fig. 4;.
The upper portion of the game pieces may be shaped in any desired manner, being here shown rounded on the corners and provided with an ornamental central disk-like element 11 which is not at all necessary, and may be dispensed with if desired.
In the playing of the game, the game pieces 5 are disposed on the board 1 with their flat faces 7 in engagement with the board and are preferably arranged in alinement with the front end of the board as is shown in Fig. .1. in playing the game, the player takes one of the pieces 5, which may be colored differently or otherwise marked to distinguish them, and with a forward movement projects the piece toward the openings at the rear end of the board, the object being if possible, to project said piece into one of said seats or openings 3, and in so doing, the player accomplishing this feature is entitled to the amount designated in front of the seat in which the piece has been projected. If he is not successful in projecting the piece in one of the seats on the first play, he may be more fortunate on the second, as each player is entitled to play with an equal number of playing pieces, according to the number of openings or seats 3 formed in the board.
If a player at any time while playing on the second or third play causes to be moved into one of the seats any previous piece played, he is entitled to Whatever amount is designated in front of the seat into which said piece is projected.
, Each player is entitled to receive as his score the amount of all the numbers designating the seats into which his playing pieces 5 have been projected. Each players piece 5, in order to count, must rest and fit perfectly into its seat, as otherwise it will be counted a miss. The player first scoring the amount agreed upon wins the game.
The size of the openings or seats 3 may be varied and the sizes of the pieces 5 corresponding with them to render the playing of the game more di'llicult, as may be desired.
The playing pieces 5 may be composed of any suitable material, either wood or metal.
From the above description, it will be obvious that an apparatus constructed as described will amuse both old and young, and that any desired number of players may engage therein, the rules for the game being decided upon before the game is started.
I claim as my invention:
A game apparatus comprising a board having a plurality of seats formed therein, and game pieces for projection into said seats, each of said game pieces being in the form of a cylindrical block having a l8- duced extension at one end with a shoulder formed at the base of said extension, said extension being of a diameter slightly less than the seats of said board, and of a length corresponding to the depth of said seats.
In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand in presence of two subscribing witnesses.
BERTRAND G. WARD.
HARRY R. VVARD, T. BURTON CoYLn.
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