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Publication numberUS1185936 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateJun 6, 1916
Filing dateOct 2, 1915
Priority dateOct 2, 1915
Publication numberUS 1185936 A, US 1185936A, US-A-1185936, US1185936 A, US1185936A
InventorsJoseph H Ramsey
Original AssigneeEmbossing Company
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
US 1185936 A
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1. H. RAMSY.



Patented June 6,119.16. 5| J2 1165412 @D IIIIIHII 5 I 10j? y f2 JZ I Tn sTaTEs PATENT ornion.



To all whom t may concern Be it known that I, JOSEPH H. RAMsiiY, a citizen of the United States, residing at Albany, in the county ofAlbany and State of New York, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Dominoes, of which the following is a full, clear, and eXact description. v

This invention relates to dominoes, that is to say, the pieces used in playing the well known game of that name, and its chief object is to provide what is called a white face domino, pieces of that description being more easily distinguished on the table, and being generally considered to be Vmore attractive in appearance. Y

Another object is to provide a domino with an inlaid face which shall have the appearance of bone or ivory inlay, but which can be manufactured `at low cost.

To these and other ends the invention consists in the novel features hereinafter described.

The preferred form of the invention is illustrated in the accompanying drawing, in which- Figure 1 is a plan view of the blank from which my improved domino is made. Fig. 2 is a. longitudinal section of the domino blank, on line 2 2 o-f Fig. 1. Fig. 3 is a perspective View of one of the inlay plates, and Fig. 4 is a section of the same on line 4-4 of Fig. 3. Fig. 5 shows in plan the seven kinds of inlay plates used in making a double-six set of dominoes. Fig. 6 is a cross section of a complete domino embodying my improvements, on a plane corresponding to the line 6-6 of Fig. 1.

The domino body or blank 10 is formed in any convenient manner, preferably by die-pressing aV block of wood. The blank is usually black in color. Around each half of the blank, in the sunken face thereof, is

a Vshallow groove 11, rectangular in plan, Y

and in the area bounded by the groove are seven shallow cup-shaped pips 12,-three on each side and one in the middle. It will readily be seen thatk the sevendepressions or recesses 12 embrace all the. numbers of pips found on the dominoes of the usualA set. Thus inthe' one'domino (that is, those with one pip in each end or in one end) the pip is at the center of the end. LIn. a two the pips are at diagonally opposite corners. In the three they are at two di- Speciication of Letters Patent.

Patented June 6', 1916.

'serian No. 53,681.

agonally opposite corners and in the middle; and so on. At appropriate points the groove 1l is provided with deeper portions, as at 11, to receive the teeth on the inlay plates, described hereinafter.

One of the inlay plates used (for example the three) is shown in Figs. 3 and 4. It consists o-f a rectangular plate 13 of thin sheet metal, preferably tin-plate, having a depending periphery flange 14 and depending teeth 15. By preference there are four teeth, one at the center of each of the fourv edges. The pips are formed by shallow cupshaped depressions or recesses 12a. The latter are spaced in exact correspondence with the recesses 12 in the domino blank, and t-he size of the plate is same as the space bound ved by the groove 11. The plates are stamped out of sheet metal and pressed in dies to bend down the flanges 14. and 15 and produce the recesses or concavities 12a. The upper or outer face is painted or enameled or otherwisie colored, preferably pure White or with a creamy tint something like ivory, and the pips are in a contrasting color, usually black. In Fig. 5 I have shown inlay plates with the seven different numbers of pips-blank to siX inclusiveused in a full set of double-six dominoes.

In assembling the parts of the domino the appropriate inlay plates are placed, flange down, on the fa e of the domino blank, with the teeth l5 in the recesses 11a, thus bringing the sunken pips in the plate directly above the corresponding recesses in the blank. The whole is then subjected to pressure in a suitable press, forcing the flange 14 tightly into the groove 11 and the teeth 15 deeply into the wood, and bringing the plate itself into close contact, all over, with the top of the blank; the sunken pips fitting neatly into the corresponding depressions in the blank, as clearly shown in Fig. 6. Preferably the rim 16 on .the blank is `high enough to project slightly above the inlay plate, so as to protect the latter from scratching when the dominoes are shuffled face down on the table.

I prefer to have all the domino bodies or blanks of the kind shown in Fig. 1, that is, with at least seven pip-hollows 12 in each half, since they require only a single set of dies for their production, and yet can be used to make all the dominoes ofthe set.

It is to be understood that the invention is not limited to the construction herein specifically illustrated and described, but can be embodied in. other forms without departure from its spirit. It can also be used in other devices, as for example, dice, particularly dice of large size.

I claim: a

l. As a new article of manufacture, a domino comprising a body or blank having a face provided with one or more pip-recesses, and an inlay plate fitted to said face and having one or more sunken pipes extending into the corresponding recess or recesses.

2. As a new article of manufacture, a domino comprising a body or blank having a sunken face provided with one or more pip-recesses; and an inlay plate fitted in the sunken face of the blank, having at its edges teeth extending into the blank, and having one or more sunken pips tting into the corresponding recess or recesses in the blank.

3. As a new article of manufacture, a domino comprising a body or blank having a sunken face, a groove around the latter, and one or more pip-recesses; and an inlay plate of sheet metal fitted into the sunken face of the blank, the plate having a depending flange extending into said groove, teeth eX- tending downwardly from the flange into the domino blank, and one 0r more sunken pip-recesses fitting in the corresponding recess or recesses in the blank.

4. A set of dominoes, each comprising a body or blank having a sunken face and a groove surrounding the face, and an inlay plate of sheetJ metal fitted in the sunken face of the blank and having at its edge integral means for securing it in the blank; each of a plurality of the blanks having one or more pip-recesses and the inlay plates thereof having one ormore sunken pips fitting in the corresponding recess or recesses in the blank.

5. As 'a new article of manufacture, a domino comprising a body or blank having in its face seven pip-recesses arranged in two parallel rows of three recesses each and a single recess midway between the two rows; and an inlay plate fitted on said face and having one or moresunken pips fitting into the corresponding recess or recesses in the face.

In testimony whereof I hereunto affix my signature.


Copies of this patent may be obtained for five cents each, by addressing the Commissioner of Patents,

Washington, D. C.

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US6517070 *Apr 13, 2000Feb 11, 2003Joan Fornesa ClaperaDomino
U.S. Classification273/293
Cooperative ClassificationA63F1/02