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Publication numberUS1251400 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateDec 25, 1917
Filing dateFeb 8, 1916
Priority dateFeb 8, 1916
Publication numberUS 1251400 A, US 1251400A, US-A-1251400, US1251400 A, US1251400A
InventorsAbraham W Mees
Original AssigneeAbraham W Mees
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
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1,251,400. APPLICATIION FILED FEB. 8. I916. Patented Dec 25, 19 2 v 7 "0.0 0. yap/.9

O i O o 2/ 2 -"g 2 D i i 4? 2' ABRAHAM W. MEES, OF MASON, WEST VIRGINIA.


Specification of Letters Patent.

Patented Dec. 25, 1917.

Application filed February 8, 1916. Serial No. 76,941.

To all whom it may concern:

Beit known that I, ABRAHAM W. Mnns, a citizen of the United States, residing at Mason, in the county of Mason and State of est Virginia, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Puzzles; and I do hereby 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 puzzles the principal object of the invention being to provide a puzzle of comparatively simple construction which may be manufactured at low cost, and which will be capable of many phases or combinations, some of which may be quite easy of solution, and others very difficult.

The foregoing and other objects may be attained by means of the construction illustrated in the accompanying drawing, in which, t

Figure 1 is a top plan view of a puzzle made in accordance with this invention, and showing eight blocks or cubes arranged in a box with like characters shown upon the upper side thereof.

Fig. 2 is a plan view showing one phase of the puzzle during the last step of the process of solving the same from the arrangement shown in Fig. 1.

Fig. 3 is a top plan view of'the box for containing the blocks.

Fig. 4 is a perspective view of one of the blocks.

Fig. 5 is a perspective view of the same block from a different angle, and

Fig. 6 is a sectional view taken through the box for containing the blocks.

Referring to the drawing the numeral 1 designates the blocks or cubes provided with beveled edges or corners 2. Each of the blocks has upon its faces a representation of a diamond, a heart, a spade, a club, an ordinal or figure and a letter of the alphabet. There are eight blocks in all and they are placed within a box 3 of rectangular form and of slightly greater area than the sum total of the blocks. The box 3 is made of tin or suitable metal having punched from the lower side thereof a number of perforations forming projecting burs 5 upon the upper surface of bottom 4 of said box.

The blocks or cubes 1 are placed Within the box 3 with the central space left vacant and in order to solve one of the many phases of the combinations of the puzzle, all the diamond sides of the blocks may be placed upward as shown in Fig. 1 and the object will be to move the blocks by turning them on their edges without lifting the blocks from the bottom of the box or without sliding the blocks so that all the clubs may be exposed at the top of the blocks, and in Fig. 2 is shown the last block ready to be rolled over to expose all clubs at the top with the central space vacant shown in Fig. 1.

The burs 5 are for the purpose of engaging the blocks during the movements of rolling them over upon their beveled edges and for preventing the blocks from sliding.

It will be obvious that there are many combinations which can be worked with this puzzle, and the one already described is perhaps one of the simpler ones.

Various changes may be made in the details of construction, arrangement and use of different characters without departing from the spirit and scope of the invention as defined in the claims.

What is claimed is:

1. A puzzle comprising a square box and eight blocks or cubes adapted to fill the box leaving one space vacant and having on the different faces thereof different characters, each block being a duplicate of the other blocks, said blocks having beveled edges and said box having a roughened bottom.

2. A puzzle comprising a plurality of blocks or cubes each having different characters upon the faces thereof, said blocks being arranged in a square box leaving one space unoccupied, the bottom of said box being provided with a frictional surface so that the blocks will be engaged for turning without sliding.

3. A puzzle comprising a rectangular metal box having the bottom provided with perforations having upwardly projecting burs, and a plurality of blocks mounted in the box and provided with beveled edges, said blocks adapted to be rolled or turned over in the box without sliding.

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




copies of this patent may be obtained to: five cents each. by addressing the Commissioner of Patents.

7 Washington, D. C."

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U.S. Classification273/153.00S, D21/479
International ClassificationA63F9/08
Cooperative ClassificationA63F9/1204, A63F9/083, A63F9/0807
European ClassificationA63F9/08D1, A63F9/08B1