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Publication numberUS1265497 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateMay 7, 1918
Filing dateMar 14, 1917
Priority dateMar 14, 1917
Publication numberUS 1265497 A, US 1265497A, US-A-1265497, US1265497 A, US1265497A
InventorsGeorge Henry Parker
Original AssigneeChristine Raff Parker
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Game device.
US 1265497 A
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Patented May 7,1918.


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Specification of Letters Patent.

Patented May "Z, 1918.

Application filed March 14, 1917. Serial No. 154,674.

To all whom it may concern:

Be it known that GEORGE H. PARKER, a citizen of the United States, residing at Stamford, in the county of Faireld and State of Connecticut, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Game Devices, of which the following is a full, clear, and exact description, such as will enable others skilled in the art to which it appertains to make and use the same.

This invention relates to game devices, and more particularly to a new game and instrumentalities therefor.

One of the objects of the invention is to provide new devices wherewith interesting and entertaining amusement may be had.

A further object is to provide a novel and improved game device which is structurally simple, durable and of economical manufacture, and which, functionally, permits the combination of chance and skill in the playing thereof.

Other objects and advantages will be in part noted in connection with the descrip; tion of the accompanying drawings, in which- Figure 1 is a plan view of the device;

Fig. 2 a side view;

Fig. 3 a central transverse sectional view;

Fig. 4 a fragmentary plan view of one of the parts; and

Figs. 5, 6 and playing pieces.

Referring more particularly to the drawings, there is shown in Fig. 1 a playing board comprising a suitable frame or standard 1 having inlaid or otherwise marked thereon a checkered area 2 formed into nine rows, each having nine equi-dimensional squares 3. rThe alternate squares are distinctively colored. On this board the playing pieces are adapted for positioning and moving. There is also provided a move mdicator in the form of a rotatable disk 4, which in the typical embodiment shown is positioned beneath the board 2 and which has about its circumference, on the upper face, a series of indicia disposed radially and bearing a predetermined relation to the playing squares on the checkered board. For example, in Fig. 4 the move indicator is provided with black spots 5 and white spots 6 corresponding to the colors chosen for illustration in Fig. 1. rlhe indicator wheel also contains, at intervals, black rectangular 7 elevational views of the marks 7 and white marks 8, of colors corresponding to those of the checkered board and which hear a relation with the latter as will appear hereinafter. The wheel or disk 4 is supported centrally by a spindle 9 extending through the central square 10 of the checkered board, and provided at its projecting extremity with a handle or turning knob 11. 0n the lower margin of the wheel 4 there are provided depending pins 12 which are equi-distantly spaced and symmetrically disposed for engagement by a spring 13 having a bent portion 14 which arrests the wheel after its rotation in such a position that the indicating marks on the upper surface thereof, at 90 degree intervals, will lie directly beneath sighting apertures l5 located in the margin of the base 1 yand intermediate the four sides of the checkered board.

The playing pieces are preferably of three distinctive characters, such as shown, for example, in Figs. 5, 6 and 7 wherein they are in the form of pins having one sphere (Fig. 5), two continuous spheres superposed (Fig. 6), and two superposed spheres spaced by a cylinder (Fig. 7). It is understood, however, that the pieces may be of any other convenient or desirable configuration. In each case the pin may have a depending lug or extension 16 adapted to seat within corresponding sockets 17 centrally arranged in the various playing squares of the checkered board. The playing pieces comprise a plurality of sets of distinctively colored or otherwise marked men. For convenience of description, pieces such as shown in Fig. 5 are herein termed men,7 those of Fig. 6, kings,7 and that of Fig. 7 the crown pin.

The game is designed for use by two, three or four players. 1n each set of playing pieces there are fourteen men pieces, one crown piece and several reserve king pieces. At the beginning of the game the crown piece of each player is positioned on the square immediately in advance of the corresponding sighting aperture 15. The men pieces are then arranged on the three adjacent squares in the same row on both sides of the crown pin, the ve central spaces of the second row, and the three central spaces of the third row. Each of the men pieces, by rule, may be permitted movement forwardly or at right angles, but not rearwardly. The crown pin is immovable save under the exceptional conditions noted hereinafter. The object of the game is to capture the men pieces of the opponents.

rlhe permissible moves at any play are initially indicated by the move indicator Wheel 4, which is spun in either direction by the player upon manipulation of the handle 11 and which, in its position of rest, shows the possible -moves corresponding to the combination of indicia underlying the sight aperture 15 in advance of the player. For example, in Fig. 1 there appear through the lower aperture 15, three light circles which may indicate, by rule, that any of the players men pieces initially situated on a white square may be moved from that white square to an adjacent white square, and from thence to vthe neXt adjacent white square. The pins, when moved, capture the opponents piece on the terminal square. For purposes of convenience, the indicia on the indicating wheel are arranged to present similar marks at diametrically opposite points, whereby the moves of the player are indicated as well at the opposite side for convenient visibility to the opponent.

Upon any of the men pieces of the player reaching the marginal row of an opponent, the piece becomes a king piece, which then, by rule, may be moved in any direction over the squares as indicated by the playing indicia 0n the indicator wheel. The black bars '7 on the indicator Wheel may, by rule, indicate, that any of the players men pieces initially on a black square may be moved along either advancing oblique row of black squares or Spaces to capture the first opponents piece in the corresponding row. The white bars 8 on the indicating wheel may, by rule, evidence the permissibility of the players crown pin moving in either advancing oblique white row of checkered squares, if such row is clear of pieces, to the succeeding crown pin square, whereupon all the playing pieces of the set corresponding tothe captured crown pin may be conscated.

It will be noted that the structure of the game device is relatively simple, and the only moving part, that is the indicating Wheel 4C, is protected from injury and is not likely to get out of order. It will also be evident that the element of chance arising from the solely fortuitous playing indication of the wheel 4, while serving to limit the permissible instant playing moves, is not eX- clusive, but still permits the exercise of skill in the kselection of the particular play to be made, and thereby added attraction and interest in the game is adorded.

vHaving described my invention, what I claim as new and desire to secure by Letters Patent is:

1. A game device including, in combination, a checkered board, distinctive sets of playing pieces adapted for predetermined initial arrangement thereon in opposing relation, the pieces kof each set 'being movable over said board (by rule) either diagonally or rectilinearly to capture the pieces of another set, and means including a move indicator for said pieces attached to said board and operable to indicate fortuitously one or more permissible moves for the pieces of each set in sequence.

2. A game device including, in combination, a playing board having a checkered surface providing eighty playing spaces, a plurality of distinctive sets of playing-pieces adapted for predetermined initial arrangement thereon and movable thereover, each of said sets including men :pieces and a crown piece, the permissible moves of said crown pieces and said men pieces being different by rule, and a move indicator for said pieces operable to indicate fortuitously one or more permissible moves for each of said pieces, dependent upon their instant position.

3. A game device including, in combination, a checkered board having nine vrows of nine squares each, distinctive sets of playing pieces adapted for predetermined Iarrangement thereon and movable thereover, each of said sets including fourteen men pieces, one crown piece and a plurality of reserve `king pieces, a rotatable disk having indicia 'thereon evidencing, 'by rule, permissible moves for said pieces, and meansto rotate said disk and to arrest, 'the same fortuitously.

4. A game device including, in combination, a checkered board having lat vleast eighty playing spaces, distinctive sets of playing pieces adapted for initial predetervmined arrangementv thereon and movable thereover in accordance with rule, each of said sets including fourteen men pieces,.one crown piece and a plurality of reserve'king pieces, and a rotatable disk havingmarg'inal indicia thereon adapted to evidence, by rule, a plurality of permissible moves v4for said pieces fortuitously.

5. A'A game device comprising, in combination, a base, a checkeredboard'thereon V'having an odd number of rows of an odd number of spaces each whereby a central space is provided, a disk disposed beneath said board and within said base and rotatably mounted concentrically with said checkered board, said disk having distinctive playing indicia thereon movable to expose certain thereof from above said board, and a-rotating handle for said disk projecting through said central space of said board.

6. A game device comprising, in combination, a base, a checkered board thereon having an odd number of rows of an odd number ofsquares each whereby a central square is provided, a-disk within said base aiidlblow said board and having marginal indicia thereon, said base having opposite marginal apertures rendering indicia on said disk therebelow visible, means disposed in said central square for rotating said disk, and means to arrest said disk fortuitously in a relation which renders indicia thereon visible through said apertures.

7. A game device comprising, in combination, a base, a checkered board thereon, a rotatable disk within said base and below said board and having marginal indicia thereon, said base having opposite sighting apertures for said indicia, a plurality of ratchet pins on said disk, a xed yielding means to coact with said ratchet pins to arrest rotation of said disk fortuitously in a position rendering indicia on said disk visible through said apertures, and means, disposed centrally of said checkered board for rotating said disk.

8. ln a game device, in combination a base, a checkered board thereon, a rotatalole disk in said base having marginal indicia bearing a predetermined relation to` the playing spaces of said board, said base having equi-distantly arranged sighting apertures to render visible the underlying indicia, and said disk having corresponding indicia to simultaneously underlie a plurality of said apertures.

In testimony whereof I aiiix my signature, in the presence of two witnesses.




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U.S. Classification273/243, 273/282.1
Cooperative ClassificationA63F3/00006