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Publication numberUS1310483 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateJul 22, 1919
Filing dateApr 21, 1917
Publication numberUS 1310483 A, US 1310483A, US-A-1310483, US1310483 A, US1310483A
InventorsPaul V. Kobth
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Game apparatus
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1319,43, Patented July 22, 1919.

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Specification of Letters Patent.

Patented July 22, 1919.

Application filed April 21, 1917. Serial No. 163,660.

To all whom it may concern:

Be it known that I, PAUL V. KORTH, a

citizen of the United States, residing at Detroit, in the county of Wayne and State of Michigan, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Game Apparatus, of which the following is a specification.

' This invention relates to an improvement in game apparatus, and it is an object-of my invention to provide a game to be played by two or more opponents and which is of such a character that playing of the game may be indulged in by old or young without previous experience or without the exercise of particular mental skill or of manual dexterity.

A further object resides in providing a game apparatus which while of a simple character and susceptible to use in accordance with simple playing lnstructlons, Wlll yet serve to grasp and hold the attention .and interest of the players due to the fact that the element of chance enters in a considerable measure in the playing of the game.

With the above and other objects in view which will be in part described and in part understood from the specification, drawings, and claim, my invention consists in certain novel features and combinations which will be hereinafter more fully set forth.

In the drawings Figure 1 shows one of the large cards by which the scoring will be counted; Fig. 2 illustrates one of the cards;

Fig. 3 shows one of the extra value cards; and,

Fig. 4 is a view showing one of the large cards with a plurality of the playing cards placed therein as they would be located during the use of the apparatus in play.

The game apparatus will be made up in sets and it will of course be appreciated that the size and complexity of the sets can be varied to adapt the apparatus for use by a greater or lesser number of players and to lengthen the time required for the playing of a single round or set. A size of the apparatus which has been found convenient and practicable is illustrated in the drawings and this set will comprise four of the largecards 1, which are ruled or marked off to provide four rows placed one beneath the other and are then crossed off to subdivide each of these rows or dicounting visions into some 13 spaces, the large cards being thus marked off as shown in Figs. 1 and 4 to present fifty two substantially reetangular spaces or divisions. Each one of the divisions of the cards is given an identifying marking and the first four vertical rows as taken from the left hand end of the cards are here indicated as extra value divisions adapted to avoid tie games, numbers printed therein being especially differentiated from numbers as printed in the remaining divisions. As here shown the extra value spaces have the designating numbers thereof particularly identified by the use of letters so that the divisions of the first vertical row at the left hand end of the cards are marked from top to bottom to read, 1A, 2A, 3A, 1A; whereas the divisions of the second column from the left hand end of the card are marked, 1K, 2K, etc., the divisions of the third column being marked 1H and on down after the manner of the aforementioned columns, and the fourth row having the divisions thereof designated as LT, and the like. The remaining divisions are not to be considered as being consecutively numbered or for that matter need not be numbered in any regular order, however, in most instances it will be desirable to avoid duplication of numbers. As has been stated, four of the large cards are preferably provided and these cards might each have the divisions thereof designated in the same order or the designating characters might be jumbled on the several cards.

Fifty two'of the blocks 2, which are made a of a size to be received within the various divisions of the large cards but yet to cover the designating characters thereof are also printed or marked with designating characters on one side only, it being preferable that numbered cards be provided as shown in Fig. 2 and that special value cards designated ir the manner shown in Fig. 3 be also provided in each set. It is preferable that the number of cards correspond to the number of spaces or divisions of one of the large cards and that the designating markings be paired upon the cards with the markings of the cards so that for each division of any one card there will be a correspond ing card, although it will of course be understood that a greater or less number of the cards might be used and that these cards might or might not be numbered in exact accord with the various division markings;

of the cards, this point depending somewhat upon the number of persons for whom the game apparatus is to be used and the complexit which it is deslred to give in the use 0 the apparatus. The large cards 1 and the cards 2 might be of card or straw board, of wood, or of other suitable material and the various designating characters as well as the division markings might be applied by being printed or painted directly upon the material of the large cards or the cards, or might be printed upon sheets to be applied to these parts, and for that matter the spaces of the various divisions of particular rows and the faces of various of the cards might be in different colors although it is perhaps desirable that the cards be so constructed that each will present substantially a duplicate appearance of the other when viewed from the back.

In the use of the game apparatus, each player is given a large card, and then the playing cards are placed in a box, a box lid, or are placed upon a table and are thoroughly shufiled, one of the players then gives to each. of the other players and himself one of the cards taken at random from the cards which have been shuttled. It is preferable that the cards be turned face down so that the players cannot determine the designating character of any one of the cards which may be taken by the dealer or if the cards be presented with the faces disposed upwardly the dealer will take the cards blindly, or without looking at the same. After receiving the card, the player places it upon the space of his large card, to which the number of the card corresponds. For instance, if the player should receive the card 47, he should place it upon the space 47, of the large card, which would entitle him to a number of points. This dealin of the cards in a regular rotative order being preferred until all of the cards are used and then as the particular hand or round has been completed, the scoring can be taken up and the number of points made by each of the players can be noted.

In the scoring, the high man wins, the score to be considered as follows Multiply the aggregate amount represented by cards in the first row by one.

Multiply the amount of cards in the second row by two.

Multiply the amount of cards in the third row by three.

Multiply the amount of cards in the fourth row by four.

Find the sum of the several products thus obtained and this total will represent the score of the individual player.

All cards ending with value of four points.

All cards ending with value of three points.

All cards ending with value of two points.

All cards ending with value of one point.

Where the games are considered singly the high man wins or the score of each player can be kept by a score keeper and at the completion of several or a predetermined number of plays totals of the individual scores made in the several rounds by each of the players can be struck and the high man can be taken as the winner.

From the foregoing it will be seen that I have provided a game apparatus which can be very cheaply manufactured, and which does not require special skill or previous experience in the playing. but which at the same time is of such character that it will catch and hold the interest of grown persons as well as their children, and while I have shown certain specific forms and arrangements and have intimated that others might be substituted, it will of course be understood that a number of variations might be resorted to, in view of which fact I wish to be limited only to such points as may be set forth in the claim.

Game apparatus, comprising a main card of oblong rectangular form and subdivided by intersecting longitudinal and transverse lines into a plurality of vertical and horizontal rows of squares, the vertical rows bearing numbers in consecutive order and the horizontal rows bearing like numbers, a group of vertical rows at the left end of the card bearing letters in addition to the numbers, the letters in the respective vertical rows being light and different to the several rows, the remaining vertical rows bearing different additional numbers but the additional numbers in the respective rows being alike, and two sets of playing cards to cover the squares of the main card and provided with numbers and additional letters and numbers to correspond with the value indications of the main card, one set of playing cards bearing numbers and des- A have K have extra H have extra J have extra ignating letters and the other set of playing cards bearing numbers and additional designating numbers.

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




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U.S. Classification273/269
Cooperative ClassificationA63F3/06