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Publication numberUS1329952 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateFeb 3, 1920
Filing dateJul 5, 1918
Priority dateJul 5, 1918
Publication numberUS 1329952 A, US 1329952A, US-A-1329952, US1329952 A, US1329952A
InventorsBond Albert E
Original AssigneeBond Albert E
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Toy bowling-alley
US 1329952 A
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Patented Feb. 3, 1920.




Specification of Letters Patent.A

Patented Feb. 3, V1920.

Application filed July 5, 1918. Serial No. 243,417.

To all whom t may concer/lt: H

Be it known that I, ALBERT E. BOND, a citizen of the United States, residing at Detroit, in the county of Wayne and State of MiChigamhave invented new and useful Im provements .in Toy Bowling-Alleys, of which the following isV a'speciiication.

This invention hasreference enerally to improvements in that class fo inventions known as games and tops, and particularly has reference to a toy'bowling alley.,

The invention has for its primary aim and object to provide a device of the above mentioned character designed to be employed' as a parlor game and is of such a character that the players are enabled to properly direct the ball upon the actuation of suitableV mechanismof a novelform for consequently knockingdown the pins at the end of the platform or alley. I I It is .an equally important object `of this invention to providea device of the above character wherein the several parts are of novel form and of a portable nature per mitting ofthe use of the device in theparlor or other room and also affords amusement for children and requires the use of skill by grown-ups for the eflicient playing of the game.l n

More particularly the present invention contemplates the provision of a device of the above mentioned character wherein a manually operable striking device is mounted for shifting movement transversely of the base, which represents the alley proper, for the accurate directingof the ball down the alley and toward the pins.

Among the other aims and objects of this invention may be recited the provision of a device of the. character described with `a view to compactness, and in which the number of parts are few, the construction simple and the cost ofproduction low andthe effciency high. s

Other improvements and novel details in vthe Vconstruction and arrangement of the various parts of the apparatus will. be brought outmore in detail in the description to follow, which for a clear understanding `of the invention should be considered in connection with the accompanying drawings forming a part hereof, and wherein is disclosed for the purpose of illustration a convenient and satisfactory embodiment of the invention. It isv to be noted in this connection that minor changes in the construction and arrangement of parts may be made without departing` fromv the principle of operation of the various parts.

The invention is clearly illustrated in the accompanying drawings, in which Figure l is a side elevation Vof the invention partly broken away.

Fig. 2 is a top plan view thereof.

`Fig. 3v is a perspective detail of the striking device.

Fig. 4 is an enlarged rear elevational view of the same.

Similar characters of reference are employed in all of the above described views, toV indicate corresponding parts.

Referringnow, more particularly, tothe accompanying drawings, there is provided an elongated base or platform l which represents the alley proper, while rising from the opposite sides thereof are guard rails 2 connectedi at the rear ends by a transverse l end bar 3 which carries a cushion 4. Adjustable legs 5 are connected to the under surface ofthe base to insure of the maintenance .of the base levelat all'times. Pins 6 are adapted to lbe set up in the customary manner near the rear end of the base or alley l, while balls 7 are adapted to be rolled or projected from the base for knocking down the pins, the game and score, of course, being the same as in bowling, such Yas duck pins, as is apparent. y I

With a rview toward providing the improved mechanism for projecting theI lballs down the base or alley and toward the pins, there is employed a pair of supporting bars 8 which are arranged longitudinally and forwardly'of the base, being secured to the under surface thereof by suitable fasteners 9 and upon thesek bars and transversely thereof are arranged spaced strips or boards l() and 11, the inner 10 of whichis arranged in abutting relation with the forwardedge of the base and levelor flush with the upper surface thereof. The strips or boards 10 and 11 are formed on their facing edges with a, t

verse groove or recess 16, through the bottom of which passes a bolt 17 for the swiveling of the block to the sliding board 14, said l is mounted in `a socket 21'in, the upper surface o-f the block to one side of the groove or recess 16. Spaced arms 22 and 23 project outwardly or laterally from the standard 18 being braced with respect to each 'i other by a vertical. bracingbar 24, the respective ends of which arese'cured to the outer ends of the arms by fasteners 25. A projector or mallet 26 consisting of ahead 27 and a shank or arm 2.8 is now provided the arm being swingingly suspended from j* thereof by the projector or mallet 26.

the lowerl `arm 23 so that the head will operate orpass'through the groove or recess 16. A cushion or tip 29 of rubber is connected to the `striking face of the head while a knob 30 projects from the opposite end thereof. A trough 31 extends from the front face of the block 15 and alines or registers with the groove or recess 16 as indicated and is ladapted to receive a ball v7 and serves to guide said `ball subsequent to the striking Suitable resilient meansv are now ployed for normally holding the Vmallet directly suspended from the arm 23 and the head thereof in the recess of groove 16 and for imparting a swinging movement to said mallet subsequent to pulling the same rearwardly and releasing it. In reducing this feature of the invention to practice a spring, generally indicated by the numeral `32 is provided being'formed from a single piece ofwire which is bent into a U-shaped form designed to be straddled aboutl thewarm or shank 28 as shown and comprisin agvertex 33 and side arms 34, the latter being coiled as at 35and arranged about the lower arm 23 and having their upper ends anchored in the upper arm 22 as shown at 36, the tension of the spring normally holding the mallet in the position stated andas indicated in full lines in the drawings. Upon rear# ward movement of the mallet and the re-` lease thereof the spring will act to quickly swing the mallet forwardly so as to strike the ball 7 disposed in the trough;

A vgrip or handle 37 is connected to one end of the'board or plate 14`to vfacilitate sliding 'off'the board so as to properly aim l`the ball at the pins before projecting the ball.

Of course, it isapparent that the ball may bev directed down the alleyat an angle v 'widely different*embodiments [of this ini vention could be made without departing Vabove construction and many apparently 'from `the Vscope thereof it is intended that Y all matter contained in the above` description or shown in the accompanying drawings shall be interpreted as'illustrative'and not in. a limitedsense. It is also to beV understood that the languageused in the following claims is intended to cover all the generic and specific features of the, invention herein described and all vstatements of the scope of the invention which as'` a matter of language might be said to fall therebetween. Y What is claimed is 'I j 1. A device of the character described including abase, a plurality of pins adapted to be disposed on the base, a-ball 'adapted to be projected down the base,V a plate shiftable transversely of the base, a block rotat 'able on the plate and having a recess therein, a trough projecting from the block, a standard onthe block, a mallet vertically swingf able with respect to the standard and opf @rating in the recess in the block,' and resilient means tensionedv to swing the inallet subsequent tofpulling -the mallet rearwardly and releasing it.

2. A device of the character describedfinolu'ding a base, a plurality of pinsv adapted tobeV disposed von the base, a ball adapted to be projected'from the base, a plate shift-Y .able transversely of the base, a block ro-` tatable on the plate and havinga Vrecess therein, a trough projecting from the'block, a standardY on the block, spaced arms pro# jecting laterally from the` standard, a mallet swingingly suspended from the lower arm a spring Vmember straddled aboutthe mallet and coiled about the lower arm' and anchored to thei'upper arm and positioned so as to bel inactive when the "mallet is directly suspendedV but tensioned to swingV the f mallet subsequent to pulling Vthe 4mallet rearwardly and releasing it, and a knob connected to the rear edge of the mallet for facilitating the rearward swinging thereof. i

i In testimony whereof I affix mysignature.

LineairY BOND; f

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US2642058 *Jun 27, 1949Jun 16, 1953Ernest L CatteyBall projector
US2668712 *Aug 3, 1949Feb 9, 1954Wilbert F KlingBowling alley pin setting apparatus
US3951408 *Jul 25, 1974Apr 20, 1976Reiner Lawrence LPendulum bowling game
US5096192 *Jun 19, 1991Mar 17, 1992Stanford Jr Calvin JMiniature bowling game
U.S. Classification473/107
International ClassificationA63D3/00, A63D3/02
Cooperative ClassificationA63D3/02
European ClassificationA63D3/02