US 1343984 A
Description (OCR text may contain errors)
J. H. RAMSEY.
POCKET GAME BOARD. APPLICATIO N FILED MAY 10, 19.
1,343,984. Patented June 22, 1920;
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JOSEPH H. RAMSEY, 0F ALBANY, NEW YORK.
Specification of Letters Patent. Patented J 11119 22, 1920,
Application filed May 10, 1917. -Scria1 No. 167,636. 1
To all whom it may concern:
Be it known that I, J OSEPH H. RAMSEY, a citizen of the United States, residing at Albany, in the county of Albany and State of New York, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Pocket Game- Boards, of which the following is a full, clear, and exact description.
This invention relates to game boards, and its object is to provide an improved device for games played with movable pieces, the device being provided with suitable receptacles in which the piecesare stored when not in use. A further object is to provide a sheet metal gameboard which can be folded into compact form for carrying in the pocket. To these and other ends the invention consists in the novel features hereinafter described.
One form of the invention is illustrated in the annexed drawings, in which Figure 1 is a perspective view of the gameboard folded for the pocket.
Fig. 2 is a plan view of the game board opened for use, a portion of the lid of one of the storage receptacles or compartments being brokenaway.
Fig. 3 is a section on line 33 of Fig. 2.
The device shown comprises two sheet metal halves in the form of flat, shallow receptacles 10, hinged along one edge and of rectangular form, approximately twice .as long as wide, so that when they are opened out into the same plane they will form a complete square, as in Fig. 2.
On the pintle 11, which constitutes the pivot of the hinge, are pivoted two sheet metal lids, 12, for the two receptacles. The upper surface of the lids is painted, printed or otherwise figured to form a game board, as for example a checkerboard as shown in Fig. 2, and the lids are formed with shallow depressions, as 13, to receive the pieces lel, which in the present instance are in the form of hollow disks made of sheet metal, with depressed tops and with their bottoms shaped to fit into the depressions 13.
When the game board is not in use the I pieces are. stored in the receptacles in the two halves orleaves of the device and the latter are folded or closed down upon each other as in Fig. 1. To hold the two parts together in closed position against acci-' dental opening the free edge of each is provided with a spring finger, as 15, to snap over the edge of the other leaf, asin Fig. 1. The lugs are bent slightly inward, to form inwardlydisposed ribs 16, and the adjacent edges of the lids 12 are provided with spring lugs 1'7, which snap under the ribs 16 to hold the lids closed upon the storage receptacles, as clearly shown in rig. 3. Finger recesses 18 are cut in the edges of thelids, into which the finger nail may be inserted to raise the lids for access to the pieces, 14, below.
In the device illustrated only the alternate squares of the playing surface are provided with depressions for the game of draughts or checkers. For playing chess all the squares can be provided with depressions and the pieces can be marked on top with conventional representations of chessmen.
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 as defined by the appended claim.
A pocket gameboard consisting of a pair of halves composedof sheet metal shaped to form shallow receptacles and hinged to fold together face to face, releasable means to hold the halves in closed position, sheet metal lids hinged to the halves and to each other on the same pintle as the halves, to form closures for the receptacles and having their upper surfaces marked to serve as a playing surfacewhen the two halves are opened out and having recesses or depres-l sions to receive theplaying pieces, and releasable means to hold the lids'in closed po-