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M. M. SMITH.
GAME APPARATUS. APPLICYAT'ION FILED MAR. 15, 1920..
P e y 10,1921;
W /f/VESSES ATTORNEYS MAURICE M. SMITH, OF NEW YORK, N. Y.
Specification of Letters Patent.
Patented May 1(1 1921..
Application filed March 15, 1920. Serial in). 365,742.
To all whom it may concern:
Be it known that I, MAURICE l /f. SMITH, a citizen of the United States, and a resident of the city of New York, borough of Manhattan, in the county and State of New York, have invented a new and Improved Game Apparatus, of which the following is a full, clear, and exact description.
The invention relates to games and toys, and its object is to provide a new and int proved. game apparatus arranged to afford considerable amusement to the operator and the onlookers, and to require considerable skill on the part of the operator to produc a predetermined or desired result.
Another object is to utilize the centrifugal force of a revolving body to produce the desired effect.
Another object is to provide a feature of uncertainty when operating the apparatus to render it exceedingly difiicult to foretell the result with any degree of accuracy.
With these and other objects in view, the invention consists of certain novel features of construction as hereinafter shown and described and then specifically pointed out in the claims.
A practical embodiment of the invention is represented in the accompanying drawings forming a part of this specification, in which similar characters of reference indicate corresponding parts in all the views.
Figure 1 is a perspective view of the improved game apparatus;
Fig. 2 is a plan view of the base of the apparatus 5 Fig. 8 is an enlarged sectional side elevation of a portion of the apparatus; and
Fig. 1- is an enlarged sectional side elevation of the central portion of the revolving body, the drum for rotating the same and the bearing for the drum and body.
The game apparatus in its general construction comprises a vessel 10 adapted to contain a plurality of balls 11 adapted to be thrown by centrifugal force up and through passages 12 preferably formed by tubes and inclined upwardly and outwardly from the rim 18 of the vessel 10. lhe upper outer ends of thetubes 12 terminate in pockets made of gauze or other suitable material each adapted to receive one or more of the balls 11. The lower ends of the tubes 12 open into the vessel 10 and when the latter is rotated the balls 11 are thrown by con trifugal force outward against the rim 13 to finally pass into and up the tubes 12, from which they are finally discharged into the pockets 15.
The vessel 10 is provided at its under side with a centrally arranged drum 20 on which winds a cord 21 adapted to be taken hold of by the operator of the game apparatus to exert a pull on the cord 21 and thus cause the drum 20 and with it the vessel 10 to rotate for the purpose above described. The drum 20 is provided with a depending centrally arranged shaft 25 mounted to turn in a bearing 26 attached to or forming part of a suitable base 27 adapted to rest on a table or other suitable support. In order to insure an easy running of the vessel 10 a ball bearing 30 is interposed between the bearing 26 and the under side of the drum 20, as indicated in Fig. 4:.
lln using the apparatus, the balls 11, which are preferably the same in number as the tubes 12, are thrown promiscuously into the vessel 10 and then the latter is rotated by the operator manipulating the cord 21 connected with the drum 20 as above described. llt will be noticed that the rotary motion given to the vessel 10 causes the balls 11 to travel. outward in the vessel and finally pass through one or the other of the tubes 12, up the same, to finally lodge in the corresponding poclret or pockets 15.
In order to successfully play the game, predetermined conditions may be imposed: for instance, that only one ball is located in one pocket, that is, that the balls are equally distributed in the pockets; or that all the balls may pass into a single pocket. In order to render it still more difficult a requirement may be that a particular tube and itspoclret are designated, prior to rotating the vessel 10, for receivingall the balls. A. further variation may be had by using differently colored balls and cone spondingly colored pockets or tubes for the player to locate the colored balls in correspondingly colored pockets. By reference to the drawings, it will be noticed that the pockets 15 hang down from the upper ends of the tubes 12 and hence the balls are not liable to pass accidentally back into the vessel 10 until the pocket is emptied of its contents through the corresponding tube to re locate the balls in the vessel 10 after the latter has come to astandstill,
The game apparatus shown and described is very simple and durable in construction and is arranged 'to afford considerable amusement to the operator and to the onlockers.
Having thus described my invention, I claim as new and desire to secure by Letters Patent 1. A game apparatus, comprising a rotatable member having a rim and adapted to contain balls, passages extending from the said rim and having their lower ends in communication with the said member, and receiving pockets at the upper ends of the said passagesfor receiving the balls passing up the passages by centrifugal force on rotating the said member.
52. A game apparatus, comprising a rotatable shallow vessel adapted to contain a series of balls, tubes extending upwardly her/3936 and outwardly from the rim of the Said vessel, and receiving pockets at the upper ends of the tubes to receive the balls passing up and through the tubes by centrifugal force on rotating the said vessel.
3. A game apparatus, comprising a base, a vessel having a rim and adapted to contain a number of balls, a drum on the under side of the vessel and mounted to turn on the said base, means for rotating the said drum and with it the said vessel, tubes extending upwardly and outwardly from the said rim, and pockets at the upper ends of the said tubes and adapted to receive the balls passing up and through the said tubes by centrifugal force on rotating the said drum and vessel. 7