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Publication numberUS1421656 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateJul 4, 1922
Filing dateMay 21, 1920
Priority dateMay 21, 1920
Publication numberUS 1421656 A, US 1421656A, US-A-1421656, US1421656 A, US1421656A
InventorsJoseph B Abele
Original AssigneeJoseph B Abele
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
US 1421656 A
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Patented July 4, 1922.



T 0 all whom it may concern:

Be it known that I, JOSEPH B. ABELE, a citizen of the United States, residing in the city and county of Philadelphia, State of Pennsylvania, have invented a new and use- ,ful Game, of which the following is a specification.

My invention consists of a game consisting of a two-faced board and pins movable in said board to and from the opposite faces thereof, said board adapting the pins to be played from one face of the board and placed in such position that they are reset for playing the game when the board is reversed, the object of the game being such that the opposite player will endeavor to cause his opponent to make the last move of the pins which means the loss of the game to the latter.

The invention is satisfactorily illustrated in the accompanying drawing, but the important instrumentalities thereof may be varied, and so it is to be understood that the invention is not limited to the specific details shown and described, as long as they are within the spirit or scope of the claim.

Figure 1 represents a perspective view of a game embodying my invention.

Figure 2 represents a longitudinal section thereof on line 22 Figure 1.

Figure 3 represents a similar section show! ing some of the members of the game in a different position from that shown in Figure 2.

Figure 4 represents a perspective view of one of the members of the game removed from the board thereof.

Figure 5 represents a longitudinal section thereof.

Figure 6 represents a transverse section on line 6-6 Fi re 5.

1 designates what I denominate the board of the game, although not necessarily made of wood. In said board are openings 2 which pass entirely through the same and have fitted therein the slidable pins or plugs 3 which are of greater length than the thickness of said board, so that portions of the pins constituting their heads may extend above the upper face of the board, while other portions occupy the openings 2, it being noticed that the board is two faced and it has on its upper and under sides the posts or legs 4? which project respectively therefrom, and thus the board may be located by Specification of Letters Patent.

Patented July 4:, 1922,

1920. Serial no. 383,029.

the underside legs on a table or other support above the latter, whereby when the plugs are pressed inwardly or downwardly they are limited in their motions by contacting with said support, and so when the board is overturned the plugs have been placed to replay the game, the legs a that were above being now below, and so adapted to support the board in its reversed position as before.

In order to prevent the plugs from dropping rom the board through the openings 2 I apply to the sides of the same the springs 5 which are adapted to engage frictionally the walls of said openings 2, the effect of which is evident.

In the present case the springs 5 are made of pieces of sufficiently resilient wire which are bent in the form of elbows, one limb 6 of each of which is inserted in the side of a plug leaving the other limb 7 salient therefrom so as to bear against the wall of the opeliliing and so frictionally engage therewit The game is played by two persons, the object of each being to compel the other to push in the last pin. To more fully explain the method of playing, an example will be cited. For this purpose, the various pins shown in the accompanying sketch have been numbered consecutively from one to eighteen. Each player, at each move may push in as many pins as he so desires, so long as e confines his selection to one row as in no case may he select pins on more than one row at each move.

Suppose then, that the first player pushes in pins #7 and #8 and that the opposing player pushes in pins #4, 5 and 6. The first player again pushes in pins #16, 17 and 18, and the opponent pushes in pins #12, 13, 14 and 15. The first player again pushes in pin #9 and the opponent pushes in pin #1. The first player again pushes in pins #10 and 11, and the opponent pushes in #2 in which case the last pin, which is #3 has to be pushed in by the first player, who, of course, loses the game. If instead of pushing in pins #10 and 11, the first player had pushed in pin #10 only and the second player had pushed in pin #2, then the first player could have pushed in pin #11, leav ing pin #3 for the second player who, in this case, would be the loser. Again, if after the first player had pushed in pin #10, the secwell as certain mathematical combinations which cannot be beaten and a person with a good head for figures'will grasp these combinations and invariably win from the person who is less gifted and observant, much to the amazement of the latter. In any case it requires skill and a concentration of the mind and an ability to see ahead in order to win and the game will afford an interesting pastime for both young and old.

To play the game, it is not necessary to place the board on a table or other support as it may be played while being held in the hamlet either player.

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

A game consisting of a twofaced board having openings therethrough, pins adapted to partly occupy said openings and movable therein to and from the opposite faces of the board, means on the opposite faces of the board adapted to raise the under face of the latter above the support on which the board is placed allowing the pins when the game is played to be reset "for replaying the game when the board is reversed and elbow-like spring members having limbs connected respectively with the sides of said pins and projecting therefrom, the projecting limbs being adapted to engage the walls of said openings and being movable with the pins.



JOHN A. WIEnnRsHEmr, F. N. BUssINenR.

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U.S. Classification273/266, 273/284, 273/281, 446/491
International ClassificationA63F3/02
Cooperative ClassificationA63F3/00574
European ClassificationA63F3/00B9