US 1511731 A
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@ct, l4 192$. LMLRE c. H. KIMMEL GAME RACK Filed Oct. 19. '1923 Patented @ct. l4, W24.
CLARENCE H. KIMMEL, 0F MERIIOEN, CONNECTICUT.
Application filed @ctoher 19, 1923. Serial No. 669,496.
To all whom it may concern:
Be it known that I, CLARENCE H. Kna- MEL, a citizen of the United States, residing at Meriden, in the county of New Haven and State of Connecticut, have invented a new and useful Improvement in Game Racks; and I do hereby declare the following, when taken in connection with the accompanying drawings and the characters of reference marked thereon, to be a full, clear, and exact description of the same, and which said drawings constitute part of this application, and represent, in-
Fig. l a perspective view of a game raclr constructed in accordance with my inven tion.
Fig. 2 a sectional view on the line 22, with the tile-support in its turned-down position.
This invent-ion relates to improvement in game racks, such as are used in the new popular oriental game, usually called Mah jongg. In games of this type, each player is provided with a rack on which the tiles may be supported, so as to face the player but hidden from the View of the other players. At certain stages of the game, it is necessary for the players to place or expose the tiles on their respective racks, and the object of this invention is to provide a rack whereby thesel tiles may be exposed on the table, and the invention consists in the construction as hereinafter described and particularly recited in the claims.
In carrying out my invention, I employ a block 5, preferably of wood, and formed with a longitudinal trough 6, the ends of which are closed by metal plates 7 and 8, these plates having rearwardly-projecting arms 9. The rear wall 10 of the trough tapers downward. The tile-supporting member 11 is also preferably formed of Wood and is triangular in cross-section, pro viding a flat wall 12 and a flat face 13. This tile-supporting member is formed. with a longitudinal, \/shaped groove 1. L, providing a support for tiles 15. The ends of the groove are closed by plates 16, and these plates are pivotally connected with the rear wardly-projecting arms 9, so that the face 13 of the tile-supporting member may be turned to rest upon the inclined rear wall 10 of the block 5, in which position the flat face 12 provides a vertical surface for the formation of the wall. When desired, the player tilts the tile-supporting member 11 downward and rearward, as indicated in Fig. 2 of the drawings, so that the front faces of the tiles will be exposed to the view of the other players. The face 13 of the tile-supporting member provides a surface on which may be placed a se "lule of scoring counts, and this schedule will be exposed to the player when the tile-supporting ine1nber is turned downward. The trough 6 provides a convenient receptacle for counters.
With this construction, l thus provide a rack which can be used in the usual way for the formation of a wall, and which provides for the support of tiles in front of the player, a trough for the counters, and means whereby the tiles on the rack can be exposed on the table.
1. A game rack, comprising a block provided with ends projecting rearwardly from said bloclna tile-support pivotally connect ed with the outer ends of the said arms, said tile-support provided with a Hat face forming a vertical wall when the tile-support is turned upward.
2. A game rack, comprising a block formed with a longitudinal trough, and with a downwardly-inclined rear wall, end pieces rigidly secured to the said block and projecting rearwardly therefrom, a triangular tile-support pivotally connected with the outer ends of the said end-pieces, and formed with a longitudinal groove, said tile-support adapted to be turned upward against the rear wall of the said block and in rear of the said trough and downwardly in rear thereof.
In testimony whereof, I have signed this specification in the presence of two subscribing witnesses.
CLARENCE ll. Klll llvll lli. lVitnesses:
HUGH F. Unisnn, lVILnUR W. FINNEGARD,