US 1548482 A
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Au g.4, 1925. 1,548,482
C. E. PEGG GAME APPARATUS Filed Aug. 13, 1923 Each ermw'mup [NI/EH10 useful Improvements in Game Apparatus Patented Aug. 4, 1925.
CARRIE E. PEGG, OF ST. PAUL, MINNESOTA.
Application filed August 13, 1923. Serial No. 656,996.
To all whom it may concern:
Be it known that I, CARRIE E. Pnoo, a citizen of the United States, residing at St. Paul, in the county of Ramsey and State of Minnesota, have invented certain new and 7 of-which the following is a specification.
This invention relates to game apparatuses, and the general object is to provide'an amusing and attractive device involving a clock, a cat and a fruit by which to foretell the future.
The apparatus comprises a square box or casing in which'the device may have all of its parts concealed during shipping and storage and when set up the box is set enclways and used as a base for the clock face while the clock pendulum appears as hanging in the box and the box cover is placed out of the waywithin the box back of the pendulum. V
In the accompanying drawing:
Fig. 1 is a front elevation showing the apparatus set up ready for use.
Fig. 2 is a right hand side or edge elevation of Fig. 1 but showing the cover of the box both in its closing position and in dotted lines in its idle position the same as in Fig. 1.
Fig. 3 is a rear elevation of the upper portion of Fig. 1 on a reduced scale.
Fig. 4: is a rearview of the pendulum of the clock.
Fig. 5 is a face view of one of the 12 cards of which the pendulum weight is composed.
Referring to the drawing by reference numerals, 6 designates a table, shelf or mantel piece upon which the apparatus may. stand.
7 is the casing, shipping box and base of the apparatus and is a complete box having two of its opposite top edges projected a little higher thanthe box and provided with grooves 8 receiving the ends of the slidable cover 9. The other two edges of the cover, when closed, find support on inward projections 10 provided near the top of the box. The cover is no wider than the interior of the box wherefore it may be pulled out of the grooves Sand be placed inside the box near the bottom thereof in the slanting position 9 in Fig. 2 so as to not obstruct the view of the pendulum, which is composed of a bunch of fortune telling cards 11 resembling, in outline, a pumpkin or an orange or similar fruit having a stem 12 secured in a loop 13 of a hook 14 which is hooked into a hole 15 of a rod 16, whose upper end is .ing spun by a player.
suspended from a peg 17 fixed in the rear side of a clock dial 18.
Said dial is provided with the numbers of 12 hours and has a dial pointer 19, preferably provided with a finger catch 20. The shaft 21 of the pointer is smoothly journaled in the dial and back of the dial carries a weighted arm 22 counter-balancing the pointer to make it stay at any point to which itinay be swung by its momentum after beprinted on the dial with a mouse on it.
In the upwardly turned end of the box are apertures 23 and 2 1 in which are placed respectively the legs or projections 23 of the dial and 2 1 of a preferably horse-shoe shaped brace 25, which is'pasted or otherwise secured to a flexible pad 26, which has its upper end secured to the back of the neck of a cat head 27. Said head, as well as the paws 28, hind legs 29 and tail 30 are pref erably stamped integral with the dial and painted a most natural color of a black cat, while the eyes 31 are colored to resemble real cat's eyes, so that it appears as if a cat is holding the clock. .VVhen the apparatus is set up the projecting lugs 23*, 24L are clinched or bent at the inside of the box, as shown in Fig. 2, but as the bent parts are preferably made of soft sheet metal they may be bent and unbent many times and are almost in fiatposition when the dial and the brace 25 are placed into the ibOX 7 for shipping or storage, as is also the Pendulum, and the cover is pushed into the grooves 8 in Fig. 2.
To make the articlemore comical and to indicate upon its cover what the device is, a small clock dial 32 is printed upon the cover and above it appear the words Let the clock foretell the future and a cat 38 a pears adjacent thereto, as if it can aid in telling the future. 7
Fig. 4 shows the preferable directions printed upon the rear side of the pendulum, while the front side of it appears as an apple, orange, tomato or the like, but preferably as a pumpkin, both in shape and color. The pendulum rod is so light and has so many loose joints that the weight may easily be swung toward a player, and the cards spread apart and the contents of either card read. The proper card is found by its number, near the stem 12, for the cards are all numbered from 1 to 12, corresponding to the 12 hour numbers on the clock face, and
19* is an hour hand that shown in 'Fig. 5.
bear various informations or answers to wishes the player makes before spinning the dial polnter or clock hand.
As for the contents printed on each card.
a whirling motion and waits tillit stops. 1 Suppose it stopsat or nearest to-the-hour number 11 on the dial he then turns to card No. 11 and reads its contents, which may be 01', if the pointer stops at or nearest to the hour 7 on the dial, he must turn to card 7 which may read about like this: Asailors life is the life for you, Or the wide world over to roam;
Be on your way most selfish man with never a thought for ahome. Your wish will .not
' come true.
The more or less interesting epistles. thus printed on the cards are preferably in poetry and arranged for young ladies on the cards having even numbers and for bers.
' I prefer to give the clock face and the pendulum an orange color, thestems 12 1a green color, the cat a black colorand the circular spaces A, B, and O on the dial I prefer to make of (grey, redand ,yellow color respectively, though I reserve the right to use other colors.
This apparatus is of the class-in which ornamental 'design is so inseparably mixed up with the structural or mechanical parts to make the latter more useful as'an interesting game apparatus that I mustmake my claims accordingly, although I consider the utility ofthe apparatus to be the predominating feature of the invention.
What I claim is: i
1. An apparatus of the kind described comprising a forwardly opening hollow base, a clock dial mounted on the top of base and a pendulum suspended from the rear side of the dial down into the hollow base, a counter balanced dial pointer journaled in the center of the dial, and adapted to be spun by a 'touch of the hand, the
weight of the pendulum simulating a pumpkm, and being made up of a series of cards having the contour. of the fruit and having each a number corresponding to one of the hour indicating, numbers on the dial, and
each card containingialsoga dilferent answer to wishes madebypthe playmgperson startingthe dial pomter into rotation.
2. The :structurespecified in claim 1, in
which the contents of eachcard is especially adapted for either ayoung, lady or a young man, and the cards are numbered accordingly, even numbers for. onesex and .odd numbers for the other sex. I
3. The structure specified in claim 1,.i11 which the dial is mainly the same color as the fruitrepresentingpthe pendulum weight of the clockand containing the cards.
4. The stnucture specified, in claim 1, said base havingthe form .of abox in which to pack the dial andpendulum, and said dial being detachable from the top of theqibase, .and the. base or box having a cover closing it duringstorage iandj'shipping, said cover being detachable and of a size to go into the box near the bottom thereof when the apparatus is set up,,and' the box having means for holding the cover in closed position.
5. ,The structure; specified in claim 1, in i which the .dial has atiits edge projections representing the head ofa catand the paws and tail; of a cat, the lower ones of said ,projections .adapted for detaohable securing to thebase,,and a brace hin edly attached to the top of the-hack of the ial and extending downward and secured to the rear portion of thetop of the base, said. brace and the dial being spread apart near the base.
6. The structure'specified in claim 1 said rotatable pointer representing the minute hand of the clock,landan hour hand painted or printed on, thedial, and having the picture of a mousesu on the dial.
In testimony w ereof I afiixmy signatures CARRIE E. PEGG.