US 1582796 A
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' A ril 27, 1926. 1,582,796
' D. A. SMITH GAME Filed July 51, 1925 2 sheets-sheet 1 I Q NVENTQR RNEY Patented Apr. 27, 191 2.6.
UNITED sra'rss DANIEL ARTHUR SMITH, 0E WILMINGTON, DELAWARE.
Application filed July 31, 1925. Serial No. 47,323,
To all whom it may concern:
Be it known that I, DANIEL A. SMITH, a citizen of the United States, residing at l Jilmington, in the county of New Castle and State of Delaware, have invented new and useful Improvements in Games, of which the following is a specification.
This invention relates to games, and an object of the invention is to provide a game which will test the re-action time of an individual or individuals playing the game, the object of the game being rapid action to prevent a marble or sphere from striking a gong or sounding member and for keeping the marble or sphere constantly on the move during the playing of the game.
More specifically, the invention comprehends the provision of an initial run-way leading through an overhanging curved guide to a plurality of hazards which vary the path of travel of the sphere, and guide it to any one of a plurality of individual run-ways which open out through the front of the game, and in the path of resiliently mounted projectors so that the player may operate the projector towards which the sphere or marble is moved and keep the sphere or marble moving in the game apparatus and from engagement with a suitable stop which is constructed of bell-metal, the object of the game being to keep the sphere from striking the metal stop.
Other objects of the invention will appear in the following detail description, and in the accompanying drawings wherein Figure 1- is a side elevation of the game.
Figure 2 is a vertical longitudinal section through the game.
Figure 3- is a top plan of the game showing the cover removed.
Figure 4 is a front elevation of the game showing a part of the cover removed.
Figure 5 is a detail view of one of the projectors.
Referring more particularly to the drawings, the improved game comprises a suitable casing 1 which has an inclined floor 2 carried thereby and inclining upwardly from the forward end of the casing and terminating in an overhanging curved guioe 3 which overhangs an upper platform l... The platform 4 has a plurality of upstanding hazards 5 carried thereby which are adapted to deflect the travel of the marble sphere or the like, used in playing the game,
into any one of the plurality of individual run-ways 6 which extend downwardly over the platform 4 and terminate a short distance inwardly from the front side 7 of the casing 1. The front side 7 of the easing is provided with a plurality of openings 8 and vertical partitions 9 extend inwardly from the front side and align with the side walls of the individual run-ways 6, to continue guiding the path of the sphere to the openings 8. Resilient baffles 9 are carried by the front side and extend downwardly partly over the tops of the openings 8 to guide the sphere downwardly to the bottom of the floor 2, and a suitable stop 10 projects outwardly over a part of the lower ends of the run-ways to prevent the sphere from jumping out of the run-ways when it strikes the inner surface of the front side 7 The base 12 of the casing 1 has an arcuate metal rib 13 attached to its upper outer edge which is made of bell metal, so that when the sphere or marble, as indicated at 14;. strikes the rib 13, it will make a bell-like sound. A plurality of projectors 15-one being provided for each of the openings 8 are pivotally attached, as shown at 16, to the base 12, and they have resilient heads 17 preferably of soft rubber upon their upper ends which are positioned to strike the marble or sphere 1 k and prevent the marble 14'. from striking the rib 13. Slotted guides 18 are provided for guiding the movement of the projectors 15 and tensioning springs 19 are provided which engage the projectors 15.
In playing the game, the marble or sphere 14 which simulates a fox, if the game is to be called Fox in hole, is placed against the rib 13 at any desired point in front of one of the openings 8 and the corresponding projector is operated which strikes the marble 14L, forces it upwardly over the floor 2 from which it is guided by the overhanging curved guide 3 upon the platform 4. The path of the marble is deflected or changed by the hazards carried by this platform and it is guided to one of the numerous individual run-ways 6 passing downwardly through the run-way into which it is deflected to the opening 8 which leads out from the respective run-way. It the sphere or marble strikes the rib 13, the player loses and it is the object of the game for him to observe which opening the marble comes out and to operate the proper projector to strike the marble and force it back over the floor 2 before the same strikes the rib 13, thus keeping it on the move. The game is thus really a test of the coordination between the hand and brain of the player.
It is, of course, to be understood, that the invention may be constructed in various other manners and the parts associated in different relations, and therefore, I do not desire to be limited in any manner, except as set forth in the claims hereunto appended.
hat I claim is 1. In agame, the combination of projectors, a single run-Way, a plurality of run ways, a projectile adapted to be delivered to any one of the plurality of run-ways from said individual run-way hazards for rendering undeterminable the run-way to which the projectile is delivered from the single runway, and a belllike rib adapted to be struck by said projectile, upon leaving any one of the plurality of runways.
2. In a game, a single run-way, a platform supported above said single run-way and having a plurality of run-ways thereon, a projectile, an overhanging arcuate guide adapted to guide the projectile from the single run-way to any one of said plurality of run-ways, and a plurality of hazards carried by said platform for deflecting the path of travel of the projectile.
3. In a game, a single run-way, a plat form supported above said single run-way and having a plurality of run-ways thereon, a projectile, an overhanging arcuate guide adapted to guide the projectile from the single runway to any one of said plurality of run-ways, a plurality of hazards carried by said platform for deflecting the path of travel oi the projectile, an upstanding front provided with openings corresponding one to each of the plurality of run-ways.
l. In a game, a single run-way, a platform supported above said single run-way and having a plurality of runways thereon, a projectile, an overhanging arcuate guide adapted to guide the projectile from the single run-way to any one of said plurality of run-ways, a plurality of hazards carried by said platform for deflecting the path of travel of the projectile, an upstanding front provided with openings corresponding one to each of the plurality of run-ways, and a metal rib carried by said front in position to be engaged by the projectile after issuing from any one o1 said openings.
In testimony whereof I afiix my signature.
DANIEL ARTHUR SMITH.