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Publication numberUS1586111 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateMay 25, 1926
Filing dateOct 16, 1924
Priority dateOct 16, 1924
Publication numberUS 1586111 A, US 1586111A, US-A-1586111, US1586111 A, US1586111A
InventorsOsborn Vern M
Original AssigneeOsborn Vern M
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Game-counting device
US 1586111 A
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May 25 1926.

V. M. OSBORN GAME COUNTING DEVIGE Fi led Oct. 16, 1924 IN VENT 0R. r0? 7. osao/w ATTORNEY.



Application filed October 16,. 1924. Serial No. 743,858. 7

This invention relates to a game counting device.

The general object of the invention is to provide an improved device of the character described wherein a tray is employed and wherein tokens or counters of distinctive shape are arranged in recesses in' the tray; the recesses each havinga distinctive'shape corresponding tothe distinctive shapeof the counters.

Another object of the invention is to provide a device of the class described wherein trays for holding game counters are provided and wherein trays are so constructed that a plurality of them may be nested, thus allowing them to be disposed within a small space when not in use.

Other objects of the invention will be apparent from the following description taken in connection with the accompanying drawings wherein Fig. 1 is a perspective view of the game counting device; Fig. 2 is an end view of a plurality of the trays; Fig. 3 is a view similar to Fig. 2 showing a single tray; Fig. i is a section on line 14, Fig. 8 showing the counters in place and Fig. 5 is a top plan view of the tray.

Referring to the drawing by reference characters, I have shown a tray embodying the features of my invention at 10. This tray comprises a body part 11 having a downwardly turned front flange 12 which is preferably beaded as at 14. The rear portion of the body is provided with a back flange as at 15 and this flange 15 is connected by a curved part 16 with a second flange 17 which is rolled or beaded as at 18.

The tray may be made from sheet metal stamped to shape or it may be made of composition material, glass, or any other desired substance.

The body 11 of the tray is shown as provided with a plurality of recesses. Four of the recesses are shown in the drawing although more or less may be used as desired. Each recess is'preferably of a distinctive shape.

Referring to Fig. 4 it will be noted that the recess 20 includes two inclined plane sides which. are joined by a plane web 21. The recess 22 is semi-circular, the recess 23 is similar to the recess 22 except. that it is on a larger radius, while recess 2% is defined by two plane faces which meet.

My tray is particularly adapted for use in combination with counters which are of the distinctive shape so that they will [it the disti'i'ictive shaped recesses.

As shown the counters include members having a value of 10, 50, 10 0 and 500 units. The 10 counter is shown as having a con figuration to fit in the recess 24:, the 50 corresponds to the recess 25, the 100 counter fits in the recess 22, and the 50K) counter fits in the recess 20.

In some cases it may be desirable to mark the numerical value on the counters by characters representing more than one language. in the illustrations shown the counters are mar d with both Chinese and Arabic numerals.

The front flange 12 of each tray is preferably embossed as at 30 with charactersindi eating the value of the counters in the recess in the rear of the embossed portions.

By providing the tray with distinctive slots and also providing distinctively shaped counters it. is possibe to reduce incorrect positioning of the counters to a minimum.

1 have found that it is also desirable to color the counters. I now prefer to make the counter having the numerical value of 10 white, the counter having the numerical value of 50, orange, the counter having the numerical value of 100, green, and the 500 counter, red. It will be understood that the invention is not limited to the use of any particular number of different counters since many more or less than four can be used if desired.

After the game counting device has been used all of the counters may be placed in one tray and the remaining trays may be nested beneath this one tray. This saves space when storing the device and in shipping.

Having thus described my invention, I claim:

1. In a device of the character described, a sheet metal tray comprising an inclined body part, said body part having an inclined front flange and an inclined rear flange whereby the trays may be nested, said body having a plurality of recesses therein and counters removably fitted in said recesses. I

2. In a device of the character described, a one-piece sheet metal tray comprising a body part having front and rear supporting flanges formed thereon b y bending the metal, said front flange being down-turned and said rear flange being reversely curved, said body being connected to the top of the front flange and the bottom of the rear flange so that the body will be inclined, said body having a plurality of recesses therein, a plural ity of counters fitted in said recesses, said counters being stacked with their edges engaging in the recesses and with one counter engaging the rear flange.

3. In a device of the character described, a tray comprising a body part having a front flange and a rear flange, said front flange being down-turned. and said rear flange being i'eversely curved so that the innerpart of the rear flange may engage a counter and the outer part of the rear flange may support the device, said body having a plurality of recesses therein, counters fitted in said recesses, said counters being stacked with their lower edges fitting the recesses and with the inner part of said rear flange inclined so that the counters will be inclined whereby the characters thereon can be easily read.

4. A tray comprising a body part having a front flange and a rear flange, said rear flange being reversely curved to provide an outer portion, said front flange and said rear flange having bent over parts thereon to engage a support, said front flange and said rear flange being inclined whereby the trays may nest and said front flange being longer than said rear flange whereby the body of the tray is also inclined rearwardl y, said tray having a plurality of recesses in its upper surface.

In testimony whereof, I hereunto aflix my signature.


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U.S. Classification273/148.00R, 235/123, D21/393, 211/49.1, 206/564, 206/558
International ClassificationA63F1/06, A63F1/00
Cooperative ClassificationA63F1/06
European ClassificationA63F1/06