US 1859524 A
Description (OCR text may contain errors)
N. E;Y NICOLET SCORING DEVICE May 24, 1932.
Filed Oct. 8, 1931 H Q QN IN VEN TOR. C @Li 7' TT ORNEYS.
Patented May 2 4, 1932 4 UNITED STATES PATENT- OFFICE NICHOLAS E, NICOLET, F NEW YORK, N. Y.
SCGRING DEVICE Applicationiled October 8, 1931. Serial No. 567,528.
This invention relates to improvements in The device is especially, though not necesscoring devices and has particular reference sarily, adapted for use in scoring the game of to a device employed in the game of contract bridge, and particularly contract bridge in bridge. which the calculation for total scores is some- 5 An object of the invention is to provide an times diificult even for experienced players. 55
improved device of simple and practical con- In carrying out the invention, the cylinstruction which may be incorporated in a drical surface of the inner member 7 is propencil or pen and thus provide a convenient vided with indicia giving the total scores means of readily ascertaining and recording for various situations arising in the bidding a score. of contract bridge and, by turning the sleeve 60 Another object is to mount a sleeve-like 8 to the proper position for anyI given situaelement upon a member having a cylindrical tion, the score therefor is made visible on the surface which bears scoring indicia. visible member 7 through elongated sight openings through sight openings in said sleeve, with 9 and 10 formed in the outer member 8, as one of said elements rotatable relative to the shown in Figure 1. The sight opening 9 is 65 other to register diierent portions'of said associated with such scores as relate to the indicia with said openings. invulnerable position of the partners mak- The above and other objects will appear ing the bid, 'while the opening 10 discloses more clearly from the following detailed dethe scores when said partners are vulnerable, 2o' scription, when taken in connection with the as indicated by the words invulnerable 70 l accompanying drawings, which illustrate a and vulnerable along the upper edges of preferred embodiment of the inventive idea.. the respective openings. There are three cir- In the drawingscumferential rows of Figures 11, 12 and 18 Figure 1 is a Side elevation 0f the Sebring Visible through the Opening 9 and the gllles t device constructed in accordance with the inin these rows indicate the scores when the 75 vention; contract is' n ot doubled, doubled, or redou- 5 Figure 2 is a longitudinal section therebled, respect1vely, as indicated by the desthrough; and ignatlons nd, d and rd along the loW- Figure 3 is a Section 0n the line 3 3 of er edge of the opening 9. Likewise, three 3o Figure Q rows of figures 14, 15 and 16 Qn the member 80 The invention is shown in its adaptation to 7 designate different scores for a vulnerable a pencil of the magazine type in which the partnership when the contract is not doubled, lead is adjustable, but it will be understood, doubled, or redoubled, respectively. of course, that the idea involved may be in- All of these rows of figures give the scores C0? @fated 111 OUIltaln P911 0? hke flVlCe for either eXtra tricks made over and above Wlt Olt'dputmg from t1} SP11`1t 0T SCOP@ the contract by the bidding side or under 0f .the mventlon Th? pencll Illustrated com' 'tricks lost when the contract is deieated. In Ellssee?)alorlohtgtedvtir; order to determined the scores for the extra 40 is projected or retracted in the usual manner or under trlcks two means are Sho-Wn" one 90 of which may afford a check against the by a turning movement of said tip. Mounted 0th O f .d p. between the tip 5 and the ,second end member e; ,51.1610 Sal f rlemfs wplses a ou 6 is an inner member 7 of tubular form and Cum eren la TOW 0 gutes 1t on the mem presenting a cylindrical surface. An outer be? 7 at the Center thereof tfnd between the sleeve-like member 8 encloses the member 7 other rows of gtfes ment10neda-smd TOW 95 one of said members having a rotary move- Pt gutes bmg Vlslbte through a Slghrt @Penl ment relative to the other. In the present 111g 18 fOImed 1H the Sleeve member 8 between l embodiment, the outer member 8 is rotatable the Openings 9 and 10. The row of figures Y about the member 7 for a purpose which will 17 comprises two groups, one of which conappear in the course of the description. tains the numbers 1 to 6 or eXtra tricks and roo the other group the numbers 1 to 7 for underv tricks.
Thus, for exam le, if a contract is made b the bidding si e and five tricks over and u a ove said contract are made, the score for said extra tricks may be determined by turning the member 8 until the numeral 5 of the group assigned to extra tricks in the row 17 is registered'with the sight opening 18 i (Figure 1). The score for said extra tricks may then be determined through either the opening 9 or 10, depending upon the invulnerable or vulnerable condition of the side making the bid and the state of said bid, that is, whether the same has not been doubled,
or otherwise. As a further means of determining the score, the tip 5 is provided at its inner end with a circumferential row of figures 19 divided into groups in the same 20 manner as the row 17, one of the groups being designated by the words under tricks and the other by the Words extra tricks. Extending from each one ofthe figures of said row 19 are the lines 20 and on the end of the sleeve 8 adjacent the tip 5 the former is provided with an indicator 21. By turning the sleeve until said indicator registers with one of the lines 2O extending from the desired number of the row 19, the openings 9 andy 10 are brought into proper alignment with the desired sets of scores 11 to 16 and the number of the row 17 visible through the opening 18 corresponds to the number of the row 19 that is opposite the indicator 21. ,I6 lVhat is claimed is:
A scoring device for use in playing the game of bridge, comprising an inner member having a cylindrical surface bearing two groups of circumferential rows of figures indica-ting various honor and penalty totals obt tained under different conditions of play, the figures of each circumferential row being lon itudinally aligned with certain figures l of t e other rows to form horizontal groups,
another single circumferential row of figures on said surface indicating extra and under trick values in either of the two first mentioned groups of figures, each figure of said row being longitudinally aligned with figures of the first-mentioned rows, and an outer sleeve-like member rotatable on said inner member and having longitudinally aligned elongated openings through either of which all of the figures in any horizontal group of 5' the associated circumferential rows are visible, and further having another opening aligned with said elongated openingsA and through which is visible said single circumferential row of figures.
5 In testimony whereof, I have affixed my signature.
NICHOLAS E. NICOLET.