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Publication numberUS1866821 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateJul 12, 1932
Filing dateMay 11, 1931
Priority dateMay 11, 1931
Publication numberUS 1866821 A, US 1866821A, US-A-1866821, US1866821 A, US1866821A
InventorsRather Clifton V
Original AssigneeRather Clifton V
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Game
US 1866821 A
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July 12, 1832, 0 v RATHER GAME Filed May 11, 1951 2 Sheets-Sheet 1 J IA/VE/VTOR g1 CLIFTON VI RATHER C. V. RATHER July 12, 1932.

GAME

Filed May 11, 1931 2 SheetsSheet 2 INVENTOR.

CLIFTON v. RATHER H/s fiTTOR/YEK Patented July 12, 1932 UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE GAME Application filed May 1 1,

My invention relates to improvements in games wherein an inclined member is provided with a plurality of open bottomed pockets at the lower end thereof to receive balls deposited at the upper end of said inclined member, each of said pockets being provided with at least one side opening thru which a second ball is ejected by a first ball therein, said pockets operating in conjunction with a barrier slidably mounted in connection with said pockets and normally operating to prevent the passage of balls thru said open bottoms, said barrier being also provided with means actuated by the presence of a ball in any pocket to actuate an indicator for said pocket and thereby indicate the presence of said ball in said pocket, and to indicate a definite game-value of said occupied pocket. 7

The primary object of the present invention is to provide a new and improved game.

{lnother object is to provide a new and improved game wherein a given number of balls are deposited in one end of the game apparatus and rolled into certain pockets, and having improved means for returning duplicate deposits in any pocket to the player.

A further object is to provide a new and improved game of the character described, which shall be easily manipulated by one or more players from one end of the device.

A still further object is to provide a new and improved game wherein a plurality of differently valued indicators may be automatically operated to indicate the value of certain plays.

A still further object is to provide new and improved means for automatically returning duplicate deposits in any one pocket, as well as the total number of balls, to the players end of the apparatus and simultaneously clearing the indicator of the score of the last play.

I accomplish these and other objects by means of the device disclosed in the drawings forming a part of the present application, wherein like characters of reference are used to designate similar parts throughout the specification and drawings, and in which- Fig. 1 is a broken plan View, partly in sec- 1931. Serial No. 536,397.

tion, disclosing my improved game apparatus;

Fig. 2 is a vertical longitudinal sectional view of the device;

Fig. 3 is a broken front elevation of the indicators;

Fig. 4 is a broken transverse sectional view of the pockets, and barrier; and

Fig. 5 is an enlarged broken detailed view of the indicator actuating means.

Referring to the drawings the numeral 1 is used to designate in general a housing having an inclined member 2 in the upper portion thereof, said member 2 being provided at the lower end thereof with a plurality of open bottom pockets 3, preferably arranged in staggered rows, as indicated in Fig. 1 of the drawings. Each pocket 3 is provided with at least one side opening'i, inner rows of pockets, where a plurality of rows is'provided, depending below adjacent outer pockets to permit the provision of said side openings.

A barrier 6, consisting of a plurality of transverse bars 7, each arranged under each row of pockets 8', as disclosed in Figs. 1 and 2 of the drawings, is slidably mounted in connection with the pockets 8, by means of guide-ways or supports 8. A longitudinally disposed bar 9 is pivotally connected at one end to said barrier 6, as at 11, and has its opposite end extending exteriorly of the housing 1 at what I term the players or depositing end of said housing 1, and is furnished with a suitable button 12, to facilitate operation thereof.

The bar 9 is provided with a notch 14. within which rests a spring 16 mounted upon a lateral support 17 mounted transversely of the housing 1, said spring 16 being positioned so that its tension will retain the barrier 6 and bars 7 thereof normally in a position to prevent the passage of balls 18 thru the bottom of the said pockets 3 but will not prevent a second ball deposited in any pocket from passing out of its respective side opening 4.

A second inclined member 19, oppositely inclined from the inclined member 2, is arranged in the lower portion of the housing 1 and below the pockets 3 and barrier 6, and has an exteriorly extending extension 21 at the depositing or players end of said housing 1, the purpose of which will hereinafter be more fully set forth.

Extending somewhat above the housing 1 and at the opposite end from theplayers end of the housing 1 I have provided a plurality of differently valued or numbered indicators 22, each consisting of a numbered circle on glass or other transparent material 23, and behind each numbered circle 22 I have provided a cylindrical member 24 containing a lamp 26, so that when any one lamp 26 is lighted as hereinafter set forth, it will illuminate its own particular numbered circle 22 and no other.

Mounted upon each transverse bar 7 of the barrier 6 and directly below each pocket 3, I have provided a pair of electrical contacts 27 which are suitably connected to a source of electrical energy28, such as dry cells or the like, which may bemounted within the housing 1, by meansof suitable wires or conductors 29, each separate lamp or indicator being connected to a separate pocket 3.

A suitable glass cover 31 is mounted over the top of the housing 1 and the inclined member 2 in the upper portion thereof, and

has one end arranged to fully enclose the entranceto the pockets 3 at the lower'end of said-member 2, and its oppositeend arranged in spaced relation to the players end of the device, to form an opening to permit the instance, five, are deposited, one at a time,

thru the opening above mentioned at the players end of :the device.

Thru the attractionof gravity each ball 18 rolls down the inclined member 2 and falls into a pocket 3 and resting upon the conta'cts 27 on the adjacent bar 7 closes the circuit thru the wires or conductors 29 and battery 28 and thereby illuminates the lamp 26 back of the indicator 22 corresponding to that pocket into which the ball 18 has been deposited, thereby indicating the value of that particular play. I

, As the remaining balls 18 are rolled into different pockets 3 they in turn operate respective indicators 22 for the pockets entered and the totals of vsaid numbered circles are added to produce the final score. As is usual in such games, the highest total score is the wninmg score.

Should oneof .the balls for an individual play enter a pocket 3 already occupied by a previously deposited ball 18, such second ball willbe ejected thru the side opening 1 by said first mentioned balhand drop upon theoppositely inclined member 19 and roll exteriorly of the housing 1 to the players or operators end of the housing 1, to be there recovered and redeposited until it enters an unoccupied pocket.

After all of the balls deposited by any one player have moved into separate pockets 3 and the total obtained, all of said balls are released from their respective pockets by pushing inwardly the bar 9 against the tension of the saring 16 thereby moving the bars 7 away from the open bottoms of the pockets 3, as indicated in dotted lines in Fig. 2 of the drawings, thereby permitting all of the balls within said pockets 3 to drop upon the upper end of the oppositely inclined member 19 and roll to a point exteriorly of the housing 1 and at the players or deposit'ors end thereof where they will be recovered and redeposited for the next play.

When the balls 18 are released from their respective pockets the contacts are permitted to resume their normally open position and the indicators 22 are de-energized or rendered inoperative and the score cleared.

Having thus described my invention, what I claim as new and desire to secure by Letters Patent is 1. A game comprising an inclined member provided with a plurality of pockets having open bottoms to permit the passage of a ball thru any of said pockets; a common barrier normally closing said open bottoms; an indicator for each pocket; means mounted upon the barrier adjacent each pocket and actuated by a ball therein for operating each respective indicator to indicate the presence of said ball in said pocket; and means for shifting the barrier to release any balls in any pocket.

2. A game comprising an inclined member provided with a plurality of pockets having open bottoms to permit the passage of a ball therethru; a common barrier slidably mounted in connection with said inclined member and normally preventing passage of a ball thru said pockets; a separate indicator for each pocket; means mounted upon the barrier' opposite each pocket and connected to its respective indicator and actuated by a ball within said'pocket to operate said respective indicator; and means for moving the barrier to release balls thru the open bottoms of said pockets.

3. A game comprising an inclined member provided with a plurality of pockets arranged in rows and having open bottoms to permit the passage of a ball thru any of said pockets; a barrier slidably mounted in con.- nection with said inclined member and comarisin a aluralit of bars. each bar bein i..';;'

connected with its respective indicator and actuated by a ball within said pocket to operate said respective indicator; and means for moving said barrier to permit the passage of balls thru the pockets.

4. A game comprising an inclined member provided with a plurality of pockets having open bottoms to permit the passage of a ball thru said pockets, each of said pockets also having an open side whereby a second ball passing thereinto may be ejected thru said open side by a single ball within said pocket; a common barrier normally closing said open bottoms; an indicator for each pocket; separate means mounted upon the barrier opposite each pocket and connected to its respective indicator and actuated by a ball within said pocket to operate said respective indicator; and means for moving the barrier to release any balls remaining within any pockets.

5. A game comprising a housing having an inclined member therein provided with a plurality of pockets arranged in a plurality of rows, and having open bottoms to permit the passage of balls thru said pockets, certain of said rows of pockets depending below adjacent rows, and all of said pockets being provided with at least one open side whereby a second ball deposited Within any pocket may be ejected thrusaid open side by a first ball therein; a common barrier slidably mounted within the housing and comprising a plurality of bars arranged opposite the open bottoms of each row of apertures; a separate indicator mounted upon the housing for each pocket; separate means mounted upon the bars, one for each pocket and connected to its respective indicator and actuated by a ball within said pocket to operate said respective indicator; and an oppositely inclined member arranged within the housing and below the pockets and barrier to return balls from said pockets.

6. A game comprising a housing having an inclined member in the upper portion thereof provided with a plurality of pockets arranged in rows and having open bottoms and at least one side opening whereby a second ball dropped into said pocket may be ejected by a first ball therein; a numbered indicator for each pocket; a barrier consisting of a plurality of bars arranged across the open bottoms of each row of pockets to normally prevent the passage of balls therethru; separate means mounted upon the bars for each adjacent pocket and connected with its respective indicator and actuated by a ball Within said pocket for operating its respective indicator; means for moving the barrier to release all balls from their respective pockets; and an oppositely inclined member arranged below the pockets and barrier to return released balls exteriorly of the housing.

7. The combination with a game comprising a plurality of pockets to receive balls of pockets having at least one side opening to release a second ball passing into said pocket before a first ball is released.

8. The combination with a game comprising a housing having an inclined member provided with a plurality of open bottomed pockets at the lower end thereof to receive balls deposited into the housing at the upper end of said inclined member, of pockets having at least one side thereof open to release a second ball passing into said pocket before a first ball therein is released; and means for automatically returning said released second balls exteriorly of said housing and at the depositing end thereof to facili- }t3ate the redepositing of said released second alls.

In witness whereof, I hereunto set my signature.

CLIFTON V. RATHER.

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Referenced by
Citing PatentFiling datePublication dateApplicantTitle
US2585153 *Sep 8, 1944Feb 12, 1952Christopher MetzPolarized electromagnetic shuffleboard
US2595669 *Oct 11, 1948May 6, 1952Gillespie Games CompanyDisk game apparatus
US4130280 *Dec 20, 1977Dec 19, 1978Joseph LowellGame apparatus
Classifications
U.S. Classification273/125.00A
International ClassificationA63F7/00
Cooperative ClassificationA63F7/00
European ClassificationA63F7/00