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Publication numberUS1899833 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateFeb 28, 1933
Filing dateMar 19, 1932
Priority dateMar 19, 1932
Publication numberUS 1899833 A, US 1899833A, US-A-1899833, US1899833 A, US1899833A
InventorsHoward M Strobel
Original AssigneeHoward M Strobel
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
US 1899833 A
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Feb. 28, 1933- H. M; STROBEL GAME Filed March 19, 1932 INVENTOR Howard M. Sfrobel I WITNESSES ATTORNEYS v '45 vice.

Patented Feb. 28, 1933 i STATES,

, owaim flu. STROBEL, or New vonx, N. Y.


Application'flled March 19, 1932.-Seria1 No. 600,008

This invention relates to a game device or apparatus, and has for anobject to provide an improved construction wherein appreciable skill is necessary, both in the manipulation 1 5 by hand and the observation by the eye, the Structure being such that when accurately operated,the desired result will be secured quickly and easily, but when operated slightly inaccurately, the desired result will be prevented.

Another object is to provide a game device which may be formed in the shape of a radio tube for appearance sake, and which is adapted to be shaken and adjusted to different positions to cause one or more balls to travel to a predetermined position during the actuation of the device.

A further object, more specifically, is to provide a game device having a transparent casing and a transparent tubular arm with a suitable base and with balls coacting with all these members in such a way that when these members have been properly operated, the balls will move out of contact with the casing to a position interiorly of the arm.

In the accompanying drawing,-

Figure 1 is a perspective view of a game device or apparatus disclosing an embodiment of the invention.

Figure 2 is a sectional view through Figure 1 approximately on the line 2--2.

Figure 3 is a transverse sectional view through Figure 2 on line 33.

Figure 4 is a top plan view of a modified arm or receiving cylinder to that shown in Figure 2.

Figure 5 is a view partly in elevation and partly in section, the same being taken along y the line 55 of Figure 4.

by numerals, 1 indicates a base which may be wood, bakelite, or other material, and which carries any desired number of posts 2, which may act as handles for supporting the de The tubular transverse casing 3 has one end closed and rounded, while the opposite end is open, and the walls of the casing are inserted in the base 1, as shown in Figure 3, and held therein by friction or by adhesive,

or by other means, as desired.

to a horizontal position, as just described, "with the depressions 9 facing upwardly, the

This action is repeated so as to cause the ball 3 Referring to the accompanying drawing 7 i 'to move gradually ntoand then out of the 1 V The shapeof the various members just described is made to conform with a radio tube to present a pleasing appearance as well as a structure which will function according to the inventive concept r The casing3 may be made of glass, celluloid, or other transparent material, and is appreciably longer than thehollow arm or cylinder fl, whichhas one end embedded in base 1 and projects centrally. into the easing 3. 'Theoarm 4 is provided with an apertime ,5, there being a turned-up. edge 6, at

aperture 5 to prevent the accidental discharge ofthe ball 7 through the aperture 5 when the device is inja horizontal position.

The aperture 5 is large enough, however, to

allow the balls to pass therethrough if the balls are being moved under appreciable inertia, or in case the device is held at such an angle that gravity acting on the ball will 7 move the same through the opening. Arm 4.- is also-providedwith an inlet aperture 8 and a series of depressions 9, said depressions being somewhat larger thanthe respective balls 7.

I From Figures land 2, it willbe seen that the various depressions 9 extend from base 1 to the aperture 8 so that when the deviceis .held vertically with the base down, one of 'the balls may be moved to aposition near the lowermost depression 9,and then moved into the lowermost depression: as the device vis quickly but gently moved to a horizontal position. After the parts have been moved entire device-is quickly movedor shaken so "as to cause the ball in the first depression to bounceor move into the second depression.

person ful to watch the ball and have a steady hand, the movement of the device will cause the ball to fall out of one of the depressions 9 and back of the casing 3, whereupon a new Etzgt must be made with that particular After placing one or more balls in the arm I 4, as just described, they are allowed to move out of aperture 8, if the shaking operation is not carried on properly, or if the base 1 is tilted up too far. It will thusbe seen that great skill and appreciable patience are necessary to successfullymove in succession all the balls along the depressions 9 and into the arm 4.

In Figures 4: and arm 4 is provided, the'same being designated by the numeral 4. It will be noted that arm 4 is identical to arm '4 except that a spiral groove 10 is provided instead of a series of depressions, and this groove is formed with a number of notches or slight depressions 11, one end of the groove merginginto the aperture 8, and the other into a receivingdepression 12. It will be understood that thereceiving depression 12 is positioned so that the same will be located in the same relative position as the lowest depression 9 illustrated in Figure 2. After the balls have all been inserted into the arm 4 or at'any time that any balls are arranged therein, they may be readily removed by inverting the device, that is, by raising the base 1 sothat it will be uppermost and the rounded end of easing 3 will be lowermost.

I claim 1. 1. A' game devlce of the character described comprlsing a base, atransparent casing having straight walls from one end to near the opposite end, a hollow arm carried by said base and projecting into said casing, said hollow arm having an opening at the .end and an opening on oneside near the end,

said arm also being provided with a series of .ahgned depressions, and a plurality of balls arranged in the'casing adapted to be moved from said depressions through one 'ofsaid' apertures into said hollow arm.

r '2. A game device including a base, a transparent casing carried by the base, a transparent hollow arm carried by the baseand projecting into the casing, said hollow arm having an aperture adjacent the outer end and a substantially fluted passageway extending from the'aperture to the base, and a plurality of ballsarranged in the casing and adapt-ed during the playing of the device to move along the fluted passagewayinto said aperture.

3. A game device comprising a basewith transparent casing extending from the base, a transparent hollow arm extending from the base provided with an aperture near one end and a fluted'spiral passageway extending from said aperture to said base.

5 a'modifiedd form of 4. A game device of the character described including a base, a transparent casing extending from the base, a plurality of balls arranged in the casing and a transparent hollow arm projecting into the casing,

ture in oneend large enough for the passage of said balls, an aperture in one side near the first mentioned aperture and a fluted passageway extending from the first mentioned aperture to the base.


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US5421575 *May 3, 1994Jun 6, 1995Triner; Robert D.Ball game toy
U.S. Classification273/153.00R
International ClassificationA63F7/00, A63F7/04
Cooperative ClassificationA63F2250/485, A63F7/04, A63F7/38
European ClassificationA63F7/38, A63F7/04