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Publication numberUS1921571 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateAug 8, 1933
Filing dateMay 2, 1930
Priority dateMay 2, 1930
Publication numberUS 1921571 A, US 1921571A, US-A-1921571, US1921571 A, US1921571A
InventorsElbert A Jones
Original AssigneeElbert A Jones
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Golf ball marker
US 1921571 A
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Filed May 2, 1930 4 Sheets-Sheet 1 I INVENTOR.



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4 Sheets-Sheet 3 Filed May 2, 1930 IN VEN TOR.



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Patented Aug. 8, 1933 UNITED [STA S VCGOLFBALL MARKER} Elbert A. Jones, Oakland; cam. Application May c.1930. serial no. 449,291

-3 Claims. I (01. lei- 6.2) L

This invention relatesto improvements in golf ball marking machines and particularly to. sim plify changes in construction and a distinct method of operation not disclosed in my pending application for patent, filed lAprilfi, 1929, Serial No. 352,838.

The principal object produce a machine wherein a person may. imprint upon the circular face of the golf ball, his name.'

Another object is to produce a machine wherein all of the various functions are automaticjafter the operator has selected the type to be imprinted.

- Another object is to produce a machine which.

is foolproof, neat in appearance, economical to manufacture and highly eflicient in use.

A still further object is to produce a machine which may be readily transported and onewhich may occupy an uncovered position and yet be weather proof t Other objects and advantages will be apparent during the course of the following description;- J

showing the operation of the inking mechanism,-

Figure IV is a side elevation of one of the ball holding cups and the type raising and lowering mechanism, v q

Figure V is a cross sectional view on the line 5 5 of .Figure IV, Y

Figure VI is a perspective view of one of the types, and

Figures VII and VIII are side and bottom views respectively of thetype carrier slide.

In the accompanying drawings wherein for the purpose of illustration is shown a preferred-embodiment of ,my invention, the numeral-5 designates a base upon which are mounted castings 6,

mounted upon a rotary shaft' l2 and is rotated through the medium of a ratchet 13 which is engaged by a dog 1 4. 1 This dog is actuated through the medium of a roller 16 travelling on a cam 17 whichcam is positioned upon a shaft 18 mounted in the lowerportion of the casting 6. In order to rotate this shaft I provide a hand lever 19 having a handle 21. The cup 11 is mounted upon a sliding shaft 22, which has'its opposite end roof this invention is to my machine tatably engaged by. a sliding block '23 s ain:

a slide-way 2 4. Across block 26 is engaged by a pin 27 carriedby a "disc 28 which is rotatable throughthe mediumof a'lever29. t

- The result of this construction thus far isthat,

. by placing a ball between. the cups 9and1l and by operating the lever 29, sliding action .will be given to'the block 23 and the ball 8 willbe :held.

in aposition above the type cover plate 31. .The purpose of this type cover plate is to slide over the opening-or guide-way132 through which the ATENT oFF IcEf type is projectedfso that when in this-position the type will be protected against the elements; suchiasirain water, dust and the like passing through the openings 32 and onto the face of the type. This type cover plate-is actuated by the rocker arm 33 pivoted as at 34. and providedwith.

a ball roller 36 which engages acam 37 also mounted upon the; shaft 18. y f j t I As a result of this construction at each operation of the handle lever 19 the type coverplate will be moved back and forth so that the type may be'projected through the opening 32. The

shaft 18-carries a disc 38 which disc has a pin 39- engaging a horiz'ontallysliding block 41 slidable. c

in a vertical sliding block 42 This vertical sliding block'carries a type pusher pin 43 and-a type retracter'44, which has a nose 46 adapted toengage slots4'7 formed in the type 48 (see Figure .This type retracter has a lost motion can be moved into alignment with the end of the type-pusher pin 43-. An indicatorarm 56 issecuredto the slide 53. and has a pointer 57 which; is adapted to move overa scale,'not shown.r The purpose of the scale is to indicate to the operator the character of type .being selected.

The operation of the shaft 118 and disc 38 causes "the horizontallyslidingblock -41 to" ele; vate the vertically sliding lblock'42 and as a result the type pusher pin 43 will elevate the particular type which it engages. At the same time the nose 46 of the type retracter will engage the bottom part of the slot 4'7 at about] the time the'type has reached almost the limit of "its, upward movement. After the type is pushed upwardly 'it will 'passthrough-the opening 32 and engage the surface of theball 8,with,sufilc ient force to indent' itself into the surface of the ball; It is of course understood thatthe face of -this' type is inked as will belater described; previous to its upward travel. Upon returning the shaft'18 to its normal position the block 42 in moving downwardly will notIat first move the type, the type being av sliding rack moved down at the last end of the stroke through the nose 46 and the lost motion action between the type retracter and the block.

In order to ink the face of the type I provide.

, a bracket 66. This spring finger 63 is bent so as to form cam surfaces 67 and 68 which successively engage pins 69 and 71 respectively; This slide 64 is moved through the medium ofa lever,

72 pivoted as at 73 and carrying a pivoted counter-weight 74, the upper end of the lever having a slot which engages a pin-76 carried in the slide. In order to secure a slow inking'of the type but a quick retraction, I provide a cam surface 77 carried on the lever 78 secured to the bottom of thevertical sliding block 42. This camsurface '77 is adapted to engage the cam surface 79 of the counter-weight 74. 'As a result when the parts are'in their normal position as shown in dotted lines of Figures II and III, upward movement of the sliding block 42 will cause'the cam surfaces 77 and "79 to engage and will move the lever '72 to the full line position. of Figure III with the result that the cam surface 68 of the spring finger 63 will engage the pin 71 and move the wiper62 down upon the face of the type 48. As soon as the end of the cam '77 moves beyond the cam 79 a spring will move the lever '72 from the full line position of Figure III back to the dotted line position at which time the camsurface 68 of the spring finger will'enga'ge'the pin 69 andagain move the wiper down against the font 58 as indicated in Figure II. In order to lock the type. mechanism against action until the lever 29 has been moved to position tolock a' ball' between the cups 9 and 11, I providea lever 81 having a pivotal sliding connection with a locking bar 82. This locking bar is carried on the casting 7 and is adapted to move into an opening formedin the disc 38. This'lever'providedwith a spring joint as shown at 83 so thatin case the handle 29 is returned to its dotted line position of Figure I before the hand lever 19 is returned to its starting position, the locking rod 82 will merely move against the face of the disc 38 and will be in position to enter its opening as soon as the handle lever 19 is returned to'starting position.

A spring 85 has one end connected to a segment 84 attached to the'shaft 18. The purpose of this spring is to return the lever '19 to starting position after each stroke 'or actuationi To briefly summarize the'action of the machine the following steps are taken:-

The handle 29 is moved'from the dotted line position of Figure I to'the full line position for the purpose of clamping the ball between the cups 9 and'll. The second operation is to move the handle 21 soas to rotate the shaft 18, the first action being to cause an upward movement of the vertically sliding block which upward movement through the cam surfaces '77 and '19 actuate the inking mechanism. .Further move-- ment of the shaft causes the type cover plate to be moved out of position of the advancing type and after the movement of the handle 21 is com pleted in one direction, the type selected has been This font is in posi I inked, elevated and pressed into the ball. On the return of the handle 21 toits normal position imprinting of a letter on the face of the ball and will cause the ball to be rotated a sufficient distance to present a new surface for each imprint. -A-fter the name has been printed thehandle 29 is moved to its starting position and the ball removed from between the cups 9 and 11.

It is to be understood that the form of my invention herewith shown and described is to be taken as a preierred'example of the same and that various changes relative to the material, size, shape and arrangement of parts may be resorted to without departing from the spirit of the invention or the scope of the subj oined claims. Having thus described my invention, I claim:+

1. Ina golf ball marker, a base, supports mounted on said base, a pair of spaced cup-shaped "member's rotatably carried by said supports,

pose specified.

2. In a machine of the character described, a

base, supporting means positioned on said base,

positioned therebetween, a sliding block rotatably secured to one of said cup shaped members,

means for moving said slidable block laterally, a ratchet wheel secured to the other of said cup shaped members, a cam mounted on said shaft and a dog actuated by said'cam for the purpose of intermittently advancing'said ratchet Wheel, a second cam positioned on said shaft, a roller engaging said cam, a lever actuated bysaid roller, said lever being capable of moving a slide from a point beneath the ballwhereby type face may be projecteda'gainst said ball. v

' 3. In a machine of the character described, a base, supporting means positioned on said'base, a shaft carried "in said supporting mea'ns,fa' pair of spaced cup shaped members carried by said supporting means, andadapted to have a ball positioned therebetween, a sliding block-rotat ably secured to one of said cup shaped members,- means for moving said slidable block laterally, a ratchet wheel secured to the other of said cup shaped members, a cam mounted on said shaft through the rotation of said disc, sliding type interposed between'said pusher pin and the ball whereby rotation of said shaft will project said type into engagement with the ball;


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U.S. Classification400/128, 400/132, 101/DIG.400
International ClassificationB41F17/30, A63B45/02
Cooperative ClassificationB41F17/30, A63B45/02, Y10S101/40
European ClassificationA63B45/02, B41F17/30