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Publication numberUS1944259 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateJan 23, 1934
Filing dateFeb 6, 1932
Priority dateFeb 6, 1932
Publication numberUS 1944259 A, US 1944259A, US-A-1944259, US1944259 A, US1944259A
InventorsMoore Harry W
Original AssigneeMoore Harry W
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Marking device
US 1944259 A
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Jan. 23, 1934. MOORE 1,944,259

MARKING DEVICE Filed Feb. 6, 1932 Patented Jan. 23, 1934 UNETED STATES FATE FFEQE Application February 6,

26 Claims.

This invention relates to an imprinting or marking device for articles and has been illustrated as adapted for marking golf balls and the like, although obviously by suitably proportioning and 5 shaping the parts, the imprinting device is applicable to marking or embossing other articles.

In the present embodiment of the invention a holder or receiver shaped to approximately conform to the article to be marked, carries at one side thereof a revoluble imprinting head which is also capable of axial movement in addition to its rotation whereby pressure is exerted against the article to effect an impression thereon of the characters carried by the revol'uble imprinting head, there being provided upon the holder a retractable inking device to be intermittently projected into contact With'the imprinting head which, by its rotation, presents succeeding marking characters in contact with the inking device to receive a deposit of ink therefrom.

The object of the invention is to simplify the construction, as Well as the means and mode of operation of marking devices, and particularly golf ball markers and the like, whereby they will not only be cheap in construction, but will be more efiicient in use, positive in operation, of compact form and small size, of pleasing appearance, and unlikely to get out of order.

A further object of the invention is to provide a marking device which will subject the article to uniform pressure throughout the area to be marked.

A further object of the invention is to provide a marking apparatus which will be of small size and compact construction, capable of being carried by the golfer in his pocket or in his caddy bag.

A further object of the invention is to provide an improved form of chase or type carrying head suitable for receiving commercial forms of type or characters such as are ordinarily used on letter duplicating machines.

A further object of the invention is to provide improved pressure applying means.

A further object of the invention is to provide a marking device wherein the application of pressure will be so directed as to obviate danger of damaging or weakening the ball or other article. 1

A further and important object of the invention is to provide a convenient, but simple inking device incorporated in the marking apparatus which can be projected into inking engagement with the type or marking characters and re- 1932. Serial No. 591,380

tracted into inoperative position without soiling the fingers of the operator.

A further object of the invention is to provide an imprinting or marking head capable of free rotary motion to facilitate the inking of the characters, and also capable of an axial movement under pressure for impressing the inked characters against the ball.

With the above primary and other incidental objects in view, as will more fully appear in the specification, the invention consists of the features of construction, the parts and combinations thereof, and the mode of operation, or their equivalents, as hereinafter described and set forth in the claims.

Referring to the accompanying drawing wherein is shown the preferred, but obviously, not necessarily the only form of the embodiment of the invention, Fig. 1 is a perspective view of the marking device forming the subject matter hereof applied to a golf ball. Fig. 2 is a similar perspective view illustrating the inking roller in operative engagement with the imprinting or marking head. Fig. 3 is a longitudinal sectional View showing the'inking device in its projected or operative position by solid lines and by dotted lines showing the retracted or inoperative position of such head. Fig. 4 is a detail sectional view. Figs/Sand 6 are'respectively a top plan view and an axial sectional view of the imprinting or marking head on an enlarged scale. Fig. '7 is a detail perspective View of one of the type removed from the imprinting head.

Like parts are indicated by similar characters of reference throughout the several views.

While the present marking device has been illustrated and will be described as applied to marking of golf balls, it is to be understood that by suitably proportioning the holder or cage to ac.- commodate articles of other shapes, the apparatus may be adjusted to marking various. articles other than golf balls. Therefore while for illustrative purposes, a golf ball marker has been illustrated and will be described, it is not with the intention of unduly limiting the scope or application of the invention.

Referring to the drawing the illustrated embodiment of the invention comprises a cage like main frame or holder including a series of arcuate arms 1-1 interconnected at their opposite ends to enclose the ball 2 or other article to be marked.

At one juncture of the several arcuate arms 1, there is formed a pallet 3 which serves as a platen or abutment for the ball or other article during the marking operation, while at a diametrically opposite point the curved arms 1, comprising the cage or receiver for the ball or other article, are joined to a cylindrical sleeve or stem 4, exteriorly screw threaded as at 5. Mounted for independently revoluble and axial movement within the cylindrical sleeve or hollow stem 4, is the imprinting or marking head 6 having the integral stem or shaft '7 extending Within the bearing sleeve 4. The stem or shaft 7, of the marking head 6, is provided with intersecting peripheral and longitudinal grooves or slots 8 into which projects a stud 9 carried by the bearing sleeve 4. When the marking or imprinting head 6 and its stem 7 are in their retracted or inoperative position, as shown in Figs. 2, 3 and 4, the stud 9 registers with the peripheral groove 8 and the marking head is free to rotate. When, however, by its rotary adjustment the longitudinal slot 8 of the stem 7 is aligned with the stud 9, the marking or imprinting head 6 and its stem or shaft '7 are capable of axial movement into imprinting contact with the ball or other article held within the receiver or cage formed by the arms 1. To effect such axial movement of the imprinting or marking head under pressure, there is provided a cap 11 screw threaded upon the sleeve at and bearing interiorly upon the extremity of the marking head stem or shaft '7. By screwing the adjusting cap 11 upon such threaded sleeve, the marking head 6 is forced axially against the ball or other article to be marked with considerable pressure.

The marking type or characters carried by the head 6 are disposed in a concentric annular series,

' and in somewhat converging relation. The head 6 is provided with a series of peripheral pockets or notches 12, each of which is adapted to receive a type or character element 13. These type elements are equally inclined to the axis of the head in a uniform converging relation and afford a substantially concave contact surface for engagement with the spherical surface of the ball. The type recesses or pockets 12 are radially disposed and are so proportioned that their depth is substantially equal to their radial extent. While any suitable type or. marking characters may be employed, the preferable marking elements are commercial type obtainable upon the market which are manufactured for use in letter duplicating machines, which type, however, are preferably made of a special hard alloy which will possess greater durability under the pressure to which the type or marking elements are subjected. Such a commercial form of type member which,.per se, forms no part of the present invention, is illustrated in Fig. 7. The radial pockets or recesses to receive such type are preferably providedwith a slight shoulder or offset 13 at their inner sides which is overhung by the body portion of the type'elements. The several type elements are retained within the radially disposed peripheral pockets or recesses of the imprinting head by a retainer ring 14 screw threaded upon the head 6 at 15 and having a converging or tapered inner surface bearing upon the type members and exerting an inwardly directed camming action to securely hold such type members in their seats. By removing the retaining ring 14, the type members may be interchanged to 7 effect different imprinted inscriptions.

For the purpose of inking the type elements carried by the head 6, there is pivoted upon one of the receiver or cage arms 1, a swinging arm 17 Mg carrying at its extremity an inking roller 18 which, when the arm 17 is oscillated to its operative position, contacts with the adjacent type faces, when the head 6 is in its retracted position. In such position, as before stated, the stud 9 registers with the peripheral groove or slot 8 and the imprinting or marking head is therefore capable of being freely rotated while the inking roller 18 is held in contact therewith. Thus the succeeding type faces or characters are progressively presented in contact with the inking roller 18 to receive a deposit of ink therefrom. The arm 17 is spring retracted by means of the spring 19 surrounding the pivotal mounting of the arm 17. The mounting arm 1, of the main frame, is provided with a recess or pocket 20therein to receive the arm 17 and inking roller 18 when in their retracted positions. The end of the arm 17, opposite the inking roller 18, is extended somewhat beyond the cage or receiver in position to be easily accessible for the purpose of oscillating the arm 17 against the tension of its retracting spring 19 into operative engagement with the marking characters carried by the head 6. Upon release of the arm 17, the spring 19 immediately returns the inking roller 18 into the pocket or recess 20 within which it is normally held. The pocket or housing 20 is so shaped as to protect the inking roller 18 and prevent the operators fingers accidentally coming in contact therewith. The exterior surface of the compression nut 01' cap 11 is suitably roughened or ribbed, preferably 1'.

ribbed, to enable it to be firmly grasped for rotation whereby the marking head is placed under pressure.

From the above description it will be apparent that there is thus provided a device of the character described possessing the particular features of advantage before enumerated as desirable, but which obviously is susceptible of modification in its form, proportions, detail construction and arrangement of parts without departing from the principle involved or sacrificing any of its advantages.

While in order to comply with the statute the invention has been described in language more or less specific as to structural features, it is to be understood that the invention is not limited to the specific features shown, but that the means and construction herein disclosed comprise the preferred form of several modes of putting the invention into effect, and the invention is ther fore claimed in any of its forms or modifications within the legitimate and valid scope of the appended claims.

Having thus described my invention, I claim:

1. In an imprinting device of the character described, a holder for the article to be marked, a marker head capable of independent rotary and axial motion relative to theholder, means for moving the marking head axially under pressure, and a retractible inking device engageable with the marking head during its rotary motion.

2. In an imprinting device of the character described, a holder for the article to be marked, a marking head movable relative to the holder. against an article held therein, said head being capable of rotary motion in one position of adjustment relative to the holder and held against such rotation in another position of such relative adjustment.

3. In an imprinting device of the character described, a holder for an article to be marked, a retractible imprinting head adapted to be projected into engagement with an article within the holder, said head being freely rotatable when in its retracted position, and means for locking the head against rotation when projected from its retracted position toward the holder.

4.. In an imprinting device of the character described, a holder for an article to be marked, a retractible imprinting head, a stem therefor, a bearing for the stem in which the stem is capable of both rotary and longitudinal motion, a peripheral groove in the stem, a longitudinal groove in the stem intersecting the peripheral groove, and a stud extending into the peripheral groove when the head is in its retracted position and permitting free rotation of the head and stem but preventing longitudinal movement thereof until the longitudinal groove is in registry with the stud, and extending into the longitudinal groove when the head is projected from its retracted position to prevent rotary motion thereof.

5. An imprinting device of the character described, including aholder for the article to be marked, an exteriorly threaded bearing sleeve positioned contiguous thereto, a reciprocatory pressure device mounted in the bearing sleeve, marking characters carried thereby, and a cap threaded upon the exterior of the bearing sleeve and engaging the pressure device to forcibly project the marking characters into engagement with the article within the holder. 7 g

6. An imprinting device of the character described, a holder for the article to be marked, a

-, marking head to be pressed against the article Within the holder, a retractible inking device mounted upon the holder and movable into and out of contact engagement with the marking head, means for enabling relative movement of the inking device and marking head while maintaining their contact engagement with each other and means for efiecting contact engagement of the marking head with the article.

'7. An imprinting device of the character described, a holder for the-article to be marked, a marking head to be pressed against the article within the holder, a pocket in the interior face of the holder, an inking pad normally contained within the pocket, and a mounting for the inking pad by which the pad may be projected from said pocket into engagement with marking head and thence retracted into the pocket, and means for efiectingcontact engagement of the marking head and article.

8. In a golf ball marker or the like, a cagelike holder against one side of which the ball to be marked abuts, a bearing sleeve at the opposite side of the holder substantially in alignment with the axis of a ball positioned within the holder, a marking head, a stem therefor mounted in said bearing sleeve, means for adjusting the head into pressure contact with a ball within the holder, a pocket interiorly of the holder, an arm pivoted to the holder, an inking pad normal- 1y positioned in the pocket, a pivoted arm upon which the pad is supported by oscillation of which it is projected into engagement with the marking head.

9. In a golf ball marker, a cage-like holder comprising a plurality of curved arms radially disposed and interconnected at their extremities, a marking head supported thereby, one of the arms being interiorly recessed, an oscillatory arm contiguous thereto and an inking pad car- I'i ried by the arm and positioned within the recess engagement of the marking head and ball.

10. In a golf ball marker, a holder for the ball to be marked, a marking head capable of both rotary and axial movement, an inking pad, a carrier therefor mounted upon the device and adapted to project the pad into contact with the marking head by rotation of which the characters carried thereby are presented in engagement with the inking pad, a receiving pocket into which the pad is retracted upon reverse movement of the carrier, and means for effecting contact engagement of the marking head and ball.

11; In a golf ball marker, a holder for the ball to be marked, a marking head engageable with a ball within the holder, an inking device mounted contiguous to the holder, and adapted to be projected into engagement with the marking head, a pocket having its access opening interiorly of the holder into which the inking device is retractible, and means for effecting contact engagement of the marking head and ball.

12. In a golf ball marker, a holder for the ball to be marked, a marking head engageable with a ball within the holder, an inking device pivotally mounted for swinging movement into and out of engagement with the marking head, a pocket having its access opening interiorly of the holder into which the swinging inking device is retractible, and means for effecting contact engagement of the marking head and ball.

13. In a golf ball marker or the like, a holder for the ball to be marked, a pressure head having therein a series of rectangular type receiving recesses, the width and depth of which are substantially equal, rectangular type bodies positioned therein, retaining means for retaining the type within said recesses, and actuating means for eifecting contact engagement of the ball and the pressure head.

14. In a golf ball marker, the combination with a holder for the ball to be marked, an adjustable pressure head having therein a circular series of type receiving pockets inclined to the axis of said head, the radial extent and depth of said pockets being substantially equal, type bodies therein and means for relatively adjusting the pressure head and ball holder to forcibly apply the type bodies to a ball within the holder.

15. In a golf ball marker the combination with a holder for the ball to be marked, of a marking head, a succession of radially disposed, relatively spaced rectangular pockets therein, adapted to hold a plurality of substantially cubical type, a plurality of substantially cubical type interchangeably carried thereby, and means for relatively adjusting the marking head and ball holder to forcibly apply the type bodies to a ball within the holder.

16. In a golf ball marker the combination with a holder for a ball to be marked, an adjustable pressure head having therein a series of peripheral radially disposed notches to receive marking type bodies, said notches being rabbeted at their inner sides, a retaining collar surrounding the type bodies, and adjusting means for the pressure head to forcibly apply the type bodies to a ball within the holder.

17. In a golf ball marker, a holder for the ball to be marked, an adjustable marking head capable of both rotary and longitudinal motion, a mounting stem therefor, a bearing sleeve in which the stem is mounted, one of said latter members having therein a peripheral groove and a longitudinal groove intersecting the peripheral groove, a projection carried by the other of said members and projecting within one or the other Lie of said intersecting grooves whereby when said projection is within the peripheral groove the head and stem are capable of rotary motion but are held against longitudinal motion and when within the longitudinal groove the head and stem are capable of longitudinal motion but are held against rotary motion, and means for adjusting the marking head longitudinally into marking engagement with a ball within the holder.

18. In a golf ball marker, the combination with a holder for a ball to be marked of an adjustable marking head capable of both rotary and longitudinal motion, detent means preventing longitudinal motion of the head until rotated to a predetermined position, and detent means preventing rotary motion of the head until adjusted to a predetermined longitudinal position.

19. In a golf ball marker, the combination with a holder for the ball to be marked, of an adjustable marking head capable of both rotary and axial motion, an adjustably mounted inking device engageable with the marking head during the rotary motion thereof to distribute thereon a deposit of ink, and pressure means for moving the marking head axially into engagement with a ball within the holder.

20. In an imprinting device of the character described, a main frame, an article abutment thereon, a marking head carried by the main frame, said abutment and marking head being relatively adjustable to squeeze an article interposed therebetween, said head being rotatably mounted, and an inking device engaged thereby in its rotary motion for progressively applying ink thereto preparatory to its squeezing engagement with the article to effect an imprinted impression thereon.

21. In an imprinting device of the character described, a main frame, an article abutment thereon, a marking head carried by the main frame, said abutment and marking head being relatively adjustable to squeeze an article interposed therebetween, and a rotatable inking device having contact engagement with the marking head for progressively applying ink thereto preparatory to its squeezing engagement with the article to be marked.

22. In an imprinting device of the character described, a main frame, an article abutment thereon, a marking head carried by the main frame, said abutment and marking head being relatively adjustable to squeeze an article interposed therebetween, and an inking device having contact with the marking head, said inking device and marking head being relatively movable while in contacting engagement with each other for progressively applying ink to the marking head preparatory to its squeezing engagement with the article to be marked.

23. In a golf ball marker, the combination with a press for subjecting a golf ball to a marking pressure, of an embossing head, a plurality of interchangeable type carried thereby and grouped in a circular series to collectively present a concave marking surface for contact with the ball, the individual type bodies of the group being uniformly inclined relative to the lineal direction of the marking pressure.

24. In a golf ball marker, the combination with a press for subjecting a golf ball to a marking pressure, of an embossing head, a plurality of interchangeable type carried thereby in like inclined relation to each other and to the axis of the ball, whereby the pressure thereon will be uniformly distributed.

25. A portable golf ball marking device including an abutment for the ball to be marked, a marking head cooperating with the abutment to squeeze the ball therebetween, means for relatively adjusting the abutment and marking head, an ink pad adjustably mounted in relation with the marking head for progressive contacting engagement therewith preparatory to engagement of the marking head with the ball to be marked.

26. In a golf ball marker, the combination with a holder for the ball to be marked, of a marking head, a circular series of radially disposed rectangular relatively spaced sockets formed in said head to receive independent type members, a plurality of type members interchangeably positioned in said spaced sockets, retaining means for the type, and means for relatively adjusting the marking head and ball holder to forcibly apply said type to the ball.

I HARRY W. MOORE.

Referenced by
Citing PatentFiling datePublication dateApplicantTitle
US5359927 *Oct 20, 1993Nov 1, 1994Demeyer Richard GWire striper
US5450791 *Jan 5, 1994Sep 19, 1995Prohm; Ronald J.Marking device
Classifications
U.S. Classification101/41, 101/381, 101/327, 101/348, 101/4
International ClassificationA63B45/02, B41F17/30, A63B45/00, B41F17/00
Cooperative ClassificationB41F17/30, A63B45/02
European ClassificationA63B45/02, B41F17/30