US 1961014 A
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May 29, 1934. o. SKOLNIK 1,961,014
GAME APPARATUS Filed Feb. 6, 1933 2 Sheets-Sheet 1 Invcnlor y 1934- b. SKOLNIK 1,961,014
GAME APPARATUS Filed Feb. 6, 1953 2 Sheets-Sheet 2 N\- M g I Bya w Patented May 29, 1934 -i ummssmres es'rsivr OFFICE A GAME APPARATUS David Skolnik, Glen Ridge, N. J.
Application February 6, 1933, Serial No. 655,527 Claims. (01. 35-12) This invention. relates to game apparatus, hav-v ir'ig particular reference to a deviceadapted to be utilized in connection with the game of bridge.
. In accordance. with the present invention a ikigame set or board is provided which will facilitate the convenient and rapid assembly, play and replay of hands of bridge of every description and which will prove useful for teaching and lecturing with reference to the gameof bridge, for individhands that may have arisen during the course of anevenings play or tournament, or for reproducing, before an audience, hands as they are being played in a championship match and in this connection, will the device be particularly useful in giving a visual play by play description of a match as it isbeing received over a telephone or broadcasting station. 1 p
;The invention together with its numerous ob- 20 jects and advantages will be best understood from a study of the following description taken inconnection with the accompanying drawings where- Figure 1 is an elevational view of the apparatus. Figure 2 is an edge elevational view thereof. Figure 3, is a-fragmentary sectional .elevational view showing the means provided for securing a revoluble card holder at the desired adjustment.
Figure 4 is a sectional view taken substantially 30 on the line 4-4 of Figure 3. I r
Figure 5 is a fragmentary sectional elevational View taken substantially on the line' 55 of Figure 2. t Figure 6 is a rear 'elevation'al View of a portion of the center board for showing the manner of securing the hands of a countingclock in position for recording or indicating the number of tricks scored by one set of partnersi v Figure}?- is a sectional view taken substantially on the line 7- 'l of Figure 6,-and v Figure 8 is a sectional view talren substantially OIllihB line 8-8 of Figure 1. j I,
Referring to the drawings by referencenumerals it will be seen that the game apparatus or set comprises a center board 10 to the ends of. which are secured bars 'or'supports 11.; These bars or supports 11 are secured adjacent one end to the board 10 and project 'laterally therefrom in reverse direction. Each bar 11 has hinged to that endfthereof secured'toi the board 10 a carrier 12 which is in the nature of a U-shaped frame hinged at the closed end of the U to one side of the bar or support 11 as at 13. Each bar 11 has also hinged to the free end thereof a second carrier 14 which ual study of the game; for discussing interesting.
' carrier also consists of a U-shaped frame hinged at the closed end of the U to the side of the bar, or Q support 11 opposite to the first named carrier 12. It will thus be seen that the carriers 12, 14 are arranged respectively at the four points of the 60 compassreiative to the board 10.
Each carrier also has revolubly mounted therein 7 a card holder. Each card holder includes a rectangular frame 15 and pivot bolts 16 extend through the sides of the frame 15 and the sides of the carrier frame at the free ends of such sides. One of the bolts 16 has a spring tension device 17 associated therewith for normally urging the stop. pin 18 carried by the frame 15 into engagement with a plate 19 countersunk in one of the sides of the carrier and provided with a circular series of ratchet teeth over which the pin 18 is movable, and with which the pin is engageable for securing the frame 15 at the desired angular adjustment.
Means .is also, provided for holding each carrier at the desired angular adjustment relative to itssupporting bar 11. As shown in Figure 5 such means consists of a spring plate 20 that is loosely connected at one end to one end of the bar 11 laterally fromthe proximate side of the hinged carrier associated with the bar 11.
A suitable spring device designated by the reference character 23 is provided for yieldably urging the plate 20 into frictional engagement with the bar H at the adjacent side of the proximate carrier 12 or 14. 1
Each card holder also includes a substantially rectangularplate 24 D 0vided on one face thereof with spaced longitudinal strips 25 nailed or otherwise secured to the plate and forming pockets for the reception of game pieces, in the present instance, playing cards 26.
To secure in a releasable manner a plate 24 on its frame 15 I provide on the frame permanent clips-27 to engage the lower edge of the plate while removable substantially U-shaped clips.28 are provided to straddle the upper edge of the plate and the upper frame member of the frame 15 and thereby cooperate with the clips 2'? to secure the plate 24 in position.
On the board 10 there are provided game piece receiving pockets 29, and these pockets 29 are four in number and are arranged respectively at the four points of the compass on the boardas shown in Figure 1. The pockets 29 are adapted to receive the cards used in the playing of each trick.
There is also provided on the board 10 two trick-counting devices or clocks 29', there being one clock for north and south and the other clock being for counting the number of tricks Won by west and east during the course of a hand.
Each of the clocks or counting devices 29' comprises a suitably graduated dial over which is movable a hand 30 provided on one end of the stub shaft 31 that extends through the board and is equipped on its other end, rearwardly of the board with a ratchet wheel 32 with which is engageable a dog 33 pivoted on the rear face of the board 10 and cooperable with the teeth of the ratchet wheel to hold the pointer or index 30 in proper position with reference to the particular graduation on the dial.
When it is desired to use the apparatus or set either to play a solitaire hand, or to work out a problem or to reproduce a play as it is being described over a radio or telephone, the game pieces, assuming in this instance, that it is desired to play. a hand for the purpose of teaching audience, are first placed in the pockets of. the plates 24' and the various hands arrangedin their proper suit and sequences. This placing of. the game pieces on the plates 24 and the arrangement of the hand may be done prior to or after the plates have been properly positioned on the frames 15.-
With the plates having the cards properly arranged thereon positioned on the frames 15 let it be assumed that"so.uth is declarer: West leads;
Av card. is taken from the west: card. holder and.
placed'in. the west pocket 29 of the board. 10'.
This-is followed by a card from the north card' holder and placed in the north pocket, etc. When-the fourcards-to the first trick are played; the'proper clock 29" is suitably manipulated to register the trick for the Winning side.
The above is repeated until the last trick has been played andwhen playis over the total numberof tricks won by each side will be indicated card holders can be'readily positioned so as to enable the teacher or-lecturer to conceal a par-- ticular hand from his pupils as it would be concealed in an actual game, but at the same time to have the hand so concealed from the pupils in position for the teacher or lecturer to clearly view the same, and further that the entire apparatus may be readily placed flatly upon a table orvertically disposed on any suitable support.
In connection with the above it will be apparent that'the provision of the hingedly mounted carriers. 12 and" 14 with the holders 15' rotatably' mounted therein will permit of a wide range of adjustment with the result that the device can be used" with facility in auditoriums and thelike,
andin a manner to insure a clear view of each hand to a group or part of the audience regardless of where such groups may be located. Thusfor example; let it be assumed that it is desired to display the north hand to the audienceseated at the left of the auditorium. Ob-
viously the holder 15 for the north hand'must be rotated in a clockwise direction or toward the right in Figure 1. If this is done with the carrier 12 remaining in the position shown in Figure 1 obviously a full view of the hand cannot be obtained because the upper portion of the bar 11 as well as the hinged part of the carrier 12 will be in the line of vision. To offset this the carrier 12 of north hand is first swung outwardly to a position at right angles to the'bar 11' after which the holder 12 may then be swung about its pivot 16 to the proper angle to insure a full view to that part of the audience desired. Other examples of the utility of the hingedly mounted carriers 12, 14 and the pivotally mounted holders 15 will readily present themselves to the reader and in the course-of: actual use of the device.
Even though I have herein shown and described the preferred embodiment of the invention, it is to be understood that the same is suceptible of further changes, modifications and improvements coming'withinxthe scope of the appended; claims.
Having thus described my invention, what I claim as new'is:
1. A game set comprising a board, supports extending in reverse directions from the board at the ends thereof; carriers hinged to the supports, means for securing the carriers at the desired angular adjustment, holders for game pieces revolubly mounted on the carriers, and means for securing the holders in angularly adjusted positions relative to the carriers.
2. A game set comprising aboard, supports extending in reverse directions from the board at the ends thereof, carriers hinged-to the supports, meansfor securing the carriers at the desired angular adjustments; frames revolubly mounted on the carriers, means for securing the frames in angularly adjusted positions relative to the carriers, and pocket equipped plates mounted on said frames.
3. A game set comprising a center board, card holders arranged respectively at the four points of the compass of the board, and each of said card holders including a frame, a pocket equipped plate mounted on the'frame, and clips engaged with said plate and the frame for securing the plate on the latter.
4. Agame set comprising'a board, bars projecting from the ends of the board, carrier frames hinged to the bars at opposite-sides of the bars, card holders revolubly mounted in the carrier frames and each of the cardholders including a substantially rectangular frame, a pocket equipped plate, and clips engaged'with said frame and the pocket equipped plate for securing the latter on said'frame.
5. A game set' comprising a board, bars extending laterally from the ends of the board in reverse directions; a frame hinged to each bar, in substantial alinement with-the board, a second frame hinged to each bar at the side thereof opposite to the first frame, and card-holdersrevolubly mounted in each frame including a frame and a plate-removably mounted therein and provided with pockets for receiving game pieces; and game piece receivingxpockets corresponding in number and arrangement respectively tothe card holders-mounted on said board.