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I Jan. 29, 1935. LA VERE BAIR v 1,989,258
SCORE PAD AND CARD HOLDER Filed April 28, 1932 INVENTOR kc Vere BY ATTORNEYS.
Patented Jan. 29, 1935 UNITED PAT-E r" "F F'lsoomr PAD- AND CARD-HOLDER;
L a-"Verefiairg Bloomingdale, Mich. Application Am nes, 1932',' Serial--No. 607,915-
Fourth, to provide such adevice that can bemanufactured and sold separate from a card table for installation inany cardtable. v
Fifth, to provide such'a devicethatis. of a. construction thatcan be easily. formed from dies orotherwise.
Sixth, to provide such'a' device that is of 'simple and cheapconstruction.
Further objects and advantages of construction and operation will appear from the description to follow. A preferred embodiment of my invention is illustrated in the accompanying drawing, in which:
Fig. 1 is a perspective view of a card table with my holder installed therein.
Fig. 2 is a plan view partly in section of my holder.
Fig. 3 is a section on line 3-3 of Figs. 1 and 2.
Fig. 4 is a sectional view on line 4-4 of Figs. 2 and 3.
Fig. 5 is a detail of the spring hinge construction.
The parts will be identified by their numerals of reference which are the same in all the views.
1 represents a folding card table of a conventional type with my device 2 installed in the top thereof. The device consists of a metal well 3 adapted to be inserted in an opening in the top of the table and to lie flush therewith. I have illustrated the device as formed of sheet metal stamping but it can be constructed in any other way, although the preferred form may be very cheaply constructed with forming dies. On the well 3 is a top flange 4 adapted to overlie and coincide with the table top having apertures 5 to receive screws or other fastening means.
The well is provided with two compartments, 'a score pad compartment 6 adapted to receive a score pad '7 and a card compartment 8 adapted to receive decks of playing cards 9. The coinpartment 8 is here illustrated as deep enough to contain two decks of cards, one above the other. It could be of a size to hold two decks side by side or could be made merely to hold one deck. The
. compartments are here shown" as separatedby a partition formed by struckmp'ears 10 although any type of partitioncould be used.
Disposed beside the compartment dis a channel ll'adapted'to receive 'a pencil. This channel 5 is separated from"the"compartment 6 bya wall 12 here illustrated as formed from the'b'ottom material and "integral" with the bottom of the well g A"'cove r' 13 is providedv adapted to cover the wellf3 and'1ie .flush with thetabl'e top to form 'a continuation th'ereof' The top .may ii'desired, have a transparent portion 14 of glass or the like over-the score pad." This is especially important in contract bridge whe're'it is necessary tosee the I score-,but it may be omitted if desired. The transparent-portion 14 is here illustratedas set in fianges14 andcemented therein. Any other form of construction could'be'used andI do not wishto be'limited to this specifi'c'form, but illustrate -it as suitablefi The cover 13 is hinged to the end of the well by means of knuckles 15 formed at one side of the card compartment 8. As illustrated the knuckles 15 are formed from cut-out portions 16 of the well and cooperate with knuckles 17 on the cover and pintle 18 to hinge the cover to the well.
The hinge is supplied with a cover opening spring 19 having a central tongue 20 bearing against flange 4 having portions 21 coiled about the pintle 18 with cover engaging portions 22 and 23 adapted to urge the cover to open position.
I have arranged the springs in a manner especially adapted to the use to which the device is put and in a way to eliminate any jar on the opening. There is a cut-away portion 24 between the knuckles 15 which acts as a stop for the portion 23 of the spring before the cover is in open position. The notch 24 is positioned to receive the portion 22 of the spring which engages the cover 13 until it assumes the fully opened position. With this arrangement both springs start to swing the cover and carry it to a partially open position where the portion 24 engages the portion 23v of the spring so that only one portion of the spring is engaging the cover during the last of its opening movement. By properly gauging the strength of the spring, the cover can be made to swing to its open position easily without any jar.
Cover 13 is held in closed position by a latch consisting of a keeper 25 on the cover and a latch member 2'? on flange 4 held slidably in a guide 29 and having a knurled portion 30 set in a recess 28 in flange 4 so that it is flush with the table top.
The latch member is kept in engagement with keeper 25 by means of a spring '31 that can be of any desired construction. To open the cover the knurled portion 30 may be engaged by the finger of a user and the latch disengaged to allow the spring 19 to open the cover as hereinbefore set forth.
To facilitate removal of cards from the compartment 8 I provide a strip 32 having an upturned end 33 engaging a slot 34 in one side of the card compartment 8. The strip 32 extends across the compartment and has an upturned handle portion 35 here shown as set in a cut-away portion 36 of the compartment 8. The end of the portion 35 extends up between the compartment 6 and compartment 8 and may be grasped and swung upward as shown in dotted lines in Fig. 3
claim as new and desire to secure by Letters Patent is:
1. In a receptacle adapted to be inserted in the top of a card table and having a well, a cover having a glass window therein and a latch for said cover, the combination of a pair of cover engaging spring members adapted to be tensioned by the closing of the cover and to open the cover when it is released, and a stop adapted to engage one of said spring members before the cover is completely opened, whereby the force of one of said spring members is rendered inoperative during the last part of the opening movement of said cover, whereby shocks are eliminated.
2. In a receptacle adapted to be inserted in the top of a card table and having a well, a cover, and
a latch for said cover, the combination of a pair of cover engaging spring members adapted to be tensioned by the closing of the cover and. to open the cover when it is released, and a stop adapted to engage one of said spring members before the cover is completely opened, whereby the force of one of said spring members is rendered inoperative during the last part of the opening movement of said cover, whereby shocks are eliminated.
3. In a receptacle adapted to be inserted in the top of a card table and to lie substantially flush therewith, a die formed well having compartments of different depths, and having an ear .flush with the top of the compartment whereby the score can be easily recorded by Writing on the pad without removing the pad from said compartment; and a cover for said receptacle having a transparent opening therein over said shallow compartment whereby the score pad in the shallow compartment may be easily viewedby persons around the table.
5. In a receptacle adapted to be inserted in the top of a card table and to lie substantially flush therewith, a well having two rectangular compartments of different depths, one being of a depth to hold a pad with its top substantially