US 2002166 A
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May 21, 1935 J. BANDES Er Al. 2,002,166
PLAYING CARD CABINET Filed March 50, 1952 Patented May 2,1, Q
4i I, d 2,002,166"
PATENT OFFICE PLAYING CARD CABINET ApplieationIMarn 39,1932, serial No. 601,924
This invention relates'to anoveltyfcontainer and receptacle for'playing cards and for a play` ing card game.- A S- i It is an object of our inventionto provide are- 5 ceptacle to retain playing cards whichmay be converted in' a simple manner to one which vconveniently serves .to facilitate -theremoval off a card or cards from stacks thereof, asfwhere play-` ing certain games with cards, in which a singlecard is removed from a stack. `It isfurther contemplated by our invention to provide a container `for one or more decks of cards, whichr substan-V Itially encloses such deck or decks, and which in# cludes, in association with the container, of means 15 to conveniently and quicklyl remove the decks Without danger of breaking or folding any ofthe cards. Thus, it is contemplated by our inventionto Aprovide acontainer vfor decksof cardswhich is exceedingly compact, yet which is readilyavail-` able for removing the contents thereof. f
Itis afurther object of our invention' tofpro- Vide a container of minimum size for Aretainingfa plurality of decks of cards which maybe'retained loose in the container, and which includes mechanism for facilely removing the contents;` or which may Ibe readily.'I ,converted to retain the""car ds against"accidental"v spilling "of the contents whenI thelid or cover member for the container maybe open'Y in a position ,which would normally dise charge or permit `the cards tofall from the container. ,I o I I It is a still further object of ourV inventionto providea containerinthe natureof a box toj retain a plurality of decks of playing cards`the, container being ofrninimum dimensionsto re'f" tain the cards, the containerincludingmecha-l nism A,which will grip or Aclampf'looselyfstacked cards within lthe container against accidental spilling, and also vcoordinately serving", asl conven- 40 ient means for removing ltheffstacks'oi cards quickly andfacilely'without any danger of break--` ing` or folding the individual playing;` cards.
o `To attainthese objects and such further; ob? jects as Arr,mayyoappear herein I or V,be I hereinafter, pointed out,y I make referenceto thefaccompanying drawingA forming a parthereonin which- I Figure 1 isla perspective view of one embodiment of our invention; I o ,I I I 50 IFigure 2 is a section taken on the line-o-KZ of Figure 1;*4 `I Y l Figure 3 is a plan View detail of another embod-` iment of our invention; Y I n i Figure 4 is an enlarged fragmentarysection 55' taken on the line 4-4 of Figure v3; ,I
. ticularly where the'container isformed of minifv i Figure 5 is an enlarged fragmentary section4- taken on the line 5-5 of`Figure 4;k
Figure 6 is aperspective view of a. still further embodiment ofV our invention;
Figure 'l is a side elevation of. a still further em- 5 bodment of our invention;
Figure 8 is a plan view of a blank sheet used in making the embodiment illustrated in Figure 7.
Referring to the drawing, we have shown a box-like member I0 having a` cover or leaf I I hingedly connected therewith to form aclosure for the container, by the hinges I2. This container I may be mounted upon legs I3 to enhance the appearance of the container. The side walls I4 and end walls'IS, in association with the bottom I5, are arranged in dimensions to substantially snugly contain two orv more decks of playing cards I'I. Disposed within the container, We provide a tray member I8 of substantially the same size as the interior dimensions of the box, and this member 20 is provided with an upstanding partition I9at substantially the medial point. The partition is extendedy beyond the upper edges of the Walls I4 and I5 to provide a handle or finger gripping section 20.
, Bythe construction as provided, two stacks of decksof cards `I1 and I'Ial may be superimposed upon the tray member I8. In this position, the side walls and end walls I4 and I5 respectively,
cooperate with the partition I9 to prevent dis- 0.
placement of the cards from one stack into another, or from the interior of the container, when the lid is moved to the open position.
For purposes of playing 'certain games where it is desired to deal asingle card at a time, the 35i tray memberis tilted in the position shown -in Figure 1, having` one end of the tray resting upon the side wall I4, the opposite end resting upon the bottom I6. To assure this position, thebottom o member I6 may be provided with aseries of ser 40 rations or notches 2 I. In this position, individual stacks of cards are substantially coniined againstv displacement from one portionof the tray toI another, and a single `card may then be removed from the top of the deck, in accordance with the playing rules of the game. I
By the construction as provided, after the ini-- tial deck has been broken and stacked betweenthe partition, the two decks may be bodily removed quickly and facilely, which will be apparent, par
mum size to just retain two decks of cards with very. little clearance space between'the outlines of the .decks and the sideand end walls of the containenm, I j
In a still further embodiment of our invention, as especially illustrated in Figures 1 and 2, the partition member ES is formed adjacent the upper medial portion with a drill hole 22. This drill hole 22 is positioned in the partition i9 at a point usually occupied by the uppermost card of a complete deck. Through the drill hole 22 there is then passed a retaining bar or stick 23, preferably in this particular case, a pencil. This positioningpf the cross element ork pencil serves to bind the stacks of cards against the tray member I3, so that the tray and contents may be removed bodily without accidental spilling of the contents, in addition to performing the novel functions heretofore attributed to the trayT member. The positioning` of the pencil in the cross-wise direction as indicated, not only serves as a convenient receptacle for holding the pencil'.
where this member is used, but also prevents the spilling of the cards should the 'container be in`- rverted.` This will prevent cards belonging to the individual decks becoming mixed with cards of the other deck. 1 o
In a still further embodiment of our invention, as particularly illustrated'in Figures 3, 4 and 5, a tray member 35a of Va` size suitable to be retained'within the container l0, ask in the prior embodiment, is formed .with a partition element i9ain general contour corresponding to the partition element t9 of the embodiment already referred to. The partition member` 99a is formed at Y its` medial point adjacent the upper edge 25a container l0.
with an elongated opening 2id. Along the edge 29a, the partition is slotted as shown at 22a, the
1 slotting being suiiiciently deep to intersect the major portion of the opening 2id. Adjacent one edge of the wall of the slotted portion 22a there is inserted a lspring wire' or leaf 23a. This wire is anchored on one end Zlct into the bottom wall of the slotted portion 22d, and where the partitionV l 9 is made of wood, this may be accomplished by driving this end of the spring into thewood of which 'it is formed. The spring member 23a, is bent so that it'vvill normally bear down towards g the bottom of the slot 22a. For lifting the spring 23d from this position, there is provided a vertical section 25a of substantially the same length as the depth of the slot 22a. The extremeend is formed with a finger engaging offset member 26a.
By the construction just described, a tray member such as completely illustrated in Figure 3 may serve to hold on opposite sides thereof, separated by the partition ita, two decks or stacks of cards. With this stacked in` this loose position, the contents may be conveniently inserted within the connes of the container l0. When sopositioned, a cross element or pencil 23k may be inserted in the opening 21a, rst preferably lifting the spring 23a upwardly. Upon release of thespring this member will serve to press down upon the cross member or pencil 23. The action will be as previously described, especially where the cards are present to grip the same and prevent accidental displacement,as when lifting the tray member and contents fromkthe container l0, or when the container and contents,A when closed', may be inverted. Y
I In Figure 6, we have illustrated a still further embodiment of our invention, especiallyas to `that portion which mayv constitute the tray theA 'section Ii?v of the tray already referred to,v so that it may snugly nt upon the bottom i6 ofthey Vertically disposed upon-'thefme-idial portion, We provide a wire partitioning meniber |91). This is preferably of spring wire and formed as an inverted loop in which the arms 20h have their ends 2lb driven through the tray at the medial point to hold the wire vertical in relation to the tray lb. At the central section of the loop of the member |917, there is formed a downwardly turned arm 22b and the central portion is reversely looped at, 23h. By this construction a wire loop l 9b serves as a partitioning member in association with the tray i813, and further when this tray, as thus described, has positioned thereon to opposite sides of the partition I9b, a pair of decks of cards, a cross member or pencil 23 may be slipped under the loop 23h. The loop is formed so that it will be disposed below the height of a deck of. cards. The resilient pressure exerted by the wire or ribbon of whichy the partition |91) is formed will serve to press the cross member or pencil down upon the decks of cards to prevent displacement thereof. y,
In Figures 7 and 8 we have illustrated a still further embodiment of our invention, which comprises an assembly which may be used instead of any one of the tray members described in the previous embodiment. This detail comprises a score pad 24 having a relatively rigid back 25,. such as may be obtained in using pasteboard or cardboard. To one end 26 of the pasteboard 25, there is ainxed a leaf or cover 27 made of heavy paper. This may be affixed to the score pad by adhesive 28o or similar securing means. The cover 2 described is' made from a blank as shown in Figure 8, and this is formed with score lines 28 and 29 to form the corners 28a and 29a and score lines 30 and 3l serving to form the partition |90. 'I'he score line 3l is positioned substantially the medial portion of the blank sheet, transversely thereof, in order to position the partition 19o at substantially the central portion of the score pad. The construction described, when ready for use, is first inserted Within the container l0, leaving the partition formed by the cover 21 at |90 substantially vertically disposed. Two decks of cards l1. and l'l'a. may then be superimposed upon the score pad in the construction just described, ther position of the partition I9c being disposed for ay length higher than, the thickness of a deckV of cards. By this construction, the score pad forms a convenient tray for the decks of cards in accordancev with thel embodiments previously described, the Vdecks of cards beingr maintained within. the confining walls of the container itself and the partition I9c holding the cards'when loosely stacked' to prevent intermixing ofthe cards. To remove the decks from the container, the partition |9c` may be grasped and pulled upwardly, bringing the cards to a position where they may be readily removed' from the container. By our invention as described in the various embodiments, it will be observed that we have provided a container andv partitioning tray member in which stacks of ca-rdsl maybe conveniently packed and occupy the minimum space for at least two decks of cards, so that they may lie flat in the container, loosely, without any intermixing of the cards, and that though the confining walls of the container snugly engagev the cards, they may be removed facilely by bodily lifting the tray. VFurthermore, by the embodiment just shown and il-` lustrated in Figure 1, the tray may be utilized asaconvenient method of stacking-'a deck ofY cards cards in the playing of games in which one card or more is removed at a time without handling the entire deck, one section partitioned by the tray thus formed being available for undisclosed cards, the other for disclosed cards, or both may be used for undisclosed cards, in accordance with i the game that is being played with the cards.
It Will further be observed in other embodiments of our invention, that theconstruction permits of the features above described, and in addition, particularly Where the card holding means is associated with the partition, the cards are maintained in a container in an orderly fashion in all positions of the container when it isk rials stacked therein are loosely associated.
Having thus described my inventionv and illustrated its use what I claim as new and desire to secure by Letters Patent, is
1. In a playing card cabinet of the character described, comprising a. main bottom member and a lid therefor, the bottom member being arranged to hold a pair of stacked cards snugly in side by side relation, a removable tray including a partitioning member upon which said independent stacks are arranged to be disposed, said tray and partitioning member cooperating With the conning walls of said bottom member to hold said stacks segregated, said partitioning member of said tray being extended beyond the normal depth of a stack of playing cards to permit facile removal or positioning thereof bodily to a tilted position on one of the side Walls of the bottom member, a cross member arranged to be disposed over said cards, and means formed on said partitioning member for removably holding said cross member over stacked decks of cards to either side of said partitioning member, said exing means for removal of the tray and mounting for said cross member.
2. In a playing card cabinet of the character described, a bottom member and closure therefor, said bottommember being of a size to snugly hold a pair of decks of cards in stacked relationship, a removable tray, av partitioning member medially disposed and connected to said tray cooperating With the side walls of said bottom member to hold said decks segregated in stacked relationship, a ringer engaging extension on said partition and means formed in the bottom member to hold said tray tilted upon the side Wall of said bottom member.
3. In a playing card cabinet of the character described, a bottom member and closure therefor, a removable tray arranged to lie over said bottom member, comprising a score card including a cover member, score lines formed in said cover member for folding said cover member medially into a partitioning fold whereby a pair of decks of cards may be stacked upon said score card and be held in segregated stacked relationship, said folded cover of said score card being extended to form a finger engaging portion whereby the score card and stacked cards may be bodily removed.
4. In a playing card cabinet of the character described, a bottom member and closure therefor, a tray formed in said bottom member including a partitioning member formed of looped wire, a reflexly formed loop at the medial portion of said partitioning member, said reflexly formed loop including a central fold arranged to engage a cross member and resiliently urge the same against stacked decks of cards to either side of said partitioning member.
JULIUS BANDES. JOSEPH BANDES.
-tended portion of said partition serving as engag-