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June 22, 1937. M. KLEP 2,084,912
GAME BOX Filed May 19, 1936 b o o o o o o c\ 0 o o o o o 0/2' 2 o o o o o o o o o o o o o o ---I8 o O O o. O O O 5 o o ,5 o o o O o [7,- o o o v o o o o o O O 'F o o o o o 'o` xNvENToR Martin Klep ATTORNEY Patented June 22, 1937 nnrren starts Parrar orl-'ICE Application May 19,
The present invention relates togame boxes or the like.
The present invention contemplates a box having a smooth outer contour free of obstructions 5 adapted to be readily opened when desired.
According to the present invention, the bo-X is provided with rounded or cylindrical end members which carry cover forming members adapted to close the top of the box. The opening of the box is eifected by grasping one of the end members between the thumb and fingers of the hand and twisting on the end member so as to swing the cover away from the box body.
The box shown herein is one which is particularly designed for use in a game of chess or checkers. This game is one which requires long M periods of concentration by the players, and the present box is so arranged that the players may close the box at any time with the game at any stage of completion, and keep the chessmen in position until the box is opened for continuing the game. The box can readily be made up of the size to be carried in the pocket so as to provide a convenient chessboard for play by commuters, motorists and others interested in the game.
The acoompanying drawing shows, for purp-oses of illustrating the present invention, one of the many embodiments in which the invention may take'form, it being understood that the drawing is illustrative of the invention rather than limiting the same. In the drawing, Fig. 1 is a perspective view illustrating a game box held in the hands and partly open;
Fig. 2 is a top plan view of the game completely open; and
Fig. 3 is a sectional view on the line 3-3 of Fig. 2.
The box has a body portion provided with a 4:0 bottom iii and side Walls il and IZ. The side Walls are slightly longer than the bottom Walls and pivotally support cylindrical end members iii and ii secured in place by means of pivot posts it. These end members have cover forming elements il' and it adapted When the box is closed to rest against stops lEi carried by the walls il and if. When the box is closed, the outer surface is entirely smooth and there are no projections or 'obstructions to interfere With placing it in the pooket. It may be opened by grasping one end between the thumb and fingers of one hand, while the other end is gripped between the tips of the fingers and the thumb of the other hand and a rotary movement given the end member so as to lift up the corresponding cover member, some- 1936, Serial No. 80,479
what as indicated in Fig. 1. It can then be grasped and swung back to the position indicated in Figs. 2 and 3.
When both cover members are completely opened, the box may rest fiat on the table, and if the parts are made fairly tight, the end members Will setl in the position to which they are adjusted.
Where the device is intended for playing checkers or chess, the upper face of the bottom of the box is decorated so as to present a checkerboard and each square of the checker-board may be provided with a reoess or hole 20 so as to receive the stud at the bottom of the chessman. A chessman not in play may be placed in similar recesses or holes 2l in the cover members. When the box is used for a game of chess, the chessmen may be left in the position to which they have been brought by the play and held in this position while the covers of the box are closed. The players may then at a later time re-open the box and continue the game.
It is obvious that the invention may be embodied in many forms and constructions Within the scope of the claims and I wish it to be understood that the particular form shown is but one of the many forms. Various modications and changes being possible, I do not otherwise limit myself in any way with respect thereto.
What is claimed is:
1. A game box, or the like, having a bottom portion, side Walls and cylindrical end members pivoted between the ends of the side walls to keep the ends of the box closed in all postions and having inwardly extending cover forming members adapted to meet end to end to close the top of the box and be spaced above the bottom of the box.
2. A game box, or the like, having a bottom portion, side walls and cylindrical end members pivoted between the ends of the side Walls to keep the ends of the box closed in all positions and having inwardly extending cover forming members of a width equal to the width of the inside of the box and adapted to meet end to end to close the top of the box and be spaced above the bottom of the box.
3. A game box such as claimed in claim 1, Wherein the upper face of the bottom of the box is provided with a checker board.
4. A game box such as claimed in claim 1, Wherein the upper face of the bottom of the box is provided with a checker board, and each space of the checker board is recessed to hold a chessman, the cover forming members having into fit therein, side Walls and end members pvoted to the side Walls and provided With cover forming members adapted When closed to be spaced above the bottom of the box and to meet end to end to close the top of the box and engage the chessmen to hold them in position.