US 2408270 A
Description (OCR text may contain errors)
Sept. 24,v 1946. E, F. REBHoLzH GAME Filed Jan. 13, 1945 i Ysf'lfA'r Es i le.lei-:fil(351e:
n AElmer Rebholz, Chicago, t`111:., assignoritaJames F. Barnes, asvtrustree.-
Application January-13, 1943-1Seria11Not 472,214 Y This.. invention. relates to 1a; game, andmore particularly.v toa vdevice fon receiving; members ofi diferent sizesand. recoveringl separately thedif-y ferentsized members.
An object of the invention istoprovideafmechanical structure for. agame lwhich. is .simplein construetionfand novelzini operation. :Another object is'to` provideV a devie for receiving. mem- 3. Claims.. v(C1. 2734139).
bers of different sizes, supporting the members,l
and; upon thereIeaSe .of the membersrecovering separately.'themembers. ofzjdiierent sizes. Yet
another.- objeeti is to. provdea device for. supportinfr' balls,- suchv asmarblesso. that thev balls .may be placed in positionin-.the device-.in the playing. of a game, and when the game is completedgthe balls. may' bel simultaneouslyreleased from.v such -r1osi.iien.=l Aiurther obieet; iste. provide a device: fora-game Whereawhen. theieame is. Completed., the memberspwhich are received in the-device are4 removed; andthe devieefisv ready .for further. op-` eration.. v
Qtilerrefeatilres: andjadvantaees Will appear. from. the follwiig.; speciiieationl yand drawing,A in vehiehriiyentien; Fie.: 2f isaplarr-.veyh partly broker.;y l
awa showing theisamegdevice.; Fig; 3 isatrans-f ve eY eQIiQnaLvieW. taken alongftheline 3.-3.of1l
:Fia Llisa.1ongitudinakseotiopal,view taken..
terry; detail. Sectional; View; taken;Y along. the. line.-
:i5-5L` Fig. 2;,andliig. 6 is a fragmentary detail seppie eil-view, eorrespondinetothe View; of; Eig.. 5r andzshowina: the;plates` in. position Wherein-,the amertume-thereof; are brought into; alignment.
presenteinvention. nine; apertures are provided- The marbles are,`
for receiving balls or marbles. ofgtvyo; different sizes andlthemarbles of eah size fmay, be ofl a differentv color. Oney of the players uses marbles -of one size and, the other player juses marbles ofthe other size;. Thermalbles-may be supported in position in the apertures. untilgthe; gameis completed,' at which time themarblesgare released and thev marbles'fof the dif.- l
ferent sizes are Aseparately-1 recovered. l
present; invention.Y contemplates a. me. c
Y 21 Im, the Aembodimentof the .finyentionx described: herein', arcasingn III is'. provided:withL a top, walkor; plate.. I l: which .is equippedA with.` a. plurality.A ofg spaced. apertures` I2. extendingl therethrough., Preferably, the.; apertures are spaced apartby a. distance at: least.; as. great. as thei widthofl the apertures.u The. apertures also are: preferablyJ substantiallyuniform. in.size.
Asxshown; .theplate I 'Ii may contain-nine .apentures; of: substantially uniform..size,f. equidistantly spacedf. from each other. in. three; rows of..tl1r.een apertures each.. ,I-Lowevel,. ifi' desired', any suit-` able. number...` of:V apertures may bei used; and; the.` arrangement .of theiapertures-grrr thezplate;may be; varied... C l
The:v casing: I0; iseeqtppedwith; sidewalls |31 and'sIA,and;y with irielined` end Walls; I5; Vanoljv Whielr` extend: over;V a portionpof: the; end oi thel easinsi. Theaupper; edges IlL of. thel endmalls; I5. and Iare spaced.fromltheplate II on theupper surface. ofzthe: easingY Ii0;.by a. distance suCient-ly greatato; receii/.etherebetween a second plate I8. As seen'-.particu1arl3fin Figs-.2, 3 and 45 theeplate; I8 which is supported by the end walls; I5 and I6 oiithefcasirig .In is;l disposed.beneaththecpiate. ll andispacedslightly therefrom.. The. plate I8 maybe;equipped` with; a pluralityfoi spaced apertures;
Ilaiwhielreorresppndzto.thezaperturesrn the. plate.
I;I;.f. Thus; as illustrated, the apertures I9- may-bef Substautially. uniformiiin sizeA and; may be of the and' the;l apertures; I2` are; spaced apart is preferablyfat leastias; great, asp-.the width of the apertures; the plate; IE'gmay begmoved toapositionv as;V seen in Fgal Where. the apertures I9 arel outof;
alignment With the apertures I2, and the portionsi 20'. of; the: plateI I8 Whichare between' the Y apertures; Isf serve; toclose the; openingsl of thel apertures; I2. ,Thefplate ISris slidably supported. withinthe casinglfso thatffit mayv be shifted from a: positioninvWhiehtheiapertures I9 are in alignment with the;` apertures I 2`t0 a position asseen in-,Figgwhere the-apertures I9, are not in alignm ment with theapertures I-2 and the. apertures I 2 are-*closedgbyl the plate I8 therebeneath.
lAsseen in Figs. v5 and 6, the topplate II may.
be; eguippedvjwithfa, pair of small, openingsl'l.v and.
22 extending therethrough, and the plate I8 may be equipped with a pair of openings 23 and 24 which are adapted to be brought into register with the openings 2| and 22 of the plate II.
A pin 25 may be placed beneath the plate I8, with the ends of the pin 2-5 being beneath the openings 23 and 24 in the plate I8. A suitable elastic member, such as a conventional endless rubber band 26, may be placed in position with the loop 21 at one end of the rubber band receiving one end of the pin 25 and the loop 28 of the other end of the rubber band receiving the other end of the pin 25. lIhe body of the rubber band extends upwardly throughv the aligned openings 24 and 22 across the upper surface of the plate II and downwardly through the aligned openings 2| and 23. As seen in Fig. 6, when the plate I8 is shifted longitudinally with respect to the plate II, the rubber band 26 is stretched and urges theplate I8 to its original position. The spacing of the plate I8 below the plate II permits the stretching of the rubber band extending'between the two plates.
Within the casing I is an innervcasing 29 which is provided with short end Walls 38 and 3| forming with the walls I5 and I6 the openings 32 and 33. The bottom Wall 34 of the inner casing 29 supports a pair of inclined bases 35 and 36, the bases being inclined downwardly toward the ends of the casing A wall 31, having a depending ange 38 at one end and an upwardlyextending ilange 39 at the other end, extends longitudinally of the casing and is inclined Ydownwardly toward the end 3| thereof. The horizontal wall 31 is supportedby the mounting of the flange 98 on the bottornwall 34V of the casing and the attachment of the ilangev 39 to the end wall I5 of the upper casing I 0. Therwall 31 is provided with longitudinal openings 48 which are disposed beneath the longitudinal rows of apertures in the plates I8 and I I. Each of the openings is of a width slightly less than the width of the apertures I2 and I9.
The apertures I2 are adapted to receive balls or marbles 4I of dimensions only very slightly less than the dimensions of the apertures and marbles 42 which are of substantially smaller dimensions. The openings -40 are of a width less than the dimensions or widthv of the marbles 4I and slightly greater than the dimensions of the marbles 42 so that when marbles 42 are received in the openings, such marbles pass therethrough, while marbles 4I when received in the openings do not pass therethrough but roll downwardly along the inclined wall 31.
In operation, one player uses marbles 4I While the other player uses marbles 42. When the game is begun, the plate I8 is in the position shown in Figs. 2 and 4 wherein the apertures I9 are out of alignment with the apertures I2. The players alternately place the marbles 4I and 42 in the apertures I2 of the top plate II, the marbles being supported by the portions 28 of the plate I8.
When the game has been completed by filling all of the apertures with marbles or by reason of one of the players successfully placing his marbles in a row of three apertures, the plate I8 is moved in the direction indicated by the arrow in Fig. 1 to bring the apertures I9 into alignment with the apertures I2. When the apertures are in alignment, the marbles pass through the aligned apertures to fall on the horizontal wall 31. When the plate I8 is moved to theposition in which the apertures I9 are in alignment with the apertures I2, the rubber band 26 is stretched, as shown in Fig. 6, and when the plate I8 is released, it will be returned to the position shown in Figs. 2 and 4 by the urging of the rubber band 26.
The marbles are received on the horizontal Wall 31 at the openings 40 therein, Since the grooves 40 are in longitudinal alignment with the apertures I2 and I9, the marbles pass directly to the openings 40.
The marbles 42, being of dimensions smaller than the width of the opening, pass through the opening and are received on the inclined base 35 and roll toward the end 30 of the casing 29. The mables 4I, being of dimensions greater than the width of the opening 40, do not pass through the opening, but roll along the wall 31 to the end thereof, fall on the inclined base 36, and roll to the end 3| of the casing 29.
The mables 42 are removed through the opening 32, and the marbles 4I are removed through the opening 33. The plate I8 is in its original position so that the device is ready to be placed in operation again.
The device is so constructed that, if desired, the entire structure including the various plates, walls and casings, may be made of paper-board or chip-board.
. Although the invention has been described in connection with a specific embodiment, it will be apparent that many modifications and changes may be readily made without departing from the spirit and scope of the invention.
1. A game comprising a casing, a plate supported by said casing and having therein a plurality of apertures spaced apart from each other by a distance at least as great as the width of the apertures, a'second plate slidably supported by said casing beneath said rst plate and having a plurality of apertures therein, the apertures of said second plate being of substantially the same size and being spaced apart by substantially the same distance as the apertures in the rst plate, said second plate being movable 'between a position wherein the apertures in the plates are out of alignment and the portionsl of the second plate between the apertures serve to close the apertures in the rst plate and aposition wherein the apertures in said plates are in alignment and are adapted to permit the passage therethrough of members of dimensions smaller than said apertures, and a wall carried by said casing beneath said plates adapted to receive on the upper surface thereof members passing through said aligned apertures, said'wall being equipped with longitudinally extendingropenings of a width suilicient to permit the passage therethrough of members of dimensions smaller than a predetermined size and preventing thejpassage therethrough of members of dimensionsfsmaller than said apertures and larger than said predetermined size wherebymembers of dimensions smaller than said apertures and larger than said predetermined size are separated from members of dimensions smaller than said predetermined size. Y l
2. A game comprising a casing, a plate supported by said casing and having therein a plurality of apertures of substantially uniform size, said apertures being substantially' uniformly spaced from eac-h other by a distance at least as great as the width of the apertures, a Second said first plate, -said second plate being pro-f vided with a plurality of apertures of substantially the same size and spaced apart by the same distance as the apertures in the rst plate,fsaid second plate being manually slidable from a position wherein the apertures in the plates areV out of alignment and the portions of the secondlplate.
between the apertures therein serve to closethe apertures of the' first plate to a position Wherein the apertures in the plates are in alignment and are adapted to permit the passage therethrough of members of dimensions smaller than said apertures,v elastic means for urging `said second plate to said first-mentioned positiofrrgand an inclined horizontal wall extending longitudinally Within said casing beneath said platessad wall being equipped with a plurality of'longitudinally extending openings, each of said openings being disposed beneath at least one aperture in each of said plates when the plates are in aligned position and being of a width less than the width of said apertures and at least as great as a predetermined size whereby members of dimensions smaller than said aperturesz,1 and larger than said predetermined size are prevented -from passing through said openings andfpass to the lower end of said inclined Wall While members of dimensions smaller than said predetermined size pass through said openings.
3. A game device of the character described comprisingva casing having a pair of superposed, relatively movable plates spaced a slight distance apart, each of said plates being provided with a plurality of rows of spaced-apart aligned apertures through which game members of two different sizes may be passed, elastic means for normally maintaining one of said plates in such a lposition with respect to the other plate that the apertures in said plates are out of alignment with respect to each other so that game members received by the apertures in the upper plate are supported by the lower plate, said one plate being movable to a position where the apertures in said plates are in alignment and the game members drop through said apertures, and means within the casing for separating the game members of different sizes and delivering the members of one size at one side of the casing and delivering the members of the other size at the other side of the casing.
ELMER F. REBHOLZ.