US 2418514 A
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April 1947- v. E. LAMBERSON 2,418,514
CARD TABLE Filed Aug. 16, 1944 Patented Apr. 8, 1947 gUNlTED STATES PATENT OFFICE.
CARD TABLE Verne E. Lamberson, East Chicago, Ind.
Application August 16, 1944, Serial No. 549,654
This invention relates to tables for use in playing card games, and has more particular reference to an improved top for such tables.
The primary object of the present invention is to provide an improved top for use in playing card games, wherein simple and efficient means is provided to facilitate handling the cards and particularly to aid the players in picking the cards up from the table top.
More specifically, the invention contemplates a construction wherein lifting of the cards is facilitated, both with respect to the major central portion of the table top and with respect to the 'marginal portion of the latter.
Other objects and features of the invention will become apparent from the following description when considered in connection with the accompanying drawing, and the invention consists in the novel form,,combination and arrangement of parts hereinafter more fully described, shown in the drawing and claimed.
In the drawing, wherein like reference characters indicate corresponding parts in both of the views:
Figure l is a top plan view of a card table provided with a table top constructed in accordance with the present invention.
Figure 2 is a fragmentary vertical section taken on line 2-2 of Figure 1.
While the present table top may be employed upon the top of a regular table, it has been shown as provided with corner supporting legs 5 to constitute a complete table in itself. The table top consists of a rectangular panel 6 having a slightly depressed rectangular major central portion 1 in its upper surface, a marginal raised upper surface portion or terrace 8, and a slope or bank 9 leading from the depressed surface portion 1 to the raised surface portion or terrace 8. Also, centrally of and along the major portion of each side of the panel 6, the latter is provided with an elongated shallow marginal rabbet H! which is located immediately in front of the player seated at the corresponding side of the table top. The depressed surface portion 1 constitutes the main playing surface portion of the table top, and it will be readily apparent that by sliding the cards outwardly from the surface portion 1 up the slope or bank 9 onto the marginal terrace 8, the fingers and thumb may be readily engaged beneath the playing cards to facilitate lifting them from the table top.- In playing many games, it is usual to place "tricks on the margin of the table top in front of the respective players. In using the present table top, these will be placed on the terrace 8, and the rabbets l0 facilitate lifting the tricks from the terrace 8 because they permit engagement of the thumb under the cards of the trick at the corresponding sides of the cards while simultaneously engaging the fingers under said cards at the slope or bank a. In practice, the terrace 8 is sufficiently wide to permit shuflling of the deck of cards thereon. 1 I
The table top further preferably includes a symmetrical marginal frame or rim ll receiving and secured to the edges of the panel 6, said rim projecting slightly above the terrace 8 so as to prevent slipping of the cards off of the panel B at the edges of the latter. Of course, should any refreshments or the like be spilled upon the table top, the rim II will also prevent the same from running off of the panel 6 into the laps of the players or onto the floor.
From the foregoing description, it is believed that the construction and manner of use, as well as the advantages of the present invention, will be readily understood and appreciated by those skilled in the art. Minor changes and modifications may be made in the construction illustrated and described, such as fairly fall within the scope of the invention as claimed.
What I claim is:
1. In a card table, a table top comprising a rectangular panel having an exposed and fiat slightly depressed rectangular major central upper surface portion, a fiat raised marginal upper surface portion, and an exposed slope leading upwardly and outwardly from the outer edge of the depressed central surface portion to the inner edge of the raised marginal surface portion, said marginal surface portion being exposed and sufficiently wide to permit placement of cards thereon and shuffling of cards on the same.
2. In a .card table, a table top comprising a rectangular panel having an exposed and flat slightly depressed rectangular major central upper surface portion, a flat raised marginal upper surface portion, and an exposed slope leading up-' wardly and outwardly from the outer edge of the depressed central surface portion to the inner edge of the raised marginal surface portion, said marginal surface portion being exposed and sufficiently wide to permit placement of cards thereon and shuffling of cards on the same, said panel further having elongated rabbetsin its upper surface along the respective sides of the panel at the edges of the latter to facilitate lifting of cards from the raised marginal surface portion of the panel by engagement of the fingers and thumb beneath the edges of the cards respectively projecting inwardly of the slope and outwardly of the marginal surface portion over therabbets.
VERNE E. LAMBERSON.
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