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Publication numberUS245873 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateAug 16, 1881
Filing dateMay 31, 1881
Publication numberUS 245873 A, US 245873A, US-A-245873, US245873 A, US245873A
InventorsJames Sargent
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
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No. 245,873. Patented Aug. 16,1881.

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SPECIFICATION forming part of Letters Patent No. 245,873, dated August 16, 1881.

Application ma May 31, 1881. (No model.)

To all whom it may concern:

Be it known that I, JAMES SARGENT, of Rochester, Monroe county, New York, have invented a certain new and useful Improvement in Game Counters and Tallies, and I do hereby declare that the following is a full, clear, and exact description of the same, reference being had to the accompanying drawings, in which- Figure l is a plan of the device. Fig. 2 is a vertical cross-section in line no a'. Fig. 3 is a plan of the lower disk removed from place. Fig. 4 is a section of Fig. 3 inline y y. Fig. 5 is an elevation, partially in section, of one of the pins.

My improvement relates to game counters and tallies in which a case is used having sliding pins which pull up, but not out, to register the game.

The invention consists in the construction and arrangement hereinafter more fully described.

In the drawings, A represents a sheet-metal ease, which is spun, stamped, swaged, or otherwise formed in proper shape. It consists, substantially, of a rim which forms the body, being open at bottom and top, but having at the top an interior flange, which forms a shoulder, a, and having also at some distance below the top a second shoulder, b, which is formed by pressing or stamping out in the rim. Near the bottom is also a third shoulder, o, formed in the same manner as the last named.

B and C are two thin, flat metallic disks of just the right size to lit within the case and rest closely up against the two shoulders a b, and are fastened in place by soldering or otherwise, leaving an open space, cl, between them, as shown in the sectional view, Fig. 2. rlhe upper disk, B, forms the top of the case, being, however, preferably covered with a pad of velvet or other fabric to present a good appearance. In the two disks B C are formed four rows of coincident holes, f f and g g, two rows on each side of the central line, as shown in Fig. 3. The lower disk, C, has also at intervals a series of larger holes, h h, for a purpose presently to be described. The two disks may be connected at intervals by rivets whose heads r r rest above the top of the upper disk and present an ornamental appearance, as shown in Fig. l.

'it and k k are four sets of headed pins, which rest in the coincident holesffg got' the disks, being inserted from the under side and projecting above the upper disk. These pins slide up and down freely, but donot pull out. They are square-ended at the bottom, .but are bored or reamed out at their lower ends, leaving a hollow or concave, vl, Fig. 5, and the extreme outer edges are turned out, forming a burr, m, which makes a shoulder that strikes the bottom of the lower disk as the pin is elevated and prevents it from drawing out. By thus forming the pins great simplicity andcheapness are secured, and vertical space for the movement ot' the pins up and down is saved over what would be required where the ends of the pins are attened or otherwise formed to prevent them from drawing out. The concave in the end of the pins and the burr at the edge can be formed with a single tool, and at one and the same operation. The pins are packed to produce the necessary friction to hold them at any adjustment by means of fibrous material-such as cotton or wool--which is inserted through the large holes h 7L, lling the space between .the two disks and surrounding the pins. The fiber is very elastic, and when once inserted it will allow great ease of motion of the pins, and yet will always retain them when raised, being much more effective in these respects than thin sheets of rubber, paper, or other similar packings, which have but slight hold upon the pins and soon wear so that the pins will slip.

I) is a disk, of iron, lead, or other material, which forms aweight, inserted in the bottom of the case against the shoulder c, and secured in place by turning the lower edge of the rim of the case inward under it. This is done after the pins have been inserted in place and the packing applied, as before described. The bottom of the weight may-be covered by a paper or other soft pad to prevent scratehin g or marring of the furniture upon which the device is placed.

The device above described serves the double purpose of a counterthat is, an indicator of the number of points made by each party in a IOO single gameand as a register to indicate the number of games won by each party, so that a glance will show the condition of the playing. Each ot the parties playing has two of the rows ot' pins t' 7c, the row i being for the purposeot registering the points in a single game, and the row L being for registering the numher of games won. To register, the pins are simply raised, as shown at the left in Fig. 2.

Having thus described my invention, I do not claim sliding pins iu a game-board; but

I claim- 1. In a game counter and tally, the combination ot' the case A and the two separate disks B U, secured within the case with a space between them, and provided with four rows of coincident holes, ffg g, for the reception of four rows of pins, as shown and de scribed, and for the purpose specified.

2. In a game counter and tally, the combination of the case A, the two separate disks B O, secured within the case with a space between them, and a fibrous packing resting in the space and surrounding the pins, as herein shown and described.

3. In a game counter and tally, the disk C, constructed with a series of holes, fg, to receive sliding pins, and with holes h 7L to allow the insertion of packing around the pins after thc pins have been located, as herein shown and described.

LI. In a game counter and tally, .the pin having a square lower end with a concave, Z, formed therein, and a burr, on, thrown out at the outer edge ot' the pin to form a shoulder, as herein shown and described.

5. In a game counter and tally, the combination of a spun, struck-up, or swaged case and sets ot' pins located therein, said case having bearings for the pins to rest in, and having a bottom plate, D, located at such distance below as to allow proper sliding movement ot' the pins, as described.

In witness whereot' I have hereunto signed my name in the presence ot' two subscribing witnesses.


Witnesses R. F. Oscfoon, J. Z. GULVER.

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US2628776 *Jan 2, 1951Feb 17, 1953Newman John HTally board
US4477719 *Dec 30, 1982Oct 16, 1984Watterson Walter WCounting board
US6042117 *Apr 28, 1998Mar 28, 2000O'brien; Dennis JGame board using two-position indicators
Cooperative ClassificationA63B71/0672