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April 12, 1949. KOTLER 2,467,043
SHUFFLEBOARD WEIGHT Filed Nov. 22, 1946 1a L 1 7 .3 a
22 ,3" Wfi 2,
H I 1a INVENTOR.
BY PAUL KOTLER Patented Apr. 12, 1949 UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE 2,467,043 SHUFFLEBOARD WEIGHT Paul Kotler, Irvington, N. J. Application November 22, 1946, Serial No. 711,709
3 Claims. 1
It is among the objects of my invention to provide a shuflleboard weight which will be resistant to leaping and overturning, that will display the identity of the caster in a prominent manner so that his weight can be distinguished at a distance, that is relatively free from frictional drag, that imparts a direct impulse to other weights upon collision, that is relatively resistant to cracking and breakage, that has a low center of gravity, that provides a display area of the greatest possible extent without weakening or unbalancing the weight, and that is simple and inexpensive in construction.
These objects and advantages as well as many other objects and advantages will appear from a consideration of the accompanying drawings in which:
Figure 1 is a side elevation of my shuflleboard weight;
Figure 2 is a top view of my shuilieboard weight;
Figure 3 is a cross section of my shuflleboard weight taken on the line 3-3 in Figure 2; and
Figure 4 is a view of a modified shuiiieboard weight.
My shuilleboard weight provides a disc shaped body menber The body member has convex sides l2. The apex of convexity I3 is located at a, point which is equidistant from the bottom I4 and top l5 of the body member The bottom I4 is very slightly conical with the apex of the cone H5 at the exact center of the bottom M.
A depression I! is formed in the center of the top l5. While the extent of the depression may be varied, it is preferred that it extend nearly one-half of the height of the body member Immediately below the top l5, an annular internal groove I8 is located. The lower part of this groove supplies an abutment or a seat I 9. The upper part of the groove is an overhanging lip 20. The lower part of the depression I1 contains a support 21 which extends to the level of the seat I 9. A display member 2| is positioned on the seat l9. For protection of printed matter, a transparent disc 22 may be placed over the display member 2|. The display member 2| may have advertising matter indicated thereon or may be colored or otherwise marked to make the weight readily identifiable and distinguishable point equidistant from the top H and bottom |5 tends to insure a squarely dealt blow tangentially to -other weights struck; this likewise, tendsto prevent overriding by the striking weight and provides direct impulsion to the struck weight without engendering leaping or overturning impetus.
The slightly conical base l4 reduces the area of the surface that rides on the shuflieboard. Friction is thereby minimized and the weight rides more freely. In addition, the smaller the surface that bears on the shufileboard, the less Wax that there is scraped oi the board.
The location of the display member 2| at the top of the body member makes the weight identifiable at a considerable distance.
Another form' of my invention is illustrated in Figure 4. This weight is most readily identifiable at a distance because the display member 24 is convex. The transparent disc 25 is also convex. In order to supply proper support for the convex display member 24, the support member 26 is lano-convex.
The body member II is preferably formed of steel so that it may have the requisite heaviness in spite of the weight lost by the cut-out section forming the depressed central portion II. By reason of the depression H, the center of gravity is low. In order that the center of gravity be not substantially raised, the support members 26, 21 are preferably made of some light material such as cork or balsa wood, etc. The display members 2|, 24 are preferably formed of plastic material. The transparent discs 22, 25 may likewise be formed of a transparent plastic material.
My improved shuflieboard weight, by reason of its convex sides, medial contact point, and low center of gravity provides an implement which dies not override or overturn. By reason of its conical base, it is fast and free in movement. By reason of its display surface, which may be either flat or convex, it is readily distinguishable from the adversarys weight. By reason of the contact point l3 being relatively distant from the lip 2|], it is less subject to breakage. Not only is my weight a useful adjunct to shuflieboard, but it may, with only slight modification be used in many other games where a discoid weight is required.
The foregoing description is intended to be illustrative of preferred embodiments of my invention. Many changes may be made in the selection, arrangement and construction of the parts within the scope of the appended claims without departing from the spirit of my invention.
1. A weight for a shuflleboard or the like comprising a discoid body member having a convex side with the apex of convexity at a point equidistant from the bottom and the top of the body member, a conical bottom, a top, a depression in the top; an annular groove in the depression, an abutment defining a seat and a retaining lip in the depression; a display member positioned on the seat under the lip, and a support member under the display member.
2. A weight for a shuffleboard or the like comprising a discoid body member having a convex side, with the apex of convexity at a point equidistant from the bottom and the top of the body member, a conical bottom, a top, a depression in the top, an annular groove in the depression defining a seat, a display member positioned on the seat, and a support member under the display member.
3. A Weight for a shuflieboard or the like comprising a discoid body member having a convex side with the apex of convexity at a point equidistant from the bottom and top of the body member, a conical bottom, a top, a depression in the top, an annular groove in the depression defining a seat and a display member positioned on the seat.
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