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Sept. 20, 1949. .1. BOWMAN 2,482,240
BILLIARD CUE LOCK Filed May 15, 1947 INVENTOR.
y. invention relates liard cues and relates more'particularly t 1m- Patented Sept. 20, 1949 orFIcE 2,4s2,24o BILIiIARD CUE LOCK A John Bowman, Elyria, Ohio Application May15, 1947. Serial No. 748,178 l (c1. -v--s2) UNI E STAT A T to improvements in bilproved locking means therefor. My invention "2 Claims.
also can be adapted for use as improved locking means for fishing poles flag poles, or as car locks, etc., to secure same to a boat with which the --same may be used, and various other uses may be found for the improved structure of my in vention.
A principal object of my invention is to provide improved locking means for billiard cueswhereby such cues may be securely locked inthe racks within which the same are normally placed when they are not in use.
A further object of my invention is to provide means whereby the locking means may be associated with the cue without altering in any respect the basic conventional form of cue.
Another object of my invention is to provide cooperative means associated with billiard cue racks which will receive such improved cues, when desired, and individually lock each such cue in place in the rack so that only the owner of each cue may be able to remove his cue from the rack.
A further object of my invention is to provide improved means associated with a cue rack which are adapted to cooperate with locking means carried by a cue which will not alter in any respect the conventional form of billard cue racks.
A still further object of my invention is to provide cooperating locking means on said cue and rack which will be simple in construction, economical in manufacture and high efficient in use.
Still further and other objects of my invention as applied to the billiard cue and racks, and the various other uses to which my invention can be put, will become increasingly apparent by reference to the following description and appended drawings to which reference will be had in the description, in which:
Fig. 1 is a front plan view of a billiard cue rack, showing certain cues having the associated cue lock of my invention positioned therein;
Fig. 2 is a vertical transverse view taken through the line 22 of Fig. 1;
Fig. 3 is a vertical transverse view taken through the line 33 of Fig. 1;
Fig. 4 is an enlarged fragmentary view of the cue locking means of my invention, certain portions being broken away to more fully illustrate the locking means;
Fig. 5 is a transverse sectional view of the cue locking mechanism of Fig. 4, certain portions being broken away for further clarification.
Referring now to the drawings, in all of which like parts are designated by like reference characters, at I0 I show a conventional type billiard cue having an adapter collar or spool-shaped adapter secured to the outer end of the cue, said collar comprising a disc shaped inner end portion 1| which is adapted to be secured to the outer face of the outer end 12 of the cue, as by riveting or the like.
The collar is further provided with a necked in grooved portion l3, for a purpose later to be described, and an outer and enlarged disc portion I! to which a hemispherical or otherwise rounded rubber or other resilient material end 15 may be afiixed, said member I5, in the usual construction of billiard cues, being secured to the outer face l2 of the billiard cue. In brief, the spool-shaped adapter is interposed between the outer face of the outer end portion of the cue and the buffer l5 usualy affixed thereto, said buffer in the present construction being carried by the spool-shaped adapter rather than the one end itself.
To the lower longitudinally extending frame member l6 of the billiard rack a plurality of billiard cue socket members I 6 are secured, as by wood screws IT or the like projected through perforations X in the base of said socket. Said socket I6 is generally U-shaped in cross section and cylindrical in form having a pair of relatively spaced inturned cylindrical shoulders 18 and I9, the shoulder l8 seating the slightly tapered end l2 of the cue l0 and the shoulder l9 seating the outer edge of the disc M of the adapter and restraining further downward movement of the cue in the socket as well as aligning the grooved portion l3 of the spool-shaped adapter with the bore 20 of an outwardly extending sleeve 2|, said sleeve being secured Within a perforation 22 dis osed in the side of said pocket, as best shown in Fig. 5.
The sleeve 2| is also provided with an end cutoff portion 23 adjacent its outermost end, a vertically disposed aperture 24 being provided in the seat 25 thereof, which receives the conventional small padlock P as shown in Fig. 5.
The sleeve 2! is further provided with longitudinally extending slots 26 in opposite sides thereon within which protruding manipulation knobs 28 and 29 of a plunger element 21, telescoped within the sleeve 21, are adapted to ride for reciprocatory forward and rearward movement therein. The plunger 21 is provided with a reduced inner rod end 30 which is adapted to be hand propelled by manipulation of the knobs 28 and 29 intoiocking and seating engagement within the groove I 3.
When the end having the improved adapter of my invention affixed thereto, is inserted within the socket [6, the groove I3 is aligned with the bore of the sleeve 2|, the end 30 of the plunger 21 is pushed into seating engagement within the groove, and the padlock shackle or bow 3| is proected through the aperture 24 of the sleeve and then locked by key means K, the shackle 3| thus restraining the plunger from outward movement and locking the cue in the rack. The key K to the padlock is then retained by the owner of the cue. The cue is removed from the rack by a reversal of the above locking movements.
Although my invention has been describedin connection with a preferred embodiment, it is to be understood that various and difierent embodiments might be employed without, however, departing from the spirit of my invention and the scope of the appended claims. a,
1. Locking means Y for game 7 stick, having a spool shaped adapter secured to one end of said ,game stick, said locking means comprising socket means adapted to receive said game stick, said socket means comprising a generallyv cup-shaped portion,v and an outwardly extending tubular sleeve portion, a plunger element adapted to be reciprocably mounted within said sleeve portion and adapted to beprojected into locking engagement with said spool-shaped adapter end of the gamestick, a lock adapted to be associated with t said sleeve portion and adapted to prevent outward movement of said plunger means when so projected in locking engagement with the adapter.
2. Locking means for a billiard cue, said locking means having grooved means disposed on the outermost end of said cue, said locking means comprising socket means secured to a rack, said socket means having seating means for said I grooved end of the cue, said socket means further being-apertured, sleeve means mounted within said aperture and projecting laterally of said socket, reciprocably operable means secured within said sleeve and adapted to have reciprocable movement therein, said reciprocably operable means being in alignment with said grooved means when said one is seated within the said 3 socket, an end of said reciprocably operable means adapted to be rojected within said groove, securing means adapted to be projected within the outermost endof thev said sleeve to retain said reciprocablyoperable .means, in locking engagement with the cue.
. .JOHN BOWMAN.
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