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Publication numberUS2520235 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateAug 29, 1950
Filing dateMay 10, 1946
Priority dateMay 10, 1946
Publication numberUS 2520235 A, US 2520235A, US-A-2520235, US2520235 A, US2520235A
InventorsBybee Sanford M
Original AssigneeBybee Sanford M
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Rotating disk game
US 2520235 A
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Aug. 29, 1950 s. M. BY BEE 2,520,235

ROTATING DISK GAME Filed May 10, 1946 I NVE NTOR *SANFO 'D M BYBEE %%w AT TOR NEYS Patented Aug. 29, 1950 UNITED STATES PATENT 7 OFFICE ROTATINGDISKYGAME g Sanford M. Bybee, Detroit,Mich. Application May 10, 1946, Serial No. 668,985 1 Claim. (01. 273-142) This invention relates to game devices and toys actuated by spinning tops.

An object of this invention is to provide a game and toy device which is actuated by a spinning top.

Another object of the invention is to provide a game and a toy device in which a spinning top contained within a housing vicariously actuates rotatable indicating devices for the amusement and edification of the players.

A further object of the invention is to provide a game and toy device in which a spinning top disposed within a housing vicariously actuates rotatable devices for indicating numbers and numerical totals.

Other and further objects and advantages of my invention will become apparent from the following description of a preferred embodiment thereof as illustrated in the accompanying drawing, and in which- Figure 1 is a plan view of my game device.

Figure 2 is a side elevation in section of the game device shown in Figure 1.

Figure 3 is a plan view in section, taken on line 33 of Figure 2.

Figure 4 is a plan view in section, taken on line 4--4 of Figure 2, and

Figure 5 is an enlarged plan view in detail of one of the number wheels shown in Figure 3.

Reference is now had to the drawing in which like reference characters denote similar parts throughout the several views, and which show a cylindrical open-mouthed housing 2 having a bottom 4 and side walls 6, with a top member 8 fitting snugly onto the top rim in of the side walls 6. The top member 8 has a central aperture l2, and the housing 2 thus has a cylindrical chamber I 4 formed therein:

Secured to the floor of the chamber I 4 is a spinning top base 16 having a raised rim l 8 and a plurality of circular depressions 20 formed therein for the reception of the spinning point 22 of a spinning top 24 having a body portion 26 resting on the spinning point 22 as illustrated, the upper extension 28 of the top having its sides diverging upward to location 30 level with the top edge 32 of the closure cap or top member 8, and having an upwardly projecting handle 34 to be grasped between the fingers for spinning the top. As shown, the top is disposed within the spinning chamber l4 with its spinning point 22 resting on th spinning base [6. The upper extension 28 of the top extends through the hole l2, with the spinning handle 34 projecting above the top of the housing.

Three arcuate recesses 36, 38 and 40 are formed in the upper surface of the top member 8, as shown, the recesses intersecting the central aperture l2, and toothed number wheels 42, 44 and 46 are disposed in said recesses, the wheels being rotatable on vertical shafts 48 extending vertically through the centers of th wheels and secured thereto, the lower portions of the shafts being journaled in bearing bores 58 formed in the top member 8, and the upper portions 52 of the shafts being journaled in and extending upwardly out of bearing bores 54 formed in top cover plate 56 secured onto the top of top member 8.

As the top is spun by grasping the handle 34 between the fingers, the spinning point 22 bounces about on the spinning base l6 due to the number of depressions 2i and the spinning top is unable to maintain a perfectly vertical position as it spins. Thus the shoulder 28 of the top bounces about in the space between the toothed wheels, and causes them to be turned vicariously as it hits their projecting teeth. The result is that as the wheels are thus turned, various numbers on the wheels appear under the number viewing windows 58 formed in the top cover plate, and the result of the game may be decided by the numbers turned up in the windows, or their total, or in some other manner, the position of the numbers being adjustable if desired, by turning the projecting axles 48.

Although I have described a preferred embodiment of my invention in specific terms, it is to be understood that various changes may be made in size, shape, materials and arrangement without r departing from the spirit and scope of the invention as claimed.

I claim:

A game apparatus, comprising an upstanding cylindrical casing of substantial height and having its top end open, the bottom of the casing being generally fiat and provided in its top face with a plurality of spaced small recesses, a cover for the open top end of the casing and having a large central opening and a plurality of shallow recesses in its top face surrounding the central opening and in communication therewith, a spinning top mounted within the casing below the cover, the spinning top including an elongated body portion extending for substantially the entire height of the casing, the body portion tapering toward the top and bottom of the casing and having its maximum width substantially at the vertical center of the casing, the top having a reduced extension at its bottom end for spinning engagement in the small recesses of the bottom, an

sion and being spaced radially at, such extension 10 for a substantial distance, a flatretainer plate 4 the upper end of the spinning top and extending through the large central opening of the retainer plate and above such plate.


REFERENCES CITED The following references are of record in the file of this patent:

UNITED. STATES PATENTS mounted upon the cover and projecting over the Number Name Date discs to maintain them within the shallow re- 74 133 Rabiger May 3, 1392 cesses, the retainer plate having a large central 2 49 315 Lloyd Mar, 7 1939 opening and spaced small windows above-the i'n H5- dicia, upwardly projecting handle extensions s2 FOREIGN PATENTS cured to the rotatable discs and extending rotat- Number Country Date ably through and above the retwinerplate, amian M328 France June 25, 1928 upwardly projecting handle extension secured; to v

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Referenced by
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US4732386 *Feb 19, 1986Mar 22, 1988Howard RayfielVisible randomly intermeshing, multi-wheel chance game apparatus
U.S. Classification273/142.00H
International ClassificationA63F5/04
Cooperative ClassificationA63F5/0094, A63F5/048
European ClassificationA63F5/04W