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Feb. i3, 1951 w. G. WINKLER ETAL HAND MOISTENING DEVICE FOR BOWLERS Filed Sept. 20, 1948 Patented Feb. 13, 195i HAND MoIsTENiNc DEVICE Fon BoWLERs Wynn G. Winkler and NathanH. Rewalt, Muskegon, Mich., assignors to The Brunswick- Balke-Collender Company, Chicago, Ill., a corporation of Delaware Application September 20, 1948, Serial No. 50,054
This invention relates to a hand conditioning device adapted for use in connection with such games as bowling and more particularly duck pin bowling. The general object of the invention is to provide a new and improved device of this character.
. lAnother object of the invention is to provide a hand conditioning device of the roller type in which the roller will not spin rapidly.
More specically it is an object of the invention to provide a hand conditioner comprising a receptacle capable of containing a liquid and a hand moistening roller rollably mounted therein, the bore of the roller being substantially larger in diameter than that of a shaft upon which it is mounted so that the roller Will not spin rapidly and throw liquid out of the receptacle.
Other objects and advantages will appear from the following description taken in connection with the accompanying drawings, in which:
Figure 1 is a top plan view of a hand conditioning device embodying the invention;
Figure 2 is a vertical sectional view taken substantially as indicated at line 2-2 on Figure 1;
Figure I3 is a vertical sectional view taken substantially as indicated at line 3-3 on Figure 1.
While the invention is susceptible of various modifications and alternative constructions, we have shown in the drawings and shall describe hereinafter a preferred embodiment, it being understood that the invention is not intended to be limited thereto or thereby, it being the intention to cover all modifications and alternative constructions falling within the scope of the appended claims.
In the form selected for purposes of disclosure theV invention comprises a receptacle or cup-like member l having a flange 4 extending outwardly to facilitate mounting the device in a recess in the top of a newel post or other support. An apertured top or rim 2 is positioned thereon; and a roller 3 of spherical form ts Within the opening in the top 2 and is rotatable about a horizontal axis so as to operate, when rotated, to carry water or other liquid from the receptacle on the surface of the roller to the top or exposed portion thereof Where it is applied to the fingers of the bowler.
The roller 3, which may be constructed of glass, porcelain, rubber or other composition material, has a bore 6 therethrough which is substantially larger in diameter than the external diameter of a shaft on which the roller is supported. As shown, the shaft comprises a rubber sleeve 5 carried on a metal rod 1. The top 2 is provided with depending lugs ll and l2 for supporting the shaft, the lug Il having an opening 8 to receive one end of the rod 1 and the lug I2 having a larger opening 9 receiving the opposite end of the sleeve 5. Preferably the t of the sleeve 5 in the opening 9 is sufficiently snug so as to restrain the shaft from rotating rapidly, with the result that the roller 3 slides on the sleeve 5 as well as rolls thereon. The vbore 6 of the roller is suiliciently large so that the bottom surface thereof passes underneath the level l0 of the liquid in the receptacle and carries some of the liquid upwardly on its surface to lubricate the exterior of the sleeve 5 during operation of the device.
The slides of the receptacle l prevent axial movement of the rod and sleeve when the top member 2 is in position on the receptacle and has the roller and supporting means mounted there- In the use of the hand conditioning device the receptacle will contain a quantity of water in contact with the roller and the player usually draws his hand or fingers across the roller to make the roller turn on its support bringing water from the receptacle up into contact with the players hand. Because of the large bore in the roller (compared to the diameter of the shaft) and the frictional drag placed upon the shaft by the sleeve engagement in the lug l2, it is not possible to spin the roller rapidly enough to throw water out of the receptacle.
We claim as our invention:
1. A bowlers hand operated water applicator having in combination a receptacle adapted to contain a liquid, an apertured cover thereon, extensions of said cover projecting downwardly and having horizontal openings therein, a horizontally extending rod carried in said openings and vdiametrically disposed across said aperture, an
annular rubber sleeve snugly tted around said rod and extending into one of said openings to retard rotation of said sleeve and rod and a roller loosely mounted thereon having an axial bore of diameter substantially twice the outside diameter of said sleeve and adapted to be immersed in the liquid to a level above the lower part of said bore so that when actuated the outside surface of the roller carries liquid into contact with the bowlers hand and the surface of the bore carries liquid onto the sleeve to lubricate the same.
2. A bowlers hand conditioning device having in combination a receptacle adapted to contain a hand conditioning liquid, an apertured cover thereon, a rubber surfaced shaft diametrically andy horizontally disposed across said aperture and a roller carried by said shaft having an axial bore substantially larger than said shaft and with a portion of the bore adapted to extend below the surface of the liquid, said roller when actuated by a bowler drawing his hand thereacross carrying liquid into contact with the bowlerslhand and onto the surface of the shaft.
3. A hand moistening device having in combination a receptacle adapted to contain a liquid, a. cover thereon having an opening centrally lo'- cated therein, extensions of said cover projecting downwardly and having a pair of horizontally aligned openings therein, .a rod carried in said openings, a rubber sleeve snugly fitted thereon and a roller loosely mounted on vsaid rod and sleeve having an axial bore of substantially larger diameter than the outside diameter of the sleeve whereby said roller is frictionally retarded from rotary movement and rolls slowly over the sleeve onpsaid rod when actuated by a player preventing liquid from being thrown from the receptacle.
4. A bowlers hand moistener having in combination an upwardly open receptacle adapted to contain a hand moistening liquid, a horizontally extending rubber shaft disposed across the opening in the receptacle, and a roller carried by said shaft and 'having a bore larger than said shaft so when actuated the roller revolves about an' axis eccentric to and below the axis of the shaft.v 5. In a hand conditioning device, an upwardly open receptacle, a horizontally extending shaft and a roller carried upon said shaft and having an axial bore of a diameter substantially twice the cuter diameter of said 4shaft kwhereby said lroller may revolve about an axis eccentric to and below the axis of the shaft thereby frictionally retarding the roller against rotary movement about the axis of said shaft and preventing a liquid from being thrown from the container when the roller is actuated by a player.
WYNN G. WINKLER.
NATHAN H. REWALT.
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