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Publication numberUS2596688 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateMay 13, 1952
Filing dateJan 18, 1951
Priority dateJan 18, 1951
Publication numberUS 2596688 A, US 2596688A, US-A-2596688, US2596688 A, US2596688A
InventorsHinsen Ralph C
Original AssigneeHinsen Ralph C
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Spiral game
US 2596688 A
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R. c. HINSEN SPIRAL GAME May 13, 1952 Filed Jan. 18, 1951 INVENTOR R .Q'Hz'nsen ATTORNE Y5 Patented May 13, 1952 UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE SPIRAL GAME Ralph C. Hinsen, Englewood, Colo. Application January 18, 1951, Serial No. 206,888

1 Claim.

This invention relates to games or amusement devices.

An object of this invention is to provide a game which embodies an element of skill and patience and is amusing to young and old persons. In the playing of the game a pair of game pieces are swingably and loosely mounted on a spiral wire having knobs or handles at each end and the objective is to so manipulate the spiral by turning the same, by inclining the spiral relative to the vertical or swinging the spiral without shaking or agitating the same so as to move the playing pieces toward each other or away from each other.

- Another object of this invention is to provide a game which is simple in construction and embodies elements which are practically indestructible.

With the above and other objects in view, my invention consists in the arrangement, combination and details of construction disclosed in the drawings and specification, and then more particularly pointed out in the appended claim.

In the drawings:

Figure 1 is a detail side elevation of a game or amusement device constructed according to an embodiment of this invention.

Figure 2 is a sectional view taken on the line 22 of Figure 1.

Figure 3 is a sectional view taken on the line 3-8 of Figure 2.

Referring to the drawing the numeral ill designates generally an elongated spiral wire which is formed at the opposite ends thereof with outwardly projecting axial studs H on which are firmly secured knobs l2. The spaces 13 between the convolutions of the spiral member ID are substantial, the purpose of which will be hereinafter described.

A pair of game pieces generally designated as M are loosely mounted on the spiral member l3, and each game piece comprises a body l5 having an eye it which is threaded into the upper side of the body IS. The eye 18 has the spiral wire I!) thread-ed therethrough and loosely engages the spiral member l so that the body may freely swing and may also freely slide along the spiral member in the event the latter is tilted to a position near the vertical. The game piece member 14 is dependingly disposed on the spiral member Hi and is of such size that the game piece may freely rock on the wire forming the spiral member ID without any portion of the game piece contacting the Wire with the exception of the eye or suspension member I5.

As shown in Figure 1 there are two of these game pieces l4 disposed on the spiral member ID,

ends thereof. Where these game pieces M are initially positioned in the center of the length of the spiral member Hi, the object of the game is to so manipulate the spiral member ID that the game pieces [4 will move to the opposite ends of the spiral member it. In other words, the object is to position one game piece 14 at one end of the spiral member [0 as shown in dotted lines in Figure l and also to dispose the other game piece 14 adjacent the other end of the spiral member i l.

Where the game pieces i i are initially disposed at the opposite ends of the spiral member E8 the object of the game is to so manipulate the spiral member It! by holding the knobs or handles H! in the hands so that the game pieces M will move either simultaneously or one at a time to the center of the spiral member iii.

In manipulatin the spiral member Hi, this member may be inclined relative to the vertical, may be swung on an arc with the spiral member in a horizontal or inclined position or the spiral member may be axially rotated. The completion of the game will require substantial patience and a substantial amount of skill in view of the fact that the tendency of the game .pieces I 4 is to move in the same direction at the same time. While the spiral member it may be bent or bowed in order to accomplish the desired result, this bending or bowing is not contemplated in the normal play of the game.

The game pieces hi are herein disclosed as simulating a fowl or bird, but it will, of course, be understood that the configuration of each game piece may be varied as may be desired.

What is claimed is:

A game device comprising a wire bent into the form of a helix of substantially uniform diameter, a knob on each end of said wire, the convolutions of said wire being spaced apart a substantial distance, a pair of game pieces, and an 7 eye carried by each game piece through which and in playing the game these game pieces may be disposed in substantially the center of the spiral member In or may be disposed adjacent the said wire loosely engages, said convolutions being spaced apart a distance sufiicient to permit said game pieces to freely depend from one convolution without contacting an adjacent convolution in any angular position of said wire.


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

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U.S. Classification273/112, 446/366, 116/225, 273/158
International ClassificationA63H33/00
Cooperative ClassificationA63H33/00
European ClassificationA63H33/00