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Publication numberUS2660434 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateNov 24, 1953
Filing dateJul 16, 1951
Priority dateJul 16, 1951
Publication numberUS 2660434 A, US 2660434A, US-A-2660434, US2660434 A, US2660434A
InventorsLyndon A Durant
Original AssigneeGen Patent Corp
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Pocketed ball game apparatus
US 2660434 A
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Description  (OCR text may contain errors)

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Patented Nov. 24, 1953 PooKETED BALL GAME APPARATUS Lyndon A. Durant, Chicago, Ill., assignor to General Patent Corporation, Chicago, Ill., a corporation of Illinois Application July 16, 1951, Serial No. 236,954

4 Claims. 1

This invention relates to certain new and useful improvements in pocketed ball game apparatus and has for its object the provision of an improved construction of this character which will afford the maximum of amusement.

An object of the invention is to provide in a game apparatus a ball raceway through which a ball is projected, and with the raceway at its outlet end communicating with a bowl, the walls or which are concave, whereby the ball leaving the raceway will by centrifugal action cling to the walls of the bowl for movement thereover until the speed of the ball is spent, at which time the ball will roll into one of several openings formed in the bottom of the bowl to close a contact switch of a score or other circuit.

Other objects will appear hereinafter.

The invention consists in the novel combination and arrangement of parts to be hereinafter described and claimed.

The invention will be best understood by reference to the accompanying drawings showing the preferred form of construction, and in which:

Fig. 1 is a perspective View of an amusement game apparatus embodying my invention;

Fig. 2 is a top plan view of the same;

Fig. 3 is a fragmentary sectional detail view taken substantially on line 3-3 of Fig. 2;

Fig. 4 is an enlarged fragmentary sectional detail view taken substantially on line 4-4 of Fig. 2;

Fig. 5 is a fragmentary plan view taken sub- "s stantially on line 5-5 of Fig. 3;

Fig. 6 is a plan view taken substantially on line 6 3 of Fig. 3;

Fig. 7 is a diagrammatic illustration of a suggested circuit arrangement embodied in the invention.

The several objects of my invention are accomplished by the preferred form of construction shown in the accompanying drawings and in which drawings a vertical cabinet section is indicated at I0 and within which cabinet is housed the score mechanism (not shown).

The upper front portion of the cabinet is closed by a translucent plate II on which may be printed symbols I2 of the scoring system.

Extending from this cabinet I0 is a horizontal cabinet I3 having a front supporting structure I3'. This cabinet portion I3 provides an inclined playboard i4 normally disposed beneath a glass top. This playboard I4 includes a ball channel I5, a straight section IB of which communicates with a ball elevator opening I'I by which balls are elevated to the channel for projection by means of a conventional and well-known plunger I8.

The circular portion I9 of the ball channel I5 terminates into a straight portion 23 which communicates with a bowl 2I arranged in an opening 2 I' formed in the playboard and having concave walls 22 and a bottom wall 2-3. The bottom wall 23 is provided with a plurality of openings 24 arranged in a circle and each designated by a number 25 corresponding to the numbers of the score symbols I2.

Disposed beneath the bowl 2I is a plate 26 which carries a plurality of switches 21. Each switch 21 comprises cooperating spring leaves 28 with the upper of the leaves carrying a pin 29. These pins 23 are arranged beneath the openings 24. Each pin 29 is adapted to have the weight of a ball disposed thereon, and by the weight of the ball when disposed on such pin 29, the upper spring leaf of the spring leaves 28 will be flexed to bring the contact head 3D thereof into contact with the contact head 3l of the lower spring leaf, whereby to close the switch. Each of these switches 21 is arranged in the score circuit. Inasmuch as the score circuit constitutes no part of the present invention, it has not been shown and it may be any conventional or well-known score circuit.

The plate 26 is supported for rotation by means of brackets 32 attached to the bowl in any suitable manner with each bracket providing a channel 33 within which the peripheral edge 34 of the plate 26 projects.

The plate 25 is provided with a plurality oi. openings 35 normally disposed out of registration with the openings 2d and arranged between the pins 29. The arrangement is such that a ball lodged in any one of the openings 2i will be supported therein by the pin 23. Upon rotation of the plate 25 by a means to be presently described, the plate is rotated in a direction to dispose the openings 35 beneath the opening 2li whereby to allow the ball or balls to pass therethrough upon a return runway 36.

The means for rotating the plate 23 comprises a standard motor 3l having mounted on its shaft a cam disc 38. The connecting link 33 is eccen- 0 trically connected as at 43 to the disc 33. The

opposite end portion of the connecting link 3S is connected as at 4I to the plate 23. When the motor 3i is energized, in a manner to be presently described, the connecting link 39 will rotate the plate 25 a sufficient distance to dispose the openings 35 beneath the openings 2d to permit the balls to pass thereover onto the return runway 33 (Fig. 6).

This energization of the motor may be accomplished in several ways. As a suggested way, reference is made to Fig. 7 in which the initial energization of the motor 31 is accomplished by a starting switch 42 which is of the push button type with the button 43 thereof positioned to the front wall of the cabinet I3 within convenient reach of the player. Initial energization of the motor causes a cam 44 thereof to rotate a ,suf-4 cient distance to close a holding switch 45 which remains closed until the cam again assumes the position shown in Fig. 7.

This circuit is merely a suggested circuit and it is to be understood that any otherV or approved type circuit may be used for the purpose.-

The return trough comprises guide walls 4S arranged in rectangular formation centrally located with respect to the bowl 2l so thatsuch.

balls falling upon the return runway 36 will Contact these walls 45 and be guided to troughs 47 to an outlet i8 which communicates with a runway 59 in turn communicating with the ball' elevator opening il. The ball elevator is indicated at Sil and may be of any approved construction. The construction of such elevator has not been described as it constitutes no part of the present invention.

By the construction ci a game apparatus in accordance with the description herein set forth, a ball channel is provided through which the balls are projected and delivered to abowl disposed beneath the plane of the playboard in a manner such that the balls will contact the concave Walls of the bowl and,.due to their speed, will cling to the walls oi the bowl and travel thereover until such time as the speed of the ball is spent, at which time the ball then `will lodge in one of several openings formed in the bowl, to be supported therein by a pin through which a switch is closed by reason of the weight of a wall thereon. The balls are returned to the channel for reprojection therethrough by movement of the plate beneath the bowl. Such movementof the plate brings the openings thereof into registration with the openings in the bottom of the bowl, at which time the ball or balls will drop through the openings in the plate upon the return runway, for movement by gravity into the return runway for repositioning into the channel through the ball elevator opening.

The manner of scoring or indicatingv the value of the openings may be oi any approved type and construction such as now used in conventional game apparatuses of the type here described.

While T. have illustrated and described the preferred form of construction for carrying my invention into eiect, this is capable of variation and modification without departing from the spirit of the invention. I, therefore, do not wish to be limited to the precise details of construction set forth, but desire to avail myself of such variations and modifications as come within the scope of the appended claims.

Having thus described my invention, what I claim as new and desire to protect by Letters Patent is:

l. An amusement game apparatus comprising an inclined playboard having an opening and a ball channel formed therein, a stationary bowl in said opening beneath the plane of said playboard and having concave side walls and a substantially flat bottom wall, said channel having open communication with said bowl at its point of junction with said sidewalls and through which said balls from said playboard pass, a plurality4 otball receiving openings formed in the periphery of said bottom Wall, a circular plate supported by said bowl beneath and in spaced parallel relation to said bottom wall, said plate providing in its peripheral edge a plurality of opening normally out of registration with the openings formed in said bottom Wall, means for supporting said plate for rotation beneath said bottom wall, said last named means comprising brackets carried by said bowl adjacent the peripheral edge of said bottom wall, said brackets providing a channel through which said plate may be rotatably moved, and means for rotating said plate to position the openings thereof in registration with ,the ball receiving openings of said bottom wall.

2. An amusement game apparatus comprising an inclined playboard having an opening and a ball channel formed therein, a stationary bowl in said opening beneath the plane of said playbcard and having concave side walls and a substantially `hat bottom wall, said channel having open communication with said bowl at its point of junction with said side walls and through which said balls from said playboard pass, a plurality of ball receiving openings formed in the periphery of said bottom wall, a circular plate supported by said bowl beneath and in spaced parallel relation to said bottom wall, said plate providing in its peripheral edge a plurality of openings normally out of registration with the openings formed in said bottom wall, means for supporting said plate for rotationbeneath said bottom wall, said last named means comprising brackets carried by said bowl adjacentthe peripheral edge of said bottom wall, said brackets providing a channel through which said plate may be rotatably moved, and means for rotating said plate to posi tion the openings thereof in registration with the ballreceiving openings of said bottom wall, said plate rotating means including an operating arm pivotally connected to said plate and having an eccentrically operative connection to an electric motor.

3.- An amusement game apparatus comprising an inclined playboard having an opening and a ball channel formed therein, a stationary bowl in said opening beneath the plane of said playn board and having concave side walls and a substantially iiatbottom wall, said channel having open communication with said bowl at its pointI of junction with said side walls and through which said balls from said playboard pass, a plurality oi ball receiving openings formed in the periph ery of said bottom wall, a circular plate supported by said bowl beneath and in spaced parallel relation to said bottom wall, said plate providing in its peripheral edge a plurality of openings normallyY out` ofY registration with the openings formed in said bottom wall, means for supporting said plate for rotation beneath said bottom wall, said last named means comprising brackets carried by said bowl adjacent the peripheral edge of said bottom Wall, said brackets providing a channel through which said plate may be rotatably moved, and switch elements carried by said plate with each element including an actuating pin normally disposed in registration with an adjacent opening of said bottom wall, and means for rotating said plate to position said switch elen ments out of registration with said openings oi said bottom wall whereby said balls received therein will pass. therethrough.

4. An amusement game apparatus comprising aninclined playboard having an opening and a balllchannel formed therein,.a stationary bowl in said opening beneath the plane of said playboard and having concave side walls and a substantially ilat bottom wall, said channel having open communication with said bowl at its point of junc tion with said side walls and through which said balls from said playboard pass, a plurality of ball receiving openings formed in the periphery of said bottom wall, a circular plate supported by said bowl beneath and in spaced parallel relation to said bottom Wall, said plate providing in its peripheral edge a plurality of openings norn mally out of registration with the openings formed in said bottom wall, means for supporting said plate for rotation beneath said bottom Wall, said last named means comprising brackets carried by said bowl adjacent the peripheral edge of said bottom Wall, said brackets providing a channel through which said plate may be rotatably moved, switch elements carried by said plate with each element including an actuating pin normally disposed in registration with an adjacent opening of said bottom wall, means for rotating said plate to position said switch elements out of registration with said openings of said bottom wall whereby said balls received therein will pass therethrough, and means for rotating said plate to position the openings thereof in registration with the ball receiving openings of said bottom wall, said plate rotating means including an operating arm pivotally connected to said plate and having an eccentrically operative connection to an electric motor.

LYNDON A. DURAN'l.

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Classifications
U.S. Classification273/121.00A
International ClassificationA63F7/02, A63F5/04
Cooperative ClassificationA63F7/027, A63F2007/345, A63F5/00, A63F7/2481, A63F2007/3681
European ClassificationA63F5/00, A63F7/02P1